Radiohead live at the Garage Glasgow, 8th October 1994

Paul Moody reviews Radiohead live at the Garage, Glasgow. Taken from NME, 8th October 1994.

Up to this point everyone sensible saw Radiohead as just another fourth rate, bandwagon chasing, grunge/shoegaze lite also-ran. Here previewing material from still to be released The Bends, it seems Radiohead start to show glimmers of what they will one day become.

Fast forward fourteen years to 2008 and you’ll be lucky to even see the stage let alone get the chance be that over-zealous fan who clambers onto the stage.

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Damon Albarn of Blur on the cover of N.M.E. 8th October 1994

Damon Albarn of Blur on the cover of N.M.E. 8th October 1994. Photo by Kevin Cummins.

Blur do a short tour of America to promote Parklife. When did Albarn eventually stop wearing that necklace? Am I imagining it or was there some incident where it was ripped off him at a gig or something?

Blame the Suede flexidisc for the large tear on this cover. I wonder where that flexidisc is now….ah yes I know…the bin.

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Melody Maker Staff Choices Part One 24th - 31st December 1988

Melody Maker Staff Picks, 24th – 31st December, 1988 (part one)

It was 20 years ago today…well almost – time is indeed a cruel mistress.

One of the biggest impressions you’re left with looking back on these earlier issues, is just how much bloody copy they contain. I’m guessing wildly but I reckon there’s as many words in this single issue as 6 months worth of “copy” from the NME now. Not that I read the NME now but y’know…is this what’s called progress?

I’m going to put up some of the tracks mentioned in the coming part 2 and 3 posts. Interesting to speculate if Stubbs would still stand by that Joe le Taxi inclusion? As for Carol…what was she thinking?

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David Stubbs reviews The Jesus and Mary Chain and other live reviews 24th-31st December 1988

Six live reviews from the Christmas edition of Melody Maker 1988.

Oh my days, an absolute embarrassment of riches here which I’ll list for not only the myopically challenged (click the picture to enlarge) but also for our mutual friend Google.

David Stubbs reviews The Jesus and Mary Chain at Brixton Academy

Paul Lester reviews Suicide at The Leadmill, Sheffield

Caroline Sullivan reviews Rick Astley at Wembley Arena

Robert Yates reviews Napalm Death at Canterbury Arms, London

Paul Oldfield reviews Pussy Galore / Das Damen at Greyhound, London

….and Michael Odell draws the short straw to review Tanita Tikaram at Dominion Theatre, London

The Stone Roses - cover of the Melody Maker 3rd June 1989

The Stone Roses on the cover of Melody Maker 3rd June, 1989. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

Isn’t this a brilliant cover? It seems about as close as as I think you could get to summing up that instant in a club when you’re pilled up and every moment seems to make perfect sense. Ian Brown’s pupils need to be bigger though.

There are records you grow to love, ones like Mercury Rev’s debut that slowly creep up on you over many plays and then there’s the very few like The Stone Roses’ debut that leave you slack jawed, screaming “Fuckin’ hell…listen to this!”.

I don’t play it so often these days…probably in no small part because I’ve played it to death over the years but it remains one of my favourite records of all time. It seems incredible to me that there’s loads of kids now who’ve never heard of this band and have never listened to this record.

There’s a Simon Reynolds interview with Brown and Squire inside this issue that I’ll try and scan up if I have time over the weekend but until then, if you’ve not heard it before, “FUCKIN’ HELL….LISTEN TO THIS!”

I Am The Resurrection by The Stone Roses

And from the vaults of the BBC – The Stone Roses on SnubTV. I remember it well.

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Jon Wilde interviews The Pixies for Melody Maker, 11th August 1990 (part1)

Jon Wilde interviews The Pixies for Melody Maker, 11th August 1990 (part 2)

Jon Wilde interviews The Pixies, Melody Maker 11th August 1990.

I just love The Pixies. It all still sounds so, so good. The film made to document their comeback gigs is well worth watching too. Can anyone tell me if this the same Jonh Wilde without the awkwardly placed h?

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Simon Price, who unlike Tim Jonze knows his stuff, reviews David Bowie, live at Milton Keynes Bowl on The Sound & Vision Tour, Melody Maker 11th August, 1990. And very good it is too.

Much to enjoy on this page actually. A nascent Blur at The Dome, which I should probably remind any younger readers does NOT mean The O2 Dome, are applauded for “their total destructive abandon” and “the singer – Randell or whatever his name is” is singled out as having “definite star potential…but if they don’t write some tunes with a different harmony for a change they’ll only be remembered for this – he falls over well.” Hahaha!

Paris Angels, who did indeed pen “divinely heady single Perfume”, reviewed on this page too. Everyone has heard Perfume by the Paris Angels yes? Then please do so now. Wonder if they still play this at Camden Palace…er…I mean, Koko. They should.

And if that’s you at the Snuff gig, caught by the camera, about to get up for yet another stage dive then please say hello and let us know which bank or insurance company you work for now.

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