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John Cale: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

EUROPE'S MOST DECADENT capital: inflatable paramours dangling like trussed chickens in the windows of the sex shops, hookers in their shop windows, the smack centre ...

Patti Smith: Horses

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1975

FIRST ALBUMS THIS good are pretty damn few and far between. ...

This Heat Are No Picnic

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

WHO IS this, anyway?" Giovanni Dadomo demanded. "The Caligari Brothers?" Funny you should say that, my pasta-eating pal. ...

Magazine: This Man Is Not A Minor Writer!

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1977

For a start he's dispensed with words! ...

The Fall

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, February 1978

AH THE FALL! My mind fell on a quote that was all I knew of the name, something like '...there's hardly another band fit to ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Magazine: Howard Devoto's Enigma Variations

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1978

HOWARD DEVOTO gives good face. Unlined and triangular, topped with a vast expanse of forehead; the kind that popular folklore maintains is the unmistakeable dead-giveaway ...

Throbbing Gristle

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1978

THROBBING GRISTLE: Drop that name in any conversation and watch the reaction. Giggling or nervous laughter, disgust or horror, blankness or a polite "Who?" Yeah, ...

Wire

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1978

WHEN WIRE came out of the Punk No-man's-land with their strikingly different debut album Pink Flag they seemed one of the hottest hopes for lifting ...

Wire: Limit Club, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, May 1978

TO USE an alimentary analogy, punk can be seen as a kind of musical laxative, clearing away all that stodgy stuff that was blocking the ...

Throbbing Gristle: Industrial Paranoia: The Very Dangerous Visions Of Throbbing Gristle

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

'All art aspires to the condition of musak.' 'Most of the people who disapprove of musak... but we are doing it for your own good!' ...

Magazine: Real Life

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

'I'm faking an extravagant journey, also it seems to me...' ...

Magazine

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

I THINK it was the Jesuits of whom it was said they always answer a question with a question. Or maybe it was the Jews. ...

Alternative TV: The Image Has Cracked

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, June 1978

MARK PERRY has been a confused person and, through that, confusing. ...

Wire: News on the Wire

Interview by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, July 1978

WIRE. THE name denotes something tight, something along which electricity buzzes and communication passes. In an English music scene full of brash, jokey band names (Sex ...

The Pop Group, This Heat: The Pop Group/This Heat: Collegiate Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, July 1978

TWO SEEMINGLY unconventional, superficially 'bleak', jagged modern-music outfits. Both engineer music suggesting radical departure, still somehow quaint. ...

Jilted John

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1978

MANCHESTER, 1977: the picture of a period stutters erratically to a docile completion. The picture is inconclusive, blotchy, but considering circumstances the best possible. ...

The Human League, Vice Versa: The Human League/Vice Versa: The Now Society, Sheffield University, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, July 1978

THE NOW Society, a university-based organisation, has been putting on gigs featuring local, predominantly experimental bands (such are the local mores) for some time now; ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, August 1978

CABARET VOLTAIRE performances, if I can make a sweeping generalisation, are always interesting but never satisfying. Interesting because they're prepared to probe, often at the ...

Magazine: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, August 1978

MAGAZINE, MYTHS AND MIRAGES ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Sheffield – This Week's Leeds

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, September 1978

UNTIL LAST YEAR, Sheffield was undoubtedly the most musically inactive city in Britain. For a city with over half a million people, the paucity of ...

Joy Division: Band On The Wall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1978

THOSE FAMILIAR with this young quartet. mainly through their excitable appearance on the "Short Circuit" pretty package, and to a lesser extent with their self ...

Joy Division: Band on the Wall, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, September 1978

IT WAS during the unforgettable summer of '77 that I had my first encounter with Joy Division (then named Warsaw). Through a steamy Electric Circus ...

The Fall: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1978

I AM A commentator in a Consumers' Guide. This week I guide you towards entertainers The Fall, as I always have done. ...

Wire: But Obviously It Isn't

Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, September 1978

"Well it's alright just listenCan't wait for 78God those r.p.m.Can't wait for themDon't just watchHours happenGet in there kidAnd snap them."– Wire, 'It's So Obvious' ...

The Pop Group

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1978

PARDON ME if I've misunderstood, but amongst all those pretty speeches and petty let-downs didn't somebody once ask for 'new music night and day'? And ...

pragVEC: Another Strange, New And Enticing Pop Group

Profile and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, October 1978

A NEW extended play record to enthuse about. A new band to sell to you. Their name is pragVEC; the four tracks they've recorded are ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nico, The Pop Group: The Pop Group/LKJ/Nico/Cab Voltaire

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1978

Disorder by juxtaposition. Subversion by paradox. Nothing is as simple as we're told. New feelings. ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nico, The Pop Group: The Pop Group/Nico/Linton Kwesi Johnson/Cabaret Voltaire: An Appraisal Of 'Next Year's Thing'

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1978

The Pop Group/Nico/Linton Kwesi Johnson/Cabaret Voltaire: Electric Ballroom, London ...

Joy Division

Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, November 1978

THROB,THROB, THROB, THROB. "Hey Miss, a bottle of Newcastle please, what? Oh, a bottle of Pils then." THROB, THROB, THROB, THROB. ...

Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols: Public Image Ltd.: We Only Wanted To Be Loved

Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, December 1978

THE ENIGMATIC Johnny Lydon. Dubbed "The Messiah of Punk" by those who only thought in clichés, he was catapulted into a situation that left him ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Calm And Confusion

Interview by Paul Morley, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, December 1978

WERE YOU a wimp at school?I wouldn't say I was a wimp. I think I did get bullied. ...

Pere Ubu: Invasion Of The Warm, Friendly Bodysnatchers

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, December 1978

SEE THE ALIENS. See the room. See the aliens in the room. The aliens call themselves Pere Ubu. See Pere Ubu. See the big alien ...

Alternative TV: A Different Kettle of ATV

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

WHEN I FIRST mooted that I'd be interested in scribbling out a feature on Alternative TV, the thinking man's all-purpose unpunkgroup, the band's hustler and ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, December 1978

"I don't agree with bands who make records to please audiences." (Johnny Rotten.) ...

The Subway Sect: War Poet of The Modern World

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, December 1978

Old conceptions justifiedTradition stays in tuneYou make guitars talk informationThat tells you what to doThe lines that hit meAgain and againAfraid to take a strollOff ...

Public Image Ltd

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1978

JOHN LYDON lives in the upper maisonette of the end terrace of a row of sturdily built Victorian houses on the Fulham/Chelsea border. He picked ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, December 1978

"Have a competition in the NME. In less than a hundred words, what do they get out of Siouxsie and the Banshees?" (Siouxsie Sioux) ...

Throbbing Gristle: D.O.A. (Industrial)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE UNDERGROWTH OF pop...Take the mechanics of the situation as being something like this: you have a multi-million dollar industry, which has established channels whereby ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Public Image Ltd: Public Image Limited; Linton Kwesi Johnson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, January 1979

ON THE FIRST day of Christmas bondage bretheren and neon siteren children of the Rainbow – pace Aswad – left their parents' turkey tables en ...

Public Image Ltd.: Public Image Ltd. (Virgin)

Review by Kris Needs, New York Rocker, February 1979

THE EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED debut offering by Public Image Ltd. landed like a depth charge in the mire of self-congratulatory entrenchment that unfortunately bogs down much of ...

Crass, Ludus, Poison Girls: Ludus/Poison Girls/Crass: The Factory at the Russell Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, February 1979

She's So Modern ...

The Mekons: Blows Against Individuation

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, February 1979

The Mekons insist they're just a by-product of confusion. But 'intervention', a.k.a. 'going commercial', looms. ...

John Cooper Clarke, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Merger, The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd: Public Image Ltd., The Pop Group, Merger, Linton Kwesi Johnson , John Cooper Clarke: Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, March 1979

RACE TODAY magazine/organisation, acknowledging the central importance of Manchester in the struggle of black people, launched their northern campaign with a fund raising "Creation For ...

The Mekons: The Group Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1979

THE MEKONS step down from the space ship of idealism and come face to face with Rock Reality. Can they and the cult of British ...

The Pop Group: First Steps In The Primal Skank

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

Tribal customs live on, even in the era of Afterpunk. RICHARD WILLIAMS investigates The Pop Group. ...

The Pop Group: We Know There’s Something Wrong Somewhere: The Pop Group

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1979

This and other astute observations on life, art and the consumer society in THE POP GROUP interview. ...

Magazine: Second-Hand Daylight

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1979

"Whatever your feelings about Howard Devoto are, they're no doubt strong" – the opening salvo of the last feature penned on the subject in these ...

The Fall, Gang of Four, The Human League, Stiff Little Fingers: The Mekons/The Fall/Human League/Gang Of Four/Stiff Little Fingers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1979

AND THE STARS look very different today... For all practical rock purposes, we may as well own up that we are now living in the ...

The Buzzcocks, Magazine: Howard Devoto: The Compleat Fatalist

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1979

LATE THURSDAY afternoon. I am angry, very angry, for reasons that form too personal a tale but revolve around a head-on collision with hysterical illogicality. ...

The Vincent Units: Sex Against Rockism

Profile and Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, May 1979

"It's an amazing feeling getting up on stage and knowing that nobody expects miracles... and then sometimes one occurs" — Neal Brown, May 1979. ...

Gang of Four: Dialectics Meet Disco

Essay by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, May 1979

This is the year of the second coming of British art-rock – although the new art-rockers won't admit it. MARY HARRON strips away the modish ...

Gang of Four: The Gang's All Here

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1979

...WELL ALMOST, AS GARRY BUSHELL DISCOVERS DURING A DRUNKEN DISCUSSION WITH THE GANG OF FOUR ...

Throbbing Gristle: Factory Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, June 1979

WHEN I was watching Throbbing Gristle where were you? ...

Throbbing Gristle: The Factory, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, June 1979

WHEN I WAS watching Throbbing Gristle where were you? ...

Public Image Ltd: The Private Life Of Public Image

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, June 1979

WHAT TIME IS it? It feels like five in the morning but it must be a lot later. Ugh, Jesus, I must be inside my ...

