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Record Rewind: Paramore – Brand New Eyes

December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Brand New Eyes was Paramore’s third studio album, and was released in 2009. It came at a big time for the band; most notably, they had gained hundreds of new fans after recording the song Decode for the first Twilight movie, and also learnt why people advise  against dating someone you work with. Lead singer Hayley Williams...

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Record Rewind: The Replacements – Let It Be

December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

How many albums have received dozens of five star reviews, established a band’s signature sound and influenced a generation of musicians whilst remaining relatively unknown to the wider public? Let It Be, the third and career shaping record for Minneapolis post-punk quartet The Replacements is one of those classic albums that seems to have passed the majority...

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‘Any of you fucking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of you!’ shrieks Honey Bunny, and with that, Dick Dale, the king of surf guitar, launches into the exotic rapid fire plucking that pervades the perennial Misirlou. I’ve been listening to this sequence, which opens the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction,...

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Record Rewind: David Bowie – Hunky Dory

December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

It was a magical meeting. We stood on either side of a wooden pole at Pushover Festival, like Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio on either side of the fishtank. I gazed into his green eyes as we talked about our favourite Bowie albums. Mine was Ziggy Stardust, his was Hunky Dory. Then he ditched me...

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You go through stages in your musical life.  You may start out in youth by listening to pop, singing along into a hair brush in front of the mirror. Suddenly teenage angst rears its ugly head and punk rock enters your daily playlist with all its rebellion and anarchy.  After getting rid of your anger...

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Record Rewind: ABBA – The Visitors

December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Visitors, ABBA’s 8th and final studio album, is the group’s ‘Abbey Road’. Much like The Beatles during 1969, the four middle-aged members of ABBA were barely speaking to each other in 1981. Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad had divorced and Bjorn Ulvaeus had remarried after divorcing Agnetha Faltskog in 1979. Inevitably, an icy...

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After a long hiatus from making music, this has got to be known as Yellowcard’s comeback album. When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes is by far one of their best releases in their music career as a band and this album has brought such a positive impact in my life. Needless to say, this release came...

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Record Rewind: Eurythmics – Peace

December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Almost everyone knows of the Eurythmics! You had to be living in a very isolated crevice of the world to not notice the band in the eighties. Over the course of an initial ten year run at the top, churning out hits like Sweet Dreams, When Tomorrow Comes, Thorn In My Side and Miracle of...

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Record Rewind: Blink-182 – Blink-182

November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Heralded by many fans and critics alike as their best album to date, Blink-182’s self-titled album marked a change in direction to a darker, more mature and serious sound. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, the album is still regarded as the trio’s most impressive and successful record. The album was surprising to listeners who...

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Record Rewind: Neil Young – Harvest

November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neil Young’s Harvest is one of those untouchable albums. Its already stood the test of the time having aged for more than 40 years now. Still, it stands triumphantly as a monumental album that would ultimately play a role in ushering in a new era of rock n’ roll. Harvest was released at a time...

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Record Rewind: Stellar* – Mix

November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Stellar are a band from New Zealand who had a string of hits down under in the late nineties and throughout the noughties. In their time the four-piece released 3 studio albums, all achieving a decent amount of success and while the band didn’t entirely hit the commercial jackpot internationally, the material they produced in...

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Record Rewind: Roxette – Have A Nice Day

November 20, 2013 | 3 Comments

I have been a fan of Swedish pop duo Roxette for about as long as I can remember. My mother used to have a fairly decent collection of records and cassette tapes (yes, I was born in a time when the good old fashioned cassette tape was still cool). From the collection I remember sitting...

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