These songs were totally remote from the people who were supposed to consume them and sounded as though they were written by elderly men in shirt-sleeves and braces in somewhere called Tin Pan Alley. Sammy Kahn used to boast that he could write a song in five minutes. I can believe him. Oh, how easily I can believe him.
Even the songs from shows were terrible. You'd have to go a long way to find a tune as banal as 'The Surrey With a Fringe on Top' with its tedious clip-clopping rhythm. No, I take that back, you could go right next door and find 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning'.
But then suddenly people were writing songs about things they cared about. And what songs] 'Mr Tambourine Man', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Only the Lonely'.
Looking through my tapes I realise that I haven't got a single pop song from my own youth. And nor do I want any.