An explanation is in order…

Freaky Trigger is a website about pop music and the people who listen to it. It’s free and independent, has no advertising, no set areas of coverage and it doesn’t even review records that often. What’s the use of it, then? To say interesting things; to think a bit; to have a laugh; to take pop seriously; to take pop stupidly; to take pop at face value. To provide a space online, at the very least, for the kind of pop writing you don’t get to read much any more – good, clever, often funny pieces that look at pop from unexpected angles.

We’re not so interested in lamenting the loss of the last big thing or chasing our tails looking for the next one – we’re in love with pop right now. And we’re in love with what pop does to us – if you’re new to Freaky Trigger you’ll find an emphasis on how we listen to, relate to, live with and through pop songs. You should also find jokes, though it’s pretty much impossible to fit jokes in an intro piece.

Basically there are three parts to Freaky Trigger. There are the articles – which are the point of the thing, and you can find a list of them in the archives. There are the regular features and columns, like Tanya Headon’s I Hate Music and Maura Johnston’s Moments In Love – we’ll be adding more of these through the first half of 2002. And there’s New York London Paris Munich, where quick reviews, quality links and random jottings end up on a near-daily basis.

Freaky Trigger takes up a lot of my time and patience and I really hope you enjoy it. If you do enjoy it then please link to it, or to an individual piece, or pass the URL to friends – we need word-of-mouth in order to build up a readership and keep the site on its toes. Thanks enormously to anyone who does this.

If you want to contribute to Freaky Trigger, we’d love to hear your ideas. You keep copyright on anything published but we’re a non-profit site and we don’t pay our writers. But if you’re an amateur writer who loves music, or you’ve got a great idea, or you’re a published writer with an unsellable idea, or you just want to have a go, what you write may well find a sympathetic home here. All submissions or ideas should go to

And finally, thanks for visiting!