As the next week offers a big blast of winter to see us off into spring, this week’s playlist is going to recognise it with the blues


Charlie Mansun Blues – Flaming Lips – Hear It Is

Birmingham Blues – ELO- Out Of The Blue

Running Gun Blues – David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

G.I. Blues – Carter USM -101 Damnations

Nashville Blues – Death In Vegas – Back to mine

Space Blues – Felt – Bubblegum Perfume

Rhythm & Blues Alibi – Gomez – Liquid Skin

Butcher Blues – Kasabian – Kasabian

Lovesick Blues – Linda Rondstadt – Silk Purse

Central Park Blues – Nina Simone – The Very Best Of

Roadhouse Blues – The Doors – The Best of

Blueski -Underworld – 2nd Toughest In The Infants

Antichrist TV Blues – Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Chase The Blues Away – Tim Buckley – Blue Afternoon

Glasgow Coma Scale Blues – The Libertines – Anthems For Doomed Youth



I thought this would be an easy blog to write… Gushing praise… but that’s a bit pat. I love all my children as any parent does, but I also like the people they have become. That’s not to say it is all easy! Let’s face it I’m not easy. I’m prone to be hyper or morose in equal measure… well 20%  hyper  80%  morose, the truth be told.  I have always tried to put them first. Although, this has not always been possible, when I left the family home seven years ago, I felt terribly guilty about letting my youngest son down, as he was only 14 at the time… I’d agreed with Marie, my beloved, that I would wait until he was 18 before I moved out… But once she moved up to Crewe to be there for me… I couldn’t wait. I felt choked being apart from her, I was so full of ticks, facial and vocal, if I had not moved out, I would have become a basket case.


Amy was born in 1985, I’d been married for three years. She took an interminable amount of time to show up. Her mother was in labour about 27 hours… Poor her you might think, but to be honest she slept through most of it, after having an epidural. I had to sit for hours, listening to the beep of the baby monitor they had attached to make sure the baby didn’t get too distressed… Nevermind the poor father! I watched the pulse rate go up and down, alarms would go off, and no staff showed the remotest interest… I kept calling the nurses in, and they would shew me away whilst they examined the mother and child. At 5.30 A.M. Amy appeared, 5 lbs 13 oz, she was tiny, she was beautiful, she was perfect. Any is now 32, pregnant and about the bravest person I know. I went off travelling on my own to Jersey, another story for another time, but I was a street-wise 20-year-old boy. She travelled to America, Canada and Thailand, Laos and Cambodia all on her own. She is 4’11” a dot of a girl, but she has no fear! In Laos, I think, she came down with  Dengue Fever…

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.Recovery generally takes two to seven days. In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

I received a phone call at some ludicrous time of day, usually 3a.m.,

” Dad, I keep passing out, I’ve got a terrible head-ache, Somebody had to lift me up out of the toilet and put me back to bed… what shall I do?”

“Can you pretend not to be sick?”


” Because if you are that sick, you need medical attention, so either you go to hospital in a third world country, with no medical insurance or anything… Or you book a flight home as soon as possible, and I will pick you up from the airport and take you home and you can get treated there.”

This is how brave my daughter is, she caught a plane to China, then to India, and flew home to Gatwick, whilst all the time suffering from a severe case of Dengue Fever… Amazing feat. She still suffers from the side effects of Dengue Fever to this day, much the same way as my Granddad used to have Malarial flares-ups.

With her brother Nathan, she also walked from Lands End to John O’Groats in support of leukaemia, which unfortunately took our Uncle Melvyn in the same year. She had numerous problems, swollen ankles, rashes… but she never gave up and I had the pleasure of meeting the two at John O’Groats.10574478_10152745064214841_1221244427841321746_n


Nath is the funniest person I know, his sense of humour is second only to his comic timing… It’s funny how your kids all have different aspects of your personality, you would think that bringing them up in the same way, they would all be similar in personality. But they are not, all three are different. Nath was the only birth I missed. I got a phone call from the hospital saying my wife had been induced and by the time I got there, Nath was already there. I think he was the biggest baby of the three, about 8 lbs 8 oz… I know I should know, but to be honest it was 28 years ago, and it hasn’t come up that often. He is a character. To say the least. A friend of his once referred to him as Jesus. Well he said. “Gotta look after the Jesus fella.” Not sure what he meant, but I kind of knew… Nathan is capable of anything. Good, Bad or bloody awful. You get to the stage that nothing shocks you. He would wear his school Blazer inside out, just to say Fuck You! He was wearing the blazer so not breaking any rules… He took one of his O’levels wearing a skirt. He would go out to parties and I’d get a phone call… Nath’s on the roof again.

