From February 2009 until September 2018 this blog has, in the words of Leo Sayer, been a “One Man Band”. But now it is expanding into the “A Team”. The first member in addition to me, Bill, is Tom Ray who joins the blog as a reviewer and writer. 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 59 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.
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
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