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Pulp: Canine Revenge

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, May 1986

Pulp are from Sheffield and make rather outrageous records. Paul Mathur talks to them of dogs, wheelchairs, Nazis and baked beans. ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Ladbroke Grove Subterania

Live Review by Paul Moody, Sounds, November 1990

AT TIMES tonight, Ocean Colour Scene really do make sense. When Stephen Craddock's guitar bursts into 'Yesterday Today' and singer Simon matches it with a ...

Blur: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1991

THE HYPE and shoddy promotional tactics surrounding Blur would surely stifle a lesser group. ...

Pulp: Interview With Jarvis Cocker

Interview by Paul Mathur, Volume, November 1991

IN THE EARLY '80s, a deeply disturbed Sheffield pop group called Pulp crafted a brace of lovably awkward pop classics, most notably the "controversial" 'Little ...

The Verve: The Road To Wigan Fear

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Siren, May 1992

BOUNCING ONSTAGE in slow mo'...loose limbed lanky frame in shabby oxfam chic....v-necked black 'T'...shaggy barnet and flapping lips...the man is pure Jagger, Richard Ashcroft...the front ...

Suede: Roll Over, Jimmy Dean

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, June 1992

"WHEN WE STARTED the group, we felt that people were starved for music which allowed them to let themselves go," says Brett Anderson, Suede's 24-year-old ...

Pulp: Lower Refectory, Sheffield University, Yorkshire

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, December 1992

IT HASN'T BEEN a great year for the pop iconoclast. For most of '92, prime movers from Ashcroft to Robinson have defined themselves by the ...

Blur: Mother’s Litter Helpers: Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1993

AND THE FOOLS laugh loudest. Blur’s rise and fall has all the comic nuances of Reginald Perrin’s. Two years ago they were pop’s champagne Charlies: ...

The Auteurs: New Wave (Hut Hut)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, March 1993

A NAME that the nation's tastemakers have been looking up in their dictionaries and dropping in the right circles for, oh, weeks. ...

Suede: Suede (Nude)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1993

A VERY BRETTISH COUP ...

Morrissey, Suede: Brett Anderson & Morrissey: Suedegate

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, May 1993

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

Suede: Suede (Nude)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, May 1993

BEFORE ALL this took off, Brett Anderson, Suede's 25-year-old singer, would gloomily tick off each passing birthday as another year gone without his appearing on ...

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 ...

Blur: Modern Life Is Rubbish (Food)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, May 1993

CONTEMPORARY FAULT – ADJUST YOUR MIND-SET ...

The Verve: A Lad In Spain

Interview by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, May 1993

Verve were last year's second most likely contenders for world domination after You Know Who. At which point they threw several spanners in the works ...

Suede: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1993

THIS IS happening with our permission. We wanted it to happen. We virtually willed it to happen. Suede are this season's singing saviours because we ...

Suede in the U.S.A.

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, June 1993

Britain’s new white-hot hope brings its liberated sexual stance to the States. Are you ready to get Suede? ...

The Verve: Touched I'm Sure

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, September 1993

"ER, A PINT of lager, did you say?" The barmaid is distracted. She has every right to be. Her current customer cuts rather a visual ...

Oasis, Saint Etienne: Saint Etienne/Oasis: Birmingham Institute

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, December 1993

IF OASIS DIDN'T exist, no one would want to invent them. For a start, they look and sound like they're long overdue product from a ...

Elastica's Justine Frischmann (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1994

The Full Frischmann: Starting Suede! Leaving Suede! Not much liking Suede these days! And then the excitement of being in Elastica at the height of Britpop, anticipating recording the first album...

File format: mp3 File size: 34.9mb Interview length: 38 minutes 10 seconds Sound quality: ***

Suede: Kentish Town Forum, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1994

Figgy Star Lust ...

S*M*A*S*H: Family Club, Welwyn Garden City

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, February 1994

WELWYN GARDEN CITY. Always sounded horrible. Not as horrible sounding as Bletchley, Goole or Grimethorpe, admittedly, but more representative of the respectable blandist terrorism that ...

Blur: We Can Be Eros… Just For One Day

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, March 1994

Breaking out of the Camden bootboy mould that brought more bovver than they’d bargained for, BLUR are back with more songs about penile dementia, lager ...

Pulp: Metropolitan University, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, April 1994

IN A MORE just world it would now be time to set aside the macho posturings of the rock burn-out and the dead-ends of the ...

