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1991: The End of an Era

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JANUARY: KISSING THE ETHER Everyone has a golden era of music. One that symbolises youth, their teenage years and perhaps  early adulthood. An age of discovery before life finally consumes us all and we stare at the TV screens only to sigh, and say Who the fuck are they? Where did they come from? And things were much better in my generation. My golden era was most likely 1981-1991 and it’s hard to believe it was 30 years ago. SEAL then a newbie is now a veteran of the business….read more

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Hats off to the Scots!

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SCOTLAND – THE REAL LAND OF SONG? It’s been just over a decade since I ventured north to Scotland (pre-blog) and while I’m not knocking being Welsh I have to admit our being known as the ‘land of song’ seems a little strange when you consider both our major bands (the Manics and Stereophonics are now industry veterans with very little coming through, save for possibly Gwenno). And Scritti Politti (our Blue Nile in terms of output) are even older. The Scots by comparison have held a formidable consistency since…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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Tears for Fears: Before and After Love

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*This blog contains affiliate links. Disclaimer: I am not responsible for purchases made on third party sites. CHANGE OF SEASON In early 1983, unaware of Mad World which I had missed through the vortex of global relocation (from NZ back to the UK), my first meeting with Tears for Fears came with Change; an energetic marimba driven song with lyrics both cool as they are obscure: ‘You walked in to the room, I just had to laugh, The face you wore was cool, You were a photograph.’ Change carried enough youthful fizz to reach…read more

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Boom Crash Opera: Crazy Times in Ordinary Heaven

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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 year old self was sent…read more

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Scritti Politti: A World to Know About

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OVERNITE: AN INTRO ‘When I was 17, (tell us about it Green) there was a world to know about (check it out)’ – Overnite When I was 17 there was a world to know about but I could barely step into a burger place in Newport without a cold spine shuddering feeling of urban paranoia that everyone was staring at me! Well being Newport they probably were but more importantly that burger place was a stone’s throw away from what was John Frost Square (name checked in the lyrics to…read more

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Remember That Night

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EVERY GIG I EVER ATTENDED (…and Those That Got Away) HOWARD JONES, DREAM INTO ACTION TOUR, HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY, AUG 1985 Who Supported? The Expression The subtitle was too long on the header. So here goes… Having missed ICEHOUSE in Wellington a few years’ previous – see regrets below – and Tears For Fears (they played the night of the day I arrived) spewing was not the word! I settled on HoJo who was on album number two and subsequent downward spiral.  What I remember? The opening with HJ coming…read more

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London: Nostalgia in the Now

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THE NOSTALGIC FACE OF A NATION AND THE CITY Nostalgia hangs thick in the air of the UK and especially with London. When I return to my spiritual home (Heathrow) literally a city within a city, a Vatican for avgeeks, I find British Airways are not only still flying the jumbo but some are in retro colour schemes recalling 1983 (Negus & Negus designed red union flag fin) and ’85 (Landor’s dark blue fin replacing the red and coupled with the BA ‘to fly, to serve’ crest).   Even the…read more

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Liverpool: English Electric

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PART ONE: IN LIVERPOOL The first thing you hear is the yapping seagulls, welcome to well, kind of the coast. Liverpool lies on the Mersey River which is more like an estuary and its main train station Lime Street is not quite as imagined. A series of tunnels lead to it and it’s hard to imagine why the hell the station was built where it is. It must have taken some serious dynamite to blast through all that rock! On top of that I take the wrong exit out meaning…read more

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Manchester: Shifting City

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*this blog includes an affiliate link. STRANGEWAYS HERE WE COME Mucky Manchester as John Foxx whose Shifting City album with Louis Gordon was recorded and designed there described it. Obviously, I don’t know the city in the eighties but like Budapest the streets are alive with beer stains and sick. Manchester looks good from eye level upwards. It’s bustling, more so than I was expecting and at the time of writing the heart of Covid country and with that in mind, there’s never been a better time to invest in…read more

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