Lalo Schifrin – Mission: Impossible TV Theme

17th April 2024 · Uncategorised

I hope I’m not tempting fate by posting this on the day my team head out to Bavaria in search of victory against freshly deposed 11-time German champions Bayern Munich.

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Ohio Players – Cold Cold World

12th April 2024 · Uncategorised

Here’s a sultry slice of Southern soul from The Ohio Players’ debut album, long before they became disco-funkateers with a string of hits.

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Roy Orbison – Blue Bayou

16th March 2024 · Uncategorised

When I first heard Roy Orbison I dismissed him as an old crooner singing overwrought ballads of no relevance to me with my cool musical tastes.

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The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes

9th March 2024 · Uncategorised

This is, and always has been since I first heard it, my favourite song of all time. It’s just perfect in its simplicity: wistful, dreamy, mournful and melancholic.

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Johnny Jones And The King Casuals – Purple Haze

9th March 2024 · Uncategorised

This sweaty, soulful, stripped-back take on one of Jimi’s biggest tunes is by his first group – a few years after he left.

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The Jackson 5 – Who’s Lovin’ You

9th February 2024 · Uncategorised

Not sure how I’ve missed seeing or hearing this remarkable piece of pop history before – a ten-year-old Michael Jackson singing the blues.

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The High Numbers – Zoot Suit

31st January 2024 · Uncategorised

I always thought I Can’t Explain was the first single by The Who, and it is. But before that, in July 1964, they released this song under the band name The High Numbers.

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Fred Neil & Tim Buckley – Dolphins

29th January 2024 · Uncategorised

There are two equally spellbinding versions of this haunting lament to lost love and innocence, by two different singers, and ever since I first heard them I’ve been unable to decide which is the best. The problem is that they’re not all that different, and of course there’s no need to pick one over the other.

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RIP Melanie – Momma Momma

29th January 2024 · Uncategorised

RIP Melanie Safka (1947-2024)

I remember Melanie – just “Melanie” – as a hippie chick with long hair, black eyeliner and a warbling vibrato. I first heard her singing a song called Ruby Tuesday. I was a child and she sounded like one too.

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Scott Walker – It’s Raining Today

20th January 2024 · Uncategorised

This song is so perfect, like a four-minute movie. A miniature kitchen sink drama. Shot in black-and-white, of course, with the principal characaters played by Albert Finney and Rita Tushingham.

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