The 18th anniversary of a punk rocker’s tragic death causes us to wax philosophical on the very first single of his that I owned, as well as a recollection on how he helped to launch my online writing career.
Taken from the 1992 Cherry Red release, Primitive Painters.
Taken from the Columbia/Legacy Recordings release, “Live from Liberty Lunch, TX” Thursday 12/3/92.
Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen’s sixth album was a frustrating listen; on one hand, it offered some fine explorations of his talents. On the other, it offered up hard rock productions that had become passé by the time of the album’s release. This reissue gives the listener a chance to reevaluate the album, twenty-five years on.
k.d. lang’s 1992 album Ingénue was her attempt at a pop crossover, and it succeeded beyond all expectations. This twenty-fifth anniversary deluxe edition is skimpy and frustrating, but it doesn’t change the fact that Ingénue is both one of her finest albums of her career and one of the best albums of the 1990s.
Some thoughts on the bittersweet, unfortunately timed deluxe reissue of the Singles soundtrack.
John Cale’s 1992 live album, Fragments Of A Rainy Season, was an experiment in performing his material in true solo fashion–him onstage, alone with just his guitar or piano. It was a calculated risk, and one that resulted in one of his finest albums to date.
We are pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from Everett True’s forthcoming book, Electrical Storm. In this powerful excerpt, we learn what happened when True critiqued his friends in the band Lush.
The sultry, sassy pop on Betty Boo’s sophomore album, Grrr! It’s Betty Boo was superior, intelligent dance pop that promised a great future for this young, talented woman. Shame it didn’t happen that way; still, this is a fine reminder of just how special Betty Boo was.
A rare treat from a band who would record one record for a major label, find itself dropped, and would regroup themselves to become one of the most popular British bands in the 1990s. Guess who!