Songwriting Analysis: Radiohead “Idioteque”

Radiohead’s “Idioteque” off of the Kid A album is a hypnotic tune that’s become an unexpected crowd favorite and live staple.  Since it’s a rather understated tune, what’s in the song absolutely has to work in order for it to hold together and maintain the audience’s attention.  How do they …

Songwriting Analysis: Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”

You may love or hate really big guys, but they don’t become big for nothing — and this song is a fine example of the songwriting power house that is Bon Jovi.  Looking closely at this identity-defining anthem reveals these deft touches: Mixing of major and minor harmonies to make …