Songs in the key of Lou #6

Songs in the key of Lou #6

  Anchors Away by Mike Mills I have no idea where in the pages of "Just For One Day" this is referenced but it must have been because it has ended up here. Now I have to think of something to say about this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EBlSTrOwu4 Um. Right. I like pirates? Actually, that isn't true.  I [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #5

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #5

After the horror of "Country House" it was difficult to see how Blur could worm their way back into my affections. Not that they cared. They had bagged their first number one single, crushed Oasis in the Battle of Britpop and found favour with the record buying public in ways that they could hardly have [...]

Heartaches by the Number – The Midnight Highs of Kevin Rowland (part #1 “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”)

Heartaches by the Number – The Midnight Highs of Kevin Rowland (part #1 “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”)

  From Lucy and the Lovers to The Killjoys. From Dexys Midnight Runners to Dexys. From Roxy Music to punk. From the young soul rebels to Celtic soul brothers. From the occasional flicker to his beauty. From projected passion and the look of New York dockers to the gypsy chic of too-rye-ay. From classic men's [...]

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – 50-41

Pitchfork Britpop 50 – 50-41

My good friend in the Twitterverse @Yellow_Pilgrim sent me a link to an article on Pitchfork that presented their fifty best albums of the Britpop era.  It makes for a fascinating read; carefully curated, well written and with solid reasoning behind each of the choices. It isn't without flaw or failing though. How could it [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.3

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.3

"Modern Life is Rubbish" had dragged Blur back from the brink of oblivion...and, at the same time, had helped deliver, a near fatal, blow to the cultural dominance of grunge.  With Cobain and his cohorts on the retreat the kids turned back towards homegrown pleasures.  Britpop was, by 1994, a thing...it had a look, a [...]