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1996 – Murder Ballads – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

‘Magical’ is one of the ways to describe witnessing the birth of your first child, though nerve-wracking fits pretty well too.  Having gone to work as usual on the morning of Friday 16th February, I received ‘the call’ at around 8.30am, “Come … Continue reading

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1993 – Original Dubliners (1966 – 1969)

In a desperate attempt to keep the Holy Rollers going, we decided to try and get another singer. Craig, the drummer, said that his sister had a mate who was a good singer and was looking to join a band. … Continue reading

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1989 – Three Feet High And Rising – De La Soul

The idea of a ‘slacker’s revolution’ is that you don’t have to be violent and confrontational to be subversive. Whilst N.W.A. were creating Gangsta Rap on “Straight Outta Compton” and Public Enemy were telling us, “Yo! Bum Rush The Show”, … Continue reading

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1987 – 1987 (What The Fuck Is Going On?) – The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu

Daph Rouse, Don’s wife, (quite-a-bit-older-friends) used to love going into record shops and asking for albums I wanted to buy. She had absolutely no idea who the artists were but she always said it made her feel like she was … Continue reading

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1987 – George Best – The Wedding Present

When I’d been going to school at High Storrs in Sheffield, I’d basically spent seven years travelling on four buses a day – into and out of town, both ways, always on the top deck. Over that time, I’d naturally … Continue reading

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1986 – UK Fresh ’86

I’ve always disliked museums and libraries. It’s the smell. The smell from the dark, heavily-polished wooden cabinets, shelves and parquet floors. I think it stems from the times mum used to take us to the library at Firth Park when … Continue reading

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1985 – The Jesus And Mary Chain – Psycho Candy

As usual, it was a Saturday afternoon and I was laying on the floor with my head on a huge scatter cushion, eyes closed and headphones on, completely lost in music. The music in question was “Psycho Candy” by The … Continue reading

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