I awoke from a terrible nightmare in the early hours of this morning. My wife said I kept shouting “Buffoons, Clowns, Prigs, Incompetents…. Help…. Johnson, Hancock, Whitty, Daddy…. Help!”. I was attempting to punch thin air, so she woke me fearing I was a danger to myself and to her.
All I can remember is that I thought Matt Hancock was my new neighbour and I’d just discovered I was the secret lovechild of Stanley Johnson. It was all truly harrowing.
Then as I was calming myself down by ruminating on the commercial possibilities of my curious, but imaginary, new circumstances I realised it was all a bad dream.
Anyone would think we’d been forced into Tier 3 Lockdown with all that would entail: no economy, no friends, no real Christmas festivities, no pub, no restaurant, no cinema and no fun!
Ho, hum… what better way to cheer me up though than to create a Covid playlist. So here goes, and feel free to include your own happy or tragic, hopeful or mournful, mad or bad tracks.
Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police
There Goes the Fear – Doves
Till Tears do us Part – Heaven’s Cry
Try Not to Breathe – R.E.M.
Remote Control – The Clash
Stay Free – The Clash
Dancing In the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in its Spotlight) – Thin Lizzy
Stay Together – Suede
The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Isolation – Joy Division
(It’s Good) to Be Free – Oasis
Standing in the Way of Control – Gossip
The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum – Fun Boy Three
I Want to Break Free – Queen
I Predict a Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
Madness – Madness
Do Anything You Want To – Thin Lizzy
Don’t Believe a Word – Thin Lizzy
Don’t Believe the Hype – Public Enemy
The End – The Doors
Everything Will be Alright – The Killers
I’m Gonna Live Till I Die – Frank Sinatra
You Don’t Care About Us – Placebo
Our Lips are Sealed – Fun Boy Three
Why Can’t We Live Together – Sade
Where Have All The Good Times Gone – The Kinks
Doctor! Doctor! – Thompson Twins
Clampdown – The Clash
96 Tears – The Stranglers
Hit The North – The Fall
The Magic Number – De La Soul
19 – Paul Hardcastle
F.E.A.R. – Ian Brown
Die Young Stay Pretty – Blondie
Fight the Power – The Isley Brothers
Still Ill – The Smiths
Panic – The Smiths
There is a Light that Never Goes Out – The Smiths