Last year I came up with the idea of the Last.fm fantasy setlist. It was swiftly taken up by nobody at all and quickly swept its way nowhere. Undeterred, I'm going to carry on my one-man trend.
The idea of the fantasy setlist is to work out what bands should be playing live, based on the popularity of their songs among users of Last.fm. Here's how I explained the idea at the time:
Here's the idea: you go to the Last.fm page for a band and take the top 20 most played songs for the last six months. Put them in reverse order and you have the ideal setlist, finishing with the band's most popular song. We'll assume two encores with songs 16, 17 and 18 making up the first encore and songs 19 and 20 the second.
I read Luke Haines' Britpop memoir, Bad Vibes, today. It's a very funny book. There will be a full review on 26 Books in due course but in the meantime I thought I'd create a Luke Haines/Auteurs fantasy setlist.
To make the setlist, I combined the top 20 for The Auteurs with the top 20 for Luke Haines' solo material. Here's what Last.fm thinks Luke should play:
Main set: Chinese Bakery/ Married to a Lazy Lover/ Home Again/ New French Girlfriend/ Idiot Brother/ Early Years/ Valet Parking/ Light Aircraft on Fire/ Baader Meinhof/ Housebreaker/ Don't Trust the Stars/ Discomania/ Starstruck/ Unsolved Child Murder/ American Guitars
First encore: How Could I Be Wrong/ Bailed Out/ Junk Shop Clothes
Second encore: Showgirl/ Lenny Valentino
I think that set works pretty well. Each of the first three songs comes from a different album. The set contains New Wave, The Auteurs debut, in its entirety but still finds room for the title track from Haines' Baader Meinhof side project as well as the opening track from his soundtrack to Christie Malry's Own Double Entry. However, there's nothing from the final Auteurs album, How I Learned to Love the Bootboys.
It's got a good ending too: Unsolved Child Murder, my favourite Haines song, leads into American Guitars, an early fan favourite, to close the main set, then there's an all-New Wave first encore and a second encore of what are perhaps Haines' two best-known songs, Showgirl and Lenny Valentino.
Interestingly, Haines' view of his best songs seems quite in tune with the opinion of his fans. Two-thirds of the songs from his 2003 album, Das Kapital: The Songwriting Genius of Luke Haines [Spotify link], are present here.