Johnny Black

Johnny Black  |  May 06, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Ásgeir, My Bus, Arandel and Humanist.
Johnny Black  |  Apr 15, 2020  |  0 comments
It was panned by the British musical press on its release in 1978, yet this shiny synth classic would not only peak at No 11 in the UK charts but see Jean-Michel Jarre break all records with a live performance of the album drawing a crowd of one million

Although there were many pioneers of electronic music, there's no doubting that Jean-Michel Jarre's 1976 album, Oxygene, was the first encounter with fully synthesised and sequenced music for millions of listeners across the globe.

Johnny Black  |  Apr 07, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jason Aldean, Right Hand Left Hand, Spearmint and Clint Lowery.
Johnny Black  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  0 comments
Come 1979, punk was pretty much over. Would one of its leading lights fade with it, or could the band capitalise on their UK success and clamber to even greater heights without losing the force and the fire that made their first two albums so compelling?

The Clash were formed in 1976 after guitarist Mick Jones attended a Sex Pistols gig in the February of that year and realised that the whole UK music scene was about to change. Keith Levene, Jones's former bandmate in London SS, was drafted in on guitar, Terry Chimes played drums and the three were joined by Paul Simonon, who'd had aspirations to be a lead singer but decided to buy a bass guitar instead. Essentially he was learning on the job. Joe Strummer who had been in the pub rock band The 101ers was the new vocalist and after Levene left he also played rhythm guitar. Simonon thought up the group's name.

Johnny Black  |  Mar 25, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Bedouin Soundclash, Jack Broadbent, Richard Fearless and Jens Carelius.
Johnny Black  |  Feb 21, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Efterklang, Kitt Philippa, Penguin Cafe and Louien.
Johnny Black  |  Feb 18, 2020  |  0 comments
Released in 1971, the singer's second solo LP was to be her last, the temptation to use unbridled self-medication in order to dull a life beset by insecurities leading finally to her untimely passing. But it's a work that assured her a place in rock history... Words: Johnny Black

Although her biggest commercial success, Janis Joplin's final album, Pearl, is all too often overshadowed by the tragic fact that she died before completing it. Her drug and drink problems and her complicated sex life during the sessions have been all too well documented. But HFN's Vinyl Icon features are first and foremost about the making of music, so the horror show of Janis's final days will feature here only to show the impact it had on the recording of Pearl.

Johnny Black  |  Jan 29, 2020  |  0 comments
With their first album a commercial disaster and the band now looking as if they might soon be without a record deal, they entered the studio with a set of tracks that trod the line between blues and radio-friendly rock 'n' roll. Could they come up trumps?

On its release in early 1972, Little Feat's second album, Sailin' Shoes, didn't even sniff the Billboard Top 40, selling a meagre 13,000 copies. In the decades that followed, however, the album's status has grown immeasurably, making it one of the most acclaimed releases of its era.

Johnny Black  |  Jan 16, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Slaughter Beach, Dog, Press Club, Minor Pieces and Manu Delago.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 23, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Caravan Palace, A Girl Called Eddy, My Life Story and The Black Watch.