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MOJO is a UK-based monthly magazine first published in October 1993, providing in depth coverage of classic rock music via features, interviews and reviews. It is also available online.

Big Star: The Grand, London

Live Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, November 1993

AT THE BACK OF the hall stood a tall and bulky figure, taking light refreshment and delivering his expert verdict on the performance of the ...

The Factory: Lowell George & The Factory: Lightning Rod Man

Review by Mick Houghton, MOJO, November 1993

I WAS FORTUNATE enough to meet Lowell George close on 20 years ago. He was a charming great bear-like man rumpled and a little worse ...

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, November 1993

A RIOT OF SEQUINS and studded belts, of thick foundation and fringed pastel jackets, of monstrous boots and massive hair, Nashville's old – and new ...

Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell II

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, November 1993

ACCORDING TO MOST rock histories the late '70s were defined by punk rock and the Sex Pistols. Commercially speaking, however, the awful truth is that ...

Moby Grape: Vintage: The Very Best Of Moby Grape

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 1993

MOBY GRAPE BEGAN IN 1966, arguably the decade's peak; they fell apart in 1969, a time of madness, desolation, dread. Between the optimism of ‘Hey ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The War Of The Berets

Interview by Rob Steen, MOJO, November 1993

England gives Rickie Lee Jones the creeps. We are unkind, unhappy, un-rhythmic, tight-arsed and extremely white. ...

Afghan Whigs: The Afghan Whigs

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1993

"The perfect cv: liquor, pugnacity, political incorrectness, Catholic guilt and incorrigible horndoggery..." ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: Captain Beefheart: Dropout Boogie

Retrospective by Miles, MOJO, December 1993

IT WAS 2am, September 1969, and I was having a cup of styrofoam coffee with Don Van Vliet in the 24-hour automated snack-bar of TT&G ...

Captain Beefheart: 'Yeah, I'm Happy!'

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, December 1993

He is alive. A recluse. Painting in seclusion up near the Oregon border. There have been weird signals through the ether since he stopped making ...

Jackson Browne: I'm Alive

Review by Mick Houghton, MOJO, December 1993

HAS TIME STOOD STILL? Fifteen years on and Jackson Browne's running on empty again. He's out of love yet surviving, holding himself together but now ...

John Cale: The Forum, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, December 1993

THIS SUMMER'S VELVET UNDERGROUND reunion inevitably recast John Cale in the role of Lou Reed's foil. After all, while the Velvets clearly depend on the ...

John Hiatt: Speak No Evil?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1993

BH: Looking back, John, was the Little Village experience – you, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner – as much of an anti-climax for you ...

10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant: Natalie Merchant: Little Sister Syndrome

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 1993

MOJO: YOU'VE BEEN described as "interminably serious". Is that accurate? ...

Squeeze

Interview by Rob Steen, MOJO, December 1993

WITHOUT WISHING to take anything away from the Fabulous Furry Finn Brothers, it’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Squeeze. With a little ...

Tindersticks: Tindersticks

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1993

BETWEEN NICK CAVE AND THE FALL maybe; or separating early Dexys from mid-peri-od Pogues; or even right back alongside Lee Hazlewood and Leonard Cohen – ...

Harry Nilsson: Singer, Songwriter, Fab-Across-The-Water 1941-1994

Obituary by Derek Taylor, MOJO, 1994

John and Paul were asked to name their favourite artist. "Nilsson." And band? "Nilsson." ...

Albert Collins: Blue Guitarist, Singer, Iceman, 1932-1993

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, January 1994

ALBERT COLLINS WAS ROUGH. THAT'S ROUGH AS IN 'NICE 'N' rough', as opposed to 'mean 'n' rough'. He demonstrated the difference to perfection a couple ...

Aphex Twin: The Mozart of Techno

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, January 1994

"Is this the sound of old languages breaking up? Or of new ones forming?" ...

Bert Jansch, Pentangle: Bert Jansch: Album reissues

Review by David Cavanagh, MOJO, January 1994

BENEATH THE STAGGERED, quadruple-decker title of It Don’t Bother Me, midway down an album cover that suggests Blue Note going folk, sits Bert Jansch in ...

Björk: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1994

LAST TIME I SAW BJÖRK ON STAGE SHE WAS WITH THE Sugarcubes and I didn’t really see her at all: either Einar the Irritating or ...

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: A Trip Down the Sunset Strip

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

SUNSET BOULEVARD: the very name is synonymous with dreams, unrealities, tableaux of palm trees and convertibles in the golden light of southern California. Billy ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: Sacred Fire

Interview by Rob Steen, MOJO, January 1994

THE VERY LEAST YOU CAN SAY ABOUT CARLOS Santana is that he has always been a pleasant plucker. Surely no-one has ever coaxed as much ...

The Band: Heart & Soul: The Band

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

MENTION THE BAND TO PEOPLE IN 1993 and the chances are they'll say: "What band?" So much for the enduring legacy of the finest group ...

James Booker: The Unsung Piano Genius with Star-spangled False Teeth

Profile by Ben Thompson, MOJO, January 1994

"IF ALL AMERICAN PIANO PLAYERS LINED UP IN A ROW, each knowing the other’s abilities and talents, all would take a step back to recognise ...

Madness: The Business

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, January 1994

I FIRST SAW MADNESS EARLY IN 1980 IN A SAN Francisco club. It was the city's mecca of punk but the locals didn't know quite ...

Mazzy Star: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, January 1994

IN THE PRIVACY OF ONE'S OWN HOME, CALIFORNIA'S MAZZY Star can sound like an American bar band performing at half-speed at the bottom of a ...

Microglobe: Easy Dance & Musichall, Frankfurt an der Oder

Report by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, January 1994

IN THE CRAMPED LITTLE DJ BOOTH AT THE EASY DISCO, Frankfurt an der Oder – east Germany city of flatblocks and border posts – Berlin ...

Frank Zappa: R.I.P. Frank

Obituary by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, January 1994

[NOTE: This was part of Mojo’s obituary for Frank Zappa, and was published in January 1994. The brief was simply to look at his career ...

Seefeel: Quique

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, January 1994

MUSIC ALWAYS SEEKS TO BREAK THE BOUNDS of language: indeed, the language of words is often inadequate to describe what music does as it enters ...

Steely Dan: Remastered - The Best Of Steely Dan (MCA)

Review by Nick Hornby, MOJO, January 1994

"Who was The Razor Boy? What is The Boston Rag? Where is Mizar-5?" ...

Suede: Dream On

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, January 1994

They were suburban loners who saw the potential for beauty inside the tawdry and extravagant. Together they won attention and success. As Suede step into ...

Woodstock

Report by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

Barney Hoskyns visits the idyllic Catskill mountain retreat colonized by The Band, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and fellow bohemians. ...

Bark Psychosis: Hex

Review by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, March 1994

THESE DAYS, ALTERNATIVE = ANTIQUATED. Almost all alternative rockers pay homage to a bygone golden age (although they disagree about which is the genre that ...

ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons: Texan Rabbi From Hell

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, March 1994

QUICK! APART FROM long beards, grotesque guitars and cheap sunglasses, what do ZZ Top and our dearly beloved and highly respected Prime Minister have in ...

Frank Zappa: Dr Zircon's Secret Lab

Memoir by Miles, MOJO, March 1994

I FIRST MET FRANK Zappa in July 1967, outside the Garrick Theater at 152 Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village. He was standing on the sidewalk, ...

Janis Joplin: Janis (Columbia/Legacy)

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, March 1994

DYLAN FELL OFF his motorcycle, The Beatles broke up and Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin paid the full price of ‘60s rock stardom ...

Lester Bangs: Rock 'n' roll as literature, literature as rock 'n' roll.

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1994

Whither Rock Gomorrah, the great gonzo hack's unpublished swansong? ...

Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, March 1994

THERE WAS MUCH wailing and rending of hair throughout the land at the news that Pavement had parted ways with their crazed 40-something drummer Gary ...

Eric Clapton: The Odyssey: The Making Of Eric Clapton

Retrospective and Interview by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, March 1994

Of all the legends of the land of Greece, few are as epic and ill-starred as the tale of Eric Clapton, his five mates and ...

Voodoo Queens: Voodod Queens: Chocolate Revenge

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, March 1994

UNREPENTANT BAD GIRLS with a taste for culinary and bibulous excess, the Voodoo Queens have cannily put their career back on track with a debut ...

Cypress Hill: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, April 1994

THERE'S A KID slumped at the top of the Brixton academy stairs, his head poised vomitatiously over a large plastic bin. All you can see ...

Emmylou Harris: Pieces Of The Sky

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1994

WHEN GRAM PARSONS 'DISCOVERED' Emmylou Harris in late 1971, she was working as a folkie in Washington DC, and singing the occasional country tune like ...

Primal Scream: Hell's Angels: Primal Scream

Memoir by Tim Tooher, MOJO, April 1994

Last year Primal Scream's pilgrimage to the holiest sources of the Devil's music brought them to Memphis, where they recorded their newest album Give Out ...

Kirsty MacColl: Pillar To Post

Interview by Rob Steen, MOJO, April 1994

A TIP. DON'T TELL KIRSTY MACCOLL SHE IS OUR FINEST FEMALE songwriter. Not even if you are besotted with Titanic Days, her latest and greatest ...

Richard Thompson

Interview by David Sinclair, MOJO, April 1994

THEY SAY THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD. BUT HE'S ALWAYS hard to spot because he looks so normal. Quiet, polite, a little shy even. You ...

Tim Buckley: Live At The Troubadour 1969

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1994

HE WAS, ABOVE all, a beautiful boy. Sure, the album sleeves show those impossible good looks steadily thickening into manhood and by 1974's Look At ...

Van Morrison: The Great Hall, Exeter University

Live Review by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1994

MAN. VAN. THE. UNTIL NOW THE ONLY WELL-KNOWN PHRASE or saying into which these three words could be re-assembled has been a synonym for irascible ...

Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones: Charlie Watts: The Rock

Interview by Robert Sandall, MOJO, May 1994

INTERVIEWS WITH CHARLIE WATTS were once memorably described as being "as rare as rocking horse shit". Like many of the jazz players he admires so ...

Blossom Toes, Chicken Shack, Deep Purple, The Pink Fairies, Ten Years After: GEROFF!

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, May 1994

Born too late for The Beatles, too early for punk. 1969 was not a good year to be starry-eyed and 17. So tell us, Tom ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Peter Green: The Supernatural

Retrospective and Interview by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, May 1994

PETE MOODY Former bass player with The Grebbels – "We were support band to The Yardbirds at the Crawdaddy and Peter used to come along ...

Pink Floyd: The Third Coming

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Sandall, MOJO, May 1994

Three decades and 140 million albums later, the sheer familiarity of the Pink Floyd phenomenon obscures the strangeness of it all. Unlike any of their ...

Pulp: His'n'Hers

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, May 1994

FORGET EVERYTHING you know about what great music is – Bessie Smith, The Beatles, Neil Young, Al Green, all gone (not forever, just for 40 ...

XTC: Andy Partridge Confronts His Lifelong Enemy - Stagefright!

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1994

This is an interview with Andy Partridge. ...

Dusty Springfield: Goin' Back – The Very Best of Dusty Spingfield; Dusty – The Legend of Dusty Springfield

Review by Ian Birch, MOJO, June 1994

"I love Dusty Springfield. I wanted to name our daughter Dusty but I knew we couldn't because, I mean, Dusty Springsteen...She had a nice big, ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain 1967-1994

Obituary by Nick Kent, MOJO, June 1994

NIRVANA SINGER AND SONGWRITER. THE FIRST TRUE ROCK AND ROLL STAR OF THE NINETIES. ...

Nick Drake: Way To Blue

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, June 1994

WHEN NICK DRAKE'S Five Leaves Left first came out in 1968, albums with gatefold sleeves by moody songwriters accompanied by orchestras were almost two a ...

Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, June 1994

THIS IS SONIC Youth's tenth album in all, bootlegs excluded, and it finds them making a determined and ultimately successful effort not to settle into ...

Eddi Reader: Hush (Blanco Y Negro)

Review by Nick Hornby, MOJO, July 1994

EDDI READER WAS THE SINGER IN FAIRGROUND Attraction. Fairground Attraction had a Number 1 hit single with 'Perfect'. 'Perfect' annoyed the hell out of you, ...

J.J. Cale: No Name, No Number, No Pack Drill

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 1994

HE IS THE MOST unrecognizable man in pop music; success, it seems, comes to him only when he wants it. And a major part of ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: L.A.M.F.

Review by Nina Antonia, MOJO, July 1994

THIS IS NOT PUNK: THIS IS EDDIE COCHRAN and Gene Vincent dragged screaming into 1977. ...

Joy Division: Someone Take These Dreams Away

Retrospective and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, July 1994

HERE ARE THE young men, a weight on their shouldersHere are the young men, well where have they been?We knocked on the doors of hell's ...

Little Feat: The One That Got Away

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1994

OK, SO THERE aren't many of them, but Little Feat's 1975 show at the Rainbow Theatre was one LEGENDARY GIG EVERYONE SAYS THEY SAW that ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: 35th Anniversary Collection

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, July 1994

AS FAR AS I KNOW, Smokey Robinson and Frank Zappa never met. However, if they had, five'll getcha ten they'd have ended up talking ...

Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs/Barrett/Opel

Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, July 1994

IN A RECENT EDITION OF A MAGAZINE THAT SHALL REMAIN nameless, some clever-dick had this to say: "No-one likes Syd Barrett except for the kind ...

The Damned: Eternally Damned: The Very Best Of (Music Collection)

Review by Miles, MOJO, July 1994

THE DAMNED WERE THE FIRST PUNK band to release a single ('New Rose') and to get an album out and in the charts, but it's ...

The Undertones reissues

Review by Susan Compo, MOJO, July 1994

The Undertones/Hypnotised/Positive Touch/The Sin Of Pride /The Peel Sessions Album ...

The Who: 30 Years Of Maximum R&B

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, July 1994

APART FROM THE BARRON KNIGHTS AT BERTRAM MILLS Circus, the first group I ever saw live was The Who: It could have been Spooky Tooth, ...

The Who: Woodstock

Review and Interview by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, July 1994

WOOSTOCK BEGAN ON A GOLF course. Three years before they were to be responsible for Governor John Rockefeller declaring the Woodstock Festival area "a state ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Cult Classic

Review by Susan Compo, MOJO, August 1994

NERDY menace dogs this murky compilation, which sounds like it's coming from an eight-track player in a gas guzrler stuck beneath a muddy stream. ...

Fairport Convention

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1994

I'M MARTIN," SAYS THE ONE WITH THE CURLY HAIR. "D'you know Ken Dodd's dad's dog died?" ...

Ginger Baker: "Do Toad!"

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, August 1994

"DO 'TOAD'!" THAT WAS THE TENDER CATCHPHRASE THAT every youth used to yell at Ginger Baker every time he took his place behind his amazing ...

Jeff Buckley: In At The Deep End

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, August 1994

AWARE HE COULD be unfairly accused of trading on the family name, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley's 27-year-old son, has spent the last three years honing ...

James Brown, Valentines Park, Ilford

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1994

TEN MINUTES BEFORE JAMES BROWN IS DUE TO APPEAR ON AN English stage for the first time since his release from prison, there is an ...

Julian Cope: Autogeddon

Review by Susan Compo, MOJO, August 1994

JULIAN COPE is even more twisted than his infamous mikestand. ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen Live

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1994

LEONARD COHEN'S LITTLE NICHE IN THE marketplace has expanded somewhat over the last decade – and mercifully so. Being the bedsit prophet of gloom is ...

Oasis: Everything Rock Delights In

Report and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 1994

THE MARQUEE, about a month ago. the place is solid with grinning loons, many of whom hold should-know-better jobs in the music business. I'm here ...

Robert Wyatt: Going Back A Bit – A Little History of Robert Wyatt (Virgin)

Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, August 1994

HE IS A GREAT ENGLISHMAN, a pragmatic jazz buff, a witty and wise lyricist, an ingenious instrumentalist; but it's by his singing that Robert Wyatt ...

The Clash on Broadway

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, August 1994

IF THERE WAS ONE PIVOTAL EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE Clash's assault on the USA it was the season of 17 shows they played ...

The Clash on Broadway (2)

Interview by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, August 1994

Joe Strummer talks to Chris Salewicz ...

The Eagles: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 1994

THE BEST – AND CERTAINLY MOST SUCCINCT – REVIEW OF this, the opening night of the reunited Eagles' concert tour, came midway through guitarist Joe ...

The Rolling Stones: VooDoo Lounge

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, August 1994

CONFRONTED BY THE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN NEARLY FIVE years, for most Stones fans the question is not, Is it as good as Exile/Beggars/name your ...

Spin Doctors: The Spin Doctors

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, August 1994

AT FIRST GLANCE there is little to distinguish the 150,000 revellers gathered on the opening day of the 1994 Glastonbury Festival from the millionaire rock ...

Buffalo Springfield : Expecting To Fly

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 1994

WHEN NEIL YOUNG arrived in February 1966, Los Angeles was the pop capital of America. For a city so derided, usually by its Californian rival ...

Jeff Buckley: Grace

Review by Mick Houghton, MOJO, September 1994

OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS Jeff Buckley has become a contender. A minor critical furore greeted his first live mini-LP, while a handful of mesmeric ...

John Entwistle, The Who: John Entwistle

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1994

MY GENERATIONA LOT OF THE SOLOS I PLAYED WERE MUCH FASTER AND MORE interesting than the ones that finally went on the record. ...

Johnny Cash: American Recordings

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, September 1994

SOMETIME IN THE LATE '80S, Columbia Records unceremoniously dropped Johnny Cash. No matter that Cash had been one of Sun's Million Dollar Quaret, alongside ...

Neil Young: A Conversation with Elliot Roberts

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

FEW OTHER artist/manager relationships have endured as long as the one between Neil Young and Elliot Roberts. It is nearly 30 years since the lanky, ...

Neil Young: A Heretic Writes

Comment by Dave Marsh, MOJO, September 1994

"Coming to the conclusion that he was a second-rank artist scared the hell out of even a veteran heretic like myself." Neil Young unpraised by ...

Neil Young: A Rougher Ride

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after it was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, 'Cinnamon Girl' sounds like it was cut the day before yesterday on a ...

Neil Young: Out Of The Black

Essay by Ben Thompson, MOJO, September 1994

"Last night I dreamt I kissed Neil Young / If I was a boy I guess it would be fun." Sonic Youth, Creme Brulee, 1992. ...

The Only Ones: Only Ones: The Peel Sessions Album

Review by Nina Antonia, MOJO, September 1994

IF THERE WAS ONLY ONE SONG IN THE universe and it was 'Another Girl, Another Planet', I would still have all I ever wanted. ...

Prince: Come (Warner Bros.)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

OK, PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A SHOCK. PRINCE'S new album – a last gasp from his 16-year career on Warner Brothers – is about sex. It ...

Strange New Ways To Kill A Rock Critic

Overview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, September 1994

PREHENSILE Monkey-Tailed Skink? Screeching Weasel? PopDefect? Anus The Menace? ...

Blondie In Retrospect

Retrospective by Susan Compo, MOJO, October 1994

AS NORMAN MAILER ONCE SAID, "All blondes are natural blondes." Look it up in any book of pop quotes and you'll probably find a picture ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Blondie: Plastic Letters, Autoamerican, The Hunter Deborah Harry: Koo Koo, Rockbird, Def Dumb And Blonde

Review by Susan Compo, MOJO, October 1994

AS NORMAN MAILER ONCE SAID, "ALL blondes are natural blondes." Look it up in any book of pop quotes and you'll probably find a picture ...

Boz Scaggs

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1994

WHEN BOZ SCAGGS MADE HIS FIRST tentative steps back into the music industry that he had abandoned for most of the '80s, he found his ...

Bryan Ferry

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, October 1994

BRYAN FERRY SHOULD NEED LITTLE introduction. The first five Roxy Music albums – Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Country Life and Siren – defined ...

Canned Heat: Uncanned

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1994

WHILE BRITAIN WAS IN THE THROES of blues-boom mania in the late '60s, American youth had little time for that particular shade of black music. ...

Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, October 1994

IT IS JUST POSSIBLE, I SUPPOSE, THAT SOMEWHERE IN Chrissie Hynde's attic, there lurks a portrait of a withered old crone hunched over an electric ...

David Bowie

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1994

"ONE THING I'VE NOTICED driving around in this part of Switzerland is that there are no flowers. It's relentlessly green in Geneva – they must ...

Joe Cocker: Half-Cocker Power

Interview by Edward Helmore, MOJO, October 1994

"MUSHING, UH, I MEAN MOSHING," says Joe Cocker when asked to explain the difference between Woodstocks '69 and '94, after playing a standout festival opener. ...

Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson: Jim Dickinson: Earth Father

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, October 1994

Backwoods, Mississippi. Home to Jim Dickinson, the revered producer and professional redneck whose work spans the story of Southern music from Sun Records to Big ...

John Martyn: The Boy Can't Help It

Interview by Nick Coleman, MOJO, October 1994

Rambunctious loons, Soave-swilling romantics, tireless anarchists, people who fill baths with dead fish, all detect in him some sort of kindred spirit. John Martyn by ...

Marvin Gaye: The Classics Collection/Dream Of A Lifetime/Romantically Yours

Review by Nick Coleman, MOJO, October 1994

IN 1985, a year after his death, Gaye's Dream Of A Lifetime and Romantically Yours appeared in the CBS catalogue to confirm what we already ...

Sinead O'Connor: Universal Mother

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1994

AN ALBUM ABOUT MOTHERS – MOTHER as God, mother as Ireland, mother as sex, mother as violence, giver of life, saver of life, withholder of ...

Todd Rundgren

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1994

A concerned Mat Snow hogs the joystick ...

Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship: Up The Revolution? F**k The Revolution!

Review and Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, October 1994

PLANEBRANES. THAT'S WHAT obsessive aficionados of Jefferson Airplane and all that venerable group's offshoots – Jefferson Starship, Starship (two different enterprises, confusingly enough), Mickey Thomas's ...

Grant Lee Buffalo: The trio from Paranoid City

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1994

ONE GLANCE AT the music and movie tastes of acclaimed rock trio Grant Lee Buffalo would tell you that their home town is Los Angeles. ...

Liz Phair: Fresh outta Guyville

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1994

NO-ONE WAS MORE SURPRISED THAN LIZ PHAIR when her precocious double-album debut became the alternative-rock succès d'estime of 1993. "I was just a neighbourhood kid ...

R.E.M.

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 1994

YOU CAN JUST HEAR THE PHONE CALL. "The album's ready. Hire the Irish castle!" When the world's biggest bands have something to promote, money's no ...

Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor: Trent Reznor

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, MOJO, November 1994

"IF YOU'RE NOT ready for it, it's terrible, it's noise. It's the most uncommercial record that's ever been in the Top 50," says Trent Renzor ...

David Gray

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1994

THE INTRINSIC NICENESS OF JOAN BAEZ is proving a problem for David Gray. "Yes, she's very nice," he admits again, shaking his head as if ...

Elvis Presley: Love Him Tender, Love Him True

Book Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, December 1994

Peter Guralnick: Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley ...

Deep Purple, Ian Gillan: Ian Gillan

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 1994

THE THIRD VERSION OF DEEP PURPLE TO FEATURE Ian Gillan on lead vocal has just toured the world. Shortly before the Japanese leg, guitarist Ritchie ...

J.J. Cale: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1994

WHISPERING BOB Harris introduces him as "very simply a legend", this grizzled geezer who's spent the intermission on stage with his back to the audience ...

Joni Mitchell: Our Lady of Sorrows

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1994

SHE ALMOST bounds into the room, this dowager duchess of American rock, fresh from whooping it up for Mojo's photographer on the street outside manager ...

Joy Lynn White

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

AT A TIME WHEN X-CHROMOSOME COUNTRY has never resided further from the factory floor, honky-tonk and dreamed-of mansion on the hill, Joy Lynn White sings ...

New Order: The Best of New Order (London)

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 1994

LESS A SUCCESSOR TO THE SUBSTANCE compilation than an update, The Best Of New Order takes a very short-term view of the group's career, reprising ...

Nirvana: Unplugged In New York

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1994

IT SEEMS A PARTICULARILY VICIOUS IRONY:THAT A BAND THAT electricity seemed to flow through, a band who at their best could fling the weight of ...

Orbital: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1994

THE WAY THAT ORBITAL wanted to make music, one of the Hartnoll brothers said last year in a rare theoretical moment, was like an idealised ...

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin: Page and Plant

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

THE DATE: Thursday, September 29,1994. THE PLACE: a table outside a café in Tottenham Street, London W1. THE CAST: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Mat Snow ...

Percy Sledge: A Beautiful Life

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1967, THE MACON, GEORGIA, office of Phil Walden and Associates, management and booking agents, was thronging with the most heavyweight soul ...

Prefab Sprout: Phone Home: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1994

"I'M ACTUALLY going for the record of being the longest hold-out character on the face of the earth. I'm trying to evaporate into a realm ...

Pink Floyd: Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London

Live Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, December 1994

WE'RE THREE minutes in and the family in front of me (mother, father and two smaller facsimile editions thereof, dressed identically in Division Bell T-shirts) ...

Humble Pie, The Small Faces, Steve Marriott: Steve Marriott: All Or Nothing

Retrospective by Cliff Jones, MOJO, December 1994

The late Steve Marriott was, in his prime, a writer of transcendent English pop songs. He was, to the end, a blues and soul shouter ...

The Black Crowes: Amorica

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1994

FORBIDDEN PLEASURES ARE GETTING harder to find. What price true rebel music when disco, metal, mid-'70s pop and all the grizzled outlaws of yesteryear are ...

The Creation: "Red with Purple Flashes"

Retrospective and Interview by Cliff Jones, MOJO, December 1994

Thus guitarist Eddie Phillips described the sound of the short-lived band who inspired everyone from Jimmy Page to Alan McGee. Please welcome the second dawn ...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1994

Combustible blues, not as in Delta 12-bar, but as in Beefheart, braggadocio and Mick Jagger’s dick. ...

Todd Rundgren: The Forum, Kentish Town

Live Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, December 1994

THE ANKLE-LENGTH SKIRT AND black-and-white mane threw us at first, but not for long. The Runt always was a dead ringer for Charlie George. Besides, ...

10cc, R.E.M.: Conference Call: Mike Mills talks to 10cc!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1995

ON THE receiving end of the PR’s pointy red fingernail: Sylvie Simmons... ...

David Bowie, Morrissey: David Bowie/Morrissey: London, Wembley Arena

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1995

THE THIRD OF four nights of two thinnish white pop Dukes with great barbers and a well-honed sense of alienation. Seventies icon Bowie and 80s ...

Joe Foster’s Rev-Ola

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, 1995

Home Taping Is Saving Music From The Shaggs to... Bruce Forsyth? Joe Foster’s Rev-Ola label, born of "frenzied tape-swapping," is home to all manner ...

Ministry: Filth Pig

Review by Edward Helmore, MOJO, 1995

FROM AN ABANDONED whorehouse 50 miles outside of Austin, Texas, comes Filth Pig, the latest sonic roadkill of heavy-riffing industrial grooves and big beats from ...

The Cramps: World of the Interiors

Interview by Susan Compo, MOJO, 1995

Parakeets, serial killer art and "flame-jobs" at the local boneyard. Yep, it’s the return of The Cramps. ...

