Is there a better opening line to a song than Julian Cope’s delighted response to pop stardom: “Bless my cotton socks, I’m in the news!”?

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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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The deepest of deep cuts, this little-known cover of a little-known soul song is one of the hidden gems in Bowie’s repertoire.

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The B-52s – Roam

10th April 2024 · 1980s, 1989, Music

I’d forgotten quite how long The B-52s kept up their run of quirky hit singles backed by camp and kitsch videos.

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This laid-back easy-listening gem is redolent of summer sunshine. And, you may say, cheese. But I like cheese.

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Andrew Weatherall’s remix of his own remix of St Etienne’s cover of Neil Young’s song is, to adopt football parlance, “A Mix Of Two Halves.”

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Anyone who’s ever had that sinking feeling as they get ready to go to work will empathise with this song. The title says it all.

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The Bears – On Me

3rd April 2024 · 1970s, 1977, Music, Punk

I’d never heard of The Bears until I began reading Richard Norris’s memoir, Strange Things Are Happening, and came across their debut single, On Me.

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This song caught my eye, if not my ear, the other day when I spotted it included in a list of the best-selling songs of 1972… at number one.
Which was weird as I’d never heard of it, let alone heard it.

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Yesterday, as every good Catholic knows, was Good Friday – the counter-intuitively named day when Jesus was crucified. So it was only right and fitting that I spent the evening watching The Jesus and Mary Chain at The Roundhouse. And it was doubly appropriate that they finished their set with their cataclysmic anthem Reverence.

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