Don’t Worry, Darlings, It’s The WendyMix 2022
22nd annual edition
Not the ‘best’ songs of the year, just what I had on repeat….a bonkers/diverse curation, as usual. Hope you enjoy at least a song or two. And wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2023.
If those doctored photos above are a mystery to you – then you missed spitgate and Miss Flo, so congratulations you’re less obsessed with celebrity gossip and pop culture than I am. You can read up here.
Design assistance this year from What Is Bobo, which does brilliant real work on film posters and such, not this kind of nonsense. Hire them.
Spotify link here
1. I’ve Got a Feeling, The Beatles
Because I watched Get Back too late in December 2021 to make last year’s mix. It’s obviously all downhill from here….
2. Nightshift, Bruce Springsteen
No disrespect to the Commodores.
3. Fever, Aldous Harding
New Zealand’s finest (except for Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Crowded House – oh, hell, you get the point.)
4. Slip Slide On By, Valerie June
She’s from Memphis and I think Elvis would like her.
5. Mariella, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
Texas trio with added Atlanta soul.
6. As It Was, Harry Styles
I’m one of those grown-ass women who probably is a bit too intrigued by Harry.
7. Out of My Head, First Aid Kit
The ‘Emmylou’ gals from Sweden are back.
8. Fucking Wizardry, Self Esteem
Missed it on the 2021 album but found her in '22.
9. Burning, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Here’s where I can also recommend the NYC music doc ‘Meet Me In the Bathroom.’
10. Lost Track, HAIM
With a video directed by PTA.
11. Lullaby, Grace Ives
A song by a NYC lass that kept popping up on my radar and I fell for it hard.
12. Strange, Miranda Lambert
Mostly here to piss off the one friend I have who gets riled up if I include anything vaguely country.
13. Shotgun, Soccer Mommy
“Cold beer and ice cream is all we keep” -- not a bad way to live.
14. Training Montage, The Mountain Goats
Pretty sure ‘Going to Georgia’ was my most played song of 1994. I feel old.
15. Porta, Sharon Van Etten
Love her range.
16. Roman Holiday, Fontaines D.C.
One of the few guitar bands I seem to hear anything about.
17. What, Me Worry?, Portugal. The Man.
When bad band names happen to good bands.
18. Que tal America, Two Man Sound
A late ‘70s LatAm-influenced disco track from a Belgian band. We named our rescue cat, Pipou, after their wacky drummer. As you do.
19. New Body Rhumba, LCD Soundsystem
For when you’re too old for Daft Punk to be playing in your house.
20. You’re on Your Own Kid, Taylor Swift
I can’t quit my TayTay obsession.
21. One and Only, Gabriels
Cool as f—k trio. On the BBC’s Sounds of 2023 so you’re cool for the future too.
22. Anything But Me, MUNA
LA queer-as-folk trio.
23. 17 18 19, Ibibio Sound Machine
24. No Gold Teeth, Danger Mouse and Black Thought
Hat tip to Scotty, who is occasionally hipper than me (but most likely listening to Miles Davis).
25. Church Girl, Beyonce
I encourage all church girls to be actin’ loose.
26. This Hell, Rina Sawayama
A perfect double shot with Church Girl, for all the Bible Beaters out there.
27. Hold My Hand, Lady Gaga
Because watching Top Gun: Maverick was bliss. I will not hear a bad word about Tom Cruise's dimples.
28. About Damn Time, Lizzo
She had me at bad bitch o’clock…
Once again, the Spotify link is here - even if you dont' pay for Spotify you can listen.
If you are weird enough to like my musical tastes, there’s a second playlist of more Deep Cuts here.
With the money I save going digital and not making hundreds of CDs and posting them around the globe, I have made a donation to Music Action International, which runs music programmes with refugees and survivors of war.