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Postby Rorschach » 19 May 2024, 23:35

I am spending large chunks of my retirement making Spotify playlists. Mostly, they're random collections of songs I like but some are artists' 'best ofs' or favourite tracks from a given year.
Another type is more whimsical and pointless and that is 'arbitrary connections'. I've got an alphabetic list of subjects and the first one is 'Actors'. I doubt there are enough actors who've made decent records so I'll include songs about actors as well.
This means that I'll have Richard Harris doing MacArthur Park but also Roxy Music doing 2HB. Serge Gainsbourg gets in twice as he was an actor and did Je T'Aime with two different actors, but he also did Initials BB about Brigitte Bardot.

Any other suggestions welcome, but preferably good ones and not the likes of Robson & Jerome.
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Re: Actors

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 20 May 2024, 00:18

Cracked Actor - Bowie
Parklife - Blur
Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
I Talk To The Trees - Clint Eastwood
A Wooden Tree - Ivor Cutler
Happiness Stan - Stanley Unwin
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Right Said Fred - Bernard Cribbins

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Something by Bruce Willis :lol:
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Re: Actors

Postby Limpin' Jez McKenzie » 20 May 2024, 07:03

Presumably you are not including actors in musicals, like Rex Harrison or John Travolta. Or pop stars who became actors ( so no Elvis or Cliff).

There's that famous Shatner album of course.
Michael Caine - Madness
Robert De Niro's waiting - Bananarama
Wandrin' Star - Lee Marvin ( I think this was the other side of I talk to the trees mentioned above)
Captain Beaky and his band - Keith Michel
More tenuous but Jim Dale, the Carry On actor, wrote the lyrics to Georgy Girl and was nominated for an Oscar for doing so.
Scarlett Johansson has done an actually quite interesting album of Tom Waits covers.
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Re: Actors

Postby Limpin' Jez McKenzie » 20 May 2024, 07:09

Rorschach wrote:'. I've got an alphabetic list of subjects.


Geek.
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Re: Actors

Postby Nervous Ned » 20 May 2024, 07:44

David McCallum had an instrumental track on the Baby Driver soundtrack that was rather good. Think he did a few well received albums back in the day.

Peter Wyngarde recorded an album back in the day ... and courted controversy in the process.

Peter Hammill's 'After the Show' touches on the acting community ... although I haven't a clue what he's actually going on about!

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Postby The Slider » 20 May 2024, 07:51

Limpin' Jez McKenzie wrote:More tenuous but Jim Dale, the Carry On actor, wrote the lyrics to Georgy Girl and was nominated for an Oscar for doing so.




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Postby The Slider » 20 May 2024, 07:57



and talking of whom....

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Re: Actors

Postby Rorschach » 20 May 2024, 08:13

Limpin' Jez McKenzie wrote:
Rorschach wrote:'. I've got an alphabetic list of subjects.


Geek.


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Re: Actors

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 May 2024, 09:09



Joe Dellasandro being the subject of the song.
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Re: Actors

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 May 2024, 09:11



James Dean, if that's not blindingly obvious.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 May 2024, 09:14



Also, if we're going for actors appearing in songs, don't forget Vincent Price's turn on Mickey Jackson's Thriller.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 May 2024, 09:17

A collaboration that was always going to happen, Coil and Dame Judi Dench were a natural fit.

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Postby C » 20 May 2024, 09:40

Grandad - Clive Dunn






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Re: Actors

Postby Rorschach » 20 May 2024, 09:49

C wrote:Grandad - Clive Dunn


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I'm surprised no-one's mentioned ...

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Re: Actors

Postby Rorschach » 20 May 2024, 09:59

Thanks very much for all the suggestions, most of which I hadn't thought of.

Limpin' Jez McKenzie wrote:Presumably you are not including actors in musicals, like Rex Harrison or John Travolta. Or pop stars who became actors ( so no Elvis or Cliff).


Interesting point. I hadn't really thought about that. I like to have quite a lot of songs on a playlist so I may well consider these types to flesh it out. Kylie Minogue is a funny one; primarily an actress to begin with but then primarily a superstar singer. I quite fancy having Can't Get You Out of My Head in there.

Limpin' Jez McKenzie wrote:Wandrin' Star - Lee Marvin ( I think this was the other side of I talk to the trees mentioned above)


It was, and it's definitely an example an actor in a musical but it's also definitely going in. I love this record.
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Postby The Slider » 20 May 2024, 10:04

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Re: Actors

Postby Rorschach » 20 May 2024, 10:08

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I quite enjoyed this but I'm not sure it belongs on a playlist. It's more of an experience than a song.
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