A double Wham!-my (if you’ll pardon the pun) for my assessment of 1983 and 1984. Two songs from two years – and the choices might surprise you.
THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!
Follow this link for ramblings about Lancastrian statistics, unusual sandwich fillings and, of course, The Clash.
For the second installment in a series rather narcisitically covering each year of my life it seemed sensible to move onto 1981.
Have butcher here, me old china!
Theatre Royal have a new album out. It’s their fourth by my reckoning. And it’s really quite good indeed. I’ve put a selection of words together on the subject right here.
My latest adventures as a burgeoning bibliophile have seen me take on Mark Radcliffe’s Reelin’ in the Years. Which gave me an idea…
Read on for one Stephen Morris’ thoughts on the work of another Stephen Morris (+ three friends).
In my bid to read a book a week, I’ve just finished We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
It’s got me thinking (still!) about creativity, originality and retrospection. And here are my thoughts.
(Next stop Ready Player One).
I’ve just finished reading Simon Reynolds’ book about pop being obsessed with its own past. Which, oddly enough, got me thinking about Medway music again…
Read more here.
Groovy Uncle and Suzi Chunk have teamed up again for new single, “Got Up and Gone”. They sent me a copy of it to review. So I did…
Of course you would. You’d be an absolute fool if you didn’t.
As luck would have it, I’ve got just the thing for you. Read on…
I was driving home this evening – as I’m prone to do of an evening once the old nine to five has reached its innevitable climax – and was listening to The Nice’s Ars Vita Longa Brevis. It had been that kind of a day.
One of the songs on the album is the snappily titled ‘I’m One Of Those People That My Father Tells My Sister No To Go Out With’. Which got me thinking: what other songs in my collection feature a proponderance of verbiage in their titles?
And so, in no particular order, I’ve drawn up a list of twenty that have caught my eye.
- ‘I’m One Of Those People That My Father Tells My Sister Not To Go Out With’ – The Nice
- ‘Return Of The Hardcore Jumble Car Boot Techno Disco’ – Bentley Rhythm Ace
- ‘The Confessions Of Dr Dream – Part One – Irreversible Neural Damage’ – Kevin Ayres
- ‘Prelude: It’s A Fast Driving Rave Up With The Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes’ – The Dandy Warhols
- ‘What Is The What If The What Is Why?’ – Moloko
- ‘As If Your Eyes Were Partly Closed, As If You Honed The Swirl Within Them And Offered Me The World’ – Brian Eno and Rick Holland
- ‘There’s No Lights On The Christmas Tree, Mother, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight’ – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
- ‘The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, ‘I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!” – Sufjan Stevens
- ‘Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled’ – Porcupine Tree
- ‘Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control’ – Tame Impala
- ‘The Smell of Today Is Sweet Like Breastmilk In The Wind’ – múm
- ‘Uncle Sigmund’s Clockwork Storybook’ – Robert Forster
- ‘Nothing Is Ever Lost Or Can Be Lost My Science Friend’ – Liars
- ‘The Sir John Hawkins Memorial Carpark’ – Billy Childish and the Spartan Dreggs
- ‘Moroccan People’s Revolutionary Bowls Club’ – Blur
- ‘Neon Meate Dream Of Octafish’ – Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
- ‘Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict’ – Pink Floyd
- ‘Collective Dreamwish Of Upperclass Elegance’ – Grandaddy
- ‘You Probably Couldn’t See for the Lights But You Were Staring Right At Me’ – Arctic Monkeys
- ‘Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)’ – The Flaming Lips