Lockdown: 35 Songs for 35 Days of Solidarity

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Welcome to the local is lekker, classic, rocking, calming, get down during lockdown playlist. Strategist, Pedro de Gouveia (aka DJ Peds) will add a new song every morning until the end of April, enjoy and stay positive, we’re all in this together.

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27/03: World in Union by PJ Powers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  • It first aired during one of our country’s proudest moments, the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
  • The Boks went onto win it “for 43 million South Africans”

28/03: Paolo Nutini and Pencil Full of Lead

  • It’s going to a be an even stranger Saturday than last.
  • One where kids continue to stay inside.
  • Adults are off the streets and roads.
  • Neighbours are whispering.
  • Dogs aren’t barking.
  • So what the world needs now is…a jolly good old tune to change all of that.
  • One that puts a smile on your dial and a swing in your step.
  • Even if only means six wishful steps to check the post or nine to light the braai.

29/03: You’ll Never Walk Alone by Jerry & The Pacemakers

  • I have never been to Liverpool.
  • I don’t support Liverpool Football Club.
  • But I’ve always been jealous of LFC’s greatest asset.
  • No, not Jurgen Klopp.
  • Rather, their club anthem.
  • The best and most recognisable in the world.

30/03: Bill Conti’s – The Theme From Rocky

  • So which song do you choose to kick off the first week of work under lockdown?
  • Is it a soothing song to calm the nerves or a rock anthem to stir up the spirit?
  • How about a movie theme song?
  • From one of the most iconic movie franchisees of all time.
  • A song that that does a bit of both.
  • So, together let’s kick off this week, by boxing away the blues.
  • Fight the good fight.
  • Go the distance.
  • Punch above your weight.
  • Like always.

31/03: Seether: Rise Above This

  • Day five of lockdown, and we still haven’t had a rock anthem.
  • Well the day has arrived.
  • It’s a local one.
  • It’s a loud one.
  • From a rock band founded in Pretoria in 1999.
  • Who went onto to do big things in the US.
  • With this song reaching no.1 on the US Modern Rock Chart in 2008.

01/04: The Style Council’s – Shout to the Top

  • After the success of yesterday’s rock anthem, I’ve decided to maintain the tempo.
  • With another get up and go call-to-action number.
  • An eighties epic.
  • Some know it as the Billy Elliot song.

02/04: Lisa Stansfield’s All Around The World

  • After SA rock and UK mod, it’s time to slow it down a tad.
  • With some British R&B.
  • A Cape classic from 1989.
  • That reached number one in the UK, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Norway & Belgium.

03/04: Foo Fighters, The Best of You

  • Here’s another rock anthem to blow out the cobwebs.
  • Crank up the dial and enjoy.
  • #WeAreInThisTogether

04/04: Bill Withers, Lovely Day

  • With the passing of soul & R&B legend Bill Withers yesterday, it would only be right to pay tribute by playing his best known hit.

05/04: Carole King, You’ve Got a Friend

  • Sundays are often a day of reflection, friends and family.
  • I’ve chosen a song that deals with the reflection and friendship part of the equation.
  • So you thought yesterday’s song was on the slow side?
  • Today’s one qualifies as super slow.But it’s a gem.
  •  Pick up the phone and call that friend or colleague you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  •  Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn
  •  All you got to do is call.

06/04: Bob Seger, Old Time Rock & Roll

  • How do we kickstart the second working week under lockdown?
  • With some old time rock and roll.
  • The kinda music just soothes the soul.
  • So today’s choice is a 1979 classic.
  • Famously featured in the movie Risky Business.

  07/04: Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

  • It’s time for The Boss to do a bit of talking.
  • For the day we can jump on our bikes, and hit the highways and byways again.
  • We’re gonna get to that place where we really wanna go
  • And we’ll walk in the sun
  • But ’til then tramps like us
  • Baby, we were born to run
  • So, rev up those engines and have a great Tunesday!

08/04: Jackie Wilson, Your Love Keeps Lifting Me

  • After two days of rock and roll numbers, it’s time to for a soul classic.
  • An upbeat and uplifting love song.
  • From a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • A tenor with a four-octave range.
  • A song used in many a commercial, tv series and movie.
  • It has 30 soundtrack credits on imdb.com…

09/04: Simple Minds, Don’t You Forget About Me

  • Today’s song featured in a movie centred upon a lockdown.
  • A day’s school detention on a Saturday.
  • Not quite like our current one...
  • The premise for 80’s bratpack classic, The Breakfast Club.
  • So even if you won’t be seeing each other across a Zoom, Skype or Hangouts screen for a few days,
  • Don’t You Forget About Each Other.

