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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The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays part 1, 31 March 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays part 2, 31 March 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays, 31 March 1990. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

Did this pre-date baggy? Memory hazy. Found the small black and white images on page 44 a touch odd/disturbing. Has Ryder got some sort of shank to his throat?

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Happy Mondays on the cover of Melody Maker, 31 March 1990

Happy Mondays on the cover of Melody Maker, 31 March 1990. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

Someone asked for more Madchester stuff so brace yerself for Shaun & Bez at their peak. Besides I never need much of an excuse to scan in Ride interviews. How young does Andy Bell look in this pic?

The Stud Brothers interview The Beloved, 27th January 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Beloved, 27th January 1990. Photos by Tom Sheehan

David Stubbs interviews Loop, 27th January 1990

David Stubbs interviews Loop, 27th January 1990. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

The Beloved on the cover of Melody Maker, 27th January 1990. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

So the big news today came from this link where IPC announced plans to revive the Melody Maker name with a comprehensive online archive of the magazine.

I’ve joined the good folks over at the WSC forum in expressing my cynicism that it’s anything more than just hot air. I’d love to see it happen but won’t be holding my breath.

And relax…


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Stuart Maconie reviews Bona Drag by Morrissey, 20th October 1990

Stuart Maconie reviews Bona Drag by Morrissey, 20th October 1990.

Can’t say I agree with this positive, yet workmanlike review from Maconie. Morrissey was coming up short in the lyric dept. with increasing frequency even during The Smiths and post Viva Hate has bluffed it ever since.

Yet with the breakup of the Smiths still fairly recent in 1990, the starving demanded to be fed, unfortunately there was nothing left on the menu except gruel. Viva Hate had its morsels, Suedehead in particular, but without the foundation of Marr’s compositions and his sublime guitar work, the cracks in Morrissey’s irrelevant lyrics just became more and more apparent. With Bona Drag, Morrissey’s long, slow slide into irrelevance began. It pains me more than you realise that it still continues to this day.

But I will stick up for November Spawned A Monster, which I think of as the last great thing Morrissey wrote. Maconie dislikes it because it’s “so morbid and cheerless” Duh! That’s precisely why I like it. I can empathise with it. Sure it lacks wit and is dressed up in a touch too much metaphor but he’s singing to us, for us, the ugly and marginalized here, instead of prattling on about bloody Ouija boards and the like.

If all this just makes you want to listen to The Smiths, and it really should, then why not break out the old records for another spin and while you’re at it read Taylor Parkes latest retrospective piece on The Smiths over at The Quietus.

Note to self: Do not explicitly refer to a TV programme title that could be misconstrued, especially in conjunction with the sexualised use of the F word, if you do not want lots of people coming to your blog for all the wrong reasons.

Note to Pin-Up Nights: Thanks! You flatter me, but you really shouldn’t encourage me.

I spent a few days with some Glaswegians recently.

“What’s the difference between Glasgow and Edinburgh?”

“Well, Glasgow is a lot friendlier but you’re also much more likely to get stabbed”