Sam Dees: Whaddya Mean, You've Never Heard Of... Sam Dees?

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, 1995

AT SIX FOOT FOUR and two-hundred-plus pounds, Sam Dees is a soul giant in more ways than one. One of black America’s premier songsmiths, he ...

Sheryl Crow: As Sheryl Crow Flies

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1995

EIGHT YEARS BACK, a young music teacher from Kennett, a tiny Bible Belt town ("Twin Peaks. Three stop lights, one police station, one high school.") ...

Donovan: Sunshine Superman/Mellow Yellow/The Hurdy Gurdy Man/Barabajagal

Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, January 1995

HOW WAS IT that our "Celtic" hippie friend put it to Queen magazine in 1967? Oh, yes: "Pop is the perfect religious vehicle. It's as ...

Randy Newman: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1995

HE IS TEN SECONDS into his second song, 'Yellow Man', when a bank of spots from Miss Saigon bathes him in a hepatic yellow light. ...

The Beatles: Live At The BBC

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, January 1995

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS on from their demise, The Beatles continue to exercise a hypnotic spell as the ur-myth of modernist pop culture. As befits the group ...

The Black Crowes

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, January 1995

MUSIC SEEPS OUT of the streets in Memphis. It's everywhere, in bars and clubs, but also somehow just hanging in the air, almost as if ...

Sam Cooke: The Soul Stirrer: Sam Cooke

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1995

FEW ENTERTAINERS have fallen quite so far from grace as Sam Cooke did when he died, 30 years ago, at the Hacienda Motel in south-central ...

Meat Puppets: When Kurt Met Curt: Meat Puppets

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, January 1995

IF YOU WANT TO know why Meat Puppets touched Kurt Cobain so deeply that he covered not one but three of their songs for Unplugged ...

Beck

Profile by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1995

Prolific post-grunge Dylan type records dozens of songs for several labels, then rolls-up and smokes the rejects. ...

Berry Gordy: In His Own Write

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, February 1995

Berry Gordy has finally told his own story. Harvey Kubernik met him in LA. ...

Billy Fury: Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, MOJO, February 1995

"There's only ever been two English rock 'n' roll singers – Johnny Rotten and Billy Fury." – Ian Dury, 1978 ...

Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run

Retrospective by Ed Ward, MOJO, February 1995

LORD, WHAT DID I EVER SEE IN BRUCE Springsteen? But I did once see something, and even went on record as having seen it. In ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: Father, Son & Hillbilly Cat

Essay by Mick Farren, MOJO, February 1995

Boy-King/Fertility God brings wonder and prosperity to the land, is cut down but manages to transcend death... The ballooning Cult of Elvis is turning into ...

Hank Marvin, The Shadows: Four-Eyes, One Vision: The Shadows

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

BRIAN RANKIN GREW UP IN NEWCASTLE: WHEN he was 16, in 1957, he travelled to London with his school friend Bruce Welch "in an attempt ...

Helen Shapiro: Cloud 95

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

HELEN SHAPIRO WAS BRITAIN'S FIRST TEENAGE FEMALE pop star. Born in 1946, she made her first record at the age of 14, for Norrie Paramor ...

Laura Nyro: Union Chapel, Islington, London

Live Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, February 1995

WHEN LAURA PLAYED MONTEREY, nerves and rushed rehearsals saw her flounder as the hairies waited for Hendrix. Tonight there are enough baldies in the pews ...

Move It! The British Rock 'n' Roll Explosion

Overview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

FOR MOST PEOPLE OF 40 AND UNDER, British pop begins with The Beatles: this is the view that has been encouraged by rock writers ever ...

Cliff Richard, The Shadows: Move it! The Butch Rock 'n' Roll Explosion

Retrospective by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

FOR MOST PEOPLE OF 40 AND UNDER, British pop begins with The Beatles: this is the view that has been encouraged by rock writers ever ...

Graham Parker: Phone Home: Graham Parker

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, February 1995

I HAVE A PLACE HERE IN THE Catskill mountains in New York state, about nine miles away from Woodstock. I've had it since 1988, before ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Rapture

Review by Susan Compo, MOJO, February 1995

A FEW SPEED BUMPS DOWN THE TIMELINE OF rock, past the new wave of new wave and the return of baggy, and it seems the ...

Marty Wilde: The Blackheath Jungle

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

MARTY WILDE WAS, ALONG WITH CLIFF, BRITAIN'S BIGGEST ROCK star from 1958 through 1960: there was even a girl's comic named after him. Born Reginald ...

Cliff Richard: The Great Pretender

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

CLIFF IS THE ARCHETYPAL BRITISH POP STAR. Born in 1940, his extraordinary career began with the release of his first record, 'Move It', in autumn ...

The Stone Roses: Second Coming

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, February 1995

IF THE BYRDS HAD BEEN WELSH; IF Lenny Kravitz shopped at Kwik Save; if the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin or Wishbone Ash or Eddie ...

Throwing Muses: University

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, February 1995

RETURNING TO COLLECTIVE ACTION after last year's earth-shaking individual effort Hips N Makers, Kristin Hersh sounds happy to have some back-up noise behind her again. ...

Fats Domino: ‘Fats’ Domino: A Free Ride For The Fat Man

Report by Charlie Gillett, MOJO, March 1995

Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino is making a killing from a song he had nothing to do with. Charlie Gillett tells the story of a bizarre credit ...

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits

Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, March 1995

THE VOICE IS ALL GRAVEL AND FIVE o'clock shadow, crumbling with every line. The piano caresses. The organ surges and swirls. The guitar soars like ...

Bob Seger: Still The Same

Interview by Susan Whitall, MOJO, March 1995

High in the US charts with his Greatest Hits album, leather-lunged god of heartland AOR Bob Seger talks to Susan Whittall about punk rock, "ferocious" ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Burnin': Bob Marley and the Wailers take Britain

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

Babylon's freezing. The Wailers arrive on a mission to ignite below-zero Britain. Thus begins the demise of the original band and the rise of a ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Can't Fight The Youth: Bob Marley's Early Years

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, March 1995

1945. THE PREGNANCY WAS PROBLEM-FREE. On the first Sunday of February, 1945, Cedella Marley went to church as usual. The next day she hoped to ...

Dan Penn: Once More With Feeling

Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, March 1995

Otis. Janis. Aretha. Gram. Each cut classic songs by the hallowed Dan Penn. Coaxed out of retirement, he recorded last year’s universally acclaimed Do Right ...

Elvis Presley, Leiber and Stoller: Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller: By Royal Appointment

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, March 1995

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the greatest rock 'n' roll songwriting team of all time, have their songs celebrated in the musical Smokey Joe's Cafe ...

Odysseys and Oddities: Jon Savage compiles the definitive Space-Rock Tape

Guide by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 1995

MUSIC AND THE cosmos have a special relationship, bound by mathematics, spirituality and that basic human need to get out there. Just as important as ...

The Blue Nile: Paul Buchanan Phones Home

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

WE'VE BEEN IN ALL sorts of places for a couple of years, just meandering around the world on a fairly frugal basis – America, Italy, ...

Remembering Rock Dreams: Guy Peellaert and Nik Cohn

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Rambali, MOJO, March 1995

DO YOU STILL have a copy of Rock Dreams? If you were a rock fan in the early ‘70s, when it was first published, ...

Royal Trux

Interview by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, March 1995

Chicago’s infamous Royal Trux have finally made the major-label album of "low-down Sticky-Fingered raunch ‘n’ roll" they’ve always threatened to. Does the big time beckon? ...

Ruth Brown

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

Rock 'n' roll treated her mean, but Ruth Brown is back with a vengeance. ...

Santana: Santana

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 1995

SUCCESS SWEPT OVER SANTANA WITH A suddenness which might have destroyed a less durable group. ...

Stevie Wonder: Radio City Music Hall, New York

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, March 1995

WHEN STEVIE WONDER EASES INTO 'YOU AND I', ACCOMPANIED only by his acoustic grand piano, the whole auditorium goes quiet. Not just silent, like nobody's ...

Tricky: Maxinquaye

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 1995

THIS IS A brilliant record: densely layered, full of barely controlled nervous energy, paranoid under surveillance, at times more intimate than you’d wish – like ...

Charlie Parker

Retrospective by Richard Cook, MOJO, April 1995

Four decades on from the premature death of Charlie Parker in March 1955 the world remains split between the dazzled – including fans as disparate ...

Chris Whitley: Bloody Valentines

Interview by Edward Helmore, MOJO, April 1995

After the spooked country blues of his debut, Chris Whitley returns with an album of "psychosexual" songs about breaking up with his wife. ...

Fairport Convention: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1995

TWO FAIRPORTS STILL STICK IN my mind from the late '60s, early '70s. The first was London's answer to Jefferson Airplane, furiously eclectic and frequently ...

Linda Ronstadt: Homecoming Queen: Linda Ronstadt

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1995

Thirty years ago Linda Ronstadt left Tucson for the folk-rock Mecca of Los Angeles. Now the first lady of softly streamlined country returns to the ...

PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1995

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT PJ HARVEY IN A dress that doesn't quite gel and that's the something that she's chafed and worried at in her bruising, ...

Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons: Soul On Ice: Clarence Clemons

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1995

HE'S HUGE, AS A LEGEND SHOULD BE. Solid as a monument. A big man, built like the American football player that be was before a ...

Stevie Wonder: Conversation Peace (Motown)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, April 1995

SO UNIQUE, SO ADVENTUROUS WAS Stevie Wonder in his ‘70s heyday that it’s especially upsetting to hear the occasionally hackneyed modern model. Not that we’ve ...

Surf and Destroy

Comment by Lindsay Hutton, MOJO, April 1995

BEFORE THE RELEASE OF Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Dick Dale was simply "the man who invented surf music" and his craft remained generally unknown outside ...

The Black Crowes: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nina Antonia, MOJO, April 1995

WELCOME TO THE DUDE ranch aka the Royal Albert Hall. Legions of longhairs, clutching their Amorica Or Bust tour posters, strut into the luscious red ...

The Monkees

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, April 1995

"Hear this, and remind yourself why pop music was invented in the first place." ...

Various: The Complete Sun Singles Vol 1 (Bear Family)

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, April 1995

SUN RECORDS HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN the history – or, if you never took to Presley, the demonology – of popular music, and the ...

The Wilde Flowers: Wilde Flowers: Tales Of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story (Voiceprint)

Essay by Rob Chapman, MOJO, April 1995

Caravan, Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers & The Whole World: all grew from the stem of the legendary Wilde Flowers. Rob Chapman tells their story. ...

Chris Isaak: The Right Hook

Interview by Rob Steen, MOJO, May 1995

Chris Isaak is back with a surprisingly angst-ridden album. Give a big hand to the ex-pug with a broken heart. ...

El Vez: Greetings From Graciasland: El Vez

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, May 1995

TAKE A LIBERAL DOSE of Chicano consciousness and apply it to fully-realised musical pastiche, and what do you have? El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, no ...

Teenage Fanclub: Mojo Rising: Teenage Fanclub

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 1995

MAYBE IT'S OPTIMISM born of the knowledge that they have a marvellous new album in the can, but Teenage Fanclub reckon that Spring has arrived. ...

Rod Stewart: Reasons To Believe

Guide by Nick Hornby, MOJO, May 1995

A fevered fan replays Rod's most ecstatic moments: hear the RBP playlist on Spotify!                                                          * ...

Rod Stewart: Roderick Of Hollywood...

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, May 1995

ROD STEWART IN THE '80S? HERE'S WHERE THE MEMORIES really fly. While it's true that the man had just produced some of the most commercially ...

Rod Stewart: Soddy In Gomorrah

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1995

"The '90s saw a new rock piety rise up against Rod Stewart and his 10 gallons of come." (Stephen J Malkmus, 'Vedder As Merton: 2001', ...

Rod Stewart: The Lad Himself

Interview by Mick Brown, MOJO, May 1995

THE WOMAN FROM ROD Stewart's management office suggests we should meet at her office in Beverly Hills; she would lead the way to Rod's house, ...

Ruben and the Jets: Ruben & The Jets: For Real, Con Safos

Review by Miles, MOJO, May 1995

WHEN FRANK ZAPPA released his 1968 Cruising With Ruben & The Jets album of parodies of '50s R&B and doo wop, a number of radio stations mistook ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: “That Francis Bacon, In-The-Face Whoops Factor...”

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 1995

TWENTY-TWO YEAR OLD Noel Scott Engel was on the run from Uncle Sam. He was fleeing from a country that would never connect with his ...

Jack Bruce: Sound Your Funky Horn: Jack Bruce

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 1995

Jack Bruce selects the high points of his illustrious career. ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: That's Entertainment: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Retrospective by Bill Millar, MOJO, May 1995

Psst. Hey, bud, you want "cryptic tales of mojo-bones, constipation, the Mau Mau, cunnilingus and flannel lipped, bald-headed women"? You got it! Ladeez and gennelmen, ...

The Move: The BBC Sessions

Review by Miles, MOJO, May 1995

THE MOVE CAME from Birmingham but got their start at the Marquee in 1966. The band – Roy Wood (guitar/vocals), Bev Bevan (drums/vocals), Carl Wayne ...

The Stooges: Night of the Iguana

Retrospective by Paul Trynka, MOJO, May 1995

When Iggy Pop fled to New York in 1971 he was a rock pariah. Then came a notorious photoshoot and a rebirth. ...

Tindersticks: The Tindersticks' Second Album

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, May 1995

THERE'S A WONDERFULLY hushed, still quality about Tindersticks that pulls you closer to the speakers. Casually overheard, much of this album sounds like little more ...

Billy Childish: And In His Spare Time… Billy Childish

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, June 1995

JAMES BROWN CAN stick his tag as "the hardest working man in showbiz". When it comes to the most productive performer in punk, painting and ...

Björk: Post

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1995

POP IS BACK, rock is dead (again). That, at any rate, is one conclusion we could draw from the success of Bjork Gudmundsdottir. ...

Brian Eno

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1995

You’d like your album smoothly airbrushed with the minimum fuss, and expertly streamlined to slot into a tidy marketing profile? Don’t phone Brian Eno then. ...

13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson: His Own Private Realm: Roky Erickson

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, June 1995

Come with us now to the home of erstwhile 13th Floor Elevator Roky Erickson: a little shack on the outskirts of reality. And marvel how, ...

Pavement: Mojo Rising: Pavement

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1995

WE SHOULD HAVE seen it coming, really. While other leading practitioners of lo-fi American rock – Beck, Sebadoh, Royal Trux, The Grifters, Guided By Voices ...

Teenage Fanclub: Grand Prix

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, June 1995

THE BUCKFAST BEATLES, THE Belshill Beach Byrds: whatever you want to call them, the Teenage Fanclub are back. And their new album (their sixth, if ...

The Band: Live at Watkins Glen

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 1995

"They got their own thing together that takes you to a certain place. Takes you where they want to go... they play their things on ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Tell’Em Willie Boy Was Here

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, June 1995

Willie Mitchell, maestro of the Memphis soul sound that gave the world Al Green, has his life’s work celebrated by the box set Hi Times: ...

Delroy Wilson: Soon Gone...

Obituary by Penny Reel, MOJO, July 1995

In January, Penny Reel witnessed the last British appearance by Delroy Wilson. Here he pays tribute to the reggae ruler famously namechecked by The Clash. ...

Isaac Hayes on Isaac Hayes

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, July 1995

'Laura We're On Our Last Go Round'Single 1962 (Youngstown) ...

Leroi Jones: Blues People

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, July 1995

WHEN BLUES PEOPLE WAS PUBLISHED in 1963, LeRoi Jones became the first black American to have written a book about the blues. It did not ...

Marvin Gaye: The Master 1961-1984 (Motown)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1995

BIOGRAPHER DAVID RITZ HAS WRITTEN thousands and thousands of words on the ineffable talent of Marvin Gaye. This is possible. So all-encompassing are the pleasures ...

Supergrass: Mojo Rising: Supergrass

Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

Now trespassing in the charts, three princes of rascal rock… ...

Natalie Merchant: Tigerlily

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

SHE'S BARELY IN HER THIRTIES, SHE became the voice and face of 10,000 Maniacs as a 17-year-old and yet there's always been something olde-worlde and ...

Pink Floyd

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 1995

At first it was barely a string of fairy lights. Then it was something called an Azimuth Converter. And then a giant screen, a Spitfire, ...

Portishead: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1995

"That," says a chap in the gents after the show "was THE oddest gig I've ever seen." ...

Robert Cray: Blues Pour L'Homme

Interview by Don Waller, MOJO, July 1995

MOJO catches up with handsome devil Robert Cray in that traditional milieu of the blues hero: on the road in Anchorage, Alaska… ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 1

Memoir by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE VERY nature of being a schoolboy that necessitates getting caught. In the summer of 1969, I was boarding in the lower ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 2

Memoir by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, July 1995

MENTION THE STONES IN THE PARK to me or a dozen or so other guys from Stationers' School in Hornsey and, chances are, we'd start ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 3

Memoir by Penny Reel, MOJO, July 1995

IT IS OF COURSE A memorable occasion among the many I experience during years in pursuit of musical diversion, although in truth I barely remember ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones, The: Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 4

Memoir by Mick Farren, MOJO, July 1995

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, my date for the Stones concert in Hyde Park was Germaine Greer, although I remember, once we arrived there, I spent ...

Russell Simmons: The Emperor Of Rap

Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, July 1995

SO WHY DO THEY CALL RUSSELL Simmons 'Rush'? The Def Jam emperor loses little time in answering this question. ...

Supergrass: I Should Coco

Review by David Quantick, MOJO, July 1995

I Should Coco begins with one bloke muttering "know wot I mean?", another shouting "ONE TWO FREE FAW!" and an almighty shower of drumming. It ...

The Doors

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, July 1995

Tell us about the new American Prayer. ...

Tim Buckley

Retrospective by Martin Aston, MOJO, July 1995

IN 1965, THE LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE CHEETAH dubbed three emerging singer-songwriters – Jackson Browne, Steve Noonan, and Tim Buckley – 'The Orange County Three'. ...

Tim Buckley: Talking In Tongues

Interview by Steve Turner, MOJO, July 1995

IF TIM BUCKLEY was alive today I'd probably get in touch with him to apologise. You probably don’t remember me, I'd say, but I interviewed ...

Andy Summers, The Police: Andy Summers

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 1995

TOWARDS THE END OF The Police, I thought we were turning into a backing group for Sting. I thought, I've got more going than this ...

Ben Harper

Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, August 1995

"IT STARTS OFF WITH A BIG CHUNK OF WOOD," says Ben Harper. And it's not Nick Nolte's acting technique he's talking about, or the history ...

Dodgy

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1995

DODGY'S PRECOCIOUS QUOTABILITY, from the early "Rock'n'roll's been making love to the world for 40 years – we're the band to make it come" to ...

Dr. John: Dr John: The Very Best Of (Rhino)

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1995

IF THIS COMPILATION ULTIMATELY fails to live up to its title, it's at least partly due to the strain of trying to encapsulate a career ...

Joy Division: Permanent

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1995

WHEN JOY DIVISION'S UNKNOWN PLEASURES was released in June, 1979, it sounded like it came from another planet. Of course, it's easy now to historicise ...

Brian Wilson: Lost In Music: Brian Wilson

Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, August 1995

Some call him a tortured genius. Others say he’s just insane. Some claim he’s suffering through an extended hiatus between transcendent works. Others reckon he’s ...

Neil Young: Mirror Ball

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, August 1995

It revolves slowly and with a dignified air of formality, and when light shines on it you get a strange dappled effect. That effect, for ...

Steve Earle

Interview by Sid Griffin, MOJO, August 1995

ON THE CHOPPY WATERS OF THE J PERCY PRIEST RESERVOIR, just outside Nashville, the recreational boats on what's called the Redneck Riviera sport more Confederate ...

Steve Peregrin Took, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Steve Peregrin Took: Staring At The Stars

Memoir by Mick Farren, MOJO, August 1995

Mick Farren remembers his friend Steve Peregrin Took, sidekick to Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex and pursuer of an elusive fame... ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band: Men Behaving Badly

Book Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, August 1995

Midnight Riders: The Story Of The Allman Brothers Band Scott Freeman (Little Browne) ...

The Pretenders: Jacob Street Studios, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 1995

MIDWAY THROUGH, Chrissie Hynde turns to her audience of mainly invited guests and smiles. "This is easy, isn’t it? This is obviously the way to ...

The Vulgar Boatmen

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1995

LONGEVITY, STABILITY, COMMITMENT – this is what has enabled the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead to become the biggest draws in ...

Warren Zevon's Mutiny

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1995

If anyone has done it his way, it is "that gonzo party guy" Warren Zevon. And over the years such luminaries as Dylan, Neil Young ...

Alanis Morissette: Alanis Morrisette

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 1995

IF ANY SONG THIS YEAR CAN BOAST A million-dollar couplet, it is 'You Oughta Know' from the album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. "Is ...

Charlie Haden: Home Bass

Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, September 1995

CHARLIE HADEN — bassist in Ornette Coleman's epochal late '50s quartet and former leader of the politically charged Liberation Orchestra — has spawned some mighty ...

Charlie Rich, 1932-1995

Obituary by Charlie Gillett, MOJO, September 1995

Charlie Rich, who died in Memphis on July 25, was the ultimate square peg in a round hole: a jazz pianist promoted as a rock ...

Dr. John: Doctor John: An Incantation to the Jollamallawalla Gods

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1995

A QUARTER OF A CENTURY HAS PASSED SINCE MALCOLM Rebennack, trading under the sinisterly exotic stage name "Dr John The Night Tripper", descended the steps ...

Goldie: Timeless

Review by David Toop, MOJO, September 1995

WITH A FEW notable exceptions, Jungle has thus far been a music for singles and endless drum 'n' bass compilations. As the genre's first high ...

The High Llamas, Mercury Rev: Mercury Rev/ The High Llamas: LA2, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, September 1995

THE DECOMMISSIONED DISCO dungeon that is LA2 is hardly the best place to see a group like The High Llamas. ...

Will Oldham: Palace Music: Viva Last Blues

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, September 1995

The albums of Palace eminence Will Oldham do not take long to listen to (this one lasts just over half an hour), but there is ...

Procol Harum: The Giant Shadow

Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 1995

What happens when the crowd invades the pitch in adulation just microseconds into the match? Nearly three decades after ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale’, Procol Harum ...

Sandy Denny: The Attic Tracks 1972-1984

Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, September 1995

AT THE RISK of winning an all-comers hyperbole award, I shall begin and end by stating that Sandy Denny was the greatest female singer/songwriter Britain ...

Stephin Merritt: The Pocket Symphonist: Stephin Merritt

Interview by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, September 1995

Stephin Merritt is the standard-bearer for a new pop aesthetic. "Music isn’t about performing out your soul," he avers. "It’s about making pretty objects you ...

Colin Blunstone: Some Years (Legacy/Epic)

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, October 1995

SOME YEARS BURSTS open with an old Zombies song, 'She Loves The Way They Love Her', delivered in a distinctive, creamy tone, suggesting a delicious ...

David Bowie: Outside

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, October 1995

"Fuck art, let's concept," suggests former Dame to his chrome-domed chum. "Umpteenth comeback is a corker!" cries a passing Charles Shaar Murray ...

Jimmy Cliff: Dread Inna Dean Street

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 1995

"I HAVEN'T KILLED ANYBODY...YET." Jimmy Cliff is joking. We think. Although at 8.45am in the Groucho Club in Soho's Dean Street it's difficult to he ...

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci: Aberconwy Centre, Llandudno

Live Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, October 1995

WITH ITS BARDS, novelists and massed choirs, the Eisteddfod is the central event in the Welsh cultural and social calendar: what is less well known ...

Pulp: His Little Percolations: Pulp's Jarvis Cocker puts the T in Britpop.

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1995

You came through the '70s revival relatively unscathed. Did it look like becoming a millstone? ...

Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia: Jerry Garcia: The Last Post

Obituary by Joel Selvin, MOJO, October 1995

Serenity Knolls lies at the bottom of a dead end road in northern Marin Country, California. The main building stands above a parking area surrounded ...

Neil Young, Pearl Jam: Neil Young: The Reading Festival

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1995

IT'S THE END OF SUMMER, and the temperature is plummeting. A vicious wind whips up the dustbowl that the Reading Festival site has become over ...

Randy Newman: Faust

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1995

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME coming, but Newman’s Faust is finally here. Complete with choirs, orchestras, and stellar rock’n’roll guests, it’s surely the most ambitious ...

George Jones, Tammy Wynette: Stand By Your Ex: George Jones and Tammy Wynette

Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, October 1995

Wait till I get you home...to Splitsville, Tennessee, where George Jones and Tommy Wynette have resided since the classic song D.I.V.O.R.C.E. came true following perhaps ...

Steely Dan: The Return Of Steely Dan

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1995

ONCE UPON A TIME, they were the odd couple in rock. They wrote songs that featured knuckle-knotting chords and brain-twisting lyrics. They welded jazz and ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Peel Slowly And See

Review by Lenny Kaye, MOJO, October 1995

The brief, brilliant life of The Velvet Underground, from jug-band rags to hypercool chronicles – experiments, cast-offs, fights and all – on five CDs. Immortal, ...

Blur: Floral Hall, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne

Live Review by David Quantick, MOJO, November 1995

"Blimey," says Damon Albarn as he takes the stage. How apt, Blur, as even tiny children in their prams know, are the current monarchs of ...

War: Delivering the Ghetto: War

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 1995

GIVEN THE CHOICE that exists in the Golden Earring department, it's scandalous that we've been forced to wait this long to hear War on CD. ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Looking Back

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, November 1995

It is but one of life’s minor ironies that both Sid James and Lee Brilleaux, two of England’s best-loved and most sadly-missed postwar icons of ...

George Jones, Tammy Wynette: George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1995

LONG AGO, in the days before hats and hi-tech rednecks, country music was a soap opera and George Jones and Tammy Wynette were its Dirty ...

Jodeci, Mary J. Blige: Jodeci/Mary J. Blige: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 1995

TO YER AVERAGE SOUL traditionalist, the notion of New Jack City as today's Muscle Shoals is tantamount to heresy. But the point is that hip ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: My Blue Period: John Lennon

Interview by Miles, MOJO, November 1995

WE DID THESE interviews on September 23 and 24, 1969, at Apple. When Allen Klein fired Ron Kass, the head of Apple Records, John and ...

Paul McCartney

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1995

WHATEVER PAUL McCARTNEY is on in 1995, they should dump it in the water supply. Talcum-pink of complexion and trim of figure, only a curious ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Professional Confessions: Loudon Wainwright

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 1995

INTELLECTUAL SINGER-songwriters, doncha jus' luv 'em? LW3 has been at it for 20 years, spilling his guts, sharing his fears and generally earning a living ...

The Beatles: The Outtakes

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 1995

Behind every great Beatles track is a version not quite so good. But not necessarily less interesting... Jon Savage listens to the outtakes. ...

Arthur Alexander: No Direction Home

Retrospective by Richard Younger, MOJO, December 1995

The Beatles, Stones and Dylan covered his songs. As a singer he was rated alongside Otis and Orbison. So whatever happened to Arthur Alexander? ...

Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks: Brian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art

Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, December 1995

BH: Was it hard getting Brian involved in the making of Orange Crate Art? ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 1995

SPRINGSTEEN'S GOT HIS BOTTLE back. After the diverse dissatisfactions of Human Touch, Lucky Town, the point-defeating In Concert: MTV Plugged, and the unnecessary Greatest Hits, ...

Cypress Hill: III – Temple Of Boom

Review by David Toop, MOJO, December 1995

HIP HOP innovations are so swiftly assimilated and processed into cliché that their initial impact can become lost in foggy video memories of oversized hats, ...

David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails: David Bowie/ Nine Inch Nails: Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey

Live Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, December 1995

SOMEWHERE, ROUGHLY TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY through the non-linear-Gothic-drama-hyper-cycle-murder-mystery known as David Bowie's Outside, the seasoned pro lost his audience. What began with the ...

Neil Young: I Build Something Up, I Tear It Right Down: Neil Young at 50

Interview by Nick Kent, MOJO, December 1995

"IN THE FIELD OF opportunity/it's ploughing time again" crooned Neil Young back in the late 70s. Yet at no time have those eager sentiments seemed ...

Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross: Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986-1996 (A&M)/Luther Vandross: Greatest Hits 1981-1995 (Epic)

Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, December 1995

Hit compilations from ‘80s-into-’90s soul megastars. ...

Julian Cope: Krautrocksampler: One Head’s Guide To The Great Kosmiche Musik - 1968 Onwards

Review by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, December 1995

Since it deals with that most fetishised of genres, Krautrocksampler is appropriately enough an intensely fetishisable object. Purportedly the first of a whole line of ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mick Fleetwood

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1995

'Shake Your Moneymaker'From Fleetwood Mac LP 1968 (Blue Horizon) MY INEPTNESS TO do separate things at speed became my style of drumming. When it got ...

Roxy Music: They Came From Planet Bacofoil

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, December 1995

Brought together by musical differences, they looked into the future — and it was dressed to kill. They were Roxy Music, and this is the ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: The Immediate Years (Charly)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 1995

MOD, SCHMOD: THE SMALL FACES WERE SO MUCH more. For a start they were a great band for kids. I should know, I was one. ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, December 1995

ADORE OR despise Billy Corgan's unmistakable musical shitstorm of hubris and angst – and he is a walking ammunition stockpile for both positions – it ...

Grateful Dead, John Oswald: The Grateful Dead: Europe ’72, Hundred Year Hall, Grayfolded 1969-1996 (with John Oswald)

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, December 1995

Far out, too much: people still sneer at The Grateful Dead, using these phrases as a kind of sardonic shorthand to dismiss high-‘60s ideals. But ...

The Rolling Stones: Stripped

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1995

GOT LIVE If You Want It... ...so bragged The Rolling Stones of their first live album, recorded at the ...

Donovan: Sutras

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

Donovan’s comeback album, produced by bearded eccentric Rick Rubin, owner of American Records and the man behind The Beastie Boys, Slayer and Johnny Cash’s acclaimed ...

The Incredible String Band, Mike Heron, Robin Williamson: Robin Williamson and Mike Heron: London, Bloomsbury Theatre

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

Set List: Everything’s Fine Right Now/ Lonely Exile/ Tom & Alexei/ Scotland Yet/ Red Hair/ October Song-Maya/ Favourite Sins/ Killing The Dragon/ Fathers/ Love Letter ...

Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

HE STEPS out onstage to a standing ovation and his grizzled, beautifully-ruined face breaks into that huge grin. For a moment the spindly bloke looks ...

Alan Hull, Lindisfarne: Alan Hull 1945-1995

Obituary by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 1996

WHEN I WAS 15 – AND FIVE YEARS AN EX-PAT GEORDIE – MY contemporaries idolised Strummer and Weller. I wanted to be like Alan Hull. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, January 1996

"I KNOW THIS IS LA," ANNOUNCED BRUCE Springsteen at the start of his concert, "so I hope I don't have to go out there and ...

David Sylvian: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1996

ACOUSTIC GUITAR, DHOTI, sensible shoes. Who'd have thought it, back in the techno tailor's dummy days of lipstick, peroxide and synthesizers? ...

Roxy Music: The Thrill Of It All (Virgin)

Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, January 1996

THERE WERE GROUPS OTHER THAN THE Beatles back long ago, and one of them was Roxy Music. Their awkward early steps in 1972 were almost ...

The Beatles: Anthology 1

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, January 1996

ANTHOLOGY IS RIGHT. HERE IS A SEQUENCE of snap shots that just so happen to have been taken in the six years from 1958's toddling ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Playback (MCA)

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 1996

Ben Edmonds rewinds 20 years of Tom Petty ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe and The Fish: Electric Music for the Mind and Body; I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die; Together (Vanguard reissues)

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, February 1996

COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH are doomed to be best remembered for that old crowd-pleaser they churned out at Woodstock in August, 1969. No matter ...

Joe Cocker: The Long Voyage Home

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1996

MARTIN KEELEY'S front cover photo for Joe Cocker's first album – named, of course, for his transformative cover of ‘With A Little Help From My ...

Marianne Faithfull: Berliner Ensemble, Berlin

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, February 1996

THE SET IS SIMPLE: black curtain, grand piano, chair and table, snifter of brandy and pack of Marlboro Lights. She’s nervous stepping on to it, ...

Teenage Fanclub: The Forum, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1996

ONE HESITATES TO USE the word "heartwarming" about the endurance of the unassuming Scotsmen who go by the name of Teenage Fanclub, but at a ...

Mink DeVille, Willy DeVille: Willy De Ville: Loup Garou

Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, February 1996

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE A one-hit wonder, you might as well serve up a concoction as delicious as ‘Spanish Stroll’: Lou Reed goes finger-poppin' ...

Burt Bacharach: "Do you know the Way to Monterey? Santa Fe? Whitley Bay?"

Retrospective and Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, March 1996

Thankfully, Messrs Bacharach and David got there in the end, polishing yet another pop gem and putting an unremarkable California city on the map forever. ...

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground: A Dark Prince at Twilight: Lou Reed

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1996

THE DAY DOES not begin auspiciously. The first flakes of a snowstorm descend as I open the curtains in my hotel room, adding yet another ...

Curtis Mayfield: People Get Ready!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, March 1996

THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE SEEN THE BOX-setting of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Marley and a fair few other giants of black ...

Frank Zappa: The Lost Episodes

Review by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, March 1996

DESCRIBED BY UTILITY Muffin Kitchen engineer Spencer Chrislu as a "sort of stealth project", this excellent little album of studio leftovers was put together by ...

Jackson Browne: Looking East

Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, March 1996

CLOSE TO a quarter-century after his debut, Jackson Browne still can't settle down. His love life might not bother him the way it once did ...

The Carpenters: Interview with Richard Carpenter

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1996

For the grisly details of pill addiction, anorexia nervosa and blue velvet jackets, try Ray Coleman's book. Today, Richard Carpenter talks to Chris Ingham about ...

Cocteau Twins: Milk And Kisses (Fontana)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

AN UNFORGIVABLE THING happened in 1994. The Cocteau Twins released arguably their finest album to date, Four Calendar Cafe, only to have it roundly ignored ...

Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler: Mark Knopfler

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 1996

"I’m always conscious of... how hard life is for a lot of people," says Mark Knopfler. The eight-bar rest midsentence is characteristic. Likewise, the right ...

Sting: Mercury Falling (A&M)

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 1996

Sting cannot be escaped. He's on TV (a commercial for Rover cars) in a film (The Grotesque), on two movie soundtracks (Leaving Las Vegas and ...

The High Llamas, Stereolab: The High Llamas: Hawaii; Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

UPON OBSERVING A SMALL dog walking on its hind legs, Doctor Johnson famously noted that it was less remarkable how well the cur in question ...

Palace Music, Will Oldham: Will Oldham's Palace

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

THERE IS A STRANGE subcurrent in the American rock music of the mid-'90s: a subcurrent of lo-fi, willfully inept, not-quite-country rock that stretches from the ...

Will Oldham's Palace: Arise Therefore

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

THERE IS A strange subcurrent in American rock music of the '90s: a subcurrent of lo-fi, willfully inept, not-quite-country rock that stretches from the disbanded ...

George Michael: Older

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1996

PACKAGING HAS RARELY had more to say about the content of an album. Older's booklet interleaves lyrics with full-page shots of George Michael frowning, hanging ...

J.J. Cale: Guitar Man (Virgin/Delabel)

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1996

THERE'S SOMETHING IMMENSELY comforting about Cale's stubbly resistance to musical fashions, and that warmth spreads easily through this album, which has the same intimate feel, ...

k.d. lang: National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1996

BIG-BONED BOTTICELLI GIRL K.D. LANG IS LYING ON the floor. Knees up to her chest, hands clasped round the back of her head, she rocks ...

Maria McKee

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 1996

IN THE catering trailer, the tables are jammed with people so disparate it’s hard to believe they belong to the same species. The ones wearing ...

Ben Folds Five: MOJO Rising: Ben Folds Five

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, June 1996

THERE ARE ROUGHLY two kinds of pop musician: two-bit hacks who try to squeeze everything they can out of hokey harmonies and three threadbare chords ...

Pete Townshend: Cooltalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking (Atlantic)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 1996

DEAR DEAR PETE, ROCK'S leading luvvie: it's been so temptingly easy to take the piss out of him for his earnestness, his artistic ambition and ...

Phish: Rise Of The Phishheads

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1996

ON A STARRY SUMMER NIGHT at Bearsville Studios, New York, the four members of Phish are bracing themselves for the inevitable Grateful Dead question. ...

The Byrds: Mr Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn!, Fifth Dimension, Younger Than Yesterday

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1996

ROCK HISTORY IS STRIATED BY THE INFLUENCE OF The Byrds. Theirs is one of the great stylistic lineages, forever shadowing those of the Fabs and ...

Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood: The Spencer Davis Group: Eight Gigs A Week — The Steve Winwood Years

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 1996

BACK IN THE EARLY '60s, in their Golden Eagle residency days, The Spencer Davis Group played the whole gamut of American R&B from John Lee ...

The Blue Nile: Above It All: The Blue Nile

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1996

When life dishes it out, Paul Buchanan and his group The Blue Nile pack a bag, settle somewhere new and, every half-decade or so, make ...

Alanis Morissette

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 1996

There's nothing more mild-mannered than a mild-mannered Canadian. But rub one up the wrong way and the consequences can be dramatic. And profitable. Just ask ...

Animals That Swim

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, July 1996

SONGS ABOUT buying armfuls of Kit-Kat from the all-night garage; songs about lying drunk in the grass and seeing a face in the stars ("He's ...

Blind Faith: Born Under A Bad Sign

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, July 1996

IN THE EVENING COOL OF JUNE 6, 1969, almost 7,000 people made their way to Hyde Park, where they slept under stars to be sure ...

The Isley Brothers: It Don't Mean A Thing...

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, July 1996

...if it ain't got that swingbeat, say The Isley Brothers, who have updated their sound with producers R. Kelly and Keith Sweat. Andy Gill asks ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Johnny "Guitar" Watson

Retrospective by Paul Trynka, MOJO, July 1996

NOVEMBER 1995: Johnny "Guitar" Watson Is Halfway through a slick set at Oakland's Henry Kaiser Arena. He's wearing a luminously glossy white suit, trademark jewelled ...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Broken Arrow

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, July 1996

WELL, AT LEAST IT'S NOT THE THREATENED LIVE souvenir of Neil's time with Pearl Jam, which comes out later this year; and mercy of mercies, ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Camden Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1996

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE have got booking the supports sussed. Liverpudlian veterans The Real People turn in a tuneful set. Good call. The DJ gets the ...

Focus, Jan Akkerman: Phone Home: Jan Akkerman

Interview by Colin Harper, MOJO, July 1996

"AFTER FOCUS I MADE a record called Eli and toured Britain. The record was a success but the tour was a disaster. I did one ...

Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones: Ten Questions for Charlie Watts

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 1996

Long Ago And Far Away, standards performed by jazz quintet, string orchestra and vocalist, sounds like a continuation of your last album, Warm And Tender. ...

Metallica: The Alternative Metallica

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

THEY MAKE THE ODDEST OF rock couples, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Watching them at work in Manhattan’s Right Track Studios, it’s hard to imagine ...

The Who: Betrayed by Rock'n'Roll

Comment by Dave Marsh, MOJO, July 1996

Fan and friend Dave Marsh celebrates Pete Townshend's most puzzling work, Quadrophenia, written in an era full of possibilities which,"ended badly". Could it be that ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Various Artists: Royal Memphis Soul – Hi Records

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

When Muscle Shoals went flabby and Stax couldn't pay their taxes, Hi Records took up the soul baton. Barney Hoskyns says hello to a collection ...

Electronic: Raise the Pressure

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1996

FIVE YEARS after cementing their partnership as the coolest Mancunians on the planet, Messrs Marr and Sumner return with a dreadfully disappointing album. Raise The ...

John Martyn: And

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1996

ONE OF THE GREAT maverick stylists of British music, John Martyn has been out on a limb in recent years, marooned first by some increasingly ...

Serge Gainsbourg: Old Cabbage Head Is Back: Serge Gainsbourg

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, MOJO, August 1996

"I WOULD LIKE to fuck 'er." With these six words, slurred in the heaviest of French accents, Serge Gainsbourg sealed his reputation as the scourge ...

Prince: Chaos and Disorder

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, August 1996

ALTERNATIVE TITLE: GROINHEAD GOES TO FLORIDA. A sort of musical honeymoon, one presumes: flushed with post-nuptial bliss after snatching mighty Mayte, the abdominal show-woman ...

R.E.M.: Be Seeing You?

Report by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1996

Last year's Monster touralmost killed them. They have dispensed with the services of their 'fifth' member. They now live time zones apart. On the eve ...

Super Furry Animals

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, August 1996

BT: Listening to your debut album Fuzzy Logic, there seems to be a hint of British '60s psychedelic legends Dantalion's Chariot about it. ...

ZZ Top: Ten Questions For ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, August 1996

Antenna and the new album Rhythmeen: returns to form for ZZ Top? ...

The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 1996

The band's fourth album, recorded over a two-month period in a house in Atlanta. Jack Puig co-produces once again. ...

Patti Smith: The Rebel: Patti Smith

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, August 1996

To R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, she is "one of the premier artists of my lifetime – I’ve blindly stolen from her for years." To Bob Dylan, ...

The Sex Pistols and Friends: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, August 1996

IS THERE ANYTHING WHICH THE RECONSTITUTED Sex Pistols – freeze-dried, just add money – could possibly have done at their "comeback" show which would have ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: "I'm Peter Green"

Interview by Cliff Jones, MOJO, September 1996

OUTSIDE IT'S RAINING, THE KIND OF slick, greasy rain you only get in cities. The atmosphere is oppressive. Inside the Brewer's Inn, Wandsworth – a ...

Mose Allison: A Chat with Mose Allison

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, September 1996

Where do you think your vocal style come from? ...

Brian Wilson: The Story of Sweet Insanity

Retrospective by Bill Holdship, MOJO, September 1996

SOMEHOW – PRIMARILY BECAUSE I took the trouble to talk to Brian and his then ever-present psychotherapist-turned-manager and collaborator, Eugene Landy at a star-studded Hollywood ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando and the Pop Walkabout

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1996

IN DON DeLillo’s 1973 novel Great Jones Street, a rock star named Bucky Wunderlick decides to quit his band and disappear from the music industry. ...

George Clinton: The Brother From Another Planet

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, September 1996

From the ancient civilization of Doo Wop he came, stopping off via Cosmic Soul and the Acid Rock asteroid to found the P-Funk Galaxy, his ...

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Phoenix Festival, Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 1996

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER field. Phoenix smells of tent-rubber and scorching skin, the crowd red and sweating like vacuum-packed beetroot. They’ve survived the eight-hour, 12-mail tailbacks. ...

The Animals: Obituary: Chas Chandler

Obituary by Keith Altham, MOJO, September 1996

Eric Burdon had the temerity to scribble the new loggia he’d designed for the Animals all over my virginal blotter. Bass player Chas caught my ...

Radiohead: T In The Park, Strathclyde

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 1996

WHOEVER PUT "great" and "outdoors" in the same sentence was not a rock fan. Rock needs four walls and a roof. In the case of ...

Sebadoh

Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, September 1996

THE BEST INTRODUCTION TO Sebadoh comes in the form of an 11 minute cut-and-paste manifesto, tacked – without the benefit of a title – onto ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: The Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett

Retrospective by Cliff Jones, MOJO, September 1996

He was Pink Floyd’s astral voyager who went too far, the star-child of psychedelia who never returned from his journey to inner space. Nearly 30 ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: The Shape I'm In: Peter Green

Profile by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1996

IT'S MID-WINTER 1968. The five members of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are huddled together, holding hands on the floor of the Gorham Hotel on West ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Songs And Music From The Motion Picture She's The One

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1996

TOM PETTY WAS BORN to be a classic runner. The only question with each new release is whether he's out for a canter or the ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Songs and Music from the Motion Picture ‘She’s the One’

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1996

Asked to provide one song for a film soundtrack, Tom Petty rather overshot the brief and wound up laying down an album’s worth. ...

XTC: Fossil Fuel

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1996

ARGUABLY the most intense and most intensely English musical experience to have arisen from the brief heyday of the new wave that succeeded punk, XTC ...

Beck: Ogden Street Concert Hall, Buffalo, NY

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1996

"Who are you?" a voice asks Beck not long into the goofball savant’s utterly delightful new album O-de-lay. "I’m the Enchanting Wizard of Rhythm," he ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1996

DRIVING THROUGH the sheeting rain from the miniature airport that serves Martha’s Vineyard, the guy at the wheel informs me that we’re heading towards the ...

The Fugees, Lauryn Hill: Fugees: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, October 1996

COOL ALWAYS HAS CONTEXT. Tonight that context is the growing awareness that hip hop and black American music in general have embraced a new set ...

Cream, Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix And Cream

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 1996

Eric Clapton, arms hanging limp at his side, stared in disbelief at the outlandishly garbed guitarslinger who had just joined the Cream for an impromptu ...

Gil Evans, Miles Davis: Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1996

THEIR CURIOUS YET inspired partnership resulted in music of rare beauty. Ben Edmonds salutes a landmark box set that fully captures the genius of Miles ...

Sheryl Crow

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

EVERY FEW YEARS AN ALBUM IS MADE IN LOS Angeles of such wistful sunniness that it sets up shop on the radio for months on ...

Sneaker Pimps

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, October 1996

THE SONG WAS CALLED 'Becoming X'. We gave it a turn on the office stereo, not expecting much. But, about a minute into the dark, ...

The Beatles: The Apple Scruffs: "We're waiting for The Beatles"

Retrospective by Cliff Jones, MOJO, October 1996

Spookily present wherever The Beatles went and finally immortalised in song by George, the Apple Scruffs bore a privileged witness to all the highs and ...

The Beatles: "We're a damn good little band"

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

On the eve of the release of Anthology 3, Paul McCartney casts his mind back to The Beatles' glorious sunset. ...

Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople: The Gentleman Of The Road

Review and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, October 1996

Ian Hunter: Diary Of A Rock And Roll Star ...

ZZ Top: Rhythmeen

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

JUST WHEN THE TOP WERE sounding like they'd run out of juice a mere 26 years into their career, they pull out a plum. Could ...

Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, The Who: "Radically Festive": The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1996

On December 10, 1968, some of the most exciting talent in rock history gathered for an event all the more legendary for having been quietly ...

Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell's Hits and Misses

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1996

* First-ever attempt to compile a "best of" the former Roberta Joan Anderson.* Simultaneously released albums of "hits" - songs successful either for Mitchell or ...

Carlene Carter live

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, November 1996

"I WANNA TELL Y’ALL SOMETHING," Carlene Carter notifies the young country audience that’s braved an outdoor venue on an unseasonably cold and wet September evening. ...

Counting Crows

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, November 1996

IT'S A LAZY MONDAY NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES, AND A few blocks east of Beverly Hills an inconspicuous sign adorns a shadowy building, quietly proclaiming ...

Fiona Apple

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1996

Turning tears on her pillow into pearls ...

Pearl Jam: Downing Stadium, Randalls Island, New York

Live Review by Edward Helmore, MOJO, November 1996

With last year’s histrionic battles with Ticket-master, Eddie Vedder’s exhaustion and the loss of a drummer now all behind them, Pearl Jam embarked on a ...

Steely Dan: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1996

THEY QUIT TOURING IN '74; broke up in '80. Now the arch hipster auteurs of literate, cynical, smart-ass rock jazz – the creators of some ...

The Beatles: Anthology 3

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1996

"WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THAT?" ENQUIRES PAUL McCartney after half a dozen silly-voice choruses of ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’. ...

Charlatans, The (US): The Charlatans: The Amazing Charlatans (Big Beat CDWIKD 138)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 1996

First legitimate release of much-bootlegged material by the first San Franciscan psychedelic group. Features album recorded for Karma Sutra in 1966, plus demos from late ...

Deep Purple: Fireball

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

Second album by Deep Purple’s mark II line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice, rereleased on its 25th anniversary. ...

Ed Sanders, The Fugs: Ed Sanders and the Fugs

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

Lester Bangs called The Fugs "the first truly underground band in America". 30 years later, their leader is waging war against Newt Gingrich... ...

Holly Palmer

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

"WHEN I WAS VERY SMALL," says Holly Palmer, "my dad used to say, 'Holly, you're buzzing'. There'd be these funny noises coming from my mouth. ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: New Daisy Theater, Memphis

Live Review by Robert Gordon, MOJO, December 1996

JERRY LEE LEWIS turned 61 and his seventh wife, Kerrie, threw him a party on Beale Street in his adopted hometown of Memphis. But Beale ...

Johnny Cash: A Law Unto Himself

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

WE'RE PASSING through Andover, Kansas, scene of one of the worst tornadoes in American history: a monstrous twister that levelled the little town and took ...

Kula Shaker: The Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

JUST WHEN we’d accepted that Camden Town was the new Jerusalem and Noel and Liam God’s chosen, just when we declared we were glad to ...

The Subway Sect: Leaders Of The Opposition

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, December 1996

Subway Sect: We Oppose All Rock & Roll (Overground) Jon Savage listens to Subway Sect's brief recorded legacy, and talks to frontman Vic Godard. ...

Manic Street Preachers: More!!

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Cambridge Corn Exchange, October 11, 1996 ...

Amy Rigby, Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw/Amy Rigby: Park West, Albany, NY

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

ON THE first date of an East Coast mini-tour, Marshall Crenshaw and Amy Rigby are playing things semi-safe: Park West is a club sandwiched between ...

The Lightning Seeds: Dizzy Heights

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

IF MORE OF THE SAME SOUNDS insulting, think in terms of more of the same but better, because that's essentially what Ian Broudie delivers with ...

The Rebirth of Soul

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

"WHAT IS Soul?" sang Ben E. King in 1967, a year that began with Aretha Franklin’s first Atlantic session and ended with the death of ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Heartbreakers, The Buzzcocks: Destination Nowhere

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Twenty years ago this month, the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Heartbreakers and Buzzcocks embarked upon the Anarchy Tour. What followed more than lived up to ...

Smashing Pumpkins: The Smashing Pumpkins: American Gothic

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, December 1996

The music of the Smashing Pumpkins has brought the dark night of the soul to the wide open spaces of America’s arenas and radio waves. ...

J.J. Cale: Q&A on Guitar Man

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, Spring 1996

MOJO: Does making albums get harder or easier with time? ...

Esquivel, Jeff Buckley: Conference Call: Jeff Buckley interviews Esquivel

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, Summer 1996

Take a ride on the mood music elevator as MOJO’s favourite young lion Jeff Buckley enjoys a transcontinental chinwag with space-age septuagenarian Esquivel. ...

John Coltrane: Honk If You Love Jesus! The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church

Report by James Maycock, MOJO, 1997

EVERY TUESDAY afternoon, Sister Deborah spreads Coltrane consciousness through the San Francisco airwaves. ...

In a Moog Mood

Guide by John McCready, MOJO, 1997

UNLIKE THE Hoover, a similarly undisputed brand leader which  describes any vacuum cleaner as all vacuum cleaners do the same thing, all synthesizers are, over ...

Danny Gatton, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon with Danny Gatton: The Humbler (NRG)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, 1997

Designer rockabilly ignited live by squat suicidal Telecaster virtuoso ...

Robert Wyatt: Shleep

Review and Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, 1997

Soft Machine and Matching Mole legend makes triumphant return. Sterling work from all-star supporting cast Paul Weller, Brian Eno, Evan Parker, Annie Whitehead and Phil ...

Kiss: Palace Of Auburn Hills, Detroit

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 1997

CAN NOTHING stop these brutes? ...

Red Snapper: Mojo Rising: Red Snapper

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 1997

IT COULD HAVE gone so wrong. A trio of thirtysomething musos with jazz/hip-hop tendencies and chops to spare, take to jamming in Hammersmith and decide ...

Prince: Emancipation

Review by Paul Trynka, MOJO, January 1997

One hundred and eighty! Minutes that is. The Artist Formerly Known As Prince gets out of his contract in triplicate. Paul Trynka, the writer formerly ...

Sonny Rollins: Ten Questions for Sonny Rollins

Interview by Richard Cook, MOJO, January 1997

On Milestones, Rolling Stones and Maintaining Mystique ...

The Doors: Absolutely Live (Elektra)

Review and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, January 1997

THOUGH IT EMERGED to mixed reviews in July 1970 – not least from the band, who thought the set middling – Absolutely Live is an ...

The Electric Prunes: 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)'

Retrospective and Interview by Don Waller, MOJO, January 1997

From the "mind-expanding" opening to the screaming-droning guitars to the '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'-derived drums, The Electric Prunes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream ...

Fairport Convention: Now Be Thankful...

Overview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, February 1997

…for 30 years of Fairport Convention. Jim Irvin gets a guided tour through their scrapbook of joy, tears, beers, jigs, reels and panties. ...

Gillian Welch

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

DETACH YOURSELF for a moment, and this here is a pretty rum scene. ...

? and the Mysterians: Phone Home: ? and the Mysterians

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, February 1997

"WHOA! IT'S WILD that you called today. Little Frank, the original organist in The Mysterians, has just rejoined the band. He was down in Texas ...

Prince: Inside the Enigma

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

"I am not a woman, I am not a man/I am something that you’ll never understand..." ...

Prince: The Best of the Patchy Years

Guide by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1997

IN MANY WAYS the ultimate ‘80s self-made man, Prince spent the decade inventing and reinventing himself. The scope of the man’s ambition was mindboggling; the ...

Prince, Wendy and Lisa: Prince: The Purple Gang

Retrospective and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, February 1997

Outside the studio he was reticent. Inside he became the most ambitious, audacious auteur of the '80s. Marc Weingarten talks to his key collaborators to ...

Shawn Colvin's Small Repairs

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

AFTER A great deal of wandering throughout the 40 years of her life - from smalltown South Dakota to Ontario to San Francisco to New ...

Beck: the Mix-up Kid

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1997

ON A WARM January afternoon of the kind that’s almost unique to Los Angeles, an enormous lime-green 1969 Chevrolet pickup is lumbering noisily up a ...

Ben Folds Five: Whatever and Ever Amen (Sony)

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, March 1997

Piano/bass/drums trio whose 'Underground' was a summer Top 40 hit. This is their second album, their first for Sony. They are, wouldn’t you know, big ...

