021 There’s more to life than books


Can you read a book and listen to music at the same time? This week’s theme, suggested by Mike from Nothing but green lights, sees our contributors choosing a book and a song to go with it.

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(00:00) The Smiths – William it was really nothing

Book: Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

Tim from The Face of Today

(02:37) The Buff Medways – Troubled Mind

Book: Notebooks of a Naked Youth by Billy Childish

FiL from Pogoagogo

(06:09) The Beach Boys – Add some music to your day

Book: 31 Songs by Nick Hornby

Heather from I am fuel, you are friends

(10:38) Van Halen – I am the one

Book: Crazy from the Heat by David Lee Roth

Chris from Culturebully

(14:52) d_rradio – Never slept better

Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Mike from Nothing but green lights

(19:27) LN – It don’t matter if you bleed

Book: Vârt behov av tröst by Stig Dagerman

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

(24:40) Spaceman 3 – Revolution

Book: Karl Marx: Selected Writings edited by David McLellan

Colin from Let’s Kiss and Make Up

(31:29) Serge Gainsbourg – Sorry Angel

Book: Les liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos

Marianne Dissard

(35:35) The Cure – Killing an Arab

Book: L’Etranger by Albert Camus

Simon from You can call me betty

(38:36) Golden Smog – Fear of Falling

Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(42:44) The Decemberists – Los Angeles, I’m yours

Book: The Replacements “Let It Be” by Colin Meloy

Bethanne from CTASLS

(47:53) Susan Cagle – Shakespere

Book: Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde

Jamie from squirrelfood.net

(52:35) Manic Street Preachers – The Intense Humming of Evil

Book: The work of Primo Levi

Jamie from The Run Out Groove

(58:24) Mr Bungle – Squeeze me Macaroni

Book: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Brian from The Rant

(01:04:15) Leonard Cohen – Came so far for beauty

Book: The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen

Charlie from Nerdlitter

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This was a fantastic Podcast, really a wonderful idea Mike. I can’t even pick just one or two that I favor more than the others. Seriously great job everyone!


I’ve only listened up to Zap’s so far, but what an ace selection! Van Halen? Stonking!

I am looking forward to hearing this in its entirety – what a wonderfully eclectic library!

this is the first week where i’ve actually owned over half the songs. damn you people/i have good taste!

Congratulations Tim – the remote launch worked just fine. An excellent library all round folks. I really need to read that Billy Childish book…

What a way to end the show…Cohen’s poetic verse. Came so far for beauty, and found it.

I love the eclectic mix of songs on this weekly show. Happy to be part of it.

You guys be jammin’ Terrific idea. Excellent picks. A great introduction(and great introductions) to some great music and musicians. A joy to sit on a train into work on a Monday morning listening to your selections. Put some music in your day indeed. Rock on! Taylor.

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