Friday, 25 May 2012
Hip to be Square
“Take a Chance on Me” by Abba (1977)
Back in the day, I would sometimes buy albums on spec. I had maybe heard one song on the album; not really knowing what it was. Sometimes you were pleasantly surprised. This was one of those times.
Peeling it out of its cellophane the album cover showed (to me) a more mature set of two couples enjoying some champagne in the back of a limo....So I threw on the album (o.k. gingerly placed), not expecting a lot really.
A funky piano intro and this weird sound on the stereo leading into this punchy bass beat and this exotic euro sound floating around on top of it with those voices. Those voices – controlled yet somehow evocatively emotional. What was going on? Who the hell was this band? ‘Mamma Mia’ what the hell is that? Some Italian thing?
Thursday, 24 May 2012
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Pick of the Week
“Cars” by Gary Numan (1979)
If you are singing along to a song when driving, say researchers, you are paying more attention to your driving. I think they are right, but clearly I am biased. The most intimate music we play is often behind the wheel of a car.
So let’s see, what would be the perfect driving song?
The song would have to enhance the experience of the short jaunt or the long haul. For longer trips the highway sound of your wheels has to kind of blend. A song with a steady rhythm and a strong beat for starters. It probably has guitars, decent drumming, and maybe a little cowbell for good measure.