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Stuart Stratford
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It’s been a while, I confess, for no good reason since the last post. No good reason includes being busy with work as well failing to get my lazy arse into gear to write something. Yesterday’s news of Mr Mark E. Smith’s death was the jolt I needed to do.…
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Links to each band’s Bandcamp site contained within the heading. The Wind-Up Birds You can remember sometimes how you first hear of bands and the Wind-Up Birds, hailing from Leeds, came to my attention courtesy of Mr Music, Stew Black. Clever lyrics…
Bandcamp A2Z: W is for…
Bandcamp A2Z: W is for…
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Life was rarely dull around Richard Penniman. A pioneering rock ‘n’ roller whose “Tutti Frutti” invigorated generations beyond its’ 1955 release, his career was in a downturn by the time the late ’60s arrived. Television specials were still popular, as…
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Of all the bands who might release a Christmas LP, Radiohead wouldn’t have even made my top 100. A joke fooled a few, including uDiscover, Universal’s online record emporium. I raided their back catalogue to work out a few titles but came up short, mainly…
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A Certain Ratio: To Each / The Graveyard & The Ballroom / Force Factory Records needed Joy Division but A Certain Ratio and Durutti Column were typical Factory bands. The industrial funk of the reissued To Each demand each track be introduced with John…
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The news that Sainsbury’s is launching its’ own record label brought memories flooding back. Self-proclaimed as Britain’s biggest vinyl retailer, the supermarket chain is to launch a low-cost imprint with the first two releases curated by Saint Etienne…
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Russell Webb’s Bandcamp page sums up The Armoury Show to the average person. It’s one of the tags he uses promotes his own work and if you click on it, you’re met with: Armoury Show might be a footnote in musical history but they should have been so much…
Unsung Bands: #3 The Armoury Show
Unsung Bands: #3 The Armoury Show
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I can’t recall exactly how old I was but all I do remember is the method of Jimi Hendrix’s demise stuck in my mind. Young enough to be impressionable, I pondered how you choked to death on your own vomit. A very rock’n’roll death if truth be told but a…
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Pixies. Much has been said and written but Gloucestershire Live’s headline writers took it to a whole new level: Anyone who has been to the Forest of Dean will know that’s not a particularly strange tale by their standards. Myself, despite living not so…
Jukebox Classics: #7 Pixies
Jukebox Classics: #7 Pixies
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On Dad's Jukebox today: Records of the Week in 140 Characters - 6th October 2017

ALBUM OF THE WEEK The Blow Monkeys: The Wild River More acoustic than in their heyday, the tunes are no less catchy nor the lyrics any less biting. On the Wings of the Morning and Wild River are the stand-out tracks. SINGLE OF THE WEEK Billy Bragg:…
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