elastic bands – this week: U and V


Who cares that it is shining…
The game to illustrate either:
How wildly eclectic your taste is… or,
How perfectly streamlined it is.

I will post a letter of the alphabet (or two)
all BANDS or ARTISTS must begin with that letter.
Artists letter is determined by the letter at the beginning of their SURNAME (if they use it) – ignore the use of ‘The’ in a bands name.
up to 13 songs are allowed – fewer if you wish.
Up to 13 of each letter this week if you can think of that many.
All can be the same artist if that represents you perfectly or all the same genre.
Just make them great tunes.

Make a youtube playlist (if you like) and link to it – just link to it – don’t overload the thread.

Cut and paste the band names and tracks (in a joyous list style) in the comments.
Then we can chat about the choices – add some waffle if you want (about how narrow or varied those choices are) … but above all, have fun.


113 thoughts on “elastic bands – this week: U and V


    Don’t do it, Shane.
    Surely we’ve proved by now that however restrictive a brief, we can fill the pot.

    We don’t need two letters. Pull one out again, quick, before anyone notices!

    Off to work. Back later.

    • sorry DsD – got a timescale to kept to… (and the artwork has U and V in it)…
      you can use up to 13 bands or artists for each letter still if you wish.

      • What? You mean like this:

        Only UFO Can Rock Me!

        1. UFO – Natural Thing (live).
        2. UFO – Rock Bottom.
        3. UFO – Electric Phase.
        4. UFO – Profession Of Violence.
        5. UFO – Only You Can Rock Me.
        6. UFO – Doing It All For You.
        7. UFO – On With The Action.
        8. UFO – Hard Being Me.
        9. UFO – Mother Mary.
        10. UFO – Running On Empty.
        11. UFO – Pack It Up (And Go).
        12. UFO – Lights Out.
        13. UFO – Love To Love (live).

        I’m posting from my phone ’cause I’m knackered and I’ve gone to bed.

        A YT playlist of this, and my other Us and Vs will follow tomorrow.

        G’night all.

  2. UV?

    This is going to be tough.

    Well, we have to start with the Underground of Velvet!

    VDGG will be in here somewhere, and also UK and Uriah Heep.

    It is definitely going to be Unusual and Varied this week.

    The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
    U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace
    US3 – Cantaloop
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Lenny
    UK – In the Dead of the Night
    Van Der Graaf Generator – Killer
    Uriah Heep – Gypsy
    Utopia (feat. Todd Rundgren) – Hiroshima
    Violent Femmes – Country Death Song
    Underworld – Born Slippy
    Utah Saints – Something Good
    Veruca Salt – Seether
    Ultravox – Quiet Men

    Carole’s_Unusual and Varied playlist

  3. Not VU then? I am enjoying the challenge of this game, thanks for keeping us on our toes. My list seems to veer towards goth/alternative and new this week, I’ll be back with a youtube one soon, got to get the kids to school first. Enjoy

    1. Ulterior – In Vitro
    2. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats- I’ll Cut You Down
    3. Uninvited Guest – Beautiful Orchid
    4. Vaniish- Kaleidoscoped
    5. Visage – Visage
    6. VuvuVultures- Steel Bones
    7. Vetiver – Hurry on Sundown
    8. Ultravox – We came to dance
    9. Velvet Underground – I’ll be your mirror
    10. The Vaynes- Baby Cruel

  4. I might end up with 7 Walker Brothers and 6 Junior Walker songs, inspired, original, thoughts needed! I like this little game.

  5. Well, i’m glad you combined them or i would have been screwed on the U, but might have squeaked the V.

    VU – Sweet Jane
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood
    Van Halen – Unchained
    Velvet Revolver – Slither
    Virgin Prunes – I Am God
    Vines – Ride
    Voidoids – Time
    Vaselines – Son of A Gun (but i vastly prefer the Nirvana cover.)
    Vandellas – Dancing in the Street
    Vampire Weekend – Step
    Verve – Lucky Man
    U2 – With or Without You
    UB40 – Here I Am

      • and i’ll dond your Vaselines back at you – i could have gone with either. (and unfortunately would take Nirvana’s of both.)

    • Bit of punk (figure the Varukers and UK Subs will show up on at least one list), bit of rock, some Village, and more. And a U2 pick of the day – probably we’re all relieved that i was saved from doing an all U2 list. No Midge Ure, Ultravox, Unthanks, Uriah Heep, Pere Ubu – because i couldn’t name a song by any of them i don’t think. Utopia could probably be shoehorned in though.

