With the decade coming towards its end, 1988 was a genuine mixed bag. Pet Shop Boys released some of their best ever work; Elton John’s ‘Reg Strikes Back’ album marked somewhat of a comeback for the megastar after five years of intermittently enjoyable material and Jane Wiedlin hit the UK singles chart with ‘Rush Hour’, arguably one of the decade’s greatest pop singles.
We’ve reached the end of 2015. It hasn’t been as thrilling a year for new music as 2014 had been, but there has been plenty to entertain. We’re still waiting on the proposed deluxe edition of Prince & The Revolution’s classic ‘Purple Rain’ (we could be waiting a long time) and those promised UB40 deluxe editions. Another year has passed without the arrival of Real Gone favourite Mick Terry’s second album. Lots of people in the UK have been (over)-excited by Steven Wilson’s ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase.’, but most of what’s impressed us the most at Real Gone – as is so often the case – is often just a little more underground.
Here are our year’s top picks…
Following the death of guitarist and founder member Jeff Hanneman and the departure of drummer of Dave Lombardo (once again), the Slayer machine will not be stopped. The band have announced a run of US dates for October and November, as follows:
At the age of 49, on Thursday May 2nd, Jeff Hanneman lost his life to liver failure. In the few years leading up to his death, the Slayer guitarist had been in poor health suffering necrotising fascilitis, following a reaction to a spider bite, forcing him to miss various tours.