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The pleasures of pre-ordering

August 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on The pleasures of pre-ordering · Life, Music

In the last year or two I have been discovering the joys of pre-ordering stuff online. I know that some pedants have issues with the term ‘pre-order’, but we all know what it means: ordering something before it is released. I guess you could call it ‘pre-release ordering’. In general I do not actually buy […]

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Can’t get you out of my head

April 7th, 2021 · Comments Off on Can’t get you out of my head · Life, Music

Having an earworm is a fairly frequent event for me, but I have had a really strange one today, even by my standards. Earworm is defined by the Collins Dictionary website, rather unsatisfactorily, as “an irritatingly catchy tune”. I don’t think that captures the full quality of an earworm, which is not just a tune […]

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2020 – Automation

January 2nd, 2021 · Comments Off on 2020 – Automation · Music

It is that time of the year again. The time when I add another track to my Spotify playlist, the one that has one song for every year I have been around. I have now added a 59th track to it, which makes me fell a bit old. While this might have been a bit […]

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Sheep Farming In Barnet

December 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on Sheep Farming In Barnet · Music

One of my presents this year was the box set re-issue of Sheep Farming in Barnet by Toyah. A bit of a nostalgia-fest, but actually I don’t think I actually had this LP despite being a fan. Actually I don’t think I had this LP because I was a fan.

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In praise of Tim Burgess

June 26th, 2020 · Comments Off on In praise of Tim Burgess · Life, Music

When I listed the various people, mostly entertainers, who helped make the lockdown pass a bit more easily I missed a few people out. For example I forgot the always brilliant Jonathan Pie and his lockdown video diary. I also forgot Darren Maclaine and his little impressions of famous singers doing the thems to TV […]

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Lockdown survival aids

June 20th, 2020 · Comments Off on Lockdown survival aids · Life, Music

Let’s be honest here, the lockdown has really ended now hasn’t it? OK, there are no pubs, cafes, theatres, music and sports venues, but otherwise I think a lot of people are now treating it as all over except where it suits them to pretend it is all still going on – I am thinking […]

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Is this where prog rock actually started?

June 16th, 2020 · Comments Off on Is this where prog rock actually started? · Music

The other night I was watching a re-run of an old Sky Arts show from 2016 – Trailblazers. This one was all about prog rock. I have watched a few of these. They are entertaining enough, with lots of nostalgia-inducing clips and Noddy Holder’s distinctive voiceover, but ultimately they tend to promise more than they […]

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All Killer – Mlah (1988)

May 25th, 2020 · Comments Off on All Killer – Mlah (1988) · Music

I think I have mentioned that, in the list of albums I would consider to be all-killer-no-filler, debut albums are disproportionately represented, and this is another example. It is a very personal choice and probably not a favourite of many people, at least not many British people. At the time it came out, there was […]

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Passing the time in lockdown

April 8th, 2020 · Comments Off on Passing the time in lockdown · Life, Music

Some people are spending this period of lockdown being very creative, learning a new skill, taking up a new hobby, or catching up on books and TV they never quite had the time for previously. Others are bored stiff and looking for something to do. But some of us are fortunate (?) enough that they […]

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2019 – Must I Evolve?

January 3rd, 2020 · Comments Off on 2019 – Must I Evolve? · Music

Now we are firmly into 2020 (Happy New Year BTW) it is time to increment my 1962 onwards playlist by another tune. Deciding what to put on there was a tough decision because there was so much good music last year, and I got to listen to a lot more music than I normally would. […]

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