Sleeper, Kentish Town Forum,13/4/19

Sleeper, Kentish Town Forum,13/4/19

I am not a young man. My body has been battered and bruised these past few years by a chronic health condition.  I live with constant physical pain.  That has taken its toll on my mental and emotional health too. Boo, and indeed, hoo. Everyone has problems...burdens to bear. Crosses to carry to their own [...]

Losing Myself…

Losing Myself…

February 1994 saw Suede return to the UK after a series of concerts in the States. These live dates were there first UK appearances since Glastonbury in 1993...a festival where they shared the bill with Rolf Harris, The Saw Doctors and something called Superchunk. The first of these UK dates provided people like me with [...]

Give me gin and tonic…

Give me gin and tonic…

  "Even their illustrious forefathers allowed themselves a few initial fumbles before hitting that swaggering stride, but ‘Supersonic’ is a paragon of pop virtue in a debut single: three or so minutes of laid-back urgency, generously appointed with at least four melodies, and fizzing with enough attitude to silt up the orifice of your choice. [...]

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part Three)

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part Three)

One month after the curious collection of crack pop chorale that was "Secret Tracks" the people at Select magazine hit the public with the imaginatively entitled "Secret Tracks...2".  Zero points for pushing the boundaries with the naming but would the contents also score nil points with the judges...which, in this case, is me. Maximum points [...]

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part Two)

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part Two)

  Ah Britpop. Xenophobia. Jingoism. Outright racism. Sexism. Dad rock. Lad culture. Boo! Hiss! "All Grown Up" by The Weekenders inspired the ERG. NAZIS! Sorry. I am trying to get a gig writing for The Guardian and thought I might have to change my approach a bit. The only problem with the sneering, postmodernist, more [...]

Secret Tracks – Select Magazine April/May, 1994 (Part One)

  The Britpop kids were spoilt for choice when it came to reading material. Every week we had Melody Maker and the New Musical Express. Every month we had VOX and, more importantly, Select. Some people also enjoyed the novels of Irvine Welsh. I'm not getting into that. The thing I enjoyed reading the most [...]