Category Archives: Classic Albums

No One-Chord Ponies

As Mani announces his departure to devote his life to the Lord’s work (by which I mean, obviously, the reformed Stone Roses) and front man Bobby Gillespie channels the spirit of Spinal Tap to announce the next Primal Scream record will be based around ‘one chord’ I think it is timely to have a look back at the godlike genius that is Primal Scream.  Aside from being based around, one can only assume, The Greatest Chord Ever Known, Gillespie also told NME that the next record will also be very heavily influenced by their 20th anniversary touring of their classic Screamadelica album in 2011. So, will it be Screamadelica 2? I sincerely hope not. I will firstly point out that Screamadelica is one of my favourite records of all time.  My Top Five’ change fairly regularly and but it’s unlikely that there has been a time when Primal Scream’s epic pean to the party to end all parties has … Read more

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Five lesser known Stone Roses classics

The Stone Roses announced this week that they are reuniting. I’m a huge fan, so for me this reunion is some of the most exciting music news for quite some time. The Stone Roses are arguably one of the most important and exciting bands of the last 30 years, and they ended at a point where it seemed like they still had so much to give. They were kind of like the English equivalent of the Pixies (but with a tad more mainstream success) – great songs, but with an experimental edge and a “who gives a fuck” attitude to what their contemporaries were up to musically. Their three reunion shows also just sold out in the fastest time ever for a UK rock show. In short: the Stone Roses getting back together is a very big deal indeed. So if you’re not excited by the announcement of their reformation, … Read more

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Best Opening Lyrics: Teenage Fanclub – ‘The Concept’

She wears denim wherever she goes Says she’s gonna get some records by the Status Quo Oh yeah, Oh yeah She won’t be forced against her will Says she don’t do drugs, but she does the pill The opening lines of the opening song on their 1992 classic album Bandwagonesque. The album that was famously voted best album of that year by Spin magazine: beating out an album called Nevermind by a Washington band named Nirvana that to the best of my knowledge went on to do little else. You’ve gotta love Teenage Fanclub. They’re one of those bands that should’ve been huge but never really got as big as they deserved to, a bit like two of my other favourite bands The Ramones and The Replacements. Like those bands, their lack of megastardom meant that they didn’t burnt out and fade away as fast as some of their contemporaries. … Read more

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Top songs: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – “Moving Forward”

Ever listened to an album dozens of times, and then one day suddenly realise how brilliant one of the songs is – one that you had never noticed before? This happened to me the other day, with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s song “Moving Forward” from his second album Searching For The Hows and Whys. GCWF is one of my favourite artists. He writes sublime acoustic folk with home made beats – folktronica before there was folktronica. His first album The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, realeased in 2006, is actually one of my favourite albums of all time – one of those albums you can just listen to from start to finish, that make you feel like you’ve found something that you’ve always been looking for musically. As it happens Searching For The Hows And Whys (2008) is actually my least favourite of his three albums (he released his … Read more

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The world will be a better place with a new Glasvegas album in it

Glasvegas’ eponymous debut from 2008 was a life affirming album. From the moment the drums kicked in on opener “Flowers and Football Tops” you had a sharp intake of breath and a sudden realisation: this is what rock music should sound like. Second track and single “Geraldine” was arguably the song of 2008, and tracks like “Go Square Go”, “It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry” and “Daddy’s Gone” – to name just a few of the absolutely stunning tracks on offer – all added up to a classic rock album of the highest order. The word “epic” is overused and cliched, yet it’s the perfect word to describe Glasvegas’ music. Mid tempo, grandiose and studio crafted, vocals delivered in a thick Glaswegian brogue by singer James Allan – looking uncannily like a young Joe Strummer – and beaten out by a female drummer who stands up when … Read more

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