Staffordshire news and blogs Tuesday 17 July 2018
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Doris – Did You Give The World Some Love Today Baby 

12 Jul 18

I gave up watching ‘the game’ after Croatia scored their first goal and spent the rest of the evening far more enjoyably by digging out some old tunes.

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I should be so Snooky, Snooky, Snooky, Snooky… 

10 Jul 18

Okay, Kylie might not be playing (although if she happens to read this I’m sure she’d be more than welcome to pop along) but this Saturday’s Snooky Fest bill is jam packed (obviously there’s cream UNDER the jam too, we do things properly here in …

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The Count & Sinden ft Mystery Jets – After Dark 

5 Jul 18

Bugger me, it’s been a while since I heard this one but for some strange reason it popped in to what’s left of my brain just now.

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Let’s Rock Exeter 2018 @ Powderham Castle, June 30th 2018 

3 Jul 18

As I probably said last year (and the year before) it might not be the coolest festival around (Black Lace anyone?) but for pure pop pleasure you’d have to go a long way to beat a Let’s Rock line-up, that is if you’re of a…

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For those about to Let’s Rock 

29 Jun 18

Almost time for Let’s Rock Exeter, another winningly random selection of the good, the bad and the ‘what the ruddy hell are they doing on the bill’ from the 80s.

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Whatever happened to…Guillemots? 

27 Jun 18

Just heard a track by Guillemots on 6 Music and wondered whatever happened to them? Old man Maconie said he’d heard from Fyfe recently who said new music was in the offing but I can’t find any confirmation of this online.

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It was 23 years ago today… 

21 Jun 18

Well, almost 23 years ago today.

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The Assist – All That I Need 

20 Jun 18

How’s this for an existential banger eh? Walsall’s very own The Assist are back with the kind of track that’s practically screaming out to be played in front of millions of festival goers all hugging each other, mashed off their tits on cider and …

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David Bowie – Little Wonder 

19 Jun 18

I was reading an article about underappreciated albums in some magazine the other night and Bowie’s Earthling cropped up.

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They think it’s all over…if only. 

15 Jun 18

Oh good grief.

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CD or nor CD…that is the question 

13 Jun 18

We’ve had the vinyl revival, we’ve had the tape revival but will there ever be a revival in CD’s fortunes eh? If you frequent charity shops as much as I do you’ll have seen the prices of CDs plummet in recent years.

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Babysnakes – The Reluctant Traveller…coming soon to Snooky Fest! 

12 Jun 18

Can’t believe it’s just over a month until Snooky Fest (huge congratulations to Snooky Fest’s Caz Steffans on her British Empire Medal in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018 by the way).

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Chungking – Making Music 

8 Jun 18

No Friday banger this week, more of a Friday chill out courtesy of Chungking and their criminally underrated classic Making Music.

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Olivia Midnight (Kids Interview Bands) RIP 

6 Jun 18

I never met Olivia, one of the original Kids Interview Bands interviewers, but I spent many a happy hour watching the interviews they did with bands great and small.

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Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad 

5 Jun 18

For various reasons this track’s buzzing around my befuddled brain right now.

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Jobriath – Amazing Dope Tales 

1 Jun 18

How did I miss a whole album of unreleased Jobriath tracks coming out back in 2014? I blame old age.

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Tower of Power – You’ve Got To Funkifize 

31 May 18

Came across a lovely slice of vintage James Brown style funk courtesy of the mighty Tower Of Power whilst trawling through some of the squillion albums I’ve somehow accumulated over the past…

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Panatical – Get Lucky 

29 May 18

For various reasons I don’t get to see much live music at the moment so when I heard the distant sound of a steel drum version of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky drifting over the garden wall at Baron Towers I had to go and investigate.

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Parquet Courts – Wide Awake 

24 May 18

Here’s one for the file marked ‘Great singles by a band I’ve never had any interest in before and quite possibly won’t again’.

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Hot Hot Heat – Bandages 

21 May 18


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Soft Cell – L’Esqualita 

18 May 18

No idea why this track popped into my head wandering the beaches of Dawlish this morning but who knows how the human mind – especially mine – works eh? This is especially for anyone out there who thinks that Soft Cell only ever did Tainted Love.

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Gwenno – Eus Keus 

16 May 18

It’s still pretty rare to hear a track sung in anything but English on the radio these days so gwrys yn ta to Gwenno and 6Music for giving the Kerneweck language a chance.

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Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (DJ Ivan Scratchin’ Remix) 

11 May 18

Itttttttttttttttttttttttttt’s Friday.

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Michael Jablonka – Flump 

10 May 18

After yesterday’s excursion into glossy 80s jazz pop here’s something a lot rawer (and newer), Michael Jablonka’s latest release, Flump, a kind of rocky/bluesy bastard grandson of Hendrix and Nirvana with a little added glam for good measure.

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Julia Fordham – Where Does The Time Go? 

9 May 18

You can say that again Julia.