19,565,148

That’s the number of youtube plays this 2009 song has enjoyed. We may safely assume it’s well known and popular. Which comes as something of a surprise given that I’d never heard it before Mary Ann Hobbs played it (on the same day as Alice Boman’s What), and barely knew of the band.

I’m usually more than happy to admit to ignorance but in this case there is a sizeable embarrassment factor. How on earth could I have missed something so wonderful ? Brilliant song. Brilliant video. One of the most perfect combinations of music and video going.

Wikipedia’s encapsulation of their musical style explains their irresistible appeal:

Art-rock trio who make an edgy post-punk, dancefloor-friendly racket that mixes up Blondie with Siouxsie and the Banshees

Miley Cyrus makes a rare appearance

Two months ago I saw the Flaming Lips in Nottingham. It was wonderful in almost all respects – the main issue – as ever – being my lack of familiarity with their music. That aside it was one of my best gigs ever. Small venue, right up front, amazing lights, great showmanship. One song that I did recognise was the closing number: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Just looked it up and learn that a certain Miley Cyrus has had collaborative involvement in the song

A song about love

On the same day that Sounds of the 60s played Three Wheels on My Wagon (!), Mary Ann Hobbs played this. I ought to be a fan of PJ Harvey. Huge critical acclaim, indie artist, bit of a rebel – I should know her music much better than I do. I suppose she’s there for me to discover as and when I’m ready.

I adore this song although have no clue what it’s about, and I barely recall its name. The appeal comes purely from musical content – driving rhythm in the guitar, the power and emotion of the vocals

Send His Love to Me is on 1995 album To Bring You My Love

A song about Cherokees

A song I remember fondly from a 1960s childhood. It’s that familiar I even know the words. It rarely comes up these days, and may even be considered disrespectful for all I know.

In recent years I’ve attempted to look it up, but I’ve never known who it was by and wasn’t able to find it. Thank you to Sounds of the 60s for playing it a few months ago. I instantly recognised it as the song I’d been trying to track down. Key to finding it was identifying the band as the New Christy Minstrels.

The music is by Burt Bacharach, and the song dates from 1961