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Face, The

The Face was a British music, fashion and culture monthly magazine started in May 1980 by Nick Logan, who had previously created the teen pop magazine Smash Hits, and had been an editor at the New Musical Express in the 1970s It ceased publication in 2004.

Dexys Midnight Runners: Hearts Full Of Soul: Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, May 1980

Dexy's Midnight Runners are working towards (cue fanfare) The End Of Rock As We Know It. Punk, heavy metal, ska, country & western, reggae, everything ...

Joe Jackson: Indifferent To Joe

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, May 1980

ROCK 'N' ROLL is supposed to be from The Wrong Side Of The Tracks and I suppose the Joe Jackson Band's rehearsal room qualifies. It's ...

The Cure: A Cure For All Ills

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, June 1980

‘A FOREST’ a hit? Improbable as it sounds, yes. The Cure are on the move again. ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: All The Way With LKJ

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, July 1980

Whenever it rains/I think of you And I always remember that day in May When I saw you walking in the rain I know not what it was nor why For ...

The Passions: Ships That Passion The Night

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, August 1980

"I MET THESE skinheads on the tube the other day who recognised me from a gig. They said they didn't know my name but they'd ...

Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken: Desmond Dekker and Laurel Aitken: Old Rude Boys Never Die

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, September 1980

DESMOND DEKKER and Laurel Aitken are two Jamaican vocalists who, in earlier musical incarnations, helped lay the ground for the eventual acceptance of reggae music ...

Bow Wow Wow

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, October 1980

Pop, that disposable distraction, is mostly about transience: it’s the order of the perpetual child, the moment! Not that those last long these days. Most ...

Brian Eno: Eno: Only The Small Survive

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, October 1980

One of the vital musical innovators of the Seventies, Brian Eno now inhabits a curious world. He lives in 'medieval' Manhattan, where he gambles on ...

Grace Jones: Confessions Of An Art Groupie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, October 1980

IN THE LOUNGE bar of the Kensington Hilton, Grace Jones sprawls supinely in a wicker armchair and digs her fingers under the leaves of lettuce ...

Joy Division: A History of Joy Division

Retrospective by Mick Middles, Face, The, November 1980

JOY DIVISION began life in romantically seedy surroundings. In late 1977, as the initial push of the new wave began to soften, hundreds of imitation ...

David Bowie: The Gender Bender

Comment by Jon Savage, Face, The, November 1980

"WHAT DO YOU want to be when you grow up, David?" ...

Ian Dury: The Royal Academy of Jackthelademy

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, December 1980

THE ARTIST, cultivator of a thousand verbaceous boarders, sits on a plastic chair in this desert of a room. Cropped short his greying hair gives ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd: The Fugitive: John Lydon at Large

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, December 1980

IT SEEMS POETICALLY APPROPRIATE that John Lydon has chosen Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange as the film to insert into the video-cassette deck at Virgin's Townhouse ...

Dead Kennedys: Punk Rot Is Here To Stay

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, January 1981

THIS IS THE hardcore faction. Spiked hair, leather jackets, the backs emblazoned with the logos of Crass, UK Subs, Adam & The Ants. Hordes of ...

Divine: Mondo Crappo

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, January 1981

WARNING: This article might offend sensitive tastes! ...

Madness

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, January 1981

ON A MONDAY morning so dark from thundery rainclouds it seems as though the sky has fallen in, Graham 'Suggs' McPherson, shoe-less and wearing only ...

Vivienne Westwood

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, January 1981

Let It Rock, Sex, Seditionaries...Anarchy t-shirts and bondage straps. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S new collection is called World’s End. She talked about it to JON SAVAGE. ...

The Clash: Home On The Range

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, February 1981

PAUL SIMONON lives in a modest two-room Notting Hill basement flat just north of Ladbroke Grove tube station. ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: Sound and Vision

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, April 1981

"Malcolm McLaren just said to me, "What do you want, Adam?" I said, "I'd like to be a household name, and have everyone know and ...

