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Category Archives: Pop

The The – Soul Mining

The title track from The The’s 1983 album is a sultry, slow burning Electro Pop number. This is the album that The The seem to be adored for, and deemed the quintessential work by many fans. This could be due to nostalgia, as Matt Johnson has released some hefty work since (especially the follow up ‘Infected’); although there is no denying this LP’s staying power.


Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Sand

A classic from the duo’s 1968 album ‘Nancy & Lee’. Neubauten also covered; seek it out.

Soft Cell – Memorabilia

Here’s the extended 12″ version of the band’s Electro-Pop track from their 1981 debut album ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’. Great stuff that was a tougher, darker cousin of the band’s contemporaries Depeche Mode and The Human League.

The Beatles – Things We Said Today (live, Top Gear, July 16 1964)

Here’s that merseyside Pop combo that everyone’s been talking about.

The The – Twilight Of A Champion

It’s been 30 years since Matt Johnson’s ‘Infected’ album, which makes many of us feel old. However, for some, ‘Infected’ had the impact that Johnson’s ‘Soul Mining’ had for others. The whole thing is a tough Pop confection; like the flip side to what Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell (Johnson’s friend and labelmate at this time) was doing on albums such as ‘NAIL’. Indeed, the first minute is pure Thirlwell; all horn stabs and clattering rockabilly, before it becomes an Electro-Pop number The The style. Enjoy.

The Hollies – Bus Stop

British Pop tune from the bands fourth album, also called ‘Bus Stop’, that was released in 1966. Those of you who know the Beatles will hear the similarity between this track and the Fab Four’s ‘Things We Said Today’ (1964).

The Zombies – She’s Not There

Who could have thought that a band from St. Albans could have come up with such an incredible song? Until recently, this Sentinel thought this song was recorded by an act from the States; which was a mistake and apologies to my fellow countrymen for this error. This is a truly wonderful Pop song from 1964; a song for which the term ‘Pop’ seems rather lightweight (and their DEBUT single for goodness sake!). For anyone who wonders about the lyrics, they were written by organist Rod Argent, who took inspiration ¬†from being jilted weeks before his wedding by his (almost) bride to be Patricia; leaving him broken hearted.

The Box Tops – The Letter (Live on ‘Upbeat’ in 1967)

The Box Tops performing their hit ‘The Letter’; a track that has a place in The Sentinel’s heart due to it being one of the tracks that The Residents deformed and re-formed for their classic 1976 album ‘Third Reich ‘n’ Roll’.

The Yardbirds – For Your Love

London’s Yardbirds here with their 1965 hit ‘For Your Love’. The song did very well and also managed to shift Eric Clapton from the band as he hated the song; so, job done!

Prince & The Revolution – 1999

A true legend has passed. 2016 continues to see the grim reaper pick victims from back issues of Mojo.

RIP Prince.

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