Mick Mercer reviews the singles of the week, 9th December 1989

Mick Mercer reviews the singles of the week, 9th December 1989.

Reviewing these singles takes me back and my, what breadth of content on this page. From the mainstream pap of Bros, Brother Beyond and their ilk, a fading Duran Duran, the big hitters like Billy Joel and Bon Jovi to the obscurest indie Metal Monkey Machine and eveything inbetween to Van Morrison with Cliff fucking Richard!

All About Eve took the single of the week honours with a song that isn’t Martha’s Harbour, possibly because they hadn’t written it yet – I can’t be bothered to look it up but I feel they will be *so* pleased to see some retrospective recognition for *any* of their other songs.

It seems like a good time to drop this link to a nostalgic Guardian article and list compilation, where Johnny Dee asks

“1989 was a momentous year for music as De La Soul, the Stone Roses and acid house defined the zeitgeist. So how come we were all listening to Jive Bunny?”

Knock yourselves out.

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While skimming through this issue the Backlash page caught my eye due to one of the published letters being from one Alex Petridis. For those of you that don’t recognise that name, Alex has grown up to become Alexis Petridis, The Guardian’s head rock and pop critic. Not sure what prompted the shift from Alex to Alexis, and very unsure about Push’s response – Todd Rundgren!

Update: Via the unbridled joys of Twitter this explanation from the horse’s mouth. “I’m afraid the name change is down to MM’s crappy subbing. I’ve always been Alexis.”

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Live Reviews featuring Back to the Phuture at Brixton Fridge

Various live reviews taken from NME, 29th October 1988.

Simon Williams reviews All About Eve at The Marquee and The Blue Aeroplanes at Dingwalls.

Sam Crowe reviews Christy Moore at London Dominion Theatre

This taken quickly and in recognition of the fact that this site has finally made it to the N.M.E. forums as grist to the mill for the old “Was the music press better in the old days?” Answer: Yes. Thanks boneyboy.

With the Watchmen trailer breaking this bit of old Acid House / rave culture caught my eye. I’m sure I’ve got some old Shoom reviews too but there’ll have to wait for another time. The poor old smilee face….once a symbol to strike fear into the establishment and now so passée the tweenies don’t even want to use it in MSN chats. I went to The Fridge late 2006 and it was like the band playing on whilst The Titanic sank. And I bet the film’s shit too.

Other than that my new favourite waste of time is http://blip.fm/ It’s a little like The Hype Machine but simpler and better for it. Oh and Edward Aczel was probably the most unassumingly good thing I saw in Edinburgh even though I did ask for a jigsaw towards the end. Great BBC Four doc on Stiff records, If it Ain’t Stiff, a few days ago too. Unfortunately it seems it’s not available on iPlayer. Shame.

That’ll have to be it for now. I can’t exactly say it’s nice to be back – the break has only made me realise how much time this thing has started to take, but it’s nice to know people still surfed through without having anything new to look at. This is afterall what this site exists for, as a repository for fans of the music, the papers and pop culture generally.

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Melody Maker Talk Talk Talk Awards page 1988.

This is taken from the Talk Talk Talk columns Christmas Awards 1988 and simply the first thing I came across featuring The Butthole Surfers who are touring this month some 20 years later.

And it seems rude not to embed a classic tune of theirs. Here’s their inspired cover of Hurdy Gurdy Man.