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

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

AT THE age of 21, she was the most sought-after writer in America, a one-woman hit factory, providing songs for everyone from Sinatra to Aretha. ...

Counting Crows

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 1997

A DUSTY, OCHRE ATLAS FROM THE THIRTIES. An old dictionary in two huge volumes complete with illustrations. A history of the Civil War in three ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace Of Sin/Burrito Deluxe

Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, June 1997

IN CONTRAST to the pure country of Gram Parsons' seminal early Seventies solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, his work with the Burritos at the ...

Iggy Pop: Iggy And The Stooges: Raw Power

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

LOOK OUT, honey, cos they're using technology. Or rather, remixer Iggy Pop is.  ...

Jimi Hendrix: Jim Hendrix: Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

Higher than the sun ...

Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, June 1997

PERHAPS Anthology holds the key. Not just the CDs and the videos, but the whole hullabaloo surrounding the project and the full-scale reassessment of The ...

Prefab Sprout: The Andromeda Strain

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

Andromeda heights ...

Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 1997

SPIRITUALIZED albums, like the Hale-Bopp comet, swoop in from the heavens at highly irregular intervals. Their opiated drones and over-reaching pretensions are usually greeted with ...

Supergrass: In It For The Money

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

The Three Tenners ...

The Associates, Billy Mackenzie: The Bizarre Life And Lonely Death Of Billy Mackenzie

Retrospective by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

TOP OF THE POPS, MARCH 3, 1982. A relatively unknown band from north of the border are about to do what David Bowie, Roxy Music ...

The Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake; The Small Faces & The Autumn Stone

Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, June 1997

CHECK OUT how many column inches The Small Faces warrant in rock encyclopaedias, compared to the space given to the likes of The Kinks or ...

The Who: The Who Sell Out

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

Tommy and Quodrophenia were louder and longer, but the psychedelic pop irony of this 1967 album remains Pete Townshend's masterpiece ...

Tricky: Rock City, Nottingham

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1997

THE END of the millennium is nigh! Most men will perish and the rest will get extremely stressed out and have to take lots of ...

Wilco: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1997

"WE SAW all those teenage girls outside and we assumed they were here for us. Hey, man, what gives?" ...

Yello: Pocket Universe

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

YELLO HAVE been into electronica since their inception in 1980, when only the most wilfully avant-garde dabbled in synthesisers for any purpose other than the ...

Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1997

AS OFT-used tags go, "The New Velvet Underground" is so wide-ranging, it's almost become a genre in itself. Got a penchant for dark clobber and ...

Beck: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, July 1997

HOWDY. America is always new. The world is always new. Go ask Beck. If you can catch him! ...

Dwight Twilley: XXI

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

OH, THE injustice. Had the release of Dwight Twilley's brilliant power pop debut not been delayed by a year, it would have beaten the first ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, July 1997

Echo & The Bunnymen: honesty and openness ...

Geneva: Further

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

GENEVA ARE not puddings. I approve of this. So many chap-bands today (Tuesday) are puddings. Big, soggy, lumpy puddings just sitting there, wobbling every now ...

Tupac Shakur: Hour Of The Gun: The Wasted Life And Brutal Death Of Tupac Shakur

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1997

EVEN BY THE BRUTAL STANDARDS OF thug life, his was a particularly merciless encounter. It took less than two minutes for Mike Tyson to pummel ...

Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi: Destination Anywhere

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, July 1997

THE ONLY living American to get the hang of TFI Friday. The hardest-working man in, oh, several industries. The pin-up pop star who dared to ...

Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

"This sorrow is so deep that I really can't help myself. Somehow I think she knew that we loved her as if she was our ...

Lewis Taylor: Sweet Insanity

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

"I'M FASCINATED WITH THE IDEA OF ART born of a disintegrated mind," says Lewis Taylor, all coal-black curls and kohl-kissed eyes, crouched in the semi-darkness ...

Mansun: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

THE FOUR million music journalists present at Mansun's big "triumphant" London show, tongues loosened by EMI's beer, tell me repeatedly that it's not OK for ...

Mark Eitzel, R.E.M.: Mark Eitzel and Peter Buck

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

'People liked it when I was drunk and fell over onstage all the time. That was very popular in Europe for a while' ...

Michael Jackson: Blood On The Dance Floor

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

HISTORY IS written by the victors. Or, in our times, is remixed by the fashionable. ...

Monaco: Music For Pleasure

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1997

IN THE absence of any definite New Order activity for the foreseeable future, Peter Hook's latest project shamelessly recreates his pop past without even bothering ...

Prefab Sprout

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

Absolutely Prefabulous: Far from the sonic mainstream with Paddy McAloon ...

Radiohead: OK Computer

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, July 1997

HELLO. It seems that I am meant to give Radiohead's new album – their "other" album, their brainwashed nerve-scathed translunar completely assumed third masterpiece where ...

Spirit: The Mercury Years

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

California Dreaming ...

Supergrass: Live review

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, July 1997

GAZ COOMBES inadvertently summed the whole thing up himself earlier this year. Speaking of his newly-shedded hair, the Supergrass singer professed his absolute astonishment at ...

The Jayhawks: Sound Of Lies

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

IF, LIKE me, you thought The Jayhawks were just another bunch of New Country journeymen, then prepare to have your mind radically, brutally altered. ...

Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1997

THEY LIVE in a house, a very big house, in the country. But considering that much of their energy, vision and ground-breaking ferocity derives from ...

Brian Eno: The Drop

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1997

WHERE MOST folk in this business work on instinct, rarely pondering how to maximise their talent, supposing they have any, Eno is one of a ...

Bruce Springsteen: Le Palais des Congres, Paris

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

BRUCE IS telling a story (and I am scribbling furiously). "This is a song about men and women. I didn't write about men and women ...

Can: Automation For The People

Guide by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1997

A DEEP DISTANT DETONATION ECHOED by an aftershock and a seething high-frequency fallout of fire and rain. Out of this drizzle rises a robotic one-bar ...

Cheap Trick: Cheap Trick

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 1997

Cheap Trick: meta-metal power pop ...

Cheap Trick: Light of the Trick

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 1997

 The return of the pioneering power-pop band. ...

David Bowie: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

HE LOOKS spectacular; anyone who's told you different is jealous, insecure, myopic. Yet he wants us to love his new music, and it's hard to ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen: Manhattan Chancer

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, August 1997

IT'S A HOT AND sticky sunday afternoon in the Little Italy district of Manhattan, and every street corner resembles an expanded version of the wedding ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Various Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

A LOT of claims are being made for Yoko Ono. That those first albums she made with Lennon in the late Sixties weren't the random ...

John Lydon: Psycho's Path

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

THIS IS Lydon's first solo album, recorded before and after the calamitous reunion of The Sex Pistols. You'd have thought his cup of derision would ...

Augustus Pablo, Junior Delgardo, Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Lee Scratch Perry: Arkology, Volumes 1-3; Augustus Pablo and Junior Delgardo CDs

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

Junior Delgado: Dance A Dub (Big Cat); Augustus Pablo: Augustus Pablo Presents DJs From 70s-80s (Big Cat) ...

The Go-Betweens: The Fleadh, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 1997

SOME BANDS just seem to outgrow their natural life through sheer influence. Something profound dictates that as their reputation accumulates people remember them as a ...

The Prodigy: The Fat Of The Land

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, August 1997

CHRIST ALMIGHTY. It moves vertically through salted pressures with a head that can see sideways. It is red in tooth and claw. It swoons and ...

Tindersticks: Curtain Raiser

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

OH, AND ONCE AGAIN TINDERSTICKS have made the grandest, greatest record on earth. You hear it and the love pours out of you. It's really ...

Baby Bird: Happy Sad

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 1997

Baby Bird's Stephen Jones talks to David Stubbs about life after 'You're Gorgeous' ...

Dr. John: The Forum, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 1997

Dr John: organic groover ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

NO ONE levitates tonight. Nor are there any Sphinxes. And the sequinned Egyptological-spaceman costumes are conspicuous by their absence. But we do get 12 instrumentalists ...

Edwyn Collins: I'm Not Following You

Review by Everett True, Uncut, September 1997

WHAT IS it they say? "The first million is the hardest." If that's the case, then Edwyn Collins – quiffed-up maverick, sometime lush, inspiration for ...

Kate Bush: Hounds Of Love

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1997

NOTHING COULD be more wrong than to align the wanton, inspired Bush with boring English rock "aristocrats" such as Sting, Collins and Clapton. There's a ...

Michael Jackson: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

THE MOST FAMOUS performer on Earth has just been introduced, as per protocol, as "the King Of Pop", by the Chief Barker of the Variety ...

Oasis: Be Here Now

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

YOU'D THINK Oasis were at war. The sense of urgency is palpable. Be Here Now. It's all in the video to the single: Oasis, the ...

Pet Shop Boys: Savoy Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, September 1997

Neil Tennant: vaudevillian existentialist? ...

The Blue Nile: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1997

THE NEAREST thing music has to Venice is the embodiment of melancholy in this aptly baroque setting. The melancholy, in all its lush romantic self-indulgence, ...

Todd Rundgren: Up Against It!

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

Todd Only Knows ...

Brian Eno: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk: Brian Eno

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 1997

...on Russia, Roxy and tennis players' bottoms ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, November 1997

The Beach Boys: tampering with the impact of time ...

Billy Mackenzie: Billy MacKenzie: Beyond The Sun

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, November 1997

BEYOND THE Sun is a fitting tribute to Billy Mackenzie, who committed suicide this year, although it was nearly a completely different album. This posthumous ...

Björk: Bjork: Homogenic (One Little Indian)

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1997

HUMAN BEHAVIOUR being what it is, I've already heard half a dozen journalists declaring this, Bjork's third solo album, to be no great shakes. I'm ...

Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1997

THIS TIME, it's raining the spectrum of starfish and streaming with tiger snakes. The last Jacksoness album, 93's janet, was a slink-fest of extraordinary ambition ...

Oasis: Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Live Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, November 1997

CERTAIN elements of the tabloid press can't be too happy. Whispers around the Street of Shame suggested that some hacks were being despatched to Devon ...

The Pixies: Death To The Pixies

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1997

The Pixies: grievous, greedy and groundbreaking ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd in Heaven

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, November 1997

Todd Rundgren, interactive pioneer and, For 25 years, the mad uncle of electronic pop, talks to Paul Lester ...

The Zombies: Zombies: Zombie Heaven (Big Beat/Ace)

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 1997

WHAT'S POP magic? A certain quality of feeling; quelque chose de je ne sais quoi; a little bit of soul. To be prosaic: something indefinably ...

The Zombies: Zombies: Baroque'N'Roll Music

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, November 1997

Zombie Heaven claims to include 99.5 per cent of everything you ever recorded. There must be a few unheard demos that slipped through the net. ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Kinks: The Singles Collection/Waterloo Sunset — The Songs Of Ray Davies

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, December 1997

It's a shame about Ray: Classic chartbreakers and their creator's solo furrow ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: His Satanic Majesty Repents

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

JOHN "OZZY" OSBOURNE, FORMER HELL raiser, outrageous roister-doister, Dark Lord of Metal and rough diamond geezer extraordinaire has sung much about death, visited it summarily ...

Robert Wyatt

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

ROBERT WYATT'S career has meandered long and strange, like an underground driver. He's played alongside Hendrix, Mike Oldfield and Phil Manzanera, as well as avant-garde ...

Sparks: Plagiarism

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 1997

Dynamic duo revamp their quirky oevre with wit and irony ...

The Doors: Box Set

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, December 1997

History of the LA group ...

The Slits: Cut

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 1997

I remember very clearly the first time I heard Cut – it was the summer of '79, I was staying at my aunt's in the ...

Billy Joel

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, January 1998

BILLY JOEL on his heavy metal past, the music biz, covers, his heroes and getting free tickets for the Superbowl... ...

Hall & Oates: Marigold Sky

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, January 1998

The rock'n'soul duo return with their first album for seven years ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon: So This Is Christmas…

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Uncut, January 1998

UP ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF THE St Regis Hotel in New York City, John Lennon is learning to type. P...I...M...P, he types. I AM ...

Joy Division: Heart & Soul

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 1998

JOY DIVISION were the last British band who mattered, for whom something was truly the matter. Forget Oasis' last-gasp efforts to bring the rock community ...

Ray Davies

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, January 1998

How do you feel about this so-called line of classic quintessentially English songwriters starting with you, continuing with Paul Weller and ending with Damon Albarn? ...

Roger McGuinn: Born To Rock And Roll

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, January 1998

The former Byrd's mid-Seventies solo years ...

Tanya Donnelly

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 1998

IS THIS the best job you've ever had?"Oh yeah, definitely. It's still a pain in the ass sometimes, but by and large it's the most ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono on John Lennon

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, January 1998

AND SO THIS is Christmas. Well, nearly. The stores in Manhattan are already sparkling with trees and tinsel, and here in Central Park, the traditionally ...

ABC: Beauty Stab

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, February 1998

The Lexicon Of Loathe: ABC's flawed second LP, reissued with one extra track ...

The High Llamas: High Llamas: Cold And Bouncy

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, February 1998

SEAN O'HAGAN of, first, Microdisney, and now The High Llamas, has been one of our finest melodicists for 15 years. Along with Paddy McAloon of ...

Ian Brown: Unfinished Monkey Business

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 1998

Urbane Gorilla: The Stone Rose, back from the dead ...

Isaac Hayes: Spread The Word

Retrospective by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 1998

AN INSURANCE salesman, David Porter, visited a Memphis meat-packing factory in 1965. He tried to sell a policy to one of the meat-packers, a big ...

The Associates: The Affectionate Punch

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 1998

THIS is impossible music. It's impossible to mimic its myriad uniqueness, impossible to place in pop time, impossible to imagine how such music could ever ...

Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who: Monterey International Pop Festival

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

Four-CD box set of the 1967 Summer Of Love festival ...

Bob Dylan: Time Again

Essay by Paul Williams, Uncut, March 1998

"Oh honey, even after all these years, you're still the one!" – Bob Dylan, 'Can't Wait', December 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 1997, El ...

Altered Images: Clare Grogan

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, March 1998

Clare Grogan "arrived" in 1980, with Gregory's Girl and Altered Images – the group had a series of hit singles ('Happy Birthday', 'Don't Talk To ...

Godley & Creme: Godley And Creme: Consequences (Mercury)

Retrospective and Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, March 1998

KEVIN Godley and Lol Creme were the edgier, brighter half of the astoundingly fertile smart-pop quartet that was 10cc, 1973-1976. They were film-obsessed hipster pasticheurs, ...

The Nazz: Nazz: From Philadelphia

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, March 1998

Odds'n'sods collection from Todd Rundgren's power poppers ...

Nick Heyward: The Apple Bed

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, March 1998

Core, fruits you, Sir! Heyward's sixth post-Haircut 100 LP, and his debut for Alan McGee ...

Nick Lowe: Dig My Mood

Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, March 1998

The Godfather of pub rock returns with his best collection yet ...

The Pixies: Pixies Reissues

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, March 1998

Come On PilgrimSurferrosaBossanovaTrompelemonde Boston scree party: incredible back catalogue from the precursors of grunge ...

Sagittarius, The Millennium: Sagittarius: Present Tense; The Millennium: Begin

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

TO GET THE full scope of these groundbreaking recordings, released within weeks of each other in the summer of '68, it's vital to know that ...

Chris Rea: The Blue Café

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, April 1998

SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL movies (La Passione) and life threatening illnesses (collapsed colon and peritonitis) out of the way, Chris Rea is back making music like nothing has ...

David Bowie: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 1998

Bowie: the good, the bad and the ugly ...

Flaming Lips: Zaireeka

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, April 1998

Four-CD set from Oklahoma experimentalists, requiring four stereos for playback ...

Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow/Crown Of Creation/Volunteers

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 1998

"COUNTRY blues at deafening volume," was the verdict of one English pop star on Californian acid-rock in 1967, a view then widely held among his ...

