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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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1984 – The Smiths

Pretty much everyone accepts that there is a North / South divide in some aspects of life. House prices are obviously massively different, as are the types of industry – we have some farms around here but I grew up … Continue reading

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1983 – This Charming Man – The Smiths

I could talk about having to move back in with mum and dad for a couple of months while the house we’d bought on a new estate in Swinton, Rotherham was being built. Plot 282 was for a three bedroomed … Continue reading

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1981 – October – U2

In July I’d seen U2 on Top of The Pops for the first time playing “Fire”. The appeal was instant. They were similar, in a way, to Echo and The Bunnymen, but more anthemic featuring a big, wide sound with … Continue reading

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