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David Stubbs

David Stubbs

David Stubbs began working life at Melody Maker, joining the staff in 1987, where he wrote the Talk Talk Talk column, creating the "Mr Agreeable" character. He subsequently joined NME and Uncut, and later The Wire magazine. His work regularly appears in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, When Saturday Comes and The Quietus.

He is the author of several books including a song-by-song analysis of the work of Jimi Hendrix and Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen. He also contributed to No Regrets, the recent anthology of essays on Scott Walker. His Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany was published by Faber in 2014.

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A Certain Ratio: Early (Soul Jazz)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

BEFORE A CERTAIN Ratio there was The Pop Group but, the latter apart, no one can claim to have played an earlier role post-punk's then ...

Afghan Whigs: Will To Live

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1998

"I DIDN'T START UP A BAND BECAUSE I COULDN'T get laid," says Greg Dulli with that suave, Satanic leer of his. "I started a band ...

Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers: The Twlight Singers: Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

SIDE PROJECT from The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, featuring Fila Brasilia and Pigeonhed's Shawn Smith ...

Air, Daft Punk: Daft Punk & Air: Disco Tech

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

DAFT PUNK AND AIR ARE THE BEATLES AND STONES OF THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE SCENE. SO WHY IS THE FRENCH ESTABLISHMENT – SO PROUD OF ITS ...

Anthrax: Anti-Metallurgists

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, February 1989

ABOUT TO TOUR BRITAIN WITH LIVING COLOUR AS SUPPORT, ANTHRAX TELL DAVID STUBBS HOW THEY PLAN TO BE AS BIG AS U2 WITHOUT SELLING THEIR ...

Aphex Twin: Drukqs*** (Warp)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2001

LATEST TWO-CD album from ageing boy genius shows hints of classical influence ...

Aphex Twin: 'Phex And Drugs And Rock'N'Roll

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1994

APHEX TWIN is the first superstar of ambient, the crossover King of innovative pop. Which is why Seefeel, Saint Etienne, The Boo Radleys, Curve, hell, ...

Asian Dub Foundation

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

"BRITPOP IS AN ATTEMPT TO REASSERT A sort of mythical whiteness," asserts Aniruddha Das, aka Dr Das, bassist of Asian Dub Foundation, leaning forward in ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Community Music

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2000

Storming new set of eclectic agit-pop from best live band in Britain ...

The Associates: The Affectionate Punch

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 1998

THIS is impossible music. It's impossible to mimic its myriad uniqueness, impossible to place in pop time, impossible to imagine how such music could ever ...

The Associates, Billy Mackenzie: Billy MacKenzie

Profile by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"MacKenzie's real fear was the banal actuality of pop success…to keep his perfect, impossible-past-and-future pop fantasy intact, it was necessary to destroy Associates" ...

The B-52s: Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

HISTORY OF Athens perfect popsters with two new tracks. ...

Baby Bird: There's Something Going On

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 1998

STEVEN JONES'/Baby Bird's biggest sounding and best offering to date ...

Baby Bird: Happy Sad

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 1997

Baby Bird's Stephen Jones talks to David Stubbs about life after 'You're Gorgeous' ...

Badly Drawn Boy

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2000

IN AN ANNOYINGINGLY loud Oxford Street pub, Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy, is struggling to make his voice heard above the raucously assertive blare ...

Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Could Damon Cough's long-awaited debut be the indie Pet Sounds? ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: The Sounds Of Science

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

Extensive compilation of their greatest hits, finest moments and rarities ...

The Beatles: The Death Of The Beatles

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

JANUARY 2, 1969. They are probably the four most famous people in the world, but this morning at the raw beginning of the last year ...

Beck: Odelay (Geffen)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1996

BECK is back. But is the slacker guru's new opus a celebration of eclectic musical styles or just an aimless shambles? ...

Tony Bennett (1998)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1998

The American Great (and daughter Antonia) talk about Radio City Music Hall, the Great American Songbook, his return to the spotlight, his family and Depression upbringing, and a whole lot more, whilst tasting the delights of Teodora's cuisine.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.4mb, interview length: 1h 02' 42" sound quality: ***

Big Black, Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth And the Blast First Axis

Essay by David Stubbs, Wire, February 2009

AS FAR AS many people were concerned in the 80s, in the UK in particular, rock was a discredited medium. ...

Birth: Gotten Bold

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

DEBUT FROM Bournemouth 'blue-eyed soul' Seventies revivalist. ...

Black Box Recorder: The Facts Of Life

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

LIKE THE ABSINTHE which Black Box Recorder's John Moore has busied himself importing since last year, BBR are an unusually toxic pleasure. Here, once more, ...

