A’Feared O’ Factories / Me-Manufacture

Been listening to a lot of Fear Factory‘s first few albums recently (remix versions too, natch). I know Demanufacture best. Between regular Radio One Rock Show play, the amazing Gabba mix of Flashpoint, the unrepresentative but awesome Dog Day Sunrise and Burn singles, picking up Remanufacture dirt-cheap and especially blagging one of 200 limited edition…

Well I Never Knew That #7

So, I’ve heard Run DMC‘s It’s Tricky a million times in my life, but never had MTV back in the day and somehow only just hit it on YouTube. Penn and flipping Teller cameo?! Oh, how I laughed! But we just leave it alone

WIBIL #25: Pirelli Is Nothing Without Aphex Twin

After seeing this long version of the 1995 Pirelli tyre advert (feat. Carl Lewis and Aphex Twin) I genuinely had a VHS cued up at all likely times ready to record when next it played. Sadly the campaign had switched to the short version by then (as ads always do). Told this story to Retrolechuck…

Music Brain Dump Feb 2018 part 1

Got a lot of new music for Christmas (not all of it brand new, mind) and after a month or so digesting it all, here’s a brain dump of what’s hot – I won’t bore you with what’s not! Bicep’s self titled debut album is a solid collection of instrumental dance/electronic tracks with strong melodic…

Slugdge – The Chapter For Transforming Into A Slug

Strange the way that mind, internet and attention flow. I saw mention round the blogo-twittersphere of a post called “Turning A Unicorn Into A Bat” (unrelated) and something about the rhythm of the words (and the bat 🦇) put me in mind of an old metal song, which I remembered as being called “Chapter For Turning…

Album of the Year 2017 – Marc Romboy’s Voyage de la Planete

I’ve been listening to a fair few 2017 album releases since Christmas and I think that in hindsight this one is probably Album Of The Year for me. A mixture of classical elements, drum machines and synths. It somehow manages to sound both vintage and contemporary at the same time, despite sounding unlike anything else…

Clo-Terminus

Silly little thing I noticed watching the weather on the BBC News channel earlier. Quality is atrocious because I had to fiddle with my settings and take a quick snap (here’s some old footage). The similarity is maybe more in my head than otherwise, but the black and grey diagonals/zig-zags put me in mind of…

DYRTFT #2: Human Behaviour

The first time I heard a Bjork song I was watching The Chart Show on ITV, hoping it was a week when their rotating genre countdown was Rock, on the off chance I’d get some post-Bruce Iron Maiden, post-Freddie Queen or post-Young Ones Cliff Richard. That’s how I first saw the excellently-odd, teddy-bearing, Bubble-Bobbling, TellyTubby-anticipating…

Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok [12″ mix]

I swear I do have a few (slightly) more substantial posts mentally queued, some of which are gaming or film/telly-related and I promise I don’t just post every flipping song I hear, but regardless here’s a nicely-done video edit for a longer version of Murray Head‘s version of One Night In Bangkok from Chess. For…

2017 in music

Not a best of 2017 list as I got more 2017 releases for Christmas than I’d heard previously during the year. Instead, this is what soundtracked my year.

Johnny Violent – U.S. Intervention [updated]

For all that I massively play up my appreciation of a nice slice of Gabba (the music style a bit like Abba but “G“osh-darned-faster) I didn’t even know this track from Johnny Violent‘s Shocker album, one which also served as b-side to my oft-cited chillgabbz fave and evergreen-apposite North Korea Goes Bang, no less. It’s…

Chip’s Challenge – Main Theme

Whilst we’re on the subject of classic puzzle games, I’d categorise myself as fairly musically-suggestible meaning that I take double damage from earworms. If I’m doing the same thing, there’s a fair chance I’m humming the same song (unless something new has caught my ear first). Offer me a bottle of Cherry C-O-L-A Cola and…