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January 12, 2020

Desert Island Discs? Pah. How about a single musical morsel for sustenance, one solitary assemblage of crotchets and quavers with which to maintain contact with the life you crave, fuelling longing while somehow preserving optimism? If you’re a devotee of this site, you don’t need me to tell you that asks don’t get much stiffer.

I was sorely tempted to stick to wordless recordings. Without them, we...

January 2, 2020

When Hollywood makes its Donald Trump biopic, which with horrifying inevitability it will, the soundtrack will be by Black Grape. And the title song will be Dadi Waz A Badi.

I realise that intros designed to drain the reader of all hope are rarely a good idea. But, if you can, stick with me. And while you do, stick on Black Grape’s second album, the resoundingly awful Stupid Stupid Stupid, which wa...

December 12, 2019

Don’t get me wrong. As Jewish as I am, I’m all for Noddy Holder roaring ‘It’s ChrisssssssssMAS!’ or John Lennon hoping war is over or Roy Wood wishing it could be Yuletide every day. They all have their place. Ditto Shane McGowan and Jona Lewie and Darlene Love and even, in my soppiest moments, the L from ELP. That said, for this particular heathen, only three songs about the Christian Chanukah ha...

September 22, 2019

Launched into the stratosphere with arguably (in my humble opinion, indisputably) the greatest opening riff in the history of rock, Layla is Eric Clapton’s masterpiece. A proclamation of unrequited love to Pattie Boyd, the song urgently lays bare the agony of his frustration at falling for the wife of his best friend, George Harrison.

The song was inspired by a book given to the guitarist – The Sto...

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Thanks for stumbling upon my retirement project and labour of love, Here Comes The Song. Here you'll find the latest blogs from music fanatics about their favourite songs and the artists who wrote them. It really is about the music that moves us...

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