Taking the Promenade with Neil Hannon
Brit Pop / My Life Story / Neil Hannon / The DIvine Comedy

Taking the Promenade with Neil Hannon

By Miranda Diboll 1995. Britpop was a battlefield created by the NME and Savage and Best.  Grunge was being du-gunked by a soapy wave of British pride, dressed in mod suits, backwards glancing at the 60s. Suddenly big sound was cool, everyone owned a Scott Walker album and finally Neil Hannon and his chamber pop … Continue reading

Collector’s anxiety: a girl gets all Rob Fleming on you.
Green Gartside / Record Collecting / Scritti Politti

Collector’s anxiety: a girl gets all Rob Fleming on you.

By Miranda Diboll. I love music but I am still naive about collecting it.  Editions, re-releases, white labels, err I’m in a spin. So more fool me when I won an eBay auction for Scritti’s Songs To Remember on vinyl. Excitedly pulling it out of its sleeve I discovered a Virgin label. What? Surely that should … Continue reading

Same Horse, Different Jockey: Blockheads’ new album in November and Kickstarter campaign for videos.
Ian Dury / Norman Watt-Roy / The Blockheads

Same Horse, Different Jockey: Blockheads’ new album in November and Kickstarter campaign for videos.

By Miranda Diboll                   Ain’t Kickstarter great? Cut out the middle man and all that jazz. The Blockheads are almost as famous for their loyal followers than their music. Especially where I’m from (Essex) where Wilko is king and pub rock is an art form. So you … Continue reading