By Shane Pinnegar

I’ve noticed a few friends doing a 28- or 30- or 31-Day Song challenge, so I decided to rise to the challenge.

I’m rubbish at remembering to do such things every day, so here it is condensed into three blocks of ten(ish) – a myriad of awesome brain farts of musical brio and braggadocio, now with added commentary bonus features…

1: A song you like with a colour in the title: Hot, Blue & Righteous by ZZ Top. Smokin’.

2: A song you like with a number in the title: A Million Miles From Home by Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. Fun fact: I have interviewed Dave several times over the years and talked about the formation of this song, enough to have written an article about it a couple of years ago. Here’s the link if you’d like some more insight. It is, for me, the quintessential traveller’s homesick song, and never failed to elicit a tear from my eye when I listened to it while travelling, especially in the few years I lived in Europe.

3: A song that reminds you of summertime: It’s Almost Summer by Billy Thorpe. It’s just so bright and breezy and every year you’ll hear me singing it on the first sunny days of Spring.

4: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget: That song by Elvis Costello. I’m not even going to share the title because hearing the vermin’s name makes me sick.

5: A song that needs to be played loud: I Hate People by Anti Nowhere League. My favourite punk metal song ever, by my favourite punk band ever, and a mantra from them and me to all the (many) c*nts in the world.

6: A song that makes you want to dance: Footloose by Kenny Loggins, Surely you can’t sit still to this one either?

7: A song to drive to: Speed King by Deep Purple. Watch your foot on the accelerator, though.

8. A song about drugs or alcohol: Beer by The Asylum Street Spankers. Here’s a song which mentions drugs AND alcohol, ALLLLLLL the drugs! But as it is for me – it’s always just about the alcohol.

9: A song that makes you happy: Unskinny Bop by Poison. Fun Fact: Back in The Bad Olde Days (copyright me 2009 onwards) when I shared a house with The Grand Wazoo, the album from whence this song came, Flesh & Blood, was our go to ‘fire up for a party night’ CD, and we’d often play it whilst getting ready to go out on the town. I still do to this day every now and then – though the mischief I get up to nowadays is considerably different. Lotta good times came after hearing those songs!

10: A song that makes you sad: A Little Ray Of Sunshine by Axiom (written by Brian Cadd). It used to be celebratory for me, but not any more. I think ever since she was born I have shed a tear every time I heard it, a happy heart bursting with love tear… now it’s just a knife through my heart. I can’t even listen to more than 30 seconds of it today, it cuts me up too much. Fun fact: I once thanked Cadd for writing it, whilst interviewing him. He graciously noted that I was far from the first father to have done so, and felt he was very lucky to have “one of those” – a song so unfalteringly meaningful and popular. Interview:


PART II is here

and III is here!



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