Stuck On Repeat… July and August 2017

Summer seems to have had a mellowing effect on my musical tastes, because everything is quite chilled on this installment of #stuckonrepeat. For the full playlist, click here.

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Edgy with synthesisers, but still that late night-dark road, rock n roll that I love. You can’t beat a tune from the Boss. The original and the best version.

Favourite lyric: Hey little girl is your daddy home/Did he go away and leave you all alone/I got a bad desire/I’m on fire

Love Is Blindness – The Damn Truth

Heard on an advert and I shamefully never realised that it was a U2 song. Love the vocals on this version, there’s an urgency to the desire which borders on hysteria.

Favourite lyric: Love is blindness/I don’t want to see/Won’t you wrap the night/Around me?

Hushabye Mountain – Julie London

A classic lullaby that stuck with me for years and then I heard it on an advert for Audi and fell for its charms again. The sibilance alone is a joy to hear.

Favourite lyric: The winds of night so softly are sighing/Soon they will fly your troubles to sea.

Aerial Ocean – The Pines

I have to thank Jack Savoretti for introducing me to this beautiful tune. It’s ethereal and wistful and reminds me of big sunset skies.

Favourite lyric: So low and behold we’re all just silhouettes in the sunset

You Do Something To Me – Skunk Anansie

I already loved the Paul Weller version but together with Skin’s voice this transcends into something vulnerable and delicate, but could still rip you apart.

Favourite lyric: You do something wonderful/Then chase it all away/Mixing my emotions/That throws me back again

My Eyes – The Lumineers

I heard this in the final moments of the last ever episode of Reign and adored the melancholy nature of it. It sounds like the song of a disappointed lover, knowing they will be hurt again.

Favourite lyric: Oh, the devil’s inside/You opened the door/You gave him a ride

Unforgettable – French Montana, Swae Lee, Major Lazer

The sound of the summer, laid back and sexy. I prefer the Major Lazer remix to give it a bit of a punch.

Favourite lyric: I’m gonna catch the rhythm while she push up against me/Ooh, and she tipsy

Thinking Of A Place – The War On Drugs

Someone shared this on Twitter and I found I couldn’t stop playing it. It changes and moves as if exploring the soul. Ten minutes of utter bliss that I need to play very loudly on a road trip somewhere warm.

Favourite lyric: Love me every night/Drown me in the water/Hold my hand and there’s something turning me

Still The Same – Bob Seger

Thanks to Ozark for this one, it’s the song that Tuck plays on stop on the jukebox and I can see why. It’s borderline honkytonk mixed with a bit of darkness.

Favourite lyric: You’re still damn good, no one’s gotten to you yet

What are your current musical earworms? Let me know in the comments!

Stuck on Repeat… October 2016

October proved to be a busy but better month with a flurry of social activity and a couple of live music performances seeing a favorite up and coming talent. Also, a few weeks back I asked people on Twitter and Facebook what their current earworms were. Thank you to everyone who submitted songs, they’re on my radar and may even feature here soon!

Remember you can follow the full #stuckonrepeat playlist on Spotify here.

Million Reasons – Lady Gaga

I was blown away by Gaga’s performance of this in Carpool Karaoke. To be able to convey so much emotion singing along in a car is a talent indeed. This is a gorgeous song (co-written by Mark Ronson) and makes a change for me from her usual frothy pop tunes.

Favourite lyric: I bow down to pray/I try to make the worst seem better/Lord, show me the way
/To cut through all his worn out leather

Waste A Moment – Kings of Leon

Great to see KOL are back after a brief hiatus. This is such an uplifting song, but every time I hear it, I always end up singing Love Will Tear Us Apart in the chorus. Is it just me that hears it? My bonkers brain making connections that only make sense to me?

Favourite lyric: Oh, take the time to waste a moment/Oh, never ask to be forgiven

To Be With You – Mr Big

A very guilty pleasure! YouTube brought me a classic tune from years ago… I’m amazed I still remembered most of the lyrics! #Sorrynotsorry for the retro trip.  

Favourite lyric: You can make my life worthwhile/I can make you start to smile

City Of Stars – Ryan Gosling (La La Land Soundtrack)

Come January when La La Land is released in UK cinemas, you’ll understand why this has been playing on a loop despite being only a minute-something long. I’ll write a review closer to release but take it from me, it’s a wonderful, marvellous film. 

Favourite lyric: Is this the start of something wonderful and new?/Or one more dream that I cannot make true

Never Be Like You – Flume feat Kai

I was completely late to the Flume party but I’ve been really enjoying this tune. A tale of mistakes made, it sounds real and honest. 

Favourite lyric: I’m only human. Can’t you see?/I made, I made a mistake

Kiss You All Over – Exile

Yes, I heard this song on Employee of the Month. Yes, it’s super cheesy. Yes, that makes two 80s tunes on the blog this month. This song is so chilled you won’t even mind. Check out the Spanish version for extra joy points. 