Madonna: Ray Of Light

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 1998

La Ciccone's latest embarks on a course of 'techno' therapy ...

Nick Lowe: The Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, April 1998

Following rave reviews for his new LP, NICK LOWE last month played his first London show for three years, at Camden's Jazz Café ...

Simple Minds: Neapolis

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 1998

Return to electronic form for the New Gold Dreamers ...

The Delfonics: La-La Means I Love You – The Definitive Collection

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 1998

THOUGH THE Delfonics are now seen as archetypal icons of '70s kitsch, they recorded their best stuff, including their three big hits, before the '60s ...

The Waterboys' Mike Scott

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 1998

MIKE SCOTT, singer/songwriter and former leader of The Waterboys, gushes over his formative influences, from Gaelic roots to gospel, from Van Morrison to Dylan ...

Tom Waits: Bourbon, Bullets And Blues

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 1998

Gavin Martin heads downtown on the trail of Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones ...

Tortoise: TNT

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 1998

Test card music for the Gods. Band at vanguard of American 'post-rock' developments ...

Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Noel Coward, Paul McCartney, Suede: Twentieth Century Blues: The Songs Of Noel Coward

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 1998

PAN-GENERATIONAL tribute to The Other Noel, benefiting International AIDS-prevention projects ...

Bernard Butler: People Move On

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, May 1998

Ex-Suede/McAlmont & Butler guitarist's solo debut ...

The Beatles, George Martin: George Martin: In My Life

Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, May 1998

The "fifth Beatle" signs off with a little help from his friends ...

Suicide: Darkness Visible

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 1998

Before the Chemical Brothers, before Ministry, before even Soft Cell, there was SUICIDE, the original electro-duo. DAVID STUBBS meets the synth-terrorists whose noise still provokes ...

The Bay City Rollers

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Uncut, May 1998

Ahh, those much-mimicked hedgehogian coxcombs; those calf-chafing, tartan-trimmed trews with half a yard of surplus flapping flare to spare; those cheery, cheeky chipmunk grins and ...

Van Morrison: Van The Man: 1979-88

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 1998

Van arm-chair heaven ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Rustic Grunge

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, May 1998

LOG CABINS. Big coats. A stroppy Tindersticks undercut with ghostly suspense. Damp, misty woodland. Autumn. These are the things Flying Low, the second album by ...

David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds: Dancing in the Street

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, June 1998

THE ROCK'N'ROLL documentary is in fine shape in the Nineties, thanks mainly to the BBC. Second series of both Rock Family Trees and Classic Albums ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brain Wilson: Endless Bummer

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1998

"HI, I'M BRIAN WILSON." You do not expect this. You do not expect the head of America's most important ever rock band to have to ...

Garbage: Version 2.0

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1998

THERE ARE surprisingly few bands like Garbage, bands operating in that shadowy, uncertain zone between the flesh of rock and the metal of techno. They're ...

Gomez: Grim North Meets Crazy South

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1998

THE INITIAL sensation sits somewhere between inspecting the tonsils of a vast, mythical reptile from The Land That Time Forgot and stepping around the mouth ...

Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon: Julian Lennon: Photograph Smile; Sean Lennon: Into The Sun

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, June 1998

IT'S HARD ENOUGH for musicians to get out from under the shadows of the giants, but if your father was one of the most loved, ...

The Kinks: Kinks: Pye Label Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 1998

Ray Davies and Co's first five LPs ...

The High Llamas: Hump Up The Volume

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1998

"THERE ARE TWO STRANDS OF HEROIN rock consciousness," says Sean O'Hagan, the man who Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, with mock reverence, has called ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Welcome to the Resurrection

Interview by David Dalton, Uncut, June 1998

The most fearsomely iconoclastic anti-rock band since The Sex Pistols are back with a blistering new album. Stephen Dalton meets THE JESUS ANF MARY CHAIN ...

Tori Amos: From The Choirgirl Hotel (East West)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, June 1998

Fourth album from singer/songwriter with a fan base of two million. ...

Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 1998

HEROES DON'T last long these days. Partly because the scene is shallow and restless; partly because cynicism is always muttering, "Why do we need heroes ...

Van Morrison: The Philosopher's Stone

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 1998

AS HE'S an artist soaked in mystique, renowned for a hard-headed approach to both his work and the business around it, expectations for this, Van ...

Courtney Love, Nirvana: Kurt and Courtney: Love Will Tear It Apart

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

"I'M INTERESTED IN forbidden stories," says Nick Broomfield of his latest project, Kurt And Courtney, his drawling English vowels tanned with West Coast inflexions from ...

Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain: Kurt and Courtney; dir Nick Broomfield

Film/DVD Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Starring Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love Directed by Nick Broomfield Opens July 3, Cert tbc, 99 mins ...

Wild Style: Hip Hop Don't Stop

Retrospective by Neil Kulkarni, Uncut, July 1998

Re-released this month after 15 years, WILD STYLE isregarded as the seminal rap movie. Director Charlie Ahearn puts needle to the groove with Neil Kulkarni ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Voodoo Lounge

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

MAC REBENNACK, IS SLUMPED ON A chaise longue in an elegant London hotel suite, the ubiquitous walking cane by his side, a straw Homburg tilted ...

Dusty Springfield Re-releases

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, July 1998

Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty/Where Am I Going/Songbooks Three more re-releases from the undisputed Queen of UK pop-soul ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen: Ian McCulloch's Favourite Things

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, July 1998

ABBA"I REALLY DO think they're great. 'The Winner Takes It All' is so sad – the video's fantastic, Agnetha's blue eyeliner runnln' – and it ...

Embrace: The Good Will Out

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1998

Belated, soul-stirring debut from justifiably hyped Yorkshiremen ...

Frank Sinatra 1915-1998

Obituary by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

IN A SENSE, Frank Sinatra represented a lie. Much as beneath Bing Crosby's ambling, indolent persona lay a pointedly less easy-going character, Sinatra was actually ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Julian Palacios: Lost In The Woods

Book Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

POSSIBLY THE most quixotically gifted musician of his generation, Roger Syd Barrett – son of the Cambridge flatlands and short-lived London underground starchild – is ...

Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Sony/Columbia)

Review by Chris Ingham, Uncut, July 1998

6 CD set of innovative, hugely influential jazz group covering ESP, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Water Babies, Miles In The Sky and Filles De Kilimanjaro ...

Neal Casal: Out-duding the early James Taylor

Profile and Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, July 1998

NEALCASAL grins craftily — he's been careful to bring his electric guitar to Uncut's photo session and not his acoustic. "No Nick Drake shots today. ...

Public Enemy: He Got Game

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Slam funkers: sixth release from rap collective once called "the greatest rock'n'roll band on the planet". ...

Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom/Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Overdue CD reissue of Seventies English avant-rock classics ...

Steve Miller Band: The Joker's later work revisited

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

BY THE time of his 1976 UK chart breakthrough, Fly like An Eagle, Steve Miller's many attributes had been established on the impressive series of ...

Sunhouse

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, July 1998

ROB BROOKS stumbles into the hotel lounge, nursing a hangover and a half-finished bottle of red wine with equal tenderness. The bass player is followed ...

Asian Dub Foundation

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

"BRITPOP IS AN ATTEMPT TO REASSERT A sort of mythical whiteness," asserts Aniruddha Das, aka Dr Das, bassist of Asian Dub Foundation, leaning forward in ...

Cheap Trick: Cheap Trick At Budokan: The Complete Concert

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 1998

NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED, full version of the candy-coated metal superheroes' finest hour ...

Grace Jones: Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

Pop's most formidable iconette of electro-dance ...

Ian Dury

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, August 1998

Sweet Gene Vincent, sozzled Max Wall, sexy Marilyn Monroe, and the stiff upper lips of Dickie Attenborough and Johnny Mills are among Blockhead IAN DURY's ...

Pulp: Jarvis Cocker

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 1998

The Pulp frontman takes a stairlift to heaven as he reflects on post-coital guilt and post-Britpop blues ...

John Mayall: Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, and; The Best Of (As It All Began)

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

WANT TO know what the fuss was all about? Drop the old laser-beam on track 21, the stereo version of 'Have You Heard?', John Mayall's ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Manchester's Answer to the H-Bomb: How It All Blew Up For Morrissey and The Smiths

Report by Dave Simpson, Uncut, August 1998

THE PHONE RINGS at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, Los Angeles. ...

Motown: Stop! In The Name Of Love

Overview by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

SECOND ONLY to The Beatles' catalogue as the finest single coherent body of pop music ever recorded are the records made in Detroit for Motown ...

Randy Newman: Here Comes The Rain

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

Ian MacDonald salutes Randy Newman's first solo album as a flawless masterpiece ...

Soft Cell: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1998

THOUGH THEY'RE often lumped in with other early Eighties techno-tarts as shiny and superficial, Soft Cell had a soot-black heart, a vicious edge, and an ...

Sparklehorse: Good Morning Spider

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1998

Second LP from highly rated alt country act with edge and attitude. ...

The B-52s: Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

HISTORY OF Athens perfect popsters with two new tracks. ...

The Kinks

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

MORE SEMINAL Englishness from the kings of Britpop ...

R.E.M., Radiohead: Tibetan Freedom Concert: People Have The Power

Report by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 1998

MONDAY, JUNE 15, THE CAPITOL BUILDINGIt is 10 days before Bill Clinton's historic first presidential visit to China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. An ...

Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 1998

THE GREAT FEAR of seeing a hero in their twilight years is that their powers will have deserted them and they'll be unable to reach, ...

Baby Bird: There's Something Going On

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 1998

STEVEN JONES'/Baby Bird's biggest sounding and best offering to date ...

Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (Two-CD Special Edition)

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 1998

ORIGINALLY RELEASED in 1972, Curtis Mayfield's album of music for one of the most notorious blaxploitation films of the Seventies is typically compassionate, melancholic, and ...

Genesis: Archive 1967-75 (Virgin)

Review and Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, September 1998

4CD box mainly featuring the Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford incarnation of seminal progressive band with live cuts, a rare ...

Neil Young: "You're All Just Pissing In the Wind"

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 1998

RIGHT NOW, Neil Young is in kind of an invidious position. On The Beach is his equivalent of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album in terms ...

Rave: Countdown to Ecstasy

Book Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1998

Simon Reynolds: Energy Flash – A Journey Through Rave Music And Dance Culture (Picador Books) ...

Adam Cohen, Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright; Adam Cohen: Adam Cohen

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1998

Impressive, capricious debuts from two sons of Sixties troubadours ...

Sparklehorse: The Spider's Strategy

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1998

VIRGINIAN MARK Linkous' recent second album, Good Morning Spider, confirmed the promise of his acclaimed '96 debut, Vivadixiesubmarlnetransmisslonplot, while bringing a new psychedelic spin to ...

The Monkees: Daydream Believer Film

Film/DVD Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 1998

Stephen Dalton profiles Daydream Believers, a new documentary tracing the lives of Hollywood wannabes who flunked the audition to join the most famous manufactured pop ...

Transister

Profile and Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, September 1998

MR GARRISON, lies awake in his bed, unable to sleep. ...

Booker T & The MGs, Eddie Floyd, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave: Various Artists: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-68

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 1998

Epic set of Sixties soul classics, formerly import-only ...

Waylon Jennings: Honky Tonk Heroes

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 1998

FOR WAYLON Jennings – born into a dirt poor cotton-picking West Texas family – the wanderlust began as far back as he could remember. ...

David Bowie: White Lines, Black Magic

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, October 1998

'I ran across a monster who was sleeping by a tree. And I looked and frowned and the monster was me'(David Bowie, 'The Width Of ...

Gomez's Ben Ottewell

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, October 1998

Spark up a snout, let the songs of Joni Mitchell soothe you to sleep, and watch out for Homer's gut with that cannonball. BEN OTTEWELL ...

Janis Joplin: The Ultimate Collection

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 1998

ROCK'S HOTTEST mama revisited in a comprehensive 32-track retrospective. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Through Gypsy Eyes by Kathy Etchingham and Andrew Crofts (Orion)

Book Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 1998

JIMI HENDRIX flew into London for the first time in 1966, with a guitar and a bag containing a change of clothes, a jar of ...

Lambchop: What Another Man Spills

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 1998

FOURTH ALBUM from mutant soul-country oddities. ...

Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 1998

Fifth album, and long-awaited follow-up to Everything Must Go ...

Mansun

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, October 1998

PAUL DRAPER has been inspired by some of the climactic moments of post-War culture – David Bowie's "Berlin" trilogy, mid-Eighties Prince, Talking Heads' art beat, ...

Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, October 1998

Divine stratospheric trip from sentimental gadgeteers ...

Rory Gallagher Reissues

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 1998

DeuceIrish TourCalling CardPhoto-FinishFresh Evidence Random selection of work from late Irish guitar hero ...

Rufus Wainwright

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 1998

THE LAUGH is marginally less startling than his debut album, a cabaret of flamboyant songs about April fools, matinee idols and imaginary loves, as big-time ...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Theaudience: theaudience

Profile and Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, October 1998

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR is bored. Not, as you might expect, with the endless media references to her parentage – she's the daughter of former Blue Peter ...

Afghan Whigs: Will To Live

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1998

"I DIDN'T START UP A BAND BECAUSE I COULDN'T get laid," says Greg Dulli with that suave, Satanic leer of his. "I started a band ...

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

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 1998

ONLY FIVE years ago in the UK, it needed to be reaffirmed that Burt Bacharach is one of the greatest popular musicians of the second ...

David Bowie, Marc Bolan: Glam Revival

Comment by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1998

Why the frightening prospect of a full-scale Glam revival fills David Stubbs with dread… ...

Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #1

Special Feature by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 1998

THE FREAKS ARE OUT IN FORCE TONIGHT. Squeezed into lurid outfits, hair dyed every artificial hue imaginable, braying and squealing and jostling for position. ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music, T. Rex: Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #2

Special Feature by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1998

TWENTIETH CENTURY BOY ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott the Hoople: All The Young Dudes: The Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 1998

Boxed set full of rarities and goodies from self-conscious stylists of Glam ...

Republica: Speed Ballads

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 1998

Second LP from Big In America, 'Ready To Go' hitmakers ...

Paul Weller, The Style Council: The Style Council: The Complete Adventures Of The Style Council

Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, November 1998

FIVE-CD overview of Paul Weller's "Cappuccino" years. ...

Alanis Morissette: Alanis Morrisette: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 1998

Follow-up to Jagged Little Pill is big, bold and belligerent ...

Beck: Mutations

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

Downbeat apocalypse: US master of ironic eclecticism unearths a diamond in the trash. ...

Curtis Mayfield - A Gently Sensitive Observer

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

SIX MAYFIELD albums on three CDs, from the great to the grottyCurtisGot To Find A WayRootsSweet ExorcistBack To The WorldLove ...

Dar Williams

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, December 1998

"IT'S THE teachers who are to blame, if you ask me. Probably more so than parents, because they're kinda paid to shape young minds — ...

DAF: Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft: Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1998

Overdue reissue of Eighties German minimalist synth duo's electronic pop albums ...

Fatboy Slim: You've Come A Long Way, Baby

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 1998

Former Housemartin turns Big Beat pioneer ...

Film Pop-Stars: This Much Talent!

Guide by Terry Staunton, Uncut, December 1998

SECONDS BEFORE surrendering to self-inflicted, drug-induced unconsciousness, reclusive rock singer Jim MacLaine turns to his friend and manager, Mike, to reminisce about the old days ...

John Lennon: The John Lennon Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

WE GET USED TO THE VOICE. THE SOUND of a largely self-educated, rawly-talented, troubled and often wildly erratic Englishman who, by means of the various ...

Jools Holland: These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, December 1998

Fire up the steamroller, jangle the old Joanna, and fall off your chair when Terry-Thomas enters the room. Welcome to the world of JOOLS HOLLAND ...

