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Losing my edge…

I could go on for a very long time about how great LCD Soundsystem were, but I think one of the best ways to illustrate how great they were is through their impeccable taste. The song ‘Losing my edge’ was the first single they put out, its about the pointless one-upmanship music fans have and is also a great basis for a playlist..

So here is the song..

And my playlist of all the bands namechecked in the song, and yes the sonics do get mentioned four times, no bad thing. Its also worth noting there are a few stinkers in here so get your skip button ready…

Every band namechecked in losing my edge

  1. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
  2. Can – Vitamin C
  3. Suicide – Ghost Rider
  4. Captain Beefheart – Ice Cream For Crow
  5. Daft Punk – Around The World (Radio Edit)
  6. The Beach Boys – I Get Around
  7. Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner (Twice)
  8. Pere Ubu – Navvy
  9. The Outsiders – Time Won’t Let Me
  10. Nation of Ulysses – Spectra Sonic Sound
  11. Mars – Outside Africa
  12. The Trojans – Gaelic Ska
  13. Black Dice – Snarly Yow
  14. Todd Terry – Something Goin’ On
  15. The Germs – Lexicon Devil
  16. SECTION 25 – Looking From A Hilltop
  17. Althea And Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
  18. a-ha – Take On Me
  19. Dorothy Ashby – Soul Vibrations
  20. Public Image Limited – (This Is Not A) Love Song
  21. Johnny Pacheco – Quitate Tú (Live At The Cheetah)
  22. The Bar-Kays – Too Hot To Stop (Pt. 1) – Single Version
  23. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  24. The Normal – Warm Leatherette
  25. Lou Reed – Vicious
  26. Scott Walker – The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime)
  27. The Monks – Blockhead
  28. Joy Division – Transmission
  29. The Lower 48 – The End
  30. The Association – Windy
  31. Sun Ra – Door To The Cosmos
  32. Scientists – We Had Love
  33. 10cc – I’m Not In Love
  34. Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
  35. Index – Vintage
  36. Basic Channel – Quadrant Dub I
  37. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Don’t Stop..Planet Rock
  38. Juan Atkins – Track Ten
  39. David Axelrod – The Human Abstract
  40. The Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream
  41. Gil Scott-Heron – Me And The Devil
  42. The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  43. Faust – Jennifer
  44. Mantronix – Got To Have Your Love
  45. Pharoah Sanders – You’ve Got To Have Freedom
  46. The Swans – Will You Be Mine
  47. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  48. The Sonics – Have Love Will Travel
  49. The Sonics – Psycho
  50. The Sonics – The Witch
  51. The Sonics – Louie Louie

Answer songs

I started getting interested in Answer songs after discovering a cracking pair of records by Big Mama Thornton and Rufas Thomas

And so I started work on a playlist which has a collection of Answer tracks which don’t sound awful

Response Songs


  1. Fontella Bass – Rescue Me – Single Version
  2. Elsie Mae – Do You Really Want To Rescue Me, Part 1
  3. James Brown – It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World – Mono Version
  4. Neneh Cherry – Woman
  5. Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
  6. Rufus Thomas – Bear Cat
  7. Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me
  8. Carla Thomas – I’ll Bring It Home To You
  9. Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
  10. The Bar-Kays – Son Of Shaft
  11. Jean Knight – Mr. Big Stuff
  12. Vicki Anderson – I’m Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants)
  13. Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You
  14. Muddy Waters – Just Make Love To Me (I Want To Make Love To You)
  15. The Clash – I Fought The Law
  16. Dead Kennedys – I Fought the Law

Having one of those high fidelity moments..

Every so often I make mixtapes or playlists as we now call them, I put one foot in the digital age but still have a physical record collection I’m awkward like that. Anyway I have a number rules which must be adhered to at all times, like I say im awkward I think I must have derived these originally from Nick Hornby:

To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with “Got to Get You Off My Mind”, but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs and…oh, there are loads of rules.

One of my favorite playlists I’ve created was the first Northern Soul playlist I put togther, Im pretty sure I know next to nothing about the genre as a whole, I blame being born too late.. but hey its got some great tracks on it and maybe its a good introduction to the Genre?

Its called For when Sam is Moody because it always brightens her day when I play it and heres the link:

For when sam is moody


  1. Marlena Shaw – California Soul
  2. Minnie Riperton – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
  3. The Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man – Single Version
  4. Jean Knight – Mr. Big Stuff
  5. Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
  6. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Nowhere To Run – With Adrian Cronauer Intro
  7. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown
  8. Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
  9. Jackson 5 – ABC
  10. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  11. Fontella Bass – Rescue Me – Single Version
  12. Sugar Pie DeSanto – Soulful Dress
  13. Fontella Bass – Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing
  14. Elsie Mae – Do You Really Want To Rescue Me, Part 1
  15. Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
  16. Etta James – In The Basement, Part One – Single Version
  17. Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons – The Night – 1972 Album Version
  18. Sammy Davis, Jr. – You Can Count On Me
  19. The Isley Brothers – Twist And Shout
  20. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Mono Version
  21. Billy Stewart – Summertime – Single Version
  22. Sam & Dave – Hold On I’m Coming
  23. Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell – 1986 Stereo Remix
  24. Sugar Pie DeSanto – I Want To Know
  25. Etta James – Seven Day Fool – Single Version
  26. Koko Taylor – Don’t Mess With The Messer
  27. Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman – Single/LP Version
  28. The Velvelettes – He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ – Single Version
  29. Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long
  30. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
  31. Shirley Ellis – Soul Time – Single Version
  32. Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
  33. Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me
  34. The Temptations – Get Ready
  35. Aretha Franklin – Chain Of Fools
  36. The Coasters – Down In Mexico
  37. Esther Marrow – Chains of Love
  38. Sly & The Family Stone – Underdog