Song: Unfinished Sympathy
Artist: Massive Attack, England
Album: Blue Lines, 1991
Notes: Group pioneered the electronic trip-hop genre. Groundbreaking track based on Paul Simon’s hit 'Take Me To The Mardi Gras'.
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel, New York
Notes: Evergreen classic written by Simon to his longtime recording partner, Art Garfunkel - whom he often referred to as Tom (when they first played together as a duo they were known as Tom & Jerry).
Song: Lost and Found
Artist: Steve Mason, Scotland
Album: Boys Outside, 2010
Notes: One of the backing themes used on the show, very obscure recent cut by former front-man on the Beta Band.
Song: Geek Love
Artist: Nerina Pallot, England/Jersey
Album: Fires, 2005
Notes: Born in London, raised in Jersey, half-French half Indian, quirky but winning track from her sophomore album. A couple of expletives.
Song: It’s The Nighttime
Artist: Josh Rouse, Paxton, NE
Album: Nashville, 2005
Notes: Lovely rolling cut from underrated folk-rocker from much overlooked album.
Artist: Ry Cuming, Australia
Album: Ry Cuming, 2010
Notes: Thoughtful, tender new music from new Aussie singer-songwriter; album features Sara Bareilles.
Song: Love Song
Artist: Sara Bareilles, Eureka, CA
Album: Little Voice, 2007
Notes: Her breakout smash used in no less than three film soundtracks: All About Steve, Suburban Girl and Made of Honor.
Song: Forgotten Town
Artist: Christians, England
Album: The Christians, 1987
Notes: Sorely forgotten belter from the Christian brothers, Garry, Russell, and Roger, fronted by top singer, Henry Priestman.
Song: Not Even Human
Artist: Angel Taylor, Los Angeles
Album: Love Travels, 2009
Notes: Bitter and twisted lyrics, sad, mournful, superb delivery as always, the remarkable Angel Taylor.
Song: I Surrender
Artist: Clare Maguire, England
Album: Light After Dark, 2011
Notes: Instantly infectious pop from promising British newcomer, sterling production by Fraser T. Smith (Adele etc.)
Song: True Love
Artist: Neville Brothers, New Orleans
Album: Family Groove, 2002
Notes: Love that soulful Hammond organ and big, easy harmonies, the unmistakable vocal sound of Aaron and his Brothers.
Song: The Mess I Made
Artist: Parachute, Charlottesville, VA
Album: Losing Sleep, 2009
Notes: Young trio, fresh pop-rock, opened for the likes of Duffy, Matt Nathanson and the Script. Originally known as Sparky's Flaw.
Song: Somewhere In My Heart
Artist: Aztec Camera, Scotland
Album: Love, 1987
Notes: Much-missed band led by super-talented songwriter, Roddy Frame. Part of the cool, indie-rock Scottish movement in the '80s.
Song: Easy In The Summertime
Artist: Allison Moorer, Frankville, AL
Album: Crows, 2010
Notes: From her wonderful acoustic album, folk-country at its simplest/finest. A beautifully simple ode to southern childhood.
Song: Hello Again
Artist: Amos Lee, Philadelphia
Album: Mission Bell, 2011
Notes: One of several choice cuts on one of the most complete albums of the year to date by Lee (real name, Ryan Massaro).
Song: Hold Me Now
Artist: Daniel Lee Kendall, Australia
Album: Talk The Night Away EP, 2011
Notes: Brand new, great musical sensibilities from yet another unknown Aussie singer-songwriter.
Song: On The Road Again
Artist: Canned Heat, Los Angeles
Notes: Timeless road song from classic blues-rock combo. Still feels fresh and original more than 40 years later.
Song: All That I Want
Artist: Weepies, Cambridge, MA
Album: Happiness, 2003
Notes: Duo of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen who have been making delicious pop folk for ten years over four albums.
Song: All of My Heart
Artist: ABC, England
Album: Lexicon of Love, 1982
Notes: Melodramatic corker by synth-pop/rock group from early '80s, produced by longtime hit-meister, Trevor Horn.
Song: Perfect Day
Artist: Lou Reed, New York
Album: Transformer, 1972
Notes: Produced by his chum, David Bowie, the other classic (also 'Walk On The Wild Side') from the rock veteran's iconic album.
