James' Blog - Songs

Detailed appreciation of hit songs from the past which perhaps deserve far more attention than they often receive. A chance to unearth some hidden gems.

Surely everyone knows that Climie Fisher's Rise To The Occasion was a hit in a remix version. But did you know this was at the expense of the track whose beats and bass were lifted wholesale to create it? Find out the full story here.

The story of Innocence, briefly one of the more compelling "faceless" dance acts of 1990. And in particular, their almost forgotten end of year tear-jerker.

In 1991 Elaine Paige attempted to become a proper certified chart-topping pop star. She failed to get anywhere near the charts, but in the case of the album's lead single, this is actually something of a crying shame.

The story of Propaganda's ill-fated 1990 comeback, a full six years after Frankie Goes To Hollywood first stole their thunder (and all the label resources)

Not an appreciation of a song, as such, although one in particular does feature. More an account of the occasion in 1993 when Cilla Black attempted a pop charts comeback, was invited on Top Of The Pops and trampled all over her own legacy.

The Jim Steinman single that time forgot. Lifted from his reluctant solo album Bad For Good, it is a ten-minute epic which runs through every one of his favourite lyrical obsessions. And it is one of my favourite songs ever.

One of Jim Steinman's many forgotten classics. The song written for the climax of flop 1984 film "Streets Of Fire" but whose depiction in the film manages to create everyone's fantasy rock concert.

The story of Faith No More's overlooked and now forgotten musical swansong. Which was a curiously faithful cover of a similarly overlooked and mostly forgotten Bee Gees song.