Countdown: 1980s: Tracks: 80-61

A couple of years ago, I posted the best of the 90s, and the best of the 00s, from my point of view. Read more “Countdown: 1980s: Tracks: 80-61”

Tuesday Ten: 099: Joy Division/New Order covers – 30 years since the death of Ian Curtis

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death. The influence of his band and of course New Order that formed in the wake of his death has been enormous, and nowhere is this shown more by the massive list of covers of both band’s songs. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 099: Joy Division/New Order covers – 30 years since the death of Ian Curtis”

Tuesday Ten: 095: Until Death (Us Do Part)

I’ve been thinking a lot about death of late. A friend sadly passed away on Sunday night after a long battle with illness, while in the musical world the death of Alex Chilton, frontman of Big Star, last week cast something of a shadow over SXSW – not least because he was due to play with his reformed band on Saturday night at the festival. The remainder of the band decided to go-ahead with the show, with a number of big alt-rock names assisting on vocals as something of a sweet tribute. And these events, not to mention the recent suicide of Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, resulted in this week’s Tuesday Ten being about how the death of a member affects bands. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 095: Until Death (Us Do Part)”