The Stone Roses N.M.E. cover 1989

Classic N.M.E. cover of The Stone Roses at the peak of their powers. 18th November 1989. Photograph by Kevin Cummins.

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Stone Roses live at the ICA

Everett True reviews The Stone Roses live at The I.C.A. May 27th 1989

U2 cover of Melody Maker Dec 1987

1987. The year U2 become the biggest band in the world after releasing The Joshua Tree.

Admire the youth of little Bonio without his (ironic) rock star shades before the weight of the world got to him. Don’t forget – Make Bono History.

The Sundays MelodyMaker Interview Jan 20th 1990

The Sundays interviewed by Everett True before he became close personal friends with Kurdt Cobain. Taken from MelodyMaker Jan 20th 1990.

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is one of the few records from around this time that I still listen to today and if you’ve not heard the album I’d strongly urge you to go and buy a copy. From memory the 2nd album was crap and I didn’t even know they’d released a third. I’d assumed they’d had split up but according to their Wikipedia entry not only are the band together but so are Harriet and David, who are currently focusing on raising their two children. Awwhh bless!

Now the hype’s died down I’m going to check out those other two records and see if they’re as good as the first one.

These fullscap Melody Makers are a bitch to scan in by the way. This one took more than 10 A4 scans so I hope someone out there appreciates it one day.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones and words will just finish me off”

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Ride Interview

Chris Roberts interview with Ride for the Melody Maker, Jan 20th, 1990.

Promise this isn’t going to turn into an exclusive Ride blog but every issue I pick up seems to have something Ride related inside or out. Besides, as I’ve already said, I loved Ride and their early EP releases.

N.M.E. 27th August, 1988. Live review of The Sugarcubes from I Beam Club, San Francisco and One Step Beyond, Santa Carla.

Interesting to note the withering review of Carter. 12 months later as the Carter U.S.M. and with Sheriff Fatman they’d be making a big splash. Didn’t they mug Philip Schofield at some Smash Hits award do?

Melody Maker Talk Talk Talk Awards page 1988.

This is taken from the Talk Talk Talk columns Christmas Awards 1988 and simply the first thing I came across featuring The Butthole Surfers who are touring this month some 20 years later.

And it seems rude not to embed a classic tune of theirs. Here’s their inspired cover of Hurdy Gurdy Man.

Ultra Vivid Scene Interview

Interview with Kurt Ralske from Ultra Vivid Scene by Ian Gittins – April 14th, 1990.

The Mercy Seat is still a fine record and Vaughan Oliver’s execution of the design/photography on these records up there with his best work. There’s a great archive of the record artwork here

I haven’t thought of UVS for years apart from when I hear the Jonny Cash version of Nick Cave’s The Mercy Seat. These days Kurt has re-invented himself as an visual artist and lives in New York City.

“I learnt the hard way…that life should be easy”. Pretty sure I went to this gig.

Ride Live Review from N.M.E. 1989

I bloody loved those early Ride EP’s. Simon Williams went on to set up Fierce Panda which is fourteen years young this year.

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