Countdown: 1980s: Tracks: 20-01

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: 20-01”

Tuesday Ten: 186: Television, the Drug of the Nation

Firstly, with apologies for the lack of content (comparatively) recently. Things have been rather chaotic in my life (far too many things from all sides) that have meant that a fair amount of writing for this site that I’ve had planned has either had to be delayed or shelved. As things – hopefully! – seem to be settling again now, let’s crank up the volume a bit. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 186: Television, the Drug of the Nation”

Tuesday Ten: 138: Hip-Hop

It seems to surprise everyone that I have a not-so-secret love of hip-hop. I’ve only ever dabbled, really, and certainly was never part of the wider hip-hop culture. Some of the stuff that has been released from the hip-hop scene over the years, though, has been phenomenal. There has been stuff every bit as heavy as the metal of the time, every bit as influential, and every bit as political. And, yes, there have been some abominable throwaways. And there are all kinds of links between alternative music and hip-hop. Like rap metal (bands like Downset, Stuck Mojo, Senser, Rage Against The Machine, Clawfinger…) and nu-metal (let’s not go there), obviously, but also in the likes of the industrial/hip-hop fusions of Stromkern, Consolidated and SMP – and even Front Line Assembly, who dabbled in adding hip-hop vocals as long ago as 1994 (Victim of a Criminal on Millenium, since you ask). Read more “Tuesday Ten: 138: Hip-Hop”

Tuesday Ten: 089: Better Covers

Firstly, further to last week, can I also suggest that following an advert for this seen at the weekend, that there is a seperate circle of hell reserved for it? Read more “Tuesday Ten: 089: Better Covers”

Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 140-121

The fourth instalment of this lengthy rundown. Read more “Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 140-121”

Tuesday Ten: 073: Crimes

A list that seemed to grow every time I even thought about it, this one – songs about crime. Perhaps I wasn’t specific enough in my initial criteria, but hell, I’ve got so many I’m going to be covering more than ten this week. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 073: Crimes”

Tuesday Ten: 056: American Politics

I’ve held this over from last week, which perhaps would have been a better time for it…but never mind. Songs about politics and all relating to it are an age old idea, but still even after all these years one with legs. And after a quick scan of my collection suggested loads and loads for this, I quickly was able to narrow the selection a little, down to songs about politics and America – which still left me with many options! Read more “Tuesday Ten: 056: American Politics”

Tuesday Ten: 041: The Best of What

Following the fuss over the recent Radiohead "Best of", and then rather lesser-known band LUXT wanting to effectively revise history by re-recording their older material with their new singer to create a career overview, it's time to appraise the idea of the "Best of" compilation. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 041: The Best of What”