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Martyn Ware: Electronically Yours

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TRAVEL WRITER OF THE INTERIOR THOUGHTSCAPE For someone who doesn’t consider himself interesting the intro is enough to prove otherwise. Supporting Tina Turner on The Tube, Ware glides from the then to now like many working class dudes who somehow ended up somewhere other than the dole office and suffer from serious imposter syndrome. See also Guy Pratt’s book.  For this reason and from his podcast of the same name, you can tell that although he has done well in his life, like many of his contemporaries (Andy McCluskey, Simon…read more

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Frankfurt: Flashdance (I Can’t Stay Long)

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AVGEEK SEEKS CULTURE As a junior commercial aviation addict I wanted to live in Frankfurt purely because it had a great airport. But what of the city? With a reputation as a boring finance town it has in recent times taken steps to reinvent itself as more than that. So let’s have a (very quick) look at its cultural make up…  Arriving around six in the morning the tourist info office is dead to the world so I peruse the train station and its many nooks and crannies stuffed full of…read more

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Helsinki: City Time and Place

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INTRO *this blog contains affiliate links and was written in 2017 before the Ukrainian invasion which I give modest reference to below. There is a clear delineation between my formative years in New Zealand and Finland. Both are known as clean, green destinations. Both are sparsely populated, both have risen from relative global slumber to be desired liveable countries and both now command a good degree of personal wealth to be able to do so. In this piece (as well as the usual things to do, museums to visit etc)…read more

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Tim Bowness: Catching Up with the Velvet Ghost

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*this blog includes affiliate links *It would be difficult to discuss Tim’s output without mentioning No-Man and some of his collaborative efforts. I mentioned being on the road since 1999 and it’s that year I met Tim at the now defunct 12 Bar Club in London’s Denmark Street where I also briefly chat to Steve Jansen and Peter Chilvers. I’ve not met Tim in person since but we have maintained a periodic dialogue over the years. The story begins some years earlier… PAINTING PARADISE: THE NEW ROMANTIC NINETIES It’s the early…read more

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Steve Hogarth: Here There and Everywhere

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*this blog includes affiliate links WHO IS THIS GUY? The late eighties were, as I’ve most likely said elsewhere, a time of discovery. Now in the age of Wiki we can look up anyone of interest and know all about them in moments but back then it was all detective work, piecing together fragments of information.  For those of us music junkies or audiophiles who took time to read the sleeve notes, certain names appeared. I can’t remember which one went first, it could have been The The, it could…read more

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A Lyrical Oasis 25

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RELEASE HISTORY April 1997 saw the release of my first book A Lyrical Oasis. Self published and with little promo, it sank without trace. Nonetheless, it will always be my first baby even if it was still born and remains pretty much a ghost in terms of release and sales. In 2009 I tried again with an e-book but this met a similar fate. I dare say that in some other world it may have been the pop poem hit I envisaged it to be in my naivety but alas…read more

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David Sylvian: The Sound Atlas

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Writing anything at all about David Sylvian is extremely difficult. So much has already been written and a new level of vocabulary is required, perhaps words that don’t even exist. A body of work that is manicured, stark, at times terrifying (think Tallow Moon or The Rabbit Skinner) and strangely engrossing. It’s often said Sylvian has provided the soundtrack to one’s life so herein lies my personal history (though I hope it is identifiable to you the reader). I should add this is a long read some 9,000 words or…read more

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Boom Crash Opera: Crazy Times in Ordinary Heaven

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*this blog contain affiliate links HEY-HEY, HEY HEY HEY! 1988, I was young(er) and Australia was having a birthday. To celebrate we (in the UK) sent our DJ Simon Bates to cover it. More importantly he played the new clutch of Aussie bands that were aiming for international super stardom after INXS. There was Wa Wa Nee, Big Pig, Noiseworks (I had no inkling it was Jon Stevens singing) and before I knew it my next musical crush were on. ‘Hey Hey, hey hey hey!’ ‘WOW, what was that!!?’ My 17…read more

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Alphaville: From Germany with Love

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BROTHERS IN ARMS *This blog contains affiliate links. So you’re young though not necessarily forever young. You’ve got a great singer who can sing and write songs in English. You’re signed to WEA. Your first single is massive, you have the world at your feet, everything seems to have fallen into place with considerable ease and then… this happens…  …and as the ultimate nose rub they’re on the same label and would in time prove bigger in your own country. But band comparisons are nothing new; U2/Simple Minds for example….read more

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Dating the Page

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‘There has never been a Kelvin Hayes overview like this before. Together with international collaborators, Hayes curates a 30 year odyssey in poem, artwork and photos as well as a personal timeline. Some of the images have been retouched especially for this project and have never been seen before. Design features from previous works have been incorporated and new artwork created to embellish the mood of favoured releases such as NOTATE.’ BACKGROUND For a few years now I’ve been busy piecing together the 30 year overview ‘Dating the Page.’ Despite much…read more

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