Tony Heywood

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Tony was raised in South East London in the 1970s on a diet of mashed potato, country and western and Smokie and the Wombles. His first obsession, a love of cornettos, was replaced by music after witnessing Morrissey twirl his skin frame on Top Of The Pops. His impatience showed early on when he appeared two months prematurely, not wanting to wait any longer before he could start buying records. It's a habit he has yet to shift. The Smiths where swiftly followed by New Order, The Cure and a cast of a thousand. The proto hip-hop leaking from the pirate radio stations in his brother's bedroom managed to crawl nto his consciousness. Having failed to pass muster as a Goth - the hair colour was right but the love of Electro wasn't - Tony was exiled to Bath in the early 1990s. His childhood ambition of becoming James Bond failed after he expressed a preference for Cider and Black over a Dry Martini. After stumbling through college and attempting to build up a CV of the world's worst McJobs, a chance meeting with Robert Johnson's ghost, not at the crossroads but on the number 14 bus, led to a career in Reprographics. A few stints as a DJ in dingy basement clubs earned him the nickname Phat Tone. He was never sure if this was a reference to the beats he played or his consumption of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. A self-confessed vinyl junkie and Ebay fiend, Tony spends far too much time and money on searching dusty second-hand record shops for that King Of The Slums single he lent to someone in 1989. Each night he prays to the Roman goddess of music Minerva (take note, Madonna, it's not you) that one day Mark E Smith will appear on the X-Factor and that Simon Cowell will explode consequently.
Tony Heywood

Articles by Tony Heywood

Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring (Album Reviews)
The Magnetic Fields – Realism (Album Reviews)
BEAK> + Thought Forms @ Arnolfini, Bristol (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Boo Hewerdine – God Bless The Pretty Things (Album Reviews)
Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Vertical Ascent (Album Reviews)
Beach House – Devotion (Album Reviews)
Anthony Reynolds – British Ballads (Album Reviews)
Burial – Untrue (Album Reviews)
Prefuse 73 – Preparations (Album Reviews)
Murcof – Cosmos (Album Reviews)
Devastations – Yes, U (Album Reviews)
St Vincent – Marry Me (Album Reviews)
Shearwater – Palo Santo (Album Reviews)
Liars – Liars (Album Reviews)
Stuffy/The Fuses – Angels Are Ace (Album Reviews)
Kelly Clarkson – My December (Album Reviews)
Patrick Wolf @ Thekla, Bristol (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons Of Littlefield – Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons Of Littlefield (Album Reviews)
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan @ St George’s, Bristol (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly @ Academy 2, Bristol (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
The Boyfriends – The Boyfriends (Album Reviews)