Music Review: Pet Shop Boys Live

Having previously done a review of a concert that featured Altered Images, Tom Bailey, and The Human League, I’m doing one about the Pet Shop Boys concert that I went to last night. This was the second time that I have seen the Pet Shop Boys (one of my favourite acts), and again, like both…

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…

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…

Book Review: “Let’s Make Lots of Money” by Tom Watkins

At some point in 2020, possibly in a Facebook group, I came across mention of the book “Let’s Make Lots of Money” by Tom Watkins. I had become aware of Tom Watkins’ name from reading “Pet Shop Boys, Literally” as he had been their manager at the time that that book was written. Other than…

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…

Book Review: “Nasher Says Relax” by Brian Nash

In preparation for working more on my book about Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their fans, I have been re-reading “Nasher Says Relax”. Each time has been a different experience, for it is the only book, other than “Climber’s High“, for which I have multiple (all) versions – eBook, audiobook and paperback. While my purchases…

Book Review: Pet Shop Boys versus America

I got both Pet Shop Boys, Literally and Pet Shop Boys versus America earlier this year. I read the first one a few months ago, but have only just finished reading the second. The plan had been to read them both before seeing the Pet Shop Boys in concert in early June, but COVID-19 had…

Book Review: Pet Shop Boys, Literally

I read a lot of books. I buy many more books than I read and have often been guilty of tsundoku, whereby I collect books without ever reading them. The nature of the books I read varies greatly. There are those that I use for my research, but more and more I read novels (which…

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…