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David Bennun

David Bennun

David Bennun has been writing about music and interviewing musicians for twenty years, starting at Melody Maker in the early '90s and moving on to The Guardian and then to the Mail On Sunday Review, where he is a regular pop critic. Additionally, his work has featured in GQ, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and The Quietus. He is also a general interest features writer and commentator, and the author of two critically acclaimed, cult favourite books, Tick Bite Fever and British As A Second Language. He can found on Twitter @DavidBPop.

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Afghan Whigs

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

BEYOND BEDLAM strikes me as a good place to start. We are not dealing with half-assed melancholia here. Nor are we dealing with the chaos ...

Babyshambles: Down In Albion (Rough Trade)

Review by David Bennun, Mail On Sunday, 2005

WELL, here comes a record more laden with baggage than an Andalucian pack mule. ...

Babyshambles: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Mail On Sunday, February 2005

FOR THE BENEFIT of readers in Turkmenistan, I should explain that Babyshambles is the band led by former Libertine Pete Doherty — a man whose ...

Beck

Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 1996

AT THE AGE OF 25, Beck Hansen has the air of a man who is surprised by nothing. Either that, or he is surprised by ...

Björk: Björking Girl

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1995

NOW HERE'S what you know
 about Björk. She's tiny, elfin, mad as a rabbit, childish, arty, trendy and Icelandic. ...

De La Soul, The Fugees, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Puff Daddy, Run DMC, The Sugarhill Gang, Tupac Shakur: Hip Hop Don't Stop

Overview by David Bennun, Hot Air, 1999

A LITTLE over two minutes into The Fugees' 1996 hit 'Ready Or Not', the voice of Lauryn Hill is thrown into relief by a brief ...

Embrace

Interview by David Bennun, Loaded, 1997

STEVE FIRTH takes a pull on his fag and stares out blankly at the sodden fields of Glastonbury. The rain is beating horizontally against a ...

Garbage: The Road To Hell

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

"FRIED." "Deep-fried." "Crispy." "Lo-fi." "Super lo-fi." ...

Inner City, Kevin Saunderson: Inner City

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1992

"DETROIT IS in a bad way. Recession, depression, whatever you wanna call it. There's a lot of crime, a lot of people out of jobs. ...

Jack White, The Raconteurs: Jacks White: Is Jack White Trying To Kill Music Journalism?

Comment by David Bennun, Guardian, The, March 2008

The new Raconteurs album is to be released without pre-publicity. Is this a gesture of fairness to the fans, or an attempt to silence the ...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The East Wing, Brighton Centre

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, October 1994

JON SPENCER has something he would like to tell us all about. ...

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, ...

Leftfield: On Your Marks, Get Set, Gauche: Leftfield: Leftism

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Who the f*** are LEFTFIELD? Giant pandas of techno positivism, faceless bores who had a hit with Johnny Rotten, or VR sex pervs? Don't bother ...

Manic Street Preachers: Manic Stations: Manic Street Preachers: Brighton Centre ****

Live Review by David Bennun, Uncut, June 1997

THE SURVIVING REPRESENTATIVE of The Culture Of Despair sits on the drum riser, bass on his knees, fingers every which way across the fretboard, laughing ...

Manic Street Preachers: All That Glitters…

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1994

It's been eight months since The Maker met the Manic Street Preachers, and they haven't cheered up in that time. On the eve of a ...

Massive Attack: Overland Attack

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Massive Attack made one of the great
 albums of the Nineties with Blue Lines. It took
 them three years to make the equally captivating Protection, ...

Metallica: "Good Day For A Battle"

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1993

Metallica, the titans of terse doom-metal, return to the UK this weekend, on the final leg of an epic tour that has taken them to ...

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.   ...

Pavement: Fasten Your Safety Belts And Assume Crash Positions. We Are Now Entering The Terminally Strange World Of... Pavement

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, November 1992

Their brilliant abstract guitar pop has lit up the year like a beacon of unpredictable genius and their new 'Watery, Domestic' single is another glorious ...

Pet Shop Boys

Interview by David Bennun, Observer, The, October 1999

AS REGENCY drawing rooms go, this one is on the largish side but, at first sight, perfectly ordinary.  ...

Pink

Interview by David Bennun, Arena, 2002

"ASSHOLE." Pink fixes me with a pale blue eyeball. ...

Prince: The Legendary Black Album (Warners 9362-45793-2)

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, December 1994

BETWEEN THE critically revered Sign O' The Times and the underrated psychedelic funk feast of Lovesexy came The Black Album, withdrawn from release by Prince ...

Radiohead: Apollo, Oxford

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, February 1995

America Beckons  ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tupac Shakur: The Future Hound of Gundom: Snoop Doggy Dogg: Tha Doggfather/Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, November 1996

Snoop's poised defiance and masterful Gangsta cool, posthumous crap from 2Pac ...

Ed Sheeran: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Mail On Sunday, October 2011

A FOUNDING MYTH of modern music has Robert Johnson, that most occult and eerie of early bluesmen, meeting the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads one ...

Super Furry Animals: "We've never taken acid"

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, July 1996

…So why is Super Furry Animals' new video set in a multi-coloured chemistry lab? How come their ancestors wore pointy hats on visits to castles? ...

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 ...

Take That: Stadium of Light, Sunderland *****

Live Review by David Bennun, Mail On Sunday, May 2011

YOU CAN TELL it's a chilly evening in Tyne and Wear. Some of the women even have their shoulders covered. It's the first night of ...

Veruca Salt: Saline of the Century

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Since the release of their brilliant debut single 'Seether', VERUCA SALT have become the fastest rising band on the indie scene, both here and in ...

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