The Cure at #2 in “the 10 best covers of Jimi Hendrix songs” – really!

super-cureI hadn’t heard this before – the Cure’s synth-heavy cover version of Jimi’s classic Purple Haze.  Interesting! And it made #2 in a compilation of Hendrix covers in Guitar World magazine which, frankly, is bizarre.

02. The Cure, “Purple Haze”

If you heard this cover of “Purple Haze” with no context, it would be well over a minute into the song before you would have any clue this was a Jimi Hendrix cover.

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Nick Caves collaborates with Current 93… again

cave lawlessFollowing on from his recent collaboration with Current 93Nick Cave collaborates with them again.

Early March marks the release of a new Current 93 album: I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell: A Channel. On this star studded album, Nick Cave lends his voice for the 6-minute track I Could Not Shift the Shadow.

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“Progressive Music Classics: Killing Joke, Empire Song”

kj_7_empire_1An interesting review of Killing Joke’s 1982 classic single “Empire Song”.

Welcome to another edition of Progressive Music Classics, a salute to left-leaning music that champions the cause of working-class people around the world.

The great post-punk band Killing Joke released their sixth single, “Empire Song,” on March 20, 1982. It turned out to be an eerily prescient song when, less than two weeks later, Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands.

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R.I.P. Scott Asheton of The Stooges

SCOTT1Sad, sad news.  The Stooges’ particular brand of animalistic, psychedelic rock was a heavy influence on the early goth scene, and it with great sadness that I read Scott Asheton, Stooges drummer has passed away.

Scott Asheton, drummer for The Stooges, died on Saturday at the age of 64. Iggy Pop announced the news via a post on Facebook.


My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.

Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

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Complete video of the final Rose of Avalanche gig

This popRose_Square_Logo_Whiteped up on Facebook recently – the full show recording of the Rose of Avalanche’s last ever gig, with pretty good sound.  Unfortunately ROA’s power had waned by this time, and the set is full of newer material at the expense of older (and in my opinion far better) material.

A lovely fellow called Derek Edward Price has uploaded the full video recording of the last ever Rose gig from the Dutchess of York on 29th May 1993. You will see from the set list that there are a number of new tracks in the set titles unknown giving us a tantalising glimpse into what the 4th official studio album may have sounded like.I have to say the new songs sounded pretty promising, but sadly it was never to be.

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