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Alessandro Vitelli
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"Going Down"
Lord what a cornucopia of rubbish there is on the internet. But then what a wonder it also is. For too many years now, I’ve had this nagging fragment of a song, a descending riff in heavy blues format, that comes to mind, ear worms merrily away for a day or...

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"Walk Away Renee"
I was reminded of this song when trawling through a selection of music performed by Linda Ronstadt, and it's taken me off on a tangent. So much so that my Ronstadt post will have to wait. For as long as I can remember, I have been utterly convinced that nob...

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"Doot Doot"
Back in 1983 we had pretty much fully digested the corpse of punk rock and had more or less put to bed the real, proper, experimental first flush of the New Romantics. It felt like music was at a loss for direction. To put things into perspective, punk rock...

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"Information"
There  are many ways to measure progress. A lot of people would point to tangible signs of mankind's advances: the internet, travel, post-industrialisation, you name it. But how have we as little insignificant humans moved on? From the group of hirsute  nea...

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"Personal Jesus"
I found this moody wonder hidden away in a dark corner of my iPod last week, and it's been on repeat a fair amount ever since. I'd forgotten what a shock this was when I first came across it around 1990, how different it was to everything else I'd heard fro...

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"Sunset Grill"
I'm looking forward to leaving the city. I'm probably wrong, and someone out there will wheel out some statistics to prove it, but I'd say very few of the changes that I've witnessed in this city over the last 25 years have been for the better. Round about ...

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"Sacrificial Lambs"
"We're having a party, we're burning it down, We're building an idol; he's sad but he don't frown. He's the cream of the crop So we're making him God. Start writing this down When I give you the nod." David Letterman once introduced Warren Zevon on his TV s...

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"Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
This is the first of two blogs, that have been percolating in my head for quite a time, that appreciate songs for pretty much diametrically opposite reasons.  Music engages our heads, our hips and our hearts; often more than one of those receptors at the sa...

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Caliban's Dream
For most of my life I've been a foreigner. That is to say, I wasn't born in the country that I now call home. I came to Britain as a child of 8, and was brought up - with short gaps - here. While I can't necessarily say my home life was particularly British...
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