Monday 6 December 2021

5, 4, 3, 2, 1

I've always held a firm belief that my records talk to each other when I'm out of the room. "Why does he play you all the time? He hasn't played me for ages; do you think he's fallen out with me?"

Far fetched? Only as far fetched as the idea I had as a kid that if all my 33s & 45s came fitted with a meter that told me how often I'd played them then I would have the raw data to go up to certain platters that were perhaps feeling a bit unloved, put my arm around them and give 'em a spin. Which is precisely what Spotify does. I know some of you probably look down on your noses at such streaming platforms in the same way I recoil whenever anyone mentions Wetherspoons, but every year I've subscribed to their service the personalised end of year roundup has been not only an antidote to my piss poor memory but also validation that good tunes will always rise to the top.

I shan't bore you with everything I've been listening to this year (the complete playlist is 100 songs long and, anyway, you'll find tons of 'em in posts passim), instead I'll just give you my Top 5. However, if your appetite is whetted, then I'm sure I can shoehorn some (or indeed all!) of the remaining 95 into a follow up post (or two) sometime in the New Year.

So what's at the top of the shop? Anyone not familiar with the work of Joy Orbison might want to use this track as a jumping of point. All I can tell you is that it will probably be playing at some point on my American rail holiday next year; you'll see why when you hit play... 

Joy Orbison - Transition 2 (2018)


  1. DD is a heavy user of Spotify and despite the fact she holds down a job I was amazed by how many hours she racked up in a year when she got the stats. I'm still stuck on iTunes which I think may well shut up shop soon.

    Mr WIAA liked Joy O's Transition and I can see how it would be perfect for your American rail holiday - I think I would have to listen to it a few more times, it's probably a grower.

  2. What a lovely thought, that our records would talk to each other when we're not there. There's an animation short in there somewhere, surely? - it could include some label logo jealousy (who'd want to have a plastic moulded one?) as well as the trials and tribulations of being scratched, left sleeveless and abused at parties (not that yours would have been, I hasten to add).

    1. Taking my records to parties? Have you taken leave of your senses?