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Mark Sharpley
Greetings! The name is Mark, born in Macclesfield and now exiled in Colchester. I love music, just as long as it's groovy. My favourite band? The Smiths
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Flick of the Finger Album Choices of 2018

Some of the picks of the year are here…. It’s been safe to say that 2018 has been another great music year. Many, many contenders for the usual end of year lists which everyone either agrees or disagrees with. And here at Flick Of The Finger, we are no different! But instead of numbers, this special edition of Throw Back Thursday concentrates on the albums that got your attention, as… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Sleeper ‘Look At You Now’

The Sleeper boys and girls are back The year was 1998. New Labour were in power, Glenn Hoddle had taken England to the World Cup in France, leaving Paul Gascoigne at home and Britpop was still riding high musically. It was also the last time we heard from Sleeper, one of the era’s poster bands. Until now. Yup, Sleeper are back after a very long absence. Louise Wener is still… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: The Specials ‘Vote For Me’

A Look At The Specials Board… Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m not a fan of the word, ‘iconic’. Overused by too many folk… But I’m gonna have to use it at least once, because I’m gonna introduce to you a song called, Vote For Me. And who is behind it? The iconic 80’s ska kings, The Specials. Yes indeed, Coventry’s finest are back and are in fine fettle. Terry Hall, Horace Panter… Keep Reading

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Such Sad News To Hear The Passing of Pete Shelley

Tonight, the sad news broke of the death of Pete Shelley, the talisman of Manchester punk legends, The Buzzcocks. He was 63 years old. Pete Shelley, born Peter Campbell McNeish, first came to prominence with The Buzzcocks in 1976, when they supported the now infamous Sex Pistols show at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. He had formed The Buzzcocks the year before with Howard Devoto, and it wasn’t until… Keep Reading

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Doves Announce Return For Live Dates Next Year

Doves are back Doves, the much hailed band from Wilmslow, Cheshire, are set to return in 2019 for a string of live dates, it has been confirmed.  The band – Jimi Goodwin, Jez Williams and Andy Williams – have been on hiatus since 2010, but today announced that they, plus support, would be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday 29th March, in aid of the Teenage… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: The Good, The Bad & The Queen ‘Merrie Land’

The Good, The Bad & The Queen get Merrie… It’s been 11 years since The Good, The Bad & The Queen released their eponymous debut album. A lot has changed in that time too, and so has the attitude of the band. This is all reflected on their new album, Merrie Land. So what is it like? The band members certainly haven’t changed. The four piece axis of Blur singer, Damon… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Maximo Park ‘I Want You To Stay’

Down In The (Maximo) Park….. The year 2000 was the start of a new millennium. The start of Maximo Park, straight out of Newcastle Upon Tyne, also began in that year. 18 years on, and they are still going strong. And they’ve got a new single too. It’s called I Want You To Stay. The band – Paul Smith, Duncan Lloyd, Lukas Wooller, Tom English and Paul Rafferty – have had… Keep Reading

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ONE TO WATCH ‘Crewel Intentions’

Have you got Crewel Intentions? Anyone who knows their indie music will certainly remember the Palma Violets. Those who remember that particular band will remember their bass player, Chilli Jesson. Now, after a spell in the musical wilderness, he is back with his new project. The name? Crewel Intentions. Two years since the demise of his previous band, Jesson had kept his head down. He was even pulling pints in… Keep Reading

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NEW RELEASE: Lee Ranaldo ‘Electric Trim, Live At Rough Trade East’

Lee Ranaldo makes for Trim reading…. You may remember Flick Of The Finger giving you lucky lot a taster of the new live album from Sonic Youth legend, Lee Ranaldo, a few weeks ago. Now that said album, Electric Trim, Live At Rough Trade East, is here in it’s entirety and will appease everyone who was, or wasn’t, at one of his tour dates. So…what’s it like? Well, it starts in… Keep Reading

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ONE TO WATCH: Lost Under Heaven

