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Upon the release of his new album Office Politics, pop magician Neil Hannon, the mastermind behind The Divine Comedy, has curated a playlist of his favorite songs. An eclectic selection full of surprises! 1. Les Fleurs - Minnie Riperton Astounding early 70s orchestral psychedelia from the late great, Minnie Riperton. Interestingly ...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Les Fleurs
Minnie Riperton Come To My Garden 00:03:19

Charles Stepney, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Richard Rudolph, ComposerLyricist - MINNIE RIPERTON, MainArtist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1970 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Double Dutch
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock 00:04:41

Trevor Horn, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Langan, Engineer, Jew's Harp, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Dolby, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Anne Dudley, String Arranger, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Jordan, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm McLaren, MainArtist - David Birch, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Malcolm Mclaren, ComposerLyricist - Petrus Maneli, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2008 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1983 Virgin Records Limited

3
Watermelon Man (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock Head Hunters 00:06:30

Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Mike Clarke, Drums - Unknown, Producer - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Bill Summers, Percussion

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Can't Get It out of My Head
Electric Light Orchestra Eldorado 00:04:21

Electric Light Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - J. Lynne, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Lynne, Producer

(P) 1974 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
As Time Goes By
Harry Nilsson A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night 00:03:24

Harry Nilsson, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Herman Hupfeld, Composer, Lyricist - Gordon Jenkins, Arranger, Conductor - Derek Taylor, Producer - Martin Wyatt, Producer - Phillip McDonald, Engineer - Bill Lacey - Dennis Ferrante - Eddie Tallia

(P) 1973 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Love Action (I Believe In Love) (Remastered)
Human League Dare/Fascination! 00:05:01

Ian Burden, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Rushent, Producer - Simon Heyworth, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Human League, Producer, MainArtist - Phil Oakey, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Allen, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Philip Wright, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Joanne Catherall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Susanne Sulley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Callis, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2012 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Virgin Records Limited

7
O Superman
Laurie Anderson Big Science 00:08:25

PERRY HOBERMAN, Flute, Saxophone - Laurie Anderson, Composer, Vocals, Vocoder, MainArtist - ROMA BARAN, Organ

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

8
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Kate Bush Hounds Of Love 00:04:59

Kate Bush, Writer, MainArtist

© 2011 Noble And Brite This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. ℗ 1985 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Novercia Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

9
You Don't Own Me (Single Version)
Lesley Gore Lesley Gore Sings Of Mixed-Up Hearts 00:02:29

Quincy Jones, Producer - CLAUS OGERMAN, Conductor - Dave White Tricker, ComposerLyricist - Lesley Gore, MainArtist - Johnny Medora, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1963 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster)
The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster) 00:02:51

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Like a Daydream (2001 Remaster)
Ride Smile 00:03:06

Andy Bell, Writer - Bell, Composer - Ride, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Gardener , Colbert , Queralt , Bell, Composer, Arranger, Writer - Loz Colbert, Writer - Mark Gardener, Writer - Steve Queralt, Writer - Andy Bell, Composer, Arranger - Lawrence Colbert, Composer, Arranger, Writer - Mark Gardener, Composer, Arranger - Steve Queralt, Composer, Arranger

© 1990 Sire Records ℗ 1990 Sire Records

12
Michael Caine (Album Version)
Madness Keep Moving 00:03:36

Carl Smyth, ComposerLyricist - CLIVE LANGER, Producer - Daniel Woodgate, ComposerLyricist - Alan Winstanley, Producer - Madness, MainArtist

℗ 1984 Geffen Records

13
Summertime Blues (12'' Version)
The Flying Lizards Summertime Blues 00:05:09

Eddie Cochran, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Capehart, ComposerLyricist - The Flying Lizards, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Virgin Records Ltd

14
Deacon Blues
Steely Dan Aja 00:07:36

Donald Fagen, ComposerLyricist - Victor Feldman, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Scott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - LEE RITENOUR, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steely Dan, MainArtist - GARY KATZ, Producer - WALTER BECKER, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 Geffen Records

15
All Night Long (All Night) (Album Version)
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down 00:06:25

Greg Phillinganes, Participant - John Robinson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Harris, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, String Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

About Playlist

Upon the release of his new album Office Politics, pop magician Neil Hannon, the mastermind behind The Divine Comedy, has curated a playlist of his favorite songs. An eclectic selection full of surprises!

1. Les Fleurs - Minnie Riperton
Astounding early 70s orchestral psychedelia from the late great, Minnie Riperton. Interestingly the noted comic actress, Maya Rudolph, is Minnie's daughter.

2. Double Dutch - Malcolm McLaren
It's 1983. It's pop saboteur McLaren and production genius Trevor Horn. It's a crazy mix of hip hop, african pop and new york skipping troupes. What's not to like.

3. Watermelon Man (Headhunters version, 1973) - Herbie Hancock
Hypnotic, weird and ultra cool.

4. Can't Get It Out Of My Head - ELO
A wonderful early slice of the Electric Light Orchestra. One of the first of so many beautifully arranged and impossibly catchy tunes.

5. As Time Goes By - Harry Nilsson
The last track from his standards album, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in The Night. It's like slipping into a warm bath. One with lots of soapy bubbles and and candles round the outside.

6. Love Action (I Believe In Love) - The Human League
Classy, glassy synth pop. One of my very favourite noises to put in my ear-holes.

7. O Superman - Laurie Anderson
O superman - o judge - o mom and dad - o wow! The surprise UK hit of 1981...

8. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush
Still sounds as fresh today as when I first heard it.

9. You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore
Love this. It's like the lyrical antidote to Wishing And Hoping (I adore Bacharach and David but that one was soooo sexist!)

10. The Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
"We are the custard pie appreciation consortium. God save the George Cross and all those who were awarded them." Ray Davies: pop's greatest lyricist.

11. Like A Daydream - Ride
Can't hear the lyrics? Doesn't matter. Just look at the floor, shake your floppy hair around and think sensitive thoughts.

12. Michael Caine - Madness
One of Britain's most beloved bands, and yet strangely underrated as songwriters and musicians.

13. Summertime Blues - The Flying Lizards
This is all wrong. And that's why it's so brilliant.

14. Deacon Blues - Steely Dan
"This is the day of the expanding man, that shape is my shade, there where I used to stand." Don't fight it, just feel it!

15. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Phew, Lionel's singing, everything is ALL RIGHT.

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