#1214 The Smiths – Singles

Whatever you might think of Morrissey’s political views – and whatever you might think it should be to abhor his recent ridiculous racist posturings – it does not and should not detract from his immense contribution to British indie pop music, and the many brilliant songs he wrote. Most of them during his time as … Continue reading #1214 The Smiths – Singles

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#1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

This is a sprawling sexy masterpiece: a double album, Prince’s ninth and the first proudly bearing the statement: “Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.” Featuring four hit singles including the era-defining Sign 'O' The Times, it’s actually the hidden gems amongst its 16 tracks that make this album so special. Starfish and Coffee, The … Continue reading #1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

#1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

This is the second of a two CD 1980s electro-synth pop compilation, or Level 2 as they like to call it. The first one has already popped up on the randometer a few months back. Its much the same as the first, a brilliant 2 CD, 40 song selection of the toppest of the poppest … Continue reading #1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

#510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Frankie Goes To Hollywood (the name taken from a newspaper headline about Frank Sinatra) burst onto the British pop scene in an explosion of glitter and leather. A debut number one album. Three consecutive number one singles, an iconic T-shirt marketing campaign, a uniquely memorably moment of broadcasting history when their debut … Continue reading #510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

#1167 The Shortwave Set – Replica Sun Machine

I love this album, its sunny and warm and nostalgic and simply purely musically lovely. The album name perfectly encapsulates what they’re doing here. It’s a comfort blanket, buts its far from ‘easy listening’ or muzak. This is the Shortwave Set’s second album and last (so far) from 2008. They’ve either gone to ground to … Continue reading #1167 The Shortwave Set – Replica Sun Machine

#678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

I’ve never quite understood why Billy Joel is often too readily dismissed as an artist, or considered a poor second to Elton John. Perhaps this is just a British thing, and he’s as revered as much as the Grand Dame herself in his native USA. He may have had a more sober taste in stage … Continue reading #678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

#322 Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head

This album kicks off with banging drums and crashing cymbals and is a clear announcement that they mean business. As in the ‘lets sell shit-loads of records’ business. It’s a significant step up from their debut Parachutes. The opener Politik is a good example of what has become typical of the Coldplay playbook: chiming repetitive … Continue reading #322 Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head