Nath Used the police as a taxi firm… I’d get knocked up by two burly policemen… Is This your son?


We just picked him up at the end of the street.

This Street?


So You picked him up 50 yards from his front door?

Yes, but we weren’t to know that… He was acting very drunk!

But not too drunk to find his way home…

We just wanted to make sure he got home safely.

Well thank you Officer… Thank you for your help.

Lots of other incidents… not going to go further. He is very shy. He can’t bear to be tongue-tied, so he drinks  and then he can’t stop talking.

He is the second most intelligent person I know, Marie is the most, and yet… I hope he works out a way to live serenely. I truly do.


James was born as a way to save a marriage. A tall order. It didn’t work.  I feel I let him down, I left when he still needed me around. He had got the short straw out of the three, because for the most part of his life, I was working away all week and just being a week-end Dad. It was hard on him, but I did give him my weekends almost exclusively, I went to Crewe Alex with him on Saturdays and Sundays I was ever-present for his Football team, even coaching them on occasion. I am the worst football dad, (and rugby, when coaching Nath’s rugby team… I walked on the pitch and threatened one of the opposition when he clothes-lined one of my players off the ball…) I would shout at referees, totally reprehensible. I know… Sport brings out my monster… At school the Deputy Head made me wear a mouth guard just to stop me shouting abuse at the ref… He even made me Captain just because I would at least be allowed to question the Ref without getting sent off.

James is no book-worm. He was unlike the other two who always shared my love of books. James showed no interest in books or reading, until he found football at the age of Four. He was mad about  Micheal Owen, and basically taught himself to read with Shoot and other football magazines. He’s very clever, but in ways which are different to me and the other two. He is doing a Business Studies degree at Chester… A subject which just makes me glaze over.Picture 040

My children are the thing that I am most proud of… The only thing I think I did right. They would all probably claim different. But they would all do anything for me as I would for them. My Dad once said to me,

“The trouble with you is you want your kids to be your friends…”

No Dad, I want them to be my best friends, the same as my brother is…

Thanks for reading…

Live in Love my friends

Dale xxx



  1. Songs of the Doomed – Hunter S. Thompson
  2. Helena – Evelyn Waugh
  3. The Bhagavad Gita – Traditional
  4. King James’ Version of the Bible
  5. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
  6. A Voyage around my Father – John Mortimer
  7. Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  8. Brazzaville Beach – William Boyd
  9. Birds without Wings – Louis De Bernieres
  10. Wicked Women – Fay Weldon
  11. More Pricks Than Kicks – Samuel Beckett
  12. Memoirs Of A Fox-hunting Man – Siegfried Sassoon
  13. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  14. The Beloved – Kahlil Gibran
  15. Wasteland – T.S. Eliot
  16. Lyrical Ballads – Wordsworth & Coleridge
  17. Canterbury Tales – G.Chaucer
  18. Beowulf – Traditional
  19. Collected Short Stories – Somerset Maughan
  20. Women In Love – D.H.Lawrence
  21. Great Expectation – C. Dickens
  22. Tattoo – Earl Thompson
  23. SSGB – Len Deighton
  24. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  25. Life and Works Dennis Potter
  26. The Harvill book of 20th century Poetry
  27. Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  28. The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell
  29. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  30. The Revolutions of 1848 – Karl Marx
  31. Horace Sippog and the Siren’s song – Su Walton
  32. Mill On The Floss- G. Eliot
  33. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  34. Modern Criticism and Theory – D. Lodge
  35. The Noble Revolt – John Adamson
  36. Citizen Hughes – Michael Drosnin
  37. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  38. Wake up – Jack Kerouac
  39. The Quorum – Kim Newman
  40. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  41. 1984 – George Orwell
  42. World according to Garp – John Irving
  43. The Dubliners – James Joyce
  44. Poems of Rabindranath Tagore
  45. Complete Works of John Keats
  46. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  47. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  48. Word Perfect – Dictionary of English usage
  49. Holy Blood Holy Grail – Michael Baigent
  50. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  51. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levy
  52. The Raw and The Cooked – Claude Levi-strauss
  53. Similacra and Simulation – Jean Baudrillard
  54. The Wasp factory – Iain Banks
  55. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  56. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  57. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom – T.E. Lawrence
  58. Selected poems of Ezra Pound
  59. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  60. Love Poems – Alexander Pushkin
  61. Selected Poems – EECummings
  62. Gypsy Ballads – Frederico Lorca
  63. The Crysalids – John Wyndham
  64. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  65. Selected Poems – Isaac Rosenberg
  66. Complete works Wilfred Owen
  67. Notes From the Underworld – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  68. Duncton Wood – William Horwood
  69. The Misanthrope – Moliere
  70. Mother Courage – Bertolt Brecht
  71. Plays, Prose and Poems – J.M. Synge
  72. Goodbye To All That – Robert Graves
  73. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  74. The Time-Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  75. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  76. Ararat – DM Thomas
  77. Harry Potter and The Half-blood Prince – JK Rowling
  78. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  79. We – Y. Zamyatin
  80. Trainspotting – Irvine Walsh
  81. Reckless – Chrissie Hynde
  82. The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart
  83. Generation X – Douglas Copeland
  84. Tropic Of Cancer – Henry miller
  85. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  86. Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  87. The Black Goddess – Peter Redgrove
  88. Lord Of The Flies – William Golding
  89. Isis Unveiled – Blavatsky
  90. English History 1914-45 – AJP Taylor
  91. Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  92. Complete Poems – Leonard Cohen
  93. The Beatles – Hunter Davies
  94. Return of The Native – Thomas Hardy
  95. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  96. Siouxsie & the Banshees Biography – Mark Paytress
  97. The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
  98. To Serve them all My Days – RF Delderfield
  99. Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway
  100. The Naked Ape – Desmond Morris

