Sunday, 26 February 2012

Ape Shit

As the learned know only too well, the nature of Monkey was irrepressible. It's only fair then that this week Centrelinked paid tribute to the great sage, equal of heaven, King Monkey himself (and all his simian minions). What's that? Oh OK, I played songs about chimpanzees for an hour.  

For posterity's sake, these were the kings of the swingers and the jungle VIPs...

What Got Played
Theme from the Monkees - the Monkees
Monkey - George Michael
Dolphins were Monkeys - Ian Brown
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey - the Beatles
Monkey - Custard
Brass Monkey - the Beastie Boys
Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
Everybody Knows the Monkey - Mighty Mighty
Monkey Man - The Specials
Strictly Rubbadub (Slow Country) - Gorillaz v Space Monkeyz
Ape Man - the Kinks 
Monkey on Your Back - Clinic
Planet of the Apes (The Musical) - Troy McClure and the Simpsons cast
Funky Gibbon - the Goodies

... and this week's threat/treat: Monkey Magic - Godiego, which you can relive in all it's glory here. Alternatively you can take my friend Yakflange's advice and go straight to the end credits of Monkey with the emotional anthem Gandhara. They say it was in India, apparently...  

plus stuff that lovely people suggested
Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
Shock the Monkey - Peter Gabriel
Me and My Monkey - Robbie Williams
Monkeys - Echo and the Bunnymen
Monkey Business - the Hollies
Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters

Feel free to add to the list in the comments below. It's always lovely to hear from you. 

Centrelinked: Saturday mornings from 10(ish) on 98.9 North West FM (  

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

I Choo-Choo Choose You

So I’m back from freezing my little bottom off in the UK and into the warm, welcoming bosom of North West FM. With thinking abilities seriously affected by jetlag I kept the topic for this week’s Centrelinked simple: choo choo trains to match my choo choo brains.

I suspect there could be a whole section in record shops devoted to train songs, and within that a whole section devoted to Johnny Cash, but this is what me and the lovely listeners came up with this week…

What Got Played
Groovy Train – the Farm
Train in Vain – the Clash
5:15 – the Who
Mystery Train – Elvis
Let the Train Blow the Whistle – Johnny Cash
Train Song – Vashti Bunyan
Friendship Train – Nancy and Lee
Night Train – James Brown
Train Song – Flying Burrito Brothers
Carter Takes a Train – Roy Budd
Rasta Train – Lee Scratch Perry
Waiting for the Ghost Train – Madness
Railroad Man - Eels
just enough of the Locomotion to annoy – Kylie Minogue
Last Train to Transcentral – KLF

What I didn’t get to play because I didn’t have enough time…
Train Truck Tractor – the Pastels
Railway Jam – Saint Etienne
Last of the Steam Powered Trains – the Kinks
Time Goes by When You’re the Driver of a Train – Half Man Half Biscuit
Last Train to London – ELO
Take the A Train – Duke Ellington
Last Train (Trainspotting Dub) – Primal Scream
The People Who Wave at Trains – Darren Hanlon
Long Black Train – Richard Hawley

Requests from Lovely People
Last Train to Skasville – the Ethiopians
Europe by Train – Divine Comedy
Trainspotters – Frank and Walters
Morning Town Ride – the Seekers
Driver 8 – REM
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight - The Jam
Train Train – Billy Bragg
Last Train to Clarksville – the Monkees
Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk
Downtown Train – Rod Stewart (suspect this wasn’t serious)
Morning Train – Sheena Easton
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Night and t’Pips

Best Song about Trains but not the best for a Saturday Morning Request Show
The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Was a Train Coming the Other Way) – Richard Hawley

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Feel free to add to the list using comments below…

Check out @mintcustard to find out about this week’s topic. It’s currently a toss up between booze and monkeys but I’m open to suggestions.