      Fluorescent Adolescents

  6. Very odd things happening over on Youtube today, no matter what video I try to select it insists that I really mean Katie Perry or a Nutella advert featuring cats !
    So no playlist today, folks but I think all these are on Youtbue somewhere.

    Vampillia are, probably, more Beth’s kind of thing normally, kind of mettally, kind of Gothy ( and kind of Japanese-y) but this one has the most recent vocal appearance by Jun Togawa , showing the old girl still has it in her.
    The Vaccines, an underachieving and not terribly loved band I think. I like a few of their first album tracks and this is as sprightly as any, I first saw them on “Later” and was convinced the bass player was a “fat girl” ( as I said to Ubuette the next day). I was , as so often is the case,wrong.
    Violent Arse – Best band name ever. Contest closed. Most ridiculous “Oi” song I have ever heard and, therefore, brilliant.
    Undertones – Just a bit of a classic
    Velvet Underground. Not the obvious choice, perhaps but it’s a song I really like. When it first emerged ( on a bootleg E.P. in the 1970s) it seemed so “out of character” and yet still so totally them.
    Venus and the Razorblades – Kim Fowley at work here. This is here for the tremendous lyric “Let them eat cake….I’ll eat dogfood”. Brill.
    Vaselines – Just swoony
    Upsetters – SMASHing little piece of late 60s instrumental Reggae from Scratch and co
    Uchoten- Highly interesting 80s Japanese electronic band.
    United States of America – What you get if you mix hippies and primitive electronica.Always sound very odd when in company of other tracks from the same era
    Tammy- Great guitar riffette on this one and Tammy has one of the greatest Country voices ever
    Scott Walker – Big orchestration, weird lyrics just sublime
    Sid.- Bless. A great way to finish, I think.

    Vampillia – Lilac
    The Vaccines – Noorgaard
    Violent Arse – Oi matters to me
    The Undertones – My perfect cousin
    Velvet Underground – I’m sticking with you
    Venus and the Razorblades – Dog food
    The Vaselines – Jesus don’t want me for a sunbeam
    The Upsetters – Return of the Django
    Uchoten – Vegetable
    United States of America – I won’t leave my wooden wife for you.
    Tammy Wynette – Your good girl’s gonna go bad
    Scott Walker – Big Louise
    Sid Vicious – My way.

    and as a bonus track, cheese time classic

    Village People – Y.M.C.A.

    • you piqued my interest with Vampillia so I went to find them on Spotify, sadly not the track you mentioned, but I’ve spent a happy half hour in their company so far, thanks for the tip! Megadond for Village People, a great going out song 🙂

  7. Sarah Vaughan – I’ll Be Seeing You
    (ask me in ten minutes and I’ll choose a different song by her but this live version is great)
    Upsetters – Retrurn Of Django
    Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
    (could be any version with or without music – could be Luka come to think of it)
    Violent Femmes – Epp Opp Ork Ah-Ah
    (I admit it – this is my favourite track by them)
    Undertones – Teenage Kicks
    (predictable but I really couldn’t choose another song over this one)
    U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace
    Ultravox – Young Savage
    (this “punk” thing was happening at the time)
    Voice Of The Beehive – I Think I Love You
    (love this song including the D Cassidy version)
    Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – Sea Song
    (if you don’t like her voice, you’ll hate her covering a Robert Wyatt song. I love it)
    Underworld – Born Slippy
    (see Undertones comment!)
    Van Der Graaf Generator – Still Life
    Velvet Underground – Venus In Furs
    (I’m in it)
    Velvet Underground – I’ll Be Your Mirror
    (sublime – for some reason I’ve been singing this for the past week)


  8. Unit 4+2 – Concrete And Clay.
    Frankie Valli – Fallen Angel.
    Velvelettes – Stop Beating Around The Bush and Twilight Time.
    Undertones – My Perfect Cousin.
    UB40 – Red, Red, Wine.
    Vibrations – ‘Cause You’re Mine.
    Velours – I’m Gonna Change.
    Bobby Vinton – Mr Lonely and Blue Velvet.
    Velvets (N.S. outfit) – I Got To Find Me Somebody.
    Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane.
    U2 – With Or Without You.

    Phew – made it!

