That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

The Cost of Loving – The Style Council

The Cost of Loving – The Style Council

Thousands of men, and it is always men, in Clark's desert boots, a polka dot button down shirt and a Paisley pattern Tootal scarf are members of a sinister cult.  Like all cult members they don't know that they are members of a cult, they think they are free thinkers.  Far from being victims of [...]

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 [...]

The Year in Britpop…2019

The Year in Britpop…2019

It all seems so long ago. It was a long time ago. We were younger then. We are older now. Look at you now. Don't look at me. Don't look back in anger. Look back with misty eyes and a quickening of the beat-beat-beat of your heart. Them was giddy days. 2019 has brought Britpop [...]