For What We Lack In Immediacy, We Gain In Texture: The Most Significant Albums Of 2002

2002. 2 Many DJ’s. Everywhere. As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2. An involuntary aural companion, at times. Inescapable. Nights out. Days in. Who the hell invited you? became the question planted across my chops. Because ‘No Fun’ by The Stooges and ‘Push It’ by Salt ‘n’ Pepa are the same track, yes? Skee-Lo’s ‘I … Continue reading For What We Lack In Immediacy, We Gain In Texture: The Most Significant Albums Of 2002

Notes On Johnny Cash, American IV, And The Video For ‘Hurt’ 

Adventuring through the Significant Albums of 2002 – forthcoming attractions style – and one record that jumps out is The Last Will And Testament Of Johnny Cash. Not that such a record has ever existed – the release schedule suggests American IV: The Man Comes Around to be a far stronger candidate for genuine album title – but I’m going to run with Last Will … Continue reading Notes On Johnny Cash, American IV, And The Video For ‘Hurt’ 

Yes, We Have Jetpacks: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part One

Let’s all meet up in the year 2000. Felt terribly futuristic at the time, what with us all whooshing around on jetpacks, and turning up at the opera tastefully attired in tin foil underwear. The records of this year weren’t bad, either. Take Elastica, for instance – who released one horrifically pedestrian LP back when … Continue reading Yes, We Have Jetpacks: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part One

The Ardent Fan-Boy Who Should Know Better: The Most Significant Albums Of 1994

It existed for an all-too-brief period. Candle fire, a flicker in the breeze. And yet for a year or two, Suede were arguably one of the most important acts on the planet. A highly precise strand of magic; the interplay between Brett Anderson’s vocals – sultry, androgynous, bathed in the kitchen-sink dramatics of lip-gloss and … Continue reading The Ardent Fan-Boy Who Should Know Better: The Most Significant Albums Of 1994

Bad Cover Versions

Conversations about cover versions. “You mean the anaemic, faithful renditions with added dance moves that perennially clog up the charts?” But no, she didn’t mean that; had no idea what clogged the charts these days beyond the vague instruction she’d left; kick me when the charts are suddenly filled with decent fayre, or lizards. “It’s … Continue reading Bad Cover Versions