Blur: Blur (Food)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 1997

Fifth album in six years; as ever a Stephen Street production. Change of ’direction’ hears Blur muss up their sound and back-pedal into the future. ...

David Bowie: Earthling

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 1997

Is jungle exploration the right career move for a 50-year-old pop star who plans to float himself on the Stock Market this year? ...

Laura Nyro: Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best Of Laura Nyro

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 1997

Most comprehensive Nyro compilation to date, features extensive booklet with her own notes and unseen photographs – not to mention guest appearances over the years ...

Spirit: Randy California

Obituary by Max Bell, MOJO, March 1997

RANDY CALIFORNIA, THE GUITARIST AND songwriter of West Coast group Spirit, drowned after swimming off the Hawaiian island of Molokai on January 2. ...

The Kinks

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, March 1997

Every month we navigate the highwater marks, rapids and stagnant ponds of a prolific artist’s CD output, so you don’t have to. We begin with... ...

The Monkees: What Goes On?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, March 1997

Here they come. Walking down the street. Spouting more long words than they ever did on TV. Tom Hibbert meets The Monkees, re-formed and playing ...

Velvet Underground: Time Machine: Velvet Underground

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 1997

Launched largely from a platform provided by their association with the decade’s most celebrated artist, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground without Nico had become New ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco

Live Review by Joel Selvin, MOJO, March 1997

AFTER MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OF THE IMMENSE SUCCESS THAT followed the popular breakthrough of Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty wondered what to do. His ...

Townes Van Zandt 1944-1997

Obituary by Robert Gordon, MOJO, March 1997

AT TOWNES VAN ZANDT’S FUNERAL, HIS longtime friend and fellow songwriter Guy Clark stepped to the microphone and, adjusting a guitar around his neck, said, ...

U2: Pop

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, March 1997

U2 have a fine sense of event and how to tweak it. Preceded by advance publicity suggesting more than enough stylistic innovation to maintain the ...

10cc: The Very Best Of 10cc

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1997

All the single hits (1970-1986) and ‘Une Nuit A Paris’ from Manchester's art-pop maestros, famously named after the average volume of the male ejaculation. Plus ...

Pink Floyd: Alexandra Palace 1967: Syd Barrett Wasn’t Feeling At All Well...

Retrospective by Fred Dellar, MOJO, April 1997

He was seeing things that others only eyed in kaleidoscopes. But he was aware that Roger Waters was dragging him on-stage; dawn was breaking and ...

Amon Düül

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

AT ONE TIME, it seemed like everyone in Germany was in Amon Duul. ...

Wilco: Being Here: Wilco

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

WITH THEIR SECOND album, Being There, already being hailed as the record of the year, and flattering, if fanciful, comparisons to such as Exile On ...

Can: Art Terrorism! Sensory Derangement! Holistic Vomiting! Available Weekends…

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

CAN ALWAYS added to more than the sum of their experience and influences. When the group made the seminal Monster Movie in 1968, three of ...

Eels: Beautiful Freak

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1997

THE SOUND IS delicate and strange: the same weirdo innocence as the saucer-eyed little girl on the sleeve — and the melodies mostly downbeat. But ...

Faust: Deconstructing the nuts, bolts and girders of rock - or simply having a smashing time?

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

A DAY OR TWO after their Queen Elizabeth Hall concert, my ears are still ringing when I go to interview Jean-Hervé Peron, one of the ...

Kraftwerk

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

Do the men play the machines? Or the machines play the men? How four humanoids with one vision revolutionised pop. ...

Faust: Krautrock

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S SOMETIME IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER OF 1973-4, and Faust are playing Sheffield City Hall. ...

The Supremes: Mary Wilson on The Supremes

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1997

"ONE DAY IN mid-April we were all summoned to berry’s home on Outer Drive," remembers Mary Wilson of The Supremes. "As I drove there, I ...

Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson: Muddy Waters: Electric Mud; Sonny Boy Williamson: Bummer Road; Little Walter: Blues With A Feelin’

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, April 1997

CHICAGO IN THE FIRST DECADE after World War II spawned record labels like a salmon on fertility drugs. Many of them dealt with blues, some ...

Phish: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Max Bell, MOJO, April 1997

BECAUSE OF THEIR FOLLOWING, THE FACT that they laugh in the face of set-lists and encourage bootlegging, these Burlington blues boys are often compared to ...

Reef

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S LOOKING GOOD. Gary's got his hands down inside the front of his trousers and Dom's rolling a skinny little one on the table. These ...

Tangerine Dream

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

Chilly symphonies and misty synth-scapes: the Gothic revival starts here ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ten Questions for Ray Davies

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1997

What's happening in Kink land? ...

The Black Crowes: The Garage, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1997

CHRIS ROBINSON HAS perfected the skinny, rollin'-eyed, raggedy Jesus look you don't see outside of by-pass protests and early '70s festival documentaries. ...

The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers; Sweetheart Of The Rodeo; Dr Byrds & Mr Hyde; Ballad Of Easy Rider

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

The Byrds fall out, run off and get back to the country. The second batch of remastered reissues in the Legacy series. Each features extra ...

The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole

Review and Interview by Cliff Jones, MOJO, April 1997

AT ABOUT 1.15 ON THE MORNING OF APRIL 7, 1966, pop music went and changed forever. The Beatles had just completed the first day's work ...

Mighty Diamonds, The Twinkle Brothers: The Mighty Diamonds/The Twinkle Brothers: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S A RARE THING THESE DAYS THAT Ralston Grant, the guitar-playing half of The Twinkle Brothers, leaves Jamaica, and for the last decade or so ...

Willie Nelson: How To Buy Willie Nelson

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, May 1997

TWO THINGS. Willie Nelson is not a country singer but a singer who just happens to fit neatly in the country section for those of ...

Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1997

KEITH RICHARDS says he’d never thought of making a solo album until Mick Jagger announced that he didn’t want to tour to promote the Rolling ...

Prefab Sprout: Andromeda Heights

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1997

ONCE, WHILE LISTENING To Prefab Sprout's Protest Songs, wide-eyed in admiration at the musical facility, the poetic imagination, the sheer individuality of it all, my ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Steve Winwood

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 1997

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1993, 30 years after he first heard Ray Charles sing, that Steve Winwood met his lifelong idol. Winwood happened to be ...

Supergrass: In It For The Money (Parlophone)

Review and Interview by Max Bell, MOJO, May 1997

IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT SUPERGRASS will ever scale the wails of hype built around those British bands whose media inflated self-importance exceeds their artistic merit. ...

P.J. Proby: That's Torn It! The Story of P.J. Proby

Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 1997

P J. PROBY, SURVIVOR OF 30 YEARS OF fame, purgatory, and sporadic redemption, is holding court on one of his favourite subjects. "From Graceland to ...

Fountains of Wayne: The Fountains of Wayne: Mojo Rising

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1997

CHRIS COLLINGWOOD and Adam Schlesinger have waited a long time to see their pure-pop/power-pop dreams realised. The duo were penning addictively hummable songs as long ...

Aretha Franklin: Time Machine: Aretha Franklin

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 1997

The most crucial moment in Aretha Franklin's career ...

ABBA: Welcome to the Palindrome

Review by Nick Hornby, MOJO, June 1997

Reissues: Their entire oeuvre freshly silvered, remastered and mid-priced. RING RING/ WATERLOO/ ABBA/ ARRIVAL/ THE ALBUM/ VOULEZ VOUS/ SUPER TROOPER/ THE VISITORS/ ABBA LIVE ...

Skip Spence : Alexander 'Skip' Spence: Oar (Columbia US)

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, June 1997

Tracks: Little Hands/Cripple Creek/Diana/Margaret-Tiger Rug/Weighted Down/War In Peace/Broken Heart/All Come To Meet Her/Books Of Moses/Dixie Peach Promenade/Lawrence Of Euphoria/Grey/Afro ...

Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997

Obituary by Miles, MOJO, June 1997

ALLEN GINSBERG and I were friends for over 30 years, and even though I am his "official" biographer, it is hard to sum up so ...

David Byrne: Feelings

Review and Interview by Richard Cook, MOJO, June 1997

Head boy's follow-up to 1994's David Byrne finds him working with a variety of producers, including DJ Hahn Rowe, The Black Cat Orchestra and Morcheeba. ...

Jimi Hendrix: First Rays Of The New Rising Sun/Are You Experienced?/Electric Ladyland

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 1997

HAVE WE BEEN HERE BEFORE? WE CERTAINLY HAVE. In 1993, the dilapidated Hendrix CD catalogue was overhauled by Alan Douglas, then artistic director of the ...

Laura Nyro: 1947-1997

Obituary by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1997

LAURA NYRO DIED OF OVARIAN CANCER, AT HOME IN Danbury, Connecticut, on April 8. Of all the revered ‘60s singer-songwriters, she was the one whose ...

Love Story: Alone Again, or Arthur Lee

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1997

HIGH UP in Laurel Canyon, with all of Los Angeles spread out around him, Arthur Lee would sit and stare and contemplate death - "sitting ...

Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1997

According to the man himself, Paul can bash out a song in the time it takes Linda to whip up a soyasome supper. But is ...

Peter Green: Still got the Greens…

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 1997

The Peter Green Splinter Group: Splinter Group Giant step back to the world for the best of the '60s Britbluesers.CSM meets Peter Green and ...

Psychedelia USA

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, June 1997

Ben Edmonds finds out what happened when acid hit blue-collar America. WHEN POET JOHN SINCLAIR was released from the Detroit House of Correction in August ...

Psychedelia: Poster Artists

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, June 1997

IT COULD BE SAID THAT THE POSTER ART WAS THE best thing that ever happened to psychedelic music. As concert posters they didn’t just advertise ...

Psychedelia: The 100 Greatest Classics

Guide by Jon Savage, MOJO, June 1997

Back by public demand, and even more mind-expanding, Jon Savage takes a trip through psychedelia’s golden years to compile the ultimate six-hour flashback. ...

Soft Machine

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, June 1997

Oh what larks they had. Psychedelic poesy with a May Ball beat. Jolly Japes with Jimi Hendrix. Frolics with the Floyd. Soft Machine: a very ...

Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 1997

THE CULMINATION OF A SEVEN YEAR mission to empty his crowded mind onto tape, Ladies And Gentlemen...is Jason Pierce's clamorous meisterwerk. A record that's splendidly ...

The Beautiful South: The Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1997

PLAINLY NOT RUGGED T-SHIRT-IN-A-SNOW-storm northerners, The Beautiful South's vocal frontline take to the stage for their second night at the RAH in a winter collection ...

The Summer of Love's Counterculture Butterflies

Overview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1997

Who were they? Where are they now? ...

Aerosmith, Kula Shaker: Aerosmith and Kula Shaker On The Road

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 1997

The raddled and the fresh-faced. The stellar and the starry-eyed. The seen-it-all and the wannabes. Perhaps, harsh to say, the past and the future. It ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Crazy Horse: Ralph, Billy, Poncho... and Neil

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 1997

THERE'S A SCENE in Year Of The Horse, looks like one of those scenic theme park rides, where Neil Young and crewperson are sitting talking ...

Going Down Memory Lane with Jenny Fabian

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, July 1997

BEFORE JENNY FABIAN, groupies hardly existed...well, they probably did, but the general public, ie Mr and Mrs Beswick of Pursey, knew nothing about them (even ...

Aretha Franklin: How to Buy Aretha Franklin

Discography by Fred Dellar, MOJO, July 1997

DURING 1956, a 14-year-old Aretha, daughter of gospel superstar the Reverend C.L. Franklin, sang and played piano before an enthusiastic congregation at her father's new ...

John Hiatt: Little Head

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, July 1997

CONTINUING THE HIGH STANDARDS of Perfectly Good Guitar and Walk On, but with a lighter heart and a jauntier spring to its step, Little Head ...

Neil Young: The Year Of The Horse

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1997

2-CD, 13-track live document of last year's Broken Arrow tour, recorded mainly in America but featuring tracks from Berlin, Toronto…and downtown Saskatchewan. ...

Neil Young: Instant Feedback

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 1997

Neil Young plus electricity plus us, the ticket-holders. It's been a volatile but vital combination for over three decades. On the eve of the great ...

Papas Fritas: Mojo Rising

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1997

ONCE UPON a time, Papas Fritas were just another dweebish lo-fi band from Massachusetts, growing up in the shadows of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr.. But ...

Radiohead

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1997

Thom Yorke tells Jim Irvin how OK Computer was done.   ...

Radiohead: OK Computer

Review by Nick Kent, MOJO, July 1997

A year in the making, the follow-up to their multi-poll-topping classic, The Bends. ...

Radiohead: Zeleste Club, Barcelona

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1997

FOR THE EUROPEAN launch of their brilliant but peculiar third LP, OK Computer, Radiohead have opted to take it reasonably easy, hang out in one ...

Ron Sexsmith: Other Songs (Interscope)

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Mat Snow, MOJO, July 1997

Follow-up to 1995's self-titled debut, again produced by Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. ...

Teenage Fanclub: Sporty, Scary, Posh & Ginger

Report and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1997

Thursday, May 30, 1996 ...

Ben Harper: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1997

THERE'S SOMETHING going on here. Before he's even played a note, Ben Harper is treated by a jam-packed house to a standing ovation of Messianic ...

Can: The Albums

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, August 1997

A considerable portion of the German experimentalists’ output re-released on CD and limited issue vinyl: 24 albums spanning 1968-1994, including original issues, anthologies, compilations, and ...

Jeff Buckley: "It's Never Over"

Obituary by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 1997

JUST BEFORE 9PM ON THE EVENING of Thursday, May 29, Jeff Buckley and his friend Keith Foti realised they were lost. ...

Pink Floyd: David Gilmour Could Tell His Friends Were Having Problems…

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1997

GILMOUR, GUITARIST for the locally popular Cambridge band Joker's Wild, was in London during May 1967. Knowing that fellow Cambridge outfit Pink Floyd were recording ...

Roger McGuinn: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 1997

A BLACK EXECUTIVE chair sits in the middle of an empty stage in a in a puddle of swirling, blobby, cod-psychedelic lights. It’s as if ...

Spiritualized: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Paul Trynka, MOJO, August 1997

SPIRITUALIZED'S SIMPLE, sublime Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space has gained untold credibility by being nominated 'this year's drugs album' – a shorthand ...

The Box Tops: House Of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, MOJO, August 1997

ADDING YET another layer of cracked lustre to lead singer Alex Chilton's legendary cult-star, The Box Tops popped on-stage, pumping out a pluperfect-for-frat-parties version of ...

The Isley Brothers Reissues

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 1997

Isley; Get Into Something; Givin' It Back; Brother, Brother, BrotherFour long-lost albums, each one worth £20 or more on vinyl. Originally on the Isleys' own ...

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Uncle Charlie And His Dog Teddy

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1997

AFTER A bunch of friends, including a young Jackson Browne, figured that singing Bill Monroe and Mississippi John Hurt songs in the back of McCabe's ...

Dr. John at the London Forum

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, September 1997

COMPARED TO his tremendous gigs at Ronnie Scott's a year or two ago, when Dr John was accompanied by a horn section that included Alvin ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Way We Were

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 1997

IT IS DEJA VU of the very strangest sort on this May night in Burbank, California. Thrilled to be at this invitation-only event, each and ...

Henry McCullough, Wings: Hello, Goodbye: Henry McCullough & Wings

Interview by Colin Harper, MOJO, September 1997

Author's Note: Both Trevor Hodgett and myself wrote a fair amount about local guitar legend Henry McCullough during the '90s. Indeed, Trevor still does. When ...

The Beach Boys: How to Buy The Beach Boys

Discography by Fred Dellar, MOJO, September 1997

THE GOOD NEWS is that the racks are full of Beach Boys CDs. The bad news is that many of them are not the ...

Jimmy Webb: Ten Easy Pieces

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1997

“Unplugged” versions of ten Webb staples, performed at the grand piano by The Man Himself. Vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin (Didn’t We), Marc Cohn (If ...

Oasis: Be Here Now

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, September 1997

WHAT ARE Oasis for? They were Built To Be Big. Their Long-Awaited-All-Important-Third-Album, Be Here Now, is about as big as a rock record can get. ...

Radiohead: We Have Lift-Off

Profile and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, September 1997

FEBRUARY 1992. The Melody Maker's young Oxford correspondent pops up Cowley Road to the old Co-Op dining hall, a glamour-free venue – small stage at ...

Steve Miller Band at the Greek Theatre Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 1997

THIRTY YEARS in the rock 'n' roll business. A man without a record label. A man who packed the Greek Theatre playing absolutely nothing from ...

Taj Mahal at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, September 1997

HENRY ST. CLAIR FREDERICKS named himself Taj Mahal with good reason: he's a monument who can dance with an easy grace and joyful lightness delightfully ...

The Jayhawks: Riviera Theatre, Chicago

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1997

DESPITE SERIOUS competition from an important Chicago Bulls game, the gilded relic that is the Riviera is close to packed tonight for a double-header by ...

World Party: At Shepherd's Bush Empire

Report by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1997

"I WISH he'd stop wiping his nose," moans the guy in the next seat. Even without his nasal hygiene tic, the object of this ...

Björk: Bjork: Homogenic (One Little Indian)

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, October 1997

JUST HOW good is Bjork? Artists appearing fully-formed, uncompromisingly individual, interesting but often disturbingly idiosyncratic – think of Thelonious Monk or even Kate Bush – ...

Elton John: Sound Your Funky Horn

Interview by Cliff Jones, MOJO, October 1997

Elton John blows his own horn ...

Johnny Cash: How To Buy Johnny Cash

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, October 1997

COLLECTING ALBUMS by Arkansas' Man In Black is a doddle. For starters, he's never made any really bad ones. And most of the ...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Obituary by David Toop, MOJO, October 1997

"MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF the universe," So said saxophonist Albert Ayler, whose body was found floating in New York’s East River many years ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Marchin' Already

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, October 1997

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE stir mighty passions in the breasts of some — Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher being the conspicuous celeb celebrants — and leave ...

Portishead: You Only Live Twice

Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, October 1997

They inspired with Dummy. And nearly expired making its successor. As Portishead finally deliver their eagerly-awaited second album. Paul Trynka uncovers the turmoil behind their ...

Dr. John: Ten Questions For Dr John

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1997

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The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Babylon

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1997

EMBOLDENED BY the success of both Voodoo Lounge and Stripped, the Stones have retained Don Was as co-producer for their third album in succession, a ...

Björk

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, November 1997

THE RICKETY HAMMERSMITH RESIDENCE WHICH houses TFI Friday’s dressing rooms is an alarming place to find yourself, and not just because there’s a chance of ...

Caravan, Kevin Ayers: Caravan/Kevin Ayers: London, Astoria

Essay by Rob Chapman, MOJO, November 1997

IT'S THE gathering of the Canterbury faithful. The main event is the original — as near as dammit — Caravan line-up. That other former Wilde ...

The Beatles: Derek Taylor: Obituary

Obituary by Richard Williams, MOJO, November 1997

IN 1963, WHEN BRIAN EPSTEIN INVITED HIM TO HANDLE the Beatles' PR, Derek Taylor was a 31-year-old national newspaper reporter with a suit and tie. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: How The South Rose Again: The Soaring Flight and Tragic Fall of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Retrospective and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, November 1997

THE DAY BEFORE THE SECOND MOST FAMOUS plane crash in rock history, the right engine of the 1948 Convair aircraft carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd backfired over ...

Billie Holiday: How to Buy Billie Holiday

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, November 1997

TIME WAS when Billie Holiday records were hard to come by. But Motown's filmed version of her life, based on a dubious autobiography to which ...

Jackson Browne: The Next Voice You Hear — The Best Of… (Elektra)

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, November 1997

Jackson Browne gives a track by track rundown to Andy Gill ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: How Do You Stop?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

"DON’T BE MISLED!" shouts the faded 8" x 8" flyer propped up on a baby grand piano in the mansion Keith Richards is renting in ...

Lambchop: Thriller

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, November 1997

Fourth album in three years from Kurt Wagner's Nashville swingers is a pithy eight tracks in duration, including an instrumental title number and three compositions ...

Leonard Cohen: More Best Of (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1997

A CATCH-UP collection of the best of the past couple of decades for those who fell in love with, or to, early Len and may ...

Oasis, The Verve: Oasis/The Verve: London, Earl's Court

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 1997

AS PAUL Du Noyer wrote recently, somewhere along the road to epoch-making Oasis "took it as their job to cheer the country up". To which ...

Richard Davies: Mojo Rising

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

RICHARD DAVIES is cooped up in the Turtle Creek barn, a hallowed old recording studio haunted by ghosts of Woodstock past and present. (A picture ...

The Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1997

The stereo mix, outtakes, session excerpts, stack o' tracks, stack o'vocals: more Pet Sounds you couldn't hope for, on 4 CDs. ...

The Zombies: The Class Act

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 1997

EVEN THE MOST MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION of early publicity shots of bookish, bespectacled quintet The Zombies yields no clue that these middle class English boys in ...

Todd Rundgren: With A Twist (Emi/Guardian)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

Challenged to re-record a number of his 'greatest hits' – by a label which has tried the same experiment with Jimmy Webb and Alice Cooper ...

Biff Rose: Whaddya Mean You’ve Never Heard of Biff Rose?

Profile by Rob Chapman, MOJO, November 1997

IF YOU KNOW THE NAME at all it's probably for ‘Fill Your Heart’, the jaunty item that kicks off side two of David Bowie's Hunky ...

The Doors: 10 Questions for The Doors’ Ray Manzarek

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1997

EVER SINCE Jim Morrison’s death there have been many Elvis-style, alive-and-well-and- pumping-gas ‘sightings’. Has it ever crossed your mind they may be right? ...

Boz Scaggs: My Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 1997

STILL REGARDED over here primarily as a kind of lounge-lizard soulman — sort of Bryan Ferry with roots — thanks to his hugely successful mid-70s ...

Burt Bacharach: The Look Of Love

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1997

Three-CD box packing 75 examples of highly-crafted pop magic and spanning four decades. The gang’s all here — Dionne, Dusty, Cilla — with only Aretha’s ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash: At the Universal Amphitheater, 1997

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, December 1997

"I DIDN'T CUT IT," David Crosby announced from the stage of LA's Universal Amphitheater, a pained grin on his face. "It's falling out." And indeed, ...

The Pixies: Hello Goodbye: Joey Santiago & The Pixies

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, December 1997

HELLO – September 1986CHARLES [FRANCIS] and I were suite-mates rather than room-mates at the University of Massachusetts. Like me, he'd gone to college in the ...

Jimi Hendrix: South Saturn Delta

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, December 1997

IN WHICH the new management of Planet Hendrix takes its first steps into the marginal, semi-canonical hinterlands of the Great Man's recorded legacy and returns ...

Led Zeppelin: The BBC Sessions (Atlantic)

Review and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1997

Led Zeppelin's first official all-live release since 1976's The Song Remains The Same. The 2-CD set is drawn from sessions recorded for the BBC before ...

Oasis: Big Brother Is Watching You

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, MOJO, December 1997

...but we are not allowed to watch back. Nick Kent tells the story of the TV documentary the band don't want you to see. ...

Ray Charles: Genius And Soul

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1997

Luscious five-CD box of gospel/country/blues/soul classics spanning five decades and thirteen labels in the genre-busting career of Brother Ray. ...

The Doors: The Doors Box Set

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1997

4-CD grab-bag of rarities, outtakes, live recordings and fave tracks selected by the surviving Doors ...

The Move: Movements

Review and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, December 1997

TO ANYONE who never saw Tony Secunda's little scam-mongerers in their psychpop pomp, the clip of The Move that turned up on VH1's Beat Beat ...

Cornershop: When I Was Born for the 7th Time

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, Fall 1997

THIS IS A GOOD party record: loose, funny, warm – exemplary genre-trashing by musicians who have a great recollection (as they chant on 'Brimful ...

Johnny Thunders: Born To Lose: A Film About Johnny Thunders

Report by Paul Gorman, MOJO, 1998

NINETEEN YEARS in gestation, Born To Lose – which matches the addled life and times of its subject Johnny Thunders by being simultaneously intriguing and ...

De La Soul: Bar Cuba, Macclesfield

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, 1998

As part of a British mini-tour ahead of an album set for September, America’s most innovative hip hop outfit came to a small, friendly club ...

Gene Clark: Flying High (Polydor)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1998

UNTIL RECENTLY, Gene Clark has been one of rock's best kept secrets. Harassed by his Byrd colleagues, ignored as the real inventor of country rock ...

Sheryl Crow: Abbey Road Studios, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1998

IT'S ALL very odd. A big, tall, whitewashed room with padded walls: at one end sits Sheryl Crow with longtime guitar player Tim Smith – ...

Caetano Veloso: Tropicalia CDs: Samba takes a trip

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 1998

ON THE DAY that man first trod upon the moon, Brazilian stars Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were bidding a reluctant farewell to their homeland. ...

Beck: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, January 1998

BECK MAY be Modern Rock's master ironist, but he takes his roots music very seriously. They're just very gnarled roots, is all. ...

Belle And Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian: The Ever-So-Secret Seven

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, January 1998

"IT ALL STARTED at open stage sessions at The Halt Bar in Glasgow," recalls Belle & Sebastian bassist Stuart David. "Drunken Saturday afternoon shambles ...

The Who: How To Buy The Who

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, January 1998

Every month we navigate the high-water marks, rapids and stagnant ponds of a prolific artist’s output, so you don’t have to. We continue with... ...

Jane's Addiction: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

Live Review by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, January 1998

Set list: Ocean Size/Ain't No Right/Then She Did/Stop/Three Days/Mountain Song/Summertime Rolls/Jane Says/Classic Girl/Chip Away/Ted,Just Admit it/I Would For You. ...

John Fred and his Playboy Band: John Fred And His Playboy Band

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, January 1998

IF JOHN LENNON'S diction had been just a bit clearer, John Fred And His Playboy Band might never have scored their US Number 1 hit, ...

Joy Division: Heart And Soul

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1998

The complete JD story, from Warsaw to 'Atmosphere', compiled by the band’s surviving members with Jon Savage and including dozens of outtakes, unreleased demos, and ...

Kiss: KISS: Back catalogue reissues

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1998

Kiss/ Hotter Than Hell// Dressed To Kill/ Alive!/ Destroyer/ Rock And Roll Over/ Love Gun/ Alive II/ Double Platinum/ Dynasty/ Unmasked/ Music From The Elder/ ...

Them: The Story Of Them Featuring Van Morrison (Deram)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 1998

SOMEHOW THE legend has grown up that Them comprised one stone genius and a bunch of hapless fools, dispensable at whim. It's understandable, as said ...

Blossom Toes: "Get in there and experiment!": Blossom Toes: We Are Ever So Clean

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, February 1998

Thus the instructions to four young men as they were handed the keys to a King's Road '60s communal pad… ...

AC/DC: Bonfire

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1998

AC/DC's box- set tribute to late vocalist Bon Scott comes in packs of four or five CDs (remastered Back In Black optional). Includes rare and/or ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Light Years

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, February 1998

Mid-priced, 2-CD, 38-track collection of all their singles. ...

Frankie Lymon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, February 1998

"I WAS MERELY a pawn in a big chess game," said Frankie Lymon, just months before he died of a heroin overdose on February 28, ...

