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Bram Tchaikovsky – Girl Of My Dreams (1979)

June 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Couldn’t resist the segue from Pyotr to Bram ….

A powerpop classic and one of my favourite songs when I was 15. Peter Bramall was originally a member of The Motors and then left to forge a new career by forming Bram Tchaikovsky to a largely indifferent world.

Released as a single, “Girl of my Dreams” was taken from the Strange Man, Changed Man which appeared on the wonderful Radar Records label (home of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe around that time).

Perfect pop music!

Big Star – September Gurls (1974)

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The only time, so far, when a band has got a back to back listing on the (err ….) world’s number one music blog ….

Recorded two years after “Thirteen” (see previous post), September Gurls is just a classic pop song and now, rightly, regarded as one of the foundation tracks for the criminally undervalued “Powerpop” genre ( I will be putting this oversight right over the next few weeks).  

The guitar on this is staggering and the breaks/solos at 1:27 and 2:20 are up there with the most perfect moments in the history of all music. If pressed, I would identify those few seconds as my favourite musical moments of all time – 10 seconds is enough ……..

Altogether now ..

December boys got it bad …

Not that I can relate to this having been born in February. No matter.

Big Star – Thirteen (1972)

May 22, 2011 1 comment

With a hundred plus posts already logged, I am scratching my head as to how I haven’t yet got a Big Star track in here.

My remedy? Two Big Star songs back to back.

This is simply timeless music. Alex Chilton and Chris Bell penning a sublime paean to adolesence.

I defy you not add this to your own list of the best records of all time.

The original album track then a live version from 2009 (the year before Alex Chilton died).

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