Blitz Culture

Essay by Jon Savage, Face, The, April 1981

IN A CORNER OPPOSITE the entrance, Richard Young, the photographer, has set up his stall. It has a simple backdrop of white cloth – this ...

Gang of Four

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, April 1981

Poolswinning Yorkshire musicians syndicate, Hugo Burnham, Dave Allen, Jon King and Andy Gill, pictured with the small change from their record-breaking swoop on EMI's Treble ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image Limited: The Flowers Of Romance (Virgin)

Review by Jon Savage, Face, The, April 1981

A typically caustic, sardonic title: the thorn in the rose. If much of the current chart has much of the grace and flow of 1966 ...

The Beat Scene

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, April 1981

"GOD HOLD you in the palm of His hand," said Saxa pulling the bedclothes up to his chin. "He close it and you are dead. ...

Hazel O'Connor: Cracked Actress: Hazel O' Connor

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, May 1981

HAZEL O'Connor lives on the fourth floor of a redbrick building in West Hampstead that looks as though it should belong to the water board ...

Killing Joke: A Matter of Laughs and Death

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Face, The, May 1981

FUNNY HYSTERICAL: making the journey from Kings Cross to Shepherd's Bush with an earful of Killing Joke. I've just changed fifty albums I didn't need ...

August Darnell, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Fresh Fruit in Downtown Manhattan

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1981

A CHECKER CAB pulls up at the corner of MacDougal and 7th; out of it steps Mr. Michael Zilkha. The cab is ...

Positive Noise: Noise Poise

Interview by Paul Morley, Face, The, June 1981

POSITIVE Noise play at Cabaret Futura, and I think that they're the best group who've yet played there. What a range, I think, what reserves. ...

Grace Jones

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1981

Born in Spanishtown, Jamaica, the daughter of an eminent clergyman, Grace Jones moved to Syracuse in upstate New York at the age of 12. A ...

Spandau Ballet: A Revolt Into Style

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, August 1981

"IF PEOPLE want to find out what is the working class attitude to life," Gary Kemp declares forcefully, leaning towards me over a corner table ...

The Clash: The Return of Native Paranoia

Report by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, August 1981

IN HOT humid New York City, the eight Clash dates at Bonds discotheque had their number doubled following a first night raid by the Fire ...

Chas Jankel, Ian Dury: Ian Dury and Chas Jankel: Teeth and Smiles

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, September 1981

IAN DURY is in prime form. He is just back from a short holiday in Greece and is, if not exactly bronzed, then distinctly off-white, ...

The Teardrop Explodes: Julian Cope: Julian Weirds Out!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, November 1981

I'D BEEN worried about Julian Cope. This nagging concern had started some four months ago, during one hot and humid night in New York City, ...

Punk Five Years On

Overview by Jon Savage, Face, The, November 1981

I’ve been waiting for this one ever since the Black Arabs: a classic rip-off single to finally mop up any punk detritus and put it ...

Crass: The Aesthetics of Anarchy: A Report from the House of Crass

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, December 1981

THIS MUST be the dialectic of rock journalism. The talk is about whether there should be talks. Should Crass co-operate with The Face? ...

Soft Cell: Marc Almond: The Whip Hand

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, January 1982

…and who holds it? The pop process, alienation and sexuality discussed with Marc Almond. By JON SAVAGE. ...

Bauhaus

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, February 1982

DARKNESS AND DEGRADATION IN SOUND AND WORD! But first let’s talk about Northampton! ...

Kim Wilde

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, March 1982

FLEXING her feet in a pair of black Dr Martens, Kim Wilde sits in an orderly, wholesome manner at one end of a carefully battered, ...

ABC, Buggles, Dollar, Malcolm McLaren, Spandau Ballet: The Most Wanted Man In Pop: Trevor Horn

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, March 1982

"Why does pop music have to be so naff?" asks TREVOR HORN, whose production work for Dollar, ABC and Spandau Ballet is an unequivocal answer ...

