Glastonbury 2019

Glastonbury 2019

I won't be attending Glastonbury this year. Or any year. It's the outdoors. I think I might be allergic to...fresh air. Or it might be the crowds. Other people are certainly allergic to me. But from the safety of my sitting room and with enough Haribo to fuel a dozen five year olds I will [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

Following the astonishing success of "Parklife" Blur had positioned themselves as that rarest of beasts...a pop group who enjoyed the support of the indie crowd.  It had been a long time since a band like them had featured so frequently in the charts, in the pages of the "serious" music papers, in Smash Hits and [...]

Luminous – The Bright Light of “Leisure”

Luminous – The Bright Light of “Leisure”

Groovy. Peace,  love and ecstasy. It is the second summer of love. Ian Brown has replaced the Queen as the (un)official (out of our) Head of State. Shaun William Ryder is the poet laureate. People are flowered up. Everybody knows that this is how it feels. Everything has gone a bit...baggy, soft around the edges, [...]

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq

Lost Alternatives – Steve Lamacq

The Lord of the indie dance party, Steve "Evening Session" Lamacq, has lovingly curated a collection of "lost" nineties alternative music which will be released in just a few weeks.  Four discs and seventy-one tracks that drag you grinning through a pop hedge and leave you on the other side looking like an indie kid [...]

The Best of 2018…

The Best of 2018…

  After my fellow Britpoppian, @BritpopMemories, shared his views on the highlights of 2018 I thought it only proper that I prove we are not the same person, or the product of some Russian bot farm, as none of you think by providing my own little list of good things from 2018. Are you sitting [...]

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Ad Astra Per Aspera

To the stars through difficulties In the year of two thousand and eighteen a strange, peculiar, wonderful and poorly written thing happened. This. The Mild Mannered Army. Of course the truth, as ever, is not quite as pure or simple as that. The truth is that The Mild Mannered Army started in July of 2014 [...]