I Dreamed a Dream…James T in the Park, 2014

I Dreamed a Dream…James T in the Park, 2014

YouTube is a wonderful and dangerous space. Hours and hours of learning available to everyone with an internet connection. A tool as revolutionary as the Gutenberg press. Instant access to lectures, presentations, debates and discussions, news and information from around the world and from across the decades. Astonishing. Mainly I use it for watching footage [...]

Let your light so SHINE…

Let your light so SHINE…

"Now That's What I Call Music..." reached its centenary this year. Nobody really cared. In the era of Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and YouTube the compilation album is largely redundant...I'm not sure that anyone other than sales reps and desperate middle-aged children on Father's Day morning actually buys them any longer. I say this, of course, [...]

Lose Himself, Lose Himself in London – Star Shaped, Brixton Academy, 29/9/18

Lose Himself, Lose Himself in London – Star Shaped, Brixton Academy, 29/9/18

I've been inside the famous Brixton Academy for less than three minutes before I meet Nick and Statto, legends (in their own ways), of the Britpop Revival Show on Phonic FM.  Nick, of course, is the host of the show...spinning Britpop classic after Britpop classic every week while Statto is the Raymond Babbitt-esque Twitter star [...]

A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

Back in 2014 Taylor Parkes, former Melody Maker journalist, wrote a piece for the Quietus which was, ostensibly, about Britpop and "Parklife" but which was, in actuality, a lengthy attack on both things.  I've tried to respond to some of the arguments made by Parkes in his piece...but, as you will see, I'm not half [...]