I wanted to share this playlist with you for no other reason than it is SO DAMN GOOD! I play Lindi Ortega to move me, The Staves to soothe me, Radiohead to enthral me, Bruce Springsteen to inspire me. But when I just want to feel good about the world there is nothing better than a bit of rock’n’roll NOISE!

I called the playlist Noiseannoys after a Buzzcocks song – which isn’t noisy enough to be on the playlist. And I daresay the songs would annoy a lot of people – including the rest of my household if I play them too loud!

You’ll know some of these tracks, but maybe not all of them. So give ‘em a whirl and feel free to suggest other candidates. Not out-and-out metal. Love that too, but all of this lot has a punk edge, one way or another.

So here goes, in no particular order:

Monster Hospital – Metric

Desire, Snakehead – Dilly Dally

Old Lake – The Blind Shake

The Dream, Gelatinous Cube – Thee Oh Sees

2 Kindsa Love, Love All of Me – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Feed the Mantaray – Slaves

Planet of Sound, Monkey Gone to Heaven – The Pixies

Where Boys Fear to Tread, Zero, Cherub Rock, Quiet – Smashing Pumpkins

Smells like Teen Spirit, Lithium – Nirvana

Black Math, Little Bird – The White Stripes

Waiting Room – Fugazi

Human Troll – MonoTony

The Nights of Wine and Roses, The House that Heaven Built – Japandroids

Mr Pinkus – Alice Donut

Free Speech for the Dumb – Metallica

(When you Wake) You’re Still in a Dream, Feed Me with your Kiss – My Bloody Valentine

12XU, Mr Suit – Wire

Moving Away from the Pulsebeat – Buzzcocks

Cannonball – The Breeders

And here’s the awesome “Monster Hospital” It’s from 2005, but I only discovered it this year. Video’s a bit grim but can’t stop playing this song on the iPod…

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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2 Responses to Noiseannoys!

  1. Dood says:

    Kerblimey. Noiseannoys, alright.

    Far too rocky for my precious tastes, John! I rattled through the first eight on iTunes and I have to say that they’re not quite my bag. I do take your point, of course, that you have many musics for many moods, and I know you’re just as inclined to listen to some weepy Welsh harpist as this lot.

    I guess it’s finally time – forty years on – to say that I never really liked punk? Late Clash was some other sort of music, as indeed was what the Jam morphed into. But the basic thrash guitar stuff never rattled my cage (though I would except the noble Pistols).

    I should say that your list still contains a fair few favourites, not least from Metallica, Nirvana and the White Stripes. But all those bands seem to offer something different from the straight-rocky norm.

    Now, back to Burt Bacharach for me……

    • John S says:

      Well done for making it through eight! Thought Dilly Dally would have finished you off! Still, preferable to DC’s metal compilations surely? And if/when Blind Shake and Thee Oh Sees next play London, you MUST come.

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