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Vox was a British music magazine, first issued in October 1990. It was published by IPC Media and was later billed as a monthly sister-magazine to IPC's music weekly, the New Musical Express.

Bob Dylan: The Untouchable

Report by Nick Kent, Vox, October 1990

HIS HOUSE IS FALLING DOWN, HE FREAKS OUT HIS BANDS MAKING UP SONGS MID-GIG, AND HE SPORTS A NICE LINE IN HOODED ANORAKS. BUT WHEN ...

Happy Mondays: Ryders On A Storm: Happy Mondays in The Altered States of America

Report and Interview by Betty Page, Vox, October 1990

"GET THAT THING off, man... get that dangerous f***ingmotherf***ing thing off!" Shaun Ryder has just had the tip of my sleek black Olympus micro-cassette machine ...

Morrissey: Bona Contention

Interview by Len Brown, Vox, November 1990

Morrissey could probably have done without the last year, and there's a been a few none too kind hacks and hackettes who say we could ...

Neil Young: This Young Will Run and Run

Interview by Nick Kent, Vox, November 1990

NEIL YOUNG'S manager Elliot Roberts told me: "He's doing interviews now because he's got things he wants to say. There's a lot of things going ...

Pet Shop Boys: Behaviour (Parlophone)

Review by Betty Page, Vox, November 1990

THE VEXED QUESTION is: what do we expect of The Pet Shop Boys? We expect, perhaps, in no particular order: excellent tunes, impossible-to-forget hooks; wry ...

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile/Wild Honey; Beach Boys Concert/Live In London

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vox, November 1990

WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT Smiley Smile (1967) as a spotty 15-year-old in the mid-'70s, I was pretty astounded by how radically wacko it was. I'd ...

The Shamen: En-Tact (One Little Indian)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, November 1990

THE PHUTURE is now. The Shamen once riffed and jangled in anoraks, got into splintered hip-hop iconoclasm for the magnificent In Gorbachev We Trust album ...

Happy Mondays: Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches (Factory)

Review by Betty Page, Vox, December 1990

IT MAY TAKE a while for the nation to be convinced of Happy Mondays' worth, to believe that they're not drug-dealing lowlife scum pissing around ...

Inspiral Carpets: Cowabunga!

Report by Betty Page, Vox, December 1990

THE MUTANT HERO TURTLES HAVEN'T HIT JAPAN YET, BUT FOR THE MOMENT THE LOCALS ARE OBSESSED WITH A DAFT LITTLE COW WITH SPIRALLY EYES. WE ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page

Interview by Nick Kent, Vox, December 1990

In days of yore, communication breakdowns with the press suggested Jimmy Page was a dazed and confused prince of heavy metal. With Zeppelin reissues breaking ...

Paul Simon: Across The Tracks: The Rhythm of the Saints

Interview by Gavin Martin, Vox, December 1990

'Obvious Child' "I THOUGHT IF anything was going to be a single it would be that. I thought that as soon as we recorded the drums, ...

Steely Dan: A Dan for all Seasons

Discography by Fred Dellar, Vox, December 1990

One more glance through the rock files to evaluate the deeds and doings of Steely Dan. Flicking the pages – Fred Dellar ...

The Cure: Mixed Up Kid

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, December 1990

If Disintegration led to just that for self-confessed 'English werewolf in Crawley' Robert Smith, what on earth will happen to him with the release of ...

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan, Walter Becker: Steely Dan: Desperate For Dan

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, January 1991

No, there won't be a Steely Dan reunion. But the good news for those still checked in at the Hotel California is that songwriting partners ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: First Charlatango In Paris

Interview by James Brown, Vox, January 1991

The story so far… Completely unknown nine months ago and still reeling from a Number One hit album. The Charlatans have just made their first ...

The Sundays: They Do Like Sundays

Interview by Len Brown, Vox, January 1991

They do like the sundays in japan, where their three-rs album title was renamed for local pronunciation and they like 'em in the States. Despite ...

Alexander O'Neal: Alexander O’Neal

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vox, February 1991

WHATEVER happened to the black ladykiller, that oversized teddy bear in a Versace suit serenading womankind with a cordless microphone in one hand and a ...

EMF: An Unbelievable Rise To Fame

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Vox, February 1991

EMF ARE YOUNG, GOOD-LOOKING, LOUD AND HAVE BAD ATTITUDES. THEY ARE ALSO AMAZINGLY SUCCESSFUL. IS IT DOWN TO HYPE OR TALENT? BETTY PAGE INVESTIGATES. ...

