The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays part 1, 31 March 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays part 2, 31 March 1990

The Stud Brothers interview The Happy Mondays, 31 March 1990. Photos by Tom Sheehan.

Did this pre-date baggy? Memory hazy. Found the small black and white images on page 44 a touch odd/disturbing. Has Ryder got some sort of shank to his throat?

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

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The Stud Brothers interview The Beloved, 27th January 1990

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

Various album reviews including Snoop Doggy Dog and The Boo Radleys, 11th December 1993

Various album reviews including Snoop Doggy Dog and The Boo Radleys, 11th December 1993.

A timely reminder from the Stud Brothers, to all those of you that think Snoop is ‘cool’ and ‘ironically’ go in for all his Shizzle Bizzle shit, why you should feel thoroughly ashamed of yourself.

My love of The Boo Radleys has already been previously documented so it’s no surprise that I’m going to post this review. The fact that Simon Price likes it does surprise me though; “two stunning LPs (no exaggeration)”. I know Martin has no interest in seeing this stuff again – “Never Go Back” as Alfredo tells Toto in Cinema Paradiso – but it’s here for everyone else that does. Here’s a favourite track of mine from this earlier period when the band were just starting to show flashes of their future brilliance – wait for the trumpet solo at the end!

The Boo Radleys – Spaniard

Lots of other records reviewed on this spread apart from these featured two – tuck in!

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The Stud Brothers interview Sinead O'Connor, 12th December 1987

The Stud Brothers interview Sinead O’Connor, 12th December 1987. Photos by Paul Rider

The problem with having supermodel good looks is that it’s impossible to make yourself unattractive however much you might want to. And crucially, although Sinead shaved off her hair, wore doc marten boots and generally did everything to divert attention away from her looks, she never tried to conceal her intelligence, and there’s rarely anything more attractive than an intelligent, feisty woman.

When you look like that and have a voice like this it’s a staggering combination.

The Troy video probably cost quite a bit of cash back in 87 but it’s horribly dated now.  The overexposed, revolving alabaster-like bust of Sinead recalls nothing so much as one of those alien shape-shifters you’d occasionally have turn up in an episode of Star Trek to seduce Captain Kirk.


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Melody Maker review of December 1987 with staff picks by Dom Stud

Melody Maker review of December 1987 with staff picks by Dom Stud

Melody Maker review of November 1987 with staff picks by Ben Stud

Melody Maker review of November 1987 with staff picks by Ben Stud