This week, I’ll feature tracks from five celebrated 1971 albums I don’t know very well. Some I’ve heard before, some I’m hearing for the very first time. They might not have cracked my own top ten list, but they all help round out the musical portrait of 1971.
One of my musical pet peeves is songs about current events, particularly protest songs. Even worse are songs that name-drop political figures.
A classic example, in an otherwise good song, is this verse from Sting’s ‘They Dance Alone’:
You’ve sown a bitter crop
It’s foreign money that supports you
One day the money’s going to stop
Hey Sting… spare me.