51 for 50 – 1991

Funnily enough, although the late teens were about guitar music, my university years saw me start to get back into electronica and hip hop. The Orb’s amazing ambient work Adventure’s Beyond the Ultraworld was one of the pieces of music that helped me on that journey. When I started at Loughborough, I was super keen … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1991

51 for 50 – 1990

If there’s one album that perfectly encapsulates the guitar music of Britain’s indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is it. Jangly, cute, poppy but maybe slightly sad. It was music like this that led me into my University days up in Loughborough. https://open.spotify.com/album/6CmJJCI3lOn5XVZ68hP9kY You can see the #51for50 … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1990

51 for 50 – 1989

The final of the late 1980s trilogy is The The’s Mindbomb, Matt Johnson’s fourth album and to my mind his best. Working with Johnny Marr, late of The Smiths, created a wonderful piece of work, sensual and political. Quiet and loud. Structured and abstract. At the end of my first attempt at A Levels, I … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1989

51 for 50 – 1986

There are a couple of proper full-on legends in music that I’ve seen live. One was Leonard Bernstein, who I saw conduct at a BBC Prom in the late 1980s at the Royal Albert Hall. The other, twice, was trumpeter Miles Davis. He was a brooding presence on stage, the centre of attention in sparkly … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1986

51 for 50 – 1985

In the summer of (I think) 1987 I went up to Yorkshire to spend a week on a thing called Musicamp. Organised by a music teacher and brass player called Mortimer Rhind-Tutt (I’m assuming some sort of relation of the actor Julian), a bunch of kids from the Watford and Maidenhead areas got together to … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1985

51 for 50 – 1983

I’m not sure if you could love Billy Bragg’s work without being somehow aligned to his politics. But his love songs are a triumph too, often overlooked. For me, Peak Billy is probably his wonderful Worker’s Playtime, but as we will see that came out in a time that was packed with music in my … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1983