Book Review: “Strangers We Know” by Elle Marr

Who are we? Where do we come from? I don’t ask these questions in terms of the bigger questions in terms of where all life came from, but more in terms of our own life. Most of us know the answers. We know who our parents are. We know who are siblings are. Some will…

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…

“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….

Book Review: “A Bone in My Flute” by Holly Johnson

Despite being a fan of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, I didn’t come across this book until nearly 20 years after it was published (the lack of promotion for Holly’s works is a theme that comes up more than once in the book itself). I have recently re-read to help with writing my book Frankie Fans…

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…

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…