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. In 2020 we were joined by Paul Bamlett a self-confessed music nut. Now, in 2022, we are are joined by another music fanatic, Juan Brooks. So does that mean we can call ourselves the Fab Four? This lot are, like me, music maniacs! 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 an old bloke (60-something) 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 cat 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! UPDATE …… and then there was Covid, so you will need to watch this space quite a bit longer!
For my day job I work as an IT 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
Paul Bamlett – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Writer & Reviewer
It started with Slade in 72 and then took a wild left turn into Alice Cooper who I have seen more than 20 times since. If I am not listening I am playing. I started on piano playing versions of Fripp/Eno tracks and then I served in the punk wars, watching Siouxsie, Wayne County and the Passions amongst many others while writing our own stuff and even recording some of it
All the time Bowie and the Velvets are playing in the background. Watched so many bands, taste is very what they call eclectic, Radiohead and Metallica anyone? I love and live for music and can bore anyone to beyond tears. I like Jazz, punk, funk, metal, glam, mod, basically anything with soul and an interesting rhythm. Back playing bass again now with a fantastic singer and guitarist in a band called Tranquility Beach hoping to go places and I think they will. Also working on some fab tribute band concerts during the summer. Its all music and I like to hear and feel as much as possible.
Juan Brooks – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Writer & Reviewer
New to music blogging but not new to all things music. I was playing the piano and keyboards at 8 years old and listening to my older brothers vinyl collection. A quick thumb through his collection: Bowie, Roxy Music, Lou Reed and Trex and some funky gems too like Brass Construction. Also hiding in the shadows, a number of artists like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones and one which captured my imagination. A blind musician called Moondog. I think this was the beginnings of my eclectic musical tastes. My first single was “Melting Pot” by Blue Mink, and first LP was ‘Slayed’ when I was 10. During my high school/college years I fell into punk and new wave, leaving behind all other music for the likes of Kate Bush, Talking Heads, Stranglers, Clash, Jam and Ian Dury. A short trip to Holland in the mid 70’s introduced me to reggae and in particular dub; Tapper Zukie, I-Roy, U-Roy and Dillinger. This would make a second coming in the 80’s with my passion for anything connected to the On-U Sound label. Saw all of these punk/new wave bands live during the 70’s whilst discovering prog rock. In my head this didn’t make sense. It does now. A look through my vinyl collection or Spotify playlists and you will see literally all genres sitting together and played together. My love of music goes past it’s style. Every artist or band I listen to holds a different attraction. “Le Freak” by Chic or “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk makes me want to dance or Ojos de Brujo remind me of my Spanish roots. In my early twenties played drums in a few bands. ‘Fictitious Names’ was the first – click here to check us out. Being with other musicians and playing our own music opened my tastes even more. Wedding Present, Be Bop Deluxe, REM, Pixies and Nirvana were added to my faves to name a few. Music is a constant in my life…there is always music being listened to or in the background and my music tastes are constantly being added to. Since the nineties, more new styles have been on my radar…trip hop like Portishead and Massive Attack and electronica like the Cinematic Orchestra. I love nothing more than reading reviews, listening to new music, live or otherwise and different styles; appreciating it for what it is and the emotions and thoughts it conjures up.
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