Spotlights

Spotlight: Hefner – Dead Media

by Gareth Ware

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...

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....

Spotlight: Orange Juice – Coals To Newcastle


When discussing the post-punk musical landscape of the early ’80s, it’s impossible to overlook Orange Juice. Fronted by Edwyn Collins and his somehow confident and...

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: The Making Of Nick Cave


Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ first four albums, From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against The Pricks and Your Funeral… My...

Spotlight: Morrissey, 25 Years On


Another year, another Morrissey album. Years Of Refusal is his 30th in an extraordinary 25-year career, if you include all The Smiths’ releases, his solo...

Spotlight: 2008 Mercury Music Prize Nominations


Approximately 240 albums were submitted as entrants for this year’s Mercury Prize, an indication perhaps of the effect a nomination can have on sales and...

Spotlight: Bella Union at 10


Bella Union is a special record label. If you’re a music fan, chances are you already know this. It is an independent, headed by former...

Spotlight: The Fall and Rise of Shoegaze


Shoegaze, says Wikipedia, “is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted until the mid 1990s,...

Obituary: Arthur Lee


Arthur Lee, lead singer of the band Love, died peacefully in his sleep in Memphis on the afternoon of 3rd August, 2006 from complications arising...

Spotlight: Richard Hawley


Richard Hawley is finally coming into his own. With a move to Mute and a showcase gig for an invited audience, it’s surely (finally) possible...

Spotlight: Kate Bush – Mystery Maiden?


Kate Bush is back, 12 years since The Red Shoes, with a double album: Aerial. Her record label, EMI, have treated the album’s launch with...

Spotlight: Duran Duran – Notorious Wild Boys


As their first biography is published ahead of a huge tour and DVD release, Duran Duran’s biographer Steve Malins charts the lavishly bumpy life of...