Music Archive (176)

Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:58

Echo and the Bunnymen - Bridesmaids Of Rock

Written by Alan McGee
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Nineteen eighty-nine was the year of a British and Irish invasion of North America: U2, the Cure and New Order were achieving significant sales and huge cultural status. Of this charge of the long coat brigade, the one band who should have made it was Echo and the Bunnymen. Instead, that was the year they decided to break up. Their drummer Pete DeFrietas died a year later, and the band reconvened without singer Ian McCulloch for a sixth Echo and the Bunnymen album in 1990 that was met with reactions ranging from indifference to outright hostility.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:57

Glasvegas – The Rightful Heirs?

Written by Alan McGee
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From the early releases on Alan Horne's Postcard label through to bands such as Jesus and Mary Chain and Mogwai, Scotland has always had a tradition of great independent pop music. The country has never had any shortage of young bands aspiring to make mythical records without giving a toss to the style, trends and fashions of London-based hipsters. Some become extremely successful, like Franz Ferdinard. Others reach for the mythical only to fall into obscurity, like the Pastels.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:53

Bruce Springsteen – On The Boss

Written by Alan McGee
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Initially and for some time, Springsteen's sound has had no equal, but in recent years no shortage of bands have been striving to recreate his style of big music, from the Avett Brothers and the Hold Steady to Gaslight Anthem and the Killers.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:52

ELO - The band the Beatles could have been

Written by Alan McGee
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When the Beatles broke up in 1970, the world suffered one mighty post-traumatic stress disorder and an even worse case of separation anxiety (that continues to this day). The Beatles broke up! Oh no! Nevertheless, the search for "the new Beatles" was on. The Beatles, as a band, are irreplaceable, but it never stopped contenders reaching for their throne.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:49

Fleetwood Mac - The Perfect Pop Partnership

Written by Alan McGee
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This week, I received an email from Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line regarding a new project he has been working on with Annie Hardy from Giant Drag. He included a demo of their song Lake of Fire, stating that "Fleetwood Mac is the new black". The track is fantastic. Joe and Annie have perfectly captured the vibe of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in their pre-Fleetwood Mac days, when they were a folk-rock duo.
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