Category Archives: Blast From The Past

REDUX: The Blue Monday Ripoffs

March 3, 2014 It was almost 31 years prior to the day when  the seminal New Order single “Blue Monday” was initially released. The 12″ sporting a floppy disc inspired sleeve was issued by Factory on March 3, 1983 and … Continue reading

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REDUX: Corn-Fed New Wave: Figures On A Beach, The Early Years

February 20, 2014 Ten days ago, commenter Rob C made an eloquent defense of Detroit’s Figures On A Beach and little did he know, but his words were only a portion of the FOAB event horizon that I find myself … Continue reading

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REDUX: A Thousand Number One Albums In The UK

November 25, 2013 Today on the BBC was a feature examining the thousand albums that have topped the British charts since their point of origin in July 1956. I wondered how many of those best sellers would fall  under the … Continue reading

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REDUX: Steel Cage Match – Simple Minds VS U2

September 24, 2013 Sure, sure. We all acknowledge that there’s a weird, almost reciprocal relationship between U2 and Simple Minds. I can’t shake the feeling that the each band has somehow used the other for artistic inspiration and that were it a … Continue reading

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REDUX: The Mid-80s Malaise: 1983 – The Year David Bowie Became Fallible

July 22, 2013 What was it about the mid-80s that made it the harbinger of artistic disaster for so many artists that I had previously thought the world of? By 1985, there seemed to be a perfect storm of political … Continue reading

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REDUX: Record Review – Holly Beth Vincent – Demos Federico

May 7, 2013 Holly + The Italians: Demos Federico US 2xCD [2002] Disc 1 It’s Only Me [Demo Version] Fanzine [Demo Version] Chapel Of Love [Demo Version] One More Dance [Demo Version] Honalu [Demo] Unoriginal Sin [Demo] Where Baby Walks … Continue reading

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REDUX: Record Review – King Crimson – Discipline

March 14, 2013 King Crimson: Discipline US LP [1981] Elephant Talk Frame By Frame Matte Kudasai Indiscipline Thela Hun Ginjeet The Sheltering Sky Discipline 1981 was a heck of a year for music. One of the shocks that it held … Continue reading

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