WIDE EYED AND LEGLESS

There are songs to leap up and down in the air to whilst trying not to spill your drink, songs for brides and grooms to take their first dance to without tripping up and songs for the last chance to cop for someone before heading home on your own. But surely the best...

LAZY SUNDAY

If it had been a school homework project to write a song about a typically British Sunday afternoon in the late 1960s it’s unlikely that the Small Faces would have come top of their class. Here was the band who had got away with murder not having Here Comes The Nice...

GOLD

Basic rules of a Spandau Ballet song: Must be suitable for a lavishly expensive video like the ones Duran Duran had so much success with. Must have just a touch of George Michael about it. Must be catchy but not cause too much perspiration -New Romantic make-up runs...

MAY YOU NEVER

Remember when cassette tape compilations quietly replaced love letters as the way to someone’s heart? How convenient it was to let someone else do the talking for you - although with at least one side of a C90 being the very minimum you could get away with, it could...

NATIONAL EXPRESS

The American Songbook has The Chatanooga Choo Choo and its opening lines of: “Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo? Track twenty nine, boy you can gimme a shine, I can afford to board a Chattanooga Choo Choo. I've got my fare and just a trifle to spare.”...

COLE’S CORNER

Not everyone has heard of Richard Hawley – though it’s their loss for those who haven’t. Not everyone has heard of Cole’s Corner – but everyone has probably got one - somewhere. Here’s a catch-up on the former: Richard Willis Hawley – singer, guitarist, songwriter and...

MISS YOU NIGHTS

Not all Cliff Richard’s hits have stood the test of time particularly well. Miss You Nights is the exception. Maybe it’s that if you set yourself up (or at least don’t sue the first person who called you that) as the “Peter Pan of Pop” your material (and indeed your...

LOVE IS ALL AROUND

In music as in many things it’s a good rule of thumb to defend the original version as being the best. Friendships have crumbled when the rule of thumb is followed by a “yes but what about” addendum. So with Love Is All Around it’s perhaps better to leave well enough...

CATCH THE WIND

In the mid 1960s if you were a teenage male and couldn’t find enough mates to form a band with then the world was in danger of being a lonely place. And the chance of appealing to the opposite sex was almost out of the question As a standalone you could try and be the...

HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS

As Rod Stewart so memorably put it with his 1969 album title – An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down. Probably true. He could have added – An Old Pop Song Won’t Ever Let You Down Either. Though in a way Handbags and Gladrags did. For him. And didn’t. Confused? You...

WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS

You can seldom be sure where the inspiration for a song title comes from but it could just be that the origins of the Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield collaboration What Have I Done To Deserve This? had its roots in the night PSB Chris Lowe was knocked back from the...

DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

There’s lots of do’s and don’ts in pop music. At the tip of the positive iceberg you can Do It Again with the Beach Boys or Steely Dan, you can Do The Clam with Elvis Presley or Do What You Do Do Well with Ned Miller. As for don’t, well, just for starters Don’t...

DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING

By the time Gerry and the Pacemakers peaked in the UK charts at number six in the spring of 1964 with Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, there was already an ominous sense of their helium balloon of success beginning to deflate. Ok, it turned out to be the group’s...

SUGAR BABY LOVE

First a warning – if you run a Google search for details of Sugar Baby Love make sure you specify it’s The Rubettes 1974 chart topper you want. Let’s draw a line under that one, ok? Secondly, despite the follies of fading memories, The Rubettes were not one hit...

SHE’S NOT THERE

As one (and a half) hit wonders go, The Zombies haven’t done badly. Considering what’s left of the original band (two members – again not bad considering it’s 57 years since they first got together - will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year...

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...

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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