To celebrate our new home - ten songs with the title 'Home'... and nothing else.
10. Blake Shelton - Home
Originally recorded by Michael Bublé, but I prefer Shelton's country take.
Also recorded by Westlife, but I've managed to survive this far without ever hearing their version.
9. Lene Lovich - Home
Not for the faint of heart.
8. Depeche Mode - Home
A song from the wrong side of town.
7. Villagers - Home
There's a scary story involving a saint and a snake going on in this track from Villagers' debut album... I'm not sure I know what it's all about, but I do know that Conor O'Brien looks about 12 in the video. It's not policemen who are looking younger as I get older: it's pop stars.
6. Sheryl Crow - Home
Sheryl can belt it out with the best of them, but on a subdued song like this one, she really shows she can sing.
5. Public Image Ltd. - Home
I've never been able to take John Lydon seriously. If I did, I'm not sure I'd like him.
4. American Music Club - Home
I'm afraid of my own shadow because it's what I've become
Why do I waste my time with people who'll never love anyone?
3. Billy Bragg - Home
Can't find this on youtube, but Billy's having a big row with them at the moment over artists' royalties, so perhaps they're limiting his exposure. It's a pretty rare track though, from his internet only release 'Pressure Drop' that followed some of the major themes in his book The Progressive Patriot...
I walked down from the station 'cause I wanted to see,
The kind of things that you might miss from the back of a taxi,
There's just no way to tell you what these things mean to me
This is home.
The place I threw my guts up outside the old wine bar,
The junk shop on the corner where I bought my first guitar,
The grass verge by the pig flats where we sat and revved our cars,
This is home.
2. Iggy Pop - Home
Imagine if everybody in the world was as cool as Iggy Pop...
1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
An irresistibly catchy whistling refrain (often used as backing music on TV programmes) grabbed my attention... but it's the cutesy, conversational boy-girl vocals from Jade and Alexander that kept me coming back.
Do you remember that day you fell outta my window?
I sure do ‒ you came jumping right out after me.
Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke you ass, you were bleeding all over the place, I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
Yes, I do.
Well there's something I never told you about that night...
What didn't you tell me?
Well, while you were sitting in the back seat smoking a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deep in love with you, and I never told you till just now!
There were a bunch of other interesting Home songs in my library - including goodies from The Lilac Time and Hefner - but I couldn't find any of them online. Bloody useless internet.
Anyway... which one would you come home to?