Reading Festival Review - Cover, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Friday, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Saturday, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Photos, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Rumour Mill, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - Sunday, 3rd September 1994

Reading Festival Review - back cover, 3rd September 1994

1994 and another Reading Festival review. Note the Court in the Act column on page 33 as a source of great embarrassment to ET, oh and can someone answer Andrew Mueller’s question/mistaken caption (page 35) “Who the f*** is this?” even if it is 14 years too late. Come on…one of you must have slept with her.

Writers: Everett True, Andrew Mueller, Cathi Unsworth, Caitlin Moran, Sarra Manning, Dave Jennings, Dave Simpson, Ian Watson

Photographers: Tom Sheehan, Steve Gullick,Stephen Sweet, Matt Bright

Those who also turned up to get drunk: Allan Jones, Sharon O’ Connell, Simon Price

If you’ve been paying attention at the back you’ll know this one’s for Alex. Why not follow her on Twitter @loopingtheloop – she has a lovely turn of phrase – which, given she’s a journalist is probably to be expected.

Head like a cold…black as your bathroom mold…

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Jennifer Nine reviews The Bends by Radiohead, 11th March 1995

Jennifer Nine reviews The Bends by Radiohead, 11th March 1995.

So here’s the Radiohead review I referred to in the previous post on Gene. You won’t catch Thom posing like this these days so lap it up Radiohead fans. Look at that belly button….phwooorrrrhhhh!

I don’t know how long or how many listens a typical record reviewer gets but probably not much. So fair play to Jennifer Nine for calling it on this. I resisted this record for so long. I just thought of Radiohead as major label bandwagon jumpers that had joined the party far too late. But by this time I’d started working and was subject to the communal musical tastes of my co-workers. So The Bends slowly ground me down, little by little, track by track.

These days I’ll begrudgingly admit to it being a quite good even though I still think the lyrics are impenetrable nonsense.

More C4 hypocrisy tonight with a teenager being cajoled into having vaginal cosmetic surgery in Embarrassing Teenage Bodies only a few weeks after Dawn Porter’s Lisa Roger’s C4 documentary/polemic about about the ‘growing epidemic’ and pointless stupidity of genital plastic surgery.

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Thanks to Richard for leaving a comment pointing out my error in initially identifying Dawn Porter and not Lisa Rodgers as the presenter of The Perfect Vagina.

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Andrew Mueller reviews Radiohead live at The Forum, London. Photo Steve Gullick.

13 years later can we name the others in the band yet? Well there’s Johnny Greenwood and there’s another Greenwood, a brother, but I can’t think of his name off the top of my head. And then there’s an Ed something or other but the drummer, the drummer I still can’t name. Which is all the more funny because I’ve just remembered that I have actually met him at Reading Festival. 1998 I think. A friend I was with knew Radiohead from growing up in Oxford and he joined us for a drink. I am sure we were introduced but then I’m terrible with names as I’ve just proved so who knows. All I know is that I don’t know his name.

Radiohead are supposedly big on the environment aren’t they? It’s a good enough link. Please do take the time to watch this brilliant, brilliant animation about climate change and its causes. 10 minutes very, very well spent – I guarantee you that you’ll learn something. Apparently Thom Yorke employs a woman to trawl the web for him, searching out things he might like and bringing them to his attention. Well Thom – you should like this.

http://wakeupfreakout.org/film/tipping.html

Elsewhere Neil Kulkarni expresses his love for Coventry while in the process of reviewing Eat Static at Coventry University and Lisa Hoftijzer (who?…anyone?) is “moved deeply…to the bar” (drum splash) by The Mission at Rock City, Nottingham. Which reminds me of another little memory from around this time.

It’s early morning, 6am or thereabouts and I stagger, bleery eyed, into Hereford train station cafe. I don’t expect to see many people at this time of the morning but I certainly don’t expect to see the whole of the fucking Mission sat around a table playing cards, waiting for the London train. One of them has a copy of The Independent. One of them is wearing shorts. This is all I can remember. They sit on the train at the next table to me. They carry on playing cards all they way to Reading where they get out but not one of them speaks for the entire journey. I don’t know if they’d had an argument or what but it definitely felt odd, more than odd in fact, it felt grim. And tedious. It made being in a band seem like really fucking hard work, which I suppose it is, especially when you’ve been flavour of the month and are still flogging a dead horse 10 years after the adulation has faded. I suppose this is why I’ve managed to remember it. Having said that I probably never would have if I hadn’t sat down to scan this in tonight so thanks for jogging my memories Lisa, whoever and wherever you are.

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Radiohead live at the Oxford Apollo, 25th February 1995

David Bennun reviews Radiohead live at Oxford Apollo. Taken from Melody Maker, 25th February 1995

Love this photo. It’s basically Thom on his vinegar strokes isn’t it? Or maybe he’s just imagining making love to a beautiful women. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll remember that he’s never met a beautiful woman he’s liked.

Thinking of famous people having sex reminds me of this very funny blog – Filthy Fan Fiction – I’ve stumbled across recently. There’s not that much there yet but the Pauline Quirke set piece is a gem. I’m gonna write and request one for Thom Yorke.

Also justly forgotten trustafarians, Powder, live at the Dublin Castle reviewed by Jennifer Nine.

Powder are now best known for lead singer Pearl Lowe’s (along with husband Supergrass drummer, Danny Goffey) famous drug fuelled, wife swapping exploits with the ‘great and good’ of Primrose Hill. There’s a full article about it here if by some strange chance you’ve not heard about this before under the headline “Cocaine was served on trays, but you had to leave your soul at the door”. Nice.

I’ve skimmed through it so you don’t have to, and this [cough] pearl of a quote from Pearl caught my eye – “I think we were a bit before our time, and we got roped into Britpop when we were actually rock.”

No Pearl, you just weren’t very good.

Radiohead live at the Garage Glasgow, 8th October 1994

Paul Moody reviews Radiohead live at the Garage, Glasgow. Taken from NME, 8th October 1994.

Up to this point everyone sensible saw Radiohead as just another fourth rate, bandwagon chasing, grunge/shoegaze lite also-ran. Here previewing material from still to be released The Bends, it seems Radiohead start to show glimmers of what they will one day become.

Fast forward fourteen years to 2008 and you’ll be lucky to even see the stage let alone get the chance be that over-zealous fan who clambers onto the stage.


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