The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines, or dates by which bills must be paid – Frank Zappa And whist Zappa wasn’t specifically speaking about 1989, I’ve always been terribly smitten with the concept of recorded sound as punctuation. As some sort of definite context; the significant albums … Continue reading The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

Live From The Chestnut Tree Café: The Most Significant Albums Of 1984

Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope. It was one of countless similar songs published for the benefit of the proles by a sub-section of the … Continue reading Live From The Chestnut Tree Café: The Most Significant Albums Of 1984

Making Your Mind Up (or How Lawrence From Felt won Eurovision)

The kitsch omnipresence. The sarcastic voiceover. Dancers from Latvia, all indecently-attired. But enough of my life; tomorrow evening it’s the Eurovision Song Contest, that epoch of songcraft and continental fraternity. For the uninitiated – that is Bob from Dusty Creek, Idaho who stumbled here by mistake – imagine a massively scaled-up version of a religious … Continue reading Making Your Mind Up (or How Lawrence From Felt won Eurovision)