Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes  |  Jul 05, 2022  |  0 comments
In 1961, a youth culture movie musical accelerated Cliff Richard's rapid transition from rock 'n' roll heartthrob to household name, and was quickly followed by a soundtrack album that scored a trio of Top 10 hits and stayed in the UK charts for 42 weeks

The story starts in the basement of the 2i's coffee bar in Old Compton Street, Soho, where live music had been put on since 1956. This was the time of the UK skiffle boom, a style of music that had developed in America out of rhythm and blues and folk, with elements of jazz. But while it had a hint of swing it was rhythmically more straight ahead, and was popular with young musicians because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to play it. If you had a washboard or could knock together a tea chest bass, you could be in a skiffle rhythm section.

Mike Barnes  |  Jun 30, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Fontaines DC, Andy Bell, Judy Collins and MWWB.
Mike Barnes  |  May 31, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Tears For Fears, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Sea Power and Anna Von Hausswolff.
Mike Barnes  |  May 13, 2022  |  0 comments
Although planned as the American proto punk's first solo record under new management, Raw Power wound up being a third album for a reconfigured lineup of The Stooges – with David Bowie roped in to try to channel the band's unique energy into a listenable mix

Ever since the early days of rock 'n' roll, fans have vicariously got their kicks from its stars – the larger than life characters who did things us normal folk would never dream of, or would be too scared to try. But while many artists merely flirted with the idea of danger, James Osterburg, aka Iggy Pop, lead singer with The Stooges, located the self-destruct button and kept pressing it over and over again.

Mike Barnes  |  May 03, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Animal Collective, Black Country, New Road, Cate Le Bon and Michael Rother And Vittoria Maccabruni.
Mike Barnes  |  Mar 30, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Cat Power, Boris, Eels and Spidergawd.
Mike Barnes  |  Mar 17, 2022  |  0 comments
Miles Davis, The Mahavishnu Orchestra... this American drummer was the first to fuse jazz with rock and, with his debut solo album, the first to take this freshly forged genre into the charts. His percussion powered one of Massive Attack's smash hits too...

William E Cobham Jr was born in Colón on the Caribbean coast of Panama in 1944. His mother was a singer and his father worked as a hospital statistician, but he also played piano at weekends. As such, Billy grew up listening to jazz, classical and Latin music.

Mike Barnes  |  Mar 03, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Robert Plant And Alison Krauss, The Curator, Hedvig Mollestad and Yova.
Mike Barnes  |  Jan 31, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: The War On Drugs, Ben Chasny, Circuit Des Yeux and Marconi Union.
Mike Barnes  |  Jan 14, 2022  |  0 comments
In 1986, the singer-songwriter bowed out of pop duo Wham! with a sell-out farewell concert at Wembley Stadium. A year later he was back with his first solo album, having swapped the flash suits and swimming trunks for stubble, leather and shades...

In Spring 1986, Wham! announced they were splitting, with a farewell album and single, and a final concert at Wembley Stadium in June. In doing so they pulled the plug on a group that had enjoyed a string of international hit singles and albums over the previous four years, and who had become one of the biggest pop outfits in the world.