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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, the 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 […]

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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30/9/17 – Queen – Death On Two Legs – 1975

One of the most scathing personal attacks recorded in song, Death On Two Legs was the opening track on Queen’s fourth, extravagant, eclectic masterpiece, A Night At The Opera, released in 1975 – at the time the most expensive album ever made. In his biography Norman Sheffield, Queen’s original manager (and owner of the world […]

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28/9/17 – Dave Davies / The Kinks – Death Of A Clown – 1967

As I sit here in the archive, playing an American copy of The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else on the Reprise label, I’m in awe at how prolific Ray Davies was as a writer – but on this album it wasn’t just Ray. Although The Kinks first album, released in 1964, had been made up […]

Verlaines Death And The Maiden - Cover Art - 1983

20/9/17 – The Verlaines – Death And The Maiden – 1983

From Aldous Harding to Neil Finn, New Zealand, like Iceland, brings forth more crucial artists than their population might expect. The Verlaines, led since their formation in 1981 by singer songwriter and guitarist Graeme Downes, first appeared as part of the Flying Nun label’s early Double Dunedin EP release that also featured The Chills, Sneaky […]