The Cure, Glastonbury 2019

The Cure, Glastonbury 2019

Where do you start? How do you finish? What can you say about perfection? Which song made you cry with joy first? Why didn't you know before this that you loved them? Who didn't enjoy this? When will we see something like this again? The Cure have been around for as long as I have [...]

Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury 2019

    He looks great. Parka. Of course. Confident. Purposeful. No longer trying to reclaim his place but, instead, reminding everyone why he was able to reclaim it in the first place. "Rock 'n' Roll Star" would be a cliche for anyone else but for Liam it is both calling card and statement of fact. [...]

Glastonbury 2019

Glastonbury 2019

I won't be attending Glastonbury this year. Or any year. It's the outdoors. I think I might be allergic to...fresh air. Or it might be the crowds. Other people are certainly allergic to me. But from the safety of my sitting room and with enough Haribo to fuel a dozen five year olds I will [...]

Reading 95

Reading 95

A Twitter chum shared a picture of the Reading 95 line-up today. For no particular reason I thought it would be fun to put together a Britpop festival from the bands who appeared over the three days. I've decided to put together three days with five acts appearing on each day...because I'm a middle-aged man [...]

Paul Weller – Heavy Soul

Paul Weller – Heavy Soul

The Jam inspired a generation of kids from nowhere towns to dare to dream and to do so while dressing well. The Style Council drew Weller, and the people in his audience who were willing to listen, closer to the soul of the Modernist movement than The Jam ever did. Then came the mid-point of [...]

Suede, Head Music at Twenty

Suede, Head Music at Twenty

Suede decided to reveal the title for their fourth studio album one letter at a time...one week apart. H. E. "It's going to be "Heroin" isn't it?" squealed expectant fans and journalists. Those naughty Suede boys. Playing fast and loose with the rumours about Brett's drug use at this time. Then Matt Osman told the [...]

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Asif Kapadia has already delivered two of the finest documentaries in modern film history with "Senna" and "Amy".  Taking archive footage and audio then cutting to tell the remarkable tales of remarkable people.  Both films deserve to be seen by you and, if you have already seen them, to be seen again. Kapadia has now [...]

Parklife vs The Great Escape

Parklife vs The Great Escape

  Let's get ready to rumble. Or something. On the most recent episode of the Mild Mannered Army Podcast, Nick Amies and I discussed the merits of the third part of Blur's "Life" trilogy; "The Great Escape".  This followed on from our previous discussion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the *greatest album of the [...]

Britpop Cinema, Matt Glasby

Britpop Cinema, Matt Glasby

With the arrival of a sequel to the much lauded, and even mucher loved, "Trainspotting" coming down the tracks, author Matt Glasby decided it would be a good idea to revisit the original and place it in the context of the other films of its time.  From that idea has come "Britpop Cinema" where Glasby [...]

The Same Old Song…

The Guardian. Home to a veritable army of people who know better than you and who are happy to let you know it. From their politics to their culture...everything you think or like is bad and they will explain, in agonising detail, exactly why.  No review, think piece, article or coverage of shoes comes without [...]