Alice In Chains announced a fortnight ago that the grunge legends are entering the studio to record the follow up to 2009’s comeback record Black Gives Way To Blue. For the next instalment in our Retrospective series we re-visit their seminal record Dirt and ask was this actually grunge’s finest record?
The seventh solo album from Mark Laneganarrives via 4AD Records on February 6th and it’s already causing a stir. We take a listen to Blues Funeral and give you our thoughts on this astonishing record. Read on…
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream - A Retrospective
As Siamese Dream approaches its twentieth birthday, and following on from the recent remastered editions of both Siamese Dream and Gish released by EMI, the time seems right to look back at this fabulous record, one of the greatest records of its time. Smashing Pumpkins’ finest hour, and Billy Corgan’s insurmountable masterpiece.
There is a theory that popular music moves in approximate twenty year cycles, that the trends of one moment in time will become, two decades later, an evolved and opaque reflection of that which went before. Added to this is the idea that musical trends never really go away, they simply lurk in the underground until the kids of twenty years ago, the A&R men of today, sign their teenage wet dreams and reinvigorate faded and almost forgotten scenes. Think back to the stadium rock and punk of the seventies, which twenty years later fused and became the grunge of the early nineties, the punk tendencies of the grunge bands the reaction to the all dominating hair metal of the eighties. Britpop could arguably be post punk. Club culture in the nineties the disco of its day. Nu rave bands the offspring of rave culture in the eighties. It’s not always going to work, but there is a symmetry there that can’t really be ignored.