This is not a definitive list, I went upstairs to my library and went through my books, looking for must reads… Obviously, I’ve only picked one book from each author, because if you enjoy one you will go and check out the rest for yourself. I’m sure I’ve missed out lots of my favourite books, but since moving house the books were just put on the shelves without any codification, so what you find is a bit of a lottery. What I do know is that all of the books listed are well worth reading. I’ve not included my Art books, because they are not really about the writing but more about the artists.



I’ve waited and waited for Kirsty Young to give me a call… but No call cometh … So I’m going to have to do my own bloody show!

So Dale, I believe from an early age you have been interested in music?

Yes Paddy, that’s right, I would spend hours playing the few L.P’s my Parents owned. My favourite group was The Beatles prior to my teenage years… I loved to sing along to all those mono playing early Beatles albums, but to pick one track it would have to be:


Simply because I like the lyrical structure, and because John sings in my key… I used to sing sweetly to my girlfriends of that age… imagine that? How cringe-making… I had no Shame! No change there…

My 2nd choice has to be Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks. This came out in the summer of 1974, just months after my brother Jerry died. I cried all bloody summer, but it is the song that makes me think of him.


What to say about my brother Jerry… he was 4 years younger, so I had to always give him a lead to get him to play football, rugby (banned from the house after i dived through the glass window in the lounge. Four stitches. Another scar, he pushed me on to the corner of a tin box broken on the corner, two-inch gash on my bum, the scar remains… He does not. We fought all the time, but I was fiercely protective and wouldn’t let anyone else say a bad word against him.

My third choice has to be Five Years by David Bowie. Not my favourite Bowie song, which is sweet thing trilogy off Diamond Dogs, but it has the lines :

‘I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour, drinking milk shakes cold and long
Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don’t think
You knew you were in this song’

And every time I heard those lyrics I thought of Marie… Every time I heard it for thirty-three years!


One love to last a life-time, one David Bowie, looking Gorgeous as ever!

My fourth song has to be Talking Heads, ‘Once In A Lifetime’. When my two eldest kids, Amy and Nathan were little, we used to have a mad sunday morning, before their Mum got up, dancing around the room like idiots to the Stop Making Sense video… Amy said that this song just reminds her of her childhood,

I used to take them in my arms like latter day refugees from Strictly come dancing, and waltz up and down the lounge… Then we’d do the running on the spot… Crazy fun. natural fun as the tom tom club would say.

