Archives – 2000 – February  

RICHARD ASHCROFT – “A Song For The Lovers”
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Richard Ashcroft used to be in a band called Verve, as you possibly know. The thing about Verve was that the word – with its connotations of lightness, cheek and speed – was the last thing you’d have flashed on when you heard the band[…]

In Defense Of Love Songs
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“Love will get you like a case of anthrax”: the Gang of Four’s cheery advice sets the tone for twenty-plus years of on-off punky alternative disdain for love songs. Andy Gill and company took a hardline leftist tone – songs ab[…]

My Lover The Record Collector
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I was a pop widow!
When Freaky Trigger‘s editor commissioned this piece, he was no doubt thinking of (or guiltily hoping for) some kind of gender-neutral meditation on the mystery, beauty and sadness of record-rack romance. And believe me, I tried,[…]

Empty Mailboxes: Charles Schulz 1922-2000
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For the past two days I have at points been totally stopped in my tracks with grief. I literally have been on the verge of losing it entirely more than once now. I just can’t accept that this has happened.
Almost a decade ago, Jim Henson and Dr[…]


Are you local?
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England is DIFFERENT (or SPECIAL if you want to be polite) to everywhere else for many reasons, but one is because our music “industry” (it’s not an industry – making baked beans is an industry, and nobody does THAT in their s[…]

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  1. Tom, thank you for such thoughtful reflections on Popular and the charts. I really enjoyed them, just as I’ve really…

  2. Congratulations on making it this far, and I'm enjoying it more than ever! And I have been reading for my…

  3. Yeah while I wanted to accentuate the positive there are some absolute horrorshows to come and Sheerangate is one of…

  4. It's great to hear that the new focus on pop's past didn't pull you too far away from the present.…

  5. Almost unbelievable achievement Tom! That many reviews, and all of them crackling with personality, opinion, taste and varying degrees of…