Brain Capers – Mott the Hoople

When I was younger, although for some, not quite young enough, me and my friends would play the Groupie/Roadie Game (While sitting in a coffee shop people watching, you would put forward your theory on the clientele and which bands they would groupie/roadie for). One such time, while at university, me and a friend spied our Professor and his wife and decided they could have been both groupie and roadie for Mott the Hoople.
I do like the post-Dudes Mott, they were one of the few shining lights in glam-rock. But, I also like the metal wanabees of the early albums. Although it does have a harder sound than the Post-Dudes period, all the elements are still there, melodic rock, slower piano passages accompanied by Hunter, but what is also there is Mick Ralphs giving it, what for.
Best track name; The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception, followed closely by, Death May Be Your Santa Claus
Hidden gem; The Moon Upstairs
Micro review; All the young dudes do metal.

Mezzanine – Massive Attack

Beautiful Bristol, I don’t know what they were putting in the water in Bristol in the mid 1990s, but whatever it was it worked like a charm. Look at all those amazing acts from Bristol – Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, Roni Size, Propellerheads, The Wurzels, I will stop there. Listening to Angel tonight (probably one of their strongest songs) I am being haunted by a film or TV show I saw recently that used Angel as background music, and used it well. Spent an age searching it out on the interweb, to no avail.
Hidden gem; Man Next Door, an OK cover version of an OK song, then John Bonham enters the room and it becomes a great cover version.