Following on from the greatest XIs in cricket chat it's time to cross over in to the music world. Here, for your pleasure (hopefully) I present Monk's Greatest XI songs. I began to love music in late primary school when metal ruled my world for a few years, before I discovered that subtlety and artistry could sometimes replace thrash and anger. Around 1991 I discovered bands like REM and Deacon Blue who began to blow my mind with the depth possible in music. After that the whole grunge/Seattle thing happened and I was exactly at the impressionable age where it hit me hard. My world opened, and expanded, as did my mind.
Sometime later my tastes are still pretty eclectic. We'll see how we go with the XI songs, because it could end up being 15. We'll see.
My first choice is a song that fill me with optimism and a sense of personal wellbeing. It's really just the simplest of pop music, any half decent musicians could practice it for half an hour and nail it for a cover show, but they might not capture the sunniness of Dando's voice or the distinct pop sensibilities these guys had. And it just fills me with a heap of joy. Enjoy!