Melting Pot

May 14, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 91 Melting Pot (Blue Mink) (written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; released 1969) [A timeless, funky classic, a paean to racial harmony that is banned from public broadcasts now because public broadcasters are morons.  Yes, we know “yellow chinkees” is a little out there, but as Alan Partridge’s mate Michael points out, the term is both a people and a meal. “We should all get together in a loving machine, I’d better call up the Queen, it’s only fair that she knows…! What we need is a great big melting pot, big enough to take the…

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Go Your Own Way, Neil!

May 4, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Fleetwood Mac have sacked an angry egomaniac…. …..and replaced him with a nastier, flimsier version…. Why?  Why?  Have Stevie, et al actually heard the horror that is the sound of Crowded House’s “Always Take the Weather With You”?  What ghastly offences against nature are to follow? Justin Bieber fronting The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, penis sock and all? Kanye West replacing Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys? Taylor Swift and The Imposters? Beyoncé heading-up a re-formed Velvet Underground? [P adds: these are genuine nightmare scenarios, particularly if you’re a fan of Elvis or Lou!  How about the Cadbury Gorilla replacing Lars on drums…

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Screaming Jets

March 10, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 90 Screaming Jets (Johnny Warman) (written by Johnny Warman; released June 1981) [A one-hit wonder par excellence, Warman’s fable of a nuclear dawn still resonates (“there’s a ring around the sun…and it looks if we’re going back to where it all begun…”) and the sound effects are sensational, including some inspired back-wailing by Peter Gabriel.  A great one-off.]

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

February 1, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 89 What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (by REM) (written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe; released September 1994) [Out of a rich array of REM songs, we like this best because it is an authentically crazy rocker and the guitar sounds providing punctuation are eerily reminiscent of the backwards coda to I’m Only Sleeping by The Beatles, and the repeated licks on bass roll like thunder.  It was inspired by a random attack on TV newsman Dan Rather in New York City, when he was King-Hit, kicked and punched as he lay…

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Gold Dust Woman : The Biography of Stevie Nicks

(by Stephen Davis) That “The” in the title is pretty rich. This is not a definitive biography of Stevie Nicks. This is a pedestrian grab for cash. Davis didn’t interview Nicks – he’s taken his material from published interviews, the music, quotes, interviews with friends and colleagues. He may have spoken to Nicks when working with Mick Fleetwood on the latter’s 1990 memoirs, Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac (which Davis says was “an international best seller (and the foundation text for almost every book written since about this band).”  Gold Dust Woman isn’t a bad book, it’s just that…

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