Song: Set Fire To The Rain
Artist: Adele, Tottenham, London
Album: 21, 2011
Notes: The best cut from her supreme sophomore album.
Song: Sheffield Song
Artist: Soul Family Sensation, London, England
Album: New Wave, 1991
Notes: Incredible, never-before-played gem by short-lived alt-rock combo.
Artist: Jesse Labelle, Canada
Album: Perfect Accident, 2011
Notes: Brand spanking new. Promising new singer-songwriter from Toronto. Only available on myspace to date.
Song: Wonderful Life
Artist: Hurts, Manchester, England
Album: Happiness, 2010
Notes: Dramatic, synth-pop rock by British duo of Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft.
Song: Spinning Wheels
Artist: Angel Taylor, Los Angeles
Album: Love Travels, 2009
Notes: Too talented for prime time. Please check out her amazing album.
Song: You Got It
Artist: Roy Orbison, Vernon, Texas
Album: Mystery Girl, 1989
Notes: The Big O's final hit, co-written by Orbison with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
Song: Once In A Lifetime
Artist: Talking Heads, New York
Album: Remain In Light, 1980
Notes: Hailed by NPR as one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.
Song: Boys With Girlfriends
Artist: Meiko, Roberta, Georgia
Album: Meiko, 2008
Notes: Fabulous cut from her debut album. She's one quarter Japanese, 100% brilliant and relatively undiscovered.
Song: Please Forgive Me
Artist: Bryan Adams, Canada
Album: So Far So Good, 1993
Notes: Least Fashionable Song of the Week. Big hit from early '90s, produced by golden ears, Robert John Mutt Lange.
Song: Heartbeat City
Artist: Cars, Boston
Album: Heartbeat City, 1984
Notes: Also produced by Mutt Lange, perfect pop-rock by recently reformed new wavers.
Song: Loving Arms
Artist: Millie Jackson, Thomson, Georgia
Album: Still Caught Up, 1975
Notes: The great and under-appreciated other queen of soul. Powerful vocal performance, written by Tom Jans.
Song: Iceblink Luck
Artist: Cocteau Twins, Scotland
Album: Heaven or Las Vegas, 1990
Notes: Lead vocals by Elisabeth Fraser, described by The Guardian newspaper as "the voice of God".
Song: Frame Me
Artist: Duffy, Wales
Notes: Two minutes of retro soul by Welsh chanteuse. Only released as extra cut on UK CD single.
Song: Good Days, Bad Days
Artist: Richard Butler, Kingston, England
Album: Richard Butler, 2006
Notes: Lead singer of Psychedelic Furs with first solo outing. Butler is also a top painter.
Song: If I Were Brave
Artist: Shawn Colvin, Vermillion, South Dakota
Album: A Few Small Repairs, 1996
Notes: This week's 'Saddest Song of All Time'. "A thousand lonely lifetimes I still wait, and then go on…". Too good.
Song: The Lovecats
Artist: Cure, Crawley, England
Album: Single, 1983
Notes: Inventive gem from Robert Smith and chums, never released on a studio album.
Artist: Jem, Wales
Album: Finally Woken, 2004
Notes: Bit of a hit in the UK, under the radar over here. Superb, underrated Welsh singer-songwriter.
Song: Back On The Road
Artist: Joe Egan, Scotland
Album: Out of Nowhere, 1979
Notes: One half of Stealers Wheel ('Stuck In The Middle With You'). Unavailable anywhere as digital track, only on Lost and Found.
Song: (Send You) On Your Way
Artist: Gabriel Powell, Albany, Georgia
Album: Albany, 2008
Notes: Beautiful, soulful cover of rare cut by Eastmountainsouth. Extraordinary new talent, Gabriel Powell.
Artist: World Party, Wales
Album: Goodbye Jumbo, 1990
Notes: Ahead-of-his-time, eco-rock-pop from Karl Wallinger and his ad-hoc World Party aggregation.
