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Not the girl you think you are  performed by Crowded House  1996
Composed by Neil Finn

A slow waltz which is almost a Lennon pastiche but still a great example of Neil Finn's trademark combination of clever lyric and lyrical melody.

from Recurring Dream, available on CD (Capitol)


Fairytale of New York  performed by Kirsty MacColl with the Pogues  1987
Composed by Morricone, Finer, MacGowan

The first 1 minute and 23 seconds of this are beautifully adapted from the main theme of Morricone's "Once upon a time in America" ("Deborah's theme"). Well, the first line of the vocal melody of this is actually directly lifted from Morricone's first line, but we won't over-emphasise the point. (I just hope Ennio got his royalties!). The vocal performance of Shane McGowan of the Pogues is something one can either see some merit in or not, but it has a certain musical expressiveness.

The same "Deborah's theme" is used again repeatedly in the second half of the track, particularly the instrumental fade, but nowhere with the effectiveness of the first 1:23.




We might as well be strangers  performed by Keane  2004

An absolute masterpiece whose deceptive simplicity always moves.

from Hopes and Fears, available on CD



  26 Mar 11 ·daniela_por: it's fantastic, just like the whole album. And the lyrics are wonderful
Guilty of Love  performed by Mylo  2004
Composed by Mylo

Bedroom electro-dance music by some Scottish guy. Genius it certainly isn't, but there is a certain kind of intrinsic lyricism about some of his ideas that appeals. His album samples Judie Tzuke's "Stay with me still dawn" and Kim Carnes's "Bette Davis Eyes" as well as, famously, Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine's "Doctor Beat".

from Destroy Rock and Roll, available on CD


Beggin’  performed by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons  1967

Nice chord sequence. The melody of the lead vocal and its delivery tend to grate on me, though. I'm fairly sure this song was the inspiration for "Dirty Postcards" by the Korgis, which will of course be well known to all who read this.




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