Ocean Colour Scene: New Midland Talent: Ocean Colour Scene

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, February 1991

THE SAGA SO FAR: Manchester is out, Liverpool is in (again), Bristolians are as sore as ever and good London bands don't exist. Where this ...

Dinosaur Jr: Doin' The Dinosaur

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Vox, March 1991

Will Dinosaur Jr go monster now they're signed with the corporate might of Warners? Edwin Pouncey says Oi! to the band who claim The 4-Skins ...

Tanita Tikaram: All Grown Up with Nowhere to Go?

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1991

TANITA TIKARAM DOESN'T think she is famous and can't bear to call herself a celebrity. ...

Transvision Vamp: Whatever Happened To Baby James?

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, March 1991

Exploiter or exploited? Rock Bitch or just bitched at? Either way Wendy James just lurrves the attention – and the dosh. Betty Page probes for ...

Jesus Jones: Ego Freak Out

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1991

NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROCK'N'ROLLER – THAT'S MIKE EDWARDS, PRIME PROPHET OF JESUS JONES, WHO SHUNS SEX'N'DRUGS AND READS MACHIAVELLI ON TOUR. STEPHEN DALTON SOAKED UP ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni Rides Home

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, April 1991

JONI MITCHELL MAY HAVE CUT HER MUSICAL TEETH DURING THE ERA OF LOVE AND PEACE BUT SHE TAKES NONE TOO KINDLY TO COMPARISONS WITH TODAY'S ...

Lenny Kravitz: Lenny Be Me

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, April 1991

Lenny Kravitz doesn't want an image. It's music that matters. He'd rather be in a studio and miserable than outside having fun. Bruce Dessau tracked ...

R.E.M.: Out Of Time (WEA)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1991

THEY MUST have scratched their heads at Burbank when R.E.M. delivered Out Of Time. Far from capitalising on the success of Green, where America's most ...

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized: Spaceman 3: Two Into Three Won't Go

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1991

...OR, WE TWO WERE THREE. THE SPACEMEN THREE, THAT IS. PETER AND JASON, TO BE PRECISE. BUT WHILE THIS PAIR OF SPACE CADETS WERE ONCE ...

Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 (Columbia)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, May 1991

Sign Of The Times ...

The Beautiful South: Sneaking Beauties

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, May 1991

PAUL HEATON GLOWERS like Mister Punch's suicidally depressed uncle with a killer migraine and inflamed piles. He is not a happy man. ...

Electronic: Return of the Supergroup

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, June 1991

Supercharged sex monsters or battery-fuelled dinos? Either way, Electronic are having none of it. But Betty Page did have a top day out ...

The Fall: Mark E Smith: Not Falling, Soaring

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1991

MARK E SMITH'S REPUTATION precedes him like massed stormtroopers on the horizon. Fourteen years on, the Fall frontman still sets everyone on edge, either in ...

Cathy Dennis, D Mob: Cathy Dennis: Cathy Comes Home

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, July 1991

Currently the UK's biggest female success Stateside, "D Mob Diva" Cathy Dennis returns to her native Norwich only to be met with a resounding... who ...

Electronic: Electronic

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, July 1991

IT'S THE DREAM ticket – two prime movers from the two most significant British pop groups of the '80s unite to form a unique presidential ...

The Pixies: Road To Gnomewhere

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, July 1991

The Pixies are in L.A. Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV is driving his dirty yellow caddy fast. With the stereo playing loud. Bruce Dessau thumbed ...

The Wedding Present: Sea Monsters (RCA)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, July 1991

BY NOT HI-jacking the groovy train in order to revive a flagging career, The Wedding Present now stand virtually alone amongst their mid-'80s indie contemporaries. ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: From Cardboard City To Celebrity Central

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, September 1991

A Top 20 Single in Britain, feted in the USA and Japan...Suddenly Carter are hot. But it's been a long, hard haul for this duo ...

Lloyd Cole: Strings Attached

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, September 1991

Lloyd's Cole's new album has more strings on it than an episode of Thunderbirds. In an Irish TV studio, as an orchestra tunes up, Bruce ...

Squeeze: Play

Review by Max Bell, Vox, September 1991

TEN YEARS AGO Squeeze released East Side Story, an album of obvious class and as English as the 'Go To Work On An Egg' slogan. ...

The Black Crowes: Nod's As Good As A Wink To A Black Crowe

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1991

Currently America's hottest new Faces, The Black Crowes have made a huge name for themselves with just one ass-kickin' LP, mucho slagging off of "the ...