  9. I’m sorry to do this to Suzanne Vega and Van Halen, but this week I think I’m going to have to go for 13 songs from the same artist – the first group that I fell for completely, my entry into being a proper obsessive music fan. In no particular order except that the first is in my all-time Top 10…

    Ultravox: Vienna
    Ultravox: Reap the Wild Wind
    Ultravox: The Voice
    Ultravox: Hiroshima Mon Amour
    Ultravox: Mr X
    Ultravox: Lament
    Ultravox: Visions in Blue
    Ultravox: New Europeans
    Ultravox: Dangerous Rhythm
    Ultravox: Passing Strangers
    Ultravox: The Thin Wall
    Ultravox: Slow Motion
    Ultravox: Passing Strangers

  10. The seventeen-or-so minutes of marvellous mayhem that is Sister Ray tops my list (I used to be able to play it in my head pretty accurately). It’s followed by the rest of White Light/White Heat, the sweet paindrops of the third album and the classic smack-pop songs from the first.

    U don’t need any uvvers.

  11. Heep heavy & umble .. circle of hands
    Van der Graaf plague of lighthouse keepers
    Stevie Ray Vaughan’s version of little wing

    Vangelis chariots or blade runner stuff or anything with jon singing (pulsar?)

    UFO can’t think of a tune .. rockrolla ?

  12. Thought I’d be able to claim 13 a piece but the “U’s” let me down. So that left me with a mix and match set combining love their work and some one offs:

    Unit 4 + 2 – Concrete and Clay
    U2 – Running to Stand Still
    UB40 – One in Ten
    Ultravox – Vienna
    UFO – Doctor, Doctor

    Van Halen – Runnin’ With The Devil
    Visage – Fade to Grey
    Vapors – Turning Japanese
    Voice of the Beehive – Monsters and Angels
    Velvet Revolver – Fall to Pieces
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pride and Joy
    Ritchie Valens – La Bambara
    Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
    Van Morrison – Brown-Eyed Girl

    I know that’s fourteen but it is two letters.

    If i could squeeze in one bit of pop then what about Holly Valence and Kiss Kiss.

  13. Here it is – haven’t checked but very probably some duplications! I thought when we got to V it would probably be a kind of duet between Velvet Underground and Suzanne Vega, but I got it down to just 2 of each and 2 from the Unthanks. Just picked things I liked, lots more possibles from Velvets, Vega and Unthanks

    Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties
    Suzanne Vega – The Queen and the Soldier
    Bobby Vinton – Blue Velvet
    The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
    The Unthanks – Annachie Gordon
    The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes
    Suzanne Vega – Marlene on the Wall
    The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
    The Unthanks – Here’s the Tender Coming
    The Village People – In The Navy
    The Unusual Suspects – Donald MacGillivray
    Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In the Street
    Guiseppe Verdi – Nessun Dorma (Pavarotti)

    • Thumbs Up, on all your picks, Suzi.
      Bobby Vinton and
      Matha and Vandellas (Heat Wave!)
      Bring back nice memories
      I recall when the songs came out -friends and I bought the 45 rpms (still have ’em – yeah, I’m old)

  14. Una – Angels at my Door … (Thanks shoey)
    Van der Graaf Generator – Earlybird … (Thanks tatanka yotanka)
    Van Halen – Ice Cream Man … (Thanks tinny)
    Vanilla Fudge – You Keep me Hanging on … oldie
    The Vaynes – Mr Fixit … (Thanks beth)
    Jon & Vangelis – State of Independence … V for Vangelis, innit?
    Claude Vasori – Drugpop … (Thanks beltway)
    Dana Valery – You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies … (Thanks bish)
    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Pride and Joy … classic
    Philip Glass Violin Concerto movements 1 & 2 and “Company” movements 1,2,3 & 4 – Takuo Yuasa conducting the ULSTER Orchestra … (shoe-in but hey)


    Surprised I don’t have any Suzanne Vega or UFO, but donds to those who do.

  15. problems – 1. choosing one VU song, helped by others choices 2. choosing one unwound song – gave up on that (only chose 4 mind so missing a few favourites there)

    unwound – december
    unkle – follow me down
    voxtrot – mothers, sisters, daughters & wives
    ultra vivid scene – the mercy seat
    unwound – valentine card
    the veils – sit down by the fire
    violent femmes – add it up
    virgin prunes – pagan lovesong
    undertones – family entertainment
    unwound – antifreeze
    velvet underground – beginning to see the light
    untitled musical project – why isn’t paul mccartney dead already?
    unknown mortal orchestra – swim and sleep (like a shark)
    uncle acid and the deadbeats – mind crawler
    unwound – demons sing love songs

    uv vu

    • I don’t know unwound, I shall acquaint myself, dond for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, I chose them too, quite like that version of the Mercy Seat too.

      • i’ve tried quite a few times to get an unwound track in the RR list, mainly scarlette. surprisingly no takers yet 😀 they are dark matter in the musical universe.