Young Lovers: ’60s Pop TV

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Face, The, March 1982

You might well suppose the marriage of pop and television to be made in heaven, so inseparable do they seem. Perhaps not: you have complaints. ...

The Jam, Paul Weller: The Paul Weller Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, May 1982

AS PAUL WELLER says, in the mid-1960s the original spirit of Mod implanted itself into the soul of young Britain with a self-nurturing, almost religious ...

Haircut 100: Haircut One Hundred

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, June 1982

Fashion à la Haircut is the cult of the cleancut, the art of the casual towel, the incidental bow tie and the perpetual smile... ...

Ry Cooder: Home and Ry

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1982

Ry Cooder is tall, like a Texan, and dry, very dry, like a Margarita; tall in both physical height and musical standing, dry in both ...

Defunkt: This Defunkt Life

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, August 1982

According to Joe Bowie, only his trombone and his funk-jazz band Defunkt stand between him and the imminent nuclear apocalypse. LESLEY WHITE talks to the ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Fact And Fiction

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, September 1982

THE FACE turned down an offer to interview Kevin Rowland earlier in the summer because of unacceptable preconditions which were later withdrawn. Last in line ...

Imagination: Work That Body!

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, September 1982

Suitably softened up by his workout with four year-old Twinkle, IMAGINATION'S extrovert frontman picks himself up off the floor for an interview with LESLEY WHITE ...

David Sylvian: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1982

David Sylvian had agreed to do only three interviews when he returned to England from a month's stay in Japan. The first was for the ...

August Darnell, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: The Kid & I: A Dinner Date with Kid Creole

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1982

The night Fiona Russell Powell joined August Darnell for a late late dinner date ran into the morning of the Kid's 32nd birthday and the ...

Boy George: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, November 1982

I FIRST MET George O'Dowd about two years ago, shortly after I had moved down to London from Sheffield. George had just vacated his room ...

Malcolm McLaren: Where The Buffalo Roam

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, December 1982

• Svengali turned singer Malcolm McLaren has — canny as ever — recorded one of the debut singles of the year, 'Buffalo Gals', after months ...

Marc Almond, Soft Cell: Marc Almond

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, February 1983

THE RELATIONSHIP between record companies and the music press is I think generally seen to be one of a symbiotic nature. ...

Robert Palmer: Some Guys Have All The Hits

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, March 1983

It's hard to be a superstar in today's tough musical world. Caught for a long time between ever-changing trends, ROBERT PALMER finally found his blue-eyed ...

The Style Council: The State of the Nation's dress by Paul Weller

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, April 1983

"I SUPPOSE PEOPLE find it difficult to penetrate me," offers the pale young man in the white mac, "they're not sure whether I'm really deep ...

David Byrne, Talking Heads: David Byrne: First Degree Byrne

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1983

FOR SOMEONE WITH such an aversion to limelight, fame and wild applause, David Byrne certainly puts himself about a bit. Ever since he formed Talking ...

Malcolm McLaren

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1983

IN ANY MODERN dictionary of infamy, the name of Malcolm McLaren would merit a lengthy entry. He has been a purveyor of fetish-wear, an agent ...

Prince: Someday Your Prince Will Come

Essay by Carol Cooper, Face, The, June 1983

THE THING TO BEAR IN MIND is that Prince does not do interviews. He certainly didn't do this one, nor any of a dozen others ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Shooting from the Hip: Gil Scott-Heron

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1983

With verse and music slung from his belt, GILSCOTT-HERON is making his stand against the Cowboy. Some people accuse him of being right on. But ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Chapel of Love: Bob Marley’s Last resting Place

Report by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, June 1983

ON A HILLSIDE in a peaceful corner of Jamaica’s lush rural hinterland – Natural Mystic Country – perches the simple white-washed chapel erected on the ...

