Music Documentary: Joy Of The Single

What even constitutes a single these days? The first song to be given to radio off a forthcoming album? It’s availability on itunes? Thankfully the 7″ single seems to be having a bit of a resurgence in popularity in independent and DIY circles (a quick browse in any of the remaining records stores in the country will find a host of great Irish talent competing for your hard earned cash) but it may not yet be back to the levels of adoration it once demanded. As mentioned in this BBC doc, we all remember saving pennies and trotting down to the local record shop to carefully mull over what would be our foray into the music world, probably based on a song or two from the radio or a recommendation from a friend. The film features the likes of Jack White, Richard Hawley and Rob Davies all recounting this and similar magical moments connected to ‘the single’ and acts as a sort of love letter to it, reminding tired, mp3 accustomed ears just how magical a piece of wax with a few grooves can be.




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