Charts, 6th May 1989

February 17, 2010

Charts, 6th May 1989

Although I’ve posted some best of / end of year charts up before now I’ve never scanned in any of the regular weekly charts. It never occurred to me that there would be anyone interested in them as a) it doesn’t feature any actual writing and b) there’s already some excellent dedicated chart sites – http://www.chartstats.com – being one that’s particularly good.

However I had a request in the week from someone wanting to find out about old the indie charts “Something along the lines of Cherry Red’s Indie Hits 1980-89 would be ideal.”

So dear readers – I ask you – is this worth doing? Would it set your heart racing to be reminded once again of the anomalies of the indie chart back in the day where the likes of PWL artists Pat & Mick and Kylie nestled uneasily alongside Birdland and Front 242? Shall I dedicate the next couple of months of AMP to chronologically scanning in the indie charts from the first copy I’ve got from 1990 to the last from 1996? And in the meantime there’s always this aggregation of the indie charts from The Chart Show on youtube

I’ll keep this open for a couple of weeks and act accordingly.

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The Stud Brother review Fade Out by Loop, 21st January 1989

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Simon Reynolds reviews Hunkpapa by Throwing Muses, 21st January 1989

This was one of the many records I lost at college by innocently agreeing to lend it to ‘a friend’ never to see it again. Truth be told I didn’t much like it and probably bought it as much for the Vaughan Oliver sleeve as the music. And I don’t know why but the title of this record is always Hunkapapa in my head, I guess it just flows from the tongue better.

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Push interviews Underworld, 22nd December 1994

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By the beard of Zeus! These 2 pages of live reviews are the fucking motherlode of IDM (sorry for terrible genre moniker) it’s seems incredible that all this happened within the same week. Where to fucking start?

Well probably best to hi-light the smallest, most shoddily written review of Autechre’s debut live performance first cause it’s easily missed. I know hindsight is a marvellous thing and all that but given given that Incanubula (A STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) had already been released they’re not given nearly enough prominence on the page. If you were there please comment!

Reynolds gets the dream ticket of Vapourspace, Aphex Twin, Moby (before he wrote music to sell cars) and Orbital. Reynold’s nails the description of Vapourspace’s Gravitational Arch of 10 (another STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) as “cyber-Bach variations that make your flesh ripple” and that’s before the E kicks in.

Push takes on The Orb at Brixton Academy and makes me smile with “As The Orb journey further into the fourth dimension, several members of the audience enter the fifth” and continues in the same playful manner at the Megadog, “because the bar shuts fours hours before the close of play – extra curricular activity is ordained. In the name of duty, in the name of investigative journalism; in the name of…oh, sod it, you only live once.” Too right matey!

There’s 3,000 people inside but a thousand have been turned away at the gates by the time Trans Global Underground take to the stage. A thousand! A fucking thousand that didn’t get in! Does any club get even a thousand people inside it these days?

“It’s six am and Megadog comes to a blinding, light-up halt. We smile in unison with the sweaty bodies that surround us, knowing that we’ve just experienced the very best club in the world. Ever”

Those were the days. Those were the fucking days.

Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10 (this is the radio edit – get the long version)

Update: This post has proved fairly popular since hitting some forums. Thanks to those who have posted at residentadvisor.net, linkfilter.net, darktrain.org – more live Underworld coming tomorrow! Big thanks to everyone who has Facebook/Twittered this site recently too.

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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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Simon Reynolds reviews A Gilded Eternity by Loop 20th January 1990

Simon Reynolds reviews A Gilded Eternity by Loop. Taken from Melody Maker, 20th January 1990.

This for Andre who left a comment recently. Not sure I have any interviews Andre and this isn’t exactly Loop’s finest hour but hope it’s better than nothing. Sad to reflect on the countless bands over the years you could apply Reynolds opening sentence from this review to- “It’s clear now that [band] peaked with their magnificent brace of EP’s in [date]”.

Not now though. I miss the EP. It gave bands a chance to develop in a way they don’t have now. Never got into Loop personally. Probably in no small part because I didn’t spend my late teenage years in a permanent fug of marijuana smoke which did seem to be an obligatory requirement at the time. And besides, Loop always played second psychedelic fiddle to Spacemen 3 – sorry Loop fans.

Elsewhere Bob Stanley reviews Opal and also fails to pump up Technotronic’s jam. Simon Patrick reviews Ozma, an early Melvins release, a band still going strong in 2008! Push reviews Divine Styler and In Goth Daze – lucky him! Finally Ian McGregor reviews The Corn Dollies, Wrecked.

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