57. Dance band daze

Posted on 02/07/2017

57. Dance band daze The dance band only really flourished from about 1925 to 1955, when it was killed off by rock and roll and the growth of TV. Thats in the US: about 30 years. In Britain it did... read more >

56. Sad songs and Waltzes and a Pin

Posted on 25/06/2017

56 Sad songs and Walzes and a Pin Its a wonderful title for a song: about one that cannot be successful yet is. The lyric is about a failed love, where the failed lover cannot express his fury at... read more >

55. Funny Food

Posted on 16/06/2017

55. Funny Food A name like Fats Waller would not be accepted these days. Too discriminatory: he would have been known as Thomas. But in the 1930's it was accepted and even embraced by Fats himself.... read more >

54. Irony in pop music

Posted on 06/06/2017

54. Irony in pop  music Irony adds amusement and interest, but is not characteristic of rock or pop music lyrics. The latter are based either on formulae, as where studios compete to produce a... read more >

52. Poni Hoax

Posted on 29/05/2017

52. Poni Hoax There is a parallel between this and the previous post. Soul Coughing and Poni Hoax both did one great (in my opinion) song. And otherwise its mostly rubbish. Soul Coughing came to a... read more >

51. Soul Coughing: non sequiturs

Posted on 22/05/2017

51. Soul Coughing: non-sequiturs This band produced some amazing songs.They are also champions of the non-sequitur: ideas that do not logically follow one another.  The band  did not last,... read more >

50. Heavy artillery

Posted on 15/05/2017

30 Heavy Artillery ThE phrase (Artillerie lourde in French) is the name of a song by Django Rheinhardt. He was the guitar genius from a gypsy background, who established the 'Hot Club of Paris'... read more >

49.Wistful voices

Posted on 08/05/2017

49. Wistful voices Female singers are the best for wistful voices. In historical terms women were often not 'treated right'. But maybe even in days of nearer equality it will still be so. Carly... read more >