I’m Happy To Be Here Tonight

Idlewild/The Twilight Sad/Someone else, Dundee, Fat Sam’s Live 20th October This is one of those gigs which never quite catches fire. It’s not down to either the band or the crowd (who are well up for it) but instead to a sound that seems specifically designed to deaden the impact of Idlewild’s twin guitar attack….

Turn Off The Lights, Turn On The Tears

Anyone going along to catch the Undertones at the Glasgow, Garage tomorrow is well advised to get along early as TV21 will be supporting (tickets still seem to be available). The slot has been in the offing for some time but has only been recently confirmed. Hopefully one outcome will be to attract extra people…

A Better Man For It Nevertheless

My last post mentioned Marc Riley in passing so I thought I’d follow that particular thread today with a brilliant, forgotten single from the mid 80s. Riley is perhaps best known as a radio DJ, initially as side-kick to Mark Radcliffe and now in his own right. But I first came across him as a…

We Gone Fission

Noticing that the membership of Saturation Point is described as ‘The Three J’s’ pointed me in the direction of a small corner of my collection. I don’t profess to being a huge fan of The Three Johns but I do have a couple of cracking singles by them. Described as agit-pop, the band’s titles certainly…

Wordless

I first came across Saturation Point as the opening act on the Blue Aeroplanes’ tour last year at King Tuts. The band must have been playing literally from the moment the doors opened, and by the time I got in there were probably only 2 or 3 others listening. In fact after the first song…

Today I Lost Something, It Fell From My Heart

Discovering new bands usually leads to catching up with back catalogues and this was very much the case with Desert Hearts. I talked in glowing terms a few weeks back about ‘Hotsy Totsy Nagasaki’ and it was inevitable therefore that debut LP ‘Let’s Get Worse’ would show up here sooner rather than later. In fact…