I hear the sirens calling
As the rain is gently falling


My internal iTunes always has Pilot’s “January” on a continuous loop at this time of year, but I’ve no problem with that because it’s an almost perfect pop song. The track was produced by Alan Parsons, and two of the guys from Pilot – frontman David Paton and guitarist Ian Bairnson – went on to become key members of The Alan Parsons Project. They also played on Kate Bush’s “The Kick Inside” debut album.

“January” was Number One in the UK for three weeks in 1975. In February.