Freddie Mercury in the Time video

Time and Time again: “lost” Freddie Mercury performance unearthed

In the wake of the success of last year’s Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a new version of Mercury’s 1986 solo hit Time has been released, with the original’s multiple layers of vocals and instrumentation stripped back to reveal the … read more

Live Reviews

A Flock of Seagulls at Rewind Scotland 2018

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 20-22 Jul 2018

Everyone’s favourite retro festival turned ten this year, so I expected Rewind to pull out all the stops. And they did just that. Regular gig pals Sarah and Pete joined me again for a jaunt to sunny Perth, where we … read more


Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Come back to the summer of 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new hit albums, a look at the day’s events, an international hit and the … read more

Album Reviews

Lee Thompson: One Man's Madness

Lee Thompson: “One Man’s Madness – The Official Soundtrack”

It’s a difficult statistic to come to terms with. Madness has been a functioning unit in one form or another – with only the occasional time out along the way – since 1976. That’s longer than most marriages. Next year … read more


Ranking Roger

Ranking Full Stop: the Beat’s Ranking Roger dies, aged 56

Ranking Roger, vocalist with The Beat and General Public in the 1980s and leader of one of the two versions of The Beat still recording and performing forty years after their original formation, has died at the age of 56. … read more