Thursday, 26 February 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr - How Could You Babe

Joe writes: I thoroughly approve of Tobias Jesso Jr because I love the seventies soft rock he's referencing, and he's doing it authentically - you could play this next to Nilsson or the first Elton John album and it would stand up. OK this is no Your Song or Without You, but it's a decent song, with shades of George Michael's One More Try.

Your Song:

Without You:

One More Try:

R.I.P. Lesley Gore

Phil writes: Lesley Gore will surely be remembered for one monster hit that has echoed down the years.  It may or may not be great music.  I happen to think that it is a worthy pop classic.  When a song is played so many times over so many years it usually deserves to be on WGM:

LunchBox Lewis - Bills

Joe writes: Fun pop hip hop tune on Dr Luke's label Kemosabe/Sony.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Houndmouth - Sedona

Joe writes: This is such a clever song. The backing track is a very simple eight bar loop. The vocal seems to start midway through a line, then embarks on an extended melody that finally resolves 36 bars later (yes, I counted them). Björn and Benny or Bruce (Springsteen, circa 1975) would be proud.

Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do

Joe writes: A song written from the point of view of the female protagonist of 50 Shades Of Grey could be very bad, but this is very good. It was produced by Max Martin and Ali Payami and written by those two plus Savan Kotecha, Ilya and Tove Nilsson. I especially like the line "What are you waiting for?". I also admire the relentless opportunism of Ellie and her team - almost every single seems to have an angle of some kind, and there are a lot of them.