I like this song for a lot of reasons, but I’m becoming more and more impressed with the use of percussion.  Not just drums, but listen to the other things that are going on - the triangle, the güiro, all kinds of awesome sounds that people don’t hear often enough, or don’t take enough notice of in the soundscapes of songs.

(I know that what is effectively a pop song is an odd choice for talking about things like “soundscapes,” but really, I think The Divine Comedy sort of transcend pop, and genre classification in general, a bit.)


All right, lads, we’re on the air!  Tune in anytime you like over the next fourteen or so hours for punk, post-punk, house, dance, groove, Madchester, baggy, electronica, Britpop, rock, mod, world, Northern soul, and whatever else we end up feeling like.  Good music, (intermittent) good conversation, and a half-decent consolation prize for not being able to be at the actual Haçienda Good Friday party.

Update: we’ve played the Three Before Eight and Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” so that calls an end to this all-nighter.  It was a brilliant time and we’re definitely going to have to do this again one day, but for now, thanks for dropping by, and we’ll let you know next time we do a DJ set over at the Festival of the Twenty-Eighth Summer.


Right, so it’s that time of year again.  Tomorrow is Record Store Day 2014 and music shops all across the world will be getting exclusive releases, selling regional special editions, hosting events, and generally having a fantastic time.  And, of course, if you’re anywhere near a record shop of any kind, you should get in on it as well!  Don’t know what to get?  No problem – read on!

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As promised, tomorrow into Saturday, Giles and I will be DJing a Haçienda-themed all-nighter over at my broadcast channel, the Festival of the Twenty-Eighth Summer.  We’ll be doing a quasi-chronological progression, starting with punk and classic rock, moving into post-punk, house, dance and Madchester, electronica, Britpop, world, you name it.  We’re expecting to start at about seven o’clock Eastern Daylight Time (or midnight at the Haçienda), and we’ll probably run into mid-morning Saturday

As usual, you’re welcome to tune in anytime and come hang out with us.  As usual, song, artist and genre requests are welcome – just shoot me an ask or a submit, or use the suggestion tool on Grooveshark while we’re broadcasting.  And as usual, if you want to know when we begin or if you want to be tagged in future updates, just like this post or let me know!


triforce-of-brixton said: hey ^^ would you kindly make me a songlist of motivational songs? I'm about to face a really tough boss battle in a video game and I need motivation to not die like I did in the other bosses... WHY HAS THIS GAME TO BE SO HAAAARD?! Thank you :D

Life’s tough and video games are tough and I know things have been difficult for you lately.  I made you a short mixtape, but it isn’t as much of a “mix” as mine usually are.  Instead, I chose some bands and musicians I know you like (The Clash, The Jam, Carbon/Silicon) and put together a few of their most inspirational songs, or at least, the songs that I reckon make you feel a little better about its being “you against the world.”  At least, they make me feel better.

Here's your mixtape.  And remember, as much as it might feel like it, you're never alone.  You've always got mates who'll look out for you if you're feeling down.

Video game bosses you might have to handle by yourself, though…


This entire album is massively underrated, but this song is one of the most underrated tracks on it.

Rushing through the rush hour on an all-nighter
Never seen you look so young
The world really looks from this doughnut store
Such a funny colour in the sun

There are some of Joe Strummer’s lyrics that take my breath away, and while the vocals on Earthquake Weather may be rough and out of practice and less well-mixed than they could have been, the imagery of Joe’s words is enough to make up for all of it and more.

For once the traffic’s been conquered by the streets
Listening close the waterpools
You can hear the hiss and the leaks
And the rattling cans of the shuffling bands
Down the avenues of spare change
Forty blocks north in your memories

I want to talk about punk and post-punk and the culture of the newcomer.

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Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, died late yesterday, and you should know about it.  Because if you listen to house, or dance, or electronic beat music; if you’ve ever been to a rave or been kicked out of a rave or held one of your own in your bedroom where you were the only attendee; if you’ve ever been part of a crowd or part of the beat or stood awkwardly in the corner because you thought you didn’t know how to dance; if you’ve ever lost yourself in the music because you had no other choice; if any of that was ever you, then you have Frankie Knuckles to thank for it.


A little while before Giles and I went to see The Who play, we found out that Pete Townshend had once written a comic called “Mods’n’Rockers” for an anthology about the 1960s.  We thought that was so cool that we took a few mods-and-rockers ideas of our own that we were kicking around at the time and decided to put together a short comic in time for the show.  I wrote the initial draft of the script in an afternoon, and Giles sketched twelve pages of pencils in a day.  In the end, we didn’t finish before the show and so the final touches were pushed back for months, but we’ve finally gotten it done, so here it is.

Script and letters: Mick.
Art: Giles.

(If you want to know more about mods and rockers: here.)