#501 Florence + the Machine – Lungs

I first saw Florence and her machine in 2008, just after she’d released her first single Kiss With A Fist, and she was supporting MGMT. At that time, MGMT were huge, riding high on the brilliance of their debut album which seemed to capture the mid-noughties insouciance and summer vibe. The audience at that particular … Continue reading #501 Florence + the Machine – Lungs

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#857 Alison Moyet – Singles

Alison Moyet has had several stages to her career, and I’m delighted that she’s still going strong, as evidenced by the fact that one of her more recent albums, Hometime, came up on the randometer back in October. This is her 1995 compilation covering her early 80s classics as one half of Yazoo with Vince … Continue reading #857 Alison Moyet – Singles

#949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

How wonderfully apt that this should turn up on the randometer on my birthday. For this record is one of the first albums I bought myself – part of my small, but preciously guarded, and slowly saved-up-for cassette collection – with birthday money received exactly 32 years ago. Unlike myself, 30 years later, the music … Continue reading #949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

#568 Goldfrapp – Supernature

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are gleefully channelling Marc Bolan on this, their third, glamtastic album, not least on their big hit and album opener Ooh La La. They even have a song called Ride A White Horse (somewhat more practical than a swan), referencing the heights of hedonistic disco nights at Studio 54. It’s … Continue reading #568 Goldfrapp – Supernature

#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”

#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’