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Video of the Day….Joy Division – Transmission

September 23, 2012


Robert Pollard Joy Division – one of my favourite ever bands – performing Transmission. It starts with punk-poet, John Cooper Clarke, reciting lines from his classic poem Evidently Chickentown, before rumbling bass notes signal the start of the track. It’s an absolutely brilliant song and the energy of this particular version is quite special. I […]

Nick Clegg Apology

September 20, 2012


written by Robert Pollard The big talking point in British politics over the last day or so has been Nick Clegg’s attempt at an apology for his party’s decision to renege on their pre-election pledge to scrap tuition fees. We all know the story. When they thought they were never going to be in power […]

Game Over for Romney

September 18, 2012


written by Robert Pollard Just when you thought Mitt Romney had decided to stop entertaining us with his campaign trail gaffes he goes and delivers his finest one to date. Polls were suggesting that his message was already struggling to cut through to voters, with Obama establishing healthy leads in the majority of swing states. […]

Video of the Day….Joni Mitchell

September 16, 2012


Robert Pollard It seemed to go darker earlier this evening and the temperature appears to have dropped somewhat. The ‘summer’ is over. Which made me think of an album I’ve always associated with winter: Joni Mitchell’s brilliant Blue. I first started listening to this album in the winter of 2005 and I’ve associated it with […]

Nigel De Jong – a career retrospective

September 15, 2012


written by Robert Pollard for Typical City Nigel De Jong said goodbye to Manchester on the final day of the summer transfer window, much to the regret of many City fans. De Jong was a firm favourite during his three-and-a-half year stint at the club and he will always be respected by the City supporters […]

Video of the Day….Morrissey – Art-hounds

September 14, 2012


written by Robert Pollard Today’s Video of the Day is a so far unreleased and unrecorded track by Morrissey called Art-hounds. This is the best quality video of this song available. When I first heard it months ago I was struck by many aspects: the falsetto lines, the intensity in Morrissey’s vocal, and the general […]

Mercury Music Prize 2012

September 12, 2012


written by Robert Pollard The list of nominees for the Mercury Music Prize, the only remotely credible music award left, has been announced today and it is somewhat underwhelming. Alt-J, who were interviewed by me last week, are the bookies favourites but it’s hard to tell. Sometimes the winner is obvious, such as when The […]