Music · Trivia

More Pop Trivia: titles of UK #1 hits contained within other #1s (the answers)

This earlier piece contained a challenge based on the titles of UK #1 hit singles: 33 songs where the first word (or words) of the title were also the title of another song that reached #1. Here are the clues again, followed by the answers. The clues The first song title consists of a single… Continue reading More Pop Trivia: titles of UK #1 hits contained within other #1s (the answers)

Music · Trivia

More Pop Trivia: titles of UK #1 hits contained within other #1s

It’s time for some more pop trivia based on songs that have reached #1 in the UK charts. If this sort of thing doesn’t appeal to you, look away now. Last September (blimey, four months ago already) I posted this piece about UK #1 hits whose titles run on (and on, in some cases). The… Continue reading More Pop Trivia: titles of UK #1 hits contained within other #1s

At the movies · Memories · Music · Word of the week

Word of the week: nostalgia

Back in the 1970s we often heard the word nostalgia in the following one-liner: “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be”. Etymologically that turns out to be true. The word is derived from the Greek “nostos” (return home) and “algos” (pain), so it used to mean homesickness (like “Heimweh” in German), or a longing for… Continue reading Word of the week: nostalgia

Lyrics · Music · Trivia

“Yes sir I can boogie” and other self-referential lyrics

This month, while thinking about lyrics, I seem to be stuck in 1977. Last week it was “God Save the Queen” (the Sex Pistols version) and this week it’s something very different, “Yes sir I can boogie”, the global disco hit by Spanish duo Baccara. The song’s title featured in a recent edition of the… Continue reading “Yes sir I can boogie” and other self-referential lyrics