10/04: Jose Feliciano, California Dreamin’

  • Today’s religious holiday requires a song of reflection.
  • There are great songs.
  • This is one of them.
  • Released in 1968.
  • Listen, enjoy and keep the dream alive.
  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

11/04: Billy Joel, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

  • At 7 minutes and 37 seconds it’s one of his longest studio cuts.
  • Hence, hardly played on radio.
  • This song is effectively a medley of three distinct pieces fused into one.
  • A piano ballad, an uptempo jazzy number topped by a rock and roll crescendo.
  • 3 for the price of 1.

12/04: Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, Morning has broken

  • There’s only one song to play this morning after last night’s rain.
  • A song with a 99c and Shoprite Group connection.
  • In 1996 Lewin directed an award-winning commercial for Shoprite/Checkers (yip that’s how it was advertised), which featured the song.

13/04: Dire Straits, The Walk of Life

  • So far this long weekend, we’ve had two numbers from the 70’s and one from the 60’s.
  • Time to get more contemporary.
  • With a good old fashioned roll & roll ditty.
  • If you’re stepping out to do some essential shopping, Do The Walk Of Life.
  • Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say.

14/04: Santana and Michelle Branch, The Game of Love

  • To ease everyone back after the long weekend, here’s a Grammy winning soft rock track
  • From 2002
  • Making it a newbie 😊
  • All the best for the Game of Life, Love and Work in the week ahead.

15/04: The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army

  • Time for a long overdue rock anthem.
  • With a famously familiar guitar riff.
  • Chanted throughout the great sports stadia of the world.
  • Approximately180 nations are currently doing battle with COVID-19.
  • Let’s do our bit.
  • By continuing to practice social distancing and good personal hand, sneeze and cough hygiene.
  • We can contribute to the war effort on our own battlefront.
  • So soon we’ll be hearing this riff roaring at a nearby stadium, again.

16/04: Earth Wind & Fire, Fantasy

  • It’s time for a another R&B classic.
  • Hailing from 1978, this epic track remains timeless.
  • Thanks to its orchestration, resounding harmonies, the falsetto vocals of Philip Bailey and a funky backbeat.
  • A tale of hope & dreams.
  • Sheer escapism.
  • Something we could all do with right now.

Come to see victory in a land called fantasy. Loving life for you and me to behold, to your soul is ecstasy

17/04: Journey, Dont Stop Believin’

  • Thanks to it featuring in the finale to the Sopranos, episodes of Glee, Scrubs, South Park and CSI.
  • Together with the Wedding Singer and Shrek the Halls.
  • And many other TV series and high school movies.
  • A song that takes 3 minutes 20 to get to its chorus.
  • Yip, the karaoke rock classic.

18/04: John Lennon, Whatever gets you through the night

Assisted on harmony vocals, organ and piano by a chap called Elton John.

  • I couldn’t leave one of history’s greatest singer-songwriters off this playlist.
  • This song was his only solo number one hit in the USA during his lifetime.
  • But it’s not what you Imagined.
  • Elton bet Lennon that the song would top the charts, and such was Lennon’s skepticism that John secured from him a promise to appear on stage at one of his performances should the record indeed hit number one.
  • When the record did achieve that feat, Lennon appeared at John’s Thanksgiving performance at  Madison Square Garden on 28 November 1974. It was Lennon’s last major concert appearance.

Whatever gets you to the light ‘salright, ‘salright. Out the blue or out of sight ‘salright, ‘salright

19/04: David Bowie and The Pat Matheny Group, This is not America

  • How do follow up on the world’s best singer-songwriter?
  • With its super-close second best.
  • David Robert Jones.
  • Better known as David Bowie.
  • One of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
  • With ten platinum albums and eleven number-one albums.
  • Selling over 100 million records worldwide.
  • His five decade career, constant chamelon-like evolution and numerous musical collaborations, had a profound influence on music, stagecraft, art and even cinema.
  • A lesser known track featured in the 1985 spy movie classic, The Falcon & The Snowman.

20/04: Written by Barry White and performed by The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Love’s Theme

  • We have our first instrumental.
  • We have the first artist featuring for a second time.
  • Barry White, the love doctor.
  • Not as a singer, but as the writer of this instrumental piece.
  • It is one of the few instrumental and purely orchestral singles to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
  • Doing so in early 1974.
  • Whilst simultaneously reaching #1 in South Africa on Springbok Radio.
  • With its wah-wah guitar and big rhythm, you can see how it influenced the disco sound, which exploded in popularity the following year.
  • A smooth start to week.

