From the daily archives:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

#254: 1980, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Burn It Down

August 11, 2011

It seems like only the other day I was writing about Dexy’s iconic Geno in intros week.  Well, now that Jackie, with his post yesterday on Patti Smith’s superb version of Gloria, has decided that our fourth theme week is the one suggested by guest poster Geoff Elliott, I am back to the album from […]

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Off The Rails #5: the view from South Dakota

August 11, 2011

A brief update from Rapid City today, with the continual roar of Harleys in the background… First, the Democrats have now chosen their House representatives for the debt panel. Nancy Pelosi appears to have responded by the right-wing choices of the Republicans by showing a bit more steel than Harry Reed has in the Senate: […]

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Back Of The Net With Ray North: Premier League Preview, part 1 – The Challengers?

August 11, 2011

Right, time to get off the moral high horse I’m currently sitting on, dust off my crystal ball and look forward to another footie season. You can’t beat the first weekend of a new season – the grass still immaculate on the pitch, the lads looking bronzed and fit and mad for it after their […]

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Melanie Phillips and the London Riots: It’s all the Fault of Liberal Values

August 11, 2011

In her column in the Daily Mail today and in perhaps the least surprising response to the riots so far, Melanie Phillips in a typically sober piece blames ‘a three decade liberal experiment which tore up every basic social value’.   The column is full of her usual well-argued factually rooted analysis and as she so poignantly […]

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Off The Rails #4: Dark Times Seen From The Black Hills

August 11, 2011

My fourth piece from the USA finds me in Rapid City, South Dakota, nestling in the foothills of what the Sioux call the Paha Sapa (The Black Hills), which they saw as being the centre of the world.  In 1868, the Americans thought they were the middle of nowhere, and were happy to give them for […]

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#253: 1975, Patti Smith, Gloria

August 11, 2011

Ray North and Geoff Elliott both set challenges in their recent Songs To Learn And Sing. This gave me a problem: its pretty hard to come up with something that does both which we haven’t already covered. So I’ve had to choose, and gone with Geoff’s challenge to pick great opening songs on albums.  Ray’s […]

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