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  • Bob Geldof to Release "How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell" on March 15th

    Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:59:08

    Bob Geldof to Release "How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell" on March 15th - Is that not the best title ever?
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    Mercury/Vagrant Records has announced March 15th as the release date for Bob Geldof's new record, the fabulously titled How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell. The release will be launched at SxSW, where Geldof will perform and headline as keynote speaker! That Geldof. He is a legend. He was a principal behind the famous Live Aid concert which benefitted those suffering from famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s.

    Dunno Bob Geldof, you say? Well, the name Bob Geldof is habitual and ubiquitous. It is woven into three decades of the global narrative and its cultural soap opera. Ask people have they heard of him and all will answer in the affirmative. Ask them what he does and all will have a separate answer. Ask do they have an opinion of him and, for good or ill, most will. Ask how that opinion was formed and they don't quite know. Whistle one of his tunes and most will remember it but they won't know who wrote it. Bob Geldof is the most famous secret songwriter in the UK. Seriously. Or #srsly, for you digital'ites.

    Bob, on the other hand, thinks that's what he does. He thinks that's his job. He's not frustrated or bewildered or upset by this secret life; if anything there's an appreciative bemusement. Put a poster on the street that says 'Tonight – Bob Geldof' and most people will say 'Yeah okay. But doing what?' It's a pity they don't know because, as the records, reviews, awards and critiques from everywhere and over many years will attest, he's very, very good.

    Geldof's new solo album, How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, is his first album since 2001's Sex, Age & Death and is his fifth album as a solo artist; it's actually his eleventh album if you include his work in his band the Boomtown Rats. The album features 10 new Geldof compositions recorded with his band in his home and in various friends' studios and produced by his longtime collaborator Pete Briquette.

    Lyrically the album is full of love, hope and joy and one senses that Geldof is more comfortable in his own skin than ever before. I can't wait to hear it.

    On March 17th at SxSW, when Bob and his band take the stage, there will be no question what Bob Geldof does, and that he is very very good at it.

    Are you excited to listen to hear some popular songs that will sell?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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