Come get Lost Under Heaven…. Lost Under Heaven are a relatively new band. But you might of heard of the band they emerged from, World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation, or WU LYF for short. A product of the Manchester music scene, singer Ellery James Roberts left to join his girlfriend, Ebony Hoorn, in Amsterdam and Lost Under Heaven was born. And it was there that their first album was also… Keep Reading

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ONE TO WATCH: Kàryyn

Allow us to introduce to you…..Kàryyn She is a Syrian-Armenian-American vocalist, artist and composer. She is also a new signing to the Mute label too. She is Kàryyn, and Flick Of The Finger wants you to get to know her better. And indeed, her brand new release, Quanta 11:11. This is a double A-side release too. The first song is, Today I Read Your Life Story 11:11. A song that was derived from… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Gary Numan and the Skaparis Orchestra, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Bow before the Numan race….. Comeback is a vastly overrated word. Especially when the person in question hasn’t disappeared from anything. Gary Numan is a man with whom that word was associated with, until he smashed the charts last year with his album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World). He has now decided to turn it up a notch by doing an orchestral tour, and on Sunday 18th November, he treated Shepherds… Keep Reading

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LIVE: Within Temptation, O2 Academy, Brixton

London goes Within Temptation… Within Temptation. A band from the Netherlands who have remarkably been around since 1996. Yet for some reason have never quite got the recognition they deserve. But all that has changed over the years, and on Tuesday 13th November, they played to a sell out crowd at the O2 Brixton Academy. And it was one hell of a show. The lights go down then come up… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Paper Buoys & The Pagans S.O.H ‘In Faith So Blind’

The Buoys are back in town…. Bands have normally done well from the Midlands. Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are two examples. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s the turn of indie-punk rockers, The Paper Buoys. And they haven’t come alone either. The Paper Buoys hail from Birmingham, and they have teamed up with Black Country rap/rock outfit, The Pagans S.O.H, and this has created their new joint release, In Faith… Keep Reading

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Johnny Marr At The Roundhouse, Camden

Johnny Marr-vellous You could launch into a world of words to describe Johnny Marr. But there is no need, as his legendary status was already secure the moment he started The Smiths. Times change from those heady hey days, and now on his third solo album, Call The Comet, Marr entertained the troops at the Roundhouse in Camden on Sunday 11th November. And the crowd were in for a real treat. … Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Muse ‘Simulation Theory’

Muse plug in, baby…… Since the year 2000, music lovers have seen Muse evolve. Evolve into one of the biggest bands around. Their music has evolved a lot too, and this time they have gone more electric than ever before with the release of their new album, Simulation Theory. A very keyboard driven album this time too. The three members of the band – Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard… Keep Reading

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LIVE: New Order at Alexandra Palace, London

The Palace calls for a New Order… There is a lot to be grateful for in the music world when it comes to New Order. Without them carrying on after the demise of Joy Division, the electronica sound of the 1980’s and beyond would be very different indeed. And on Friday 9th November, a sell out crowd came to Alexandra Palace to celebrate this remarkable band. And right from the… Keep Reading

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One To Watch – Hymns

Now it’s time to sing some Hymns New music is always important to us here at Flick Of The Finger. More important than ever, in fact. And we are very pleased to introduce to you, one of the up and coming bands, alternative rockers, Hymns.  If you’ve been around the London music scene, then you’ve probably heard the name of Hymns before. They formed in 2016, and consist of band… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Lee Ranaldo ‘Last Looks’

Sonic Youth legend goes live…. Not to pigeon hole any band, or anybody for that matter, Lee Ranaldo was in one of the bands that started a revolution. Sonic Youth was that band, and if it wasn’t for them, Dinosaur Jr and The Pixies, grunge would never have happened. And since the demise of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo has gone solo, and now it’s your opportunity to hear what he… Keep Reading

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New Music – British Lion – ‘Spit Fire’

British Lion roars again When you’re the founding member of one of the definitive bands from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era, Iron Maiden, any other work has to live up to reputation. Steve Harris has a great reputation, but why have one band when you can have two? He answers that with the brand new single from his side project, British Lion. And it goes by the… Keep Reading

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