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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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AC/DC: Bonfire

Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, November 1997

THE LATE '70s and early '80s were bleak years for rock, and most other things besides. One of those moments in history which seem to ...

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 ...

Alice In Chains: Music Bank

Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, October 1999

IF EVER a Central Committee for Naming Things should be summoned into existence, I would like to nominate, for the chair, the inventor of the ...

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 ...

Beck To The Future

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

Isn't BECK the slacker king and self-proclaimed 'Loser'? So how come he's the hardest working man in showbiz? Why has Noel Gallagher chosen new single ...

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. ...

Blubber, Elastica, Shed Seven: Elastica, Shed Seven, Blubber: Zap Club, Brighton

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, September 1994

ALL RICH kids should be in bands. Consider it a duty. ...

Blur: This Is The Modern World?

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, May 1994

BLUR believe themselves to be the most modern of bands, a four-man amalgamation of Nineties Britain. DAVID BENNUN reckons they're clever throwbacks, feeding on a ...

Glen Campbell

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 2000

"I CAN," says Glen Campbell, "wriggle my right breast." He demonstrates. It's true. He can. ...

The Chemical Brothers: The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1996

Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands aka THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS are the Stooges of techno — freaky, raw and seriously hip. Like The Orb, The Prodigy, ...

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 ...

Embrace

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Loaded, Summer 1997

STEVE FIRTH takes a pull on his fag and stares out blankly at the sodden fields of Glastonbury. ...

EMF: Ballroom Blitzed! EMF: Cha Cha Cha (Parlophone)

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, March 1995

EMF are famous for putting citrus fruits up their foreskins and getting drunk. For some peculiar reason, DAVID BENNUN doesn't think this, in itself, is ...

Fatboy Slim: Norman Conquest

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, February 1999

At his lowest ebb, Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, nearly jacked it in to be a fireman. Now he's a chart-topper with a clutch of ...

Garbage: The Road To Hell

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

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

Mark Hollis: Mark Hollis

Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, February 1998

FROM 1980S synth-pop with Talk Talk, Mark Hollis is now a solo artist of rare contemplation… It's all gone quiet over here. Mark Hollis has ...

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 ...

Jamiroquai

Report and Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1993

AFTER LESS than a year in the recording business, Jason Kay, the man who is Jamiroquai, has developed an understanding with the press. They are ...

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: The Zap, Brighton

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, July 1996

COULD I just get this out of the way? I mean, Kenickie are wonderful for what they are, not what they aren't, but I'd just ...

Kenickie: 'We Think We're Bulletproof!'

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

...and KENICKIE may well be right. The coolest, funniest, sharpest, rockingest all-girl-and-boy band in Britain to The Maker out for a night on the tiles and left ...

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 ...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London ****

Live Review by David Bennun, Event Magazine, June 2013

Just drop the chat and give us the rap, Mac ...

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: Classic Metal: Metallica

Report and Interview by David Bennun, Observer, The, May 1999

LIKE MOST things in this California college town, including the people, Berkeley's Community Theatre has changed little since the '60s. Its rust-brown auditorium and green ...

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 ...

Moby

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Hot Air, Summer 2000

THEY CALLED him Moby from the moment he was born. A tiny homunculus, small for his age even then – too small, they thought, for ...

Alanis Morissette: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Mail On Sunday, June 2001

SAY WHAT YOU like about Alanis Morissette – and I intend to – there's no denying the girl can belt it out. Alone among the ...

Mumford & Sons: Babel

Review by David Bennun, Daily Mail, September 2012

Nothing towers in Mumford's Babel ...

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. ...

Pink Floyd Meet The Orb: David Gilmour and Dr. Alex Patterson

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, March 1993

JUST ABOUT everything anybody has ever told you is wrong. Take, for a very mundane example, the music you listen to. Most likely, there are ...

Prince: 25 Years On: Lovesexy Revisited

Retrospective by David Bennun, Quietus, The, July 2013

NOW I THINK OF IT, I'm struck by how seldom I have gone out and bought an album on the day it was released. In ...

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 ...

Queen: Brixton Academy, London *

Live Review by David Bennun, Mail On Sunday, 2005

"CAN YOU BELIEVE," says Brian May, "that we're doing this?" ...

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 ...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Bang! Bang! You're Cred

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, October 1996

They're rude, they're raw, they love rock'n'roll, they're The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Just don't call them cabaret, that's all ...

Sun Kil Moon: St George's Church, Brighton

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, August 2015

BACK, THEN, to the old question of whether, and how, one separates the artist from the art. Mark Kozelek's music has been justly treasured since ...

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: Lycanthropissed-up!: Supergrass: I Should Coco (Parlophone)

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, May 1995

A scary rock 'n' roll wolfchild who roams the streets, high on drugs and booze, in search of whatever cheap thrills the night has to ...

Supergrass: More Cock Than Doodle-Do

Interview by David Bennun, Everett True, Melody Maker, 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 ...

Take That: That's All Folks!: Take That: Greatest Hits (RCA)

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, March 1996

That That have split. David Bennun laments the passing of the "greatest pop group in the world" ...

Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, February 1999

AS LOW POINTS go, this one was not merely a dip in life's road. It was a chasm. A gorge. A bloody great sheer-sided canyon. ...

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 ...

List of genre pieces

Wreath Lecture: Braying Crowds & The Accidental Death of Quiet Music

Comment by David Bennun, Quietus, The, December 2013

2013 was the year when crowds talking loudly at gigs became a universal aggravation, writes David Bennun. He asks why this is the case, and ...

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