New Website Coming Soon!

Hello all, This blog is almost at capacity so I’ve decided to go for it with a new site KULTURE KIOSK by Kelvin Hayes Global (so you’ll know it’s me) with a fresh new vibe coming SOON! Meanwhile you can follow me (and me you I hope) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (nothing up on the latter […]

Aussie Music Month / Triple M Top 10 (with extra bits!)

In Australia the radio station Triple M conduct a top 10 of Aussie Songs as selected by members of key Aussie bands, so I thought I’d have a go. In addition it’s Aus Music Month in November and the Michael Hutchence movie Mystify is about to hit the UK. It could be said that Australian […]

Icehouse: Big Wheel Still Spinning (Re-evaluating Sgt. Iva’s Magical Mystery Tour)

In the early nineties many bands born of the post-punk generation hit a creative brick wall (Duran Duran’s Liberty, INXS’s X and Icehouse Code Blue come to mind). Only U2 and Depeche Mode played their cards correctly. The slate was effectively wiped clean for the aforementioned trio of acts. All did better on their second […]

Australia Day

Earlier this month I wrote about Back to the Future and that seems relevant to this post too. The choices that our parents make can affect us for life. I fancied Australia but my father opted for its neighbour. A decision I am still paying for in that, at the time of writing, a Kiwi […]

Make it Big!

In light of Simple Minds upcoming release BIG MUSIC, I thought I’d glance back at some of the other records that mention BIG in their titles, and it’s surprising how many are new wave or alternative artists from the eighties. As for Simple Minds themselves, I recall an article in Smash Hits where Jim Kerr […]

Time After Time: Reissuing the Reissues

Recently as part of my Song Lists series I covered Tears For Fears, a particular favourite of mine during my adolescence. While researching that I noticed that yet another reissue of their sophomore effort Songs From the Big Chair is due with no less than six discs and all manner of other paraphernalia attached to […]

Even in the Quietest Moments: Songs for a Rainy Day

You might think this a strange topic for summer, but here in Asia the monsoon rains have already begun. If you find yourself stuck indoors, here are some tunes that will imbue the vista before you. And yes, you’ll be able to tell I’m of a certain ilk and age from this list. ALVA NOTO/RYUICHI […]