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My name is John. I like Pop music, Eurovision and most things Swedish. This is where I write things. I also write for money sometimes. If you have any money and would like to exchange it for some words, do feel free to get in touch.
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SoSoGay Album Review: Jennifer Paige - Holiday

SoSoGay Album Review: Jennifer Paige – Holiday

The good folks over at SoSoGay give me the opportunity to review Holiday, the new Christmas album by 'Crush' hitmaker Jennifer Paige. It's not actually new as it was originally released last year but they gave it a new push for 2013 just in case anyone missed it the first time around. Anyway it was...
SoSoGay Album Review: Barbra Streisand - Back To Brooklyn

SoSoGay Album Review: Barbra Streisand – Back To Brooklyn

Because they like to give me all the butch jobs, SoSoGay had me review Back to Brooklyn, a CV/DVD package of Barbra Streisand's 2012 homecoming gig. I cannot lie, parts of this show sent me into a mild gay coma. In a good way.
Lost In Music: Wilson Phillips - Shadows & Light

Lost In Music: Wilson Phillips – Shadows & Light

A feature I wrote on a long-forgotten Wilson Phillips album from 1992 that doesn't even have Hold On on it. Seriously, why haven't Rolling Stone called me yet?
SoSoGay Album Review: James Blunt - Moon Landing

SoSoGay Album Review: James Blunt – Moon Landing

Imagine my delight when SoSoGay tasked me with reviewing 'Moon Landing', the new long player from James Blunt!
SoSoGay Album Review: Abba - Ring Ring

SoSoGay Album Review: Abba – Ring Ring

ABBA are, obviously, one of the best bands ever. But it took them a while to get there. Ring Ring is their first album, and was given the deluxe reissue treatment earlier this month. If I may be permitted a lapse in humility, I think this is one of my better reviews. It should be,...
Pop Icons: A Bananarama Retrospective

Pop Icons: A Bananarama Retrospective

A long-ish retrospective on the marvellous pop trio-turned-trio with a new person-turned-duo Bananarama, that I wrote for SoSoGay.
Lost In Music: Kim Wilde - Close

Lost In Music: Kim Wilde – Close

Close by Kim Wilde is one of my all-time favourite 80s pop albums, and as luck would have it they reissued it earlier this year with the usual remastered sound and a wealth of bonus material. To mark the occasion I wrote a big old essay about the album and its significance in Kim's career....
Popjustice: Five reasons why Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Electric’ is their best album since ‘Very’

Popjustice: Five reasons why Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Electric’ is their best album since ‘Very’

As part of my occasional contributions to Popjustice, I reviewed the very good new Pet Shop Boys album, which in my humble opinion is their best in a very long time indeed. Since their 1993 materpiece 'Very', to be more precise. I formulated this opinion into an iron-clad, completely inarguable and 100% logic-based argument, which...
Popjustice: The Big Reunion Big Recap - Episode 8

Popjustice: The Big Reunion Big Recap – Episode 8

Eight episodes into ITV2's The Big Reunion and finding humorous new ways to describe the same arguments is starting to push me to the bring of insanity...
Maximumpop: Exploring One Direction World

Maximumpop: Exploring One Direction World

Not many exciting showbiz happenings take place in Yorkshire, but when they do I am *there*. Maximumpop sent me down to the exclusive press preview of the new One Direction Pop-Up store in the Trinity Centre of Leeds City Centre.
Popjustice: The Big Reunion Big Recap - Episode 7

Popjustice: The Big Reunion Big Recap – Episode 7

The Big Reunion continues to march on, but fortunately mid-00s survivors and actual Eurovision veterans Blue join the lineup and give me something new to talk about.
Maximumpop: Five people Rita Ora should have a fight with

Maximumpop: Five people Rita Ora should have a fight with

Totally the most hard-hitting article I've ever written. In light of her public spats with Rob Kardashian, Azealia Banks and Jade Ewen,I suggest five potential targets for Rita Ora's next feud....