The Battle of Britpop

Following on from my "Quintaginta" Britpop story, where I attempted to tell the story of the era in fifty "definitive" records I have decided to try and discover which of those songs is greatest... A series of mini battles will be waged in the Twittersphere between now and the end of 2018 culminating in one [...]

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

Manchester. So much to answer for. Home, at least spiritually, to some/most/all of the best bands ever to spring forth from the fertile soil of this sceptred isle. Something in the water. Tonight two of the best (the two best?) are sharing the stage. There is no support act. Not really. One is simply appearing [...]

Christine and the Queens – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, November 24th, 2018

Christine and the Queens – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, November 24th, 2018

Like almost everyone else I first became aware of Christine and the Queens after their appearance on "Later with Jools Holland..." in April, 2016.  On that occasion they gave us a performance of "Tilted" that combined a beautiful voice, stunning choreography, the spirit of Michael Jackson, a homage to the wonders of disco and eighties [...]

Marion – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, 16/11/18

Marion – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, 16/11/18

It seems like a long time ago now. All of it. "Violent Men" for the first time. The Melody Maker tour at the Garage on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Supporting Morrissey, specifically at the Civic Hall in Motherwell. Buying "This World and Body" from Sleeves in Kirkcaldy. Somehow getting a promo copy of "Miyako Hideaway". [...]