heard on the wire

The alcohol loves you while turning you blue


Ten months ago I wrote, “And then there was one. Which, as you all know, is the most important number in the history of rock ’n’ pop music.” And now there is two, which as anyone who’s ever been to a sound check will know is the second most important.

For the commercially minded, number two may conjure up memories of those records that famously and narrowly failed to reach the top of the charts. Most famously of course was Vienna, the Ultravox single recently voted as the best number two of all-time.

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Day 3 — a song that makes me happy

On the whole, if listening to music doesn’t make you happy, you’re doing it wrong. That would seem to make this song a difficult choice, but in the end it was easy.

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“Let’s drive together, forever through the rain…”

Back when he was a good DJ — before he fell head over heels in love with the sound of his own voice — Huw Stephens played this record on his Radio 1 show’s “Unsigned” slot.

I know nothing about Two Men in a Boat, who released several tracks through a website that has since disappeared. Now there is only scant evidence that the band ever existed.

But what a record they made while they did. And it mentions Venice.

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