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1965: The Mickey Finn Are Good Sports

The Mickey Finn were a London-based beat/R&B band who recorded for a variety of labels across the Sixties.   Produced by Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks), their 1965 single, a version of Ian Whitcomb's 'The Sporting Life', has just been used in HBO's US TV mini-series I Know This Much Is True.   Based on

I’m Mandy Fly Me

Welsh-born model Mandy Rice-Davies made the headlines back in 1963 via her role in the Profumo scandal.   This infamous story was recently re-told via the BBC series The Trial Of Christine Keeler, the soundtrack to which included Mandy's stab at a recording career.   Her cover of Marv Johnson's 'You've Got What It Takes' (an early

Chris, Bill…And Jean

American DJ/record producer Chris Malinchak has been making music for nearly a decade.   One of Chris's recent tracks, 'Photograph', sampled a Be Bop Deluxe song, 'Jean Cocteau', taken from their classic 1975 album Futurama and written by their singer/frontman Bill Nelson.   Rights to all of Be Bop Deluxe's original albums are available from Cherry Red.

Kim’s Mixed-ish Kids

Mixed-ish  is an American single-camera sitcom TV series created by Kenya Barris, Peter Saji and Tracee Ellis Ross which debuted on ABC in September last year.   It's a prequel spin-off of Black-ish. Episode 7 includes within its soundtrack Kim Wilde's classic 1981 hit 'Kids In America'.   All of Kim's RAK recordings (i.e. her first

Deal Wiv Patrik Fitzgerald

'Deal Wiv It' by Guernsey-born artist Mura Masa, featuring Northampton rapper Slowthai, has been attracting rave reviews since being released late last year (the NME voted it as one of the key tracks of 2019). Having already been streamed over four million times on Spotify, the track includes a spoken-word sample

Kim’s Kids

Back in 1981, 'Kids In America' launched budding young singer Kim Wilde onto the world stage.   A hit around the world, the song's irresistible mix of Blondie-styled new wave energy and catchy lyrics has endured to this day - which helps explain the constant demand for the song in TV

We Felt Adidas!

Hot on the heels of Felt's 'Primitive Painters' being used in a Nike skate video, another of their tracks now appears in a new Adidas online advert promoting their snowboarding boot the Tactical Lexicon ADV.   Essentially a solo piece by future Primal Scream keyboard player Martin Duffy, 'Magellan' (originally entitled 'Ferdinand Magellan') is

Liam Is A Fantastic Something!

A quarter of a century on from first hitting the headlines with Oasis, Liam Gallagher is back with a new solo album Why Me? Why Not, his second after the demise of Beady Eye.   The album's song 'Glimmer' includes the melody from 'The Thousand Guitars Of St. Dominiques', the instrumental B-side

Lodge 49 Struck Gold!

Now into its second season, US AMC TV series, Lodge 49, is based around the adventures of a young ex-surfer, from Long Beach, California, played by Wyatt Russell, who joins a local fraternal group after his father's death.   The new season includes in its soundtrack an obscure

Sky’s ‘Westway’ Road test

Torque was a motoring TV show which ran from 1974 to 1980 on Australian station ABC, hosted by journalist and race car driver Peter Wherrett (pictured).   A selection of road tests from the series are now being re-broadcast under the banner Retro Focus Presents: Classic Torque Road Tests.   And one such clip is