#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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#781 Kirsty MacColl – Galore

I first owned this album on cassette as a copy a friend made for me at university. I replace that with this secondhand CD, which is easier for listening to but I miss his handwriting on the cassette - he always used a fountain pen, however impractical that may be for writing song titles on … Continue reading #781 Kirsty MacColl – Galore

#1142 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Number Ones

Not my usual listening matter, and consequently I’ve not picked this CD out of my collection for a good few years. You can’t deny their hit-making prowess, the biggest ‘girl’ group ever, rivalling the Beatles in popularity in the 1960s and at one point having five #1 singles in a row. Much of that is … Continue reading #1142 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Number Ones

#1518 Brian Wilson – Presents Smile

Wilson’s labour of love, begun with the Beach Boys in 1966 but only fully realised and finally released in 2004, is an interesting affair. It sounds beautiful, on the surface, but there’s not much depth below that. But then the Beach Boys were never about depth, they were masters of shiny happy tunes, catchy choruses … Continue reading #1518 Brian Wilson – Presents Smile

#504 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

This may well be the most perfect pop/soft rock album ever. It’s an album very much of its time (1977) but it also transcends time and place. This was Fleetwood Mac’s 12th album, they’d already been around for 10 years, transitioning from their Peter Green-led original blues-rock British outfit into the softer, smoother, more singalongable … Continue reading #504 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

#654 Natalie Imbruglia – Left Of The Middle

This is a really good pop album. You’d expect it to be, it sold 7 million copies and led to three Grammy nominations. Not merely another Australian soap star trying to cash in on TV fame by recording someone else’s pop songs, Imbruglia can really sing, and has co-writing credit on all but one of … Continue reading #654 Natalie Imbruglia – Left Of The Middle