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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The Wonderstuff on the cover of the N.M.E. 5th May 1990. Photo by Tim Jarvis.

UPDATE: To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Eight Legged Groove Machine, The Wonderstuff are playing the album in it’s entirety for an anniversary party at the Birmingham Carling Academy (30th October) and London Shepherds Bush Empire (31st October).

Jesus Jones will be supporting on both dates. And in a lovely squaring of the circle kind of way both Mike Edwards and Gen Matthews play in Andrew Mueller’s Country & Western band The Blazing Zoos, “an exceedingly confused and angry country & western band” as Mueller himself puts it.

More info at the official site

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Michael Stipe from R.E.M. on the cover of Melody Maker, 27th May 1989. Photo by Andy Catlin.

Battered but beautiful cover from back when R.E.M. were still cool and making OK records. You used to be able to buy this cover on a T-Shirt.

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Simon Reynolds reviews On Fire by Galaxie 500, 28th October 1989.

If there’s a more underrated band than Galaxie 500 then I want to hear about them.

Cos I’m a bit drunk and because this is the official soundtrack to this blog I paid WordPress for the mp3 feature. If just one of you hears this for the first time it’ll be worth it. Enjoy and go buy the Galaxie 500 box set on Rykodisc.

If this doesn’t make you cry then you’re already dead.

Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste by Galaxie 500

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Jonh Wilde interviews House of Love. Melody Maker 28th October 1989.

Another one of those difficult to scan oversize glossy Melody Makers but for House of Love I felt it was worth it.

If I ever meet Guy Chadwick I will ask him – “Is it better to have been loved and to have lost it or to have never been loved at all”. If anyone knows the answer to that question, he does.

Any graphic designers out there might be amused by the awkwardly placed, ‘type on a path’ experimentation of subtitle “Building Sights”. Look at it – surely this was a mistake?

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Sharon O\' Connell reviews Seefeel\'s Succour, 18th March 1995

I used to listen to this record a lot. More specifically I used to listen to this record a lot between the hours of about 4-7am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. And when I say “listen” I really mean “lie catatonic while the record played in the background”.

But this does the music a disservice. It still holds up. It’s still a great record. I’m listening to it now as a matter of fact. It doesn’t feel especially dated. In fact it sounds a lot like the record everyone keeps hoping Autechre might release after 10 years of unsatisfying glitchronica. A step back perhaps, but sometimes we need to step back in order to move a little further forward.

Sharon O’ Connell now writes for the music section of Time Out (London) but also contributes to Uncut magazine. Click here to read her brief interview with Fuck Buttons, one of today’s exciting, adventurous electronic bands.

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Paul Lester reviews The Fall at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Taken from Melody Maker, 22nd July 1989.

Not much to say about this except ask if anyone’s read Mark E Smith’s biog yet. Worth reading?

Paul Lester now writes regularly for The Guardian music blog

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