I've touched on music culture in previous blogs - specifically in My in-group - and the power of music to bring people together. In fact the thousands of diverse shards of music cultures and genres are so ingrained in our personal identities that it makes me wonder how anybody defined themselves before the '50s. Personally, … Continue reading The Dead Army
Time. I recall listening to Aladdin Sane and being pretty shocked by the w-word in the second verse of Time ("wanking", not "whore"). Swearing in songs was unusual before Sex Pistols' Bodies removed any remaining shock value: five "fuck"s in a 13-word couplet probably still wins the Grammy for concentrated sweariness in a tune. Where … Continue reading I was there!
5:00pm on Sunday. 12:45pm on Tuesday. These were the two most important times of the week. Every Sunday in the early '70s I was glued to Radio 1 between 5:00pm-7:00pm for that week's new chart .. the eager anticipation until about 6:50pm when the new number 2 record was played. Well, when you heard number … Continue reading 7-Up
About a month ago I paid £90 for an album that I already own two copies of and which was first released nearly 40 years ago. I'll let that sink in for a few seconds. 3... 2... 1... Back with me? Why do I queue up for four hours in the rain on Record Store … Continue reading Ahead of the Curve
"Andy, it's the punk spirit"Anon We often talk about life influences or influencers (here I'm not talking about social media types extolling the virtues of a range of cosmetics or socks). But it doesn't need to be a loved one or a so-called celebrity. One of the biggest influencers in my life - which is … Continue reading The manager-coach
"You ain't been nowhere 'til you been in -With the "in" crowd."Bryan Ferry In 2004 I decided that I wanted to learn why people do the things they do. So, with nothing more than that vague notion, and jumping in at the deep end, I set out on a psychology degree through the Open University. … Continue reading My in-group
Well, that didn't take long, did it? After only six blogs writer's block kicks in. Actually, that wasn't quite the problem, it seemed there were too many fragments of ideas about what to write and then being completely unable to stick to one to a conclusion. After I'd read an article about the derisory income … Continue reading 7/10 ain’t bad
Party peopleParty peopleCan y'all get funky?Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force Remix! Megamix! Dance mix! Extended mix! Instrumental mix! Dub mix! (Dub) mix! Dub (mix)! Accapella! Extra tracks ...! All these things, and more, have characterised the 12” single. For good, for brilliant, and occasionally for the downright goddamn awful. In the early 80s … Continue reading Remix!
"We are vain and we are blindI hate people when they're not politePsycho killerQu'est-ce que c'est"Talking Heads Doo doo doo doo doo doo, Doo-doo-doo … That intro! Tina Weymouth’s intro might be possibly the best intro ever, full stop. In the last blog I spoke about the palm-sweating, pocket money-guzzling excitement of buying your first … Continue reading Sellotape, Bruce’s and a Psycho Killer
"My-wow-oh-yeah"- Marc Bolan The first single I bought with my own money was T. Rex’s Metal Guru. It's still in my collection after impressively managing to survive the punk cull. Although I have retrospectively built my record collection up again - no Status Quo, I hasten to add - relatively few pre-1976 records survived punk’s asteroid … Continue reading Gloria’s Record Bar