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 [...]

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

Manchester. So much to answer for. Home, at least spiritually, to some/most/all of the best bands ever to spring forth from the fertile soil of this sceptred isle. Something in the water. Tonight two of the best (the two best?) are sharing the stage. There is no support act. Not really. One is simply appearing [...]