Whether writing independently or holed up together in John’s loft at his Surrey mansion, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs that captivated millions across the world and changed popular music forever. The melodies and the moptops definitely helped but it was the writing that initially struck a chord with the world. When asked about his main … More Talk Sense
Following the huge critical and commercial success of Sign ‘O’ the Times, Prince was due to release his next album in the winter of 1987. Completely black in colour, without a title, or even the artist’s name, about 100 promotional copies were sent out before its imminent worldwide release. But the thing is, it never … More Fortune Favours the Brave
When you can lay claim to writing Paul McCartney’s favourite song, it’s fair to say you know how to write a ditty. Brian Wilson, co-founder and main songwriter of the Beach Boys is regarded as one of the most innovative songwriters of the twentieth century. Yet how he managed to write anything during their heyday … More Play the Game. Win the Game.
When Jim Lea’s mother-in-law advised him to write a Xmas song, the bass player from Slade politely informed her that it was a terrible idea. But then she said something that changed his mind – Christmas doesn’t happen once, it happens every single year. Seeing the financial potential, he started thinking, and a few days … More Look to the Future Now
While recording for the hugely acclaimed album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen spent twelve long months in the studio. In that time, he wrote a staggering 70 songs and recorded over 50. But when the album was finally released it featured only 10. Now I’m sure he could have released a very … More All Killers No Fillers