Rewind to 1995 and here, with a little assistance from Boy George, is Lippy Lou with her ragga-rave crossover coming-out anthem Liberation.

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Here’s the mid-nineties classic by KRS-One that might well top the hip-hop hall of anti-cop fame were it not for a certain earlier song by NWA.

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Flowered Up – Weekender

27th February 2023 · 1990s, 1992, Music

Sad news this week with the death of actor Lee Whitlock, whose finest moment in a successful career came in the starring role of the music video for Weekender by Flowered Up.

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RIP Terry Hall (1957-2022).

The Specials were part of my youth, and I saw them several times, including that magical first time with Madness and Dexys and The Selecter all on one bill in 1979.

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The word ‘iconic’ gets systematically misused, and overused, but it deserves to apply to the opening credits of Twin Peaks. And especially to Angelo Badalementi’s score.

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P J Harvey – 50ft Queenie

21st September 2022 · 1990s, 1993, Music, Punk
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a Las Vegas hotel, the Palms, erected a giant billboard featuring a portrait of our late monarch… a 50-foot queenie.
 

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I was lucky enough to get to see Queen Ida and her Bon Temps Zydeco Band about 40 years ago when she was just a stripling in her early 50s. She’s now 93 and still going strong, incredibly. In fact she’s about to go out on tour. (more…)

A long time ago I took my folk-fan brother-in-law, visiting from Ireland, to the Hackney Empire to see Bert Jansch. This was not the rather more celebrated affair with Pete Doherty, which came later; it was just Bert and his acoustic guitar.

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The Pet Shop Boys and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine don’t immediately seem like the most obvious bedfellows. And yet… this works perfectly. (more…)

I didn’t immediately jump on board the Madchester bandwagon. But I once spent an interesting three days in Barcelona trying to talk to Shaun Ryder. (more…)