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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:21

Gary Powell - Out Of The Libertines' Shadows

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In early November, I interviewed Jon Bon Jovi for the Guardian. He was cool and a total gentlemen. When Jon mentioned he didn't know who Pete Doherty was, I suggested that the Babyshambles man was well worth hearing. In my opinion, both Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of the Libertines are iconic British artists, which is why I was drawn to working with them.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:18

Damon Albarn - A Musical Pioneer

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When Blur first emerged, Damon Albarn seemed to me little more than a quirky songwriter among Britpop's grey and repetitious ranks. Over the years, however, my perception of him has changed considerably. Now, I rate him alongside Ray Davies and Elvis Costello as one of England's great, unpredictable songwriters.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:14

Mogwai - Does Isolation Make The Best Art?

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Mogwai's The Hawk is Howling is fantastic. I've had it on repeat since Stuart sent me a copy in August 2008 . With this album and their tour with the mighty Fuck Buttons, they're set to own September 2009.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:09

Flowered Up Memories of Liam.

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ZANI were sad and shocked to hear about the untimely death of Flowered Up’s lead singer Liam Maher. ‘Flowered Up’ were a gang of lads from Camden, and contemporary rivals to Madchester’s acts ‘The Stone Roses’ and ‘The Happy Mondays’. The ‘faces’ of the London club  scene in their day they took their street style and attitude to the stage, and became a musical force to be reckoned with. Yet despite their popularity they never really hit the big time, although they provided some great songs that captured England’s Sub culture.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:08

Mark Hollis - Wherefore Art Thou ?

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The story of Hollis and his band Talk Talk has to be one of the more interesting of the synth pop era. Initially hailed in the music press as a poor man's Duran Duran (they shared the same producer, a similar name and toured with their new romantic counterparts), they took Neil Young's comment about travelling off of the middle of the road straight to the ditch more to heart than their peers.
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Some of the groups which most influenced punk rock have had a limited following themselves. Critically reviled at the time, hard-pressed with finances, having just a limited regional following or with a life-span too brief to move onto the worldwide stage, these records influenced my life and many others'. What are yours?

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:57

Glasvegas – The Rightful Heirs?

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From the early releases on Alan Horne's Postcard label through to bands such as Jesus and Mary Chain and Mogwai, Scotland has always had a tradition of great independent pop music. The country has never had any shortage of young bands aspiring to make mythical records without giving a toss to the style, trends and fashions of London-based hipsters. Some become extremely successful, like Franz Ferdinard. Others reach for the mythical only to fall into obscurity, like the Pastels.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 14:59

Noel Gallagher - Royal Albert Hall

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It’s fair to say that anyone who turned up to the Noel Gallagher concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust last week would have been a Noel Gallagher fan. Given that tickets to the show were not cheap and sold out very quickly, I think you’d have to be, so I’m unsure if anybody could have walked away from the event thinking anything other than how good it was.
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Can people be blinded by hype into accepting absolute garbage into the rock'n'roll canon? I refer to a dispute I had recently over the meteoric rise of Fleet Foxes. A friend of mine believed that to truly judge whether an album is a "classic" you have to wait at least a year for the hype to clear. For her, Fleet Foxes have failed the test because their self-titled debut is a folk version of Coldplay.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 14:05

Revolver- A Classic Beatles' Album

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© Words Alan McGee

I was driving to London recently from Wales with my daughter. As is usual these days she was hooked into her i pod world. And while sound splashed into her ears there was silence in the rest of the car as I stared eastward willing London ever closer. She suddenly began to sing.
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