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Tony Gaughan




Profiles


Blancmange


Tony Gaughan examines a detailed and in-depth nine CD retrospective from synth pop duo Blancmange, which compiles together their first three albums with remixes, session tracks, demos and live performances




Miscellaneous
Creation Records
Ian Dury And The Blockheads
Boomtown Rats

Tony Gaughan finds American Gary Jucha's'The Clash FAQ' to be the definitive book on the seminal punk band
Tony Gaughan finds essential new five CD box set 'Creation Artefact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85', which focuses on the early years of the seminal label
With a new box set out on both CD and vinyl which collects all eight of Ian Dury's albums, Tony Gaughan looks back on Dury and his band the Blockheads' extraordinary career
Tony Gaughan looks back on the career of the Boomtown Rats, whose six albums have just been released in a box set, the latest in the 'Classic Album Collection' series


Live Reviews





Posies
Jayhawks
Jim Jones Revue

Tony Gaughan watches American power pop act the Posies play an exceptional set at the tiny Hug and Pint and their first Glasgow gig in eleven years
Tony Gaughan watches alternative country outfit the Jayhawks play a fine set of songs pre-picked by fans at the Art School in Glasgow
Tony Gaughan at the Oran Mor in Glasgow watches London-based rock and roll outfit the Jim Jones Revue play a sensational set on their farewell tour


Favourite Albums




Pele
Ub40
Micah P Hinson

Tony Gaughan reflects upon Wirral-based pop/rock act Pele's 1992 debut album, which has just been re-released in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tony Gaughan examines Bimingham band UB40's 1981 bestselling second album 'Present Arms', which is about to be re-released in a three CD edition
Tony Gaughan reflects on Texan-based singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson's 2004 brooding debut album, which has recently been reissued


Features



Gig of a Lifetime


Tony Gaughan writes in 'Gig of a Lifetime' about attending on crutches a fan club only David Bowie gig in the tiny Hanover Club in London at the time of his 'Earthling' album






Reviews



Band Of Holy Joy
Dodgy
Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions
Veils

Appealing new EP from London-based alternative rock the Band of Holy Joy which has been released on ten inch vinyl and digitally
Fantastic latest comeback album from reformed 1990s British indie pop trio, Dodgy
Defiant second collaboration between former Crass front man Steve Ignorant and Irish punk collective Paranoid Visions
Exceptional latest and fifth album from acclaimed alterative rock outfit, the Veils


Teenage Fanclub
Monochrome Set
Roy Moller
Posies

Fabulous comeback album and first album in six years from seminal Glaswegian indie pop act, Teenage Fanclub
Brilliant comeback album from durable London-based post-punks, the Monochrome Set
Fantastic sixth album from Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Roy Moller, the first copies of which come with an extra disc
Instantly infectious and likeable power pop on eighth album from the Posies, which has been recorded as a tribute to long term drummer Darius Minwalla who died last year


Lloyd Cole
Alias Kid
Various
Wayne County and the Electric Chairs

Experimental and difficult instrumental-only electronic album from acclaimed 80's star, Lloyd Cole
Promising and catchy debut album from Manchester-based indie guitar act Alias Kid, who are signed to former Creation Records boss Alan McGee's new label 359 Music
Excellent compilation of both obscure and classic Northern Soul and R and B tracks, which first came to prominence at the influential Scene Club in London between 1963 and 1966
First-rate high octane live CD/DVD package from New York punks Wayne County and the Electric Chairs which was recorded for a television music series which was filmed at the Rockpalast in Dortmund in Germany


Thomas Truax
Monochrome Set
Blancmange
Justin Townes Earle

Compelling eighth album from New York-based singer-songwriter and inventor Thomas Truax, which he has recorded using a set of handmade instruments
Infectious comeback album from influential new wave/indie pop act, the Monochrome Set
Enjoyable but experimental fifth album from electropop act Blancmange, the first to feature Neil Arthur without his co-founder Stephen Luscombe who has had to retire because of long-term illness
Downbeat but impressive album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Justin Townes Earle


Hector Bizerk
James King and the Lonewolves
Bluebells
Jazzateers

Exceptional new EP from much acclaimed Glaswegian hip hop act Hector Bizerk upon which they reflect darkly on their native city
Fabulous long-awaited debut album from Glasgow-based 1980's post-punks James King and the Lonewolves, who after breaking up acrimoniously thirty years ago have extraordinarily got back together to finish off this record
Fantastic collection of early, largely unreleased demos from Scottish indie guitar pop band the Bluebells, which were originally due to be released on Postcard Records
Primitive but enjoyable collection of early demos from Glasgow indie pop act Jazzateers, which were originally to be released on the iconic Postcard Records


Duncan Reid and The Big Heads
Hamell on Trial
Hazey Janes
Willie Campbell

Fabulous power pop on second album from Duncan Reid, the former bassist with 70's punks the Boys, and his latest band, the Big Heads
Witty and abrasively satirical ninth album from New York-based singer-songwriter and stand-up comedian, Hamell on Trial
Middle-of-the-road and over-polished fourth album from Dundee-based indie psychedelic folk act, the Hazey Janes
Heartfelt homage to his native Isle of Lewis, mainly sung in Gaelic. from former front man with indie rockers Astrid and Scottish singer-songwriter, Willie Campbell






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