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Song Samples – T

Talk Talk Talk Talk were a British pop group. They evolved from an OK indie sound to a masterful dreamrock sound, but then kept evolving into a jazzy sound I didn’t care for. The five-star Dennis Weinreich extended remix of … Continue reading

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Song Samples – U

U2 U2 are an Irish New Wave band who have become one of the most successful artists of all time. When I first came across them around 1980 they were entirely unknown here. It took a few years for them … Continue reading

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Song Samples – V

Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens was an American performer who died in a plane crash in 1959 at age 17. His ballad “Donna” was the first record I ever bought. The flip side of the 45 was a Spanish-language rocker called … Continue reading

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Song Samples – W

Jr. Walker and the All Stars Junior Walker was a Motown artist who belted out a bevy of rocking sax numbers before settling down to more mainstream soul. Here’s his signature piece from 1965, the three-star hit “Shotgun.”     … Continue reading

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Song Samples – X

XTC Like so many of the New Wave bands, XTC emerged from the punk scene in England in the late 70′s. They produced a series of fine albums. They reminded me a bit of the Kinks, with occasional irony and … Continue reading

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Song Samples – Y

Y & T Y & T were a hair metal band I discovered late in the game. They were originally called Yesterday and Today. They had a slew of three-star songs. Here’s “Life, Life, Life” from 1984′s In Rock We … Continue reading

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Song Samples – Z

The Zombies The Zombies were a great British Invasion band. They had some hits. Two of the members had future success — Rod Argent founded Argent and Colin Blunstone released a number of fine solo albums. The Zombies had two … Continue reading

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The 5′s

The 5’s are songs that rate five stars. They are the best songs ever. They are exceedingly rare, as might be expected. Most of them were made between the end of the 1960’s and the middle of the 1980’s. Half … Continue reading

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Promotion + Demotion do not equal No Action In The First Place

I’ve been reviewing hundreds of 3’s lately and am demoting them in bunches. Has my taste changed, or my ability to discern quality? Not necessarily. When originally classifying these songs as 3’s I may have been particularly lenient and now … Continue reading

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S66 23

For background see Survey 66.

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