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Life isn’t always a lemon – Aftermath of the Psychonaut

Lemon? Wtf is he on about now? The reference is to one of Meatloaf’s songs off the Bat out of Hell II LP entitled Life is a lemon and I want my money back. Well this week saw me get a few breaks. I’m not going to say any more because it’s all in the form of a video-blog: If you want to check out the source of ‘The Hunter’ lyrics at the front of my book, The Psychonaut, then here’s the…

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Van Halen II – Classic album review

My introduction to Van Halen’s music was not an auspicious one. My friend’s brother had a copy of ‘Women and children first’ and on first play through I thought it was very raw, even a bit ‘punky’. I couldn’t pick out many melodies and their lead singer seemed to be squawking all the time. So when the same friend offered to lend me VH II along with another of his albums I nearly turned him down. But he insisted. He…

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New classic album review: Led Zeppelin – Houses of the holy

Once my big brother had left home to attend a Scottish university, his room came up for grabs. I immediately claimed first dibs on this for a while, meaning that both my younger brother and myself both got a room to ourselves (we had previously shared). When trying to get off to sleep, I would stare at the posters on his wall. Two which caught my attention were those for Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the holy’ tour circa ’73/’74. They…

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