Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Got The World On My TV...'

My blog celebrated its tenth birthday earlier this year. That's quite an achievement when I stop to think about it: to create a website on my laptop in 2006 and then to post something at least once a month, every month for over ten years.

In the early days of this blog I used to post links to You Tube videos and in more recent years I've created a 'Videos of the Week' list for Midlands Rocks. I'd thought I'd go back to posting a few videos up here from time to time, partly to return to the roots of this blog, partly to share them with whoever might be interested and still reads this blog and partly because 'Tea & Symphony' is my site and I can post whatever I like: old or new, regardless of genre.

Def Leppard - Man Enough (Video)

For me this was the stand out track from Leppard's last album. A bit of  a rock/dance feel to this one.

Spice Girls - Stop (Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2007)

The Spice Girls looking spectacular at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2007. Fab!


Curve - Fait Accompli (Video)

The dark, magnificent and criminally underrated Curve...

Jay Aston - Suffocating Cindy (Video)

Not the best quality video copy but one of my favourite tracks from Jay's 'Lamb or Lizard' album. Rather dark but some of Jay's solo tracks are...   

Madonna - Ghosttown (Video)

When the guns are loaded I have certain 'go to' artists: Madonna is one of mine...

Kylie Minogue - White Diamond (Ballad Version)

Anyone who knows me well knows that I absolutely adore Kylie. I think she is an extraordinary, beautiful, inspirational, enlightened, courageous, delightful and amazing woman. But it's more than just that really. On a personal level she has given me moments of sheer joy through her music, her live shows and simply by being her. In dark or difficult times she has been my muse and inspiration - and her songs have been a light and consolation in that darkness. Her lyrics to 'No More Rain' are written on the first pages of my self help journal for a reason. 

This track was an up-tempo dance song that  Kylie wrote with the Scissor Sisters, but it is this gorgeous ballad version that speaks volumes to me right now... 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Carpenter Brut

I'm loving the work of French Synthwave artist Carpenter Brut at the moment. His style reminds me a little of Justice but much darker and far heavier.

The videos are a bit special too - such as this superb one for 'Turbo Killer' directed by Seth Ickerman - which combines a distinct seventies and eighties retro feel with elements of science fiction and horror.

And this sexy and very cool teaser for the second EP...

For further information and to hear more go the Soundcloud page here.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Be Here Now

You could write a book about 'Be Here Now'. Released on 21st August 1997 it sold over 400,000 copies on the day of release, making it the fastest selling album in UK chart history.

It had the near impossible task of following two era-defining albums in 'Definitely Maybe' and 'What's The Story Morning Glory'. The sessions were marred by arguments and drug use and retrospectively it's been seen by some critics, fans and even members of the band as overblown and over-long: the moment where Brit-pop, and Oasis themselves, came unstuck.

It's undoubtedly a flawed album - it should have been more concise and despite it's huge sound the mix wasn't great - but amongst it all there's some great stuff and it's an album I still like - 19 years after buying it.  

On 7th October 'Be Here Now' gets a reissue as standard CD or a 3 CD special edition featuring B-sides, rare and unreleased tracks. Full details can be found on the Creation Records website here.


And Noel's 2016 remix of the lead track as a glimpse of what the album could have been...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Dante Fox release their fifth album 'Breathless' on August 26th via AOR Heaven.

The band were formed in Birmingham in 1989 and released their debut album 'Under Suspicion' in 1996. I caught them supporting Romeo's Daughter at the 02 Academy a couple of years ago - and very good they were too so if you're a fan of AOR music then they are well worth checking out.

The full track listing for 'Breathless' is as follows:

Young Hearts
All Eyes On You
Break These Chains
Broken Hearted Man
I Can't Stop Tonight
Dynamite (Your Love Is Like)
A Love Affair
How Will You Know (Where To Find Me)
Creeps Into My Mind
Break These Chains (Acoustic Version)


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Cruzh

Swedish AOR band Cruzh release their self-titled debut album through Frontiers Music on 26th August.

The band consist of Dennis Butabi Borg - bass, Anton Joensson - guitars and backing vocals and Tony Andersson - lead vocals and keyboards, emerging from ashes of Swedish glam rock band TrashQueen which featured both Borg and Joensson.

The track listing for the album is:

In N Out Of Love
First Cruzh
Aim For The Head
Anything For You
Hard To Get
Set Me Free
Before I Walk Alone
Straight From My Heart

The band have a classic AOR sound that has elements of Def Leppard, Toto, Danger Danger and Winger as evidence by the lead track from the album 'First Cruzh'.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Dutch symphonic metal band Delain release their fifth studio album 'Moonbathers' on 26th August.

The band, who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, will be heading to the UK in November as part of their European tour. The album is available for pre order via their webstore and is available as a single CD, 2 CD media book, a boxed edition and a variety of gatefold vinyl editions.

Full track listing is as follows:

Hands Of Gold
The Glory & The Scum
The Hurricane
Chrysalis - The Last Breath
Fire With Fire
Danse Macabre
Turn The Lights Out
The Monarch


Friday, August 12, 2016


Swedish band Amaranthe release their fourth album, entitled 'Maximalism' on 21st October. Described as 'A hyper modern metallic beast of a record', guitarist Olof Morck states 'We are genuinely thrilled with the new material, definitely our most diverse collection to date'.

The full track listing is as follows:

That Song
On The Rocks
Break Down & Cry

A European Tour has been announced with UK dates to follow.