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Top 5 Records

Friday tunes to put you in a good mood!

1. Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler

Especially for everyone that was at Lovebox last weekend as SMD provided the soundtrack to the most amount of fun had on a Sunday evening since Match of the Day 2 finished.  (Possibly.)

2. The Who – Substitute

Sometimes I realise that pretty much everything I listen to is from the 60s.  Then I remember sadly that it was over 40 years ago, I wasn’t even born and wonder if maybe it is time to move on.  Until I hear again how proud Roger Daltrey is that he’s still getting his washing done and decide to start placing ads in science magazines for a genius to build me a time machine.

3. Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes (xxxchange remix)

This is one my good pal Bone Conduction first played for me and I have hardly stop listening to it since that happy day.  You should listen to it too, maybe while reading his marvellous blog here, which is also filled with fun things to listen to.

4. Tiga – Mind Dimension

Another big tune from SMD’s set at Lovebox.  Hands in the air for this one… (oooooh I almost felt like a propah cheesy radio deeeejjjay when I wrote that!)

5. Frank Wilson – Do I Love You?

Because it is my favourite Northern Soul song.  Because it is from that decade that I love so much.  Because when the horns come in just before the two minute mark it is one of the most perfect things ever committed to vinyl.  Because it was the last song I heard before leaving the house this morning and so has been playing in my head all day.  Because if you hear it, it will put you in a good mood too.  Just because.

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You’re gonna need a bigger boat

If only it stays that calm the whole way round...

May it stay that calm for all the journey...

There are days when I feel I should have the words “epic fail” branded onto my forehead because I have never been anywhere that wasn’t Europe or North America, never travelled anywhere where I didn’t speak the language or knew enough words to get by or wasn’t with people who were fluent.  There are other days where I stare at maps of the world and wonder how I would get to there from here, what would it look like when I arrived and then want to shake myself for my complete lack of a sense of adventure.  I’ve read the books, sure, seen the films and surfed the web.  But as yet, never left the comfortable bubble of the first world, never trekked in a hostile environment where I’m not at the top of the food chain and never climbed a mountain that went above the clouds.  What a terrible state of affairs.

So, then I read about this lady and how she is fearlessly heading off to sail around the world, where there are pirates and sharks and waves the size of a building, in a boat that to my inexpert eyes, seems a trifle, well, tiny.  And all she wants me, and by extension, YOU, to do, is bung her a dollar (so less than the value of proper money, heh) and she’ll do all the scary exploration stuff, with the added bonus of sending regular updates on her adventures and even letting you sign the boat.  This is the very definition of a win-win situation, I feel.  It doesn’t get much better than this.  We get to act like members of the Royal Geographic Society or one of Shackleton’s millionaire backers, someone else gets to battle with the elements.

All pledges need to be made by 31 August, so take a look at the website here and get pledging.  Then sit back in your most comfortable armchair, perhaps light a soothing pipe, read your favourite book and glory in the knowledge that you don’t have to go anywhere more threatening than Shoreditch High Street on a Friday night.  Perfect.

I found out about this great adventure via the lovely ladies at No Good for Me, your ultimate fashion mix-tape.  Hopefully this post is grovelly enough to win me a whistle, as I plan to use it to alert my close acquaintances to the presence of suitable candidates  for ridicule on this website.

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