Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Not content with owning our screens and weekends and late night marathons, Netflix´s plan of world domination is now coming after our ears, bringing us 2 series that are not only highly addictive, but which have brought to the small screen (is the computer screen also a small screen?) the soundtracks of the year. The Get Down This musical television series tells the story of the death of disco and the rise of hip hop in the late seventies in New York. Created by Baz Luhrmann  it is very influenced by his aesthetics, and if you don’t like his previous projects Read more »

Prince: A Tribute

Prince: A Tribute

I don’t even know where to start. First Bowie, now this. Two bonafide musical geniuses gone already in 2016 and it’s only April. What the shitting hell is up with 2016? How do I feel? Shocked. yes; surprised, of course. Beyond that I haven’t yet managed to figure out what to think or what to say. So I won’t say much. I first remember becoming vividly aware of Prince when I heard, for the first time, the song ‘When Doves Cry’ on the radio. In fact, that’s one of those childhood musical moments that really stuck with me. I recall Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.47: Produced by George Martin

The Tuesday Playlist No.47: Produced by George Martin

In this week’s playlist we celebrate the career of the late Sir George Martin outside of his work with a certain 4-piece band from Liverpool… MVD was very sad to hear of the passing of this legendary pop music figure last week, especially seeing as we are huge Beatles fans. However, for this playlist we wanted to step away from that part of his career and move on to what happened next. Through the 70’s and 80’s and beyond Martin produced many acts at his Air Studios in London, and as you will see from this list none of them Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.39: RIP David Bowie

The Tuesday Playlist No.39: RIP David Bowie

We continue our tributes to the late David Bowie with our weekly Tuesday Playlist which presents just some of the many highlights of his stellar career. Usually we have 15 tracks in these playlists but when it came to compiling this one that barely seemed adequate. Here’s a man who spanned decades, styles, trends and fashions effortlessly. To pick just 15 would seem like barely scratching the surface, so we upped it to 25 and in truth it still seems like we are barely covering all the bases. Anyway, for the sake of some kind of brevity 25 it is, Read more »

Back In Black by AC/DC

Back In Black by AC/DC

We celebrate an album that has become a supreme heavy rock classic and one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Whilst we certainly will be getting to more obscure and less lauded albums as this new feature grows and grows there are certain albums that are too big to ignore, too gargantuan even such is the sheer weight of their presence in contemporary culture. Back In Black is one of them, and its particular presence in my life runs long and deep. When I was about 10 years old I was going along happily enough with music I Read more »

New Reels: ‘Say Say Say’ (2015 remix) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

New Reels: ‘Say Say Say’ (2015 remix) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

The polished up 80’s pop gem from these two musical legends comes with a vibrant new video. Released to coincide with a new remastered release of McCartney’s Pipes Of Peace album, this really not very radical new mix of this old track coud seem like a bit of a pointless cash-in did it not sound every bit as infectious as it did 30-odd years ago. The song itself was a genuine co-write between the two with McCartney supplying the verse and Jasckson then coming up with a chorus, and whilst neither of them could say it ranks amongst their best Read more »

Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ and Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning’.

Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ and Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning’.

In our latest One On One we explore these Australian 80’s pop hits and ask what they say about the country to us Pommies and other non-Aussies. I’ve never been to Australia but it has always seemed like a country I know quite well. The relationship between us Brits and our former colonisers and convicts exists in sporting battles on cricket fields and rugby pitches, soap operas from Prisoner: Cell Block H to Home and Away and Neighbours, the latter giving us stars like Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, and of course Kylie Minogue, and in cliches regarding barbecues and beer Read more »

Famous People – the playlist!

Famous People – the playlist!