The High Llamas: High Llamas: Cold And Bouncy (Alpaca Park)

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, February 1998

IF YOU LOVE The Beach Boys and other purveyors of the pocket symphony as much as the highest Llama Sean O'Hagan obviously does, then Hawaii ...

The High Llamas: High Llamas: Sean O'Hagan on Cold And Bouncy

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1998

Sylvie Simmons talks to Sean O'Hagan ...

Mark Hollis, Talk Talk: Mark Hollis on Mark Hollis

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, February 1998

Why all-acoustic this time? ...

Spiritualized: The Mile High Club: Spiritualized in the Sky

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1998

SPIRITUALIZED: a concoction of the cosmological and the pharmaceutical enjoying high times in Britain. Now Jason Pierce is spending two months turning on America. Barney ...

Todd Rundgren: 'Go Ahead, Ignore Me!'

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1998

HELLO, it’s him. ...

Yes live at Los Angles Universal Amphitheater

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, February 1998

IT'S ALWAYS seemed a tragic waste of snottiness that some safety-pinned '70s punk combo never thought to take the early, pre-Roger Dean Yes logo – ...

Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch: Anne Briggs: In Search of the Wild Rover

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, MOJO, March 1998

Richard Thompson wrote a song about her. Jimmy Page unplugged on her account. Singers from June Tabor to Kate Rusby revere her as the queen ...

Beck: Mutations

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, March 1998

Supposedly one of his "parenthetical" releases in the vein of Stereoscopic Soul Manure and One Foot In The Grave. The "official" follow-up to Odelay is ...

Bert Berns: The Soul Man with a Huckster's Heart

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1998

HE WAS, said Jerry Wexler, "a paunchy, nervous cat with a shock of unruly black hair". He looked like a vaguely disreputable cross between Gene ...

Blue Oyster Cult: California Club Caprice, Redondo Beach, CA

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 1998

WHEN ONE plopped down the appropriate coinage for the self-titled debut of the Blue Oyster Cult in 1972, one prepared to enjoy the hard-edged glory ...

B.B. King: How to buy B.B. King

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, March 1998

HE’S FILED under ‘Blues’. Which is convenient. But Riley ‘Blues Boy’ King can be anything you want him to be — king of the juke ...

Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow/Crown Of Creation/Volunteers

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 1998

Straight mid-price reissues of the Airplane's second, fourth and sixth albums – first time in the UK for Surrealistic Pillow ...

Holger Czukay: No Borders Here: Holger Czukay’s Movies and On The Way To Peak Of Normal

Review and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 1998

Mute’s admirable disinterring of the entire Can-related catalogue reaches Holger The Bassman’s first two solo albums. ...

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 1998

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, aged 25 on March 23, is one of the great monuments of rock history – as overwhelming aesthetically ...

Plush

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1998

FIRMLY IN the tradition of orch-pop mavericks like Scott Walker and Jimmy Webb, Plush caused a minor commotion three years ago with the Drag City ...

Village People: Young Men! The Village People

Retrospective and Interview by Peter Silverton, MOJO, March 1998

"YOUNG MAN!" IT BUTTONHOLES YOU. And then it requires that your body shapes the letters which form the acronym for the Young Men’s Christian Association. ...

Ani DiFranco

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1998

THE BARRICADES on the pavement outside Claridges are draped with small girls in big Dr Martins who are gazing at a door. The door is ...

Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, James Brown: Bootsy Collins on Bootsy Collins

Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, April 1998

‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine’James Brown (King single, 1970) ...

Carl Wilson

Obituary by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, April 1998

CARL WILSON didn't get to record his first lead vocal for the Beach Boys until April 30, 1965, almost four years into the group's career. ...

Eric Clapton: Pilgrim

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 1998

WHITE GUYS from the '60s R&B generation don't get the same latitude as black "originals" to spend their last 20 or 30 years nestling back ...

Nina Simone: How To Buy Nina Simone

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, April 1998

IN SOME WAYS, things haven't changed overmuch since Eunice Waymon opted to change her name to Nina Simone so that her mother wouldn't find out ...

Jewel, Sarah McLachlan: Lady’s Day: Lilith Fair

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, MOJO, April 1998

AT RISK OF PROVOKING EITHER THE TRADITIONAL yawn or a punch in the face whenever it is suggested that this is the year of women ...

Pete Atkin: Reissues

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, Rob Chapman, MOJO, April 1998

IF YOU spent the early '70s worshipping false idols with feet of clay when you could have been listening to these finely crafted records then ...

Suicide: Suicide

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1998

2-CD set coupling the electro-duo’s 1977 debut with the infamous 23 Minutes Over Brussels flexi-disc and an unreleased 1978 live set from CBGBs. ...

Jack Nitzsche: Ten Questions For Jack Nitzsche

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, April 1998

HOW DID YOU first meet Phil Spector? ...

B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Robert Lockwood Jr.: B.B. King: Bright Lights Big City

Report and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, May 1998

Fifty years ago B.B. King arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, and found himself in the eye of a musical hurricane. Today he celebrates the giants who ...

Free

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 1998

"WE WERE POOR, BUT WE WERE happy," Paul Rodgers wryly intones. He is the son of a Middlesbrough docker, his mother a housewife who tended ...

Rod Stewart: How to Buy Rod Stewart

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, May 1998

"A WHITE person can sing the blues with just as much conviction as a negro. All these negro singers singing about 'walking down the railroad ...

I Feel Like I Win When I Lose: The Eurovision Song Contest

Retrospective by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 1998

WHAT HAVE FRANCOISE HARDY, Esther Ofarim, and Ofra Haza got in common? Answer, they are all fine singers. But before they got such deserved reputations ...

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: Walking Into Clarksdale

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mat Snow, MOJO, May 1998

WHEN, IN 1994, MTV approached Robert Plant – otherwise engaged making records with unknown youngbloods, and saying rude things about Jimmy Page for working with ...

Massive Attack: Mezzanine

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 1998

Eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 1994’s Protection, 64 minutes of guitar-driven downbeats, featuring the toppermost tonsils of Horace Andy and the angelic ambience of Liz Fraser on ...

Pulp: This Is Hardcore (Island)

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1998

WHY ARE Pulp interesting? Previously, of course, the Misfit King, their smarter-than-average frontman/lyricist with his louche irony and left-field charisma was the main answer. ...

R.L. Burnside: R. L. Burnside: Live in Detroit

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, May 1998

"WELL, WELL, WELL..." ...

The Electric Eels: The Eyeball Of Hell

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, May 1998

THE ELECTRIC Eels operated in a no-man's land that now seems fascinating: that mid-'70s moment between glitter and punk rock. It wasn't as though they ...

Tori Amos: From The Choirgirl Hotel

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 1998

IT'S NOT at all what I expected. I'd spoken to Tori just before the album was completed, and the few finished tracks I'd heard were ...

Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay: Angel Of Avalon: Sandy Denny

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 1998

Revered by everyone from Frank Zappa to The Spice Girls. Led Zeppelin's one and only guest star. One of Britain's greatest singers. Yet her true ...

Brian Eno: To Infinity and Beyond

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1998

THESE DAYS, you have to catch Brian Eno as and when you can. Always peripatetically inclined, he now spends even more time abroad — ...

Brian Wilson: Let's Go Trippin!

Memoir by David Dalton, MOJO, June 1998

IT WAS JULY 1967, the Summer of Love, on Zuma Beach, California that I first met Brian Wilson. It was one of those loony episodes ...

Eddi Reader: Angels And Electricity (Blanco Y Negro)

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1998

EVEN ALLOWING for our response to singing being largely subjective, some voices just do the job, don't they? For me, Eddi Reader is up there ...

Garbage: Version 2.0

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1998

"I'LL TELL you something," offers Shirley Manson conspiratorially at the start of this second load of Garbage, "I am a wolf, but I like to ...

Harry Partch

Report by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1998

SOMETIMES IT'S BEST to wipe the slate clean, in music as well as in life. Such was the philosophy of Harry Partch (1901-1974), one of ...

Jeff Buckley: Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk) (Columbia)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 1998

FANS OF Grace might find this album tough going. For one thing, it's hard to divorce the circumstances of its existence from the music – ...

Peter Green: Ronnie Scott's Club, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, MOJO, June 1998

THE FIRST time I ever reviewed Peter Green in concert, he was with Fleetwood Mac at the Albert Hall in the '60s; a lean, bearded ...

Saint Etienne: Good Humor (Heavenly)

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1998

FACED WITH Sarah, Bob and Pete's latest creamy confection, smothered in schmaltz and techno-lite topped off with Astrud Gilberto vocals, it's easy to dismiss them ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Adore

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1998

BILLY CORGAN certainly had his work cut out for him after 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. That multi-multi-platinum double CD turned more than ...

Tammy Wynette: First Lady Of Country

Obituary by Fred Dellar, MOJO, June 1998

TAMMY always stood by her fans. Often at the end of a gig, she'd just sit around signing autographs. Once, when her life was threatened, ...

Bobby Womack: 10 Questions for Bobby Womack

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, July 1998

What were you up to in the studio last night? ...

Apres Nous Le Deluge: The Nouvelle Vague Of Pop Francaise

Report and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, July 1998

"THERE’S NOTHING HAPPENING in England right now. It’s like 1975. Deep Purple for me are like The Prodigy. Led Zeppelin are Chemical Brothers." Daniel Auxerre, ...

Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison at the Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 1998

Set List Van Morrison: Sweet Thing/You Make Me Feel So Free/Burning Ground/It Once Was My Life/Cleaning Windows/Vanlose Stairway/That's Life/Days Like This/Sometimes We Cry/Moondance/This Weight/Tupelo Honey/Why ...

Massive Attack: Dark Side of the Spliff: Massive Attack

Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, July 1998

"ME AND ANGELO, OUR GUITARIST, got stuck in a save in Padstow," says Massive Attack’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, talking about one particularly eventful sojourn ...

Gram Parsons: The Good Ol’ Boy

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1998

ON A WARM fall night in the tie-dyed rock’n’roll town of Woodstock, with the maple leaves turning to gold and purple on the mountains that ...

Sun Ra: How to Buy Sun Ra

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, July 1998

LONG AFTER YOU AND I HAVE RETURNED to sub-atomic dust particles, Sun Ra will probably be acclaimed as the greatest composer of the 20th century. ...

Elliott Smith: Mojo Rising: Elliott Smith

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1998

IS THIS a fairy tale or a corporate rock nightmare? Taciturn 28-year-old indie songster is taken up by maverick movie director and wakes to find ...

Roy Harper: The Dream Society

Review by Colin Harper, MOJO, July 1998

THE SOPHISTICATED BEGGAR, the Valentine, the Loony On The Bus... Roy Harper has worn these and other Lifemasks for more than 30 years now and ...

Prince: 18 Questions for THE ARTIST (still generally known as Prince)

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, August 1998

How did you spend your 40th birthday? ...

Gene Clark

Overview by Sid Griffin, MOJO, August 1998

JUST ACROSS HOLLYWOOD Boulevard from Mann's Chinese Theatre, where the stars imprint their hands and feet in cement, stands the Roosevelt Hotel. A showplace hotel ...

Glastonbury ‘98

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, August 1998

AFTER THE quagmire of 1997 it surely couldn’t be Pop Passchendaele II could it? Oh yes it could. Unlike last year, when the Glasto monsoon ...

Ry Cooder: How to Buy Ry Cooder

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, August 1998

BETTER KNOWN for bottleneck than even the M25, Ryland Cooder remains a cult figure despite appearing on records by the Rolling Stones, the Monkees, Johnny ...

James Brown: The Prisoner

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1998

"How do you stop... before it’s too late?" ...

Randy Newman: "I Love You, You C**t!"

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1998

THE FOLK singer Dave Van Ronk called him "the Hoagy Carmichael of the ’60s". His boyhood friend and longtime producer Lenny Waronker tagged him "King ...

Joni Mitchell: The Unfiltered Joni Mitchell

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 1998

IT'S A SATURDAY NIGHT IN Burbank, California, and perhaps 200 invited guests are sitting in a circular arrangement of plush chairs, overstuffed sofas, even cross-legged ...

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, September 1998

Groundbreaking garage-punk compilation expanded into a 4-CD box: over 100 big hits, hip misses, influential tracks, cultural oddities and sonic abominations. ...

The Creatures, Siouxsie & The Banshees: 10 Questions for Siouxsie Sioux

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, September 1998

Is it true that you split the Banshees because the Sex Pistols reformed? ...

Keith Moon: Patent British Exploding Drummer

Profile and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 1998

BOY, HOW WE CHERISH ROCK'S foundation myths. The idea that merchant seamen brought back rare R&B records to Liverpool docks and fuelled the Merseybeat ...

Willie Nelson: 10 Questions for Willie Nelson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1998

Does writing and making records get harder or easier with time? ...

Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello: Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach: Painted From Memory

Review and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, October 1998

Two years in the making, the full-on follow-up to ‘God Give Me Strength’, their collaboration from the soundtrack to Grace Of My Heart. ...

Frank Sinatra

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, October 1998

BORN 15 December 1915, died 14 May 1998 ...

Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1998

FOLLOW-UP TO 1996's chart-topping Everything Must Go. Named after a line in a speech by miner's son and NHS founder Aneurin Bevan. ...

Mott The Hoople: All The Young Dudes — The Anthology

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, October 1998

Triple-decker sandwich of hot Mott. All the hits, all your faves and all the other stuff too. Odds’n sods included Bowie’s guide-vocal version of 'Dudes'. ...

Rory Gallagher: Ballad of a Thin Man

Retrospective by Colin Harper, MOJO, October 1998

"HE SUFFERED A LOT. His health was bad. He had a problem with drink. His relationships with women were all messed up because of his ...

Aretha Franklin: The 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time: #1 Aretha Franklin

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1998

 "She has all the Olympian leaps and trills, plus what's so often missing from others — believability." Eddi Reader "The essence of human spirit." Vic Chesnutt "I'm ...

Sheryl Crow: The Daily Planet

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, October 1998

Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions She built her own studio in New York and the world dropped in. ...

The Walker Brothers:Take It Easy/Portrait/Images

Review by Richard Williams, MOJO, October 1998

Their first three albums, remastered for CD, each almost doubled with extra tracks. ...

Chic, Donna Summer: Your Booty, My 12-Inch: Disco Revisited

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1998

YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH. Twenty years after the dizzy heights of Discomania, the monster is back in our midst – in movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s ...

Bob Dylan: Live 1966 - The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert

Review by Richard Williams, MOJO, November 1998

SO HERE it is, the Holy Grail of rock'n'roll, famed in song and story for a generation, finally on sale at your local record store. ...

How to Buy Greenwich Village Folk

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, November 1998

TOM PAXTON recalls that he, along with Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, David Blue, Eric Andersen, Pat Sky and Phil Ochs, once called the Village home. ...

Jobriath: I'm Ready For My Close-Up: Jobriath

Retrospective by Rob Cochrane, MOJO, November 1998

Glam rock was a movie in search of a soundtrack. Today, Velvet Goldmine is that movie, but 25 years ago the publicity machine roared into ...

John Lennon: The Lennon Anthology (Parlophone)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 1998

Four CDs of unused takes and unreleased post-Beatle home recordings, divided into four periods: Ascot, New York, The Lost Weekend and Dakota. Comes with intriguingly ...

Kiss & Make-Up: The Perfect Glam Rock Soundtrack

Guide by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 1998

IN THE OPENING minutes of todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine, a gaggle of lads hurtle down a drab city street, tottering in their platforms, clad in ...

Maria McKee: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 1998

SITTING COMFORTABLY? Sexy, tear-duct prickling songs in voice that defies science. ...

Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, November 1998

HERETOFORE, MERCURY Rev have trodden that fine line between order and chaos with a, shall we say, idiosyncratic sense of equilibrium. Part of the appeal ...

PJ Harvey: Is This Desire?

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1998

On her last proper album, 1995’s very fabulous To Bring You My Love, P.J. Harvey slipped on a slinky red dress and covered up the ...

R.E.M.: R. E. M.: Up

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1998

R.E.M., MORE than just about any band you can name, were whacked mightily with the Great Rock Dilemma stick: how does an intelligent, introspective, underground ...

Taj Mahal: The Birth Of His Blues: Taj Mahal

Review and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, November 1998

Tracks: Leaving Trunk / Statesboro Blues / Checkin' Up On My Baby / Everybody's Got To Change Sometime / E Z Rider / Dust My ...

Frank Zappa: I was a Teenage Moose Freak!

Report by Rob Chapman, MOJO, December 1998

FREE-FORM RADIO was one of the great innovations of the American Underground. From 1966, when the Federal Communications Commission freed up the FM band, to ...

Hank Williams

Retrospective by Fred Dellar, MOJO, December 1998

He couldn't read. He couldn't write. He couldn't stop screwing up. Yet Hank Williams is a giant of popular music without whom rock'n'roll might never ...

Pete Townshend, Noel Gallagher and friends at the Sound Republic

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 1998

WHEN WORLDS kaleid... It’s the second "launch" night at Sound Republic, all chrome and cocktails and biz/media chatterati who won’t shut their yap no matter ...

Beck: The Shock of the Old: Beck and the New Roots Explosion

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1998

"...to be an American (unlike English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always ...

Skip Spence : Alexander Spence: Oar (Sundazed)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

THE PASSING OF TIME has edged some psych esoterica into the mainstream, and Oar is a shining example. At once individual confession, generational narrative, and ...

Diana Krall

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, 1999

SO EFFICIENT, SO all-pervasive has been Canadian pianist-singer Diana Krall's rise in the jazz world (and beyond, in sales terms), an American jazz magazine offered ...

Iggy Pop: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1999

HE WALKS through the cones of striped, sick-white lights, shirt off, a graceful, sinewy man with an impossible six-pack and road-map veins. He sits down ...

Kak: Kak-Ola (Big Beat/Ace)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

KAK'S ONE and only album – released in the US during January 1969 – captures the Bay Area boom at its furthest outreach. ...

The Verve: My Copyright Hell

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, 1999

Tangled webs, anyone? Rock’n’roll’s got them by the skein, especially when it comes to money. But the case of The Verve, Allen Klein and Andrew ...

The Olivia Tremor Control: Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage (Blue Rose/ V2)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

THE GOOD NEWS is that this double album maintains the high quality of OTC's Dusk At Cubist Castle, which updated the methodology of classic psychedelia ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Regrets? I’ve Had A Few: Dexys Midnight Runners

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 1999

This is the full version of an interview with Kevins Rowland and Archer published in MOJO in 1999. ...

Roger Eagle 1942-1999

Obituary by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

ROGER EAGLE was an unsung hero of British pop, with ground-level involvement in successive youth/ musical subcultures from the Twisted Wheel and Northern Soul in ...

Frank Sinatra: The Best of Frank Sinatra: A Home Taping Special

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, 1999

BECAUSE OF THE near-flawless nature of a handful of albums (Wee Small Hours, Songs For Swingin' Lovers, A Swingin' Affair, Only The Lonely), it would ...

Air, Sean Lennon: Air/Sean Lennon: Ritz, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, January 1999

SOMEONE ONCE said of Dylan's Renaldo & Clara that, while it didn't convince you that he was a great film-maker, it did confirm that he ...

The Black Crowes: Black Crowes: By Your Side

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1999

THIS ALBUM rocks. And rolls. And nigh on rollicks. Where their last album loped, this one struts. The record it's most like is their 1990 ...

John Barry: Eddi Fiegel: John Barry – A Sixties Theme; Geoff Leonard et al: John Barry – A Life In Music

Book Review by Fred Dellar, MOJO, January 1999

IT WAS during the '50s and early '60s that a young trumpet-player from York – ambitious, steeped in jazz tradition but possessing a unique pop ...

Herbie Hancock: The Complete Blue Note '60s Sessions

Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, January 1999

THESE DAYS he's an avatar of jazz-funk, but Hancock's salad days offered a lot more than apprentice-work. Only 24 when he composed and recorded the ...

Bruce Springsteen: It's a Vet's Life: Bruce Springsteen and Born in the USA

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 1999

It was Springsteen's most epic moment – and his most misunderstood. Phil Sutcliffe uncovers the double life of Born In The USA. ...

Lucinda Williams

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1999

THE WAY Lucinda Williams sighs "Hi" down the phoneline from Florida instantly communicates a deep fatigue. She and her band have just motored up from ...

Mercury Rev: On The Other Side: Mercury Rev

Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, January 1999

HOW MANY BANDS ARE THERE who have made their best records after losing their lead singer? Whoever said "Marillion", go and sit in the corner, ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Greatest Band In The World?

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 1999

"With Bruce, you wind up treating those four hours on stage as if someone said, You’ve got four hours left on Earth. What are you ...

Roy Orbison: The Lonely Blue Dream of Roy Orbison

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1999

HE STANDS stock-still, or nearly so. His right hand mechanically strums a black Gretsch, and his left leg slightly trembles. He could be a waxwork ...

Beck: Live at Town Hall, NYC

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1999

With the MTV Unplugged era now firmly behind us, Beck is at some pains to explain that tonight’s show - one of only two in ...

Blondie: The Misfits

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1999

"And you don’t stop/Do the punk rock..." ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Trenchtown Rock

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1999

DOVETAILING NICELY with the recent 3-CD set from JAD Records, Trench Town Rock presents the most wide-ranging account yet of the second chapter of The ...

Harry Partch's Original Invented Instruments: Barbican, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1999

IT'S NOT every day – or every decade, come to that – that UK audiences get a chance to witness Harry Partch's bizarre instruments "in ...

Can: Hildegard Schmidt and Wolf Kampmann: Can Box: Book

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, February 1999

IN 1968 CAN walled themselves up in a Cologne studio and, give or take the odd defection, stayed there for the next nine years making ...

Semisonic: Feeling Strangely Successful – At Last

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, February 1999

DAN WILSON received a hostile email late last year. "It was from a fan in Minneapolis who was basically writing to tell me it's all ...

Smog: Bill Callahan

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 1999

THERE'S NOTHING BILL Callahan likes better than watching a Polaroid develop, "struck in this transition state, always surprising me". Some might say he needs to ...

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at Aberdeen Music Hall

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 1999

ALL THINGS considered, the chilly, windswept environs of Aberdeen are probably not the best place to start your UK tour. At this remove from the ...

The Del McCoury Band, Steve Earle: How Blue Was My Grass? Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 1999

DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT from 1997’s El Corazon, this excellent album is, in essence, a tribute to the late ‘Father of Bluegrass’ Bill Monroe, performed with Monroe’s ...

Ennio Morricone: How to Buy Ennio Morricone

Guide by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 1999

ENNIO MORRICONE single-handedly redefined our musical definition of the Western. Nobody can make jew’s harp and whistling sound more awe inspiring or one duck-call and ...

Robert Wyatt: Nothing Can Stop Robert Wyatt: An Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1999

THE DAY before I drive up to Lincolnshire to interview Robert Wyatt, there is a march through the streets of Santiago - a procession of ...

Randy Newman: Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, March 1999

NEWMAN FANS have been baying for this kind of set for a while, especially as the songwriter's back catalogue has been unavailable on CD for ...

Todd Rundgren: Rundgren Reissued

Review and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 1999

Remastered reissues of the original one-man band's first five Bearsville albums – Runt; The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren; Something/Anything?; A Wizard, A True Star; Todd; ...

XTC: 'Til Death Do Us Part

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, March 1999

Like the set of a James Bond finale, the cavernous, converted power station of Metropolis Studios is all walkways, bridges and industrial lifts. At the ...

Cassandra Wilson: Fellow Traveller

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1999

Chris Ingham: What was the selection process for your Miles Davis tribute album Travelling Miles? ...

David Sylvian, Japan: David Sylvian

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1999

He was the sensitive soul who fronted south London’s dodgiest glam-rockers, the World’s Most Lovely Man who chose tortured sainthood, pop’s preening popinjay who reinvented ...

King Tubby: "This is a journey into sound"

Retrospective by Lloyd Bradley, James Maycock, MOJO, April 1999

Sonic visionary, dancehall supremo and obsessive money-launderer, he played the sliders like Jimi played a Fender. Lloyd Bradley and James Maycock chronicle the crowning glories ...

Wings: Paul McCartney And Wings: Band On The Run

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1999

25th anniversary 2-CD edition of 1973 classic, featuring US-related album (including 'Helen Wheels') plus audio documentary CD. ...

Sebadoh: The Sebadoh (Domino)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1999

Seventh album from Lou Barlow and chums, following up 1996’s Harmacy and featuring new drummer Russ Pollard. ...

Jeff Beck: The Jeff Beck Interview

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, April 1999

WHEN JEFF BECK WALKS INTO A PUBLIC SPACE, PEOPLE TURN and stare. They're seeing a fit-looking 50-something with stubble and an archetypal rock'n'roll haircut, wearing ...

Tom Waits: What's He Building In There? An Interview with Tom Waits

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1999

TOM WAITS squats down on the fender of his blue Coupe de Ville and tells a joke. ...

Wings: Band On The Run

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1999

IN THE immediate post-Beatles period, Paul McCartney was a critic's whipping boy. Compared to the lustrous pop of Abbey Road, the open-hearted panoply of All ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 10 Questions for Tom Petty

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, May 1999

What's your fascination with San Francisco? Two years ago you staged 20 shows at the Fillmore, and now you're here for seven days. ...

ABBA: The Story

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 1999

THEY HAD a dream. It was November 1970, and the greatest pop group of the decade was about to get off to a very inauspicious ...

Ben Folds Five: The Unauthorised Biogrpahy Of Reinhold Messner

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1999

Piano-led trio’s third album proper. ...

Jackson C. Frank

Obituary by Colin Irwin, MOJO, May 1999

JACKSON WAS ONCE DESCRIBED AS "the most famous folk singer no-one ever heard of and that was about right. He met Elvis, was Sandy Denny's ...

Lauryn Hill: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, NY

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1999

DID SOMEONE say breakout hit? Anyone who doubts the massive crossover impact of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill need only cast an eye across the ...

Lee Hazlewood: The Ol' Sonofabitch

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1999

ON A PERFECT Florida afternoon in late February, Lee Hazlewood is wedging himself into a large grey couch and eyeing a rather sad plate of ...

Neil Young: At the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, May 1999

A MAN less heard unadorned than in context – be it with Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam, The Bluenotes, the Stray Gators, the Shocking Pinks, ...

Can, Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt: The Can Founders: Columbiahalle, Berlin

Live Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, May 1999

Running order: Holger Czukay/Michael Karoli's Sofortkontakt/Irmin Schmidt & Kumo/Jaki Liebezeit's Club Off Chaos ...

Moby Grape, Skip Spence : Alexander 'Skip' Spence

Obituary by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, June 1999

"I'LL TELL YOU A GOOD ONE, a realy good one," says Jerry Miller, long-time guitarist with Moby Grape, warming to the subject of his former ...

Bad Company: The Original Bad Co. CD Anthology

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1999

After a period of bad blood and bad music Bad Company's founding foursome reconvene around a two-CD retrospective. ...

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Grow Fins

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, June 1999

"That’s right, the Mascara Snake." And even if it isn’t, someone will put it in a box set one day. A feast of leftover Beefheart ...

George Jones

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, June 1999

Every month we navigate the high-water marks, rapids and stagnant ponds of a prolific artist’s output, so you don’t have to. We continue with... ...

