#961 Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia 12”

I utterly adored the Pet Shop Boys as a teen and loved their mix of disco pop and deadpan observations of mid-80s Britain. The first album of theirs I bought was the Disco remix album from their debut Please which contained the 12” to Suburbia as well as Paninaro which appears on the B-side here, … Continue reading #961 Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia 12”

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#934 Roy Orbison – Big Hits From The Big ‘O’

My first recollection of the Big ‘O’ is from his duet with kd lang on Crying in 1987. The thoughts of a 14-year-old me were along the lines of: Who’s the old dude and why is he wearing sunglasses inside, and who’s the young dude with the equally amazing voice and I really love her … Continue reading #934 Roy Orbison – Big Hits From The Big ‘O’

#111 The Beatles – With The Beatles

A sophomore album of the highest degree, recorded and released within the same year as their debut, you can already hear how fast they’re developing – in confidence and compositional skills. This record has seven Lennon-McCartney originals on it, as well as George Harrison’s first outing, and they all get a share of the lead … Continue reading #111 The Beatles – With The Beatles

#529 Peter Gabriel – So

I’m big on Peter Gabriel. Before I fully discovered David Bowie and when I needed a little break from Prince, Gabriel was my go-to male artist of choice. Discovered of course through my initial love of Genesis. After listening to their masterpiece, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, I largely lost interest in the band’s … Continue reading #529 Peter Gabriel – So

#1169 Shakespears Sister – Sacred Heart

My first tape cassette! Wonderful coincidence that it should have a direct connection with the previous random record. The connection of course is David Stewart, who married Siobhan Fahey in 1987, just after the release of Revenge and a couple of years before the release of this, their debut. Shakespears Sister (the apostrophe disappeared by … Continue reading #1169 Shakespears Sister – Sacred Heart