I was flicking randomly through some music channels this morning when I came across what I suppose is the video to Sinead Quinn’s new single. In my opinion Quinn is one of a very small number (maybe two!) people to emerge from the recent plague of reality TV music shows with any kind of credibility.… Continue reading Devil Gate Drive
Doing the whole Bowie completist thing means that you have to buy some pretty dodgy CDs. A prime example is the Labyrinth soundtrack that I picked up on Ebay last week. I expected that I’d play it once to check that it was undamaged and then file it away forever, but I reckoned without the… Continue reading Labyrinth
There’s an interesting article in today’s Guardian about a group who are proposing a new music chart which would take account of internet downloads. One throwaway line caught my attention. The author mentions that 7″ vinyl is a thing of the past. I hadn’t really thought about it before but that’s probably true. You don’t… Continue reading Vinyl Fetish
I’m trying to complete my collection of David Bowie CDs. This isn’t as simple as you might think. In 1990/91 most of Bowie’s albums (from Space Oddity to Tin Machine) were re-released with extra tracks. These are generally singles and B-sides which were released at the same time as the album in question and many… Continue reading David Bowie
They say that “the devil has all the best tunes” but that’s just not true. A lot of spiritual music is very good too. As an example, the song currently stuck in my head is Down To The River To Pray from the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? It’s a fabulous piece of… Continue reading The Best Tunes
A lot of nonsense is talked in some quarters, when referring to us, about “The First Family of Folk” or even (God help us) “The Royal Family of Folk”. People who do that, in my view, want their backsides kicking – hard. If there is one family who deserve such a title – and I… Continue reading First Family of Folk
According to an article in today’s Guardian, the Bangles are back. And it’s not a second too soon as far as I’m concerned. I’m now going to have Going Down To Liverpool stuck in my head all day.
I wrote a while ago about how I’d shared some of my early memories of Marillion with an author who was writing the definitive history of the band. Well the book has been published. It’s called Separated Out. I picked up a copy in Borders today. The piece I wrote has been used almost unedited… Continue reading Marillion
I spent all day today in an office with no internet access, so it was only when I got home that I found out that one of my musical heroes had died.
Whilst I was in HMV yesterday, for some reason I noticed the Mike Oldfield section. It’s frightening that Oldfield is still pumping out the same music that he’s been producing for thirty-odd years but that doesn’t detract anything from the genius of Tubular Bells. This reminded me that it had been far too long since… Continue reading Tubular Bells