The Drums – I Want It All15th May 2023 · 2020s, 2023, Music
The Drums, now the solo project of Jonny Pierce, return from a five-year hiaitus with an anthemic electro-ballad, I Want It All.
The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So14th May 2023 · 2000, 2000s, Music
It seems like only the other day that The Hives burst into our consciousness with their matching black-and-white outfits and their revved-up 1960s garage rock. In fact it was 23 years ago, at the start of the century.
Supertramp – The Logical Song14th May 2023 · 1970s, 1979, Music
I’ve always hated Supertramp… except this song. Which is ironic. Because it’s illogical.
Hannah Hu & The Specials – Listening Wind12th May 2023 · 2020s, 2021, Music, Reggae
Hannah Hu and The Specials perform their spellbinding reggae-fied version of the Talking Heads song Listening Wind from their classic album Remain In Light.
Elton John – Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun11th May 2023 · 1970, 1970s, Music
This is the opening track from my favourite Elton John album. And who’s that on backing vocals? Why, yes, it’s Dusty Springfield!
Aretha Franklin – Border Song11th May 2023 · 1970s, 1972, Music, Soul
Aretha Franklin had a US hit with one of Elton John’s early flops, Border Song, when she put it out in 1972 – two decades before they sang it together.
Three Dog Night – Your Song10th May 2023 · 1970, 1970s, Music
Three Dog Night introduced Elton John to the world when they recorded Your Song – six months before it gave him his first hit.
Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer9th May 2023 · 1970s, 1979, Disco, Music
I can’t pretend I was listening to disco music in 1979: I was parading around in a leather jacket festooned with badges proclaiming punk bands and anti-social slogans.
Chic – Good Times9th May 2023 · 1970s, 1979, Disco, Music
In the pantheon of disco music there are two moments that tower above all others. The first is Donna Summer’s I Feel Love – surely the greatest disco song of all time – and this is the second.
Linda Lewis was the first female black British singer I ever saw on TV. They were a rarity in the early Seventies – in fact she’s the only one I can think of.