Steven Wells R.I.P.

June 25, 2009

I’ll leave it to his contemporaries to write the perceptive, insightful, emotional stuff.

ET has collected a list of tributes here.

There’s also the ever brilliant WSC forum too.

In James Brown’s piece he says “Anything loud or unhip became his domain” which seems particularly astute in the context of the few measly scraps I can offer.

Carter USM, Jesus Jones and finally, perhaps fittingly, Snuff.

Snuff said.

Indeed.

Steven Wells interviews Carter USM, 19th November 1994

Steven Wells interviews Carter USM, 19th November 1994. Photos Roger Sargent & Derek Ridgers

Steven Wells interviews Jesus Jones, 1st July 1989

Steven Wells interviews Jesus Jones, 1st July 1989. Photo Lawrence Watson.

Steven Wells reviews Snuff Said by Snuff, 18th Novemeber 1989

Steven Wells reviews Snuff Said by Snuff, 18th November 1989

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The Cramps, Sheep on Drugs, Jesus Jones, Ned's Atomic Dustbin live, 26th October 1991

Given the death of Lux Interior this week, picking this issue now seems remarkably prescient.

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The Wonderstuff on the cover of the N.M.E. 5th May 1990. Photo by Tim Jarvis.

UPDATE: To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Eight Legged Groove Machine, The Wonderstuff are playing the album in it’s entirety for an anniversary party at the Birmingham Carling Academy (30th October) and London Shepherds Bush Empire (31st October).

Jesus Jones will be supporting on both dates. And in a lovely squaring of the circle kind of way both Mike Edwards and Gen Matthews play in Andrew Mueller’s Country & Western band The Blazing Zoos, “an exceedingly confused and angry country & western band” as Mueller himself puts it.

More info at the official site
http://www.thewonderstuff.co.uk/live.php

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