Monday, 18 August 2014
The making of How We Used To Live
Like most good stories, this one starts in a pub. For over a decade my band, Saint Etienne, has worked with director Paul Kelly on various ...
Monday, 7 July 2014
Big I Little i: the independent charts
I grew up obsessed with the charts. Like thousands of other kids, I'd listen to the new Radio 1 Top 30, with the Top 5 played in...
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Corky Hale, queen of harps
The latest Croydon Municipal release is from the little known but wonderful harp player Corky Hale, and it's a gorgeous, summer even...
Friday, 2 May 2014
The Midcentury Minx
Some days, it isn't so hard to see why rock'n'roll pissed off so many people. While the pop charts of the immediate pre-rock ...
Saturday, 25 January 2014
An interview with Dory Previn
The second release on the Croydon Municipal label is Dory Langdon's My Heart Is A Hunter from 1958. It's a jazz vocal album with a ...
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Why I wrote 'Yeah Yeah Yeah'
A few years ago I reviewed a DVD box set of Tony Palmer's mid-seventies TV series All You Need Is Love for the Guardian. An epic hist...
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Sparks: 'Kimono My House'
"Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat." Sparks put the fear of God into pre-teens in 1974 with their debut Top Of The Pops appearance...
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