The Jam, Paul Weller, The Style Council: Paul Weller: Last Man Standing

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, December 1998

"YOU SHOULD WRITE THAT LETTER," Paul Weller' is telling his press agents, Pippa Hall and Jane Wilkes of Monkey Business PR, referring to a particularly ...

R.E.M.: Up

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1998

Unexpected return to peak form after 1996's disappointing New Adventures In Hi-Fi ...

Semisonic: Finding Joy through Pain and Difficulty

Report and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 1998

DAN WILSON is greeted at the New York offices of Semisonic's record company like a conquering hero. My brief audience with him is constantly interrupted ...

XTC: Transistor Blast: The Best Of The BBC Sessions

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, December 1998

FOUR-CD set of BBC sessions 1977-89 and In Concert 1978/9 ...

Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Years (Capitol)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, January 1999

Box set featuring all twenty Capitol albums 1953-61 plus rarities disc ...

Roky Erickson

Profile by Ian Fortnam, Uncut, January 1999

While it's an established fact that an extended tour of duty within the darkest recesses of the psychedelic jungle will extinguish myriad illuminations within the ...

Yes: Open Your Eyes

Review and Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, February 1999

TO ANYONE growing up through the punk era, Yes were the ultimate enemy. In those primitive cool days, laser shows, flowing locks, portentous mysticism, flamboyant ...

Blondie: London Sound Republic

Live Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, March 1999

MADONNA turned 40 last year and marked the occasion with the most critically-acclaimed album of her career. The biggest selling single in the UK was ...

Belle And Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian: Tigermilk (Jeepster)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, August 1999

Legendary debut by elusive Glasgow eight-piece pop co-operative, remastered, first time on CD; an original vinyl copy will part you with £250. ...

Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame: Aztec Camera: The Best Of (Warners)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, September 1999

Roddy Frame’s hits and misses 1983-98 For a while, in the early ‘80s, there were emerging young songwriters — among them Messrs. Frame, ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: The Ultimate Collection/Gratitude/All ‘N’ All/That’s The Way Of The World (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, September 1999

THE SNAZZIEST, JAZZIEST dance crew of the period. Their ‘one world’ spirituality, sunny mysticism and conspicuous musicality makes them a real genre one-off. Never as ...

Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame: Roddy Frame

Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, September 1999

You were such a formed writer so young. Do you rate that stuff now? ...

Roxy Music: Roxy Music/For Your Pleasure/Stranded/Country Life/Siren

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 1999

Their first five LPs lovingly remastered for your pleasure In 1969's Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboorn, Nik Cohn simultaneously celebrated and mourned the mythic era of "Superpop, the ...

The Jam, Ocean Colour Scene: Steve Cradock on Jam tribute album Fire and Skill

Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, October 1999

KA: What did The Jam mean to you? ...

Supergrass: Supergrass (Parlophone)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, October 1999

Third album from the scampish Oxford trio ...

Bryan Ferry: As Time Goes By (Virgin)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, November 1999

Standard time for legendary art-rocker and model ...

U2: In the Name of Love

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 1999

Twenty years ago next month, four teenagers from Dublin played their first British date in a north London pub, in front of less than a ...

Beck: Midnite Vultures (Geffen)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, December 1999

Beck out-hips himself with his fourth album for Geffen, his sixth in all ...

Bernard Butler

Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, December 1999

BERNARD Butler’s had a bad back. According to his osteopath, he has songs hidden in his shoulders, "He’s really lovely, a natural healer. Guitar posture, ...

Billy Mackenzie, Paul Haig: Haig/Mackenzie: Memory Palace

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, December 1999

ON THE NIGHT of Wednesday, January 22, 1997, Billy MacKenzie, outrageously gifted vocalist with the Associates and writer of some of the most extraordinary music ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: The Sounds Of Science

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

Extensive compilation of their greatest hits, finest moments and rarities ...

Big Star: The Best of Big Star

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, January 2000

Fourteen cuts from troubled pop-rack demigods' first two LPs, remastered, at mid-price ...

Birth: Gotten Bold

Review and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, January 2000

ONE OF the extra songs on Birth's debut EP Sweet Idol, is a cover version of perennial summer radio hit 'Groovin' by The Young Rascals, ...

Cousteau

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2000

Honey-throated singer begs comparisons with Scott Walker ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Mimosa

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

NEW YORK wiseguys get on the laidback lounge-core tip. ...

Muse

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2000

West Country trio reach for the skies ...

Pete Townshend: The Lifehouse Chronicles

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

Legendary follow up to Tommy — abandoned by The Who in 1971 — finally unveiled in a six-CD box set featuring a radio play, original ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Three's Company…

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

David Stubbs takes a shine to the mesmerising remorselessness of PUBLIC IMAGE LTD's post-punk Metal Box... ...

Prince: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

Guest star-filled major label return for the man who may yet be regal again. ...

R.E.M.: REM: Man On The Moon — Soundtrack

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

R.E.M.'s ASSOCIATION with Andy Kaufman goes back to 1993 when they penned 'Man On The Moon', Stipe's achingly personal tribute to the late comedian. ...

The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing – The Story Of The Isley Brothers

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2000

A COLOSSAL, combustible funk-fest; enough for a throbbing theme-night in your very own living room. Furry kaftans and diamante-encrusted bomber jackets optional. Emerging from Lincoln ...

Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel Of Love; Human Touch; Lucky Town; The Ghost Of Tom Joad,

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

DISILLUSIONED GROOM, LA-based newlywed and folk conscience of a nation – Springsteen after superstardom subsides ...

Bryan Ferry: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

This man swings fundamentally ...

Cabaret Voltaire

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2000

THE CROWD ARE ALREADY PRETTY fired up when the steamingly drunk weirdo trapped in flashing fairy lights tosses his guitar into the audience. This is ...

David Bowie: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed ...

Josh Rouse, Kurt Wagner: Josh Rouse & Kurt Wagner: Dog Day Afternoons

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

Highly-acclaimed American songwriters JOSH ROUSE & KURT WAGNER have collaborated on a new, brillian mini-LP, named after a dog one of them never had. ...

Norman Cook

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2000

IN 1999, THE former Housemartin's career went supemova, earning him millions from his FATBOY SLIM records, remixes and DJ sets. Following the death of big ...

Primal Scream: XTRMNTR

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 2000

Their sixth album kick starts the Millennium in angry electric jazz/punk/funk style. Significantly, the sleeve thanks Jaki Liebezeit of Can and The Prodigy's Liam Hewlett ...

Sonic Youth: Goodby 20th Century

Review by Everett True, Uncut, February 2000

IN THE trade, this is known as noodling. Noodling occurs when a bunch of undeniably talented musicians gather together and decide they've had enough of ...

The Auteurs, Luke Haines: The Auteurs: Live in Paris

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

AS LUKE Haines builds up an ever-expanding oeuvre, replete with cross-references and self-mythologising manifestos, one wonders what the French might make of this superficially haughty ...

The Handsome Family: Live in the UK

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

BEFORE A note's been sung or a chord struck, Rennie Sparks has invited the audience back to her shoebox-sized dressing room for shrimp cocktails. As ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: 2Pac & Outlawz: Still I Rise; Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2000

NO REST for the wicked – more posthumous releases from the slain linchpins of East and West Coast gangsta rap. ...

Bellatrix: Live in Reykjavik, Iceland

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

THINGS DO tend to get adequately surreal the second you step off the plane into the snowy lunar landscape of Iceland, so by the time ...

Jimmy Webb: Tunesmith: Inside The Art Of Songwriting

Book Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

GENIUS BEHIND 'MacArthur Park' and 'Wichita Lineman' examines his craft, peruses his muse, and almost makes sense of it all ...

Oasis: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2000

Change of producer and change of mood for long-awaited fourth album ...

Oasis: Titanic!

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, March 2000

OASIS, if you hadn't noticed, have just resurfaced. But will they sink or swim? After the druggy excesses of Be Here Now, following the departure ...

Raissa

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

RAISSA, WHOSE seductive single, 'How Long Do I Get', is currently raising a rumpus, spent Christmas swimming in the Red Sea. She's travelled before. She ...

Steely Dan: Two Against Nature

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2000

First album in two decades from America's premier cerebral jazz-pop twosome ...

The Cure: Bloodflowers

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, March 2000

POSSIBLE SWANSONG from crying-on-the-inside clown prince of Stadium Goth. ...

The Who: BBC Sessions

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2000

Re-generation… From amphetamine mod-yobs to hairy rock messiahs on Radio Auntie ...

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, The Who: The Who: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

WELL, YOU can't accuse them of being pompous, of inflating their legend. The Who shuffle distractedly onstage as if they're playing a mate's house party, ...

Palace Music, Will Oldham: Will Oldham: Guarapero / Lost Blues 2

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2000

WHERE OTHERS seek the high ground to illuminate themselves and their work, Will Oldham has persistently covered his tracks and found refuge in the shadows, ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Community Music

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2000

Storming new set of eclectic agit-pop from best live band in Britain ...

The Handsome Family: Handsome Family: In The Air

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Vaulting desire, supernatural transformation ...

June & The Exit Wounds: A Little More Haven Hamilton, Please

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, April 2000

DEBUT ALBUM of so-normal-it's-strange pop-rock from latest American boy wonder. ...

Kelis: Kaleidoscope

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2000

Captivating Macy-worrying debut remarries hip hop and soul ...

Kelis: The Harlem Hurricane Blows Up A Storm

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2000

IT'S SCARILY early on a Monday morning and she says she's as out of it as I am ("I love the night, it just seems ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Live in London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2000

KELLY JOE Phelps' slide guitar seemed to spring into independent life at the multiple climaxes of 1997's breakthrough LP, Roll Away The Stone, to ripple ...

Oasis: Liam Gallagher

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, April 2000

THE LOCATION IS LONDON'S flashy Landmark Hotel, a place where palm trees loom over drinkers in the lobby and there's a better class of toiletry ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Machina/The Machines Of God

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2000

MONOLITHIC GOTH-metal comeback from crisis-hit Mr Happy of alternative rock. ...

Talk Talk: Laughing Stock

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2000

THE MUSICAL JOURNEY undertaken by Talk Talk, from centre-right pop to the far, fan left of post-rock, remains unique in music history. ...

The Handsome Family: In The Air

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

SERENE MEDITATION on life-amid-death and fourth album from Chicago-based alt. country duo ...

The Handsome Family: Tales Of Extra Ordinary Madness

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Welcome to the dark, disturbing world of Brett and Rennie Sparks, otherwise known as THE HANDSOME FAMILY. ...

Black Box Recorder: The Facts Of Life

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

LIKE THE ABSINTHE which Black Box Recorder's John Moore has busied himself importing since last year, BBR are an unusually toxic pleasure. Here, once more, ...

Elastica: The Menace

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

Stretching the imagination: Frischmann's answer-album to Blur's relationship-dissecting 13 ...

DMX, Jay Z, Juvenile, The Lox: Jay-Z, DMX, Juvenile and The Lox Albums

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2000

Huge over there, ignored over here – the state of the rap art, US-style: Jay-Z: Volume 3...Life And Times Of S Carter; ...

Lou Ford: Sad, But Familiar

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2000

THE ALBUM cover's a telegraph pole, wires strung across the horizon. A shoe's been tied to one, drunkard's wit. The title? Sad, But Familiar. Welcome ...

Max Tundra - Whizz-kid to watch

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

"WHEN I was growing up, I'd go through my mum's record collection –things like 10cc, Nik Kershaw – and make these mixes on a tape ...

Patti Smith: Gung Ho (Arista)

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2000

The eighth album from garage rock's warrior queen tackles Vietnam, slavery, the American Civil War, corporate control and dreams of future freedom ...

Smog: Dongs Of Sevotion

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2000

Ninth dry—lipped album from the Buster Keaton of sadcore ...

Wah!: Wah & Peace

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2000

NINE YEARS AGO, Pete Wylie, who is The Mighty WAH!, was considered hot. Again. He leaned on a railing in Liverpool. It gave way and ...

Air: 'If We Don't Surprise People Any More, Then We Will Die'

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 2000

"THE FIRST time I was in LA," says Nicolas Godin, "I was in a very cool hotel. And in front of that hotel was a ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2000

As manager of The Rolling Stones for most of the Sixties, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM became almost as famous as the band themselves. Modelling himself on ...

Calexico: Hot Rail

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2000

Fourth outing from prolific Giant Sand rhythm kings and assorted playmates ...

Chic: The Very Best Of Chic

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

Another Chic anthology — why buy? An intelligent sleevenote with participation from Nile Rodgers, full-length album cuts where applicable. La musique elle-meme. ...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2000

"MISS CELINE Dion sings love songs while our cities burn". intones an awkward-looking man by way of greeting. "Kill her!" a woman in the crowd ...

Jeff Kelly: Melancholy Sun

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 2000

MAMMOTH BOX set from Green Pajamas frontman, covering "lost years". ...

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra: John McLaughlin: The Heart Of Things — Live In Paris

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

EX-MAHAVISHNU whizz and legendarily virtuosic cosmo-prog funk-jazz extrapolator in cool comeback shock ...

Calexico, Lambchop, Wheat: Kings Of Americana: Lambchop, Calexico, Wheat

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

LambchopTHE GREAT AMERICAN Music Hall is an exotic relic in the middle of San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Outside, the streets are full of junkies, hobos ...

Romanthony: R.Hide In Plain Site

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2000

BRILLIANT RETRO-futurist funk from New Jersey house sensation. ...

Ian Dury: The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury 1942 — 2000

Obituary by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, June 2000

At the peak of his late '70s success, Ian Dury was one of this country’s most beloved entertainers. He kept busy in his post-stardom years ...

The Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK

Retrospective and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

THE EARLY SEVENTIES have been a golden age for the homegrown British pop single. The pan-stick and yob fraternity, which includes T-Rex, Sweet, Slade, Mott ...

Various Artists: Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

From Kraftwerk to BT, via Throbbing Gristle, Moby and the Chemicals – the history of synthpop ...

XTC: Wasp Star: Apple Venus Volume 2

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, June 2000

Magnificent guitar-centric follow-on set to the orch-pop of Volume 1 ...

Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Could Damon Cough's long-awaited debut be the indie Pet Sounds? ...

Birth: Gotten Bold

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

DEBUT FROM Bournemouth 'blue-eyed soul' Seventies revivalist. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Black Secret Technology

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix wasn't just the original firestarter, all flash and dazzle. He was a scientist of sound. ...

Jimi Hendrix: New Rising Son

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Where Jimi Hendrix came from and where he would have gone next, had he survived, Hendrix expert Charles Shaar Murray talks to David Stubbs ...

Jimi Hendrix: Public Image Unlimited

Essay by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix the black radical. Hendrix the glam dandy. Hendrix the icon. Hendrix the man. ...

Moby: The Story So Far/Ambient/Early Underground/ Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989 — 1993

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2000

Feted techno munchkin's prolific past catches up with him ...

Moby: Whale Of The Century

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 2000

This year, MOBY's Play has dominated the UK LP charts. So who is this bald man singing the techno-blues? Paul Lester met the enigmatic American ...

Pearl Jam: Binaural

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2000

Patchily thrilling sixth effort from grunge vets ...

Phoenix: United

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, July 2000

THEY'RE FRENCH, they're pals with Air – and they sound like Steely Dan. ...

Saint Etienne: St Etienne: Sound Of Water

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

BACK IN the early Nineties, St Etienne were ubiquitous, perhaps a little too ubiquitous. Rarely out of the music press, constantly hovering on the edge ...

Max Tundra, Tele:funken: Tele:funken: A Collection Of Ice Cream Vans Vol 2

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2000

LIKE LABELMATE Max Tundra's debut last month, Tele:funken, aka Tom Fenn, here attempts electronica disconnected from the dancefloor, skipping round the looped conservatism of current ...

Tim Buckley: Starsailor

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Driven to despair by commercial neglect, his visionary genius unrecognised, TIM BUCKLEY died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28. On the 25th ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, Giorgio Moroder, Japan, Kraftwerk, Soft Cell, Suicide: Various Artists: Dawn Of Electronica

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2000

Founding fathers of technopop come together in electro land ...

