Remix, Re-Package, Re-issue  – the Golden Era of the 12″ Single Mar23

Remix, Re-Package, Re-issue – the Golden Era of the 12″ Single...

The fondly remembered 12″ single – some personal favourites from the 80s.

10 Melancholy Masterpieces Jan19

10 Melancholy Masterpieces

Sad songs say so much – 10 melancholy masterpieces.

Morrissey – Your Arsenal (Re-issue)...

Love him or hate him, you have got to admire the manner in which Morrissey managed to survive the devastating split of arguably the most important British band of their generation. When Johnny Marr decided enough was enough and walked away from The Smiths, he effectively severed the most prolific song-writing partnership since Lennon and McCartney and in the process, cut Morrissey hopelessly adrift.Without the musical genius that was Marr, there was always a chance that Morrissey might have faded away quietly, embittered by the loss of a band that were the perfect vehicle to deliver his eloquent outpourings. In fact, quite the opposite happened –Morrissey went on to thrive and enjoy even greater levels of fame in his solo career, a point he is at pains to make at great length and with tiresome regularity in his recent sprawling, but highly entertaining autobiography. Your Arsenal was Morrissey’s third solo album; released in 1992, it came hot on the heels of Viva Uncle, an album that even he concedes was somewhat lacking. Your Arsenal saw Morrissey assemble a proper band for the first time, dispensing with the hired hands that had featured on earlier solo records and the results bore immediate fruit; Your Arsenal marked his arrival as a solo artist in his own right, with a more muscular, confident and assertive sound. Produced by ex-Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, the songs drew heavily on the Glam rock sound of the 70s with the Rockabilly influences so evident in the music of the Smiths, also still to the fore.  ‘You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side’ is a strident opener, a heavily distorted Eddie Cochran riff and Mozza gallantly offering his services before ‘Glamorous Glue’ blatantly ‘borrows’ Ronson’s own Jean Genie guitar riff for the...

Rewind: The Smiths Revisited Jul15

Rewind: The Smiths Revisited

Were eighties Manchester legends The Smiths the most important British band of the last 30 years?