Melanie: Five Songs
By Cameron Knibbs | 27th January 2021
Here at The Pirate Media, we are beyond excited to be interviewing the iconic Melanie. A strong woman within the music industry, Melanie’s music has endured for near fifty years, which is no wonder given her lyricism, as well as her iconic appearances at Woodstock, Isle of Wight, and Glastonbury. Furthermore, her music is sought after with artists covering her many chart hits; from Nina Simone to Morrissey, Queen Latifah to Ray Charles.
With our upcoming interview, as well as Melanie’s virtual concert streaming this Saturday (09:00pm GMT / 3:00pm CST), here are five songs we adore:
This cover of The Rolling Stones became a top ten hit for Melanie on the UK Singles Chart, released in the December of 1970. The song was re-recorded in 1978 for her album Ballroom Streets; a live studio recording.
What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
A B-side to Ruby Tuesday, What Have They Done To My Song, Ma, demonstrates that even the B-sides are just as important to listen to. This song has been covered by many artists, from Ray Charles to New Seekers, even Miley Cyrus.
Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
Inspired by the events that took place at Woodstock, particularly the audience’s response to Melanie’s performance, here is another song that seamlessly captures a moment in song.
Brand New Key
This high-chart-hitting pop-folk song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1971 through to January 1972, and a top five on the UK Singles Chart. Whilst many have since commented upon the supposed sexual innuendo presented, Melanie has denied this. It is just a sweet, blissful song.
This song, much like the subject, is just beautiful. This song has since become synonymous with Melanie’s Woodstock performance, taking Melanie from small-time performer, to renowned superstar.