In the mid 90s, when the internet was all dialup, Pentium desktops, and Lycos search engines (marvellous days), I occasionally wrote music reviews for Norwegian “e-zine” Luna Kafé.
It was a buzz to see my name appear on a website at a time when not everyone I knew had access to the internet. It was all so new and exciting.
It also offered my first experience of angryinternetman. I wrote a largely positive review of the first Hurricane #1 album (don’t judge me - it was a long time ago), but this didn’t stop an extraordinary email exchange with a fan of the band, who was disgusted that I didn’t like all of the songs. I wish I’d kept it, as it was a precursor of Twitter egg rage.
Work and my personal life got in the way and I had to stop writing after a couple of years.
Luna Kafė has continued to publish a new “menu” of music review “dishes” from global contributors, on the evening of every full moon since.
Although the site will proceed on an ad hoc basis, last night it published it’s 250th and final menu.
19 years since my last review appeared there, I was honoured to be asked by the editor, Håvard Oppøyen, to contribute one last time.
I chose to write about the fabulous new album by The Blue Aeroplanes - Welcome, Stranger!
You can read it here:
Congratulations to Håvard and all involved with Luna Kafé.