The Stud Brothers interview The Beloved, 27th January 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Beloved, 27th January 1990. Photos by Tom Sheehan

Live clubs, Vague, Sabresonic, Megatripolis, Open All Hours, 22nd December 1994

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The Big Dance Explosion Bang, 22nd January 1994

A-Z of Club Culture, 22nd January 1994

I said dance muthafucka!

Melody Maker’s 15 page special to club culture to be posted over the next few days. I’ve decided to split it up because the content’s too disparate and difficult to tag and categorise in one post. Once this is out of the way I’m going to just start picking random stuff again for a bit.

This post for the excellently titled (and excellent) http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.com/

A selection of whistles and glowsticks to these blogs to:

http://www.drawerb.com/

http://teenshoegaze.blogspot.com/

http://joannecasey.blogspot.com/

http://thingsmagazine.net/index.htm

http://wordmagazine.co.uk/blog

See – it’s like I never went away.

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Underworld on the cover of Melody Maker 22nd January 1994

Underworld on the cover of Melody Maker 22nd January 1994. Photo by Kevin Westenberg

Back! Did anything happen while I was gone?

I shared a tiny lift with Andrew Collins today but thankfully retained enough cool to ignore him.

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Paul Lester reviews 808 90 by 808 State, 9th December 1989

Paul Lester reviews 808:90 by 808 State, 9th December 1989.

What a brilliant record this is. And then the stopped taking drugs and the music stopped being brilliant. But really if you’ve not heard this record you should. Not on Spotify annoyingly. Will come back to this post and upload a track.

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Tribal Gathering at Luton Hoo, 13th July 1996

Is this the way they say nostalgia’s meant to feel, or just 30,000 people standing in a field?

After me being so sniffy about the new look Maker, there’s this anomaly where Reynolds very intelligently explores the “post-rave diaspora” of styles and sub-cultures born out of the original rave scene and tries to snatch some sort of meaning from it. An amusing, must read, last paragraph reports, “There’s a sense of aftermath. You know you’ve been through something; you just don’t know yet what it was. But it doesn’t mean nothing.”

Interesting to note that this double page feature isn’t mentioned at all on the cover.

Note to Russian viewers: There have been a lot of comments in Russian in the last week or two. I’m only going to publish comments to AMP in English. It doesn’t have to be perfect, ‘correct’ English, it just needs to be understandable enough for me (and everyone else) to know you’re not spamming the site.

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Ben Turner interviews Darren Emerson and Charlie Hall, 19th February 1994. Photo Steve Gullick, club pics Pat Pope

It’s been a busy week as the lack of regular posts attests so I’ve not read through this, however I suspect it is very much of its time.

Regular readers might notice I’ve got a cute little indie ‘amp’ button badge up. My friend littlepixel has kindly worked it up for me. Please do visit his blog where he’s currently in the middle of ‘reimaginitizing’ a series of classic record covers in the mode of 1950/60’s Pelican book covers. Here’s just one of them. Leave him comments and love and I’m sure he’ll pixel more for you. G’wan he lives for this sort of thing.

Primal Scream: Screamadelica

Oh and Simon from the most excellent Sweeping the Nation has added the 432 available tracks from Garry Mulholland’s splendid “500 Greatest Singles Since Punk And Disco”, as a Spotify playlist here: http://www.sharemyplaylists.com/this-is-uncool-the-500-greatest-singles-since-punk-and-disco/

The Boiler by Special AKA is just finishing up. Harrowing and still shocking. Listen if you’ve not heard it before.

Right I’m off to stick my new badge on to my charity shop cardy now so I can do some of my famed, doomed Morrissey dancing this weekend.

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Live Reviews featuring Back to the Phuture at Brixton Fridge

Various live reviews taken from NME, 29th October 1988.

Simon Williams reviews All About Eve at The Marquee and The Blue Aeroplanes at Dingwalls.

Sam Crowe reviews Christy Moore at London Dominion Theatre

This taken quickly and in recognition of the fact that this site has finally made it to the N.M.E. forums as grist to the mill for the old “Was the music press better in the old days?” Answer: Yes. Thanks boneyboy.

With the Watchmen trailer breaking this bit of old Acid House / rave culture caught my eye. I’m sure I’ve got some old Shoom reviews too but there’ll have to wait for another time. The poor old smilee face….once a symbol to strike fear into the establishment and now so passée the tweenies don’t even want to use it in MSN chats. I went to The Fridge late 2006 and it was like the band playing on whilst The Titanic sank. And I bet the film’s shit too.

Other than that my new favourite waste of time is http://blip.fm/ It’s a little like The Hype Machine but simpler and better for it. Oh and Edward Aczel was probably the most unassumingly good thing I saw in Edinburgh even though I did ask for a jigsaw towards the end. Great BBC Four doc on Stiff records, If it Ain’t Stiff, a few days ago too. Unfortunately it seems it’s not available on iPlayer. Shame.

That’ll have to be it for now. I can’t exactly say it’s nice to be back – the break has only made me realise how much time this thing has started to take, but it’s nice to know people still surfed through without having anything new to look at. This is afterall what this site exists for, as a repository for fans of the music, the papers and pop culture generally.

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Simon Reynolds interviews Adamski, 22nd Sepember 1990

Simon Reynolds interviews Adamski in Melody Maker, 22nd Sepember 1990.

Rave culture’s first pin-up thanks to Killer. How many people actually know this record in it’s original form rather than either, some shit Hi-NRG remix they’ve heard during an aerobics class or, worse still, one of the fucking umpteen versions Seal’s farted out? It was a great record but my, how sloooow does it sound these days?

Pretty sure this is the interview that Adamski’s wikipedia entry refers to in relation to punk and rave culture.

Adamski’s still in the music business but now recording under the name Adam Sky

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