#RSD2017: For the Record

You can be cynical about Record Store Day if you like. You can see it as an industry-driven means of making money from consumers duped by hype into parting with their hard-earned in exchange for products promising exclusivity. You can even complain that these products are for sale online within hours for twice and three… Continue reading #RSD2017: For the Record

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Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016: Vote Now for

Well, as if it wasn’t exciting enough to be longlisted for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016, I am absolutely over the moon to have made the shortlist. As I wrote on being longlisted, I really do love blogging. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to share your thoughts and opinions, the things you enjoy,… Continue reading Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016: Vote Now for

Music · Personal Accounts

That TFI Friday Feeling

It’s the 28th of June 1996. I’m 15, school is finished for the summer, and I have just completed my Junior Certificate (GCSEs to UK readers). It’s a Friday, and it’s 6pm, an hour and day of the week observed with an almost religious fervour in my house, and reserved for one thing only since… Continue reading That TFI Friday Feeling


Slade in Flame: How Does it Feel 40 Years On?

On the 40th anniversary of its release, I look back at the soundtrack to the movie Slade in Flame (1975), one of the band’s greatest albums. Released: 29 November 1974 Label: Polydor Words and Music: Noddy Holder and Jim Lea Producer: Chas Chandler UK chart position: #6 Singles: Far Far Away (11/10/1974, #2), How Does it… Continue reading Slade in Flame: How Does it Feel 40 Years On?

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Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets

Emma Hynes wheels a trolley through the aisles of Florian Habicht’s film that captures both the essence of the band Pulp and their 2012 return to Sheffield to play out their final ever concert in the UK. via Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets.

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We Love Life, Death and Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets Directed by Florian Habicht In 2011, Pulp fans were euphoric to learn that the band would embark on a series of concerts after a nigh on ten year hiatus. In 2012 the tour would conclude with a performance in their home town of Sheffield, director Florian… Continue reading We Love Life, Death and Supermarkets

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Rewind the Film: My Year in Music (2013)

As the sparkle settles, and coffee creams sit lonely in cavernous tins, I like to spend the peaceful time between Christmas and the start of the New Year thinking about the one that has been. I began to write about 2013, but no sooner had I begun did I realise there was so much to… Continue reading Rewind the Film: My Year in Music (2013)