Two weeks ago I took my 12-year-old son into town for Record Store Day. We took rather a long time to leave the house. If we had been more organized we might have seen some live music at Rough Trade, or Rough Trade West as it’s now called, near Portobello Road. That’s where he saw… Continue reading Album shopping on a Saturday afternoon
Last year I wrote a few “Coincidence Corner” pieces, light-hearted reviews of the themes, stories or references that recur if you keep your eyes and ears open, no matter what you read, watch or listen to. If you’re not finding “coincidences” it might be a sign that you’re not reading, watching or listening to much… Continue reading A few little coincidences for January
Rest in peace George Michael. So, after David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Caroline Aherne and dozens of others taken before their time, 2016 had another unwelcome trick up its sleeve. We heard the news on Christmas night after we returned from a long and enjoyable lunch with friends. It wasn’t on the 10pm news, which we… Continue reading Do you enjoy what you do?
Bob Dylan is the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Good. I’m happy about that. As I wrote in a piece last year I have friends who have told me how much they hate Bob Dylan. I am still friends with these people but we are never going to agree on this one.… Continue reading Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate
Here are the answers to yesterday’s piece challenging you to name UK #1 hit singles containing boys’ names. In year order: Name Artist Song Year Joe Frankie Laine Hey Joe 1953 Hernando Johnston Brothers Hernando’s Hideaway 1955 Mack Bobby Darin Mack The Knife 1959 Johnny John Leyton Johnny Remember Me 1961 Michael Highwaymen Michael 1961… Continue reading UK #1 hit singles containing boys’ names (the answers)
As a follow-up to last month’s piece, asking you to name as many UK #1s as possible that contain a girl’s name, how many boys’ names can you find in UK #1 hits? There are fewer of them, and when I have challenged people to come up with them I haven’t had to say “It… Continue reading UK #1 hit singles containing boys’ names
Farewell to the Pipeline, which was, all too briefly, the centre of rock ’n roll London. In the early years of this decade my nights out frequently incorporated three rock venues: The Pipeline, The Intrepid Fox and the 12 Bar Club. All three have now closed. A typical night out would involve beer and pinball… Continue reading Farewell to the Pipeline