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.


Black Uhuru – Shine Eye Gal

26th March 2024 · Uncategorised

Black Uhuru were everywhere in the late ’70s. It seemed they would step into Bob Marley’s shoes after his death in 1981 – only for their lead singer, Michael Rose, to leave the group.


Dennis Bovell & Janet Kay – Silly Dub

26th February 2024 · Uncategorised

The summer of ’79 witnessed one of those rare occasions when a reggae song struck a chord with the entire nation – and was the first lover’s rock tune to be sung on Top of the Pops. Dennis Bovell wrote, produced and played the music on Janet Kay’s lover’s rock classic Silly Games – then stripped it back to this killer dub. (more…)

Michael Rother – Katzenmusik 5

4th February 2024 · Uncategorised

Last night I went to see music legend Michael Rother and took my chum and self-styled (kraut) ‘rock expert’ David Stubbs along to the Barbican to help me identify some of the tunes.


Josef K – Romance

21st November 2023 · Uncategorised

When what the music press lazily dubbed “The Scottish Sound” emerged at the end of the Seventies, Josef K were the yin to Orange Juice’s yang – the dark underbelly to their bright and sparkly pop.


Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Fire

26th October 2023 · Uncategorised

Lizzy Mercier Descloux was one of the first artists to make a mark on the Ze label as the No Wave movement gathered momentum in New York.


Dexys Midnight Runners – Dance Stance

22nd October 2023 · Uncategorised

Dexys Midnight Runners came along with their energetic soul revival sound in 1979, riding the coat-tails of 2-Tone as the punk revolution began to diffuse into new sounds and hybrids.


London Zoo – London Zoo

11th October 2023 · Uncategorised

Here’s an oddity from the depths of my punk-era singles collection. It was only decades later that a friend picked this obscurity out and recognised two of the names on the sleeve – not as musicians, but as music journalists.


The Adicts – Lunch With The Adicts EP

3rd August 2023 · Uncategorised

The Adicts were musically influenced by Malcolm McLaren but their image was pure Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange.


Lipps Inc – Funkytown

27th June 2023 · Uncategorised

Back from a week in Cornwall but still in a summer mood, so here’s today’s slice of cheesy disco fun – the only hit for Lipps Inc.