The Fifty Tracks of My Years from September 1983 to August 1984 Popular music can take us to a particular point in our lives. It is the soundtrack of our youth, birth, marriage, Bar Mitzvah, schooldays or not-so-happier times. Throughout my life, music has played a massive part. You can either see this on East […]Read More S.V.’s Formative Years Festive 50 (1983 – 1984)
Do you remember when background music on buses was a thing? In the last 40 years, bus operators across the UK have tried to find creative ways of making local bus routes pay. Route branding with dedicated liveries is one answer, positioning everyday bus routes as product lines in their own right. Another answer is […]Read More Bus Boarding Beats: A Brief Look at Sounds In Motion
Our semi-definitive guide to the greatest 12″ singles of the 1980s Sometimes, the radio edit of a chart single may lack that extra something which the 12″ version has. At the other end, some singles are better suited to the traditional two to four minutes of a seven inch 45. The long single (in excess […]Read More Twice the Pleasure: Our Top 1980s 12″ Tunes: The Not So Perfect Ten
East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass […]Read More Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!
A beginners’ guide to the NME Charts, the UK’s original Hit Parade The UK’s first singles chart, like its American pioneer owes its existence to an iconic music magazine. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the Billboard Singles Chart that was (and remains to this day) compiled by Billboard Magazine. In […]Read More The Other UK Singles Chart: 2. The New Musical Express Singles Charts
BBC Scotland’s early 1980s summertime treat The fusion of popular music and children’s television programming has been a solid formula for public service and commercial broadcasters around the world. In the United Kingdom, its commercial potential was seen in programmes like Lift Off With Ayshea (Granada Television) and Saturday Scene (London Weekend Television). By the […]Read More Less Remembered 1980s Children’s Programmes #3: The Untied Shoelaces Show
A beginners’ guide to chart tracking on ILR stations from 1974 to 2008 If you mention the UK singles chart, the first thing that springs to mind in the Official Charts Company’s countdown. This goes out every Friday on BBC Radio One. Before then, it used to go out on Sunday afternoons and, prior to […]Read More The Other UK Singles Chart: 1. Independent Local Radio Music Charts
An exclusive review of Phoenix, Boarshurst Silver Band’s second LP Hot off the success of their first LP, Images, Boarshurst Silver Band have another hit on their hands with the long-awaited follow-up Phoenix. Taking the name of a Peter Graham piece, it symbolises two things. One is the band’s triumph over adversity. The other is […]Read More The Phoenix Has Risen! Introducing Boarshurst Silver Band’s Second Album
Past of the M60 looks at the long forgotten practice of needle time If you have a few records, CDs and cassettes in your collection, you may have come across this notice: “Unauthorised public performance or broadcasting of this record is strictly prohibited.” Today, this notice or the like refers to the public performance of […]Read More (Do You Remember) Needle Time?
(Almost) everything you need to know about Breakfast In America, Supertramp’s sixth album which is 40 years old this year Album: Breakfast In America; US Release Date: 29 March 1979 (#1); UK Release Date: 31 March 1979 (#3); US Chart Singles: The Logical Song (#6), Breakfast In America (#62), Goodbye Stranger (#15), Take The Long […]Read More Breakfast In America for Beginners: A Duffers’ Guide to Supertramp’s 1979 LP