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Brainwaves A to Z – the X, Y and Z show

Written by on 23/01/2023

It’s the final episode for Brainwaves A to Z, the special series of the show where Brian plays music from his collection alphabetically. (Don’t worry, Brainwaves isn’t going anywhere.) This week, it’s three letters in one: X, Y and Z. Why? How many songs or bands do you know that start with X or Z? Kicking off with two songs from XTC and ending with Zumpano. What’s in the middle? Lots of Y – Yes, Yuck, Yo La Tenga, Yehuda Poliker, Yael Deckelbaum and Yehuda Ledgley. Plus Y songs from Lisa Loeb, the Decemberists, the Bats, Jason Falkner, Shoes, Nik Kershaw and even Al Stewart (remember Year of the Cat?) Celebrate 26 episodes of A to Z music on Brainwaves this week!

Band Song
XTC Ten Feet Tall
XTC Mayor of Simpleton
Yehuda Poliker The Child Within You
Yes Starship Trooper
Yuck Sunday
Yo La Tenga The Point of It
Yael Decklebaum Take Me In Your Arms
Yehuda Ledgley Hummingbird
Actual Tigers Yardwork in November
Amplifico Yeah You Can Be My Muse
The Decemberists Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
Lisa Loeb You Don’t Know Me
The Kooks Young Folks (cover: Peter Bjorn & John)
Zombies Time of the Season
The Lovin’ Spoonful You Didn’t Have to be So Nice
Utopia You Make Me Crazy
Elton John Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock and Roll)
Jason Falkner Y.E.S.
The Bats You Have the Right
Mates of State You are Free
Old Man River You’re on My Mind
D’Virgilio, Morse and Jennings You Set My Soul on Fire
Nik Kershaw Yeah, Yeah
Shoes Your Very Eyes
The Both You Can’t Help Me Now
Michael Greilsammer Yalla Bo’i
Manic Street Preachers Year of Purification
Al Stewart Year of the Cat
Zumpano The Party Rages On
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