20 songsThe Foolingest Playlist Ever

NeilBy | posted on 7th November 2014

You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.
Homer Simpson

For tortuous reasons of logic that I won't bore you with, I found myself searching Spotify for songs of foolishness and about fools. Suddenly sensing an opportunity for a playlist featuring one of my favourite songs of 2014, I pressed on until I had the requisite 20 songs and then some. A whittle later and I was bang on the arbitrary target.

Part of the fun of a non-musical theme like this is the drawing together of disparate artists - for some of whom it will be a first appearance on RRP - and the revisiting of forgotten acts and the discovering of new songs. So, sit back and enjoy the foolishness!

Perfume Genius - Fool

I have no choice but to describe this song in words already over-used by myself and others. It is stunning and beautiful. This live take loses some of the majestic power, but I'll put that down to it being a shakycam bootleg rather than the performance. Check out the atudio version on Spotify for the full whack on the head.

World Party - Ship Of Fools

Erasure - Ship of Fools

Erasure: shiny electro-pop that indie kids gradually feel more at ease to admit to quite liking as they grow older. Ship of Fools reached #6 in 1988.

Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools

As far as I know, no-one has ever had an issue with admitting to liking The Queen of Soul.

Starsailor - "Poor Misguided Fool"

I have to admit that I once reached that point where I couldn't take any more Starsailor; I think it was Alcoholic that did it for me in the end. Listening to this, and remembering some of their other songs I start to think that maybe they weren't so bad after all - perhaps suffered from over-exposure and from being not the only band of their kind around at the time.

Warpaint - Billie Holiday

I AM A CHEAT. THIS SONG DOES NOT CONTAIN FOOL IN THE TITLE.

That said, it is from an album called The Fool, and it follows a song by Billie Holiday. So that's all good, basically.