“My progress has been fitful,” Cathal Coughlan once said of his career. In the Irish songwriter’s life, there were certainly “anti-career” moments. His original band Microdisney supported David Bowie in concert then immediately split up. He shoved a Virgin Mary souvenir up his backside in a typically riotous performance with The Fatima Mansions. And as Bubonique, he recorded an album called ‘Trance Arse Volume 3’ with the comedian Sean Hughes. Now that’s a career.
Posh toffs and banjos? King Charles III raving it up?? Looks like our wayward columnist has finally gone royally mad
‘Mascara Streakz’, the first Altered Images album for 39 years, is stuffed with delicious synthpop nuggets. Clare Grogan would like to thank her Tom Courtenay-inspired fitness regime, F Scott Fitzgerald and Nancy Pelosi
Fujiya & Miyagi frontman David Best faces our barrage of quick-fire questions
Maximum Joy’s Janine Rainforth recalls the making of the Bristol post-punk band’s 1981 debut ‘Stretch’, a dub-inspired single which became a surprise hit on the dancefloors of NYC
Generally speaking, listening to a self-aggrandising peer saying, “You like [influential band]? Well, you should really listen to [obscure band]” tends more towards an act of generosity and patience than an educational experience.
The electropogo revolution starts here
Warp mainstay Chris Clark shares the first and last albums he bought, and an all-time favourite
Location: London Est: 2009
Slovakian teen bringing new life to folk