Cor Baby That’s Really Free!

One of the artists I saw five times in the UK, culminating with meeting him in person in the Union at Leeds, was the amazing and unique John Otway!  Otway is 100% the type of act you need to see live.  I saw him four times in London at various pubs …

Tearjerkers

I loved Max’s Top 10 slow punkers  and was left wondering what mine would be… Well, I probably can’t better it. A few changes here and there but it’s just quibbling. Then I started thinking more generally about the maudlin tearjerker that goes well with a bottle of something good …

The Top Rank Ballroom

If you’ve been watching this blog closely you’ll notice from time to time I refer to The Top Rank Ballroom – this is before I heard Derek & Clive talking about with an ant sucking his left nipple.  I grew up just outside of Brighton, Sussex and the Top Rank …

Top Ten Punk Slow Songs

Now I know how successful my Top Ten Punk lists have been so it’s time for a new one which is less associated with Punk Music – the Slow Song.  I’m not sure if these can really be considered Punk Songs – or if there is even such a thing …

Pogues Я Christmas

So they have made Whiskey (don’t forget the ‘e’) from the spirit of the pogues (see what I did there). About time too I hear you say. What about some Damned beer, or some Kate Bush w(h)ine? ‘I am going where streams of whisky are flowing’, as it says on …

Top Ten Punk Driving Songs

There is nothing like getting on the open road with the sunroof open and speeding to some really heart pounding songs.  So to follow on from Love and Life Changing Punk Songs I present my favorite driving songs. Create your own playlist and get out on the road right now and …

No More Heroes

When I was a teenager and before I got into the greatest live band of all time, The Clash (of course), I was really into those bad boys of punk, The Stranglers.  A lot of bands at the time really cared about their image and what people thought about them, but …

Hungry for your love

Max has shared his favourite punk and new wave love songs; a pretty good selection, though ‘love’ here is clearly a subject rather than an emotion, including bromance, split-up, rejection etc as well as amour fou. Well, that was punk. A gentler, kinder (gruffer, grumpier) example is the greatest singer …

What about 1977?

I commend The Consul for his in-depth treatise on the greatest decade of music, but I don’t know if it is because he is a year older or that he really loves 1967 so much (and don’t get me wrong some amazing albums did come out in 1967), but I …

Greatest Year in Music 7

Actually, 1973 has just made me think again. I’m gonna list a kinda top ten, but it doesn’t include Countdown to Ecstasy, Solid Air, Greetings from Asbury Park, Berlin, Heartbreaker, Don’t shoot Me … There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Aladin Sane, Catch a Fire. So, 1973 is starting to win me …

Greatest Year in Music 3

Well 1968 was another great year, without even mentionind White Light / White Heat, Electric Ladyland, or Eli and the Thirteenth Confession or Aretha and Ennio, Floyd or The Pretty Things, or The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier! Can we get all the great stuff from 1969 into a …

Greatest Year in Music 2

Well 1967 looks pretty hard to beat. It’s so flipping inaugural (Doors, Cohen, Velvets etc) and there’s so much great stuff you can’t get into a list of ten albums. But you have the essence of not just the summer but the year in everything Pepper represents in terms of …

Forgot The Fucking Milk!

You can always rely on The Consul to bring the smiles.  One of the other great benefits of aging is you forget more and more things, not just the milk.  Luckily it means you get more exercise, and in that way you start to see the bigger picture – we …

The Last Gig in Town

The last time I saw The Clash was Detroit in ’68. No, Joni fans, it was actually at the Brixton Academy in ’82, so it’s great to have one of my favourite gigs commemorized (neologism there) in a box set. This 2-CD issue features the set list from the night …

Memphis Blues

So, Max is a big Marc Cohn fan and he loves Walking in Memphis. One of the differences between the US and the UK is the scale of our ambition these days. Boy, you ain’t got a prayer in Lidl!