Revered mu­si­cians who’ve writ­ten pop

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

Josh Till man isn’ t the only cel­e­brated fig­ure who’ s side lined in writ­ing hits for pop stars. Here are other un­likely song scribes who’ ve com­pro­mised their cre­den­tials to aim for the charts.

Tim Arm­strong( Ran­cid) As a change from be­ing an anti- estab­lish­ment sneer­ing punk in Ran cid, he co-wrote a num­ber of tracks for P!nk, in­clud­ing Trou­ble and Last To Know.

Matt Hales( Aqualung) Filed along­side Keane at their height, the­brood­ing­pi­ano-basedsinger-song­writer­founda new ca­reer in pen­ning tracks for Leon a Lewis, Ties to, Boy zone and Li anne La H av as, with whom he earned his sec­ond Iv or Novel lo nom­i­na­tion.

Owen Pal­lett( Fi­nal Fan­tasy) As if his solo work and strings man­ship with Ar­cade Fire didn’t keep him busy, his orches­tral ar­range­ments means he’ s cred­ited on al­bums by Du­ran Du ran, Tay­lor Swift and Rob­bie Wil­liams. Dan Wilson( Semisonic) Proved his knack with melody on his own tracks such as Clos­ing Time and Se­cret Smile, then moved onto pen­ning songs for Le Anne Rim es ( Bor­rowed), Adele( Some­one Like You) and John Leg­end ( You& I).

Cee Lo( Gnarls Barkley) An un­likely can­di­date for writ­ing the lyrics “Don’ t ch a think your girl­friend was hot like me”, the potty-mouth singer is the man behind The Pussy­cat Dolls’ sig­na­ture tune.

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