Friday, July 26, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch not required.

From the school of "No Shit Sherlock" suggestions that also includes "You like ham AND bread. Have you thought about having...... a sandwich?" and "You've been to Camden and Westminster, why not visit...... London?". Particularly impressive use of the word "might" in this suggestion, which I guess is trying to cover the option that I chose to listen to Julian Cope for sado-masochistic motives.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Toilet based humour alert.

A lot of times the suggestions from Spotify aren't so much "I'd never do that" as "I'd never do that BECAUSE of that". Chris Difford once had to take a toilet break during a Squeeze concert. When he came back on stage the band made fun of him, but he explained that he had been desperate and that on arrival at the WC had been forced to do an exceptional large evacuation. Robert Plant recorded Big Log. Bingo. There's your connection.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Television. Feeding ignorance and breeding radiation.

It's those pesky TV Theme Players again. Ignoring their claims to be connected to every band that ever existed, who the jiggery pokery is that in this photo claiming to be Sweet?? Sweet, who look nothing at all like this bunch of Dad dancing, spandex wearing, disability scooter riding ne'erdowells, had a hit with Blockbuster. A show hosted by Bob Holness who played Saxophone on Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. Yes, I know he didn't, but clearly the Spotify algorithm will believe any connection even if Everett True made it up for a laugh in the Melody Maker in 1982.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Quasi latino based misery

I've thought about this one a lot, as there's nothing intrinsically inept in recommending Joe Jackson when you like Herb Alpert or even, at a stretch, when you like The The. What's puzzling me is I'm being recommended Joe Jackson as the cross section of those two. Are there no miserablist nihilist, on the border, Mejicano acts closer to the Jackson sound and we had to go straight to The The? What's the route by which The The and the Tijuana Brass connect? And which halfwit is in charge of that map? Some of these band connections seem to be more persistent than others. The The is a particular favourite of Spotify's for suggesting links where none seemingly exist. Like The The? Have you tried Kool & The Gang?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Television. The Blood of the Nation.

Nena is German and sang 99 Red Ballons while waving her under arm hair at us on Top of the Pops. Solutions for underarm hair feature in a lot of adverts. Adverts appear on Television. Television has programmes on it, and those programmes have theme tunes. Whilst debating which theme tune went "dur dur dur, dur dur dur" the other day, we used Spotfy to try and find out. And now we like Nena. It really is obvious when you think about it.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Angst/Folk interface

Remember when Richard Thompson released his seventh album opus about the war in the middle east and the eventual end of the capitalist system through sexual depravity and consumerism? And of course there was Matt Johnson's album "Fa da da lee dee daa daa, sticking my finger in my ear adio di do". Fact fans note that both their names end in "son". There you go then. I'm excited to see this policy extended to other potential connections - Look! Both their names end in a letter combination!! You MUST like both.