Category Archives: Unnatural Selection

Playlist – Friday 3rd January 2014

I came back, for one night only (until the next time), to give you some tunes I like, especially the QOTSA ones, which were from my Album of 2013, and included my Single of the Year too.

Here’s what I played!

The Small Faces – Happiness Stan
Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang
Lenny Kravitz – Always On The Run
Ian Dury and The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Wings – Live and Let Die
Police – Roxanne
Queens of the Stone Age – I Sat By The Ocean
XTC – Ten Feet Tall
The Jungle Book – The Bare Necessities
The Stranglers – Strange Little Girl
Muse – Knights of Cydonia
Queens of the Stone Age – The Vampyre of Time and Memory
Nazareth – Woke Up This Morning
Public Image Ltd – Rise
The Electric Soft Parade – Empty At The End
Elbow – Can’t Stop
Eagles Of Death Metal – English Girl
Hope Of The States – The Red The White The Black The Blue

Insect of the Week – The Death’s Head Hawkmoth

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Queens of the Stone Age – I Appear Missing
Tigger – The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
Faith No More – A Small Victory
Soulwax – More Than This
Queens of the Stone Age – Kalopsia
The Boxer Rebellion – Flashing Red Light Means Go

Playlist – Friday 17th May 2013

XTC – Ten Feet Tall
Queens of the Stone Age – The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
Beachbuggy – Kickin’ Back
Boxer Rebellion – Flashing Red Light Means Go
Kula Shaker – Grateful When You’re Dead/Jerry Was There
Syd Barrett – Effervescing Elephant
The Dukes of Stratosphear – Vanishing Girl
The Dukes of Stratosphear – Little Lighthouse
Dandy Warhols – Shakin’
Death In Vegas – Hands Around My Throat
Bloc Party – Banquet
Bastille – Pompeii
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Queens of the Stone Age – My God is the Sun
Alice Cooper – Gutter Cats vs. The Jets/Street Fight
Faith No More – Everything’s Ruined
Swede Mason – Masterchef Synesthesia
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – The Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Spacehog – Ship Wrecked

Insect of the Week – The Lime Hawkmoth

Muse – Screenager
The Black Keys – Tighten Up
Pink Floyd – Us and Them
Mark Lanegan – One Hundred Days
Soulwax – Proverbial Pants
Elbow – We’re Away
Nat King Cole – Let There Be Love

Playlist – Sunday 24th February 2013

Audioslave – Cochise
Eels – God Damn Right It’s A Beautiful Day
Hope of the States – The Red The White The Black The Blue
Alice Cooper – Caught In A Dream
Eagles of Death Metal – So Easy
Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang
Rolf Harris – The Court Of King Caractacus
Beck – Lost Cause
Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
Train – If It’s Love
The Bagpuss Mice – Mending Song
Screamin Jay Hawkins – You Made Me Love You
Boxer Rebellion – Flashing Red Light Means Go
The Black Crowes – Black Moon Rising
Christine Owman – Familiar Act (feat. Mark Lanegan)
Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation
Turin Brakes – Mind Over Money
Wings – Live and Let Die

Insect Of The Week – The Phantom Midge

Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Elbow – The Everthere
Gong – Captain Shaw and Mr. Gilbert
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Desert Sessions – A Girl Like Me
Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
Scouting For Girls – She’s So Lovely
Doves – The Cedar Room

Playlist – Friday 8th February 2013

Well it’s been a long time since I’ve sat in this chair, and that make the return so much sweeter.  I really enjoyed myself playing the pick of Muse’s second album Origin of Symmetry, and some Wurzels, as well as a few requests and others that tickled my fancy.  It went a lot like this…

The Wurzels – Rock DJ
Muse – Newborn
Empire of the Sun – We Are The People
PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
Queens of the Stone Age – Burn The Witch
Muse – Bliss
The Wurzels – Don’t Look Back In Anger
The Pixies – Velouria
The Stranglers – Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
The Dukes of Stratosphear – Little Lighthouse
Killing Joke – Empire Song
Elbow – The River
Alice Cooper – Poison
Muse – Hypermusic
Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused
Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
Space – No-one Understands
Faith No More – Midlife Crisis

