As regular readers (both of them) will be aware, I don’t do this whole Monday music thing, preferring to post random songs I’ve heard during the course of my adventures as and when I hear them.

However, yet again I’ve fallen victim to Facebook tagging, and have seized with both hands the excuse to sit here drinking gin and tonic and listening to 25 songs at random from my digital music library. I must admit to being quite satisfied with the impression they create, but that’s by the by. Without further ado, here are the rules.

Once you’ve been tagged… (1) Turn on your MP3 player/iPod/iTunes. (2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode. (3) Write down the first 25 songs that come up–song title and artist–NO editing/cheating, please. (4) Choose 25 (or so) people to be tagged. It is generally considered to be in good taste to tag the person who tagged you.

First and foremost: sod that. I’m not annoying 25 people with my musical schizophrenia. This is for the benefit of the few, the happy few, the people who care what’s in my music collection. Second, here’s some music from the Beleriand Broadcasting Corporation. Enjoy.

1. Thunder: Feeding the Flame
2. Extreme: No Respect
3. Skunk Anansie: Little Baby Swastikka
4. Clannad: Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)
5. Queen: I’m Going Slightly Mad
6. The Doors: Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor
7. Dream Theater: Erotomania
8. Rage Against the Machine: Bullet in the Head
9. Handel: Water Music (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra)
10. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite #1, Opus 46-1, Morning (Libor Pesek, Slovak Philharmonic)
11. Robert Johnson: Preaching Blues
12. Queen: Who Wants to Live Forever?
13. Graeme Revell: Daredevil Theme (Blind Justice Remix)
14. Kop Korma: Manbreak
15. Deep Purple: Strange Kind of Woman
16. Cream: Badge
17. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik
18. Def Leppard: Animal
19. Betty Wright: Where is the Love?
20. Def Leppard: Miss You in a Heartbeat
21. Iron Maiden: The Nomad
22. Velvet Revolver: She Mine
23. Morcheeba: Blindfold
24. Freddie Mercury: Overture Piccante
25. Sepultura: Orgasmatron

Naturally I’ve left the music playing while I’ve been writing this and inevitably some cool selections have come up since song #25. I’m listening to Ignoreland by R.E.M. as I write, but we’ve also had such classics as Metallica’s …And Justice for All and Burn by the Cure. Still, rules are rules. I do so love random play applied to an entire music collection, though. It may be the future of music.

The star of this feature must, however, be some classic Country and Western about drinking yourself to death that Sarah Kennedy was kind enough to play on the radio this morning. If there’s a common theme to country music, surely this is it, and if drinking margaritas alone is wrong I don’t want to be right.