Beenie Man: Bennie Man: Art & Life

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Flava floods out of dancehall ubermensch ...

The Associates, Billy Mackenzie: Billy MacKenzie

Profile by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"MacKenzie's real fear was the banal actuality of pop success…to keep his perfect, impossible-past-and-future pop fantasy intact, it was necessary to destroy Associates" ...

Black Sabbath: The Best Of Black Sabbath

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

TWO-CD compilation of Brummie metallurgists' grimmest, finest moments. ...

Big Star, Chris Bell: Chris Bell: I Am The Cosmos

Retrospective by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 2000

BASED ON the bittersweet songcraft of Big Star's "lost" classic debut, No 1 Record, Chris Bell is often referred to as the McCartney to Alex ...

Devo

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

DEVO'S FIRST single, 'Jock Homo', was released in 1977. An instant hit, it expounded the group's theory of de-evolution, that mankind is regressing, rather than ...

Garage: Pure Garage: Mixed Live By E-Z; Underground Explosion: The Real Garage Mix

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Garage — the sound of the UK underground goes mainstream ...

High Fidelity

Film/DVD Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2000

Cusack and crew Americanise Nick Hornby's novel with suss and style ...

Joy Division: Ian Curtis

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2000

IAN CURTIS has amassed more disciples since his death 20 years ago than he ever attracted as singer with Manchester post-punk legends Joy Division. ...

Chris Farlowe, The McCoys, P.P. Arnold, The Small Faces: Immediate Records: Happy To Be Part Of The Industry Of Human Happiness

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

Sudden impact: Best of the label that brought us the Small Faces…and Jimmy Tarbuck. ...

The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2000

KAREN CARPENTER possesses such iconic value now — feminist totem, camp death-cult, Prozac Nation suffragette — it is increasingly difficult to assess her unique musical ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: Kurt Cobain

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

WHEN ROCK stars die, it's usually as a result of living too well, taking too much, going too fast, getting too high. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland: Lost Boys and Fallen Angels: Kevin Rowland

Profile by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

With Dexy's Midnight Runners, he got to Number One twice, but his self-esteem was minus zero ...

Lou Reed: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

BACK IN the Seventies – revelling in junkie debauchery – Lou Reed shows were a notoriously ghoulish spectacle, He was the wayward poet of sleaze, ...

Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"It's about detesting the body. That's why you choose to mark it...all my life I've felt weak compared to others. If they want to crush ...

Marvin Gaye

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"His fears mounted — nuclear apocalypse, gunmen out to get him…" ...

John Coltrane, Miles Davis: Miles Davis and John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

TIME SASHAYS on and Miles Davis, who was still with us only a few blinks of an eye ago is already becoming history. Hence Sony's ...

Nick Drake

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

"I was born to sail away into a land of forever/not to be tied to an old stone grave/in your land of never — Nick ...

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left****; Bryter Layter****; Pink Moon*****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

Lost poet's main works re-released ...

Laura Nyro: Oh My Love-Trumpet Soul: Laura Nyro's New York Tendaberry

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

AND A GREAT tenderness came forth from the unforgiving streets of the East Side. It's easy to dislike Laura Nyro. Your first requirement is to ...

Phoenix

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 2000

SEVENTIES CALIFORNIA meets Y2K Paris. ...

Shivaree

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2000

BRILLIANTLY ECLECTIC musical mix from new US trio. ...

Stevie Wonder: The Electrification Of Soul

Overview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"THERE'S NEVER BEEN a time when Stevie Wonder hasn't been relevant," said an associate of Wonder's on Channel 4's recent Top 10 Seventies Soul run-down. ...

The Associates: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Legendary Scottish duo — featuring late, great Billy MacKenzie — issue best work and pre-fame material ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Crash And Burn

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2000

FEBRUARY 2000. Seventeen months after the corpse of The Jesus And Mary Chain finally stopped twitching. In the claustrophobic interior of London's 12-Bar Club, a ...

Tom Waits: The Rex, Paris

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

WAITS JUNKIES are everywhere — filling the bars, and brasseries around the venue, queuing up around the block in the rain-drenched Parisian streets. ...

Tupac Shakur

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2000

TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR seemed to consider himself immortal, and there are certainly many who still refuse to believe the 25-year-old rapper died after a Las ...

Warren Zevon: Live

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2000

THE GREATEST night of Warren Zevon's performing life was in the hometown of the boxer, Buster Douglas, after Douglas had become the first man to ...

Badly Drawn Boy

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2000

IN AN ANNOYINGINGLY loud Oxford Street pub, Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy, is struggling to make his voice heard above the raucously assertive blare ...

De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence (Mosaic Thump)

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2000

NO ONE who saw the packed, mostly young, black crowd reveling in the house party atmosphere of De La Soul's last UK gig in 1997 ...

Lewis Taylor: Lewis II

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2000

Long-awaited second album from R&B retro whiz in lovelorn mode. ...

Mansun: Little Kix

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 2000

THREE IS the magic number for Britrock alchemists ...

Radiohead: Live in London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2000

CONFUSED, SCHIZOPHRENIC, sneering and intense yet sometimes transported by innocent joy – Radiohead's audience sure are a strange crowd. The crossover-cult idols' first English gig ...

Cocteau Twins

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2000

"Some people know why they make music, I suppose. But we never talk about what we're doing. Ever" – Simon Raymonde, 1990 ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: Anarchic In The UK

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2000

Gavin Martin celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dexys Midnight Runners' ground-breaking Searching For The Young Soul Rebels ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise et al: A Force From Above

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

MAXIMUM JOYPROPAGANDAA SECRET WISHTHE ART OF NOISEWHO'S AFRAID OF THE ART OF NOISE ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, October 2000

LOUD, FLASHY, purple, wild, a danger to the nation's daughters. Face it, if personalities like JM Hendrix didn't exist, life would be rather boring. (And ...

Leila: Courtesy Of Choice

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2000

ANOTHER SUPERLATIVE ambient/techno album from former Bjork collaborator ...

Madonna: Music

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

Her Madgesty's eighth studio album is a clinical future-dance monster ...

Monaco: Papillon

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, October 2000

BELATED SOPHOMORE opus from Wallace And Gromit of Manc disco-rock. ...

Oasis: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

MY GOD, they plod. The paucity of ideas would be staggering, were it not so dull. ...

Sparks: Balls

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

FIRST ALL-NEW flurry since 1994's Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins ...

Paul Weller, The Style Council: The Style Council

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, October 2000

WELLER'S cappuccino-drinking years ...

The Webb Brothers: Maroon

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2000

CHIPS OFF the old block deliver first album 'proper', produced by Smiths/Blur helmsman Stephen Street. ...

Brian Wilson, Wondermints: Wondermints: Bali

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, October 2000

UK RELEASE at last for second LP from Brian Wilson's "backing band." ...

Bob Dylan: The Point Depot, Dublin

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, November 2000

YOU CAN trust in Bob, the magnificent minstrel and incredible icon, the prime preserver and arch plunderer of 20th century Americana, to pull a surprise ...

Chris Morris: Blue Jam

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

'Is Morris operating from a high plane of disgust or from some pit of personal rage?' Compilation of best bits from the dark ambient comedy ...

Cocteau Twins: Stars And Topsoil

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

AFTER THE singles box set, a single-CD retrospective from the unique trio. ...

David Bowie: Bowie At The Beeb

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

TRIPLE-CD gathers The Dame's sessions for 'Auntie', both contemporary and historical. ...

David Sylvian, Japan: David Sylvian: Everything And Nothing

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, November 2000

COLLECTED OUEVRE of Japan's finest ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Shot By Both Sides

Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, November 2000

AND THEN, in 1976, when Howard Devoto was 24, he wrote and recorded four fast songs with the group Buzzcocks, and they became the EP ...

Radiohead's Kid A: Revolution In The Head

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2000

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE STATE OF BRITISH ROCK, AND HOW COME RADIOHEAD'S KID A HAS GOT IT SO RIGHT? ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Roni Size & Reprazent: In The Mode

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2000

FOLLOW-UP to 1997's New Forms ...

Teenage Fanclub: Howdy!

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

EIGHTH LONG-player from Glasgow's finest, produced by Norman Blake & Co ...

The Beatles: The Death Of The Beatles

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

JANUARY 2, 1969. They are probably the four most famous people in the world, but this morning at the raw beginning of the last year ...

The Doors: The Lizard King's life's work digitally remastered and packaged as vinyl replicas

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2000

Strange DaysWaiting For The SunThe Soft ParadeMorrison HotelLa WomanEssential Rarities ...

Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers: The Twlight Singers: Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

SIDE PROJECT from The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, featuring Fila Brasilia and Pigeonhed's Shawn Smith ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2000

They say that everything will turn out right/It never seems that way, this time of night ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam And The Ants: Stand And Deliver

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2000

TRIPLE-CD box set honours Prince Charming man. ...

Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, December 2000

Can't Cook, Won't Cook: Macy Gray guest slot aside, disappointing follow-up to You've Come A Long Way, Baby ...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Levez Vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennae To Heaven

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2000

ANOTHER BRILLIANT sprawl of ambient indie-rock from the Montreal 10-piece ...

Gonzales: The Entertainist

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2000

SLEAZY POST-party grooves from original prankster ...

John Martyn: Emotional Rescue

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2000

DAVID STUBBS SWOONS OVER THAT POIGNANT PRECURSOR OF TRIP HOP, JOHN MARTYN'S SOLID AIR ...

Kid606: ps i love you

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, December 2000

Mixed bag of tricks from latest Electronica whiz ...

Lambchop: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2000

"THERE'S SO many of you!" Peering out uncertainly from under a peaked work-cap, what Lambchop's Kurt Wagner sees is his biggest British crowd to date, ...

Laura Nyro: The Essential Masters

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2000

DEEP ARTIST travestied by shallow "Greatest Hits" package. ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, December 2000

FIRST RELEASE on CD for Chic-album-in-all-but-name from 1978 ...

PJ Harvey: Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, December 2000

Self-produced sixth album is curate's egg ...

Sonny Rollins: The Freelance Years

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2000

COLTRANE'S GREAT tenor rival gets another boxed-set boost. ...

The Beach Boys: Wave Culture…

Overview by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2000

SunflowerSurf's UpCarl And The Passions – So ToughHollandThe Beach Boys In Concert15 Big OnesThe Beach Boys Love YouM.I.U. AlbumLA (Light Album)Keepin' The Summer AliveThe Beach ...

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2000

Corn without authenticity. Bono and Co rediscover the importance of being earnest ...

The Boo Radleys, The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis: Various Artists: Creation Records - International Guardians Of Rock'n'roll 1983-1999

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2000

Best of the late, legendary indie label ...

Radiohead and Whose Army

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, 2001

THE TOWERING inferno is visible from miles away. Thom Yorke drives towards the horizon, the acrid stench of toxic smoke filling his car. He cranks ...

Bad Company, Free: Almost Famous

Film/DVD Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

Shrewdly sweet eulogy to rock'n'roll fandom ...

Cameron Crowe: Bringing It All Back Home

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2001

"If people have a problem with Almost Famous, what they're saying is they have a problem with my life." ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band/Double Fantasy

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, February 2001

The dream is over… ...

Madonna: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed - a transcendent pop moment ...

Miles Davis: Big Fun; Get Up With It; On The Corner

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2001

CONTROVERSIAL FUSION megastructures from the early Seventies. ...

Moby: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

IT'S A CASE of premature elevation. Of shock promotion to the Premiership with a make-shift squad. Moby shouldn't be playing this soulless aircraft hangar. ...

Stephen Malkmus: Stephen Malkmus

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

Pavement ex-frontman goes solo ...

The Byrds: Outlaw Chic

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2001

ROB HUGHES SALUTES THE BYRDS' GEM THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS ...

The Slits: Cutting Edge

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, February 2001

I AM A LITTLE nervous as I approach Viv Albertine's house. She was a Slit. For anybody of a certain age who has a penis ...

Ladytron: 604

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, March 2001

BACK TO the future with enigmatic pop androids. ...

Albert King, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples, Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, William Bell: Stax: The Stax Story

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2001

Four-disc overview for the label that brought you sweet soul music ...

The La's: The La's

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2001

LONG OVERDUE re-release of debut by great lost Britpop precursors ...

The Mekons: New York: On The Road '86-'87

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2001

LEEDS PUNKS' Cold War-era Country Invasion Of The States in all its ragged glory ...

Daft Punk: Discovery

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

Gods of "filter disco" finally issue follow-up to 1997'strailblazing Homework. ...

Eileen Rose: Live at Borders Bookshop, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

BOSTONIAN EX-PAT Eileen Rose continues to rack up plaudits for her mesmeric debut album Shine Like It Does and so it was that, flanked by ...

Eminem: The London Arena, Docklands

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

FOR A FEW days there, between Internet babies and new genetic codes, Eminem's UK tour made him the leading media talking-point. ...

Grandaddy: Manchester University

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

STRANGE TALES of exploding androids, lost loves, graveyards for household gadgets, crashed spaceships, sunken dreams and cock-and-bull tourist authorities. Welcome to the bevelled woodchuckery of ...

Jim White: In God's Country

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

ON HIS EXTRAORDINARY NEW ALBUM, NO SUCH PLACE, HE HAS CONTRIVED AN ASTONISHING MIX OF SPOOKILY DEMENTED COUNTRY, SKEWED ROCK AND HIP HOP THAT CHARTS ...

John Fahey: The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party And Other Excursions

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 2001

Solitary fingerstyle pioneer evokes the dark side of the Sixties ...

Kristin Hersh: A Kind Of Blue

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

THE FRIENDLY, LAUGHING, jet-lagged, pale, charismatic Kristin Hersh says that odd combinations of words are the only way to get her attention. ...

Love: Forever Changes

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 2001

ONE OF THE many misleading ways in which writers born since the Sixties view that enigmatic decade stems from the modern habit of judging success ...

Michael Jackson: Greatest Hits – History Volume 1

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

ONCE UPON a time, wise critics dubbed Michael Jackson pop's Peter Pan. ...

Outkast: OutKast: Live in London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2001

THE LAUREL And Hardy of phuture rap ...

PJ Harvey: Live in London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

THE LAST rock star, dripping with dark poetry, mystery and unforced glamour, stands alone onstage in spectacular red dress and electric guitar, crying, "Lick my ...

The Divine Comedy

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

THE ARCH COMBO RETURN WITH A NEW ALBUM, REGENERATION, PRODUCED BY NIGEL (KID A) GODRICH. HERE, FRONTMAN NEIL HANNON AND MUSICAL LYNCHPIN JOBY TALBOT TELL ...

The Divine Comedy: Regeneration

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

NEW SOUND but same ideals for polished popsmiths. ...

The Webb Brothers

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

'I'll make it through the show!' ...

The Who: Reissues

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2001

Soundtracks from three Who-derived Seventies films — something old, something borrowed and something horrible ...

Venus Ray: Chuck Berry vs IBM

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2001

SPRAWLED IN the baroque bohemianism of their singer-songwriter Diggory Kenrick's west London local, Venus Ray seem a lifetime away from the 18 days of madness ...

Aerosmith: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2001

AEROSMITH HAVE JUST BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK'N'ROLL HALL OF FAME. WE ASKED MAIN MAN STEVEN TYLER ABOUT 25 YEARS ON THE EDGE, NEW ALBUM ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys: Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

Choral unevensong from the waywardly wondrous Wilson clan ...

Big Youth: Natty Universal Dread; and, Various Aritists: A Jamaican Story

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

IN JAMAICA, the DJ isn't the guy who spins the records (that's the selector), it's the bloke who chats over the music. As misnomers go, ...

Bill Evans: The Last Waltz

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

UNLESS YOU'RE hardline avant-garde (in which case, you'll vote for Cecil Taylor), Bill Evans (1929-1980) is the greatest jazz pianist of the post-bebop era. Classically ...

