War Baby

Music censorship in S.A. during the good old/bad old days was interesting to say the least. Like most government departments (previous and current), their decisions seemed irrational and inconsistent. They also seemed to ban songs and albums after most of the public had heard them on the radio and purchased them. One exception was ‘Biko’ … Continue reading War Baby

Runnin’ with the Devil

1978 – I would’ve been 13 when Van Halen released their debut album, but I doubt I heard the album that year. In conservative South Africa, Van Halen would’ve been considered long-haired and dangerous, and their guitar heavy sound would’ve been branded ‘underground music’. In this rigid religious environment, that label carried a bunch of … Continue reading Runnin’ with the Devil

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Relax.The last thing the world needs is another boring analysis of this classic Dylan tune, and I don’t have any tales of drunken debauchery linked to the song.The title only sets the right tone for what follows.Read on… Oh Mother, I can feel...the soil falling over my head.The Smiths States of bewilderment, momentary confusion or … Continue reading Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door