So hows about a music post then? No particular theme; just 'songs wot make I feel a bit happy.' As ever feel free to add suggestions in comments. These aren't necessarily uplifting songs, or songs about how nice the world is or owt like that—though if they float your boat, feel free to add them—these are just songs that generally paste a smile onto my mush and make my feet all tappy.
First off comes one that may surprise some readers. May The Circle Be Unbroken. I have no idea why a religious song about a death makes me happy but this one genuinely does. I did umm-and-ah about what version to post, but eventually settled for this one, by the Frantic Flintstones. Because, erm, why not?
And, seeing as AC/DC's Rock 'N' Roll Damnation turned up in my list, it seems fitting, for reasons of apt juxtapostition-ness to put it straight after the above.
Louis Jordan was always going to be on any playlist along these lines I made, but it took me ages to narrow down which song. I eventually settled on this up-tempo 1956 version of his 1946 Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens.
The first time I ever heard this one, Lookin' Out My Back Door, was a version by the Stray Cats, as a bonus track on some greatest hits album or other. This is the original version though, by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
And this, Bi-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps is quite simply a slice of rockabilly heaven. Pure nonesense, but blimey is it infectious nonesense. And, by way of a bonus, it includes, for me at least, some of Cliff Gallup's finest guitar work with the band.
And, to finish, here's the—to me superior—early version of Joan Jett's I Love Rock N' Roll, cut with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of Sex Pistols fame on guitar and drums, respectively.
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