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… May and June 2017

These past two months have been full of music, mainly due to hours and hours of radio on an epic Californian road trip (blog to follow soon!) and it's festival season!

Here's what has been #stuckonrepeat – full playlist is here.

Slave To Love – Bryan Ferry

I'm not quite sure why but recently I've been loving the 80's classic sound of soft rock, synth and romance. This is such a sensual song, the beat could almost work for kizomba and you can't beat a classic!

Favourite lyric: We're too young to reason / Too grown up to dream

Amar Pelos Dois – Salvador Sobral

May isn't complete without The Eurovision Song Contest, one of my favourite nights of the year. Fiiiiinally, after what felt like a million years and on the day the Pope visited Fatima, Portugal won. The song deserved a win in my opinion; beautiful lyrics and a pretty melody. It's not a traditional Eurovision song (see Verka Serduchka – which I LOVE) but it felt completely different and what was needed for 2017.

Favourite lyric: Eu sei que não se ama sozinho / Talvez devagarinho possas voltar a aprender — I know that one can’t love alone / Maybe slowly you might learn again

River – Leon Bridges

I first heard this beautiful song in Big Little Lies and have been obsessed with it ever since. I sang it constantly on our road trip, following the great rivers of Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Park and now I sing it when I'm in the water swimming. It calms me, it gives me a rhythm, it transports me to a different place and it talks about the cleansing power of being in water.

Favourite lyric: In my darkness I remember / Momma’s words reoccur to me /"Surrender to the good Lord / And he’ll wipe your slate clean"

Here We Go Again (I Love Lake Tahoe) – A

This song takes me back to being a teen with low slung baggy jeans and hearing about this mythical land called Tahoe in California. Fast forward twenty years and I was actually here, playing this in my head the whole time. The most beautiful place, I wish I could've explored more of it!

Favourite lyric: All is quiet on New Years day / think I'll try and impress my mates / So I jump into the lake / I won't do that again (I know why now – IT'S BLOODY FREEZING!)

Fistful Of Love – Antony & The Johnsons

A controversial song, in that it's the view of an abused lover knowing the person they love can't express their love other than by leaving bruises. Awful, but juxtapose this with the bluesy jazz and the soaring brass section and it oddly feels like a positive experience, like someone coming to terms with their situation, understanding why other people react in a way.

Favourite lyric: And I feel the whip / And I know it's out of love

Shoop – Salt n Pepa

I blame an advert for this – Three Mobile ran an ad with a Giraffamingo or some such creature and I can't help but smile with "Snap, Chat, Pose, Post" and I've had this on repeat ever since. It's so upbeat, it's an instant mood lifter!

Favourite lyric: I'm not shy so I asked for the digits / A ho? No, that don't make me / See what I want slip slide to it swifty

Can't Get You Out Of My Head – The Sweeplings

So I may have heard this version on Love Island (don't judge me) and instantly Shazam-ed it. I actually hated this song – I've heard it nonstop since 2001 but this was beautiful, haunting and ethereal. I love the harmonies and you can usually hear me caterwauling along.

Favourite lyric: Every night, oh, every day / Just to be there in your arms / Won't you stay?

The Pretender – Foo Fighters

That EPIC set at Glastonbury (which I watched from my rock n roll sofa) reignited a love of all things Foo. I had one request – that they play my three favourite songs of theirs: My Hero, Best of You and this, The Pretender, a song that is more than just an amazing rock song. The layers of riffs and chords give me shivers and it reminds me of an excellent Bond score.

Favourite lyric: We are not permanent / We're temporary


Let me know what your earworms are on social or in the comments below!


Stuck on Repeat… March and April 2017

It’s not a long list for #stuckonrepeat this time because I have been binge watching all of the TV! For the full playlist click here.

Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka

I’d caught snippets of this so many times before hearing it (and being able to Shazam it) on Big Little Lies that I genuinely thought I was being haunted by a song. The instrumental and harmonies are just… *sighs*. This is the full ten minute version because life is short so fill it with good things. 

