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Nico – All Tomorrow’s Parties

24th April 2024 · Uncategorised

When The Adverts invited Nico to play her first gig in four years in April 1978 not everyone was excited as me to see the Velvet Underground’s iconic chanteuse in the flesh.

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Brian Eno & David Byrne – The Jezebel Spirit

22nd April 2024 · Uncategorised

The first time I heard this I was knocked sideways. I expected experimentation from Brian Eno and David Byrne, but My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts took it to a whole new level.

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Holger Czukay – Persian Love

22nd April 2024 · Uncategorised

Before Brian Eno and David Byrne came up with the idea of sampling snatches of ‘found sound’ from obscure transmissions, Holger Czukay was already at it.

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Petela Vicka Et Son Nzazi – Sungu Lubuka

21st April 2024 · Uncategorised

The sun is out, the sky is blue and you’ll forget the mercury is hovering just above freezing as soon as you hear this tasty slice of funked-up Congolese rumba.

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Banbarra – Shack Up

20th April 2024 · Uncategorised

Back in 1980 I discovered A Certain Ratio through this song. But until now I never knew it was a cover version – of a 1975 tune by Banbarra. In fact Banbarra’s entire discography consists of this solitary song, divided into two halves of 7-inch single.

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RIP Richard Betts (1943-2024)

19th April 2024 · Uncategorised

In my early teens I was a big fan of The Allman Brothers’ 1971 live album At Fillmore East. And this 13-minute instrumental was my favourite track.

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Spencer – Film Review

18th April 2024 · Uncategorised

Spencer – film review

A chilling psychodrama about coercive control, Spencer works equally well as a Hitchcockian ‘woman in peril’ horror and as a true-life insight into the dynasty that has ruled Britain for more than a century.

Fontaines D.C. – Starburster

18th April 2024 · Uncategorised

From the moment I first heard and saw them in December 2018 at The Good Mixer, I’ve loved Fontaines D.C. This may be their best song yet.

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Lalo Schifrin – Mission: Impossible TV Theme

17th April 2024 · Uncategorised

I hope I’m not tempting fate by posting this on the day my team head out to Bavaria in search of victory against freshly deposed 11-time German champions Bayern Munich.

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A Certain Ratio – Flight

16th April 2024 · Uncategorised

When Tony Wilson signed A Certain Ratio to Factory Records in 1979 he told the world they were “the new Sex Pistols.” They weren’t, but they did leave their mark on Manchester music as one of the first bands to incorporate funk into an industrial take on postpunk.

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