Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Ache Towards Transcendence Tempered by Death

The Ache Towards Transcendence Tempered by Death

A playlist of some of my favourite music. The title was the only organising principle. It's an attempt to summarise the human condition. It's music for night time, much of it haunted., but by beauty as well as death.

 Tracklist below.

1. I Am the Cosmos by Chris Bell
2. Beginning to See the Light by The Velvet Underground
3. I See A Darkness by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
4. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
5. Potter's Field by Tom Waits
6. Katie Cruel by Karen Dalton
7. In A Station by Karen Dalton
8. White Light by Gene Clark
9. From a Silver Phial by Gene Clark
10. Tupelo Blues by John Lee Hooker
11. Say Good by e to the Little Girl Tree by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
12. From Her to Eternity by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
13. In the Ghetto by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
14. The Weeping Song by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
15. Black Rook in Rainy Weather by Sylvia Plath
16. Stereotype by The Specials
17. Bird on a Wire by Willie Nelson
18. Hurt by Johnny Cash
19. Redemption Song by Johnny Cash
20. Atmosphere by Joy Division
21. Rock Bottom Riser by Smog
22. Big Black Car by Big Star
23. How to be Invisible by Kate Bush
24. Suit of Lights by Elvis Costello
25. Snow Don't Fall by Townes Van Zandt
26. Shot by Both Sides by Magazine
27. The Light Pours Out of Me by Magazine
28. birdland by Patti Smith
29. Sign O The Times by Prince
30. Not to Touch the Earth by The Doors
31. Stars are Stars by Echo & the Bunnymen
32. Thorn of Crowns by Echo & the Bunnymen
33. Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly & the Crickets
34. Flame into Being by Momus
35. The Dark is Rising by Mercury Rev
36. Opus 40 by Mercury Rev
37. Desperados Waiting for a Train by Guy Clark
38. The Wrong Road by The Go-Betweens
39. Sin City by The Flying Burrito Brothers
40. Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips
41. Who Knows Where the Time Goes by Fairport Convention
42. The End of the Rainbow by Richard & Linda Thompson
43. Holocaust by Big Star
44. Fallin' Rain by Link Wray
45. Very Dark Today by Television Personalities
46. My Dark Places by Television Personalities
47. I'm Not Your Typical Boy by Television Personalities
48. Cossacks are by Scott Walker
49. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than you Think) (Reprise) by The Specials
50. I am the Cosmos (Slow version) by Chris Bell


  1. Great list Seamus. I love the Townes. He wrote it after a girlfriend was murdered. He never played it live.


    1. It's a great song, discovered via your compilation, Brendan. Didn't know the backstory but I'll listen to it again now with renewed interest.

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    1. Sure does - and all those Creation Momus lp's are available for free download from http://www.ubu.com/sound/momus.html

  3. Some great songs here...Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Magazine, Joy Division.

    Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt is a personal favourite. (I grew up listening to Cash as my dad was a huge fan.)

    1. I have a similar history with Cash. My first musical memory is singing Billy, Don't Take Your Guns to Town in the kitchen as a toddler.