Saturday, 31 July 2010

Capital Idea

I'm sure other people have already thought of it, but that's not reason enough to stop one from doing something in these days of instant infinity, so I don't care.

I made a collaborative playlist on Spotify (the link is here if you're a Spotifyer. If you're not, I'm going to list the tracks so you could - if so inclined - listen to them by any other means if you wish) relating to capital cities. One good friend has made some marvellous contributions, and I think I can be justifiably proud of what I think is a stonking mix to set me off into my 46th year on this cursed earth.

Here's the list. Can you name the capital relating to each song (some are more obvious than others)? My contributions in black, my mate's in red.

1. A New Athens by the Bluetones
2. Addis Ababa by the Skatalites
3. Alternative Ulster by SLF
4. Amsterdam by David Bowie
5. Baltimore to Washington by Woodie Guthrie
6. Brazilian Love Affair by George Duke
7. Bruxelles by Jacques Brel
8. Cardiff In The Sun by Super Furry Animals
9. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing by Stevie Wonder
10. Down Under by Men At Work
11. Edinburgh Man by The Fall
12. First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen
13. Funky Kingston by Toots and The Maytals
14. Havana Affair by The Ramones
15. I.G.Y by Donald Fagen
16. Istanbul by They Might Be Giants
17. Jerusalem by William Blake (interpreted by the RPO)
18. Kashka From Baghdad by Kate Bush
19. Kingston Town by (not UB40!) Lord Creator
20. Leaving For Paris No. 2 by Rufus Wainwright
21. Life In Tokyo by Japan
22. London Calling by The Clash
23. Night Boat to Cairo by Madness
24. Nouveau Western by MC Solaar
25. Panic By The Smiths
26. Pop Muzic by M
27. Ramblin' Man by Lemon Jelly
28. Riga Girls by The Weepies
29. Roads To Moscow by Al Stewart
30. Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) by The Beautiful South
31. Victoria by The Kinks
32. Vienna by Billy Joel
33. Warsaw by Joy Division
34. You Belong To Me by Bob Dylan

That's it so far. I'll give the answers to the capital cities in my next post. Please feel free also to contribute if you would care to.


Pete Pea said...

Don't wanna piss on your chips, but are not some of these not really not capitals not as such?
And furthermore:
New Amsterdam by Sir DPA McManus

Gimme Hope Jo'anna by Eddy Grant

Snigger/snogwriter Paul Simone said...

I vote for Parliament's Chocolate City.

String said...

Don't forget my own number: "Post Office in Fort-Lamy."

Myeral said...

Dear Pete. Would you care to elaborate? I realised belatedly that Johannesburg is not a capital, neither Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, and I feel contrite.

By the way, I loved your shop.

Pete Pea said...

Don't wanna.

What about 'The whole world in his hands' by Jesus?

s pinner said...

What about The Ink is Black?

Myeral said...

Dear Mr Simone. Chocolate City has Gary in it. Which is great.

p pat said...

Please tell Mr string that his Post Office is putting on airs.

Mrs Bean said...

The irascible Mr Pea.