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A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray”

Superficially, Belfast and Manchester have much in common – both former mill towns; magnificent Victorian architectural heritages squandered; city centres blown to bits by the IRA and latterly ‘rejuvenated’ with shopping centres;  rain every 20 minutes; a fair chance of … Continue reading

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Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill”

These days Kate Bush is cited as an influence by the unlikeliest of people from Lee Perry to John Lydon, as well as numerous younger artists but, following her initial success and run of hits, she seemed to disappear for … Continue reading

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Level 42 – “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)”

Level 42 were enormously successful in the 1980s. I have not bothered to research them for this piece, and so the following is a mixture of half-remembered factoids and conjecture. As I recall, they hailed from the Isle of Man, … Continue reading

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Matt Bianco – “Dancing In The Street”

Notwithstanding geography, is Britain truly part of Europe? Or is does it stand aside, a child invited to the party but too petulant to really engage with the other kids? Is it slightly removed from les autres as a consequence … Continue reading

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The Associates – “Party Fears Two”

Some years ago, I watched an episode of the multi-award-winning Blue Planet documentary, about the Arctic Ocean. It was fascinating: beautiful scenery, magnificent cinematography, David Attenborough and team at their best. Nevertheless, I was somewhat depressed by the lot of … Continue reading

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