What impact does an influential album need to make it be so?

When short on ideas during the fallow months between releases and the festivals of the European summer, magazines trot out Top 100 albums, 100 records to hear before you die and How To Buy Free Form Jazz and other minority genres. For many music fans they’re dull lists of records we know intimately or just … Continue reading

Simple Minds Live, Brisbane, December 2012

View: centre, front Dramatic intro music plus dimming lights prepared the way for Simple Minds to launch into Waterfront, the classic call-to-arms that had the crowd jump in unison. Early classics and global smashes were reconfigured and injected with fresh sonic blood, the towering menace of Celebrate and This Fear Of Gods highlights, followed by … Continue reading