Mock Turtles: The Mock Turtles: Two Sides

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, September 1991

AS THE MUSICAL coffers of the '60s increasingly come to resemble a stretch of what used to be the South American rain forests, a band ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Petty Larceny

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, September 1991

HEIR TO DYLAN OR BEL AIR AIRHEAD? SOMETIME WILBURY TOM PETTY IS 40 WITH KIDS, AND EVEN THOUGH HIS NEW ALBUM WITH THE HEARTBREAKERS IS ...

Tom Waits: The Early Years Volume I (Edsel)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, September 1991

LONG BEFORE he became the rather self-conscious Harry Dean Stanton type he is today, Tom Waits used to intone straight-to-the-heart-of-the matter barroom blues, most of ...

British Electric Foundation: The Soul World In His Hands

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, October 1991

It's taken Martyn Ware nine years and a good lawyer to make The British Electronic Foundation's second album, a compilation of soul classics "interpreted" by ...

Guns N' Roses: Welcome To My Nightmare

Interview by Nick Kent, Vox, October 1991

Guns N' Roses are undoubtably the biggest noises in rock. But for how long? Would you buy two simultaneously released LPs at full price? Will ...

Sexism

Comment by Betty Page, Vox, October 1991

YOU EXPECT IT FROM HEAVY METAL, BUT NOW RAP AND INDIE HAVE JOINED THE SEXIST ASSAULT ON women: LYRICS, SLEEVES, and lecherous behaviour at gigs. ...

Tin Machine: Tin Machine 2

Review by Max Bell, Vox, October 1991

FIRST THINGS first. Tin Machine now sound like an expensive hobby, though that may be what they are, since Bowie took his chums to Sydney ...

Dire Straits: On Every Street (Vertigo)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, November 1991

AND ON EVERY CD player...they wish. ...

Talk Talk Chat Back

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, November 1991

Mark Hollis takes minimalism to its limit with a one-note solo on Talk Talk's new album, Laughing Stock. Still, a solo, like life, is what ...

Wet Wet Wet: Sweat Sweat Sweat

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, November 1991

Clydeside's best are not just Level 42 in kilts, as Bruce Dessau discovers. When their last album failed to go mega platinum, the band found ...

Daniel Lanois, U2: Daniel Lanois and U2: Five Men and Achtung Baby

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

The new U2 album — released on November 18 — is "rougher and harder-hitting than anything we've done before" …Producer Daniel Lanois talks to Max ...

Genesis: We Can't Dance (Virgin)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

GENESIS'S 17TH album arrives some five years after Invisible Touch. As befits these sedate Home Counties chaps, We Can't Dance is the product of modest ...

James: Standing Room Only

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1991

It's taken eight years for Manchester pop princes James to become a BIG DEAL. But before the stadia of the world are rocked, there's that ...

Marc Almond: Round The Horn

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, December 1991

Marc Almond may be mellowing in middle age, but who's he trying to kid that he's the Englebert Humperdinck of the '90s? Betty Page meets ...

Taj Mahal: Playing The Cosmic Blues

Retrospective and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BACK IN THE '60S when he was fronting the Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, they used to call Taj Mahal a cosmic intellectual blues player. ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BONO VOX once mentioned in passing that if and when he ever published a volume of his poetry, the title of said tome would be ...

Belinda Carlisle: Christmas Crackers

Interview by David Quantick, Vox, January 1992

It may be Christmas but it's the season of no fun for Belinda Carlisle. VOX found her heavy with child, enslaved by her hormones and ...

MC5 Alive

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, February 1992

THE recent reissue of MC5's incendiary live album Kick Out The Jams, with the contentious "motherfuckers" rap reinstated in place of the toned down "brothers ...

Aerosmith: Tigers of Wang Twang: Aerosmith: Pandora's Box (Columbia)

Review by Paul Elliott, Vox, February 1992

"THERE ARE JUST a very few bands that wang my twang like Aerosmith," conceded the deer-stalkin' wild man of rock, Ted Nugent, in one of ...

Moe Tucker, Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground: No Moe Reunions

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, February 1992

MAUREEN TUCKER, drummer and mother of five, has scotched rumours concerning any further Velvet Underground reunions. ...

David Byrne: Blind Fury

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1992

If you should bump into David Byrne on his forthcoming world tour, for God's sake don't mention the word "renaissance". Talking Heads are no more, ...

Blur, Diesel Park West, Jesus Jones: Diesel Park West/Blur/Jesus Jones: From The Soup Kitchen To The Stars

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, March 1992

Food Records' charity knees-up included tasty appetisers of Diesel Park West, an entrée of Blur and the piece de resistance, Jesus Jones. Stephen Dalton tucked ...

