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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

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

Music

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

We’re heading back 33 years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1986! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten or half remembered hits, pick out three new entries on … 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

Artists

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