Stewart Darkin
Stewart Darkin

Profile

In my youth, I was drawn to the colourful melody of Oliver Postgate’s Ivor the Engine theme tune, although that was quickly usurped by the seductive psychedelia (and bubble writing) of Sesame Street. After a brief flirtation with The Theme from Mash, next to catch my eye was the dressing up required to be in Dexy’s Midnight Runners or the Human League. I was seven, I got over it.

In 1987 (kids) something called Sally Cinnamon happened and nothing would ever be the same again. Ole Sally sashayed in with the confidence of someone who’d been there from the start and stole our hearts. In 1989, Madchester blossomed and I had a fringe.

Then I moved to Manchester and fell in love with its (OK, I admit it) slightly tiresome but wonderful musical heritage all over again. That said, I still think it is Yorkshire that has gifted us the most complete album of the last twenty years, but that’s just my opinion; no need to make it yours.

Right now, I am supplementing the indie and punk with the distinctly Human League-ish synth pop of my youth that a noughties recession has seen fit to resurrect. It’s a heady brew. Imagine Jamie T and Little Boots playing Hungry Hippos for money at Alex Turner’s house, with Pete Doherty refereeing.

Despite substantial and compelling evidence to the contrary, I am a grown-up who wants to read (and write) grown-up things about music and culture. Loving something that is supposedly uncool and saying so, and being convincing, is so much harder than just slagging off everything except New Order.

Maybe, as the one-ties dawn, my musical odyssey will complete its orbit and I‘ll find myself writing about the evocative, haunting and transcendental nature of the Ivor the Engine theme tune. I do hope so.

Articles

 
Image: allgigs ltd
Cody Simpson reschedules his autumn UK tour to Feb/Mar 2013
  • The young australian star brings his european paradise tour to these isles in 2013, tickets now on sale ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Trust Your Instincts with Cesar Millan's 2013 UK tour
  • The world famous dog whisperer returns to the uk with some huge arena dates, tickets on sale monday 22nd october ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Seussical the Musical comes to London in December 2012
  • The broadway musical featuring many of dr seuss's favourite creations arrives in london this december, we have tickets available now ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
The Stranglers announce spring 2013 tour
  • The punk rock trailblazers announce an action-packed march 2013 tour, we'll have tickets on sale friday 12th october ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Les Misérables in the West End - now booking until October 2013
  • The legendary west end show and worldwide smash is now taking bookings for the next year, tickets are on sale now ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Leona Lewis follows X Factor turn with 2013 tour announcement
  • Following her show-stealing weekend appearance on the itv show, the former winner has announced a huge tour for spring 2013 - we'll have tickets on friday 12th october ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Bryan Adams announces one-off London show for October 2012
  • The canadian rock legend will be bringing his bare bones tour to the royal albert hall at the end of this month - we'll have tickets on wednesday 10th october ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Midnight Tango kicks off 2013 tour with London run
  • Vincent simone and flavia cacace will follow the latest series of strictly with a series of tour dates beginning in january, we have tickets on sale now ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Walk The Moon set for UK ramble in February 2013
  • The cincinnati four-piece kicks off their uk tour in manchester on 20th february, we'll have tickets available on friday 5th october ...
  • More
 
Image: allgigs ltd
Glasvegas announce short December 2012 tour
  • The glaswegians will play seven shows on the crying onion tour in the run-up to christmas, we'll have tickets from 9am on friday 5th october ...
  • More

Reviews:

Glee - Glee - The Music Volume 2 Album Review Glee - Glee - The Music Volume 2 Album Review
  • Whilst it seems highly unlikely that fashionable television guilty pleasure Glee will ever do a Lost and descend into tales of the most unexpected, the novelty will inevitably wear...
  • More
Push It! Classic Party and Dance Tracks Album Review Push It! Classic Party and Dance Tracks Album Review
  • Lets party like its 1989. Universal have raided their back catalogue and assembled a double-disc compilation neatly divided into classic and party trax, although in truth theres no...
  • More
Chris Addison @ Middleton Arena - 14/02/2010 - Live Review
Jamie T @ Academy [1, 2, 3 and Club Academy] Live Review
Miike Snow - Miike Snow Album Review Miike Snow - Miike Snow Album Review
  • Miike Snow are three electropoppers from Sweden. The cover of their self-titled debut album is steel-grey and minimal and carries an image of an ice block, within which is the silh...
  • More
Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits Album Review Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits Album Review
  • Foo Fighter songs are unstoppable express trains tearing through a crowded station. Rails hum with the distant rumble of the intro and, without ceremony, Dave Grohl and his band ex...
  • More
Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac Album Review Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac Album Review
  • Fleetwood Mac are, and have always been, a bit screwed up. Like a tawdry soap opera dynasty, their story is one of intrigue, hedonism, depression and addiction. And of music this ...
  • More
The Enemy - Be Somebody Single Review The Enemy - Be Somebody Single Review
  • You know theres no such thing as a free meal, and theyre aint no future in British steel. The opening line of the latest single taken from the Enemys second album, Music For The Pe...
  • More
Jet - Shaka Rock Album Review Jet - Shaka Rock Album Review
  • WHEN Get Born, Jets first studio album, was released in 2003, the world of new music was being held in the vice-like grip of the Strokes and the Libertines and seemingly endless wa...
  • More
Beyoncé - Diva (Remixes) Single Review

© 2001 - 2019 AllGigs Limited, company number: 05113554. Registered office: 3 Silverdale Drive, London, SE9 4DH, England
All Rights Reserved. Use of this site is subject to our Terms and Conditions.