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…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 24. Dancing Flowers

Acceptable in the 1990s – even Andi Peters had one in the Broom Cupboard 16 January 2014: “Woke one morning half asleep/With all my blankets in a heap…” – the opening lines of The Move’s song reminded me of something I remembered seeing in my office. They were truly overhyped to high heaven and seldom danced…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 23. The Cascade Cassette 50 Compilation

50 games, and a calculator watch for £9.99? 15 January 2014: Continuing the subject of electronic atrocities, I was taken aback by my youngest child’s reaction when I brought my Commodore 64 downstairs from the attic. She asked: ‘Where’s the mouse?’ ‘Try under the floorboards’ I flippantly said. ‘Strange USB port’ she replied ‘And what do…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 22. Big Mouth Billy Bass

‘In the morning, laughing happy fish heads…’ 14 January 2014: Cooker went on the blink. Yours truly had to make a brief sortie to the Marple Fish Bar. Happy days; mine’s haddock, chips, peas and their hottest curry! Then my youngest one asked a question: ‘why do you never see singing fish?’ She has yet to…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 21. Mr Microphone

Wired for sound 13 January 2014: In the attic, I stumbled upon a Piccadilly Radio annual and on reading Tom Tyrrell’s writings, remembered one thing when I was years away from taking my ‘O’ Levels. As a Manchester United fan, I wanted to be the next Tom Tyrrell. Sometime between Play Guitar With Ulf Goran (us…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 20. Ronco’s Space Invasion LP

A Spaceman Came Travelling… 12 January 2014: Stayed too long at The Armoury and made the mistake of taking part in karaoke. Thought it was a good idea to sing Ph.D’s 1982 classic I Won’t Let You Down. They didn’t have in their folder, so I settled for a Chris de Burgh song instead.

Did I Really Want One of Those? 19. I’m In The Mood T-Shirts

If an enlarged picture paints a thousand words 11 January 2014: At The Armoury this afternoon I was talking about fashion disasters with my younger brother. I mentioned the Ra-Ra skirt a one time girlfriend of mine wore. Then he mentioned the Skouser. I shot him down with another one. He thought I had partaken too…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 17. The Barcode Battler

Beanz Meanz Gamez 09 January 2014: I blame Lana Del Ray! Today’s earworm was Video Games. I was talking to my children about games like Pac Man, Space Invaders and Jet Set Willy. They didn’t believe how it took 14 minutes to load a simple platform game. Then I told them about this gaming system which…

Did I Really Want One of Those? 16. The Smokeless Ashtray

A relic from 1981 BeC 08 January 2014: My sister has decided to give up smoking as her New Year’s Resolution. Not quite. She’s got one of them eCig thingies. The choice of e-liquids are enough to put a school dinner menu to shame. When my mother tried to give up smoking, she appreciated how clean…