Pop Music review – life throws shapes on the dancefloor

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Anna Jordan tunes into intertwined lives and captures the oblivion and camaraderie of the dancefloor in her new drama

It’s no spoiler to reveal that Pop Music ends with Come On Eileen. How could a show about a thousand nights on the dancefloor do otherwise? The final song is as inevitable as the guests at a wedding reception getting on their feet to the rousing chords of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and as the unmarried women showing their ringless fingers at the first sound of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies. It’s just what happens.

There’s another way the Dexys Midnight Runners hit is a perfect match for Anna Jordan’s two-hander. With its lines about Johnny Ray moving hearts in mono, Come On Eileen is a song about pop music as much as it is about romance. Elsewhere on the Too-Rye-Ay album, Kevin Rowland writes songs about writing songs (witness Let’s Make This Precious), about capturing the perfect musical moment, about, as he sang, “trying to get the feeling that I had in 1972”.

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