Black Sabbath: The Best Of Black Sabbath

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

TWO-CD compilation of Brummie metallurgists' grimmest, finest moments. ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: His Satanic Majesty Repents

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

JOHN "OZZY" OSBOURNE, FORMER HELL raiser, outrageous roister-doister, Dark Lord of Metal and rough diamond geezer extraordinaire has sung much about death, visited it summarily ...

Blur, Oasis: Live Forever

Film/DVD Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, March 2003

THERE ARE MANY reasons to see Live Forever, the new documentary about the 1990s Britpop years. Mostly they involve Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn being ...

David Bowie, Marc Bolan: Glam Revival

Comment by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1998

Why the frightening prospect of a full-scale Glam revival fills David Stubbs with dread… ...

Bobby Brown: Goodbye Cruel World

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1989

THE ALL-SINGING, ALL-DANCING WUNDERKIND IS CURRENTLY THE FASTEST RISING STAR IN AMERICA WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM DON'T BE CRUEL. AT ONLY 20 HE IS SET ...

Butthole Surfers: Crust Of A Wave

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

THEY STARTED musical life riding the first wave of US punk rock in the early Eighties, Texans purveying lo-fi snotballs of geetar with titles like ...

Butthole Surfers: Swamp Things

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, April 1988

THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS ARE THE MONSTER SOUND OF THE EIGHTIES, A SWELLING CULT WHO PULL THEM IN IN DROVES AND HAVE TO TURN AWAY JUST ...

Can, Conny Plank, Kraftwerk, Neu!: Conny Plank: The Soundtrack Of Our Youth

Profile by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, February 2013

As Gronland release a four-disc box set of the music of Conny Plank, David Stubbs remembers the "midwife of Krautrock"... ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemical Brothers: Come With Us (Freestyle Dust/Virgin)***

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 2002

PSYCHEDELIA-TINGED fourth offering from Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, featuring Beth Orton and Richard Ashcroft ...

Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain: Kurt and Courtney; dir Nick Broomfield

Film/DVD Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Starring Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love Directed by Nick Broomfield Opens July 3, Cert tbc, 99 mins ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: Kurt Cobain

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

WHEN ROCK stars die, it's usually as a result of living too well, taking too much, going too fast, getting too high. ...

Cocteau Twins

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2000

"Some people know why they make music, I suppose. But we never talk about what we're doing. Ever" – Simon Raymonde, 1990 ...

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 ...

DAF: Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft: Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1998

Overdue reissue of Eighties German minimalist synth duo's electronic pop albums ...

Daft Punk: Discovery

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

Gods of "filter disco" finally issue follow-up to 1997'strailblazing Homework. ...

Daft Punk: Plastique Fantastique

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1997

It's taken a while, but mainstream America is finally welcoming dance music with open aims. Now they're going crazy over the Chemicals and are poised ...

Death In Vegas: Scorpio Rising (BMG) ***

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2002

Brighter follow-up to 1999's The Contino Sessions, featuring Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller on vocals. ...

Augustus Pablo, Junior Delgardo, Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Lee Scratch Perry: Arkology, Volumes 1-3; Augustus Pablo and Junior Delgardo CDs

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

Junior Delgado: Dance A Dub (Big Cat); Augustus Pablo: Augustus Pablo Presents DJs From 70s-80s (Big Cat) ...

Devo

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

DEVO'S FIRST single, 'Jock Homo', was released in 1977. An instant hit, it expounded the group's theory of de-evolution, that mankind is regressing, rather than ...

Elastica: The Menace

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

Stretching the imagination: Frischmann's answer-album to Blur's relationship-dissecting 13 ...

Brian Eno: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk: Brian Eno

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 1997

...on Russia, Roxy and tennis players' bottoms ...

Perry Farrell: Song Yet To Be Sung (Virgin)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

FIRST SOLO album from ex-Jane's Addiction frontman in half-century celebratory mode ...

Garbage: Beautiful Garbage (Mushroom)*****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2001

THIRD AND arguably best album yet from Madison's finest. ...

Garbage: Version 2.0

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1998

THERE ARE surprisingly few bands like Garbage, bands operating in that shadowy, uncertain zone between the flesh of rock and the metal of techno. They're ...

Marvin Gaye

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"His fears mounted — nuclear apocalypse, gunmen out to get him…" ...

Marvin Gaye: Seaside Healing

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, November 2005

IN SPRING 1981, in an act akin to James Brown relocating to Hull, a 42-year-old cash-strapped Marvin Gaye took the Southampton ferry to the Belgian ...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Levez Vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennae To Heaven

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2000

ANOTHER BRILLIANT sprawl of ambient indie-rock from the Montreal 10-piece ...

