‘The Bar Is Low’ by Pissed Jeans

‘The Bar Is Low’ by Pissed Jeans

The new single from this American noise-rock band is taken from their forthcoming album Why Love Now. Pissed Jeans, who get bonus points for that band name, have been with Sub Pop for a decade now, and Why Love Now will be their fourth long-player for them (their fifth in total). ‘The Bar Is Low’ is the first single to be taken from it and the accompanying video is a hilarious swipe at macho-man masculinity set in the gym. It’s the infectious thundering riff driving the song that is the winner here though, and this should be played at high-volume Read more »

Burning Out, Not Fading Away: Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps

Burning Out, Not Fading Away: Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps

We take a look at a classic concert movie which captures a moment in history where rock’s old guard was bumping up against the aftermath of punk… The late 1970’s were a strange time for the generation of rock royalty that had emerged so brightly from the previous decade. No longer the vanguard, the likes of Dylan, the Stones, The Who et al found themselves increasingly out of step especially when the twin explosions of punk and disco shook the cultural landscape to its core. Neil Young weathered that particular storm better than most. In part this was because Young Read more »

Banned! “God Save The Queen” by The Sex Pistols

Banned! “God Save The Queen” by The Sex Pistols

The latest in this series examining some of the most controversial songs of all time looks back at the crowning glory of The Sex Pistols and of punk music as a whole. “You don’t write ‘God Save The Queen’ because you hate the English race. You write a song like that because you love them, and you’re fed up with them being mistreated.” – John Lydon (Rotten) When I began writing this series it was obvious that I was going to have to tackle this song, although for a while I thought that would be the exact reason I wouldn’t Read more »

New Reels: ‘Nasty’ by The Prodigy

New Reels: ‘Nasty’ by The Prodigy

The Essex dance-punk trio return with a typically brutal new single and an album to follow but can they ever regain the relevance they had in the 90’s? Some 25 years ago 19 year old raver and classically trained pianist Liam Howlett created a demo tape of various tracks he’d made on a Moog Prodigy synthesiser which ended up in the hands of a guy he’d met on the Essex party scene called Keith Flint. He liked what he heard so much he went back to Howlett and insisted they form a group together with Flint and his friend Leeroy Read more »