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Great Rock Albums That Never Were – Part One

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  So, I’ve been listening to Guns ‘n’ Roses a lot this weekend and it’s got me thinking about Use Your Illusion – one of the single greatest rock albums never made (technically speaking).  Obviously, Guns released Use Your Illusion parts I and II as a double-album in 1991, representing the

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Local girl done good

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  So, finally, Kate Winslet won an Oscar. And hoorah for her, I say, because not only is she a damn fine actress but, like The Lightyears, she hails from Reading. Reading isn’t generally considered to be “on the map” when it comes to famous sons and daughters, although it

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The Lightyears' International 5-Star Hotel Breakfast Richter Scale

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  As you will probably be aware if you have been following our band for a while, food is incredibly important to us. We just got back from a storming tour of Cape Town, South Africa, and the many hours spent anticipating, enjoying and rating the various breakfasts on offer

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News from The Cape…

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Here’s something I’ve discovered about journalists in South Africa – they’re extremely diligent. I’ve been interviewed by a few local writers over the past couple of days and every one of them had done extensive homework on the band. In fact, the guy I spoke to yesterday knew things about

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Lightyears hit Cape Town!

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The day is finally here – we’ve landed in South Africa! We arrived in Cape Town only a few hours ago but I’m already hooked on the place. It’s just incredible here – stunning weather, breathtaking surroundings and really welcoming people. Danny and I are still a bit groggy from

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"He Ain't Heavy" – The Story Behind Johannesburg

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At the tail end of last year, I wrote a song called “Johannesburg”. Typically, the songs I write are based on my own life experiences, but this one was an exception. There was a news story on the BBC, last September I think, in which a British correspondent interviewed two brothers

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Things I Know About Rugby

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So, here’s the news – we’re forsaking Blighty next week for eleven days in South Africa, where we’ll be headlining at the after-parties for the Cape Town Tens Rugby Tournament. “But how,” I hear you cry, “have The Lightyears ended up performing at a rugby tournament?”. Well, evidently the good

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The Lightyears' Family Tree

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Today, to mark the release of our new album London, England, I thought I’d attempt the impossible – to figure out where the heck it is that The Lightyears come from.  People always ask musicians “Who are your influences?”, and musicians tend to answer with long, protracted diatribes about rare

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The Sound Of 2009…?

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Whilst perusing the BBC website recently I came across a story on the BBC’s search for the “Sound Of 2009“. A winner had been crowned – Little Boots, proclaimed the pundits, will be the sound of 2009. She is apparently being hailed by some as the saviour of pop music.

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Our Top 20 Moments Of 2008

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So, as 2008 draws to a close, I thought I’d send out a festive greeting to all our fans. Y’know, kinda like The Queen’s Speech. 2008 has been an unpredictable year. We’ve never known quite where we’re gonna end up from one month to another but it’s been a pretty

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