Category Archives: Thought for the Day

Taxi For Ms Corday, Please

          The Manic Street Preachers promised they would crash and burn after just one album. Unfortunately for us, they continue to make records with ever diminishing returns. Thus speaks someone who was an enormous fan of the band and, like any fan, continues to buy their product (for that is now […]

Pervy Porridge

                      I have an idea for a new sitcom where Jimmy Tarbuck, Max Clifford, William Roache, Jim Davidson, Freddie Starr, Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall and Dave Lee Travis are serving their time in an open prison. The opening scene would be a prison guard showing […]

Don’t Say No To Techno

                    It may come as some surprise to you that, as well as being a lover of punk, post-punk and folk, living in London has opened my eyes to the joys of techno. I have long been an admirer of Aphex Twin and Alec Empire and […]

Life Versus Art, Christ Versus Warhol

                portrait of the artist as a young blogger   When I first started this website, I had fully intended to remain a shadowy figure, lurking in Stygian gloom, commenting obliquely on music that had moved me in some way. I would merely be known as the arty […]

Savile Row Threatens Peel Acres

          A few days ago, I mischievously suggested via Twitter and my Facebook page that in light of the revelations about Jimmy Savile, people might care to read the weekly Sounds columns written by John Peel. Little did I realise at the time but a few days later that vile, hypocritical, […]

Ungrateful Cow Slays Golden Calf

I knew if I was persuaded to venture back onto Facebook it would end badly. Less than three days in,¬† I am about to disappoint people and there is nothing I can do to stop myself. A very nice man, Gary Sansom, from Dufflecoat Records invited me, via Facebook, to review a couple of their […]

How We Know How We Listen (with apologies to The Thermals)

          My father told me an apocryphal story about Neil Young which I have never forgotten. He was making a recording on his ranch and had set up two enormous stadium size speakers equipped with stereo sound, one of which was in his house, the other in his barn. Neil then […]

Mozzer the Prosser

          Morrissey, I became drunk on your words; I was intoxicated by you but you have finally crossed the line and I can no longer ignore it. The Smiths are probably my favourite band ever which is why I spared you from the hit list. However, your latest idiocy has offended […]

Pussy Riot Results In Putin Putsch

          I haven’t heard a note of Pussy Riot. They could be unbelievably wonderful or they could be utterly pedestrian (the worst kind of shit). But that currently doesn’t matter. What does matter is that three young women are currently being held indefinitely in prison¬†with no sign of a trial date […]

Restless Thoughts From A Revived Soul (or How Joni Saved Me Part 3)

        For me, ‘Hejira’ is the pinnacle of Joni Mitchell’s many LPs. Musically it was very different from anything else she had previously attempted whilst lyrically she unexpectedly returned to a first person narrative for the majority of the songs. It is no accident that the front cover shows Mitchell, artistic beret […]

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