Elton John, Don’t Ya Wanna Play This Game No More (Sartorial Eloquence) [Single] (1980) When Oscar was about 18 months old and through until he was three or four I guess – Slow Boat Records was one of his favourite places (it probably still is, truth be told). But as a toddler he was allowed […]
The first thing I heard by Jimi Hendrix was Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). And then the smelling salts. When I was back on two legs, I remember asking my dad if he knew anything about this guy that sounded like nothing else I’d heard. He laughed and reeled off the names of a few of […]
ZZ Top Goin’ 50 Rhino/Warner Bros. Of all the 1969-based anniversaries – so many albums turning 50 and being reissued with bonus tracks and ephemera – my favourite 50th might be the fact that ZZ Top has been a band, the very same band even for 50 goddamn years. That’s a lot of boogie.
John Fogerty 50 Year Trip: Live At Red Rocks BMG Rights Management (US) LLC I saw John Fogerty live in the mid-00s. It was fucking phenomenal. Those songs. That playing. The voice. The Fog was on fire and how could he not be – with Run Through The Jungle, Born On The Bayou, Long As […]
I’m usually on RNZ once a month to have a chat about some new albums. But now and then I present features on the show too. Last year I had nearly an hour to explore the music of George Harrison. I followed that up with a chat about Ringo Starr and played some of his best Beatles drum bits […]
It’s The 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road which means it’s pretty much the 30th Anniversary of me listening to Abbey Road. It might not be the best Beatles album but it’s my favourite. And that’s always been the way. And yes, there are new mixes and outtakes – but today to celebrate we took the […]
Just as I think about the album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – the breakthrough, the first Sinead O’Connor record I heard – I go back to the album before that, The Lion And The Cobra. And then I think about 1992’s set of torch ballads and jazz standards, Am I Not Your […]