Category Archives: Surviving The 90s

Billy MacKenzie: The Posthumous Era [part 4]

Part 4: The Aftermath… Billy’s mother Lily had died the previous summer and the already mercurial singer was capable of wild mood swings as his attitude to his singing career had already showed. On January 22nd, 1997, he went into … Continue reading

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Making Up For Lost Time In The 90s With Associates [part 3]

Part 3: Obsession MAGNIFICENT… With my perceptions permanently altered by my encounter with Associates, I really started purchasing vinyl records once again after pretty much a five year layoff. By the early 90s, it was apparent that whole swaths of … Continue reading

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My Tragically Late Recognition of Associates Changed Everything [part 2]

Part 2: The EPIPHANY… As we was in said last post, I had many opportunities to be exposed to both Billy MacKenzie and The Associates and I was curiously deaf to the evidence. Nothing clicked for me. Until that fateful … Continue reading

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Billy MacKenzie Has Been Gone For 25 Years Now… [part 1]

Part 1: My STUPID YEARS… Where does the time go? It feels like he just died last month. I can remember the awful pit in my stomach when I discovered, somehow, on the internet [which in 1997, I only had … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 19]

[…continued from last post] Following the flat commercial prospects of the “Springtime For The World” campaign, The Blow Monkeys did the honorable thing and called it a day approximately a decade into their lifespan. Reasoning that the releases were not … Continue reading

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Record Review: Sparks Ignite “Gratuitous Sax + Senseless Violins” DLX RM UK 3xCD To The Next Level [disc 3/3] [part 2]

[continued from last post…] The slyly playful melody of “Bob Hope” managed to convey the famed comic’s mid-century wiseguy vibe fairly well. This song was an homage to the platonic ideal of early Bob Hope; the snarky everyman who called … Continue reading

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Record Review: Sparks Ignite “Gratuitous Sax + Senseless Violins” DLX RM UK 3xCD To The Next Level [disc 3/3]

Sparks: Gratuitous Sax + Senseless Violins – UK – 3xCD [2019] Disc Three – Demos + Unreleased Tracks Where Did I Leave My Halo? She’s Beautiful (So What) Mid-Atlantic The Farmer’s Daughter This Angry Young Man Ain’t Angry No More … Continue reading

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