Down at the foundry I’m cooking up a recipe for unalloyed delight.
Let’s start with some silver from Hawkwind, by the time that machine’s melted down the crucible will be half full already.
A bit of tin from Skinny Puppy and the mix is on.
It’s going to need considerably more silver, I’ll get Echo and The Bunnymen to empty their pockets.
Now we’re cooking, perhaps some T Rex? Let’s think kitchen zinc.
Is that U-Roy? You don’t need that chalice anymore do you? It’s already zedded, chuck it in.
Just a few grammes of lead from Frenzal Rhomb keeps us old school; what do you mean health and safety? I’m not even wearing gloves.
It’s getting dark in here despite the fire, The The shed some sodium light on my hive of industry.
Got any tips for me Royal Trux? Platinum you say? This is going to be more expensive than I’d budgeted for, especially now Yabby You has turned up with even more silver! It’s awful hot but we’re nearly there, Georgia Anne Muldrow will make sure I toughen up and see this through.
Rosalía puts her head round the door and asks if I’ve seen Judee Sill’s crucifix ‘cos Jackie Leven’s going to be mad as hell if I’ve smelted that, his song just won’t make sense anymore. I wipe the sweat from my brow and turn on the radio.
The Alloyed A-List Playlist:
Hawkwind – Silver Machine
Skinny Puppy – Tin Omen
Echo & The Bunnymen – Silver (Tidal Wave)
T Rex – Think Zinc
U-Roy – Silver Bird
Frenzal Rhomb – Lead Poisoned Jean
The The – Sodium Light Baby
Royal Trux – Platinum Tips
Yabby You – Thirty Pieces of Silver
Georgia Anne Muldrew – Tungsten Babalawo
Rosalía – De Plata
Jackie Leven – The Silver In Her Crucifix
The Burnished B-List Playlist:
Steve Tallis – Like Mercury (In My Blood)
The Rolling Stones – You Got The Silver
Waxahatchee – Brass Beam
The Paragons – Silver Bird
Throwing Muses – Mercury
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Silver Star
Wintersleep – Drunk on Aluminium
Townes Van Zandt – Silver Ships of Andilar
John Grant – Silver Platter Club
Joan Baez – Silver Dagger
Pennywise – Silver Girl
The Commodores – Uranium
Guru's Wildcard Pick:
Peter Hammill - Silver
These playlists were inspired by readers' song nominations from last week's topic: Shiny, shiny: songs about silver and other non-ferrous metals. The next topic will launch on Thursday at 1pm UK time.
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