When my mother took a nervous breakdown (her fourth in a week), she was prescribed a book by her GP. “Fuck reading the book,” she snarled. “I want Valium.” In theory, the NHS scheme of giving patients a list of books to make them feel better is a worthy thing to do. In practice, most… Continue reading Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You
The truth is I listened to 'college rock' before I ever went to college. I'd already decided what life was going to be like based on some CDs and movies, all of which were from America. Britain was going through a post-Britpop hangover and for the most part, I favoured alternative American bands. I had… Continue reading Hall Of Fame: Bed by Juliana Hatfield
Mortal Kombat II is still the best game in the franchise. I became a disciple of it back in the 90s...and I still love it today.
2018 has been a odd year for pop culture. I feel like we’re stuck in stasis, waiting for something exciting to happen. But can the underground really throw up anything truly transgressive when there are a thousand blogs (like this one) waiting to find The Next Big Thing and hurl it upwards long before it… Continue reading The Best Of 2018
Tracks was a British teen fiction imprint from the 80s/90s. An entire generation grew up with these books. So what happened to them?
There are certain albums within a band's canon when everything works. The formula is finally perfected. It may be the case that a band finally discover what makes them great, or it could be an addition to the group adds something that was previously mission. Whatever the reason, everything works and nothing can ever be… Continue reading Hall Of Fame: Evol by Sonic Youth
Ever since Teresa Giudice shook a table threateningly at Danielle Staub during lunch, the Real Housewives franchise has unleashed some of the most remarkably insane television - and I've loved every second of it. But some scenes have impacted harder, burrowed deeper, than others. In celebration of one of my favourite TV product, here are… Continue reading My Favourite Insane ‘Real Housewives’ Moments Ever!