Favourite lyric: Maybe this time I can be strong / But since I know who I am / I’m probably wrong

Lay, Lady, Lay – Bob Dylan

The first few bars of this song has me feeling warmth on my skin; it’s sunshine in musical form and makes me think of languid limbs and lovers by the sea. I was transported to my happy place one March afternoon by a busker in the South Kensington tunnel en route to a V&A exhibition and I think his song was the highlight of the afternoon.

Favourite lyric: Why wait any longer for the world to begin / You can have your cake and eat it too / Why wait any longer for the one you love / When he’s standing in front of you

Teenage Fever – Drake

We’re all still left wondering if the showmance between JLo and Drizzy was just a subtle tactic to get rights for the sample of If You Had My Love but even if it was, it was worth it. A sexy little number. 

Favourite lyric: If you had my love / And I gave you all my trust/ Would you comfort me?

I’ll Come Crashing – A Giant Dog

This was stuck in my head after watching Girlboss and it’s replaced Too Funky as the best song to get me out of bed. It’s feisty, angry and very kick ass. Need something done? Play this and feel awesome. 

Favourite lyric: Nothing in my nature tells me not to do bad things / I know that I really should be good tonight.

Sleep No More – Jack Savoretti

It wouldn’t be a #stuckonrepeat post without an appearance from ol’ Jack. The album was on loop for most of March as I went to the last gig of the Sleep No More Tour at the Royal Festival Hall; an amazing night that had everyone up in their seats and the aisles (and even me in front of the stage!) dancing. This is one of my favourites especially because of the whistling. You can’t beat a song that has whistling!

Favourite lyric: I need the love you give me 

Stuck On Repeat… January and February 2017

Delayed and a little short for two months, but better late than never! Here’s what I’ve been playing non stop for the start of 2017.

For the full #stuckonrepeat playlist click here.

Cry Me A River – Jack Savoretti

Jack is no stranger to this playlist. His gravelly tones seduced me last year. I’ve been playing his tracks ever since and going to see him live a second time at the Royal Festival Hall later in March. This version taps in to the heartbreak in a way that JT’s didn’t.

Favourite lyric: Now you tell me you need me / When you call me on the phone

Too Funky – George Michael

I’m still gutted at his loss. Just, ugh, such a talent. Thankfully this wonderful song has been a huge motivation in getting me out of bed/conquering the world/accompanying my everyday exercise routine/general strutting around house in my pants. The video is filled with supermodels and just general 90’s excess. It’s a delight. 

Favourite lyric: Will you stop playing that radio of yours? I’m trying to get some sleep!

Wild Card – Nashville Cast (Lennon Stella)

Another Nashville hit that I got obsessed with this past season which is a little sassy and tongue in cheek. I love that it’s a little naughty but nice. We all have two sides to our personality, right?

Favourite lyric: I’m a wild card / I’m a sweetheart / I’ve got fever in my blood

Terrible Love (Alternate Version) – The National

How have I never heard of this band before? Thankfully a rather schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks movie played this (don’t judge me) and I fell in love. A thumping heartbeat of drums with soaring guitars and vocals does good things to my soul.

Favourite lyrics: But I won’t follow you into the rabbit hole / I said I would, but then I saw
Your shivered bones

Dangerous – The XX

I heard this on Instagram in a dance clip and was captivated by the funkier sound from the band, especially on this track with its brass section. It just makes me want to dance and that’s always a good thing.

Favourite lyric: Should it all fall down / You’ll have been my favourite mistake

Shotgun Mouthwash – High Contrast

Having only seen Trainspotting for the first time over Christmas (shut it, I know!) I grabbed the opportunity to see T2: Trainspotting on opening weekend for hubby’s birthday. I loved the film, loved how dark and grown up it was. I also really enjoyed the soundtrack. The film opens with this gem. I’m a huge fan of a dirty electro bass line and this has it in buckets.

