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Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (1969)

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This song needs no introduction. Have a great week.

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LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police (2017)

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LCD Soundsystem have returned in the last week with ‘Call the Police’, a seven-minute ode to the sounds of David Bowie and U2. This is a welcome step off the dancefloor from my perspective. However, Mr James Murphy is evidently upset about something: “Well, there’s a full-blown rebellion but you’re easy to confuse/ By triggered kids and fakers and some questionable views,” he sings. The song is the lead single from the band’s upcoming new album – date and name TBC. Have a great week.

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Marah – Round Eye Blues (2000)

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For a while there in the late 1990s, Marah were the heirs apparent to Bruce Springsteen. Formed by singer-guitarist brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the band developed a reputation for their Boss-like live shows. The release of their second album, Kids in Philly, cemented this reputation, and no more so than in their delivery of ‘Round Eye Blues’.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2000

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 2000 in no particular order:

Radiohead – Idioteque

Blonde Redhead ‎- For The Damaged

Lambchop – Up With The People

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro

Outkast – Ms. Jackson

Marah – Round Eye Blues

Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers

Phoenix – Too Young

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Honourable mentions also go to: Grandaddy for ‘He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot‘; Erykah Badu for ‘Didn’t Cha Know‘; Daft Punk for ‘One More Time‘; Augie March for ‘The Hole In Your Roof‘; Missy Elliott for ‘Get Ur Freak On‘; D’Angelo for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)‘; and Edu K for his remix of Otto’s ‘Bob‘.

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Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (1977)

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Is this really the first song I’ve featured off the Fleetwood Mac’s off-the-chart success Rumours? Unsurprisingly, it is one of Stevie Nicks’ showpiece sounds ‘Dreams’. This time she takes aim at her strained relationship with Lindsey Buckingham; what they’d had and what they’d lost. Classic. The sound of 1977.

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Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How To Live (2016)

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I saw Monster Truck in Camden Town last night. Marshall stacks, Gibson guitars and the howling lead vocals of bassist Jon Harvey… this is Old school hard blues rock and it’s music to make you smile. ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’ features on their 2016 album Sittin’ Heavy.

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The Donkeys – Dolphin Center (2008)

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A band of school friends, The Donkeys evoke the nostalgic and sun-streaked sounds of The Band, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones. ‘Dolphin Center’ features on their 2008 album Living On The Other Side and shows how well they can craft laid-back country rock. Sam Sprague provides lead vocals, Anthony Lukens delivers the keyboard soundscape and Jessie Gulati stands out with that shuffling blues guitar solo.

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The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow (1967)

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Good morning Monday people! I give you the trippy, playful sounds of the Stones’ album Their Satanic Majesties Request. Led Zeppelin’s very own John Paul Jones arranged the distinctive string section on standout track ‘She’s A Rainbow’, two years before he joined Led Zeppelin. This was May 1967 and The Rollings Stones were singing a love song for the Summer. Have a great week.

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Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers (2000)

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Also in 2000, Richard Ashcroft wrote one of those love songs that doesn’t make my toes curl. ‘A Song For The Lovers’ was the opening track off his first solo album Alone With Everybody.

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Craig Finn – Preludes (2017)

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We All Want The Same Things will be the third solo album from The Hold Steady’s frontman and leader Craig Finn. Released by Partisan Records on 24 March, the album will feature 10 tales from the Twin Cities. I read that none will be more autobiographical than ‘Preludes’, which sounds as much The War On Drugs as it does The Hold Steady.

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The Doors – Light My Fire (1967)

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50 years ago last month, The Doors released their incredible debut album. The self-titled collection of songs was slow-burning its way through the early part of 1967 as fans of their hitherto blues rock were adjusting to a new fusion of rock, jazz, poetry and organ riffs. The hypnotic ‘Light My Fire’ would not emerge as their signature tune until Elektra Records and producer Paul Rothchild released a shorter single in April 1967. Inspired by some grade-A touch points (The Rolling Stones’ ‘Playing With Fire’, Fats Domino’s ‘Blueberry Hill’ and John Coltrane’s ‘Olé’), this descendent would climb even greater heights. Have a great week.

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Faces – Ooh La La (1973)

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Just before Rod Stewart went supernova, the Faces released their last album Ooh La La. It was 1973, and the title track was a most worthy swansong. Written by the two Ronnies, the song’s lead vocals were unusually provided by the rolling Mr. Wood. Have a great weekend.

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The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Second Life Replay (2008)

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Oh yes, now we are making up for a soft start to the week… drawing on the sound of the The Kinks, Faces and The Who, the late-noughties work of Swedish rockers The Soundtrack of Our Lives stood head and shoulders above their peers. ‘Second Life Replay’ featured on their 2008 album Communion.

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Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids (2016)

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Strand of Oaks is a project by Philly-based songwriter and producer Timothy Showalter. Previously an arbiter of folk rock, ‘Radio Kids’ sounds more like an arena-rock sing-your-guts-out anthem à la the E Street Band, or more recently, The Hold Steady. I like. Strand of Oaks’ new album Hard Love is out this week via Dead Oceans.

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Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (1975)

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In 1975, Stevie Nicks’ currency went stratospheric with her vocal performances on ‘Rhiannon’ and ‘Landslide’, which both featured on Fleetwood Mac’s second eponymous album. On joining the band with Lindsey Buckingham in 1975, Nicks penned and sang the bittersweet ‘Landslide’. The band were reborn and would dominate the airwaves for the next few years.

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