All the 2020 has started to catch up to me, so this week I thought it would be nice to remember what “fun” and “joy” feel like. Thus, I offer you these exuberant frivolities and escapist delights.

Listen

You can listen to the stream for a limited time.

An “unmixed” version is now available on Spotify. The aired recording of “Soul Finger” is not in Spotify’s collection, so the original (IMO lower-quality) version has been substituted. Nicole Campbell’s “Horizontal Asymptote” is also not in Spotify’s collection; you can hear it from her Bandcamp site (and you should, it’s lovely, and inspired the name of my fake video game rock band). Some interstitial tracks have also been omitted.

Playlist

ArtistTitleRelease
John WilliamsMain Title - Rebel Blockade RunnerStar Wars: A New Hope
Big PigI Can’t Break AwayBill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
FreezepopBrainpowerFuture Future Future Perfect
Bad Lip ReadingSeagulls! (Stop It Now)Seagulls! (Stop It Now) - Single
The Magnetic FieldsI’m Sorry I Love You69 Love Songs, Vol. 3
Lick The TinsCan’t Help Falling In LoveSome Kind Of Wonderful
Flogging MollyWithin a Mile of HomeWithin a Mile of Home
Ghost of Paul RevereBaba O’RileyField Notes, Vol. 1
Henry JackmanArcade FinaleWreck-It Ralph (Original Score)
The DecemberistsThe InfantaPicaresque
Rodrigo Y GabrielaBuster Voodoo11:11
Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us ApartPermanent
Ian KellyWhite WeddingDiamonds & Plastic
Melodicka BrosDu Hast (Way Too Happy)Du Hast (Way Too Happy) - Single
William ShatnerCommon PeopleHas Been
Letters to CleoI Want You to Want Me10 Things I Hate About You (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Weird Al YankovicFun ZoneUHF
Victor & Penny & The Loose Change OrchestraCantina Band (Live)Live At the Living Room Theatre
The Bar-KaysSoul FingerAll-Time Greatest Hits
John Barry OrchestraOn Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceBest of Bond… James Bond 50th Anniversary Collection
Fatboy SlimPush And ShovePalookaville
The BeatlesI’ve Just Seen a FaceHelp!
Na Leo PilimehanaPineapple PrincessAnthology II
ErasureA Little RespectThe Innocents
The PoguesLove You ‘Till The EndPogue Mahone
April Smith & The Great Picture ShowMovie Loves A ScreenSongs For A Sinking Ship
Incredible Bongo BandBongo RockBongo Rock
Nicole CampbellHorizontal AsymptoteScience
Stan BushThe TouchThe Transformers: The Movie
VNV NationPerpetualMatter+Form
Gorillaz19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)G-Sides
Weird Al YankovicThe Biggest Ball Of Twine In MinnesotaUHF
Howard ShoreSamwise The BraveThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Vera LynnWe’ll Meet AgainWe’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn