Public Enemy live at the Brixton Academy and other live reviews, 12th December 1987

Simon Reynolds reviews Public Enemy at Brixton Academy, London. Photo Richard Bellia

I happen to work with an ex NME journo from this period, who wears a Public Enemy T-Shirt around the office.

“Brilliant live” he says, talking fondly of how there were police blockades just to get into the street where you could then queue up to get into the venue.

“Rap’s shit live. It’s just shouting over a distorted PA”, I counter authoritatively without ever having been to a rap gig.

I’ll have to ask him if this is the Brixton show he went to. I’ve got Reynolds on my side now.

Elsewhere,
Paul Mathur reviews Sex Gods at Locomotive, Paris
Angie Daniell reviews Alex Konadu at The Africa Centre, London
Tom Morton reviews The James Taylor Quartet at The Rooftop, Glasgow
Phil DC reviews Red Lorry Yellow Lorry at ULU, London
Push reviews Masque at Fulham Lost Theatre, London
David Fricke reviews Marianne Faithful and her Mars Bar at The Bottom Line, New York – and
Push reviews The Icicle Works at the Town & Country Club, London

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Live Reviews including The Soup Dragons/Blur at Brixton Academy, 5th January 1991

Various live reviews taken from Melody Maker 5th January 1991.

Ian Watson reviews Soup Daragons / Blur at Briston Academy and Hothouse Flowers at Wembley Arena…my God, were Hothouse Flowers really ever this big? Michael Bonner reviews Aztec Camera at Brixton Academy and Loop at the Kilburn National. Ngaire reviews Test Department at the Subterania

Many thanks to Andrew Mueller for writing a little review of this site on his blog. It’s nice to cause the tiniest ripple in the ultimate pond. Andrew should count himself lucky though – check this toe curling introduction to Galaxie 500 from Ngaire.

I feel like I should hold back on what I say here a little these days but I think this post puts it well, although I never had one of those hooded tops. I did have one of those Penguin Classic T-Shirts that you can see a young Damon wearing in the photo though.

Anyway it’s not just Ngaire. Here’s Caitlin Moran on the shortlived Naked City.

Which reminds me of this moment of TV perfection.

Finally if Brian Ferry ever covered a Beloved song it might sound a bit like this.

Anyone else able got any related gems from youtube they’d care to share?

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David Stubbs reviews The Jesus and Mary Chain and other live reviews 24th-31st December 1988

Six live reviews from the Christmas edition of Melody Maker 1988.

Oh my days, an absolute embarrassment of riches here which I’ll list for not only the myopically challenged (click the picture to enlarge) but also for our mutual friend Google.

David Stubbs reviews The Jesus and Mary Chain at Brixton Academy

Paul Lester reviews Suicide at The Leadmill, Sheffield

Caroline Sullivan reviews Rick Astley at Wembley Arena

Robert Yates reviews Napalm Death at Canterbury Arms, London

Paul Oldfield reviews Pussy Galore / Das Damen at Greyhound, London

….and Michael Odell draws the short straw to review Tanita Tikaram at Dominion Theatre, London