Bob Dylan: Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2001

'THE PROBLEM OF an artistic life that now moves forward like a shark is there's no time to think' ...

Depeche Mode

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, May 2001

DAVE GAHAN can't breathe. He can also hear nothing. Which is a little odd because there are 30,000 Depeche Mode fans just yards away, screaming ...

Faust: The Wumme Years 1971-73

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

THERE'S STILL nothing quite like the first side of Faust's eponymous debut album, recorded in 1971 and released by a bemused Polydor in 1972. These ...

Manic Street Preachers: Know Your Enemy

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2001

Tentatively experimental, hardline political stuff from Wire, Bradfield and Moore ...

Neu!: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

Krautrock revisited and remastered: Bowie, Eno, Thorn Yorke, Damon Albarn, Stereolab and Sonic Youth pay sleevenote homage to the Lennon And McCartney of Teutonic boogaloo ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: No More Shall We Part

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

Tenth solo album from Saint Nick ...

Stereophonics: Just Enough Education To Perform

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2001

ON THE extraordinarily long-winded new single 'Mr Writer', which plods like few records not made by Oasis have plodded, Kelly Jones exhorts music journalists to ...

The Avalanches: Since I Left You

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

YOU SHOULD HEAR the things people say about The Avalanches: "Basement Jaxx meets The Beta Band," "Stardust crossed with Stereolab," sample-based music with the freshness ...

Robyn Hitchcock, The Soft Boys: The Soft Boys: The Three Kings, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2001

THE ONE-TIME freaks are out tonight, suited and booted for this biz-only reintroduction to Robyn Hitchcock's reconstituted Soft Boys, in the tucked-away, locked-up Clerkenwell pub ...

The Who: Go Figure…

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2001

THE WHO BY NUMBERS IS PETE TOWNSHEND'S MASTERPIECE. ...

Tindersticks: Subterania, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2001

"WE HAVEN'T found our feet yet, have we?" mutters Stuart Staples mid-set. A voice from the crowd is shy but clearly audible: "Yes, you have!" ...

Various Artists: Back To Black (Universal)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, May 2001

Ten-CD, 220-track History Of Black Music behemoth put together by Morgan 'Streetsounds' Khan in tandem with 35-strong industry committee ...

Tupac Shakur: 2Pac: Until The End Of Time; Various Artists: Death Row Records — Greatest Hits

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2001

Flawed flashbacks to a turbulent chapter in hip hop history ...

ABC, Tears For Fears: ABC & Tears For Fears: Compilations

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 2001

Tears For Fears: between two stools. ABC: cool disco sheen. That was then. Early Eighties pop revisited Hello! — An Introduction To ABC The Working Hour — ...

Alpha: A Profile

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 2001

BRISTOL, LIKE Manchester, was once synonymous with nervy, wired, dark white funk – The Pop Group, Rip Rig & Panic. Then the drugs changed (skunk, ...

Bob Dylan: In My Time Of Dyin'…

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2001

ON ITS RELEASE IN 1962, BOB DYLAN'S FIRST ALBUM BLEW MINDS ALL OVER THE WORLD. IAN MACDONALD RECALLS ITS IMPACT ON HIS OWN TEENAGE YEARS ...

Bruce Springsteen: Live In New York City (Columbia 2CD)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2001

SCINTILLATING DOCUMENT of The Boss reunited with His Gang last year at Madison Square Garden. ...

Ed Harcourt: Borders, Oxford Street, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

THE CROWD for One of Uncut's biggest Borders night so far are backing up from the DIY department into History. Some are still in line ...

Howe Gelb: Confluence (Loose)***

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2001

TWENTY YEARS in, the Giant Sand guru's songwriting torrent courses stronger than ever. ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone 1951-2001

Obituary by Carol Clerk, Uncut, June 2001

'Life to me is an adventure and you've got to experience everything' ...

Orbital: The Altogether (ffrr) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2001

ON THE techno calendar, the present era isn't so much AD as AD&B – the post-drum'n'bass era. That genre followed a curious arc – it ...

Television: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

IT WAS the Sixties that divided London and New York punk: just traces to be kicked over, fathers to be killed, went the official line ...

To Rococo Rot

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2001

Soothing German trio ...

Bob Dylan: Wild Mercury: A Tale Of Two Dylans

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2001

"Lotta people seeing double tonight.From the disease of conceit"– 'Disease Of Conceit' (Oh Mercy, 1989) ...

XTC: Reissues

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, June 2001

Their Virgin albums 1978-1991, digitally remastered and available either as limited edition Japanese-import miniatures or full-artwork, extra-tracks British releases ...

Zero 7: A Profile

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2001

"PEOPLE ASSOCIATE us with groups like Lemon Jelly and ask, 'Is there a scene? Where do you all hang out together?' We've heard maybe one ...

Zoot Woman: Living In A Magazine (Wall Of Sound)****

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

PRISTINE ROBO-pop from Madonna's favourite retro-futurist. ...

Air, Daft Punk: Daft Punk & Air: Disco Tech

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

DAFT PUNK AND AIR ARE THE BEATLES AND STONES OF THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE SCENE. SO WHY IS THE FRENCH ESTABLISHMENT – SO PROUD OF ITS ...

Gene Clark: Flight Fantastic

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, July 2001

GENE CLARK'S NO OTHER IS ONE OF THE GREAT LOST ALBUMS. ...

Hamell On Trial: Upstairs At The Garage, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2001

"EVERYONE HERE'S very nice to me. Shutthefuckup when I'm talkin'!" The self-described "bald, sweaty fucker on stage", Ed Hamell, of Syracuse, New York, is dressed ...

Laura Nyro: Angel In The Dark (Rounder)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

THE LAST recordings from the 'Bronx Bronte', covered by everyone from Sinatra to Streisand. A live album's imminent, too. ...

Madonna: Madonna****; Like A Virgin***; True Blue**** (Maverick/Warner)

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 2001

THE MAKING of a modern icon – her first three LPs remastered with extra remixes. ...

Marvin Gaye: Trouble Soul Man

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, July 2001

13 of the 30-odd albums released in the his lifetime: five twofers from the Sixties, an expanded 30th anniversary edition of his 1971 classic and ...

Paul McCartney: Wingspan (EMI)***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2001

MACCA'S FIRST post-Fabs decade. ...

Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

DESPITE THE previous year's flawless neo-country masterpiece Massachusetts, Joe Pernice quit the Scud Mountain Boys in 1997 in pursuit of new horizons and a craving ...

Perry Farrell: Song Yet To Be Sung (Virgin)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

FIRST SOLO album from ex-Jane's Addiction frontman in half-century celebratory mode ...

Pet Shop Boys: Reissues

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2001

First six studio albums plus Tennant's extra ...

Radiohead: Amnesiac (Parlophone)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

DISGUST, DESPERATION, desolation, derision – all of these were once key qualities in what constituted left-field/indie. From The Birthday Party to PiL, from Elvis Costello ...

Richard Hawley: Richard Hawley

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

Former Pulp guitarist makes dynamic debut with mini-album of spectral ballads ...

Roxy Music: Re-make Re-model

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 2001

"PEOPLE ALWAYS apply this word 'cool' to me, and I'm far from it, really," says Bryan Ferry. "I'm very hot-blooded. It's strange. But then there's ...

Tim Buckley: The Dream Belongs To Me (Manifesto)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, July 2001

NO COMPILATION HAS ever been adequate to the task of representing Tim Buckley in his full groove, strangeness and charm; this is a man responsible ...

Tindersticks: Live at The Botanique, Brussels

Live Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

AH, EUROPE. Given the increasingly infantile world of Anglo-American rock and pop culture, it's heartening to know there are giant pockets of pre-post-modern, un-ironic reverentiality ...

Turin Brakes

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

AS FIRST gigs go, it was an almost surreal baptism. Happily for them, the Queen was impressed. "She came over and said hello. I just ...

Plaid, Prefuse 73, Squarepusher: Warp Records: Various Reviews

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

Don't all rush at once, alt.country fans – a triple-whammy of Warp techno  Plaid - Double Figure Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies And Uprock Narratives Squarepusher - Go ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

ONCE DESCRIBED by fellow band-member Brian MacLean as 'the baddest guy on the West Side of LA, the Cassius Clay of the streets' – Arthur ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult/Tyranny & Mutation/Secret Treaties/Agents Of Fortune

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2001

WITH ITS de rigueur darkside lyrics, bugaboo blues-monster riffs, and hypermacho pose-striking, heavy metal was always the dumbest member of the rock family. ...

Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Boxed Set (Rhino)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2001

MASSIVELY DETAILED retrospective packed with previously unreleased material ...

Butthole Surfers: Crust Of A Wave

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

THEY STARTED musical life riding the first wave of US punk rock in the early Eighties, Texans purveying lo-fi snotballs of geetar with titles like ...

Cannibal Ox: The Cold Vein

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Hot from the States: hip hop meets electronica ...

Destiny's Child, Missy Elliott: Destiny's Child: Survivor (Columbia)***; Missy Elliott: Miss E…So Addictive (Elektra)*****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Two blasts of future freak-funk ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen: Crystal Days (1979-1999)**** (Warner Strategic Marketing)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, August 2001

MAC LADS' four-CD retrospective ...

Ed Harcourt: Live at The Borderline, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2001

THE SINGER-SONGWRITERLY hush of bookshops doesn't, it turns out, bring out the best in Ed Harcourt's combative soul. His recent Borders acoustic show may have ...

Brian Eno: Eno: The Man Who

Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, August 2001

After he left Roxy Music in 1973, Brian Eno became a key figure in the development of electronic music – in the nineties, NME ...

John Oswald: Plunderphonics 69/96 (Fony)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

Sample Minded… Sampladelia run rampant from the USA ...

Neil Young: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2001

THE LIGHTS go down, and they amble onstage, gradually gathering together in a scrum, or pow wow. ...

Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

SUN-BAKED melancholy from Boston ...

Simon & Garfunkel Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2001

Wednesday Morning, 3am*/The Sounds Of Silence****/Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme***/Bookends*****/Bridge Over Troubled Water*** (All Columbia) Sixties folk-rock digitally done up and decorated with extra tracks ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Back On The Right Track*** and Ain't But The One Way*** (Warner)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

REISSUE OF Sylvester Stewart's last two albums to date ...

Songdog

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2001

Welsh champions of the Beats ...

The Beta Band: Hot Shots II

Readers' Letters by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Both Barrels Blazing - Follow-up to 1999's notoriously disowned eponymous debut ...

Roy Harper: The Spirit Lives: Roy Harper

Retrospective and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

"I DON'T THINK I'm very good at interviews, because I have too many thoughts going off at the same time to be able to explain ...

Travis: The Invisible Band (Independiente)****

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, August 2001

A FOLLOW-UP of quality and distinction, inventively produced ...

Tricky: Blowback (Anti)**

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

Trip hop supremo Adrian Thawes returns, restored to health, and helped by guests Cyndi Lauper and Red Hot Chili Peppers ...

Emmylou Harris: Anthology (Warner Archives/Rhino)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, September 2001

ALTHOUGH RARELY FORWARDED as a "woman in music" icon, it’s hard to think of a more exemplary career - male or female, consistent and daring ...

Graham Parker

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2001

FROM CAMBERLEY petrol pump attendant to punk-soul supremo: GP's golden era repackaged and remastered. ...

Luke Haines: The Oliver Twist Manifesto

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, September 2001

Solo debut from sometime Auteur, Black Box Recorder and Baader Meinhof pop terrorist. ...

Mercury Rev: All Is Dream (V2)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, September 2001

THIS IS AN AFTER record in all senses: after loving the highs and lows and then learning to disavow that love, after going through the ...

Mercury Rev: Dream Of A Lifetime

Retrospective and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

"WE WERE NEVER interested in placing ourselves, in saying that we were a band that started in the late Eighties and were the musical emissaries ...

N*E*R*D": In Search Of...

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 2001

R&B production team turn out politically-infused black rock'n'soul album ...

Prefab Sprout: The King Of Rock'n'Roll

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

FOR SOMEONE who's only ever strived to bring a little wistful beauty into our pop lives, with an honest and artisan approach to the craft ...

Pavement, Preston School of Industry: Preston School of Industry: All This Sounds Gas (Domino)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2001

PAVEMENT FOUNDER member emerges from dark side of the Malkmus to release solo project, whose name derives from San Francisco-area reform school ...

Radiohead:South Park, Oxford

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2001

IT'S ALWAYS been easy to hate Radiohead, and I always have. There have been undeniable sparks of beauty on every album ('High And Dry' to ...

Roxy Music: Live at Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2001

BRYAN FERRY, surrounded by a dozen boa-trembling dancing girls on day release from Moulin Rouge, has sweaty armpits. This just doesn't happen! Or, at least, ...

The Band: Wheels On Fire

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 2001

IN TERMS OF scale and impact, rock music was born during Dylan's 1965-6 world tour with a group called The Hawks. Dylan's rig was by ...

The Doors: Bright Midnight/Live In America (Elektra)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, September 2001

ONE BRIGHT MIDNIGHT: 2 songs from 1969 & 14 songs from 1970, a moment of magickal cusp, a genuine celebration, a true revelation, a breathtaking ...

The Human League: Are Friends Electro?

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

JOANNE CATHERALL (the brunette one) has been relatively quiet throughout the interview, content to pick through her lunch while Susanne Sulley (the blonde one) and ...

The Lilac Time: Compendium — The Fontana Trinity (Universal/Fontana)*****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2001

FORTY-FOUR-TRACK twofer cherry-picked from first three albums – includes B-sides and rarities. ...

Zoot Woman

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2001

EIGHTIES SYNTH-POP revisited with soul and style. ...

ABBA: Abba: Reissues

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, October 2001

All the studio albums 1973-1981, digitally remastered with statistic-stuffed notes and bonus tracks previously only heard on 1994's Thank You For The Music box ...

Ben Folds, Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds: Rockin' The Suburbs** (Epic)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, October 2001

FOR ALL the kick-ass live excitement and increasingly refined recorded achievements of his piano-led power trio, it was inevitable that the most musically literate pop ...

Björk: Super Fairy Animal

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, October 2001

SHE'S NOT A bit how you'd think she'd be. From the public persona of song and video, you might reasonably expect effervescence, an explosive extravagance ...

Bob Dylan: Love And Theft (Columbia)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, October 2001

ON 1997’s Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan sounded like a man coming to accounts with himself, with the fact that anything from this point ...

Elton John: Rocket***

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, October 2001

BACK TO basics, and partial return to form, on 28th studio album ...

James Brown: Live At The Apollo Volume II (Deluxe Edition) (Universal)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, October 2001

UNEDITED REISSUE of legendary 1967 double album. ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

BY RIGHTS, they shouldn't be here at all. The acrimonious fallout from 1993's tempestuous Republic gouged a rift within New Order that seemed way beyond ...

Courtney Love, Nirvana: Nirvana, Courtney Love: Live Through This: American Rock Music In The Nineties By Everett True

Book Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 2001

Marking the 10th anniversary of Nevermind, True relives a turbulent life in grunge and Gullick and Sweet share their photographs ...

Spiritualized: Let It Come Down (Spaceman)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, October 2001

"I WON’T GET TO Heaven the state I'm in," weeps Jason Pierce, but it sounds more like "I won't get as far as the Corn ...

Spiritualized: Urban Spaced Man

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2001

ON LET IT Come Down, the latest and greatest Spiritualized album, Jason Pierce utilises some 100 musicians, among them choristers, gospel singers and entire brass ...

T. Rex: Electric Warrior (Universal)*****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2001

SEMINAL BOLAN breakthrough boogies again – remastered by Tony Visconti himself ...

The Handsome Family: Twilight

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

CALL IT WHAT you will – proto-country, Southern Gothic, backwoods noir, Americana, cow-punk, insurgent twang, murderous balladry, Appalachian folk. Whichever way you slice it, The ...

