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PostSubject: Readers recommend - songs about news and journalism   Readers recommend - songs about news and journalism Icon_minitimeTue Jan 18, 2011 4:53 pm

Last week, the A list underwent a spot of late editing. Something which leads us neatly into this week's theme
An early version of this week's A-list stuck fairly closely to the request for music that communicates the atmosphere of fairgrounds. Listening to it, though, I realised I must have a pretty warped idea of fairgrounds; more than half of the songs were demented, dystopian visions that, en masse, made me feel sicker than the one trip I've taken on a Waltzer back in 1985.

Two of those nightmare tracks - Siouxsie and the Banshees' Carousel and Sandy Dillon's raspy Carnival of Dreams - have since sidled instead to the B-list, where their nauseating effect is magnified by the Beatles' dizzying Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, but tempered by the Idle Race's daffy The Skeleton and the Roundabout, the Hollies' On a Carousel, Beirut's delicious Carousels, Tom Waits' Table Top Joe, the Smiths' Rusholme Ruffians (is it just me, or is the riff from His Latest Flame fizzing its way through that one?), the pogo frenzy that is Bikini Kill's Carnival and the frankly irresistible dramarama of Cher's Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. An early version of the B-list featured eight songs by Tom Waits. It took a while to persuade myself that such a list would be silly. All my thoughts were donds this week; thanks to RockingMitch for the introduction to Professor Longhair, and special thanks to Snadfrod for the link to the very silly, very cheering Boosh clip.

From one circus to, ahem, another. This week's theme is journalism and the news. Is it worth saying that, from now, historical-flavoured songs about events that made the news, but that make no mention of the media, should be saved for another theme? This one should deal with the reporting of events, be it in newspapers, on radio or TV, even in medieval chapbooks if such a song exists; and with journalists in general (I'm anticipating a fair few character assassinations here). Deadline as usual is midday Monday; please fact-check any recommendations against the A-Z before you file, and if you want to do a little extra research, the RR archive and Overspill blog are always worth investigating.

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