25 03, 2015

Motörhead’s Legacy

By |March 25th, 2015|All, Best Ever, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk, Rock, The 70s, The 80s, The 90s|0 Comments|

Not every band can claim they’ve left a vast legacy that spans genres and decades. And not every band can make that claim while still being very much alive and kicking. Motörhead, however, can make this claim. Motörhead will tell you themselves that they are a mere rock and roll band. But everyone else […]

26 01, 2015

Top 10 Alternative Songs of the 1990s (multi-genre)

By |January 26th, 2015|Alternative, Gothic, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock, The 90s|1 Comment|

The 1990s were an interesting time, filled with the arrival of many types of music and a unique expression of individuality. When talking about some of the best songs of the time, well frankly it’s not that simple to narrow down to one comprehensive list. There are so many factors that go into such […]

25 01, 2015

The Ultimate Black Flag from ’81 to ’85

By |January 25th, 2015|Hard Rock, Punk, The 80s|0 Comments|

While people like AC/DC, Madonna and Michael Jackson were the headliners of the 1980’s, there was a growing subculture right under everyone’s noses that was just barely reaching from the East to West Coast. Unless you were part of the scene, chances are most people growing up in the 80’s never even heard of […]

28 01, 2014

Pixies: Bossanova (1990)

By |January 28th, 2014|1990, Alternative, Best Ever, Pop, Punk, The 90s, Uncategorized|0 Comments|

I remember the first time I ever heard of the Pixies. My best friend, and would-be band mate had we ever managed to practice together, had been reading Kurt Cobain’s journal, and apparently Kurt Cobain had mentioned them as one of his influences. At the record store with the very same friend, he pointed […]

28 11, 2013

U2: War (1983)

By |November 28th, 2013|1983, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Pop, Punk, The 80s|0 Comments|

What a gem of a year 1983 was for me and the music I still love some 30 years later. Most people know by now that 1983 was the year U2 released their cassette War and even more have probably have seen the U2 video “Under a Blood Red Sky” shot at Red Rocks […]

5 11, 2013

CBGB The Movie (2013)

By |November 5th, 2013|Movies, Punk|0 Comments|

The good thing is someone made a movie about CBGB’s and the punk and new wave bands that came out of there. The bad thing is that this was the movie.

It’s a straight-forward blocking and tackling effort that tells the basic story and drops as many names as possible without really developing any of […]

23 10, 2013

Pixies: Tromple Le Monde (1991)

By |October 23rd, 2013|1991, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Punk, Rock, The 90s|0 Comments|

It’s a difficult thing to judge one’s own fairness and objectivity when it comes to that which one really really loves: the kind of love which can’t really be captured by reason. It’s a unique kind of thing-love (as opposed to person love) which I reserve only for the Pixies.

If I reserve this unique […]

7 10, 2013

Nirvana: Bleach (1989)

By |October 7th, 2013|1989, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Punk, Rock, The 80s|3 Comments|

I sometimes reflect on how popularity works among alternative artists and whether it’s a kind of popularity which is, in some significant way, subordinated by the popularity of the mainstream.

I usually come to the conclusion that, to a certain extent, it is because labelling something as ‘mainstream’ is usually culture’s way of ‘promoting’ a […]

3 10, 2013

The Clash: The Clash (1977)

By |October 3rd, 2013|1977, Alternative, Best Ever, Pop, Punk, Rock, The 70s|1 Comment|

If I had a time machine, I wouldn’t travel to the future; I’d go back to 1976 and stick around for a year or so. (Obviously, assuming I could only make one trip. If I could make multiple journeys I would OBVIOUSLY go to the future, OBVIOUSLY, and get a hold of some future […]

13 08, 2013

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Juju (1981)

By |August 13th, 2013|1981, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Gothic, Punk, The 80s|2 Comments|

I don’t know how many of you are likely to have heard of Bromley, let alone have visited it, but for those of you who may not live in the UK, or have no interest in niche UK geography, I’ll fill you in. Bromley is a suburban borough in the Southeast of London. To […]

30 03, 2013

Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)

By |March 30th, 2013|1978, All, Alternative, Best Ever, Pop, Punk, The 70s|1 Comment|

Up until the last 5 years, I’d only directly encountered Devo approximately 3 times.

The first time was less of a single, isolated instance and more of a childhood theme or principle which manifested itself on a semi-regular basis and used my mother as its conduit. About 15 times a year, with seemingly little rhyme […]

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