From Peepshow To TV Show: The Most Significant Albums Of 1981

If 1980 was a rich harvest, 1981 was the year the rains failed. Plague and pestilence writ large across the landscape, hand-tilled fields salted in the dead of night. And whilst I’m letting my apocalyptic medieval metaphor run away with itself, it’s certainly true that in terms of significant albums, you have to dig that … Continue reading From Peepshow To TV Show: The Most Significant Albums Of 1981

Tangents: Vaudeville, The Alien Franchise, And ‘Tainted Love’

I don’t generally keep abreast of all things hit parade. Those records generating serious, mainstream radio play – the lowest-common denominator smeared across the FM dial; disposable pop music delivered via a medium rapidly hurtling towards anachronism –  they don’t mean a great deal in the LGM compound. Because I’m no longer fifteen. Not target … Continue reading Tangents: Vaudeville, The Alien Franchise, And ‘Tainted Love’

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