My Music Lexicon: O is for Orbison (and Oasis)

Around the time my age reached double figures, singles – 45s (ask your grandad) – cost 6/8d each, which in the new money is 33.33 recurring pence. In other words, you could get three records for a pound. And we did. Every couple of weeks, my brother and I were allowed to order three records…

My Music Lexicon: N is for…(struggling here)

I’ve been dreading reaching this stage of my Music Lexicon because I’m damned if I can think of an artiste or artistes that I give more than half a hoot about whose name begins with ‘N’. The only group I could come up with from when I was in what passed for my pomp was…

My Music Lexicon: M is for Michael (and Mott The Hoople)

You may not have been expecting this one. Here¬† we are at the halfway stage of My Music Lexicon and so far, by and large, it’s been a litany of guitar-heavy rock, with a dash of folk/protest. Well, it’s what I like. But I have a softer side too, especially for well-crafted songs with lyrics…

My Music Lexicon: L is for Led Zeppelin (and nobody else)

We’re not quite halfway through this musical lexicon and we’ve already had a few examples of musical epiphany. However, for sheer power and immediacy there has never been anything to match the very first time I heard Led Zeppelin. By the time we got to the Lower Sixth (first of two years of A-level studies),…

My Music Lexicon: K is for King (and The Kinks)

Looking back at my music lexicon so far, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a child of my time – more specifically from about the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies.That isn’t an apology: I suspect that most people’s musical tastes are largely defined by their formative years. Lucky me. As we reach the letter ‘K’, however, while…

My Music Lexicon: J is for Joplin (and Jefferson Airplane)

The first time I heard (or even heard of) Janis Joplin was on the BBC’s classical music station, Radio 3. Back in 1968, it also brodcast ball-by-ball cricket commentary on England test matches. It being the school holidays and I being a bit of a nerd, I was planning to score the upcoming test match…

My Music Lexicon: I is for Incredible String Band (and Janis Ian)

The letter ‘I’ isn’t exactly awash with possibilities for a Music Lexicon – unless you genuinely are/were a fan of INXS, which I’m not/wasn’t. Fortunately though, for me there was one standout candidate to fill this particular vacancy – The Incredible String Band. ‘Psychedelic folk’ is a fair enough shorthand description of the Incredibles, so…

My Music Lexicon: H is for Hendrix (and Hawkwind)

Absolutely no problem at all finding something for H in my music lexicon: the incomparable Jimi. Anyone even half-seriously interested in rock music could almost have been forgiven for becoming blas√© about guitarists before Jimi came along, breaking through in the UK before his native USA really caught on to him. By late 1966 there…