Ultravox - The Thin Wall: Pencil-moustache buffoon gets mysterious and Euro on us, mmmm lovely drum programming (so I'm told). This gets an 8/10.
The Move - Flowers In The Rain: It was the first song played on Radio 1 you know. Oh, you knew. 6/10.
The Troggs - With A Girl Like You: On here cos it's coming up on Popular, it's a bit lame. 3/10.
Anthony and the Johnsons - Hope There's Someone: Should I get the album of this, I wonder. Very lovely but I often skip the end bit. Slightly reminds me of John Cale. 8/10
Capella - U Got 2 Know: Was on the short list for last week's Poptimism but I didn't get round to it. Urgent Europop - "You got to know how you MAAAAAKE me FEEEL" 9/10
Vitalic - U and I: Like a few tracks on the Vitalic album I feel it could be longer, great queasy sounds though. 7/10.
Alcazar - Physical: "Never needed real emotion / I get my feelings from a magazine" - I wuv Alcazar, this one took a while to dig into me but it has now, a real hands-up number I should play at Poptimism. 8/10
2 Unlimited - Get Ready For This: More of THIS at Poptimism too please! The Dutch masters show us how it's done. I didn't remember Ray's rapping, though, 9/10
P.Lion - Happy Children: From 'The World Of Italo Disco', festooned with synths and synthitrumpets this is mostly a sweet instrumental crying out for either the Crazy Frog or a test card of its own. Then some cryptic vocals come in. 6/10
The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers: my very old MP3 of it. On the one hand it's awful quality, on the other I've never enjoyed the song nearly as much unmuffled. 7/10
Crush - Jellyhead (Motiv8 Mix): And yet ANOTHER Poptimism favourite, proto-Xenomania handbag pop classic. 10/10
Manfred Mann - Pretty Flamingo: Sick of this now after having to write about it. 2/10
Magnetic Fields - Lonely Highway: Makes me feel a bit sleepy, still a good song tho. 6/10
Fierce Girl - Double Drop: In yr face Kaiser Chiefs. 10/10
KLF - Last Train To Transcentral (1989 Pure Trance Original): Primitive but hypnotic ambient house, much of it later recycled for Chill Out. 8/10
The Beloved - Hello: Lord Bufton Tufton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Zippy, Bungle, Jeffrey Archer...you had to be there I suspect. 7/10
Digital Emotion - Get Up, Action: Italo, or an imitation thereof, found by Steve M. Pumps quaintly along. 7/10
Dr. Alban - This Time I'm Free: Dr Alban goes ravey with breakbeats and GUNSHOT sound fx! Typically high quality though not his best. 7/10
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?: A classic. Mind you I hated Culture Club at the time, I felt Boy George was muscling in on Adam Ant's territory. 9/10
The Orb - A Huge Ever-Growing Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Single Edit): Single edit my arse. Slightly pointless at less than 20 minutes, this song. 6/10
I'm glad that a random iPod trawl does come out like a reasonable early-doors Poptimism playlist, should save time in future months.