The most talented band in the world at their creative peak. Ferociously energetic on stage. Crafters of wondrous lyrics that dance into your ears and make you think. Musicians with an endless well of earworms of riffs and hooks to draw on. Charismatic, bona fide stars.
Happy Mondays are none of these. But for one night in April 1999 at the Manchester Evening News Arena, they gave the gig of my life.
This is my listening diary for the fourth Harkive event held on 19 July 2016. Harkive is an annual, online music research project that gathers stories from people around the world about how, where and why they listened to music on a single day.
Harkive is an annual, online music research project that gathers stories from people around the world about how, where and why they listened to music on a single day. Specifically:
“The Harkive Project wants to find out how and why you listen to music in the way that you do, and how the devices, technologies, formats, services and time available to you are combined to create your personal listening experience.”
This is my listening diary from 21 July 2015, the third Harkive event.
The Harkive project wants to find out how and why people listen to music – and how the devices, technologies, formats, services and time available combine to create a personal listening experience. To do this, Harkive asked music fans to document their listening habits on 9 July 2013 and publish the results via blogs, photos, tweets and so on. Harkive plan to analyse the results and repeat the event each year to map how listening habits change over time. This is my listening diary.
I’m giving Record Store Day the thumbs up. There was a real buzz around Polar Bear Records, the independent record shop in my Kings Heath neighbourhood.