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.


Bette Midler Sings “Wind Beneath My Wings” for Dying Fan Over Phone

Bette Midler fulfills dying fan’s dream over the phone by singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” to her. Anna Greenberg, 28, was dying in the hospital of rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Greenberg got a chance to chat with the Divine Miss M. on the phone. “You’re such an angel,” Midler tells Greenberg in a conversation that becomes more emotional as it goes on. “Such a wonderful soul.”

When Midler asks Greenberg if she can do anything for her, Greenberg tearfully requests, “Could you fulfill one of my dreams?”

It was hearing Midler sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” to her.

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