Simon Price reviews Cassanova by the Divine Comedy and David Stubbs reviews Expert Knob Twiddlers by Mike & Rich, 13th July 1996

Simon Price reviews Casanova by the Divine Comedy and David Stubbs reviews Expert Knob Twiddlers by Mike & Rich, 13th July 1996.

Also David Stubbs reviews Das Est Ein Groovy Beat Ya? by Jake Slazenger, Simon Reynolds reviews Tech Steppin’ Various Artists, John Robb reviews BlueTip by BlueTip. Ian Watson reviews Miracle by Bim Sherman, Martin James reviews Mexican Church by Blue and Julian Craven reviews Warm Nights by Robert Forster.

Be sure to read those in-depth Q&A’s in full. Vital stuff!

[loads gun, pulls trigger]

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Talk Talk Talk featuring Mr Agreeable, 13th July 1996

Talk Talk Talk featuring Mr Agreeable, 13th July 1996.

Liam and Patsy – fookin’ hell!

There is something wrong with my internet again. I’m stealing the neighbours wifi but it’s slow going. Please bear with AMP during these testing technical times.

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Everett True interviews Screaming Trees - part 1, 13th July 1996

Everett True interviews Screaming Trees - part 2, 13th July 1996

Everett True interviews Screaming Trees, 13th July 1996. Photos by Steve Gullick

I have never knowingly listened to a Screaming Trees record. Should I?

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Dave Simpson reviews Spooky and David Bennun reviews Kenickie live, 13th July 1996

Dave Simpson reviews Spooky live at The Banks of the Tiber, Rome and David Bennun reviews Kenickie live at The Zap, Brighton.

Well well, who’d have thunk it huh? As Bennun swoons over the gestating Kenickie from the outset, halfway through, there’s this paragraph;

“Just assuming that you can’t justify a band on banter – and if you ever could, this would be the band – how about the fact that they’re stylish, sexy, funnier than life itself? And yes, most of the male music journalists I know want to sleep with them.”

With the benefit of hindsight that really is most amusing as one of them rather famously went on to do just that. You lucky sod.

But that banter was as real and intoxicating as Bennun describes. You just couldn’t help but fall for it. And yet now Lauren Laverne has transformed herself into the de facto face of all things cultural for the BBC, it’s easy to forget quite how intelligent and spunky she used to be.

I’m aware that I need to be respectful when talking about individuals here who could easily be reading, however the sad fact remains; the prettier Laverne gets, the less relevant she becomes. Her personality has now been diluted, flattened and pummelled to a shadow of its former self in order to make her palatable for a mainstream audience. What’s so wrong with allowing women to be intelligent, witty and feisty? Let her be herself. Closest thing these days is her radio show on 6Music but it’s still a pale imitation.

This clip from Planet Pop shows how good she was, and probably still is, despite the annoying editing and her rather lank, greasy hair. But hey…that’s showbiz and these are the compromises it seems you have to make if you’re gonna get on in the world of TV.



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Tribal Gathering at Luton Hoo, 13th July 1996

Is this the way they say nostalgia’s meant to feel, or just 30,000 people standing in a field?

After me being so sniffy about the new look Maker, there’s this anomaly where Reynolds very intelligently explores the “post-rave diaspora” of styles and sub-cultures born out of the original rave scene and tries to snatch some sort of meaning from it. An amusing, must read, last paragraph reports, “There’s a sense of aftermath. You know you’ve been through something; you just don’t know yet what it was. But it doesn’t mean nothing.”

Interesting to note that this double page feature isn’t mentioned at all on the cover.

Note to Russian viewers: There have been a lot of comments in Russian in the last week or two. I’m only going to publish comments to AMP in English. It doesn’t have to be perfect, ‘correct’ English, it just needs to be understandable enough for me (and everyone else) to know you’re not spamming the site.

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David Bennun interviews Super Furry Animals - part 1, 13th July 1996

David Bennun interviews Super Furry Animals - part 2, 13th July 1996

David Bennun interviews Super Furry Animals, 13th July 1996. Photos by Steve Gullick.

I’ve not read it but I will. Then I might leave some retrospective commentary. Then again I might not. I bloody love Radiator though.

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Talk Talk Talk featuring Mr Agreeable, 3rd September 1994

Talk Talk Talk featuring Mr Agreeable, 3rd September 1994.

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