The High Llamas: Apricots (Plastic Records)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, March 1992

SEAN O'HAGAN, formerly of the admirable Microdisney but now pursuing a solo path with the latter's rhythm section in tow, is a man with much ...

Annie Lennox: Beaten By The Curve Ball: Annie Lennox: Diva (RCA)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1992

SOMETIMES you come home and they've moved the furniture. ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: At Home With Carter

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1992

Carter can't seem to stay out of the headlines – but they're valiantly resisting the pressures of fame. Stephen Dalton toured Fruitbat's new house. ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Manual Overdrive: The Jesus And Mary Chain: Honey's Dead (blanco y negro BYNLP 26)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, April 1992

SINCE THEIR last album, 1989's impressive but thinly spread Automatic, a host of fledgling noise outfits have weighed in with claims for the Mary Chain's ...

David Byrne: More Songs About Psychos: David Byrne: Uh-Oh (Luaka Bop/Sire)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1992

DAVID BYRNE has always enjoyed looking at the globe from the most unusual perspectives. He used to draw ephemeral pictures of the States on an ...

My Bloody Valentine: The Sound Of Violence

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1992

My Bloody Valentine inspire purple journalistic prose and surreal interpretation. But live, they just enjoy inflicting pain. Reading covers its ears while Stephen Dalton shoegazes ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Ich Bin Ein Chiliburger

Report and Interview by David Quantick, Vox, April 1992

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest album BloodSugarSexMagik is powerful enough to blow anyone's socks off — so perhaps that's why David Quantick found them ...

Del Amitri: Hangin' With The Del Boys

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, May 1992

Fashion? Del Amitri – the most polite boot-wearing, outsize sideboard-toting popsters in the Northern Hemisphere – couldn't give a Flying Scotsman ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: I'm Not Gonna Crack!

Profile and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Vox, July 1992

Poisoned by the chalice of instant success, bedridden with road-rash after a ton of amp-smashingly intense gigs – what's happened to Nirvana's tortured singer and ...

Dazed and Infused: The Summer of Love

Retrospective by Miles, Vox, August 1992

"You had to be there" Barry Miles travels back in time. IT'S 25 years since the Summer of Love freaked its way into the ...

James: First We Take Manhattan

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, August 1992

And then we take — Alton Towers? In preparation for their Fourth of July bash at the noted Midlands leisure resort, James have been touring ...

Bruce Springsteen: Talking To The Boss

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, September 1992

FOLKLORE TELLS us there was a time, about 25 years ago, when meeting the stars was a simple matter. You just had to hang out ...

Julian Cope: A Rune With A View

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1992

Powerful things, ley lines. They can make Julian Cope commune with rocks, and cause his old boss Bill Drummond to break the silence he's kept ...

Lou Reed: Reed 'Em And Weep

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1992

At the age of 48, Lou Reed is better disposed to write sedate six-string symphonies about mortality than feedback musings on the subject of scoring ...

The Sugarcubes: Still Crazy after all these Beers

Report and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, September 1992

IF IT'S 4.30 on a Friday afternoon, it must he Reykjavik. Actually, it turns out to be Keflavik, 40 minutes away from Iceland's capital city ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Living In A Boom Time

Review by Chas de Whalley, Vox, October 1992

ACROSS ELEVEN TRACKS, recorded live on tour in Ireland earlier this year, Tom Robinson reinvents himself as a solo folk singer. But where some faded ...

Tom Waits: The Lie In Waits

Interview by Peter Silverton, Vox, October 1992

TOM WAITS is in Paris wrestling with the truth. As usual the truth is losing, but that's what happens when you're promoting your first album ...

PJ Harvey: Harvey's Frisco Dream

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, November 1992

PJ Harvey hit the states for a lightening tour and took it by storm. "It's like a film," says Polly. "I think they're a bit ...

Labelled With Love

Report by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1992

Everyone from Prince to Frank Sinatra has done it, but what compels pop stars to become music biz moguls with their own record labels? Untameable ...

Madonna: Erotica (Maverick/Sire)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1992

NOW WE'VE ALL been in bed with Madonna, and studied her Sex, this Erotica business seems determined to encourage a few mind-games with the intent ...

Public Enemy, U2: Public Enemy and U2: The Chuck and Bono Show

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1992

When U2's tour brought Public Enemy to the Deep South, where segregation is still an issue, Chuck D did his best to pour napalm on ...

