New Song: The Invisible King

My latest song has a real prominent ’80s feel. The guitars are shimmery and clean, reminiscent of the Police, the bass line could be in a Cure song and the outro keyboard wouldn’t feel out of place on the Cars’ first album. The bridge feels very “Got the Time” era Joe Jackson, only way stripped down. The most contemporary element is the use of octaves, which is more of a ’90s punk technique.

I’m pretty proud of the verse chord progression. The four chord sequence feels dramatic, like something the Ventures would play. The chorus is something I wrote a while ago for a song I scrapped. The bridge is two chords and it’s all improvised first takes, which makes it sound live and saved a lot of time.

It was originally meant to have vocals but I found it too hard to sing over. The song requires someone to hit high notes and bring energy. My shaky baritone didn’t cut it.

The title is a mash up of words from two Police songs. Bet you can’t guess which ones!

Published by Mister Bulger

Adam Bulger is the editor in chief of and a frequent contributor to the parenting website He's also recently written for the wedding site and the college student aide Less recently, he's written for The Believer, Forbes, The Atlantic's website, Suicidegirls, Inked Magazine and probably about a dozen other places that are too obscure or defunct to bother listing.

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