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Andrew Mueller

Andrew Mueller

Andrew Mueller was Reviews Editor at Melody Maker from 1991 until 1993, and a freelance contributor to the magazine until 1996. He has since written for all sorts of publications about all sorts of things, but currently contributes more or less regularly to Monocle, Esquire, Uncut, The Guardian, The Times, The New Humanist and eMusic, among others.

Andrew Mueller has written sleevenotes for the Go-Betweens, Straitjacket Fits, Microdisney and The Fatima Mansions, as well as programme notes for U2. He is the author of two books: 1999's Rock & Hard Places (Virgin), an anthology of his rock journalism and foreign correspondence, and 2008's I Wouldn't Start From Here (Portobello), a personal history of the 21st century, which was described by the Washington Times as "wonderfully entertaining" , by the Financial Times as "a joy", and by the Wagga Wagga Advertiser as "not bad for a guy from Wagga Wagga".
Andrew Mueller is also the singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist with the Blazing Zoos, an incipient alt.country phenomenon.

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American Music Club: 'Club for Zeroes'

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1993

AMC MAKE MUSIC for losers, loners, early-hour fuck-ups and late-night wasters. Perfect for us, really. ...

Amy Winehouse: Back To Black (Island) ****

Review by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, November 2006

The first wasn't a fluke. Fine follow-up to Frank ...

Arrested Development: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, October 1994

IT TAKES A while, but I finally work out what it is they remind me of. ...

Beenie Man: Tatchell v Beenie Man: Arrest This Development

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, September 2004

LET'S HOPE THAT no friends of the Jamaican dancehall artist Beenie Man have recently reminded him that the only thing worse than being talked about ...

Johnny Cash: Cash Upfront

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, January 2006

WALK THE LINE, James Mangold's cinematic telling of the early life of Johnny Cash, takes its title from one of its subject's best-known songs. ...

Elvis Costello: Elvis Lives!!!

Interview by Andrew Mueller, On The Street, January 1989

IN THE BEGINNING was the Word. And the word was No.No as in No Interview. Elvis Costello would be talking about his forthcoming album, Spike, ...

The Fatima Mansions: Fatima Mansions: The Garage, Highbury, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, NME, May 1994

THE FIRST hundred through the doors are issued with oranges — satsumas are out of season — and a free single ('Humiliate Me') in a ...

PJ Harvey: Yeovil! Bum Rush The Show: PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island)

Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1995

From Somerset with love? It came from the west. It sounds like the Deep South. Polly Harvey's third LP proper is one scary place to ...

INXS Need You Tonight

Report by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, March 2005

IT'S NOT THE sort of job that often gets advertised. Michael Hutchence, notwithstanding his bizarre death, aged 37, in 1997, generally looked like he was ...

INXS: Michael Hutchence 1960-1997

Obituary by Andrew Mueller, Vox, January 1998

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

James: Lucky Jim

Profile and Interview by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, July 1997

THE LAND AROUND here looks like nothing much at all, which is why it can be made to look like almost anything you like. ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Chain Reaction

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, June 1995

"I MUST REMEMBER," says Jim Reid, "never to come here again." ...

The Long Ryders: Lock 17, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, July 2004

THE LONG RYDERS enter to a tape of the theme tune from The Magnificent Seven, and begin their set with a cover of the Byrds' ...

Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey (CBS)

Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, Spring 1990

MARIAH CAREY is a very very pretty girl and she has a very very wonderful voice and her debut album is an absolute dog. Comparisons ...

Microdisney: Daunt Square To Elsewhere

Sleevenotes by Andrew Mueller, Castle, 2007

THE VERY fact of this compilation's existence tells you a great deal about the music it contains, and the band it honours. The most recent ...

Morrissey: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1995

The Boxer Beat ...

Bob Mould, Sugar: Sugar: Big Rock Candy Mountain

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, August 1992

Sugar are Bob Mould's New Band. Bob Mould used to be in Husker Du. Without Husker Du, maybe Nirvana would never have happened. Andrew Mueller ...

Willie Nelson: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, April 2005

AT THIS LATE stage, attending a Willie Nelson concert is more a gesture of pilgrimage than anything else. Nelson, now 71, with a ponytail that ...

Randy Newman: Overdue Renaissance Of A Whimsical Prophet

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, February 2004

Randy Newman: Barbican, London ...

Nirvana, Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam: Reluctant Hero

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Vox, January 1995

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

Pearl Jam: Fjord Fiestas

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1992

Like Nirvana and Jane's Addiction before them, PEARL JAM look set to become this year's big US rock event. With Top 20 single 'Alive', they've ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: No One Likes Us, We Don't Care

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1995

SO NO ONE likes Pop Will Eat Itself, and they don't care. Not strictly true, of course – after all, they've enjoyed a good dozen ...

Radiohead: Medium Wavering

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, April 1995

Radiohead: The Forum, London ...

R.E.M., Radiohead: R.E.M./Radiohead: Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, October 1995

SCARY 'MONSTERS' AND SUPER 'CREEPS' ...

Slash: Snake Some Action

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1995

Slash is probably as close to a rock'n'roll animal as we've got. He's also a rock'n'roller with a lot of animals – specifically cats and ...

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 ...

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

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Vox, June 1998

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

Tupac Shakur: A Load Of Bollock: 2Pac: Me Against The World (Interscope)

Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, April 1995

Ner-ner, ner-ner slammm!!! And another one! Is 2Pac (sorry, make that 1Pac) just the shot in the balls rap so sorely needs, or a monorchid ...

U2: The Year of Living Dangerously

Report and Interview by Andrew Mueller, The Irish Independent, December 1997

U2 started '97 badly, but their annus horribilis has undergone a miraculous recovery. Interview: Andrew Mueller ...

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Hunter S Thompson: Rock of Rages

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, February 2005

FOLLOWING HUNTER S THOMPSON'S suicide, many obituarists, looking for a representative snippet of the Doctor's bug-eyed vitriol, served up the following trenchant assessment of the ...

Polyphonic Spew

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, July 2004

THERE IS NO PERSON more deluded than he or she who has a song programmed into their mobile phone. ...

Rhyme and Punishment

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, February 2004

YOU MAY HAVE heard this yarn – it's one of those things people email each other, that they might share a chuckle at the foibles ...

Rock In The Dock

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, January 2003

A FEW WEEKS ago, a nationwide leap in gun crime was lent grim focus by the murder of two young women at a party in ...

The Guitar: Axes To Grind

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, November 2003

ACCORDING TO A body of instrument suppliers called the Music Industries Association, in the last 12 months the British people bought no less than 700,000 ...

Woodstock '94: Dirty Weekend

Report by Andrew Mueller, Vox, October 1994

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

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