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1981 (1983):

Queen – Greatest Hits

I used to watch a lot of cricket back in 1983. A ‘Schoolboy’ season ticket to watch Northamptonshire cost around £11. We would cycle to the ground, lock our bikes to the crash barriers in the football terraces, and spend the day there watching the game and hanging out with . . . → Read More: 1981 (1983):

1991 (1991):

Mercury Rev – Yerself Is Steam

This was another of those albums that I read because of a review in a magazine – this time around it was Album of the Month in an issue of Select, with a full page review by Graham Linehan (pre Father Ted).

It was like nothing I’d ever . . . → Read More: 1991 (1991):

1987 (1987):

The Housemartins – The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death

The understanding in the Sixth Form was that we would apply for Higher Education. University Prospectuses were suddenly everywhere, and our tutor group classes started to focus on how to complete UCCA and PCAS forms.

The Sixth Form was my first (and only) chance . . . → Read More: 1987 (1987):

1989 (1990):

Lush – Scar

I’m not sure where my 4AD obsession crept in. It was probably linked to the Pixies. It was probably linked to Lush.

In 1989 they were an the archetypal 4AD band. They combined the wishy washy vocals of the Cocteaus with the crushing guitars of the Pixies. And they let . . . → Read More: 1989 (1990):

1997 (1997):

Gene – Drawn To The Deep End

After years of fighting the inevitable, my job got outsourced by default. My company merged with another one that was 1 year into a 10 year outsourcing contract with IBM – it stood to reason that the merged IT functions would all be within IBM.

My . . . → Read More: 1997 (1997):

2002 (2002):

The Breeders – Title Tk

By 2002 I was working shifts again, this time for a Computer Services Company. With 12 hour shifts, an 80 mile (each way) commute, and a job that I could have done with my eyes shut, I wasn’t getting a whole lot of job satisfaction. We had a 17 . . . → Read More: 2002 (2002):

1993 (1994):

Tindersticks – Tindersticks For a while, the Tindersticks were massively important to me. I bought the album in 1994 after it was named Album of the Year in Melody Maker’s Annual Poll, and I fell for its smokey swirly romanticism almost instantly. In my mind, their music feels like the aural equivalent of Patrick . . . → Read More: 1993 (1994):

1984 (1986):

Dire Straits – Alchemy (Live) I wasn’t always cool. Along with much of the population, I got Brothers In Arms for Christmas 1985, and wanted to follow it up with more of the Dire Straits back catalogue.

I bought Alchemy – a live album that was originally released in 1984, from Our Price . . . → Read More: 1984 (1986):

1988 (1988):

Pixies – Surfer Rosa 1988 was where everything changed. In the second year of the sixth form, I had reached the point where I had to actually make an effort to get good grades. I decided not to bother and so coasted towards a set of mediocre A Levels (2 at Grade D, 2 . . . → Read More: 1988 (1988):

The Run:

And so, having not been able to run for longer than a km this last month, I wasn’t terribly confident about the run. In fact, I’d been busy telling everybody who would listen that I would probably run 1km, walk 9km, and be happy with a time under 2 hours.

We got there horrendously . . . → Read More: The Run: