Category Archives: Tunes I Love

  1. In tribute to Ziggy

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    Wednesday 13 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    I have shared many of my heroes of the musical world under the guise of Tunes I Love. Now, unless you …
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  2. Music that finds one’s soul

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    Saturday 09 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Those who follow this blog regularly will know of my quest in finding and sharing music that is special to me …
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  3. Eva Cassidy: new footage

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    Wednesday 14 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Some of you may recall my having added Eva Cassidy to my personal Hall of Fame; otherwise known as those …
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  4. Free – All Right Now

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    Friday 25 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    1969 Yes time for a flashback to a remarkable decade, for a variety of reasons, not least being music like …
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  5. An Englishman at heart?

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    Friday 18 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This tune I love takes me back to two memorable periods in my life….  Way back when, together with some friends …
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  6. Caribbean Blue

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    Friday 04 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I first got into Clannad, the five piece family Celtic band back in the early 80’s and have always held …
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  7. Chariots of Fire and a Double-Date

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    Friday 28 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This one takes me back to not just an era, but to a particular day even. It was the year 1981, …
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  8. Winds of Change

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    Friday 21 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When this track came out, Eastern Europe was changing beyond the wildest dreams of many. A lot has happened since …
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  9. Maya plays again

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    Sunday 16 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The last couple of posts about Maya, the talented young 8-year old Turkish pianist I came across seemed popular; not …
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  10. Long drives in the rain…

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    Friday 14 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This 1971 iconic track by The Doors one takes me back to the mid 90s when I would commute weekly …
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  11. Ms Fox. It was the music, honest!

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    Friday 07 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Awaiting the critical comments on this one for sure, lol… But, back in the day (1986), this was a favourite …
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  12. Maya is back…

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    Sunday 02 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Following my introduction of young Maya a couple of weeks ago, I heard that this hard working little 8-year old was …
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  13. The Trooper

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    Friday 31 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    And now for something completely different… These guys are 2CELLOS, a Slovenian/Croatian duo – Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. If you …
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  14. My beard never grew like theirs

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    Friday 24 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    ZZ TOP They were part of my youth; a time that spanned that last bit of compulsory schooling, the start …
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  15. Introducing Maya

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is a breakaway post by Uncle Spike to introduce a spot of culture or a moment of Sunday serenity. …
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  16. Marriage and Mr Adams

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    Friday 17 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This entry into the collection of Tunes I Love is actually very significant to me. As a piece of music it’s one …
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  17. The wall – An iconic memory

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    Friday 10 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Often I blog about my rebellious past. Most of us have one, and at times I’m happy to report that this …
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  18. Go West…..!

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    Friday 03 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Ok, who saw “Can’t Stop the Music”? Me…. I did, back in 1980 !! It was pretty crummy, weak storyline, worse …
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  19. Jump…and I did

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    Friday 19 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is a song I still play regularly in the old car. It’s the amazing Van Halen and their anthemic …
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  20. Dreams ~ Another 1977 Classic

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    Friday 12 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Who remembers this one then? It’s an all-time classic from one of my favourite years, 1977, and by one of …
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  21. Millenium

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    Friday 05 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second slot by Mr Williams in my look at those Tunes I Love. I just find this one …
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  22. Heart of Gold

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    Friday 29 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Back in the early 80s a certain Mr Young, his guitar, unique recognisable voice, and of course the harmonica was …
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  23. The natural beauty of a woman

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    Friday 22 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This a music video, and yes, it’s one that I could consider one of my Tunes I Love, but this …
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  24. Private Investigations

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    Friday 15 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Dark and moody: that’s how this one sounds to me. It’s Dire Straits enigmatic “Private Investigations”, from the ‘Love Over …
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  25. Quatro rather than Quattro

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    Friday 08 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    In todays look at those Tunes I Love, I return to one of my common themes, you might say, that of …
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  26. Rebellious age

