Madder Rose live at the LA2 and Suede live at The Pavillion Theatre, Worthing, 19th February 1994

Sarah Kestle reviews Madder Rose live at the LA2 and Taylor Parkes reviews Suede live at The Pavillion Theatre, Worthing, 19th February 1994

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So there was this one time…at a Slowdive gig…
where somehow I caught the eye of Rachel during one of the band’s more ethereal instrumental passages and for a second or two we studied each other, something intangible passing between us, and then she turned away with a coquettish smile, borne out of what exactly….embarrassment, flattery, irrepressible derision?

Reminds me of Larkin’s Wild Oats,
“I believe I met beautiful twice. She was trying Both times (so I thought) not to laugh.”

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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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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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Various live reviews including Minty at Feet First London, 20th January 1996

Simon Price reviews Minty live at Feet First, 20th January 1996.

Nicola Bowery née Bateman gets naked again. Yawn. But if you’ve never heard of Leigh Bowery then you should definitely read up  some more. Here’s the obligatory wikipedia link for starters. And if you find yourself in a good bookshop then there is a great book full of *amazing* pictures of Leigh and his costumes which I’d strongly urge you to take a look at.

I’ve got that Useless Man single you know.

Who the hell Googles “Moby Naked”? Who? WHO??? Freaks.

The Cure live at Wembley, 19-26 December 1987

With a new Cure album (and tour?) in the pipeline this seems topical. It’s a pretty funny review as it goes. Amazing to think that more than 20 years ago The Cure were playing a 3 night residency at Wembley arena.

Never been a massive fan myself but they’ve released some absolutely killer singles time, and time again, so good luck to Bob and whoever else makes up The Cure these days.

But really, it doesn’t matter what I think, or indeed what you think. No, what matters is what Ms Dayglo thinks. She doesn’t add people willy nilly y’know and it’s that bitchin’ punk attitude of hers that just takes my breath away.


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Sharon O’ Connell reviews The Telescopes live at The Powerhaus, 20th January 1990.

More Telescopes from the same Melody Maker as the previous interview along with an ad for a Birdland single…another ‘nearly’ band that I never got into.

The Powerhaus has been a long time out of business though. I remember going a few times as a student back in 1989/90 and then having to face the drag of a 2am night bus journey back to south London. I work in Islington now and can’t recall quite which building it was in. Before the turning to Chappel Market or just after? Robin??

Dug out Taste this evening and have ripped I fall, She screams for your listening pleasure.

Finally, the prize for today’s most bizarre Google search resulting in 2 visits to this blog goes to “lily allen dinosaur wellies”

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