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 [...]

The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

  "Misery loves me, but I don't love her" sings Elizabeth Stokes on the opening track on the debut album from The Beths, "Future Me Hates Me" and, in that one line, she issues a clarion call to the grotesquely lonely...or to people like me; grotesque and lonely.  It is the sort of line that [...]