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It’s time to unveil the WendyMix 2023.
Not sure I listened to particularly cool music this year, and there are more songs from films than usual (occupational hazard)…but hopefully you like some of the tunes.
Get the mix here on Spotify. Here's the track listing with commentary.
Now and Then, The Beatles
Is it my favourite Beatles song? Nope. But is it a f’ing miracle to have a new Beatles song? Yep.
Not Strong Enough, boygenius
Hipster supergroup of the year! I’m down with the kids.
What Was I Made For?, Billie Eilish
Oppenheimer, Old 97s
To complete the Barbenheimer doubleheader, it’s always good to remind everyone how great the Old 97s were (song from 1999).
The River, Daisy Jones & The Six
This show didn’t get enough love – great chemistry between Riley Keogh and Sam Claflin.
New York Comeback, Lucinda Williams with Bruce Springsteen
Daylight, David Kushner
Have no idea where I first heard this but it stopped me in my tracks. Now he’s a TikTok sensation (but I’ve got no time for TikTok).
True love, Christine and the Queens, feat 070 Shake
Chris can do no wrong.
The Bend, King Princess
Born in 1998. Yup, feeling old.
Nothing Left to Lose, Everything but the Girl
Now feeling age-appropriate again.
Worth It, RAYE
I’m sensing a trend -- I’m so old I’ve never even heard of her til Louis Theroux interviewed her.
The Girl is Crying in Her Latte, Sparks
Honestly I don’t know if I loathe this song or love it, but it’s stuck in my head
It’s Alright Kevin (Manhood 2023), Dexys
How can you not want a bit of new Dexys?
C’est Comme Ca, Paramore with Wet Leg
About the level of my own French linguistics. Sorry, Madame Heinzen.
Turn the Car Around, Gaz Goombes
Return of the Supergrass geezer.
The Narcisssit, Blur
Death of a Party, Blur
While we’re at it, let’s do a Blur double shot – this one is a 1997 track from the club scene in All of us Strangers
Little Things, Jorja Smith
Another amazing young talent – I loved her track Blue Lights a few years ago.
Rice, Young Fathers
Best band working today? Discuss.
Rigor Mortis, The Hives
We needed a little more rock on here.
Vampire, Olivia Rodrigo
Born in 2003.
World Class Sinner/I’m a Freak, Lily Rose Depp
From the despicably bad TV show The Idol that I thankfully had the good sense to abandon after the first two episodes. An earworm, though.
Tell No One About Tonight, Le Sport
Shazam-ed from some film or TV show and then promptly forgot which one.
Thanks to Rye Lane for reviving this banger!
Cruel Summer, Taylor Swift
It’s been one of my life’s major regrets* that the 2019 WendyMix didn’t include a track from Taylor Swift’s Lover and now I’m righting that wrong with song that resurfaced in 2023. Even I’m at peak Taylor now and would like her to go hide for a year or two.
Cruel Summer, Bananarama
Hey TayTay, respect your elders -- here’s Bananarama’s Cruel Summer for balance.
Champagne Shit, Janelle Monae
A bit of fun and Janelle is super cool (almost put Float on here as well).
Murder on the Dancefloor, Sophie Ellis Bexter
There was only ever one choice for the closing track. From the jaw dropping final scene of Emerald Fennell’s brilliant Saltburn
If you like that playlist, there’s a second DeepCuts playlist here.
Photoshop wizardry by Robyn Larkin at amazing creative agency What is Bobo?. Hire them to make your film posters!