Monthly Archives: March 2012

Portishead – We Carry On

God, I used to hate Portishead. They were everywhere in the mid-90s, their particular brand of jazz loungey trip-hop finding favour with all manner of Guardian-reading, coffee-tabled, dinner-partied dullards who thought that Dummy was the last word on alternative rock. … Continue reading

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Fergie – Clumsy

Produced by the undeniably talented (but undeniably irritating) will.i.am, this is just a great piece of pop music. By harking back to doo-wop and early rock ‘n’ roll (explicitly through its use of Little Richard’s The Girl Can’t Help It), … Continue reading

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Fairport Convention – Suzanne

Another fantastic version of Suzanne. Markedly different from the original (and from Nina Simone’s version, below), it has two great things to recommend it: Iain Matthews and Sandy Denny’s shared vocals and Richard Thompson’s chugga chugga guitar. Actually, I’m just … Continue reading

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Nina Simone – Suzanne

Years ago, a friend of mine organised a benefit concert for women (I forget what the actual cause was) that was headlined by Nina Simone. It turned out, much to my friend’s surprise, that Ms Simone behaved throughout like an … Continue reading

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Barry Manilow – Mandy

I’ve always liked this song. I even like the Westlife version. Why? It’s got a fantastic melody. Go on, hum it. Lovely isn’t it? On the strength of this song (and because I’ve always admired him as a person – … Continue reading

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Hilton Valentine – Listen

I only heard this song for the first time the other day. After seeking out Alan Price’s version of Randy Newman’s Tickle Me, I stumbled across some recent footage of Eric Burdon performing with a line-up of The Animals that … Continue reading

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Mozart – Piano Concerto In D Minor, K 466; 2nd Movement

Lying in bed the other night, listening to this, I became overwhelmed by its utter loveliness.

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