Steve Sutherland interviews The Jesus & Mary Chain, 25th April 1987

Steve Sutherland interviews The Jesus & Mary Chain part 2, 25th April 1987

Steve Sutherland interviews The Jesus & Mary Chain, 25th April 1987. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

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Jesus & Mary Chain on the cover of Melody Maker, 25th April 1987

Jesus & Mary Chain on the cover of Melody Maker, 25th April 1987.

A *very* 80’s looking cover indeed.

Check out The View on Channel Bee. Is this the Mary Chain’s legacy?

Update: Ack! The link wasn’t permanent. Music / Studio interviews / The View (studio) 29/01/2009

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Melody Maker review of the April 1987 with staff picks by Paul Mather

Melody Maker review of April 1987 with staff picks by Paul Mather doing a passable impression of Johnny Marr.

It’s not as crappy a scan as it might first appear. These copies are all printed on loose leaf pages that don’t match up perfectly and in this case Melody Maker never actually printed Ian Astbury’s face. Some might say it’s a great improvement.

This weekend’s bizarre search term was “thom yorke handwriting analysis” and a related one that made me smile was “where in oxford do radiohead live”. Well thankfully I can answer that one. Radiohead live just opposite Inspector Morse. Why not pay them a visit next weekend as I believe Supergrass will also  be taking part a charity bedrace through the city streets.


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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!

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