Posts from 14th September 2006

Sep 06

MARVIN GAYE – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”

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#268, 29th March 1969

Some of my favourite soul performances go to the ragged-throated extremes of the style – Lorraine Ellison’s apocalyptic “Stay With Me”, for instance. But more of them are like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, whose emotions are just as intense but more strictly controlled.


Poptimism – Lesson Fourteen – supplement

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Ed: here’s Anthony’s track-by-track commentary for his podcast

Walk on By — Dionne Warwick
Crying in the street when one sees an ex doesn’t seem to be the best example of control, but how she lays ground rules here, how she sings words like private or stop, or even walk on by, has a restraint and devotion that avoids passive aggression or desperation. It also makes the song much sadder than it could have been.


The Rules Of Ruin 4: Popping Round For A Drink

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Its a telephone box drinks cabinet. And has nothing to do with this story!Aren’t pubs great? Big social levellers, allowing us to drink perfectly brewed and measured pints and spirits, allowing us to enjoy each others company without worrying about who is going to clean up the fag ash from the floor. I prefer pubs to the alternative, indeed there is little wrong with pubs at all.

Except they close.


Poptimism – Lesson Fourteen – with Anthony Easton

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Walk on By – Dionne Warwick

Buck Owens – Big In Vegas

Baby, Lets Have A Baby Before Bush do Something Crazy – Coup

Borderline – Madonna

Northern Star – Hole

Anything But Mine – Kenny Chesney


set sail for the outside of everything

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