… is music which gets you bopping in your seat, a-whistling and a-singing a-long.
Often good pop will be played to death on the radio and TV, and you tire of it until you can say “Darling, they’re playing our song.” It’s also rare for older generations to appreciate the pop of those that follow. In short, one’s listening tastes change, mature even, so in that sense pop music is ephemeral.
Many of the compilations I post here have been created to fit a radio mood, a background theme to block out the regular intrusions from passing hell’s cherubs who exhaust my patience and baffle me because of the lack of baffles on their exhaust pipes.
With this compilation, I’ve left out the obvious choices of the Beatles, Kinks, Manfred Mann and others whose songs are etched into what remains of my teenage memory. You may, however recognise a couple of songs and sing along in XTC.
My hope is that you will find this selection vaguely unfamiliar yet hummable after a hearing or two. Those of you who know me personally, please forgive my one indulgence; I quite understand why it wasn’t a hit!
Nor was this, but you can all join in …
01. Lemon Jelly – Nervous Tension
02. Nouvelle Vague – Making Plans For Nigel
03. XTC – Stupidly Happy
04. Jim Moray – All You Pretty Girls
05. Anthony Phillips – The Women Were Watching
06. Man Man – Engwish Bwudd
07. Ducks Deluxe – Please, Please, Please
08. Nick Garvey – Emotional Ammunition
09. Cake – Sick Of You
10. Caravan – Piano Player
11. Terry Collins – The Show Must Go On
12. Kevin Ayres – Am I Really Marcel?