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!

Sellotape, Bruce’s and a Psycho Killer

"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

Gloria’s Record Bar

"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

A note to Murdoch

"Well I'd love to change the worldBut I can't even change the channel"Murdoch / Thee Deadtime Philharmonic A thing I love about music is it keeps us 'auld yins' thinking young. One reason is because our memories are autobiographical, and cues help us remember certain events vividly. Smell is a cue (the smell of gorse … Continue reading A note to Murdoch

There is an ‘i’ in team

"I'd like to beUnder the seaIn an octopus's garden in the shade"R. Starkey I was in a café the other day and the music piped in the background was the Beatles’ (or to be more precise, Ringo's) Octopus’s Garden. I had been pondering about teamwork, and it occurred to me that the song embraced precisely … Continue reading There is an ‘i’ in team

What goes around comes around

“Feeling rather strange when you're sixteen again Things don't seem the same the past is so plain This future is our future this time's not a game This time you're sixteen again”P. Shelley / Buzzcocks “You know Bill, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years, sometimes you gotta say ‘What the fuck, … Continue reading What goes around comes around