Pavement Goes Overground

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1999

NOBODY COULD accuse Pavement of being rock archetypes. Take the group’s frontman Stephen Malkmus, who spends much of his spare time flyfishing virgin rivers and ...

Ben Folds Five: Steinway to Heaven: The Ben Folds Five

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1999

On a three-man mission to revive the grand piano’s sex appeal ...

Suede: Head Music

Review by David Cavanagh, MOJO, June 1999

HEAD MUSIC is at once Suede's escape from their glam-pop confines and their belated arrival at the late '90s technological party. They've torn away at ...

Ben Folds Five: The Ben Folds Five: Steinway to Heaven

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, June 1999

IT'S TEMPTING TO IMAGINE that in eschewing guitars and positioning the grand piano as the centrepiece sound of their three maverick alt-pop albums, the Ben ...

Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, Beige and Sacred: A Journey through Duke Ellington

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S HARD to overstate Duke Ellington's stature as a 20th century musician. Honoured by world leaders, respected by legit' cats and revered by jazz musicians ...

Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones: Brian Jones: The Bittersweet Symphony

Retrospective by Rob Chapman, MOJO, July 1999

Rolling Stones founder, Rolling Stones reject; ruthless controller, helpless passenger; blues obsessive, dabler in the exotic; countercultural networker, paranoid recluse; adored Prince Charming, vicious heartbreaker; ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemical Brothers: Heeeere we go!

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, July 1999

The Chemical Brothers: Surrender First album since 1997's chart-topping Dig Your Own Hole features guest vocals from Noel Gallagher, Hope Sandoval, Jonathan Donahue and Bernard ...

David Toop: Exotica: Fabricated Soundscapes In A Real World

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, July 1999

IF EXOTICA is, to quote a much used definition, nostalgia for places you've never visited, then the term has potentially universal application. Bearing in mind ...

Pavement: Terror Twilight

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, July 1999

TERROR TWILIGHT'S penultimate track is a five and a half minute epic called 'The Hexx'. It begins with Stephen Malkmus taunting one of the swallows ...

Ike Turner: The Importance of Being Izear: Ike Turner with Nigel Cawthorne: Takin' Back My Name (Virgin)

Book Review by Paul Trynka, MOJO, July 1999

Leaping to his own defence, Ike makes a great witness for the prosecution ...

Wilco: 4.00 - 5.00pm: soundcheck/5.00 - 6.00pm: local press/6.00 - 6.05pm: cigarette break

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S DARK IN an alley just off Hamburg's notorious Reeperbahn, a faint neon glow filters in from the street to reveal a gaggle of noisy ...

Iggy Pop talks to Barney Hoskyns

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1999

What impact did the breakup of your marriage have on Avenue B? Curiously, once my back was up against the wall and I was really ...

Macy Gray: Lady Sings The Blues: Macy Gray’s On How Life Is

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, August 1999

Striking debut album from LA singer-songwriter. ...

Screaming Lord Sutch: Loony Institution: Screaming Lord Sutch

Obituary by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1999

BRITAIN'S LONGEST-SERVING political party leader and rock'n'roll aristocrat has died at home in Harrow, Middlesex, on June 16. ...

The Ramones: Hey! Ho! Let's Go! — The Ramones Anthology

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, August 1999

I DON'T KNOW if they ever made a Ramones pin-ball machine, but if not, they missed a trick. Just imagine: the ritual chant of "Hey!Ho! ...

Scritti Politti: This Week I am Mostly Wearing Soren Kierkegaard: Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1999

GREEN STROHMEYER-GARTSIDE, to give him his full and slightly fantastical name, is feeling decidedly below-par on this muggy Manhattan afternoon. Clasping a Rolling Rock in ...

Alison Krauss: Forget About It

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1999

The German immigrant’s daughter from Illinois, who somehow became a bluegrass child prodigy, moves on from purism to pure beauty. ...

Santana: Carlos Santana

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, September 1999

FOR OVER A YEAR, Santana had built a reputation the hardest but most reliable way, by word of mouth. In their home town of ...

Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: Into the Heart of Darkness with Dennis Wilson

Retrospective by David Dalton, MOJO, September 1999

(If Christ Came Back as a Con Man, Or How I Started Out Thinking Charlie Manson Was Innocent and Almost Ended Up Dead...) ...

Macy Gray: Where Billie meets Janis

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, September 1999

AS THE MINISTRATIONS OF interchangeable soul divas turn what used to be soul music into an increasingly formulaic music experience, it’s a pleasure to be ...

Simon Reynolds: Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1999

IT SAYS MUCH about our compulsive pre-millenial navel-gazing that several tomes about the past decade's "ecstacy culture" - Matthew Collin's Altered State, Jane Bussman's Once ...

Stereolab: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage In the Milky Night (Duophonic)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1999

Double-vinyl-length opus from the enduring and indefatigable South-east Londoners, half of it co-produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire, half by ex-Gastr del Sol member Jim O’Rourke. ...

Nina Simone: Stocky And Wild-Eyed: Nina Simone at the Royal Festival Hall

Live Review by Lucy O'Brien, MOJO, September 1999

"EVERY GENERATION has to discover Nina Simone. She is evidence that female genius is real," says Germaine Greer, introducing tonight’s show, one of the highlights ...

The Buzzcocks: 10 Questions For Pete Shelley

Interview by David Cavanagh, MOJO, September 1999

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The Faces: Good Boys....When They're Asleep

Review by David Cavanagh, MOJO, September 1999

WHEN THE FACES got together in the summer of 1969, they were not expected to amount to much. Three of them – Ronnie Lane, Ian ...

Pearls Before Swine: Tom Rapp

Profile by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1999

How Tom Rapp, of cult psychsters Pearls Before Swine, resurfaced thanks to a UK fanzine. ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: 10 Questions for Bryan Ferry

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

Geordie space-crooner considers glam, going to the pictures with Eno, playing tennis against Tony Blair and life before rock. ...

Ben Harper: Burn To Shine

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1999

A fourth helping of blue stew. Fourth album finds gifted slide guitarist broadening his approach. ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, October 1999

They Flew the Flag for Homegrown R&B ...

Iggy Pop: Avenue B (Virgin)

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

Named after the NY street where Iggy and the ex Mrs Pop lived. Ten songs and three spoken word pieces recorded in a former East ...

Johnny Dowd: He’s About a Remover

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

"I’M REAL GOOD AT LOADING equipment. It’s funny ‘cos that’s always one thing that musicians gripe about, but it’s almost a relief for me after ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, October 1999

THE LURE had been the chance of a lengthy one-on-one with Paul McCartney discussing all his solo albums. "You could turn it into a book," ...

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1999

WITH AN additional six songs bulking out the 10 featured on the original vinyl album, this is the first version of the Stop Making Sense ...

The Deviants

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, October 1999

They couldn’t sing. They couldn’t play. They were winding up the hippy establishment a decade before punk. And 30 years ago they enjoyed their finest ...

Tom Jones: The Super Furry Animal

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

Welsh before it was fashionable, prefers a straight glass to a line, no stranger to ladies’ lingerie, possessed of legendary staying power... He is Tom ...

David Bowie: Having The Time Of His Life: David Bowie: 'hours…' (Virgin)

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, November 1999

His new album coincides with the umpteenth reissue of 17 studio albums from Space Oddity to Tin Machine, this time without extra tracks. (And no ...

Henry McCullough, John Fahey: John Fahey/Henry McCullough: Elmwood Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, MOJO, November 1999

McCullough set list: Medley: 'Irish Tune'/'House Of The Rising Sun' / 'Failed Christian' / 'Locked In' / 'All I Wanna Do' / 'Murder In My ...

Julian Cope: Head On/Reposessed

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, November 1999

RICHARD HELL once claimed that he first noticed the schism between himself and Tom Verlaine when they were on acid. Hell wanted to play the ...

Jimi Hendrix: Street Fighting: Jimi Hendrix

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, November 1999

Your starter for ten: what do Jimi Hendrix and George Orwell have in common? ...

Little Richard: 10 Questions for Little Richard

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 1999

The sultan of frutti on the Devil’s music, Pat Boone and the best hair pomade. ...

Little Milton: Welcome to Little Milton (Malaco)

Review and Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, December 1999

Legendary blues and soul artist steps out with younger talent on his 13th album for Malaco ...

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1999

AFICIONADOS OF clean, clever, honed American pop have had to make do with meagre rations of late. Thank God that 1999 has at least produced ...

Pete Townshend: The Lifehouse Chronicles

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, December 1999

Some day all music will be made this way. In 1970 it seemed so barking mad the band asked him to drop it. Now, Pete’s ...

Pink Floyd: The Story of The Wall

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1999

ON JUNE 16 THIS YEAR Rick Wright finally did what every therapist advises: confronted his Nemesis. "I think I'm the only one who's actually seen ...

AC/DC: Rock's oldest juvenile delinquents greet the 21st century

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 2000

AC/DC: Stiff Upper Lip (EMI Liberty) ...

Nick Drake: Exiled From Heaven

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, MOJO, January 2000

DURING THE ACADEMIC year of 1968-9, Cambridge University felt an alien influence from beyond its ancient facade of curtain walls and quiet quadrangles. Sober flag-stones ...

Steely Dan: Joined At The Hip

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 2000

IT'S BEEN 20 YEARS, A HIATUS ALMOST unheard of in rock. In the 1970s. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen – studio auteurs infused with the ...

The Isley Brothers, Isley Jasper Isley: The Isley Brothers: "We-e-e-e-e-e-elll!"

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 2000

Their cry was first heard in 1959. The Isley Brothers are about to enter their sixth decade of pop stardom. They inspired The Beatles, employed Hendrix, funked-up Neil Young and ...

Gene Vincent: Hell's Angel: Gene Vincent

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, February 2000

He looked for all the world like a man in the grip of some dark, wrenching religious experience. The contorted figure in the black leather ...

MC5: The MC5: The Big Bang (Rhino)

Review by Jon Savage, Dave DiMartino, MOJO, February 2000

First overall retrospective of seminal late ‘60s/early ‘70s rabble rousers: includes material from all stages of their career. ...

Alex Chilton, Big Star: Wayward Sons: The Ballad of Big Star

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2000

THE SUN is going down on Memphis, site of rock’n’roll’s immaculate conception and explosive birth. On a warm spring evening, the Mississippi’s purplish-brown waters are ...

Prince: An Interview with the Prince formerly known as The Artist

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 2000

First, a caveat. ...

Curtis Mayfield

Obituary by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, March 2000

With his high, pure tenor and songs of peace, love and empowerment, Curtis Mayfield was a soul revolutionary whose influence spanned four decades. Ben Edmonds ...

LA's Glam Revival And The Glitzy Return of Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, March 2000

Something strange is happening on the streets of Los Angeles. Glam-metal kids, 17 years out of date, are back walking the streets. Ambivalent Bowie-esque sexuality ...

Santana at The Tabernacle, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 2000

WHEN THE ENTRANCE to the gig is bathed in the harsh glare of high wattage floodlights like the Academy Awards walkway, and you have to ...

Broadcast: The Noise Made By People

Review and Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, April 2000

"PRAM WANNABES", "indie milksops", "poor man's Stereolab"... these are just some of the cruel insults heaped upon Broadcast's head when they first poked it above ...

Led Zeppelin: Getting it Together at Bron-yr-Aur: The Story of Led Zeppelin III

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2000

Who’s moving into Bron-yr-Aur? Why, it’s that Led Zeppelin, come to shake off their blues roots and get talked. Phil Sutcliffe on the Welsh sojourn ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple/EMI)

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, April 2000

Straight reissue of classic album, with digital remastering treatment. ...

Paul Weller: The Don: Paul Weller

Profile and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 2000

He’s been assailed by business bosses, punk rivals and ex-bandmates. Now, with a landmark fifth album in the can. Paul Weller shows Chris ...

Holy Toledo: The Hines Farm Blues Club

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, MOJO, May 2000

Midnight movers, Ohio players, Gypsy Angels and Atomic Pirates gathered at the Hines Farm juke joint. Paul Gorman pays a visit. ...

Bonnie Bramlett, Janis Joplin: Janis Joplin: Soul Sacrifice

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, MOJO, June 2000

She was no victim, but gave herself up to her music – and kept on giving. David Dalton hitches a ride with Janis Joplin, entertainer, ...

Jeff Buckley: Mystery White Boy (Columbia)

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, June 2000

Posthumous collection of live tracks culled from the singer's '95-'96 Mystery White Boy tour. Released in tandem with 1995 concert video filmed in Chicago. ...

James Carr: Lost Soul: James Carr

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2000

THE SETTING is not a promising one. It’s late on a muggy Friday night, a "blues" club on Bleecker Street, NYC, June of 1996. A ...

Prefab Sprout: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2000

A THIRD of the way through this rare Sprout outing to the capital, Paddy McAloon dedicates the lovely, little-known 'Dragons' to the spouse of his ...

Various Artists: The Immediate Single Collection

Essay by Rob Chapman, MOJO, June 2000

A 6-CD, 161-track box set of Oldham and Calder's '60s love-child. Billed as Happy To Be Part Of The Industry Of Human Happiness. ...

Bert Jansch, Davey Graham: Bert Jansch and Davey Graham

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, MOJO, July 2000

NOTE: This piece was adapted and expanded, with additional material, from Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch And The British Folk & Blues Revival (Bloomsbury). It is ...

Larry Williams

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, July 2000

ON JANUARY 7, 1980, THE BODY OF LARRY WILLIAMS WAS FOUND lying in a pool of blood on the garage floor of his Laurel Canyon ...

Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume 4

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 2000

Billed as Smith’s ‘secret’ volume, the line-up was intended as the fourth in this celebrated series but never made it to the starting gate. ...

Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory

Retrospective and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, August 2000

WHEN THE FIRST Ramones album appeared in London, during the spring of 1976, it changed everything: not only the tempo and the look of rock, ...

João Gilberto: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Bill DeMain, MOJO, August 2000

Set List: 'Doralice'/'Vivo Sohondo'/'Ecliose'/'Samba De Una Nota So'/'Samba Da Minha Terra'/'Voce Vai Ver'/'Bonita'/'Morena Boca De Ouro'/'A Felicidade'/'O Pato'/'Estate'/'Chega De Saudade'/'Um Abraco No Bonfa'/'Sem Compromisso'/'S'Wonderful'/'Wave'/'Triste'/'Eu Vim ...

Johnny Cash: Love/God/Murder

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 2000

Three themed, career-spanning compilations, selected and introduced by the Man In Black. Extra linernotes by June Carter (Love), U2's Bono (God) and Quentin Tarantino (Murder). ...

Scott Walker: Scott; Scott2; Scott3; Scott4; Boy Child (Fontana/Mercury)

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, August 2000

Scott’s first four post-Walker Brothers solo outings plus a revamped ‘best of’. Originally issued between 1967 and 1969. They got better but sold less and ...

The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page: Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes: Live At The Greek (SPV)

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 2000

Recorded live in October’99, a scorching blues-rock hit-packed double album like they used to make ‘em. ...

The Kinks: Hellfire Club

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 2000

Their innocent exterior concealed a story of murder, family feuds and skullduggery. But between the fights and disasters, the Kinks cut some of the finest ...

Victoria Williams: Water to Drink

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 2000

The helium-voiced singer's desert-recorded album, featuring Van Dyke Parks, Mark Olson, John Convertino (Giant Sand), DJ Bonebrake (X), Greg Leisz (k.d.lang), Danny Frankel (Marianne Faithfull) ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon: From the Quarrymen to the MBE

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 2000

"THAT WAS THE day," said John Lennon. "The day that I met Paul, that it started moving." ...

Cocteau Twins: The Cocteau Twins: We Are Not Amused

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 2000

"FUCKING HELL," says the tiny, tortured woman as she shakes her birdlike head. "I just wish I knew what the fucking hell happened. ’Cause everyone’s ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2000

WITH EACH new U2 album there has been a growing buzz of anticipation, a sense of event stoked by the way the band has stamped ...

Bob Dylan: September 2000 UK Tour

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, November 2000

"MY HEART'S in the Highlands, where the Aberdeen waters flow," sang Bob Dylan on 1997's gloriously gloomy Time Out Of Mind, "I'm gonna go there ...

Faust: The Wumme Years 1970-1973

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, November 2000

A 5-CD BOX SET comprising the band’s first two Polydor LPs, Faust and So Far, and two further compilations of rarely heard material, BBC Sessions ...

The Incredible Bongo Band: Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band

Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2000

THE AVUNCULAR 56-year-old American sat in a suite in London's Dorchester Hotel doesn't immediately strike you as a rock'n'roll type, but Michael Viner has quite ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: Life After The Capeman

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 2000

PAUL SIMON AND I are alone in a large, dim, empty room in a Manhattan rehearsal complex and he’s zippered up to his throat, ever-present ...

Paul Simon: Still Crazy?

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 2000

PAUL SIMON and I are alone in a large, dim, empty room in a Manhattan rehearsal complex and he’s zippered up to his throat, ever-present ...

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2000

Alt country wastrel goes it alone in the Apple. ...

Teenage Fanclub: Howdy! (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Nick Hornby, MOJO, November 2000

Sixth studio album from the Glaswegian sunshine pop band, latterly of Alan McGee’s now defunct Creation label. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Ten questions for Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2000

Mr John Osbourne on running the marathon, talking to horses, and "drinking the occasional beer". ...

The Band: Back To The Land

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, November 2000

Nestling beneath the forest-clad slopes of Overlook Mountain, a couple of hours drive north of New York City, the town of Woodstock has a sort ...

Various Artists: Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection 1960-2000 (Arhoolie)

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, November 2000

A 5-CD box set and photo-packed book celebrate a life committed to roots music. Subtitled The Journey of Chris Strachwitz. ...

AC/DC Celebrate Their Quarter Century

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 2000

They've got all the essential ingredients: sweat, noise, booze – and choking on vomit. As AC/DC celebrate their quarter century, Sylvie Simmons toasts a band ...

Deep Soul

Guide by Dave Godin, MOJO, December 2000

He’s helped turn on a new generation of fans to previously neglected soul stirrers. Now Dave Godin selects 20 of his favourite Deep Soul singers, ...

Emmylou Harris: Ghosts and Angels

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2000

The spectres of a war hero father and a doomed country troubador haunt her music. Emmylou Harris tells Phil Sutcliffe why she still hasn't found ...

Merle Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (Anti-Inc)

Review and Interview by Fred Dellar, MOJO, December 2000

A country music cornerstone tells it how it was. ...

Oasis: Familiar To Millions (Big Brother)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2000

Wembley Stadium, July 21, complete concert, two CDs, unvarnished, rather magnificent. Oasis’s "topsy-turvy-fuckin’-weird year" closes defiantly. ...

Prince Buster: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, December 2000

WHERE DO skinhead women go during the week? You see the blokes: driving white vans, doing unmentionable things to your u-bend or even practicing as ...

The Beatles: 1

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, December 2000

Does The Fabs' 'Best Of' Add Up? Packed 27-track single-disc summary of pop's best-loved repertoire, but no Please Please Me? Strawberry Fields Forever? Hello-o-o-o-o? ...

The Saints: Wild About You (Raven/Hot)

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, December 2000

First stellar collection of the Aussie garage punks’ late ‘70s triumphs: two CDs, 47 tracks, sleevenotes, unseen photos and discography. ...

Jimmy Scott, Ray Charles: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Jimmy Scott on Ray Charles And Betty Carter

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, 2001

I WAS IN the Lionel Hampton band in ’49. Betty joined months after me, we picked her up in Detroit. We never sang together, everybody ...

Macy Gray’s Flying Circus

Profile and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 2001

HARBOUR NO ILLUSIONS, stardom screws you up. Don’t get used to the luxury and attention, it could leave as quickly as it came. No matter ...

The Dictators: Go Girl Crazy

Review by Jeremy Gluck, MOJO, 2001

THESE OLD-SCHOOL rockers put punk on the musical map, opening the way, for better or worse, for two decades of divergent tunes and dissonant noise. ...

Nikki Giovanni: Whaddya Mean You've Never Heard Of… Nikki Giovanni?

Retrospective by James Maycock, MOJO, 2001

IN THE CRAZY, HEADY DAYS of the Black Power era, Nikki Giovanni was one of the few female voices to offset the rampant machismo of ...

Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Volume 3

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2001

"DEEP SOUL Records will be just what their name implies," the manifesto for Dave Godin's Deep Soul label declared when it launched in 1969. "Non-commercial ...

Serge Gainsbourg: A Rake's Progress

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 2001

IF YOU WALK into the Montparnasse cemetery, the first thing you see is the enormous stone double bed where Charles Pigeon – the inventor of ...

Derek & The Dominos: The Prince Of Love… Or How The Recording Of 'Layla', Clapton's Ode To Forbidden Love, Made Victims Of Derek And The Dominos

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, January 2001

IMAGINE THIS story: a world-famous guitarist decides to form a band where nobody is supposed to know it's him. While it's coming together, he falls ...

Gram Parsons: Another Side of This Life (Sundazed)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2001

Unheard mid-’60s folk recordings taped in Florida by Gram’s pal Jim Carlton. ...

Johnnie Taylor: Lifetime: A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues And Gospel 1956-1999

Review by Richard Williams, MOJO, February 2001

LIKE MANY soul singers, Johnnie Taylor was only as good as the songs he was given. But when those songs were good – and most ...

Television

Retrospective and Interview by Ira Robbins, MOJO, February 2001

TELEVISION ENDED PRETTY much as they'd begun, with a show at a small Manhattan club. It was July 29, 1978, on a night Television myth ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake & Palmer

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 2001

QUESTION: HOW DO EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER change A light bulb? A: They don't. Drummer Carl Palmer's personal karate instructor holds the bulb steady while ...

Gene Vincent, Jeff Beck: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Jeff Beck on Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (Capitol, 1957)

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 2001

"I FIRST HEARD IT sitting in an armchair in our living room. 1957. I was 12. My sister Annetta, who's four years older, had bought ...

Love: Forever Changes

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 2001

ONE OF the most persistent canards about the mid-'60 – propagated by baby boomer marketing and right-wing journalism – is that the hippies were hopelessly ...

Air: 10,000 Hz Legend (Source/Virgin)

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, April 2001

Self-proclaimed "grown-up" album from French duo who created 1998’s million-selling retro-pop classic, Moon Safari, and inspired many imitators. ...

The Staple Singers: I'll Take You There: The Everlasting Legacy of the Staple Singers

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, MOJO, April 2001

The drive from Memphis to Drew, Mississippi, is a treacherous one even today. Highway 61 will take you as far south as Clarksdale, before you ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Morrissey: LA Confidential

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, April 2001

It was a hot California afternoon. Our West Coast gumshoe, Jaan Uhekszki, heard the phone ring. Once again, she'd tracked down her man. He was ...

The Kinks: The Kinks BBC Sessions

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, April 2001

NO DOUBT it's their sheer longevity, but The Kinks remain curiously undervalued: often cited as a key neo-Mod/Britpop inspiration – as if that's anything to ...

Tim Buckley: Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, April 2001

FOR AN OVERVIEW of a career that began in seemingly humble singer/songwriter tradition, shot skyward in a surge of near-astonishing artistic ambition, then apparently fizzled ...

Brian Eno: "So Why Are We Doing This?"

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, May 2001

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT, observing Brian Eno's early career as furnisher of funny noises to the original Roxy Music, to predict that three decades ...

Joe Meek: Hearing A New World: The Joe Meek Story

Retrospective by John McCready, MOJO, May 2001

NOTE: This piece originally featured in Mojo magazine in a truncated 8,000 word edit. this is the full near-12,000 word original piece. This is such ...

John Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas: John Phillips: The Wolfking of LA

Obituary by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, May 2001

LIKE KEITH RICHARDS, WHOM HE often equalled in the extreme party stakes back in the blackout days of '70s rock excess, I always figured John ...

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2001

SOME YEARS ago I interviewed Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile for MOJO. A musician known for his restless lifestyle, I asked him if there ...

Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me? The Best Of Syd Barrett

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 2001

FIRST THINGS first. It's great. The long-lost 'Bob Dylan Blues', I mean. Lampooning the conformity of the folk-protest movement as much as it lampoons its ...

The Bee Gees: You Lookin' At Me?

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 2001

"WHAT IMAGE?" ASKS BARRY Gibb. "I haven't got an image." What he does have, though, is a guitar. It's a second-hand customised hollow-bodied Epiphone, bought ...

Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 2001

AFTER HIS EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF the '60s, there should have been no doubt about Bob Dylan's position in the rock firmament. After all, he had ...

Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead: Bob Dylan: Life Among The Dead

Comment by Richard Williams, MOJO, June 2001

I SUPPOSE you would have to say that 1987 was not a great year for Bob Dylan, or for Bob Dylan's fans. He played harmonica ...

Bob Dylan: The End Of Innocence

Retrospective by Jon Savage, MOJO, June 2001

WHAT AFFECTS you in your early teens goes very deep. By the time that you're 18, identity construction is already advanced, but at 11 you're ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Live!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, June 2001

ALONG WITH the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club and Prince at the Lyceum, these shows played in London by Bob Marley And The Wailers ...

Charley Patton: The Definitive Charley Patton

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 2001

THERE'S 'DEFINITIVE', and then there's definitive. This complete collection – 58 performances on three CDs – of the recorded works of Charley Patton certainly earns ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone: Hail, Hail To The King

Obituary by Ira Robbins, MOJO, June 2001

JOEY RAMONE WASN'T WHAT YOU'D CALL A PUNK. According to the movies, punks are snarling juvenile delinquents well versed in sucker-punches, concealed weapons and grievous ...

The Bee Gees: The Rogue Gene

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 2001

IT WAS EASTER 1965. THE STONES were at Number 1 in the UK with 'The Last Time', The Beatles and The Supremes were battling it ...

The Edgar Broughton Band: Out Demons Out

Review and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, June 2001

IT'S 1970. The EBB are playing their final number, a Fugs-derived exorcism, and the mutton-chopped guitarist invites the assembled ranks of hippies, grebos and suedeheads ...

Wings: Wingspan

Review by Mick Houghton, MOJO, June 2001

IT STRETCHES from his first solo recordings to 'No More Lonely Nights', off the ill-advised Give My Regards To Broad Street. An odd place to ...

Radiohead: Amnesiac

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 2001

THOUGH CONFUSING at least as many as it impressed at the time, seven months and several listens on, the litany of anguish that is Kid ...

Sparklehorse: Out Of The Woods

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, July 2001

BEHIND AN 1850s Virginia farmhouse sits Static King, the recording studio where Mark Linkous made the first two Sparklehorse albums. We are not looking at ...

Various: Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, July 2001

WITHIN THE rabid isolationism of the Bush regime, this is a remarkably generous statement: a monster collection aimed at the American market featuring aver a ...

Elvis Presley: Live In Las Vegas

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, August 2001

ELVIS PRESLEY wasn't always the Clown Prince of Las Vegas. Back in 1956, he secured a two-week booking at the Venus Room in the city's ...

John Lee Hooker: The Boogie Man

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, August 2001

JOHN LEE HOOKER DIED peacefully in his sleep on June 21, 2001, two months and one day short of what would have been his 84th ...

