Category Archives: pop

On Aretha: 2 duets

On Monday, The Singles Jukebox tributed Aretha Franklin. I had a pair of entries that I meant to get in, but didn’t make the deadline. Here’s the first, on two of her ’80s duets. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “The Right Thing to Do”

I first wrote about this song last May, saying, “Riding that coffeehouse piano vibe, with snappy production from Richard Perry — it sounds so deliciously crisp — Simon sings the hell out of this out-and-out love song for her then-husband James Taylor. … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Crush on You”

Mock if you must, but whatever you think of the Wolfgramm family’s music, five top 10 singles in the space of three years is pretty solid. This Tongan family band’s (very) lightly funky pop was fairly unavoidable from 1986-88 on … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Too Shy”

Talk about catching lightning in a bottle: Kajagoogoo were by no means a great band (though I’d argue for their debut White Feathers as good, and interesting), but with their debut single, they made utter pop magic. Give a good chunk … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Private Eyes”

Just listen to the way this opens, that guitar slash, the opening guitar line by G.E. Smith, along with John Oates’s rhythm lines and Daryl Hall’s prominent keys, and all of that alongside Mickey Curry’s straight-as-Charlie-Watts four on the floor. Then … Continue reading

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We might be lovers if the rhythm’s right: MLVC

I really, really wish that Madonna would accept that she’s a legacy artist now; pretty much all of her last decade’s output has been embarrassing at best — I mean, “Bitch I’m Madonna”? You’re better than this! You are, in fact, … Continue reading

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Pop top 40 + Soul top 20: 8/6/77

Here’s the Spotify playlist, minus two songs. Make sure you read all the way down for a bonus: the top 20 R&B records this week (which are far superior to those on the pop chart). 1 1 I JUST WANT TO BE … Continue reading

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