Myspace Jukebox Jury (3) – The Hours

Recent weeks have seen a swelling of the MPT CD collection to the extent that there has been little time to keep my once-a-week promise to scour Myspace for new talent. But the waiting is over as I investigate indie “super-group” the Hours. Essentially a duo who have served at different times in Black Grape,…

Believe What I’m Saying

For me Sugar were as close to a perfect band as you can get. Three brilliant albums, debut ‘Copper Blue’ is just about my all-time favourite LP if there is such a thing, the astonishing mini-LP ‘Beaster’ (by name and by nature) and what was to prove the swansong ‘File Under Easy Listening’. As if….

Celebration Girl

I keep putting off returning to my Myspace Jukebox Jury feature because I don’t have enough time to listen to anyone! So, as a stop gap (MJJ back soon, promise!), given that the focus has been on older stuff recently, I thought I’d look back to one of last year’s discoveries. Through a series of…

Holding Pattern

The weekend past brought a significant milestone for this blog as my thousandth visitor dropped by on Saturday, coincidentally the day in which more than 100 punters viewed the site for the first time. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by. Since hardly anybody viewed the site in its early days, I thought I would…

Wrong In The Charts

American label Homestead Records were responsible for a fairly important boom in alternative music in the late 1980’s. Based around a significant compilation LP, ‘The Wailing Ultimate’ a lot of bands like Volcano Suns, Big Dipper, Squirrel Bait received a lot of exposure through the LP alongside some better known bands such as Dinosaur (nee…

Off With Their Head (1) – Echo & The Bunnymen

Inevitably singers are so tied up in a band’s image it seems inconceivable that sometimes band lose their singer and yet decide to carry on. I thought I’d look at some of the bands who have attempted this over the years and how far it took them. Echo & The Bunnymen seemed one of the…