May 7, 2017
PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY RAY DAVIES
UK CHART: 2
Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, when discussing New Order's beautifully maudlin single Regret, noted that great pop music makes you feel happy about being sad. That phrase could equally...
April 9, 2017
I GOT YOU
PRODUCED BY DAVID TICKLE/WRITTEN BY NEIL FINN
UK CHART: 12
The ugly spelling of Ends as Enz (Slade would be proud), their garishly colourful clothes with their combination of Devo's posing and the Flying Burrito Brothers nudie suits - the...
April 8, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR)
PRODUCED BY LOU ADLER & JOHN PHILLIPS/WRITTEN BY JOHN PHILLIPS
UK CHART: 1
One of the top-selling singles of the Sixties, San Francisco was written to act as a theme for the first 'r...
March 1, 2017
WALK RIGHT BACK/EBONY EYES
THE EVERLY BROTHERS
PRODUCED BY WESLEY ROSE/WRITTEN BY SONNY CURTIS
WARNER BROS./FEBRUARY 1961
Walk Right Back is a honeyed, pleading sigh of a record. Two minutes of pining for the past, the song only has one verse which gets repeated...
February 28, 2017
TOWN CALLED MALICE/PRECIOUS
PRODUCED BY PETER WILSON & THE JAM/WRITTEN BY PAUL WELLER
Is Town Called Malice even arguable as Weller's most danceable 3 minutes of song-writing? A floor-filler with a conscience, it's still played in st...
December 3, 2016
SIMON DUPREE & THE BIG SOUND
PRODUCED BY DAVID PARAMOR/WRITTEN BY HAL HACKADAY & LEE POCKRISS
UK CHART: 9
This is the first blog entry in a series where, as a tribute to my favourite music book This is Uncool by Garry Mulholland, I'm going to w...
Work: Producer on Skills Development Scotland 'More to School' campaign
November 25, 2018
Work: Production Coordinator on Scottish Children's Lottery campaign
November 30, 2017
Which side will you be on?: The 50th anniversary of Lindsay Anderson's If...
December 28, 2018
Video: Jon Snow (Channel 4) interview
September 8, 2019
Photography: Tooth & Claw: PRS for Music Makeover launch night
Video: The Burning of the Clavie
The stuff that dreams are made of: The Maltese Falcon's incredible film noir casting
July 6, 2019
Work: Producer on STV Commercial Case Study - Advanced Group
May 27, 2019
British New Wave
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