From the daily archives:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Week 13: Prat – Liverpool City Council

March 30, 2014

This week, Liverpool City Council wins our regular award for prattishness. I quite like Liverpool City Council – Joe Anderson seems like a capable council leader. But this week has seen them indulging in some world-class stupidity. I have to confess not to knowing the city that well, but I have had a few enjoyable […]

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#872: 1962, The Crystals, He’s A Rebel

March 30, 2014

Well, not The Crystals at all, actually.  They were just the group that Phil Spector decided that the record would be attributed to.  The Crystals didn’t even know that it was  going to happen.  They were on tour, when they found out they had a hit record on their hands, that they hadn’t even heard […]

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Week 13: Hero – Carol Ann Duffy (and the Howard League)

March 30, 2014

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Howard League’s protest against Chris Grayling’s ban on sending books to prisoners Fyodor Dostoevsky once said wrote that ‘the degree of civilization in society can be judged by entering its prisons’.  The decision of Chris Grayling (extraordinarily backed by […]

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#871: 2002, Sugababes, Freak Like Me

March 30, 2014

Perhaps a little surprisingly, not our first Sugababes song here at Songs to Learn and Sing. However, it is to my mind the best thing they did, and Ray North’s recent posting of Are Friends Electric? has inspired this pick, given its extensive sampling of the Tubeway Army’s masterpiece. It seems strange that this is […]

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