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Going back now…way, way back.
Loop on the cover of Melody Maker, 12th November 1988. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

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Sarah Champion on Manchester’s Acid scene, 22nd October 1988.

The other 2 pages of the NME feature on the acid scene for everyone joining from Faith Fanzine forum. Do you want more of this stuff?

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Paolo Hewitt interviews Paul Oakenfold about Acid Culture, 22nd October 1988.

You could sum up this whole piece with “Take drugs kids, they’re amazing and everyone is doing them”. Of course, the NME couldn’t come out and say this directly, especially when they’ve started the piece by accusing the media of being out to kill the acid scene because of the drugs the media assume are involved. So you get quotes from Oakenfold like this,

“Obviously, drugs are involved but I don’t know to what extent. It’s impossible to say”.

Er, yeah…sure Paul. Maybe it’s impossible to say because you’ve already taken so much Ecstasy your brain resembles swiss cheese.

He continues with this gem, where if you replace the cipher word ‘fun’ with ‘drugs’ does actually sum up the scene perfectly.

“The key,” he [Oakenfold] explains, “the secret to the whole thing is fun. People have never had so much fun. People thought they would never be able to dance again. I’m 26 and I thought I’d never dance again. Now I go to clubs and dance. When you’ve got something that is so much fun everyone wants a piece of it.”

Haha! Who did they think they were kidding? Drugs have always been at the heart of every vibrant music scene. With the Acid/Rave scene they were at the heart, lungs, eyes, feet and every other part of the body. The real reason why so much modern music sucks so badly is because society sorely lacks for a new drug to kickstart it.

One of the brilliant things about the web is how so many of these records are being archived and made available on themed mp3 blogs. Audio.Out is particularly good, especially for the rarer stuff. Indeed it’s just posted Balearic Beats Volume 1, Part 1 which ties in nicely with this interview.

Oh and if you fancy saying hello to Paolo Hewitt he’s just launched his own blog

Who watches The Watchmen? The Daily Mail of course.

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Barry Egan interviews Sinead O’ Connor, 29th October 1988. Photos by Kevin Cummins.
The Sinead cover continues to be very popular so here’s that cover’s interview. Pretty girls dig their own graves.

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Maxell Tape Advert 1988

This is the back cover to the U2 cover just posted previously.

This ad, like almost every big corporate ad placed in the music weeklies, being all sorts of wrong. From the saxophone to those preppy clothes and haircut, even back in 1988 I remember cringing at how these companies kept getting ‘cool’ so spectacularly wrong.

Aside from this I can’t help but notice how that strapline pre-dates txt speak. This would surely read “Without UR, ur missing out” today. And of course whenever I think of Maxell tapes I always, always, think of this TV ad.



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U2 on the cover of the N.M.E., 22nd October 1988

U2 on the cover of the N.M.E., 22nd October 1988. Photo by Bledden Butcher.

Y’see, there was this band from Ireland….

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David Stubbs interviews Front 242 part 1, 3rd Sept 1988

David Stubbs interviews Front 242 part 2, 3rd Sept 1988

David Stubbs interviews Front 242, 3rd Sept 1988.

This for Belgium TV. Seriously. It’s still unconfirmed whether Pepe Le Punk will present or not.

So here’s another reason why people take the piss out of Belgium. Look at these 3 cocks posing as bedroom Bickles and spouting off about what it takes to be “a good terrorist”. We’re used to seeing photos like this these days as a result of some twat walking into a school for a shooting spree and not as a PR angle to sell records. Good riddance.

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