Thursday, 25 December 2014

Dion and the Belmonts - Where or When

Phil writes: One of my all-time favourite songs by a singer I like a lot.  Released in 1959, it's very much a performance of its time but it's no wonder that it was his, and their, greatest hit:

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing

Joe writes: Iggy Pop just played this on 6 Music (along with Alfie by Cilla Black). Sometimes hearing a track in an unexpected context makes me realise how brilliant it is. The backing track is super catchy - classic Mickie Most - but what really makes it stand out is Errol Brown's unbelievably passionate vocal.

Like Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, this started life as a B side and ended up being Hot Chocolate's (and, arguably, Mickie Most's) greatest hit.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

TQ - Westside

Joe writes: I heard Westside by TQ on 1xtra recently. It still sounds great. This kind of melodic rap/R&B hybrid was never cool even when it was huge, and seems to have disappeared now, although I guess you could say there's a hint of it in Drake's music.

See also Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Baby Bye Bye

Joe writes: Is this ray of sunshine a cover? I do hope not - I'd be really impressed if it's not.