Monday, 9 July 2007


A quick thrash through the Gazette this afternoon has started a trip down memory music lane. The nations number one LP is by a group called The Editors, the record in question called “An End Has A Start”. Being an oldie, I find them OK but nothing to original. However, it is their record label that sent the pulse racing and the memories flooding back. Back in the 1980’s and early 1990’s Kitchenware records, based in Newcastle, issued some of Britain’s best independent music. Prefab Sprout, Hurrah!, The Kane Gang and perhaps one of the countries most underrated singer song writers of all time, Martin Stephenson and his band The Daintees. All these groups bring back many a good memory of nights at The Riverside, Newcastle City Hall and yes, that world renowned rock venue, Washington Arts Centre! Beatles on a Sunday, Kitchenware on a Tuesday! Ahh, to be young again. Now if I only had something to actually play my vinyl on…..

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