Carly Simon – Let the River Run

To quote Patrick Juvet, I love America. And to quote Madonna, I love New York. For a person from a small town in Scotland, it was a place I’d only ever […]

Duran Duran – Pressure Off

I’m well aware of how completely out of touch I am with the modern way of marketing pop music. As we’ve discussed before with Brandon Flowers and Frida Sundemo, the […]

Belinda Carlisle – Fool For Love

Sometimes I really do wonder what goes on when record company types are trying to decide on what singles to pick from an album. It is, of course, a very […]

Army of Lovers – Obsession

"Army of Lovers, who seemed to take the court of Louis XIV as their sartorial inspiration and a large bottle of amyl nitrite as their musical."

kd lang – Surrender

Whenever a new James Bond film is on the horizon you always get endless polls with exciting names like THE ULTIMATE JAMES BOND THEME and THE NATION’S FAVOURITE BOND SONG, and […]

Alisha’s Attic – Pretender Got My Heart

As Donna Summer (memorably) and Sophie Lawrence (less memorably) pointed out, Love’s Unkind – but if there’s one thing more unkind than love, it’s pop. And specifically pop’s footsoldiers, i.e.) us. […]

Madonna – I Want You

Hands up who has a complicated relationship with Madonna. Everybody? Good. Myself, I tend to veer wildly in my opinions, and this is because she has been in my life […]

Avec Sans – Hold On

Certain things in pop are like catnip to me – I am always going to have my head turned by a faintly dispassionate female vocal and I can never resist someone who dances […]

Annie Lennox – Pavement Cracks

Nowadays we live in a rather lawless society – in terms of music at least – and there’s a battle raging right now to determine the manner of its consumption […]

Alison Moyet – Ordinary Girl

I think we’re all quite used now to the notion that pop stars and their employers often don’t enjoy an easy working relationship, and in many cases it appears to […]

Inga Humpe – Do I Have To?

It’s time to talk about cover versions, and specifically why they happen so often considering they pay for someone else’s swimming pool and not your own. Pop stars sing the […]

Lana Del Rey – National Anthem

Lana Del Rey is a brilliant example of everything that’s right with modern pop and everything that’s wrong with the modern pop audience. Here was someone who had done their […]

Def Leppard – Photograph

When I was a teenager we moved to the countryside, which meant that my ten minute walk to school became a twenty minute drive in the company of my brother. […]

Swimming with Sharks – Careless Love

If you’re of a certain vintage, you’ll almost certainly remember half-page adverts in Smash Hits promoting an exciting sounding new band called Swimming with Sharks, and thinking to yourself “gosh, […]