Panic

  Things are bad. Have they ever been worse in my lifetime? Nearly half a century has passed since I entered this mortal coil.  A screaming bundle of organs, bones, skin, flesh and blood...knowing nothing, a blank canvas, no hopes but no fears.  Innocence in physical form.  Ready for the life that was to come. [...]

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 [...]

Let Me In Honey, To My Other Home

Let Me In Honey, To My Other Home

Gert Town, Louisiana. Christmas day, 1948. Merry Christmas everyone. The Reverend A.G Williams Snr Clayton and his wife Eva had more reason to celebrate than most as they welcomed their daughter into the world.  They called her Merry.  Little Merry Clayton grew up in a district that was a hotbed of musical talent; Buddy Bolden [...]

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 [...]

David Baddiel Trolls: Not the Dolls

David Baddiel Trolls: Not the Dolls

"Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth" (1 Corinthians 13:6, King James Bible) Using a quote from the bible in a review of a show by an atheist could, I suspect, be considered trolling.  Selecting a verse from the New Testament in a review of a show by a Jewish performer could, I [...]