‘African Children’ is a song I have loved and returned to regularly for over 30 years. Recorded in 1981, musically the song is a glorious dub … Continue reading Protest Songs Day Two: Aswad, The Equals, Bob Dylan, The Staple Singers, Paul Kelly/Kev Carmody & Ralph McTell
No stranger to our lists over the years, Beck released what seemed to be something of an ‘orphan’ single earlier in this year which apparently indicated … Continue reading Top tracks of 2016 #12 – Beck, Slaves & Trentemøller
Just a quick note to subscribers to the Richardmlive blog – as you may have noticed I’ve changed the name of the blog from my Twitter … Continue reading Welcome to ‘The Uncertain Smile’
I rarely post the media industry articles I write, but in my June column for Mediatel Newsline I take a bit of a detour from discussing media measurement and industry politics to argue that the time is right – from both a broadcasting and a music industry perspective – for the BBC to revive Top Of The Pops as a weekly prime time show. You can read the column here For those of you outside the UK, it was a weekly TV chart show running from the 1964 to 2006 that was the heartbeat of the music industry at its … Continue reading Is it time to revive Top Of The Pops?
From the city that bought you The Wire, my number 19 is ‘Waiting on You’ by Futures Islands. It’s a nice song, with an 80s feel to it, but this performance elevates it to another level. Our second Letterman clip already, this appearance changed their lives. The truly unique dancing, combined with a voice that – after teetering on the brink- finally turns into full Napalm death at 3:10, sent it viral. I have watched it many times and it always brings as big a smile to my face as it does to Mr Letterman’s afterwards. Check out Roy & … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2014: Number 19s – Future Islands, Honeyblood & Cate Le Bon
At the start of the year I would have given you pretty long odds on Beady Eye featuring in my top twenty – I have always … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2013 – Number 13
At number 18 I am going for another instrumental – ‘Says’ by Nils Frahm. Now I know what you’re thinking – nine minutes of a guy … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2013 – Number 18