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The Clash ‘Sort it Out’

November 1978, 10 young men stuck in a concrete block on the outskirts of a midlands city. Trent Polytechnic seemed far removed from the dreaming spires. Many of my new companions departed for the big city every day to do … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday

Yes it’s time to celebrate. The future is past is three years old or possibly five. Its complicated. I first started this site 5 years ago but I wrote just one post and then left it for a couple of … Continue reading

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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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Don’t Dictate

One of the things that comes up time and time again when researching the early days of punk is the resourceful nature of virtually all of the protagonists. Whether it was Steve Jones nicking enough equipment to equip the Sex … Continue reading

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Four Strings, Two Hands, One Woman

By the mid 70’s rock music was 20 years old. As an art form it had simply exploded, from Elvis recording ‘that’s Alright Mama to The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields forever’ was not much over ten years. The evolution of music … Continue reading

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Matty Groves

A holiday, a holiday And the first one of the year Lord Donald’s wife came into the church The gospel for to hear And when the meeting it was done She cast her eyes about And there she saw little … Continue reading

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If it ain’t Stiff…

The other day I read the news that apparently Sainsbury’s, the well-loved supermarket chain, is about to start a record label. That probably says more about the state of modern music than anything else.  In the 70’s the business was … Continue reading

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