Song: Still Feel The Rain
Artist: Stex, England
Album: Not available
Notes: Short-lived London-based dance-rock combo, extremely rare single, fabulous choppy guitar courtesy of? - Johnny Marr (the Smiths).
Song: Push (acoustic live)
Artist: Matchbox 20, Orlando, FL
Album: Not available
Notes: An acoustic, live rendition of their breakthrough hit from Lost & Found friend and top chap, Rob Thomas and cohorts.
Artist: Nina Simone, Tryon, NC
Album: Little Girl Blue, 1958
Notes: The effortless vintage jazz/blues stylings of the irreplaceable Nina Simone with long overlooked piano-led nugget.
Song: Where Did My Baby Go?
Artist: John Legend, Springfield, OH
Album: Once Again, 2006
Notes: Soulful lilter, perfect groove for Sunday morning listening pleasure - best cut from otherwise average album.
Artist: Bible, England
Notes: More fine undiscovered indie-rock from mid-'80s. Band founded and fronted by singer-songwriter, Boo Hewerdine who found more success as a solo artist.
Song: Silang Mabele
Artist: Vusi Mahlasela, South Africa
Album: Silang Mabele, 1997
Notes: Top drawer World Music from veteran South African tunesmith. Shy, humble, brilliant. Now signed to Dave Matthews' label, ATO Records.
Song: Same Old Scene
Artist: Stevie Nicks, Phoenix, AZ
Album: Trouble In Shangri-La, 2001
Notes: What a lovely climax: Paris to Rome, London to Paris, Always goodbye…Currently on SRO tour with Rod Stewart.
Song: Same Old Scene
Artist: Roxy Music, England
Album: Flesh & Blood, 1980
Notes: The one that got away from stylish synth-rock British combo's best album. Wish Brian Eno would rejoin lineup now celebrating 40th anniversary.
Song: Hello Old Friend
Artist: Kim Richey, Zanesville, OH
Album: Glimmer, 1999
Notes: Rich simplicity, stunning ballad. Highly literate singer-songwriter, very successful composer for other artists.
Artist: Pet Shop Boys, England
Album: Actually, 1987
Notes: Maybe the best PSB outing, made all the more memorable by the late Dusty Springfield's signature guest role.
Artist: Nanci Griffith, Seguin, TX
Album: Winter Marquee, 2002
Notes: The saddest song of all time, the Texan songbird's fragile and haunting version of the exceptional John Prince composition.
Song: Crazy Dreams
Artist: Paul Brady, Ireland
Album: Not available
Notes: Extremely rare original cut of a subsequently recorded song for different label. Top-notch singer-songwriting, given to the show by the generous Mr. Brady.
Song: Have A Nice Day
Artist: Stereophonics, Wales
Notes: Sterling rock gem from 20-year plus Welsh combo led by whiskey vocals of Kelly Jones.
Artist: Donavon Frankenreiter & Jack Johnson, San Clemente, CA
Album: Donavon Frankenreiter, 2004
Notes: Charming, breezy beach-folk duet by surfing chums and fellow musicians. The former is signed to the latter's Brushfire Records.
Song: Don’t I Know
Artist: Sinead Lohan, Ireland
Album: No Mermaid, 1998
Notes: The other Sinead, hugely underrated singer-songwriter from the Emerald Isle. Plaintive excellence, from a pearl of an album.
Song: Ain’t No Sunshine
Artist: Bill Withers, Los Angeles
Album: Just As I Am, 1971
Notes: Soulful genius from the artist who hasn't recorded anything since 1985. The original and still the best, produced by R&B legend, Booker T. Jones.
Song: No Happy Ending
Artist: Styrofoam featuring Erica Driscoll, Belgium
Album: A Thousand Words, 2008
Notes: A surprise Belgian truffle for your Sunday edification. Superior dance-rock shuffler with great guest female vocalist.
Song: You’re The Best
Artist: Joy Williams & Tim Myers, California
Album: You're The Best, 2011
Notes: Great fun, the banjo mix of a brand spanking new cut from West Coast folk-Americana duo.
Song: Trouble Is A Friend
Artist: Lenka, Australia
Album: Lenka, 2008
Notes: Promising Aussie singer-songwriter, Lenka Kripac (also an actress) from her sparkling debut album.