Best of 2016, british film, Movies, Music, Reviews

Talk about, pop music – Sing Street review

While UK multiplexes again shake to the sub woofer rumble of another CGI heavy comic book biffathon, the film you should really see is deliriously delightful Irish coming-of-age comedy drama Sing Street. Here’s why… Continue reading

documentary, Movies, Music

Review – The Punk Singer

Here is the Verite review of the film that inspired my top 5 North American Punk in the movies list. The Punk Singer is now widely available on VOD services and is well worth your time.  Continue reading

Favourite films, Movies, Music, Reviews

Favourite films – Inside Llewyn Davis

Llewyn Davis (Isaac) is singer plying his trade in the proto-hipster folk scene of Greenwich Village. Davis exists crashing on the floors of long suffering friends, and fellow musicians, whilst scraping a playing gigs and releasing the occasional record. Over one week he endures a perfect storm of crises as his disagreeable personality, bad luck and refusal to brook artistic compromise brings him to the brink of ruin. Continue reading

british film, documentary, Music

Film review – Lambert & Stamp

London was interesting environment at the beginning of the sixties. The deprivations and horrors of the second world war were still a vivid memories but the post war generation were coming of age and expressing their individuality through the arts, pop music, fashion and youth movements.

Against this background two men from different backgrounds, both frustrated in their ambitions to become film directors hatched an unlikely plan to energise their stalling film industry careers. They would find a young band, become their managers, and make a film about them thus gaining a backstage pass to their career of choice, filmmaking.

These men were Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Lambert was the son of a composer, Oxford graduate, sometime explorer, gay, and distinctly upper class. The sharp suited Stamp was the son of a tugboat coal stoker, a straight working class boy from the East End. The band they ‘discovered’ were called The High Numbers, you may know them by the name they switched to, The Who. Continue reading

Movies, Music, Reviews, scraping the barrel

Scraping the barrel – Sparkle

What is the blandest thing you can imagine? 2012 musical drama Sparkle is a double helping of that, with a side order of banal. The only really notable thing about it is that it features the final screen performance of Whitney Huston who died three months after the completion of principal photography. Continue reading

Interviews, Music

The Revolting Cocks take Glasgow

I have no idea if this is of interest to anyone in 2014, but in 1991 this was pretty much my first piece of published writing. An interview with the industrial disco inferno that was The Revolting Cocks conducted by a terrified 21 year old me following the most insane and excessive gig I’ve ever been witness to. I have not changed a word, although I did play down some of the excesses I witnessed. Excesses to make Caligula blush… Continue reading