Richard Norris Rebellious Jukebox, 22nd December 1994

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Richey Edwards still missing. NME news item, 4th March 1995.

Blame it on the fact that I was forced to read Roland Barthes, Mythologies at an impressionable age but all I can see looking at this spread now is “Get Ready Gravediggaz”. They’ve had to wait a long time but Richey Edwards was finally declared officially dead today. R.I.P.

4Real or not 4Real? That is the question.

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Kurt Cobain obituary cover of Melody Maker 16th April 1994

Kurt Cobain obituary cover of Melody Maker, 16th April 1994. Photo by Stephen Sweet (taken in New York 1993)

Believe it or not, 3 days ago this cover was in pristine condition. I’d kept it for 14 years without a mark on it. Then last night I came back to find the cat had decided to use it to mop up whatever unquantifiable secretion came out of his body. So now it looks like this, all fucked up, battered and stained. A bit like Kurt really.

On the subject of bodily secretions, if you like animation then take the phone off the hook for 9 minutes and watch this fantastic piece of work. Don’t skip bits or it’ll spoil the finale. Well worth it.

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David Stubbs contemplates Kurt Cobains suicide, 16th April 1994

David Stubbs contemplates Kurt Cobains suicide, 16th April 1994. Main photo Steve Gullick.

ET conspiciously absent from all the obituary/features that ran in the wake of Cobain’s death. You get the feeling these pieces were written more out of a sense of duty and ‘having to cover it’ than anything else. But I’ve just re-read this piece and Stubbs does an admirable job given the task.

Tangentially related (I always think of Nirvana as the band that kick started ‘indie’s’ demise even though they were on Geffen when they broke) is this excellent feature from The Independent entitled “Does the world really need another indie band?”. Came across this today when trying to find out who The Wombats are for work. Depressingly I’ve subsequently realised that I have heard their instantly forgettable “Let’s dance to Joy Division” dirge. Indie landfill indeed.

Someday day a real rain will come…at Glastonbury…at T in the Park…at Reading…

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David Stubbs reviews The Jesus and Mary Chain and other live reviews 24th-31st December 1988

Six live reviews from the Christmas edition of Melody Maker 1988.

Oh my days, an absolute embarrassment of riches here which I’ll list for not only the myopically challenged (click the picture to enlarge) but also for our mutual friend Google.

David Stubbs reviews The Jesus and Mary Chain at Brixton Academy

Paul Lester reviews Suicide at The Leadmill, Sheffield

Caroline Sullivan reviews Rick Astley at Wembley Arena

Robert Yates reviews Napalm Death at Canterbury Arms, London

Paul Oldfield reviews Pussy Galore / Das Damen at Greyhound, London

….and Michael Odell draws the short straw to review Tanita Tikaram at Dominion Theatre, London