How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell

How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell

by Bob GeldofBob Geldof


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Returning to action after a ten-year delay in recording -- a decade when he was not inactive, devoting a large portion of time to his Live 8 charity -- Bob Geldof presented How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, a transparently ironic title for a collection of tunes not intended to sell themselves or anything. Apart from the bluesoid skronk of "Blow Fish" -- a blast of misdirection placed toward the front -- there isn't much here that could be seen as immediate, the kind of song that populates the pop charts. Even when the tempo percolates a bit -- the sleekly glassy "Silly Pretty Thing" -- nothing gets heated and much of the album is ruminative in a way that leans heavily on Dylan and Costello. Despite these echoes, the album is quite clearly Geldof's creation, a tastefully cynical confessional from a man who is a mainstay at the Q Awards for a reason -- namely the kind of protest and introspection that's so tasteful it can slip underneath the radar as mere mood music, even when it's designed to get under the skin as it was here.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
Label: Fontana Universal
UPC: 0602527474526
catalogNumber: 4562
Rank: 100304

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Geldof   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Jew's Harp,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Briquette   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Alan Dunn   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jim Russell   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Turnbull   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Background Vocals
Niall Power   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Garry Roberts   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Joshua J. MacRae   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Roger Taylor   Percussion,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Darrell Willis   Hand Clapping,Guest Appearance
Henry Dagg   Saw,Guest Appearance
Vince Lovepump   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Background Vocals
Tash Roper   Clarinet,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Composer
Bob Geldof   Composer
Pete Briquette   Composer,Programming,Producer
Josh MacRae   Engineer
James Clarke   Engineer

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