• Remembering The Associates

    Who are they? Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland in the late seventies The Associates were comprised of the dynamic duo of Billy MacKenzie and Alan Rankine. From the offset it was apparent that the Associates at something different to offer. Both men were deeply influenced by a wide range of musicial genres including cabaret, rock, jazz

  • Top British Songwriters

    British Song Writers ELTON JOHN Born Reginald Dwight on 25th March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. Elton John’s position as one of the world’s biggest stars is confirmed by the fact that he is amongst the top five performers on both sides of The Atlantic. As a songwriter he has few equals and along with

  • Five Things you need to know about Band Insurance

    If you are in a band, whether you are just a group playing for fun, or professional muscians, whose aim is to hit the big time, Band Insurance is probably not at the top of your to do list. Practicing and nailing performances will certainly be a top priority for you. However some business decisions

  • Who remembers The Jesus and Mary Chain?

    Throughout the 1980’s the Jesus and Mary Chain forged a sound which would influence a whole new generation of bands such as ‘My Bloody Valentine’, ‘Manic Street Preachers’ and countless others. The band began in East Kilbride, Scotland formed by brothers Jim and William Reid. The pair quickly recruited bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Bobby

  • Who loved Lloyd Cole and the Commotions?

    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were a bunch of eccentric art school oddballs who specialised in writing oddball love songs. Cole had the tendancy to wield his cultural influences in the most unusual ways possibly – devising lyrics which would at an instant sweep from mentioning Simone DeBeauvoir to Eve Marie-Saint (and back again). The

  • The Comsat Angels

    The Comsat Angels were a marvellous post-punk outfit from Sheffield who were both immensely talented and criminally under-rated, perhaps more so than their contemporaries the Chameleons. The Comsats started off life as Radio Earth in the late 70’s. The line-up has remained consistent throughout the group’s career with Stephen Fellows on vocals, Kevin Bacon on

  • Dead or Alive

    Dead or Alive … A Great Band? Dead Or Alive were formed in Liverpool by frontman Pete Burns (vocals) and his band Mitch (guitar), Sue James (bass), Marty Healy (keyboards) and Joe Musker (drums). Their first creative move was to issue the single ‘I’m Falling’ which was produced by fellow Liverpudlian and eventual Lightning Seeds

  • Cocteau Twins

    Another band not quite as well known as Aztec Camera, are the Cocteau Twins. The Cocteau Twins are a gothic/dreampop three piece from the darkest recesses of Scotland. Grangemouth, near Falkirk to be precise. Formed by schoolfriends Robin Guthrie and Will Heggie in 1981, they later recruited vocalist Elizabeth Fraser who they found warbling at

  • Aztec Camera

    There are many famous 80’s music bands, but we review some of the lesser well known or maybe ones that you have forgotten about, but whose music was still inspiring Aztec Camera Aztec Camera or Roddy Frame (depending on what title is convenient to him at the time) are a band originating from East Kilbride

  • Eighties Music The best or the Worst?

    Eighties Music As a teenager growing up with eighties music, I found myself listening to all different styles of music. For me the eighties brought out proper musicians who wrote proper music. Yes this was the era of synthesiers, but it was also about talented individuals and groups, many of whom are still admired and