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Songs to get through anything listening to music, kettle mag
Everyone knows their favourite songs. Tunes that define an era, a state of mind, a relationship. Bob Marley once said “when music hits you, you feel no pain” and that is very nearly true, mate. Here are five songs that have defined a moment in time, the personal and emotional odyssey of humankind. Driftwood by...
Surviving the student experience
It’s mad to believe its nearly a year since I left the blissful land of undergraduate and stepped into the big, bad world. The sticky dancefloors, the flat parties where people stood around in their own, established friendship groups and refused to mingle with new people beyond the first week of freshers, the walks through...
Arctic Monkeys Ready For New Album? Arctic-Monkeys-May-Esquire-Magazine-Wallpaper.jpg
It’s a love affair that has spanned more than a decade. A whole adolescence of indie rock and roll. The Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to have a new album being prepared. Ever since I first heard the bard of Sheffield, Alex Turner, croakily announce ‘don’t believe the hype’ back in late 2005, the band have...
A silly little footy story Blundell Park, sport, football, Grimsby Town, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
You really learn what it means to be a football supporter in times of great struggle or strife. Grimsby Town has been in my family since the late 1940s when my grandad first appeared, Teddy Boy’d up on the terraces of the Pontoon Stand as the Mariners exited the English top-flight. A place of no...
The end of the student experience graduate, student life, transition, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
I am now in the ranks of Post Graduate - the scary notion that I now have to leave the comfortable existence of being a student behind and move on into the big, bad world. I never realised it would fly by faster than fish fingers on the conveyor belt at a Young’s factory. There...
Classic Album of the Month: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie, music, classic, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
The bizarre figure of Ziggy Stardust, with his orange hair and space-age jumpsuit struts around the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon on the 3rd of July 1973. Little did the adoring, screaming audience know that David Bowie was about to retire his intergalactic alter ego after unprecedented success. The year before saw the release of...
Classic Album of the Month: London Calling by The Clash
For the first instalment, there could only be one musical masterpiece to begin with. A real trip through rock and roll, stopping at country and western along the way before settling at its final destination in the explosive wake of punk-rock - the seminal London Calling by the only band that matters: The Clash. Released...
Review: The Stone Roses at Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Wednesday the 15th of June, 2016. The third coming. Ian Brown, Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, Jon Squire and Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, the four swaggering blokes behind one of the most famous English bands of all-time: The Stone Roses. They were supported by Public Enemy, as I watched from my vantage point on the beer-soaked boards covering...
What is Love? hearts on sticks
When somebody asks you “What is love?” no doubt you’ll reply “Baby, don’t hurt me”. But it brings the question, really, of what actually IS love? The question isn’t just a cheap joke based on a nineties club hit but it’s something we all, whether we realise or not, strive to find. A complex and...
Top 5 Footballing Moments of my Life England, football, fan, sport, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
The Miracle of Istanbul The 25th of May 2005, Liverpool going for their fifth European Cup triumph with a team that boasted such ‘stars’ as Djimi Traore and Igor Biscan against a powerful Milan side that had spent decades honing the fine art of defending. After the first forty-five minutes, the famous Italians had taken...
Reflections on the student experience student life, university, experience, Alex Marsden, Kettle Mag
I’ll start by using that horrible, old cliché: it seems only yesterday. But it really does seem like it was a few hours ago that I started on my university journey. Having almost finished second year it’s left me wondering: where does the time go? We definitely have fun though. Going back to September 2014,...
The genius of Half Man Half Biscuit
The mid nineteen-eighties - a time of mass unemployment, the early promise of technology, and a unique band from the leafy Wirral. Half Man Half Biscuit formed in Birkenhead in 1986, releasing their first album Back in the DHSS in the same year. Championed by legendary radio disc jockey, John Peel, the band followed the do-it-yourself...
10 of the greatest rock and roll frontmen
What makes a good frontman? Is it presence, persona or plucking out chords? Or is it simply a little bit of everything? Here is my countdown of the 10 greatest rock and roll frontmen ever! Freddie Mercury Of course we had to have Farrokh Bulsara (aka The Killer Queen) on the list. His vocal bravado...
Hey, hey, they’re the monkeys
Ten years ago, the Arctic Monkeys released their critically acclaimed debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. To think it was a decade since we first heard the heavy Yorkshire accent of Alex Turner as he said, ‘the proof that love’s not only blind, but deaf’ is insane. It’s gone so...