Turncoat Sutherland reviews No Need To Argue by The Cranberries, 8th October 1994.

This for everyone coming here from The Cranberries forum. A shame it’s closed to guests so I can’t see what you’re saying. In case there’s any doubt about where I stand on The Cranberries let me make my position clear.

This record got 4/10 and that’s 5 more than it deserves.

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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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Melody Maker singles of the year 1988

Melody Maker singles of the year 1988.

Got lots to say but no time right now. A few points on the above.

You Made Me Realise should be No.1 and Freak Scene should be No.2

Although you’re most likely to hear Crash as the soundtrack to a compilation of home movies it is a *great* pop single and should be higher.

The Young Gods inexplicably make the charts. I never got them and I know I wasn’t the only one. Someone commented a while back about how they seemed like an elaborate practical joke, as if Stubbs and co. had had a pub bet between themselves that they could break even the most difficult, avant-nonsense group. I think bovine masses got it right on this occasion.

Thanks again to the Idolator for the traffic spike. Thanks to everyone that emailed too – it’s really nice to hear from everyone.

I have to get ready for a 40th birthday party now, not mine quite yet, but fucking hell….40!