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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, I should also mention this blog contains affiliate links. 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…read more

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London: Nostalgia in the Now

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THE NOSTALGIC FACE OF A NATION AND THE CITY *this blog contains affiliate links 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…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. Now back to the blog and it’s that irritatingly pesky pandemic which has made travel…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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Populating Polytown: Mapping the Spiritual Nineties and the Geography of Sound

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*this blog contains an affiliate link THE GEOGRAPHY OF SOUND Not all nineties music was Brit-pop and grunge. The early to middle years saw many artists renew what their forefathers in the late sixties had tried to do; alert the masses to an age of hope and optimism, thus spawning a common new age spiritualist thread on recordings from Seal’s début to Wendy and Lisa’s ‘Eroica’ to Rain Tree Crow and Sylvian/Fripp’s ‘The First Day.’ Even Kenny Loggins was in with his earthly observations on 1991’s ‘Leap of Faith’ while…read more

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ICEHOUSE: Over the Line – An Overview of the B Sides

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BESIDES THE ICEHOUSE Has an overview of the Icehouse B-side catalogue been attempted before? In the vastness of the Internet, it’s a possibility yet I can’t recall seeing one. Charting the adventurous curve of a career that as far as releases go spanned just over a decade is no mean feat as the singles carried almost as many alternate B-sides as Icehouse had line-ups. In some cases, the ‘A side’ were later relegated to ‘B side’ status though I’ve omitted those (see note below). If anything is clear from this,…read more

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Berlin: Just for a Moment

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Before I begin please take a moment to visit The Atlas or consider joining me on social (usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and also note this blog contains affiliate links. Thanks kindly now onto the blog… One of the cities I would most like to return to is Berlin as I felt there was a lot more to discover, not least HANSA Studios and Tempelhof. Berlin as you may know has a long history with music and the avant-garde and I’ll get onto that in due course. However for a…read more

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Next Step: When Hall and Oates Were the New Wave of America

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*this blog includes an affiliate link A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS For a while, between 1980 and ’84 Hall and Oates were invincible, purveyors of the American dream; work hard, reap rewards. A rock and soul blend that touched on the new wave but how and where did they come to this magic blend or rather where did the process originate? For the answer we have to look three years earlier in the songs that make up Daryl Hall’s legendary Sacred Songs album. Like many bands (or artistes) of the seventies Hall…read more

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