Days when I feel like I've broken YouTube

Arantor

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Some days I feel like I've actively managed to break the algorithm because I get some weird mixes on YouTube with the same songs for days and days. Fortunately today is not quite so bad.

Here's what YouTube recommends today - and these are things I've had on my mix (often on near-repeat) for the last couple of weeks. It helps that I actually like these songs.

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Can't beat a bit of Pinball Wizard. I feel the balance of Elton John and The Who actually works well for this one, giving EJ a bit of bombast his songs of the era didn't normally quite have, while toning down the edges of The Who's screechiness.

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A rather different take on it from a performing band I am rather fond of.

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I don't quite know where this one came from on the list, but it's fun. The 80s vocoder effect works for me as a riff.

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A decent enough song but who let this lot have a studio to screw around in?!?!? Favourite moment when Suggs clearly bends down to get his mug in the camera shot from behind his bandmate. I guess it kind of annoys me that the video is so anarchic in a way that the song really isn't.

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Domo arigato, mister roboto. Kilroy Was Here was an epic piece of music, even if it essentially catalysed the end of the original line-up of Styx.

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The Blues Brothers live on stage before they were big enough to make the movie. As Donald "Duck" Dunn himself put it in the movie - "We had a band powerful enough to turn goat p*ss into gasoline!" and honestly nowhere shows it better than here, not even the movie (let alone its lamentable sequel). This is the Blues Brothers, raw and untamed and it's clear just how much energy and passion the whole band really had together.

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The official "driving this song adds 5 mph to your vehicle speed" anthem.

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"...I'll be gone when the morning comes." Hits a little harder now that both Meat and Jim are no longer with us, but this is still every bit of bombastic today as it was 45 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XgQhMPeEQ

YouTube apparently knows when I'm feeling wistful.


I think that'll do for now, anyway...
 

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Hits a little harder now that both Meat and Jim are no longer with us
I know. It's always a shock when the time is up for people we've known for years in the public eye. I felt sad when Meat Loaf passed away in January.

Here's another classic to add to this collection, from 1986. Nice mellow melody.

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YouTube has reminded me that I like this song.

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The guy on sax is also the sax player from the Blues Brothers, Lou Marini (because he was part of the SNL session band)
 

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Another regular staple on the ol' "Your Mix"

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For people who want to remember a time on the site when YouTube videos were for a savvy audience, nigahiga has a lot of funny stuff.
 
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