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    Blackadder: Celebrating 40 Years of the Dastardly Genius

    I want to be remembered when I’m dead. I want books written about me. I want songs sung about me. And then hundreds of years from now I want episodes of my life to be played out weekly at half past nine by some great heroic actor of the age. EDMUND BLACKADDER Edmund Blackadder certainly […] More

  • The good ship Kerberos at sea in Netflix's 1899

    Will 1899 Be Darker Than Dark? — S1E1: “The Ship” (Series Premiere)

    The following contains spoilers for 1899 S1E1, “The Ship” (written by Jantje Friese & Baran bo Odar and directed by Barn bo Odar) After the success of Dark, a series that was called “the most intelligent series of all time” by The Independent, the anticipation for 1899, showrunners Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar’s latest offering […] More

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    A Tangle of Misplaced Trust in Twin Peaks Episode 12

    Twin Peaks Episode 12, four episodes down the line into Season 2, and the path toward the revelation of Leland as Laura’s killer is slowly but surely being laid. “The Orchid’s Curse” is a little bit of a stopgap, a brief moment of respite before the show really capitulates to ABC’s demands, puts its foot […] More

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    Twin Peaks Episode 8: May the Giant (and the Major) Be With Us All

    On Sept. 30, 1990, just over four months after the first season concluded, Twin Peaks returned with Episode 8, the opening episode of Season 2, another 90-minute edition directed by David Lynch and scripted by Mark Frost, and yet it was clear right from the start that the cozy surrealism of that initial run had […] More

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    Wham Bam Thank You Mam! A Top 5 from David Bowie’s Glam Era

    It’s been five years since Ziggy Stardust left us, and we’re still broken-hearted. Thankfully, we have a library of brilliant tracks to remind us of his genius. Chris Flackett celebrates five songs from David Bowie’s Glam Era. It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that David Bowie completely changed the way I looked at music. I […] More

  • Walt Disco, 'Hey Boy! You're One of Us' cover

    Leave Your Drudgery at the Door: Walt Disco are Here!

    I’m going to have to say something. See, I’m normally quite polite, but it’s been bugging me for a while… …I’m sick to death of solemn, over-earnest, po-faced young indie bands admonishing us all in self-righteous tones without even having the decency to do so with a sense of humour, glamour or an ounce of […] More

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    Magic Again: A Perfect 10 by Kate Bush

    When I was a boy, possibly about 8 years old, my mum used to watch a certain VHS semi-regularly on a Sunday afternoon when my dad would usually doze off in his armchair. Little did she know how much impact that one videotape would have on my life and developing tastes. That video was Kate […] More

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    The Sound of Young America: Favourite Motown Singles

    ‘The Sound of Young America’: that’s what they called it. It might have been a neat marketing slogan from the higher-ups of Detroit’s Motown Records, but by the mid-Sixties, not only was that description completely true but it also took that sound global, becoming a worldwide phenomenon and a cultural institution—a position it has retained […] More

  • James Dean Bradfield 'Even in Exile' album cover

    James Dean Bradfield Finds Beauty, Even in Exile

    “When a man is young, he is usually a revolutionary of some kind. So here I am, speaking of my revolution” Wyndham Lewis The above quote was used by the Manic Street Preachers for the inlay of their love letter to their formative influences (The Clash and Guns & Roses), 2007’s Send Away The Tigers, […] More

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    The Beauty of Kevin Rowland

    There’s no getting around it: for all the advances we might have made in the last 21 years, the increase in tolerance and acceptance of the differences of others, we are still essentially living in a world of prejudice. Lockdown has only exacerbated this and pulled back the curtain a little bit in the idea […] More

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    In Dark Season 3, the Heart Wants What It Wants

    The following contains spoilers for Dark Season 3, and indeed the entire Netflix series By its very nature, science is a cold, rational, logical form of enquiry. It deals in facts and trades in proof. Speculations, however sensible or wild and fanciful, must be empirically proved to be considered real and concrete. And yet, it […] More

  • Paul Weller on Sunset

    Paul Weller Brings Art to His Soul for ‘On Sunset’

    One of the paradoxes of the work of Paul Weller is that, while he has often said he works in traditional forms, and his critics often deride him for his ‘dadrock’ tastes and musical conservatism, within that framework he has been surprisingly experimental. For example, imagine being in one of the biggest groups in Britain […] More

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