Give me gin and tonic…

Give me gin and tonic…

  "Even their illustrious forefathers allowed themselves a few initial fumbles before hitting that swaggering stride, but ‘Supersonic’ is a paragon of pop virtue in a debut single: three or so minutes of laid-back urgency, generously appointed with at least four melodies, and fizzing with enough attitude to silt up the orifice of your choice. [...]

End of the century…

End of the century…

At the end of last year I had an idea. The idea was to try and write a new article on the site every day for the entire month of January. I thought that might help to improve my writing and it would force me to find things to write about too. Thirty-one days. Thirty-one [...]

Howl

  "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..." ("Howl" by Allen Ginsberg) About three years ago I was walking towards Stark's Park, the home of Raith Rovers Football Club. I was with my dad. We were going to watch our own side, Heart of Midlothian, play a pre-season friendly against the [...]

Oasis Top Twenty (Part 2)

Oasis Top Twenty (Part 2)

When last we met we had left the good old boys of the Gallagher clan in the year 2000. "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" had served as the first new music of the new millennium from the biggest band on the planet for much of the nineties and, despite not being particularly well received [...]

Oasis Top Twenty (part 1)

Oasis Top Twenty (part 1)

The twenty best songs by Oasis. Seven studio albums. Twenty-five top twenty singles. More quality tucked away on the b-sides of those singles than you can imagine or dream of. Myriad album tracks that were good enough to be hit records in their own right. It is mission impossible to refine so much work and [...]

Rambling, ranting, raving.

There is a disease that is killing society. Slowly. Almost imperceptably. There is no rash, no fever, no obvious physical symptoms. Despite this those who are afflicted are easy to spot. They skulk in the corners of social media carping, sniping, spewing bile...looking to cause the most upset, the maximum distress and the greatest amount [...]