Year: 1986

Track of the Day Crowded House - Don’t Dream It’s Over Share Having hinted at it yesterday, I did think I'd hold out for longer before pulling this one out, but perhaps I can use it as the start of a … >>
Track of the Day R.E.M. - Fall on Me Share Given that it’s taken me the best part of 20 years to figure out what my favourite R.E.M. album is, this might explain why I could spend most of … >>
Track of the Day The Housemartins - Happy Hour I've decided November is to be 80s month, and although I'm a day late with the first video, this gives me a chance to dedicate the first track to office drones everywhere. >>
Album review R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant Share After the much-questioned production sound of Fables of the Reconstruction R.E.M. headed off in an altogether different direction for its follow-up Lifes Rich Pageant, opting to work with Don … >>
Track of the Day The Jesus and Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking Share From a band torn apart by drugs to songs about drugs, starting with a 1986 EP from The Jesus And Mary Chain, featuring Bobby Gillespie in his final appearance … >>
Track of the Day The Go-Betweens - Spring Rain Share In a world that fully embraces Crowded House (who might just crop up later this month, you never know...), it's mystifying that a band like the Go-Betweens should pass … >>
Track of the Day The Smiths - The Queen is Dead Share Take me back to dear old blighty... It begins with a World War I music hall number about returning home from the front, interrupted by feedback and drum rolls, … >>
Track of the Day Bruce Hornsby & The Range - The Way It Is Share The same week that Paul Simon's album Graceland, partly recorded in Apartheid-era South Africa and featuring South African musicians, entered the album charts, another new entry would include a … >>
Mr The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out According to the brilliant Nick Kent There Is A Light That Never Goes Out "suffers from an arrangement that utilises synthesised strings and the like, which simply detracts from the thrust of the performance, making it sound camp". Harsh, you have to say. >>
Track of the Day Nick Drake - Time of no Reply Share Ah, continuity... As one month ends, another begins, and as we were at the end of one, so we are at the start of the next. Having seen May … >>
Tracks of my years David Bowie - Underground In all seriousness, Underground is a glorious pop masterpiece that underperformed, from a film that did likewise. >>