Back on the Horse! Sorry for the unintentional protracted break but life has been unusually busy since coming back.In a good way. Here’s to new friends – you know who you are.

It felt all wrong to carry on with that old issue and besides there’s been an important request from Alex who wrote to ask, “Do you have anything about Reading 1994? It was one of the happiest weekends of my life. I learnt to pogo!”

Speak and ye shall be sated!

Tipping my hat to ET who has a new blog at

And how’s about this. John Peel’s Festive 50: 1976-2000 as Spotify playlists (some tracks missing but still)

Courtney Love on the cover of Melody Maker, 19th February 1994

Courtney Love on the cover of Melody Maker, 19th February 1994. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

“One thing this last terrible year has proved: if you lie about us, I will hit you, Kurt will shoot you and we will sue”.

But not if he shoots himself first eh Courtney?

And while we’re talking about love why not read an excellent blog post on the subject. It begins like this;

“All you need is love. That’s what John Lennon reckoned, but he was wrong. Sometimes you need a bulletproof vest too. And sometimes you need a cynical, jaded eye. Often, in fact. Having said that, although love is most certainly not all you need, it is the prime mover of the human spirit and life without it is stale, flat, tiring and – on the whole – depressingly pointless.”

Too. Fucking. True.

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It’s late. I am alone but the red wine is flowing so I thought I’d kill the time semi constructively and make sure something got posted for the month of December. Happy New Year to your all wherever in the world you happen to be. I’ll be in Copenhagen with any luck. God only knows where Courtney Love will be.


The Stone Roses on the cover of NME, 4th March 1995. Photo by Derek Ridgers.

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Hole in Sidelines 15th June 1991

Everett True profiles Hole in Sidelines. Taken from Melody Maker 15th June 1991.

“Courtney in her long and varied history (she’s only 24) has lived through more traumas than most of you f***ing lamebrains will experience in your life.”

Quite. If only Everett could have known then that she was just getting started. I remember when MM reported those first, very early, barely coherent USENET posts of hers around 1994 and she’s still fucking doing it (click Courtney Love -> Blog). Now click into the photos section if you dare. Finally reacquaint yourself with all Courtney’s uppers and downers via her extensive Wikipedia entry here.

Was looking around for something Nirvana related just so I could post this (below), which I saw for the first time this afternoon. Presumably this is well known material I’ve somehow missed but guessing it’ll be new to quite a few of you too. File under bizarre.

Highlights at
0.22 – Gary rips the T-Shirt from his hulking frame
1.26 – Gary does the can-can to ‘my libido..’
1.40 – Mark, surely not for the first time, drops to his knees and slowly deflates under the pressure of Gary’s punishing vocal
2.38 – Jason’s crushing Hank Williams style solo perforates every hymen within the first six rows of the stage

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