Heaven 17 and Paul Morley: how to age.

Paul Morley interviews Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 in 2010 on the joys of having been a pop band for over thirty years, and how to appreciate pop now we’re all old. It’s thirteen minutes that’s well worth watching.

Read More

Spray: Enforced Fun (2016).

Spray are a couple of old goths doing semi-novelty synthpop straight out of The Manual. They do a brilliant job of it and you should listen to everything they have ever recorded.

Read More

What you need to know about Yasutaka Nakata.

Yasutaka Nakata, of the band Capsule, is a Japanese pop producer. Connoiseurs of producer disco need to hit the Nakata. He’s all but unknown outside Japan, and that’s just wrong. See also Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume.

Read More

Scott Walker and the freedom to go seriously weird.

Listened to Scott Walker’s 1984 comeback Climate of Hunter again recently. It’s a strange record, but Scott went strange pretty much as soon as he could. After his early pop hits with the Walker Brothers, he took the chance to make his individual vision obvious by the time of Scott 3 and Scott 4 in the late 1960s. He tried consciously mainstream records in the early ’70s that nobody bought, followed by an abortive Walker Brothers reunion, so Climate of Hunter has that “fuck it” that so often signals something good.

Read More