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Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Giraffe Looked At Siouxsie

Report by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1979

"WHAT DO you think of it, then?" sneered Siouxsie Sioux as we slipped into the Kurfurstendamm, Berlin's notorious main strip, which is like Oxford Street ...

The Cure: A Demonstration Of Household Appliances

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1979

THE OFFICES of Fiction Records are located a stone's throw from Willesden High Street — a handy five-minutes stroll from the tube station — sequestered ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Join Hands (Polydor)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

(IT'S MY party and) I'll mystify if I want to! ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: There Was I Waiting At The Church

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1979

NICK KENT feels the wrath of Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin ...

The Cure: Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

THIS GIG with The Cure supposedly supporting the Banshees had a somewhat surprising outcome which you'll have read about last week in this journal but ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Bitter Pill

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Siouxsie isn't just concerned about being a rock musician, she has strong feelings on other matters as well. Interview by ROSALIND RUSSELL ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Haul Of Mirrors

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

SIOUXIE AND THE BANSHEES MAY CALL THEIR NEW LP KALEIDOSCOPE, REFLECTING THEIR NEW, MULTI-FACETTED STRENGTH. HERE THEY TALK ABOUT THE NEW SONGS AND PLANS... ...

Bauhaus: University of Surrey, Guildford

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

TAKE RISKS and you win some and you lose more than you would if you didn't. Bauhaus declared their intentions with the title of their ...

The Cure: Seventeen Seconds (Fiction) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

REALLY HANDY for you isn't it, reviewing an album a month after release when it's already up to 20 in the charts? Sorry. Don't blame ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Kaleidoscope (Polydor)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, July 1980

STRANGE TO think that, as the Banshees' contemporaries head off for the fourth or even fifth time in the studio, Kaleidoscope marks only the third ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (Polydor)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, unpublished, 1982

WITHIN STRAIGHT-LACED Vienna at the turn of the century, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were producing graphic works which rebelled against the dying vestiges of ...

Bauhaus

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, February 1982

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

Christian Death: Only Theatre Of Pain (Frontier)

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, April 1982

HERE I sit, twiddling my thumbs, meanwhile – "Incurable disease on the day of rest/Walking on the water in a sea of incest/I've got the ...

45 Grave, Vox Pop: California Screamin': 45 Grave and Vox Pop

Profile and Interview by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, September 1982

"All I can say is that everyone in Vox Pop is smarter than everyone in 45 Grave."--Jeff Dahl, May '82"I'm smarter than everyone in Vox ...

Southern Death Cult: The Last Tribe

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1982

Post punk comes the last tribe, SOUTHERN DEATH CULT, a Bradford group who attack the centralisation of media and political power in London. PAUL MORLEY ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A Kiss in The Dreamhouse (Polydor)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, November 1982

IT'S RARE for a group to make their fourth LP and still be provocative, still be interested in themselves, let alone break any substantially new ...

Blood & Roses: Ring A Roses

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

A PERSISTING feeling about this lot, an initial notion akin to hurt and confused indifference that just won't say goodbye, is my proof that I'm ...

Sisters of Mercy: Razor Shock: Sisters of Mercy

Report and Interview by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 1983

HOW ODD this all looks, reflected in the opaque black lenses of Wayne Hussey's absolutely Ian Hunter shades. ...

Sex Gang Children, Southern Death Cult: Positive Punk: Blood And Roses

Overview by Richard North, New Musical Express, February 1983

PART ONE "Don't dream it, be it." — Rocky Horror Show ...

Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Under The Scales: The Reptile House EP

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1983

DEEP IN the woods a funeral is swinging ... ...

Specimen: The Filth Amendment

Report by Richard Kick, ZigZag, June 1984

IT WOULD take a century of three-foot-thick ZigZags to truly describe the weird scenes, huge fun, turmoils, wobblers, windups, triumphs and downers of nearly three ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Hyaena (Wonderland/Polydor)

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, August 1984

THE NIGHT Siouxsie wore her hyaena suit and made mischief of one kind and another God called her "Wild Thing!" and she threatened to engulf ...

Play Dead: Dead Certs

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1984

"WE'RE ABOUT as gothic as goldfishes," pin-points bassist Pete, pulling on his can of Special Brew, deep within the bowels of Blackwing Studios. ...

The Cult: The Cultivation Of A Better Noise

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, September 1984

The tribal panavisuals of The Cult have rallied hordes. But CYNTHIA ROSE discovered the true extension chords lurking in the minds behind the war-paint. DEREK ...

