Ted Mico reviews The Pixies live in Boston and Caren Myers reviews The Sugarcubes live in Yugoslavia, 9th December 1989

Ted Mico reviews The Pixies live in Boston and Caren Myers reviews The Sugarcubes live in Yugoslavia, 9th December 1989. Pixies photo Mike Morton.

Black Francis with hair. Read the review and tell me you’re not jealous that you weren’t there.

And The Sugarcubes in the former Yugoslavia. Various rumours and reports that Einar’s off-key yelping at this gig was a major factor in the break up of the former Yugoslavia still persist to this day.

A prize for anyone that can tell me in the comments who or what the black butterfly was a teaser ad for.

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Simon Price reviews Lenny Kravitz live at Wembley Arena, 11th December 1993

Simon Price reviews Lenny Kravitz live at Wembley Arena, 11th December 1993.  Photo by Matt Bright.

Completely with Pricey on this one but then what sort of right thinking person wouldn’t be? There are plenty of artists I don’t “get” but I do at least understand why they exist and can see why they have a large following. But Kravitz…Kravitz is so utterly bland, so completely detached and unemotional I just can’t fathom what he does to connect with so many people. From memory the first time I was made aware of Lenny was Let Love Rule, video was all hippy dippy lens flares (in both senses) and then he was shagging Lisa Bonnet and then he had a pub rock anthem with Are you gonna go my way? before actually going away, at least for me, just as the witty title of this piece begs him to do.

So Wikipedia what can you tell me of Lenny these days? Oh God it’s depressing, you might want to stop reading from this point on but these are the “highlights” worth noting

C onsecutive Grammy awards from 1999-2002

U nreleased tracks for Michael Jackson’s Invincible album

N icole Kidman dated 2003- 2004

T he worldwide album sales total runs to 33.1+ million

Lenny Kravitz today

Lenny Kravitz earlier today

Many thanks to Johnny2000 at http://linkfilter.net for spreading the Archived Music Press word.

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The Cure live at Wembley, 19-26 December 1987

With a new Cure album (and tour?) in the pipeline this seems topical. It’s a pretty funny review as it goes. Amazing to think that more than 20 years ago The Cure were playing a 3 night residency at Wembley arena.

Never been a massive fan myself but they’ve released some absolutely killer singles time, and time again, so good luck to Bob and whoever else makes up The Cure these days.

But really, it doesn’t matter what I think, or indeed what you think. No, what matters is what Ms Dayglo thinks. She doesn’t add people willy nilly y’know and it’s that bitchin’ punk attitude of hers that just takes my breath away.

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Live Reviews including The Soup Dragons/Blur at Brixton Academy, 5th January 1991

Various live reviews taken from Melody Maker 5th January 1991.

Ian Watson reviews Soup Daragons / Blur at Briston Academy and Hothouse Flowers at Wembley Arena…my God, were Hothouse Flowers really ever this big? Michael Bonner reviews Aztec Camera at Brixton Academy and Loop at the Kilburn National. Ngaire reviews Test Department at the Subterania

Many thanks to Andrew Mueller for writing a little review of this site on his blog. It’s nice to cause the tiniest ripple in the ultimate pond. Andrew should count himself lucky though – check this toe curling introduction to Galaxie 500 from Ngaire.

I feel like I should hold back on what I say here a little these days but I think this post puts it well, although I never had one of those hooded tops. I did have one of those Penguin Classic T-Shirts that you can see a young Damon wearing in the photo though.

Anyway it’s not just Ngaire. Here’s Caitlin Moran on the shortlived Naked City.

Which reminds me of this moment of TV perfection.

Finally if Brian Ferry ever covered a Beloved song it might sound a bit like this.

Anyone else able got any related gems from youtube they’d care to share?

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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

New Order live at Wembley Arena Dec 1987

“This was New Order at their best, worst and nowhere in betweeen”

Chris Roberts reviews New Order live at Wembley Arena. Taken from Melody Maker 19-26th December 1987.

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