HEY JUDE

Deadpan America comedian Steven Wright once remarked: “Nothing lasts forever – except the fade out to Hey Jude.” In a way he wasn’t too far wrong. The song itself clocks in at more than seven minutes but, a bit like those mums who start packing to come home from a...

I’M NOT IN LOVE

If there was a Top 10 of “Well, I Didn’t See That One Coming” then 10CC’s I’m Not In Love would be somewhere near the top of it. It’s not that the band’s four members - Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme – hadn’t all got band form. Gouldman had...

SOMETHING IN THE AIR

There’s probably a stage musical waiting to be written about one and a half hit wonders Thunderclap Newman. The one hit was, of course, Something In the Air, which spent 12 weeks in the 1969 charts, three of them at number one - replacing The Beatles' Ballad of John...

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Imagine the record company conversation. Kate Bush: “Hello, I’m Kate Bush and I’m very young but I’d like to be taken seriously because I’ve written a song inspired by one of English Literature’s finest works.” Record company executive: “Oh, you mean like The...

PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE

If Matt Monro were starting out today he would probably come second on The X Factor. Second? Well, the runner-up generally comes out of the recording studios quicker – whilst viewers of the “ever popular” talent contest can still remember their name (if not their...

DOWNTOWN

“When you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go downtown. “When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry seems to help, I know, downtown.” So sang Petula Clark way back in 1964. Downtown? Well, you might try it when visiting America because...

I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES)

It’s not until you sit down and listen to their back catalogue pretty much end to end that it dawns on any compiler just how difficult it is to highlight only one song by probably the least likely looking pop stars of recent times. Alright, it’s not looks we should...

NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN

Perhaps it’s the passage of time – which so often can make or break a song’s right to be included in any hall of musical fame (so many of them sound so much better from a distance of years). Perhaps it’s just persistence of airplay or some sinister mass hypnosis....

BAKER STREET

The UK was always pretty good at creating pompously pretentious prog-rock - in fact we probably invented it. But when it came to geog-rock we lacked a little in the Big Thinking category. Americans could write about the expansive Route 66 and Highway 61, they could...

MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY

For most of us a pension fund is something we contribute to on a weekly or monthly basis with varying degrees of enthusiasm but a firm eye on the hoped-for future. For anyone earning a crust in the fickle world of popular music things are slightly different. Lest Dame...

The Great British Songbook

What is the songbook? The “Great British Songbook” is the canon of the most important and influential popular songs , written by ccomposers and lyricists from the British Isles. Songs published from the early 1960’s that have stood the test of time in their life and legacy. 

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