Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys

Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys

In 1990 I owned this cassette. An original one. I was thirteen and did not have many of those. This was a treasure that I would discover in my room by myself.  I played it over and over. It was a precious and I remember hesitating to throw away. It is, hands down, my favorite album from stylish, influential, and electronic-pop royalty that are Pet Shop Boys. With underrated lyrics, I dare you now to find an album which starts with a song of the caliber of Being Boring.     I have been thinking of writing about this album Read more »

Live At Leeds by The Who

Live At Leeds by The Who

Some have called this the greatest live rock album ever, others say it’s the best album The Who ever released, so just what is it about Live At Leeds that makes it so legendary? More gutsy than the Beatles, more artsy than the Stones, and with a greater appetite for destruction than either both on and off stage, Britain’s 3rd great band to come out of the 1960’s always walked a path that was resolutely, bloody-mindedly their own. They were posessed of a visceral kinetic energy that came from the combination of four very different, almost ill-fitting personalities being squeezed Read more »

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

Released in 1955, Sinatra´s 9th studio album takes us on a journey of love lost and loneliness with his magnificent voice and perfect intonation which is as relevant today as it was back then. With impeccable track listing, this is one of the greatest albums of all time. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Frank Sinatra The doomed relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner would give birth to this heartbreaking album, which Sinatra took only a few days to record. He had wanted to do an LP for a while, in a time where record companies Read more »

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

Revisiting the classic days of Madchester with the band who crashed genres and helped define an era. There are in any music lover’s life a handful of moments where hearing something for the first time acts as a kind of epiphany; when a piece of music grabs you, shakes you, shocks you even and nothing in your world of music is ever quite the same again. I can clearly remember the moment when, as a 17 year old working in a shop, the opening chords of a particular song caused me to almost involuntarily stop what I was doing, walk Read more »

The Bends by Radiohead

The Bends by Radiohead

We explore the album that proved there was plenty more to Oxford’s finest than ‘Creep’… With their status as one of the world’s premier rock bands long since established (and reaffirmed by the excitement surrounding plans for a new tour and album) it seems strange to think back to a time when Radiohead were seen as one-song wonders. And yet for a year or two at the beginning of their career that was pretty much the case. In 1992 they had announced themselves to the world with their mega-hit ‘Creep’ which with it’s quiet/loud dynamic and introspective lyrics had come Read more »

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

In 1996 Anglo-French band Stereolab may not have been the most famous band in the world but they were very close to being the coolest, and this album is the proof. Looking back on the mid-90’s music scene in Britain today, our memories selectively filtered through the eyes of a history already written a thousand times, is to imagine that little else was happening on the so-called ‘alternative’ scene but the leery beered-up exuberance of Britpop, which was effectively the moment what had been loosely known as ‘indie’ going overground. Suddenly the charts and pub jukeboxes everywhere were full of Read more »

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

As David Bowie releases a storming new album and celebrates his 69th birthday we look back at an lp many regard as one of his finest. With the benefit of hindsight 1971 can be seen as a make-or-break year for the young Bowie. Still only 24, he was already something of a music business veteran having released his first tentative singles in 1964-65 and his first, now largely forgotten, long-player in 1967. In those years Bowie was an artist struggling to find a voice of his own despite his undeniable talent. Comparisons with the singer and entertainer Anthony Newley are Read more »

Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

On October 9th John Lennon would have turned 75 years old. We look at the Album that would be his last. Writing about this album is bitter-sweet. Especially around important dates in John´s life. So without further ado, one of the greatest albums of the eighties, Double Fantasy. As many of you know, we here at MVD are Beatles fans. I personally think there is music and then, in another category, there is The Beatles and Nina Simone. But first and foremost there the Fab four. If there were to be an apocalypse and all music would be gone and Read more »

Meat Is Murder by The Smiths

Meat Is Murder by The Smiths

This week we take a look back at the powerful second studio album by Manchester’s indie legends The Smiths. The received wisdom regarding The Smiths is that The Queen Is Dead is *the one* when it comes to their four studio albums. Indeed, it’s a fine album and a wonderful achievement and there was a time when I would have agreed. As I’ve gotten older though it’s Meat Is Murder I find myself going back to more and more. Released in 1985, it saw Morrissey and Johnny Marr assume production duties after the dissapointing outcome of their work with John Read more »

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

An album which stayed in the Billboard 200 chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks, got to number one, was recorded while the band members were breaking up and hooking up with each other, got critical acclaim, commercial success and is still one of the best albums  ever to be released. “Rumours” is about heartbreak (good starting point for good art) and it was recorded, written and interpreted by 2 couples breaking up: Stevie Nicks (writer, vocalist) and Lindsey Buckingham (electric and acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies) and then the other couple were John McVie (Bassit) and  Christine McVie (Fender Rhodes electric piano, Read more »

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

MVD presents The Albums, a whole new section which we are launching with a look at Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘What’s Going On’ lp. So, we here at MVD have been doing ‘The Singles’ for a while now, a category that basically allows us to cover the good, the bad, the ugly, the old, the new, the borrowed, the blue etc… in a completely random manner that looks like some kind of agenda or plan. Now we love singles, 3 or 4 minutes of pure musical nirvana, but we are also both of an age where as we were growing up Read more »