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Do You Remember When……

Let’s go all Húsker Dú here;

Suede were important.
Reading was cooler than Glastonbury.
A cartoon rabbit playing 50’s tunes was more popular than Jesus.
Mark Goodier did the Evening Session.
Independent record labels really were.
Patsy Kensit insatiably chased rock star cock.
Shakin’ Stevens was on TV more than the Prime Minister.
People bought Lenny Kravitz albums for some reason.
Morrissey albums were worth listening to, and even occasionally buying.
Depeché Mode went rock.
Select Magazine existed.
Acid Jazz and white men in kaftans with afros were ‘in’.
The best rock music show on TV was ‘The Beat’ at 3am on a Thursday.
Rock magazines gave away cassettes.
People wore enormous baggy flares and didn’t feel like dicks.
Middle-class grungesters who lived like Kurt but not into it enough to take heroin.
Sinead O’Connor was mental.
The Spin Doctors didn’t understand why everyone in Britain laughed and pointed at them.
The Rolling Stones farewell ’89 tour rolled round.
People hailed garbage’s debut album as ‘the future’ (down, HowlinWhippett!)
R.E.M. were vital.
Dylan was in the doldrums.
U2 were ironic.
Brian Eno didn’t produce evert album by every fucking band liable to sell more than 100,000 copies.
MTV Unplugged was a good career move.
The Cure had huge trainers.
Virgin 1215 had a playlist of over seven songs.
The New Wave of New Wave was a thing.
Sonic Youth were young.
More people listened to Radio 1 than Radio 2.
there was more chance of the moon being made of Dairylea than a guitar band playing an arena.
Chavs listened to Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, maaaaaaan.
Lyrics about the Poll Tox were all the rage.
Greebo mutated into crusty and still no soap.
The Red Wedge changed the world. Or not.
Paul Weller – the lost years.
BBC regularly banned records.
The Late Show was a source of cool bands.
The Beastie Boys were tabloid fodder before they were critical darlings.
Bjork was in the Sugarcubes.
Killing in the Name Of was scary.
You played the ‘spot the tune’ game which you could play with any new Oasis release.
Rrrriot Girrrrrrl would lead us to a new matriarchal society in which we’d all wear dirty tights and smell.
We watched The White Room, which pissed all over ‘Later…..’
Eric Clapton started his annoying new life as an acoustic troubador.
A Simon and Garfunkel reunion was the exception.
Michael Jackson was widely regarded as a genius rather than, well, you know….


16 Responses

  1. Gig tickets were colourful works of art. And didn’t always ahve a huge booking fee attached

  2. MTV had music on it.

  3. I miss good gig tickets. Fucking ticketmaster.

  4. Good god, man … you’re quite right about that – I only recently got all the MTVs and am amazed that it’s wall to wall reality shit.

    REM were never vital, by the way.

  5. From 1981 to 1989, REM were the coolest, most important independent band in the world. No them, no college rock scene, no alternative, no grunge.

  6. Alright, I’ll give you that as I was three in 1981 and therefore more concerned with my own poo.

  7. I’ve yet to make that journey, sadly. Bowel movement mental, me.

  8. Gary Glitter was an amusing euphemism and not a convicted paedophile

    Jonathan King was a producer/DJ …..as above

    ‘Jesus Juice’ Jacko was black once apparently ….and got away with it

    Cliff Richard…. got himself a crying talking sleeping walking living doll ….. with ‘three super realistic sensual holes!’

    Dirty Den was just a nickname and not his online alias

    Cheggers plays pop…..goes the cork in another bottle of Chablis, hick!

    5ive Star were abused via a live phone in on a kids show…wish I had that on my c.v.

    Friday nights meant watching the mancunian bellendrian Terry Christian hosting the shambolic and tawdry fecund fecal festival of felching also known as ‘the word’

  9. ” REM were never vital,by the way.”


    credential check required.

  10. A multitude of 2nd hand guitar/amp/musical paraphenalia shops that were like a treasure trove . Amazing and individual ( or at least rare) pieces of equipment to be found; most sadly gone now….

  11. Slim Dusty – I retracted it. A flippant comment, badly judged seeing as you lot appear to be die-hard Stipe fans…

  12. I have sat and read in silience whilst you cast scorn on various artists that I like, but have to comment on the complete tosh you are speaking re Mozza, have you even listened to ringleader of the tormentors or you are the quarry ?? Where is this going to stop ELM….next you will be insinuating he is gay 😉

  13. Suedehead, ringleader of the tormertors sounds like it was created using a bond-theme-style Morrissey song formula. There is nothing original, or even note-worthy about it. And that’s why it sucks the big pipe. Now, tell us who else you like so we can tell you why you are so very wrong 😉

  14. Sudehead…sadly, i have hears YATQ and ROTT (apt acronym) and contend that the lack the wit, deftness, vulnerability, northern soul, guile, skill and, dare I say it, tunes of his earlier work.

    He has also turned into a sort of Indie Jeremy clarkson. I don’t recognise the beautiful boy of 1982 – 1997 in this bloke at all.

  15. Swineshead – up to about 1992. Then fill yer boots. 🙂

  16. Swineshead – fair enough, but Ive never found the withdrawal method reliable !!!!!!!

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