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: Press Release

Original cover for the epk sent to various magazines. Five additional versions were produced for magazines in the USA, each featuring differing stories from the book. Beats Per Minute is re-released this month, here’s the original press release from 2008… Who wants to do another poems book or travelogue when lets face it, although Kelvin […]

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 […]

SPECIAL: The Hustle

My friend Jon Lamoreaux in the US of A hosts a music podcast called The Hustle. Some fantastic stuff on there. If you’re an Aussie you’ll probably be interested in the interviews with Steve Kilbey (The Church), Brian Canham (Pseudo Echo) and one of my personal faves with producer Mark Opitz (INXS, Noiseworks, Cold Chisel). […]