The Smiths – Hand In Glove20th May 2023 · 1980s, 1983, Music
RIP Andy Rourke – The Smiths – 1964-2023
Bauhaus – Terror Couple Kill Colonel1st May 2023 · 1980, 1980s, Music, Postpunk
Here’s wishing all my gloomy gothic friends in black all the very best for World Goth Day.. with the help of the patron saints of goth.
Steve Reich – America, Before The War (Different Trains)23rd April 2023 · 1980s, 1988, Music
Different Trains, composed and recorded in 1988, was Steve Reich’s first composition to draw on his Jewish heritage, inspired by a childhood memory.
Wah! Heat – Seven Minutes To Midnight19th April 2023 · 1980, 1980s, Music
I have loved this song since the day I first heard it, and I still love it just as much today. The only doubt I have ever had is whether I prefer it to Wah! Heat’s first single Better Scream.
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold1st April 2023 · 1980s, 1989, Music
I have to confess I wasn’t swept away with the baggy revolution at the time but I did come around to The Stone Roses’ debut album.
Barrington Levy – Here I Come / Under Mi Sensi31st March 2023 · 1980s, 1984, Music, Reggae
The two signature songs of Barrington Levy blasted out of every shop and car window in Hackney for one summer in the mid-1980s.
James Chance & The Contortions – Dish It Out (No New York)25th March 2023 · 1980s, 1981, Music
“Like getting stabbed in your ears,” said one critic about the abrasive funk, atonal horns and unhinged screams of James Chance & The Contortions’ opening track on No New York. “In a good way.”
Pigbag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag24th March 2023 · 1980s, 1981, Music
It’s always sad to hear that someone you once used to see on Top of the Pops has fallen on hard times. That’s what prompted me to post Pigbag’s finest moment – the funky instrumental with which they (literally) made their name.
The Moondogs – Peel Session, April 19804th March 2023 · 1980, 1980s, Music, Punk
The Moondogs were another of the seemingly endless parade of power pop bands to spring up in Northern Ireland in the late 70s.
Cilla Black – All Night Long7th February 2023 · 1980s, 1983, Music
You know when your eccentric auntie drinks a bit too much sherry at Christmas and embarrasses everyone by singing along to a record and dancing around the tree?