Spotlights

Spotlight: Paul Simon – Graceland

by Darren Lee

A quarter of a century ago the world was still in thrall with a new medium that was going to revolutionise music, improve fidelity, blast…



Obituary: Donna Summer


News arrived today (17 May 2012) of disco legend Donna Summer’s death at 63, from cancer, at her Florida home. Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, Summer...

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless / Isn’t Anything / EPs and Rarities


My Bloody Valentine are like The Grail in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. They can be the source of ultimate power or render you...

One For Keeps: New Order – Technique


One For Keeps is a new features series in which musicOMH writers wax lyrical on albums they’d just not be able to cope without. Laurence...

One For Keeps: Lifter Puller – Fiestas + Fiascos


One For Keeps is a new features series in which musicOMH writers wax lyrical on albums they’d just not be able to cope without. Kicking...

Spotlight: Pulp – It / Freaks / Separations


Do you remember the first time? For a lot of admirers of the perennial misfits from Sheffield, it will have been Common People. Or going...

Spotlight: David Bowie – Station To Station


It opens with faint birdsong and the distant chugging of a train. Someone is running from something bad, running towards something that might be even...

Spotlight: The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream / Gish


2011 has seen its share of excellent 20th anniversary reissues from the shamelessly longhaired and scrappy early days of grunge and alternative rock. To name...

Spotlight: Berlin Music Days


“Berlin was shaky in the ’70s and ’80s, you never knew what was going to happen next,” says Gudrun Gut. “That’s why it felt a...

Spotlight: Riots, Reasons And Ramifications


Like a significant proportion of the UK’s population, for the last few days and nights I’ve been all but glued to the rolling news networks,...

Spotlight: Hefner – Dead Media


If a week equates to a long time in politics, then god only knows what 10 years is in music. Think of the passing fads,...

Obituary: Poly Styrene


According to a statement on her website, Poly Styrene, front woman for the archetypal punk band X-Ray Spex, passed away on the evening of 25th...

Spotlight: Scritti Politti – Absolute


The journey taken by Green Gartside and his band Scritti Politti over the last five decades has been quite a remarkable one. From a genuine,...

Obituary: John Barry


With the announcement of John Barry’sdeath on 31st January 2011, the door has closed not only on one of the most accomplished and illustrious careers...

Spotlight: Queens Of The Stone Age – Queens Of The Stone Age


It’s quite hard to think of Josh Homme as anything other than a Rock Colossus these days; he’s seemingly been around for ages yet has...

Obituary: Broadcast’s Trish Keenan


Disbelief, shock and immense sadness greeted the news that broke last Friday morning, 14th January 2011. Trish Keenan, lead singer and primary creative force in...

Spotlight: ESG


There are many well-known tales of events which changed the course of musical history: Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads; Bob Dylan going...

Spotlight: The Rolling Stones – Ladies & Gentlemen…


2010 is proving to be a year of resurrection for the Rolling Stones. May saw the expanded reissue of their masterpiece Exile On Main Street....

Spotlight: Giant Sand – Blurry Blue Mountain


Giant Sand, or more precisely Howe Gelb, is one of those artists who should have delivered more than what was initially promised. Twenty-five years ago,...

Obituary: Solomon Burke


Whilst Solomon Burke will justly be remembered for his committed, powerful soul voice, singing was not necessarily his prime vocation. He described himself as “a...

Spotlight: Robbie Williams – In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010


In common with other great British institutions, Robbie Williams has been hovering around our media-saturated lives for a lot longer than many of us realise....