On the road again

Candi’s Dog recently had the pleasure of supporting the fabulous Josh Doyle on his recent UK tour in Newcastle and Manchester. Like all people who spend far too much time in each other’s company, all meaningful conversation in Candi’s Dog ceased long ago to be replaced with talking bollocks and bickering. The prospect of spending three hours trapped in a car together travelling from Newcastle to Manchester filled everyone with dread.

Candi’s Dog (failing to join in with the humourous poses) with Josh Doyle and Sarah Holmes. Thanks to Peter Tipple for the image

At this point Spotify came to the rescue. Spotify has had some bad press amongst musicians and songwriters for their low royalty payments, and when our new album is finished (due out Aug 2014!!!) we would certainly prefer you to buy it from the band. Still, much as some of us may have fond memories of searching through endless racks of CDs/vinyl, for most those days are long gone. Besides, Candi’s Dog are consumers of music as well as producers and the vast library available at Spotify has opened us up to some wonderful music we might otherwise have never heard.

So we decided that each member would chose ten tracks to be shuffled and played for the journey (see below). It worked brilliantly; great music, the beautiful northern countryside, followed by a great gig with Josh at Manchester’s Lawn Club. Even the re-emergence of the 50mph average speed check on the A1 could not dampen our spirits. Only two songs caused tensions on the journey. Stephen’s choice of Rock Lobster by the B-52s was met with bemused looks by Matthew and Daniel while Stephen would rather be dipped in a vat of molten cheese than endure the 14 minutes 24 seconds of Dire Straights’ Telegraph Road again.

So if you have a long journey planned and want to share the Candi’s Dog playlist, it is set out below. If you can find a few chaps to talk bollocks to you for a few hours, the experience will be all the more authentic.

Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
Sunday Best – Bobbie Gentry
Minor Swing – Django Reinhardt
Moonlight Drive – The Doors
The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
If It Wasn’t For the Nights – Abba
Rock Lobster – The B-52s
I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) – The Cox Family
Why Go? – Thad Cockerell
Litoral – Toco
Pra Machuchar Meu Coracao – Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto
Telegraph Road – Dire Straights
Redbud Tree – Mark Knopfler
Thank You For Being a Friend – Andrew Gold
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
The Visitors – Abba
Don’t Stop Now – Crowded House
Poor Misguided Fool – Starsailor
There Goes the Fear – Doves
On A Day Like Today – Bryan Adams
La La Love You – Don McLean
Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert
Primrose Hill – Loudon Wainwright III
Jimmy – Moriarty
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Down Low – Teddy Thompson
Australia – The Shins
Jonathan David – Belle & Sebastian
The Things We Do For Love – 10cc
Well Alright – Buddy Holly
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy  – Queen





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