Spiked Candy is a music blog sharing vintage and lesser-known (indie) pop music, first established in 2005.

My specialty is 1960s French pop, which I've been collecting and researching for years. In that time, I've found that most info on the genre in English can be quite inaccurate and misleading, so I try to provide a better-informed perspective on it on my blog.

In general, I love to find and share anything that is melodic, gorgeous and full of hooks but has something unusual or a little weird about it. I'm a sucker for psychedelic or experimental touches and off-kilter vocals, for example. The name of the blog comes from the Halloween urban legend of poisoning children's treats, and is a metaphor for the type of music I share – sweet, accessible but with some sort of edge or oddness to it.

If you keep in mind my favourite artists are Broadcast and France Gall, then perhaps my tastes and what I post will make sense to you!

Please explore around - there are lot of fun posts and features to discover!

I don't keep up the blog as often as I'd like due to chronic illness (I have severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), but I'm always full of ideas and update when I can.

I have a section called The Listening Booth where I share some tunes I'm currently enjoying, without any writing or further content. These posts are easier to do, so I do keep those up.

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If you notice any issues on the blog, I'd appreciate if you could let me know. Also, I'd appreciate if you could drop me a note if you notice any plagiarised content in my links to external sites.

Please note, I don't accept submissions from artists or labels.