Subshine: Summer Shiny Pop Made Easy

Long ago in a kingdom east of the sun and west of the moon, three young men ventured to London and thence onto America. They saw, they conquered and subsequently became Kings in their homeland; thus a love affair with a-ha and Norway ensued. Soon after, the merits of Fra Lippo Lippi were also observed […]

Beats Per Minute: Beautiful and Cruel

Well, this is it, as close as I get to ‘erotic’ writing (along with Italian Girlfriend) and named after No-Man’s song – God knows what Tim ‘neither Steve Davis or Benedict Cumberbatch’  Bowness will think of this (or for that matter Steven ‘Pantene Pro V’ Wilson), anyway without further ado I give you… BEAUTIFUL AND CRUEL A […]

Steve Jansen: Quiet Life Through Quiet Windows

When a band splits, it’s a little easier to see what one member brings to the table unless, that is, the band is JAPAN; a bunch of musicians as multi-faceted as their very existence. Drummer Steve Jansen’s history and output is no less complex. Indeed he is much much more than just a master of the kit […]

Boom Crash Opera: Crazy Times in Ordinary Heaven

UK and European cover art for Great Wall 1988, I was young(er) and Australia was having a birthday. To celebrate we (in the UK) sent our DJ Simon Bates to cover it. More importantly he played the new clutch of Aussie bands that were aiming for international super stardom after INXS. There was Wa Wa […]

Gibraltar: The Key to Exclusivity!

Frontiers form a big part of my life. From the outset the bridges between Wales and England over the rivers Wye and the Severn cast an indelible symbol of escapism. Likewise in China when living in Shenzhen and staring across to the lesser known vistas of northern Hong Kong. I have crossed many borders on […]