Songs to the Siren

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Happiness Is A Warm Gun

The Beatles

22nd November 1968 (LP)

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Writing about the Safari EP by The Breeders reminded me that I had long planned to mention this song for a while. It’s by far my favourite song by The Beatles - the connection with The Breeders is that they did an ok cover on their first LP Pod.

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Heart of Glass

Blondie

January 1979 (single), 23rd September 1978 (LP)

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Another landmark record in terms of production, this is one of those records that still sounds amazing over 40 years on. Like the previous song on this blog, it has a hook whereby the time signature sometimes changes. Golden Brown adds an extra beat here and there, but Heart of Glass skips a beat. Reportedly the result of an editing accident which was kept when it sounded great, the result is an iconic β€œmiddle 8” section which sounds wrong when repeated in normal time in an extended version.

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Golden Brown

The Stranglers

10th January 1982 (single), 9th November 1981 (LP)

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This is the first of a few great songs which add or skip beats in one of their distinctive hooks.

In this case, a song in waltz time introduces an occasional bar of common time in the distinctive intro riff.

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We Can Work It Out

The Beatles

3rd December 1965

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This song (approximately, at least) marked the transition from the old twee pop Beatles to the much more interesting act that they became.

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