These seem quite popular so I’ll keep scanning em in. Dunno if I’m imagining it but seem to think Simon Price was somehow in the video for Whale’s – Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe.

And Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain reminds me of living at 98 Wells St, Hackney. It got turned into an off-licence; which all of us that lived there thought fittingly appropriate.

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Caitlin Moran interviews Hole, 19th February 1994. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

“When it comes down to it, I just want someone to stick it in, y’know?”

Michael Mooney, where are you now?

Someday, you will ache like I ache.

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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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Readers, are you the sort of person that posts Jady Goody RIP messages to your friends Facebook account? Then this is the column for you!

I’m going to use this Mr. Agreeable post to just say a reciprocal hello and thanks to some of the folks who’ve linked to AMP recently.

Firstly I meant to highlight the Cactus Mouth Informer blog to you all a while ago, where you can find scans from Zig Zag and Record Mirror from the years preceeding this blog, along with mp3’s and socialist musings. I know Simon Reynolds specifically mentioned his desire to see scans from Zig Zag to me in an email so hope highlighting it here and adding it to the related blog links helps others too. Also, Look At This, a good blog aggregating lots of interesting links and there’s more like this but with extra German over at Nerdcore. Finally cheers to ex XFM DJ Iain Baker and his Westway blog.

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Various album reviews including Snoop Doggy Dog and The Boo Radleys, 11th December 1993

Various album reviews including Snoop Doggy Dog and The Boo Radleys, 11th December 1993.

A timely reminder from the Stud Brothers, to all those of you that think Snoop is ‘cool’ and ‘ironically’ go in for all his Shizzle Bizzle shit, why you should feel thoroughly ashamed of yourself.

My love of The Boo Radleys has already been previously documented so it’s no surprise that I’m going to post this review. The fact that Simon Price likes it does surprise me though; “two stunning LPs (no exaggeration)”. I know Martin has no interest in seeing this stuff again – “Never Go Back” as Alfredo tells Toto in Cinema Paradiso – but it’s here for everyone else that does. Here’s a favourite track of mine from this earlier period when the band were just starting to show flashes of their future brilliance – wait for the trumpet solo at the end!

The Boo Radleys – Spaniard

Lots of other records reviewed on this spread apart from these featured two – tuck in!

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Ben Turner reviews Underworld live at The Orbit, Leeds, 11th December 1993

Ben Turner reviews Underworld live at The Orbit, Leeds, 11th December 1993. Photo by Mark Benney

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Simon Price reviews Lenny Kravitz live at Wembley Arena, 11th December 1993

Simon Price reviews Lenny Kravitz live at Wembley Arena, 11th December 1993.  Photo by Matt Bright.

Completely with Pricey on this one but then what sort of right thinking person wouldn’t be? There are plenty of artists I don’t “get” but I do at least understand why they exist and can see why they have a large following. But Kravitz…Kravitz is so utterly bland, so completely detached and unemotional I just can’t fathom what he does to connect with so many people. From memory the first time I was made aware of Lenny was Let Love Rule, video was all hippy dippy lens flares (in both senses) and then he was shagging Lisa Bonnet and then he had a pub rock anthem with Are you gonna go my way? before actually going away, at least for me, just as the witty title of this piece begs him to do.

So Wikipedia what can you tell me of Lenny these days? Oh God it’s depressing, you might want to stop reading from this point on but these are the “highlights” worth noting

C onsecutive Grammy awards from 1999-2002

U nreleased tracks for Michael Jackson’s Invincible album

N icole Kidman dated 2003- 2004

T he worldwide album sales total runs to 33.1+ million

Lenny Kravitz today

Lenny Kravitz earlier today

Many thanks to Johnny2000 at http://linkfilter.net for spreading the Archived Music Press word.

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Everett True reviews the singles of the week, 11th December 1993

He’s a lumberjack and he’s ok. He drinks all night and he reviews all day. Everett True reviews the singles of the week, 11th December 1993.

Listening to Adoration by The Cranes on Spotify and loving it. What are you doing?

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By the beard of Zeus! These 2 pages of live reviews are the fucking motherlode of IDM (sorry for terrible genre moniker) it’s seems incredible that all this happened within the same week. Where to fucking start?

Well probably best to hi-light the smallest, most shoddily written review of Autechre’s debut live performance first cause it’s easily missed. I know hindsight is a marvellous thing and all that but given given that Incanubula (A STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) had already been released they’re not given nearly enough prominence on the page. If you were there please comment!

Reynolds gets the dream ticket of Vapourspace, Aphex Twin, Moby (before he wrote music to sell cars) and Orbital. Reynold’s nails the description of Vapourspace’s Gravitational Arch of 10 (another STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) as “cyber-Bach variations that make your flesh ripple” and that’s before the E kicks in.

Push takes on The Orb at Brixton Academy and makes me smile with “As The Orb journey further into the fourth dimension, several members of the audience enter the fifth” and continues in the same playful manner at the Megadog, “because the bar shuts fours hours before the close of play – extra curricular activity is ordained. In the name of duty, in the name of investigative journalism; in the name of…oh, sod it, you only live once.” Too right matey!

There’s 3,000 people inside but a thousand have been turned away at the gates by the time Trans Global Underground take to the stage. A thousand! A fucking thousand that didn’t get in! Does any club get even a thousand people inside it these days?

“It’s six am and Megadog comes to a blinding, light-up halt. We smile in unison with the sweaty bodies that surround us, knowing that we’ve just experienced the very best club in the world. Ever”

Those were the days. Those were the fucking days.

Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10 (this is the radio edit – get the long version)

Update: This post has proved fairly popular since hitting some forums. Thanks to those who have posted at residentadvisor.net, linkfilter.net, darktrain.org – more live Underworld coming tomorrow! Big thanks to everyone who has Facebook/Twittered this site recently too.

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Peter Paphides interviews Sarah Cracknell and Tim Burgess, 11th December 1993.  Wedding photos by Tom Sheehan.

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