Best Debut Album Of 2020 – ‘BEDROOM’ By BDRMM

26 December 2020

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Who: Five good boys from Hull, UK

Album: Bedroom
Released: 3 July 2020

Info: “Formed into the early hours of 2017, Hull (UK) based Ryan Smith left
his bedroom to stage a band called bdrmm. They produce a slimy cocktail of
synth-soaked Beach House, jangly slackers DIIV and otherworldly shoe-gazers
Slowdive. They combine a knack for weaving dreamy sonic textures and
sentimental story-telling together perfectly.”

Key references: Ride, Lush, The Horrors, The Cure, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins

NME said: “This is without doubt a modern-day shoegaze classic.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5

TUTV said: The glowing-and-glimmering-guitar-scapes brilliance from start to finish
is totally amazing. Double-edged emotions wrapped in sterling shoegaze symphonies performed in a sonic universe between heaven and earth. It’s a 24 carat gold piece de resistance. The perfect companion to ease your lockdown blues. Best debut of 2020.

Stream/buy full album…


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bdrmm: Facebook

(photo Sam Joyce / Facebook press bdrmm)

ELASTICA Released Their Edgy And Catchy ‘LINE-UP’ Single 25 Years Ago Today…

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31 January 2019

Back in 1992 singer/guitarist Justine Frischmann (one-time member of her boyfriend
Brett Anderson‘s group Suede and also ex-partner of Blur‘s Damon Albarn) and drummer Justin Welch formed ELASTICA. When bassist Annie Holland and guitarist Donna Matthews joined, the quartet was complete to hit the London scene. Influenced by the early work
of 70s British punk bands Wire and The Stranglers they released a string of highly catchy crackers. One of them LINE-UP, a song slagging off groupies, was their second single and very characteristic for Elastica‘s sonic identity. Infectious, punky, spiky & sexy. Here we go…

ELASTICA: Facebook


LINE-UP was on their self-titled debut LP – one of the fastest selling albums in the UK ever!

BEASTIE BOYS Released Fulminating ‘SABOTAGE’ Single 25 Years Ago Today…

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28 January 2019

SABOTAGE is definitely one of the best BEASTIE BOYS slams ever. A scathing rapcore
blast with Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz‘s screaming hysterically ‘Oh my god, it’s a mirage I’m tellin’ y’all, it’s sabotage‘ over a rock injected rap blow-up. It was released 25 years ago today, on 28 January 1994 as the first single from their fourth longplayer ILL COMMUNICATION. Funny thing is Ad-Rock revealed afterward that “ the track was recorded as an instrumental, and the vocals weren’t added until two weeks before the record was completed. It was the last song on ‘Ill Communication’ to be finished.” The hilarious accompanying video was directed by Spike Jonze. A parody of the 70s American macho TV crime series.

Start yellin’ and shoutin’ right here…

BEASTIE BOYS: Facebook – Discography

IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS Scored No 1 Hit In The UK 40 Years Ago With ‘HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK’…

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27 January 2019

The great late British singer/songwriter IAN DURY and his BLOCKHEADS scored a No 1
in the UK 40 years ago. HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK topped the singles chart
on 27 January 1979. The anti-violence song was a stand alone single written by Dury and his band’s leader Chaz Jankel. A remarkably solid gold composition with an awesome flow, snappy chorus and great lyrics. It became a million-seller over the years. Ian Dury was on holiday in Cannes, France the day the single landed on number one and was at the beach when the hotel staff brought him a bottle of champagne and told him the good news. Here’s that classic diamond…

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatan
Every woman, every man
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
Je t’adore, ich liebe dich,
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me slowly, hit me quick.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro.
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
Das ist gut! C’est fantastique!
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
It’s nice to be a lunatic.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fe
Over hills and far away
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
C’est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick.
Two fat persons, click, click, click.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
(x10)