Pulp

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, May 1994

POISED ON the brink of widespread success after nearly 14 years as linchpin of Sheffield glum-rock combo Pulp, Jarvis Cocker muses upon the long and ...

Pulp: His'n'Hers

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, May 1994

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

Blur: Parklife

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, June 1994

TO USE the vernacular of our friends in the American therapy industry, today's music business is not "a nurturing environment". One might use the expression ...

Pulp: Non Stop Erotique Cabaret

Report and Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, June 1994

"I WAS WONDERING", says Jarvis Cocker. "There was a baboon in the top floor of a flat behind where we played in Paris last night." ...

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 ...

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

Interview by Cliff Jones, Face, The, August 1994

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

Elastica: From Hype To Eternity

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1994

ELASTICA were voted Best New Band in our Readers' Poll almost before the band had released a note. Why? Because you could tell just by ...

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 ...

Oasis: Nine Months That Shook The World

Overview by Stuart Maconie, Q, November 1994

IT'S A terrible name. Terrible. It immediately and unjustly tags them as one of those risibly mediocre makeweights of the so-called 'baggy" explosion. It is ...

Suede: Dog Man Star (Nude)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1994

SUEDE'S FANS have always been utterly unwavering in their belief in the band. But out there, in the big bad world, the group still suffers ...

Menswear: The New Squad Of New Mod

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, November 1994

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED, already, that Menswear are going to be famous. All the stars (well, Shampoo and Pulp) turned up for their debut gig ...

Echobelly, Elastica, Gene, Oasis, Shed Seven: Oasis/Shed Seven/Elastica/Echobelly/Gene: EC Raiders

Report and Interview by Ted Kessler, New Musical Express, November 1994

Sacre bleurgh! Parisian hoteliers flee through the boulevards as la creme de Brit indie culture — i.e., OASIS, SHED SEVEN, ELASTICA, ECHOBELLY and GENE — ...

Nick Heyward, Terry Hall: Godfathers of Britpop? Terry Hall and Nick Heyward

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, Music Week, 1995

FOR ARTISTS WHO came to prominence during the early '80s boom in British music, the dramatic rise in popularity of the clutch of homegrown acts ...

Sleeper: Wener Takes All

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, January 1995

1995 is set to be SLEEPER's year. The latest leading lights in the ongoing resurgence of Britpop brightened up last year with a string of ...

Gene

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Guitar, February 1995

JUST WHO do Gene think they are? Appearing out of nowhere last spring, the London-based quartet produced three highly contagious singles, had journalists fawning all ...

Menswear: Mod-U-Like

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1995

"THE THING IS, we won't let anyone down." ...

Supergrass: More Cock Than Doodle-Do

Interview by David Bennun, Everett True, New Musical Express, February 1995

Oxford's SUPERGRASS put the POP! into apoplexy and inject hyper-charged glam into the Nineties Brit guitar thrill. Plus! Their second single — and first hit ...

Sleeper: The Venue, Edinburgh

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1995

IF NOTHING ELSE, it's one of the better conjuring tricks of the age. Sleeper, as a musical entity, are resolutely standard issue, yet are hailed ...

Elastica: You're Never Alone With Elastica

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, May 1995

...Elastica. With impeccable Suede, Blur and, ahem, Stranglers connections, 1995's Great British Export-in-waiting put the "New" in New Wave. And, Iggy Pop tells Adrian Deevoy, ...

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 ...

Oasis: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, May 1995

JESUS pigf***ing c***bubble Christ on a three-way tandem, this is a great moment in life.   ...

Radiohead: Head Cases

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1995

Radiohead's The Bends is one of the albums of the year. We already know this. We also know that Thom Yorke is the next richeykurt ...

Supergrass: Mojo Rising: Supergrass

Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

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

The Verve: Northern Soul Asylum

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, July 1995

The Verve have split the voters ever since they appeared in '92 as The Band Most Likely To after Suede. Some loved their experimental prog-rock ...

Blur, Oasis: Blur Vs. Oasis: A U.S. Perspective

Overview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, September 1995

RIGHT NOW, the British music scene is convulsed with patriotic fervor. For the first time in over a decade, young British guitar bands are penetrating ...

Echobelly: Let's Get It On

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1995

Read this, it's great! ECHOBELLY, who are Number Three at the time of going to press with their new album, On, have a habit of ...

Supergrass: Hey Hey We're The Cheeky Monkeys: Supergrass

Profile and Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, October 1995

IN SPINAL TAP, that penetrating cinema verité dissection of the music industry, various scenes are offered as examples of the rampant absurdity of the rock'n'roll ...

