Category Archives: Music

Music Press

Back as a teenager I got into following the happening in the music scene.  Maybe inspired by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum.  I started out with the magazines directed at teenagers primarily like Smash Hits.  As I grew older I moved over to Rolling Stone and then when I discovered the New Musical Express I moved over to that and used to buy that religiously week in week out.  Then I discovered Q Magazine from the UK and SPIN from the USA.  Along the way I sampled some magazines which have now seized to exist like No. 1, Melody Maker, Juice, Vox and Select.  I very rarely buy any musical press.  The advent of the Internet in the mid 90s means alot of information now comes through on that medium.  Here are some covers from 1999 through to 2008.

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1994

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1999

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Weekly Reminiscence

April 5th will be the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.  He was a unwitting leader for a lot of us at the time.  I remember a cold and wintry type of day back in 1994 when I first learned the news.  It affected me and others greatly.  A great, fantastic and modest talent lost early but leaving a great legacy.

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain.

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Triple J in Australia created this tribute.


Reminiscence of the Week

Been a hard and taxing week mentally and I almost had no energy this week’s installment.  In a relaxing moment I’ve ventured over to my record collection and pulled out one of non-English language records.  Actually my music is either English or Croatian, leaving this record to be a Croatian language record  (although others may claim it to be Bosnian).  It also continues the musical theme in all my reminiscences so far, a subject that is quite easy for me to dwell on.

The record I’m talking about is the one pictured here and playing as I write:

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The record is called Kad Bi Bio Bijelo Dugme, was released in 1974 under the Jugoton Label (now Croatia Records) by eventual huge band Bijelo Dugme. It was their first album.  I picked it up second hand in Zagreb in 2013.  The record is in excellent condition with the sound crackles giving it extra warmth.

The album would be best described as progressive rock of the ilk prevalent at the time.  However, by far the most popular song and one that is instantly recognized during a Croatian get together (or any balkan get together for that matter) is the 1950’s Rock and Roll inspired Ne Spava, Mala Moja, Muzika Dok Svira (Don’t sleep, Baby, while the Music is playing), with it’s English language refrain Rock and Roll uttered during the chorus surrounded by the native language lyrics.  It’s quite a  departure from the rest of the album – it’s a bunch of fun.

Another popular song, is Selma.  The woman about whom it’s written was featured in an interview on Croatian TV only recently (2012) and was surprised (pleasantly) when original lead singer Željko Bebek appeared to perform the song.

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Reminiscence of the Week

Each weekend I’ll be posting something to remember.  Still awaiting an answer to last week’s question as well :).

These are t shirts back from the 80’s.  They sure did get a wearing out.  They no longer exist in the physical form 😦  Anyone interested in recreating them, especially the BAD one.

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Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.) were a bad formed by ex Clash guitarist, Mick Jones and was a departure from the sound of the Clash although you could hear Mick wanting to include more eclectic influences in the Clash’s music.  They released 5 studio albums.

They finally hit it big in 1991 with the monster world wide hit ‘Rush‘.

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Models were an Australian band of the early to mid 80’s.  The started out avant garde and alternative and ended up being more pop.  They released 5 studio albums and 2 mini albums.  Near the end of their career they produced a country album under the guise of ‘The Clampetts’.

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Perhaps their most famous song is ‘Out of Mind, Out of Sight


Reminiscence of the Week

Listening to an old CD. The liner lyrics are here. Anyone like to name the band, album and year of release.

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