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Alvin Stardust remembered

There was once a local rumour that his mum ran the newsstand on Wickford Station (eastbound side), but that may have been someone’s ‘Jealous Mind’ when the mighty Alvin Stardust dominated the UK hit parade, circa 1973. Despite his ludicrous leather cat-suit and platforms higher than, well, the platform at Wickford Station, I [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Popular Music|0 Comments

40 years of Peace, Love, and Understanding

As this majestic song enters its fifth decade, some of us will recall those barroom comedians who couldn't resist uttering 'Yeah, peace and love, man', as one of our longer-haired brethren shuffled past. It was the predictable dig from hippie-bashers, post-Woodstock, as they taunted anyone in an ex-army greatcoat and loon pants - as later portrayed by Nigel [...]

By | May 30th, 2014|Nick Lowe|0 Comments

Lee Brilleaux 10 May 1952 – 7 April 1994

Main photo: Patrick Higgins To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lee's death I offer the following article written for Uncut in 2004. An Officer and a Gentleman As the media trumpet the genius of Kurt Cobain, who shot himself in the head 10 years ago, let us not forget another rock’n’roll hero who died that same [...]

By | April 4th, 2014|Dr Feelgood|0 Comments

Brinsley Schwarz and The Fillmore Trip

Main image L-R Billy - Bob - Brinsley - Nick (NYC 1970) The preposterous 1970 launch of the band Brinsley Schwarz – affectionately known to its participants as ‘The Hype’ - is the stuff of rock legend. To describe it in the briefest way possible, its movie logline might read: ‘Over ambitious pop managers [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|Nick Lowe|0 Comments