A Stereo Full Of Wasps And Wow: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part Two

The two biggest selling albums on this year’s list are both examples of commercial, adult-orientated “rock” music that operate under intriguingly slanted parameters – albeit the “rock” epithet is used in its widest configuration, and any fascination is derived from contrasting sources. The intelligence behind Radiohead’s The Bends is how it manages to exist as a mass-market … Continue reading A Stereo Full Of Wasps And Wow: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part Two

Snakebite And Black: The Most Significant Albums Of 1993, Part One.

1993, and we’re fast approaching the point in the show where the type of music generally written about here – broad canvas alternative, indie disco, guitar-orientated pop; call it what you will – began to infiltrate the mainstream with far greater enthusiasm (especially from a British perspective). And with that infiltration arrived an edge of … Continue reading Snakebite And Black: The Most Significant Albums Of 1993, Part One.

A Birmingham Electronica Postcard

Musical identity. In some cities it’s something discernible and distinctive, filaments festooned from club to gig to rehearsal room to the record stores that feed our addiction. Manchester would be one of those places. Liverpool, perhaps; Glasgow. It’s something to do with scene, with focus, something that caresses (to recall my romanticized youth) those graceful … Continue reading A Birmingham Electronica Postcard