Public Image Ltd.: The Factory, Manchester,

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, June 1979

A Quick One While No-One's Thinking ...

The Pop Group: Idealists in Distress

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, June 1979

They are young. They are talented. They are committed. They are now without a record company. 'So what seems to be the problem, boys?' asks ...

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (Factory)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1979

JUST WHEN the year's vitality was threatening to be expunged by a non-stop parade of rehashed fashions, 'ordinary geezers' with French Riviera yachts and the ...

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, July 1979

"To talk of life today is like talking of rope in the house of a hanged man." Where will it end? ...

Joy Division: Take No Prisoners, Leave No Clues

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

LET ME DRAW BACK the curtains on a probably wet and no doubt freezing night last winter. A mid-week night of no special significance, save ...

The Mo-dettes: Fast, Loud, Pretty

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

MET THEM ON A Monday, the Coca Cola spilt over the tape machine, and my MRX2 Oxide 45 mins each side @ 1 7/8 i.p.s. ...

A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Teardrop Explodes: Joy Division, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen et al: Leigh Rock Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, September 1979

A movement with no name... and a festival with no people (But a 'staggering event' all the same, says our man Middles) ...

A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Teardrop Explodes: Joy Division/Echo & The Bunnymen/OMD/Teardrop Explodes/The Distractions/ACR: Leigh Valley Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

Angst in an East Lancs wasteland ...

This Heat: This Heat (Piano)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, September 1979

FOR MUCH of This Heat's album, it's difficult and at times impossible to decipher which instrument is playing what. This is some indication of their ...

A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Fall, Hawkwind, Joy Division, The Monochrome Set, The Only Ones, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, pragVEC, Public Image Ltd, Punishment Of Luxury, Scritti Politti, Spizz, The Teardrop Explodes, Tymon Dogg: Joy Division, Pil et al: Futurama '79 Festival — Set The Controls For The Squalor Of Leeds

Live Review by Andy Gill, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, September 1979

The World's First Science Fiction Music FestivalWords: Ian Penman and Andy Gill. Pix: Kevin Cummins ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Night Of The Long Knives

Report by Kris Needs, New Musical Express, September 1979

IT'S IRONIC that Siouxsie and the Banshees' latest album bears the title Join Hands when half the group just ran away two dates into their ...

The Buzzcocks, Gang of Four: Club 57, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, September 1979

THIS IS AN interesting juxtaposition: Buzzcocks work on a high energy formula, a formula that works; Gang Of Four work away from formula – they ...

Wire: 154 (Harvest)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1979

WIRE WERE from the very outset a conceptually intriguing collective, even though they bristled with a potential that was all too often offset by niggling ...

Wire: 154 (Harvest)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

WRAPPED IN an abstract minimal geo-deco sleeve (all straight lines and waves, pastel shades), with its own label and a "free" 45, the third Wire ...

Gang of Four: Entertainment! (EMI)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1979

ENVELOPED AS we seem to be by such backward times, Gang Of Four could hardly have picked a more awkward moment to foist their collectivist ...

Gang of Four: Entertainment (EMI)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, October 1979

THE Four are ambitious; and so they accept the process. ...

Wire: Wider Vision

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, October 1979

Wire don't sit comfortably in the publicity man's gullet. They're not easily categorised, seemingly spurning the hype-market. But they do conform in one way; they ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Mix Up (Rough Trade)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, October 1979

WITH MIX UP, Cabaret Voltaire transcend being simply the blueprint for a genre – the drummerless synthesizer trio – and finally get down to business. ...

The Adverts: Cast Of Thousands

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1979

THE ADVERTS, with unforeseen stamina, have substantially matured since their early days. No longer can technical inadequacy or limited vocabulary be criticisms – just the ...

The Adverts: TV Closes Down

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1979

CHEERFUL CHAP, TV Smith. Here we are convened together for the first time in a professional capacity, officially as some sort of obituarising process for ...

The Pop Group, Scritti Politti: University Of London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1979

THE TRADITION of the angry young idealist, full of righteous fervour, self-righteous condescension towards those at odds with his or her volatile beliefs, and a ...

Public Image Ltd.: The Metal Box

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

FRIDAY EVENING in Chelsea and I'm looking for a house, panning the street on the odd numbers side. Nearly there and a door opens. Down ...

The Skids: A Loser's Quest For Survival

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, December 1979

"I'm going to lose. It's like admitting defeat before I start. But I'm going to do as much as possible in that period before I ...

Adam & The Ants, Throbbing Gristle: Throbbing Gristle: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Industrial); Adam & The Ants: Dirk Wears White Socks (Do It)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, December 1979

ADAM AND The Ants and Throbbing Gristle are shadowy extremes, lurking in dark corners, lethargically scratching through their overscrubbed private parts, grinning sweetly at anyone ...

The Fall: All Fall Down

Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, January 1980

JUST ABOVE my typewriter on the mantlepiece is an eye-catching tube of 10 orange flavoured effervescent tablets. Each tablet contains 1g orange flavoured concentrated Vitamin ...

The Slits: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, January 1980

ANOTHER American debut of another new British band at Hurrah's. But this is New Year's Eve and the ticket is 25 bucks – probably a ...