Mick Jagger: Wandering Spirit (Atlantic)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, March 1993

REMEMBER THAT SCENE in Performance, where James Fox's Chas tells Mick Jagger's Turner: "You'll look funny when you're 40"? Well, the rock'n'roller's fear of that ...

Radiohead: Pablo Honey (Parlophone)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, April 1993

JUDGING FROM THE debut by this Oxford four-piece, the post-Nirvana grunge fall-out would appear to have infiltrated even the well-mannered climes of English suburban guitar ...

Suede: Who Loves A Lad In Suede?

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, May 1993

Suede were touted 'the best new band in Britain' before they even left the blocks, now, as they release their debut album, VOX delves behind ...

Björk

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1993

With Icelandic indie stadium-fillers The Sugarcubes on seemingly permanent hold, singer Bjork Gudmundsdottir launches her solo career this month with a single, ‘Human Behaviour’. She ...

Bob Mould, Sugar: Ground Sugar

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1993

After the candy-coated calm of Sugar’s Copper Blue comes the breeding, howling storm of Beaster. And the man at the helm, Bob Mould, ain’t about ...

Revolution Rock

Essay by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1993

Ever since Woody Guthrie scratched 'This Guitar Kills Fascists' on his six-string, musicians have exploited rock's confrontational possibilities, from anti-racism to sexual revolution, in a ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Symphony For The D'Evil: Terence Trent D'Arby: Symphony Or Damn (Columbia)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Vox, June 1993

BY RIGHTS, of course, Terence Trent D'Arby should have achieved superstar status years ago. That he hasn't is entirely his own fault. ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: "We Will Confront The Myth…"

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, July 1993

It was only rock'n'roll before The Velvet Underground brought potent drugs and pervy sex to the party. 25 years after their last live high, they've ...

Babes in Toyland: Babes In Toyland: Rock And Roll Babes

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1993

Deposit your 'feminist rock' preconceptions at the door, pigeonhole fans. Babes In Toyland were playing raucous licks long before the Riot Grrrls left finishing school... ...

Manic Street Preachers: Dead End Street?

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1993

The revolution will not be… stretched to a second album, they once proclaimed. However, their initial dreams of world domination unrealized, what the Manic Street ...

4 Non Blondes: Non Blonde Ambition

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1993

Less than a year ago no-one had heard of San Francisco's 4 Non Blondes; now, sales of their debut LP are going crazy. Is there ...

Cocteau Twins: Botanic Rites

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1993

Three years after their split from spiritual home 4AD Records, the Cocteau Twins return with a new album, Four Calendar Cafe, looking to eclipse the ...

Pet Shop Boys: Very (Parlophone)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, November 1993

A BANG, a crash, a highbrow cultural reference – and the best Pet Shop Boys album yet drops in for cream tea and scurrilous gossip. ...

Kate Bush: Shake Your Booties: Kate Bush: The Red Shoes (EMI)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, November 1993

THINK OF THE most unlikely pop collaborators you can imagine. Now double them. Forget it, because Ms Bush got there before you: Lenny Henry, Prince, ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Return to Madchester

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1994

After a few indiscretions, Manchester's adopted sons The Charlatans are keeping their motor running with the help of Ambient hippy Steve Hillage... ...

Björkabout

Interview by Graham Reid, Vox, April 1994

From earthquakes in LA to cyclones Down Under, wherever Björk walks, mesmerized crowds and natural disasters follow ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream: Creation Records: Creative Accounting

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, April 1994

Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain, Boo Radleys... Creation has nurtured a family of provocative rock rebels. Alan McGee looks back on the first ten ...

Bernard Butler, Suede: Bernard Butler: Gentleman And Player

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, July 1994

When his father died last year, Bernard Butler used his guitar to assuage his grief. Now Britain's most important guitar hero since Johnny Marr has ...

Beck, Body Count, Dead Kennedys, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, N.W.A., Iggy Pop, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Essential Guide To "Explicit" Albums

Guide by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1994

Back in 1985, one seemingly harmless song led a woman to take unprecedented action against the American recording industry. Thanks to her moral crusade, albums ...

The Lemonheads: I Get The Feeling I'm Being Bullshitted

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, August 1994

IT'S A SHAME about Evan. Maybe we have a case of wrong time, wrong place, but dark moods are written all over his scowling, handsome, ...

Kyuss: Sky Valley (Elektra)

Review by Neil Perry, Vox, August 1994

HAILING FROM THE golf-crazed, blue-collar Californian oasis of Palm Springs, the almost surreally heavy Kyuss apparently honed their ferociously stoned metallic vibe with "generator parties", ...