Number 5 with a bullet (today) has to be Cocteau twins ‘Lorelei’. John Peel once said that the first time he heard pearly dew drops drops, he had to pull over to the side of the road because it made him weep so much! Well this tune does that for me!


This song epitomizes a period of my life which was quite difficult emotionally, I had a baby daughter and a marriage which wasn’t really working for either of us, though we both tried to make it work! Sometimes things are not meant to be, and after 30 years, you can’t say we didn’t give it a go!

Ok, enough of that, tune number 6 comes from a band that I only really found when I moved in with my lovely lady… Of course it makes me cry, every bloody Elbow song makes me cry, Also I went to see them a couple of years ago with all three of my kids…


Its beautiful and it reminds me of my no.1 hero John Lennon, And listening to it would remind me of the gig with my kids… passing on the baton so to speak!

Only two left? Jesus it’s impossible. All my choices seem so mainstream, not at all like me, but I suppose in the end, it’s not about the music but more about memories so please remember that when you come to judge me!

next has to be Birds of Paradise by The pretenders.


You have to love Chrissie Hynde, probably the nicest person around… according to Morrisey. This is such a beautiful melancholic nostalgia it makes your bones ache to remember… Soul supper…. Eat to the beat! (Marie is the spit of Chrissie… in my opinion not hers, she turns her nose up at the comparison!)

Oh my God, just one song left! I’ve picked this just because it is the perfect pop song, sung with such amazing vocals… Levi Stubbs is the best soul singer in my judgement.


It’s the first song I remember having a video on top of the pops, it was of the tops in a greyhound bus… This might be a false memory, I was six at the time!

Anyway that’s the choices I’ve made, not what I would have imagined making… Tomorrow it might be completely different, can’t believe there is no siouxsie or penetration… No John Lennon as a solo artist.

The Book? I’d have to take a book given to me by my friend Steve Dailly, called

The Black Goddess and the Sixth Sense Hardcover – 22 Oct 1987
by Peter Redgrove (Author)
Which explores the mythology of Kali and other versions of the Black Goddess.
Luxury item: as you can’t take dogs or lovers, it would have to be a plantation of tobacco and a few cannabis plants for medicinal purposes.
live in love my friends
Dale xxx




Last Train To Transcentral – KLF

Get on Up – James Brown

Galvanize – Q-tip/ Chemical Brothers

Fasten Your Seatbelt – Pendulum with Freestylers

We are Your Friends ( original mix) – Justice Vs Simian

Rez/Cowgirl – Underworld

Rasputin 12″ inch – Boney M

Release the Pressure – Earl Sixteen/ Leftfield

New York – Sex Pistols

You Disco I freak – Death In Vegas

I See You Baby (fatboy slim radio Mix) – Groove Armada

Dreams – Deep Dish/ Stevie Nicks

Under The Water (Deep Dish Underpressure mix) – Brother Brown

Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb

Spin Spin Sugar – Sneaker Pimps

Go (Hardwell Remix) – Moby

My Day – Blue Foundation

Moving Dub (Better Things) -Massive Attack vs mad Professor

Being Bolied – Human League

Blood is Pumpin – Voodoo & amp; Serano

Spacewalk – Lemon Jelly

Encore une fois (future Breeze mix)- Sash

Oh Yeah – Yello

Hallo Spaceboy (pet shop boys remix) – David Bowie

Liquid Air (2015 remastered version – Air Liquide

Pacific (Grooverider remix) – 808 state

Something Good – Utah Saints

The over-arching theme of my desert island disco playlist is songs that make you want to get up and dance… You know the feeling, you’re sitting in a dark corner of a dance hall and the opening bars play… You feel the hairs on the back of your neck rise and your feet just take you out to the dance floor, the imperative to dance is all consuming. This playlist runs the gamut of eras from 1970 right up to 2016, Which pretty much covers my dancing years… Though to be fair my dancing, these days, consists of Dad dancing or swinging my pants in a Trev and Simon stylee.

There are a few tracks which may be considered cheesy, like Boney M, but I’ve included them because the 12″ inch version really was the first song I remember that had a messy breakdown and along with Get on Up by James Brown, would turn the disco floor into a writhing mass of humanity…

It is this sense of songs breaking into just a swirl of trance-like mesmeric beats which has always excited me and I hope that you will enjoy my choices.


