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 […]

The The - Perfect - 1983 - Cover Art

1/2/16 – Andy Dog Johnson – 6 January 1959 – 18 January 2016 / The The – Perfect – 1983

Any independent record buyer from the early eighties would be aware of the Some Bizarre record label and the band The The. Andy Dog Johnson was the brother of Matt Johnson, The The’s only constant member. Andy Dog as he was known designed sleeves for the label and created the spikey artwork for several of […]

Rain Parade

7/10/15 – The Rain Parade – I Look Around – 1983

Tonight Acres Of Space will be playing at The Rite Spot in San Francisco with some special guests and old friends; Ricky Maymi from Brian Jonestown Massacre and Leigh Gregory, a band mate of Ricky’s from catchy moodsters Mellow Drunk. Leigh also played with Rain Parade bassist Steven Roback on Missy Roback’s solo record, and with […]

This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren Cover Art 1983

14/4/15 – This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren – 1983

It’s difficult to discuss This Mortal Coil without mentioning Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie’s version of Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett’s masterpiece, Song To The Siren. Although it appeared on This Mortal Coil’s 1984 debut album, It’ll End In Tears, the single version was released a whole year before the album in 1983. The version […]

The Icicle Works 1983

13/3/15 – The Icicle Works – Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) / Love Is A Wonderful Colour – 1983

Although The Icicle works were formed in Liverpool in 1980, they didn’t release their self-titled debut until 1984. The band’s line-up of Ian McNabb on guitar and vocals, Chris Layhe on bass and Chris Sharrock on drums contributed some powerful melodic Pop to the Liverpool scene at the time. Frustratingly, different songs from their debut […]