What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).

What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).



I was perhaps understandably so unnerved by this weird reverie I couldn’t even think about reclaiming the sleep from which I’d been so rudely jolted, so instead made this playlist of songs inspired, if that’s the right word, by the wretched recent weather.

If nothing else, it’s an excuse to include one of my favourite Bob Dylan performances, a version of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” from The Great Music Experience festival in Nara, Japan, from May 1994, when Bob was backed by the 90-strong New Tokyo Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. That’s the great Jim Keltner on drums, by the way.

BOB DYLAN

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCGoOPM2_x0

THE BEATLES

Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aOJGJD-SQc

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE

Like A Hurricane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yxiu1o63CA

LED ZEPPELIN WITH NEIL YOUNG

When The Levee Breaks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wCvUynhYRY

DAVID BOWIE

Wild Is The Wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeQKUIZXDzc

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

Who’ll Stop The Rain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmrwAW5-5rU

ARCTIC MONKEYS

She’s Thunderstorms)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WgFX0d7hDs

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Thunder Road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNNcIhZbH-0

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixmvEtQyzvs

BOB DYLAN

High Water (For Charley Patton))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48jd7a0PEMM

REM

So Central Rain/Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdtHk_aGY3s

BRYAN FERRY

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUR5uu8tOh8

THE FOLKSMEN

A Mighty Wind Is Blowin’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVh0Iq_85aw

Bob Dylan pic: FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

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