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

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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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Robert Smith and J Mascis on the cover of Melody Maker, 6th May 1989

Robert Smith and J Mascis on the cover of Melody Maker, 6th May 1989. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

These days J seems to be morphing into a bizarre cross between Jonathan King, Daniel Johnston and Gandalf the White. Google for it if you don’t believe me.

And here’s Just Like Heaven on Spotify although the intro guitar part isn’t how I remember it – are there other versions out there?

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Ian Gittins interviews The Wedding Present, 22nd April 1989

Can’t believe we’ve made it to nearly 2 years of AMP without any Wedding Present so far. I’m sure Mr. Agreeable will have savaged Gedge and co. for the Ukrainian folk concept album. Nobody really liked it did they?

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Steve Sutherland interviews Swans part 1, 22nd April 1989

Steve Sutherland interviews Swans part 2, 22nd April 1989

Steve Sutherland interviews Swans, 22nd April 1989. Photos by Tom Sheehan

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Everett True reviews the singles of the week, 22nd April 1989

Interestingly ET signs off with “one of these days I’m gonna emigrate over there” in his review of New Zealand band Straightjacket Fits. Well he’s not quite there but he is in Brisbane and that’s enough to impress me. So well done to ET for displaying such vaulting predeterminism in his review but however good it sounded I can’t believe it’s better than The Cure’s Lullaby, one of their finest ever singles and I’m no great Cure fan. Anyone got a copy of Life in One Chord? Thought not.

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The Swans on the cover of Melody Maker, 22nd April 1989

Swans on the cover of Melody Maker, 22nd April 1989. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

This issue in response to a reader request. In case you didn’t know Michael Gira has recently announced their reformation. Read more here

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