Our 30-track Spotify playlist features songs about Robert De Niro, Richard Nixon, Pancho Villa, Cleopatra, Billy The Kid, Beethoven, and Tom Cruise and by the likes of Gorillaz, David Bowie, Weezer, Johnny Cash, Rumer, Elton John, Dexy’s Midnight Runners & many more! Welcome to our latest playlist, a 30 song exploration of the famous and infamous, the living and the dead. It seems that this is an area worth iof further exploration and there may well be a part 2 at some point. And if there’s a famous person song we’ve not included and might like to see in that Read more »

Adam Ant: Ridicule Is Nothing To Be Scared Of

Adam Ant: Ridicule Is Nothing To Be Scared Of

Britain has thrown up many fabulous pop stars over the last half a century. It’s actually something we seem to specialise in – think John Lennon, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Morrissey etc. And then there’s Adam Ant, to which some of you, particularly if you are under 35 and/or not British might say “who?”. And it would be a fair question. His profile certainly doesn’t match those aforementioned legends, and it’s been a while since he had anything approaching a hit record but for most of the 80’s here in Britain there were few names more famous, few Read more »

Banned – “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Banned – “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

For the third in this series we look at one of the biggest selling and most controversial records of the 80’s… It’s hard to convey now to those fortunate to be young enough not to have been there exactly how big Frankie Goes To Hollywood were for a brief period of time. It was 1984 in fact when they bestrode the charts in the UK and beyond in quite astonishing fashion. Three number one singles in a year was a pretty impressive achievement. The first two ‘Relax’ and ‘Two Tribes’ still feature amongst the UK’s best selling singles of all-time, Read more »

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Following on nicely from our post on Run DMC and Aerosmith we look at the other big rap-rock hit of the 80’s and the Jewish trio who changed hip-hop, the Beastie Boys. In 1986 hip-hop was still in it’s infancy, barely 10 years old and still viewed by many as a bit of a novelty, notwithstanding the success of ‘Walk This Way’ and the role it played in bringing the sound of guys rapping in to the mainstream. However, Run DMC hadn’t managed to sustain the level of success and in commercial terms at least their career would be one Read more »

Walk This Way: How Run DMC & Aerosmith smashed through the wall.

Walk This Way: How Run DMC & Aerosmith smashed through the wall.

The genius of two musical genres merged into one: Rap and Rock and the magical video that is “Walk This Way” – Aerosmith Ft.  Run DMC. 1986. Hip-hop and rap were crossing over to mainstream. Run DMC needed a new hit. Rick Rubin (American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records) suggested sampling Aerosmith´s “Walk this Way”. The result? It was the first rap song to get into  the Billboard 100. And today, it is music video history. RUN-DMC – Walk This Way The song was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and it was the second single Read more »

The Big MVD Hair Metal Battle!

The Big MVD Hair Metal Battle!

In the 1980’s one kind of rock band ruled over all the others so we take a look back and ask who were the ultimate hair metal band? When I was younger heavy metal and rock music was my life. I had the denim jacket, read Kerrang! and accumulated a nice little collection of singles, albums and later on CD’s. Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath were what I considered to be proper heavy metal bands. The other side of the coin was a succession of bands I considered tinny, over-produced, and lacking any real balls. Hair metal, christened as Read more »

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

We explore a film that captures the mighty Talking Heads at their peak and is for many is the finest concert  movie ever made… Is this the greatest concert movie ever made as some have claimed? That’s a tough question. It’s certainly one of the most unique. It’s also an expertly executed experience, a film that grabs you from the opening moments and never really lets you go. Whenever I watch I find that by the 5th or 6th song I’m gone; big smile, armchair dancing, under the spell. The first time I watched it (with some friends who sat Read more »

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

As the iconic high-school detention movie celebrates its 30th anniversary we look at the secret of its enduring appeal and the memorable soundtrack song by Simple Minds. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first watched this film, however seeing as it would have been the mid-80’s I was almost certainly around about the same age as the five lead characters and maybe that’s why it has stuck with me. But no, it must be more than that. This film hasn’t just stuck with me but with my whole generation and subsequent generations thereafter. 30 years after Read more »