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Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Two Tribes (Annihilation Mix)”

Beware the savage jaw… They got us right worked up about it, they did.  Big Brother, Winston Smith, Oceania, Room 101, dystopian future, Orwellian nightmare, under Thatcher it seemed ever so likely that at the chime of the Hogmanay bells, … Continue reading

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Public Enemy – “Night Of The Living Baseheads”

Popular music did not have much impact on me as a child. I attribute this to the fact that 1970s pop was universally dreadful. Moreover, my limited exposure to it was either via light-entertainment programmes such as the Two Ronnies, … Continue reading

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Irene Cara – “Fame”

We were running down the road, partly in panic and fear, partly in some idiotic joy. The two of us did a lot of running in those days, mostly out of bars and through the streets. They didn’t like our … Continue reading

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Faith No More – “We Care A Lot”

He’d played this often when I first got to know him, a few months earlier. Sprung from a sheltered upbringing impossibly innocent, and with a yearning for excitement, I suppose I was something of a mark. I was so beguiled … Continue reading

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Depeche Mode – “Never Let Me Down Again”

Depeche Mode started as a bit of a side attraction in Smash Hits to the more straightforward girl-fodder of Duran and Spandau, with tinkly electro hits like Just Can’t Get Enough and New Life.  Dave Gahan, at that time, seemed … Continue reading

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The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”

When I fell, I fell hard. Call me Lucifer; everyone else did. I strutted into that bar, all attitude, all skinny jeans, smokes and sexuality. Love was the drug and I needed to score. That’s when I fell. There’s that … Continue reading

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Love And Rockets – “No New Tale To Tell”

And do you remember? When too much time was mine… When I was a teenager, I liked nothing better of a Friday evening than lying on my bed, listening to Bauhaus. Periodically my father would fling open the bedroom door … Continue reading

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