September 23, 2009

It’s a fact of life isn’t it? You change. The world changes. And if you don’t change there’s a danger you’ll get left behind. Change, lest we forget, is the underlying theme of this blog.

All of which is by way of a rather melodramatic preamble to say things have changed for me. I was recently made redundant and it’s largely the reason I stopped the blog as I needed to focus on other things. But I think I’m through it now…have turned a corner etc. etc.

I’m not quite there yet though. In the meantime, if you’re new to this site, or are patiently waiting for new material, here are a few links to some of the posts I’ve liked or that provoked discussion.

Early on in this blog, I posted up a singles review from James Brown, then of the N.M.E. The post now is almost exactly as originally posted. I say almost, because a week or two after posting it, I received this email which I’ll share with you all now for the first time.

To whoever you are
A friend sent me a link to your website pointing out some singles reviews I wrote. Can you remove the libelous comment about ‘nazi worship’.
James Brown
Big House

Now I don’t know how this reads to you, but I was rather taken aback. I mean, surely if you are going to threaten someone over a libellous comment, then the least you can do is spell the word correctly. As a friend said at the time “the immediate legal threat, poor spelling and reference to ‘Big House’ should be enough to try and pillory the cunt.”

But I didn’t. I maintained a dignified silence, tweaked the post and left it at that. But today I thought I’d share that with you in case anyone does sympathise with him and thinks I’ve got him all wrong. I haven’t.

One of the great things about the format of this blog is that a new post can simply be a new scan. If I don’t feel inspired to write anything then I don’t have to force it. I’m not a particularly great writer but occasionally I have found myself writing longer posts. An interesting effect of which is that it’s these posts that generate the most comments and discussion. Here are a couple of my longer posts that got people talking.

Paul Lester investigates Shoegazing and David Bennun interviews Plastic Fantastic and my open letter to the readers of this blog

Everett True on Hole I like for the embedded video and list of their notable highlights and here’s another one I remember that amused me when I read it which I think provoked some fair retrospective analysis.

Clearly, there’s a lot more than this at AMP. I forget how much I’ve posted over the last year and a half. If you like the links above then stick around, dig deep and enjoy.