Sounds of the Seventies

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 […]

Winter and the Art of Promo

  A little about these two images. These are not book covers per sé but more so promo images yet not quite posters either. So what are they then? Well.. going back to the late eighties and early nineties and being an avid collector of records, I was somewhat blessed to be in a time where […]

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 […]

Populating Polytown; Mapping the Spiritual Nineties and the Geography of Sound

Not all nineties music was Brit-pop and grunge. The early to middle years saw many artists renew what their forefathers in the late sixties had tried to do; alert the masses to an age of hope and optimism, thus spawning a common new age spiritualist thread on recordings from Seal’s début to Wendy and Lisa’s […]

Approaching Polytown

Dusk and sand in my eyes. Intermittent views of distant twinkling lights. Polytown?