Category Archives: Pop

TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION. Hardly ever does commercial success and critical acclaim come overnight for a band. Instead, it often takes a couple of albums before a band hits their stride. That was the case with the Teenage Fanclub.  It wasn’t until the Teenage Fanclub released their third album Bandwagonesque in November 1991 that commercial …

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THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS.

THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, …

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MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE.

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE. You shouldn’t judge a book by its covers. These are wise words. Especially when it comes to Mull Historical Society. The name doesn’t sound particularly rock ’n’ roll. Far from it. Instead, it conjures up dusty relics in a far flung museum on the remote, but beautiful Isle Of Mull. However, that’s …

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BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD.

BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t equate to commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been the biggest bands in musical history. That wasn’t the case. Lady luck failed to smile on Big Star when they released a trio of albums between 1972 and 1978. Despite this, nowadays, …

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PHIL’S SPECTRE-A WALL OF SOUNDALIKES.

PHIL’S SPECTRE-A WALL OF SOUNDALIKES. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So it must have seemed to Phil Spector, as producers on both side of the Atlantic tried to replicate his famous Wall Of Sound. These producers looked enviously at Phil Spector, and wanted to enjoy the same commercial success and critical acclaim that …

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CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down  a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which recently …

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RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES.

RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES. Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, RM Hubbert made his first  tentative steps into Glasgow’s vibrant musical scene when he joined Me, Hubby and Thom. Since then, the man that’s known to all as Hubby, has become a stalwart of the Scottish music scene. He’s been a club promoter, and a …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Most people haven’t heard of Castle Douglas. Why should they? It’s a small market town in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland. However, Castle Douglas has been home to some famous faces over the last 224 years. This includes a potter, politician, footballer and two rugby players. However, they’ve …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second …

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SCRATCH MY BACK! PYE BEAT GIRLS 1963-1968.

SCRATCH MY BACK! PYE BEAT GIRLS 1963-1968. During the swinging sixties, Pye Records and its sister label Piccadilly Records were housed in London’s West End. Both labels had an enviable roster of artists. This included some of the top British female pop singers. Two of the biggest names were Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw. They …

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NICOLETTE LARSON-NICOLETTE/IN THE NICK OF TIME/RADIOLAND.

NICOLETTE LARSON-NICOLETTE/IN THE NICK OF TIME/RADIOLAND. Although Nicolette Larson was born in Helena, Montana in 1952, growing up, she led something of a nomadic existence. This couldn’t be helped. Her father worked for the US Treasury, and was often transferred to other towns and cities. By the time Nicolette graduated high school, the Larson family …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION. One of Ace Records’ longest running and most successful compilation series is their Songwriters’ series. It looks back at the careers of some of the most successful songwriters in the history of modern music. This includes Bacharach and David, Goffin and King, Serge Gainsbourg, Dan Penn, Laura …

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THE TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA, KIM MYHR AND JENNY HVAL-IN THE END HIS VOICE WILL BE THE SOUND OF PAPER.

THE TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA, KIM MYHR AND JENNY HVAL-IN THE END HIS VOICE WILL BE THE SOUND OF PAPER. Back in 2012, Kim Myhr got the opportunity to collaborate with The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra again. This was an exciting opportunity for composer, guitarist and improviser Kim Myhr. He had already collaborated with The Trondheim Jazz …

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THE LADIES OF TOO SLOW TO DISCO.

THE LADIES OF TOO SLOW TO DISCO. Over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence in interest in the West Coast sound. It fell from grace in  the late seventies. Before that, the West Coast sound had won over the hearts and minds of record buyers, and provided the soundtrack to much of the …

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MARIANNE FAITHFUL-NORTH COUNTRY MAID AND LOVE IN A MIST.

MARIANNE FAITHFUL-NORTH COUNTRY MAID AND LOVE IN A MIST. By March 1964, it was apparent that pop music wasn’t just a passing fad. The Beatles were a global phenomenon, and the British Invasion of the American charts had just begun. Britain was a musical powerhouse, that the world envied. Despite this, many labels weren’t resting …

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HOUSE OF NOT-THE WALKABOUT OF A. NEXTER NIODE- PART TWO-SEXUS,

HOUSE OF NOT-THE WALKABOUT OF A. NEXTER NIODE- PART TWO-SEXUS, For many people, the golden age of the concept album was the seventies. It seemed that every self respecting rock band had to release a concept album. This was almost a musical rite of passage. However, rock’s royalty weren’t content to release just one concept …

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LOVE HIT ME!-DECCA BEAT GIRLS 1962-1970.

LOVE HIT ME!-DECCA BEAT GIRLS 1962-1970. The post-Beatles’ pop boom of the early sixties seemed to catch some record labels unaware. They came to the party late. Some label executives thought that pop music was a passing fad, and were reluctant to commit scarce resources to it. This had disastrous consequences. By the time, these …

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KINKED! KINKS SONGS AND SESSIONS 1964-1971.

KINKED! KINKS SONGS AND SESSIONS 1964-1971. Between 1964 and 1971, The Kinks were musical trailblazers who took Britain and America by storm. Critical acclaim accompanied many of The Kinks’ albums. Partly, this was because The Kinks never stood still musically. Instead, they were musical chameleons. They realised that to stay relevant, that their music had …

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DAN WHITEHOUSE-INTRODUCING.

DAN WHITEHOUSE-INTRODUCING. When Birmingham based Dan Whitehouse came to record his debut album, he didn’t head to one of the city’s many recording studios. Instead, his flat became a makeshift studio. That was where Dan Whitehouse recorded the eleven songs that became his eponymous debut album. It was released in 2012, and introduced Dan Whitehouse …

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