So this post marks the sad passing of Shane MacGowan on the 30th of November 2023. Sadly Shane’s general lifestyle was not that conducive to longevity. Probably his most famous hit was Fairytale of New York which was a duet between him and the late Kirsty MacColl who passed away tragically young in a bizarre […]
On the 19th of July 2022 the UK recorded the hottest temperatures since records began topping over 40°C in some areas of the country. Yet earlier this year on a Facebook discussion group, I laboured in vain against those who continue to deny the overwhelming data that indicates we are moving the earth’s atmosphere dangerously
In this final week of Covid Island Discs I am citing bands that should really have been cited during the 65 week disruption we have experienced in the UK. Amazingly this is the first time I have cited a Smiths song and this one reminds of my late best friend Jonathan Higgs. Jonathan had what
I really like the piano in this Talk Talk classic although the name of the band reminds me of UK mobile phone company.
This Aussie band makes its long overdue debut today in Covid Island Discs. This song is probably their most famous. A song that if you grew up in Australia in the 70s/80s, you will know because it was regularly played on Aussie radio and at those brilliant teenage parties that form such wonderful memories for
So this is the first Madonna song to make it into Covid Island Discs. Although I’m not a great fan of Madonna, I do like this song. It also captures an intense family moment as a daughter begs her father that she will go through with an unplanned pregnancy and that she loves the father
So at the 6 month point in Covid Island Discs we had a song by the band Split Enz called Six Months in a leaky boat. Neil and Tim Finn joined forces with Nick Seymore and Paul Hester to form the band Crowded House and this is one of their classics.
Yesterday I shared a hit from Joy Division. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, after Ian Curtis committed suicide the remaining band members formed the band New Order. This is probably their best known hit. Now I have lived more than half my life in Manchester, I guess bands that were home grown in Salford are
When I turned 21 my lovely Seaforth Fellowship friends bought me a CD player: a cutting edge piece of tech all those years ago. They also bought me my first CD to go in it which was Peter Gabriel’s album “So”. I still have the CD in my collection and this beautiful duet between Kate
“Oh, oh half way there, oh oh livin’ on a prayer.” Bon Jovi is always an exciting musician to listen to and this really is one of the hard rock classics which gets the most amazing amount of crowd participation I have ever seen (or more accurately heard). When the crowd sing the chorus it