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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 40

Show or substance? There is likely to be little doubt among anyone who has followed this list since its inception, that I am going to be more inclined to favour artists whose appeal lies in the latter. That does not mean that “show” has no place. Particularly with live concerts, one goes to see and […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 39

I am one of those who decry the decline of the old weekly singles charts. In my youth, Sunday evening sat by the radio listening to the new chart being counted down on BBC Radio 1 was one of the highlights of the week. Okay, like a lot of mainstream commercial stuff, much of it […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 38

You may have noticed as we go through the list that there are a number of covers included. There are tracks by the Byrds, the Feelies, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Jimi Hendrix and others which are covers. Some of these are more well-known than the original. But there are also a number of tracks […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 37

A question which I often ask myself is where music is heading. Although music has often looked back it could be argued that this has never been more the case than now with an almost cynical recycling of sounds from earlier decades. Post-punk, shoegaze and now psychedelia have all been revisited in waves in the […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 36

A lot of the tracks contained in this list were only ever released as singles. The single still has a significance and an importance which made many tracks issued as singles works of art in their own right. That there were undoubtedly singles bands, and even singles labels (such as Motown) is beyond question. Most […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 35

Do you remember the first piece of music you ever bought? In my case it was a single, purchased in early 1969, the Archies’ ”Sugar Sugar”. The first album I bought was shortly after my twelfth birthday, “Led Zeppelin II”. Though the Archies’ single is long gone, I still have that original vinyl of the […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 34

Do you have musical heroes? Are there those individuals who, for whatever reason, you admire beyond any others? I think we all do. Here are some of mine. John Watts, lead singer and songwriter with Fischer-Z, my favourite band. Jimmy Page, possibly the greatest guitarist of all time. Mick Jagger, the man who put the […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 33

One of my biggest bugbears, in terms of music, is poor production. That is not to say that some of the unrefined production styles of lo-fi, or the very rough at the edges production styles of punk would count as poor. It may help if I exemplified what I mean by ‘poor production’. First off […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 32

So, can you appreciate music you don’t like? That is a difficult question to answer. The simplest answer I can think of is ‘why would you want to?’ If there is a musical style I do not like I can think of no valid reason to want to listen to it. I might be able […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 31

How do we define bad music? It can be ‘bad’ on more than one level, not just the obvious, badly performed. Although any piece of music will be ruined by a bad performance, can a good performance rescue something that is badly written? Can a well-written piece of music be spoilt by inappropriate performing, such […]

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