Staffordshire news and blogs Saturday 20 January 2018


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Peter Wyngarde RIP 

19 Jan 18

Okay he may be better known as an actor and all round chap than a singer but Peter Wyngarde, who’s passed away at the grand old age of 90…

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Creative Funk – Breezies 

18 Jan 18

Just look at that.

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Delores O’Riordan RIP 

16 Jan 18

If you’re a fan of troubled Irish musicians yesterday must have been particularly bitter sweet.

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Tonight! Live! The Day Ends and Balaban and the Bald Illeagles! 

12 Jan 18

Sadly it’s a little too far for me to make these days but if you’re in or around the Stourbridge area tonight get along to Claptrap for a trio of bands, including the incomparable The Day Ends.

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A Black day indeed… 

10 Jan 18

Many will know that today’s the second anniversary of the death of David Bowie but it’s also the date on which Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) suffered the devastating brain injury (in a car crash) that ended his life a couple of weeks later.

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The Go! Team – Mayday 

9 Jan 18

Pretty sure I’ll be preaching to the converted (or quite possibly the perverted) here but if you haven’t heard some of the fruits of The Go! Team’s new album do your ears a favour and get stuck in.

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Tune-Yards – Look At Your Hands 

4 Jan 18

Okay so the tune’s been around for a few weeks now but the album’s out this month so that’s a good enough excuse to pop Tune-Yards’ Look At Your Hands up on here.

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Arise Sir Marc… 

2 Jan 18

Chuffed to hear that Marc Almond’s finally been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for his almost 40 year career and charity work with Headway.

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It’s the annual Chris-mix! 

22 Dec 17

As has somehow become the tradition at Baron Towers I trawl the internet to find a suitably funky Christmas mix for everyone out there who’s a little bored with the Now That’s What I Call Christmas tape that gets dug out every year.

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Squeeze – F-Hole 

20 Dec 17

Dug out my vinyl (vinyl…

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Artificial Pleasure – Wound Up Tight 

14 Dec 17

If Davids Bowie and Byrne had a love child and he hooked up with LCD Soundsystem the result might well sound like this little belter from Artificial Pleasure.

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast 

13 Dec 17

The more I hear this track the more I love it and watching the delightfully intimate video for the first time today has well and truly cemented things.

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Dua Lipa – New Rules (Initial Talk 80s Rule Remix) 

11 Dec 17


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Tonight Alive – Temple 

6 Dec 17

Sadly these days if a track doesn’t grab me in roughly 2 seconds when I’m whizzing through the dozens of music channels I’m off to the next one in search of Wham’s Last Christmas vid, so kudos to Aussie rockers (no one mention the cricket please) …

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Motörhead – Heroes 

5 Dec 17

Lemmy left us for that great bar in the sky on December 28th 2015 and just two weeks later Bowie joined him so there’s a strange kind of synergy to the ‘head’s cover of Heroes as we nudge closer to the two year anniversary of both their passing.

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Krafty Kuts & Chali 2Na – Hands High 

30 Nov 17

I’ve been looking for this track for a few weeks now after hearing it on 6 Music a fair bit.

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Handbag – Super Star Car Crash 

28 Nov 17

Always on the look out for something a little different from the past, present or future (yeah, I’m just like Mystic Meg) I came across (steady now) gay punkers Handbag in a well thumbed copy of Mojo magazine.

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Free World – Kirsty MacColl 

23 Nov 17

In just a few weeks time it’ll be 17 years since Kirsty MacColl was effectively murdered by a speeding powerboat in Mexico driven by, well, let’s just say that money talks…

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MNDR & Scissor Sisters – Twerlk 

17 Nov 17

I do love a bit of disco so when Scissor Sisters burst onto the scene back in the early noughties I was all over them like glitter on a ball.

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Goat Girl – Cracker Drool 

15 Nov 17

Not sure if any of the ladies involved in this are actually goats but who cares when it sounds this good? It’s a bit 60s, it’s a bit Riot Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl (goat or otherwise) and the video appears to show the band beating someone to …

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Jona Lewie – You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties 

9 Nov 17

As I’m spending tomorrow painting the kitchen this track’s been going round and round in my head pretty much all day.

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Ecca Vandal – Price Of Living 

6 Nov 17

Take a little Slits, add a little Rage Against The Machine, stir in just the merest hint on The Knack’s My Sharona and voila, you’ve got Ecca Vandal’s latest single Price of Living.

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Vinyl…it’s the future…part 369 

2 Nov 17

The continuing (I Am The) resurrection of vinyl continues with news that Sainsbury’s (yes…

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The Day Ends / CPM Connection live and online… 

1 Nov 17

Fresh footage has emerged from the recent CPM Connection and The Day Ends shindig Under The Same Roof 2017 and, as you’d expect, it’s all cracking stuff.

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Thank God It’s Friday – Love & Kisses 

27 Oct 17

Well, it’s that time again.