My iPod is sitting next to me, charging nicely up. So I thought now would be as reasonable a time as any to try another round of .... iPod Roulette!
So, on with the shuffle songs mode, and the first five out are...
1: Going Nowhere - Gabrielle
I've never bought a Gabrielle album but I've always found her songs listenable and lacking in blandness. Not the biggest compliment in the world perhaps, but not an insult either... and this song does at least tell you where the famous chorus for Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know really came from. I've got Gabrielle's Should I Stay on the iPod too.
2: Love Is The Drug - Roxy Music
Oooh, aye. Great intro, fantastic motor car sound effects, shameless hedonism and a seediness which is well within the borders of acceptability. It's life as a man in need. It's awesome.
3: Left To My Own Devices - Pet Shop Boys
"Learn to ignore what the photographer saw!" Not a song designed to show off Tennant's pristine rhyming couplets, but the combination of concert strings and beefed up synths, plus his half-arsed delivery, still makes this song work on so many levels. The words to the chorus are so simple and yet so effective. Five minutes of thoroughly gratifying listening. It dies on an 80s dancefloor, mind.
4: The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich
All I know about Charlie Rich was that he had, er, a rich head of grey hair and a fantastically pleading voice. This was on my dad's country compilation albums and I grew up with it. Marvellous.
5: Lovesong - The Cure
This is the six minute version from Mixed Up. What I do adore about this record, in its regular or longer form, is the way a new track is introduced in each bar, a bit like when you hear either version of Close To Me. Again, a simple but heartfelt lyric and that element of mild constipatory pain Robert Smith put into his singing lifts the song above the gloom.
I'll put the iPod back on charge now. Over to you...