Ian Gittins reviews Street Fighting Years by Simple Minds, 6th May 1989

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Chris Roberts reviews Disintergration, 6th May 1989

Quite a sniffy review for Disintergration. I always thought this was the last really decent album The Cure made.

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Steve Sutherland interviews Dinosaur Jr. and Robert Smith part 1, 6th May 1989

Steve Sutherland interviews Dinosaur Jr. and Robert Smith part 2, 6th May 1989

Steve Sutherland interviews Dinosaur Jr. and Robert Smith, 6th May 1989. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

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David Stubbs reviews the singles of the week, 6th May 1989

Stubbs is, as always, very good value in these reviews. Interesting to note Stubbs take on the Motown resurections of Sam Brown. One can only wonder what Mr. Agreeable would have thought of Amy Winehouse. It would be great if I could compile Spotify playlists for all the tracks featured in these singles of the week review posts but sadly it’s really hard to find more than 50% of the tracks featured. That said, given Stubbs reviews of most of the records here, maybe that’s a good thing? Well I’ve grabbed what I can so judge for yourself (if you have Spotify) here’s the Singles of the week, 6th May 1989 playlist. Yes, the Robert Palmer track is fucking dreadful.

p.s. I’ve got that Telescopes single on 12″

p.p.s. I saw It Bites live around ’87 and the 16 year old me was very impressed by the guitar skills of the singer *hangs head in shame*

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If anyone knows how to contact Jane can they pass this message on. I have Jason’s email so message me back via the Contact page and I’ll pass on his details to you. Thanks

Hi Jane

I’m writing to make an inquiry regarding your tenure as a writer for New Musical Express.

Presently I’m preparing a book on The Smiths, to be published by Omnibus Press. The book is a collection of facsimilies of original articles and interviews, album and single reviews, live reviews and news items, and will include many items from Melody Maker and New Musical Express, including your review of the Smiths’ Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre, 25-26 August, 1986 gigs (New Musical Express, circa September ’86). IPC has not been able to confirm that you were a staff writer, and I was hoping you could clarify your position at NME during this time. Since IPC has not been able to confirm your position they are only able to issue a licence for use of this review under an archive contract, which does not guarantee the rights to the piece.

If you have since acquired the rights to your review, or if you penned it as a freelance contributor, a fee for its use will need to be discussed – as long as you are happy for it to be included. Apologies, but I do not have the precise date of publication available to me.

Regards

Jason Collins

Simon Reynolds reviews The Telescopes live at The Falcon, 6th May 1989

Simon Reynolds reviews The Telescopes live at The Falcon, 6th May 1989. Photo Stephen Sweet.

Well, well…a review you can read without having to click to enlarge. Enjoy.

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Charts, 6th May 1989

February 17, 2010

Charts, 6th May 1989

Although I’ve posted some best of / end of year charts up before now I’ve never scanned in any of the regular weekly charts. It never occurred to me that there would be anyone interested in them as a) it doesn’t feature any actual writing and b) there’s already some excellent dedicated chart sites – http://www.chartstats.com – being one that’s particularly good.

However I had a request in the week from someone wanting to find out about old the indie charts “Something along the lines of Cherry Red’s Indie Hits 1980-89 would be ideal.”

So dear readers – I ask you – is this worth doing? Would it set your heart racing to be reminded once again of the anomalies of the indie chart back in the day where the likes of PWL artists Pat & Mick and Kylie nestled uneasily alongside Birdland and Front 242? Shall I dedicate the next couple of months of AMP to chronologically scanning in the indie charts from the first copy I’ve got from 1990 to the last from 1996? And in the meantime there’s always this aggregation of the indie charts from The Chart Show on youtube

I’ll keep this open for a couple of weeks and act accordingly.

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Robert Smith and J Mascis on the cover of Melody Maker, 6th May 1989

Robert Smith and J Mascis on the cover of Melody Maker, 6th May 1989. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

These days J seems to be morphing into a bizarre cross between Jonathan King, Daniel Johnston and Gandalf the White. Google for it if you don’t believe me.

And here’s Just Like Heaven on Spotify although the intro guitar part isn’t how I remember it – are there other versions out there?

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The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays part 1, 31 March 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays part 2, 31 March 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays, 31 March 1990. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

Did this pre-date baggy? Memory hazy. Found the small black and white images on page 44 a touch odd/disturbing. Has Ryder got some sort of shank to his throat?

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Happy Mondays on the cover of Melody Maker, 31 March 1990

Happy Mondays on the cover of Melody Maker, 31 March 1990. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

Someone asked for more Madchester stuff so brace yerself for Shaun & Bez at their peak. Besides I never need much of an excuse to scan in Ride interviews. How young does Andy Bell look in this pic?

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