My melancholy playlist has had more comments (47) than my last Bass post, mostly along the lines ofTurn it off”, “DirgeandTrout Mask Replica“.

So here, courtesy of my Spotify history, are seven happy tracks to see you through the Distancing. This lot aren’t quite as obscure.

1) Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer

Played this on the morning I got married. Sentimental git.

2) Danny & the Champions of the World – These Days

Wonderful beat. Happiest video ever, too. That’s not US Dave dancing, in case you wondered.

3) David Gray – Babylon

Or should this be on the melancholy list ?

4) New Radicals – You Get What You Give

“One dance left, this world is gonna pull through,

Don’t give up You’ve got a reason to live

Can’t forget We only get what we give

5) Allo Darlin’ – Dreaming

Their 2012 gig at Queens Social Club was the best night of my life. I only dance to this.

6) Julia Jacklin – Pressure to Party

MORE Julia Jacklin?! My most played song of 2019, pure euphoria, an “I Will Survive” for the 21st Century.

7) I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts played at the Abbey after a Cambridge win.

This is the 12″ version. LifeAfterFootball knows the words.

And as a bonus for the more cultured among you,

Sibelius 5th Symphony – Finale. Astonishing amateur version here.

Wot no “Spirit of Radio” or “Highway 61” ? etc etc


  1. It’s brave to bare one’s soul, especially when it comes to one’s taste in music, but still a rather strange selection, Martin.

    Personally I would put Babylon in the melancholy section, and I’m afraid Julia Jacklin hasn’t won me over, certainly not yet! I take it there’s some obscure, football-related, in-joke about I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, but a voice from my dim and distant past, tells me there’s a connection with that old-time music-hall song and Man City. Am I right, or did I just dream that?

    For my money though, the best “happy” track has to be Happy by Pharrell Williams.

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    1. If you can’t bare your soul in the current times, you never will, Paul 😉

      The job of the young is to annoy the elderly with their music choices, of course.
      I think you’re taking an altogether take on “happiness” to me.

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      1. “If you can’t bare your soul in the current times, you never will.” Very true, Martin!

        Stay safe and best wishes to you, Mrs RM and the boys.

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