Archive | February 2013

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Woefully underrated: The Delta 72

Formed in Washington DC in 1994 the Delta 72 had much in common with their brothers in arms (and much better known) Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.  Both bands had a passionate love of black music, the former with soul and the latter with blues. Neither were mere copyists, soul and blues may have formed the […]

Underrated: Bobby Darin

[This post is a stolen guest post by the great Jim Denham, of Shiraz Socialist – stolen from the comments here, with audio-visual added by me. – B.] Bobby Darin would be my suggestion for an “underrrated” artist. Not entirely forgotten, obviously: his hard-swinging, key-changing ‘Mack The Knife’ still tuns up on pub juke boxes, […]

The Friday mixtape relaunched

On music blogging A great post by John Eden on ten years of blogging, nicely captures a wonderful moment, now passing. The race politics of noise Down with the king: black folks and Elvis (for Elvis’ 78th birthday). Jew-ish music Bert Berns’ Seven Year Itch. Richard Hell for Hannukah. Alterglobal 1980s Kuwati pop. Music between […]

Underrated songs: “Stayin’ Alive”

“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees might not appear to qualify as an underrated song, as it was an enormous hit and remains a staple of cheesy disco nights, office parties and hen parties the world over. But I think it is underrated as a piece of music. First of all, the lyrics are just […]

Underrated artists: Charlie McCoy

You may not have heard of Charlie McCoy, but you’ve most probably heard him. He’s one of the most prolific of Nashville session musicians. One of his most well-known songs is Roy Orbison’s “Candy Man” (basically a gospel song about a girl, in the Ray Charles mode), which opens with the McCoy’s harmonica, giving the […]


The theme in February here will be “underrated” – featuring artists, bands, albums and songs that have not been given the recognition they deserve. (In March, the theme will be “overrated” – you can guess what that means.) I’ll post the first post later, but if you fancy contributing a post, get in touch!