Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes  |  May 31, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Foo Fighters, The Antlers, Lost Horizons and Mogwai.
Mike Barnes  |  May 11, 2021  |  0 comments
In 1969 the band were riding on the success of a hit single and would play a concert at Madison Square Garden, but the year also saw the singer's arrest, cancelled shows and The Soft Parade, one of the group's most adventurous yet most critically divisive albums

Like many groups that enjoyed a high profile at the end of the '60s, The Doors felt the need to progress. But in which direction? Their self-titled debut album released in January 1967 had peaked at No 2 in the Billboard charts and the single, 'Light My Fire', had reached No 1. They undoubtedly had something of the night about them, but their gothic darkness was tempered by vocalist Jim Morrison's teen appeal and a certain cheesiness – a bass guitarist who had played uncredited studio sessions with the group once told this writer that in his estimation they sounded like 'A cocktail bar jazz band on Quaaludes'.

Mike Barnes  |  Apr 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jane Weaver, Arab Strap, The Hold Steady and Teenage Fanclub.
Mike Barnes  |  Apr 22, 2021  |  0 comments
They went from post-punk hopefuls to stadium headliners in just five years, but keen to avoid repeating themselves the band turned to producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to reshape their music, a strategy that resulted in one of the best selling records of all time 

It was relatively brief, but the cultural convulsion of UK punk in the late '70s prompted an upwelling of rock groups, leaner and hungrier than their predecessors. One of these began life in 1976 at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf, a coastal suburb of Dublin. First calling themselves Feedback and then The Hype, before settling on U2, the group comprised four teenage friends: vocalist Bono Vox (real name Paul Hewson), guitarist The Edge (aka Dave Evans), Adam Clayton on bass and Larry Mullen Jr on drums.

Mike Barnes  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Tindersticks, The Besnard Lakes, The Notwist and James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra.
Mike Barnes  |  Feb 26, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Casper Clausen, Flying Moon In Space, The Left Outsides, and Passenger.
Mike Barnes  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
The group's fifth album was a turning point, paving the way for a career that would see them blossom from niche synth innovators to full-blown stadium rockers and in the process become the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s

Simple Minds formed in Glasgow in 1977. Their name, which derives from a lyric from David Bowie's 'Jean Genie' now feels something of an odd choice, given the complexity of their sound. But people get used to a name and Simple Minds soon got a foothold in the post-punk milieu with their 1979 debut album Life In A Day.

Mike Barnes  |  Jan 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Calexico, Coldharbourstores, Jakko M Jakszyk and Smashing Pumpkins.
Mike Barnes  |  Dec 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jack Cheshire, The Cribs, Amy Macdonald and Blue öYster Cult.
Mike Barnes  |  Dec 10, 2020  |  0 comments
Released in October 1974, this was the first Island Records LP with the re-formed Wailers and its all-female backing group, The I-Threes. It sold over 100,000 copies and prompted interest in the States, many critics now citing it as the greatest reggae album of all time

By the mid-1970s the UK had already enjoyed a lengthy relationship with Caribbean music, from the gentle exotica of calypso to its more syncopated cousin, reggae and the upbeat ska.

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