Yes, Big Generator, 1987 This one’s pretty funny. I bought this because I quite liked that 80s hit, Owner Of A Lonely Heart. Then, much later, I found out that was the band Yes. I’m not sure if I ever really liked the band Yes, but I did know their early prog records – the, […]
XTC: This Is Pop Directors: Roger Penny, Charlie Thomas Special Treats Distribution We open with Andy Partridge giving us one of those I’m not gonna give you a quote-quotes: “Rockumentaries, I really dislike them. They always have that lugubrious keyboard player from that prog rock group…” Cue interview snippet from Rick Wakeman.
The showdown is between Eurythmics’ album 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) and Van Halen’s 1984, also known as MCMLXXXIV. And I’m not sure I can offer much in terms of a showdown – because all that happened was someone made the suggestion that I compare the two albums and then I fell in […]
Well, he sure gave good interview – but the gig itself was a little silly, a little sad. I loved hearing a bit of his solo piano playing – dude can fucking play! – but the jokes. Oof. Suddenly it wasn’t Rick Wakeman it was nearly Roy “Chubby” Brown. But hey, that’s his legacy and […]
When Yes plays an Auckland show on its current tour in November of this year it will be just the second time the band has played to a New Zealand audience. But Alan White, the band’s drummer since 1972, says they’re “well aware” of a New Zealand audience, of “huge support” for the band from […]
David Bowie, Hunky Dory (1971) Last year I interviewed Rick Wakeman and that was the catalyst for digging out this record. I don’t listen to it often – the LP that is. I have Hunky Dory on an iPod (along with pretty much everything that David Bowie has released). And so I give it a […]