Book Review: “World In My Eyes” by Richard Blade

I like to read autobiographies (most recently “Heart and Soul” by Carol Decker of T’Pau) and biographies. When I was listening to an episode of the Don’t You Forget About Me – The New Wave Music Podcast, during which they did a review of “Science Fiction” as well as “Transcendance” by Berlin, they mentioned how…

Transcendance by Berlin – Contemporary New Wave at its Best

As I mentioned in my post about influential albums when I was trying to pick out just one new album (i.e. since about 2010) by artists that I like… Transcendance – Berlin. I nearly went with their other recent album Animal, but this one is much more powerful with clever lyrics. Didn’t blow me away…

Essential T’Pau, Essential Listening

I have done a number of posts that are book reviews related to music, a post talking about the albums have influenced me most, and there are those related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the book that I am writing about Frankie fans and Frankie’s music. But, to date, I have only done one…

1980s Japanese Pop Magazines – First Impressions

As I discussed in a previous post – British/European/American Music in Japan – I am conducting some research about ‘Western’ music in Japan. This research began as I am working on a book related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Japan was one of the few countries outside of Europe that they toured. Japanese versions of…

British/European/American Music in Japan

From time to time you come across magazines and articles suggesting that a particular British/European/American (hereafter referred to as ‘Western’) act is big in Japan. Although, through my various trips to Japan, I’ve never really had the impression that (m)any Western acts were successful there, I also had no particular reason to question it. At…

Old Bands, New Music

As 2020 draws to a close, I am reflecting on the fact that there were new albums featuring all four of my favourite bands: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Berlin, Pet Shop Boys and Roxette. The nature of these albums was very different and may point to future possibilities for at least some of them. As…

Influential Albums

I listen to music a lot. The first thing I do when getting my computer on, whether at home or at work, is to turn on iTunes and get music playing. I cannot work in silence. So when I was nominated on Facebook to post about my favourite/most influential 10 albums, I really struggled. In…