Popping to the ‘Shop

Popping to the ‘Shop

“You know, there’s no real cupboard we can be put in. We’re constantly misfiled. That makes it harder for us. But isn’t there something brilliant in that too?” When I was a little boy growing up in West Lothian I was surrounded by people who were just like me. Just. Like. Me. Whitburn was a [...]

Britpop Obscurities

Britpop Obscurities

Embarrassing pedantry. Britpop was not a sound in the same way as glam, acid house, baggy or 2-Tone had been in previous years.  It wasn't about British guitar music and it certainly wasn't a "sub-genre" of the impossible to define "indie" music.  It was a moment in time, a musical and cultural movement.  It was [...]

England is a Garden – Cornershop

England is a Garden – Cornershop

Who knows who said it but it is true that a patriot is someone who loves their own country and a nationalist is someone who hates everyone else's country.  Love is a complicated thing.  It requires honesty and a willingness to say things that may cause some hurt but that, ultimately, allow for the sometimes [...]