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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 15


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 10


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 15 1


“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 18


Alice Cooper hits the “Road”…after a half century!

Alice Cooper is a rock institution. There are very few artists who can boast 50 years front and centre in the music scene ...and yet Alice Cooper has been producing great albums for that long- in fact 29 studio albums and 50 singles. And there are very few of those that were not right up there in terms of quality. Cooper's back with a new album "Road". And it features […]

todayNovember 6, 2023 14


A great song is a great song, irrespective of language…

Once upon a time there was a German pop-rock band that called itself "Crusade" when they were founded in 1975. They then became Opus, but after an Austrian band also called Opus had a huge hit single in Germany in 1985¬† with a song called "Live is Life", they switched to the name Pur, the German word for "Pure". Pur's first hit single in Germany was "Lena", released in 1990. […]

todayNovember 2, 2023 17


Willie’s back! (although, he’s never actually left…)

Willie¬† Nelson celebrated his 90th birthday in April of this year, and as a birthday gift to himself, he recorded "Bluegrass" - the 74th solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter. "Bluegrass" is Nelson's first full album of bluegrass music and contains twelve reinterpretations of songs from his back catalogue. In an extraordinary musical career which started in 1962, Nelson has become a household name in the U.S. and is […]

todayOctober 30, 2023 20

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