You want eclectic? We’ve got it from dawn ’til dusk this week. With a little faith and resurrection thrown in. Many thanks to all contributors, and keep sending those worms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Britten – Dawn (from Peter Grimes – Four Sea Interludes) – daddypig: Not so much an earworm as a “moodworm”. I saw two of Opera North’s Britten productions for his centenary celebrations, and this is an atmospheric piece that sets the scene as the sun rises on the Suffolk coast. (Having trouble getting this to play in the playlist, so try this if necessary):
Matthew E White – Big Love – debbyM: My Festive ‘Spill choices were all of a similar ilk this time around (sorry, listeners!) – this is the one that JUST missed out on being chosen for the Top Three. I love the big sound of Big Love, but I mostly love its timelessness – without having been told, would you have KNOWN what decade this song is from?
Spacehog – Zeroes – DsD: Probably too straight-ahead sprawling heavy-rock for many of you, but that “zerozerozerozerozero” falsetto refrain is a PROPER worm: if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself singing it in the supermarket checkout queue.
Jah no Dead – Burning Spear – goneforeign: Friedrich Nietzsche originated the phrase ‘God is Dead’. In the mid 60’s Time magazine propagated the idea and it became accepted world-wide, except that is, by Rastaman Burning Spear in Jamaica. He wrote this simple song to express his faith, ‘Jah no Dead’. It was used in the film ‘Rockers’ in a beautiful scene where he’s standing knee deep in the ocean in the moonlight singing it acapella.
Edwyn Collins – Baby Jean – ghe: After his near death experience, Edwyn Collins’ comeback album in 2013, “Understated”, is understandably about survival. This is a standout track.
Tom Jones – Dimming of the Day [Richard Thompson cover] – tincanman: Some songs are too painful and personal to listen to. This is as close as you dare get to this one.