About the blog

Well, after many years selling music over the counter and then another career which involved blogging and writing as an academic, I’ve finally decided to start writing about music. I stopped blogging in 2007, so has been good fun learning WordPress.

I’ve also got a lot of stories, anecdotes, about my time behind the record counter at an indie chain that I’ve always wanted to tell. I’m sure you want to hear the story about the dustman who was a huge Roy Orbison fan, and looked just like him, only in 80’s leisurewear or why the numanoids were most obsessed fans I served. And why Christie Hynde was our worst ever customer and Robert Plant the best.

Given my time in the industry I have a wide ranging collection- in particular I love:

Psych | folk | 80s/90s indie | shoegaze | dub | Africa | kosmische

The blog has so far featured interviews with Guy Pratt from Pink Floyd, Pete Wilkinson from Shack/Cast, Tara Milton from Five Thirty, Hannah Berryman Director of the BBC documentary on Rockfield studio. Most popular article to date has been my reflection on Shack’s Waterpistol – also see Paulo Hewitt’s reaction to the article on twitter

I’m interested in reviewing new music and feel free to drop me a DM on twitter if you have something I might be interested in.

Why this name?

The title of the blog comes from one of my favourite Julian Cope songs, that I’ve listened to a lot during lockdown. The reflection of the song seemed to suit these times. the image is from Castle Rigg Stone Circle Winter 2009. Various soft toys cats on the stones, strategically placed by my kids, are just out of shot. 

I’ve also added some links to sites and blogs via a link on the menu. 

I’m on Twitter @mrtree2245.