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 […]

INXS: Different Worlds and Strange Desires

‘We were Blur, they were Oasis’ – from My Bass and Other Animals by Guy Pratt The Flowers of Romance brought the early eighties to life mostly through a set of effeminate frontmen such as Boy George, David Sylvian, Billy McKenzie, Steve Strange, John Foxx and Iva Davies whose own band FLOWERS originated in the […]

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 […]

Icehouse: Over the Line – An Overview of the B Sides

Has an overview of the Icehouse B-side catalogue been attempted before? In the vastness of the Internet, it’s a possibility yet I can’t recall seeing one. Charting the adventurous curve of a career that as far as releases go spanned just over a decade is no mean feat as the singles carried almost as many […]

SPECIAL: Post World Bowie

Well it was a shock to the system wasn’t it, the wind has blown, the fallout may take years to settle. Where are we now? That of a world post David Bowie. Strangely I am more a fan of artists’ inspired by him, nonetheless his presence loomed indirectly during my upbringing. For me his star […]

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 […]