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Songs for Self Assessment Season

Long distance runners and body builders use music to help them break through The Wall, and so is the case with many accountants, who keep their spirits up during the rigours of Self Assessment by turning up the stereo to set a lively rhythm for their tax work.

Accounts’ favourite music has always been a hot topic on, so we’re returning to it this January to keep spirits up as we head towards the 31 January deadline. Based on previous posts, we’ve made an initial selection of some obvious contenders for tunes to suit tax practitioners at this time of year:

  • Taxman - The Beatles
  • Tax Return - New Mexico Disaster Squad
  • January- Pilot (“Sick and tired you've been hanging on me”)
  • Pocket Calculator - Kraftwerk
  • Money! Money! Money! - Abba
  • Shot By Both Sides - Magazine
  • Hanging On The Telephone - Blondie
  • Return To Sender- Elvis
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stones
  • Still Not Ready - Eva Cassidy
  • Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty
  • Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now - The Smiths

What would you add to the list? Do you go for the mellow, soothing tones of Mantovani - or do you need a bit of heavy metal to pump up your adrenaline for the fight?

As with our recent thread on’s CDs of the Decade, we set up an interactive Spotify playlist Songs for Self Assessment Season - so if you’re a Spotify member with a few moments to spare, feel free to pay it a visit and listen along, or add a few of your own suggestions there.

(NB - we've asked Spotify if they'll give us a few invites to pass along to members of this discussion group. Keep your eyes on this thread to see if we're successful).


A couple more

Anonymous | | Permalink

Money - Pink Floyd

Going Under - Evanescence

Strange but

Anonymous | | Permalink

the one normally running through my head at this time of year is "We have all the time in the world" by Louis Armstrong!

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Some Muse suggestions

GaryMc | | Permalink

Time is Running Out or Hysteria

and then when it is all over - Feeling Good



HMRC's favourite

Anonymous | | Permalink

Where's the Money -  Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings

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Led Zep and others

shurst | | Permalink

How about the Led Zeppelin trilogy:



  • Dazed and Confused
  • No Quarter
  • Gallows Pole

and maybe Graham Parker's

  • Turned up too late

or Be-Bop Deluxe:

  • (T)Axe Victim


What about!

tom451 | | Permalink

Its Going to Happen - The Undertones - Summer 2009

Panic - The Smiths - Mid Jan 2010

At The Edge - Stiff Little Fingers - 31 Jan 2010

Beautiful Day - U2 - 1 Feb 2010

Ok then - what about

Anonymous | | Permalink

31st January is a Sunday, so it's gonna be -

    Stormy Monday - Cream, Clapton, Allman Brothers, et al

HMRC spokesman claiming that their website will cope without any dramas -

    Dear Mr Fantasy - Traffic

    Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday is gonna be a mixture of -

   Commotion - Creedence Clearwater Revival

   Brain Damage - Pink Floyd

   I'm so glad - Cream

   Trouble Ain't Far Behind - Gary Moore


I've spent far too much time on this!!

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Oh well, here goes

Nigel Hughes | | Permalink

I'm surprised Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks hasn't made it on to the list yet!

Martin Hagen, President of ICAEW, has some alternative words up his sleeve.

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Watch out the world's behind you

shurst | | Permalink

Well, if the 31st is a Sunday...

Prophetic lyrics in Sunday Morning by Velvet Underground:

Sunday morning
And I'm falling
I've got a feeling I don't want to know
Early dawning
Sunday morning
It's all the streets you crossed, not so long ago
Watch out the world's behind you...

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And still they come

stepurhan | | Permalink

Misery Businees by Paramore

I Want Out by Pat Benatar

The Long Run by The Eagles (With Take it Easy as a follow-up when tax season is done)

If you get in the records of a Scottish client, could that be Return of the Mac(k)?

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Sorry to interfere with productivity!

