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Erasure - Other People's Songs

Erasure – Other People’s Songs

by John Murphy

There seems to be something of an Erasure revival at the moment, no doubt kicked off by Wheatus‘ successful version of their ’80s hit A…



Laika – Volume One (1993-2002)


Laika is a name often dropped during interviews with other bands. They are cited as a huge influence on Radiohead whilst writing Kid A. Since...

The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee


The driving force behind Mountains Goats is the enigmatic front man John Darnielle. A very prolific act, this is the third album he has put...

Teenage Fanclub – 4,766 Seconds: A Short Cut To


Dependable. Safe. Boring. Unoriginal. These are all words that have been unfairly tagged to Teenage Fanclub during the past 13 years. Affectionately called The Fannies...

InMe – Overgrown Eden


As a moody teenager I would often sequester myself in my bedroom, turn out the lights and wallow in my own self-inflicted alienation, with only...

The Yardbirds – Little Games


Little Games, originally release in 1967, was the Yardbirds’ final album. It was also their weakest, being heavily influenced for the worse by the pop...

Echoboy @ Monarch, London


It was an evening compered by a radio DJ, a chap who seemed to be relying on the old adage of “you wouldn’t hit a...

Spear of Destiny – Morning Star


Spear of Destiny sound like no-one and no-one sounds like Spear of Destiny. You know it’s Kirk Brandon singing the minute you play the first...

Youssou N’Dour @ Union Chapel, London


Something special was needed to offer an escape from the stubborn drizzle on a dank London night – not to mention get The Cheeky Song...

The Czars + Rosie Wilby @ Spitz, London


There were almost too many acts on the bill to count – on one hand, at least – tonight, as Christmas loomed ever larger on...

Damien Rice @ Limelight


After support act Mouse failed to ignite any real passion (perhaps because her set was very short and the volume too low), excitement was running...

Menlo Park @ Union Chapel, London


Menlo Park@ Union Chapel, London, 13 December 2002Menlo Park’s Chris Taylor takes flight.This being a chapel, yay it was right and proper that an Order...

Buck 65 – Square


Well it certainly took him a while. After spending years on the underground circuits of Halifax Nova Scotia, New York and Paris, Buck 65 (Richard...

Macy Gray – The Id


Macy Gray’s debut album, On How Life Is was the most ubiquitous record of the year in 1999. It was the soundtrack to every party...

David Gray @ Earl’s Court


A decidedly young-mature, cute couply audience came out in force to see this singer-songwriter give great value for money with an extensive, full-bodied set. Fair-haired...

Primal Scream @ Brixton Academy


Few bands can get London’s fashionista dancing to the lines “parasitic,syphilitic” (Swastika Eyes) on a Saturday night, but Primal Scream are noordinary band. Their seven-album...

Lambchop + Eileen Rose @ Sheffield Memorial Hall, Sheffield


“What a dump!” exclaims Eileen Rose as she steps onto the stage. She’s joking, of course. Sheffield’s Memorial Hall is one of the region’s best...

Darius – Dive In


When an unknown Scotsman called Darius Danesh auditioned for Popstars with an excruciating version of Britney Spears‘ Baby One More Time, he seemed set to...

Mariah Carey – Charmbracelet


Having passed in and out of the hallowed doors of both Sony and EMI, superdeluxe diva Mariah Carey, she of the three-squillion-octaves voice, bounces back,...

Calexico + Mariachi Luz de Luna @ Barbican, London


As part of the Barbican’s Further Beyond Nashville festival, Arizona’s border town boys Calexico breezed into the central London barn with a movie soundtrack that...

Louis Vause – Pianophernalia


In all the great films of the 1950s there seemed to be a late-night scene in a seedy night club, when the singer has gone...