The Who

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

AUGUST, 1969: Upstate New York. All along America's Eastern seaboard upright citizens of this great nation are starting to slowly stir from deep and uneventful ...

John's Children: Various Artists: Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire & Beyond (Rhino) ****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, October 2001

Golden Wonders: Latest instalment in renowned mid-Sixties rock anthology incorporates long-lost Brits ...

23 Skidoo: Seven Songs, Urban Gamelan

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2001

Audacious avant-funksters re-released ...

Aphex Twin: Drukqs*** (Warp)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2001

LATEST TWO-CD album from ageing boy genius shows hints of classical influence ...

Ben Christophers

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

VOCALLY GYMNASTIC British tunesmith overcomes that difficult-second-album syndrome... ...

Blondie: Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

New York new wave pop pasticheurs repackaged ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley CD Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

Catch A Fire*****Burnin'****Natty Dread****Live!****Rastaman Vibration***All Island Roots Of Passage: First instalment of definitive reissue programme ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: Divine Light — Reconstruction And Mix Translation: Bill Laswell (Sony Jazz)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

AMBIENT, HINDU-influenced, mystical jazz-rock spectacular. ...

Cat Power, Lift To Experience: Cat Power/Lift To Experience: The Garage, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2001

IT STARTS WITH guitars screaming, and ends in a whisper. The sadistic social experiment of putting Lift To Experience's apocalyptic Texan assault second on the ...

David Crosby

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

THE FORMER BYRD RECENTLY TOURED EUROPE WITH CROSBY, PEVAR, RAYMOND – RAYMOND BEING HIS SON JAMES, WITH WHOM HE WAS REUNITED IN 1995 – TO ...

Garbage: Beautiful Garbage (Mushroom)*****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2001

THIRD AND arguably best album yet from Madison's finest. ...

ABC: Martin Fry: When Martin Sings…

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2001

"IT WAS GREAT doing interviews when I first started, cos I'd just tell everyone what a brilliant, worldwide phenomenon ABC were going to be as ...

Miles Davis: Live At The Fillmore East (March 7,1970): It's About That Time (Columbia/Legacy)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

FIERCE PRE-Bitches Brew live date at a rock venue. ...

Pulp: We Love Life (Island) *****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2001

After scrapped sessions and a delayed release date, Cocker & Co follow up 1998's This Is Hardcore, with Scott Walker at the controls ...

Songdog: Live at Borders, Oxford Street, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2001

SONGDOG'S LYNDON Morgans is unusually nervous before he starts to sing in the neutral atmosphere of this Uncut-sponsored gig. He knows most of the crowd ...

Starsailor: Love Is Here (EMI Chrysalis)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2001

MUCH-TOUTED debut from new kings of pain. ...

Television: Lightning Strikes

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

Lightning strikes with Marquee Moon, Television opened the door to post-punk ...

The Bangles: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2001

THE FACT that these four LA women played their own instruments was much remarked upon in the Eighties, as was Susanna Hoffs' beauty. But as ...

Ashley Park

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2001

CLASSIC WEST coast sounds direct from Vancouver. ...

Black Sabbath: The Complete '70s Replica CD Collection 1970-78

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

THE MYSTERY OF THE RIFF – so crucial to rock, so oddly neglected by critics. ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Various Compilations

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

From post-punk to dance crossover: Sheffield pioneers' mid-Eighties revisited The Original Sound Of Sheffield — The Best Of The Virgin/EMI Years Conform To Deform — The Virgin/EMI ...

David Blue, The Dillards, Fred Neil, Judy Collins, Judy Henske, Phil Ochs, Tim Buckley, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush: Elektra Label: Various Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2001

Twenty-album reissue programme commemorates a great Sixties label ...

Jackie Leven: Live at Borders Bookshop, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, December 2001

THE BIG denim-clad man sat in front of a generous generation-spanning audience looks at home surrounded by shelves full of books. This is to be ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

Sixth album from Brooklyn rap don ...

Little Feat: Snakes On Everything

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, December 2001

FOR A FEW moments, it sounded just like old times. Little Feat were rolling unhurriedly through 'Day Or Night', embellishing it with their traditional lopsided ...

Michael Jackson: Off The Wall*****, Thriller**** and Bad**** (Epic)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2001

RE-RELEASED SOLO albums include interviews with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton plus demos and unreleased tracks. ...

Miles Davis: The Complete 'In A Silent Way' Sessions (Columbia/Legacy)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2001

ANOTHER EPISODE in Columbia's complete reissue programme ...

Mull Historical Society: Loss

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2001

COLIN MACINTYRE on his messages from the edge of the world. ...

Paul Gorman: In Their Own Write: Adventures In The Music Press

Book Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2001

Perceptive, hysterical history of rock journalism — from the horses' mouths ...

A Certain Ratio, Alternative TV, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four, The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd, Scritti Politti, This Heat: Post-Punk: Lubricate Your Living Room

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

FORGET ABOUT THE NOSTALGIA-MONGERING AND KITSCH REVIVALISM – THE POST-PUNK PERIOD OF 1979-81 WAS AN ASTONISHINGLY FERTILE TIME FOR BRITISH MUSIC, WHEN INDIE LABELS FLOURISHED ...

Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong — Live Recordings (Parlophone) ***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2001

JAZZWANK ROADSHOW goes nuclear. ...

Scritti Politti: Everything's Gone Green

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2001

David Stubbs on Scritti Politti's subversive pop-soul masterpiece, Songs To Remember ...

Soft Cell: The Twelve Inch Singles (Mercury)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2001

TRIPLE CD pack of seminal sleazefests. ...

Soft Cell: Non-Stop Electronic Cabaret

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2001

BEHIND THE perky peroxide quiff and gym-toned body, Marc Almond is shitting himself. Almost two decades have passed since he last performed under the Soft ...

The Cure: The Cure Greatest Hits (Mercury) ****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2001

GALORE UPDATED: more jam-smeared love muffin, vicar? ...

Tindersticks: Live at Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2001

THE ALBERT Hall was surely built for Tindersticks. Actually, no, I've just done some in-depth historical research and it was built for other reasons, but ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series, Volume One — The Quine Tapes

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2001

Audience recordings of rare live gigs from 1969 ...

X: Los Angeles *****; Wild Gift ****; Under The Big Black Sun **** (Rhino/Warners)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2001

REMASTERED, EXPANDED reissues from the dark heart of California. ...

Cowboy Junkies: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2002

ARGUABLY, TORONTO'S Cowboy Junkies were the Neil Armstrong of alt.country. Their Trinity Session album of '88, recorded live in a church, dragged the forlorn mannerisms ...

Jeffrey Lewis

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2002

BIZARRE BUT brilliant New York "anti-folk" singer. ...

Madonna: GHV2

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2002

Second decade of hits and myths from La Ciccone — but no 'American Pie' ...

Michael Jackson: Invincible (Epic)**

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2002

Distressingly dull comeback from disputed King Of Pop ...

Paul McCartney: Driving Rain (Parlophone)

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, January 2002

ROCKIN' MACCA goes for live spontaneity. ...

Pink Floyd: Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, January 2002

Long-awaited greatest hits package from English progressive legends ...

Ryan Adams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, January 2002

I SAW rock'n'roll's future and its name is… all right, calm down everybody. ...

So Solid Crew: They Don't Know (Independiente/Relentless)****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, January 2002

Distinctive debut from UKG crew with colourful personal lives ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: The Golden Road (1965-1973) (Rhino/Warner Bros) *****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, January 2002

THE GRATEFUL DEAD are probably the most puzzling enigma in rock history. ...

The Handsome Family: Live at The Barbican, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2002

RENNIE SPARKS looks like a deep sea diver plucked out of water as she accompanies her husband on the miraculous 'Weightless Again'. There's a tube ...

Centro-matic: Distance And Clime

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

PROLIFIC LO-FI Texans have tape recorders at the ready ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemical Brothers: Come With Us (Freestyle Dust/Virgin)***

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 2002

PSYCHEDELIA-TINGED fourth offering from Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, featuring Beth Orton and Richard Ashcroft ...

Cornelius: Point (Matador)****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2002

ECLECTO-POP renaissance ape goes forward to the past on second worldwide release ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison

Obituary by Carol Clerk, Uncut, February 2002

'You know, life flows on within you and without you'– George Harrison ...

Goldfrapp: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2002

GOLDFRAPP, WHO like The Dandy Warhols have reason to be grateful to mobile phone ads, remain an enigma, despite burgeoning popularity. ...

John Coltrane: Live Trane: The European Tours (Pablo)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2002

MASSIVE BOX set of Coltrane's classic quartet in action. ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Beat The Devil

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

KELLY JOE Phelps is on stage at the Knitting Factory in New York City, one month after the World Trade Center's destruction, in front of ...

Manassas: The Feast Of Stephen

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, February 2002

ADAM SWEETING ON MANASSAS, STEPHEN STILLS' GROUNDBREAKING 1972 MIX OF COUNTRY AND ROCK ...

Mary Gauthier

Profile and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2002

FROM ALCOHOLIC to restaurateur to emotive songsmith ...

Paul Weller: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2002

HE COMES on jaunty, with a skip in his step, looking cool, refreshed, dapper, an upbeat northern soul soundtrack still ringing round the hall. He ...

Prince: The Rainbow Children (Redline Import) **

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2002

SQUIGGLE GOES cosmo-Biblical. ...

Spoon

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

SPIKY, POST-punk-inspired indie pop from Texas. ...

The Cash Brothers: Matt & Phred's Jazz Club, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2002

A SPARKLING jewel of one of Uncut's Unconditionally Guaranteed CD covermounts – along with star billing on the Loose 2 compendium – was The Cash ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols, The Undertones: Various Artists: Cash From Chaos: The Complete Punk Collection

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2002

Perverse selection – from New York Dolls to Gonads, Buzzcocks to Toy Dolls — misses chance to be definitive summary ...

Spoon: Britt Daniel: The Borderline, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, March 2002

Spoon's Girls Can Tell was near to being last year's best album. It compressed new wave melodies and twitching post-punk rhythms into songs of pristine ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2002

LONDON: DECEMBER, 1968. Moscow Road, Bayswater, just off the rowdy casbah din of Queensway with its hippie boutiques, bars, restaurants, buzzing crowds. There are three ...

Elbow: Shadows & Light

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2002

"TELL YOU WHAT we watched the other night," mumbles Guy Garvey into the mic, while tuning up onstage between two intensely moving songs. "The Last ...

Jim O'Rourke: The Art Of Noise

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2002

HEAR AN EXPERIMENTAL, ELECTRONIC RECORD THESE DAYS AND CHANCES ARE IT WILL HAVE CHICAGOAN JIM O'ROURKE'S NAME ON IT. ROB HUGHES MEETS THE 21ST CENTURY ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone: Don't Worry About Me (Sanctuary) ****

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, March 2002

HIS LONG-awaited solo album, posthumously released. ...

Outkast: OutKast: Kicking up a Stank (Arista) *****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2002

Best of dirty South rappers' first three albums interspersed with new material ...

Papa M: Whatever, Mortal (Domino)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2002

PRE-EMINENT US underground guitarist makes gothic country breakthrough. ...

Steely Dan: Decadent Diversions

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2002

IAN MacDONALD ON STEELY DAN'S DARK HORSE, GAUCHO ...

Tanya Donnelly: Beautysleep (4AD) ****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2002

LONG-AWAITED second album from former Throwing Muses/Belly star. ...

The Hives

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2002

STROKES? STRIPES? Fougeddabouddit! The swedes rock loudest. ...

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, U2, Willie Nelson, Wyclef Jean: Various Artists: America: A Tribute To Heroes

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2002

Star-Spangled Bummer:  Record of benefit concert/telethon for victims of September 11 ...

Billy Bragg: England, Half English (Cooking Vinyl)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2002

FIRST ORIGINAL album in six years from Bard of Barking, celebrating joys of collaboration and national diversity ...

Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, April 2002

IT'S PRETTY impressive for a 60-year-old who's spent most of the past three decades in rock's twilight zone. A three-hour show comprising hits, album cuts ...

Departure Lounge

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2002

'PASTORAL' ENGLISHMEN become the toast of Tennessee. ...

Elvis Costello: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2002

Second phase of Bonus-packed reissue programme for Costello catalogue ...

Factory Records and 24 Hour Party People

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

THEY SAID IT could never happen again. But here we are, trapped in a recurring dream. A chilly Friday night in a cavernous warehouse in ...

Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley: Shelley-Devoto: The Odd Couple

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2002

YOU HAVE BEEN parachuted into the middle of 1976. Text messaging, Hear'Say and Osama Bin Laden belong to an unknowable future, but The Sex Pistols ...

Steve Earle: Highway Blues

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2002

HOW STEVE EARLE'S GUITAR TOWN BROUGHT A NEW ATTITUDE TO NASHVILLE. ...

The Notwist

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

LAUGH ALONG to the post-rocking German boffins. ...

The Police

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

YOUR NAME IS Sting. You are the planet's biggest rock star. But lately you don't like what you see in the mirror. You seem to ...

The Sound: Destiny Stops Screaming

Retrospective by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2002

IT'S THE STUFF OF ROCK MYTH. GREAT MUSIC, CRITICAL ACCLAIM, A BLIGHTED CAREER THAT ENDS IN SUICIDE. CHRIS ROBERTS LOOKS BACK ON THE TRAGIC STORY ...

The Who: The Colosseum, Watford

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2002

'Tonight's show has The Who attacking and understanding their legacy more pointedly than at any time in the past 20 years' ...

XTC: A Coat Of Many Cupboards (Virgin) ****

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2002

FOUR-CD box set offers alternative history of quintessentially English pop group. ...

New Order: 24 Hour Party People: Faç Or Fiction?

Film/DVD Review by David Dalton, Uncut, May 2002

Directed by Michael Winterbottom; Starring Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, John Simm Opens April 5, Cert 15, 110 mins**** ...

13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic World Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Charly)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2002

BOXED COMPENDIUM of acid-fried Texan mindbenders. Includes lives, outtakes and alternate cuts on three remastered CDs. ...

A Certain Ratio: Early (Soul Jazz)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

BEFORE A CERTAIN Ratio there was The Pop Group but, the latter apart, no one can claim to have played an earlier role post-punk's then ...

Badly Drawn Boy: About A Boy (XL) ***

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

LIGHTWEIGHT BRITFLICK score finds Mercury winner treading water. ...

Bryan Ferry: Frantic (Virgin) *****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

LIVELY RETURN to form on Roxy roue's 11th solo opus. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: Grand Stand

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

SPRING 2002, and in a swanky London hotel bar men in suits still do a double take when Kevin Rowland walks past. They do that ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: Gangsta Scrap: Nick Broomfield’s Biggie And Tupac

Film/DVD Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

Suge Knight: the new Al Capone? Exposing the truth behind the Rap Wars ...

Grant Lee Buffalo, Grant-Lee Phillips: Grant-Lee Phillips

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

MICHAEL STIPE'S favourite band, Grant Lee Buffalo released four critically acclaimed albums through the mid-to late-Nineties, plus last year's "Best Of", Storm Hymnal. ...

Jack: Le Botanique, Brussels

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

THE BEAUTY of it, and also the pain, is that you never know quite what to expect from Jack's live shows. Loose-cannon bohemians, within 10 ...

Jimi Hendrix: Why Are You Experienced is Rock's Greatest Debut Album

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

'WE'LL WATCH THE SUN RISE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA...' ...

Josh Rouse: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

ON HIS SECOND LP, Home, Nashville-based Nebraskan Josh Rouse seemed to favour the brass-brushed country-soul sound of friend and fellow citizen Kurt Wagner. But new ...

Mull Historical Society: The Scala, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

THERE ARE blow-up sheep hanging from the ceiling, choirboys waiting in the wings and a brass section on stage, all auxiliary members of the rebel ...

Neil Young: Are You Passionate? (WEA) **

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2002

YOUNG GOES Stax, trips over shoe-laces. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Release (Parlophone)***

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2002

ON THEIR seventh album proper, PSBs go songful at home with Johnny Marr. ...

