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On my stereo this week: Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Beatles & Harry Styles.

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Hungry Ghost.

Hungry Ghost is a song that almost comes out of left field on Hurray For The Riff Raff’s album The Navigator (2017). It’s a danceable three-minute gem with synth lines, drums and an amazing bass guitar that expand beyond Alynda Segarra’s folk/country/ blues sound. In concept, Hungry Ghost, like the rest of the album, deals with frontwoman, Alynda Segarra’s, own experiences growing up as a kid and the things that now trouble her about America. (Throughout the album she explicitly speaks out about things like ethnicity, race and sexuality.) In short, Hungry Ghost is truly a coming-of-age song that Segarra sings with gritted determination, “I’ve been a lonely girl / But I’m ready for the world.” 

The Beatles – The Ballad of John and Yoko.

The Ballad of John and Yoko is a fun catchy tune, which gave John Lennon, as a songwriter, an overdue No.1 hit. (Paul had dominated the limelight with four of the last Beatles hits, which were all inspired by him.) The song relates the details of his marriage to Yoko in Gibraltar and their subsequent ‘honeymoon’.

John brought it to Paul’s attention in April 1969. He had to persuade Paul to come down to Abbey Road to record it. But Yoko Ono remembers that it didn’t take much for Paul to help John out. She added that Paul was aware how horrible people were to him during that period and simply wanted it to work well for John.

With George out of the country and Ringo making the film ‘The Magic Christian’, the two of them recorded the single alone. John played the guitar and sang, while Paul sang the harmony and played piano, bass and drums!

The song forever links the John and Yoko story with that of The Beatles. Enjoy!

Harry Styles – Sign of the Times.

Let’s set the record straight here first. I have never been a One Direction or Harry Styles fan and I don’t see that ever happening in the near future. Period! But I really, really, like his song Sign Of The Times with its otherworldly sound and melancholic sentiment. The best review I read described it something along the lines of it being an apocalyptic power ballad. It is definitely epic, a little too repetitive for my liking, but nonetheless Bowie-esque! Furthermore, it is such a fitting song that suits this shitty world we currently live in – from the sick epidemic culture of sexual misconduct and harassment of women, war and dislocation of tens of thousands of refugees, to the rise and surge of geopolitics to the right. Apologies for the lecture. Lets get back to the music. Enjoy!

1 comment on “On my stereo this week: Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Beatles & Harry Styles.

  1. My daughter played Harry Styles in the car the other day and it is a great, great song. And actually, his album isn’t bad at all. It was definitely better than One Direction. Very different and he made some cool choices on it.

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