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‘Kathy, don’t! Debbie doesn’t! Mary won’t!’ How we chose our name, by The Contractions

A three-piece power trio who considered calling themselves The Three-piece Power Trio, San Francisco’s The Contractions – Mary...

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Boogie Nights to Thriller: Rod Temperton, the soul genius most fans have never heard of

Along with the unbearably sad deaths of David Bowie, Prince and George Michael in 2016, we also lost a musician and composer whose songs...

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Band of the year: The Avalanches – it took them 16 years, but it was well worth the wait

What do you do after you’ve made the best album of 2000? If you are The Avalanches, you wait 16 years, then produce a follow-up that...

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10 Christmas songs that won’t make you think maybe King Herod had the right idea after all

Tis the season to be jolly fed up of hearing “simply having a wonderful Christmas time” or “Christmas time, mistletoe and...

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Don’t be an idiot: it’s Meat Loaf, two words. But my friends call me Meat

The New York Times, which once referred to the eminent Sex Pistols as “Mr Rotten” and “Mr Vicious”, would no doubt...

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School of Rock report: Andrew Lloyd Webber gets a B+ but it’s A-stars all round for the kids

School of Rock may be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new West End musical, but the best song in it is not an Andrew Lloyd Webber composition....

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‘You won’t have heard of them. It’s by a group called The Beatles’

It was 55 years ago today – at around 3pm on Saturday 28 October, 1961 – that 18-year-old Raymond Jones walked into a shop in...

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From ABBA to X: are these the 101 best band names in the world?

The answer is no, but they are an interesting selection of writer Bart Bull’s favourites, listed in his book Battle of the Band...

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The Egos: Discography of Your Favourite Band

A lovely cartoon strip by Grant Snider – for more of his brilliant work, visit Incidental Comics.  ...

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The Turtles Present The Battle of the Bands

‘I was snorting coke on Abraham Lincoln’s desk in the White House. Yes, that Abraham Lincoln and that White House.’ So...

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