Insect Of The Week – The Winter Gnat

Mark Lanegan – Wedding Dress
The Wurzels – Golden Brown
Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
Kula Shaker – Great Dictator (Of The Free World)
Darwin Deez – Constellations
Muse – Screenager
Perez Prado – Intermission
The Wurzels – Common People
Spacehog – Starside
Muse – Megalomania

Playlist – Friday 1st June 2012

It’s my first time back on air for months!  Bit rusty, but thankfully I had a whole load of excellent tunes to get me by.

Elbow – The Birds
Dukes of Stratospear – Shiny Cage
Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
Bee Gees – Jive Talking
Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running
Derek and The Dominos – Layla
Cyriak – Oddity
Space – No-one Understands
We Are Scientists – Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt
Soulwax – Proverbial Pants
Desert Sessions – In My Head… Or Something
Seasick Steve – Started Out With Nothin
Lemon Jelly – Space Walk
Bloc Party – Banquet
Elbow – Weather To Fly
Thirteen Senses – Into The Fire
Muse – Space Dementia

Insect Of The Week – The Crowned Stick Insect

Grand Spectacular – Being A Dickhead’s Cool
Modest Mouse – Float On
Pink Floyd – Remember A Day
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Laurel and Hardy – The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
Doves – The Cedar Room

Playlist – Saturday 14th January 2012

A one-off Unnatural Selection, tonight with a slightly laid-back feel, and a healthy dose of The Dandy Warhols – six songs from their album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia.  They’re from Portland, Oregon.  I went there once.  Someone in the Post Office asked if I knew their friend from Oxford.

The Dandy Warhols – Godless
Steve Hillage – Searching For The Spark
Modest Mouse – Float On
Space – No-One Understands
The Police – Walking On The Moon
The Dandy Warhols – Get Off
Zager and Evans – In The Year 2525
Danny Kaye – Tongue Twister
Screamin Jay Hawkins – There’s Something Wrong With You
The Velvet Undergroud – I’m Sticking With You
Queens Of The Stone Age – Mexicola
The Dandy Warhols – Country Leaver
Elbow – Can’t Stop
The Goons – You Gotta Go Oww
The Boxer Rebellion – Flashing Red Light Means Go
Kula Shaker – Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)
The Dandy Warhols – Big Indian
Beck – Little One

Insect Of The Week – The Springtail

Bloc Party – The Prayer
Father Ted Crilly and Father Dougal McGuire – My Lovely Horse
Muse – Knights Of Cydonia (After thingy intro)
The Dandy Warhols – The Gospel
Ivor Cutler – Egg Meat (Specially for Michelle Ward)
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Grandaddy – The Crystal Lake
The Dandy Warhols – Sleep

Playlist – Saturday 10th December 2011

Tonight, I was sitting in for Luke Cousins and his Saturday Night Rock, so I thought it only right to dust off the heavier end of my musical library and my ear drums a workout.

Tracklisting for tonight is below, thanks to James, Mike, Chris and Craig for their suggestions!

Nirvana – In Bloom
Faith No More – Smaller and Smaller
Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
ZZ Top – La Grange
Queens Of The Stone Age – God Is In The Radio
Spacehog – In The Meantime
Aerosmith – Same Old Song And Dance
Audioslave – Cochise
Metallica – Wherever I May Roam
Nazareth – Alcatraz
Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang
Iron Maiden – The Phantom Of The Opera
Mondo Generator – So High, So Low
Muse – Space Dementia
Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride
Evanescence – Tourniquet
Testament – Low
Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood
Steve Vai – The Animal
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
Foo Fighters – The Pretender
Mastodon – Octopus Has No Friends
Queens Of The Stone Age – Lightning Song
Desert Sessions – Ending

The Very Last Unnatural Selection – Thursday 20th October 2011

Tonight’s show was the last Unnatural Selection ever!  So I took the opportunity to look back over the last 15 months and pick my favourite tracks from the run of 62 shows.

