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Marianne Faithfull

Chanteuse Extraordinaire

Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Dayglo Disco, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (First Class: Those Hostesses are just a Dream!), a treat of such rare privilege, one of thecoolest people on the planet, so cool I think I may be hyperventilating ... yes ... I am, does anyone have a brown paper bag? Or a Ventolin puffer? Oh thanks, much better. Yes here she is, one of the great beauties of our age, a completely remarkable artist, the most delightful company imaginable -- someone who has lived at least five lives in the most vivid ways imaginable, a great singer, writer and actor -- she knows everybody, and has done absolutely everything. Good Lord, it's exhausting just thinking about it all, let alone living it. She's sashaying her way across the floor, make room if you please! … Oh stuff it, I'll get out of her way and ask her to come up here to the stage with her Top 10, someone we feel privileged to know -- a big Dayglo welcome please for one of The Great Women, the always astonishing ... Marianne Faithfull!

Wait...she is saying something, she has the list in her hands, quiet please, she's handing the list up to us here, what's she saying?

  1. Lush Life - John Coltrane

  2. Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack

  3. Drift Away - Dobie Gray

  4. Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin

  5. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett

  6. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley

  7. You Go To My Head - Billie Holiday

  8. Love Is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse

  9. Champagne & Reefer - Muddy Waters

The only story I really have is Mustang Sally. I went on my 1st road trip -- I mean without work -- in '65 or '66, I think, with my roadie Pat driving, to Positano. Going through Paris and Rome taking cool lovers in every city, having what I think was the best time of my life, honest and free! And I bought a ford Mustang to do it; so I WAS Mustang Sally and when I got back to London I went off with Mick Jagger.

Well, in fact, Marianne is straight back on the floor dancing and waving, and is saying nothing more about her absolutely CLASSIC list; well, until next time she tours this way perhaps. (A flawless set, as interesting for its omissions as inclusions but, you know, that's top 10 world!) And if you do get the chance to see her live, do not miss the chance. In the meantime, if you have nothing else in your own stack o' wax, do not live without Broken English, one of THE defining records of the 20th century. And speaking of which, for anyone interested in the 20th century and indeed the 21st, music, or pop culture, Marianne's autobiographies are required reading. More than that, we always like seeing Marianne as an actor -- she was a knockout for instance in Irina Palme. But hers is a long and fascinating career -- a few words here do it or her no justice -- enough to say she is one of the most interesting people of our time, and a great artist by any measure --everyone, on your feet please, and salute the wonderful ... Marianne Faithfull!

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