Coil: The Soil And Spoil Tactics Of Coil

Interview by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, April 1985

WHEN YOU'RE up to your nose in shit, goes the Spaghetti wisdom, keep your mouth shut. ...

The Cure: In Search Of El Dorado

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1987

EARLY IN THE evening of 27 March 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Robert Smith is sipping tea in the air-conditioned cool of The Cure's luxury ...

The Mission, Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Of Mercy: The Man Who Told The World

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

Two years in the twilight world, ANDREW ELDRITCH hits back with the 1987 SISTERS OF MERCY. In this interview with NEIL PERRY he discusses his acrimonious split ...

Sisters of Mercy: Floodland

Review by David Sinclair, Q, January 1988

WHILE ANDREW ELDRITCH has been away, all sorts of musical mice have been out to play. In the wake of the first and last Sisters ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 1988

NEPHI-PHLEGM ...

The Mission: The Maturing of The Mission

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, February 1988

Following a hectic and often hair-raising year, including four months spent aboard a bus touring the States, THE MISSION are propelling themselves into 1988 with a new ...

Skinny Puppy: Fulham Greyhound, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1988

AS SKINNY PUPPY'S frontman Kevin Ogilvie – a man known to friends as Nivek Ogre – hoists a hideously pathetic dog dummy over his shoulder ...

Diamanda Galás: The Demon Diva

Interview by Mark Sinker, Melody Maker, January 1989

As the AIDS epidemic spreads and all pop can do is turn a blind eye, Diamanda Galas is the only singer left to stand and ...

The Cure: The Curious Case Of The Cure

Interview by Johnny Black, Times, The, April 1989

IF ANY ROCK millionaire other than Robert Smith claimed not to know the chart position of his latest single, it would be impossible to believe. ...

The Cult: Sonic Temple

Review by David Sinclair, Q, May 1989

Led-heavy and light of finger, The Cult are back ...

The Cure: Disintegration

Review by Mat Snow, Q, May 1989

Closer To The Edge. ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: Attractions Fatalist

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1989

THE THING I most enjoy about Carl McCoy is his refusal to jump through the traditional music industry hoops. ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: Apocalypse Now (or maybe next week)

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, June 1989

Their latest single is about Armageddon and Fields Of The Nephilim mainman Carl McCoy reckons that the end is nigh. Cathi Unsworth listens to his mystical musings and gets a few survival ...

The Cult: Cult Following

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1989

Once postpunk's bad boys, the members of the Cult have found fame with Sonic Temple ...

The Cure On Tour: Mope Rock For The Masses

Interview by Michael Azerrad, St Louis Post Dispatch, August 1989

THINGS DON'T LOOK good. A couple of days after two extraordinary sold-out concerts at Paris' 15,000-seat Bercy Auditorium, The Cure is getting ready to play ...

Alien Sex Fiend

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Mania, September 1989

WHAT DO you get when you cross Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Grandpa Munster, Skinny Puppy, The Cramps, Batman, Tarzan, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and a ...

The Cure's Robert Smith

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Revolution, September 1989

LAST TIME I saw Robert Smith of the Cure, he was lying on a bed of spider webs and being swallowed by and giant gummy ...

The Cure: Searching For The Cure

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, September 1989

Can the masters of "mope rock" enjoy life at the top? ...

Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, The Cult, The Cure, Fields Of The Nephilim, Flesh For Lulu, Marc Almond, The Mission, Nick Cave, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction: Exit The '80s — Goth: Bats Out Of Hell

Overview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, September 1989

It's been the decade of the goth — but, somewhere along the line, the innovation of The Birthday Party, the Banshees and the Sisters gave ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: The Nod Corner

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, December 1989

THE MOMENT IS breathtaking. One minute, he's Nod, drummer of Fields Of The Nephilim, chatting placidly of a pint of Flowers Best. Next minute, he's ...

The Mission: It's For You-Hoo!

Profile and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, February 1990

IN A CRAMPED loft-conversion on the outskirts of Leeds, something of a party atmosphere prevails. Ring pulls are being pulled, Silk Cuts smoulder in ashtrays, ...

The Mission: Carved In Sand

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, March 1990

THE GOOD NEWS is that The Mission's third album is easily their best. ...