Had an absolute blast on the show  thanks to all the listeners who were so complimentary, I particularly liked the one who said I should be available on the NHS… I am and at very little cost.

i’ve also had a proposal of marriage which I had to decline but thank you all… and a special thank you to Lauren and Ash and all the team for being so blooming nice…

You made an old man very happy… another bucket list completed.




Okay, This has been a real labour of love… I’m a complete nervous wreck… I have worked on this for 8 hours… I have made only a few stipulations to my all-time top ten songs:

  • I have the song in my collection
  • only one song per artiste/group (couple of cheats with guests on different tracks)
  • The song has to give me goosebumps (hence the fact my nerves are shot to pieces)

Given that I have over 40,000 songs in my database you understand how large an accomplishment this list represents. This is my long list, I shall transfer them onto my mp3 player and live with them for a week, then by next saturday I hope to bring in a shortlist.

TOP TEN (long list)

  1.  John, I’m Only Dancing – David Bowie – Original Single

  2. Reach Out (I’ll be There) – The Four Tops – Greatest hits

  3. Sweep – Blue Foundation – Sweep Of Days

  4. B.A.B.Y. – Carla Thomas -The Complete Stax-Volt singles

  5. Lovers Of Today – The Pretenders – Pretenders I

  6. Under The water – Brother Brown ( Deep Dish remix )- Yoshiesque disc1

  7. Six Underground – Sneaker Pimps – Six underground remixes

  8. Cloudbusting – Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

  9. A Song For Europe – Roxy Music – Stranded

  10. Sleeping Gas – Teardrop Explodes – Kilamanjaro

  11. Stone Heroes – Penetration – Moving Targets

  12. Israel – Siouxsie & the Banshees – Nocturne

  13. Otterley – Cocteau twins – Treasure

  14. 30 frames A Second – Simple Minds – Empire And Dance

  15. Listening Wind – Talking Heads – Remain in Light

  16. A Day in a Life – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts club band

  17. Breathe – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the moon

  18. Fingers Of Love – Crowded House – Recurring Dreams (live)

  19. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode -Violater

  20. White Belly – Belly – Star

  21. Leaders of the Free World- Elbow – Leaders of the Free world

  22. Time after Time – Cyndi Lauper – Twelve Deadly Cyns

  23. Soul Auctioneer – Death In Vegas – the Contino Sessions

  24. Nothing Special – Big In Japan – From Y to Z And Never Again

  25. Lovely Head – Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

  26. Seconds – Human League – Dare!

  27. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

  28. Do You Realise – Flaming Lips – Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots

  29. Shameless – Groove Armada – Black Light

  30. I wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges – 1969

  31. Elegantly Wasted – Inxs – Elegantly Wasted

  32. Society’s Child – Janis Ian – Janis Ian

  33. the Day Before You Came – Abba – The Visitors

  34. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley – Grace

  35. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne

  36. Love Like Blood – Killing Joke – Night Time

  37. Amelia – Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark

  38. Dead Souls – Joy Division – Still

  39. Doo Wop – Lauryn Hill – The miseducation of Lauryn Hill

  40. She Said – The Longpigs – The Sun is Often Out

  41. SafeSurfer – Julian Cope – Peggy Suicide

  42. Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack – Blue Lines

  43. Open Up – Leftfield (John Lydon) – Leftism

  44. Kish Kash – Basement Jaxx (siouxsie) – Kish Kash

  45. Sexy Boy – Air – Twent Years

  46. Surface to Air – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Button

  47. Woncha Come On Home – Joan Armatrading – Show Some Emotion

  48. Solid Air – John Martyn – Solid Air

  49. Terracotta Warrior – Jimi Goodwin – Odulek

  50. How Do You Sleep – John Lennon – Imagine

  51. Pale Green Ghost – John Grant – Pale Green Ghost

  52. Ladies & Gentlemen, I Roll The Dice – Kasabian- West Ryder Pauper Lunatic

  53. What Time Is Love- KLF- Vinyl version

  54. Crawling – Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

  55. Spacewalk – Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons

  56. Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb – Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld