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    Friday 01 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    To say I went through a rebellious stage during my seven years of teenhood would be putting it mildy. However, …
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  27. Boston – Music & City

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    Friday 17 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Boston is a city close to my heart for a number of reasons; but here’s just three: 1 – I …
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  28. Nessun Dorma (Messy Doormat)

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    Friday 10 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of my favourites, and I’m sure many others too… that classic of classics, when three blokes stood there and …
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  29. How I ‘nearly’ joined the British Army

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    Friday 03 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Many young boys wanna grow up to be firemen, or soldiers. For a time, I wanted to be in the …
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  30. Dreadlock Holiday

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    Friday 27 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s another of the Tunes I Love for your entertainment and perhaps a memory-jogger for some of the ever greying mob, such as yours truly, who …
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  31. Angelo

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    Friday 20 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This one takes me back to 1977 and the Brotherhood of Man, remember them? My favourite of theirs was probably …
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  32. After all…

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    Friday 13 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Today’s offering from “Tunes I Love” is not one that I would have predicted for my list to be honest. …
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  33. Weekly Commuting & Baker Street

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    Friday 06 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is Gerry Rafferty back in 1978 with his famous Baker Street track from the platinum selling album, ‘City to …
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  34. Bette Davis Eyes

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    Friday 27 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Eyes are important to me; the window to the soul, as they are often described. I admit that I often …
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  35. Mister Seger – Turn the Page

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    Friday 20 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The legendary Bob Segar has long been a firm favourite of mine. Music from this American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist …
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  36. Progressive Instrumental Rock

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    Friday 13 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As a teenage rebel, I was more into heavy metal and glam rock music than the modern new age stuff, …
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  37. Morning Train… Teenage DJ Spike

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    Sunday 08 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    May 1980, and I was a weekend teenage discjockey at a small private boarding school in Hampshire, southern England. I …
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  38. Can’t Live Without You…

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    Tuesday 03 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    First off, don’t worry, I’m not stood on a ledge or a bridge, but in my past I have faced …
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  39. Flogging HiFi Equipment with Michael Jackson

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    Friday 02 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Back in the early ’80s I found myself working in an electrical and photographic retail store called Dixons, on the …
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  40. Getting Groovy…

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    Thursday 01 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is one you either know very well from your formative years like me, or will have heard at disco …
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  41. My Slade Christmas Memory

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    Thursday 25 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    When: Monday 5th December, 1983 Where: Exeter University, England What: Last UK tour by the original Slade Who: Me of …
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  42. Music from one of our own

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    Tuesday 23 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s something special. Tina is one of our followers (a Spikette), and a talented solo artist from southwestern Ontario, Canada, who creates …
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  43. Bond – My Classical Gals

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    Thursday 18 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is BOND, a four piece band of highly talented and not too shabby looking gals. THE ORIGINAL ELECTRIC STRING QUARTET …
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  44. Sweet Home… of Alabama

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    Saturday 29 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I went to Montgomery, Alabama once, but that’s as near to being able to label it as ‘home’. But what …
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  45. Iz, the one and only

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    Thursday 27 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Anyone remember this giant of a man? This was the late and very great Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, who brought …
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  46. Fancy a dance – on the ceiling?

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    Thursday 13 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Dancing on one’s ceiling, or anyone else’s for that matter, is not perhaps an everyday pastime for most of us …
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  47. The Bomb

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    Tuesday 11 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Olivia Neutron Bomb : that’s how she was known to our ilk, back in the day…. The blond from Oz …
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  48. A Violin Meets Nigel

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    Thursday 06 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today’s look at “Tunes I Love” shows a rather different side of Spike. I know I throw plenty of music your way …
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  49. BOB – the Jamaican, not Irish version

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    Tuesday 28 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    1974 was the year that West Germany beat the Netherlands 2–1 to win the FIFA World Cup. It also saw the …
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  50. Mr Numan

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    Friday 24 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today’s offering from “Tunes I Love” is, of course, delving back into the late 70s, my primary point on life’s …
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