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Into the 80’s..Altered images

Altered images entered the 80’s on a trajectory steep enough to make you dizzy. Formed by members of the Siouxisie and the Banshees fan club in Glasgow it was immediately clear where their influences lay. Tribal drumming, chiming guitars and … Continue reading

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15:Hallogallo… Neu

Covid coma has hit me this week so I am recycling an old post Hallogallo holds a place in my heart even though I’ve sometimes gone decades without listening to it. This is partly because its a great track perfectly … Continue reading

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11: Maybe I’m Amazed…Paul McCartney/ The Faces

The official video for McCartney’s classic has been released newly remastered. It’s just over 50 years since the release of his first solo album ‘McCartney’. A record recorded before we were even certain what was happening with the Beatles. Most … Continue reading

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The Doctors of Madness

Many years ago while working in Leicester I came across a story in the local paper, the Leicester Mercury, about Leicester bands who had not quite made it. Leicester is not exactly a rock and roll city but it’s made … Continue reading

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Andy Gill

The death of Andy Gill, Gang of Four Guitarist in many ways seems more tragic than the Amy’s, Janis’s and Jimi’s. Gill was only 63, it’s tempting to think that if you’ve made it that far you should be entitled … Continue reading

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The Tracks of my Years

Splitting out lives into decades is, at best, an arbitrary experience. Its not possible to divide a century by 10 and expect life events to follow a pattern. The first part of the 70’s were really just the end of the 60’s, … Continue reading

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Neil Innes

If I had been born in Manchester or London, I would, no doubt have a stock of anecdotes about sitting next to Joe Strummer on the bus or being at school with Peter Hook or delivering mail to Ian Dury or whatever. Living my … Continue reading

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Grandad….Clive Dunn

Its almost impossible to comprehend at a distance of 50 years just how popular the TV series Dad’s Army was. The show initially expected that it would appeal to people who had lived through the second world war, bear in mind that this … Continue reading

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4 Manufactured Acts who were actually Pretty Good Musicians

We are pretty worldly-wise  and sceptic about manufactured pop groups these days. Post Milli Vanilli we don’t necessarily expect a lot in terms of authenticity from our hit makers, who cares if they can’t play and cant sing!. The concept of the manufactured group goes back to … Continue reading

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The Summer of 79

The Summer of 79 lasted for ages, I left Polytechnic in June and wouldn’t go back until nearly October. I managed to get in the Glastonbury Fayre/Festival in June and a trip to Ireland in August (I have documented these … Continue reading

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