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Cheoff's Kitchen Cookers #36 Spotify Daily Mix

Here’s a lazy effort from me. I sporadically press ‘Play’ on one of my Spotify Daily Mix selections. Based on my listening habits. No doubt relying on a fiendishly clever algorithm similar to that which my supermarket uses to tailor delivery of the money off coupon I’ve always wanted.

So I allowed the tracks to build up and grabbed wodges of them to construct what you see - and what you might soon be hearing.

All I had to do was ‘Skip Duplicates’ which tended to crop up. Before I knew it over ten hours of listening had assembled. This is a focused assembly which by no means reflects the full scope of my music tastes. But it doesn’t throw up much that I would edit quickly in shame.

Have a listen. I’ve done all the hard work for you.

Oh… no, I haven’t really, have I.

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 #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 #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. 

Cooker #25

Nothing much going on so I thought I'd shove in a new #Cooker to give a particle of pep to our lives.

Mrs Cheoff says there's a general election taking place today but I'm sure we should ignore her delightfully silly asides and give ourselves over to the music. After all, whatever the result, we'll still all be in a hell of a mess tomorrow.

I say, "Let your ear lobes do the listening."

Right... Mrs Cheoff also says I need to check on my understanding of the  physiology of hearing. Be seeing you!

Cooker #23

I really have little idea why Theresa May chose to steal my thunder by making her snap election announcement just before this release of Cooker #23. I suppose it must be put down to deliberate spite or her insane jealousy of my extra five years on this planet, which gives me an unassailable lead over her in the fashion stakes.

I leave you to join me in making other malicious inferences until we are corrected by an apology from Downing Street.

While you and I wait for that let's skip back to something more reliable... this here April Cooker.

A father and son Dury duo was bound to appear eventually. Here it is among some not very oft-listened to musicians. Don't put Courteeners in that category. They are here at the request of a former pupil. Thank you for your good taste in music, Kerri... I'm sure I would have discovered them in time.

A demanding track winds up proceedings. How do we enjoy the loveliest of love songs when we know the pain of the person who wrote it?

I'll drag myself back to less complicated things by sending a reminder to our PM to hasten that apology.

Thank you once again for your ears. And do please remember... look both ways before you listen.

Cooker #22

It's Friday. It's five o'clock. And it's CRACKERJA...

Squrrrp... Rrrrrp... Sgrrrllldlp. Erp - I might have gone a little off track there. No matter. I have completely regained the compos of my mentis by listening to the entirety of this, my second palindromic #Cooker (Ah, Cooker 11, how we loved you).

And the restoration of the equilibrium of my mind is so complete that I have little (no) hesitation in shoving this 64 minute distraction right before your very ears... merry listening!

Cooker #20

Much consternation as I realise that this is my first post since relying on the magnificent Matthew's guest playlist at the beginning of last month. So let's push out number 20 of my official offerings before the weekend is over. Turn up the volume and you might even escape listening to the dull thud of Monday arriving.

Anyone given The as a middle name deserves sympathetic consideration so the opener here comes from someone who I met a few years back. Mr Don chatted to me for much longer than most people do on first contact but, instead of being grateful for his indulgence, I went back to family and friends and we all made insulting comments about his choice of hairstyle. Terrible, I know... maybe this promotion of his work will see me spend a little less time in Purgatory.

Eleven support tracks to go with your headliner. All courtesy of my ambling and rambling through Spotify.

Delighted to see the latest Rolling Stones album being available so soon and being so darn good. I'll let you find that one... after you've finished listening here, of course. And, of course, thank you for your listening.

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