A Moment Worth Waiting For by Kevin Pearce.

Kevin Pearce’s brilliant music memoir A Moment Worth Waiting For opens with the release of Vic Godard’s What’s The Matter Boy? LP in 1980. Pearce tells the story of how Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt and Tracey Thorne first bonded over the record, with Ben later lending her his John Martyn records and Tracey…

Fiction: Evel Knievel and the Fat Elvis Diner By Richard Wall

The man stared through glass at the immense, dark thunderhead that filled the horizon.             Cumulonimbus.             Impressive.             Towering like a huge anvil in the vast Oklahoma sky.             Even at this distance he could see the grey curtain of rain beneath it; see threads of lightning poking at the earth like the antagonistic…

Poetry: Tommy Gun Blues by Fred Shrum, III

Tommy Gun Blues  I can’t stay in I can’t get out My heart is so hard My tears become drought Your life is in my hands But who holds mine My rivers flow with blood I am stranded in time From across the gaping void The light becomes clear You realize with a start There…

Drabble: Swamplands by Paul D. Brazill

Elvis awoke in a cold, dank sweat, hungover from bourbon and bad dreams. The nightmares had consisted of him being hunted through a swamp by the murderous spectre of Jesse, his stillborn twin. His pounding heartbeat seemed to echo through the mansion. He stumbled into the bathroom, splashed cold water on his face and looked…

Pre-order Gary Crowley’s Lost 80s

Lost 80s presents 63 tracks compiled and themed by Gary Crowley disc by disc, from ‘Jingly Jangly’ indie-pop 7″s to the extended 12″ that so much marked the era. Many of these tracks are rare and very hard to find having not appeared on any CDs before. The better known artists appearing here are represented…

Short Story in a Song— The Soft Boys’ “I Wanna Destroy You” by S W Lauden

There has long been a powerful political undercurrent to punk rock. Starting with The Sex Pistols and The Clash, it spiraled outward across decades with bands like Dead Kennedys, Propagandhi, Pussy Riot and Anti-Flag. When it comes to politically charged punk, “I Wanna Destroy You” by The Soft Boys is an undeniable anti-Fascist anthem (underscored…

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Gary Crowley

SONGS Music continues to excite and thrill me as much as it did as a music mad teen and some of my favourite songs of 2018 included…. Laville… Easy Hollie Coo… Stay Alive Hatchie…Sugar & Spice Louise Distras…Street Revolution 77:78… Love Said Tracey Thorn…. Queen Chaka Khan, Like Sugar Johnny Marr…Hi Hello Paul Weller…Gravity Old…

Fiction: Tell-Tale by Graham Wynd.

The night they kicked me out of the band, everything fell apart. Yet we were grooving so well that night — in sync — and the audience (such as it was) had been right there with us, swaying and laughing and dancing and all, like we always hoped for and seldom got. It felt as…