Please Be Cool…As F**k

Please Be Cool…As F**k

In the summer of 1989 I walked into the McDonalds on Kirkcaldy High Street, filled out an application form to become a crew member and then headed home.  I was sixteen and the income from a paper round, delivering the local free newspaper The Fife Leader was no longer sufficient to provide for my ever [...]

Automatic for the People

Automatic for the People

Electronic. Electronica. Synthpop. Electroclash. New Wave. New Order. Le Tigre. Riot grrrl. Pet Shop Boys. The Faint. Style. Form. Function. If that isn't enough to have your appetite for destruction whetted beyond wet then I don't know what you want from a band. Automatic are cool. I don't care if you don't like that or [...]

Tenement & Temple

Tenement & Temple

Sacred hearts. It is 1993. I am twenty years old. Pressed against the barrier in front of the stage at the now defunct Plaza Ballroom in Glasgow waiting for Suede to arrive. First is the support act. Nobody really cares about the support act. Why would we? Why should we? How could we? Then she [...]

Hanson, Mmmbop

Hanson, Mmmbop

    Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 45th most populous city in the United States of America. Birthplace to all manner of musicians, artists, political figures. An oil city at one point. A rich, vibrant and varied history. But the only thing that really matters is that from this soil grew the authors of one of the [...]

Once – Liam Gallagher

Once – Liam Gallagher

Well, well, well. The wheel has not been reinvented. There are no black stars dancing. This is, in many ways, exactly what one would expect from Liam Gallagher...there is a "shiiiine", cool rhymes with pool (more accurately coo-el is rhymed with poo-el) and before the end things go a bit Sgt. Pepper with trippy, psychedelic [...]