The Meaning of Life – Monty Python. Listen to the words, ponder the meaning, then consider the subject for the rest of your life. A philosophy lesson in one song.
The Mission – Ennio Morricone. Taken from the film of the same name, it really gives flavour to the Holy Catholic church, as it sell the idea of original sin to the natives.
The Pin up – The Stranglers. Yet again an accurate picture of this less than PC institution.
The Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog. The muppets preserved the traditional British music hall, with their amazing style of puppetry. This track from their first film, really captures the endless moment they live in. I thank the day the American networks turned Jim Henson down.
Blue Shadows (on the trail) – Randy Newman. Such an enchanting track from the film The Three Amegos.
All Tomorrows Parties – The Velvet Underground. Nico’s voice counterpoints the instruments, in this excellent extract from such a brilliant album.
These are a Few of my Favourite Things – Julie Andrews. Stoicism pure and simple.
Mama Told me Not to Come – Tom Jones and the Stereophonics. An excellent parody of the Welsh crooner's alleged past life style.
It’s not unusual – Tom Jones. This is where it all began. A demo track that rocketed Tom quite deservedly to stardom.
Trail of the Lonesome Pine – Laurel and Hardy. You either know it or you don’t, but this extract from the film Way Out West was actually released as a single. I suppose they assumed everyone would have seen it, Like a viral U tube video.
I’m Gonna be a Monkey – Ren and Stimpy. Comedy and evolution, with the added bonus of at the end as it virtually introduces the next track.
Porpoises Song – The Monkees. This is the version from the film Vanilla Sky. A good film, but I’m glad I watched the original Spanish version; Open Your Eye’s. Better still is when the song is in the film Head, but that’s another story.
Underneath the Arches – Flanagan and Allen. A favourite of my father’s, who taught it to me. Memories must be evoked.
The Universe Song – Monty Python. Scientifically accurate to a point, and also gives us our place in the universe. It really is a relief to be reminded that it doesn’t really matter. After all who remembers Thomas Midgley, the man who changed the world.
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves. The sheer unrestrained energy of this song makes it a must on this list.
We Have All the Time in the world – louis Armstrong. Where as the laconic tones of this one, also qualify it for my list.
When I’m Cleaning Windows – George Formby. A little bit cheeky, and a lot of inuendo.
When the Waterworks Caught Fire – George Formby. Have you ever stared at a magic eye picture, and then it suddenly made sense. I had this tune around as a sort of other end of the cheeky spectrum, to Leaning on a Lamppost. Then it hit me, when do your water works catch fire? I have to say as people learn from experience, and I have never experienced that situation, is probably why I caught on so late.
Whole Lott Love – The King. If the lyrics are right in this version of the Led Zeppelin classic, then I can only say they kept that one hid. Incidentally this track kept the rockers on Top of the Pops every week, despite never releasing a single.
Without you - Harry Nilsson. I'd almost forgotten how good this was until I heard it in the excellent film Whisky Tango Foxtrot (say no more). And it rekindled my passion for the heartfelt words Nilsson sang.