Marion – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, 16/11/18

Marion – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, 16/11/18

It seems like a long time ago now. All of it. "Violent Men" for the first time. The Melody Maker tour at the Garage on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Supporting Morrissey, specifically at the Civic Hall in Motherwell. Buying "This World and Body" from Sleeves in Kirkcaldy. Somehow getting a promo copy of "Miyako Hideaway". [...]

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, [...]

Lose Himself, Lose Himself in London – Star Shaped, Brixton Academy, 29/9/18

Lose Himself, Lose Himself in London – Star Shaped, Brixton Academy, 29/9/18

I've been inside the famous Brixton Academy for less than three minutes before I meet Nick and Statto, legends (in their own ways), of the Britpop Revival Show on Phonic FM.  Nick, of course, is the host of the show...spinning Britpop classic after Britpop classic every week while Statto is the Raymond Babbitt-esque Twitter star [...]

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 [...]

Star Shaped

Star Shaped

  I've arrived at the O2 Academy in Glasgow at a little after one thirty.  As I make my way from the car park at the nearby "clockwork orange" underground I have to weave my way through supporters of one of the two big teams in Glasgow.  This, as any resident of this "no mean [...]