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  17. Ventures – Walk Don’t Rumn
    Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
    Van Halen – Honeybabysweetiedoll
    Velvets – Tonight Could Be The Night
    Valli, Frankie – Oh What A Night
    Velvet Revolver – Set Me Free
    Vogues – Turn Around, Look At Me
    Vanity Fair – Hitchin’ A Ride
    Union Gap, Gary Puckett – Young Girl

  18. Hope this UV playlist isn’t too polarizing:

    Caetano VelosoCucurrucucú Paloma: In honour of the World Cup England and Canada are both now not at, a Brazilian singer-activist
    Dave Van RonkGambler’s Blues: Bastion of pre-hippy New York folk
    Frankie ValliBig Girls Don’t Cry: 39 Top-40 hits for Francesco Stephen Castelluccio. 39, ffs
    Gene VincentHot Dollar: For Rocking Mitch, wherever he be
    Laura VeirsI Can See Your Tracks: Dreamy (in a good way) Portland folk
    Randy VanwarmerJust When I Needed You Most: Almost a one-hit wonder.
    Sarah VaughanAll Of Me: Vocal jazz perfection
    Stevie Ray VaughanTin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town): Could play anything he wanted on that guitar, soft or hard (like Jeff Beck).
    Suzanne Vega(I’ll Never Be) Your Maggie May: La Bamba-ed (i.e. wrongly pidgeonholed) by Luka
    Townes Van ZandtSnowin’ On Raton: Here’s one his record company didn’t screw up with sappy orchestration
    Uncle TupeloStill Be Around: Huge raw talent (Farrar, Tweedy), healthy egos, kegs of whiskey…An alt-country accident that happened
    Unknown Mortal OrchestraFrom The Sun: George Harrison’s spirit lives on..in New Zealand
    Vinegar JoeNever Met A Dog: Under-rated 70s British band; launching pad for Elkie Brooks, Robert Palmer, Keef Hartley, Jim Mullen…
    VNV NationBeloved: Beguiling tour de force about missing someone. (Which I don’t. None of you)

  19. Vaa Vaa Vooom chronicles

    Mixtape=Love Viva Voce
    stephanie says Velvet Underground
    Sex with an X Vaselines
    Stupid As Wood The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
    Add It Up Violent Femmes
    You Should Know Vision
    Twenty Seven Strangers Villagers
    The Cloud Room Laura Veirs
    Marlene on the Wall Suzanne Vega
    Found Love in a Graveyard Veronica Falls
    Farewell Transmission John Vanderslice
    Ugly Violent Femmes
    The Love Cats Vitamin String Quartet
    The Lion and the Cucumber Vampiros Lesbos*** this might not strictly be the band name (but it’s a perfect example of something I’d never have known about except for the genius that was RR.

    • UUUUUUMMMMM skyscraper I love U

      Not in love (hit by a truck) Ultra Vivid Scene
      Make Out Club Unrest
      Money And Run (feat. Nick Cave) UNKLE
      My Perfect Cousin The Undertones
      No Tech! Unwound
      808 Beats The Unknown DJ
      Dance your troubles away Up, Bustle & Out
      Night Doctor The Upsetters
      Lie Cheat and steal Us3
      Rez Underworld
      Special One Ultra Vivid Scene
      GDMFSOB UNKLE (Uncensored) DJ Shadow Feat. Roots Manuva
      Stick Together U-Roy

      not found so had to double up on the you tubes:
      N’Vula Urbano De Castro
      Crossing off Titles in Books Uhersky Brod
      Body Shine Ultimate Thrush vs Blue Sabbath Black Fiji

  20. Varukers – Led To The Slaughter
    The Very Things – This Is Motortown
    Virgin Prunes – Baby Turns Blue
    Violators – Gangland
    Vibrators – Pure Mania
    Vanilla Muffins – Ladies Choice
    Vicious Rumours – Vicious Rumours
    Violent Affray – Smash The State
    The Virus – Benefits Of War
    Vice Squad – Stand Strong Stand Proud
    The Vile – Provocation
    The Valves – For Adolfs Only

    UK Subs – Warhead
    Underdogs – Johnny Go Home
    Uproar – Soldier Boy
    The Undead – Sanctuary
    The Unwanted – Withdrawal
    Urban Dogs – Limo Life
    UK Decay – Werewolf

  21. Not surprised to see SRV, U2 and the Velvets feature prominently but there’s a ton of other stuff I don’t really know, so that’ll keep me busy and out of trouble for awhile 🙂

  22. Really late this week due to circumstances etcetc but as this year is the 40th anniversary of the purchase of my first VU album and the fact that they are my favourite band there may be some bias in that direction !

