The sound of brass

9 July 2010
“Musicians care about two things – themselves and money,” avant-garde American rocker Frank Zappa once said. Hardly surprising, then, that so many pop celebrities should ignore the principle of “the more money you have, the less you should write about it”. The Telegraph has come up with a list of 15 “top of the money pops” – what it thinks are the best money-related songs. Most of the selection dates from the 1970s and 1980s – the pre-download years, and probably the era when the bulk of its readers last set foot in a record shop – and includes some rather odd choices, we thought. For instance, the Beatles’ Penny Lane, which is not about pecuniary matters at all, unlike, say, Can’t Buy Me Love or Taxman. Other picks range from the predictable (Money Money Money, Abba) to the ridiculous (Loadsamoney Doin’ up the House, Harry Enfield’s novelty offering). In the SM office, a popular question for our regular My Way to the Top feature is: “Which song sums up procurement?” Participants always rewarded us with a variety of intriguing replies – I Want It All, Queen; Gold by Spandau Ballet; Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley. If you were compiling a CD (or iPod compilation) of Now That’s What I Call Songs About Money, what tracks would you include? Here’s three to start you off: Pretty Green, The Jam; Money, The Flying Lizards; and Dirty Cash, Adventures of Stevie V.
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