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Scary: The Who, “I Can See For Miles” (1967)

Next in my series of fifty-years-late appreciations of music in the year of wonders, I turn to a September 1967 (U.S.) release. Some tracks burst into your life sounding unnervingly good in a deeply unfamiliar way. (The uniqueness makes this … Continue reading

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The Creepiest Love Trope: The Philosopher Kings, “All To Myself” (1994)

This is not exactly a neglected topic, but you know how it is: you hear a song you really like and it starts you thinking again. Concerning the nature of creepiness in love, for my opening move I’ll suggest that … Continue reading

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The Magic Word is “Tragic”: The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (1981)

Grandfather put on silver-rimmed spectacles and read several Psalms . . . I was awed by his intonation of the word “Selah.” “He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom He loved. Selah.” I had no … Continue reading

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Rock Waltz? John Hiatt, “Cry Love” (1995)

John Hiatt’s “Cry Love” is a rock song that astonishes by really rocking out in three.  It’s a great swooping three, mind you, no mincing waltz.  Now, if you start tapping your fingers with it—and your fingers are at all … Continue reading

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Wrongfooting: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Woodstock” (1970)

A book or film might start with a thrilling sequence that is suddenly revealed to have been all staged, or all in a character’s dream. (The last film I saw like this was Kung Fu Panda.)  Our leg has been … Continue reading

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