A Certain Ratio: The Graveyard And The Ballroom (Factory) ****

Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, February 1980

A CERTAIN Ratio (currently the hippest combo in Manchester) typify the approach, style, feel, and idealism of Factory Records. They are distant, difficult to touch ...

The Mekons: Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, February 1980

I COULDN'T believe my eyes. ...

A Certain Ratio, Joy Division: Joy Division, A Certain Ratio: Osbourne Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, March 1980

TO THE centre of the city in the night waiting for Joy Division. ...

Public Image Ltd.: Lydon The Exorcist

Report by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

John Lydon's back in America, as cynical as ever. He wants to forget the memories, do away with the past and rock 'n'roll. MARK COOPER ...

Killing Joke

Profile and Interview by Pete Makowski, ZigZag, April 1980

MY FIRST sojourn into the pages of this fine mag and what a balls up. Cock up amundo, mate. ...

Public Image Ltd: Lydon In New York: The Image Goes Public

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, May 1980

IT IS TWO O'CLOCK in the afternoon, and John Lydon has just popped his third or fourth Heineken of the day. ...

8-Eyed Spy, Lydia Lunch, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks: Way Out West With 8-Eyed Spy

Report by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, May 1980

IF LYDIA LUNCH'S Queen Of Siam hadn't come out when it did, I'd probably still be freezin' my butt off in Ketchum, Idaho, a town ...

Public Image Ltd.: PiL in Hollywood

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1980

HUDDLED ROUND the side with a crowd of disco dancers waiting for their fifteen minutes of fame, watching a fake Doobie Brothers run through their ...

Public Image Ltd: Market Cultural Center, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1980

PUBLIC IMAGE in a cultural centre — sounds arty enough to make you wonder if they've gone over the top. ...

The Subway Sect, Vic Godard: Vic Godard: Young Existentialist

Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, July 1980

VIC GODARD makes Feargal Sharkey look like Gene Simmons. His normality is outrageous. When Vic Godard sits in his bedroom listening to Peter Skellern on ...

Joy Division: Closer (Factory Records FACT XXV)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, July 1980

FROM THE beginning we were always dealing with something special. Joy Division, by the very nature of their set up, could never have been just ...

A Certain Ratio: Failed CSE Rock!

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1980

WE LEAVE the grubby Hulme human hutch where some members of A Certain Ratio live. The view from this particular section of hutches is not ...

Delta 5, Echo & The Bunnymen, U2: Echo & Bunnymen, U2, Delta 5: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1980

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN dwell in the magical land between life and art that is the territory of great rock'n'roll. Making music alone isn't enough ...

Au Pairs

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1980

"THE TROUBLE with conversations like this," declares Pete, nodding sagely, knitting his eyebrows, as he refers to the complex peculiarities of a pop group who ...

Comsat Angels: Miracle Workers

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, October 1980

"MILKY WAY – the gig you can do between tours!" Steve Fellows, singer, guitarist and lyricist with The Comsat Angels is right. There's very little ...

Joy Division: A History of Joy Division

Retrospective by Mick Middles, Face, The, November 1980

JOY DIVISION began life in romantically seedy surroundings. In late 1977, as the initial push of the new wave began to soften, hundreds of imitation ...

Killing Joke: The Killing Of Brother Paul

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1980

IF I HAD heard how Jaz had let Youth know that I'd arrived, I wouldn't have bothered with the interview. Photographer Ray Stevenson told me ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Welcome To The Bunnyhouse

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1980

WHEN ECHO And The Bunnymen end their British tour with a date at Liverpool University, the Mad Hatter photographer (Joe Stevens) and I travel up ...

ABC, Essential Bop, Restricted Code: Bristol Bop! Glasgow Pop! It's As Easy As ABC!

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, December 1980

LEMON SUCKING refers to the practice of sucking in the cheeks to affect the 'rock'n'roll' wasted look. Chewing, or neck bending, refers, I would suppose, ...

The Slits: And Lo, 'Three Wise Slits Take Their Temple To The West'

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, December 1980

GAMES ON TRAINS ...

Public Image Ltd. (1981)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

John Lydon, Keith Levene and (a barely audible) Jeanette Lee on: the Flowers of Romance album; what was wrong with Wobble; Satin tour jackets; the Futurists & Steve Strange; problems with Virgin Records and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.2mb, interview length: 45' 01" sound quality: **

Au Pairs: Vote Vote Vote

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1981

MARK COOPER joins the AU PAIRS' campaign trail ...

Gang of Four: Gang Of Four: Solid Gold (EMI)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1981

FINALLY GANG Of Four agree among themselves long enough to record a set of seven new songs, add on three already-released-in-some-other-form originals, come up with ...

Gang of Four

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, April 1981

Poolswinning Yorkshire musicians syndicate, Hugo Burnham, Dave Allen, Jon King and Andy Gill, pictured with the small change from their record-breaking swoop on EMI's Treble ...

Gang of Four: Gang Of Four: Solid Gold

Review by Van Gosse, Village Voice, The, April 1981

GANG OF FOUR called their first album Entertainment!, as if shouting from the rooftops that it wasn't. ...

