Tuesday 3 April 2012

#AtoZChallenge: The Cardigans

WINNER #01: Over the past two days I received a total of 94 comments. So I went to Random.org and punched the number in. The first winner of my ongoing competition, is lucky number 13! How funny is that, considering that at the end of April there will be 13 winners? Congratulations BEX! Drop me an email to let me know which album you want and I'll send you a download link.

Today's Post:

The Cardigan's were pretty much the first "pop" group I got into during my chick rock obsession in my late teens, early twenties. This also lead me to try and write more catchy tunes, lyrics and choruses. Not sure I was very successful as I seemed to maintain my PJ Harvey-esque outlook on song-writing, but they certainly taught me how to tone down my work. I finally realized that songs didn't need to be complicated to be good. I still listen to this band to remind myself of this.

Are your favourite songs full of complicated melodies, or simple and catchy hooks? Why do you think that is?

Don't forget to drop by Dawn Ius' blog, my partner in crime, to see her music pick for C.

To see a list of A-Z Challenge hosts and participants, click here. 

To listen to my music click here!

REMEMBER! During the challenge, I will choose a random commenter every two days, to receive a free download of one of my albums. Your choice! That's thirteen winners. How does that sound? Tell your friends! Just comment for a chance to win.


  1. Ohhhh THANKS! I'm dead chuffed :0)
    Never won anything (except £25 in the UK Premium Bonds, and that was when I was 12!)

    Looking forward to choosing - and see you later!

  2. Congrats to Bex! I think they had a song on the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack from the 1990s. Didn't know this song though.

  3. Congrats Bex!
    I definitely prefer simpler words and melodies, but I think it's a fine line- too simple and it's boring! I like the Cardigans too.
    well done on the A-Z challenge, it's too much for me to commit to, but I'll comment when I can.

  4. I loved "Love Fool" by The Cardigans. Thanks for reminding me they exist.

  5. Loved the song Love Fool, I love all sorts of music and am keen to hear unknown singers to listen to.
    Well done a wonderful C post.


  6. Enjoyed this tune by the Cardigans. When a song strikes me it usually has to do with the beat and rhythm...and then the voice/lyrics. Once in awhile--I'll hear a really unique voice and it will trump all.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Cheers, Jenn

  7. I'd probably say I'm more complicated. But seeing how I don't know much about creating music, I'll let you be the judge. lol

  8. Hello Jessica,

    I am so very much enjoying your blog. I also listened to two of your CDs yesterday and am totally in love with your music and can totally see how PJ Harvey and the Cardigans have influenced you. I am also reminded of Ani DiFranco. I look forward to listening to the rest of your music and purchasing, love it!

  9. I was confusing them with The Cranberries until I played the video.

  10. Yeah, I loved the Cardigans. I love this theme, too - be interesting to see who else you come up with.

  11. I haven't heard about The Cardigans. I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

  12. Listening to your album "Melody Hill..." now and LOVING 'Love is a Bitch of a Wine (Whine)' and 'Wash Me Away' - brings out goosebumps!
    Thanks so much - I'm so glad I was lucky 13!

  13. I haven't heard about The Cardigans either. Sometimes it's nice to be in the mood for uncomplicated, catchy music. :)

  14. Congratulations to Bex!
    I like complicated music - progressive rock. I guess I'm just a complicated dude.

  15. I know the Cardigans! Even have some of their stuff! Yay me! :)

  16. When I saw the title I though it was about clothes! Great band, haven't listened to them for a while :)

    Universal Gibberish

  17. "Love me, love me, say that you love me" - loved the whole Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, but I loved THAT song the most :-) See...I know some of your music :-D

  18. Oh, I like the Cardigans. I used to listen to them a lot.

  19. I fluctuate, depending on my mood. This is a great theme, Jessica.

  20. Oh yes, I liked the Cardigans :-)

  21. My favourite songs vary between being very complex and very simple. A song with two chords can be as meaningful to me as a song with 20!

    The Cardigans have some great stuff, for sure.


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