Commencing a short season of songs featuring girls’ names. This is from the excellent 1973 album Faust IV.
Written and produced by Motown’s main team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, this topped the charts in the US in 1965 and reached No 23 in Britain (No 10 when it was re-released in … Continue readingFour Tops: I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
IN the days before technology took over and nerds ruled the world, national newspaper production was oiled, indeed well-oiled, by an ocean of alcohol. Daily Mail sub-editors and newsdesk staff would think … Continue readingBooze of the World
Drummer Jaki Liebezeit as brilliant as ever on this OGWT clip from 1975.
This was written by Crickets drummer Jerry Allison and producer Norman Petty, though Holly’s name was added to the credits after his death in 1959. It was recorded on June … Continue readingBuddy Holly: Peggy Sue
While not exactly stranded, we are ankle-deep in the white stuff after our first snowfall of the winter. Hence this belter from the 1993 album Kamakiriad, the Dan man’s second … Continue readingDonald Fagen: Snowbound
Written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer, this was first recorded by the McCoys in 1965 and released as the B-side of their single Fever, which reached No 7 … Continue readingThe Merseys: Sorrow
Paul McCartney wrote this about his sheepdog, who he loved so much that after she died in 1981 he kept her entire litter of puppies.
‘The Georgia-born singer allegedly wrote this bitter break-up song from 1991 on the night his wife sent him divorce papers. I can believe it,’ says Matt. And that concludes his … Continue readingTravis Tritt: Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)
AN occasional sight in my childhood (in the suburbs of Manchester and London) was that of an owl in a tree being mobbed by furious small birds. It is yet … Continue readingOur neighbours, the owls