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The Three Record Rule and Dr Feelgood

It’s a sad but true fact that almost every artist has a sell by date. The rule I usually live by is that no one needs more than 3 CDs from any one artist, once you’ve got three that’s enough, … Continue reading

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Pretender

“I know that the Pretenders have looked like a tribute band for the last 20 years. … And we’re paying tribute to James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we wouldn’t be here. And on the other hand, without us, … Continue reading

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The Mighty Slits

“People didn’t know whether to fuck us or kill us, because we looked like we’d come out of a porn magazine.” Becoming a parent raises a whole load of issues. There is no right or wrong for most of us, … Continue reading

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Women

October 1978. I’ve just started a humanities course at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham. As an ice breaker I am invited to a cheese and wine party to meet the tutors. There’s some cheese and there’s some wine and there’s a … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up The Day Job

Writers as rock stars Even by the mid 70’s the star maker machinery behind the popular song was still in its infancy. The rock writer had traditionally either been a slick Tin Pan Alley product churning out press releases for … Continue reading

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Mark E Smith;Spector vs Rector vs Reaper

When Mark E Smith died at the age of 60 my first thought was to marvel that he had lived that long. Smith died on 24th Jan, my father in law Ralph passed away 24 hours later, it all felt … Continue reading

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In the bleak Midwinter

As soon as it transpired that I was not destined to be a criminal my life  took a turn for the better. I had decided that it was time for me to get a job. I had been considered for … Continue reading

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