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How Not To Make a Terrible Record

  I was pondering on the fate of the mighty Dr Feelgood and how they failed to make any great albums after Wilko Johnson left. It wasn’t just about Johnson’s guitar playing and song writing, they still had good songs … 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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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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Three from the States

As rock music was fermenting nicely in Britain the real quality was still coming from the States. They had had a couple of years head start on us, they were older, probably cleverer and had better teeth. There’s still a … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll will never die (probably)

There are areas of the British coast that time has forgotten. Musically it’s as if they have moved forward at glacial speed. The beat boom is just about acknowledged but psychedelia and all points onwards have never happened. Many of … Continue reading

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