“Black Coffee In Bed” by Squeeze (1982)

Those guys Difford and Tilbrook write a hell of a song, eh?

“Black Coffee in Bed” could probably be a minute or two shorter (and there must be a radio edit somewhere), but even at its 6 minute length (the album version, anyway), remains an ace pop tune. Michael Jackson was trying to explain what makes a great pop song once, and he centered in on the melody, because melodies are universal. Even if you can’t speak the language of the singer, you can wrap your brain around a melody. Now, granted: I’m a lyrics guy. But I get it. “Black Coffee In Bed” has so much ear candy (the organs, those shadow background vocals which are slightly off key) that the words are almost secondary. Which is something you can’t say too often about a song composed by amazing lyricists.

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