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The Nico Project

Manchester International Festival, July 2019 Chetham’s Stoller Hall is set up for a small orchestral recital: stools, music stands and instruments fill the centre of the stage. When…

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Who is Mayer Hawthorne?

I think I trod on his plectrum. Was it heart-shaped? Was it damaged by my black patent Doc Marten shoe? I hope so. For symmetry’s sake. You see,…

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We Had Doubt

I first heard Prefab Sprout on Radio 1 late in the evening circa 1983, singing Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone). A wordy title for an oddly…

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S.O.S. Style

Breakout has got to be one of the most perfect pop records to come out of Manchester… but because Swing Out Sister didn’t gig, I had no idea…

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The Smiths 1983

The Smiths meant a great deal to me in 1983 for some reason… But what were they on about? What were they telling us thirty years ago? ‘This…

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Scritti Politti in Hebden Bridge

We trammed it to Victoria, catching the 8.20pm Leeds train to Hebden. (Scritti Politti formed in Leeds, so the direction of travel seemed appropriate.) The platform number altered…

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Down & Out in Athens & Bolton

Old House Playground’s second album God Damn That Gold is released on June 11th 2012; it was recorded at Bolton’s Lo Fi Studios in December 2011. Described as…

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Orpheus & Narcissus 1983

Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike – Norman & Narcissus (1983) I heard this song on John Peel’s Radio 1 show in 1983 and taped it. The vocals are by…

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Jez Kerr

Last month, Jez Kerr, the lead singer and bass player of A Certain Ratio, released a new album “Numb Mouth Eat Waste” under his own name; I went…

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Norman Jay Good Times

I was wandering past Kingbee Records in Chorlton the other day when I spotted this in the window: The Deaf Institute website explains that the event is a…

L. S. Lowry - Man Lying On A Wall 1957

Matchstalk Men

I don’t like this song very much, but I think it made a big impact on people my age in the late 70s, in spite of being completely…

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Yargo – Carrying Mine – 1986

Can’t pay the rent Got no job Roof leaks bad Some folk want me dead Events they come And days go by People pray While others cry I’m…