New Order

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1983

SOMEWHERE ON the southern outskirts of Manchester there is a graveyard. Next to the graveyard is a rehearsal room where the four members of New ...

Elvis Costello: The Face Interview: Elvis Costello

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, August 1983

ALMOST seven years ago now, the son of dance band singer Ross McManus invented somebody called Elvis Costello. It was possible to do that in ...

Carmel: Oh Perfect Day

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, September 1983

CARMEL MCCOURT is a stylish blonde singer of 24 with a voice as dark as she is fair, as strange as she is straightforward. She ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: To The Life Boats

Profile by Carol Cooper, Face, The, September 1983

"Strange, how potent cheap music is."– Noel Coward, Private Lives ...

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: MaSQUERaDE!

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, October 1983

THE EURYTHMICS used to rehearse in a room above a picture framers in Camden Town. Now, with money in the bank and record sales approaching ...

The Sex Pistols: Jamie Reid

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, October 1983

For someone whose work has graced millions of record sleeves and influenced a whole generation, Jamie Reid’s personal profile is not the highest. This is ...

Culture Club: A Boy For Europe

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, November 1983

THE BEST thing about the Culture Club is that anybody can join. Membership isn't exclusive. Jon, Roy, George and Mikey have managed to come up ...

Level 42: Living It Down

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, November 1983

IN THE HITCHHIKERS Guide To The Galaxy the number 42 is revealed as the clue to The I Meaning Of Life. This is the origin ...

Heaven 17: Room At The Top: Heaven 17

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, November 1983

The son of a Sheffield steel worker, Glenn Gregory's ambition was to become an actor. Instead he found himself playing the role of pop star ...

Mick Jagger: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, December 1983

1PM, THE SAVOY HOTEL. In the centre of suite 312 sits a 40-year old man once described by the writer Nik Cohn with these words: ...

ABC: Past Imperfect, Future Tense

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, January 1984

On the dreamstage of a pop-music fantasy, ABC were cast as the perfection of a glossy ideal. But their irony was misread, their clothes misconstrued. ...

Duran Duran: Simon Le Bon

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, February 1984

IT'S THE day before Christmas Eve and I'm on my way to The Savoy hotel, 15 minutes late already for my interview with Simon Le ...

The Pretenders: Leather Wears Better Than Dreams

Profile and Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, February 1984

In the last two turbulent years, Chrissie Hynde has had a baby by the man who once personified for her the rock and roll myth, ...

Prefab Sprout: Faith, Hope & Glory?

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, March 1984

"IF ALL THIS HADN'T worked out I was resigned to being a librarian. That's what I wanted to do." Thus speaks Paddy McAloon, brains in ...

Sade: Glad Day For Sade

Profile and Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, April 1984

Sophisticated jazz, Silk Cut and Jersey. That's Sade Adu. The girl can't help it. The torches have been lit. Profile Lesley White ...

Ian Dury: Well Hung

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Face, The, April 1984

Ian Dury's verdict on the nation's art heritage ...

X: Guitars Against The Golden State

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Face, The, April 1984

They've been called The Last American Rock Band. It's a tag they hate. ...

Electro: The Beatbox Bites Back

Essay by David Toop, Face, The, May 1984

1984: Two a.m. at The Funhouse and the giant video screen fills with the image of the Master O.C.'s hands scratching an Enjoy 12 inch. ...

Elvis Costello Live

Live Review by Ira Robbins, Face, The, June 1984

ELVIS Costello’s 1983 American tour was so boring that even longtime fans found it difficult to remain alert for an entire set of pseudo-cabaret runthroughs. ...

Richard Branson

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1984

NOTES SCRAWLED habitually on the back of Richard Branson’s hand attest to a hectic day. He had been invited to lunch by the financial editor ...

Stevie Wonder Has a Dream

Report and Interview by Carol Cooper, Face, The, June 1984

In 1981 Stevie Wonder led the first of three marches in Washington D.C. calling for the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, the black civil ...