Position Normal: Goodly Time (Rum) *****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

VINYL-ONLY second LP from art-rock samplers in exclusive handprinted sleeve. ...

Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

David Stubbs commends Simple Minds' New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ...

The Specials: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2002

Digitally remastered and enhanced with two videos per disc, the Sound Of Young Coventry before The Streets ...

Bryan Ferry: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk: Bryan Ferry

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

AFTER LAST YEAR'S TRIUMPHANT REUNION TOUR WITH ROXY MUSIC, THE KING OF COOL RETURNS WITH A NEW SOLO ALBUM, FRANTIC, FEATURING SONGS INSPIRED BY MARILYN, ...

Buddy and Julie Miller: Buddy & Julie Miller

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

TEARS-IN-your-beer stuff from Nashville Mr and Mrs. ...

Larry Wallis, The Pink Fairies: Larry Wallis: I Thought You Were Dead

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

ONCE LABELLED "Hank Marvin on acid", Wallis was vocalist/guitarist in seminal UK space-rockers the Pink Fairies, penning 1973's classic Kings Of Oblivion. ...

Natalie Merchant

Comment by Carol Clerk, Uncut, June 2002

FORMER 10,000 Maniacs vocalist and lyricist on a record that changed her life: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust RCA 1972 ...

Pony Club: Home Truths

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2002

HEART-WRENCHING bedroom symphonies from Dublin. ...

Rosie Thomas

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

TRAGEDY AND comedy from homecoming queen of heartbreak. ...

Tom Waits: Everything Goes To Hell

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2002

ON A SUNNY Californian morning, Tom Waits pulls his family-size Suburban Chevrolet into the car park of Santa Rosa's Flamingo Hotel and begins to unpack ...

Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Neil Young: Shakey: Neil Young's biography by Jimmy McDonough

Book Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, September 2002

MOST ROCK stars realise they need to plug the new album and stir up column inches when concert tickets go on sale, but eventually it ...

Bruce Springsteen

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, September 2002

IF ALL YOU'VE ever seen of New Jersey is Newark airport or the bits they show you in the opening sequence of The Sopranos, you ...

David Bowie: Move Festival, Old Trafford, Manchester

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2002

WE'RE ALL primed for the set of Low and Heathen (in full) which he'd played in London the previous week. That'd do, of course: no ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sincity — The Very Best Of The Flying Burrito Brothers (Universal)****

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, September 2002

ALTHOUGH THEY fit neatly into the silver-stitched seams on the patchwork quilt that became the country-rock heritage centre, The Flying Burrito Brothers were neither as ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Calypso Facto

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2002

OFF THE COAST OF ME***FRESH FRUIT IN FOREIGN PLACES*****TROPICAL GANGSTERS***DOPPELGANGER**(All Universal) ...

Liars: They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 2002

Sweet deceivers ...

My Computer: Vulnerabilia

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 2002

New Manchester duo fuse druggy songwriting and dance beats with astonishing results ...

New Order: Move Festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2002

SINCE SETTING aside old bones of contention four years ago, New Order's Indian summer has seemed one long, breathless, last-skitter-of-the-dice party. ...

Roddy Frame: Surf (Redemption)****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 2002

UNPLUGGED SOLO outing from Glaswegian Peter Pan. ...

Warren Zevon: Life'll Kill Ya

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2002

PITTSBURGH, 1989: WEREWOLF IN THE MALL "I'd read things I didn't know I'd done/It sounded like a lot of fun..." (Warren Zevon, 'Trouble Waiting to Happen') ...

Death In Vegas: Scorpio Rising (BMG) ***

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2002

Brighter follow-up to 1999's The Contino Sessions, featuring Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller on vocals. ...

Green On Red: Paisley Source

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

ROB HUGHES ON THE DARK AMERICAN GEM THAT WAS GREEN ON RED'S THIRD LP ...

My Computer: MY COMPUTER: Vulnerabilia

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, October 2002

YOU COULD get the wrong impression about My Computer from Vulnerabilia, as raved about everywhere from Uncut ("the most original debut LP by a Manchester ...

Soft Cell: Cruelty Without Beauty (Cooking Vinyl) ****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, October 2002

ORIGINAL CHEMICAL brothers make timely comeback ...

Spoon: Kill The Moonlight (12XU) ****

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, October 2002

FAST FOLLOW-UP to Texans' 2001 post-punk pop classic Girls Can Tell ...

The Coral: Everybody's Talking About…

Profile by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

...

The Fall: Totally Wired — The Rough Trade Anthology/The Rough Trade Singles Box (Sanctuary) ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2002

Northern white crap that talks back meets west London liberals: early-Eighties Fall on Rough Trade ...

The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash/Stink EP/Hootenanny/Let It Be (Twin/Tone/Rykodisc)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

IT'S EARLY 1987. Amid a fug of coke-induced paranoia, unruly punk misanthropists the Replacements have snuck back into the Minneapolis studio of Twin/Tone Records. Convinced ...

The Who: My Generation Deluxe Edition (Polydor) ****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, October 2002

BEFORE NEW, larger sound systems ushered in rock in 1966-7, there was beat music, a tighter, more driving sound based on pushing club-scale amplification to ...

Underworld: A Hundred Days Off (JBO) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2002

FIRST ALBUM by electronic dance act now a duo since departure of Darren Emerson ...

Elvis Costello: Mighty Like A Rose

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2002

SUMMER 1991, AND Elvis Costello's kingdom was about to crumble. In the world outside, it was the year of Screamadelica, Nevermind, Blue Lines and dance ...

John Lennon

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2002

THE LAST THREE YEARS OF the decade he had to an almost unbelievable extent inspired and defined had been for John Lennon a sullen, hellish ...

The Rolling Stones Play With Fire

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2002

IF IT'S DIFFICULT to understand the initial impact of The Beatles without understanding the nature of their times and society, it's quite impossible to understand ...

Josh T. Pearson: Upstairs At The Spitz, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2002

YOU CAN'T SEE his fearsome, feral face any more. It's covered by a beard so vast and wild at first you think Josh Pearson's become ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, December 2002

ON DECEMBER 18 next year, he'll celebrate, simultaneously, his 60th birthday and 20 years of marriage to Patti Hansen. He's a father of four, and ...

Pearl Jam: State Of The Union

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2002

SEPTEMBER 11, 2002, and the battle lines are being drawn across Seattle. Flick the channels on your TV and you'll hear America speaking in one ...

Goldfrapp: Black Cherry (Mute)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2003

JUST WHEN WE thought there was nothing left in the moribund corpse of trip-hopping soundtrack Euromuzak, along came Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory to breathe ...

The Bush Tetras, E.S.G., Scritti Politti, The Strokes: Various Artists: Yes New York/New York Noise/Post Punk 01

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2003

AH MANHATTAN, so much to answer for – and so in vogue as a rock metropolis after decades as a Hip Hop Mecca. Yes New ...

Fleetwood Mac: Say You Will (Reprise)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

MORE THAN most bands, Fleetwood Mac elicit complex, unresolved feelings. On the one hand they're the ultimate mainstream soft-rock dinosaur, pass masters of glossy emotions ...

Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears (Lost Highway)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

IT STARTS WITH A shivery vibrato guitar, straight off one of those '60s New York soul ballads – Betty Harris' 'Cry To Me', perhaps, or ...

Lucinda Williams: The Albums

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

A concise guide to the Williams oeuvre before World Without Tears ...

MC5: Motor Boys Motor: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2003

What's left of the MC5 kick out those jams again with help (and hindrance) from Dave Vanian, Ian Astbury and a razor-sharp Lemmy ...

The White Stripes: Rock & Roll Animal: The White Stripes: Elephant (XL) *****

Review and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2003

Fourth album proves crowning glory of Detroit duo's meteoric career to date ...

Steely Dan: Curbing Their Enthusiasm: Steely Dan

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2003

THIS IS TOO, TOO PERFECT: Steely Dan strolling into a sleek hotel suite in Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean sparkling through the window behind them. ...

Pink Floyd: The Making of The Final Cut

Retrospective and Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, June 2003

AT THE end of 1979, when Pink Floyd released The Wall, they were at the height of their fame and glory. A double album, it ...

Pink Floyd: The Making of Dark Side Of The Moon

Retrospective and Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, June 2003

ROGER WATERS (BASS, VOCALS, VCS3, TAPE EFFECTS, LYRICS) ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Deborah Harry

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2003

YOU'RE LOOKING as fabulous as ever, Ms Harry. ...

Gillian Welch: Soul Journey (Acony)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

GILLIAN WELCH, with her hard 'G', is indisputably a Good Thing. Tall and gawky, decidedly non-photogenic, Gillian gives hope to all of us who contend ...

Neil Young: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

SO HE hasn't made a truly compelling record since 1994's Sleeps With Angels. So he's been treading water with sleepy albums like Silver and Gold ...

Elbow: Northern Angels: Elbow

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

CAN THIS REALLY be Manchester? Two days have passed since thousands of Italian footie fans flooded the city for the Champs' League Final and the ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: The Ballad of John & Yoko

Retrospective and Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, September 2003

IT'S THE summer of 1969, and John and Yoko are in bed in room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal. They are in their ...

David Sylvian, Japan: David Sylvian

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2003

So, David Sylvian, you live halfway up a mountain in New England?"That's the way it is", laughs the singer (and yes, he does laugh. Asked ...

The Chemical Brothers, Flaming Lips: King Coyne Meets The Chemicals Uptown: A Summit Meeting with the Lips and the Chems

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2003

SOMEHOW IT WAS inevitable that the Chemical Brothers – those High Priests of the rock/dance interface – would one day work with Oklahoma City's Finest. ...

Love: The Forever Changes Concert

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2003

FOREVER CHANGES is one of those "classic" albums that should have dated but miraculously hasn't. Heavy-handedly paranoid, the product of a strange rock/soul miscegenation, quaintly ...

Super Furry Animals: Phantom Power

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, Summer 2003

IT MAKES some kind of super furry sense that Phantom Power - coming after the homegrown, lo-fi Mwng and the big-budget, all-bells-and-whistles Rings Around The ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Million Dollar Bash: Dylan and The Band

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, Fall 2003

A LOT OF MUSICIANS have played with Bob Dylan over the last forty-odd years, but none of them has quite had the special relationship with ...

Psych-Out

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

SUSAN (The Trip) Strasberg is a deaf Carole Chaplin döppelganger at large in Haight-Ashbury in this hilariously inept 1968 "look" at the counterculture. Jack Nicholson, ...

The Trip

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

BEFORE THE TRIP starts, an earnest middle-aged voice warns us that we’re about to witness "a shocking commentary on a prevalent trend of our time". ...

Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (CBS, 1966)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

RADICAL AND then some: a double album in ‘66, with a blurred vertical Bob running horizontally across the sleeve and Nashville sessionmen playing behind a ...

Courtney Love: America’s Sweetheart

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

Lady Cobain emerges from rehab to release her debut solo album. ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST, 1984)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

IF PUNK WAS inherently anti-double-album, early ‘80s hardcore had no such qualms about going into extra time. When mighty Minneapolitans Hüsker Dü journeyed to the ...

Outkast: OutKast: Speakboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

THE YIN AND YANG of epicene dandy André 3000 and straight-up, pit-bull-ownin’ Big Boi may yet prove OutKast’s undoing. If so, the duo at least ...

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (Motown, 1976)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

BERRY GORDY’S former boy genius already had a string of single-album masterpieces under his belt when he put his signature on summer ‘76 with this ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: The Achievement of Madness: Performance

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

PERFORMANCE only gets better with the passing years. A key late ‘60s text, Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg’s film brings two Swinging London worlds together ...

Charlatans, The (US): The Charlatans: San Francisco 1969

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

Reissue of the trailblazing Haight-Ashbury band’s official but very belated debut. ...

The Monkees: Head

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

The "Prefab Four" star in self-deconstructing Help!-on-acid, scripted by joker Jack Nicholson. ...

Wasn’t Born to Follow: Easy Rider

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

THE COUNTERCULTURE B-movie that went overground and kick-started the rebellious auteurism of ‘70s Hollywood, Easy Rider is at once mildly dated and compellingly authentic. ...

Big Star: Big Star Story (Rykodisc)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2004

Mildly unsatisfactory smattering of tracks by genius Memphis quartet/trio – the acme of twisted '70s power pop. ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Expanded); Adventure (Expanded) (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2004

BEFORE THE Sex Pistols there was New York's Lower East Side: trash aesthetes with short hair, kinky vixens in B-movie stilettos. Kids with minor drug ...

Moby Grape: Crosstalk: The Best of Moby Grape (Sony Music UK)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2004

YOU COULD SAY it was all there in the name: Melville’s white whale meets Dionysus, with suitably catastrophic results. But Californian quintet Moby Grape, the ...

James Brown: Super Bad: James Brown

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2004

JAMES BROWN’S road manager Charles Bobbitt takes me to one side and places a friendly paw on my forearm. ...

Fleetwood Mac Go Their Own Way

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, March 2004

There's a hip young gunslinger of Uncut's acquaintance in the audience tonight who normally writes about futuristic electronic dance music for a well-known weekly music ...

Lambchop: Tracks of His Tears: Kurt Wagner and Lambchop

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2004

IT’S KURT Wagner who spots The Nipple. ...

Kaleidoscope: Pulsating Dream: The Epic Recordings (Acadia/Evangeline)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2004

The complete ‘66-’70 works of insanely eclectic LA ensemble beloved of Jimmy Page. ...

The Chi-Lites: The Complete Chi-Lites on Brunswick, Vols. 1 and 2 (Edsel)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2004

Definitive comp of Windy City vocal-group soulsters beloved of Tony Soprano. ...

Jim White: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus ****

Film/DVD Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2004

SHOWING FOR A limited time at London's National Film Theatre prior to an airing on television this is film-maker Andrew Douglas' road trip through America's ...

The Faces: Last Orders: The Faces’ Five Guys Walk Into a Bar… (Rhino)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2004

Ian McLagan-compiled 4-CD box of scattered odds/sods from ultimate ‘70s boogie’n’ballads lad-band fronted by Rod the (Ex-)Mod. Dedicated to the late Ronnie Lane. ...

The Blue Nile

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2004

HIGH IS THE BLUE NILE'S fourth album in twenty one years. It is – and shame on you if you doubted – worth the wait. ...

The Incredible String Band: The Incredible String Band/The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE FIRST ISB albums in a two-fer-one release. The ISB (1966) is a more-or-less conventional Scots-trad folk effort by the original trio of Robin Williamson, ...

The Associates: Boys Keep Swinging: The Associates’ Singles

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

All the 45s from the sublime Scottish duo who briefly threatened to run away with the ‘80s pop circus. ...

Burrito Deluxe: The Whole Enchilada

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Inoffensive country rock featuring original Burrito Brother Sneaky Pete Kleinow plus Band deity Garth Hudson on keyboards. ...

Carly Simon: Anticipation

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

PRE-"YOU’RE SO Vain" and pre-marriage-to-James-Taylor, the leggy and large-mouthed Park Avenue Jewess made two pleasant 1971 albums of melodiously laid-back adult pop. LA-flavoured and sprinkled ...

Earth Opera: Earth Opera/The Great American Eagle Tragedy

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE NAME suggested some frightful prog entity, but Earth Opera were essentially Boston bluegrassers Peter Rowan and David Grisman, a pair intent on chucking tradition ...

Ed Harcourt: Strangers

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Third set from Sussex singer-songwriter and follow-up to last year’s acclaimed From Every Sphere. ...

Interpol

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2004

AT NO POINT during this interview do any of us snort intoxicants off the spines of tawny hookers or clamber naked to the top of ...

John Martyn: Mad Dog Days

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Two-CD set of mainly live jazz-folk genius from the early ‘70s to the mid-‘90s, with bonus DVD interview from last year. ...

