April 12, 2022 4

Dave’s Shelf L-M Since I blundered onto The Maltese Falcon in the school library at age 14 (I was looking for a book about knights and squires and thought it sounded swords and shields like) […]


January 25, 2022 0

SUBURBAN ROCK Recorded live at Bombay Rock 1978 this shows how powerful the band was. Wonderful musicianship from all involved, remarkable bass from Paul Noonan, great skins Howie, Leopard sounding like the heir to Hendrix, […]

No Good Can Come From This

December 23, 2020 0

When I was writing my 2019 novel River of Salt, I had a scene where main character Blake is playing his guitar in his club, rehearsing a song he has written while focussing on the […]

We Need A Little Faith Hope and Charity

November 6, 2020 0

2020 has been an awful year. While the shadow of Covid has covered the year in darkness it’s not been the only blight. I think of Sydney at the time of the 2000 Olympics and […]


September 26, 2020 3

I don’t generally like sticking reviews up on my site even though I am lucky they are normally good. But when a reader takes the trouble to write to me then I think it’s worth […]

My Brian Wilson Tribute

April 22, 2020 1

The early Beach Boys songs I heard I sort of liked and was irritated by at the same time. There was some “fun” in the likes of Fun Fun Fun and I Get Around but […]

Reflection on Andrew `Greedy’ Smith.

December 9, 2019 3

I first met Greedy in 1978 at the Civic Hotel. Mentals were supporting us and I was trying to get set-up but all this garrulous guy wanted to do was compare the size and capability […]


November 2, 2019 0

I love Christmas: Christmas songs, Christmas movies, Christmas decorations. And I’ve always loved a novelty song. Even in Pus days I’d slip into a little torch song now and again. Two years ago at Christmas […]

Books and Songs

October 27, 2019 1

Sometimes in my brain the link between a book I write and a piece of music is incredibly strong. The strongest was this year when I wrote the song No Good Can Come From This […]

Nothing To Lose

June 7, 2019 1

Geoff Buttsworth has asked me to include the lyrics of Nothing To Lose which I am happy to do. A big thanks to John without whom I wouldn’t have the attached photo. John knew I […]

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