Death Rattle – The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Oasis and the travesty of British Alternative Rock in the 90s
Large elements of the UK alternative press seemed to be waiting for the right guitar band to get behind, the right guitar band to believe in. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Stone Roses.
Grunge. Done badly, it’s horrendous. (I was going to link to a Silverchair video here, but thought better of it.)
Blimey. There’s Norman Blake, he of my much-loved Glaswegian pop stars Teenage Fanclub. (True story: my first girlfriend named her pet hamster after Norman – then in The Boy Hairdressers. It was after we split.) There’s Euros Childs, he of my much-loved Welsh pop stars Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. (True story: Gorky’s press agent called me […]
There’s a new Edwyn Collins album out. You don’t know how happy it makes me, just typing those words.
So some guy reads my piece on Australian garage bands and decides to contact me on Facebook, asking if I’d like to hear a CD of his band. I say, direct me to your music first, so he does. I give it a listen. I like it. It’s all spark and fire: rhythms like Captain […]
I’m a sucker for a Welsh accent. This is beautiful gentle funny and smart pastoral music, made by a fellow who’s played with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Sebadoh, apparently. The entire album is fetching and beguiling and several other words that end in ‘ing’, and the harmonies sometimes remind me of Teenage Fanclub because they […]
This song can reduce me to tears. Just beautiful. That line, the harmonies on that line, “Here is a sunrise/Ain’t that enough/True as a clear sky/Ain’t that enough?” Ignore the weird intro bit at the start of this video. You need to start listening at 0.17 seconds. I received an advance copy of Teenage Fanclub’s […]
Um. Oh. Wait a sec… I was going to wholeheartedly recommend this, because every decade needs a new Helen Love, a new Bangs – plus, this bunch match the sheer 60s pop ramalama delight of Ramones to the gorgeously outdated harmonies of Redd Kross or Teenage Fanclub on a song like ‘Hey Hey Ho’ or […]