Paul Draper – Live At The Ritz

kscope release ex-Mansun front man Paul Drapers live rendition of Attack Of The Grey Lantern.

Recorded on the 1/3/2018 at Manchester Ritz , it showcases the second part of Paul’s two set performances (the first being a mix of Mansun and solo songs which is almost documented on ‘Live At Scala’).

Other players involved on the fourteen date tour were Ben Sink (lead guitar) , Jon Barnett (drums), Beau Barnard (bass) and Christine Hizon (keyboards).

Exclusive signed copies were available at merch stalls on Paul’s hugely successful acoustic stint last year. It has since been made available online unsigned only on vinyl with download code . No CD release as yet.

signed cover
rear sleeve , track listing
the double vinyl
hype sticker


Now That’s What I Call The Best!

  • 1984 gets a revisit with the 2019 reissue of Now That’s What I Call Music 2 on vinyl AND  2cd for the very first time.
  • Deemed by many to be the one of the ultimate 80s compilations , it contains no fewer than thirty hits .
  • With the likes of 80s favourites like Duran , Eurythmics, The Smiths , Nik Kershaw and Queen to name but a few , it’s enough to keep your ears indulged in nostalgia for a couple of hours! available here
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Paul Draper Acoustic set and signing Rough Trade West 22nd March

It’s Friday 22nd March 2019 and that can mean only one thing …my favourite  album ever ‘Six’ by Mansun is being reissued for its 21st anniversary. Paul Draper and loyal guitar whiz Ben Sink are at Rough Trade West record shop in London to perform a few acoustic numbers on the back of some successful dates in Japan and China and  here to sign some copies of the album for some forty + fans.

Ben Sink arrives around 17.30 and begins setting up for our evening entertainment. I’m bursting with excitement at a glimpse of the main man (i’ve been in London since 12.00 that day) armed with a stack of record sleeves to hopefully get signed and the determination to be at the front!

I don’t need to wait too long as Paul Draper appears from seemingly nowhere. He’s looking very relaxed and sharp as ever with a haircut and trimmed beard.

The short but appropriate set begins with Paul’s second solo single EP track ‘Friends Make The Worst Enemies’ followed by a cracking rendition of Mansun’s third single from the Six album  ,’Negative’. Some great banter and fan interaction follows before Paul and Ben launch into another solo number ‘The Silence Is Deafening ‘ from the first EP.

Legacy ends the set nicely with Paul inviting us to sing along to the end. After the pleasure of meeting Kscope’s Scott Robinson finally ,whom i have been helping with scans for the deluxe CD set, i meet Paul and he signs the entire stack of stuff i have brought with me .

Shaking hands several times and a couple of photographs with my music hero i leave Rough Trade and London behind to head home South on the train .I am in the happiest of moods and on a real high. 

The experience leaves me buzzing for days!

Trevor Horn – The Legend returns

Trevor Horn , legendary producer and Buggles superstar releases The Eighties Reimagined with the Sarm Orchestra .

I was sceptical about this release at first but upon listening to it , it works on so many levels.

Popular 80s tracks flow with haunting melodies and silky vocals from a superb spectrum of artists (see below for track listing and full artist details).

Available here

Depeche Mode – The 12″ number # 1

In 2002 ,early 80s synth poppers and later stadium rock gods, Depeche Mode released the album ‘Exciter’ .

Dream On , I Feel Loved and Freelove preceded fourth single and final single  ‘ Goodnight Lovers’ . Released on CD single and 2 x 12″ vinyls .

Special to collectors was the red vinyl (pictured) 12″ which is pretty hard to find against the standard black version .

An acoustic version of When The Body Speaks and various other remixes make up the track listings spread over the formats.

A promotional sampler from ‘The Mirror’ featured the video ROM of Goodnight Lovers..

David Bowie Tonight 1984

Tonight is David Bowie’s thirteenth studio album and third entry into the 1980s.

Spawning three UK singles : Blue Jean /Tonight/Loving The Alien , it reached number one in the official album charts.

A ‘rushed’ album according to David as writing on tour was really not an ideal option and was received with critical reception.

I’ve grown to love this album over the years with the highlight for me being the Iggy Pop duet finale ‘Dancing With The Big Boys’.

Released on LP/cassette and later CD formats.

David Bowie Tonight LP

Madness .Michael Caine …a look back

7″ / 12″

In 1984 Madness released their final (at the time) single with Mike Barson .Lead vocals ,this time, were perfomed by Carl Smyth with backing vocals by Suggs and co. The song is allegedly about an informer during the troubles in Northern Ireland. The video was nowhere near the usual jokey Madness of old as the subject matter would probably explain.Micheal Caine contributed his voice to the song in a reference to The Ipcress File where Harry Palmer repeats his name under torture. B-side is If You Think There’s Something (see last video for clip)

Michael Caine can be found on several formats : 7″/12″/7″picture disc/doublepack gatefold with The Sun And The Rain bonus picture disc and of course the album Keep Moving.

It peaked at number 11 in the charts.

The Video…

The Formats…

7″ / 12″

7″ picture disc B

Doublepack with Sun And The Rain picture disc

7″ picture disc A



The b-side