Cristina: Uptown Girl

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1984

How can one so rich, talented and beautiful be so weary of life? ...

Philip Sallon

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, July 1984

Pausing only to change from one outrageous outfit to the next, PHILIP SALLON has hosted a mad whirl of parties that unite youth tribes in ...

The Cramps: Bubble Trouble

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, July 1984

Back from the mystery plane, where they witnessed a host of gore movies and much else besides, THE CRAMPS have come to reclaim their followers from the ...

Tom Verlaine: Tom Foolery: Tom Verlaine

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, July 1984

CAN IT REALLY be ten years now since we first heard about Television and the infamous New York scene of 1974? Those days, laughingly referred ...

Echo & The Bunnymen

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, August 1984

PARTHENON DRIVE, Norris Green, is one of Liverpool's quieter backwaters. The road, with its leafy gardens and council houses, is not scarred by graffiti or ...

Chic: Nile Rodgers: Brother, Can You Spare a Riff?

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, September 1984

THE CHIC SOUND – unique, polished, assertive – was the Motown of the '70s, synonymous with the rising aspirations of black America. It was to ...

David Bowie: The Byronic Man

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Face, The, October 1984

"WHAT WE'RE DOING here is bringing back the talkies," David Bowie announces self-mockingly. His livid mask recalls the white-faced clowns and demons of the Commedia ...

Van Halen: David Lee Roth: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1984

Larger than life and twice as loud, David Lee Roth is the vocalist and ringmaster of the Van Halen hard rock circus. ...

Run DMC: Run For It

Profile and Interview by Carol Cooper, Face, The, November 1984

DESPITE WHAT you may have read, there is no such thing as a monolithic black American style. The attempt to pigeonhole black creativity into narrow ...

Curtis Mayfield: Keep On Pushing: Curtis Mayfield

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, 1985

They were still calling it ‘race music’ when Curtis Mayfield started singing in the late ‘50s. An influential and innovative artist, Mayfield gave a stirring ...

Paul Young: Too Much, Too Young

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, January 1985

CLOSE YOUR EYES and picture the man who is talking. Chances are you imagine him looking well turned-out in a sharp and quite possibly shiny ...

Andy Warhol: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, March 1985

"I HAVE NOTHING to say – read my books" is Andy Warhol's standard riposte to most would-be interviewers.  ...

The Smiths: Dreamer In The Real World

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, Face, The, May 1985

To his father, he was a "complete fruitcake," to his contemporaries "the village idiot". Yet in the treacherous image-bloated clone-zone of pop, his is the ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Jesus Wept

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1985

ACCORDING TO MR Geoff Travis, chief of staff at the born again, doubly hip Rough Trade records (purveyors of high class pop to the gentry), ...

The Cure: Robert Smith: A Suitable Case for Treatment

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1985

"We can't make it. We are ready to die when we are born. We are the patsies. And I hate the intellectual freak who realises ...

Duran Duran: The Pop Dream Come True

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, December 1985

NIGHT SETTLES ON The Palace Hotel, Philadelphia, like a sigh of relief. All the acts have finished all their frantic, last minute preparations for Live ...

Morris Day, The Time: Now Is The Time For Morris Day

Interview by Carol Cooper, Face, The, December 1985

He played the senior dude in Purple Rain, the one who nearly stole the show from his real-life hometown rival Prince. He calls his autobiographical ...

Womack and Womack (and Womack): Bring The Family Back

Profile and Interview by David Toop, Face, The, December 1985

BORN IN THE SOUL YEARS, SURVIVING THE LEAN YEARS, THE WOMACK FAMILY HAVE PUT A LIFETIME'S EMOTIONS INTO THEIR MUSIC. BUT CECIL AND LINDA WOMACK ...

Boy George: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, 1986

George O'Dowd on fame, drugs, wealth, sex, George Michael, Alice Temple, Martin Degville… ...

