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Cooker #35

Christmas Cooker 2018? Gone. Ah, well… soon be Christmas, eh.

In the meantime might I offer this small distraction. I’ll sell it no more than that. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to apply quality control of your own. I do agonise (only very slightly) over track order. You might press ‘random play’ and serendipitously arrive at a running list more in line with your own ineffably good taste.

And there we must leave it. I have a few ear-worms crawling around already which could inhabit Cooker #36 but I seem to be putting at least two months in between posting these playlists. So I have plenty of time to think about the final tracks for next time. Unless, of course, you’d like me to get a shift on and present things just that bit sooner.

The Christmas Cooker - 2018

Time to alert you to this cooking companion for those long, steamy hours in your Christmas kitchen… my #Cooker to round off 2018 (strong hint that I’ve not bothered to compile a New Year’s Eve playlist!)

Quite a few usual suspects here with some dragged back from my Christmas past to be played again for the first time in a long time. You’ll see that I didn’t put in a filler to stretch this into a fifth hour of listening. You can, of course, line up my tracks and cram it full of your own selections. Christmas is all about the stuffing, isn’t it!

I do hope most of you will be able to share some sort of joy with a few loved ones over the holiday. Remember - where two or more are gathered together in the sight (and sound) of a Cheoff’s Christmas Cooker toe-tapping, barely-controlled gyrating and tasty food are bound to follow.

For anyone who might be lonely, for whatever reason, may you keep yourself together in preparation for what we could all do with… better things in the new year.

Here’s hoping to see you all again in that there 2019.

Cooker #32

Bank holiday listening?

I really should confirm that you are completely at liberty to listen to the enclosed offering on a bank holiday or any other day. Some even listen without cooking... that is also perfectly acceptable. 

And while I fully acknowledge that some of you may not in fact be completely at liberty might I take this opportunity to share my hope that you very soon find release from anything which restricts you. 

Click... and the ears get it.

Click... and the ears get it.

Cooker #31

Looks like I set my alarm and didn’t hear it. Anyway, I’ve had a bit of a ‘lie-in’ and gone right through a couple of months without offering even a predictable Christmas Cracker Cooker.

In my defence, this is a part-time gig with a lousy contract that doesn’t include any remuneration that I have to declare to HMRC.

The music was there, just waiting to come out, of course. And here it is. No guarantees that you’ll listen right to the end… but a click on the pic gives you your Starter For Ten (just realised that really is the number of tracks – yay for serendipity!). Proceed with caution.

But always remember I’m doing this for love not money.

*Note to self: Set up crowdfunding page, draft a few pleading paragraphs and investigate tax havens.

Click on pic... music follows

Click on pic... music follows

Cooker #30

#Cookers are now 'thirtysomething'!

Yes, yes, I hear you. It's actually 'thirtynothing'. Please understand that I am at least as pedantic as you and recognised my offence immediately.

Hey... let's lighten up and momentarily distract from our pit of niggardly nit-picking by listening to the assembly of tracks which had to wait until #Cooker 29 was a dim distant memory.

Hmmm. Should we really describe 58 minutes as 'momentary'? Oh dear...

Cooker #29

The jaunty opener for the last of my #Cooker 'Twenties' has a little back story available here. I do hope that won't distract you too much from the main thrust... the music itself.

It's too late, isn't it. I've started something. You're already off surfing and browsing (or whatever verb we are supposed to use now) and finding links to lyrics, previous band members and trivia which is horribly diverting.

Go with it. But do come back for some music... and a little more cooking if you will.

Just one small click here and you can begin to change the world...

Just one small click here and you can begin to change the world...

Cooker #28

Just back from a rather smashing slightly-less-than-a-fortnight French holiday. You'll have to look elsewhere for further information about that smashingness.

You are here, of course, solely to finger your mouse, tap your touch pad or screen or maybe even massage your mobile and gain access to the latest offering of sounds which scientific research agrees can improve your cooking skills.

So, with a gentle reminder to always be on guard for spurious claims in the culinary world, I leave you to explore number twenty-eight.

Cooker #27

A bit of rough with the smooth in this one. The ‘rough’ being just an awkward way of describing the contrasting, jingly jangly tracks punctuating quite a bit of relatively soft and gentle stuff.

Santo and Johnny round off the whole affair by transporting us to places more Hawaiian than the pizza which should never be ordered (#controversial)

Before we get there, you’ll find twenty minutes of the Orb and the track with which John Peel had a love/hate relationship. He loved it for itself… and resented it because including it would limit the time to play other music on his shows.

You could, of course, simply flip straight to this one after preparing risotto ingredients. By the end of “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld” you have had a stirring countdown to grains which are sticky but still have a bit of bite.

Listen out for a Minnie Ripperton sound-alike!

Click on the playlist above to... erm... play my playlist. 

Click on the playlist above to... erm... play my playlist. 

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