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Tuesday Ten: 235: Twenty Years of Gigs

Last week actually marked a significant milestone in my music fandom - 20-July was exactly twenty years since I first attended a live, professionally promoted gig. That first show, by the way, was the (free) Heineken Festival in Roundhay Park, Leeds - I went to two days of it. The Thursday night I saw Back to the Planet, Pop Will Eat Itself and Siouxsie and the Banshees, while Saturday included 60ft Dolls, Salad, Skunk Anansie, Sleeper, Menswe@r and a spectacular headlining set from Pulp (just weeks after their legendary "stand-in" set at Glastonbury that made them stars at last).

Rearview Mirror: 006: Machines of Loving Grace

Time to dig back into my musical past once again, this time for a band that released their third - and what was to be their last - album in twenty years ago in 1995. They had, pretty much, already hit their commercial peak by this point, and as things continued later into the nineties, sadly they fell apart thanks to other interests, record label changes and intra-band tension.

Setlist - Fabulous and Forty - 18-July 2015

A private party, this one, I and my regular DJing partner nowadays AndyRavensable did the whole evening - for our friends Holly and EJ's 40th birthday at North Nineteen. Needless to say, at an event like this my usual musical choices were stretched in various directions!

A Tale of Two Returns - Failure and Refused

In one of those occasional co-incidences that pop up in the music world, a couple of weeks back saw the release of new albums - comeback albums, if you will - from two bands who were overlooked in their prime and who only really gained critical respect in the years after they disbanded the first time around.

Beauty Queen Autopsy - 2015 Interview

"I've been asked a few times if it's odd writing in a "woman's voice", but honestly I think everything I'm writing about is universal. It might be interpreted differently if a man sang it, but heartbreak, loss, and lust can't be claimed to be only for one gender."

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