Inspired by The Squire’s summer trip Stateside, we look at songs about the Great American Railroad.


Rock Island Line – Billy Bragg & John Henry 

Pullman Passenger Train – Pullman Porters Quartette

Railroad Bill – Will Bennett

Through Train Blues – Tampa Red

A Railroad Lover For Me – Emry Arthur & Della Hartfield

B & O Blues (Take 2) - Blind Willie McTell

Your Good Man Caught The Train & Gone – The Mississippi Shakes

My Man’s a Jolly Railroad Man – Moonshine Kate

Night Train to Memphis – Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys

Midnight Special (3:06 Version) – Leadbelly

The Wreck of the Old ‘97 – Vernon Dalhart

Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down Dirty Thing) – Memphis Minnie

Alabama Bound – Odetta

Union Train – The Almanac Singers

Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames

Freight Train Blues (Mono Mix) – Bob Dylan

Southern Train - Dion

The Railroad – Lee Hazlewood

Hear My Train a’Coming (Acoustic Version) – Jimi Hendrix

She Caught the Katy – Taj Mahal

Morning Train – Paul Parrish

Midnight Train To Georgia – Cissy Houston

Train Man – Bob Seger System

Train Round The Bend (Mono Mix) – The Velvet Underground

Watching The Train Go By (Single Version) – Tony Joe White

Nobody Cares About The Railroad’s Anymore – Nilsson


The Squire recently paid a visit to the USA to take in some of the sights and sounds that country has to offer. Record shops and live venues were also visited and here are a selection of some of the tunes picked up along the way.

Let’s Shake Hands – The White Stripes

Slow Down – Larry Williams

Talk To Me Baby - Townsel Sisters (with Berl Olswanger Orchestra)

Come & Get These Memories – Martha & The Vandellas

Shake & Finger Pop – Jr. Walker & The All Stars

And The Next Day Too – The Cowsills

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – The Association

The Crystal Ship – The Joyride

Tin Soldier (Mono Mix) – The Small Faces

I Sing My Song – Dotti Holmberg

It’s A Good Day For A Parade – The Banana Splits

South Bound Strut – Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia

Top Your Night – Lorna & The Smokers

I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can – Eli “Paperboy” Reid & The True Lovers

Evil – Tom Jones

You’ve Got Nothing To Lose – Michael Kiwanuka

Oh Lord, What Have I Done? – Pedro Arevalo

Until We Meet Again – R. J. Howson


With wider grooves allowing for louder mixing and longer playing time than the traditional 7”, we’ve raided the archive at Squire Towers to delve into the world of the 12’ single.

Two Tribes (Annihilation Mix) – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

More, More, More (12” Mix) – Andrea True Connection

Enough Is Enough (12” Mix) – Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go – Soft Cell

Rapture (Special Disco Mix) - Blondie

Blue Monday – New Order

Axel F (The London Mix) - Harold Faltermeyer

Born in the US (Freedom Mix) - Bruce SpringsteenBronskie Beat – Smalltown Boy (12” Mix)

Walk Like an Egyptian (Extended Dance Mix) – The Bangles

Living Doll (The Disco Funk Get Up Get Down Go To The Lavatory Mix) – Cliff Richard & The Young Ones

The Race (12” Mix) – Yello

Talk Talk – Recycled

Tom’s Diner (12” Remix) - D.N.A (feat Suzanne Vega)




Once again, we welcome Darryl Bullock to the Squire for a show where each song connects to the next as welll as the one before.

Jailhouse Rock (Single Version) – Elvis Presley

Boing (Original 7” version) – Wedding Present

The Pixies – Gigantic

Hayseed Dixie – Ace of Spades

XTC – All Along the Watchtower

Silver Song (1973 Single Version) – Anthony Phillips

Ringo’s Theme – This Boy (Mono Version) – George Martin

Burn My Candle (Live at Carnegie Hall 1964) – Shirley Bassey

Always the Sun – The Stranglers

A Heart Needs a Home (BBC Version) – Richard and Linda Thompson

Veronica – Elvis Costello

What’s New Pussycat – Tom Jones

Telstar – The Tornadoes

Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan

Ozone Baby – Led Zeppelin

Mr Crowley (Album Version) – Ozzy Osbourne

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead – Klaus Nomi

Liza Jane – Davie Jones with the King Bees

I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship – The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

Jailhouse Rock (Soundtrack Version) – Elvis Presley


In this months episode, we take another look at Flying Vinyl, the record club that delivers to your door five pieces of freshly minted vinyl every month from up and coming musicians.

Elodie – Ten Fe

Jigsaw - Telegram

Marsupilami  – Baywaves

What Did I Miss – Free Money

Smile More – Deep Vally

Rising Water – James Vincent McMorrow

Fun – Shrinking Minds

Be Somebody – Hidden Charms

It’s a Secret Life – Pavan

Right in front of me – Jaws

You Say People Say they don’t like me – Alex Lahey

Souvenirs – Swimming Tapes

Dopamine Fiend – DA7

Four Walls – The Bay Rays

Wages – Bad Sounds

Sing This – God Damn

Pilgrims – Johnny Lloyd

Lose My Mind – Lucia

Fun Garcon – The Van T’s

Shadow & Light – Martin Luke Brown

Anteros – Drunk

Boyfriend - Marika Hackman

Way It Goes – Hippo Campus

Peckham – Bad Parents

Never Start – Middle Kids


In this, the second of two shows showcasing the work of Curt Boettcher, we look at the projects he produced, performed on and the songs he wrote that were performed by other people.

