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May 7, 2017

WATERLOO SUNSET

THE KINKS

PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY RAY DAVIES

PYE/MAY 1967

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

SPLIT ENZ

PRODUCED BY DAVID TICKLE/WRITTEN BY NEIL FINN

A&M/AUGUST 1980

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)

SCOTT McKENZIE

PRODUCED BY LOU ADLER & JOHN PHILLIPS/WRITTEN BY JOHN PHILLIPS

COLUMBIA/JULY 1967

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

UK CHART: 1

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

THE JAM

PRODUCED BY PETER WILSON & THE JAM/WRITTEN BY PAUL WELLER

POLYDOR/JANUARY 1982

UK CHART: 1

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

KITES

SIMON DUPREE & THE BIG SOUND

PRODUCED BY DAVID PARAMOR/WRITTEN BY HAL HACKADAY & LEE POCKRISS

PARLOPHONE/OCTOBER 1967

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...

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