Favourite lyric: A million little pieces will never be enough for you

Thanks for reading and listening!


Stuck on Repeat… November and December 2016

Yikes, this one is a tad late coming but better late than never! It’s just a short compilation for the end of the year as there was a lot of wailing along to Mariah’s classic Christmas tune. To listen to the full playlist just click here and don’t forget to follow. 

Paint It Black – Ramon Djawadi (Westworld Soundtrack)

Westworld became a must-see this past Autumn and one of the many things that made it work was the brilliant soundtrack using well known contemporary songs on a honkytonk piano. Weird, but wonderful. This is one of my favourite Stones songs which I almost didn’t recognise at first!

Favourite lyric: No actual lyrics in this version! 

Enjoy The Silence – Ki:Theory

I heard this on a trailer for the live action Call of Duty film and loved the even darker, industrial version Ki:Theory has created. Check out their version of Stand By Me too. 

Favourite lyric: All I ever needed / All I ever wanted was here in my arms

You Made Your Bed (So Lay In It) – Travis Garland

I caught this on an Instagram video that had a couple dancing bachata. It’s punchy and vengeful and a little kick ass too. 

Favourite lyric: I know you think of me tonight / When you got no one by your side

Reflecting Light – Sam Phillips

I have Gilmore Girls to thank for this one and the wonderful A Year In The Life Of specials that came out late November. It’s a beautiful song that comes at a beautiful moment in the finale (no spoilers from me here) and it stuck with me. 

Favourite lyric: And the moon’s never seen me before / But I’m reflecting light

Careless Whisper – George Michael

It feels like 2016 just couldn’t let things be, it had to take some of the most influential musicians and artists away from us. The year ended how it started, with a shock death and this one really got to me because I feel like I’ve grown up on so much of his music. This song is proof that good music never ages. 

Favourite lyric: Maybe it’s better this way / We’d hurt each other with the things we want to say

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… May 2016

As always, you can follow and listen to the #stuckonrepeat playlist here.

May is traditionally Eurovision month and this year was an exceptionally brilliant show. I actually liked quite a few of the songs but thought the show in general was excellent – well done to hosts Måns and Petra. Speaking of Måns…

Heroes – Måns Zelmerlöw

Last year’s winner didn’t actually become an earworm for me until hearing it this year. In fact, last year, I preferred the Latvian entry! It doesn’t do any harm that Måns is easy on the eye plus those Swedes can make music and it was the first song I managed to sing along to after a nasty bout of the evil lurgy. 

Favourite lyric: We are the heroes of our time/ But we’re dancing with the demons in our minds.

Sound of Silence – Dami Im

Who would have thought the Aussies could have come second in Eurovision?! So very close! This was definitely the most well rounded song of the competition from their TV winner. Beautiful voice. 

Favourite lyric: Now my heart awakes to the sound of silence / And it beats to the sound of silence

One Dance – Drake

I take issue with Drake’s songs at times; he wants to have his lady cake and to eat it too. Doesn’t want a “clingy” girl but doesn’t want to let her be anyone else’s either or have the same level of “fun” that he has at the club. Riiiight. Anyways, this is so damned catchy with that little Afrobeat riff and rhythm that the misogyny is almost forgotten. 

Favourite lyric: You know you gotta stick by me / Soon as you see the text, reply me 

In Common – Alicia Keys

I mean this in the nicest way possible (completely sans shade Ms Keys) but when I first heard this, I didn’t realise it was Alicia Keys. It sounds SO different to her usual sound; modern, fresh and reminded me of when she burst on to the scene way back when. 

Favourite lyric: Who wants to love somebody like me? / You wanna love somebody like me? / If you could love somebody like me / You must be messed up too

Close – Nick Jonas ft Tove Lo

From the brilliant Jealous to another catchy yet slightly darker song about emotions, I’ve found myself singing the hook to the point of annoyance. The video is pretty odd, all greasy bodies in vests and pants but I’ll forgive it for the tune. 

