I was there!

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!

7-Up

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

Ahead of the Curve

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