Category: MUSIC

Every kind of music under the sun

RYAN HAMILTON & THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTSRYAN HAMILTON & THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS

Ryan Hamilton & the Harlequin Ghosts is a transatlantic collaboration, with frontman Ryan Hamilton hailing from just outside of Fort Worth, TX, while his backing band The Harlequin Ghosts are based in the U.K. The follow up to 2019’s This Is The Sound (which won an Independent Music Award for Best Indie Album’), Nowhere To Go But Everywhere was written by Ryan during a long road trip across the USA with his dog Peaches, while coming to terms with his recent divorce.

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THE BEST JAM SONGS OF ALL TIMETHE BEST JAM SONGS OF ALL TIME

Faithful readers will be aware that I simply love The Jam viz. Paul Weller (vocals, guitar), Bruce Foxton (bass, vocals) and Rick Buckler (drums). The trio had a relatively short recording/performing career – around 5 years – but in that time, The Jam established themselves as one of the top bands in the UK. So what were the Best Jam songs of all time?

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THE BEST BEACH BOYS SONGS OF ALL TIMETHE BEST BEACH BOYS SONGS OF ALL TIME

Best Beach Boys songs of all time. An introduction to the genius of Brian Wilson!

The Best Beach Boys Songs of All Time : I have shared my Beach Boys story before but it bears repeating. Prior to the 90s, I was not a fan. Like many rock fans who started listening to music seriously in the mid-70s, the Beach Boys were a joke, an oldies band singing outdated surf-rock. Sure, in my time coming across best albums list, I did hear of Pet Sounds but never took time to explore.

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THE BEST XTC SONGS OF ALL TIMETHE BEST XTC SONGS OF ALL TIME

XTC through the years

An introduction to the best XTC songs of all time!

XTC is one of the best bands of all time. That’s an opinion I expressed in an earlier post. The Swindon band originally consisted of Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar), Colin Moulding (vocals, bass), Terry Chambers (drums) and Barry Andrews (keyboards). Andrews departed in 1978 to be replaced by Dave Gregory (guitars) while Chambers left the band in 1982 when he emigrated to Australia. The band was reduced to a duo for its final two albums, when Gregory parted ways with XTC in 1998.

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THE BEST SONGS OF THE NINETIESTHE BEST SONGS OF THE NINETIES

Are you ready for THE BEST SONGS OF THE NINETIES??!!!?

1991 was the year punk broke. Or so we thought. While the alternative rock genre became mainstream in the early part of the 1990s, it really signalled the end of rock’s dominance over the music industry. The mic had been passed to hip-hop and its influence over pop culture remains unrivalled to this day.

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WHY RAP IS NOT MUSIC (OPINION)WHY RAP IS NOT MUSIC (OPINION)

Art by Ed Piskor
Art by Ed Piskor

WHY RAP IS NOT MUSIC is a PoP Theory opinion piece. Nothing more, nothing less.

Form not substance

To avoid any misunderstanding about the opinion I am about to express here, please note that this post is discussing Rap as an art form and NOT a substantive judgement of the merits (or otherwise) of Rap as a genre. Now that that’s out of the way, let us begin.

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THE BEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIESTHE BEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES

Wow. I thought narrowing down the best songs of the sixties to ten in a list was a difficult task. The best songs of the seventies is even worse. Yikes. Again, my aim is to feature songs that are in my own experience, quintessential songs of the era in question. I personally believe that the Seventies is the best rock decade ever though not too apparent based on this list. Here they are, after some serious consideration, the best songs of the seventies in alphabetical order.

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KEVIN MATHEWS: BACK TO THE EGG!KEVIN MATHEWS: BACK TO THE EGG!

A personal story from Kevin Mathews.

The best laid plans…. I intended to release a new album in 2020, with supporting events etc etc etc. And then of course, COVID-19 got in the way. After months of staying at home, with hardly any social contact, I have begun to slowly coming out of the cave in the past week or so.

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UNDERSTANDING MUSIC GENRES – THE BASICSUNDERSTANDING MUSIC GENRES – THE BASICS

UNDERSTANDING MUSIC GENRES – THE BASICS is an opinion piece. Nothing more, nothing less.

Why understand music genres?

Music continues to be a major player in modern life and impacts all spheres of social and cultural influence – from politics to business to entertainment and so on. Even though the value received by music artists has been marginalised by record labels, publishers and more recently, tech companies – the value added by music artists remains vitally important.

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THE BEST SONGS OF THE SIXTIESTHE BEST SONGS OF THE SIXTIES

Mention the sixties and a couple of fixed images come to mind. Men with long hair, women in mini-skirts, hippies in denim etc. Music-wise, the sixties represented the flowering of pop music expression in artistic terms before evolving to rock by the decade’s end. Here are ten songs (in alphabetical order) which I feel represent the best songs of the sixties.

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SONG ANALYSISSONG ANALYSIS

As mentioned in my article on Story Analysis, besides being a singer-songwriter/composer and a pop culture writer, I am also a teacher of arts and music subjects. So the same approach I applied to Story, I can also apply to Music (Song Analysis) but of course, with different elements. Now, I don’t intend to go into any musicological concepts that require music theory training to decipher but will try my best to keep things simple for non-musicians as well.

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