Music Collection – F

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and now I’m up to the letter F. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. 🙂

My favourite artists beginning with F are Fleetwood Mac, Freddie Mercury and Free:

  • Fleetwood Mac – I have a Greatest Hits compilation and their Rumours album, with favourite tracks including:
    • Albatross
    • Never Going Back Again
    • Don’t Stop
    • Go Your Own Way
    • The Chain (the fast section of this track is well known in the UK as the Formula 1 theme)
  • Freddie Mercury – A true legend whose talent will never be surpassed, he’s my favourite single musical icon of all time. His compositions and performances were beautiful, heartfelt, intelligent, majestic and unique, and not only when he was performing with Queen. He was taken from us far too soon, and we can only imagine what delights he would have enthralled the world with today if he were still with us. Thankfully we have a lot to remember him by. So for his solo work, I have his solo collection box set, which is amazing, and various DVDs. Favourite tracks include:
    • Made In Heaven
    • I Was Born To Love You
    • Mr Bad Guy
    • She Blows Hot And Cold
    • Living On My Own
    • In My Defence
    • Time
    • The Great Pretender
    • Barcelona (with Montserrat Caballé)
    • The Golden Boy (with Montserrat Caballé)
  • Free – Led by the great Paul Rodgers, I have a few of their studio and live albums, with favourite tracks including:
    • All Right Now
    • Fire And Water
    • Songs Of Yesterday
    • Woman
    • Wishing Well
    • Be My Friend
    • Ride On A Pony
    • My Brother Jake
    • Walk In My Shadow
    • I’m A Mover

DVDs by Francis Rossi (Live At St Luke's) and Freddie Mercury (Video Collection, Barcelona, The Great Pretender and Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs)Front of the Freddie Mercury Solo Collection Boxset. A photo of Freddie is in the centre, his head and shoulders visible, wearing a dark jacket. His signature is printed under the photo in silver.Paper sleeve that goes around the Freddie Mercury Solo Collection Boxset. Lists the contents of the 10 CDs and 2 DVDs in the set, with images of the artwork for the discs and albums. The set also includes a huge 120-page hardback book.Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by artists beginning with F, including Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury and Free.

Other songs I like from my collection are:

  • The Faces – Stay With Me
  • Fairground Attraction – Perfect
  • The Fantastics – Something Old, Something New
  • Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like You Know and Zoom (which always makes me think of the Only Fools And Horses episode Diamonds Are For Heather, where it was used).
  • The Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
  • Fatboy Slim – Though not a big fan, I do have the album You’ve Come A Long Way Baby, with tracks like Right Here, Right Now, The Rockafeller Skank, Praise You, Soul Surfing and Love Island. Those last two tracks were used in a Playstation game called Rollcage, which I loved playing.
  • Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame, Blueberry Hill, I’m Walkin’
  • Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
  • Feeder – Just The Way I’m Feeling
  • Felix & Arty – Woman You’re So Beautiful (But Still A Pain In The Ass). This is a collaboration between Felix Taylor and his father Roger Taylor – yes, the drummer from Queen. It’s a rare but fun song from Roger’s solo collection.
  • Fern Kinney – Together We Are Beautiful
  • Fiction Factory – (Feels Like) Heaven
  • Filter – One, from the X-Files Movie soundtrack.
  • Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
  • The Firm – Arthur Daley E’s Alright and Star Trekkin’. Both silly but fun songs inspired by TV shows (the first being Minder).
  • First Class – Beach Baby
  • A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) and Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
  • The Flowerpot Men – Let’s Go To San Francisco
  • Flying Lizards – Money
  • Flying Pickets – Only You
  • Focus – Hocus Pocus and Sylvia
  • Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
  • Foo Fighters – Walking After You, from the X-Files Movie soundtrack.
  • Foreigner – Cold As Ice, Feels Like The First Time, I Want To Know What Love Is and Waiting For A Girl Like You
  • The Fortunes – You’ve Got Your Troubles and Freedom Come, Freedom Go
  • The Foundations – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You and Build Me Up Buttercup
  • The Four Preps – Big Man
  • The Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll Be There, Standing In The Shadows Of Love, Loco In Acapulco. I also have an album called Four Tops Live, which I inherited on vinyl.
  • Fourmost – Baby I Need Your Lovin’ and A Little Loving.
  • Fox – S-S-S-Single Bed
  • Foxes – Her cover of the Queen song Don’t Stop Me Now, for the Doctor Who episode Mummy On The Orient Express.
  • Francis Rossi – One of the lead members of Status Quo, I own his solo album King Of The Doghouse, and the Live At St Luke’s DVD. Although his album wasn’t successful, and certainly isn’t good as his group work with the Quo, it still has nice tracks on it, like King Of The Doghouse, Darlin’ and Wherever You Go.
  • Francisco Tárrega – Gran Vals. You may not recognise the title or the composer, but you definitely know a key phrase from the melody, adopted by Nokia as their signature ringtone. The whole tune is quite nice though.
  • Frank Ifield – I Remember You and The Wayward Wind
  • Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me, Let’s Face The Music And Dance, You Make Me Feel So Young, Anything Goes and Something Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra). I have a fair number of his tracks, most inherited on vinyl records.
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax and Two Tribes
  • Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers – I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
  • Frankie Miller – Darlin’
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry and December ’63 (Oh What A Night)
  • Frankie Vaughan – Green Door
  • Franz Ferdinand – Can’t Stop Feeling and Come On Home
  • The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
  • Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
  • Freddie & The Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now and You Were Made For Me
  • Freddie Bell & The Bellboys – Giddy Up A Ding Dong
  • Freddie Cannon – Tallahassie Lassie
  • Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie
  • Freeez – I.O.U.
  • Friends Of Distinction – Grazing In The Grass
  • Frijid Pink – House Of The Rising Sun
  • Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed, The Telephone Always Rings and It Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It (with Bananarama)
  • Fun Feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young, a song I was introduced to thanks to TV show Chuck.
  • Fun Fun – Hit Mix
  • Furniture – Brilliant Mind

As for theme music and songs, I also enjoy the following from my collection, which are on my theme music playlist:

  • The Five Blobs – The theme song from The Blob. Not a film I’ve ever seen, but I heard this on the radio once for some reason, and it’s one of those strange songs that grabs your attention and is impossible to forget afterwards.
  • Fleetwood Mac – The Chain, used for Formula 1 as mentioned earlier.
  • Frankie Valli – The theme to the film Grease, which I don’t think I’ve ever actually watched. If I ever have, it must have been a long, long time ago!

To finish this post, I’m going to add the video that introduced the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the world, where we’re taken on a whistle-stop flying journey from the source of the Thames all the way to the Olympic Stadium, taking in lots of iconic London sights and featuring some very appropriate music along the way. It is a wonderfully British masterpiece, as was the whole opening ceremony and Olympic Games in general.

But why is the video relevant for this post? It’s for a bit of strange trivia really. The track used during the first half of the sequence is called Surf Solar, by a group called Fuck Buttons. Pardon the language, but it’s genuinely true – look it up on iTunes or Youtube! It’s not a particularly interesting track in itself, hence I haven’t added it to my music playlist, but it works very nicely for the purposes of the video. Another of their tracks, appropriately called Olympians, is also used during the ceremony.

If you’re curious, the full list of tracks used during that sequence are:

  • Fuck Buttons – Surf Solar
  • Eton College – The Eton Boating Song
  • Pink Floyd – Time
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber – Variations (aka The South Bank Show Theme)
  • Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
  • Simon May – Eastenders Theme
  • Public Image Limited – Under The House
  • The Clash – London Calling
  • Elgar – Land Of Hope & Glory (Pomp & Circumstance March No 1)
  • Lily Allen – Smile
  • Muse – Map Of The Problematique

Author: Glen

Love London, love a laugh, love life. Visually impaired blogger & Youtuber with aniridia & nystagmus, posting about my experiences & adventures.

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