Archive | February 2013
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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 […]
[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, […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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!