Lucinda Williams: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 2001

A HOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. PEOPLE IN CUT-OFFS AND STETSONS sprawl along the banks of the Cumberland River, sucking beers, fanning themselves with stiff paper fans ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Lucifer Rising

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, MOJO, August 2001

THE ENGLISH TUDOR MANSION AT 783 BELAIR ROAD HAD BEEN built for Jeanette MacDonald, the Hollywood screen actress who starred in all those '30s operettas ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Backroom Boys: Booker T & the MGs

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2001

IF EVER THERE WAS a piece of music that deserved the epithet "timeless", it’s Booker T. & the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’. The most basic of ...

Electric Light Orchestra: The Bullring Variations: ELO

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 2001

APRIL 20, 2001. The fat drops of rain falling on New York cannot dampen the anticipation that’s crackling along this usually quiet side-street. Here stand ...

The Temptations' Final Frontier

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, August 2001

MOTOWN KING BERRY GORDY was royally miffed. None of his subjects could come up with a hit for the act many considered the finest in ...

Chet Atkins: Mr Nashville

Obituary by Fred Dellar, MOJO, September 2001

HE WASN'T the most accomplished guitarist in country music. There were those in Nashville who could fashion half a dozen great licks in the time ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: Death On The Instalment Plan

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, MOJO, September 2001

JIM MORRISON LAY IN A BATHTUB FULL OF WATER drawn from the same mystic spring that fed Brian Jones's swimming pool. The flesh over his ...

The Doors: Dead Cat Bounce

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 2001

CITY OF LIGHT OR CITY AT NIGHT? It is 1968, maybe '69, and we are walking through the throngs of people crowding the Sunset Strip. ...

Bob Dylan: Love And Theft

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 2001

IT'S BEEN a long time since Bob Dylan released two consecutive albums of top-drawer original material – probably as far back as 1975's Blood On ...

Hope Sandoval, Mazzy Star: Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Bavarian Fruit Bread (Rough Trade)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 2001

Former Mazzy Star star buddies up with MBV drummer Colm O'Ciosoig for full-length follow-up to last year's EP At the Doorway Again. ...

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized: Spiritualized: Run Silent Run Deep

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, October 2001

Others lost their heads, but Spiritualized's Jason Pierce stuck to his vision. Keith Cameron unravels 10 years of hedonism, hard graft and betrayal. ...

T. Rex: T.Rex: Electric Warrior

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, October 2001

REMEMBER LITTLE Richard's immortal comment on the tragic trajectory of Elvis Presley? That wonderful epigram – "he got what he wanted, but he lost what ...

Earl Scruggs: Rich Pickings

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2001

Lightning banjo picker Earl Scruggs was there at the birth of bluegrass. Over half a century later he's back with a new album and a ...

Jefferson Airplane: Ignition

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, November 2001

THERE ARE winners and losers in the shifting sands of rock fashion and, much as it hurts to write it, Jefferson Airplane seem like losers. ...

Van Morrison: Nothin' But A Stranger In This World: Van Morrison and Astral Weeks

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 2001

THE FITFUL BRITISH SUMMER of 2001 is ending not with a whimper but a bang – a burst of Bank Holiday heat that's got everyone ...

Pink Floyd

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 2001

IT CAN ONLY HAVE BEEN WITH A certain sense of foreboding that Dave Gilmour officially joined Pink Floyd on the first day of January 1968. ...

Pulp: Ten Questions For Jarvis Cocker

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 2001

Jim Irvin grills the willowy Pulp frontman about Scott Walker, Ginster's pasties and encounters with the younger self ...

Charley Patton: Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues (Revenant)

Review by David Dalton, MOJO, December 2001

HIS PEERS weren’t exactly trying to flatter him when they called him a rascal, a drunkard, a clown, a squabbler, a glutton, and hustler of ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, December 2001

FOR A FEW SEASONS as the '60s turned into the '70s, Creedence Clearwater Revival were the biggest band in the world, with their incredible US ...

Pink Floyd: Echoes – The Best Of

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2001

GLOOMY BUGGERS, the Floyd. War, death, bitter childhood, alienation, indoctrination, madness, greed, vicious animal husbandry, imprisonment, old age and, inevitably, death. Hi ho, it's off ...

The Jackson 5

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, December 2001

AS ANYONE FAMILIAR with the Motown fairytale can tell you, it was Diana Ross who discovered Michael Jackson. She was performing at a 1968 fundraiser ...

Johnny Otis at 80

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, 2002

JOHNNY OTIS, the renaissance man of rhythm and blues, is somewhat ambivalent about entering his ninth decade. "I have two kinds of feelings," he concedes. ...

Mel Brown: Whaddya Mean You've Never Heard Of… Mel Brown?

Retrospective by James Maycock, MOJO, 2002

"WITH THE GUITAR outselling all other musical instruments today," declared a Down Beat editor confidently in 1967, "it's good to have Mel Brown around to ...

Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True/Blood & Chocolate/Brutal Youth

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2002

One more time: Elvis's rockest creations in 2CD editions, each with a bonus disc featuring material available on earlier reissues, plus previously unreleased demos. ...

Grateful Dead: The Golden Road (1965-1973)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, January 2002

Mammoth 12-CD overview of Haight-Ashbury's finest, featuring improved sound, thorough annotation, extra tracks and hidden bonuses. All together: "Shall we go, you and I, while ...

Ray Charles: The Definitive Ray Charles

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, January 2002

Forty-six tracks from 48 years – 40 of which are from the '50s and '60s, but them's the breaks – a definitive encapsulation of a ...

Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston: 'Rocket "88"' and the Birth of Rock & Roll

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, James Maycock, MOJO, February 2002

AND GOD SAID, Let There Be Rock'n'Roll... ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: The Legend of Smile

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, February 2002

"Smile is the name of the new Beach Boys album which will be released in January 1967, and with a happy album cover, the really ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2002

Brian Wilson and 10-piece band perform, from start to finish, the album that topped MOJO's 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time poll, plus career-encompassing opening ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison: George Harrison et al: Concert for Bangla Desh

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, March 2002

The first hi-profile multi-star benefit concert of the post-psychedelic era. Harrison, Dylan and Shankar strut their stuff alongside Clapton, Ringo and Leon Russell. ...

Smokey Robinson: 10 Questions for Smokey Robinson

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, April 2002

Bill DeMain speaks to Motown's legendary songwriter and singer about Billy Eckstine, Marvin Gaye, school plays and positive rap. ...

Lambchop: Off The Wall

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 2002

A year ago, Kurt Wagner was laying floors. Now his country-soul collective Lambchop have become Nashville's strangest success story ...

Bryan Ferry: Frantic

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2002

BEFORE WE go on, I'd like to apologise for the recent albums by Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney; just as a public service, because, Lord ...

Jerry Lee Lewis

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, May 2002

A PERFORMER who personifies rock'n'roll, Louisiana's Jerry Lee is 'The Killer' – the wildman of the piano and the provider of a zillion headlines. ...

Marianne Faithfull With Special Guests: Only Connect Festival, Barbican, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 2002

SHE SLINKS on wearing a black suit with impossibly tight trousers and smoking a cigarette. Four young men play 'Sex With Strangers' dry, cobwebby beat, ...

The Association: Just the Right Sound

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2002

IN DECEMBER 1999, the American performing rights company, BMI, published a survey of the most air-played songs of the 20th century. Top of the list ...

The Band: The Last Waltz

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 2002

SIXTEEN YEARS, man.....Five years backing the Hawk; two more backing Bob Dylan, for Chrissakes. And then almost a decade on their own, a Band with ...

The Stone Roses

Retrospective and Interview by John McCready, MOJO, May 2002

ON FRIDAY, JULY 10, 1987, the greatest rock'n'roll band of the decade are playing to no more than 30 people at Planet X, a dark ...

Tom Waits: Alice; Blood Money

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 2002

NOT A DOUBLE but two individual albums, released at the same time. Your choice. There's Alice, skewed and drowsy, with wonky percussion and soft, smudged, ...

Arthur Lee: 10 Questions for Arthur Lee

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 2002

On your recent US warm-up date you asked, "What did the monkey say after the pitbull bit off his tail?" ...

Curtis Mayfield and Superfly: No Exit

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, June 2002

"THESE GUYS WERE LIKE outlaws, the real cowboys," says Phillip Fenty of the street characters who inspired his screenplay of Superfly. ...

Leon Russell: Signature Songs

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 2002

UNPLUGGED IS one of Leon Russell's "least favourite terms in modern music". But unplugged, more or less, is what this is – recorded at the ...

Nina Simone: To Love Somebody/Here Comes The Sun/Emergency Ward/Black Gold/It Is Finished

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 2002

EUNICE WAYMON never intended to be a pop singer. Her ambition was to be the first great black female classical pianist. She took up playing ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1, 2, 3 & 4; Plays Live; Birdy; So; Passion; Snaking The Tree; Us

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2002

FINE BODY of life's work remastered and reissued in "contemporised" Japanese-style mini vinyl die-cut gatefold sleeves. ...

Solomon Burke: Go On Back To Him

Report by Don Waller, MOJO, June 2002

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! "What's that noise in my earphones?" soul giant Solomon Burke calls into the studio control roost from the vocal isolation booth. "That's ...

Stan Cornyn with Paul Scanlon: Exploding (Harper Entertainment)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2002

"THE REALLY important factor was that we were a younger company than Columbia," Warners insider Stan Cornyn said in 1993. "We weren't structured so tightly ...

The Monkees: Head

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, June 2002

"WHAT IS HEAD? HEAD IS THE most extraordinary adventure Western comedy love story mystery drama musical documentary ever filmed. And that's putting it mildly." ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: Biggie & Tupac: Fear Of A Black Messiah

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, July 2002

Nick Broomfield's new film may well have solved the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Angus Batey went to seek out the facts. ...

Bob Dylan: London Arena

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

THE PA IN THIS grim, dispiriting venue – outright winner of the industrial-estate self-storage-unit-impersonating-lkea-during-the-sales lookalike contest – has started, somewhat disconcertingly, to blare out 'Fanfare ...

Elvis Presley: Today Tomorrow & Forever

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, July 2002

LET'S BE honest: this, once again, is Elvis Presley '56-'77 squeezed into five exhilarating, and at times exasperating hours. There are two major differences this ...

Neil Young: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

DANGEROUS PLACE, Brixton. Neil Young figured he should alert the 4,300 fans who packed out his first night at the Academy that if he played ...

Robert Plant: Dreamland

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, July 2002

IT'S NOT a question much asked, but what if Messrs Page and Jones had managed to secure the services of their first choice, Terry Reid, ...

The Blasters: Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

2-CD set featuring The Blasters (1980), Non Fiction ('83), Hard Line ('85) a covers EP and seven unreleased extras. ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: We Mean You No Harm

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 2002

Inhabitants of planet Oklahoma, for 15 years The Flaming Lips happily explored the outer limits of symphonic psych. Then, with 1999's The Soft Bulletin, they ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: End Of The Rainbow

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 2002

The Lovin' Spoonful epitomised the euphoric, carefree spirit of the Summer of Love. But then came unwated adoration as The American Beatles., their very own ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Change Is Gonna Come

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 2002

BY 1966, IT LOOKED LIKE THE WAILING WAILERS WERE FINISHED ON the Jamaican music scene. They had recorded numerous hits, eventually challenging The Maytals as ...

Gene Clark: White Light

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, August 2002

"THERE WAS so much I was told that was not real," Gene Clark croons on the haunting 'With Tomorrow', "so many things I could not ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (WEA)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2002

BACK IN February 1999, Wayne Coyne wrote of the soon-to-be-released The Soft Bulletin that, "in a strange reversal of musical universes, the more indulgent and ...

The Skatalites

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, August 2002

ASK JAMAICA'S PRIME MINISTER ABOUT THE SKATALITES and he'll come over all misty-eyed. Never mind that, at the moment, PJ Patterson is running a country ...

The Stranglers: Come and Join the Unruly Escapades

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, August 2002

HANS WARMLING was fed up of life in the ice cream van. He'd come to England from his homeland of Sweden to play guitar and ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 2002

"BLOOD", "FIRE", "dust", "dark", "empty" – the same words keep recurring. Lights shutting out, black hole in the sun, buildings burning, that lonely desperation that ...

John's Children, Marc Bolan: John's Children

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, MOJO, September 2002

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT IN 1967 MANAGER SIMON Napier-Bell served Marc Bolan with an ultimatum: join The Yardbirds or John's Children. The very idea of ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Marc Bolan: The Jurassic Years

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 2002

IN DECEMBER 1967 The Observer devoted a large portion of its Sunday Colour Supplement to the London Underground. Complete with obligatory hip-speak glossary (an "A ...

Rick James: Anthology

Review and Interview by Andria Lisle, MOJO, September 2002

CATEGORISING RICK James isn't as easy as one might think. Sure, he's the bad boy of black pop, a groove-minded funkster with a nasty attitude, ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn: Twelve-string Driven Thing

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 2002

THE OPENING JINGLE-JANGLE 12-string Rickenbacker guitar line on The Byrds' 1965 classic, 'Mr Tambourine Man', ushered in a new era in popular music – the ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon And Garfunkel: Live From New York City, 1967

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, September 2002

NEITHER AS gritty as Dylan or as political as Ochs or Baez, Simon And Garfunkel's folk-rock style had a cool, preppy awareness and an alluring ...

Supergrass: Life On Other Planets (Parlophone)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, September 2002

After a three year pause, here’s their fourth album, produced by Tony Hoffer (Air, Beck) and largely recorded at Chris Difford’s Sussex studios. Released on ...

MC5: The MC5: The Battle Of New York

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, September 2002

AS THEIR FLIGHT FROM DETROIT TOUCHED DOWN AT NEW York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, December 26, 1968, the MC5 figured they had the future by ...

The Who: My Generation

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, September 2002

The first legitimate CD release of The Who's epoch-making debut album, plus 18 tracks cut with their producer, Shel Talmy, in 1965 and early 1966. ...

Blues Explosion

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, MOJO, October 2002

FOR MANY A PUNK CHANCER, CRED comes with claims of attending the Sex Pistols' brace of gigs at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in the ...

Jackson Browne: Late For The Sky

Retrospective by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, October 2002

SINGER-SONGWRITER Jackson Browne delved deep into his soul for his third album, Late For The Sky. ...

Peter Gabriel: Gods And Monkeys

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

Gabriel's long-awaited follow-up to '92's US. Musicians include Peter Green, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Daniel Lanois and Nusrat Fatch All Khan. ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Shattered

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

FEBRUARY 1977. KEITH RICHARDS, SLEEPING like a baby, is being carried around his hotel room in the arms of a Canadian Mountie. There are other ...

Ryan Adams: Demolition

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

BETWEEN HIS spare solo debut Heartbreaker and last year's swaggering Gold – the one where he sounded like he'd swallowed a jukebox of Stones, Who ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: 10 Questions for Debbie Harry

Interview by Edward Helmore, MOJO, November 2002

WHEN YOU FIRST came to New York in the late '60s you worked as a waitress at Max's Kansas City. An eye opener? ...

The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson: The Lonely Sea

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, November 2002

WITH TIME TO KILL BEFORE SOUNDCHECK ON A windy New York afternoon in 1971, the drummer of The Beach Boys had decided, on a whim, ...

Jackson Browne: The Naked Ride Home

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 2002

WHILE MOST of his coked-out Californian contemporaries were mapping every last detail of the geography of their navels, endlessly rhyming "illusion" with "confusion" for consumption ...

Jeff Beck, The White Stripes and friends: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, November 2002

THE SHORT version: Jeff Beck is still the champ. The long version: American humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote words to the effect that vegetables do ...

The Carter Family: Into The Valley

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2002

FIRST KILL YOUR HOG. SKIN IT, singe off the hairs and leave the hide to soften. Tug it over a round frame, whittle out a ...

The Beatles: The Death of Brian Epstein

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 2002

THERE'S A story, probably apocryphal, concerning John Lennon during his infamous 'lost weekend', the period in the mid-'70s when he split from Yoko and devoted ...

The Raspberries: Rebirth Of The Cool

Guide by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, November 2002

Who are they? The inspired combination of two of Cleveland's finest unsung rock bands of the late '60s – Cyrus Erie and The Choir – ...

The Rolling Stones: Forty Licks

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 2002

HERE'S AN album with something for everyone. For Virgin/EMI it's a shot at a Beatles 1-style blockbuster to prop up sagging third-quarter figures. For newbies ...

The Rolling Stones: Remasters Series

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 2002

IN A ROCK ERA where back catalogue is king, The Rolling Stones have hitherto been ill-served by their servants. Their one-time peers The Beatles have ...

Bob Dylan: Just Bend Your Mind A Little…

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 2002

BOB DYLAN WAS NOT THE FIRST SONGWRITER to write about – or under the influence of – drugs, though you could be forgiven for assuming ...

Elvis Costello Re-releases

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 2002

Elvis Costello And The Attractions: Armed Forces; Imperial BedroomElvis Costello: Mighty Like A Rose ...

Etta James: I'm Only Sleeping

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, MOJO, December 2002

"SOMETHING TOLD ME IT WAS OVER/When I saw you and here talking/Something deep down in my soul said, 'Cry, girl'/When I saw you and that ...

George Harrison: Brainwashed

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2002

SO, IT CAME to pass, George Harrison bookended his solo years with his two best albums. Brainwashed is a mature and often profound record, comprising ...

Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around (American Recordings)

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 2002

WEIGHTED DOWN by the difficult circumstances behind its recording – illness, hospitalisations, two bouts of pneumonia this past year alone, speculation that the increasingly fragile ...

Allman Brothers Band: Southern Men: The Long Tall Saga of the Allman Brothers Band

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2002

"THIS AIN’T NO fashion show," Duane Allman liked to say. "We came here to play." It was a mission statement that summed up what his ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: The Last DJ *****

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2002

BUSINESS AS usual for Petty is a decent business: good melodies, fat, ringing acoustics, his occasionally Dylanish delivery with those little lifts or drops at ...

Isaac Hayes: 10 Questions for Isaac Hayes

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, 2003

DO YOU remember your first week at Stax? ...

The Beatles: Get It Better: The Story of Let It Be… Naked

Report and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 2003

Is it getting back to 'Get Back'? Is it Let It Be exorcised of Spector? Is it the record it always should have been? ...

The Army’s Mystery Pop Artist

Report by Paul Gorman, MOJO, 2003

THE UNEARTHING IN central London of a series of stunning images of rock icons from the early ‘70s has sparked a search for a mystery ...

The Strokes: Room On Fire (Rough Trade)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 2003

SOON AFTER HEARING it for the first time, I decided that The Modern Age EP was perfect, a marvel of compressed energy, three thrilling songs, ...

Ray Charles: 10 Questions for Ray Charles

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, January 2003

Meeting Nat Cole, crafting genius songs on the spot and tips on sartorial cool. Bill DeMain gets the word from the emperor of soul. ...

Jeff Buckley: They Don't Even Know Me Yet

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, January 2003

In 1992 Jeff Buckley gave his first ever press interview. A decade later, MOJO unearths this incredible, little-seen document. ...

Johnny Cash: Outta My Way

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 2003

Thirty-five years ago, ex-felon Johnny Cash was invited to perform in two of America's toughest prisons – one of which he was no stranger to ...

New Order: Retro (London)

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, January 2003

4-CD stocking filler makes mischief with Mancunian pop visionaries' oft-compiled back catalogue. The 72-page booklet has band-written notes. ...

Nirvana

Retrospective by Keith Cameron, MOJO, January 2003

Nirvana's metamorphosis from callow punk geeks to the globe-stomping rock phenomenon of Nevermind took little more than a year. In between lay a chaotic tale ...

Deep Purple: On The Roundabout With Deep Purple

Retrospective and Interview by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, January 2003

DEEP PURPLE were on top of the world in June 1973. 'Smoke On The Water' was climbing the US charts. They were news wherever they ...

The Roots: Hip Hop Erudition And Wit

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, January 2003

"I'M ALIVE NOW!" BARKS AHMIR ?uestlove Thompson, drummer and de facto leader of Philadelphia hip hop band The Roots, and music press consumer of impeccable ...

Lou Reed: 10 Questions for Lou Reed

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, February 2003

The Dark Prince entertains Jaan Uhelszki with tales of rewriting Poe, not punching David Bowie and understanding the emotional history of the amplifier. ...

Arthur Lee: Vindicator

Retrospective by Mike Barnes, MOJO, February 2003

"I THINK Jimi Hendrix was the best guitar player all round and one of the best musicians, creators and innovators I ever heard in my ...

Denim, Felt: Felt/Denim: There Can Be Only One Lawrence — Meticulous Genius, Confounded.

Profile and Interview by Mick Houghton, MOJO, February 2003

IN 1986, WHEN Felt signed to Creation Records, stories quickly circulated about the oddness of the band's leader. ...

Kate Bush: Season Of The Witch

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2003

It's almost 25 years since 'Wuthering Heights' made Kate Bush into a star, and a decade since she quietly slipped from view. Phil Sutcliffe traces ...

Santana: In Search Of Space

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, February 2003

IN 2003 CARLOS SANTANA IS A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR ONCE AGAIN. BUT FOR OVER 20 YEARS, THE GUITARIST WAS CONDEMNED TO THE ARTIST’S WILDERNESS. DAVE DIMARTINO ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 2003

AS ICONIC gestures go, Arthur Lee raising a tambourine above his head, arms angled like he's cradling an invisible water pitcher, is up there with ...

The Be Good Tanyas: Be Good Tanyas: Chinatown

Review by Colin Irwin, MOJO, March 2003

Second album by the Canadian trio who seduced us with their disarmingly unassuming old-timey debut Blue Horse. ...

Can: Future Days

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 2003

IT SPEAKS volumes for Can's protean, constantly-changing sound that fans, indeed the band members themselves, rarely agree which is their best album. ...

Cat Power: You Are Free

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, March 2003

First new album of (mostly) self-penned material from Atlanta-raised Chan Marshall since 1998's Moon Pix. Features guest vocals from Bill Callahan and Eddie Vedder, plus ...

Evan Dando: Baby I’m Bored (Setanta)

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, March 2003

AS FRONTMAN OF the Lemonheads, Evan Dando displayed several striking talents: Writing deceptively plain songs that slipped beneath your skin and often concealed a profound ...

Goldfrapp: Black Cherry (Mute) ****

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, March 2003

Second album from sultry singer/musician Alison Goldfrapp and musical partner Will Gregory. ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Joe Strummer: Comrade, Goodbye

Memoir by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, March 2003

SOMETIME IN 1979, I WAS interviewing Joe Strummer for the NME in the Worlds End pub on the King's Road. As well as giving me ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Death of Randy Rhoads

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2003

"RANDY WAS my best friend," says Ozzy Osbourne. "He was also the greatest musician I have ever known. Back when we had no dough, we ...

Pink Floyd, Roger Waters: Roger Waters: Off The Wall

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 2003

To some, Roger Waters is the reactionary ogre who destroyed Pink Floyd. To many others, he's one of the few truly intelligent voices in rock ...

The Libertines: England Expects

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, March 2003

UNLESS YOU count the leaky ceiling, there is no running water in The Albion Rooms. A litre bottle of Evian has been decanted into the ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, Zal Yanovsky: Zal Yanovsky

Obituary by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 2003

ZAL YANOVSKY, to many the man who provided that special spark of magic in The Lovin' Spoonful, died of a heart attack on December 13 ...

Calexico

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, April 2003

PACKING UP his gear after a recent gig in Dublin, Calexico's Joey Burns was approached by a young couple. Would you play at our wedding? ...

Jack Bruce: Songs For A Tailor/Harmony Row

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, April 2003

SEVERAL BLUE moons ago us MOJO contributors were asked to provide the mag with a list of our 30 all-time favourite LPs. My only real ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Summer Of Haight

Retrospective and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, MOJO, April 2003

In January 1967, Jefferson Airplane were all set for take-off. But within months their dream was crumbling. Jeff Tamarkin on the destructive undercurrent to the ...

Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Wyclef Jean on Bob Dylan's Infidels

Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, April 2003

I FIRST HEARD Infidels when I was about 15 years old. My brother was away, me and him were in different schools. I was more ...

Townes Van Zandt: Wanderin' Star

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 2003

What do you do when you're really down? Listen to Townes Van Zandt Sylvie Simmons charts the artistic triumphs and personal disasters of sadness's most ...

Johnny Cash: Cash's Video Adieu

Report by Martin Aston, MOJO, May 2003

It's been on CNN and it made Bono and Rick Rubin cry. Johnny Cash's video for Hurt might be the most powerful music video ever ...

Phil Spector: Over The Wall!

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, MOJO, May 2003

Phil Spector, the most famous producer on the planet, is currently on bail after an actress was shot dead at his L.A. mansion. To a ...

Led Zeppelin: Been A Long Time: Led Zeppelin

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2003

EVEN NOW, after all these years of hairtree wannabes and idiot tribute bands, there's something so fierce and coruscating about Led Zeppelin in their prime ...

James Brown: Death Or Glory: James Brown In Vietnam

Retrospective by James Maycock, MOJO, July 2003

JUNE, 1968. Seven US Army lieutenant colonels - six Afro-Americans and one Caucasian - are collected from Tan Son Nhut, Saigon’s international airport, and ...

Bill Withers: Who Is He…( And What Is He To You)?

Profile and Interview by Don Waller, MOJO, August 2003

HE WAS 32 years old before he got his first record contract, with the Sussex label in 1970. He'd never played a live show. He ...

Bonnie Raitt: Last Night A Record Changed My Life - Bonnie Raitt on Blues At Newport - Recorded Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1964

Memoir by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2003

Tracks and artists: Mississippi John Hurt: Candy Man/Coffee Blues/Stagolee. Brownie McGhee: Long Gone/Key To The Highway. Rev. Gary Davis: Samson And Delilah/I Won't Be Back ...

Radiohead: Into The Light

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, MOJO, August 2003

Depression, dysfunction and near-dissolution – Radiohead have spent the last few years in the wilderness. In a series of astonishingly intimate interviews, Peter Paphides charts ...

Steely Dan: 10 Questions for Steely Dan

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 2003

Dave Di Martino talks to the venerable jazz-pop double act about sexual aids, Charlotte Rampling and perfectionism. Well, why not? ...

Beth Gibbons and Rustin’ Man: Out Of Season (Go Beat)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, September 2003

First ‘solo’ album from Portishead’s singer, in collaboration with Paul Webb, formerly of Talk Talk, with additional input from Portishead colleague, Adrian Utley ...

Elvis Presley: Sam Phillips: Rock'n'Roll Evangelist

Obituary by Andria Lisle, MOJO, September 2003

For Sam Phillips rock'n'roll was a religion And, boy, did he spread the gospel. ...

The Cramps: Basic Instinct

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, September 2003

For the last 30 years The Cramps have remained the wildest rock'n'roll double act on the planet, a potent cocktail of lewd rockabilly, primeval fuzz ...

Alice Cooper: Last Night A Record Changed My Life

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, October 2003

Back when he was dodging Phoenix rednecks as frontman of The Spiders, Alice Cooper's heart opened to a Broadway show soundtrack. ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: George Clinton: Motor Booty

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 2003

In 1963 George Clinton took a first step toward funk overlordship. He shut his East Coast barbershop and flew to Motown. Lloyd Bradley finds out ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, October 2003

They were America's biggest band. Live they outsold The Beatles. Then they sued their manager. Dave DiMartino charts the remarkable highs and ridiculous lows of ...

