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Mike Barnes  |  May 13, 2022  |  0 comments
Although planned as the American proto punk's first solo record under new management, Raw Power wound up being a third album for a reconfigured lineup of The Stooges – with David Bowie roped in to try to channel the band's unique energy into a listenable mix

Ever since the early days of rock 'n' roll, fans have vicariously got their kicks from its stars – the larger than life characters who did things us normal folk would never dream of, or would be too scared to try. But while many artists merely flirted with the idea of danger, James Osterburg, aka Iggy Pop, lead singer with The Stooges, located the self-destruct button and kept pressing it over and over again.

Mike Barnes  |  May 03, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Animal Collective, Black Country, New Road, Cate Le Bon and Michael Rother And Vittoria Maccabruni.
Mike Barnes  |  Mar 30, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Cat Power, Boris, Eels and Spidergawd.
Mike Barnes  |  Mar 17, 2022  |  0 comments
Miles Davis, The Mahavishnu Orchestra... this American drummer was the first to fuse jazz with rock and, with his debut solo album, the first to take this freshly forged genre into the charts. His percussion powered one of Massive Attack's smash hits too...

William E Cobham Jr was born in Colón on the Caribbean coast of Panama in 1944. His mother was a singer and his father worked as a hospital statistician, but he also played piano at weekends. As such, Billy grew up listening to jazz, classical and Latin music.

Mike Barnes  |  Mar 03, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Robert Plant And Alison Krauss, The Curator, Hedvig Mollestad and Yova.
Mike Barnes  |  Jan 31, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: The War On Drugs, Ben Chasny, Circuit Des Yeux and Marconi Union.
Mike Barnes  |  Jan 14, 2022  |  0 comments
In 1986, the singer-songwriter bowed out of pop duo Wham! with a sell-out farewell concert at Wembley Stadium. A year later he was back with his first solo album, having swapped the flash suits and swimming trunks for stubble, leather and shades...

In Spring 1986, Wham! announced they were splitting, with a farewell album and single, and a final concert at Wembley Stadium in June. In doing so they pulled the plug on a group that had enjoyed a string of international hit singles and albums over the previous four years, and who had become one of the biggest pop outfits in the world.

Mike Barnes  |  Dec 30, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Billy Bragg, Efterklang, Howlin Rain and Vanishing Twin.
Mike Barnes  |  Nov 30, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Public Service Broadcasting, Immersion, Manic Street Preachers and Martina Topley-Bird.
Mike Barnes  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments
Produced by Rick Rubin, this fifth studio album for Warner Bros marked a change of style for the American group, with less heavy metal and a more melodic bias. And it propelled the Peppers to superstardom, with over 90,000 copies sold in the UK alone

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed by a quartet of friends in 1983 at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles: singer Anthony Kiedis, bass player Flea (aka Michael Balzary), drummer Jack Irons and guitarist Hillel Slovak. However, Irons and Slovak were also in a band called What Is This? and when they got a deal the pair quit.

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