IAN DURY: Facebook – Discography

THE SUNDAYS Released Their Debut Single ‘CAN’T BE SURE’ 30 Years Ago…

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15 January 2019

London’s pop daydreamers THE SUNDAYS released their debut single CAN’T BE SURE
30 years ago – on 15 January 1989. Vocalist Harriet Wheeler stole many hearts right
away with her vulnerable and flustered, yet weirdly tender voice. The song was included on their debut LP Reading Writing And Arithmetic  that came out almost a yeat later in early 1990. Here’s that beauty…

Give me a story and give me a bed
Give me possessions
Oh love, luck and money they go to my head like wildfire
It’s good to have something to live for, you’ll find
Live for tomorrow
Live for a job and a perfect behind, high time
England my country, the home of the free
Such miserable weather
But England’s as happy as England can be
Why cry?
And did you know desire’s a terrible thing
The worst that I can find
And did you know desire’s a terrible thing
But I rely on mine
Aa-ah
England my country, the home of the free
Such miserable weather
But England’s as happy as England can be
Why cry?
And did you know desire’s a terrible thing
The worst that I can find
And did you know desire’s a terrible thing
But I rely on mine
Did you know desire’s a terrible thing
It makes the world go blind
But if desire, desire’s a terrible thing
You know that I really don’t mind
And it’s my life
And it’s my life
And though I can’t be sure what I want any more
It will come to me later
Well it’s my life
And it’s my life
And though I can’t be sure if I want any more
It will come to me later
Ye-e-eah

THE SUNDAYS: Bio – Albums

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Debut Single ‘HEY JOE’ Released 52 Years Ago Today…

16 December 2018

On 16 December 1966 – 52 two years ago – immortal guitar wizard JIMI HENDRIX,
bassist NOEL REDDING and drummer MITCH MITCHELL released their debut single
HEY JOE‘ in the UK. It was actually a cover of an American rock standard from the early 1960s, registered for copyright in the United States in 1962 by a certain Billy Roberts and covered afterward by countless artists, with the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s version as the most famous one. Click here for a charged live version…

JIMI HENDRIX: Facebook – Discography

PETE SHELLEY Influenced Many Modern Dance Acts With ‘HOMOSAPIEN’…

12 December 2018

The unfortunately late (really weird to use that word all of a sudden) Pete Shelley didn’t only write a ton of razor-sharp sounding punk pop Buzzcocks classics, but as he went his own way for the first time in 1981 he made a surprisingly heavy synths loaded dance pop album, entitled HOMOSAPIEN which inspired many future electronic acts over the years. The utterly catchy and clever title track even inspired LCD Soundsystem‘s maestro James Murphy for his quite similar cutting 2007 soundbite called North American Scum.

Thanks for the music, homosapien…

I don’t wanna classify you
Like an animal in the zoo
But it seems good to me to know
That you’re Homosapien too

Album in full…

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PETE SHELLEY: Discography

BILLY BRAGG Didn’t Want A ‘NEW ENGLAND’ 35 Years Ago – I’m Sure He Changed His View By Now…

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3 December 2016

Last May it was 35 years ago that BILLY BRAGG released his debut album Life’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy (an LP you only could play at 45 rpm instead of the usual 33.3 rpm). There was a sweet, romantic little gem on it called ‘A NEW ENGLAND‘ released as a single months later, in November. An idyllic love song actually: “I don’t want to change the world / I’m not looking for a new England / I’m just looking for another girl”. A year later it became
a big hit int he UK when the late, great Kirsty MacColl covered it. I just bumped into the song, by accident, on Spotify and realized that I didn’t hear this yearning earworm for
a long time and the very first thought that came to mind was the Brexit drama with the most painful fact that the vote of the greater part of British youth – the country’s future -was brutally ignored and solidarity with Europe was dumped for all the wrong reasons.
I suppose Billy Bragg found his girl by now, but as we know the man, he unquestionably wants a New England too, 35 years later…

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BILLY BRAGG: Facebook