Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes  |  Oct 31, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Working Men's Club, Tim Bowness, Breathless and Martin Courtney.
Mike Barnes  |  Oct 04, 2022  |  0 comments
Featuring original songs 'I Walk The Line' and 'Folsom Prison Blues', the 1957 debut album from the American singer laid the first foundations for a near 50-year career as The Man In Black. Not bad for a 25-year-old former vacuum cleaner salesman...

One of the legends of American music, Johnny Cash's place in the record industry was hard-won. Born in 1932 in Kingsland in rural Arkansas, he grew up picking cotton on his father's farm and graduated to working on a car assembly line, before eventually joining the US air force in 1950 and serving in Germany as a radio operator at Landsberg airbase.

Mike Barnes  |  Sep 27, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Sun's Signature, The Dream Syndicate, Pure Reason Revolution and Shearwater.
Mike Barnes  |  Aug 29, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Black Keys, Church Of The Cosmic Skull, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Gary Lucas & Peter Willems.
Mike Barnes  |  Aug 03, 2022  |  0 comments
Even though its title track was initially written for a rival group, the sophomore album from Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson transformed them from Billboard also-rans to international superstars – and helped define the Motown sound

By 1955 Berry Gordy Jnr [HFN Nov '17] had been a professional boxer, served in the US army, made an unsuccessful attempt at running a jazz record shop, and was working for the Ford Motor Company on its Detroit production line. But his real love was music.

Mike Barnes  |  Aug 01, 2022  |  0 comments
This month we review: Warpaint, Ghost Power, Pink Mountaintops and Subway Sect.
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.