In our teenage years we are further shaped by the culture around us: books, movies and especially in my case: music. My generation had music of atmosphere, mystery and intrigue. Arcadia, David Sylvian, New Order, This Mortal Coil and the 4AD label. It was looking to the future… The Human League dared us, OMD dazzled […]
There are in the age-old battle between art and commerce, casualties. Here I detail some of the works that languished like shipwrecks in the record company vaults, unseen or heard for decades and in some cases not at all. 1 MR MISTER – PULL For 20 years this album was stranded in limbo for no […]
September gives us a wealth of new material from two of the eighties finest. I have been a fan of both since their debut recordings (A-ha’s Hunting High and Low in 1985 and Duran Duran’s self-titled in 1981). Currently we have Cast in Steel and Paper Gods. Ordinarily I wouldn’t partake in this manner of ‘who […]
Although it isn’t my era in the way the eighties is, it did deliver some beauties. Here’s a quick run through and not necessarily by my faves. 1 XTC – MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL Released in ’79, the first thing that caught my attention was the drum sound, unusually crisp for the time and I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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