Well Well – Nigel Thomas

A piano plays in an empty room. Shimmering shadows. Then a mass, a mess, of drums and harmonica. Delta blues from the Home Counties. Southern comforts. This is the opening to "Well Well", the new album from Nigel Thomas who sings and writes songs; like Gerry Cinnamon or Ed Sheeran but, you know, good. The [...]

Maybe, Definitely

Maybe, Definitely

I had just turned twenty-one. I was a student. I was convinced that what had started as a couple of great albums by blur and Suede was now a full blown cultural phenomenom on a par with the Mods in the sixties. I was entering the second year of my degree course at the “University” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]