Category Archives: rock and roll

Lotion – Gold Phoenix (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Every band should get to have their AC/DC moment. The Cult did it better than most, certainly better than Accept did it, Rose Tattoo did it in it’s native accent and Humble Pie seemed to do it through the use … Continue reading

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Larger Than Life – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is one thing you can say about Nelson King, he’s no slouch when it comes to musical output. It seems that no sooner have the last notes of his trademark scuzzed-up and sleazy garage blues faded on the wind … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mandolins – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

An album is more than just a collection of songs; it is a window into where an artist is, mentally, physically and often more telling, logistically, at the point of recording. 2014’s compact and bijou five track The Ghost of … Continue reading

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Is There Something – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is possible that Nelson King subscribes less to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy and more to a “if it ain’t broke it’s still okay to beat the crap out of it and sculpt battered and … Continue reading

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Cult of Judex/Witchface – Judex (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I remember waiting for Souixsie and The Banshees to play at a festival and being subjected to northern chancers The Farm playing a set looking and sounding like a bunch of construction workers running through bad and uninspiring karaoke tunes … Continue reading

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Hang on a Second – Them Dead Beats (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It may be a very simple idea, but as is often the case with simple ideas, it’s a good one, namely take the groove and grit of blues and give it the scuzzy garage rock treatment. It worked for their … Continue reading

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A Big Bad Beautiful Noise – The Godfathers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I remember watching The Godfathers at the infamous Marquee Club way back in the formative years of the band’s career (just don’t tell them that I had only gone along for the support act) and thinking at the time…blimey, they … Continue reading

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Magnificent Bastard – Tommy Hale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Is it really nine years since the sure-footed tones of Stolen Conversations… first washed into my ears? Tempus does indeed fugit but what has changed? Well, in many ways not much. The same alt-country, punk, pop, soul and rock’n’roll influences … Continue reading

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Top 10 Motorhead Songs

With the sad news of the passing of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, it seems only appropriate that we look at his wonderful back catalogue of the music he made with Motorhead, the band that he will forever be best remembered … Continue reading

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Ron Pope and the Nighthawks – Ron Pope and the Nighthawks (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Pope’s pre-Nighthawks efforts garnered comparisons to the likes of Maroon 5 and other more indie pop directions, this album certainly sees him heading in a whole new direction. Here there is a more retro vibe, a blend of country, … Continue reading

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