The Fall: Free Fall

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, April 1981

DEANNE PEARSON DISCUSSES THE FUTURE WITH MARK SMITH, LEADER OF MANCHESTER'S MOST MILITANT COMBO. ...

Throbbing Gristle Makes L.A. Debut

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 1981

Throbbing Gristle: Veteran's Auditorium, Culver City, CA ...

The Raincoats: Odyshape (Rough Trade)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, June 1981

Revelations chapter II ...

Human Switchboard: Deft Mutants in a Telephone Booth: Human Switchboard at Walnut Hills, Dayton

Live Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, August 1981

DAYTON, OH -- "Maximum Occupancy: 110" says the sign high up on the wall of the Walnut Hills Bar, and by a conservative estimate, I'd ...

Romeo Void: It's A Condition (415 Records)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, August 1981

IF YOU TORE Romeo Void's debut LP down to its essence, what you'd get wouldn't be a million miles away from a collection or torch ...

Aztec Camera, Josef K: Josef K, Aztec Camera: The Venue, London

Live Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, August 1981

WHEN I entered The Venue, I expected to be bestowed with an endless soul. I wasn't, but I got a ticket instead. A choice of ...

Joy Division: Still (Factory)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1981

FEATURING: 'Ice Age', 'Walked In Line' and The Kill' (from '77 sessions), 'Glass' (from Factory Sampler) 'Exercise One' and The Sound Of Music' (John Peel sessions), ...

Scritti Politti: Where Radical Meets Chic: Scritti Politti

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

"SCRITTI POLITTI" – didn't you always wonder where their "political writings" were? I did. I always wondered whether their hearts were in their music or ...

Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, November 1981

From the underground...To the charts? We want hits, say the former cult heroes. Quite right, says Ian Birch. ...

Scritti Politti: Suspicious Minds

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1981

Making their way from the margins to the mainstream SCRITTI POLITTI have discovered the beauties of pop. But what took them so long? "Professor" MARK ...

The Mekons: The Mekons Story (CNT) 1982

Sleevenotes by Lester Bangs, CNT Records, 1982

THE MEKONS are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll. They are also the finest artists ever to have graced this ...

Scritti Politti

Interview by Tony Fletcher, Jamming!, 1982

THE INTRO ...

Poison Girls: Total Exposure (xntrix)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1982

POISON GIRLS' music doesn't tell you anything new. Barely evolved from the ugly end of punk it grinds or charges along with an oppressive grimness ...

A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory Fact 55)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

A CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI ...

A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1982

THE A CERTAIN RATIO anatomy of melancholy breaks down to a curdling rattle of bones, distant whistles, a few whispered words and a trickle of ...

Pigbag: Dr Heckle And Mr Jive (Y)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, March 1982

THE ACREAGE of cloth in Pigbag's collective trousers has been measured and, I'm afraid, found wanting. This is, apparently, an issue of some importance in ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (Kamera)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, March 1982

OF COURSE, YOU don't actually review a Fall LP. You hover in the shadow of the aura and attempt to catch some of the sparks ...

Pigbag: Warehouse, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Smash Hits, April 1982

PIGBAG ARE 'HOT' at the moment and so are the audience — very hot. The Warehouse Club (originally a real warehouse and cosily underground like ...

The Fall: Hex Education

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

COINCIDENCE AND surprise save the world from going flat! Like, the same issue of Artforum which boasts that superb Laurie Anderson flexidisc also has an ...

Gang of Four: Songs Of The Free (EMI)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, May 1982

AND SO the most highly-evolved piss artists in "rock" came to release their third LP. ...

Scritti Politti: The Sweetest Groove

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, May 1982

Everything's gone GREEN, the voice of SCRITTI POLITTI tells Lynden Barber ...

Cabaret Voltaire: 2X45 (Rough Trade)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, June 1982

WHAT IS least novel – and perhaps least satisfying – about the ascendancy of synthi-pop is its dependence on romantic humanist elements. Kraftwerk's love of ...

23 Skidoo — Don't Play Funky For Me!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

"You see, the people who constantly listen to pop have their ears degraded by wrong style and reiteration, senseless reiteration..."– Unity Mitford, taped on 'Porno ...

Au Pairs: Sex Without Stress

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

HOW COULD they have known? The caption under the BBC1 column in the Sunday Times television listings for May 30 was unmistakeable. "6.10. Sense And ...

Rip Rig and Panic: Rip Rig & Panic

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, June 1982

"OH NOOOO! Look at this one! Look at Springer's head!" ...

Gang of Four: Gang Of Four: Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Smash Hits, June 1982

THE GANG OF Four are one of the few groups who are almost always better on stage than on record. After a sticky patch last ...

Cabaret Voltaire

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, June 1982

"THERE'S 70 million people on earth." "Where are they hiding?" ...

Pigbag: Brand New Beanbag

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, July 1982

Mark Cooper throws a few questions at the brand new Pigbag ...

Delta 5, Southern Death Cult, Theatre of Hate: Theatre Of Hate, Southern Death Cult, Delta 5: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, July 1982

THIS IS ALMOST another case of "eat thy words", hard on the heels of Allan Jones' revelatory viewing of the Stones at Wembley. I didn't ...