Blur, Oasis: The Marketing Of Britpop

Overview by Jon Savage, Artforum, October 1995

RECENTLY I returned from the US into a British news media dominated by a by-election in the North West of England. The point about the ...

Supergrass: The Mod Squad

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, October 1995

IT'S A GLORIOUS SUMMER DAY in Oxford, city of dreaming spires in the heart of England. Three young tykes laugh and joke with each other ...

Pulp: Top Of The Fops

Interview by Pete Paphides, Time Out, October 1995

Captain's log, chartdate 1995: Pulp, Britpop's most militant misfits, are set to trounce rivals with a new zeitgeist-friendly album of caustic lyrics, hum-me tunes and ...

Sleeper: Digbeth Institute, Birmingham

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 1995

INDIE IS IN Birmingham. Indie goes down a rapturous storm. Indie makes everyone happy tonight. Indie is lovely. Indie is the fleetfooted reduced to leadboot ...

Pulp: Cocker Gets Cocky

Interview by Martin Aston, Attitude, November 1995

"Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits... oh we don't look the same as you / We don't do the things you do / But we live round here ...

Pulp: Jacques Brel Art Disco I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life

Interview by David Quantick, Q, November 1995

"I'VE BEEN in the studio all the time. I mean, look at me, I'm nearly transparent! I feel bad, really – they're saying it's the ...

Pulp: Sorted For Freezing Gigs!

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, November 1995

Phew!!! It may be bloody cold outside (minus three degrees, actually) but in the frozen expanse that is Norway, things are definitely hotting up for ...

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 ...

Menswear: Suits You: Menswear

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, Sky, December 1995

As overnight sensations go, Menswear’s hyper-speed rise to fame makes even Julia Carling look like a beginner. Plus their music rocks. Simon Witter talks to ...

Pulp: Upper Class

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, December 1995

Forget Blur vs Oasis — this was PULP's year. Two Number Two singles, a Number One album, triumphant festival appearances, the MM hacks' LP and ...

Echobelly

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Volume, Summer 1995

ECHOBELLY ARE a busy band. A very busy band. Their tight schedule of foreign tours, press trips and record releases is set to lengthen and, ...

Kenickie

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

SATURDAY, 0417 HRS WE'D GOT the television up onto the windowsill, Taylor and I, with every intention of throwing it out, because just once, ...

Blur: Stop The Band, I Wanna Get Off!

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, March 1996

Are BLUR really going to the dogs? Behind all the adoring screams, we hear internal bickering, the tell-tale snii-ii-i-iff! of media-centric decadence, a hollow champagne ...

Supergrass

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Select, March 1996

A STANDARD semi-detached on Oxford's fashionably downbeat Cowley Road appears an unlikely HQ for the UK's "hottest new band" (copyright the typically finger-not-on-the-pulse Today newspaper) ...

Pulp: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1996

The Good Sex Guy ...

Blur In America

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1996

BOSTON. IT'S COLD. Covered in snow. Twee. In the rarefied, tourist part of the city centre, fairy lights twinkle on the gaudy exterior of Doc ...

Cast: Skunk And Disorderly

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1996

Ever been to a CAST gig? Total entertainment. Ever been to Amsterdam? Druggy hedonism meets sensual abandon. So what happens if you put Cast and ...

Pulp: Fame Fatale

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, March 1996

So Jarvis Cocker is innocent. But that doesn't mean he's got off the hook — we still want a word or two with Michael Jackson's ...

Pulp: Here's Looking At You, Kids

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1996

PULP LANDED in Sweden last night, but they're still coming down from Japan. Circumnavigational jet lag vies with cultural bouleversement for command of the mental ...

Oasis: C'mon America...Let's Ave Yer! Seven Mental Nights On The Oasis Tourbus

Report by Paolo Hewitt, Select, May 1996

WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES of their plane taking off for Kansas, Oasis have assumed battle positions. Liam Gallagher is in the toilet with a couple of ...

The Third Invasion: Britpop Strikes!

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, Musician, July 1996

"Oasis must die. Do not buy Oasis records. They will come to rape and pillage our women and invade America."(Courtney Love on the Net, early ...

Kula Shaker: K (Parlophone)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1996

I'VE JUST BEEN informed by that porridge-faced wanker, Simon Mayo, that Kula Shaker are "the next Oasis". Of course, the obvious questions don't even get ...

