Tim’s top tunes: How many have you heard of?

Tim Farron features tomorrow in a Christmas Day Lakeland Radio broadcast. Between 12pm and 3pm tomorrow, the pre-recorded show will air and Tim will count down his top 40 tunes.

Cumbria Live has the story:

There will be no Slade or Wham Christmas hits with Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron picking the music – instead there will be songs from the Sex Pistols, The Clash and X Ray Specs.

The show will feature on Lakeland Radio on Christmas Day with a selection of Tim Farron’s favourite hits from across the years including Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by The Smiths which might be viewed as an unusual festive tune.

It is well known that Tim and I move in very different musical circles. One of us is the essence of all that is cool. One of us loves everything trashy, cheesy and camp. It’s therefore hardly surprising that I have only heard of a handful of his choices.

Here is his list in full. How many have you heard of?

Lovely Rita – The Beatles

Riders on the Storm – The Doors

What’s going on – Marvin Gaye

Looking for a kiss – New York Dolls

Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols

London Calling – The Clash

Germ Free Adolescent – X Ray Specs

Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees

Ever fallen in love – The Buzzcocks

Streets of your Town – The Go-Betweens

Southern Freeeze – Freeeze

Billy Liar – North of Cornwallis

Pearly dew drops drops – Cocteau Twins

Story of the Blues – Wah!

Girls on film – Duran Duran

Goodbye Lucille#1 (aka ‘Johnny Johnny’) – Prefab Sprout

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths

Blue Monday – New Order

I’m in love with a German film star – The Passions

Driving away from home – it’s Immaterial

3 Am Eternal – KLF

What do I do now? – Sleeper

Song 2 – Blur

Sylvie – St Etienne

The state that I am in – Belle and Sebastian

Since I left you – The Avalanches

Oh Baby – Rhianna (different Rhianna – the one from Leeds, one hit wonder about 2001)

Don’t Falter – Mint Royale ft Lauren Laverne

Last Nite – The Strokes

PIN – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

505 – Arctic Monkeys

Rabbit heart – Florence and the Machine

Love is a losing game – Amy Winehouse

fell in love with a girl – white Stripes

Lost a girl – New Young Pony Club

Slow – Rumer

White noise – Disclosure

We’ve still got the taste dancing on our tongues – Wild beasts

MY KZ UR BF – Everything Everything

Honey – Swim Deep

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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22 Comments

  • Amy Wearring 24th Dec '15 - 10:40am

    Wow! Looks like it will be a great show!

  • 33. If I knew 1/3 of one of the others I’d be in business 😉

  • Docked a point for the absence of a Ramones track though!

  • Wow our leader has great music taste 🙂

  • Taylor Donoughue-Smith 24th Dec '15 - 11:25am

    I’m liking the inclusion of Last Nite by The Strokes – a top tune by my favourite band! Fell In Love with a Girl is a good song, too 🙂

  • Peter Watson 24th Dec '15 - 11:45am

    A brilliant list (though I would bemoan the absence of heavy metal and classic rock).
    It would be great to hear Tim on Desert Island Discs with a selection like this. Most politicians seem to pick 8 records that their advisers have told them enhanced their image with a wide demographic in focus groups, but Tim obviously has a passion for music.

  • Stephen Howse 24th Dec '15 - 3:40pm

    Ace list. The Siouxsie, Passions, New York Dolls and St Etienne songs especially!

  • 3 I don’t know on there. Tim tends more towards the pop than me, but I’ll grudgingly admit he’s got reasonable taste

  • Top Tunes. Southern Freeze was one of my most played tunes as an Essex Soul Boy DJ back in the 80’s.

  • Six.

    Mostly punk.

    God I feel old!

  • Geoffrey Payne 24th Dec '15 - 6:52pm

    There are a few duds, for example Duran Duran. On the other hand great to see X Ray Specs and the Cocteau Twins. Overall an excellent list.

  • Siouxsie! Wow!! Mightily impressed. 🙂

  • Andrew Conway 25th Dec '15 - 4:54am

    Great list. A little of its time and commercial but why not? Sorry to be picky and I seem to be outnumbered on this one but isn’t it X-Ray Spex ?

  • Nice list. Cocteau Twins choice is great to see if it helps bring their superb and unique sound to a new audience. My fave Cocteau’s song is the extraordinary, lush “Ella Megalast Burls Forever” which always makes me think of Mahler. Given some of the songs it’s a slight surprise not to see “Teenage Kicks”.

  • Richard Underhill 26th Dec '15 - 8:30pm

    ? Nothing from the Ugly Rumours ?

  • Stephen Ruffian 26th Dec '15 - 9:28pm

    Twenty. Some nice tunes in there…

  • 19-

    Pleased to see The Avalanches and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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