Happy Mondays on the cover of Melody Maker, 31 March 1990

Happy Mondays on the cover of Melody Maker, 31 March 1990. Photo by Tom Sheehan.

Someone asked for more Madchester stuff so brace yerself for Shaun & Bez at their peak. Besides I never need much of an excuse to scan in Ride interviews. How young does Andy Bell look in this pic?

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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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Simon Price, who unlike Tim Jonze knows his stuff, reviews David Bowie, live at Milton Keynes Bowl on The Sound & Vision Tour, Melody Maker 11th August, 1990. And very good it is too.

Much to enjoy on this page actually. A nascent Blur at The Dome, which I should probably remind any younger readers does NOT mean The O2 Dome, are applauded for “their total destructive abandon” and “the singer – Randell or whatever his name is” is singled out as having “definite star potential…but if they don’t write some tunes with a different harmony for a change they’ll only be remembered for this – he falls over well.” Hahaha!

Paris Angels, who did indeed pen “divinely heady single Perfume”, reviewed on this page too. Everyone has heard Perfume by the Paris Angels yes? Then please do so now. Wonder if they still play this at Camden Palace…er…I mean, Koko. They should.

And if that’s you at the Snuff gig, caught by the camera, about to get up for yet another stage dive then please say hello and let us know which bank or insurance company you work for now.

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