I’m No Rebel – View From A Hill


View From A Hill released “I’m No Rebel” in 1987, the year of my ‘O’ Levels, during which I spent many an evening holed up in my bedroom, revising into the early hours. There was always music playing, and the later it got, the more soulful it became. For me, the story “I’m No Rebel” tells evokes imagery reminiscent of that created by S. E. Hinton in her book “The Outsiders”, when Dallas Winston (played in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film of the book by Matt Dillon) is fatally wounded. Both the book and the film, which boasted a stellar cast, including Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Leif Garrett and Diane Lane, were hugely influential upon my young, teenage self. Although this track is entirely unrelated to either, it will in my head always be inextricably linked to both.




Party Fears 2 – Associates


Last October, as a forerunner to the launch of Sara Cox’s “Sounds of the 80s” show on Radio 2 the following day, my choice of Eighties’ tracks were used on Steve Wright’s “Non-Stop Oldies”. Featuring the inimitable voice of Billy Mackenzie, this was my opening track…



Drowning In Berlin – The Mobiles


For the next few weeks, whilst I write to meet an ever-looming deadline, the narrative in my blog posts will be minimal. However, this does give me the opportunity to share some of my favourite, and sometimes more obscure, songs from the Eighties. I begin this week with a track from The Mobiles, who grabbed my interest early in 1982 simply because they hailed from Eastbourne, my father’s home town! “Drowning in Berlin” soon became a firm favourite of mine, through its own merits,  and I am transported back to my final winter at primary school whenever I hear it.