Smells like electro


6 Feb 2007, 20:05

Thanks to Orange_Anubis ( for the tip off about the hidden powers of iTunes. I think he got the idea from Newplanet ( who got the idea from someone else. I checked my version of and was pleased to see that it too was bundled with iLife Coach if used on shuffle. Eager for some guidance, iTunes came up with this...

Q: What does next year have in store for you?
Samba e amor (Bebel Gilberto) Despite the lack of finances and heading towards a 10th wedding anniversary, looks like a trip to Brazil and a spot of romance are on the cards. Oh Mr iTune, you look after me well.

Q: What does your love life look like next year?
Take it from here (Justin Timberlake) Judging by what Bebel told me, looks like that’s exactly how I’m going to have to play it.

Q: What do you say when life gets hard?
The Guns of Brixton (The Clash) It’s always to have the guns programmed into voice-dial on my phone whenever the local mafia come knocking.

Q: Song that reminds you of good times?
Fire in my heart (Super Furry Animals) Too much fine wine and cholestrol tends to make the heart heavier these days. A little friendly fire wouldn’t go amiss.

Q: What do you think when you get up in the morning?
So Blue it’s Black (The Underwolves) Always loved this tune, but if it’s the first thing that goes through my mind of a morning, maybe the day ahead isn’t such a welcome proposition, or maybe they’re telling me to beware some kind of physical symptoms of the wild night out before.

Q: What song will you dance to at your wedding?
I Can’t Get No Sleep (Masters at Work featuring India) – hinting at that “honeymoon period” or worries about how you’re going to pay for all the wedding costs? Can’t remember what I danced to at my wedding – they had a lot of trouble getting the two of us out of the bar.

Q: Song that reminds you of your first kiss?
Seu Maia (Samba De Coco raizes de Arcoverde) Teenage snogging to the sounds of the batucada? Somehow I think it was a dodgy youth club disco in Birmingham, probably to “Walking on the moon” by the Police or summat.

Q: Your favourite saying?
Shoshana ((Nuyorican Soul) Not exactly, but I will try and weave it into the conversation from now on. “Alright mate? How are things?” “Shoshana!”.

Q: Favourite place?
The Teams that Meet in Caffs (Dexy's Midnight Runners). I used to like the idea of having a special greasy spoon to hang out in on foggy Saturday mornings but never got around to it. I would be able to chat to the other young soul rebels about my two teenage sightings of Kevin Rowland in the suburbs of Birmingham 1) We were skateboarding down Bunbury Road and had to stop to let a man past – Kevin in donkey jacket, wooly hat and sta-prests. 2) Saturday job in Northfield Sainsbury’s – Kevin turns up in his Celtic outfit – dungarees, bare arms, stubble, tam o’shanter. He was with someone I assume to be his dad, buying a loaf of bread.

Q: Most Missed Memory?
Le Garage (The Futureheads) Not sure what the Mackens were going on about here, but I like think that if I ever got the chance to travel back in time, I’d go to NYC’s Paradise Garage in the early 1980s. Can’t imagine Larry Levan rinsing the Futureheads however.

Q: What song describes your best friend?
Off Limits 2 (Mixed And Compiled By Dixon - Sonar Collective) I haven’t see the person I consider to be my best friend for a number of months now. Maybe “Off Limits” is a good choice, although I can’t imagine him bothering too much with a mix cd of deep house mixed by German DJs these days.

Q: What song describes your ex?
Da Sambafrique (Nick Holder) No sorry, iTunes, you’re way off beam there mate.

Q: Where would you go on a first date?
I know you got soul (Eric B. & Rakim) I’m sure there was a night called “I know you got soul “ somewhere in the UK in the 1980s. Some white undergraduates pretending to be from the street dropping stuff like this. Anyone who loves this tune is probably worth taking out on at least one date.

Q: Drug of choice?
Shack Up (A Certain Ratio) Heard the Banbarra version of this on the radion yesterday. Both versions still do it for me. Not sure “Shack” has ever been something you could buy in wraps off of a teenager on a mountain bike but then I’ve lived a sheltered life. Suggestions of “crack” and “jack up” I guess – anyone street enough, please confirm.

Q: What song describes yourself?
End Theme [Roni Size's Tear It Up Remix] (Zero 7) Had to remind myself what this was and yes, like the idea of a film of me walking (well striding purposefully – the beats are fast) out of work with this as a soundtrack. Can’t imagine too many YouTube hits however.

Q: What is the thing you like doing most?
Pain in My Brain (Ladyvipb) I took this to mean worrying which I choose to do too regularly. The tracks from an album I’d forgotten called “Stories from a Broken Heart” which is a great electronic work out from DJ Maurice Fulton. Seem to remember reading about him having a real heartbreak which led to a bizarre relocation from New York to somewhere not that predictable – Sheffield was it? Maurice, you reading this?

Q: The song that best describes the president?
Where Love Lives (Alison Limerick) Dubya’s White House where love lives? Hmm.

Q: Where will you be in 10 years?
My life interlude (Mary J Blige) A short skit between tracks for me to take stock and work out how much I can really get away at that grand age.

Q: Your love life right now?
A Chair in the Sky (Joni Mitchell) Nice keyboards, bit of Jaco Pastorius, Joni crooning, what’s she saying? “I see my soul on fire, burning up the (something)”. Is this a good thing?

Q: What is your state of mind like at the moment?
If It Don't Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) (B.T. Express) – Sounds like a good plan of action, once I’ve got over the inevitable mid-life crisis.

Q: How will you die?
Give me just a little more time (Chairman Of The Board) Uncanny – you can just imagine a video for this tune with someone on their deathbed refusing to go out gracefully. I guess the message from iTunes is to “live life to the full” or like, whatever.

Q: The song you'll put as the subject?
Smells like electro (Dsico That No-Talent Hack) OK iTunes, you know best…….


  • Orange_Anubis

    Brilliant! I think 'So Blue It's Black' and 'Chair In The Sky' are my favourite non-seqituurs. Lovely to see the word 'batucada' get an outing too. :)

    7 Feb 2007, 13:14
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