Out of 2021 – Into 2022

I’m slightly more ahead of the game this year than last year, as this is my official follow-up to my ‘favourite things‘, favourite digital shows & favourite in-person shows posts; a round-up of 2021 and a glance ahead to 2022. The main thing dominating the blog in 2021 was motivation – or lack thereof. It’s […]

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Stereophonics: Just Enough Education to Perform – 20th anniversary (Shepherd’s Bush Empire)

Stereophonics’ third album, Just Enough Education to Perform, was released on 11 April 2001 – and in August of the same year it found its way into my beginner’s CD collection. Therefore, when the announcement came that the band would be doing some relatively intimate shows in which they’d play the full album (an increasingly popular […]

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#MindTheBand 2021: round-up

As seems to be the norm for my challenge weeks now, here’s an incredibly belated round-up… It’s a good thing I was pretty good at updating the daily diary entry, as well as eventually getting a few proper posts done – though not as many as I had planned. To be honest, given how inconsistent […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Parallel Lines

The VitalsRelease date: 23 September 1978UK chart peak: #1Running time: 39:06Singles: Picture This (#12), Hanging on the Telephone (#5), Heart of Glass (#1), Sunday Girl (#1) Although Blondie had enjoyed success prior to Parallel Lines, this was the album that brought them attention across the globe, hitting the top 40 in Italy & Finland (#11), Norway […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

The VitalsRelease date: 5 January 1973UK chart peak: #41 (1985)Running time: 37:08Singles: Blinded by the Light, Spirit in the Night Though Bruce Springsteen’s debut album received pretty positive reviews, that didn’t translate into immediate chart success – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. peaked at #60 in the USA, #71 in Australia, and #35 in Sweden. It made […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Exodus

  The VitalsRelease date: 3 June 1977UK chart peak: #8Running time: 37:24Singles: 1977 – Exodus (#14), Waiting in Vain (#27), Jamming/Punky Reggae Party (#9); 1980 – Three Little Birds (#17); 1984 – One Love/People Get Ready (#5) Originally released on Island Records, Exodus is considered both a critical and commercial success, receiving gold certifications in the […]

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