Catching up on forty years. 1992: These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs

These Are Days is for those moments when life can’t be better. When everything has come together – whether it is a weekend with friends, the best of years…

Catching up on forty years. 1991: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

There are moments when a band’s music and the moment come together. Smells Like Teen Spirit if you pardon the excrutiating bad pun had a freshness about it that grabbed all our attention.

Catching up on forty years. 1990: Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins

1990 was the year the first page was posted on the internet. It probably said hello world, but at that stage I suppose there was no one to read it. It was also the year I bought my last vinyl album, Heaven or Las Vegas by the Cocteau Twins.

Catching up on forty years. 1989: She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Frontman Roland Gift was mr charisma, loving himself as much, if not probably more than his audience. The two bendy legged guitarists from The Beat – David Steele and Andy Cox – were irrepressible.

Catching up on forty years. 1988: Always on my Mind – Pet Shop Boys

It’s difficult to make anything sound great in a black Nissan Cherry but in 1988 that was my mission. Always on My Mind cranked up to 11 and with the graphic equaliser settings (all three of them) turned up to max as well, you could feel like you’re almost flying.

Catching up on forty years. 1987: Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – Paul Simon

Suitably fuelled with Fosters we started that conversation about the best album of the year. It was the 80’s hence it was Fosters. It was two men after beer so the conversation had to be list-based – whether of football teams, of cars, of Australian actresses or in this instance of music.

Catching up on forty years. 1986: Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others – The Smiths

The Queen Is Dead is probably the best album ever made and on that very short list to join me on a desert island. And for that reason there has to be only one place to go in search of a song.

Catching up on forty years. 1985: The Queen and The Soldier – Suzanne Vega

Never underestimate the power of the story in a song.

Catching up on forty years. 1984: Sixty Eight Guns – The Alarm

And now they’re trying to take my life away
Forever young I cannot stay