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). […]

Culture: Which Way is Duranistan?

“Duran Duran is not a band, it’s a place” – unknown quote circa 1986/87 “..it’s the national flag of Duran Duran” – quote by John Taylor both from Smash Hits issue 219 April/May 1987 It seems unfathomable that I’ve never produced a piece on Duran Duran given this blog’s cultural stance on the new wave. I […]

Tim Bowness: Flowers for Ghosts

The new album cover by Jarrod Gosling, and Paul Buchanan Tim modelling the new Reiss collection ..just kidding! Every artist has their themes and these sometimes stay with them throughout their careers. Flowers and Ghosts are hence regular guests in the Tim Bowness catalogue: Flowermouth, Say it with Flowers, Animal Ghost, Schoolyard Ghosts, Lost in the […]

Barcelona: Music from the Great Beyond

Hey! Just wandering around the gorgeous and very cultural Gracia district and they have two cool record stores as well as a travel bookstore. The first store is called SURCO, which has been in existence 44 years and they had some nice new vinyl in stock from among others A-ha and David Sylvian. You know […]

Tim Bowness: Catching Up with the Velvet Ghost

*It would be difficult to discuss Tim’s output without mentioning No-Man and some of his collaborative efforts. I mentioned being on the road since 1999 and it’s that year I met Tim at the now defunct 12 Bar Club in London’s Denmark Street where I also briefly chat to Steve Jansen and Peter Chilvers. I’ve not […]