The Dixie Chicks: Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Interview by Andria Lisle, MOJO, October 2003

When they criticised President Bush's war, the Dixie Chicks went from being new country darlings to enemies of the state. Now they’re unlikely keepers of ...

Ryan Adams: Rock'n'Roll (Lost Highway) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, November 2003

Fourth solo album from erstwhile alt country poster-boy. Recorded in 13 days in New York with James Barber, aka Mr Courtney Love. ...

Fleetwood Mac: Take it to the Limit

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2003

"GOD KNOWS all our lives are unimaginable without each other," mutters Mick Fleetwood, glancing speculatively from one old friend to another. It's a line you ...

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson: Brothers In Arms

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, December 2003

IN THE LATE afternoon of 4th April, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot through the neck on the balcony of Memphis' Lorraine Motel. Pronounced ...

Scott Walker: It Don't Come Easy: Scott Walker’s Five Easy Pieces (Universal)

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, 2004

Idiosyncratic. Inspired. Perplexing. Well, how else would you want your multi-disc "Godlike Genius" retrospective served? ...

Lewis Taylor: The Lost Album

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 2004

SHORTLY AFTER HIS brilliant debut, Taylor declared his next album would be an even more ambitious blend of soul and West Coast pop, proper ...

Amy Winehouse: Frank (Island) ****

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, January 2004

Stunning, hilarious debut album from UK soul chanteuse. ...

Missy Elliott, Timbaland: Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test! (Elektra) ***/Timbaland & Magoo: Under Construction Part II (Unique Corp) ***

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, January 2004

Virginia's avant-garde hip hop twosome are still on the right track on their respective new LPs, but have they started to run out of steam? ...

Dolly Parton: Mother's Pride: Various: Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton ****

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 2004

A dozen brilliant women with a stirring reminder that the beloved boob flaunter and wacky wig wearer is a truly great songwriter. ...

Moondog: Ain't Nothin' But A Moondog

Retrospective by Fred Dellar, MOJO, March 2004

DURING APRIL, 1953, US DJ Sid Gross was in England attempting to arrange for a British band to visit the States in exchange for an ...

The Mars Volta

Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, March 2004

FORGET THE FIB your trusted history tomes have sold you: the evolution of rock music can't be charted as some clear linear progression, artist passing ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson at the Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, April 2004

THE UBERFANS WITH medicated stares, the reverent fans who applaud Van Dyke Parks to his seat, the Smile scholars who have flown in from another ...

Kanye West: The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, May 2004

Super-producer takes up the mike for his "solo" debut. ...

Mod: The Essential Albums

Guide by Paul Gorman, MOJO, May 2004

MOD'S FASTIDIOUS nature dictates that the path between purism and pedantry is oft-trod. Were the Birds arty r&b enthusiasts, more allied to the scruffy Stones ...

N*E*R*D: Fly Or Die (Virgin) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, May 2004

The Neptunes party like it's 1973 ...

Nirvana's 'You Know You're Right'

Retrospective by Gillian G. Gaar, MOJO, May 2004

ON SATURDAY, September 21, 2002, Nirvana's 'You Know You're Right' was leaked on the internet. ...

So Sue Him!: Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz: Howling At The Moon (Abacus) ***

Book Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2004

Subtitled "Confessions of a music mogul in an age of excess", the fearsome former figurehead of CBS's enjoyable schmuck-into-mensch saga. ...

Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose

Review by Andria Lisle, MOJO, June 2004

The Coal Miner's Daughter becomes a country music queen – with a little help from one of The White Stripes. ...

Morrissey: Who's The Daddy?

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, June 2004

After seven years away, Morrissey, the exiled don of indie misery, is back, with some old scores to settle. Keith Cameron meets the ex-Smiths frontman ...

The Shadows: Let's Go To Work

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Stanley, MOJO, June 2004

TONY MEEHAN, 15, is kicking his heels in Kilburn one late '50s afternoon when his friend Dave Rees suggests a trip to Soho. He may ...

The Smiths: No Time Like The First

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 2004

Britain in the early '80s: New Romantics, pencil 'taches and Phil Collins. Then came The Smiths. The tale of their first ever gigs by Johnny ...

The Alley Cats, The Bags, Black Flag, The Dickies, The Germs, The Go-Go's, The Nerves, The Plugz, The Screamers, The Weirdos, X: L.A. Punk: California Screamin'

Retrospective by Don Waller, MOJO, July 2004

Ignored by the major labels, hounded by cops, fuelled by booze and drugs, L.A. punk was born in a concrete basement in Hollywood known as ...

Métal Urbain: Vive Le Punk!

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, July 2004

Unearthed! The French punk bands that gave The Damned a run for their money. Kieron Tyler offers a belated "Salut!" ...

Razorlight: Up All Night (Vertigo) ***

Review by Martin Aston, MOJO, July 2004

Debut from NYC-fixated Anglo-Swedish guitarniks. ...

Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers: Wattstax

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, July 2004

THE BIGGEST soul concert ever was about to end in a riot. ...

The Jam, Paul Weller: Paul Weller: The MOJO Interview

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2004

KEITH ALTHAM PR’d The Jam in the late '70s. In his book of post-retirement open letters to former clients, No More Mr Nice Guy, he ...

The Roots: The Tipping Point (MCA) ***

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, August 2004

Philadelphia freedom: A sixth album of adventurous, organic hip hop from the city of brotherly love. By Stevie Chick ...

Buddy Holly: The Lost Boy

Retrospective by Greil Marcus, MOJO, October 2004

Buddy Holly was an ordinary Joe in the wild world of '50s rock'n'roll. But, says Greil Marcus, his magical songs and early, tragic death have ...

Johnny Cash's Concept Albums

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, October 2004

THEY WERE "CONCEPTS" all right, but that didn't make them the product of cool, analytical thinking. Back in the early '60s, Johnny Cash was wrestling ...

Dizzee Rascal: Lovable Rogue: Dizzee Rascal: Showtime (XL) *****

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, October 2004

Deft and ultimately devastating follow up to 2003's Mercury Prize-winning debut. ...

Mark Lanegan: Death Valley Blues

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, October 2004

MARK LANEGAN HAS JUST PUT THE unfiltered Camel to his lips when there's a knock at the door. It's his UK record company's PR. "I ...

Rick James: The Super Freak

Obituary by Andria Lisle, MOJO, October 2004

Rick James died on August 6, after last month's MOJO went to press. Andria Lisle pays belated tribute. ...

Tom Waits Speaks

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2004

"HE COMES IN for coffee sometimes. Reads some poetry. They told me he was a musician. Tom Wait. Never heard of Tom Wait." Little Amsterdam's ...

Dizzee Rascal, So Solid Crew, Wiley: London Calling

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 2004

Dizzee Rascal is the first artist to score two five-star MOJO reviews with successive albums. Yet Britain's freshest music star is only the most visible ...

Antony & the Johnsons: Antony & The Johnsons: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Gorman, MOJO, January 2005

The extraordinary NYC androgyne - whose in-concert performances make Lou Reed cry - receives a stiffer-lipped but no less rapturous London reception. ...

Donovan

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, January 2005

MID JULY 2004. In the dark-wooded, rich red subterranea of San Francisco's Cafe du Nord a song is building off little more than a two-chord ...

Betty Davis: She's Gotta Have It

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, February 2005

ONE EVENING during the high summer of 1967, the fragrant Miss Mabry left her Greenwich Village apartment situated in the S&M area of Bedford Street. ...

Manic Street Preachers: Out Demons Out!

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, February 2005

With The Holy Bible The Manic Street Preachers jettisoned situationist glamour for a defiant, post-punk nihilism that chartered the mental deterioration of their chief lyricist, ...

Bobby Darin: "And This Is Me"

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, March 2005

FROM '50S TEEN idol to '60s folk singer, Bobby Darin never stopped packing a handful of startling singing careers into 15 short, debauched years. Not ...

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (Straight, 1969)

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, MOJO, March 2005

A disciplinarian visionary and his inspired acolytes create genuine Outsider Art. ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: The First Punk: Johnny Thunders

Retrospective by Nina Antonia, MOJO, March 2005

FOR THE GENERATION of kids who became punks, the New York Dolls' appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in November 1973 was an epiphany. ...

Jan & Dean: Wipeout!

Retrospective by Bill Holdship, MOJO, April 2005

Mean, lean and handsome, '60s surf pop duo Jan & Dean could have been gibber than The Beach Boys but kidnappings, car-crashes and cocaine soon ...

Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Paphides, MOJO, May 2005

LONDON 1978. Flushed with the vindication that comes with two hit singles, Bob Geldof has decided its time for payback. ...

Kraftwerk: 'Kraftwerk Are The Catalyst'

Interview by Simon Witter, MOJO, September 2005

The band's art guru and oldest friend, EMIL SCHULT, gives a view from inside the Kraftwerk project. As told to Simon Witter. ...

Kraftwerk: Paranoid Android

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Witter, MOJO, September 2005

2009 NOTE: This is a 9000-word "Director's Cut" version of a 5000-word piece written for MOJO in September 2005. ...

Eric Clapton

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2005

IT OUGHT TO BE disconcerting that the toilet door is faulty and swings open of it's own accord catching MOJO in flagrante about to take ...

Neil Young: Prairie Wind (Reprise) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2005

FACT SHEET• Back to Nashville and without Crazy Horse.• Recorded either side of his recent health scare. • First album of a long-term contract renewal ...

Alice Cooper: American Excess

Interview by Mark Paytress, MOJO, December 2005

Leading a band of blood-thirsty long-haired crazies, Alice Cooper ruled '70s rock'n'roll, surviving hangings and electrocution, before booze, madness and global fame destroyed the beast. ...

Kate Bush: Aerial (EMI)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2005

TO SUM UP: Kate Bush is the greatest living British artist in song and this is her masterpiece. ...

Madonna: Stayin' Alive: Madonna: Confessions On A Dancefloor (Warner Bros) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, December 2005

Her Madgesty's career saving eleventh album proves it's never too late to get back into the groove ...

Devo: We're The Pits, or Punk Comes to LA

Retrospective by John Mendelsohn, MOJO, Spring 2005

THREE YEARS AFTER my group Christopher Milk -- signed to Warner Bros. and produced, rather poorly, by a famous English producer -- agreed that we'd ...

The Beatles: After Pepper

Essay by Jim Irvin, MOJO, Summer 2005

IT WAS APRIL 1967, the morning after The Beatles had completed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Zombies walked into Abbey Road Studios ...

The Equals: Hello/Goodbye

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, MOJO, 2006

The Equals were a groundbreaking multiracial pop group at a time of terrible racism. This is the story of how they came together in a ...

David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Pink Floyd, Robert Wyatt: David Gilmour: And This Is Me...

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2006

STRINGS SHIMMER, a bowed double-bass growls, a saxophone sighs. Heads bowed before the sound desk, David Gilmour and his two engineers listen. Again and again ...

Talk Talk

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, April 2006

IT WENT ALMOST unnoticed at the time, but in the midst of the big-haired pomp, regimented razzle and bloated clatter which characterised so much music ...

John Martyn

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, July 2006

THERE AREN'T too many singers who've been shot, stabbed, burst their pancreas, and had their right leg amputated at the knee. Fewer still whose career ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Syd Barrett

Obituary by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 2006

This is the full version of a piece that appeared in Mojo, September 2006 ...

Bob Dylan: The Comeback Kid

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 2006

Following Chronicles, the Martin Scorsese documentary and his satellite radio show Bob Dylan's stock in 2006 couldn't be higher. But it's been a long time ...

Jimi Hendrix

Retrospective by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2006

ON THE Friday night of September 23, 1966, former Animals bassist-turned-would-be-starmaker Chas Chandler, Animals road manager Terry McVay, and Jimmy (as he was then) Hendrix ...

The Saints: It Came From Down Under

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, November 2006

The Saints were punk before punk, four Australian rebels with a paint-peeling sound and the ultimate screw-you attitude. Kieron Tyler charts their short, sharp startling ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: The Projected Passion Revue (Mercury) ***

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2006

NOBODY CRIED in 1981. Public displays of emotion weren't fashionable. The times demanded detachment, cynicism, or utter peacockery. ...

The Beatles: Love (Apple)*****

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2006

WE'RE NOT unsympathetic to readers who complain of Beatles fatigue, but we reserve the right to counsel: "Deal with it", because for a large section ...

David Bowie: Bowie In America 1972/73

Retrospective by Ian Gittins, MOJO, January 2007

MORE THAN 30 years after the event, Ziggy Stardust remains one of the most inventive and flamboyant productions in rock history. Yet when Bowie took ...

David Bowie: Bowie in Berlin

Retrospective by Ian Gittins, MOJO, January 2007

BY THE END of recording Station To Station in Los Angeles in 1975, David Bowie was in meltdown. Strung-out, paranoid and at war with his ...

The Beatles, George Martin: George Martin

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2007

THE PENTHOUSE mixing room at the top of Abbey Road Studios. We await Sir George Martin, who is 30 minutes late. "This is most unlike ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: The Beach Boys: The Making of Pet Sounds

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, January 2007

BACKSTAGE AT UCLA's Royce Hall a joyous sound suddenly erupts from behind a closed door, which one assumes leads to Brian Wilson's dressing room judging ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Sound Of Sgt. Pepper

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2007

THE RECORD ALWAYS regarded as a harbinger of pop's future is full of old-fashioned sounds. These are, in order of appearance: a theatre orchestra tuning ...

Jamie T: Panic Prevention (Virgin) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2007

Further Cockney hip hop explorations in the spirit of Dury, Madness, Squeeze. ...

Psychedelic Album Artwork

Overview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, March 2007

"I SAW THIS face looking up at me out of the trashcan. It was a woman. It looked like a flamenco dancer staring at me. ...

Ahmet Ertegun: The Godfather

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, MOJO, April 2007

He founded Atlantic, the greatest "indie" record company ever, signed everyone from Ray Charles to The Rolling Stones, and did it all with a rare ...

Bright Eyes: That Vision Thing

Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, April 2007

As Bright Eyes he's spent half his 27 years as the boozy Dylan of disaffected youth. On the eve of a new album, Stevie Chick ...

The Electric Prunes: California Dreamin': The Electric Prunes: Too Much To Dream (Rhino) ***

Review and Interview by Mark Paytress, MOJO, April 2007

They trod an awkward career path, says Mark Paytress, but The Electric Prunes had moments of proto-psych wizardry. ...

Marc Bolan, David Bowie: Child of the Revolution: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan And The Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins) ****

Book Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, April 2007

A life in music, rich in chemical romances, bickering stars and some wonderful work, is recounted with great dignity, says Mark Paytress ...

Genesis: Help!

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2007

Stung by the exit of Peter Gabriel, slandered by punk and riven with insecurities, Genesis survived '70s prog to become the biggest band of the ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: Meet Ze Monster

Retrospective by Paul Trynka, MOJO, April 2007

How shy, preppy James Osterberg built himself an alter ego that would allow him to dominate, ingest and fornicate at will. And how, in turn, ...

The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood: Ronnie Wood

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2007

TO BE A Rolling Stone is a singular occupation. Last autumn, the phone rang at Ronnie Wood's Manhattan lodgings. Hello, it's Hillary Clinton. She said, ...

The Stooges: Return To The Fun House

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, April 2007

SCENES OF PRIMAL rock'n'roll hoopla are not the normal preserve of a Butlins holiday camp. Yet behind the stage of the Reds ballroom, next door ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly and the Family Stone: Bournemouth Opera House

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 2007

YOU'RE A LIFE-LONG fan of a band that fell apart long before you were old enough to see them play. Suddenly, you hear that the ...

Prince

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 2007

PRINCE JUST stood the music industry on its ear again. You can tell because they're saying he's gone barmy, just like they did when he ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Debbie Harry

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, MOJO, October 2007

DEBORAH HARRY'S road manager is a tall Californian called Machine. He has a moustache, a firm handshake, and is ineffably polite. "Deborah will be with ...

Suicide

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, November 2007

JULY 26, 1978: The Clash are on the third out of four nights at Camden's Music Machine during their chaotically-successful On Parole tour. Suicide, here ...

Led Zeppelin: John Paul Jones: The Quiet One

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 2007

IN THE WORLD'S loudest group, John Paul Jones was the Quiet One. He never seemed to speak, and though he grooved, it was pressed up ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Big Brother & The Holding Company in The Summer of Love

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

THE RELEASE of Big Brother And The Holding Company's self-titled debut album in the summer of 1967 should have been a highwater mark in both ...

Cream: Sunshine Supermen

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, MOJO, Summer 2007

IT'S PROBABLY heresy to say it aloud and there's several hundred Best Psychedelic Album In The World... Ever type compilations that can shoot the thought ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison Visits Haight-Ashbury In Summer 1967

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

UNCOMMON sightings were downright common in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love. But even in that colorful context, the visit of George Harrison to ...

Jimi Hendrix: Remade in Britain

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, MOJO, Summer 2007

DATELINE: LONDON, January 29, 1967. It was, if such archaic terminology could still be employed, the ultimate Battle of the Bands, trans-Atlantic style. ...

The Doors' Summer of Love

Retrospective by Martin Aston, MOJO, Summer 2007

ED SULLIVAN has an awful lot to answer for. It's a delicious irony that the stiff-necked, neo-conservative host of The Ed Sullivan Show, the country's ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, Summer 2007

WE ARE GETTING ahead of ourselves slightly, but we are in New York at the tail end of 1967, late December in the Village, in ...

The Human Be-In

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, MOJO, Summer 2007

ALL THROUGH the previous year, word filtered out of San Francisco about remarkable happenings and a strange new community of youths gathering around the city's ...

Traffic In The Summer Of Love

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, Summer 2007

RELEASED AT the tail end of the summer of love, 'A Hole In My Shoe' was hailed by NME as "an incredible disc which you ...

The Beatles: When Acid Reigned

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, Summer 2007

Hippies tripped, tabloids raged and police cheered as Engelbert Humperdinck's Jan '67 hit, 'Release Me' became the real theme tune for the Summer of Love. ...

Blondie

Retrospective by Kris Needs, MOJO, February 2008

SEPTEMBER 15, 1978, BIRMINGHAM. Blondie are on form tonight and they know it. Although the previous day's Manchester gig saw screaming adulation and post-gig mobbing, ...

Judy Garland, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, February 2008

Not many would have dared step into Judy's ruby slippers and revisit her most celebrated concert, but this man did. Jim Irvin prepares to weep ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, July 2008

JUNE 1982: The tall, dapper figure in the silver-grey zoot suit, two-tone shoes and white Panama hat stares at a TV screen in one of ...

The Police

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2008

SOUNDCHECK. Not long now; the comeback gig's only three hours away. But they don't look nervous. Even when their faces appear in enormous close-up on ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2008

NB This record wasn't made available to reviewers properly, due partly to Kanye still working on it at the time MOJO went to press. As ...

Brian Eno

Interview by Mike Barnes, MOJO, March 2009

He was Roxy Music's synth-basher and the architect of ambient. Now outside-the-box boffin Brian Eno is working with U2 and Coldplay. "Producing is the best paid form ...

Pete Seeger: The Voice Of America

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2009

WHEN PETE SEEGER, the man Bruce Springsteen calls "the father of American folk music", walks on stage at Madison Square Garden on May 3 for ...

Will Oldham

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2009

WILL OLDHAM could never make it as an Old Testament prophet. Despite the beard, the hair and the intensity, the atheism would always let him ...

Mott The Hoople: Teenage Riot!

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, May 2009

This is the complete, unedited version of the feature from Mojo, May 2009 ...

Billie Holiday: 'Strange Fruit' At 70

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2009

SEVENTY YEARS AGO this month Billie Holiday released 'Strange Fruit'; man's inhumanity to man made manifest in precisely three minutes, 12 scalding lines, inspired by ...

Depeche Mode

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2009

JUST 29 YEARS into Depeche Mode's evolution from hoppity-boppity three-minute wonders of Futurism to global phenomenon of electronic rock and here's sempiternal hit songwriter Martin ...

The Seeds: Real Gone: Sky Saxon

Obituary by Kirk Silsbee, MOJO, September 2009

SKY SAXON, the colorful lead singer and sometime bassist of the Seeds, one of the great Sunset Strip bands of the 1960s, died June 25 ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys: Tom Petty

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2009

This is the full, uncut version of the piece that appeared in Mojo, October 2009. ...

Norah Jones: The Fall

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

THE FALL IS A PRETTY comprehensive break-up album. Norah Jones has broken up with Lee Alexander, for eight years her boyfriend and double-bassist and, on ...

The Police, Stewart Copeland: Stewart Copeland

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

YOU'D THINK Stewart Copeland might have taken a break after the Police reunion tour — 158 gigs, 921,000 paying customers, $297 million gross. ...

Woody Guthrie

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

THE SMALL, GRIZZLED man in the check shirt indicated he'd like a cigarette. The small, curly-haired, young man sitting opposite handed him a Raleigh. The ...

Kevin Coyne: I Want My Crown - The Anthology 1973–1980

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2010

Four–disc appreciation of British singer–songwriterhood's best kept secret. ...

Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, February 2010

FOR MOST OF US, the prospect on paper of, quote, a "song exchange concept" between Peter Gabriel and a dozen other thinking-person's art-rockers old and ...

Mickey Newbury: An American Triology

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, March 2010

He was the hottest songwriter in town. But when he made his own records, the world wasn't ready for songs of utter despair accompanied by ...

Field Music

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2010

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE and everybody inside has their winter coats on too, even though 60 of us are crammed together in Sunderland's most bijou ...

Arthur Russell

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, May 2010

"I'VE GOT so much to do. All the music in the world," wrote Arthur Russell to a San Francisco friend after arriving in New York ...

Rufus Wainwright

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2010

"WE DON'T shy away from the fire, us McGarrigle-Wainwrights," Rufus Wainwright laughs. "We're made of stern stuff." ...

John Hiatt, Little Village: Hello Goodbye: John Hiatt and Little Village

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2010

WE CONVENED at Ry [Cooder]'s house in Santa Monica. Set up some amps in a ground-floor room which opened out on to his garden. ...

Bob Dylan: 'Bob Knew There'd Be Butting Of Heads'

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Simmons, MOJO, July 2010

HOW DYLAN'S FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL SINCE 1990 BECAME A WAR OF WILLS, AND AN ARTISTIC TRIUMPH. AS TOLD TO MICHAEL SIMMONS. ...

Bob Dylan: Izzy Young: The Man Who Made Bob Dylan

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, December 2010

NOVEMBER 4, 1962: Bob Dylan is invoking the time-honoured image of the out-of-town rambler lost on New York's convoluted subway system as he nervously attempts ...

Neil Young: Harvest Revisited

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2011

A GOLDEN RICH GUITAR PHRASE pulses out warmth and beauty and Neil Young keens "I want to live/I want to give/I've been a miner for ...

Derek & The Dominos: Derek and the Dominos: The Story of Layla

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2011

NOTE: This is a slightly modified version of the original MOJO piece. ...

Kate Bush: A Portrait Of The Artist

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, June 2011

Why is Kate Bush re-recording tracks from her most troubled records? Is there really a proper new album in the works? And will the James ...

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2011

SIGNIFICANTLY OR NOT, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's best known product/gift to the world, Transcendental Meditation, was trademarked — and "TM" is a TM too, along with ...

Giorgio Moroder: Ex Machina

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 2011

The Italian from Munich changed how records were made ...

Vintage Trouble

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2011

"THEY shake until they break bones, whack their bodies around," hollers slick-suit, sweat-soaked soul-rock frontman Ty Taylor, talking up the effect Vintage Trouble have on ...

Loudon Wainwright III: The MOJO Interview

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2011

"LOOK WHAT can happen!" grins Loudon Wainwright III, examining then-and-now portraits on the lid of his career-spanning box set, 40 Odd Years. In 1970 he's ...

Field Music: Work in Progress: Field Music

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2011

THE BREWIS BROTHERS have worked away all year on (the provisionally-titled) FM4 and they're done bar tricky bits like naming the songs, which they fret ...

Bert Jansch: On The Road So Long

Obituary by Colin Irwin, MOJO, December 2011

A virtuoso guitarist who knew no boundaries and inspired Jimmy Page and Neil Young, Bert Jansch died on October 5. Colin Irwin says farewell ...

Kate Bush: Catch Her Drift: Kate Bush: 50 Words For Snow (Fish People/EMI) ****

Review and Interview by Pete Paphides, MOJO, December 2011

Snow as a metaphor for the fragility of youth or a woman with "a thing" for snowmen? Kate Bush's second album of the year is ...

Todd Rundgren: The MOJO Interview: Todd Rundgren

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2012

TWO DAYS AFTER a throat-shredding three-night stand at London's Jazz Café, Todd Harry Rundgren seems relieved merely to be talking. Still sporting multi-coloured – black ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2012

AS CONCEPT ALBUMS go it was one of the more eccentric creations of the late 1960s. The mouthful of a title alone (Suite for Susan ...

Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2012

THE WESTERN WORLD'S in economic grief and the poor get the dirty end of the stick. Er, Bruce? ...

Johnny Cash: Out Of The Blue and Into The Black: Johnny Cash

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 2012

IT'S NOT EXACTLY boom-chicka-boom, but the twangy guitar part that kicks off Johnny Cash's 1971 album Man In Black is the same minimal single-string picking ...

The Beach Boys: Hang On To Your Egos: The Beach Boys at 50

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2012

NOTE: With a few minor differences, this was the piece that ran as a MOJO cover story in June 2012.* ...

Rufus Wainwright: The MOJO Interview

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2012

WHAT WAS ON Rufus Wainwright's mind while making his new album, the sparkly, pop-ish, Mark Ronson-produced Out Of The Game? Only this. ...

The Band, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm: Garth Hudson on Levon Helm

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

"THE FIRST TIME I saw Levon in action was in Woodstock, Ontario, about thirty-five miles from London, where I grew up. Ronnie and the Hawks ...

Bill Fay: Man In The Shed: Bill Fay: Life Is People (Dead Oceans) *****

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 2012

BILL FAY has been making music for at least 45 years. For many of them, his work as a professional musician — a single and ...

The Band, Levon Helm: Oh Brother Where Art Thou? The Night They Drove Ole Levon Down

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

IN THE BACKWOODS gang that was The Band, Levon Helm was the lean and wiry chancer with one eye on the ladies and a voice ...

Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons: Heartaches and Hangovers: Gram Parsons' GP

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 2013

IT IS A FINE irony of her long career as the Queen of Country Rock that, on the night when Gram Parsons stopped by to ...

Woody Guthrie: House of Earth ***

Book Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2013

America's greatest folkie turns out to be such a wonderfully weird "novelist" he needs inverted commas, says Phil Sutcliffe ...

The Eagles: History Of The Eagles: The Story Of An American Band ****

Film/DVD/TV Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2013

How did these guys ever write 'Peaceful Easy Feeling'? Candid, rarely self-serving rock doc reveals The Eagles, heart, soul, warts and all, says Phil Sutcliffe ...

Happy 100th Birthday, 'Danny Boy'

Comment by James Maycock, MOJO, November 2013

'Danny Boy', the song of loss and exile that became one of humanity's great anthems, is explored in a BBC Four television documentary, Danny Boy: ...

Another Day, Another Time: The Inside Llewyn Davis Concert Town Hall, New York City

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2013

IT'S LIKE A bunch of Midnight Cowboys (and Cowgirls) just stumbled into venerable old Town Hall from Times Square. Hats and braces and denim are ...

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