Three Minute Heroes: Great songs of 3 minutes (or slightly less)

It used to be said that the perfect pop song lasted just under three minutes. Now all that matters is the first 30 seconds. Songwriters desperate to catch the ear of fickle modern listeners are loading introductions with catchy hooks, samples and recognisable vocals. Experts say the shift is driven by streaming services such as Spotify, which are said to pay royalties only if a … Continue reading Three Minute Heroes: Great songs of 3 minutes (or slightly less)

The curious case of those ‘Top Of The Pops’ albums

If you’re of an middle-aged persuasion you’ll remember these. In the seventies they were the cheapest ways of owning a copy of songs that were hits but ‘sung’ by someone else. When you were eight, this really didn’t matter and adjectives like “Phwoar” came to mind apropos the album covers that would have tittilated many a pre-pubescent schoolboy. Finbarr Saunders would have had a field … Continue reading The curious case of those ‘Top Of The Pops’ albums

The Janglepop Jamboree

Like most major music genres, the sub-genres often cause confusion and debate because of the mix of styles and it can be somewhat ambiguous in context. To begin with, one definition of jangle music is this: Jangle or jingle-jangle is a sound characterized by undistorted, treble-heavy electric guitars (particularly 12-strings) played in a droning chordal style (by strumming or arpeggiating). The sound has featured mainly … Continue reading The Janglepop Jamboree

Animated Album Covers: A short-term effect?

When these began appearing I wondered if it would be a fad that would ride the waves for a while and then ultimately, the novelty would wear off, You could I suppose, loosely contrast it with the de riguer of late seventies / early eighties coloured vinyl though, with vinyl very much back in vogue, repressings have seen a new devotion to colour. The thing … Continue reading Animated Album Covers: A short-term effect?