Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Hell may well be other people but Hull is real people. Forget, for a moment, that Philip Larkin was, initially, dismissive and even cruel about the town after he arrived in the 1950's, what is important is how the city soon began to work a strange magic on this rather dour man.  He came to [...]

Being Gail Porter

Being Gail Porter

"I just wish I was a better person." Gail Porter was a central part of my minds landscape from the moment she burst onto television in the nineties.  She was everything I wished I was at that point; popular, attractive, successful and famous.  For a while the nasty, vindictive, mean spirited little person who lives [...]

If the Old Dreams Die…Introducing Stanleys

If the Old Dreams Die…Introducing Stanleys

Wigan plays a crucial, central, role in British youth subculture.  From the glory days of the Casino, the spiritual home of the Nothern Soul scene, and on to the equally glorious days of the nineties British music scene when The Verve were responsible for some of the decades most affecting music the city has always [...]

Tea and Symphony – The English Baroque Sound (1968 – 1974)

Tea and Symphony – The English Baroque Sound (1968 – 1974)

In 1733 when Rameau premiered his "Hippolyte et Aricie" the response was, at best, muted and, in the case of one anonymous review, caustic.  That anonymous reviewer labelled the work "...du barocque"  and suggested, in his critique, that the piece was lacking in coherent melody, constantly changed key and meter and ran through nearly every [...]

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOYPwMCd4fQ "We're fooled by first impressions, they're not always true..." Back in 1979 soul diva Thelma Houston released a single entitled "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" which was, and remains, a genuinely thrilling disco classic.  It's the sort of song that should have been number one and that should be the only correct answer to the [...]

Lost Highways – The Wants, Motor

Lost Highways – The Wants, Motor

Home is where the art is. Start spreading the news because those of us a sensitive, maybe hyper-sensitive, disposition have a new home. That home is The Wants. Brooding, bold, belligerent ghouls who craft the sort of post-punk, new wave, indie-pop, electro soaked music that thrusts the grotesque and lonely, or the grotesquely lonely, onto [...]