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30/10/17 – The Godfathers – Birth, School, Work, Death – 1988

It’s just one of those songs where everything came together at once – the beat, the words, the guitar parts, the guitar sounds, the bass, the sing speak delivery,┬áthe attitude, the look. It was a hit – except only America seemed to notice, the song reaching No.38 in the mainstream chart. It was another case […]

Velvet Underground And Nico Colour pic

18/10/17 – The Velvet Underground And Nico – The Black Angel’s Death Song – 1967

Although Lou Reed declared that the lyrics to The Black Angel’s Death Song were without meaning and were just about the sound of the words, it’s the closest that Lou Reed ever got to Bob Dylan with colourful language. Written in 1966 and released in 1967 – at this point Dylan was on his eighth […]

The Smiths - Death Of A Disco Dancer - 1987

14/10/17 – The Smiths – Death Of A Disco Dancer – 1987

Although it would be their last, Strangeways, Here We Come might just have been The Smiths’ best album and although it follows the formula of Morrissey’s words and melodies over Marr’s concise jangle, there’s something different about it sonically – a maturity. A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours opens the album […]

PiL Death Disco Cover Art 1979

11/10/17 – Public Image Limited – Death Disco – 1979

At the end of Public Image Limited’s performance of Death Disco on Top Of The Pops, presenter/DJ Mike Read refers to the band as Johnny, Jah and the boys – one camp baiting the establishment by their mere existence, the other camp not really understanding what they were so angry about and failing to draw […]

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3/10/17 – Bob Dylan – Death Is Not The End – 1988 / Nick Cave – Death Is Not The End – 1996 / Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Straight Into Darkness – 1982

Having spent the last few posts on death, death in song, metaphorical death, philosophical death, personal death, yesterday’s shocking news of a mass shooting of innocent people at a concert in Las Vegas and the shock death of one of my musical heroes, Tom Petty, makes musing about poetic death pale into insignificance when real […]