Saturday, July 07, 2018


The blog is 15 on Monday but I’m gonna be out of town visiting one of my homes away from home. My thanks to Jeroen Vedder for setting me down this road that’s allowed this thing to continue to exist albeit in a disembodied state.

I guess this link will take you back to those baby steps. It hasn’t really evolved much but continues to be a place holder. According to the stats, we’ve had more that 1,300,000 views since then. I’m sceptical about the numbers but those kind of details are unimportant. I appreciate the visits and responses. The regular posts ebb and flow but you most likely already have information up the wazoo. So, when you do check in and there hasn’t been something new for a few days then bear with it. There’s maybe a good reason or perhaps not.

You know how teenagers can be.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018


The Rip It Up exhibit in Edinburgh is getting big licks and it’s worth taking a wander in there. The fact that it exists at all is worthy of supporting such a venture. Had such a thing been tackled in Glasgow, it would have been a different beastie methinks.

If you’re going there between now and November, I’d suggest going on a Saturday and factoring in the Music Walking Tour. That way you get discounted tickets and also some exercise.

Friday, June 15, 2018

RIP - Nicholas George Stephanoff (Nick Knox)

Sorry to hear about the untimely demise of the king of the biggest beat. My memory of Nick is of a quiet fellow that went about his business. Once he trusted you, he was more forthcoming and I was honoured as all get out when he loaned me a mix tape to copy that had the Tuesday Weld song, “Are You The Boy” on it. That was the night we went back to Miles Copeland’s house where the band was staying. Right after Kid Congo's first show at The Lyceum in London. What was that? December 1980? The 15th.
Nick was an ardent pop fan and I recall sending a couple of Lio records as a thank you when I returned the tape. Then the LOTC got dumped and we lost touch but it was heartening to know that he’d re-emerged in recent times to be involved with young Clevelanders, Archie and the Bunkers Norton Records connection. I held some vague hope that he’d make it to Europe with them at some point but sadly that won’t be happening. We’ll toast his memory at FUNTASTIC though. That’s for damn sure.
My condolences to his family and friends.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


One of the reasons with persevering to get a 40th Anniversary NBT out  was the fact that it could be printed by Martin Lacey that used to do it at Juma. And that self same person has reactivated his old punkzine, Safety Pin with the first issue available now and a desire to set up an ongoing publishing schedule.

That’s right. It’s a print only deal. You have to turn the pages, none of that swiping required. 44 pages, A4 format with a 7” EP of archive cuts by Sheffield combo Stunt Kites who I believe are still active today?

It’s a fiver + whatever the postage is to wherever you are. Click the link back there to see what that entails.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018