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The Musical Box

My tastes in music are rather wide ranging and I highly enjoy discovering new forms of music as the medium evolves and my knowledge increases.

My earliest memories of music are of listening to my parents' cassettes on car journeys. My dad enjoyed classical music and a highly select selection of pop artists, such as Boney M, Abba and the Spinners. As a family we saw the Spinners live in Huddersfield, probably my first gig.

In 1984 I discovered rock music by accidentally tuning in to Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show on BBC Radio 1. I was instantly hooked and delved into heavy metal to a massive degree, from classic hard rock to new genres like thrash, death and black metal. I saw many of the thrash greats live in Bradford in the late eighties and early nineties and got into the demo scene too.

Even while immersing myself into the extreme music of the time, I dabbled in other genres and these have only diversified over time. I listen to classical music, country and western (and I can now tell the difference between the two), blues (especially by blind guitar pickers), folk, electronica and especially many forms of world music. The band I've seen live more often than anyone else is the British taiko drum group known as Mugenkyo.

Personal Stuff

My Gig List
Flyers, Tickets and Odd Snippets
My All Time Favourite Albums
Encylopaedia Eclectica, a four volume mixtape I put together

The Friday Rock Show

Index to the Friday Rock Show
Detailed Show Listings for 1985 and 1986.

Articles

Why the RIAA is Obsolete and You Don't Have to Care
Probot II, Mr Grohl?
Visit The Poe Station Blog for other writing on music.

Let's Get Quizzical

Rock Lyrics #1
Rock Lyrics #2
Rock Lyrics #3
Rock Lyrics #4
Band Name Origins
Misheard Lyrics

Official Lists

Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time
Top 100 Country Songs of All Time
Top 100 Albums of All Time


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