BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Killer Singles Turning 30 In 2021


Released: 7 May 1991
Score: #16 in the UK
Album: Generation Terrorists

We realised and won’t be mourned
We gonna burn your deathmask uniforms

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by NIRVANA

Released: May 1991
Score: #6 in the US, #7 in the UK
Album: Nevermind

Here we are now, entertain us

3. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

Released: 19 February 1991
Score: #4 in the US, #16 in the UK
Album: Out Of Time

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spot-light
Losing my religion

4. Get The Message by ELECTRONIC (Johnny Marr & Bernard Sumner)

Released: 15 April 1991
Score: #8 in the US and the UK
Album: Electronic

I’ve counted the nights, living in sin
How can we talk? Look where we’ve been

5. Planet Of Sound by PIXIES

Released: 28 May 1991
Album: Trompe Le Monde

And when I first touched some ground
They simply told me to leave
This ain’t the planet sound…


BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Stellar Albums Turning 25 In 2021

These five stellar albums celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2021

1. Everything Must Go by MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Wales)

Released: 20 May 1996 – 4th LP
The Guardian (UK) wrote: “‘Everything Must Go’ achieved the zenith of the Welshmen’s
original ambition: to conquer the mainstream with anger, art and soul.”

Stream here…

2. Ugly Beautiful by BABYBIRD (UK)

Released: 21 October 1996 – sixth LP
The Independent wrote: “Another South Yorkshire sexual ironist to set alongside Jarvis, Babybird’s Stephen Jones delves here into clefts and crannies most people would rather
leave unprobed.”

Stream here…

3. ‘Odelay’ by BECK (US)

Released: 18 June 1996 – fifth LP
AllMusic wrote: “Odelay is a full-fledged, full-bodied album, released on a major label bearing an intricate, meticulous production by the Dust Brothers…Like a mosaic, all the details add up to a picture greater than its parts”

Stream here…

4. Entroducing… by DJ SHADOW (US)

Released: 16 September 1996 – debut LP
Melody Maker wrote: “The album flips hip hop inside out all over again
like a reversible glove. You need this record. You are incomplete without it.”

Stream here…

5. Scream, Dracula, Scream! by ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT (US)

Released: 10 October 1996 – fourth LP
NME wrote: “Play it loud enough and the neighbours will complain to the fuzz
that a bunch of Hell’s Angels are having a party… Inhale this fuel. Rocket From
The Crypt are blasting. Get burned.”

Stream here…


BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Stunning Singles Turning 25 In 2021


One word: EPIC!

We don’t talk about love
We only wanna get drunk
And we are not allowed to spend
As we are told that this is the end

2. Don’t Look Back In Anger by OASIS

Shivers down your spine, and when thousands
sing along it’s a flabbergasting experience…

And so Sally can wait
She knows it’s too late
As we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away
But don’t look back in anger
I heard you say

3. You’re Gorgeous by BABYBIRD

Not really the love song many thought it was. Anyway
a titanic tune, I and many lovers, never get tired of…

Because you’re gorgeous
I’d do anything for you
Because you’re gorgeous
I know you’ll get me through

4. Firestarter by THE PRODIGY

Inflammable techno stormer. Rest in peace, Keith Flint

I’m the trouble starter, punkin’ instigator
I’m the fear addicted, a danger illustrated
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter
You’re a firestarter, twisted firestarter
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter

5. Devils Haircut by BECK

Not a loser at all…

Somethin’s wrong cause my mind is fading,
And everywhere I look there’s a dead end waiting,
Temperature’s dropping at the rotten oasis
Stealing kisses from the leprous faces

Got a devil’s haircut in my mind

‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’ – The Only No 1 UK Longplayer (So Far) For The MANICS This Day In 1998

27 September 2020

Welsh emotive rock legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS scored their one and only
No 1 UK album (so far) with the 1998 marvelous feat ‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’, their fifth LP. It topped the Britannia charts starting 27 September 1998.
Twenty-two years ago.

With a little luck, they would have had several chart-topping longplayers as they had no less than five number two scores with Everything Must Go in 1996, Know Your Enemy
in 2001, Send Away The Tigers in 2007, Futurology in 2014, and their latest Resistance
Is Futile
in 2018. Pretty superb for a band that tackled social and all sort of unjust human issues with razor-sharp lyrics and a loud and clear sound. Not exactly birds and bees music for the masses.

James Dean Bradfield about TIMTTMY: “To be universal you’ve got to stain the consciousness of the people. You’ve got to dig out a truth that everybody knows, but they don’t want to hear, then tell it in a manner that’s so indignant, so beautiful, that they’ve got to accept it back into their lives again.”

Pitchfork about TIMTTMY : “They manage to infuse some quite dour lyrics with some of the most haunting melodies in rock this side of Radiohead. Bradfield and Moore seldom choose the obvious chords, arrangements and melodies, resulting in music that is heads- and- tails above almost any band on the planet.”

Singles/clips: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next /
You Stole the Sun from My Heart / Tsunami / The Everlasting





Full album…

MANICS: Facebook

From A To B – From ‘You Love Us’ To ‘STARLOVER’ And ‘SPECTATORS OF SUICIDE’ And ‘STRIP IT DOWN’ (Live)

The other side of the A…

8 September 2020

Band: Manic Street Preachers
B-side: Starlover, Spectators Of Suicide
and Strip It Down (live)
A-side: You Love Us
Released: 7 May 1991


Paint your lips, things fall apart
Flowers of hate caress my skin now
Spend my time sucked up inside
Mutilation kick off all you believe in
Starlover you’re just a souvenir


Spectators of suicide
Exploding in society’s eye
Democracy is an empty lie
Dead like our yesterdays tonight

– STRIP IT DOWN – (live)

“Success and love dictate where skin touches fashion,
Consumerism beauty for cheap appeal,
I don’t wanna dance for people to watch,
Smother my life in interest accounts”