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  • 2014-08-01 19.20.45

    What do I know about… Old School

    Aug 2 • Rant, The Rhythm The Rebel • 2387 Views

    Some subjects are stepping stones, and Old School – rap and hip-hop from the day – helped step me up.

    I didn’t notice at the time, but the story of how rap got into the head of a kid from the Yorkshire coalfields is quite a story in itself. Continue Reading

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  • 2014-07-30 21.50.57

    What do I know about… Yorkshire.

    Jul 31 • British, Rant • 1728 Views

    On 1st of August it is Yorkshire Day; when we celebrate the auld county.

    Eons ago I ran a website devoted to Yorkshire, and once published a charts of the top 50 Yorkshire songs of all time – and I’m highly tempted to roll it out again to remind folks how many classy acts have emerged from the my home county. Continue Reading

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  • 2014-07-29 22.33.05

    Shipbuilding

    Jul 30 • British, Featured • 2327 Views

    The song Shipbulding came at us quite literally out of left field.

    Written by a singer still struggling to to shake off a superficial “angry brainic” persona – Elvis Costello – in response to a complicated political war. Continue Reading

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  • 2014-07-28 21.26.08

    What do I know about… The Vox Continental

    Jul 29 • Rant • 1945 Views

    The Vox Continental is quite simply the king of keyboard cool.

    It’s a transistor-based combo organ that came out in ’62 and immediately looked and sounded so rock’n’roll every hipster band had to have it. That reverse harpsichord-style black-and-red keyboard and the chrome Z stand gave it such a 60s vibe, and it had such a wonderful sound…. Continue Reading

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  • 2014-07-27 21.23.55

    This is England

    Jul 28 • British • 1498 Views

    The last great single by one of England’s finest bands, The Clash. It’s pretty much a solo number by a world weary Joe Strummer, trying to strike a spark beneath the embers of a band whose fire had long gone out. Continue Reading

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  • Wolfhounds

    The Wolfhounds Cheer Up.

    Jul 27 • British • 4920 Views

    Almost thirty years ago one of England’s best garage acts got lumped into a music mag campaign called C-86. A pre Brit-pop attempt to collect the leading indie acts of the day into a handy British music movement and sell a few papers.

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  • 2014-07-26 23.12.56

    Whole Lotta love

    Jul 27 • British, Featured • 1705 Views

    As a kid living in a coalfield backwater and getting into punk rock there was a big local problem. Everyone else.

    At 15 it was clear that all my musically-inclined peers were into traditional long haired rock, and Led Zeppelin were, at the time, considered the dog’s bollocks. Continue Reading

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  • Dub

    What do I know about… Dub

    Jul 26 • Rant, Reggae • 2385 Views

    I’ve been into dub forever. Never mind all that talk of transplanted psychedelia, it was all about those after hours sessions at Studio One and Treasure Isle, re-cutting instrumental tracks for the emerging dancehall DJ scene. Continue Reading

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    Rocket 88

    Jul 26 • Good Rockin' Tonight, Motovatin' • 2518 Views

    Rock n roll had to start somewhere, and this gloriously raucous cut from Chess Records in ’51 is a good place to start. This was a 19 yr old Ike Turner record fair and square – Jackie Brenston was the bass player of Ike’s band, and he did write the thing, but why Sam Phillips put Jackie’s name on the label is anyones guess. Continue Reading

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  • Keith Hudson

    Keith Hudson – Nuh Skin Up

    Jul 26 • Featured, Reggae • 1244 Views

    Keith Hudson’s Nuh Skin Up was something else. Some fine 12″ version vinyl had been emerging from Jamaica for a few years – one being Hudson’s ‘Brand’ from ’77. But suddenly there was this menacing and downright angry piece of dub, sonically pushing the limits. Continue Reading

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