With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

‘Take Your Medicine’ – Hell’s Gazelles May 25, 2018

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Dear regular reader, you probably know the drill by now with reviews that I write for other very august webzines and sites. Just click here for my review of the somewhat fabulous new EP by the wonderfully named Hell’s Gazelles. This was another opportunity presented to me by those very nice and super friendly 3 Songs & Out folk. Check out my review and some of the other wonderful stuff over there, but also feel free to come back here to With Just A Hint Of Mayhem 🙂


“It’s my entrance, my own creation, my grand finale, my goodbye” May 24, 2018

Shortly after the Sex Pistols played their last show, until the 90s reunion, in January 1978 John Lydon found himself in Jamaica, courtesy of Virgin Records. He was there to help source some reggae acts and tracks for Virgin’s Front Line operation. At this point Public Image Limited was still a little way off. Richard Branson had some other ideas for the former Mr Rotten. He flew Devo‘s Mark Mothersbaugh and Bob Casales out to Jamaica to persuade them to take John Lydon on as the next Devo lead vocalist. Obviously that didn’t happen but PIL did and personally I find that quite a fascinating what if from rocks rich history.



‘Duchess’ – Honours May 23, 2018

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One of York‘s finest bands, Honours, release their second single “Duchess” hot on the heels of their stunning début with “Freedom”. I truly believe that this band have the talent to become one of the classic British bands. They contain the DNA of everyone from the Kinks, Blur and Paul Weller. In fact the first time I listened to “Duchess” I thought of the Modfather. The guitar lines are comparable with some of Steve Cradock‘s finest. This new song isn’t as instant as “Freedom” however it is still a very classy tune indeed that grows in stature with each listen. If “Duchess” and its predecessor “Freedom” are a harbinger of the first Honours album then that record will be a towering success. Check it out now on Spotify, iTunes and SoundCloud!



“You’re the only one who really knew me at all”

Phil Collins’ mega hit “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” was his seventh US number one. It also hit the top spot in Norway, Canada and Ireland, peaking at number two in the UK. The song is the theme song to the film of the same name which starred Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges and James Woods. It was written and performed by Mr Collins and was produced by Arif Mardin. Cover versions of the song by Mariah Carey with Westlife and later by X Factor winner Steve Brookstein reached the top of the UK chart in 2000 and 2005 respectively. Now that is all very well and you probably know that stuff already, but did you know what the working title of the song was when Phil was writing it? It was “How Can You Just Sit There?” which for me probably ranks among the worst song titles ever. What do you think?


Farewell To Fear – ‘Voices’ May 22, 2018

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All you need to do is click here and you will be transported to the rock music wonderland that is 3 Songs & Out. The link will take you to my review of the rather lovely new album from Farewell To Fear, ‘Voices’. But feel free to stick around on the 3 Songs & Out site, they know their music and they are rather fine people too! Of course when you’re done over there come back and pootle around on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem for a while too!


“Why does it feel so good?”

Do you know what the first song ever to be played on an iPod when Apple first tested the device in 2001? It was a UK, New Zealand, Irish and Australian number one from the previous year; “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” by Italian Producer Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was in the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format favoured by Apple. The song also performed a great public service when it charted in 2000. It kept “Out of Your Mind” by True Steppers and Dane Bowers featuring Victoria Beckham at number 2 in the UK. Posh remains the only Spice Girl never to have had a solo UK number one single.


“M62” – Little Comets May 18, 2018

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I haven’t seen the Little Comets anywhere nearly enough. The first time was back in 2009 at Fibbers in York and the last time was at the Reading Festival in 2015. But I have followed their rise via the web and online blogs and webzines. So I was very keen to be the owner of a 7 inch vinyl release by them when the release of “M62” was announced a few weeks ago. I decided to review the single but not when all I had was the CD version. But last weekend the red vinyl version arrived with a very special dedication from the band on the cover!

“M62” is a relatively simple song with a great hook and some very witty and clever lyrics. My favourite is “Oldham looms like an older brother, I want Bury to be my lover”. This tune probably mentions more UK northern towns than almost any other song, apart from perhaps “It’s Grim Up North” by the JAMMS/ KLF. It feels a little more pop slanted than many Little Comets songs, but that adds to its beauty. Forget “Route 66” we need more songs about British roads.

On top of all that there is the B side, yes vinyl singles bring that back don’t they. The song is “The Punk Is In The Detail” and in my opinion it is most definitely not the ignored sibling but very much a classic b side song. One that easily holds its ground against the A side. I sense a layer of politics in the tune and that adds to the appeal. Just like “M62” it has the hallmarks of a very smart earworm. I am looking forward to seeing this fine band playing live again soon! Oh and by the way Little Comets, if you want to join the quiz, just click here, we would love to have you on board!


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