Oasis: They Thought It Was All Over

Report by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, September 1996

THE ANNOUNCEMENT came on Friday, 24 hours of nail-biting drama. Oasis, after all, were not going to split. ...

Bernard Butler Moves On

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

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

Oasis: Definitely Maybe

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

WITH THE swaggering chords of the opening ‘Rock'N'Roll Star,’ Oasis announced that big, brash Brit rock was here to stay--at least for a few years. ...

The Seahorses

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

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

Suede: London Suede's New Spirit

Interview by Clare Kleinedler, Addicted To Noise, April 1997

IT SEEMS THE London Suede is the band that everybody loves to hate. No matter how many records they sell, or how many venues they ...

Mansun: Attack Of The Grey Matter: Mansun: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, May 1997

FOUR SILHOUETTES stand perfectly still, statuesque, shrouded in red and blue light and strange, unearthly clouds of smoke. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Oasis: live at Earls Court, London (27th September 1997)

Live Review by Will Self, Independent on Sunday, October 1997

IT WAS an emotional night for me – as it was for so many others. The minute that Liam Gallagher reached the centre of the ...

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

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 1997

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

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 Verve: The Boston T-Shirt Party!

Report by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, November 1997

Welcome to the beauty of the new soul rebels. We join THE VERVE in America and discover the Wigan warriors are ready to take on ...

Oasis: Put It Next To The Other Three

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, January 1998

What a shoddy old year it's been for Oasis. Only six million copies of Be Here Now shifted. Only voted The Best Act In The ...

Shed Seven: The Italian Mob!

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, February 1998

All we wanted was to have a few laughs, japes and capers in Venice. But oh no, SHED SEVEN say they're now serious musicians. Aha, ...

The Hybirds: The Hybirds

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, March 1998

SOMETIMES THE simplest words are the most powerful. Plain statements. Single syllables. Don't pull your punches – hit 'em hard. ...

Embrace: The Good Will Out

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1998

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

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 ...

Republica: Speed Ballads

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 1998

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

Kula Shaker: Peasants Pigs & Astronauts (Columbia) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1999

FOR A WHILE in 1996 it looked as though Kula Shaker were being watched over by the pantheon of gods and other bods portrayed on ...

Blur: 13

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 1999

Down and outstanding ...

Blur: 13

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1999

TWO-AND-a-half minutes into the tenth track on his band's sixth album Damon Albarn is heard to ponder: "Where is the magic?/I've got to get better". ...

Blur: The Prehistory of Blur: 'We Were Very... Purple'

Retrospective and Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, April 1999

A mohican, Artaud, pyjama bottoms, The Cardiacs, sackings, Pernod, dressing up as the Ayatollah Khomeini: all of this and more in the story of Blur ...

Blur: The Death Of A Party

Retrospective and Interview by Stuart Maconie, Select, August 1999

WE JOIN the story in the autumn of 1995. 'Country House' has beaten 'Roll With It' to Number One and the critics are in short-lived ...

Elastica: Six Track EP (Deceptive) *

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, August 1999

FOR ALL THE TREMORS, speculation and mystique you might generate by disappearing off the face of the earth after a classic debut album, there's always ...

Supergrass: Supergrass (Parlophone)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Daily Telegraph, September 1999

WE HEAR AN awful lot about how Oxford is still the gateway to eminence in thrusting new young Britain, but what about Wheatley Park Comprehensive? ...

Oasis: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Big Brother) **

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, February 2000

FOR HAS-BEENS APPARENT, Oasis still possess remarkable powers of intimidation, but in the build-up to Standing on the Shoulder of Giants they've cunningly switched tactics. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Elastica: The Menace

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

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

Graham Coxon: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, July 2000

MAYBE THE whys and wherefores don't matter. Maybe it's pointless trying to figure out the real reasons for people coming here. Nobody could really have ...

Mansun: Little Kix

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 2000

THREE IS the magic number for Britrock alchemists ...

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. ...

Coldplay, Craig David, David Gray: Letter From London: Garage and The New Soft Rock

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, December 2000

"TO ME, ALL MELODIES were pure embarrassment," said Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently as he struggled to explain the making of Kid A. It hardly seems ...

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 ...

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!" ...

Pulp: Jarvis Cocker: Sorted For Trees and Weeds

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, October 2001

AMID THE RUMPLED grandeur of West London's Cobden Club, the familiar angular figure of Jarvis Cocker stands out like a sore index finger. His ...

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 ...

