Scottish indie-pop group Friends Again burned brightly in the early 1980s, leaving behind a legacy of one fantastic, promising debut album before imploding. Two recent releases document their brief existence; one offers a glimpse of the band’s early years, while the other presents their sole album in expanded form. Both highlight a young band that could have been a contender.
Taken from the Numero Group release, All About Money.
For the fourth Durutti Column album, Factory Records mastermind Tony Wilson insisted that the album be an experiment in adapting Vini Reilly’s distinctive music with a modern classical twist. This experiment has been expanded into a whopping four disc set, featuring other recordings from the era and two fantastic live performances.
Over the next year, we will be highlighting 45 meaningful 45 singles, in tribute to our editor’s 45th year on the planet. This week’s entry is a classic late career hit for legendary singer Conway Twitty, coupled with a classic duet with his daughter.
Some thoughts in song about the state of the nation.
This collection of the earliest recordings from Oklahoma City legends the flaming lips gathers up their earliest recordings featuring visionary Wayne Coyne’s brother Mark on vocals. This compilation is the first installment of a series of every issues dedicated to celebrating the band’s 35th anniversary.
Taken from BBC Radio 4 on 2 June 1984.
Some thoughts on Independence Day, and a moving song I love.
In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain, what many consider to be his magnum opus. Shortly before his death, he began working on an archival release–something he seemed reluctant to do–and now, a year after his passing, this lavish set appears, containing an album of outtakes, rare mixes and b-sides, and an astonishing live performance. But does all this bonus material alter the original album’s status as one of the best albums of all time?
In 1983, up-and-coming pop group Haircut One Hundred lost their lead singer, Nick Heyward. Instead of disbanding, the group carried on, and Paint And Paint was a noble effort to continue without their distinctive, charismatic frontman.