From February 2009 until September 2018 this blog was, in the words of Leo Sayer, a “One Man Band”. The first member in addition to me, Bill, was Tom Ray who joined the blog as a reviewer in 2018. Then in 2019, we were joined by another reviewer and writer, Phil Marsland. January 2020, and then there were four! My good friend Andy Golborne has joined the team. This lot are like me music fanatics! We look forward to giving you lots of interesting stuff to check out, listen to and watch! Always with just a small hint of mayhem, obviously!
Bill Adamson – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Blog Founder, Writer & Reviewer
I am a 61-year-old bloke from the UK who is old enough to know better but clearly doesn’t.
Music has been one of my passions for many years. I bought my first single, “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies when I was just 10 years old in 1969. The first gig I ever saw was the Jackson 5 way before Michael even knew what plastic surgery was back in November 1972. I am also a retired Mobile DJ and I read a lot too. Does everyone have a novel within them? Maybe, but with me, it’s probably just wind 😉
I live in York in the UK with my wife Catherine aka Catwoman (she is not so protective of her secret identity any more), our three cats; Benny the Ball, Mrs Betty Slocombe and Poppy and our cute little dog Ziggy Jones. (She was named before Mr Bowie sadly passed away ok, I’m weird, just not that weird!)
My heroes are David Bowie, Stephen King, Johnny Nash, Bob Marley, Joe Strummer, Levi Stubbs, Douglas Coupland, Stan Lee, Frances Farmer,Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Kate Bush, Gillian Anderson (ok Gillian may not be a heroine to me, but let’s just say I find her attractive!) and of course the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four. Tragically many of my heroes are no longer with us, maybe that is just a sign of me getting old.
In January 2020 I promoted my first gig. It was for the great York-based charity, SASH who support young people facing homelessness. It was at the Crescent in York and featured three excellent York bands; The Receivers, My Wonderful Daze and Lost Trends. It was an amazing night which means that there will be more on the promotion side of things. Watch this space!
I work as a Programme Manager, but let’s face it that’s pretty boring so, “Nuff Said”
I started this blog back in February 2009 and I still appreciate all your comments and encouragement.
Those of you who don’t know much about me can find out just how warped I really am here https://www.facebook.com/bill.adamson.581
My Music Quiz (go on give it a try…….you know you want to!) http://my.funtrivia.com/tournament/Bills-Music-Trivia-Challenge-86650.html
Andy Golborne – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Writer & Reviewer
What’s my age again? Mid 50’s or thereabouts. Old enough anyway for my the first record I ever bought to have been Blockbuster by The Sweet and first live experience to have been AC/DC at the Liverpool Empire in November 1979 (supported by a not much older than me bunch of lads -Def Leppard). Lots of Queen singles followed the Sweet purchase and lots and lots of rock bands followed AC/DC. But I mainly became obsessed with Rush and Yes. As you do. I was unfortunate though to have done my growing up in the 1980s: the decade where all music and fashion went to die. But being from the Wirral the short train journey to Liverpool did provide me with easy access to the Empire, Royal Court and the Uni, and a huge number of fantastic gigs by bands who wholly avoided being shit throughout that horrible time for us all. Plus there was the actually bloody awful but local Deeside Leisure Centre for the bigger bands, and then thankfully the NEC arena opened and they ran coaches from the Royal Court.
Bands I’ve seen most? Rush I think, and the wonderful Tragically Hip. The Hip I reckon provided me with several of my favourite (definitely most emotional…) gig experiences, although U2 Joshua Tree tour at the NEC I think comes top of the pile, maybe equal with Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park … and Queen at Elland Road for Hot Space. And Midnight Oil at Manchester Apollo late last year which was a proper bucket list show (and viewed from a position of actually leaning on the front of the stage). Oh, and Prince at the O2: he was the man,
Gigs I wish I’d seen are many but the top would probably be the mighty Van Halen in their prime in the early 80s in the USA.
Big fan of the Latitude festival which has become an annual pilgrimage and a chance to see a huge variety of great music as well as comedy, poetry and a whole load of other marvellous stuff.
Last few gigs include a Frank Turner album launch at the Brudenell; a stunning Kate Tempest show at a tiny Leeds venue; Dweezil Zappa and band with Bill in Leeds Townhall and Ian McNabb in a converted barn at Appletreewick.
So yes. I like to think I have a reasonably eclectic taste but generally prefer things loud and with guitars.
Other stuff. I like cycling … a lot … and do the occasional triathlon. Cinema? Yes. Reading? Yes – I do that too. – all sorts. I like the outdoors and in particular things on snow: snowboarding of late. I did return to skateboarding for a while recently but that seriously is far too fecking dangerous for anyone of “advancing years”.
Heroes? Too many great musicians, writers and other creative types to list. My other (better) half, my friends and my kids are my favourite heroes though for putting up with me.
Phil Marsland – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Writer & Reviewer
My rock was awakened as a schoolboy in Lincolnshire in the late 70s, listening to Bon Scott, Rush and Alice Cooper. Favourites added included Sabbath, Whitesnake and Jim Hendrix.
For many of my adult/married years, I forgot my first love, but in 2015 I rediscovered my vinyl and my best buddy from school and we’ve been smashing it out of the park since then. Vinyl purchases are out of hand, and gigs and festivals have taken us to the exotic heights of York, Leeds, Manchester and Grimsby. Festivals of Ramblin Man and Stonedead, and a little jaunt to Whisky a GoGo on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to see LA Guns have all been highlights. We’ve seen ACDC, Sabbath, Rival Sons, ZZTop, Halestorm, Skindred, Alice Cooper, The Cult and many more including a bunch of fun tribute acts.
Our Rockin’ Odyssey will never die, although we may need an occasional camp chair.
Tom Ray – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Writer & Reviewer
I am a music obsessive from York who plays synthesisers in a band (Nauseous Skies), ukulele and guitar in my spare room and write about indie and electronic music in my pyjamas. I also produce weirdo electronic music as Home Taper. I have a beard.
My favourite band is probably Radiohead, though a few others are constantly jostling for the top spot in my brain. Mainly Sonic Youth, Pavement and Grandaddy. The best gig I’ve ever attended was The Flaming Lips in 2006 and my most recent by a well-known band was Wire in 2017.
I read a lot, mainly Science Fiction, music journalism and poetry. My favourite books are the Manifold Space trilogy by Stephen Baxter. I also enjoy Terry Pratchett, Alastair Reynolds, Peter F Hamilton, Boris & Arkady Strugatsky and Stephen King (underrated as a Sci-fi writer in my opinion). My favourite music journalist is Robert Christgau and my favourite poet is David Berman.
My personal blog, Home Taping Is Saving Music