Rediscover Radiohead - The Bends I've read quite a lot of articles recently as The Bends by Radiohead is 20 years old this year.  It has always been an album that I've loved and it was the one that got me into listening to them as a band in the first place.  I didn't think too much about it (apart from how old it made me feel) until a friend of mine sent me a lovely message this week... >>
Musical Advent Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas Trust Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to take the good old fashioned Christmas song and turn it into something that's extravagant and entirely commonplace at the same time. >>
Tracks of my years The Divine Comedy - Love What You Do The Divine Comedy's twenty-first century reboot was both bold and brilliant, but not the commercial success Parlophone had hoped for. >>
Tracks of my years Coldplay - Yellow There are no guilty pleasures: only pleasures. Yellow is one of them. >>
Tracks of my years David Bowie - Underground In all seriousness, Underground is a glorious pop masterpiece that underperformed, from a film that did likewise. >>
Track of the Day Talk Talk - It’s my Life It's My Life failed to reach the Top 40 on its original release in 1984, but became the band's highest charting single when it got as high as #13 after being re-released in 1990 to promote Talk Talk's "Best-of" collection, Natural History. >>
Track of the Day Supergrass - Mansize Rooster Less drug-addled than The Libertines, and in my experience (apparently) more memorable live performers, Supergrass took the spirit of Madness and ran very much amok with it. >>
Track of the Day The Beatles - Rain Share Having been reared on 1962-1966 (aka The Red Album), and 1967-1970 (aka The Red Album), I took the path of least resistance and started my own Beatles album collection … >>
Track of the Day The Sundays - Wild Horses Share Not only was I one day out with my Pulp post yesterday, but I also managed to mess up a pleasing horse-sequence I had lined up. After Saturday's horses … >>
Track of the Day Supergrass - Pumping on Your Stereo Share With their cheeky kids "n" escapades debut I Should Coco, and the success of "Alright" (a number 2 hit in the summer of 1995), Supergrass have since been often … >>
Album review The Divine Comedy - Victory for the Comic Muse Share The obvious reference point for the title is the long-forgotten début album Fanfare for the Comic Muse. The truth, as so often is the case with The Divine Comedy, … >>
Album review The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends Share After Regeneration sadly, mystifyingly failed to have the intended impact, Neil Hannon broke up the band, toured with Ben Folds (the two performing extra-special covers of classics such as … >>
Album review The Divine Comedy - Regeneration Share Maybe if just the music had changed... After Fin de Siècle, The Divine Comedy moved from Setanta, their label home for five albums, and joined Parlophone. For Regeneration they … >>
Track of the Day Morrissey - The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get Share What’s to hate about Morrissey, really? He’s puckish and mischievous, but he’s pretty harmless. When he pops out from his LA home now, it’s usually just to say something … >>
Track of the Day The Divine Comedy - Party Fears Two Share Time for a quick and easy game of connections: Yesterday's track was "Candy" by Ash, which featured a sample of "Make it Easy on Yourself", originally by The Walker … >>
Album review Morrissey - Your Arsenal Share It’s a curious sensation, reviewing an album I know so well. Normally I find I have to listen about a dozen times to make sure I’ve caught the hooks … >>
Track of the Day Radiohead - No Surprises Share One of the best sounding albums of the 90s, expanding on the sound of The Bends, and taking Radiohead into galaxies new, leaving Pablo Honey all but a distant … >>
Track of the Day Graham Coxon - Bittersweet Bundle of Misery Share The second single from the Blur guitarist's fifth and most successful solo album, "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery" is a treasure chest of riffs and pieces that remind you of … >>
Track of the Day Supergrass - Sun Hits The Sky Share I was going to start out by admitting to a bit of a literal pick today with this typically weekendish track from the good-time funlovin' Oxford britpoppers, but the … >>
Track of the Day The Sundays - Summertime Share It's really hard to find novels about the music industry that aren't entirely populated by sleazy scumbags you wouldn't wish on your worst enemies. Disconcertingly, the more you read … >>
Track of the Day Goodbye The Sundays - Goodbye Share It's the lovely Harriet Wheeler again. If you don't think she has just the most beautiful voice, you might want to consider booking an appointment with your local ear … >>
Track of the Day EMF - I Believe I believe, do you? Here’s the Forest of Dean’s finest, the Epsom Mad Funkers, with a song written by future Beyoncé and Florence and The Machine collaborator Ian Dench. >>
Track of the Day Eddy Grant - I Don’t Wanna Dance Share As it's the 60th birthday of the charts today, here's a super-special bonus post. The singles chart was invented by the NME in 1962 when they rang around a … >>
Track of the Day Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind Share There’s a brilliance and a genius at the heart of the Pet Shop Boys that for whatever reason some people didn’t like to acknowledge. In the music, the art … >>