1984

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15/11/16 – Pete Burns – 5 August 1959 – 23 October 2016 / Dead Or Alive – It’s Been Hours Now – 1982 / The Stranger – 1982 / You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – 1984

Losing Leonard Cohen at 82 and Leon Russell at 74 is tragic but 57 is just too young to leave. Pete Burns died suddenly of a heart attack on 23rd October after a life of brilliant eccentricity that in his own inimitable way he managed to manifest in a down to earth manner that made him just […]

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14/3/15 – Echo And The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon – 1984

Another hopeless eighties video showing that the encroaching music biz monster is always on the periphery, ready to pounce and do its best to make something great, not so great. An awful, faux Duran Duran video clip embarrassing the singer, desperately trying to find a reason to include the uncomfortable band members, using amateurish lighting, […]

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 […]

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10/3/15 – The Pale Fountains – Jean’s Not Happening Anymore – 1984

By the time The Pale Fountains had released this single they were already struggling. The frustration of critical acclaim and commercial disinterest had haunted them since their first album. Pacific Street was released by Virgin Records in 1984 and reached No.84 in the charts, their second and final album, From Across The Kitchen Table only made it […]

The Bangles with Leonard Nimoy 1984

27/2/15 – Leonard Nimoy – March 26th 1931 – February 27th – 2015 / The Bangles – Going Down To Liverpool – 1984

With the passing today of Leonard Nimoy, I marvel at how deeply his most famous character, Mr Spock has penetrated our lives. He was like The Beatles, everyone knew him, everyone loved him and you don’t have to be a Trekkie with rubber ears to be saddened by his death. If you click on the links […]

Emitt Rhodes

23/1/15 – Merry – Go – Round – You’re A Very Lovely Woman – 1967/ Emitt Rhodes – You’re A Very Lovely Woman – 1969 (1971)/ Linda Ronstadt – She’s A Very Lovely Woman – 1971/ Emitt Rhodes – Really Wanted You – 1971/ Bangles – Live – 1984/ The Palace Guard – Falling Sugar – 1966

The story of Emitt Rhodes leaves you frustrated, confused, angry and shaking your head in disbelief at the man’s bad luck and you might even be a little concerned about his present view of the world if you have an hour to listen to the radio interview from 2010 that is posted below. A man […]