PlaylistMay 2014: Don’t You Forget About Me

NeilBy | posted on 2nd May 2014

Having spent April at the top end of my "most listened" charts, this month I'll be scrabbling around under the sofa cushions looking for long-lost items and digging right down to the bottom of the crate in search of those artists who I don't listen to anything like as much as I thought I did. Some will be multi-million selling artists that have just never quite caught my attention, some will be artists I used to have on constant repeat back in those olden times of having to physically place one physical object inside another to make sound, but which have since fallen by the wayside.

When someone tells you what music they love, ask them what they actually listen to and you might get a more truthful picture: some of the artists in this playlist, remarkably, don't even feature in my "top 500 most listened to" list, which means they've received fewer listens than Coldplay, a band that I have professed to hate on several past occasions, and yet are flying high in 275th place on my last.fm chart.

So, coming up from now until the end of the month are 31 artists that you might expect - I might have expected - that I would listen to a lot more often than I do.

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Track of the Day Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues Share TagsfolkMarcus GreilBob Dylan’s great. I love Bob Dylan. I love "Lay Lady Lay", "Visions of Johanna", ‘It’s all Over Now, Baby Blue’, "Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands", "Like a … >>
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Track of the Day Siouxsie and The Banshees - Spellbound Share Tagsnew wavepost-punkCatchy without feeling melodic is how Simon Reynolds describes the early sound of Siouxsie & The Banshees, and that lack of melody might be one of the reasons … >>
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Track of the Day Inspiral Carpets - Caravan Share TagsbaggymadchesterOldham’s Inspiral Carpets were one of those classic 80s/90s indie bands who came out of the North-West. Along with Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and others, they fused the original … >>
Track of the Day Supergrass - Pumping on Your Stereo Share Tags90sbritpopglamWith their cheeky kids "n" escapades debut I Should Coco, and the success of "Alright" (a number 2 hit in the summer of 1995), Supergrass have since been often … >>
Track of the Day Dodgy - In a Room Share TagsbritpopUnlike Supergrass (see yesterday’s track) Dodgy were never quite able to discard the off-the-wall approach of The Dodgy Album and move into more serious territory with later albums. That … >>
Track of the Day Sugar - Tilted Share After The Pixies stole Bob Mould's Hüsker Dü blueprints and created their own somewhat softer version, and after Mould stole their version of his blueprint back for his new … >>
Track of the Day Robyn Hitchcock - Glass Hotel Share First as a member of The Soft Boys, then Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians and most recently with Venus 3, Robyn Hitchcock has been making various degrees of sense … >>
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Track of the Day He's Misstra Know-It-All Stevie Wonder - He’s Misstra Know-It-All Share TagsmotownI have Giles Smith to thank for my appreciation of Stevie Wonder; specifically the Stevie Wonder of Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, and Songs in the Key of … >>
Track of the Day The Cure - High Share Tagsgothnot gothFirst thing to say about The Cure: I’m not really a fan. I know. This is at the very least somewhat surprising, and in some quarters would be … >>
Track of the Day The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored Share Tagsbaggybest album evermadchesterAs word gets round that The Stone Roses are to split again, it takes me back to when The Stone Roses was regularly topping bestest album of … >>
Track of the Day Lambchop - Up With People Share TagsamericanacommutenostalgiaWe all have songs that we can relate to very specific events, moods or people. Who among us can think of D:Ream without being reminded of the optimism of … >>
Track of the Day The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth Share Tagsadvertcoolindieindie rockWhat is it with advertisers and their ability to take a perfectly decent song and ram it down your earholes continually for months, years on end, until you … >>
Track of the Day The Bluetones - If… Share Tags90sbritpopindieI’m sorry, Bluetones, I really am. From barely controlled excitement at best ever debut album by a British band in my lifetime Expecting to Fly via a confused relationship … >>
Track of the Day The Charlatans - The Only One I Know Share TagsbaggydebutindieThe Charlatans (or Charlatans UK if you’re reading this in the United States) are one of indie rock’s great survival stories. Formed in the late 80s, they started out … >>
Track of the Day James - Government Walls Share TagsliveAt a time when most people were discovering James through "Sit Down", I was not the exception to the rule. There they were, Easter holidays 1991, on Top of … >>
Track of the Day Pixies - Here Comes Your Man Share Tagsindie rockreunionNo Kim no deal, 1/10, 2/10, trampling all over their legacy: if you're even vaguely a fan of the Pixies you'll be familiar with the kind of spoiled … >>