Author Archives: Vinyl Connection

10 TERRIFIC SONG TITLES

A collection of song titles I’ve enjoyed. Perhaps something to take your head elsewhere… #10 “Existential Revelation in the Circle Pit at Slayer“  The Night Terrors—Back To Zero [EXO Records, 2009] #9 “Sandra’s having her brain out“  The Soft Boys—A Can Of Bees [Two Crabs Universal, 1979] #8 “A Song Of Remembrance For A Time […]

TROUBLED TIMES

Back in the early days of Vinyl Connection, I wrote about one of the styles of music that has given me enormous pleasure over the years: Power Pop. Jangly guitars, catchy choruses, some salt in the chocolate. The piece still reads OK, and the playlist is a good test of whether you are likely to become […]

70 FROM ’70 — PART 6

Continuing the countdown of Vinyl Connection’s seventy favourite albums from 1970. The first part is here.   60 ERIC BURDON & WAR — Eric Burdon Declares War Born in the industrial north of the UK, Eric Burdon disbanded The Animals (by this time pre-fixed by his name) and in late 1969 teamed up with US […]

COVID-20 — THE SEQUEL

Following the runaway success of COVID-19 — The Album, Viral Records presents a new collection to spin away your blues. Enjoy! * COVID-20 — THE SEQUEL   SIDE ONE Get closer     —    Linda Ronstadt  (1982) Hold me tight     —     Beatles  (1963) Source of infection     —     […]

70 FROM ’70 — PART 7

70 HAWKWIND — Hawkwind Transitional sounds from the veteran space-rockers. Of course they weren’t veterans in 1970, more young psychedelic hippies feeling their way from free street-party gigs to the recording studio. Still, any album that opens with an endearing blues-based groove as infectious as “Hurry on Sundown” is all right in my book. After […]

COVID-19 — THE ALBUM

All proceeds from sales of this album go towards Public Health   SIDE ONE Iron Maiden ……………… Virus Richard Thompson …… Keep Your Distance The Police ………………… Don’t Stand So Close To Me The Tubes…………………. Don’t Touch Me There Nirvana ……………………. Stay Away Warren Zevon …………. Splendid Isolation   SIDE TWO Vienna Teng …………….. I Don’t Feel So Well Wishbone Ash …………. Doctor […]

STANDIN’ AT THE CROSSROAD

“In folk as well as in fine art, there are especially gifted individuals who make great advances that preoccupy the less talented for generations afterward. Robert Johnson of Tunica County, Mississippi, was one of these exceptional men.” So wrote legendary musicologist Alan Lomax in his engrossing American odyssey “The Land Where The Blues Began”. Engrossing […]