Kay Dick & The World of ‘They’

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Kay Dick & The World of ‘They’

In the spring of 1991, I started renting the third floor flat at 9 Arundel Terrace in Brighton. It was a bright and airy flat on the seafront, overlooking the Marina. A couple of days before I moved in, I went to the landlord’s house to sign the contract and pick up the keys. Just […]

COIL – ‘Gold Is The Metal With The Broadest Shoulders’

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COIL – ‘Gold Is The Metal With The Broadest Shoulders’

PREFACE Coil are one of the most revered underground groups of the last thirty years, with artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Antony Hegerty citing them as an influence. Originally tagged as an Industrial group, Coil’s experimental bent quickly saw them moving far beyond the constraints of that particular genre. Coil’s discography is […]

Allen Ginsberg Interview

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Allen Ginsberg Interview

Sipping tea in a London Hotel and talking about his greatest influences – William Blake, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams – Alan Ginsberg is friendly, assured and (naturally enough) beatific.  But, perhaps surprisingly, he’s almost as at ease talking about Sonic Youth and Gavin Friday as he is about fellow beats William S. Burroughs, Gary […]

The Horns Of Nimon

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The Horns Of Nimon

Graham Duff’s reassessment of BBC TV’s final Doctor Who story of the 1970’s, the largely unloved THE HORNS OF NIMON. The one thing The Horns of Nimon doesn’t lack, is self confidence. The script has a cheeky, last day of school tone, with former script editor Anthony Read shamelessly employing such sci-fi starter-pack lines as […]

Wire 154

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Wire 154

TV comedy writer Graham Duff finds a measure to calibrate his pleasure in WIRE’s post-punk classic ‘154’. 1979 was unquestionably the high watermark of post punk.  And it cost me a fortune in pocket money.  I was 15, living just outside Blackburn and head over heels in love with music.  My best friend Peter Cowie […]