Monthly Archives: June 2012

Herman's Hermits – I'm Into Something Good

There’s a great clip from around 1968 of Peter Noone having a rather heated discussion with Graham Nash about whether musicians have a responsibility to try to change the world. Of course, Nash thought that they did, wanting to put … Continue reading

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The Raincoats – Don't Be Mean

Always a cult favourite, The Raincoats received new attention in the mid-nineties as a result of Kurt Cobain’s constant namechecking. This song, from their Looking in The Shadows LP (their first since 1984’s Moving), was proof that they were still … Continue reading

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Perfume Genius – Learning

The strange thing about Mike Hadreas’ (Mr Perfume Genius) overtly lo-fi, minimalist songs is that they also sound so big and full. I think this is partly because there’s enough hint of drama, and certainly enough melody, to enable you … Continue reading

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Manowar – Manowar

Manowar were (and still are, as far as I know) utterly ridiculous. This poster (click link) tells you all you need to know: MANOWAR Big, bombastic, sword and sorcery, macho (with homoerotic over/undertones) nonsense basically. More Spinal Tap than Spinal … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Aladdin Sane

From the 1973 album of the same name, this is where Bowie attempts to leave the glam stuff behind and go forward into more experimental territory. It starts nicely enough, swingingly even, and were it not for the slightly jarring … Continue reading

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Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers

“I’m a fucking walking paradox. No, I’m not.” I first heard this song while falling asleep in bed and it scared me awake. Not just because the track itself is scary – like something crawling from the cellar – but … Continue reading

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Jens Lekman – Black Cab

Like a Swedish Stephen Merritt, Lekman is a highly intelligent pop craftsman who always manages to stay on just the right side of smart-arsiness. This, probably his best song, captures that moment we’ve all been in: feeling lonely and sorry … Continue reading

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