Prince: Come (WEA)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, September 1994

THIS IS THE last ever album to be released by 'Prince' before he metamorphoses, full time, into a 'Symbol', and it reeks of salacious sex, ...

Bryan Ferry: Zealous Guy

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, October 1994

Managerial divorce, marital problems, writer's block… times have been hard for Bryan Ferry, but the "artist who makes records" has entered his Arabic period with ...

Chrissie Hynde: "Guys in bands are pussies"

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1994

Should Kurt Cobain have unplugged his fax or Evan Dando blabbed about crack? Should Brian Jones have smoked in public? Chrissie Hynde has the answers ...

Massive Attack: Protection (Circa)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, October 1994

Direct Hit ...

Woodstock '94: Dirty Weekend

Report by Andrew Mueller, Vox, October 1994

Only the pissing rain made Woodstock '94 faithful to the original. Mostly, it was a hyped-up, chaotic gathering of middle-class punters and middle-order bands. ...

Blur: Who needs a used Merc, anyway?

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, November 1994

Mr Cholmondley-Warner may not have rated Blur good enough for the Mercury Music Prize, but Damon Albarn isn't losing sleep over it — hit singles, ...

Oasis: Man City Slickers: Oasis: The Haçienda, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Vox, November 1994

Having stormed into the album chart at Number One, Oasis return to Manchester's Haçienda — giving their hometown its greatest night since the height of The ...

Elastica: Things that make you go URGGHHH!

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Vox, December 1994

JUSTINE FRISCHMANN sings and plays guitar with Elastica, a band whose cool balance of ingenuousness and ingenuity should shortly eclipse her other claims to fame as ...

Nirvana: Unplugged In New York (Geffen)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, December 1994

THE "unplugged" format, more often utilised to spring-clean a musty back-catalogue than carve out a way forward, provided Kurt Cobain with a much-needed window in ...

M People: Bizarre Fruit (DeConstruction)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, January 1995

Excess baggage ...

Nirvana, Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam: Reluctant Hero

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Vox, January 1995

After years of putting Eddie Vedder down, Kurt Cobain's final retribution was to pass him Grunge's crown of thorns. But will he be able to ...

Sheryl Crow: Natural Born Thriller

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, January 1995

Sheryl Crow's songs provided the soundtrack for a killer road trip in Kalifornia, but she's got mixed feelings about Hollywood's continuing shoot-to-be-hip violence. Happiness isn't ...

The Stone Roses: Second Coming (Geffen)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, February 1995

TIMING CAN count for a lot in the fickle world of pop. When they released their eponymous first album in 1989, just in time to ...

Coolio: Natural Born Chiller

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, March 1995

Ice-T, Ice Cube, LL Cool J... The West Coast of America is famous for its frozen rappers. Now cometh the latest million-selling iceman: Coolio ...

Moby... Dickhead?

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, March 1995

Intelligent Techno god or the world's next fascist dictator? Moby likes to piss people off, and he's very good at it... ...

Chic, Rattle and Roll

Overview by Lucy O'Brien, Vox, April 1995

From models to mods, designer girlfriends to X Girl, it's a fine thread between fashion and rock 'n' roll. VOX explores the world of pop ...

Menswear: This Year's Model

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, April 1995

When record companies went window-shopping last year, they all wanted to buy Menswear. Without even releasing a single, the band's reputation stands more upon the ...

PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1995

POLLY JEAN HARVEY has never been afraid to let the masculine side of her personality underscore her feminine traits. The shock of the new most ...

Weezer: The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, April 1995

Weezer may have written a million-selling debut album full of sparkling punk-pop songs, but it means nothing to super-nerdy frontman Rivers Cuomo. He's 23; time ...

Pulp: Cocker The North

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, May 1995

Jarvis Cocker, the only kid in his Sheffield classroom who wore lederhosen, didn't have a girlfriend till he was 19. Now he's a pin-up and ...

Naughty By Nature: Naughty But Nice

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, August 1995

Born in the ghetto, Naughty By Nature intend to stay there, despite the band's success ...

Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (Maverick)

Review by Lucy O'Brien, Vox, September 1995

THE LATEST signing to Madonna's stable, this debut is striking in its maturity. ...

Black Grape: It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah! (Radioactive)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, September 1995

YOU KNOW the story. Just over two years ago, it all went pear-shaped for Shaun Ryder. Smack addiction, bitter infighting and musical stagnation finished off ...

Skunk Anansie: The Year Skunk Broke: Skunk Anansie

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Vox, September 1995

Two indie EPs have been enough to catapult Skunk Anansie from British cult status to the silver screens of Hollywood. VOX joins them for a ...

