Re: Favorite Brit Songwriters
posted at 2/15/2013 9:35 AM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
A few of mine:
Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
Neil Tennant / Chris Lowe
Elton John / Bernie Taupin (early)
Christine McVie (early FWM)
How about Sting? Not top tier? I heard he did a yoga dvd. (just kidding -- but maybe he did for all I know). :)
Sting definitely has to be on the list. He seems to irritate a lot of people but I don't think his talent is in question. Especially as a writer.
Thanks re: Sting. And fully agree re: Sting's propensity to irritate and alienate people over the years. I can't add him to my own personal favorite list, but his song-writing talent does speak for itself -- he's an acclaimed musician / songwriter.
As for the manner he's fallen out of favor ... maybe he went the way of Bono re: social activism, humanitarian causes and philanthropy. It's astonishing how bitterly critical people can be when a celebrity, let alone a rock musician, donates time, energy and money, to social causes; wait for the backlash to ensue. ;-)
OH, I just have to mention this, and am sure you (and maybe others) will appreciate it, in light of this thread:
Last night, on the radio (not a classic rock station, but an excellent local Boston station that plays all manner of current / alt - indie / as well as classic gems mixed in) -- I heard the song, "Right Down the Line" by Gerry Rafferty. Not sure why, but I really *listened* to the song, and was dumbfounded not only how gorgeous Rafferty's voice was, but also, what a beautiful song it is, and how close it sounded to a Beatles song; this, after hearing that song, countless times.
It took me aback so much that I looked Rafftery up later on, and in reading a mini-bio, was stunned. Firstly, he died an untimely death 2 years ago, in January 2011; sadly, he self-destructed as a result of alcholism, and died of liver failure, even though he was sober at the time of his death. He never could recover from the damage of years of drinking. Also, he's Scottish -- so he belongs in this thread.
He's an intense example of a musician who did not feel comfortable with fame, and did not want to submit to the cult of personality motives of the record industry; he disliked the entire notion of being a celebrity and was ill-suited to it. He wanted his artistic integrity to stay intact, he wanted success, but he did not want to submit to being fake in any way in order to sell records. He was filled with disdain for the record industry.
Sorry for the long-winded appendix re: Rafferty, and if anyone is interested, you can google and read up yourselves. When Raffterty died, his death was truly mourned. They even named a street after him in his hometown of Paisley last year.
"Newspapers printed lengthy obituaries for the singer ... a full-page obituary in The Times summarized his career... "As well as being a singer of considerable talent who at one time had the pop world at his feet, Gerry Rafferty was also a consummate songwriter, blessed with sensitivity and an enviable melodic flair that at its best recalled Paul McCartney ..."