Yogi Bear – The Worst?

Tuesday, 23rd December, 1986 4.10pm: Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (BBC One) “This Christmas special has Yogi, Boo Boo and all their friends causing chaos in the big city, but also bringing happiness to a lonely little rich girl and her father.” I bet we can have them for at least one of those... Continue Reading →

I Am What I Play

Did you know Frank Sidebottom played Wembley? How about two of Madness making a hip hop electro dance song about Judge Dredd? Or which alcoholic drink has featured in the titles of the most chart hits? All that and loads more can be found in my new book "Death Death Death Stereo Stereo Stereo" which... Continue Reading →

Fantasy Fuck All League

Despite my strongest desires and sporadic patches of effort, being in a band was never on the cards for me. I was too shy to get up and sing, instruments eluded me and a year of guitar lessons resulted in me knowing the basic chords to “Wonderwall”, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and “High”... Continue Reading →

Madness In Mega City One

Due to Rebellion's rather wonderful range of summer specials based on the old Fleetway / IPC back catalogue, I'm rediscovering my love for all things comic, not least 2000AD, a comic it took my younger mind a long time to get into the spirit of, especially when compared to the slightly more sedate sausage-snaffling and... Continue Reading →

Play The Hits

I was a big Foo Fighters fan back in the day, specifically the nineties, where their first three records - "Foo Fighters", "The Colour And The Shape" and "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" - were very important to my teenaged constantly-priapic bum-fluff life. They combined straight forward pop rock with elements of metal, lots... Continue Reading →

Now, Then

Last year I was asked to take part in TV Cream's lookback over all the Now That's What I Call Music compilations in their wonderful weekly mailout Creamguide (subscribe here). However, being a bit stupid, I misunderstood the intitial request - pick one song from each of the pop music collections from NOW 26 to... Continue Reading →

Parklife (En Plein Amour)

It is a terrifying-to-imagine 25 years since the album "Parklife" by Blur first appeared in old timey record shops like they had back then. Preceded by just one single - "Girls and Boys" released the previous month - the album went straight in at No.1 and has so far hung around for 119 weeks. A... Continue Reading →

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