Go West: Boys Wonder

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1987

Good lads and all that but are Go West any more than the sum of pop's mediocrity? David Stubbs takes a gander ...

Gwen Guthrie: Money Matters

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, August 1986

GWEN GUTHRIE, currently burning 'em up with 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent' explains to David Stubbs the genesis of 'Fly Girl' ...

Roy Harper: The Spirit Lives: Roy Harper

Retrospective and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

"I DON'T THINK I'm very good at interviews, because I have too many thoughts going off at the same time to be able to explain ...

Harry Crews: Wrecking Crews

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, October 1988

Harry Crews are an all-woman band featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch. They're destined to "combust after the next three days". But ...

Jimi Hendrix: Jim Hendrix: Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

Higher than the sun ...

Jimi Hendrix: New Rising Son

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Where Jimi Hendrix came from and where he would have gone next, had he survived, Hendrix expert Charles Shaar Murray talks to David Stubbs ...

Jimi Hendrix: Public Image Unlimited

Essay by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix the black radical. Hendrix the glam dandy. Hendrix the icon. Hendrix the man. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Why Are You Experienced is Rock's Greatest Debut Album

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

'WE'LL WATCH THE SUN RISE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA...' ...

Jimi Hendrix: Mitch Mitchell Remembered

Obituary by David Stubbs, Guardian Unlimited, November 2008

THE DEATH of drummer Mitch Mitchell, aged 61, marks an unwanted milestone in rock mortality. ...

Matthew Herbert: Fuelled By Outrage

Interview by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, May 2006

"CHECK THESE OUT," says Matthew Herbert aka Dr Rockit, Radio Boy, modern-day big-band leader, seductive deep-house purveyor, moments after answering the door to his studio-cum-pad ...

The High Llamas, Stereolab: Stereolab, The High Llamas: 9.30 Club, Washington DC

Live Review by David Stubbs, Vox, February 1998

WASHINGTON DC encapsulates all America's contrasts in extremis. Up on Capitol Hill, they're running the country. Over at the White House, he's running the world. ...

The Human League: Are Friends Electro?

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

JOANNE CATHERALL (the brunette one) has been relatively quiet throughout the interview, content to pick through her lunch while Susanne Sulley (the blonde one) and ...

The Human League: Romantic Antics

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, September 1990

THE HUMAN LEAGUE are back among us, more serious than ever, not for a last gasp, but completely reinvigorated and rewired – after what ...

Janet Jackson: Complete Control

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1987

'WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I USED TO TALK TO THE ANIMALS... THEY'RE GOOD LISTENERS, AND I ALWAYS FELT THEY UNDERSTOOD.' SO SAYS JANET JACKSON, IN ...

Michael Jackson: Greatest Hits – History Volume 1

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

ONCE UPON a time, wise critics dubbed Michael Jackson pop's Peter Pan. ...

Michael Jackson: Off The Wall*****, Thriller**** and Bad**** (Epic)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2001

RE-RELEASED SOLO albums include interviews with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton plus demos and unreleased tracks. ...

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, U2, Willie Nelson, Wyclef Jean: Various Artists: America: A Tribute To Heroes

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2002

Star-Spangled Bummer:  Record of benefit concert/telethon for victims of September 11 ...

Grace Jones: Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

Pop's most formidable iconette of electro-dance ...

Joy Division: Heart & Soul

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 1998

JOY DIVISION were the last British band who mattered, for whom something was truly the matter. Forget Oasis' last-gasp efforts to bring the rock community ...

The KLF: Getting Arrested With Bill & Jimmy

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, August 2008

SO, IT'S LIKE THIS. It's February 1991. A couple of years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which supposedly heralded the End of History, ...

The KLF: Pranks for the Memory

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, February 1991

They can't help having hits, they can't come to terms with fame and they can't keep out of trouble! DAVID STUBBS witnesses THE KLF's dawn ...

The La's: The La's

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2001

LONG OVERDUE re-release of debut by great lost Britpop precursors ...

Leila: Courtesy Of Choice

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2000

ANOTHER SUPERLATIVE ambient/techno album from former Bjork collaborator ...

John Lennon

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2002

THE LAST THREE YEARS OF the decade he had to an almost unbelievable extent inspired and defined had been for John Lennon a sullen, hellish ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Various Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

A LOT of claims are being made for Yoko Ono. That those first albums she made with Lennon in the late Sixties weren't the random ...

Courtney Love, Nirvana: Kurt and Courtney: Love Will Tear It Apart

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

"I'M INTERESTED IN forbidden stories," says Nick Broomfield of his latest project, Kurt And Courtney, his drawling English vowels tanned with West Coast inflexions from ...

