Archive for October, 2005

Indie boys get soulful

October 27, 2005

Embrace_never_been_me Epic Northern rockers Embrace recently enjoyed the biggest comeback since Lazarus. Just as we thought they were destined for the indie bargain bin, the McNamara brothers returned to the fray with the glorious Chris Martin penned Gravity. Ironically, though, the accompanying album was their weakest to date – high on production values, but low on memorable tunes. Embrace actually made their masterpiece long before Martin got his slogan-emblazoned hands on them – their seriously underrated 2001 third album, If You’ve Never Been is a slow-burning, soulful record with a gorgeous melancholy vibe.

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Dylan’s last masterpiece

October 26, 2005

Dylan_train
So the Devil has all the best tunes does he? Well, what about Cliff, Pat Boone, The Alarm and Charlene ‘never been to me’ Oliver? I bet Old Nick won’t be able to muster up a line up anywhere near as good that for Hellstock! But maybe the best God-bothering album of all time is actually from, ironically enough, a good Jewish boy. Yes it is time PopJunkie sent Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming to the pearly pop gates in the sky.

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Dylan’s last masterpiece

October 26, 2005

Dylan_train
So the Devil has all the best tunes does he? Well, what about Cliff, Pat Boone, The Alarm and Charlene ‘never been to me’ Oliver? I bet Old Nick won’t be able to muster up a line up anywhere near as good that for Hellstock! But maybe the best God-bothering album of all time is actually from, ironically enough, a good Jewish boy. Yes it is time PopJunkie sent Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming to the pearly pop gates in the sky.

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Dylan’s last masterpiece

October 26, 2005

Dylan_train
So the Devil has all the best tunes does he? Well, what about Cliff, Pat Boone, The Alarm and Charlene ‘never been to me’ Oliver? I bet Old Nick won’t be able to muster up a line up anywhere near as good that for Hellstock! But maybe the best God-bothering album of all time is actually from, ironically enough, a good Jewish boy. Yes it is time PopJunkie sent Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming to the pearly pop gates in the sky.

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The best album ever about public transport

October 25, 2005

Robyn_trains
There are three things serious pop fans know about Robyn Hitchcock. Firstly that his major public outings these days involve wearing dodgy shirts and odd-coloured trousers at Dylan tribute gigs. Secondly that he’s a songwriter who is revered in the States but is seen as little more than an eccentric in his homeland. And lastly that his late 70s early 80s band The Soft Boys so influenced REM that the Georgians had to befriend him possibly to save on legal costs. All this is rather tragic as it means so few people have ever heard his records especially his 1984 ‘comeback album’  I Often Dream Of Trains.

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Actor in great pop album shocker

October 24, 2005

Richrad_harris_my_boy
You might know him best as a classy movie actor who enjoyed a bevvie or two, but Richard Harris had a pretty amazing pop career. And we don’t just mean his 11 minute epic McArthur Park.
In fact, it was just the start of a fascinating musical odyssey that led to several memorable albums including PopJunkie favourite, My Boy, which featured the original version of the title song which was in a different class to the later undistinguished Elvis Presley cover.

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The greatest Irish band you’ve never heard

October 21, 2005

A_house_greatest
Sad, beautiful, vitriolic, and far too ugly to be famous. A House had everything going for them but their looks. But all the years of being unhappy, unattractive outsiders, gave them the cynical, melancholic, bittersweet nuance which affects their work.
Founded in 1985 in Dublin, A House released a few EPs and a couple of very-hard-to-come-by albums before coming up with the beautiful I Am The Greatest, an album that should be in every PopJunkie’s collection.

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The greatest Irish band you’ve never heard

October 21, 2005

A_house_greatest
Sad, beautiful, vitriolic, and far too ugly to be famous. A House had everything going for them but their looks. But all the years of being unhappy, unattractive outsiders, gave them the cynical, melancholic, bittersweet nuance which affects their work.
Founded in 1985 in Dublin, A House released a few EPs and a couple of very-hard-to-come-by albums before coming up with the beautiful I Am The Greatest, an album that should be in every PopJunkie’s collection.

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The greatest Irish band you’ve never heard

October 21, 2005

A_house_greatest
Sad, beautiful, vitriolic, and far too ugly to be famous. A House had everything going for them but their looks. But all the years of being unhappy, unattractive outsiders, gave them the cynical, melancholic, bittersweet nuance which affects their work.
Founded in 1985 in Dublin, A House released a few EPs and a couple of very-hard-to-come-by albums before coming up with the beautiful I Am The Greatest, an album that should be in every PopJunkie’s collection.

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The other band from Oxford

October 20, 2005

Candyskins
Oxford’s indie popsters The Candyskins should have been bigger than Radiohead.
Their 1997 debut album on Ultimate, Sunday Morning Fever (love that title),  is certainly a better record than Thom Yorke and co’s patchy first offering, Pablo Honey, but whereas Radiohead went on to disappear up their own arse massive success, The Candyskins faded into obscurity.

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