Category Archives: music

Supertramp – Crime of the Century

Forty years ago this month, Supertramp released Crime of the Century. It came out eighteen months after Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, an album with which it shares many things – both thematically and in terms of production

Supertramp – Crime of the Century

Forty years ago this month, Supertramp released Crime of the Century. It came out eighteen months after Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, an album with which it shares many things – both thematically and in terms of production

Propaganda – A Secret Wish

By 1984, Trevor Horn’s production work on Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome had made him legendary. The obvious choice for his next project would have been its sequel, Liverpool, but instead he chose to work with five

Propaganda – A Secret Wish

By 1984, Trevor Horn’s production work on Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome had made him legendary. The obvious choice for his next project would have been its sequel, Liverpool, but instead he chose to work with five

808 State: Ninety

Some say the nineteen sixties was still swinging until the mid-seventies. In which case, the nineties must have started in 1987 when 808 State formed. Barely had the corpse of seminal Mancunian band The Smiths been laid to rest, when Graham Massey, Martin

808 State: Ninety

Some say the nineteen sixties was still swinging until the mid-seventies. In which case, the nineties must have started in 1987 when 808 State formed. Barely had the corpse of seminal Mancunian band The Smiths been laid to rest, when Graham Massey, Martin

Associates – Sulk

One of the best albums of the nineteen eighties in an already overcrowded arena, Sulk was the high point of Associates’ canon and a landmark LP release back in 1982. Nine months after the Human League had shook the pop charts,

Associates – Sulk

One of the best albums of the nineteen eighties in an already overcrowded arena, Sulk was the high point of Associates’ canon and a landmark LP release back in 1982. Nine months after the Human League had shook the pop charts,

Buggles – The Age of Plastic

Thirty five years after their hit single Video Killed The Radio Star, many people still remember The Buggles – but for all the wrong reasons. Invariably seen as a a nineteen eighties novelty act, as purveyors of a catchy but

Buggles – The Age of Plastic

Thirty five years after their hit single Video Killed The Radio Star, many people still remember The Buggles – but for all the wrong reasons. Invariably seen as a a nineteen eighties novelty act, as purveyors of a catchy but

Simple Minds – New Gold Dream

Every now and then, the stars align just at the right time to produce a beautiful spectacle – and that’s precisely what happened when this superlative long player was released in September 1982. Glasgow-based Simple Minds’ fifth studio album perfectly captured the early nineteen

Simple Minds – New Gold Dream

Every now and then, the stars align just at the right time to produce a beautiful spectacle – and that’s precisely what happened when this superlative long player was released in September 1982. Glasgow-based Simple Minds’ fifth studio album perfectly captured the early nineteen

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Rattlesnakes

1984 was a brilliant year for British music. The Smiths wowed the world with their eponymous debut album, the Cocteau Twins produced their magnificent Treasure, Prefab Sprout served up the beguiling Swoon – and then just when you thought it was safe to walk

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Rattlesnakes

1984 was a brilliant year for British music. The Smiths wowed the world with their eponymous debut album, the Cocteau Twins produced their magnificent Treasure, Prefab Sprout served up the beguiling Swoon – and then just when you thought it was safe to walk

Human League – Dare

As punk showed us, the nineteen seventies was a hard and hopeless time. Ten years of social unrest, racial tension and recession had taken its toll on a country whose star had hitherto shone so brightly. Now though, Britain was

Human League – Dare

As punk showed us, the nineteen seventies was a hard and hopeless time. Ten years of social unrest, racial tension and recession had taken its toll on a country whose star had hitherto shone so brightly. Now though, Britain was

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

“That has obviously struck a chord somewhere”, said Roger Waters when his wife burst into tears upon hearing a pre-release tape of Dark Side of the Moon. Described by Nick Mason as a document of modern life that crossed over

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

“That has obviously struck a chord somewhere”, said Roger Waters when his wife burst into tears upon hearing a pre-release tape of Dark Side of the Moon. Described by Nick Mason as a document of modern life that crossed over

Microdisney – Everybody is Fantastic

Microdisney, The Irish Steely Dan, as they would have been called if the world had been a kinder place. And also if the Cork-formed band hadn’t actually spent most of its life in London, the city that provided much of

Microdisney – Everybody is Fantastic

Microdisney, The Irish Steely Dan, as they would have been called if the world had been a kinder place. And also if the Cork-formed band hadn’t actually spent most of its life in London, the city that provided much of

Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age of Wireless

This beautiful, quirky and timeless debut album has a unique blend of the old and new. It’s defined by Thomas Dolby’s eccentric leanings, his artistic urge to draw from the past and his unfailing fascination – which he still holds to

Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age of Wireless

This beautiful, quirky and timeless debut album has a unique blend of the old and new. It’s defined by Thomas Dolby’s eccentric leanings, his artistic urge to draw from the past and his unfailing fascination – which he still holds to

Freeez – Southern Freeez

1980 was a great year for pop music, but also something of a transitional one. It was to prove the last hurrah of great, genre-defining new wave bands like The Jam, as well as the final nail in the coffin of

Freeez – Southern Freeez

1980 was a great year for pop music, but also something of a transitional one. It was to prove the last hurrah of great, genre-defining new wave bands like The Jam, as well as the final nail in the coffin of