Category A PERSONAL APPROACH

EUROPE ENDLESS

It’s just another elderly musician gone. Happens so regularly that writing rock obituaries would be a full-time job. So why does the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider fill me with sadness? Actually, not sadness… loss. A electronic hole in the musicverse leaving one man standing. Hütter and Schneider, Schneider and Hütter. Now just Ralf. […]

70 FROM ’70 — INTERIM REPORT

My first computer-based list of albums was created on an Apple Classic. Filemaker Pro was the program, as I recall. Back then I insisted on spelling it programme. Queen’s English. The entire collection was housed in a three shelf unit made from a cut down wardrobe. When I took to the robe with a circular […]

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     —     […]

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 […]