Songs To End An All Nighter

Top tracks picked from our Subculture playlists

Tuesday 27th February 2018

Picked from our playlists of recent months, ten of the best songs to end an all-nighter, selected by the likes of Adrian Flanagan, Graeme Parks, Phil Taggart and Pete McKee.

'Goodnight Ladies' by Lou Reed
Instantly evoking a late nocturnal atmosphere, the closing track of Lou Reed's 1972 solo triumph 'Transformer', 'Goodnight Ladies' borrows its cabaret-style refrain from T. S. Eliot's modernist poem, 'The Waste Land' which in turn borrows it from a line in Hamlet.
Selected by Adrian Flanagan. Listen to Adrian Flanagan's playlist in full here.  

'Promised Land' by Joe Smooth 
A Motown inspired 1980s House anthem that became a crowd pleaser on the Chicago club scene and gave Paul Weller et al. a hit in 1989 when The Style Council covered the song.
Selected By Graeme Park. Listen to Graeme's playlist in full here

'I’m The Man That Will Find You' - Connan Mockasin
Taken from his 2013 album 'Caramel' released through Erol Alkan's Phantasy label, 'I’m The Man That Will Find You' is representative of the album which Pitchfork remarked has "...the pace of swimming through caramel."
Selected By Mal Campbell. Listen to Mal's playlist in full here.

'Grandstand Theme Tune' by Keith Mansfield
In stark contrast to the sticky sweet vibe of the previous record, the bright and breezy composition by Keith Mansfield seems like the perfect way to wake up a flagging party when it's time for the lights to go back on, and for the guests to make their way home. Ken's other works include the BBC's Wimbledon Tennis theme music and arrangements for Dusty Springfield's 1968 UK album 'Dusty... Definitely'.
Selected By Philip Taggart. Listen to Philip's playlist in full here.

'Temptation Is Hard To Fight' by George McGregor & The Bronzettes
Released in 1967 via the little known and suitably titled Chicago label Twilight Records. George and his brother Bill, who produced this track, also recorded as The McGregor Brothers with the label alongside artists such as Syl Johnson.
Selected By Pete Mckee. Listen to Pete's playlist in full here.

'My Forbidden Lover' by Chic
The second single to be taken from Chic's 1979 album 'Risqué', 'My Forbidden Lover' is often overlooked in favour of its predecessor 'Good Times'. Like 'Good Times' it has been  sampled and borrowed often by artists such as Luther Vandross to The Black Eyed Peas.
Selected by Lucia. 
Listen to Pete's playlist in full here.

'Sailing By' by Ronald Binge
What will be familiar to many as the theme to the BBC's Shipping Forecast, the highly soporific 'Sailing By' is the work of Ronald Binge. Coming from a Midlands working class background Ron began his music career as a cinema organist, before World War II eventually becoming a composer. One of his other pieces 'Elizabethan Serenade' formed the basis of Boris Gardiner's 1970 record 'Elizabethan Reggae'.

Selected by Captain Sensible. Listen to the Captain's playlist in full here.

'Standing Right Here' by Melba Moore
A seductive seventies soul song taken from Melba Moore's 1978 album 'A Portrait Of Melba'. One of Melba Moore's biggest hits was 'Magic Touch' which was recorded in 1967 but not released until 1986 when it became a huge song on the Northern Soul scene.  
Selected by Ned Stax. Listen to Ned's playlist in full here.

'I'm Coming Down' by Primal Scream
Primal Scream are perhaps the modern masters of the comedown song and this gem from Screamadelica is an often imitated near perfect example of blissed out early '90s indie pop that sounds years ahead of its time.
Selected by Darron Connett. Listen to Darron's playlist in full here.

'Wichita Lineman' by Glen Campbell 
For those ending the night on their own, a sorrowful song about loneliness that was written by Jimmy Webb, recorded by Glen Campbell and covered many times since by the likes of Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, REM and even Guns N' Roses. 
Selected by Nick JD Hodgson. Listen to Nick's playlist in full here.

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