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Posts tagged with Song Stories

Young Hearts Run Free: Behind Candi Staton’s Call For Gay Liberation
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Young Hearts Run Free: Behind Candi Staton’s Call For Gay Liberation

With her disco smash Young Hearts Run Free, Candi Staton took a personal trauma and turned it into a call for LGBTQ+ liberation.

West End Girls: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Cinematic Signature Song

West End Girls: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Cinematic Signature Song

Inspired by hip-hop and ‘the pressure of living in a modern city’, West End Girls kick-started one of the most successful careers in pop.

Behind The Mask: Fleetwood Mac Face A New Dawn
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Behind The Mask: Fleetwood Mac Face A New Dawn

Fleetwood Mac kicked off the 90s with their 15th studio album, ‘Behind The Mask’, ushering in a new, collaborative era for the veteran group.

We Are Family: How Sister Sledge Made A Home For LGBTQ+ Individuals
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We Are Family: How Sister Sledge Made A Home For LGBTQ+ Individuals

With a sprinkle of Chic magic, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family became a smash disco anthem of inclusivity that spoke to marginalised people.

Fast Car: Behind The Song That Drove Tracy Chapman To Fame
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Fast Car: Behind The Song That Drove Tracy Chapman To Fame

With her debut single, Fast Car, Tracy Chapman emerged as a new kind of voice for socially-conscious songwriting.

Believe: How Cher Created An Anthem For Queer Romance
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Believe: How Cher Created An Anthem For Queer Romance

A hallmark 90s dance-pop song, Cher’s Believe grew to speak to a new generation of LGBTQ+ identities, while introducing the “Cher Effect”.

Against All Odds: How Phil Collins Won Big With A Soundtrack Smash
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Against All Odds: How Phil Collins Won Big With A Soundtrack Smash

A pivotal song in Phil Collins’ career, Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) has become one of the most beloved power ballads of all time.

Atmosphere: The Story Behind Joy Division’s Spine-Tingling Classic
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Atmosphere: The Story Behind Joy Division’s Spine-Tingling Classic

Hailed as ‘an unbreakable testament to Joy Division’s brilliance’, the rich, evocative Atmosphere stands as the group’s greatest ballad.

Ironic: The Ironically Un-Ironic Song That Made Alanis Morissette An Icon
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Ironic: The Ironically Un-Ironic Song That Made Alanis Morissette An Icon

Perfecting her raw, autobiographical songwriting style, Ironic defined an era and made Alanis Morissette a post-grunge icon.

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love: A Soul Landmark That Speaks Truth
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Everybody Needs Somebody To Love: A Soul Landmark That Speaks Truth

Written by Solomon Burke, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love was claimed by Wilson Pickett, and is an anthem whose message still rings true.