Judy Collins: Judy Collins 3/In Concert

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

ARGUABLY THE best female folk voice of the age, Judy Collins brought a fresh commercial edge to the early ‘60s East Coast folk revival. Her ...

James Brown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers/James Brown: Hyde Park, London, 20th June

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

JUST HOW SERIOUSLY can you take the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Or am I missing the point? ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Butterfield Blues Band: The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw/In My Own Dream

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE 1967 departure of BB Band axedude Mike Bloomfield provided fellow Windy City man Elvin Bishop with the chance to come in and revamp Paul ...

The Dillards: Pickin’ and Fiddlin’/Wheatstraw Suite/Copperfields

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

WHEN DOUGLAS and Rodney Dillard’s quartet hit Los Angeles in 1963 they blew everyone’s minds. Playing bluegrass with fuck-you rock’n’roll attitude, they wasted the competition ...

The Saints: All Times Through Paradise (EMI)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

4-CD box set of bolshy Ozpunks' three late '70s albums and unreleased Live in London set from late '77, plus numerous out/alternate takes, B-sides and ...

Teenage Fanclub: Various Artists: What a Concept! A Salute to Teenage Fanclub

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

HOW DO WE love Teenage Fanclub? Let us count the ways on this fine tribute album, which consists of 24 mainly Yank versions of Fannies ...

Jeff Buckley: Grace (Legacy Edition) (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2004

Remastered version of the original 1994 album with second CD of outtakes/rarities and DVD of Grace vids and footage of Buckley in Bearsville, New York. ...

Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill (Domino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

WHEN ELLIOTT SMITH died last year, he left behind a large number of tracks from which he was assembling the follow-up to 2000's Figure 8. ...

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Delivery Man (Mercury)***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 2004

EMERGING FROM AN uneven middle period of marital discord, free-range experimentation and ill-advised beards, the artist formerly known as Declan MacManus appears to have upped ...

Elliott Smith: Shooting Star: Elliott Smith

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

A YEAR AGO I was sitting in the Los Angeles living room of Mr. Roger Steffens, curator of a huge Bob Marley archive that was ...

Tom Waits: Real Gone (Anti/Epitaph)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

SINCE IT’S HARD and possibly verboten to say a bad word about Tom Waits, unholy shaman of whacked-out Americana, I’ll content myself with expressing a ...

U2 and the Making of Achtung Baby

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 2004

TOYKO, LATE 1993, somewhere in the fast-forward blur of the dying 20th century. As the biggest, loudest, most expensive and technically ambitious rock tour in ...

John Peel RIP

Obituary by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2004

LONG BEFORE we met, John Peel felt like a good friend. For those millions of us who spent our adolescence glued to his late-night radio ...

Sufjan Stevens: Sufjian Stevens: Illinois

Review by Andy Gill, Uncut, 2005

IN AN AGE when the commercial imperative has reduced the notion of ideal musical production to one of recycling old techno riffs, slapping a treated ...

The Streets: The Hardest Way To Make A Living (679) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, 2005

MIKE SKINNER'S EXISTENCE has been transformed by success and fortune. It's a fortune accrued by observing, in startlingly prosaic detail, a life of Wetherspoons and ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Wailers: The Wailers: Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong/Island)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2005

CATCH A FIRE set the world alight but Burnin’ got it blazing. By the time Eric Clapton took the album’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ to ...

Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones: Brian Jones: The Life Of Brian

Retrospective by Carol Clerk, Uncut, February 2005

IT'S CLOSE to midnight on Wednesday, July 2, 1969, and Brian Jones is dead in the deep end of his swimming pool. ...

Mercury Rev: The Secret Migration (V2)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2005

Follow-up to 2001's All Is Dream, recorded in the band's own Kingston studio by the core Rev trio of Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper and Jeff Mercel. ...

Tom Waits: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2005

SO MANY desperate, disappointed people loitered without hope outside the Apollo for this show that one felt vaguely ashamed being in possession of a ticket. ...

Beck: Guero

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2005

Funky-go-lucky yin to the mournful Drake-meets-Gainsbourg yang of Sea Change. ...

Judee Sill: Spirited Away

Retrospective by Mick Houghton, Uncut, April 2005

UNTIL RECENTLY, Judee Sill and her two Asylum albums were all but forgotten. Her story is so tragic as to be nearly unbelievable, the antithesis ...

Rufus Wainwright: Want Two

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2005

LATE LAST YEAR Rufus Wainwright was a guest on Tom Robinson's BBC6 radio show, answering questions about music, life and celebrity while pointedly avoiding allusion ...

Jimmy Webb: Almost Blue: Jimmy Webb

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2005

JIMMY WEBB is sad. He looks around him at the world we inhabit and sees culture nose-diving everywhere. Subtlety is squeezed, ambiguity flattened. People don’t ...

Stevie Wonder Takes His Time

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2005

BY THE SMALL HOURS of Saturday morning, L.A.'s Koreatown district is hushed and still. The odd car rattles along Western Avenue, but most of the ...

Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson: Winter in America (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

A MASTERWORK of ghetto melancholia and stark political gravitas, Winter in America showcases Scott-Heron and Jackson at their most witheringly unsentimental but also their most ...

Ry Cooder: Man of the World: Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

RYLAND PETER COODER is a man out of time – at the very least a fish out of water. In London to promote his superb ...

Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

AFTER A DECADE of travels that's taken him from Timbuktu to Cuba, Ry Cooder has come home to shine a light on a shameful episode ...

Frank Black: Honeycomb

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2005

MUCH HAS changed in the world of Chester Thompson, aka Frank Black, in the last two years. He's parted company from trusty sidekicks the Catholics, ...

Goldfrapp: Supernature (Mute)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2005

GOLDFRAPP took a big chance when they abandoned the swoonsome muzak of 2001's Felt Mountain for the kinky machinery of 2003's glamtastic Black Cherry. Few ...

Elbow: Leaders of the Free World (V2)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2005

Third album from Mancunian quintet, self-produced at the city's Blueprint studio. ...

Scott Walker: Classics and Collectibles

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2005

THE SCOTT WALKER of the '60s and '70s - of Classics and Collectibles - is all about tragic grandeur colliding with Easy Listening: Bergman movies ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash/Daylight Again

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2006

CSN WAS BORN of dissolution, the fruit of fragmenting times. They kicked off a second wave of post-Sunset Strip/British Invasion music, loose affiliations of longhairs ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Singles As and Bs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2006

DO YOU BELIEVE in the magic of a great pop song? The Lovin' Spoonful did. On 1965's jaunty 'Do You Believe In Magic', their first ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: At War with the Mystics

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, April 2006

THERE WAS SOMETHING so ultimate about the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, emphasized by its release in the last year of the 20th Century, you ...

Kris Kristofferson

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2006

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is tough to nail. Uncut first catches him, fleetingly, en route to the airport at his home in Maui. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sultans Of Swamp

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2006

LORD KNOWS, Lynyrd Skynyrd had seen it coming. On the flight from Florida to South Carolina, the band's Convair 240 tour plane had begun spewing ...

Primal Scream, The Stone Roses: Primal Scream: An interview with Mani

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, May 2006

LEGENDARY HEDONIST and bassman Gary 'Mani' Mounfield talks about Primal Scream, Roses reunion rumours and the "Mexican stand-off" between his former bandmates... ...

Ian Brown: Q&A with Ian Brown

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, May 2006

MARCH 2006, and King Monkey is swinging from the ceiling of his record label offices, grinning as he tapes over the smoke alarm for an ...

Shack: Heads Down: Shack

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2006

MARCH 2006, and in Liverpool feral rat-faced folk with the lean and hungry look seem to be everywhere. Junkies - on the street or selling ...

The Stone Roses: The Resurrection of the Stone Roses: Ian's Story

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2006

MARCH 2006, and King Monkey is swinging from the ceiling of his record label offices, grinning as he tapes over the smoke alarm for an ...

Dusty Springfield: Complete As and Bs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2006

OF ALL THE overused terms that blight today’s pop culture, "icon" surely grates the most. In these inane post-Warhol times, everybody is an icon and ...

P. F. Sloan: The Stars That Fame Forgot: P. F. Sloan

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2006

"P.F. Sloan gave us arguably the first real 'protest rock'. It wasn't folk music anymore, it was ROCK AND ROLL protest music. 'Eve of Destruction' ...

Lambchop: Damaged

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2006

THERE WAS a time when Kurt Wagner’s Lambchop dwelled in the very eye of the alt.Americana hurricane: a folksy but literate Nashville troupe making highbrow ...

Syd Barrett: A Blind Date With Syd

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Uncut, September 2006

Former Melody Maker writer Chris Welch recalls a brief encounter with Barrett in 1967 ...

The Raconteurs and the making of 'Steady, as She Goes'

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2006

IF EVER A record begged to be released on 7" vinyl it was the Raconteurs' 'Steady, as She Goes'. Redolent of an era when people ...

Free: "Your Average Bloke Chatting Up Your Average Chick": Free's 'All Right Now'

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2007

'ALL RIGHT NOW' is one of the quintessential cock-rockers – a cruder, more pub-rockish 'Whole Lotta Love'. It's the sound of the longhaired male predator ...

Neil Young: Live at the Fillmore East

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2007

IN THE CONTINUING absence of his Archives we clutch at any morsels dispensed from Neil Young's table. Long a live bootleg classic - as well ...

Lucinda Williams: West

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2007

MUCH IS MADE of Lucinda Williams the writer, the poet of southern aches and pains. Time magazine called her "America's Best Songwriter" and the New ...

Tinariwen: Aman: Water Is Life

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2007

WHEN THEY FIRST formed in the Libyan guerilla camps of the late ‘70s, Tinariwen referred to their music simply as "guitar". And no wonder. Electric ...

Lee Hazlewood: Cake or Death

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2007

BARTON LEE Hazlewood remains the cult artist's cult artist, an American maverick who's operated by his own supremely offbeat rules ever since producing Sanford Clark's ...

Grinderman, Nick Cave: Grinderman: Grinderman

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2007

THE NEW NAME - the alter ego, the Bad Seeds doppelganger - sounds like some hideous Saw-style horror flick. Nick Cave recasts The Hitcher in ...

Air: Pocket Symphony

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2007

SO HIP THEY'RE passé, sexy geekboys Air continue to mine the seam of elegiac futurism wowed ten thousand ad executives back in '98. After the ...

Joe Strummer

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2007

JOE STRUMMER was a fascinating bunch of guys. The former Clash frontman was both romantic idealist and career opportunist, anarchist rebel and proud patriot, hippie ...

Nick Drake: Family Tree

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2007

LISTEN TO NICK DRAKE with one ear and you'll hear a (self-)parody of the Sensitive Young Troubadour – the posh Poor Boy, long ways from ...

PJ Harvey: White Chalk (Island)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2007

IN THE AGE of Amy Winehouse it's worth remembering the shock that was Polly Jean Harvey when she blasted out of the West Country 15 ...

The Band, Levon Helm: Levon Helm: Dirt Farmer

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2007

LEVON HELM was the southern heart of that essentially Canadian group The Band, the drummer/singer/mandolinist who gave Robbie Robertson's songs their corn-starch authenticity. Helm it ...

Alison Krauss, Robert Plant: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Review by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, 2008

THE PAIRING OF the wily old tomcat and the classy country thrush turns out as magically in reality as it seemed unlikely on paper. ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono: Special Occasions

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, January 2008

THOUGHTS FROM YOKO ONO ON THE EVE OF JOHN LENNON'S BIRTHDAY (OCTOBER 9, 2007) IN ICELAND, WHERE SHE INAUGURATED THE IMAGINE PEACE TOWER IN HIS ...

The Beach Boys: Mister Optimism: Mike Love Talks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2008

OVER 45 YEARS have passed since three Californian brothers and their first cousin formed a rocking little combo that harmonized angelically on classic songs about ...

Adele: The Great White Hype: Adele's 19

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2008

SOME DAYS it feels like we've time-traveled back to the early Eighties, when every other month coughed up a new BEST WHITE SOUL VOICE YOU'VE ...

Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch (Reprise)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2008

Tom Petty's glorified Florida bar band gets around to cutting its debut album after 35 years. ...

Little Feat: Album By Album: Little Feat

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2008

Lowell George was a Hollywood one-off: a swarthy movie-brat beatnik with a white-negro larynx and a keeningly sensual slide-guitar style. In late '69 he formed ...

Ry Cooder: I, Flathead (Nonesuch)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2008

Final instalment of Cooder's "trilogy" time-traveling back to '40's/'50s California, here exploring a lost world of steel guitarists and salt-flat drag racers. Comes complete with ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Reissues

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2008

40th Anniversary editions of the first six platters by John Fogerty's Bay Area swamp-billies, complete with bonus tracks and authoritative liners. ...

Kings of Leon: Kings Of Leon: Only By The Night

Review and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, October 2008

WHEN THE KINGS Of Leon recorded their Holy Roller Novocaine EP in 2002, they were musical novices ranging in age from 15 to 22, but ...

Gillian Welch: Gilllian Welch: Revival/Hell Among the Yearlings/Time (the Revelator)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2009

Reissues of first three albums by the high priestess of "American Primitive" and partner David Rawlings. ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Film/DVD Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2009

CHAS CHANDLER, whose avuncular Geordie tones weave in and out of this absorbing "Making Of" doc, recalled the sessions for Electric Ladyland as "a long-drawn-out ...

The Specials 2009. But Where's Jerry?

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2009

SLIGHTLY DOWNWIND of Pentonville Prison in a north London photographer's studio, six Specials are posing for their first pictures since 1981. ...

U2: Remembering The Unforgettable Fire

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2009

YOU TOO COULD love U2, if you could only transport yourself back to a time when their fundamental pomposity and crusading bad faith weren't such ...

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

Film/DVD Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2009

4-DVD, 2-Blue-Ray set comprising the original 1970 documentary of the ultimate rock festival, with two hours of new footage plus a new 50-minute documentary about ...

The Band, Levon Helm: The Shape I'm In: Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2009

IF LEVON HELM'S studios have a Green Room, then this must be it. A ramshackle den leading off a homely wooden kitchen, it's currently crawling ...

The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes: 'There's a Voice in Me Saying Slow Down': Jack White Looks Back

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2009

WE'RE COMING to the end of a punishingly intense set by the Dead Weather, the second side-project band formed by Jack White of the White ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Album by Album: Rickie Lee Jones

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

THOUGH SHE will always carry the pop albatross that was her Top 5 hit 'Chuck E's in Love' (1979), Rickie Lee Jones remains one of ...

The Nazz, Todd Rundgren: Todd Rundgren: Album By Album

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

TODD RUNDGREN IS the Philadelphia-born whizzkid who could and should have been the biggest star of the '70s. Next month the man John Lennon referred ...

David Rawlings, Gillian Welch: Dave Rawlings Machine: A Friend of a Friend

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2010

ANYONE WHO EVER felt that David Rawlings hid his light under Gillian Welch's bushel – never getting the full credit he merited as her partner ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Reborn to Boogie: Marc Bolan

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2010

THERE IS ONLY one Starman in the room right now and his name is David Bowie. Flying high after his Top 5 astral novelty hit ...

David Bowie: Turn and Face The Strange: David Bowie and the Making Of Hunky Dory

Retrospective by Bill DeMain, Uncut, April 2011

JANUARY, 1971. There was trouble in outer space. Major Tom's signal was growing fainter by the day. And Ziggy Stardust was still an undefined blip ...

The Thrills: 2002-2007 (EMI Catalogue)

Review by Kate Allen, Uncut, October 2011

Going back to Big Sur with Dublin's lost psych-poppers ...

Feist: Metals (Polydor)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, November 2011

LESLIE FEIST'S career path has been a zigzag. The Nova Scotia-born, Toronto-based artist played guitar with rapper Peaches (who nicknamed her Bitch Lap Lap) and ...

Brian Eno & J. Peter Schwalm: Drawn From Life

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, 2013

Mid-life mellowness from ambient Zen master and fellow eggheads ...

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