Fehlfarben: Before The Deluge

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, July 1982

UNDER THE nuclear shadow, something stirs. Looking west, it decides to reject the old men's fear and guilt. If the sands of time are turning ...

Human Switchboard, Scientific Americans: Scientific Americans: Load And Go!; Human Switchboard: Coffee Break and other ROIR tapes

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, August 1982

TIME FOR another recharge from my choice in chutzpah-driven indies: Neil ‘Let’s Get This Party Started’ Cooper’s Reach Out International Records (ROIR). Former booking agent ...

Scritti Politti: Songs To Remember (Rough Trade)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1982

HERE IT IS: Scritti Politti's greatest hits. Let me assure you that this isn't a problem (I like albums with lots of singles on) and ...

Psychic TV: Force The Hand Of Chance (Some Bizzarre)***

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, November 1982

IMITATING COUNTLESS gurus before him, Genesis P-Orridge embarks here and now on a cynical and puerile journey to the heart of pantomime profundity, stopping at ...

Romeo Void: Benefactor

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, December 1982

ROMEO VOID'S Debora Iyall has said that her band's name "means there are not romantic notions here — and there shouldn't be; we are about ...

A Certain Ratio: I'd Like To See You Again (Factory)

Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, December 1982

I REALLY wanted to love the new A Certain Ratio LP. After countless plays I've accepted it's not going to click the way I'd hoped. ...

Elvis Costello: The Palladium, New York

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1982

IT HAD been 10 months since I last saw Elvis Costello; in between I'd watched him play footsie with Tom Snyder, straight man to George ...

Killing Joke: The Killing Joke Goes On (Forever)

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, March 1983

NEW YORK—During the summer of '81, I wrote a review of London band Killing Joke's second album What's This For...! for the Village Voice; in ...

SPK: Sound Stalkers

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, April 1983

Maniac cab driver Chris Bohn takes you on a ride to the terminal zone with the New Zealand / Chinese alliance called SPK ...

The Bush Tetras, Johnny Thunders, The Raincoats: The Raincoats: The Kitchen Tapes/The Bush Tetras: Wild Things!/Johnny Thunders: Too Much Monkey Business

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, April 1983

THE LATEST trio of ROIR cassettes expands the label's category of historical documentation – a division which offers some excuse for the fact that Reachout ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Taxi To The Terminal Zone

Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, July 1983

"The way I see it is capitalism's a sponge – consider yourself to squeeze it. Squeeze it while it's here, be prepared to pick up ...

New Order: Out Of Order

Report by Mick Middles, Sounds, July 1983

"How I wish you were here with me now." – New Order, 'In A Lonely Place' ...

Gang of Four: Hard (EMI)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1983

THESE DAYS the barricades are thinly manned. Back in '79 Rock was Against Everything and The Gang Of 4 provided a soundtrack of surgical firepower ...

Mission of Burma

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

COMING TOGETHER in Boston four years ago, Mission of Burma's first single, 'Academy Fight Song', was released by Ace of Hearts a year after the ...

Gang of Four = Hard Men in Good Cars

Profile and Interview by R.J. Smith, Creem, March 1984

"All we have in common is the illusion of being together. And the only resistance to the illusions of the permitted painkillers come from the ...

Scritti Politti: Say A Little Prayer For Green

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, March 1984

DEEP END, feet first. Is it true you're Mr Paranoid? ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Virgin)

Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, July 1984

JUST when you thought you had the bugger pinned down as a spent force, a wasted opportunist and black and white photocopy of a colourful ...

Public Image Ltd.: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Virgin)

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, August 1984

DEAR JOHN, the big kiss off: ...

Box, The (UK): The Box: Great Moments In Big Slam (Go! Discs)

Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, August 1984

WHEN THE old DVA clocked out in late '82, the name went one way, the spirit the other. While the new DVA went on to ...

23 Skidoo: Urban Wastelands

Interview by Richard Kick, ZigZag, October 1984

THE THOUGHT was: as a concise introduction into the idea of 23 Skidoo I would write a short piece about Fritz Hamaan. ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Rock With The Digital Cavemen

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, November 1984

AS ONE Voltaire remarks, it's good weather for journalism: weary skies stuffed with rainclouds over Sheffield and its hills. After London the gentle pace of ...

The Durutti Column: Without Mercy (Factory)

Review by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, December 1984

SO MUCH contemporary music strives to conquer eager hearts and incite itchy feet with bombastic crescendoes and prolific sloganeering, substituting the possible with the obvious, ...

Shriekback: Funk's Fictional Threat

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Monitor, March 1985

1985, AND A GAGGLE of groups plough a well-furrowed, increasingly barren field. ...

Scritti Politti: Psyched Out

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, June 1985

THE TWO singers, a tall fresh-faced Welshman and a soft spoken bleary-eyed Mancunian, felt trapped. ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: This Is What You Get

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1986

THIS IS the beginning of an interview with the John Lydon who has drunk seven cans of Red Stripe lager, after breakfasting on oysters. ...

Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: Apocalypse New

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1986

SOMEBODY told me John Lydon liked a drink. And this was indeed a large crumb of comfort. Suddenly, it was possible to establish some common ...

Swans: Blubber, Blood & Bucks

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1987

No other group creates such extreme reactions as SWANS. For some, they are a bunch of American charlatans making the worst noise in the world; ...

Bodines,The, The Fall, Happy Mondays: The Fall/The Bodines/Happy Mondays: International, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, May 1987

STRANGE HOW, these days, any gathering of vaguely well known groups always makes you think of charity and polished consciences. But tonight seemed to be ...

Divine Horsemen: Devil's River/Mother's Worry (SST)

Review by Byron Coley, Spin, June 1987

WHILE dim bulbs and babes still a-swaddling may not be familiar with the work of Chris D, it's a fairly safe bet that most practicing ...

Wire: Victims of Time

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1987

Or timeless as ever? Only time will tell, say WIRE, back with An Ideal Copy and not a hint of retrogression anywhere. Seconds clocked by ...

Wire ...Of The Tastiest Kind

Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, September 1987

COLIN NEWMAN and Graham Lewis, of the nearly living legendary beat combo Wire, are amiable, approachable guys who nonetheless make no attempt to hide their ...

Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: I Cry Alone

Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, October 1987

DAY-GLO PINK mini-dreads erupt from his scalp like antennae made of candyfloss. Iceberg blue eyes stare from cigarette ash skin. A smirk. A belch of ...

Scritti Politti's Green (1988)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1988

Scritti's Green talks about making Provision, meeting Jacques Derrida, working with Miles Davis, Roger Troutman and Chaka Khan, hanging out with Kraftwerk and struggling to come up with an album title...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 55meg, total interview length: 1 hour, sound quality: ****

Public Image Ltd: Public Image Limited: Happy? (Virgin)

Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, February 1988

TEN YEARS ago he was burying Led Zepplin; now he's praising it. Such are the artistic swings from Johnny Rotten (ne Lydon), professional iconoclast. Not ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL in Estonia, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Live Aid? Bollocks! Mat Snow battles the airport tannoy to hear pearls of wisdom from John Lydon and band.

File format: MP3 File size: 16.1 mb<br> Interview length: 23 minute 47 seconds Sound quality: ***

Scritti Politti: That Obscure Object of Desire

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, August 1988

THE MEPHISTO of sophisto, GREEN GARTSIDE, and his slightly cool vehicle SCRITTI POLITTI have once more pulled into view with their new single 'First Boy ...

Pere Ubu: The Picturesque Sound of Pere Ubu

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1988

IS THE ROCK world finally ready for Pere Ubu? The critically acclaimed sextet from Cleveland, which finishes a two-night stand at Club Lingerie tonight – ...

The Fall: The Praxis Of Punk

Essay by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1989

Why The Fall continue to rise ...

Public Image Ltd.: 9

Review by David Sinclair, Q, June 1989

PiL's seeping chill. ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: …Heeere's Johnny!

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, July 1989

IN THE BAR OF the North London rehearsal studio complex, John Lydon, wearing a typically loud shirt, a pair of unorthodox dark spectacles and the ...

Joy Division, Tony Wilson: Division On: Joy Division

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, May 1990

"FUNNY. I WAS IN the car with Barney the other day and I just hit Unknown Pleasures into the CD. And Barney shouted, 'Get that ...

Psychic TV: In Thee Oblique Midwinter

Interview by Mark Sinker, City Limits, December 1990

JUST LIKE a dilemma, present-day Paganism has two horns: the old lore and its new form. Except it isn't always entirely clear whether those horns ...

Gang of Four: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century (Warner Bros.)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, February 1991

IF YOU HAPPEN to own a copy of The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records, you can open it to just about any page, ...

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 ...

The Fall: Code Selfish (Cog Sinister)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, March 1992

"THOUGH PROUD of the way I've avoided prison.../When the cell door slams/I walk to the wall.../These are the words of success expectation/These are the words ...

Cabaret Voltaire's Record Collection

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, June 1992

Spookily delayed trumpets, primitive drum machines, bone-shaking bass, the original "bleep" record, loads of Germans and "Elvis gone wrong". Earplugs at the ready, Andy Gill ...

The Fall: 15 Years Of Fame

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1993

THERE'S SOMETHING TREMENDOUSLY reassuring about the fact that The Fall, and Mark E Smith, exist. ...

Joy Division: The Making Of Unknown Pleasures

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, November 1998

Joy Division settle into 10cc's Strawberry Studios in Stockport to record one of the greatest albums of the 70s. But Ian Curtis has just discovered ...

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... ...

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 ...

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. ...

Magazine: Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now (Virgin, 3CDs) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, September 2000

FOLLOWING AN initial period of liberation, punk, like all revolutionary forces, soon substituted new orthodoxies for those it had blown apart. ...

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 ...

23 Skidoo

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, Jockey Slut, 2001

"What man is at ease in his Inn?Get out.Wide is the world and cold.Get out.Thou hast become an initiate.Get out."Aleister Crowley – 'Skidoo', chapter 23 ...

