I went through a phase when I was a music journalist of collecting badges, mostly in the late 90s and early 2000s. Above are a few. Can you name some of the bands? More to come. Meanwhile, a great song with ‘Badge’ in the title!

Happy for some follows from Indie heroes

Thrilled to bits that some of my Indie music heroes are following me on Twitter. Sad I know. But a follow from Cornershop and Mansun’s lead singer Paul Draper – means the world. Also a ‘like’ from Tim Burgess. Ta – very much.

Who could forget ‘Take It Easy Chicken’ from Mansun and ‘A Brimful of Asha’ from Cornershop back in the day. I salute you!

Magic Numbers giveaway!

I am giving away a framed poster of the Magic Numbers (circa 2005 or 2006 after their debut album was released titled The Magic Numbers and/or their follow up Those The Brokes).

For a chance to win the posted please answer the following question. The Magic Numbers consist of family members: Romeo Stodart (lead guitar, vocals), Michele (bass guitar, vocals, glockenspiel), Angela Gannon (melodica, percussion, keyboard, vocals) and Sean (drums).

Are Romeo and Michele:

A. Brother and sister?

B. Husband and wife?

C. Cousins?

Please get in touch if you know the answer @sabuhi_gard or P&P paid!

My top 5 songs from the 1960s

If anyone knows me, I like a bit of nostalgia, particularly when it comes to music. In fact, back in 1996, I managed to impress the then editor of Mojo music magazine Mat Snow with my encyclopedic knowledge of every single band (maybe not every) from 1968-72. Not bad for a 22 year old. Below are some of my faves.

  1. Who do you love? Quicksilver Messenger Service
  2. All or Nothing? The Small Faces
  3. Man of the World – Peter Green
  4. Sunshine of Your Love  – Cream
  5. Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith