KEXP John Richards Top 5 for 2021
John Richards is my favorite DJ at KEXP, and here are the top 13 artists by frequency of 2021 for his show.
1. David Bowie - Changes - 1973
No surprise that David Bowie again tops the list. Every day we need to go with the flow, "Cha-cha-changes" is there for us.
2. The Clash - Train in Vain - 1980
Why is this song called "Train in Vain?" No idea. Everyone thinks its called "Stand by Me." Great song though.
3. Nation of Language - Wounds of Love - 2021
Finally, a new song. I was beginning to think I got caught in a Dr. Who time loop. I love this band and you should too. Check out The Wounds of Love.
4. New Order - Your Silent Face - 1983
The first lines of this song are, "A thought that never changes - Remains a stupid lie." The rich synthesizer and steady build have a certain dawn-like quality. I am making this song required listening for both my teenagers.
5. Pixies - Where is my Mind? - 1988
Yes, some days start like this. My mind usually can be found at the bottom of my second cup of coffee. Here is a live version that I like very much.