“Europa” by Holly Johnson – Frankie’s Third Album?

Continuing with my recent music review posts, this time I am covering “Europa” by Holly Johnson. As I mentioned in my post about influential albums… Europa – Holly Johnson. Great return to form from Holly Johnson. Extra bonus of having a signed copy. The concert in 2014 was amazing too. Some brilliant songs and lyrics….

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…

‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan’

How many times has the headline ‘Big in Japan’ been published in relation to some Western (i.e., North American or European) pop act? The reality is that, as an article by Guy De Launey’s in 1995 (‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’, Popular Music, 40:1) pointed out, very few Western acts,…

Book Review: “Yellow & Black Fever” by James McKnight

As a Hanshin Tigers fan, as I have discussed elsewhere, when it came to my most recent birthday and relations were asking what they could get me, I added James McKnight’s books about supporting the Hanshin Tigers to the list. I knew that these would be a very different experience to The Sportsworld of the…

Presentation – ‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan’

How many times has the headline ‘Big in Japan’ been published in relation to some Western (i.e., North American or European) pop act? The reality is that, as an article by Guy De Launey’s in 1995 (‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’, Popular Music, 40:1) pointed out, very few Western acts,…

Favourite Poems – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Following my posts about Kubla Khan and Because of You, this is the third post about some of my favourite poems. Like Kubla Khan, my introduction to this poem came via Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The poem is Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (also known as Rage, Rage Against the Dying of…

Favourite Poems – Kubla Khan

For reasons that will become clearer over a few posts, I am going to discuss some of my favourite poems. I wouldn’t particularly say that I am a fan of poetry. Generally, I don’t really a lot of poetry although the reality is that I do enjoy much of the poetry that I do read,…

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…

Supporting the Cincinnati Bengals (from the UK)

Other than a post about my sporting hobbies and writing, I haven’t really written much about my support of particular sports teams. As a break from my usual posts, I thought I would do some posts on this subject now – although, as you will discover (and as I mentioned in the post on writing…