John Stokdyk | | Permalink

This thread was meant as a supportive, motivational exercise to help you through the hard slog - not something to drain away your valuable time! I've spent a bit of time getting a skeleton Songs for Self Assessment Season Spotify playlist together. It has 27 tunes and is open to anyone who is a Spotify member. Click the link to view, listen or add your own song suggestions.

There have already been a few additions from participants on this thread - for which many thanks! It's a slightly manic, but entertaining playlist (I'm listening to Pat Benatar now) - and just the sort of thing to raise a smile and get your foot tapping as you reach for the next SA100.

One proviso. Do you remember the way big bands in the 70s never used to appear on Top of The Pops? The same pattern is repeating itself on Spotify, so Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zep tunes are only available as covers and from tribute acts. As a result, not all of the titles suggested have made it onto the playlist. Keep the ideas coming and I'll do a bit of updating before we share the list with the rest of the community on Friday.

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TrevorJSmith | | Permalink

Another one bites the dust.... Queen.







A few more

JeremyNewman | | Permalink

Flying Lizards - Money (That's What I Want)
After Taxes – Johnny Cash
Taxman, Mr. Thief – Cheap Trick

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Great list John

The Practitioner | | Permalink

Well done John, great list. Not sure about (t)Axe Victim, Simon! You could substitute Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of Taxman, which IS available on Spotify - and is a better version IMHO.

Spotify broadly mirrors the iTunes library, the Beatles and Pink Floyd have resolutely refused to allow any of their music to be available as official downloads, hence it's not available on Spotify. There were rumours that Apple records had settled their dispute with Apple computers and that therefore the Beatles music would soon be available to download. I suspect this won't happen, it doesn't make any sense to allow consumers to cannibalise albums like the white album and just download their two or three favourite tracks. If Apple could make some music only downloadable as a complete album they might be able to attract these artists.


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(t)Axe Victim

shurst | | Permalink

Any excuse to include a Be-Bop Deluxe track!

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A couple of minor points

John Stokdyk | | Permalink

Thanks again for the suggestions. However I have to confess that my partner got her hands on the list and added 'Last Of The Melting Snow'. Unless you're as with it on the music scene as her, you may not be familiar with The Leisure Society. But they're worth investigating. A closer inspection made me realise she'd chosen the wrong track in this context. They've also got a lovely song that will definitely apply at the end of this month: 'A Short Weekend Begins With Longing'.

Mark Lee is very taken with Max From The Income Tax by Sophie Tucker. I thought it was such a laugh I moved it into the top spot. If I get the time later today, I might even transcribe the lyrics, which include seem to include every dubious tax double entendre you've ever heard.

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On a serious 'note'

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

The best way to keep panic from the door is my best of pucinni cd on a constant loop - haven't a clue what they are singing but it is oh so soothing!

and another one...

Anonymous | | Permalink

Always the last to know - Del Amitri

Help! - The Beatles


Time - DC Talk (part lyrics below)

[It's, it's too short, it's too short]
[I have lots of time]
[They say time waits for no man]
[All the time]
[Wasted time, wasted time]
[Wait a minute]
[This'll just take a little time]
[Time out!]
Time is tickin' away, time is tickin'
[Tick tock!]
Time is tickin' away, time is tickin'
Tick, tick, tick, tock, tickin'

You got a gift and you best start using it
Cause if you don't you're gonna wind up losing it
Just like the brother who buried it deep
The task was simple but the price was steep

All the money in the world
Can never stop the hands of time
And a wasted day in your life
Is more than a crime

Time is tickin', it keeps on tickin'
Time is tickin' away (6x)
Whoa, wait a minute...


After Sunday

ALISON K | | Permalink

After Sunday comes ....

Just another Manic Monday  - Bangles

I don't like Mondays - Boomtovvn Rats

Monday Monday - Mamas and Papas

or in general

I  can see clearly novv - Jimmy Ruffin (I think) or Lets Dance - David Bovvie or even Ashes to Ashes

or lastly Paperback VVriter - Beatles



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