Song: Everybody’s Someone
Artist: LeAnn Rimes & Brian McFadden, Jackson, Mississippi/Ireland
Album: Whatever We Wanna, 2006
Notes: Don't judge a book by it's cover: terrific one-off recording by the country star and an Irish boy-band singer: doesn't matter, it's great music.
Song: Old Fashioned Letters
Artist: Jason Reeves, Iowa City, Iowa
Notes: Perhaps the best ballad on this week's show. Co-writer of Colbie Caillat's 'Bubbly' smash. Criminally underrated.
Song: Missed The Boat
Artist: Modest Mouse, Seattle
Notes: Clever wordsmith, tunesmith, Isaac Brock leader of quirky six-piece. Among their best tunes.
Song: Slave To The Rhythm
Artist: Grace Jones, Jamaica
Album: Slave To The Rhythm, 1985
Notes: Inimitable style icon, now in her '60s, she was Lady Grace before the ridiculous and overrated Gaga was born.
Song: Thinking Of You
Artist: Colourfield, Coventry, England
Notes: Former Special AKA singer, Terry Hall's short-lived but delightful combo. A winning song for a Sunday.
Song: Our Lips Are Sealed
Artist: Go-Go's, Los Angeles
Album: Beauty and the Beat, 1981
Notes: Co-written by Terry Hall (see above) and Jane Wiedlin, the all-girl pop-rocker's first smash.
Song: American Tune (live)
Artist: Paul Simon, Newark, New Jersey
Album: Live Rhymin', 1974
Notes: Perfect marriage of melody and lyrics? Erudite highlight by this week's Old Cacker.
Song: Keep Your Head Up
Artist: Andy Grammer, Los Angeles
Album: Keep Your Head Up, EP, 2010
Notes: Great hooks, promising new cut by burgeoning young singer-songwriter.
Song: This Woman’s Work (live)
Artist: Maxwell, Brooklyn, New York
Album: MTV Unplugged EP, 1997
Notes: Exceptional live cover of Kate Bush-penned pearl by neo-soul innovator .
Song: We Hate The Same Things
Artist: Elise LeGrow, Canada
Notes: Delightful, new, different, percolating ditty by Toronto jazz-stylist. Never heard before on the airwaves.
Song: One Headlight
Artist: Wallflowers, Los Angeles
Notes: Grammy-winning, Modern rock classic by Jakob, Dylan's youngest offspring.
Song: Snow On The Sahara
Artist: Anggun, Indonesia
Album: Snow On The Sahara, 1998
Notes: Superb title cut from first English-language album by stunning Indonesian performer, based in Paris.
Song: Arms of a Woman
Artist: Amos Lee, Philadelphia
Album: Amos Lee, 2005
Notes: Perfect Lost and Found magic from his sorely under-achieving debut album.
Artist: Kate Bush, Bexleyheath, England
Album: The Kick Inside, 1978
Notes: Absolute diamond of a ballad from her maiden album - written when Bush was 13 - yes, 13.
Song: Thank U
Artist: Alanis Morissette, Canada
Notes: Global hit inspired by her global trek (especially to India) after meteoric rise to fame.
Artist: Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, London, England
Notes: Mid-'70s pop/rock gem from the UK, Harley was former rock journalist. Outstanding Spanish guitar break mid-song.
Song: Country Girl
Artist: Primal Scream, Scotland
Album: Riot City Blues, 2006
Notes: Terrific, rollicking country-punk from Scottish rock veterans led by uncompromising Bobby Gillespie.
Song: Another Day
Artist: Lene Marlin, Norway
Album: Another Day, 2003
Notes: Completely unnoticed, strumming gem from unheralded Norwegian songbird.
Artist: Dougie MacLean, Scotland
Album: Caledonia, 1979
Notes: Splendid little-known folk singer-songwriter with definitive, acoustic ode to his home country.