#BlastfromthePast: North and South

With TV shows like The X Factor and The Voice now the most commonplace location from which to launch a pop career via a TV show, it's easy to forget that back in the distant past, there was another way. Such was the case for the band we meet on today's DeLorean hop with the … Continue reading #BlastfromthePast: North and South


#BlastfromthePast: Smack the Pony

A comedic DeLorean hop for this week's #BlastfromthePast this week. In the last two decades, few sketch shows have tickled us quite like Channel 4's Smack the Pony. Arriving on screens in 1999 - a whole eighteen years ago - and picking up an International Emmy award along the way - Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan … Continue reading #BlastfromthePast: Smack the Pony

#BlastfromthePast: Radio 1’s Official Chart (The Mark Goodier Years)

This week's blogging DeLorean hop comes via the recent celebrations that it's 50 years since the BBC Light Programme on the radio was split into two new stations: Radio 1, for a younger audience and Radio 2 for an older one. As part of these celebrations, weekend before last saw the broadcast on digital radio … Continue reading #BlastfromthePast: Radio 1’s Official Chart (The Mark Goodier Years)

#CrazyStupidPlaylist: Louise

90s and 00s pop fans the land over (present writer included) jumped for joy last week when one of its biggest names, Louise Redknapp, announced her return to music after a break of almost 15 years, with a (now sold out) comeback show scheduled for London in December. https://twitter.com/LouiseRedknapp/status/907892789488312321 Perfecting the fine art of 'pulling … Continue reading #CrazyStupidPlaylist: Louise

A #CrazyStupidPlaylist Special: 20 Years of the Spice Girls (Part 1 – Their Greatest Hits)

Picture the scene exactly 20 years ago, in July 1996. Pop has never mattered the least in such a long time. Take That have split, and neither Gary Barlow nor Robbie Williams are yet emerging with viable solo prospects. Oasis and Blur, the two heavyweights of Britpop, are the main games in town. And Peter … Continue reading A #CrazyStupidPlaylist Special: 20 Years of the Spice Girls (Part 1 – Their Greatest Hits)