  57. Pacific – 808 State – Grooverider Remix

  58. Voodoo Ray – A Guy Called Gerald – Bez’s Madchester Anthems

  59. Waterfall – Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

  60. Proserpina – Martha Wainwright – Come Home To Mama

  61. Midnight Cowboy Theme – John Barry – Midnight Cowboy soundtrack

  62. Rose Blood – Mazzy Star – Among My Swan

  63. Queen Of Swans – Mercury Rev – The light In You

  64. Something Like Happiness – The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It

  65. Go – Moby – observer Moby Mix

  66. The Sea – Morcheeba – Big Calm

  67. Up Jumped The Devil – Nck Cave & the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey

  68. Columbia – Oasis – Definitely Maybe

  69. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack – Chapter Two

  70. Spiritual High (state of independence) – Moodswings with Chrissie Hynde

  71. I Put a Spell On You – Nina Simone – To Be Free

  72. Heart-shaped Box – Nirvana – In Utero

  73. Dream Sequence – Pauline Murray & the invisible girls – Pauline Murray

  74. Fasten Your Seatbelt – Pendulum – Hold Your Colour

  75. Moribund the Burgermeister – Peter Gabriel – Peter gabriel I

  76. Wandering Star – Portishead – Dummy

  77. Dark star – Polica – Give You The Ghost

  78. Little Red Corvette – Prince – The Very Best of

  79. Come Together – Primal scream – Screamadelica

  80. Annalisa – PLC – Public Image Ltd.

  81. Crush in Eyeliner – REM – Monster

  82. Creep – Radiohead – Pablo Honey

  83. Django – Rancid – Indestructable

  84. You Overwhelm Me – Robert Palmer – Double Fantasy

  85. Shipbuilding – Robert Wyatt – Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs , Deto

  86. Wishing On A Star – Rose Royce – In Full Bloom

  87. Next – Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next

  88. Baby Driver – Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

  89. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor – I Do not Want what I haven’t Got

