Andrew Mueller reviews The Ramones live at the Enmore Theatre Sydney, 9th December 1989

One has to assume that Mueller got these Australian review gigs as a result of having already flown back home at his own expense rather than IPC whisking him on a first class flight to Sydney to review The Ramones and The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, a band with a name worst than Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts. But then Stephen Sweet took the picture so perhaps IPC did splash the cash afterall.

So this retrospectively posted on 17th June in honour of meeting Mr. Andrew Mueller in person on that very date.

And when I say met, I suppose you could read ‘mugged’ or ‘door-stopped’ or whatever the word is when you recognise someone in the street and shout “Andrew!” before you’ve really thought through what you’re going to follow your opening salutation with. God bless the jet-lagged Mueller for not telling a rambling drunken stranger to fuck off.

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Reading Festival Review - Cover, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Friday, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Saturday, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Photos, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Rumour Mill, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Sunday, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - back cover, 3rd September 1994

1994 and another Reading Festival review. Note the Court in the Act column on page 33 as a source of great embarrassment to ET, oh and can someone answer Andrew Mueller’s question/mistaken caption (page 35) “Who the f*** is this?” even if it is 14 years too late. Come on…one of you must have slept with her.

Writers: Everett True, Andrew Mueller, Cathi Unsworth, Caitlin Moran, Sarra Manning, Dave Jennings, Dave Simpson, Ian Watson

Photographers: Tom Sheehan, Steve Gullick,Stephen Sweet, Matt Bright

Those who also turned up to get drunk: Allan Jones, Sharon O’ Connell, Simon Price

If you’ve been paying attention at the back you’ll know this one’s for Alex. Why not follow her on Twitter @loopingtheloop – she has a lovely turn of phrase – which, given she’s a journalist is probably to be expected.

Head like a cold…black as your bathroom mold…

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The 1992 Reading Festival review, 12th September 1992.

Writers: Everett True, Jim Arundel, Shane Danielsen, Andrew Smith, Simon Price, Sharon O’Connell

Photographers: Kevin Westenberg, Stephen Sweet, Matt Bright, Steve Gullick

Those who also turned up to get drunk: Allan Jones, Steve Sutherland, Andrew Mueller, Ben Turner, Sally Margret Joy, Ben Stud, Ngaire, Black Mat Smith, Clint Poppie

Apart from the mud this was the infamous Reading Festival where ET pushed Kurt onto the stage in a wheelchair. Has the story of how and why that came about been told already? If so please post a link and if not then can I tempt the story from the horse’s mouth?

UPDATE: Discussion about Reading and particularly this Reading Festival over on the WSC message board prompted by Simon Price considering breaking a 21 year attendance record.

And if you’re looking for a timeline of Reading Festival from inception to present day then this site if worth a look

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Andrew Mueller interviews Teenage Fanclub, 1st April 1995

Andrew Mueller interviews Teenage Fanclub, 1st April 1995. Photos by Matt Bright.

In the same issue Taylor cracks his Teenage Fanclub who’s who gag there’s this from Mueller! Which begs a bigger question – who’s right? Runaround now!

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Andrew Mueller reviews The Best Of New Order, 19th November 1994

Andrew Mueller reviews The Best Of New Order, 19th November 1994. Image Pat Pope.

Another bullet in the chamber for Mueller, which given the intro to this piece, seems an even more appropriate metaphor than usual. Elsewhere Calvin Bush reviews a Mo’ Wax compilation and ET reviews Da Brat.

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The great pretendin’, moonshine sippin’, Ween hatin’ Andrew Mueller reviews The Boo Radleys Wake Up, 25th March 1995.

One of the great ironies for the Boos is that the record that made them also ended up breaking them. It’s probably their weakest record but I’m glad it made them some cash if nothing else. Go buy Giant Steps, C’Mon Kids or Kingsize before this though.

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David Stubbs interviews Kraftwerk, 20th July 1991

http://www.thequietus.com/articles/00605-country-western-versus-the-germanic-avant-garde-the-great-debate

At least Stubbs has been consistent in his love of krautrock as evidenced in this piece from 1991. Mueller’s 5,000 word articles in praise of Cuntry. A. Bumpkin and his ilk, being conspicuously absent from the pages of the Maker during the 90’s.

Which leaves me wondering when exactly did this bizarre affliction strike Mueller to such a debilitating degree. Is it the result of some sort of recent mid-life crisis or perhaps an unluckly side effect of diligent, socio-political globe trotting. “I’ve been around the world and I, I, I….I just love Nashville boy”

Nein, danke!

Jennifer Nine reviews The Bends by Radiohead, 11th March 1995

Jennifer Nine reviews The Bends by Radiohead, 11th March 1995.

So here’s the Radiohead review I referred to in the previous post on Gene. You won’t catch Thom posing like this these days so lap it up Radiohead fans. Look at that belly button….phwooorrrrhhhh!

