Cock Robin: My Childhood Crush Through a Middle Aged Windscreen

Like many of their eighties peers Cock Robin (and/or Peter Kingsbery) albums appear every five years or so. This one has taken a while to reach us via an aborted landing and continues in the vein of his 95-97 period plus Cock Robin’s post-millennial albums (see Analysis of a Reformation). In other words there’s something […]

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 […]

They Should Have Been Singles!

The title is self-explanatory really, but the music world or more importantly artist albums are littered with the songs that really should have been singles, let’s begin.. ROBBIE NEVIL – LOOK WHO’S ALONE TONIGHT Who knows what record company politics dictate the line of single releases that will define an artist’s career but had this […]

An Eighties Kids’ Dream Team Drummers

Why Drummers? Well, it’s the instrument most connected to me I suppose. Here are ten who were important to me growing up. Whilst dreaming of being a musician, I never made it (see the blog about my books below). For whatever reason circumstance did not align. For this piece I wanted to keep things simple. […]