Pulp: In a Class of His Own: Jarvis Cocker

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, December 2001

Jarvis Cocker could have been trapped in his role of English eccentric, a blend of Morrissey, Ray Davies and Alan Bennett. But he has found ...

Elastica Limits

Profile and Interview by Andrew Smith, Observer Music Monthly, March 2002

As Britpop's queen, she had everything: In Elastica, she had a best-selling group and in Damon Albarn, a boyfriend lusted after by thousands. But then ...

Oasis: Liam Gallagher: Mad for it

Interview by Ted Kessler, Observer, The, June 2002

Liam Gallagher has it all: the looks, the voice, the blondes, the tabloid headlines. So why is the new album his last chance of rock ...

Gene: Maxwell's, New Jersey

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2002

WHEN I first heard Gene, it was 1995, and I was a senior in high school. ...

Pulp: Pulp: Je Suis Un Rock Star...

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, December 2002

IN THE BBC CANTEEN, where passing celebrity chefs must recoil before a menu that has stubbornly resisted the onward march of culinary ponciness, Jarvis Cocker ...

Blur, Oasis, Pulp: Britpop: And The Beat Goes Off

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, February 2003

Britpop recalled the halcyon days of the Beatles and the Stones – but the party didn't last ...

Blur: This Is A High For A Refreshed Blur

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

Blur: The Astoria, London ...

Luke Haines: Goodbye To All That

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Word, The, June 2003

Luke Haines is music's Graham Greene, a scowling misanthrope with a highly-placed following and a withering perspective on his homeland. How has the who who's ...

Pulp: Hits

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, September 2003

PULP HAVE a greatest hits record, and it’s about goddamned time. The enigmatic group, fronted by the inimitable Jarvis Cocker, are by far the oldest ...

Oasis: Hampden Park, Glasgow

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, July 2005

THESE DAYS, the Zeitgeist might prefer to be seen on the town with the likes of Coldplay – but for a band shadowed by past ...

Supergrass (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2005

Combes brothers Gaz and Rob ruminate on their then-current album Road to Rouen, their fraternal relationships, the stresses within the band, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 48.6mb, total interview length: 53' 03" sound quality: ****

Belle And Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra: Hollywood Bowl, California

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, July 2006

SOMETIMES, WHAT sounds like a good concert idea on paper turns out even better – historic, even – on stage. ...

Oasis: "The plan was always to become the biggest band in the world"

Interview by James Brown, Uncut, November 2006

Next month, Oasis unleash their first greatest hits compilation. In this exclusive interview, Noel and Liam tell the true stories of the songs that shaped ...

Oasis: Noel Gallagher of Oasis

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2007

OASIS MAJORDOMO Noel Gallagher is turning back the clock. Not just because he’s staring at the specter of turning 40, but because he and his ...

Blur Are Back

Report and Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, December 2008

SIX YEARS AFTER they last played together, 13 since their epic chart duel with Oasis and almost three decades after the band's dominant figures met ...

Blur, Oasis: Look Back In Anger: Britpop

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, August 2009

Fifteen years ago, a teenage Jude Rogers was enchanted by a new pop sound and a new politics, both of which promised to change the ...

Suede: Suede Brush Up

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2010

Drugs, M.E. and despair sent the poor urchins of Britpop their separate ways in 2003. Now Suede have come roaring back to life. ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee live, Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Quietus, The, July 2011

Stephen Dalton at the Manchester International Festival finds Damon "the Martin Amis of Britpop" Albarn's musical about the life of Dr John Dee to be ...

Pulp: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, July 2011

Neil Kulkarni breaks his no-festival rule and braves the corporate overkill of Wireless to see his Pulp. His verdict? They "now stand mighty amidst the ...

Noel Gallagher: High Flying Birds, Musical Kettles And Exploded Psych

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, October 2011

John Doran is caught napping by Noel Gallagher, who is finally getting to indulge his creative impulses with the High Flying Birds and Amorphous Androgynous! ...

Pulp: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2012

FOR ALL our faults, it says something great about this nation that Jarvis Cocker remains the best-loved survivor of the Britpop boom, a man so ...

Blur: Maida Vale Studios, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, August 2012

AFTER BLUR'S 6 Music gig – the first of two shows they're playing for BBC radio tonight, to begin what they have suggested may be ...

Luke Haines: 'I've Been Lucky All The Way Through'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, November 2012

Former 'saviour of UK rock' Luke Haines has never followed the unwritten rules of pop, as a surreal concept album proves ...

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