David Sylvian Vs. The Pop Goliath

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, March 1986

THE MAN WHO STROLLED INTO the lobby was small and neat, grey-suited with white shoes. His hair was a natural darkish brown a small silver ...

LL Cool J: Def Jam: The Rap Brat Pack

Report and Interview by David Toop, Face, The, March 1986

THE GREATEST CREATIVE CONVERGENCE IN 20th Century music has been the American Jewish/Black independent record company. Reel 'em off: Herman Lubinsky and Savoy Records, Hy ...

Farley "Jackmaster" Funk , Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles: Sample and Hold: The House Sound of Chicago

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1986

"Sue the bastards!"WE'VE BEEN IN Chicago for two hours now, and for reasons too ridiculous to explain we are sitting in an Armenian restaurant talking ...

Luther Vandross: Let's Start with Pacman

Interview by David Toop, Face, The, March 1987

LUTHER VANDROSS SPRAWLS UNTIDILY ACROSS THE COUCH AND SHOOTS THAT LOOK. "MS PACMAN," HE CORRECTS. ...

Ritchie Valens: La Bamba

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, Summer 1987

SEARCHLIGHTS SWAY IN THE SKY over Hollywood Boulevard and Vine as the premiere party for La Bamba the movie strides into full swing. The subject ...

Scritti Politti: The Green Manifesto

Interview by David Toop, Face, The, 1988

The only pop artist who can incorporate Miles Davis and Jacques Derrida into the same repertoire, Green Gartside is still pondering the "the undecideability of ...

Smith & Mighty: Smith And Mighty: Bristol Rising

Profile and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1988

Coming from the same sound system roots as Soul II Soul, dance producers Smith And Mighty are at the centre of a thriving West Country ...

The Farm: The Dark Side Of The Mersey: Retro-Rock Scallies

Report and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1988

A HIPPIE IS chased down a darkened street by a group of 16 year-old Casuals. In most parts of Britain, what follows is likely to ...

Chaka Khan: Khanal Knowledge

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1989

"ASK ME what you want, John. I can take it. I mean, what are you going to do — spank me?" ...

Depeche Mode: Modus Operandum: Depeche Mode in Detroit

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1989

IT'S JUST after one at the best club on the planet. This is Detroit’s Music Institute, an all-night and most-of-the-next-day juice bar with a sound ...

Techno: A Bluffer’s Guide

Guide by John McCready, Face, The, 1989

TECHNO HAS turned ordinary record buyers into badly-informed technology obsessives. ...

The La's: The La’s

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1989

INSPIRED BY a single, ‘There She Goes’, and an assortment of odd, beautiful and tangential B-sides built from nothing but raw creativity, I feel like ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Holly Go Lightly

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, June 1989

AS LUNCH DATES with professionally outrageous people go, mine with Holly Johnson — upstairs and upstairs again at L'escargot — was an affair of studied ...

Beats International, Fatboy Slim: Beats International

Report and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1990

Beats International are a pop group of their time... an indie star turned dance guru, a soap star turned singer, and a motley crew of ...

Jane's Addiction: Jane’s Addiction: Guns ’N Poses

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1990

Some people think Jane’s Addiction are the new Guns N’ Roses, even the new Rolling Stones. Others think that singer Perry Farrell will save rock ...

The KLF: KLF: Tales From The White Room

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1990

SINISTER. That's the word. The KLF are sinister. With their pervy mail-order black-hooded packamacks, their propaganda and their perfect assimilation of rave culture they are ...

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

Report and Interview by David Toop, Face, The, January 1990

A LITTLE suburban parking spot in Carson, Los Angeles, and balmy tranquility hangs in the air like Valium fallout. There are harsh alien sounds, though: ...

Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, Face, The, January 1990

AFTER A YEAR of underground success, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays crowd into a Top Of The Pops dressing room to celebrate their entry into ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Morrissey: The Deep End

Interview by Nick Kent, Face, The, March 1990

Walking backwards into the Nineties, has Morrissey finally lost all sane 'focus' on his career? ...

Depeche Mode, Erasure, Inspiral Carpets: Staying Mute

Profile and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, August 1990

ELECTRONIC. TEUTONIC. Independent. European. Regardless of the reality of its catalogue, Mute Records has a certain image. Like any record label with a desire to ...

Massive Attack: The Bristol Bunch

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1991

MASSIVE ATTACK were part of Bristol's Wild Bunch crew, a posse who pioneered UK hip hop. In 1986 they helped put together ‘The Look Of ...

Primal Scream: Ten Minutes In The Mind Of Bobby Gillespie

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, August 1991

Why did you start playing dance music?Better music, better chicks, better drugs. Is rock'n'roll dead? No. There's a lot of great rock'n'roll bands, like Jane's ...

U2: Saint Bono Defrocked

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Face, The, April 1992

IT'S EARLY evening in a Russian restaurant somewhere in west London, a place that specializes in vodka – chili vodka, lemon vodka, brandy vodka, even ...

Morrissey, Suede: Brett Anderson & Morrissey: Suedegate

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, May 1993

Does this magazine print deliberate lies? Well actually no, we don't ...

Miami Bass: How Low Can You Go?

Report by John McCready, Face, The, 1994

In Florida, a pair of 15-inch speakers carry more B-boy cred than a pair of fat-laced sneakers, and your car is judged not by speed ...

Oasis: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Beatles...

Interview by Cliff Jones, Face, The, August 1994

The next Pistols, the next Beatles, or just this month's Next Big Thing? Oasis are good enough to fight the hype – but the battling ...

Marshall Jefferson: Moving House

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1994

I FIRST MET MARSHALL Jefferson in 1986, in his native Chicago. House was just starting to bloom there, and he was working on 'Move Your ...

Jamiroquai: Lost In Space

Interview by Andrew Smith, Face, The, November 1994

JAY KAY shouldn't really be telling me shit like this. He and his band for — make no mistake, it is his band — have ...

Tricky: The Wide Bunch

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Face, The, February 1995

Tense, nervous and paranoid, Tricky has emerged from the dark heart of the Bristol beat with an extraordinary album that is almost as strange and ...

Mrs Wood: Queen Of Hardbag

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, December 1995

I FIRST MET MRS WOOD on a trip to BCM in Majorca. The manager had flagged up his attractions outside the club in four-foot letters: ...

Neneh Cherry

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1996

WHEN NENEH CHERRY was a toddler, she met Miles Davis. She remembers his gravelly growl of a voice, and recalls him opening his trumpet case ...

Amon Düül, Faust, Neu!: Welcome To The Machine: Kraut Rock

Overview by John McCready, Face, The, November 1996

Julian Cope has championed it, new Nineties bands are ransacking it and the ageing German hippies that first created it are now packing in techno ...

10 Years of House

Retrospective by John McCready, Face, The, 1997

TEN YEARS IS A LONG TIME. Three score short of a lifetime, I know, but long enough to establish your own space programme and see ...

Sasha and Digweed play Twilo

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, December 1997

JOHN DIGWEED stares at the sleek, black stretch limo we've ordered to take us from the hotel to the club in New York. "I usually ...

Working on a Building of Love: The Great Days of the Haçienda

Retrospective by John McCready, Face, The, Spring 1997

With Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People opening in the UK this weekend, we reprint Face writer John McCready's wonderful account of the club's rise, ...

Slipknot at Ozzfest

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Face, The, 2001

STANDING CENTRE-stage and plastered in a grin that pretty much redefines the very word maniacal is a 52-year old man uniquely blessed with the voice ...

Pink Q&A

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, October 2003

You were scheduled to snog Madonna at the MTV awards, but you dropped out and Britney took over. Why? ...

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