Favourite Photos: Frankie Say Superlambanana

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a visit to Liverpool in August 2021. The sculpture is one of the Superlambanana sculptures in Liverpool, with this one celebrating some of the musicians to have come from the…

2021 in Review – A Difficult Year with Some Positive Highlights

Much like 2020, 2021 didn’t really work out as planned. When I look back at 2021 the over-riding memory is of losses. First, my father, Peter Hood, and then also friends, most notably Masaaki “Mick” Yamada. But there were other losses too – such as Shin’ichi Iida, fellow-Blade David Wainwright, and Salti (the owner of…

The Power of Frankie and Going to Liverpool

Over the past year or so I have been working on a book about Frankie fans and Frankie Goes To Hollywood – see Frankie Fans Say. Due to this I went back to Liverpool last week to re-visit the Frankie exhibition at the British Music Experience and hear a special performance by Nasher. The event…

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…

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…

Remembering the Hillsborough Disaster

Today, 15 April, is the anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. For those unfamiliar with what happened, here are the key points taken from Wikipedia: The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during a football match at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, on 15 April 1989. It occurred during an FA Cup semi-final…

“Blast” – Tim’s Twitter Listening Party

Yesterday I took part in the #TimsTwitterListeningParty for “Blast” by Holly Johnson. Back in May I had taken part in the one for “Welcome to the PleasureDome” and had been looking forward to the “Blast” one since it was first added to the schedule. For a long time it was just “date tbc” and I…

Welcome To The PleasureDome

Yesterday I took part (if that is the right word) in the #TimsTwitterListeningParty for “Welcome to the PleasureDome” (WTTPD) by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. For those unfamiliar with these “parties” during the “lockdowns” during the COVID-19 new coronavirus pandemic, it’s when fans are encouraged to listen to the same album at the same time and…