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Richey Edwards still missing. NME news item, 4th March 1995.

Blame it on the fact that I was forced to read Roland Barthes, Mythologies at an impressionable age but all I can see looking at this spread now is “Get Ready Gravediggaz”. They’ve had to wait a long time but Richey Edwards was finally declared officially dead today. R.I.P.

4Real or not 4Real? That is the question.

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Sarah Champion on Manchester’s Acid scene, 22nd October 1988.

The other 2 pages of the NME feature on the acid scene for everyone joining from Faith Fanzine forum. Do you want more of this stuff?

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Paolo Hewitt interviews Paul Oakenfold about Acid Culture, 22nd October 1988.

You could sum up this whole piece with “Take drugs kids, they’re amazing and everyone is doing them”. Of course, the NME couldn’t come out and say this directly, especially when they’ve started the piece by accusing the media of being out to kill the acid scene because of the drugs the media assume are involved. So you get quotes from Oakenfold like this,

“Obviously, drugs are involved but I don’t know to what extent. It’s impossible to say”.

Er, yeah…sure Paul. Maybe it’s impossible to say because you’ve already taken so much Ecstasy your brain resembles swiss cheese.

He continues with this gem, where if you replace the cipher word ‘fun’ with ‘drugs’ does actually sum up the scene perfectly.

“The key,” he [Oakenfold] explains, “the secret to the whole thing is fun. People have never had so much fun. People thought they would never be able to dance again. I’m 26 and I thought I’d never dance again. Now I go to clubs and dance. When you’ve got something that is so much fun everyone wants a piece of it.”

Haha! Who did they think they were kidding? Drugs have always been at the heart of every vibrant music scene. With the Acid/Rave scene they were at the heart, lungs, eyes, feet and every other part of the body. The real reason why so much modern music sucks so badly is because society sorely lacks for a new drug to kickstart it.

One of the brilliant things about the web is how so many of these records are being archived and made available on themed mp3 blogs. Audio.Out is particularly good, especially for the rarer stuff. Indeed it’s just posted Balearic Beats Volume 1, Part 1 which ties in nicely with this interview.

Oh and if you fancy saying hello to Paolo Hewitt he’s just launched his own blog

Who watches The Watchmen? The Daily Mail of course.

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The Stone Roses on the cover of NME, 4th March 1995. Photo by Derek Ridgers.

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Barry Egan interviews Sinead O’ Connor, 29th October 1988. Photos by Kevin Cummins.
The Sinead cover continues to be very popular so here’s that cover’s interview. Pretty girls dig their own graves.

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Maxell Tape Advert 1988

This is the back cover to the U2 cover just posted previously.

This ad, like almost every big corporate ad placed in the music weeklies, being all sorts of wrong. From the saxophone to those preppy clothes and haircut, even back in 1988 I remember cringing at how these companies kept getting ‘cool’ so spectacularly wrong.

Aside from this I can’t help but notice how that strapline pre-dates txt speak. This would surely read “Without UR, ur missing out” today. And of course whenever I think of Maxell tapes I always, always, think of this TV ad.



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U2 on the cover of the N.M.E., 22nd October 1988

U2 on the cover of the N.M.E., 22nd October 1988. Photo by Bledden Butcher.

Y’see, there was this band from Ireland….

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Keith Cameron interviews Blur in America, 8th October 1994. Photos by Kevin Cummins.

This interview showcasing that annoying habit N.M.E. had of overflowing any content that didn’t fit the paper into the back pages. I always hated treasure hunts. Still, it’s nice to see that classified ad for Shed Seven T-Shirts isn’t it? One thing I’ve also noticed in scanning this is that every member of staff has their direct telephone number listed in the paper. This seems quite extraordinary to me now.

For the young ‘uns and those of you not versed in UK radio history that Lambretta to America title is a pun on Alistair Cooke’s very famous Letter to America radio program – “The world’s longest running speech radio programme began in 1946, and continued till Cooke’s retirement in February 2004″.

Co-incidentally Alistair Cooke would have been 100 this week and there’s a tribute show that’s been broadcast tonight.

Glastonbury Advertisement 1995

1995 and while the billing remains egalitarian and the ticket prices resonable, the corporate sponsors have started to make their presence felt.

Only other thing to point out is that Saturdays advertised headliners, The Stone Roses, had to cancel after John Squire’s mountain biking accident.

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Turncoat Sutherland reviews No Need To Argue by The Cranberries, 8th October 1994.

This for everyone coming here from The Cranberries forum. A shame it’s closed to guests so I can’t see what you’re saying. In case there’s any doubt about where I stand on The Cranberries let me make my position clear.

This record got 4/10 and that’s 5 more than it deserves.

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