Dave Simpson reviews Lush and The Pale Saints, 9th December 1989

Dave Simpson reviews Lush and The Pale Saints live at The Warehouse, Leeds, 9th December 1989.

A 4AD love in – and just look at that perfect indie moptop in the picture! This had me rushing straight to Spotify to listen to Pale Saints debut, The Comforts of Madness, which I hadn’t listened to in 15+ years.  Apart from Sight of You seeming to me to be a carbon copy of a bombastic era U2 record (admittedly with a *much* feyer vocal) as a whole it stands up pretty well. But then maybe my ears just enjoyed hearing some old, familiar tunes. You decide – here’s the Spotify link

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Jim Arundel interviews Stereolab, 26th October 1991

Jim Arundel interviews Stereolab, 26th October 1991. Photos Stephen Sweet

After yesterday’s embarrassments here’s a very early piece on Stereolab, a band who were great then and are great now. French Disko seems like the obvious track to post but that’s on vinyl so here’s something that maybe isn’t so well known, as, according to Wikipedia, only 800-1000 CD’s were pressed up. A great shame because it’s a great droning jam that can be spooky/scary when stoned. Spiiiddddeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrssssss

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1. “Simple Headphone Mind” – 10:36

2. “Trippin’ with the Birds” – 21:04


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Melody Maker review of July 1987 with staff picks by Simon Reynolds

Melody Maker review of July 1987 with staff picks by Simon Reynolds.

Completely unrelated to this but worth mentioning all the same is that, according to Sweeping the Nation, Kenickie’s last gig was ten years ago tonight. For me Come Out 2nite is right up there with Teenage Kicks as a perfect pop anthem to youth. So in tribute to Kenickie here’s Lauren looking foxy in a little red dress with a flying V guitar before XFM and The Culture Show stole her away from us. Grrrrrr.

Another plug too for Freaky Trigger who are reviewing every UK No.1 single. Currently up to 1979


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