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Tag: Niall McMurray

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 […]

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, […]

Thomas Dolby – Silk Pyjamas

You know when you really, really want to like a pop star but you can’t quite get your head around what they’re doing? This was the situation I found myself […]

Britney Spears – Perfume

I don’t know about you, but I always tend to flinch when I see a pop star on the publicity trail describe their new album as “my most personal record yet” […]

Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed

From a certain point of view, Britain was a thoroughly miserable place to be in the early 1980s, and it’s tempting to think that we passed on the Go-Go’s because we […]

Deacon Blue – Loaded

Nothing – not even a cold macaroni pie from Greggs – makes this ex-pat Glaswegian well-up like the opening bars of Deacon Blue‘s 1987 debut Raintown. It probably helps that the record […]

Thomas Holm – Nitten

Pop music is a bit of an international form of communication isn’t it? A catchy tune is something that everyone can enjoy, regardless of language or cultural differences. Of course that […]

Randy Crawford – Can’t Stand the Pain

A lot of pop songs are sprints of one sort or another, racing to the finish line within three and half minutes –  but it’s good to have a marathon now and again isn’t […]