Taylor Parkes reviews The Stone Roses 9th December 1995

Taylor Parkes reviews The Stone Roses, 9th December 1995. Photo Mark Benney.

“…and the collected non-old people of Bridlington and its surrounding villages go bananas (raisins, coconuts, sultanas)”

It’s terrible but it made me smile; and the glaring indignity of the fact that Brown has managed to carve out some sort of post-Roses career while Squire has retreated to his painting is underlined by the subsequent review.


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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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Live clubs, Vague, Sabresonic, Megatripolis, Open All Hours, 22nd December 1994

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Taylor Parkes reviews Dex Dexter live at The Cell, 30th September 1995

Taylor Parkes reviews Dex Dexter live at The Cell, 30th September 1995

This review’s a bit ‘high concept’ for me.

Dave Simpson reviews Lush and The Pale Saints, 9th December 1989

Dave Simpson reviews Lush and The Pale Saints live at The Warehouse, Leeds, 9th December 1989.

A 4AD love in – and just look at that perfect indie moptop in the picture! This had me rushing straight to Spotify to listen to Pale Saints debut, The Comforts of Madness, which I hadn’t listened to in 15+ years.  Apart from Sight of You seeming to me to be a carbon copy of a bombastic era U2 record (admittedly with a *much* feyer vocal) as a whole it stands up pretty well. But then maybe my ears just enjoyed hearing some old, familiar tunes. You decide – here’s the Spotify link

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Andrew Mueller reviews The Ramones live at the Enmore Theatre Sydney, 9th December 1989

One has to assume that Mueller got these Australian review gigs as a result of having already flown back home at his own expense rather than IPC whisking him on a first class flight to Sydney to review The Ramones and The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, a band with a name worst than Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts. But then Stephen Sweet took the picture so perhaps IPC did splash the cash afterall.

So this retrospectively posted on 17th June in honour of meeting Mr. Andrew Mueller in person on that very date.

And when I say met, I suppose you could read ‘mugged’ or ‘door-stopped’ or whatever the word is when you recognise someone in the street and shout “Andrew!” before you’ve really thought through what you’re going to follow your opening salutation with. God bless the jet-lagged Mueller for not telling a rambling drunken stranger to fuck off.

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Ted Mico reviews The Pixies live in Boston and Caren Myers reviews The Sugarcubes live in Yugoslavia, 9th December 1989

Ted Mico reviews The Pixies live in Boston and Caren Myers reviews The Sugarcubes live in Yugoslavia, 9th December 1989. Pixies photo Mike Morton.

Black Francis with hair. Read the review and tell me you’re not jealous that you weren’t there.

And The Sugarcubes in the former Yugoslavia. Various rumours and reports that Einar’s off-key yelping at this gig was a major factor in the break up of the former Yugoslavia still persist to this day.

A prize for anyone that can tell me in the comments who or what the black butterfly was a teaser ad for.

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