    VU – Sister Ray ( my fav song ever)
    The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer
    Underworld – Born Slippy
    Luther Vandross – A House is not a Home
    Ultravox – Young Savage
    Gene Vincent – Blue Jean Bop
    Vibrators – Whips and Furs
    UK Subs – Stranglehold
    VU – Heroin
    VU – I’m Waiting for my Man
    VU – Candy Says
    VU – New Age (live)
    VU – Rock n Roll (live)

  23. Here’s the DsD U-list that isn’t all UFO:

    All U’s, no lambs

    The Union – Black Monday
    Bluesy Classic Rock from singer Pete Shoulder and ex-Thunder guitarist Luke Morley.
    Up-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start – Get To The Chopper
    Post-rock belter from the most-annoyingly-named band I know.
    The Used – A Song To Stifle Imperial Progression
    WTF moment from scream-punks with lots of friends in UK music mag editorial circles.
    Uriah Heep – Too Scared To Burn
    Sorry, Carole, but Abominog is just my UH era, though I was sorry they hadn’t retained John Sloman at that point.
    UFO – Hot ‘N’ Ready
    Couldn’t leave them off this list completely, could I?
    Ugly Kid Joe – Everything About You
    Puerile, but insanely catchy (cf Puddle Of Mudd’s She Hates Me)
    The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
    Who said upthread it was impossible to pick anything else over this? Agreed.
    UNKLE – Burn My Shadow
    Hey Beth, you do know this, don’t you? Spot that singer!
    U2 – When Love Comes To Town
    With BB King. I like [parts of] Rattle And Hum even if no one else does!
    Uncle Tupelo – Chickamauga
    Had a hard time finding which UT song to fit well into this playlist. Ended up back at the tune I first thought of. D’OH!
    U Can Unlearn Guitar – 58 Days
    Sadly not in the YT playlist; I can’t find it on there. Like Nick Cave fronting Kyuss.
    And finishing off with the ill-fitting reggae-based pair:
    U-Roy – Tide Is High
    I do love a Trojan boxset or three!
    UB40 – Many Rivers To Cross
    Love ’em or hate ’em, they were a very good gateway to reggae for us middle(-ish)-class white kids who would never have got there ourselves.

  24. Ultra Violet:

    Underworld (8)
    Ultravox! (4)
    Undertones (4)
    Suzanne Vega (4)
    Velvet Underground (4)
    Una (3)
    Us3 (3)
    John Vanderslice (3)
    Veils (3)
    Laura Veirs (3)
    Veronica Falls (3)
    Veruca Salt (3)
    Verve (3)
    Virgin Prunes (3)
    Viva Voce (3)

  25. VELVET UNDERGROUND – Sunday Morning
    “Katariina” – Värttinä
    voice box – i want it back (your love)
    Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
    Luke Vibert – I Love Acid
    Venetian Snares – Hajnal
    Volta Cab – Take Me To The Next Level
    The Valkyrians – Hooligans
    Valravn – Krummi
    The Verve – History
    Violent Femmes – “Gone, Daddy, Gone”
    Kurt Vile – “Freak Train”
    Vampire Weekend – Step
    Vybz Kartel – Go Go Wine
    Sweet Sweetback’s Theme by Earth, Wind & Fire with Melvin Van Peebles
    VETO – Four To The Floor
    Van She – Idea of Happiness
    Van Hunt – Down Here In Hell (With You)
    Villagers – Nothing Arrived
    Maija Vilkkumaa – Ei

    • U, verily.

      UB40 “The Earth Dies Screaming” 12 inch version
      united 8 – getting uptown
      Funky Thing, Pt 1 – Unemployed
      u-roy – wear you to the ball
      The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
      U2 – Out of Control
      Underworld – Born Slippy
      Uusi Fantasia – Takaisin
      Ubangi – The little cat and the dirty dog.
      Olavi Uusivirta – Elvis Istuu Oikealla
      Underwater Sleeping Society: Madwheels
      Ultra Bra – kaunis ja ylpee
      UNKLE – Lonely Soul
      Lee Perry Upsetters – Super Ape
      Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large
      US3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
      The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes
      Tuomo x UMO: Warzone
      Brace Yourself Jason – µ-Ziq
      U.S. Girls – The Island Song
      Ultramariini – Sydämet
      Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends
      Union Carbide Productions – Golden Age
      I’ll Cut You Down- Uncle Acid and the deadbeats
      Uhrijuhla – Liian kaukana
      ida Umpikuja – Erakko
      Ultra Vivid Scene – Staring At The Sun

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