Björk: Call Of The Wild: Bjork

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Vox, October 1995

Bjork hasn’t let two years of critical kudos and VIP bullshit go to her head. As she heads out on a major world tour, VOX ...

Black Grape: Spills 'n' Thrills and Jelly Aches

Report and Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, Vox, November 1995

After breaking and entering the album charts at Number One, BLACK GRAPE decided to drag their scuzzy, 24-hour party on the road. VOX gets over-friendly ...

Blur: Can't Fight This Fleeing: Blur: The Great Escape (Parlophone)

Review by Paul Moody, Vox, November 1995

"I'm not walking out of this/I want to stay this way forever" — Blur, 'Blue Jeans', 1993 ...

Ash: Turn Up, Check In, Rock Out!

Report by Steven Wells, Vox, December 1995

These days, most teenagers leave school and sign on. But not ASH – they play loud punk rock, trash hotels and party till they puke. ...

Pulp: Different Class (Island)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, December 1995

WHERE, ONE wonders, does he do the dishes? The pre-eminence gris of kitchen-sink drama has spent so long washing other people's dirty linen, the plumbing ...

Public Enemy’s Back Pages

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, 1996

WITH INDIEDOM firmly in the grip of the inane and the insipid, the doleful delinquents of 1986 were in dire and desperate need of a ...

The Partridge Family: The Tragedy of Danny Bonaduce

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, 1996

EVEN NOW, after almost three decades of relative sanity, it's utterly impossible to erase the excruciatingly impish image of Danny Bonaduce from the nation's collective ...

Garbage: Litter from America!

Interview by Steven Wells, Vox, April 1996

SAN FRANCISCO: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is being projected onto the fire curtain while the stage is being prepared for Garbage. The soundless ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Fun Lovin’ Criminals: The Illegals Have Landed

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Vox, September 1996

Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak somewhere in, er, Denmark, as those Fun Lovin' Criminals unload their arsenal of jazz, blues and hip-hop on 90,000 ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, Vox, November 1996

I HAVE REASON to believe that Evan Dando has been drinking. It's not so much his appearance – grimy T-shirt, flared polyester trousers crudely cut ...

Alisha's Attic: All About Eaves: Alisha's Attic: Alisha Rules The World (Mercury)

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, Vox, December 1996

IN THE '50s AND '60s, people would often pursue a pop career as a stepping stone to becoming a "family entertainer", hoping, in the long ...

Chuck D, Tricky: Chuck D and Tricky: Conversation Terrorists

Interview by Dele Fadele, Vox, December 1996

It was a most unlikely summit meeting when Chuck D, Public Enemy's motormouth mainspring and founding father of political rap, met Bristol maverick Tricky, hip-hop's ...

The Spice Girls: What's The Piquancy…?: Spice Girls: Spice (Virgin)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1996

THEY'RE NOT MANUFACTURED! They're not the female Take That! They drink, swear, shag and write their own songs! They believe in "girl power" and use ...

Wilco: Last Twang in Town

Interview by Keith Cameron, Vox, May 1997

THE WAITRESS next door to the Blue Note desperately wants to come, but she couldn't get the night off work. "Oh, it'll be fantastic!" she ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Material World

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1997

WHAT'S THE most embarrassing item of clothing you've ever bought? ...

Primal Scream: 'Star'

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1997

The songTHE SECOND single to be taked from Primal Scream's forthcoming Vanishing Point LP, 'Star' finds Bobby Gillespie drawing on his personal vocabulary of revolutionary ...

The Smiths' Backpages

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1997

They were the darlings of the '80s bedsit generation, a loner, a muso and their mates who created British Pop pretty much from scratch. Ten ...

Coolio: To Live and Thrive in LA

Interview by Gavin Martin, Vox, September 1997

Since 'Gangsta's Paradise' took over the world's radio-waves last year, untold riches and COOLIO have been close bedfellows. But does it make him happy? Despite ...

Oasis: Here's Looking At You, Our Kid: Oasis: Be Here Now (Creation)

Review by Dele Fadele, Vox, September 1997

OASIS ARE CAUGHT in the eye of a hurricane. What a shitstorm the Gallagher brothers have been through at the hands of the tabloids and ...

Radiohead: The Dour & The Glory

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, September 1997

You join us in Belgium where RADIOHEAD are currently entertaining a rather large festival crowd. So let's slip away with frontman THOM YORKE as he ...

