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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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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 Toni Childs did similar with her…read more

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Steve Hogarth: Here There and Everywhere

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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 have been Do-Re-Mi and it…read more

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ICEHOUSE: Crossing Borders

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*This is the new main ICEHOUSE blog. If you’re looking for the B-Sides blog, click here.*This blog contains affiliate links. BUY ICEHOUSE CDs here INTRO You don’t care about how a band is formed, how it starts, you just hear the music. You don’t know how long a band has been around for before you hear the music, how hard they’ve worked to get an audience and a record deal. You can however hear their influences and in Iva Davies initially with Flowers and thence ICEHOUSE these are ringing loud and…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). 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 few moments in 2006 and even less on…read more

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

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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 and Oates were to an extent…read more

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Pseudo Echo: Autumnal Park to After Party

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BACK TO THE FUTURE Sydney, 1985. Back in the UK the new romantics are on the way out but down south The Wizard of Oz is playing some sort of backhander. Lipstick and hair is in (unless you’re CHISEL, Mi-Sex, Men at Work or INXS). I have one copy of music magazine Countdown (there’s a TV show of the same name if you’re not familiar with things Australian).  I’ve bought it in the hope of some news about ICEHOUSE projects on the go. There is a bit on Iva –…read more

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Harold Budd: Still Return

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TO PINPOINT A PEARL It’s difficult to pinpoint when Harold Budd came into my musical periphery. I’d imagine sometime in the late eighties or early nineties via The Pearl – his second album with Brian Eno released in 1984. With a cover image by Russell Mills it was also name checked by David Sylvian and since by Neil Tennant and Tim Bowness as a favourite. This album features several key moments; Lost in the Humming Air, Foreshadowed (an inspiration to my poem of the same name – see below), Their…read more

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The List: December

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1 December: Steve Jansen b. 1959 Harold Budd – Lovely Thunder released 1986 2 December: Peter Kingsbery b. 1952 Lucy Liu b. 1968 United Arab Emirates – National Day 1971 Laos – National Day 1975 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad released 1988 Michael Hedges d. 1997 3 December: Mel Smith b. 1952 5 December: David Bomberg b. 1890 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene released 1976 6 December: Finland (Suomi) – Independence Day 1917 Steven Wright b. 1955 7 December: Claudia Brucken b. 1963 Perry Blake –…read more

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