Perfection in Imperfect Times

Perfection in Imperfect Times

Isolation Britain is a place where "challenges" have replaced human interaction. One that has intrigued me has been to name five "perfect" albums. The best definition I can come up with to meet this criteria is...an album where I wouldn't skip a single track. All killer, no filler. With that in mind and with an [...]

Cup of Tea…Put a Record On #7 “NUISANCE” by Menswe@r

Cup of Tea…Put a Record On #7 “NUISANCE” by Menswe@r

"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit." (W.C Fields) Keep it real. 4-Real. Mean it man. The thing is this, very often when people hail the authenticity, the sincerity and the "realness" of a band or musician the band or musician are, in fact, dull. Really dull. Go and listen to [...]

Tims Twitter Listening Parties…Top 10’s

Tims Twitter Listening Parties…Top 10’s

For no reason other than it really does feel like the end of the world today I have decided to put together a set of top tens inspired by Tim Burgess and his wonderful Twitter listening parties.  Bringing people from all over the world together and helping them to forget the horrors of reality through [...]

Britpop Obscurities

Britpop Obscurities

Embarrassing pedantry. Britpop was not a sound in the same way as glam, acid house, baggy or 2-Tone had been in previous years.  It wasn't about British guitar music and it certainly wasn't a "sub-genre" of the impossible to define "indie" music.  It was a moment in time, a musical and cultural movement.  It was [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Are You From The Future? – Spearmint

Are You From The Future? – Spearmint

You love Spearmint. I doubt you were hip enough to have paid attention to "Songs for the Colour Yellow" back in 1998 but in the post-Britpop fug of 1999 you would definitely have been roused from the musical coma of your life by the sun-kissed, sun blessed, sun bleached gorgeousness of "We're Going Out" which [...]