THE CRYING GAME

Here’s a pub quiz question guaranteed to baffle even the speediest of mobile phone Google cheats. What have Sheffield, leather stage gear, cross dressing, the New Vaudeville Band, the Troubles and film director Neil Jordan got in common? The answer, pop pickers, is...

JILTED JOHN

As a nation we’ve always had a soft spot for a novelty song. Who could resist the cheeky lyrics of George Formby’s Little Stick of Blackpool Rock (and pretty much everything else he strummed his uke to)? Arthur Askey didn’t do too badly with his little tea pot and his...

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

Although Personal Jesus could well be the song that Depeche Mode fans will class as one of the band’s finest moments (well, it’s not every synth pop tune that inspired the legendary Johnny Cash to revive in great style), it’s more likely that Just Can’t Get Enough...

HEARTS IN HER EYES

Here’s a pop quiz chicken and egg question. Well two actually. Part one. Whose version of the classic power pop song Hearts In Her Eyes was released first? Was it The Records – whose members Will Birch and John Wicks wrote it – or The Searchers who, with their...

TUBTHUMPING

There are one hit wonders who really only have one hit – and then there are one hit wonders who we really only remember for one hit even though they’ve had quite a few others which we don’t remember too much about. Take Chumbawamba (generally pronounced “wumba”...

YOUR SONG

Pretty much everyone would like a love song (or any song) written to or about them. Even Warren Beattie and Mick Jagger didn’t mind too much standing in line to take the credits on Carly Simon’s pointed You’re So Vain. But most of us have to make do with someone else...

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART

In 1975 American duo Captain and Tennille reached number 32 in the UK charts with the Neil Sedaka composition Love Will Keep Us Together – a purer slice of cheesy pop you’d be hard pressed to hear.  In June 1980 British post punk band Joy Division set off for the...

THE LIFE OF RILEY

You wouldn’t have walked up to any member of The Beatles (except perhaps Ringo Starr) and said you’d always loved them since the “brilliant” Yellow Submarine any more than you’d have bought David Bowie a pint down at his local for being the bloke behind The Laughing...

OCEAN DRIVE

The sun is out, there’s just enough breeze in the air to let your hair flow as you roll back the car sunroof and cruise just under the speed limit singing along to the Lighthouse Family’s 1995 (and 1996 re-issue) hit Ocean Drive. Is that Monterey in the distance? And...

RELAX

There’s nothing quite like a radio ban to guarantee the enduring success of a song or its singer. Where would Judge Dread have got if people had actually had radio access to his pretty samey string of deliberately controversial 1970s hits? And as for Jane Birkin and...

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 composers 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

  • Songs released in the 1960’s
  • Songs released in the 1970’s
  • Songs released in the 1980’s
  • Songs released in the 1990’s
  • Songs released in the 2000’s

THE CRYING GAME

Here’s a pub quiz question guaranteed to baffle even the speediest of mobile phone Google cheats....

JILTED JOHN

As a nation we’ve always had a soft spot for a novelty song. Who could resist the cheeky lyrics of...

JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

Although Personal Jesus could well be the song that Depeche Mode fans will class as one of the...

THE CRYING GAME

Here’s a pub quiz question guaranteed to baffle even the speediest of mobile phone Google cheats....

COLE’S CORNER

Not everyone has heard of Richard Hawley – though it’s their loss for those who haven’t. Not...