September 30, 2008
DO NOT use these scans for any commercial purposes. Please respect the copyright of the writers and photographers. Respect me for taking time to scan these things in.
As I’ve said before I think many of the writers and the photographers are happy for me to scan in the pages and post them as long as it’s for personal non-commercial use. I’m not making any money out of this and don’t intend to.
From now on covers are only going up at 72 dpi to prevent them being exploited commercially. If I hear that these scans are still being abused commercially then I’ll just stop.
September 30, 2008
Steve Sutherland interviews The Telescopes, 20th January 1990. Photo by Tom Sheehan.
I bloody loved The Telescopes – another, if not the, most underrated band from this period – they really should have had more success than they did. I can only put that down to the fact that they were so hard to categorise….they were a bit Mary Chain, a bit Loop and bit sixties pop yet nothing like any of them really and then they changed tack once they signed to Creation which I think threw a lot of people.
I loved the first album Taste – it’s such a heavy record and the overpowering noise really makes the songs. If you can get past the cacophony of noise and feedback you’re left with the most incredibly melodic pop songs with some truly stunning vocal harmonies - She Screams, I Fall etc. which in turn then allows you to appreciate the layers of noise that have been added.
They did seem to drift into the baggy thing slightly once signed to Creation and maybe those coming to the band fresh just saw them as another Soupdragons – especially with those multicoloured videos. The songs and melodies were still good but I guess their moment had passed. I saw them at The Underworld in Camden around this time (supported by Bang Bang Machine who played the sublime Geek Love incidentally) and they all seemed so fed up and sick of being in the band. Steve sat down and smoked a spliff through one of the longer instrumental sections at one point in the gig and in a small, less than full venue, it was hard not to feel sorry for him – a gifted songwriter unjustly overlooked. I can still remember it all pretty clearly so it must have affected me.
According to wikipedia the band are still together, albeit in a stripped down form and pursuing a different musical direction but Taste was re-issued in 2006 and if you like noisey pop/rock then you should track down a copy. The Telescopes critical rehabilitation starts here.
September 29, 2008
September 19, 2008
Taking a short break. Normal service resumes in a week or so.
As I’ll be into my 6th month of this blog soon I thought it might be fun to leave you with some stats.
Here’s the top 10 most popular posts to date
- “Dear Backlash” – Wing Commander Stubbs
- My Bloody Valentine live at ULU Feb 25th
- Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994) N.M.E. cover
- Stuart Maconie interviews The LA’s 1990
- David Bennun interviews Plastic Fantasic
- Taylor Parkes interviews The Boo Radleys
- Sinead O’Connor N.M.E. cover 1988
- The Stud Brothers interview Radiohead
- Everett True interviews The Sundays
I never realised that using WordPress to blog would tell me what people type into Google to find this site – does this happen in blogger, typepad etc? Anyway it’s a fascinating barometer of where interest lies.
Here’s the top 10 search terms typed into Google that result in a visit to this blog
- kurt cobain
- archived music press
- sinead o’connor
- melody maker
- stone roses
- “andrew mueller”
- the sundays
- justine frischmann married
- my bloody valentine
- taylor parkes
Sinead O’Connor at No. 3 is a surprise to me and Heat magazine should get on the phone to Justine’s agent pronto cos there’s clearly a lot of interest.
There’s also the really bizarre searches which are lost on a daily basis…I still remember one visit from the search term “caitlin moran porn” though. That’s some mighty niche porn! Oh and who knew there was a www.caitlinmoraninteriors.com ?
Throwing Muses live / interview and other live reviews of The Cure, New Order, PIL, The Sugarcubes and Tom Jones, 1st July 1989
September 17, 2008
Dele Fadele interviews Throwing Muses while on tour. This is for Estantis who left a comment asking for some Throwing Muses – enjoy. Taken from NME, 1st July 1989.
Plenty of other “name” writers and bands on this page.
Barbara Ellen reviews Tom Jones at the Hammersmith Odeon. Steve Lamacq reviews The Cure and Shelleyan Orphan at France Arles Enormodome and Jane Garcia reviews the “Monsters of Alternative Rock” comprising of New Order, Public Image Limited and The Sugarcubes at Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, California.
September 16, 2008
Andrew Mueller reviews Radiohead live at The Forum, London. Photo Steve Gullick.
13 years later can we name the others in the band yet? Well there’s Johnny Greenwood and there’s another Greenwood, a brother, but I can’t think of his name off the top of my head. And then there’s an Ed something or other but the drummer, the drummer I still can’t name. Which is all the more funny because I’ve just remembered that I have actually met him at Reading Festival. 1998 I think. A friend I was with knew Radiohead from growing up in Oxford and he joined us for a drink. I am sure we were introduced but then I’m terrible with names as I’ve just proved so who knows. All I know is that I don’t know his name.
Radiohead are supposedly big on the environment aren’t they? It’s a good enough link. Please do take the time to watch this brilliant, brilliant animation about climate change and its causes. 10 minutes very, very well spent – I guarantee you that you’ll learn something. Apparently Thom Yorke employs a woman to trawl the web for him, searching out things he might like and bringing them to his attention. Well Thom – you should like this.
Elsewhere Neil Kulkarni expresses his love for Coventry while in the process of reviewing Eat Static at Coventry University and Lisa Hoftijzer (who?…anyone?) is “moved deeply…to the bar” (drum splash) by The Mission at Rock City, Nottingham. Which reminds me of another little memory from around this time.
It’s early morning, 6am or thereabouts and I stagger, bleery eyed, into Hereford train station cafe. I don’t expect to see many people at this time of the morning but I certainly don’t expect to see the whole of the fucking Mission sat around a table playing cards, waiting for the London train. One of them has a copy of The Independent. One of them is wearing shorts. This is all I can remember. They sit on the train at the next table to me. They carry on playing cards all they way to Reading where they get out but not one of them speaks for the entire journey. I don’t know if they’d had an argument or what but it definitely felt odd, more than odd in fact, it felt grim. And tedious. It made being in a band seem like really fucking hard work, which I suppose it is, especially when you’ve been flavour of the month and are still flogging a dead horse 10 years after the adulation has faded. I suppose this is why I’ve managed to remember it. Having said that I probably never would have if I hadn’t sat down to scan this in tonight so thanks for jogging my memories Lisa, whoever and wherever you are.
September 15, 2008
September 14, 2008
Inspiral Carpets on the cover of Melody Maker, 14th April 1990. Photos Kevin Westenberg.
So this is how it feels to be lonely
this is how it feels to be small
this is how it feels when Lehman Brothers mean nothing at all
September 13, 2008
Melody Maker singles of the year 1988.
Got lots to say but no time right now. A few points on the above.
You Made Me Realise should be No.1 and Freak Scene should be No.2
Although you’re most likely to hear Crash as the soundtrack to a compilation of home movies it is a *great* pop single and should be higher.
The Young Gods inexplicably make the charts. I never got them and I know I wasn’t the only one. Someone commented a while back about how they seemed like an elaborate practical joke, as if Stubbs and co. had had a pub bet between themselves that they could break even the most difficult, avant-nonsense group. I think bovine masses got it right on this occasion.
Thanks again to the Idolator for the traffic spike. Thanks to everyone that emailed too – it’s really nice to hear from everyone.
I have to get ready for a 40th birthday party now, not mine quite yet, but fucking hell….40!