Spotlights

Obituary: John Barry

by Dan Marner

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 in cinema history, but on an entire world of musical…



Obituary: Gary Moore

by Ben Hogwood

The announcement of the death of Gary Moore was received with widespread shock and sadness when it was made public on Sunday 6th February. The keen sense of loss was perhaps summed up by Bob...

Obituary: Solomon Burke

by Daniel Paton

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 Preacher first and an entertainer second”. Burke’s grandmother Eleanor belonged...

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

by Nic Oliver

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. As the man himself nears his 40s there are a...

Spotlight: Orange Juice – Coals To Newcastle

by Andrew Burgess

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 self-deprecating creeping croon, this group of Glasgow misfits laid the...

Spotlight: ESG

by Darren Harvey

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 electric at the Newport Folk Festival; and so on. But...

Spotlight: The Rolling Stones – Ladies & Gentlemen…

by Neil Dowden

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. Now comes restored and remastered DVD/Blu-ray versions of the notoriously...

Spotlight: Giant Sand – Blurry Blue Mountain

by Tom Jowett

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, Valley Of Rain was released to critical acclaim, with many...

Spotlight: Morrissey, 25 Years On

by musicOMH

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 output and live albums and compilations. Len Brown, a former...

Spotlight: The Making Of Nick Cave

by Nic Oliver

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 Trial, have been remastered and reissued. Going back in time...

Spotlight: 2008 Mercury Music Prize Nominations

by Ben Hogwood

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 kudos for the act involved. Yet the awards are never...

Spotlight: Bella Union at 10

by Michael Hubbard

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 Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde. His firm is 10 years old....

Spotlight: The Fall and Rise of Shoegaze

by James Buckley

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, peaking circa 1990 to 1991.” Maps‘ Mercury nomination this year...

Obituary: Arthur Lee

by Jenni Cole

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 from leukaemia. He was 61. He leaves a wife of...

Spotlight: Duran Duran – Notorious Wild Boys

by Steve Malins

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 the Notorious Wild Boys… When Duran Duran had withered down...

Spotlight: Richard Hawley

by Helen Wright

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 to talk about Hawley other than by referring to his...