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Great British Songbook
British music fans have a lot to thank America for, specifically in the case of Ray Davies of the Kinks.
If you imagine the Great British Songbook as a collection of of precious jewels scattered on a kitchen floor, which need to be gathered up and, y’know, put in a jewellery box or a safe or something, the songs of the Beatles will …
I went to school in the ’80s. It was a time of polarisation, of tribalism, of ganging up and lashing out.
It starts with a simple thought of arresting clarity, especially coming from a singer whose recorded career had largely been spent singing in a made-up language. Elizabeth Fraser, of the Cocteau Twins, coos a delicate “love, love …
I don’t know much about the personal circumstances into which William Shatner was born. I’m not aware if he was raised on a dirt-poor farm or carried around by servants in a penthouse suite at the top of the only invisible …
Songwriters are not the only musicians to see their work appreciated and appropriated by other musicians. What about the groovemakers? The funketeers?
A slight deviation from our usual format this week. We won’t be examining American cover versions of British songs, not when we have a proud and patriotic duty to perform.
Whenever a hoary old rock star decides to cover a bunch of old Cole Porter tunes, in evening dress with the bow tie undone, there’s an element of self-gentrification going on. “I’m not just the bloke who sang the song …
What? Why the shocked face?
Some songs are classics from the first moment, the first line. They arrive, mess with your mind, demand your full attention and leave insisting that you play them again right away.