016 When I was 16 I liked …

Are you still sixteen inside?

Judging by the selection of tracks our gallant band of contributors have sent this week, I definately am! There is something shameful yet truly heartwarming about the music you liked at the age where you are no longer a child and not quite an adult. Be prepared to lay in awe on the bedroom floor and say smother me mother.

This week’s theme was chosen by Tom from other people’s toys.

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(00:00) Morrissey – November spawned a monster

Tim from the face of today

(05:53) The Vapors – Turning Japanese

Tom from Other people’s toys

(10:33) The Von Bondies – It came from Japan

Mike from Nothing but green lights

(13:11) Ian Dury & The Blockheads – What a waste

Deek Deekster from Pod of Funk

(17:08) The Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise

Duke of Straw from The Late Greats

(22:54) Wings – Silly Love Songs

Merz from Mars needs guitars

(29:58) Slapstick – Colorado

Eric from CYSTSFTS

(32:14) Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy

Nuno from Undercover Songs

(36:29) Weezer – The Good Life

Tom from My Voice Rising

(40:58) Prince – Gotta stop (messin’ about)

EJ from Loudersoft

(45:03) Llama Farmers – Always Echoes

Jamie from The Run Out Groove

(49:00) The Jam – Thick as thieves

FiL from Pogoagogo

(53:34) Jack off Jill – Angels Fuck

Marcos from Mind Booster Noori

(57:47) The Teardrop Explodes – Reward

ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(01:00:37) Foo Fighters – February stars

Bethanne from CTASLS

(01:06:17) James Brown – The Payback

Chris from Culture Bully

Thanks as usual to all the contributors for sharing their shame!

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Contrast Podcast #17 will have the simple theme of ‘who’ … so, songs with ‘who’ in the title or as a major part of the lyrics please. If you would like to contribute you will need to record a short (less than one minute) spoken intro and send it with your track to tim.young@rhul.ac.uk.

Once we have an hour of music we will stop accepting submissions – keep an eye on the counter at the top right of this page to see if there is still space.

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contrast gets better every week. Although i am quite scared by the fact that fine young cannibals are back again. they make me feel odd.

I really wanted to send something in this week but the darn thing indeed filled up too quickly…anyway, your selection did a fine job of speaking for me so thanks Tim. nice to see what everyone else picked as well!

Thanks for the theme, Tom and thanks for putting it together, Tim.

I was trying to see if I could guess who was closest in age to me based on the selected titles alone and I managed to get it right on the nose! Duke of Straw and I are the same age.

tim – a future in radio comedy beckons, methinks. great intro, you nutter.

I’m still pondering the answer to that question, “What goes on inside your head that makes you want to take them all to bed?” Thanks for yet another excellent podcast, Tim & great song selection everyone!

I’m gonna go dig out my purple tambourine now…

oh that was a good one.
and that intro was hilarious.
the next time i contribute I’ll try to actually use my voice instead of a Text Aloud reading program. but I think it’s funny. yeah, i seem to have a quirky kind of humour.

by the way i always thought it was ‘smother me, mother me’. cos otherwise, if morrissey wants his mother to smother him…well..its a bit odd.

Thanks everyone!

Jamie .. It’s definately, ‘oh woh smother me mother’ according to all the internet sites I’ve checked … he wants his mum to put him out of his misery! … I think I feel a ‘misheard lyrics’ podcast coming on!!! 🙂


Oh Tim, In the words of the late, great Desmond Dekker, “my ears are alight”…



Aw Dook, excellent! Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands where you forget how ace they were.

The CP I most regret not contributing to. Wonderful to hear all that stuff though – too much of it was a big nostalgia rush anyway.

I love your podcast and have recently subscribed to it. I just bought a nano a few months ago and had it loaded with some of my choice cd’s. I wiped them all out to make room for your podcasts. I can only get 10 through 16 though. Any suggestions for downloading 1 through 9?


[…] The most recent one focuses on instrumental tracks, but with a twist: the bloggers who submit their choice of tracks, have to sing the bit where they introduce the track. An older release gathers songs that the participants enjoyed when they were 16. […]

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