Letter #94

Hello, hello, hi, how are you,

I hope you’re good, and that you’ve had a cracking few weeks. As you read this, I’m probably playing in a pool with Effie (my daughter), or reading the almost unreadable (but still enjoyable) Grace Jones biography on a sun lounger. Basically I’m on holiday, so this week is a guest letter. In fact, this week is a really special guest letter, as it comes from the second person to ever sign up for Love Will Save The Day, and one of the crew who threw our first ever party… Ladies and gentleman, please meet George Knock.

I’ve known George for about four or five years now, and as well as being a cracking DJ and record collector with some of the most varied tastes I’ve ever known, he’s also a really bloody lovely human. He’s put together a brilliant themed mixtape this week, and the accompanying letter is also absolute gold. I won’t spoil the surprise, get involved.

There’s no TL;DR this week, as I’ve not read much, but worry not, when I’m back you’ll get a bumper edition.

Speak soon, and much love ❤️

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📚 The notes 📚
Dear fellow LWSTDer,

I should probably start this letter with an apology, mostly to our glorious leader, Mr. Hallam; this playlist has been a long time in the making. I’ve started and shelved more ideas and themes than I care to remember, to the extent that in one WhatsApp group this guest letter has been dubbed ‘The Crossrail Mixtape‘ (context for the non-British readers can be found here). So, from the bottom of my heart, sorry for taking so long, and I hope this was worth the wait.

And now to business…

A month or so ago, in another, much larger, WhatsApp group, the topic of guilty pleasures was raised. Some of you reading this will have been involved in that conversation. Song suggestions started flying around, but throughout the conversation something didn’t sit right with me. A few people had suggested songs that I’d never heard of. The voice in my head started screaming “how can it be a guilty pleasure if someone hasn’t heard of it?”. For days this thought wouldn’t leave my mind, as I got lost in the fog of all the songs I would classify as guilty pleasures of my own.

At this point, I must admit that I realised that there’s technically no such thing as a guilty pleasure for me – I like what I like and I’m not afraid to say it. A great tune is a great tune. In fact, those that work with me will confirm that I shout “BANGER!” any time a song I like comes on in the office, usually multiple times a day, and often at the cheesiest of chart hits.

Anyway, this train of thought led me down a path I’m very well accustomed to – a Spotify black hole, culminating in me throwing tunes in a playlist at some ridiculous time in the morning on a school night. As with all its predecessors, I came extremely close to binning the playlist and going back to the drawing board but something stopped me. Sure, I could draw inspiration from the ‘cooler’ music I spend much of my time listening to, but would it have as much of an impact when so many of these fortnightly compilations are packed full of the very best soul, disco, house, techno and so on?

I’m obviously not suggesting that there’s anything wrong with any of the other editions that have come before this one – each has been exceptional and I’ve enjoyed them all as much as you have – but fuck it, this is who I am. After all, each of these mixtapes is hand-crafted by someone different, meaning they’re all subjective anyway, so why should mine not reflect me? I also genuinely considered whether I should become only the second guest writer to submit anonymously, but as I’ve already said, I’m not afraid to lay myself bare and nail my colours to the mast.

I’ve spent the last few weeks deliberating and literally losing sleep over the content of this playlist. For starters, I had too many tracks in the first pass, and needed to whittle it down. No doubt many of you will be grateful that I removed ‘Lady In Red’ (“BANGER!”), but alas there had to be some casualties. Once I’d finalised the selection and running order, I had a quick look at the total play count of these songs on Spotify to see if I had at least confirmed my suspicion that my guilty pleasures would be widely-known. The total plays (at time of writing) for the 30 songs is a staggering 3,423,813,294 – surely a Love Will Save The Day record.

And so, dear reader, the time has come for you to judge me. I may have committed social suicide, but I 100% stand by my selection, and by my belief that the guilty pleasure shouldn’t just be confined to the wedding dance floor. I hope this playlist gives you reason to dance, sing out loud, or throw your arms in the air out of sheer joy (I dare anyone not to do all three to the ABBA tune). I won’t be offended if you skip any songs, after all these are my guilty pleasures, not yours, and to spare Jed the barrage of emails, feel free to message me on Instagram (@gmknock) to tell me why I was wrong or right to do this.

Happy listening,
George 💙

📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. When In Rome – The Promise
  2. PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
  3. Jon Secada – Just Another Day
  4. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
  5. Men At Work – Overkill
  6. Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
  7. Ace of Base – All That She Wants
  8. Gipsy Kings – Bamboleo
  9. KC & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
  10. ABBA – Lay All Your Love On Me
  11. Madonna – Material Girl
  12. Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
  13. Haddaway – What Is Love
  14. Boyz II Men – Motownphilly
  15. Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love
  16. Britney Spears – Toxic
  17. Mis-Teeq – Why?
  18. Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
  19. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
  20. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
  21. Erasure – A Little Respect
  22. Yazoo – Only You
  23. Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary
  24. Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
  25. Boston – More Than A Feeling
  26. Neil Diamon – Sweet Caroline
  27. Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
  28. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
  29. Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind
  30. Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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