23 Skidoo: Seven Songs, Urban Gamelan

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2001

Audacious avant-funksters re-released ...

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 ...

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 ...

Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, August 2002

I FIND SOMETHING terribly tragic about Interpol. It's more than Paul Banks' elegiac vocals, which stir my gut every time I hear them, so much ...

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. ...

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 ...

Public Image Ltd.: Full Metal Jacket – Metal Box

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Fact, January 2004

With the curtain closed on the Sex Pistols pantomime, in 1978 a still-searing John Lydon teamed up with Jah Wobble and Keith Levene to form ...

Rockpile: Rock Steady

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2004

THEY CALLED it rock, and boy, did Britain’s Rockpile rock-brashly, boozily, and in one regard, too, belatedly. ...

The Three Johns: Three Johns: Dada for now

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, September 2004

NOWADAYS, The Three Johns are often recalled as a side project of Mekons/Waco Brothers instigator Jon Langford. But during their 1982–91 tenure, the hard-rocking 3Js ...

Pere Ubu: Maxima Moralis: Relections from a Healing Mind – Cleveland, Independent Music, and the 1970s; Part 2

Essay by Michael Baker, Perfect Sound Forever, November 2004

IV. Pere Ubu: Christ's Agony, Cabarets, and Scary Movies ...

Gang of Four: The Gang's All Here – Again

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, January 2005

LIKE THE VELVET Underground a decade before them, Gang of Four were one of those bands who never had a proper hit but who created ...

Scritti Politti: The Sweetest Boy

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, April 2005

From the post-punk squat-crusties to pristine '80s pop-funkers, Scritti Politti underwent one of the most radical transformations in rock history. Uncut meets the band's mastermind, ...

Gang of Four: Irving Plaza, New York NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, May 2005

IN 1977, A bunch of British university students formed a band, poignantly deciding to take the name of a group of disgraced communist leaders accused ...

Gang of Four: Rare Essence

Profile and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2005

TWO SPOTLIGHTS of solar-white intensity arc downward, one aiming stage left, the other to the right. A sudden jerk of the guitar from the illuminated ...

John Lydon: John Rotten Lydon in a Few Words

Essay by Glenn O'Brien, VMan, Spring 2005

OKAY, JUST THINKING about him, I got a powerful yen to listen to John Lydon's music and as the vinyl's all out at the country ...

Joy Division: Ian Curtis

Book Excerpt by Mick Middles, Linsday Reade, Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis (Omnibus Press), 2006

The authors of this new biography are uniquely qualified to reveal the extraordinary events surrounding the life and death of Ian Curtis. Manchester-based Mick Middles was ...

Delta 5: Delta Force

Profile and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2006

WHILE three-gal/two-guy outfit Delta 5 didn't exactly fly under the radar, its relatively brief tenure (1979-'81) meant the Leeds, England, band never got its proper ...

Wire: Pretty in Pink

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, June 2006

APRIL 1, 1977, LONDON: Onstage at punk venue the Roxy is a young quartet nearing the end of its 17-song set – which, in a ...

Spear Of Destiny: Grapes Of Wrath

Sleevenotes by Alex Ogg, Anagram, 2007

THE FOUNDATIONS of Spear Of Destiny can be traced back to 1978, when Kirk Brandon replaced bass player Jerry Isles in Devon punk band The ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Heavy Metal

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Frieze, November 2007

As a new book on Public Image Ltd shows, the influence of their 1979 album Metal Box stretches far and wide ...

Joy Division: The Joy Division Industry

Comment by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, April 2008

More offcuts from the Factory ...

Magazine: 'These gigs are a cherry on a cake'

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2009

THE ONE-TIME "most important man in pop" made a quietly triumphant comeback last week. Howard Devoto's Magazine, missing since 1981, were the most uncategorisable band ...

Joy Division: The Right Way To Remember Joy Division

Essay by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, July 2009

As Unknown Pleasures reaches its 30th anniversary, Jude Rogers looks behind the commercialisation and Paul Morley's jowls at Joy Division's eternal truth ...

Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: 'PiL lets me express proper emotions'

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Observer, The, September 2009

ON CHRISTMAS DAY 1978, almost exactly a year after the implosion of the Sex Pistols while on tour in San Francisco, the artist formerly known ...

The Feelies: Rick Moody Interviews the Feelies

Interview by Steven R Rosen, blurtonline, December 2009

The celebrated novelist and Wingdale Community Singers rocker interviews his favorite band. Blurt takes notes. ...

Public Image Ltd, O2 Academy, Birmingham****

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2009

Difficult, honest and angry, Lydon pushes at the limits ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, March 2010

IN CALIFORNIA WE MEET a traveller from an antique land. On two scrawny legs – KFC issue – he stands. He has a shattered look. ...

Public Image Ltd: Dear John: Public Image Ltd

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, May 2010

WAY BACK in 20th Century England, a gang of four insurrectionist-minded punk motherfuckers were to be found causing such an anarchic, subversive uproar as to ...

Devo: The Return of Devo

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2010

FOUR DECADES SINCE Devo first donned their matching overalls and began their assault on the pop mainstream, America's original disco-rock Dadaists are back. ...

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