Archive for September, 2005

Trip to The Dentists

September 30, 2005

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Compared with most anaemic indie bands from 1985, whose members would struggle to detach the skin from a bowl of rice pudding, The Dentists were veritable Schwarzeneggers. Their debut album from 1985, Some People Are On The Pitch, They Think It’s All Over, is fantastic powerhouse pop that was unlike anything else around at the time. If The Smiths had played Garage Punk they might have sounded a bit like this.

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The 90s Libertines – Menswear

September 30, 2005

Menswear They were indie’s ultimate pin-ups – NME darlings who wrote great pop-punk songs, enjoyed the druggy delights of London nightlife, shagged groupies senseless and then imploded in dramatic style. No, not The Libertines, you fools, Menswear. And they really couldn’t have picked a more appropriate name for their debut album than Nuisance.

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The Smiths you could dance to

September 29, 2005

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Try calling yourself a Jazz Punk band without attracting a snigger or two. Yet that’s exactly how The Blow Monkeys billed their 1984 debut Limping for a Generation, and thanks to killer tunes like Forbidden Fruit and  Digging Your Scene, no one as much as chuckled.

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I’ve got those Nottingham Council House Blues

September 29, 2005

Sunhouse
Scottish pop bores Deacon Blue once posed the question; tell me, can this white man sing the blues?
No, he bloody well can’t, is the obvious retort – unless that man happens to be Gavin Clarke, the singer with long-forgotten Nottingham roots trio, Sunhouse, whose Crazy on the Weeekend album deserves to be on your pop radar.

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I’ve got those Nottingham Council House Blues

September 29, 2005

Sunhouse
Scottish pop bores Deacon Blue once posed the question; tell me, can this white man sing the blues?
No, he bloody well can’t, is the obvious retort – unless that man happens to be Gavin Clarke, the singer with long-forgotten Nottingham roots trio, Sunhouse, whose Crazy on the Weeekend album deserves to be on your pop radar.

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I’ve got those Nottingham Council House Blues

September 29, 2005

Sunhouse
Scottish pop bores Deacon Blue once posed the question; tell me, can this white man sing the blues?
No, he bloody well can’t, is the obvious retort – unless that man happens to be Gavin Clarke, the singer with long-forgotten Nottingham roots trio, Sunhouse, whose Crazy on the Weeekend album deserves to be on your pop radar.

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Cliff goes Macca

September 27, 2005

Cliff_high So, after discovering that not even Wogan will play his records ,Cliff Richard has threatened to give up making albums. Cue a minute’s silence at the Dorchester branch of the Women’s Institute and a catastrophic decline in sales of shiny shell suits. Well it’ll be a shame if he does concentrate on the tennis career as hidden away in Cliff’s large back catalogue is a gem or two like the soundtrack of the 1973 movie Take Me High.

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Like a widescreen Duran Duran

September 27, 2005

Rialto Their songs may be karaoke classics in Korea, but to most British pop lovers, Rialto is still the name of the local cinema that morphed into a multiplex, rather than the wonderful band who delivered cinemascopic John Barry meets New Romantic gems a few years back. Their 2001 ‘London’ epic, Night on Earth, yours for a couple of quid, could well be a contender for the album of the decade so far.

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Send a review; win a Philips Shoqbox

September 26, 2005

Shoqbox_1 Convinced that Dylan never made a more hummable album than his late 70s Bible-bashing epic Slow Train Coming? Or that Nirvana never bettered Bleach? Or that Northern Uproar were the band Oasis could have been.

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Cilla’s mystic trip

September 26, 2005

Cillablacksheroo Forget yer Pink Floyds, Jefferson Airplanes and Grateful Deads. For the full on pop psych experience you need to start sniffing out 45s that feature established artists donning the beads and kaftans and desperately trying to sound groovy. Like, er, Cilla Black and her pop sike album of sorts – Sheroo.

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