The Man Who Would Be King – the greatest film ever

Sir Sean Connery! And Sir Michael Caine! Chewing scenery! In a John Huston film! With the fuzzy wuzzies getting a damn good Imperial kicking! Even Roger Ebert gave it 4 out of 4 saying: “It’s been a long time since there’s been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun.” And how can…

Friday Night is The Status Quo night

Let no-one accuse me of being anti-furriner.  No, I like all kinds of music, which is why this evening I shall be playing nothing but ‘Que Me Propones’ by those legendary Spanish boogie merchants, The Status Quo. It’s lined up on my 1965 Westminster Fidelity record player, and I’m sure by midnight the neighbours will…

The Lodge Recording Studios – Home of The Enid

Music for Art’s Sake The Lodge In order to write and produce intricate music on such a grand scale, The Enid have needed to run their own recording studios since the early 1980s. In fact,Something Wicked This Way Comes was the Enid’s first project at The Lodge and every album they’ve ever made since has been…

The Mentalists

The world of modern music is a drab, grey world of identikit indie mumblers and shouty, misogynist rappers.  But it used to be that eccentrics and madmen could coagulate their strange brainwaves into records of mind boggling lunacy.  They were good times, so let’s take a look back at some of the best of the…

SPIDER Fest II – From Socialism to Nu-Spider

After the failure of their attempted sovietisation of the collective BOOGIE, the loveable Scousers SPIDER had to rethink their strategy. Amazingly, this involved getting a second major record deal, moving from RCA to A&M, toughening up their sound and unleashing their ultimate BOOGIE anthem “Here We Go Rock’n’Roll“!     But if they thought restoring the words rock and roll…