Let your light so SHINE…

Let your light so SHINE…

"Now That's What I Call Music..." reached its centenary this year. Nobody really cared. In the era of Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and YouTube the compilation album is largely redundant...I'm not sure that anyone other than sales reps and desperate middle-aged children on Father's Day morning actually buys them any longer. I say this, of course, [...]

A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

Back in 2014 Taylor Parkes, former Melody Maker journalist, wrote a piece for the Quietus which was, ostensibly, about Britpop and "Parklife" but which was, in actuality, a lengthy attack on both things.  I've tried to respond to some of the arguments made by Parkes in his piece...but, as you will see, I'm not half [...]

Covered in Glory

Covered in Glory

I loves me a good cover version. There is something quite thrilling about hearing a song you love by a band you love being covered by someone else that you love...or by someone that you have never heard of.  I don't care if it's a straight, note for note, identikit version of the original or [...]