The Stone Roses on the cover of Melody Maker, 9th December 1989

The Stone Roses on the cover of Melody Maker, 9th December 1989. Photos by Paul Rider

It’s the 20th anniversary of The Stone Roses. Amazing. This for The Stone Roses site. Lots of archive scans of the Roses there all put together as amazing little pdf like documents

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Super Furry Animals on the cover of Melody Maker, 13th July 1996

Super Furry Animals on the cover of Melody Maker, 13th July 1996. Photo by Steve Gullick

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Mother of fucking God – look what happened to Melody Maker. Why didn’t they just set the title in Comic Sans and  have done with it?

WHO THOUGHT THIS MAKE-OVER WAS A MOTHERFUCKING GOOD IDEA? WHO!

This issue in response to a request from Paul in Leeds. Bennun’s interview to follow with further shocking Look-In style album reviews etc. following that.

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Back on the Horse! Sorry for the unintentional protracted break but life has been unusually busy since coming back.In a good way. Here’s to new friends – you know who you are.

It felt all wrong to carry on with that old issue and besides there’s been an important request from Alex who wrote to ask, “Do you have anything about Reading 1994? It was one of the happiest weekends of my life. I learnt to pogo!”

Speak and ye shall be sated!

Tipping my hat to ET who has a new blog at http://everetttrue.blogspot.com/

And how’s about this. John Peel’s Festive 50: 1976-2000 as Spotify playlists (some tracks missing but still)

Courtney Love on the cover of Melody Maker, 19th February 1994

Courtney Love on the cover of Melody Maker, 19th February 1994. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

“One thing this last terrible year has proved: if you lie about us, I will hit you, Kurt will shoot you and we will sue”.

But not if he shoots himself first eh Courtney?

And while we’re talking about love why not read an excellent blog post on the subject. It begins like this;

“All you need is love. That’s what John Lennon reckoned, but he was wrong. Sometimes you need a bulletproof vest too. And sometimes you need a cynical, jaded eye. Often, in fact. Having said that, although love is most certainly not all you need, it is the prime mover of the human spirit and life without it is stale, flat, tiring and – on the whole – depressingly pointless.”

Too. Fucking. True.

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Going back now…way, way back.
Loop on the cover of Melody Maker, 12th November 1988. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

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The Prodigy on the cover of Melody Maker, 1st April 1995

The Prodigy on the cover of Melody Maker, 1st April 1995. Photo by Pat Pope.

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Touched by the hand of Mod - Melody Maker cover, 19th November 1994

Touched by the hand of Mod – Melody Maker cover, 19th November 1994. Photo by Pat Pope.

For everyone at 2StrokeBuzz.com

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Jimmy Cauty on the cover of Melody Maker, 16th February 1991. Photo by Kevin Westenberg

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Sinead O’Connor on the cover of Melody Maker, 12th December 1987. Photo Paul Rider

By inexplicably popular request here’s some more Sinead. But it’s the 2 pager on Bill & Jimmy that’s got me excited.

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Curve on the cover of Melody Maker, 26th October 1991

Curve on the cover of Melody Maker, 26th October 1991. Photo Kevin Westenberg.

OK so this is what I’m going to do. Pick a copy from random year. Scan the cover and all pages inside that seem worth it, then move on to another issue. This way there’s a sense of randomness and I get to have just 2 piles, scanned and not scanned.

So I picked this up initially because I have a friend who’s mate’s with Dean, but skimming through this now it feels like there’s something of interest on every page. ET’s not going to appreciate being reminded of the cover story interview he did with The Cranberries though. So tune in again and hold your breath – because Midway Still ARE coming back – at least in print anyway.

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