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 ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: Graveyard Shifts: Fields Of The Nephilim

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, March 1991

Does the release of their new live album, Earth Inferno, mark the end of an era for Fields Of The Nephilim? Why does Carl McCoy ...

Sisters of Mercy: Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, June 1992

"I LIKE to think it was the songs that made this band," Andrew Eldritch writes in the sleevenotes, "I know it wasn't." And as this ...

Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus, The Cult, Fields Of The Nephilim, Play Dead, Specimen, The Virgin Prunes: Various Artists: Gothic Rock

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

Was goth really any more than wearing silly clothes and humming funereal dirges? ...

Various Artists: Gothic Rock

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

GOTH, HAS ALWAYS BEEN more of a fashion statement than a musical phenomenon. ...

The Mission U.K.: Angst And Ecstacy

Interview by Christine Natanael, Reflex, August 1992

IT'S A GRAY DAY in New York City, and God's pissing on the midday masses as they hustle to their power lunches. The weather matches ...

Marilyn Manson: The Afterlife Of Brian

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, August 1992

You may think that MARILYN MANSON (or Brian to his mum) is just a spooky goth who smokes human bones and sings about scabby angels ...

Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy: Depeche Mode, The Sisters Of Mercy: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, August 1993

GOOD VIOLATIONS ...

The Cure: Show (Fiction)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1993

The Cure are a cult band much as Scientology is a cult religion: their adherents are legion and the degree of cultist identification is intense. ...

The Cure's Robert Smith (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

Johnny Black quizzes the Cure frontman on being childlike, on the album Disintegration, his 30th birthday crisis, stories from the touring front, and the exit of Lol Tolhurst.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 103.4mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 04" sound quality: ****

The Cure's Simon Gallup (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

The Cure's bass player Simon Gallup's take on the Lol Tolhurst affair, getting married, plus stories from the road.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.7mb, total interview length: 51' 03" sound quality: ****

Marilyn Manson: Alternative Cult Star

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1997

He's seven-foot tall and rips his stomach to shreds with a half-broken bottle on stage. But, heh, he's still little Brian to his mum. We ...

Marilyn Manson at CMJ Musicfest

Report by Jeff Apter, nyrock.com, October 1997

THERE ARE MANY perceptions of Marilyn Manson. The most common, in no special order, are that he's a baby eater, a Satan worshiper, and a ...

Marilyn Manson: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Paul Elliott, Kerrang!, September 1998

THE ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR is no more. ...

Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals (NOTHING) ****

Review by Ian Gittins, Q, November 1998

Return of the Thin White Berk. ...

Marilyn Manson: Sympathy For The Devil: Marilyn Manson

Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, Oneworld, April 2003

BRIAN WARNER took the long, hard road out of hell (Canton, Ohio, to be exact) to emerge in 1994 on Portrait of an American Family ...

Marilyn Manson: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, June 2003

THE CABARET is excellent, of course. You come expecting a hilariously over the top gothic freakshow, choreographed by the ghost of Cecil B. DeMille and ...

The Cure: 'Just Like Heaven'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, October 2003

VITAL STATISTICS:SONG: 'Just Like Heaven'Artist: The CureLabel: ElektraPerformers: Robert Smith : guitar/vocals; Porl Thompson - guitar; Lol Tolhurst - keyboards; Simon Gallup – Bass; Boris ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie Sioux: 100 Club, London

Live Review by John Doran, Classic Rock, December 2004

Two shows in one week for the iconic 'anti-Blondie' – one a lo-fi hits set, and one with 18-piece orchestra . Hark at her! ...

Nine Inch Nails: Fighting Tooth And Nail

Interview by John Doran, Classic Rock, July 2005

After finally admitting to himself that he was in the merciless grip of alcohol and drug addiction, Trent Reznor (aka Nine Inch Nails) got himself ...

The Alarm, The Birthday Party, Flesh For Lulu, Sisters of Mercy: Goth: Back to the Batcave

Overview by Jenny Valentish, Australian Guitar, October 2005

"WE HATED BEING called goth," muses the impeccably suave Flesh For Lulu frontman Nick Marsh. "If they called you a goth then you couldn't be ...

Depeche Mode: Universal Truths And Sounds

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, April 2009

It's all tea and biscuits for Depeche Mode these days, and a trip back to the future ...

Marilyn Manson: God Of Fucking About

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, June 2009

He promised us champagne and caviar, but now he's only capable of delivering cola and crisps. To John Doran, he's become little more than the ...

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