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The Thin White Duke – David Bowie’s Fascist alter-ego

13 August 2019

Alter-egos are synonymous with David Bowie. Whether talking of the renowned Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack or Aladdin Sane, Bowie’s theatrical performance gave a persona to each album he made. But in January 1976, with the release of Station to Station, he took on his final role of the Thin White Duke.   On the back of his […]

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Belgian House: The Unsung Hero of European Rave Culture

7 June 2019

If asked what comes to mind when you think of Belgium, what would you say? Waffles. Tintin. A thriving underground rave scene? As unlikely as it seems, Belgium’s contribution to the distinctly 90s cultural epidemic that was European rave has been long understated. Before the all-night superclubs that encouraged bad fashion and even worse decisions, […]

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Daphne and Celeste at Reading Festival 2000

4 June 2019

Angry crowds, moshing, and bottles of piss being thrown everywhere. I’m not describing a UKIP rally but instead Daphne and Celeste’s infamous opening set at Reading Festival 2000. After nineteen years it still remains one of the most talked about performances amongst the festival’s illustrious history of musicians. But how is it that Celeste Cruz […]

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A Reading Week Playlist, For Revision or Rambling

22 October 2018

It seems pertinent to address the discrepancy between the independent learning week plans of St Andrews’ students, and the subsequent soundtrack to these (potentially) languid, late fall days .Whether this upcoming week leads you into to the concrete confides of the library, clad in your favourite fleece and sweatpants, or off onto an Alpine ski […]

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Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

20 October 2018

  The first thing that needs to be said in any review of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is that Tim Curry deserves an Oscar.   With that out of the way, we can move on to the second thing: even Tim Curry at his best just can’t beat the sheer joy of flinging a […]

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In Defence of a cappella

8 October 2018

This article was written as a response to: Trash Thursdays – A cappella, by Calum Esler   Why anyone would want to read the milquetoast spew of ignorance published on this blog last week, when the very third sentence contains a straight-up lie, is beyond me. But having been asked to write a response, and mindful […]

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Trash Thursday: A-capella

4 October 2018

For an alternative view, check out Kyra Ho’s rebuttal article In Defence of a cappella  Pitch Perfect is a pretty good film, I’ll be the first to admit that. However, no matter how much love I have for that film and everyone in it I still find it truly impossible to enjoy a-cappella. From the […]

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Why Music Tuition Must Be Protected

1 October 2018

In 2017, Edinburgh Council attempted to close down its most famous music school, and proposed further cuts to state schools music budgets. This was met with fury from hundreds of music teachers and pupils across the city, and prompting the Council to drop the proposals. Now, budget cuts have again been proposed that will halve […]

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Why Radio is still relevant.

28 August 2018

                                                      Ever since the invention of television almost 100 years ago, we’ve been told time and time again that the death of radio is imminent. Despite this constant threat, […]

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Stop the BOP

2 August 2018

After a long week it’s finally Friday night, so what are your plans? Maybe you’re after a low key night at one of the many pubs and bars in town; there might be an event on at the Vic; or maybe you feel like dancing. But the only real club in St Andews is the […]

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