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 [...]

Gene – “Olympian” at 25

Gene – “Olympian” at 25

There was a girl. Isn't there always. She had t-bar shoes, a cute bob and spoke about herself in the third person...at the time that was charming, maybe even cute, it wasn't until later I worked out what it actually meant. That's a tale for another time. Sometime, never. As ever the heart wants what [...]

Caught by the Buzz…

Caught by the Buzz…

The last time I saw Supergrass was a quarter of a century ago. Can you give me a moment while I wipe the tears from my eyes? Thank you. It is strange to think that I was just twenty-two years old.  That probably means that Supergrass were about, well, twelve?  Thirteen maybe?  Who knows. My [...]

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

It Has to be a Loose Fit

It Has to be a Loose Fit

It's time to start again. Again. Just when I think I've worked "it" out I am hit by some event, some word, some person, some feeling, some thing, that strips me of that notion and leaves me sobbing, hopeless and broken on the floor. Again. It's almost as if life, whatever that means, is not [...]

The Night I Appeared as Macbeth – Mornington Crescent

The Night I Appeared as Macbeth – Mornington Crescent

Music hall legend, Billy Merson, recorded the William Hargreave's song "The Night I Appeared as Macbeth" in the early 1920's.  It is, in very many ways, the earliest example of what would become, nearly seventy years later, Britpop.  With more than a hint of nostalgia and a romantic vision of London life the song is [...]

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Hell may well be other people but Hull is real people. Forget, for a moment, that Philip Larkin was, initially, dismissive and even cruel about the town after he arrived in the 1950's, what is important is how the city soon began to work a strange magic on this rather dour man.  He came to [...]

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOYPwMCd4fQ "We're fooled by first impressions, they're not always true..." Back in 1979 soul diva Thelma Houston released a single entitled "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" which was, and remains, a genuinely thrilling disco classic.  It's the sort of song that should have been number one and that should be the only correct answer to the [...]