Might be obscure, might be cool, might be any genre, might be something old, something new, something borrowed or blue.
Here's the first S&M Playlist, from a call for submissions here earlier today. If you've got one for next week, email it with a sentence or two of narrative to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ideas for the series name are welcome too.
Ewan MacColl - The Shoals of Herring
I first heard this years ago while watching a TV programme about trawler fishing. I was still at home with my parents, and I hadn't a clue who sang the song, so I guess I must have been quite young. I never forgot the song, the chorus stuck in my head - it's really evocative (although I have no connections with trawler fishermen, as far as I know). Years later I saw an Ewan MacColl CD in a shop and it had this track on it. I bought the CD on the strength of the track, and I still love it. It ain't trendy, it's not a love song - it's just a great tune, well sung and does what it says on the tin.- Ali Munday
Neko Case - Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
I've been falling in love with Neko Case recently - even before I discovered what she looks like. This is her beautiful and poignant cover of Tom Waits' "Christmas Card from a H00ker in Minneapolis".- barbryn
Everclear - Bad Connection
There's not much reason to buy later model Everclear records; as much as I love the band, after awhile even I had heard enough about Art Alexakis' childhood in a broken home. One of his bids to keep the band current despite lineup changes and the limited scope was an album of covers called The Vegas Years. Mostly unispired, there was however this Yaz/Yazoo gem.- Tin
Salif Keita - Here
I thought of this, from an album I hadn't played for some time and then last week I started playing it again because the G. nominated it as one of the 10 best of the decade. It's Salif Keita's album Moffou and the song is 'Here', lovely gentle song with a great backup chorus.- goneforeign
Paolo Nutini - Candy
I 'discovered' this last year via the radio as well as hearing a couple of other songs from the Sunny Side Up album. When I got some money in lieu of a Christmas present from my parents (Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm 46 and I'm still relying on money from my parents to go down the shops and treat myself). This is one of the better tracks on a great album.- gordon immel
Sun Ra - 'Blackman/Love in Outer Space'
from the Space Is The Place (Original Soundtrack) inspired by steenbecks MLK post I re-visited 'Blackman...' insane and brilliant... just a fantastic drumming groove.. enjoy.- Shane