1970s 45 rpm 7" Pop

The boy from Iowa

I used to work for a magazine whose editor was from Iowa. I had never met anyone from Iowa before, nor have never met one since. As Iowa is a mostly rural state with a small population – there are six-times more pigs there than humans – and on the other side of the world, […]

1970s 7" Pop Single

Hammond. Not the organ.

What do the following songs all have in common? Leo Sayer: “When I Need You” Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” Diana Ross: “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” The Pipkins: “Gimme Dat Ting” The Hollies: “The Air That I Breathe” Along with dozens of other successful […]

1980s 45 rpm 7" Pop

Odd and proud of it

One of the better things to happen in Australian music back in the 1980s was a band called Mental As Anything. In the slang of the day, to say someone was “mental” was an insult. It implied eccentricity and stupidity rather than mental illness, but even so it was a bit unpleasant. The Mentals, as […]

12" 33 rpm Classical Nineteenth Century

Waking from a nightmare

I first heard this piece of music used on a talking book, a version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It came in at the beginning and end of each chapter. The music is wonderfully suited to Mary’s tale of gothic horror, could almost have been written for it, though there is no direct connection. “Night on […]