Category Archives: Chord Arguments

The Purple Chords: Marshall Crenshaw, “This Is Easy” (1987)

Marshall Crenshaw’s “This Is Easy” is about a moment in a relationship where feelings are very mixed and charged. The standout musical moments in the song, Crenshaw-sweet, remind me of purple jelly beans. I can’t say what actually goes into … Continue reading

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The Main Thing that Happened in Hook History in 1967

I wish there were annual conferences, or music festivals, with rival presentations on what most importantly happened in hook history in a certain year. Since I’m conducting a festival of sorts for 1967 here in these last months of 2017, … Continue reading

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Too Beautiful: Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (1967)

The year of wonders, 1967, is well-represented on the Hooks site,[1] but I’d like to lift up one more wonder to mark its fiftieth anniversary. I’ve always found “Itchycoo Park” (released in August 1967) tremendous, but to protect the experience … Continue reading

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Expectant: Stone Temple Pilots, “Sour Girl” (2000)

“Sour Girl” I wonder why “Sour Girl” feels like that—so hoveringly melancholy, regretful yet releaseful. I know exactly where I am in “Sour Girl,” but it’s a place of uncertainty. Maybe it’s like this. When you enter a new environment … Continue reading

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Hot Spot of Collaboration: The Doors, “The Crystal Ship” (1967)

In appreciation of Ray Manzarek 1939-2013 On their first three albums, The Doors credited all their songs to The Doors. Intense collaboration was the ideal. Today we know a lot about who was responsible for what: Morrison for most of … Continue reading

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Solace Overload: Living Colour, “Solace Of You” (1990)

In case you too have been undone by Living Colour’s “Solace Of You,” here is one chord geek’s attempt to figure out what does the undoing. “Solace Of You” 1 Surely one of the loveliest American pieces ever inspired by … Continue reading

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Chord as (Other) World: Queens of the Stone Age, “A Song For The Dead” (2003)

It’s rare in popular music, but any bit of a song might abruptly shift you mentally to an unexpected and busy place, like when the special cookie unleashes a flood of remembrance in Proust. Would that necessarily be a personal, … Continue reading

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