Category Archives: Music

XTC – Easter Theatre (1999)

It’s my annual Easter ritual to repost this most gorgeous of songs. As an XTC fanatic, it is, in my humble opinion, the absolute high point of Andy Partridge’s stellar songwriting career (a ‘fact’ I once had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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Judas Priest – Firepower (2018)

For the NWOBHM icons Judas Priest (some of whom are now septuagenarians), their new album Firepower is really good, far exceeding their previous album Redeemer of Souls (2014). I’ve cued up a particularly strong track called “Flame Thrower”:

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Cirkus – Those Were The Days (1973)

Cirkus were a U.K. band who navigated between hard rock and prog rock. Their 1973 album One is excellent, with standout tracks being “You Are”, “Song For Tavish”, “Melissa”, and “Those Were The Days”. “Those Were The Days” has a … Continue reading

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Coroner – Paralized, Mesmerized (1993)

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XTC – The Ugly Underneath (1992)

One of the countless gems by this sorely missed, genius band. First there’s the handshake It’s so warm that you could bake by it Designed to take attention from their Ugly Underneath… Then there’s the wedding The coordinated bedding And … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Growing Up and I’m Fine (1973)

I just listened to Mick Ronson’s excellent solo album Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1974), which features a great song written by David Bowie called “Growing Up and I’m Fine”. Bowie apparently gifted the song to Ronson. Bowie’s demo of the … Continue reading

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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (2017)

I am greatly looking forward to this documentary on the greatly underrated guitarist and arranger Mick Ronson. The fact that David Bowie was very involved in the making of this documentary possibly attests to Bowie’s sense of complicity (however unintentional) … Continue reading

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Motorhead – In the Name of Tragedy (2004)

A thrash-influenced gem from late period Motorhead.

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TC&I – Scatter Me (2017)

The feud between Colin Moulding & Andy Partridge appears permanent. It’s a shame because, collectively, they put out fantastic albums as the songwriters of XTC. Some comfort comes in the form of TC&I, the new musical entity involving Colin Moulding … Continue reading

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The Beatles – Revolution (1968)

A blistering live version of “Revolution” by The Beatles, filmed on 9/4/68 at Twickenham Film Studios. They are all really playing, with Paul doing some great vocal counterpoints not on the album, though it appears they had the album track … Continue reading

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