Monthly Archive: April, 2010

“Fie on thee, thou progressive rock harlot!”

I have been very honest about my “guilty little secret”, which for those of you who can’t recall is my affection for the poppier side of progressive rock. Yes, I enjoy the odd… Continue reading

Psychedelic Shuffle

Been on a 60’s kick this week. Since my new commute is now only 15 minutes each morning I only get to hear about 1.5 hours of music a week. For some reason… Continue reading

Reason #1 Why The 80’s Did, Indeed, Suck

Goth culture. Although, I must admit, some of the music was pretty damn good…

Reason #7 Why The 80’s DIdn’t Suck As Bad As We Thought It Did

ARTIST: Prefab Sprout YEAR OF RELEASE: 1985 SIMILAR ARTISTS: The Smiths, The Beautiful South, Aztec Camera,Squeeze, Lloyd Cole FOLLOWERS: Ben Folds, Fountains Of Wayne Although Prefab Sprout never made much of a splash… Continue reading

Reason #6 Why The 80’s Didn’t Suck As Bad As We Thought It Did

The Smiths were one of those bands that came out of nowhere and slapped the music industry upside the head with a tuneful blend of lyrical melancholia and jangly guitars. Their debut appeared… Continue reading

A Quick Break From Music Blogging

In the 23 or so years I’ve been in the newspaper business I have never been exposed to something this weird and sad.  A man wrote his own obituary, slipped it through our… Continue reading

What I Listened To On My Ipod Yesterday

First, some sad news: one of the most consistently enjoyable bands of the last 15 years is breaking up. Supergrass are no more, folks, so rush out and buy their back catalog.  Oh,… Continue reading

Reason’s #4 and #5 Why The 80’s Didn’t Suck As Bad As We All Thought It Did

SUBJECT: Sandinista! by The Clash YEAR OF RELEASE: 1980 I’m not delusional. I get why the triple album Sandinista! by The Clash splits critics and fans alike. I mean, come on, a triple… Continue reading

Reason #3 Why The 80’s Didn’t Suck As Bad As We All Thought It Did

What about #2, you ask? See Holly’s post on The Police HERE. SUBJECT: Dazzle Ships by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The time was 1981 and OMD had just released their career/ critical… Continue reading

Reason #1 Why The 80’s Didn’t Suck As Bad As People Think It Did

SUBJECT: Pat Fish/Jazz Butcher COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England INFLUENCES: Jonathan Richman, Ray Davies, Lou Reed SIMILAR ARTIST: Robyn Hitchcock STYLE/GENRE: Pop rock/Alternative/Indie MOODS: Wry/Irreverent I have been a fan of The Jazz Butcher,… Continue reading