  90. Animation – Skids – Days in Europa

  91. Move Over – Slade – Slayed?

  92. Cheer Up London – Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

  93. Sheriff Fatman – Carter USM – Straw Donkey

  94. Tiswas – Sleaford Mods – Divide & exit

  95. Reeling In the Years – Steely Dan – Can’t buy a Thrill

  96. Johnny Was – Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material

  97. Long Hot Summer – Style Council – The Collection

  98. Club Secrets – Swans way – The Fugitive Kind

  99. Pharaohs – Tears For fears – The Collection

  100. Everybody’s Happy these Days – Buzzcocks – singles Going Steady

  101. Bankrobber /Robber Dub – the Clash – Black Market Clash

  102. Fascination Street – The Cure – Mixed Up

  103. Smash It Up – The Damned – Total Damnation

  104. The End – the Doors – Best Of

  105. Entertain Me – Blur – The Great Escape

  106. Beat Surrender – The Jam – Beat Surrender

  107. Work All Week – The Mekons – The Quality of Mercy is not strnen

  108. Dirty Old Town – The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

  109. Fairytale of New York – Kirsty MacCall and the Pogues – Single

  110. Jailhouse Rock – The residents – The Commercial album

  111. Gimme Shelter – Rolling stones – Let It Bleed

  112. New York – Sex pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks

  113. Staring At The Rude Boys – The Ruts – Grin And Bear It

  114. This Perfect Day – The saints – Eternally Yours

  115. Perfect Day – Lou Reed – Transformer

  116. How Soon Is Now – The Smiths – John Peel a tribute

  117. Ugly – The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus

  118. Circular Fever – The Tourists – The Reality Effect

  119. Every time You Go – Tragically Hip – Up To Here

  120. Cloudy Room – the Twang – 5 Track EP

  121. Waiting For My Man – The Velvet Underground – Classic Velvet

  122. Genius Of Love – Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club

  123. Song to a Siren – This Mortal Coil – Dust & Guitars

  124. Lorca – Tim Buckley – Lorca

  125. Kopta – Toy – Toy

  126. Twin Peaks Theme – Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks soundtrack

  127. I Exhale – Underworld – Barbara, Barbara, We face a Shining Future

  128. Mondlicht – Xmal Deutschland – Best of

  129. Warrior In Woolworths – X-ray spex – Germ free Adolescents

  130. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

  131. Oh yeah – Yello – Stella

  132. Rain Or Shine – Young fathers – T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack

  133. The Spoils – Massive Attack ( Hope Sandoval) – The Spoils

  134. Help Yourself – Death In Vegas (hope Sandoval) – Scorpio Rising

  135. Will Anything Happen – Blondie – Parallel Lines

  136. Forgotten – Altered Images – Pinky Blue

  137. Liquid Air – Air Liquide – Air Liquide E.P.

  138. Laura – Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man

  139. Where is my Knife – Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetemine Ballads

  140. Touch The Leather – Fat white Family – Champagne Holocaust

  141. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

  142. K-hole – British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy

  143. Marry me Archie – Alvvays – Alvvays

  144. #2 neighbourhood (Laika) – Arcade Fire – Funeral

  145. Big-time sensuality – Bjork – Debut

  146. Nobody’s Fault but My Own -Beck – Mutations

  147. But She was not Flying – Algiers – Algiers

  148. Exodus – Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus

  149. Up the Bracket- the Libertines – Up the Bracket

  150. Lazuli – Beach House – Bloom

  151. My Tears Become a Sea – M83 – Hurry up we’re Dreaming

  152. Where is my Mind – Pixies – Death to the Pixies

  153. Dragged – V-Sor, X – To be Released soon…

Live in Love my friends

Dale xxx




I’v decided to expand my top ten albums of all-time, to my top 50 albums of all- time…I haven’t given them in any particular order… well top ten is close to the order I would have picked… but I may have changed it. I’ve probably missed loads that would have got in there, and there is only one per Artiste… because a list of Bowie, siouxsie and talking Heads is not very interesting or informative.

  1. Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
  2. The Scream – Siouxsie & the Banshees
  3. Remain In Light – Talking Heads
  4. Pretenders I – Pretenders
  5. Moving Targets – Penetration
  6. Stranded – Roxy Music
  7. Scared To Dance – The Skids
  8. Marks TO Prove It – The Maccabees
  9. Leaders Of The Free World – Elbow
  10. Treasure – Cocteau Twins
  11. Scorpio Rising – Death In Vegas
  12. The Lion and The Cobra – Sinead O’Connor
  13. New Gold Dream – Simple Minds
  14. Becoming X – Sneaker Pimps
  15. Dare – The Human League
  16. Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
  17. Hounds of Love – Kate Bush
  18. Nevermind – Nirvana
  19. Together Alone – Crowded House
  20. Mixed Up – The Cure
  21. Dog Man Star – Suede
  22. Blue Lines – Massive Attack
  23. Go! – Moby
  24. Sweep Of Days – Blue Foundation
  25. Barbara, We Face a Shining Future – Underworld
  26. Dummy – Portishead
  27. Part Of The Process – Morcheeba
  28. Come Home To Mama – Martha Wainwright
  29. Give ’em Enough Rope – The Clash
  30. Shaved Fish – John Lennon
  31. Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading
  32. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
  33. Kilamanjaro – Teardrop Explodes
  34. So Long Mari-anne – Leonard Cohen
  35. Night Time – Killing Joke
  36. Dust & Guitars – This Mortal Coil
  37. Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers
  38. Never Mind The Bollox – Sex Pistols
  39. Dance On Fire – The Doors
  40. Damned, Damned Damned – The Damned
  41. Songs From The Big Chair – Tears For fears
  42. Parallel Lines – Blondie
  43. Push the Button – The Chemical Brothers
  44. Star – Belly
  45. My Life In The Bush of Ghosts – Byrne & Eno
  46. Mutations – Beck
  47. Time To Go Home – Chastity Belt
  48. Violater – Depeche Mode
  49. So Tonight I Might See – Mazzy Star
  50. Kidsticks – Beth Orton

I shall come back to this list at a later date… May be ascribe chart positions, but to be fair I’m just looking forward to playing them all week on my mp3 player in my van!

Live In Love my pop picking chums

Dale xxx



I have been befriended by quite a few musicians over the years, but Morgan Is quite literally my oldest friend! I love these two singles off his new album, which I can’t wait to hear.

This next video is released by Phonik  records, by Tony Goff and the Broken Colours,

the bass player is a personal friend of mine and my son,

This next video is by a new friend Jasper Vo, the music is not to my taste but i like his video,

Here is a neat little punk band, friends of mine on twitter

Another friend of twitter with an amazing voice!

Another band from my friends on twitter, NIGHTCARS

Another great electronic band who I  have as friends on twitter,

Another band of my own flavour, Kill Iris,

I’ve had quite a lot on interest in this band, The Sunpilots

Love these guys… Propaganjah

Follows of mine for the longest time Calling all astronauts, cool song mighty fine looking guitar..