John Lydon: Psycho's Path

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

THIS IS Lydon's first solo album, recorded before and after the calamitous reunion of The Sex Pistols. You'd have thought his cup of derision would ...

Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"It's about detesting the body. That's why you choose to mark it...all my life I've felt weak compared to others. If they want to crush ...

Manic Street Preachers: Know Your Enemy

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2001

Tentatively experimental, hardline political stuff from Wire, Bradfield and Moore ...

Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 1998

Fifth album, and long-awaited follow-up to Everything Must Go ...

John Martyn: Emotional Rescue

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2000

DAVID STUBBS SWOONS OVER THAT POIGNANT PRECURSOR OF TRIP HOP, JOHN MARTYN'S SOLID AIR ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What! (Capitol)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE DEATH MACHINE ...

Mercury Rev: Dream Of A Lifetime

Retrospective and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

"WE WERE NEVER interested in placing ourselves, in saying that we were a band that started in the late Eighties and were the musical emissaries ...

Chris Morris: Blue Jam

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2000

'Is Morris operating from a high plane of disgust or from some pit of personal rage?' Compilation of best bits from the dark ambient comedy ...

Morrissey: Beethoven Was Deaf

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, May 1993

BEETHOVEN WAS indeed deaf. And, Lord, upon looking at the CD panel and realising that after a full prison stretch of maudlin warbling that there ...

Morrissey: The Last Of England: Morrissey: Viva Hate (HMV)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

FOR TOO LONG, a faction around here feels, the fey, blithe Morrissey has been allowed to saunter through pop history unchecked, fawned upon even — ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa RIP

Obituary by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, December 1993

FRANK ZAPPA, who died last week at the age of 52, has long been regarded as one of the most important figures in rock, a ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: I Hate Myself And I Want To Die

Obituary by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, April 1994

AND SO, to quote his mother, the only person who appears to have been actively concerned about his well-being in the last few days of ...

Oasis: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2000

Change of producer and change of mood for long-awaited fourth album ...

Orbital: The Altogether (ffrr) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2001

ON THE techno calendar, the present era isn't so much AD as AD&B – the post-drum'n'bass era. That genre followed a curious arc – it ...

John Oswald: Plunderphonics 69/96 (Fony)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

Sample Minded… Sampladelia run rampant from the USA ...

Outkast: OutKast: Kicking up a Stank (Arista) *****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2002

Best of dirty South rappers' first three albums interspersed with new material ...

Ozzy Osbourne (1997)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1997

The Ozzmeister effs and blinds his way through subjects ranging from the death of Princess Diana to the myth of Sabbath's Satanism and the US religious backlash, via a detailed description of his substance abuse and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.6mb, interview length: 1h 08' 22" sound quality: ****

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Catalogue Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, July 2008

PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA, a large, shifting coalition of classical and acoustic musicians led by the late Simon Jeffes, are often regarded with either confusion or ...

Pere Ubu: The Tenement Commandments

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

BEAMING BACK FROM HIS ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE, DAVID THOMAS LEADS PERE UBU'S MANIC WALTZ INTO THE DANGER ZONE. DAVID STUBBS TRACKS DOWN THE REFORMED AND REVITALISED ...

The Pixies: Death To The Pixies

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1997

The Pixies: grievous, greedy and groundbreaking ...

Plaid, Prefuse 73, Squarepusher: Warp Records: Various Reviews

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

Don't all rush at once, alt.country fans – a triple-whammy of Warp techno  Plaid - Double Figure Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies And Uprock Narratives Squarepusher - Go ...

The Pogues: I Remember... (Melody Maker Reminiscences)

Memoir by David Stubbs, mr-agreeable.net, July 2004

I REMEMBER a three month stint in 1986 as a trainee chartered accountant, a profession for which I was ill-suited in every respect except the ...

Position Normal: Goodly Time (Rum) *****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

VINYL-ONLY second LP from art-rock samplers in exclusive handprinted sleeve. ...

Prefab Sprout: The King Of Rock'n'Roll

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

FOR SOMEONE who's only ever strived to bring a little wistful beauty into our pop lives, with an honest and artisan approach to the craft ...

Primal Scream: XTRMNTR

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 2000

Their sixth album kick starts the Millennium in angry electric jazz/punk/funk style. Significantly, the sleeve thanks Jaki Liebezeit of Can and The Prodigy's Liam Hewlett ...

Prince: And The Bland Played On: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1995

THIS could be bad. Why? ...

Public Enemy: He Got Game

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Slam funkers: sixth release from rap collective once called "the greatest rock'n'roll band on the planet". ...

