Matteo Sedazzari

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“I know I come from Woking and you say I'm a fraud “  The Jam - Sounds From The Street,

Classic lyrics that certainly put Woking and Surrey on the British rock ‘n’ roll map in 1977. Since then The Jam made their stamp on music,  the suburban town has always been synonymous with the ‘best fxxking band in the world’. 
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What he said must be spoken quickly, for most of them had no patience. What he said must be put strongly, more acted than spoken, for they had to be hooked to stand and hear.
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It is easy to dismiss Weller’s final and rejected album for Polydor, Modernism: A New Decade.  Recorded in 1989 and finally released in 1998, but by then the moment had gone.  Modernism certainly witnessed a huge change in musical direction for Weller, the usual Soul, Pop, Funk and Jazz sound of The Style Council had been replaced by House Music,
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Pete Best (24th November 1941 Madras, India) is a name that has always been associated with The Beatles, and how his life drastically changed forever on 16th August 1962, when their manager, Brian Epstein, reluctantly fired Best as The Beatles’ drummer. 
Sunday, 03 March 2013 18:08

Teena Marie Beautiful



I remember the first time I heard Teena Marie, it was the summer of 86 and I had a nice summer job.  Without going into details of the job, it was in a small kitchen, and I used to bring tapes in to play.  Anyway one Monday, I brought in a Motown compilation cassette that I had purchased at Woolworths.  
Sunday, 03 March 2013 17:57

Marcus Reeves Mistaken Identity



I knew Marcus Reeves was talented, and could pen a song. In addition I had the pleasure of meeting him last year, and what a sharp, intelligent, focused and witty man he is.   Furthermore, his understanding of music and songwriting was overwhelming, as we discussed these subjects at a bar in Denmark Street London WC1.  So, when I received his latest offering, I did not hesitate for a second before hitting the play button, and the track I heard increased my already high opinion of Marcus Reeves. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:56

Sixties Legend Billy J Kramer Talks to ZANI

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Do you want to know a secret? Billy J Kramer is back and very soon it will be common knowledge, as he has been busy recording a comeback album, which has spawned a single To Liverpool with Love.  A native of Merseyside and now happily residing in New York, yet it seems he has never forgotten his roots, and why should he as he was at the centre of the Merseybeat in the early sixties?  Young northern teenagers inspired by American rock ‘n’ roll artists like Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course Elvis,  making music.



A Light That Never Goes Out, is a recent biography of one of Manchester’s finest bands, The Smiths, formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1987.  Their first single, Hand in Glove, was released in May 1983 on Rough Trade.  With the jangling guitar intro of Johnny Marr coupled with Morrissey’s unique melancholia and melodic vocals,  backed by Mike Joyce’s 50’s rock ‘n’ roll meets 70’s funk drumming and the beating and pulsating bass lines of Andy Rourke,

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:30

Belief Is All - The Jam



These were the last words Paul Weller penned on The Jam's final album "Dig the New Breed", and I fondly recall where I read them for the first time. It was the 8th December 1982 (coincidentally the second anniversary of John Lennon's murder) late afternoon, and I was sitting in a Wimpy bar in the centre of Birmingham with my brother and his girlfriend, killing time whilst waiting for the doors to open to see The Jam at Bingley Hall.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 21:01

The Zolas Ancient Mars


The Zolas are a duo from Vancouver, Canada with Zachary Gray on vocals and guitar and Tom Dobrzanski on keyboards and piano, who use a variety of session musicians for live and recording work, which is a good thing as their songs, overall, are certainly epic affairs that are catchy and well thought out.

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