21/04: Queen, Somebody to Love

  • Yesterday’s song was called Love’s Theme.
  • Today’s song continues with the love theme.
  • It’s from British rock royalty Queen.
  • In January they became the first band to join Queen Elizabeth II on a British coin.
  • Yes they’ve made a mint over the last 50 years.
  • Estimates of Queen’s record sales range from 170 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling artists.
  • So no, not one of their traditional stadium rock anthems or Bohemian Rhapsody, the most streamed-song of the 20th century.

22/04: George Michael and Mary J Blige, As

  • I’m a big fan of a well interpreted cover song.
  • Ones that do justice to original , but are new and interesting.
  • As, is a song written and performed by Stevie Wonder from his seminal 1976 album, Songs in the Key Of Life.
  • It only reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • In 1999 George Michael and Mary J Blige covered the song, with it reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • As covers of great songs go, this is a jolly good rendition.

23/04: Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want

  • Written by Rolling Bones partners in crime – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, today’s song was named the 100th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in its 2004 list.
  • Five days ago (18th of April ), they performed this song via Zoom as part of the global One World Together At Home broadcast.
  • Showing them stones are rolling stronger than ever.
  • The broadcast raised almost $128 million in support of healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need

24/04: ACDC, Thunderstruck

  • There’s Lockdown.
  • Now it’s time for Rockdown! (Ts&Cs apply*)
  • Here’s a fair dinkum song to ease your way into Friday….
  • Whilst waking up the entire neighbourhood.
  • From Aussie rockers
  • Put on the power, plug in the amplifier, possibly pop on the earplugs or phones and get cracking.

25/04: Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street

  • Today’s song has one of the greatest saxophone riffs of all time, and a searing guitar solo.
  • It reached number one in South Africa, Australia and Canada in 1978.
  • The street in which a famous Scottish-inspired character lived, Sherlock Holmes.
  • The eight-bar sax riff part led to what became known as “the ‘Baker Street’ phenomenon”, a resurgence in the sales of saxophones and their use in mainstream pop music and television advertising.
  • Ravenscroft was reportedly paid only £27 for his sax contribution.
  • The cheque that he was given bounced, so the musician framed the useless payment and hung it on his solicitor’s wall.
  • At the time Rafferty was making £80,000 a year…

And when you wake up, it’s a new morning. The sun is shining, it’s a new morning and you’re going, you’re going home.

26/04: Gary Moore, Parisienne Walkways

  • Moore had a diverse career.
  • Taking in blues, rock, heavy metal and jazz-fusion over four and a half decades.
  • He is often described as a virtuoso guitarist.
  • Born and raised in Belfast, Moore played in the line-ups of several local bands during his teenage years.
  • Before moving to Dublin, after having been asked to join the Irish band Skid Row before the departure of lead singer Phil Lynott.
  • Moore later played with Lynott in Thin Lizzy (of The Boys Are Back In Town fame) and joined the British jazz-rock band Colosseum II.
  • He also had a successful solo career with eleven UK Top 40 single releases, which included the top ten son Parisienne Walkways and Out in The Field (a collaboration with Lynott), and peaked in popularity with his best-selling album Still Got The Blues in 1990.

27/04: Johnny Cash, covering U2’s mega ballad, One

  • Adding his unique gravitas thanks to a distinct voice often described as America’s conscience.
  • Backed by a spare, acoustic arrangement.
  • Produced by Rick Rubin better known for producing artists like The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, RHCP, Slipnot and System of A Down.
  • A One of a kind classic.

One life, but we’re not the same. We get to carry each other, carry each other

28/04: Van Halen, JUMP

  • After a long weekend, there’s only one way to proceed.
  • Let’s jump straight into it with a synth-rock 80’s hit.
  • A US number one & global hit in 1984.
  • We get up and nothing gets us down…
  • Jump up. Jump around. Jumping Jack Flash.

Might as well jump. Jump! Go ahead and jump

29/04: Guns ‘N Roses, Sweet Child ‘O Mine

  • Continuing with yesterday’s musical theme, we have another rock classic.
  • Off  Appetite for Destruction.
  • The all-time best-selling debut album in the US, with 18 million copies sold.
  • The song hit number one in the US in September 1988.
  • The guitar solo is ranked #37 in Guitar World magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time.
  • An apt mid-week anthem from the best of the big hair bands of the late 80’s.

30/04: The Beatles, Here Comes The Sun

  • On this last day of lockdown, we now look ahead to a gradual return to normality.
  • Here’s a song to mark the light that’s emerging after seven dark weeks.
  • George Harrison wrote this in Eric Clapton’s garden using one of Clapton’s acoustic guitars.
  • It may be over 50 years old, but it’s still such an optimistic song.

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

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