Tunes On The Edge Of Seat: The Most Significant Albums Of 1996, Part Two

Having vaguely dismissed the musical pedigree of 1996 in part one of this – something to do with not having been sonically ambushed in the dead of night by anything in that year’s armoury, and feeling somewhat regretful about such an oversight – there’s still a weighty number of significant records to ruminate upon. So … Continue reading Tunes On The Edge Of Seat: The Most Significant Albums Of 1996, Part Two

At The Behest Of The Record Gods: The Most Significant Albums Of 1992, Part One

A time of frenzy. Grainy and frayed about the edges perhaps, all those memories of snakebite nights in sweaty clubs and flea-pit venues, the fuzzy, fuggy music an urgency of soundtrack colours, a scrapbook filled with clear, sharp image. And maybe it’s just a kink in perception; that all those hours spent in record stores … Continue reading At The Behest Of The Record Gods: The Most Significant Albums Of 1992, Part One

And A Swoon, Gladly: The Most Significant Albums Of 1991, Part Two

I fully expect, in fifty or so years time, to have great-grandchildren gathering round my fireside chair, and for them to ask: “What did you buy in the great 1991 record k’pow, old man?” And I’ll nod sagely, oblivious the the drool leaking gently down my chin, and what I’ll come out with is something … Continue reading And A Swoon, Gladly: The Most Significant Albums Of 1991, Part Two

The Very Definition Of Swoon: The Most Significant Albums Of 1987 – Part Two

It’s impossible to fully quantify why something works to the detriment of something else – and that’s if you’re a protagonist, an intrinsic component in any creative process. From our perspective – that’ll be on the outside gazing in, like Dan Ackroyd’s drunk and destitute Santa staring forlornly into the window of the yuppie restaurant … Continue reading The Very Definition Of Swoon: The Most Significant Albums Of 1987 – Part Two

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

FuckedUpFestiveFifty #18: The Teardrop Explodes

#18: The Teardrop Explodes – Seven Views Of Jerusalem (1981) The Teardrop Explodes – band name harvested from a panel in a Daredevil comic. Wilder, their second and final album, is a fascinating listen. Début LP Kilimanjaro is a ballsy, occasionally boisterous affair that swaggers across the stereo speakers as if a statement of intent. … Continue reading FuckedUpFestiveFifty #18: The Teardrop Explodes