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1998 – Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, Embrace, Massive Attack

It could have been the perception of circumstances, but for me, there didn’t seem to be any one really significant album this year.¬† There were some brilliant, glittering songs by some great artists, but again, not a whole album that … Continue reading

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1995 – 20 Mothers – Julian Cope

“The ancient stones watch silently in the still light of the early morning; this is one of the best times to visit Avebury and absorb the magic wisdom of this temple, so very different from the grim gloom of Stonehenge.” … Continue reading

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1991 – Peggy Suicide – Julian Cope

  I was absolutely convinced that “The Day The Earth Stood Still” was a good song but knew something was missing. The bass line, the piano part and the hook were great, it just didn’t have the energy I wanted. … Continue reading

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1989 – The Stone Roses

All my favourite bands manage to blend a variety of styles, to pick ‘n’ mix the best bits from their influences and create something new. Shimmering sleepily, but somehow dangerously, the first Stone Roses album starts with the superb “I … Continue reading

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1988 – Viva Hate – Morrissey

Perhaps it is better to quit whilst you’re ahead, but I was still pretty devastated when The Smiths split up in 1987. Fortunately I didn’t have to wait long before Morrissey burst back into the limelight in February 1988 with … Continue reading

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1986 – The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths

When we first started in the clubs I bought a Hondo II H1030 DC electric guitar from a music shop on Commercial Street in Rotherham but had decided that if I was ever going to sound like Johnny Marr I … Continue reading

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1984 – The Age Of Consent – Bronski Beat

I was becoming increasingly interested in more electronic music having been drawn in by New Order’s album, “Power, Corruption And Lies” the previous year. ¬†Working independently of the club band, I’d managed to borrow a Boss DR-55 drum machine from … Continue reading

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