Princess of the Voodoo Beat – Anjali Bhatia and her Voodoo Queens

Princess of the Voodoo Beat – Anjali Bhatia and her Voodoo Queens

Ramshackle. Shambolic. Riotous. Riot grrrls. Girl power. Spiky. Angry. Hilarious. Playful. It was very difficult to see or hear music that wasn't, in some way or another, attached to the Britpop scene/sound/era during its peak years between 1994-97...it was everywhere.  Top of the Pops, the charts, the Chart Show (and not just on indie week), [...]

Memory Songs #10 “You are my Sister” by Antony and the Johnsons

Memory Songs #10 “You are my Sister” by Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons . What a terribly good name for a group. Very often in popular music groups are let down by their name (hello to the "Arctic Monkeys") and it can be very difficult for them to get past that initial hurdle. Groups can also be let down by their look (hello again [...]

Luminous – The Bright Light of “Leisure”

Luminous – The Bright Light of “Leisure”

Groovy. Peace,  love and ecstasy. It is the second summer of love. Ian Brown has replaced the Queen as the (un)official (out of our) Head of State. Shaun William Ryder is the poet laureate. People are flowered up. Everybody knows that this is how it feels. Everything has gone a bit...baggy, soft around the edges, [...]

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq #3

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq #3

Disc three of the forthcoming (22/3/19) compilation of "lost" indie hits from the nineties which has been lovingly curated by Steve Lamacq could, very easily, be called "The Other Side of Britpop" featuring, as it does, tracks from a whole gaggle of bands who floated around the periphery and tail end of Britpop. Things start [...]