Late Night Stargazing

More positivity and all round good vibes for tonight’s offering.

The Beloved first came to my attention when I bought a compilation CD called “CD88”, which contained “Forever Dancing”. It was not a song that particularly grabbed me – I was still in dance-music denial at the time – and if you asked me to tell you how it goes, I’d struggle.

They had some chart success in the UK in 1989/1990 with the singles lifted from their “Happiness” album, and then again a couple of years later with this:

the-beloved-sweet-harmony-east-westThe Beloved – Sweet Harmony

The accompanying video caused quite a stir, featuring as it did a naked founding… erm…member Jon Marsh, sitting amongst a group of also naked women, one of whom went on to (arguably) bigger and better things by a) marrying Vernon Kay, b) co-hosting BBC TV flagship show “Strictly Come Dancing”. See if you can spot her:

More soon.

Aww, Shucks, You Guys….

Unusual of me to post during the week, I know, but I just wanted to say a big hello (the relevance of that link becomes clear at around the 00:51 mark) and thank you to all that have visited me here recently, particularly those that have visited for the first time; the amount of extra visitors who swung by over the past week or so has left me totally gobsmacked.

As an illustration, it’s not yet the end of January 2016, and already almost half as many people have visited this little blog of mine as did in the whole of 2015 (and I was pretty pleased with how many people had visited in that time, to be honest).

So, for all the newbies, this is for you:


The Beloved – Hello

I’m sure you’ll agree that’s one of the greatest records ever made to name-check Brookside’s Billy Corkhill.

Of course, I’d be an idiot not to realise that what has prompted this sudden influx of unfamiliar personages to this little island of mine – the sort of “swarm” which would in the real world make the red tops apoplectic with rage until one of you is washed up lifeless on the shore of a post about how much I like “Love Games” by Belle and the Devotions – is that a few of my peers have in the last month been kind enough to add a link to here to their own blog, so thanks to you all (and from looking at my stats from last week, one in particular, who I think I embarrassed last time I mentioned him, so I won’t do it again, but you know who you are.)

Anyway, if you have been directed here by the above method (or even if you haven’t), it’d be rather nice if you returned the favour by a having a little look at some of the links in the Blogs I Follow and Blogroll sections on the left of this page.

At the risk of this turning into some sort of nausea-inducing homage to a Sally Field Oscar acceptance speech, thanks also for the Comments that some of you have taken the time to leave. All very much appreciated, although they have made me feel slightly guilty about the fact that in the awfully long time that I’ve visited your blogs, I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve left comments.

For the past couple of days, I’ve had the next record in my brain as a direct result of all of this, so it seemed only fair to share it with you:


Bryan Ferry – The “In” Crowd

Right that’s over and done with. Normality will now be restored. Back to me chunnering on about records I love, hate, bought, wish I’d bought, along with plenty of examples of me making an utter arse of myself.

In other words: More soon.