As a parting gift when I left London, my friend, co-podcaster and stalwart of indie rock music, Chris, made me this CD.
To explain, I'm gonna have to give you a little insight into Chris and my behaviour together. It's pretty immature, I'm pleased to say. We spent many a night in dingy Soho pubs doing what all men of our age do - harking back to the glory days of yesteryear. And of course music was central to that.
There's a club in London called The Roxy - it's nothing special, but nor is it the worst club in the world. But it does play music that you know. Which is always a bonus in my book. So "what time does The Roxy open?" became code for "I like the song that I'm hearing right now and could see myself enjoying it in The Roxy after 9 beers and no dinner". Like I said, kind of immature, but in a good way.
Now the fact that in our couple of years of Soho drinking we only went to The Roxy, I think, twice, didn't stop it becoming a motto for our friendship. So this CD was a very fitting way for him to see me off. And if you're still reading, you may be wondering what constitutes a WTDTRO track. I hope I don't need to point out that there's some humour in some of these choices...
1. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
2. The Spinners - It's A Shame
3. Shed Seven - Chasing Rainbows
4. Iron & Wine - Lovesong Of The Buzzard
5. Belle & Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
6. Pulp - Common People
7. Primal Scream - I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have
8. Housse De Racket - Synthetiseur
9. Kelis - Acapella
10. Earth, Wind & Fire - September
11. Haddaway - What Is Love?
12. Ice Cube - The Message
As a nice postscript to this tale, recently our friend Nai emailed Chris and I this picture, saying it reminded her of us. Beautiful.