Perry Blake: Lonesome Traveller

‘You must be a big fan of Perry Blake’ says the French store assistant in English on my asking about something Japan related. ‘Umm yeah’ I say having only heard of him because Steve Jansen played on (at that time) Perry’s latest recording Still Life. Though I’m also aware of his first album which had […]

SPECIAL: Meeting Peter Kingsbery

It has been nearly 30 years’ since I took the plunge and purchased American band Cock Robin’s ‘First Love, Last Rites’ for £3 from what was then Our Price records in my, more or less, hometown of Newport. As regular readers will note from my other blogs I have written extensively about both Peter and […]

Cock Robin: Original Biography

Around the turn of this century I was working with All Music Guide writing music biographies and album reviews. Some of those pieces remain while others have been replaced. AMG has a rather strange modus operandi of paying another writer for a new biography even if there’s nothing wrong with the existing one, thus effectively […]

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 […]

Music: Keep Brand and Carry On

Recently events on opposite sides of the world have engulfed Facebook. Not a terrorist offence or a natural disaster but the old problems of the shock of the new, the band wreckers, and band brand. In short should bands continue under the same name with new singers? In Australia Boom Crash Opera have announced they […]

Paris and Peter K

This blog was originally scheduled for the 15th just as news of the recent terror attacks reached me. When I first visited Paris as a fresh faced and naive 21 year old art student in 1992 it shocked me when we were herded out of the Pompidou Centre due to a bomb threat. Surely this […]

Night Music: Press

Night Music collects for the first time all the Kelvin Hayes poems inspired by song such as Quiet Night of Quiet Stars (Getz/Gilberto), Foreshadowed (Budd/Eno) and Dark Water, one of several taking its cue from guitar legend Robert Fripp. Included for the first time is Through Glass, his collaboration with Cock Robin singer Peter Kingsbery […]