A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

A Very British Triumph: Blur’s Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di and the 1990’s.

Back in 2014 Taylor Parkes, former Melody Maker journalist, wrote a piece for the Quietus which was, ostensibly, about Britpop and "Parklife" but which was, in actuality, a lengthy attack on both things.  I've tried to respond to some of the arguments made by Parkes in his piece...but, as you will see, I'm not half [...]

Star Shaped

Star Shaped

  I've arrived at the O2 Academy in Glasgow at a little after one thirty.  As I make my way from the car park at the nearby "clockwork orange" underground I have to weave my way through supporters of one of the two big teams in Glasgow.  This, as any resident of this "no mean [...]

Covered in Glory

Covered in Glory

I loves me a good cover version. There is something quite thrilling about hearing a song you love by a band you love being covered by someone else that you love...or by someone that you have never heard of.  I don't care if it's a straight, note for note, identikit version of the original or [...]

Have You Ever Been This Low? Coming Up with Suede

Have You Ever Been This Low?  Coming Up with Suede

When I attended the Edinburgh International Book Festival appearance from Brett Anderson a few weeks ago he discussed the early, formative moments of Suede and how they had placed an ad in the music press looking for a guitarist...an advert that brought two applicants, one from Ken and another from Bernard Butler. I wonder what [...]