The Fields by Kevin Maher (Abacus £7.99)
Non Us Pop 80's
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Tuesday 31 December 2013
Sunday 13 October 2013
If this world-fusion outfit had opened their long-awaited new album with the ghastly third-rate funk-rock track that closes it, your reviewer would have instantly pressed the eject button and you wouldn’t be reading this.
Friday 04 October 2013
A raft of tantalising comebacks and a new radio show are testament to the fact that we're finally recognising the Eighties for what it was: a decade of peerless pop, says Pierre Perrone
Friday 27 September 2013
Most brothers of the groom use their best man’s speech as an excuse for some mild teasing and emotional childhood tales.
Thursday 19 September 2013
Singer replaces Danny O'Donoghue, joining Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and will.i.am on the overhauled judging panel
Monday 06 May 2013
“If you don't know it, just dance,” Andy McCluskey teases us before 1984's “Tesla Girls”, and the trim singer dances like an eager 18-30 holiday rep, pulling shapes, stretching out his arms and gyrating like an embarrassing, sozzled uncle at a wedding.
Saturday 09 March 2013
In which suave synth duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson take things in a darker and heavier direction.
Sunday 27 January 2013
In Léos Carax's genre-hopping wonder, a mystery man (Denis Lavant) is chauffeured around Paris in a stretch limousine for a day, emerging nine times and acting out a different prearranged scenario on each occasion.
Friday 25 January 2013
The BBC's polished Saturday-night entertainment will be sorely missed.
Friday 25 January 2013
Denis Lavant's “performer”, while being ferried around Paris in a white stretch limo, adopts 10 different guises –including a withered old lady, a troubled parent, a hoodlum and, most memorably, a one-eyed, barefoot, flower-munching troll/leprechaun.
Friday 21 December 2012
Back together, for ever?
Sunday 20 May 2012
The production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover previously recorded with Mark Lanegan as primary vocalist (with cameos from the likes of Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes).
Sunday 22 April 2012
They should have stuck a scratch'n'sniff card of rich Norwegian earth in with this intensely bucolic album fronted by composers Tore Brunborg on reeds and Rhodes, and vocalist Kirsti Huke.
Friday 06 April 2012
The pop music of the Eighties was bright, bouncy and shiny – and the biweekly magazine Smash Hits displayed the same qualities while providing the perfect handbook for teenagers throughout the British Isles and beyond to follow the latest bands and trends. A mainstay of the much-loved publication throughout the first half of the Eighties, the photographer Eric Watson shot many of its iconic covers, including those featuring Madonna, Madness and Morrissey, and helped define the "heroic" look of many of the acts from the period.
Wednesday 21 March 2012
In news to dismay many music fans, Stock, Aitken and Waterman are getting the gang back together for a reunion gig. But will Kylie come too? By Simon Usborne
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