Make Me Happy: ‘Near You,’ Teenage Fanclub

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

I’ve gotten quite intimate with Teenage Fanclub over the last six months. They have accompanied me every step of the way during the writing of my latest book, and I’ve discovered new gems from them that are wondrous and beautiful. Take “Near You.” There’s something about this song that makes me smile and cry at …

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Concert Review: The Cure

“It’s so fucking hot,” said Robert Smith, lead singer of the legendary post-punk band the Cure, in between songs. And it was. The temperature was hovering near 90, and with the lights on stage it must have felt like 110 degrees. Nevertheless, the 57-year-old, still sporting makeup and spiked hair, led his band through three …

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‘She,’ The Monkees

The recent revival of the Monkees–Good Times entered Billboard’s Top Album chart at Number 14–had me waxing nostalgic for the group’s old hits–namely More of the Monkees’ opening track, “She.” I remember I was about 8 when I took the record from the sleeve of the album cover and placed it on my Mickey Mouse turntable. The opening chords …

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