Melody Maker top 30 albums of the year, 1988

Good to see the back of 1987.

And skipping forward 12 months here’s the end of 1988 too. All these end of year lists are available in text form at Rocklist although you don’t get the little capsule reviews.

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Melody Maker singles of the year 1988

Melody Maker singles of the year 1988.

Got lots to say but no time right now. A few points on the above.

You Made Me Realise should be No.1 and Freak Scene should be No.2

Although you’re most likely to hear Crash as the soundtrack to a compilation of home movies it is a *great* pop single and should be higher.

The Young Gods inexplicably make the charts. I never got them and I know I wasn’t the only one. Someone commented a while back about how they seemed like an elaborate practical joke, as if Stubbs and co. had had a pub bet between themselves that they could break even the most difficult, avant-nonsense group. I think bovine masses got it right on this occasion.

Thanks again to the Idolator for the traffic spike. Thanks to everyone that emailed too – it’s really nice to hear from everyone.

I have to get ready for a 40th birthday party now, not mine quite yet, but fucking hell….40!

Bob Stanley reviews The Pixies Bossanova, 11th August 1990

Bob Stanley reviews The Pixies Bossanova. Taken from Melody Maker, 11th August 1990.

Another first, this time from Bob Stanley. I reckon he gets the review pretty much spot on. When this came out there was a sense of disappointment. It’s still a great record but it felt a bit limp and all the rough edges had been sanded down. The Happening is the standout track on this album for me.

Sorry about the top left cover rip. No idea why I ripped it. My only excuse is that I went to art college. It makes for quite a funny juxtaposition as the Boo-Yaa dude seems to be looking down with total disgust on pasty Charles Francis and chums.

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Jon Wilde interviews The Pixies for Melody Maker, 11th August 1990 (part1)

Jon Wilde interviews The Pixies for Melody Maker, 11th August 1990 (part 2)

Jon Wilde interviews The Pixies, Melody Maker 11th August 1990.

I just love The Pixies. It all still sounds so, so good. The film made to document their comeback gigs is well worth watching too. Can anyone tell me if this the same Jonh Wilde without the awkwardly placed h?

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