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It was 40 years ago today–Jilted John

The accepted norm of rock music is that English is the best language to sing in. It depends on the song of course, if the aim is emotive tear-jerking then Spanish, of even Portuguese might be a good choice. It’s … Continue reading

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An Evening With Warren Harry

Recently, YouTube has wisely targeted me with some old editions of The Old Grey Whistle Test. Anyone not alive or resident in Britain in early 70’s just wont grasp the significance of the OGWT. This was quite literally the only … Continue reading

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‘So Alone’ The Junkie Class of 78

Whatever our attitude to drugs was in the 70’s there was a general consensus that heroin was a bridge too far. We knew it killed people, Janis Joplin, Tim Buckley, the lead singer/guitarist of our favourite local band Meals had … 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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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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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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