Spinning, Spinning, Spinning – Michele

Christina In My Dreams – Curt Boettcher

Better Times – The Brothers Cain

Where Do We Go Form Here? – Mother Love

Just One More Chance – The Hondells

Would You Like To Go – The Collage

Rest In Peace – Chad & Jeremy

Shame, Shame – Keith Colley

Another Time – Sagittarius

Just About The Same – The Millennium

Rupert White (7” Version) – Eternity’s Children

In My Room – Sagittarius

On & On She Goes – Sandy Salisbury

Everything Turns Out Right – Gary Usher

I Love You More Each Day – Curt Boettcher

I Call You My Rainbow – Curt Boettcher

Someone’s Final Song – Elton John

This Is Just To Let You Know – California Music

Sometimes – Curt Boettcher



Jimi Hendrix is most famous for his guitar playing and fronting his own bands, but here we look at his work behind the scenes playing on other people sessions as well as sitting in the producers chair.

Mercy, Mercy – Don Covay & The Goodtimes

I Don’t Know What You Got But It’s Got Me – Little Richard

Shotgun – Buddy & Stacey

Utee – Rosa Lee Brooks

I’m So Glad – Frank Howard and the Commanders

Move Over & Let Me Dance (Album Version) – The Isley Brothers

Help Me (Get That Feeling) Pt.1 – Ray Sharpe

(My Girl) She’s A Fox – The Icemen

That Little Old Groove Maker – Jimmy Norman

Sweet Thing – Billy Lamont

How Would You Feel – Curtis Knight & The Squires

Instant Groove – King Curtis

There Ain’t Nothing Wrong – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

So Much In Love (Mono Mix) – McGough & McGear

The Clown – Eire Apparent

Slow Walking Talk – Robert Wyatt

Let Me Love You – Jimi Hendrix & Lonnie Youngblood

Old Times Good Times – Stephen Stills

The Everlasting First – Love

Mojo Man – The Ghetto Fighters

You Can Anyone This Time Around – Timothy Leary

Miss Lady – Buddy Miles Express

Doriella Du Fontaine – Lightnin’ Rod


The Beatles are more famous for the songs that they wrote themselves, but on their early releases, they filled out their LPs (and one EP) with songs written by other people. Here we look at the original versions of the songs The Beatles covered.

Anna (Go To Him) – Arthur Alexander

Chains – The Cookies

Boys – The Shirelles

Baby, It’s You – The Shirelles

A Taste Of Honey – Billy Dee Williams

Twist & Shout – The Top Notes

‘Till I Met You – Eileen Wilson

Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes

Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry

You Really Got a Hold On Me – The Miracles

Devil In Her Heart – The Donays

Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong

Long Tall Sally – Little Richard

Slow Down – Larry Williams

Matchbox – Carl Perkins

Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry

Mr Moonlight – Dr Feelgood and the Interns (aka Piano Red)

Kansas City – Little Willie Littlefield

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey – Little Richard

Words Of Love – Buddy Holly

Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins

Everybody’ Tryin’ To be My Baby – Rex Griffin

Act Naturally – Buck Owens & The Buckaroos

Dizzy, Miss Lizzy – Larry Williams

Bad Boy – Larry Williams

Maggie Mae – The Vipers Skiffle Group


When lists of great guitar players appear, they mostly include electric rock or blues players. Here are some players that don’t normally feature in such lists but do deserve to be recognised for their playing skills.

Sabre Dance – Love Sculpture (feat. Dave Edmunds)

Minor Swing – Django Reinhardt

Asturias (Leyenda) – Andres Segovia

My Babe – Rick Nelson (feat. James Burton)

Anji – Davy Graham

Blackwater Side – Bert Jansch

Country Boy – Heads, Hands & Feet (feat. Alvin Lee)

Cello Song – Nick Drake

Little Bit of Sympathy – Robin Trower

Crossroads/You Can’t Catch Me – Stephen Stills

Gibson, Martin, Fender – The Pirates (feat. Mick Green)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Jeff Healey Band

1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Richard Thompson

Nervous Breakdown – Brad Paisley

Joy In Repetition – Prince & The New Power Generation


In this episode we take a look at songs that have (as far we know) been released as bonus tracks on vinyl releases.

Just One Drink (Acoustic Intro) – Jack White

Milk Cow Blues (live) – The Kinks

Mystery – The Small Faces

Vejetables (Smile Box Set Vinyl Mix) – The Beach Boys

Good Clean Fun (Alt Mix) – The Monkees

Rude Boys Outta Jail – Neville Staples AKA Judge Roughneck

Ebony Eyes – Stevie Wonder

Superman (Live) – Blur (Seymour)

Boneheads Bank Holiday – Oasis

Tonight Reprise – The Smashing Pumpkins

Runners Dial Zero – Beck

Writing To Reach You (Deadly Avenger’s Bayou Blues Mix) – Travis

Just To Have You Back – Loretta Lynn

Dreamin’ Of You (Single Edit) – Bob Dylan

Strange Woman – Jeremy Spencer

Heavy Chevy – Alabama Shakes

The Golden Temple – Sun Dial

Born To Act – Belle & Sebastian

Panic Attack – The Heavy

Even Good Things Break my Heart – Bill Ryder-Jones


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