Author Archive: neilsambrook@btinternet.com

STOP HEY – WHAT’S THIS CALLED? Twenty Songs Where The Title Is Not In The Lyric

THESE SONGS HAVE A TITLE – IT’S JUST NOT CONTAINED IN THE LYRICS.  BABA O’RILEY – The Who; FUNK 49 – The James Gang; JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES – Bob Dylan; TRUE BLUE – Rod Stewart; KING OF HOLLYWOOD…
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Marvel or Drivel?

Given that I was such an impressionable youth, it surprises me still how unmoved I was at seeing Queen perform ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for the first time on Top of the Pops in November 1975. Watching the BBC Documentary entitled ‘The Making of Bohemian…
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IT’S RAINING SONGS – Twenty With Rain In The Title

SUNNY SKIES NOWHERE TO BE SEEN………………………….. RAIN – The Beatles; LOUISIANA RAIN – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL – Bob Dylan; SIMILAR TO RAIN – Warren Zevon; WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN/HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE…
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HELLO 1967 – GOODBYE 2017: Twenty Great Albums from a monumental year for rock.

TWENTY GREAT ALBUMS from 1967: By now the album had superseded the single as the vehicle through which an artist would most express their visions and true ambition. Few would have predicted the long-player to have travelled so far in such a…
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SHOP WORN – Bob Geldof gives his audience a dressing down……………………….

It was hard for me to stifle a laugh when I read reports of Bob Geldof castigating the audience at a rock festival last year for what they were wearing – taking a fuming dislike apparently to the Primark attire…
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MY WORD IS MY (John) BOND

Among the many unsavoury aspects of Sam Allardyce leaving the post of England Manager was the disrespect shown to his predecessor Roy Hodgson. Having the same texture skin as a rhinoceros is one prerequisite of a high-profile football  manager, but the…
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SANTA BANTER – Twelve Christmas Songs unlikely to be heard as department store background music.

On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me: Forget those other Festive foibles and listen to twelve Christmas songs that really matter: CHRISTMAS – The Who: Poor Tommy doesn’t know what day it is, but Townshend,…
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EVERYONE’S A WINNER – The best twenty albums in the greatest year for rock

1971 – With the demise of The Beatles the previous year, were the Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin trying to fill the void or reached a stage they could match the Fabs on their own terms? The Kinks…
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NO LAUGHING MATTER – Situation Comedy and Serious Situations.

With the death of actor Gordon Kaye earlier this year various television channels have been showing repeats of ”Allo Allo’!’ the situation comedy in which Kaye took the starring role. It was a programme I never found remotely funny so if you…
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No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones…………..

Never has there been a more diverse year for popular music – The Clash re-align rock with the angst and frustrations of youth producing the greatest debut album of all time, Elvis Costello running them a close second as he brings depth and…
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