Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Go Back To the 80s in These Novels!

If you want a good 80s fix may I humbly suggest my three 80s Murder Mysteries. The narrator of these novels is a pop music journalist (just like I was) in the early 1980s. In fact, I've done my best to describe the music scene, the clubs of early 80s London exactly as I experienced them - plus a few murders! If you want a fun 80s read, give them a try!

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Saturday, 18 September 2021

Flexipop! Magazine - The Inside Story

Why was the 80s pop magazine, Flexipop!, seized by the police? And why was hard-rock singer, Zodiac Mindwarp, working in a Flexipop! basement room? Here's the lowdown from someone who was there at the time...

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

80s Pop Music Interviews - the Sony Walkman Connection

My latest video explains how I went aboyut doing interviews in the 80s. This includes some audio clips from interviews I did with Adam Ant and Sheen Easton.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

How To Be a 1980s Pop Music Journalist

Ah, the glamour! The celebrities! The music! The nightclubs!

So what was it really like to be a pop music journalist in the days of the New Romantics? I've just started a new YouTube channel that will explain everything. If you've read any of my '80s Murder Mysteries' novels, these videos will explain some of the real-life background. Be sure to subscribe so that you will receive notification whenever I post some new videos. Here are the first three...

Sunday, 8 March 2020

80s Picture Discs – Divine Decadence

One of the joys of being a pop journalist in the early '80s was being given promotional items by record companies. Often these were rather boring singles or albums. The ones that were really fun, though, were the picture disks. My favourite picture disk of all was this one to promote Divine’s Walk Like A Man.

Supposedly in the shape of men’s underpants, this featured Divine trying to rip the trunks off a hunky young man (according to the credits on the disc, Divine’s ‘playmate’ was Scott McCray). Anyway, this is one of my most treasured items of early '80s pop junk.

And here’s the song it was promoting…

Thursday, 5 March 2020

80s Bands From Australia

A discussion on Facebook recently got me thinking about all those bands that made it big in Australia in the 70s and 80s but never seemed to make much of an impression elsewhere – anyway, not hgere in the UK. A few did have success. INXS, Men At Work Midnight Oil and (of course!) AC/DC sold a few records!

But what about Cold Chisel? Or Mi-Sex? If you don’t know them, go to YouTube and look them up. Here’s a quick blast from Mi-Sex to whet your appetite…

Friday, 28 February 2020

Three 80s Rewind Festivals 2020

Rewind The 80s Music Festival will have three events in Perth, Macclesfield and Henley-on-Thames this summer.

DJs: at Rewind Scotland and Rewind North include Pat Sharp on Friday, Gary Davies on Saturday and Bruno Brooks on Sunday. Pat Sharp will headline the tent on Friday at Rewind South. Mark Goodier will be there on Saturday and Gary Davies on Sunday.

All three festivals will close on Saturday with Jimmy Somerville’s Big Band-Tastic Boogie – a show especially created for the festivals – and Wet Wet Wet on the Sunday.  The festival will also see performances by Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Trevor Horn Band, Nick Heyward, Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals, Hue And Cry, Grandmaster Flash, The Christians, Pete Wylie – The Mighty Wah! and John Parr.

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, Perth 17th-19th July 2020
Rewind North, Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield 31st July-2nd August 2020
Rewind South, Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames 14th-26th August 2020