Monthly Archives: August 2011

Witty Wordplay – Dave’s Review

Strong in all areas, The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths that can be enjoyed on many levels. With pleasant, catchy playing and wickedly witty writing, the album is full of depth. The more you listen to it, the more … Continue reading

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Bonus: Bizarro – Dave’s Review

It’s Indie fortnight on our musical adventure. As well as The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead, I thought I would also review one of my favourite albums of the genre: The Wedding Presents’ 1989 Bizarro. I first discovered the band as they … Continue reading

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Message Received – Fran’s Review

When we entered Old School Hip Hop fortnight (three weeks ago, I know!) I was looking forward to sampling some tunes from a time before the supercilious swagger and pointless posturing that is much of mainstream Hip Hop today. Grand … Continue reading

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Indie Night Fortnight

Q Magazine calls them “the one truly vital voice of the ’80s”. The Smiths, driven by the lovesick, literary lyrics of Morrissey and the melodic, jangly guitar of Marr, were the first independant band to achieve major success. Widely critically … Continue reading

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A Message I Wasn’t Expecting – Dave’s Review

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s The Message is a far more varied and interesting album than I would have expected. From the funky bassline of opener She’s Fresh to the electro beats of Scorpio, its influences are wide and clear. Dreamin’ is … Continue reading

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Dave’s Top 5 Old School Classics

1. It Takes Two by Rob Base & DJ E Z Rock 2. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 3. It’s Tricky by RUN-DMC 4. Push It by Salt n Pepa 5. Rapper’s Delight by Sugar Hill … Continue reading

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Chillin’ Out, Maxin’, Relaxin’ all Cool

This fortnight we go old school, back to 1982, as we listen to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s The Message. These were the days were carrying stereos than guns, baseball caps were tall, and pop stars didn’t try rapping. … Continue reading

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