Public Enemy on the cover of Melody Maker, 28th November 1987

Public Enemy on the cover of Melody Maker, 28th November 1987 in response to another request that came through. Photo by Andy Catlin

And so here’s the first post since the BBC announced the planned closure of 6Music. Who knows if it’ll happen or not but I’ll be one of the many to be sad to see it go if Thompson does pull the plug. I often sit scanning to Freak Zone on the iPlayer – why not add to the sites traffic by taking a listen too – I guarantee you’ll hear something new and incredible.

Over at the continually amazing Quietus, Luke Turner nails the situation completely and drew my attention to this revelatory Information Is Beautiful graphic breaking down the BBC’s annual budget across major categories. To summarise, in terms of cash spent; Norton, Robinson & fucking Clarkeson = 6Music. And really; £2m for 3 days of Jo Whiley et al driving everyone absolutely fucking mental at Glastonbury, that’s a fucking disgrace! Only a fraction of the bands are actually filmed and then the footage can only be shown on iPlayer 7 days due to rights issues – how is that value for money? It was all very different not so long ago and much the better for it.

EDIT: Worth drawing everyone’s attention to this link from the comment left by Matt

Good points about 6Music. Why not tell the BBC this (I have) via their consultation survey? The more who do so, the more likely the station will be spared the axe. https://consultations.external.bbc.co.uk/departments/bbc/bbc-strategy-review/consultation/intro

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Ian Gittins reviews Street Fighting Years by Simple Minds, 6th May 1989

This for http://twitter.com/poohugh

What does it sound like? Like this

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Chris Roberts reviews Disintergration, 6th May 1989

Quite a sniffy review for Disintergration. I always thought this was the last really decent album The Cure made.

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Steve Sutherland interviews Dinosaur Jr. and Robert Smith part 1, 6th May 1989

Steve Sutherland interviews Dinosaur Jr. and Robert Smith part 2, 6th May 1989

Steve Sutherland interviews Dinosaur Jr. and Robert Smith, 6th May 1989. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

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David Stubbs reviews the singles of the week, 6th May 1989

Stubbs is, as always, very good value in these reviews. Interesting to note Stubbs take on the Motown resurections of Sam Brown. One can only wonder what Mr. Agreeable would have thought of Amy Winehouse. It would be great if I could compile Spotify playlists for all the tracks featured in these singles of the week review posts but sadly it’s really hard to find more than 50% of the tracks featured. That said, given Stubbs reviews of most of the records here, maybe that’s a good thing? Well I’ve grabbed what I can so judge for yourself (if you have Spotify) here’s the Singles of the week, 6th May 1989 playlist. Yes, the Robert Palmer track is fucking dreadful.

p.s. I’ve got that Telescopes single on 12″

p.p.s. I saw It Bites live around ’87 and the 16 year old me was very impressed by the guitar skills of the singer *hangs head in shame*

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Simon Reynolds reviews The Telescopes live at The Falcon, 6th May 1989

Simon Reynolds reviews The Telescopes live at The Falcon, 6th May 1989. Photo Stephen Sweet.

Well, well…a review you can read without having to click to enlarge. Enjoy.

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Charts, 6th May 1989

February 17, 2010

Charts, 6th May 1989

Although I’ve posted some best of / end of year charts up before now I’ve never scanned in any of the regular weekly charts. It never occurred to me that there would be anyone interested in them as a) it doesn’t feature any actual writing and b) there’s already some excellent dedicated chart sites – http://www.chartstats.com – being one that’s particularly good.

However I had a request in the week from someone wanting to find out about old the indie charts “Something along the lines of Cherry Red’s Indie Hits 1980-89 would be ideal.”

So dear readers – I ask you – is this worth doing? Would it set your heart racing to be reminded once again of the anomalies of the indie chart back in the day where the likes of PWL artists Pat & Mick and Kylie nestled uneasily alongside Birdland and Front 242? Shall I dedicate the next couple of months of AMP to chronologically scanning in the indie charts from the first copy I’ve got from 1990 to the last from 1996? And in the meantime there’s always this aggregation of the indie charts from The Chart Show on youtube

I’ll keep this open for a couple of weeks and act accordingly.

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