Favourite lyric: Stay with me, lay with me/Holding me, loving me, baby/Here with me, near with me/Feeling you close to me, baby

In The Name Of Your Love – Riley Smith, Nashville Cast

I’m so happy Nashville is back on our screens with clever writing and brilliant music. Newcomer Riley Smith pays Markus, a rocker who tries to reinvent his sound. Some of this season’s storylines have been a bit blah – Juliet and Avery, let’s move orrrrrnnn – but has produced some lovely tunes. 

Favourite lyric: I got some skeletons in my yesterday… 

That’s it for this month, catch you all soon and don’t forget to write your current earworms in the comments! C X 

Stuck on repeat… June and July 2016

Apologies dear readers/listeners for I have been naughty and condensed two months into one post. This is mainly because I felt that I couldn’t just write a post featuring two songs and that be it! Plus I was enjoying my holidays and  suffering from a particularly bad case of writers block (aka: everything I write is sh*t) so I’m giving you a double whammy, packed full of ear-wormy tunes for your enjoyment. 

Catch up with the full #stuckonrepeat playlist here

It’s not often that I would put two songs from the same artist but I really have been playing these non-stop these past months. 

Magnetised – Tom Odell

I’d heard this a few times on a Discover or  Hot Hits playlist and thought it pretty catchy, but it wasn’t until I saw the performance on Graham Norton again that I really felt the energy in the song. A tale of unrequited love/knowing when you give more than your lover reciprocates and yet still going back for more.

Favourite lyric: ‘Cause it’s not right, I’m magnetised / To somebody that don’t feel it / Love paralyzed, she’s never gonna need me / But sure as the world keeps the moon in the sky / She’ll keep me hanging on

Concrete – Tom Odell

Exploring the new album I kept skipping back to these two tracks. This is slinky, jazzy and moody all about empty hotel rooms and missing the connection with a lover, with a lyric (if misheard) is just the good side of naughty.  

Favourite lyric: Cause I’d sleep, on a bed that’s made of concrete / Just the two of us and, no sheet / Just your feet, rubbing up against mine

Cry – Nuuxs

I first saw Nuuxs at The Pheasantry on the Kings Road earlier this year as part of the Pizza Express Live gigs (originally going to support Tay Salem, see below) and was entertained enough by her main set – one of the stand out songs being In The Name Of (which I can’t find anywhere!) With Tay supporting her again at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho at the beginning of July, I was excited to hear more of the mix of 60’s cool and Shoreditch angst (in a good way). This title track from the current EP didn’t become an earworm until I replayed on Spotify and it was only upon listening carefully that I realised what I thought was another heartbreak song was something a lot darker and much more intense about overcoming abuse. It’s musical vengeance. 

Favourite lyric: I hope you do well in your prison cell

Stolen – Nuuxs

This was the song that stuck in my head on the way back from the gig. The version performed was powerful enough with just the female voice but this recording from the EP features Jake Gosling for the duet adding the male perspective to the lyrics. 

Favourite lyric: I let you worry / so I could be free

Written in Scars – Jack Savoretti

Mr Savoretti has made an appearance on StuckOnRepeat before with the stunning Catapult, the song that persuaded me to shell out for his gig at Somerset House – which was AMAZING!! The dude has stage presence, sings from the soul and is easy on the eye. (He made it on to the laminated list on this performance alone!) This was the track if been humming all day and we heard as part of soundcheck as we walked in to wait, plus the opener to the set. Just so punchy and apt in these post-brexit-quit-making-a-mockery-of-our-country-you-damned-politicians times!! 

Favourite lyric: We are the revolution, we want it all tonight, We want to take back what’s rightfully ours

Fight Til The End – Jack Savoretti 

It almost sounds like an intro to a Sergio Leone film, fast paced and frantic. It tells the story of a relationship that can’t stand on passion alone but feels too good to give up. It almost reminds me of my addiction to Haribo, ha!

Favourite lyric: We’re enemies, lovers, not friends

Iron – Tay Salem

The talent this guy has is ridic. Even the Red Bull Music Academy say so. Another awesome set enjoyed at the Pizza Express Jazz club and so brilliant to see the progression in confidence and skill with his songs. An EP is due soon (gimme Threads already!!) with this being the first release from it. 

Favourite lyric: Invisible chains / I was born free / but it’s harder to move than harder to see

Tonight You Belong To Me – Eddie Vedder

This has been a true earworm, seriously stuck on repeat in our house and driving my poor hubby insane with how often it gets played/repeated within the space of an hour let alone a day. It’s just the cutest song which I’d heard before but then watched being sung by a dad and his four year old daughter (I’m not a broody/affected by kids kinda girl but I sobbed happy tears at this duo.) It was written in the 1920’s and featured in the Steve Martin film The Jerk, but I found the Eddie Vedder version with Cat Power to be most pleasant. It’s a cutesy song about getting your ex lover back for one last time, which belies the simplicity of the song. Anyway, I dare you to not sing along AND harmonise!! And replay eleventy billion times!!

Favourite lyric: My honey I know / With the dawn / That you will be gone / But tonight / You belong to me

Tilted – Christine and the Queens

I’d heard great things about CATQ but never actually heard songs. Thankfully mainstream media (The Graham Norton Show) showcased this lady and her moves. Try not to tap along. 

Favourite lyric: I’m doing my face with magic marker / I’m in my right place, don’t be a downer.