23 Aug – Disco Diva Playlist


It’s been a week since we lost Aretha,  and so it seems a little too late to be celebrating the Disco Divas with my latest playlist. Aretha’s Respect – was the first song I chose for this list. Thanks to all, for the suggestions. Please enjoy it and perhaps ‘Say A Little Prayer’ for the ultimate diva of Soul Music, who will be sadly missed.


Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

Respect – Aretha

Think – Aretha

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie – Baccara

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

Really Sayin’ Something – ditto with Fun Boy Three

Ma Baker, Sunny, Gotta Go Home – Boney M

Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton

I Feel For You, I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams

Upside Down/Chain Reaction – Diana Ross

I Say A Little Prayer – Dionne Warwick

I Feel Love, Hot Stuff, Love To Love You Baby – Donna Summer

Love Come Down – Evelyn Champagne King

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan

Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor

Pull Up To the Bumper – Grace Jones

Ain’t Nothing Going On But The Rent – Gwen Guthrie

Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

Funkytown – Lipps Inc

Borderline – Madonna

Heatwave – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Terrell and Gaye

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Lady Marmalade/ Stir It Up – Patti LaBelle

Jump, Automatic, I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters

Street Life – Randy Crawford

Car Wash – Rose Royce

Ain’t Nobody – Rufus and Chaka Khan

Let the Music Play – Shannon

He’s The Greatest Dancer, Lost in Music – Sister Sledge

Object Of My Desire – Starpoint

Boogie Oogie Oogie – Taste Of Honey

Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston

What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

I Wanna Dance With Somebody, How Will I Know  – Whitney Houston






Retro Running Taking Me Forward – 5 Oct

After having created the retro runners’ playlist in honour of fellow runner Razouski, who is feeling a bit poorly with her hearing, and giving her big respect as she once sang backing vocals for Marc Almond, I decided today I would run to it and have a 1980s experience.

Out onto Slope of Hope for my warmup walk, past the barking balcony house, which is getting a new lick of paint on it’s garden paving to the sound of Madness and Our House. I nod to the owner and start my run up the Hill that Kills, and past the two ladies having a walk again, this time they don’t see me and I continue to Lovers’ Lane and loop back this time towards Mill Lane. My running feels a bit slow and jerky today, to be honest a bit like 80s dancing. Back down the Slope of Hope, the guy is still painting and I have a feeling my running is actually slower than him painting, back to the usual Lovers’ Lane loop and I move towards the Slope of Hope once more down towards to the Bendy Scary Road.Today’s challenge was to do 8km, as I didn’t quite manage it on Sunday I was about 200m short and Tuesday I just wasn’t feeling the love.

Running along having been passed by a molto chic ciclista – yes she was wearing make-up and yes she managed to look glamorous in a cycling helmet… How the hell can that be? Are Italian women born with lustrous eyelashes, pre-mascara’d and eyelinered? Why does their make-up not slide off their faces?

She was actually very nice and waved and said Buongiorno – I was somewhat distracted and realised if I didn’t re-think my run, I’d have to do the horrors of Cavendish Hill

A little loop back on the Bendy Scary Road ensured I’d be okay and not have to do the hill. At that point Eminem’s Lose Yourself came on, which was a good thing, as it spurred me onto run just that bit faster, and I think I did my quickest km at that point. (Let’s be honest watching paint dry is generally quicker than my ‘fastest km’)

So nicely finished my 8km more or less at the bottom of Cavendish Hill, and the retro runners’ playlist did me proud. Totally channelling my inner 80s, I am wondering whether big hair will ever come back into fashion, as mine is a little awry with being a little warm and soggy…


Our House – Madness

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Don’t You Want Me – Human League

All Stood Still – Ultravox

People are People – Depeche Mode

Be My Number Two – Joe Jackson

Thriller – Michael Jackson

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw

Get Dancin’ – Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes

Beat Crazy – Joe Jackson

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw (again!)

(Forever) Live and Die – OMD

All She Wants Is – Duran Duran

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Rio – Duran Duran

Rasputin – Boney M

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode


Distance 8.29km

Time 1.01.18

Average Pace 7.23 (min/km)

Elevation Gain 67 Metres

Fastest Km – 7.01 (thanks Eminem and Antet)



3 sets of 15 reps done



Retro Running Playlist – How It Works – 5 Oct

After having a lot of fun creating the ‘retro runners’ playlist, I now have the pleasant or nightmarish job of deciding what else goes on the playlist. It’s mainly 80s music, predominantly the UK scene and so far 4 women have been the main selectors of content.

But having publicised it to Razouski (the lady in whose honour this list has been created), Antet and Polly 2810 on C25K, it seems the guys liked 80s music too… So now I have a huge ‘shortlist’ to compile and decide which music to download next and to add to the retro runners’ playlist. This is not quite as easy as it seems.

My rules for downloads are:-

I am allowed one download per run completed each week

And I am allowed a further download if I meet the target km for the week.

Downloads made each Sunday

The weekly km is determined by my training system as follows:

Week X = 1 x run 7km, 2 x 6.5km

Week Y = 1 x run 7.5km, 2 X 7km

Week Z = 1 x run 8km, 2 x 7.5km

If I run more than 7.5km on Sunday, then I am allowed 4 downloads this week

Also I hadn’t quite thought through my rule-set, as I am intending ramping up the distance to 10K. Not sure what my new download incentive rules will be post 10K, but am open to suggestions.

This week’s  4 downloads will be chosen from:-

Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule The World – Thanks to Polly

Running Down a Dream by Tom Petty – – Thanks to Antet

I Ran – Flock of Seagulls – Thanks to Razouski

Talk Talk – Talk Talk –  Thanks to Lard of Ale

Don’t Go – Yazoo – Thanks to Ginger Bohemian

Tainted Love – Soft Cell – Thanks to me!

I now have to create the ‘long’ shortlist, from named songs and also named artists…. more to follow on this one I think