Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

Should any Significant Albums series be looking at the 1970’s, Bowie’s constantly-shifting silhouette would be tagged across the walls of that decade as if the ubiquitous spray-painted logo of a particularly hip and pernicious underground movement. As it is, anything post-1980’s Scary Monsters has to be questioned against a whole range of musical and thematic criteria – from fandom’s … Continue reading Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

The False Friendship Of Autumnal Colour: The Most Significant Albums Of 1986

1986. It’s a very different proposition to the sequence of four digits we’re currently lounging under. Different, but also eerily familiar; the films, the books, the breaking news writ large – not to mention the weight of vinyl that occupied the new release racks in your local record store – they pose as cultural mileposts. … Continue reading The False Friendship Of Autumnal Colour: The Most Significant Albums Of 1986

Ultraviolet Evenings, And A Smiths Demo: The Most Significant Albums Of 1985

That promotional copy of your chronological album trawl. The culture-shock of having ’80’s albums genuflect exclusively from the stereo speakers; I once spent something like eight hours straight listening to ‘The Chauffeur’ by Duran Duran on a constant loop, chain-smoking cigarettes whilst the light flickered from blue to green to ultraviolet… but I’m better now. … Continue reading Ultraviolet Evenings, And A Smiths Demo: The Most Significant Albums Of 1985

A Drunk Actor’s Playlist: The Most Significant Albums Of 1983

Snapshots. Skeins of recollection, re-visitation, recalibration. And then 1983, shuffling onto the agenda like a tawdry, half-cut actor during the matinee. “Look, my pretties. I have Jonathan Richman’s Jonathan Sings! I have Song And Legend by Sex Gang Children”. And whilst technically correct – he’s holding copies of both albums aloft in his sweaty paws, … Continue reading A Drunk Actor’s Playlist: The Most Significant Albums Of 1983

Space. Tits. Etc

This isn’t a blog about slogans for T-Shirts that I’ve dreamt up, felt terribly clever about, then stored away unused in some dusty corner of my brain; of what Morrissey once deliciously described as the “mind’s landscape” – somewhere rarely visited, out by the bins. Still, I’ve always fancied Don’t Be A Moron, Put Radio … Continue reading Space. Tits. Etc