Neil Young: ‘Eldorado’
Castanets, Spanish guitars and dodgy dealings down Mexico way in this Peckinpahesque corker from the Freedom album.
Linda Ronstadt: ‘Los Laureles’
More Warner Bros. Americana, this time from Ronstadt’s excellent Mexican-themed Canciones de Mi Padre album.
Wayne Shorter: ‘Condition Red’
A blast of classic sci-fi-fusion from Wayne’s Phantom Navigator album, featuring some ‘sideways’ harmony, incendiary soprano sax, a Big Snare Sound and even a bit of vocal scatting.
Thomas Dolby: ‘Screen Kiss’
A shimmering summer classic from The Flat Earth.
Joni Mitchell: ‘My Secret Place’
This duet with Peter Gabriel kicked off Joni’s underrated Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm album. Takes me straight back to summer ’88.
Mark King: ‘There Is A Dog’
The Level 42 mainman’s breezy tribute to Return To Forever. Musos behold: he played drums, percussion, bass and all the guitars on this. Taken from the classic Influences album.
The Clash: ‘Hitsville UK’
Mick Jones’ breezy, ironic rumination on the rise of indie labels featuring the Blockheads’ Norman Watt-Roy on bass. Taken from the Sandinista! album.
Miles Davis: ‘Catembe’
Takes me straight back to the summer of ’89. The breezy lead-off track from Miles’s last studio album Amandla.
Danny Wilson: ‘Davy’
A classic ‘advice’ song which kicked off the Dundee band’s excellent 1987 debut album.