Going For A Song: ‘By The Sea’

Wendy & Bonnie – By The Sea

I was in Brighton this weekend.


Brighton is of course by the sea. And this obviously influenced my decision to choose ‘By The Sea’ for this week’s song.  But what I find curious about this song is that when I listen to it, it doesn’t match to my experience of the sea or the seaside. That’s not to say the song fails, on the contrary, it’s why I like it; something of its sound makes me think /rethink of my recent music experience of the seaside and sea.



Going For A Song: ‘Four Winds’


Bright Eyes – Four Winds

The band Bright Eyes were pretty much a constant throughout my twenties. I’ve a lot of memories connected to the band, and a lot of these involve my friend Eddie, who was a fan of the band too.

Last week I had an overwhelming urge, which grew stronger as the week progressed, to revisit Cassadaga, Bright Eyes’ 2007 album. I eventually gave into it and I’m glad I did. My initial resistance was maybe from the fear that even though it was only released 11 years ago, listening to it would merely be an exercise in nostalgia*; but this wasn’t the case. The album still stands up. And though I haven’t listened to other Bright Eyes’ albums like Lifted (2002) or I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005) for quite a while, I’m going to claim Cassadaga the better album.

I could have chosen any track off the album as there’s not really a weak song on it, but I’m choosing ‘Four Winds’ as I think it was the first release off the album and so it would have been the first song from it I heard.


* Who said that nostalgia and convenience are the drugs of this decade? I can’t remember, but I tend to agree with them.

Going For A Song: ‘Rain’

Merlyn Driver – Rain

I’ve been listening to Merlyn Driver’s debut EP – This is the Corner of a Larger Field – pretty much constantly since I heard ‘Rain’ on the radio a week ago. ‘Rain’ has a chorus that sticks in your head, but in a way you welcome rather than rue. I’ve chosen this live version over the recorded version for its communality – the audience ruffling leaves and singing on the chorus.

Going For A Song: ‘I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass’

Nick Lowe – I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass

There’s a period of UK music that is asking for a book to be written about it.* A period in the 70s that produced musicians and bands like Dr. Feelgood, Graham Parker, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and, of course, Nick Lowe.

It’s a style music that preceded punk, but continued alongside it, intertwining with it at times. And no one represents that cross pollination as much as Nick Lowe does. As a musician and a producer (he produced The Damned’s first single ‘New Rose’) he was integral to both scenes.

* If you’re reading this and you’re thinking: there already is a book. Do let me know what it is.