Every episode takes a classic pop song from the past 50 years and dissects its creative process - telling the story of how it was written, produced and recorded and playing demos, outtakes and individual elements from the multitrack recording.
The story of Duran Duran's 'The Reflex'
With the record company not believing it was single material, the third single from the band's third album would need a remix from Nile Rodgers before it was not only good enough - but would go no.1 in the UK.
The story of Ace of Base's 'All That She Wants'
A huge global hit from Sweden and one of the 1990s' most memorable tunes. But it would never have happened, had a tape not got stuck on a car... Hear the story behind this song.
The story of a-ha's 'Take On Me'
Starting out as a riff in a punk track and many recordings later (and at least three releases) it's become one of the most recognisable songs of the 80s. Hear its story and a break down of the recording, putting attention on Morten's incredible vocal.
The story of ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'
Their highest-selling UK single and their only US number one, some may consider this to be a tacky wedding song, but for other's it's a deeply moving work of art. From its origin in a chalet on an island off of Stockholm through to its first performance in front of the King of Sweden almost a year later, this episode charts its writing and recording process and you'll hear deleted sections of the song and, for the very first time, the acapella of the girls' incredible singing.
The story of Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
Intended to be recorded in Jamaica and instead tracked in a chateau north of Paris, this song has to rate as one of Elton's finest from an incredibly prolific time in his career.
The story of Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love'
Hear, not only the story behind the biggest-selling single of 1981, but also the original recordings by Gloria Jones in 1964 and again with Marc Bolan in 1976. Also included is a breakdown from the Soft Cell version's multitrack to hear how this hit was put together.
Pure gold to your ears!!!
👏 It’s just wonderful to be able to enjoy this creating processes. He’s such an expert
Fantastic journey thru impactful songs
The host knows his stuff. His speaking voice is gold. Well researched, tons of clips that bring the elements of the highlighted song together. Truly next level listening pleasure.