I don’t know how long or how many listens a typical record reviewer gets but probably not much. So fair play to Jennifer Nine for calling it on this. I resisted this record for so long. I just thought of Radiohead as major label bandwagon jumpers that had joined the party far too late. But by this time I’d started working and was subject to the communal musical tastes of my co-workers. So The Bends slowly ground me down, little by little, track by track.

These days I’ll begrudgingly admit to it being a quite good even though I still think the lyrics are impenetrable nonsense.

More C4 hypocrisy tonight with a teenager being cajoled into having vaginal cosmetic surgery in Embarrassing Teenage Bodies only a few weeks after Dawn Porter’s Lisa Roger’s C4 documentary/polemic about about the ‘growing epidemic’ and pointless stupidity of genital plastic surgery.

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Thanks to Richard for leaving a comment pointing out my error in initially identifying Dawn Porter and not Lisa Rodgers as the presenter of The Perfect Vagina.

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Andrew Mueller reviews Radiohead live at The Forum, London. Photo Steve Gullick.

13 years later can we name the others in the band yet? Well there’s Johnny Greenwood and there’s another Greenwood, a brother, but I can’t think of his name off the top of my head. And then there’s an Ed something or other but the drummer, the drummer I still can’t name. Which is all the more funny because I’ve just remembered that I have actually met him at Reading Festival. 1998 I think. A friend I was with knew Radiohead from growing up in Oxford and he joined us for a drink. I am sure we were introduced but then I’m terrible with names as I’ve just proved so who knows. All I know is that I don’t know his name.

Radiohead are supposedly big on the environment aren’t they? It’s a good enough link. Please do take the time to watch this brilliant, brilliant animation about climate change and its causes. 10 minutes very, very well spent – I guarantee you that you’ll learn something. Apparently Thom Yorke employs a woman to trawl the web for him, searching out things he might like and bringing them to his attention. Well Thom – you should like this.

http://wakeupfreakout.org/film/tipping.html

Elsewhere Neil Kulkarni expresses his love for Coventry while in the process of reviewing Eat Static at Coventry University and Lisa Hoftijzer (who?…anyone?) is “moved deeply…to the bar” (drum splash) by The Mission at Rock City, Nottingham. Which reminds me of another little memory from around this time.

It’s early morning, 6am or thereabouts and I stagger, bleery eyed, into Hereford train station cafe. I don’t expect to see many people at this time of the morning but I certainly don’t expect to see the whole of the fucking Mission sat around a table playing cards, waiting for the London train. One of them has a copy of The Independent. One of them is wearing shorts. This is all I can remember. They sit on the train at the next table to me. They carry on playing cards all they way to Reading where they get out but not one of them speaks for the entire journey. I don’t know if they’d had an argument or what but it definitely felt odd, more than odd in fact, it felt grim. And tedious. It made being in a band seem like really fucking hard work, which I suppose it is, especially when you’ve been flavour of the month and are still flogging a dead horse 10 years after the adulation has faded. I suppose this is why I’ve managed to remember it. Having said that I probably never would have if I hadn’t sat down to scan this in tonight so thanks for jogging my memories Lisa, whoever and wherever you are.

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Various album reviews including Massvie Attack vs The Mad Professor

Ian Watson reviews S*M*A*S*H’s mini-LP

Dave Simpson reviews The Very Best of Cream

David Stubbs reviews Massive Attack vs The Mad Professor

Simon Reynolds on recommended Krautrock records.

On reading David Stubbs admission that he used to make up his record review catalogue numbers (towards the bottom of the page) I was really curious to find an example and test the theory. This is the first I’ve found.

I’m not posting to prove a point at all, but it does seem that in this particular example the catalogue number isn’t made up – check the catalogue number here. I’m slightly disappointed now though – I was all set to file a late complaint. Will keep looking for further evidence.

You’d imagine that the implementation of something like this would be out of some form of long held tradition or legacy from ye olden dayes but the early (from this blog’s period) Maker reviews never had catalogue numbers. All of which begs the question – whose idea was this and why did they think it was necessary?

Keeping with the Stubbs theme of this post I also read this today which reminded me of the very, very funny Mr. Agreeable rant on the subject of Virgin Media. There’s also a very funny quasi spat between Stubbs & Mueller re Krautrock vs Cuntry on Facebook from the time they had some sort of DJ battle – read from the bottom of the page up.

Oh and S*M*A*S*H were always shite and we did forget they existed. No, I never saw them live. No, I don’t care. Taylor Parkes interview with S*M*A*S*H here – I think he concurs. Curiously the article begins by saying he reviewed the Mini-LP so I’m a little confused by this bit but it worth reading all the same. That last link from this blog “exploring the work of obscure and overlooked bands” that links to Archived Music Press.

I met one of my musical heroes last night. The conventional wisdom goes that you’re not supposed to meet your heroes because they’ll only end up disappointing you, but I think it’s more so that you can’t make a tit of yourself. He didn’t. Let’s hope I didn’t but I have my doubts.

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