Readers recommend: share songs about obsolete things

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Hanging on the ... fax machine. Photograph: Chris Windsor/Getty Images

Be it the gramophone, typewriter, fax machine, or some other antiquated artifact of another time, we’re looking for songs (maybe older songs, maybe newer) that mention things we don’t need or use much any more. For more on how to interpret the theme, keep an eye on the comments.

You have until 11pm on Monday 23 July to post your nomination and make your justification. RR contributor Frank Mastropolo, who posts in the comments as FMastropolo, will select from your recommendations and produce the playlist, to be published on 26 July.

Here is a list of all songs previously picked and therefore ineligible for the series.

If you want to volunteer to compile a playlist from readers’ suggestions – and potentially blog about the process/selection for the Guardian – please email matthew.holmes@theguardian.com with the subject line “RR guru”, or make yourself known in the comments.

Here’s a reminder of the guidelines for RR:

  • Tell us why it’s a worthy contender.
  • Quote lyrics if helpful, but for copyright reasons no more than a third of a song’s words. If sharing links, make sure there is appropriate copyright permission.
  • Listen to others people’s suggestions and add yours to a collaborative Spotify playlist.
  • If you have a good theme, or if you’d like to volunteer to compile a playlist from readers’ suggestions, please email matthew.holmes@theguardian.com
  • There’s a wealth of data on RR, including the songs that are “zedded”, at the Marconium. It also tells you the meaning of “zedded” (picked for a previous playlist so ineligible), “donds” and other strange words used by RR regulars.
  • Many RR regulars also congregate at the ’Spill blog.