My youthful musical journey got hit by a surge of adrenaline as I discovered this blistering punk-pop classic featuring the mighty Wendy James.
Revisiting one of my 90s faves in the 21st century.
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 outrageously triumphant return of Take That, one decade after the split that devastated a generation. It was May 2006, and something wholly unexpected and unprecedented was happening in the lives of millions of 90s pop girls: our boys were back! But in order to fully comprehend the magnitude that the return of Take That… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 105 – Take That, Monday, May 8, 2006, Wembley Arena
My one and only gig from the Canadian songsmith Daniel Powter. 2005 was coming to an end, and I was not too sad to see it go. It had been a difficult year for me, coloured by my ill-advised relationship with Crush Boy which had imploded in the summer as he went off with another… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 104 – Daniel Powter, Monday, December 19, 2005, Islington Academy
David Gray has never been an artist that caught my attention, indeed, the most I’ve felt for his inoffensive tunes is mild dislike. So why was I at this gig?
My first venture into the mystical, ethereal world of the Mediaeval Baebes. I have a tendency, when going through troubled times, to reach for supernatural assistance, despite being a life-long atheist. During low periods in my 20s, I had tried to fumble my way through prayer and meditation as a (short-lived) solution, and in 2005,… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 102 – Mediaeval Baebes, Saturday, November 5, 2005, Croydon Fairfield Halls (Witchfest)
It’s October 2005, and there’s just one question: What the hell am I doing at an Alabama 3 gig? If this season of blogging about Gigs I Have No Diary Entries For is difficult, at least for most of the them I have my overarching love and interest for the band in question to help… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 101 – Alabama 3, Tuesday, October 11, 2005, Astoria