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March 2017: Mainstreams, Alternatives, Tom Jones, and a Bit of a Rant
Lately I've found myself wondering whether it still makes sense to talk about a popular music mainstream – and how it can be defined. There was a time when it didn't really need defining; we just knew what it was. In the British context, it was what was featured on Radio One, or, on TV, Top Of The Pops. And it was always understood that this mainstream included an awful lot of disposable pap, but at the same time, a fair amount of good stuff got through.
I'm The Man is now available again on vinyl, thanks to a 180G (Dead Quiet) re-issue pressed by RTI. This new edition has been 100% Analog AAA mastered by Kevin Gray, with beautifully restored cover art printed by Stoughton on heavy stock.