2017 marked two decades passing since the release of Radiohead’s OK Computer. For miserable music lovers in their late teens and early twenties at the time, the album was – and remains – a rather big deal – arguably the first album of the 21st century (and getting in three years early).
Twenty years since the album’s release, Radiohead furnished us with a remastered version and an album’s worth of extra songs from the period in which it was written.
A couple of weeks back I popped round to Bob Collins’ house for what turned out to be a very long chat.
We started off talking about his top ten favourite Medway albums and then moved on to talk about his musical life and times, first with The Dentists, then Ascoyne D’Ascoynes, Fortune West right through to his own band, Bob Collins and the Full Nelson and, most recently, playing with Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society.
All the chat is available to view for the princely sum of absolutely nothing right here.
Bonus points to Bob for (a) referencing Half Man Half Biscuit (b) being very patient during some minor technical difficulties involving my camera.
It’s here, at long, long last: the final entry in the saga that is and soon to be was my 1980 and All That series.
It might not be fair to choose a favourite song of this year when we’ve still got a couple of months to go. But I’m fairly confident – barring something utterly spectacular involving the ressurections of John Lennon and George Harrison and a resulting Beatles reunion – that today’s choice will stand me in good stead.
It’s a tune from the latest Alt-J album, of which there are several (well, seven, to be precise) strong contenders. But I’ve gone for ‘Adeline’ for reasons that can be read right here.
After I posted this video (well worth a watch for Bob Collins’ insights into Medway’s impressive catalogue of bands and artists) some bright spark suggested putting together a list of Medway bands songs about Medway.