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ichard And Linda Thompson - Rafferty's Folly - Cover Art

28/10/17 – Richard And Linda Thompson – Wall Of Death – 1982

After leaving Fairport Convention in 1971, Richard Thompson released his first solo album Henry The Human Fly to negative reviews. The next five albums saw Thompson perform as a duo with singer and wife to be Linda Peters credited as Richard And Linda Thompson. Their last album together, Shoot Out The Lights, preceded a break up […]

Hank Williams - B:W

22/10/17 – Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys – The Angel Of Death – 1954

With Halloween and The Day Of The Dead festival approaching, the ‘Death’ theme continues. Having left behind a timeless legacy of countless Country classics and influencing Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Hank Williams may not have been quite ready for The Angel Of Death, dying in the back of his cadillac on the 1st January […]

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 […]

dave davies death of a clown artwork 1967

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 […]