Push interviews Underworld, 22nd December 1994

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Ian Gittins interviews D:Ream, 22nd December 1994

Things can only get better Gordon – especially after this truly low, LOW point from former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips. She digs herself a hole and just keeps on diggin’. Can you watch to the end?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8280719.stm

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Everett True interviews Echobelly pt 1, 30th September 1995

Everett True interviews Echobelly pt 2, 30th September 1995

Everett True interviews Echobelly, 30th September 1995. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

I wanna do great things, I don’t wanna compromise…so can someone read this for me?

I want to watch this amazing video again

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Simon Price interviews The Boo Radleys, 30th September 1995

Simon Price interviews The Boo Radleys, 30th September 1995. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

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Alex Richardson interviews Dave Rowntree, 16th September 1995

Alex Richardson interviews Dave Rowntree, 16th September 1995.

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Steve Sutherland interviews Damon Albarn, 16th September 1995

Steve Sutherland interviews Damon Albarn part2, 16th September 1995

Steve Sutherland interviews Damon Albarn, 16th September 1995. Photos by Kevin Cummins.

Seeing as I have the N.M.E. pile out and we’re all still flushed from seeing Blur on stage again at Glastonbury 2009 I thought I’d post this, the counterpart to this cover, which has proved extremely popular. Gasp again to the cut and thrust of Blur vs. Oasis; thrill to the shenanigans of Cuntry House and The Great Escape; or just simply drool over the lovely Cummins picture of the young Albarn.

The years are starting to show though aren’t they? Quite understandable for Albarn to change the lyrics in End of a Century from “the mind gets dirty, as you get closer to thirty” to fifty, given the circumstances. It doesn’t scan as well but I’ll forgive him.

So I dunno if I was naive, but I wasn’t expecting quite such a retreat to the ‘Britpop’ Blur – perhaps Damon & Co. needed to be reminded of what great work they’ve produced over the years to feel re-invigorated for the future? It has, lest we forget, been a long slog for them over the last 20 years. Something I was reminded of again today thanks to the serendipitous joys of Twitter when I read Rhodri Marsden’s first hand recollection of meeting Blur in their orignal Seymour form and then subsequently touring with them. Well worth reading and there’s this photo that shows why Dave gave up drinking.

It just so happens that I’ve managed to scan in a review from one of these early Blur performances where The Keatons supported. If you missed it the first time it’s here.

And let’s not forgot all of Blur’s festival unfriendly tunes. Here’s a Spotify playlist showcasing the gloomy side of Blur through the years.

Wallow deep.

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Steven Wells R.I.P.

June 25, 2009

I’ll leave it to his contemporaries to write the perceptive, insightful, emotional stuff.

ET has collected a list of tributes here.

There’s also the ever brilliant WSC forum too.

In James Brown’s piece he says “Anything loud or unhip became his domain” which seems particularly astute in the context of the few measly scraps I can offer.

Carter USM, Jesus Jones and finally, perhaps fittingly, Snuff.

Snuff said.

Indeed.

Steven Wells interviews Carter USM, 19th November 1994

Steven Wells interviews Carter USM, 19th November 1994. Photos Roger Sargent & Derek Ridgers

Steven Wells interviews Jesus Jones, 1st July 1989

Steven Wells interviews Jesus Jones, 1st July 1989. Photo Lawrence Watson.

Steven Wells reviews Snuff Said by Snuff, 18th Novemeber 1989

Steven Wells reviews Snuff Said by Snuff, 18th November 1989

Jonh Wilde interviews The Stone Roses part 1, 9th December 1989

Jonh Wilde interviews The Stone Roses part 2, 9th December 1989

Jonh Wilde interviews The Stone Roses part 1, 9th December 1989. Photos by Paul Rider

This for Steven who runs www.thestoneroses.co.uk to make into another cute little pdf book thing.

I know I’ve been lax again recently with the blog but I’ve had a break through at home with the dark art of wi-fi configuration so hopefully that’ll encourage me to post on a more regular basis.

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Ian Watson quizes Supergrass, 2nd March 1996

Ian Watson quizzes Supergrass, 2nd March 1996.

It’s Wolverine, the wife swapper from Primrose Hill and the other one.

God this is so dull but then it’s probably not meant to be read by 38 year old men. The only piece of trivia to be gained from this is that Phil Jupitas used to be the warm-up man for The White Room and that Danny thinks “It’s quite a beautiful, fascinating thing watching a turd come out of someone’s arse”. And that, presumably, from the man when he hasn’t snorted a blizzard of cocaine. Man those parties with Sadie must have been positively Bacchanalian.

I’m sure Google’s going to make me regret typing that combination of words into the blog.

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Maker News Special-The Battle of the Brits part 1, 2nd March 1996

Maker News Special-The Battle of the Brits part 2, 2nd March 1996

Maker News Special-The Battle of the Brits part 3, 2nd March 1996

Maker News Special: The Battle of the Brits, 2nd March 1996.

I’ve stared too long at Gallagher’s ugly Arthur Daley meets the missing link visage tonight to have anything much to say about this but I did laugh my head off at the irony of Jonathan King’s opinion being sought about Jackson’s notorious paedo-friendly Earth Song performance though. And there’s still time to get those Knighthood forms filled in.

Hi to all those visiting for the first time from the B3ta boards. The honour is all mine. Cheers!

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