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Alternative Press

Alternative Press is an American monthly music magazine based in Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1985.

Boss Hog: Manhattan Miscreants In Heat: Boss Hog

Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, Spring 1990

WELL, I NEVER expected to see a photographic representation of the "Playboy Party Jokes" vixen on a rock album cover either, but it comes as ...

The Ramones: Mondo Bizarro

Review by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, October 1992

Dear Mrs Ramone, Just a quick note to let you know how the boys are, these days. ...

The Boredoms: Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-YEEEOOOOWWW!!! for the Boredoms

Report and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, March 1993

IT’S THE FRESHEST sound around, if you ever get the chance to hear it. The Boredoms play the space jazz rap music of the ...

Beat Happening: Black Candy (Sub Pop)

Review by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, April 1993

THIS 1989 RELEASE more than adequately summarizes the appeal of this maudlin trio of Treeville, Washington, based anti-rockers. Captured at a time when the ...

Royal Trux: Very Sad Trouser Twins: Royal Trux

Profile and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, June 1993

NEIL HAGERTY AND Jennifer Herrema are a tightly-tied 20th century Hansel and Gretel that the candy path led too far into the dark forest. ...

Tindersticks: Marbles 10”

Review by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, July 1993

THIS WELL-TEXTURED export from the British outback contains comfortably-paced soothe rock dominated by strange choral organ riffs. Two of the four songs feature slightly ...

Royal Trux: Royal Trux

Review by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, August 1993

ROYAL TRUX is as much a rock’n roll fairy tale as a musical ethos, a terribly incomplete story without the first chapter. This inspirational ...

Urge Overkill: Saturation

Review by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, September 1993

JUST WHAT THESE overambitious bastards are attempting this time is anybody’s guess. Having severed their ties with practically everyone in the Chicago underground who ...

Nirvana: The Boys Are Back In Town

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, October 1993

Go ahead. Hate this band, it's the cool thing to do. The punk rockers hate them because they've "sold out"; the mainstream hates them because ...

Zoviet France: Collusion

Review by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, November 1993

INSIDE AN artful cardboard CD holder, liner notes for Collusion explain that Zoviet France refused to participate in compilations for many years for two reasons: ...

Genesis P-Orridge, Throbbing Gristle: Genesis P and the Chili Pepper’s Pee

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1994

GENESIS P-ORRIDGE left the UK almost two years ago, hounded out by one of those peculiarly English sexsational witch-hunts that the home authorities apparently relish. ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Transmissions From the Satellite Heart

Review and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1994

WHEN THE FLAMING Lips look out at the world from Oklahoma, it must seem hurried and strange. They don't let it affect them. Transmissions ...

Napalm Death: Noise International: It’s Napalm Death for World Music

Report and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, August 1994

THE LANGUAGE OF death metal can be as undecipherable to outsiders as street grafitti, but the meaning is as clear: "Stay away – I ...

Lloyd Cole: Causing a Commotion: Lloyd Cole

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1995

AT THE BEGINNING, he seemed tailor-made for rock stardom. Young, good-looking and menacingly literate, Lloyd Cole exploded out of nowhere (well, Scotland actually) in ...

Dead Norwegians, Israeli Disco and Satan's Penis: The Pulp Reality of the Metal Underground

Overview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1995

"SOME IMAGINE for some weird reason that Death Metal is something normal and available for everyone," Morbid/Mayhem vocalist "Dead" told an interviewer prior to his ...

Smog in a Wild Kingdom of Burning Love

Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1995

BILL CALLAHAN has spent so much time alone that almost all he can do is be true to himself. He is absolute Bill, and people ...

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282: Don’t Shoot the Optigan Player: Thinking Fellers Union Local 282

Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, March 1995

LAUGHTER COMES for some reason, spilling out to surprise you while watching the Thinking Fellers Union Local 282. They are the original unpredictable multi-dimensional ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: The Shriek's Back

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, April 1995

SIOUXSIE'S PISSED. Eight hours into another day of interviews, several dozen stories up Geffen's New York headquarters, and she can't have a cigarette. People say ...

My Bloody Valentine: When You Wake You're Still In A Nightmare: My Bloody Valentine

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Alternative Press, October 1995

In 1991 My Bloody Valentine released Loveless, one of rock's most innovative albums. Then... silence What on earth have they been doing the last four ...

The Dandy Warhols: Just Dandy Warhols

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1996

"I THOUGHT PEOPLE only came to places like this to get laid." Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor inspects one of Seattle's finest niteries, winces ...

Skinny Puppy: Last Rites for Skinny Puppy

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1996

THE RUMOURS BEGAN long before the truth caught up with them. The new Skinny Puppy, the latest Skinny Puppy, the last Skinny Puppy, the ...

Nick Cave

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1996

MIDWAY THROUGH Neglected Murderesses, artist Edward Gorey's gallery of feasibly fictional ghoulesses, we meet Sarah Jane "Batears" Olafsen, a cold-hearted killer who "hacked to collops" ...

Bernard Butler Moves On

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

HE'S A DIFFICULT bugger, everyone says so. David McAlmont said so, as he walked away from a potentially chart-topping partnership, complaining the guitarist was ...

Lamb’s Chops

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

POSING TOPLESS might not be the most unusual way of getting attention these days, but at least when Lamb did it, for a recent promo ...

Mansun

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

THEY'RE THE HOTTEST new British band in 15 minutes, and pretty much the best in almost an hour, but as Mansun set about their first ...

Black Grape: Straight to Stupid: Black Grape

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

DANNY SABER'S been a busy boy. Produced the Rolling Stones, remixed David Bowie, and then seven weeks recording the new Black Grape album, climbing ...

The Seahorses

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

IT'S AMAZING what you can pack into a year. Take John Squire for example: he made an album and jammed with Oasis. He ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Culture Clash: The Return Of The 50 Foot Gender Benders

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1998

"LIAM GALLAGHER is so sexy! There’s not much irony in the things Liam says, it’s just pent up rotweiler frustration. But honey, I ...

Dot Allison, One Dove: Dot Allison in the Afterglow

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

FAR BE IT from anyone to laugh at a label which drops the Chemicals and Andrew Weatherall, and keeps Scotland's answer to St Etienne instead, ...

Coal Chamber: Get Yer Scuttles Out: Coal Chamber

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

DEZ SOUNDS genuinely horrified. "You can't do that! I'll be naked!" And, though it probably takes a lot to shock him, the ...

Marilyn Manson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

HE BROUGHT YOUR SICKEST FANTASIES to life, and now you, poor fools, have fulfilled his. When Broadway wheels out the new millennial Jesus Christ ...

The Sex Pistols: Nils Stevenson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard this before, but this time it's true. The best Punk book yet has just hit the streets, written by someone who were ...

Slipknot: Kiss Devo Goodbye

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

NOW IS PROBABLY not the best time to say it, but they look like Devo. Those boiler suits with bar-codes on them, those crazy ...

Ronnie Spector Talks to Rainbows

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, Fall 1999

SHE WAS ONE of the voices of the American 60s, the purest element in Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound, the heartbeat of an entire generation's ...

Primal Scream: Locate, subvert, Exterminate: Primal Scream's War on Authority

Report by Jaan Uhelszki, Alternative Press, July 2000

AFTER BEING without an American label for the past three years, Primal Scream return with a vengeance on Exterminator, their first album for Astralwerks. But ...

Love and Rockets: Lift Off: Love And Rockets

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 2002

YOU COULD, MAYBE, be forgiven if you weren't expecting Love And Rockets to be dropping by to play, just yet. It was, after all, ...

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