Passion and Pure Energy: In Praise of a Passing Prince

There were flowers everywhere, from Scritti Politti’s Absolute to The Smiths and in addition book ending the central image of the man astride his bike on the cover of Purple Rain. It seemed strange that flowers, associated more so for the hippie movement of late sixties America, could become more prevalent as a dynamic visual […]

Who Killed the New Gold Dream?

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 […]

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 […]