Before the printing press, before widespread distribution of the written word, songs were used to convey stories, to make them more memorable.
In Café Insomniac, songs are used as clues to what's happening in the characters' minds. Some are played by the house band, called The Bedless. Others are played at the piano by Delilah.
That's How People Grow Up by Morrissey
Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads
"And you may tell yourself, that's not my beautiful wife. And you may tell yourself, that's not my beautiful house."
In Café Insomniac, Justin, owing to his insomnia, lives in a half-awake, half-asleep state. Every day holds new experiences that mystify, enchant and bedevil him.
This version of the song is by The Bad Shepherds, which is Adrian Edmondson's band.
We're Not Going To Take It by Twisted Sister
This Twisted Sister song has a fantastic mix of defiance and camp glam-rock.
In Cafe Insomniac, defiance is a theme that runs throughout the story — Justin's defiance of his dad, and Spinner and Juggles's defiance of normality.
Praying For Time by George Michael
You'll Never Walk Alone by Johnny Cash
In Café Insomniac, the title is partly ironic. Justin would love to be free of the unexplained images that keep popping up in his life.
This version is by Johnny Cash. He was getting on when this was recorded, shortly before his death. His voice never sounded richer and so full of emotion.