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Lush: Japanese Whispers

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1989

A RUSH OF BLOOD? Lush are nearly as good as their name, which is high praise indeed. ...

Lush For Life

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, March 1990

After all the hype surrounding Lush, their new Mad Love EP was bound to come under scrutiny. But, says John Robb, its mixture of cunning ...

Ride: Nowhere (Creation)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1990

BEFORE WE start, one thing: 'Dreams Burn Down', eh? What a stormer! Breathtaking, sickening, walls collapsing all around you and oh look the gazelles are ...

Lush: Dear Students (Won't You Come Out To Play?)

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1990

Right now, a thousand acne strewn depressives are bustin' pimples to Lush's cool bedsit beat. But are they the ultimate student band or just the ...

Slowdive: Younger than Yesterday

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, March 1991

"A LOT OF BANDS are so precious about influences, thinking they're massively original. I don't think we are." ...

Chapterhouse: Pillow Talk

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, July 1991

Into the dressing room of the Manchester International comes a figure in tight yellow tartan flares. "The chicks love these strides, man. Ha ha. Anyone ...

Slowdive: Dive Bomb: Slowdive: Just For A Day (Creation)

Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, August 1991

WHEN SLOWDIVE gave us their astonishingly lovely eponymous debut single in last December, it sounded, to these ears at least, like the most auspicious debut ...

Lush: Hazy Daze For The Scenesters

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, February 1992

Just about the only thing happening in British indie music last year was a rash of blurry, neo-psychedelic bands known as 'shoegazers' or The Scene ...

Ride: Sex And The Singles Band

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, February 1992

They are the model '90s pop group; sensitive young men with floppy hair and languid tunes, displaying cherubic belligerence laced with existential angst. But surely ...

Curve: The Bend Of The World As We Know It

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1992

Their single 'Faît Accompli' is storming the Top 20, their debut album's waiting to make a bigger splash and even John Lydon likes them. Is ...

The Boo Radleys: Everything's Alright Forever (Creation/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

OF COURSE, they said it would be this good. And while The Boo Radley's stout-hearted self-opinion was a cheering presence in 1991's (complacen)sea of mumbles ...

Curve

Profile by Andy Gill, Q, April 1992

WHEN TONI HALLIDAY first bumped into Dean Garcia backstage at a Eurythmics gig, it wasn't so much love at first sight as the first inklings ...

Moose: XYZ

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1992

YOU KNOW, MAYBE the Scene wasn’t so bad after all. Sure, it churned out rapture by rote, but grunge has similarly turned rage into a ...

Pale Saints: The Choir Invisible: Bringing Pale Saints into Focus

Interview by Susan Compo, Option, Fall 1992

THE PALEST SAINT, not unlike the prettiest star, has to be Saint Gerard Majella, an 18th Century Italian anchorite who, before his death at age ...

The Boo Radleys: Giant Steps (Creation)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1993

TIME FOR a rethink. At some point (just between the dreamy acoustic sway of ‘Wish I Was Skinny’ and ‘Leaves And Sand’ I think, but ...

Slowdive: Pitta And Twisted

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 1993

Be gone with your rich kid, shoe-gazing, dilettante prejudices about SLOWDIVE, for the kebab-loving, apolitical enemy of the Manics are shaking off those untrendy pigeon-hole ...

Curve: Present Intense

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, September 1993

Curve's new album, Cuckoo is a blood-curdling riot of pain and paranoia. So, it would seem, are Curve's lives. As CAITLIN MORAN finds out when ...

The Boo Radleys: Zeleste 2, Barcelona

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, May 1995

IT IS 4.42 AM. Martin Carr and Bob Cieka of the Boo Radleys are, um, "relaxing" at the Hotel Sol in Barcelona after a suitably ...

The Boo Radleys: Didn't Feel A Thing

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1996

"IF YOU'RE doing music you're supposed to pretend you're something you're not, you're supposed to sound as though you come from a different planet. You're ...

Curve: Arc Psychosis

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1996

HOLLYWOOD IN THE 1930s wasn't the ideal environment for a feisty, independent actress with an inquiring mind who couldn't stomach the iniquities of the studio ...

Lush: Britpop Bondgirls Bash Bonehead Badboys

Profile and Interview by Susan Whitall, Yahoo! Internet Life, August 1997

WHILE MUCH IS made of such supposed role models for young girls as Alanis Morissette, a young woman whose deeply personal songs are co-written by ...

Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (2000)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2000

Ms Fraser on singing and singers; on being a Cocteau Twin; her relationship with Robin Guthrie; friends and conspiritors such as Peter Gabriel, Damon Albarn and Jeff Buckley.

File format: mp3; file size: 72.9mb, interview length: 1 h 19' 38" sound quality: ***

Slowdive: Just For A Day (Sanctuary Records)

Sleevenotes by Ian Watson, Sanctuary Records, 2005

DECEMBER 1990: Neil Halstead, then a mere two months into his twentieth year on the planet, is talking about the legacy of Slowdive, a group ...

Slowdive: Souvlaki (Castle Music)

Sleevenotes by Ian Watson, Castle Music, 2005

NEW YORK, sometime in the early Nineties. A rough-voiced man in his mid twenties is phoning a hotel to reserve a room for himself and ...

The Boo Radleys: Boo Radleys: Find The Way Out

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2005

THE ONLY CREATION act other than Oasis to have a Number One album, the Boos were arguably the label's most eclectic signing. This 35-track anthology ...

Ride: A Guide

Guide by Ira Robbins, trouserpress.com, 2007

INSPIRED BY THE Manchester rave scene, Oxford-to-London art-school quartet Ride – Mark Gardener (vocals/rhythm guitar), Andy Bell (vocals/lead guitar), Steve Queralt (bass) and Laurence 'Loz' ...

Slowdive: Pygmalion (Cherry Red Records)

Sleevenotes by Ian Watson, Cherry Red Records, 2010

THE PRESS hated it. Let's get that out of that way at the beginning. With the UK in the midst of Britpop euphoria, there was ...

My Bloody Valentine: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, March 2013

Chris Roberts heads to MBV's final night of their UK tour and finds himself pondering linguistics and culture while stood in their volume wind-tunnel ...

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