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Bruce Dickinson’s like fine (Gothic) wine!

OK, first up a warning...Auntie Joey, you might want to turn down your hearing aid... Here we go... The iconic former front man of Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickimson, has just released a new album. And by "just" I mean 1 March 2024. I've always been a huge fan of Iron Maiden and, let's face it, while me saying that Bruce Dickimson is the "sound of Iron Maiden", it might wrongly […]

todayMarch 4, 2024 10

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The result of a “close encounter”…sings The Who!?

Imagine the scenario, if you can...fading tennis star meets waitress at the restaurant Nobu in London. The two of them are overcome with lust and, rather than wait a couple of minutes like adults to find a shag pad, they decide a broom closet is ideal. So they go in where they don't have full sex but, how shall I put it, a "Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski" moment. She […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 21

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Critics versus Artists : Duran Duran’s cover of “Perfect Day”

It's an eternal dichotomy...music critics versus the artists that create the songs or albums. It's astonishing how different not only critics' opinions are (and yes, they are opinions and by definition subjective). As far as movies go, it has almost become an unwritten rule that, if you simply watch movies for its entertsinment vaue and as a form of escapism, you should avoid films that are rated highly by critics […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 5

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Bill Ryder-Jones…the best musician you’ve (probably) never heard of

William Edward Ryder-Jones-his name sounds as if he's a posh English toff or a member of the British House of Lords- is one of the best singer/songwriters around, yet, he's hardly made a blip on the international scene. Bill Ryder-Jones started out as founding member and lead guitarist of The Coral, but after 8 years, he left to pursue a solo career. His fifth album, "Iechyd Da" (which means "good […]

todayJanuary 8, 2024 30

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Pentatonix goes “Christmas”…again…

OK so my aversion to Christmas music is well known. As pointed out on a previous blog, though, it isn't  really about the music per se. In fact Christmas songs and carols are some of the best known and best loved songs out there. Little wonder, then, that they are some of the most covered songs in existence. "Silent Night", "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" are the most covered songs […]

todayDecember 18, 2023 49

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In defense of Christmas Music

I've built a bit of a reputation amongst my colleagues as a hater of Christmas music. And I must confess : it certainly is the case. When I hear a Mariah Carey Christmas tune I want to scream, or perhaps stick sharpened stakes into my ears to stop the torture... But it is not really Christmas music per se that I have a problem with. After some serious contemplation and […]

todayDecember 6, 2023 48

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OMD still fresh yet familiar after 5 decades!

Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark are, to come extent, a dinosaur which, by rights, should be extinct as it has, by all measure, outlived its era and should no longer be popular or active. But they are. For those to young to know, OMD are an English electronic band formed in Merseyside in 1978. The group consists of founding duo and principal songwriters Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul […]

todayNovember 28, 2023 68

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Duran Duran proves New Wave has legs…

Duran Duran were at the forefront of the New Wave movement in the 1980's. Hugely popular with the fans, Duran Duran's music was often panned by the critics as "throwaway mindless pop". In fact, Moby said of the band in his website diary in 2003: "... they were cursed by what we can call the 'Bee Gees" curse, which is: 'write amazing songs, sell tons of records, and consequently incur […]

todayNovember 16, 2023 122 2

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“Unplugged” is the true test of a voice

Consider two voices...both males who fronted bands who, in their own way, were at the forefront of music at different times. Their voices are in a different register, have very different timbre and were, in the original versions of the songs that made them famous, great in their own way. On one hand the tortured, nasal, almost whiny voice of Kurt Cobain singing the "theme track" of Grunge, Nirvana's "Come […]

todayNovember 12, 2023 119

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