Songs You May Have Missed #452


Kirsty MacColl: “My Affair” (1991)

From one of England’s true national treasures, cheeky and talented songwriter Kirsty MacColl, lost to us tragically and too soon in a controversial 2000 boating accident.

Kirsty gave us, among other great musical moments, the retro girl-pop classic “They Don’t Know” (popularized by Tracey Ullman) and the Christmas duet “Fairytale of New York”, recorded with Shane MacGowan of the Pogues.

Kirsty is the daughter of folksinger Ewan MacColl. “My Affair” was her first foray into a Latin sound–she recorded whole albums of Latin-tinged pop later in her career–and it perfectly displays the lady’s witty lyrical style, as well as her mesmerizing voice.

Electric Landlady? One of the greatest album titles of all time.

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Songs You May Have Missed #451

The Concretes: “On the Radio” (2006)

Low-key but infectious, The Concretes create what has been called The Stockholm Sound, a sunny brand of pop sound from a country that doesn’t actually get a lot of sun.

Too Philosophical Pop Song

The Second City presents a pop song so philosophical it’ll kill any party. Even deeper than some of the work of professor Ke$ha.

Songs You May Have Missed #450


Sloan: “Nothing Lasts Forever Anymore” (2003)

Count the guitar tones used here by underrated Canadian power pop masters Sloan.

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Songs You May Have Missed #449


Keane: “Everybody’s Changing” (2004)


From their 2004 debut, which featured the single “Somewhere Only We Know”, their biggest radio hit.

Keane’s anthemic sound eschews lead guitar in favor of piano, and their emotive songs and soaring choruses have always invited Coldplay comparisons. Somehow, though, Keane have mostly managed to avoid the mainstream audience.

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Songs You May Have Missed #448

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Man Man: “Head On” (2013)

Man Man tone down their quirky, Tom Waits-style nightmare cabaret tendencies on the new single “Head On”, perhaps indicating that the forthcoming On Oni Pond LP will follow this trend. calls the new album “a compelling mash-up of Fear Of Music-era Talking Heads, classic soul, psychedelia, hip hop, and 50 s rock and roll”.

Can’t wait.


Songs You May Have Missed #447


Heywood Banks: “Toast” (1998)


Heywood Banks is probably the premier toaster virtuoso among all comic songwriters. And he really likes toast.

Songs You May Have Missed #446


Rita Ribeiro: “Banho Cheiroso” (1999)

Brazilian singer Rita Ribeiro’s “Banho Cheiroso” (“Aromatic Bath”) simply extols the virtues of bathing “to get rid of this indolence”, with the use of various Brazilian aromatic plants, several of which she lists in the song. So, basically: You need an attitude adjustment–go take a bath.

The Top 50 Artists of the 1980’s


We count down the top 50 hitmakers of the 80’s based on Billboard singles chart performance

50. The Police

49. The Rolling Stones

48. Bryan Adams

47. Foreigner

46. Donna Summer

45. Janet Jackson

44. Culture Club

43. Van Halen

42. Kim Carnes

41. Gloria Estefan


40. Steve Winwood

39. Tina Turner

38. Genesis

37. Heart

36. Survivor

35. Billy Ocean

34. REO Speedwagon

33. Cyndi Lauper

32. Pat Benatar

31. Bob Seger

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30. Kenny Loggins

29. Air Supply

28. Paul McCartney

27. Starship

26. Bruce Springsteen

25. Olivia Newton-John

24. Bon Jovi

23. Rod Stewart

22. Rick Springfield

21. Chicago


20. Pointer Sisters

19. Sheena Easton

18. Journey

17. Duran Duran

16. Diana Ross

15. Stevie Wonder

14. Whitney Houston

13. Huey Lewis & The News

12. Kenny Rogers

11. Kool & The Gang


10. Elton John

9. John Cougar Mellencamp

8. Phil Collins

7. Lionel Richie

6. Billy Joel

5. George Michael

4. Daryl Hall & John Oates

3. Madonna

2. Prince

1. Michael Jackson


Songs You May Have Missed #445


Wes Cunningham: “Good Good Feeling” (2001)


As you can hear at the link below, Wes Cunningham’s previous album was more of an angsty affair. His second, Pollyanna, is a mellower, blissed-out collection of songs by comparison. Clearly, two things are evident: 1) Love intervened, and 2) Wes writes from his real experience.

“Good Feeling” is a catchy little power pop mash note.

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