Eric Clapton: Behind The Sun Tour – Live ’85

Eric Clapton is more than fairly represented when it comes to concert DVD releases.  In fact, these stretch to seventeen different releases at the close of 2018.  However, most of these feature festival shows from after 1999 and only really represent the latter stages of the legendary musician’s career.

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Pete Shelley: 1955-2018

When people talk about British punk, first, they’ll invariably mention Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash.  The breakthrough of a whole new wave of alternative music was never limited to the London suburbs, of course, and Manchester’s Buzzcocks were at the forefront of a whole musical revolution.

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Conditioning: Inside Human’s Lib – a “Super Deluxe Edition” box set from Howard Jones

In September 1983, a young man from Southampton made his first appearance on Top of The Pops. Armed with a then state of the art synthesiser, huge pineapple shaped haircut and a visual aid in the form of a bendy mime artist, he requested we “throw off our mental chains” and made an instant impression with many teenagers watching. That man was Howard Jones. His debut hit single ‘New Song’ was at the cutting edge of the synth pop movement and his gift for a catchy chorus quickly set him apart from hundreds of other potential electronic pop stars. With the help of subsequent hits ‘What Is Love’ and ‘Pearl In The Shell’, Jones became one of the biggest stars of the following year.

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Smashing Pumpkins – Live In Seattle 24/08/2018 (Shiny & Oh So Bright Tour, opening night)

When Smashing Pumpkins made their one and only UK stop in London on the first leg of the much anticipated ‘Shiny & Oh So Bright Tour’, it was an utterly thrilling experience.  A mammoth three hour audio-visual extravaganza, the set made fantastic use of video screens and costume changes.  Despite being in a huge, impersonal venue, it truly felt special – a show in every sense.  [A full review of the night can be found here.]

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