Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Soundtrack of my life (1)

The early 80s was an exciting time for me. I had started getting serious about collecting records and this was aided by a cool import store that brought in a lot of the British ‘new wave’ bands that I read about in Record Mirror, Sounds and of course the NME. One of these bands was the Psychedelic Furs. The first I noticed the Furs was a record review of Forever Now - a positive one. Never bought it until a few months ago – better late than never. But when Mirror Moves was released in 1984, I picked it up and it became my obsession that year. The opening track did the trick for me – “The Ghost in You.” I recently read in PCP that Robyn Hitchcock dug it as well! Sure, it contains all the drawbacks of 80s production but somehow it just works: Richard Butler’s cool vocals, that gorgeous synth line and those wonderful lyrics. The rest of Mirror Moves follows the formula somewhat but each song is a classic. The Furs have never scaled those heights since – although Love Spit Love came closest. Songs like “Here Come Cowboys,” “Heaven” and “Alice’s House” remain my favorites. Finally picked up the CD reissue and was disappointed by the sound quality but those magic songs…

Saturday, March 25, 2006


The new Amplifier is out! Check out my reviews for the new Elbow, Grand National, Lilys, Mates of State & New Radiant Storm King. More info here.

Friday, March 24, 2006


Finally got a hold of the box set - 2 DVDs and the re-mastered album. A word about the packaging. Slip cases replicating record sleeves are certainly not my bag - in the case of the DVDs, the slip cases aren't even big enough to cover the entire disc! What shoddy design! And the way the slip cases fit into the box set is another dilemma. If you're not careful, you could do serious damage to the discs. I think I'll have to keep them in proper jewel boxes just to be safe. However, I must say the remastered album disc is really cool as it replicates a vinyl record perfectly, even the underside is black! Watch out for the review at

Saturday, March 18, 2006


Never quite liked Belle and Sebastian. Not an objective opinion as I'd felt at the time that any band with this much hype must be well, just hype. Seems like I was wrong. Find out more as I review The Life Pursuit at

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3

Check out the review of ...tick...tick...tick at