heard on the wire

Slam dance the cosmopolis


Some bands go on and on, churning out record after record, selling millions, flying the world in private jets, filling stadiums. Others go quietly about their business, putting smiles on the faces of the few lucky enough to hear their music. These aren’t the bands you’ll hear on daytime radio—you’re lucky to hear them on nighttime radio these days—and who’ll never to get to join Jools for the jam sketch.

They may leave a substantial legacy, like the recently retired Ace Bushy Striptease, or they may just leave a handful of songs that can only leave us thinking what might have been.

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Sprinkle sugar over me

Golden Syrup

To think, there are people who have never experienced the gustatory glee that comes from spreading fresh, white bread with thick layers of salted butter and Tate & Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

Equally there are people whose olfactory sense has never been graced with the sound of the Wave Pictures, the quirky English pop band whose latest LP, City Forgiveness, was much anticipated in these parts.

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I’ll give it all to you

Alleyway Love

You may think that this blog is dashed off in the few minutes that I have between lessons and listening—and you’d be right. But occasionally there is a little research beforehand, which naturally amounts to sticking a band’s name into Google or Wikipedia.

This would, of course, be the height of laziness were I writing about the likes of New Order, but utterly necessary when attempting to string together a few words about the Adelines, for example.

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