Thanks to everyone who has joined in with this so far. Don’t forget, any song, album, group, or singer is allowed, as long as the name starts with an ‘F’.
I am starting this post with something very unusual for me. A Heavy Rock track. Yes! On here…
Something about the driving beat, and the repetitive guitar riffs really got to me on this 1989 song from Faith No More. Mind you, it was the only record of theirs that I ever bought.
It’s a double ‘F’ too!
From Out Of Nowhere
British pop/rock band Free brought us some wonderful songs during a long collaboration. They still tour to this day, albeit with a different vocalist. Their signature track, ‘Alright Now’ was an immediate purchase for me, back in 1970, though I later preferred some of their other songs. Including this one.
My Brother Jake
This could well be described as a ‘guilty pleasure’. I surprised myself at the time, to be honest. Liking a song from the sugary Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion wasn’t something I was expecting, I can tell you. However, I always try to be honest and truthful with these picks, so there it is.
Falling Into You.
Fine Young Cannibals were a short-lived British group from the 1980s. Fronted by the excellent vocalist and occasional actor, Roland Gift, they nonetheless left behind a legacy of some unusual and very accomplished songs. This just happens to be one of my all-time favourites. (I had great fun listening to it again, for this post)
Johnny Come Home
As a twelve year-old boy in 1964, I was lucky that my Dad then worked for one of the leading record companies of the time. It was probably this, as much as anything, that cemented my life-long love of music. He used to bring home ‘sample’ records for me to listen to, (and keep) with the view to judging the teenage reaction to a potential new release. I told him this one by Fontella Bass would be a big hit. And it was.
The Four Seasons sound is something of an acquired taste. Frankie Valli’s varied range has given us some enduring classics over the years though, and their singles are much-loved for use on film soundtracks too. A recent musical, ‘The Jersey Boys’, celebrates their formation, and their large body of work. I have seen it in London, and it is very good. So, I have acquired the taste, and hope that you like them too.
I could quite literally go on all day. I have had to leave out so many great songs from ‘F’, as well as countless bands and singers. But it would all be too long, so here’s my top pick for ‘F’.
Cover versions are rarely as good as the original, especially when they take on a classic track loved by millions. However, the beguiling British singer Florence Welch (who performs as Florence and the Machine, hence this inclusion in ‘F’) showed us just how it should be done, on her album ‘Lungs’, from 2009. She not only covered Candi Staton’s 1986 song, but in my opinion, she produced a much better version, with an unforgettable vocal performance.
You’ve Got The Love
See you soon, with ‘G’.