Sneaker Pimps: Young Sole Rebels

Interview by Andy Crysell, Vox, September 1997

Having shaken off the trip-hop tag, SNEAKER PIMPS believe they could be, actually, a bit goth. They're having us on, right? VOX catches up with ...

Morrissey: This Bloke Isn't Funny Anymore: Morrissey: Maladjusted (Island)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, September 1997

ANOTHER YEAR, another Morrissey album. His ninth, incredibly, though you'd be hard-pressed to name the whole lot, never mind recommend them. Which, in itself, is ...

LL Cool J: Tellin' it like it is

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, January 1998

Million-selling rap king, actor, ladies' man and now a no-holds-barred autobiographer… who in their right minds could resist LL COOL J? ...

INXS: Michael Hutchence 1960-1997

Obituary by Andrew Mueller, Vox, January 1998

THAT MICHAEL HUTCHENCE should fail to reach his 40th birthday is, perhaps, no surprise in itself – his career was distinguished by a wholehearted subscription ...

Patti Smith: Patti noises off

Interview by Gavin Martin, Vox, January 1998

PATTI SMITH, the cultural dynamo who claims to have "several decades left in me yet" is never one to court convention. With no plans to ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Collective Consciousness

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Vox, January 1998

Dust off your bus pass and get down with RONI SIZE and REPRAZENT. There's Bristol beats aplenty, Genghis Khan gets a look in, and skipping ...

The Pogues, Shane MacGowan: Shane MacGowan: It's A Long Way From Tipperary

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, January 1998

AS PUNK PASSION dissipated and died, choking on its own irrelevance, a generation of serial venters were suddenly deprived of its primal, therapeutic effect. The ...

The High Llamas, Stereolab: Stereolab, The High Llamas: 9.30 Club, Washington DC

Live Review by David Stubbs, Vox, February 1998

WASHINGTON DC encapsulates all America's contrasts in extremis. Up on Capitol Hill, they're running the country. Over at the White House, he's running the world. ...

Aerosmith: A Question of Snort: Walk This Way by Aerosmith with Stephen Davis (Virgin) *****

Book Review by Ian Fortnam, Vox, March 1998

Underage girls, serial drug abuse. How far is too far? The Toxic Twins show the way. ...

All Saints: They Know Where It's At

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, March 1998

And finally we have lift-off. Yes, 'Never Ever' may have taken its time getting there, but Britain's finest all-girl band have hit Number One, and ...

Terry Callier: TimePeace (Talkin' Loud) ****

Review and Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, March 1998

Long-lost singer-songwriter's classy comeback ...

Madonna: Immaculate Projection: Madonna: Ray Of Light (Maverick/WEA) *****

Review by Angus Batey, Vox, April 1998

Music, motherhood and much, much more: real revelation from the world's most famous single parent ...

Madonna: Mother of Reinvention

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Vox, April 1998

With a new image and a new album MADONNA comes to 1998 in bullish form. Here, we assess the Material Girl's metamorphosis from disco diva ...

Simple Minds: Neapolis ***

Review by Dele Fadele, Vox, April 1998

IF THE YOUNG Jim Kerr; who fronted Johnny And The Self Abusers in the late '70s tailspin of punk, knew what fate had in store ...

Pulp: Neuroses Grow On You: Pulp: This Is Hardcore (Island) ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, May 1998

Gathering storm clouds, gruesome sex and self-flagellation: dim the lights for Pulp's very own horror movie ...

Massive Attack: The Next Level: Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin) *****

Review by Andy Crysell, Vox, May 1998

Storming comeback from the Bristol sound system innovators ...

David Bowie: Best Of 1974/1979 (EMI)

Review by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1998

Where the first instalment of this condensed collection of Bowie's "best" work covered the formative innocence of the man's glam rock period, 1974/1979 finds the ...

Lo Fidelity Allstars: Mind Blowing!: Lo-Fidelity Allstars: How To Operate With A Blown Mind (Skint) *****

Review by Andy Crysell, Vox, June 1998

Violently impressive debut from the new pop/funk/rap/punk/techno/everything else heroes ...

Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland: Scott Weiland: No More Mr Vice Guy

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Vox, June 1998

As leader of the Stone Temple Pilots, he took lots of drugs, sold lots of records and was hated by the critics. Now he's off ...

Janet Jackson: The Jackson Fave: Janet Jackson: Ahoy, Rotterdam

Live Review by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1998

"When I was 17 I did what people told me Did what my father said and let my mother mould me But that was ...

Stereophonics: The Stereophonics

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Vox, June 1998

"Only in America," postulates a booming Welsh baritone, "could they have a museum dedicated to a fucking soft drink." ...

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