Popping to the ‘Shop

Popping to the ‘Shop

“You know, there’s no real cupboard we can be put in. We’re constantly misfiled. That makes it harder for us. But isn’t there something brilliant in that too?” When I was a little boy growing up in West Lothian I was surrounded by people who were just like me. Just. Like. Me. Whitburn was a [...]

Shichinin no Samurai

Shichinin no Samurai

When you doodle on a scrap of paper as your bank keeps you on hold it is a doodle and not art. The difference is clear. I love movies...loud, messy, silly, slight, nonsensical, irrelevant, meaningless, stuff your face with popcorn movies.  I'm not a complete snob.  Not a complete snob.  I am a snob, but [...]

The Young Team – Graeme Armstrong

The Young Team – Graeme Armstrong

1966. The Place is located on Victoria Street in Edinburgh.  It is the hangout for young Mods from the capital.  Tailor made mohair suits on HP, neat haircuts, sharp shoes and attitude.  The kids inside are working class boys and girls from Broomhouse, Clermiston, Drylaw and the other estates in the city.  My dad is [...]

Panic

  Things are bad. Have they ever been worse in my lifetime? Nearly half a century has passed since I entered this mortal coil.  A screaming bundle of organs, bones, skin, flesh and blood...knowing nothing, a blank canvas, no hopes but no fears.  Innocence in physical form.  Ready for the life that was to come. [...]

Britpop Obscurities

Britpop Obscurities

Embarrassing pedantry. Britpop was not a sound in the same way as glam, acid house, baggy or 2-Tone had been in previous years.  It wasn't about British guitar music and it certainly wasn't a "sub-genre" of the impossible to define "indie" music.  It was a moment in time, a musical and cultural movement.  It was [...]

Let Me In Honey, To My Other Home

Let Me In Honey, To My Other Home

Gert Town, Louisiana. Christmas day, 1948. Merry Christmas everyone. The Reverend A.G Williams Snr Clayton and his wife Eva had more reason to celebrate than most as they welcomed their daughter into the world.  They called her Merry.  Little Merry Clayton grew up in a district that was a hotbed of musical talent; Buddy Bolden [...]

England is a Garden – Cornershop

England is a Garden – Cornershop

Who knows who said it but it is true that a patriot is someone who loves their own country and a nationalist is someone who hates everyone else's country.  Love is a complicated thing.  It requires honesty and a willingness to say things that may cause some hurt but that, ultimately, allow for the sometimes [...]