89 Not Out: Day 86, Arid-Land Archipelago Records Pt 2

S&C contributor and Pompey Politics Podcast host Ian Morris shares his experience of the lockdown, as someone with diabetes. It’s Day 86, and Ian chooses the next three songs as part of his short series, inspired by a well known radio favourite. Watch out for the final part tomorrow.

Wednesday 10th June, Day 86 of 89.

So, we are on a desolate land mass surrounded by water, Part 2 – songs four to six. If you missed yesterday, the songs I chose were:

  1. Don Williams – I Recall a Gypsy Woman 
  2. Stray cats – Stray Cat Strut 
  3. Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing 

We move on to 1993, and on balance I think the best album ever recorded, 20 years after the two albums which were, of course, the best albums ever made, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin IV. But if you disregard both of these, then The Levellers – Levelling the Land is the best album ever, and One Way is the track.

I also love this as Noah shares my love of The Levellers and we saw them together at both Victorious and the Wedgewood Rooms just before the lockdown struck. 27 years on they were as good as ever.

Bloody hell, chosing eight songs is a nightmare. I promise, you try it over a few days and it will be, ‘Oh no, pants! That has to be in, eight tracks simply isn’t enough!

So it’s 1995. I shared our 25 year anniversary with you in a previous episode and how we got together. At our wedding, we took to the floor with All 4 oneI Swear as our first dance, but I think it says more that when I call my beautiful wife, it isn’t the A4O version that plays. 

Cyril Thomas Morris, 1923 – 1999.

My Dad. This man was an absolute legend. If you know me, he is me, but a bit more so. One of his idiosyncracies was that he was never late, never, he hated it. If you meant to meet him in the pub at eight o’clock, if you were not there at 8.05, he would have left.

But he was horridly late…to his own funeral. The hearse got boxed in and he rocked up 90 minutes late, and as the curtains closed this was a measure of the man. 

And that’s it for today. There’s only two tracks left to select, and I have a list of about ten.

This is much harder than I  thought! 


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