Many thanks for listening, I hope you enjoyed the mix of great music and real oddities, and have learned a little about what makes me tick. 🙂

Tracklisting for this last show was:

The Wurzels – The Common People
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – The Fun Lovin’ Criminal
Seasick Steve – Started Out With Nothin
Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation
The Dead Weather – Cut Like A Buffalo
Beachbuggy – Kickin’ Back
Eagles Of Death Metal – So Easy
The Electric Soft Parade – Empty At The End
The Bagpuss Mice – The Mending Song
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Ol’ Man River
Lemon Jelly – Nice Weather For Ducks (Unplugged)
Elbow – Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver
Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
Wagner – The Ride Of The Valkyries
Ivor Cutler – Egg Meat
Chas and Dave – The Sideboard Song
Cyriak – Oddity
The Doves – The Cedar Room

Insect Of The Week – The Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Pink Floyd – See Emily Play
Muse – Sing For Absolution
Jack Hodges – Everything Is Fresh Today
The Stranglers – Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
The Dukes Of Stratosphear – Have You Seen Jackie?
Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Gong – Bambooji
Queens Of The Stone Age – Long Slow Goodbye


Unnatural Selection’s Insects Of The Week

The regular feature ‘Insect Of The Week’ on the Unnatural Selection show started on the 26th August 2010, and we had 52 species over the course of the show.  In the list is a Reptile of the Week, and a Fruit of the Week too.

In case you were itching to see what all the IOTWs were, here’s a full list!

The Seven Spot Ladybird
The Speckled Bush Cricket
The Bluebottle
The Banded Demoiselle
The Great Diving Beetle
The Earwig
The Hummingbird Hawkmoth
The Camberwell Beauty
The Shrill Carder Bee
The Death Watch Beetle
The Flea
The Nut Weevil
The Sexton Beetle
The Roesel’s Bush Cricket
The Pond Skater
The Birch Sawfly
The Green Veined White Butterfly
The Silver Y Moth
The Woolly Aphid
The Confused Flour Beetle
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
The Black Darter Dragonfly
The Rosemary Beetle
The Hairy-footed Flower Bee
The Caddisfly
The Spotted Cranefly
The Red Admiral
The Slender Groundhopper
The Whirligig Beetle
The Scorpion Fly
The Orange Tip Butterfly
The Ermine Moth
The Mosquito
The Heath Assassin Bug
The Cardinal Beetle
The Thorny Devil (Reptile Of The Week)
The Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly
The Lesser Stag Beetle
The Thimbleberry (Fruit Of The Week)
The Birch Leaf Roller
The Yellow Dung Fly
The Glowworm
The Long-Winged Conehead
The Violet Ground Beetle
The Purple Hairstreak
The Acorn Weevil
The Southern Hawker Dragonfly
The Hornet
The Silverfish
The Apple Leaf Skeletonizer Moth
The Jumping Weevil
The Phantom Crane Fly
The Rhinoceros Beetle
The Shining Spider Beetle
The Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Playlist – Thursday 13th October 2011

This week’s Unnatural Selection went almost exactly like this:

Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Bloc Party – Banquet
The Dandy Warhols – Sleep
The Stairs – Mr. Window Pane
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
Eels – I Like Birds
Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
Eleven – What Can I Do
Supergrass – Richard III
The Cure – Lovecats
Pixies – Velouria
Killing Joke – Empire Song
Elbow – Red
Boots Electric – Complexity
Kiss – Lick It Up
Mark Lanegan – Like Little Willie John
Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People
The Dukes Of Stratosphear – Collideascope
Pink Floyd – The Nile Song

Insect Of The Week – The Shining Spider Beetle

The Smashing Pumpkins – Today
Queens Of The Stone Age – The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
Lemon Jelly – Elements
Faith No More – RV
Eagles Of Death Metal – I Only Want You
The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

Next week’s show is the last Unnatural Selection, I’m taking a break, but may well pop back now and again to play some Ivor Cutler to an unsuspecting audience.  Join me from 10pm next Thursday for my final show!