An Awesome Alliterative Album: Rebellious Mixtape #12

Can you create a good album with songs by alliterative artistes? Rebellious Mixtape will be your music and your friend Before social media became a thing, we used to stand out from the competition by using catchy names and jingles. ‘Murray’ would always rhyme with ‘hurry’ among Baby Boomers because of a 1950s advertising jingle.

Have Yourself a Merry Disco Christmas: A Cheesy Tunes Special

Reflections on Mirror Image? A spin with the Roller Disco Orchestra? Cheesy Tunes bites back Christmas: such a great period to spend time with our family, or put aside a few musical differences. Or the good use of a few days or fortnight away from work (unless the Tories use Brexit to stop this). At…

Semi-Overlooked Songs Associated With Train Travel: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten great songs associated with rail journeys you may have forgotten about In both senses, our latest Not So Perfect Ten is designed for trainspotters. Not only those who stand at the edge of platform six of Manchester Piccadilly station. Also trainspotters of a musical variety; the sort of people who would rather have a Steve…

Rebellious Mixtape #10: One After 409

A musical tribute to the 1978 version of Rochdale Bus Station Nostalgia’s a strange thing. I love the latest version of Rochdale bus station because of its improved tram connections and how everything is under one roof. No trying to run across roadways to catch a 528 for Halifax (because of the 409 being on the opposite…

Forgotten Eurovision Classics: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest Owing to this month’s Not So Perfect Ten being later than usual, we have decided to commemorate the above venerable institution. One maligned and respected in equal measure. An institution better known for its most frenetic climax. One that led to Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and…

East of the M60’s Summer Mix – Rebellious Mixtape #9

A special summertime jam for East of the M60 The schools have broken up for the summer holidays, and the sunshine has inspired this playlist. For once, I shall break with the usual Rebellious Mixtape rules and consider a possible continuous playlist. Let’s have it! Oh, and I know there’s also Spotify, but I am also enabling…

World Cup Theme Music Through The Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60‘s round up of semi-forgotten World Cup theme music. The World Cup is only a few days old at this time of writing. From what I have seen of this year’s tournament, I have yet to listen to the signature tunes on both BBC’s and ITV’s programmes. Back in the era when multichannel television…

More Forgotten Great Songs of the 1980s: The Not So Perfect Ten

More underrated gems from the decade often associated with Duran Duran, Margaret Thatcher and Sinclair C5s. The 1980s: a pretty pants decade for the working class at the very least, but one of our greatest decades musically. Eclectic to say the least, a decade which started out with The Pretenders and ended with Live Aid…