In August 1989, the girl with the mousy hair sat down to watch an evening of David Bowie videos, and discovered her favourite song of all time.
My 14 year old self was enchanted by this lost classic from a criminally unknown Australian singer-songwriter.
My youthful musical journey got hit by a surge of adrenaline as I discovered this blistering punk-pop classic featuring the mighty Wendy James.
It was May 1989. I was 14, and a new Bowie obsessive, so it was a thrill to discover that he was back with new music! I had a bit of a shock in store.
One evening in December 1988, “Labyrinth” was shown on Singaporean TV. As it was on a bit late for a school night, my mum recorded it so I could watch it the following weekend. And when I did, it turned out that the Goblin King knew just what kind of magic spell to use on… Read More All the songs of my life, #2: “Magic Dance” by David Bowie
It’s time to expand my blogging horizons outside of the gig world, for let’s face it, writing about gigs is a bit depressing in the current lockdown life! This is a new series where I will talk about all the songs which have impacted my life in one way or another, in roughly chronological order.… Read More All the songs of my life, #1: “It’s A Sin” by the Pet Shop Boys
The initial comments on the new video for Noel Gallagher’s “Blue Moon Rising” were very telling. Uninspired. Sell out. Can’t believe this is the same man who wrote <insert Any Oasis Tune here>. Noel has committed the crime of making music that Doesn’t Sound Like Oasis, and to some middle aged blokes wishing to relive… Read More Single reviews: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Blue Moon Rising” / Liam Gallagher, “Once”
So, for his first single of the new decade, what on earth is this pink monstrosity Justin Bieber has unleashed unto us? It’s safe to say I’m not the target audience for this single. It doesn’t help that I have an intense aversion to the word “Yummy” being used in a sexual context. I mean… Read More Single review: Justin Bieber, “Yummy”
Striding into the new decade in reflective shades and a shiny disco suit, here is a shouty new tune from the Pet Shop Boys. Disco strings, vocoder refrains, and Neil yelling about having a party: this is a much more upbeat experience than the two singles so far released from the Pet Shop Boys’ upcoming… Read More Single review: Pet Shop Boys, “Monkey Business”
I’m having some vision issues at the moment which are making typing up long blog posts difficult, so in the meantime, here is a quick roundup of some of the music I’m mainlining at the moment. This really is a pretty exciting time for new tunes.