Favourite lyric: Cause space was just a word made up by someone who’s afraid to get close

Stuck on repeat… February 2016

I’ve been enjoying a real mix of earworms recently, mostly fuelled by an 80’s and 90’s music challenge (the challenge being to pick just one song per day for a week – how many awesome songs exist in this era?!) and also driving the neighbour’s mad with incessant replays of Jack Savoretti tracks as I continue to discover his back catalogue. As per usual, just click on the song links or you can follow all the #stuckonrepeat tracks on my Spotify playlist, available here

The Other Side of Love – Jack Savoretti 

As I mentioned, I’ve been trying to make amends for the lack of Jack in my life and playing his stuff non-stop. I love this track for the more upbeat tempo and the affirming “love and let love” message. 

Favourite lyric: We are angels, we are demons, we are children all the same. 

Don’t Rain on my Parade – Barbra Streisand

From contemporary singer-songwriter to show tunes…and why not?! I’ve recently felt a need to distance myself from distractions and other people’s dramas. Quite simply: not my circus, not my monkeys. It’s been refreshing to refocus on important people and step away from any negative energy which I am super susceptible to. This song is an anthem to stepping away from the no-flow and embracing the yes!

Favourite lyric: Don’t tell me not to fly/I’ve simply got to/If someone takes a spill/It’s me and not you!/Who told you you’re allowed/To rain on my parade! 

Us Against the World – Coldplay

I can’t sing along to this song without my voice cracking on the eponymous lyrics; I can’t tell if it’s because I can’t sing (full stop!) in that low register comfortably or if the emotion of the song just gets to me – it’s probably the latter. Just a darling song about two people against the pressures of the world. For someone so cynical, I’m actually quite the sappy romantic!

Favourite lyric: And sing slow it down/Through chaos as it swirls/It’s us against the world

Tuyo – Rodrigo Amarante

I’ve heard this theme tune the most for the past few weeks as we indulged in a Netflix binge of the excellent Narcos. Cold winter nights and weekends are perfect for box set binges and this followed on from the brilliant Making a Murderer – also worth a watch if you want your blood to boil. Narcos’ theme is sensual, languid and with a slight edge; a great fit for looking into the story of drugs and one of the world’s most dangerous men. The opening lyric (my favourite bit) conveys addiction and its destructive power just right.  

Favourite lyric: Soy el fuego que arde tu piel/soy el agua que mata tu sed.

(I am the fire that burns your skin/I am the water that kills your thirst.)

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’arby

I heard a cover of this on The Voice and thought the guy did a really decent job of it, but I couldn’t believe how long it had been since I’d last heard this song! I love the upbeat 90’s vibe of this tune. 

Favourite lyric: Slowly, but surely your appetite is more than I knew.

Army – Ellie Goulding

I think she’s written this for a friend who has stuck by her through thick and thin, but in the same vein of Us Against the World, this is about that special person that always has your back. I totally relate to this – thanks to an amazing soulmate who always has my back, I have the courage to fight the world every day. 

Favourite lyric: When I’m with you/I’m standing with an army

Liberian Girl – Michael Jackson

This song is one of my absolute MJ favourites and featured in my hits of the 80’s week. Super simple construct and that sexy gentle beat of far away lands. 

Favourite lyric: Just Like In The Movies/With Two Lovers In A Scene/And She Says /”Do You Love Me”/And He Says So Endlessly /“I Love You, Liberian Girl”

Thanks for reading! Share your earworms in the comments below. X

Stuck on repeat…November 2015

The latest SOR is laden this month as I’ve really been enjoying my tunes! There’s a real mix of genres as always and you can follow all my musical #stuckonrepeat adventures on my Spotify playlist here. Click on titles for links to the songs. 

Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart
You can’t beat a good synth beat. Play this loud whilst walking down a street and werrk it girlfriend! *clicks fingers*

Favourite lyric: I wear my sunglasses at night / So I can, So I can / Watch you weave then breathe your story lines

Powerful Love – Chuck & Mac

I caught this at the end of Looper (a brilliant little sci-fi film with a great cast) feeling mood indigo at the horrors of the world and missing hubby who was away on a work trip. There’s something about this kind of voice that suits a heart that hurts. 

Favourite lyric: Because I love you, with a love so powerful / Oh, so powerful, it’s a sin

Nemesis – Benjamin Clementine

I heard this on TFI Friday and was transfixed by the simplicity of the song and the tone of his voice: Nina Simone reincarnated. Beautiful and soaring with the best use of a hum. 

Favourite lyric: If I held my breath on you / I would have died a thousand times / And if chewing was to show you how much I cared / I’d probably be wearing a denture by now

Iron Sky – Paolo Nutini (Hudson Mohawke Remix)

So much evil in the world and somehow I keep reverting back to this beautiful song. Listen to the original, but this version is pretty cool too. How many songs do you know that contain a portion of a Charlie Chaplin speech?

Favourite lyrics: [the entire Great Dictator speech but especially…] You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful

Josephine – Ritual

A beautiful song which reminds me of my darling Joseph-ine. Features the stunning tones of Lisa Hannigan. 

Favourite lyric: I’ll never be good enough / I warned you babe / But let me try once more

Intro (Delirium) & Aftertaste – Ellie Goulding

I wonder if Miss G has the same problem as me; always thinking people are saying your name? No? Just me then! Love this intro and first track off the new album. 

Favourite lyric: I know there’s nothing that I can do to make you stay / But one thing I know that will always remain / And that’s the aftertaste

Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay

I’ve loved these guys since I first heard Yellow and it’s been interesting to hear their sound change over the years. This is a Coldplay version of a disco song and that makes me happy. 

Favourite lyric: And if we’ve only got this life / You get me through / And if we’ve only got this life / In this adventure, oh then I /Want to share it with you

Stuck on repeat…October 2015

Apologies for the lack of posts this month – I have a million post ideas but have lacked the drive to make the words flow out from my brain. 

I’ve been working a little which has limited my music listening and so this months post is a little shorter. I’ve been walking through parks and spooky alleyways and so prefer to remain vigilant to sounds around me, plus I don’t want headphones falling out whilst I’m sprinting for trains and trams (which I do. A LOT.) Click on the titles for their Spotify links and follow my special Curiosity Killed Stuck on Repeat playlist here

Sorry – Justin Bieber

#sorrynotsorry Look, I never thought in a million, trillion years I would play one of his songs willingly, never mind play it over and over again, but his recent few releases have been catchy little buggers and I can’t stop myself. Of course, I still think he’s a bit of a twerp. 

Favourite lyric: I’ll take every single piece of the blame / If you want me to / But you know that there is no innocent one in this game for two

Hello – Adele

Where to start? The lyrics, the vocal, the flip phone… Just. Brilliant. And I can’t wait for more amazingness from the album.  

Favourite lyric: At least I can say that I’ve tried / To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart / But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

Magnets – Disclosure ft. Lorde

This is such a sinister, creepy little song about being with someone you shouldn’t be with. No surprise that I love the darkness of it with Lorde’s vocals adding a deeper tone.  

Favourite lyric: Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know

Love for That – Mura Masa

First heard this on a long Sunday drive back from the coast and frankly I don’t think you can go wrong with cellos to start a track.

Favourite lyric: If I don’t think it’s right, you’ll think I’m wrong

Writing’s on the Wall – Sam Smith

Ok, so I know in my last post I sort of lambasted this theme tune for not being as strong as other Bond songs, but after having seen Spectre (and LOVING it) I take it all back! It is worked so beautifully into the title sequence and perfect for the film. 

Favourite lyric: How do I live? How do I breathe? / When you’re not here I’m suffocating / I want to feel love, run through my blood