More songs for your continued edification and further delight

After posting those songs in the previous entry, I decided to check if Richard Thompson had weighed in on recent world events. If he has, he hasn’t posted the results yet, but I did find this on his website: Dear Janet. Thompson’s albums tend towards the serious and bleak, but he has lighthearted pieces like …

Two political songs, for your enjoyment

FCC Song all fucks by Eric Idle. President’s Day by Loudon Wainwright III. I saw Loudon in concert in Groningen yesterday, and the response then was pretty much the same as at the in-store performance at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California where this recording was made. Commentary by Loudon: Due to its particular …

How to enjoy Eurosong without mental scars.

Kieran of Crooked Timber is a sad, obsessive man. Where would we be without him? He has created a statistical analysis of geo-political favoritism in the Eurovision song contest, complete with confusing but convincing pictures. However, Kieran’s premise is flawed: …Eurovision songs are (to a first approximation) uniformly worthless, [so] we can assume that votes …

Joe Meek at 75

I love reading alternate history, especially of subjects I know a little about, and The Naked Maja’s “had he lived” account of music producer Joe Meek’s career after 1967 (with the pivotal branching-off event, as far as I can tell, being the early legalisation of homosexuality in England) does a pretty good job of it.