I think I have mentioned everyone who has material available. I’m gratified to have so many talented friends



invert upside

Anybody who has followed my blog will have realised that I have had a moment of madness. I deleted all of my blogs as an un-requested  grand gesture. This was a long arduous task to completely remove them… But I almost managed it. The reasons for this aberration are private and personal, suffice to say that I had hurt the person who means everything to me.  I thought that this grand gesture would prove my undying love. Apparently, I did not have to prove that, I just had to understand how my familiarity with other writers could be inappropriate. I realise that this caused a great deal of hurt and this was something I never wanted to do. So, after a few days, I felt that some of my poetry and prose was worth keeping. Together, we have managed to patch most of my blogs back together. By using google cache and my twitter tweets, I have reclaimed all the blogs now available on my site. Most have been placed in the archives. The tracks of my years series are new, I’d been planning it since my birthday last week.

I have been a little reticent to create new blogs apart from this, because I’m not sure how I want to continue it forward. I mean, I enjoyed making playlists for each blogs, but it is quite labour intensive. I know that some of my readers enjoy the playlists, but others find it an annoyance. Similarly, as much as I enjoy reading other blogs, with the amount I followed it was taking me more time to read and like their blogs than it was to write my own. So I have cleaved back the amount of follows I give out. This is not because I’m selfish, just because I have so little spare time. I need to create.

I need more time. I’m starting to paint again, write again, I’m even considering doing a sculpture. I hate to be ungracious, but time, at my age, comes at a premium. I have to try to do as much as I can. I want my Grand-daughter to be able to come to this archive and find out who her granddad was… Maudlin, but with my health as it is, I have no guarantee that I will be around that long.

So if I’m not as attentive as I have been, I apologise. If you wish to stop reading my blogs thats quite alright, I realise that your time is valuable too.

Thank you all for making feel at home in this community.

Live in Love




These two Ellie and Freya, make my soul sing with joy, my grenades of joy! They have filled my old body with their youthful exuberance. I have spent only one night apart from them since we first got them on the same day back on 27th August 2016. I have them sleeping on a mattress beside our bed. I have a sympatico with them, they know me better than any human, as I am like a God to them. They think I am made of chocolate. It is the nature of dogs to impart all their love and trust in their pack leader, which is in this case me. I wear the crown lightly, I am not a demigod, I imbue love to each of them as is their want. Ellie likes food, no not likes, obsesses about food, she is part labrador and it is genetically encoded. Freya is obsessed with T.V. and stares at me until I give in and put it on for her. Not just any t.v. program will do, it has to be about animals… If its something I want to watch, which to be fair is rarely, she will whine until I change the channel. That is why they are pictured in a blog about soul. They are my soul’s ease.

What I wanted to write about was the way this blog has gladdened my soul, I have followers and follow people all over the world. So many nice, friendly, and talented people from so many different backgrounds, this is a revelation to me. when i started my blog, it was about reaching out to my friends, my family, and people who might want to know me better. It was about breaking my block, writers block, and I thought that may be a few people might be interested in what I had to say. To my surprise and delight, I have had readers from all over the globe… 61 different nationalities… Totally mind-blowing… Now I have been published as a poet, written articles in newspapers and magazines, performed as an actor on the professional stage, had my paintings up on many walls; but in all that time and artistic endeavours, I’ve reached no more than a few thousand people in a locality of a few hundred miles at most… Here… in the space of a few months I have reached thousands from all over the globe. 61 countries? From Nepal my friend  Ankit, to palestine territories, to russia, Australia, USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Latvia… All over the world, so many friends, all striving to write their important thoughts in English as a 2nd language… Some writing so beautifully in English it makes your heartache. And there are others like my friend Nazim, who is making baby steps to reach a level of writing which can reach our language. So many nice, decent people,  who reach out and support one another through their artistic efforts, coming from so diverse frames of reference… Poetry, prose, points of view, art from many different perspectives, be it just an artistic need or a social or psychological need. All have important words to impart, all giving of their soul. I delight in reading their efforst, and I delight in them reading mine, and commenting, words of encouragement. This community shows what we, ordinary people, can do. We can create a better world just by sharing and being open with one another. I know this sounds like a hippy trip, 60’s dude trying to lay peace on the world. But Peace is that easy, it is about sharing and being open to each other.

Thanks to all for reading, thank you all for giving me hope.