heard on the wire

Try shaking a box in front of the Queen


Japanese punk pop doesn’t come any better than the pandemonium unleashed by Toquiwa, a female foursome that had already released a series of albums in Japan when indie “legend” David Gedge saw them in Tokyo.

And so the man behind and indeed in front of the Wedding Present and Cinerama did, giving them a support slot on the Wedding Present’s last tour and signing them to his Scopitones label, whereupon they released their self-titled UK debut.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

In 1993 I bought a JVC portable stereo cassette player on the basis of a review by “legendary” producer Pascal Gabriel. I loved it, still have it and it still works.

For the next six months, The Boo Radleys’ Giant Steps was ever-present among the selection of cassettes that I carried around with me. It remains an astonishing record, by a long way the best LP of the year.

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