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... ...

Pulp: Upper Class

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, December 1995

Forget Blur vs Oasis — this was PULP's year. Two Number Two singles, a Number One album, triumphant festival appearances, the MM hacks' LP and ...

Radiohead: Amnesiac (Parlophone)****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

DISGUST, DESPERATION, desolation, derision – all of these were once key qualities in what constituted left-field/indie. From The Birthday Party to PiL, from Elvis Costello ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Uplift Mofo Party Plan

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

SO THIS is where all the funk went. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have triumphed in a medium I thought you could only blunder in ...

R.E.M.: Up

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1998

Unexpected return to peak form after 1996's disappointing New Adventures In Hi-Fi ...

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1996

The R.E.M. guitarist talks about the songs and artists that meant most to him, from Moon River to the Ramones and beyond.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.9mb, interview length: 32' 37" sound quality: ***

R.E.M.: REM: Man On The Moon — Soundtrack

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

R.E.M.'s ASSOCIATION with Andy Kaufman goes back to 1993 when they penned 'Man On The Moon', Stipe's achingly personal tribute to the late comedian. ...

Romanthony: R.Hide In Plain Site

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2000

BRILLIANT RETRO-futurist funk from New Jersey house sensation. ...

Eileen Rose: Live at Borders Bookshop, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

BOSTONIAN EX-PAT Eileen Rose continues to rack up plaudits for her mesmeric debut album Shine Like It Does and so it was that, flanked by ...

Saint Etienne: St Etienne: Sound Of Water

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

BACK IN the early Nineties, St Etienne were ubiquitous, perhaps a little too ubiquitous. Rarely out of the music press, constantly hovering on the edge ...

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 ...

Simple Minds: Neapolis

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 1998

Return to electronic form for the New Gold Dreamers ...

Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2002

David Stubbs commends Simple Minds' New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ...

Frank Sinatra 1915-1998

Obituary by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

IN A SENSE, Frank Sinatra represented a lie. Much as beneath Bing Crosby's ambling, indolent persona lay a pointedly less easy-going character, Sinatra was actually ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Collective Consciousness

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Vox, January 1998

Dust off your bus pass and get down with RONI SIZE and REPRAZENT. There's Bristol beats aplenty, Genghis Khan gets a look in, and skipping ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Back On The Right Track*** and Ain't But The One Way*** (Warner)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

REISSUE OF Sylvester Stewart's last two albums to date ...

The Spice Girls: The Notorious Zig-A-Zig-Ah!

Profile by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, August 1997

THERE'S NO ducking it. The Spice Girls are undoubtedly the most successful British teenypop act. Their album, Spice, has sold over seven million albums in ...

Spiritualized: Urban Spaced Man

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2001

ON LET IT Come Down, the latest and greatest Spiritualized album, Jason Pierce utilises some 100 musicians, among them choristers, gospel singers and entire brass ...

The Streets: The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (679) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2006

MIKE SKINNER'S EXISTENCE has been transformed by success and fortune. It's a fortune accrued by observing, in startlingly prosaic detail, a life of Wetherspoons and ...

The Strokes: Road To Nowhere: The Strokes: Is This It? (Rough Trade)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2001

Debut album from the year's other most talked-about new American band. ...

Suicide (1998)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1998

Messrs. Rev and Vega discuss their legendary status and regular rediscovery; look back at their formation and NYC context; discuss their technology and methods, and contemplate their place in the greater scheme of things.

File format: mp3; file size: 76.2mb, interview length: 1h 23' 15" sound quality: **

Suicide: Darkness Visible

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 1998

Before the Chemical Brothers, before Ministry, before even Soft Cell, there was SUICIDE, the original electro-duo. DAVID STUBBS meets the synth-terrorists whose noise still provokes ...

Sun Ra: Space Is The Place

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, October 2005

"FUCK THE GHETTO! Look to space!" That, according to Wayne Kramer of MC5, in a nutshell was the message of Sun Ra, as conveyed over ...

Supergrass: In It For The Money

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

The Three Tenners ...

Talk Talk: Laughing Stock

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2000

THE MUSICAL JOURNEY undertaken by Talk Talk, from centre-right pop to the far, fan left of post-rock, remains unique in music history. ...

Lewis Taylor: Lewis II

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2000

Long-awaited second album from R&B retro whiz in lovelorn mode. ...

Throwing Muses: Daughters Of The Fatherland

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, January 1989

THEIR HUNKPAPA ALBUM IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THEIR MOST ACCESSIBLE YET. THEY'RE SOON TO TOUR BRITAIN WITH THE SUNDAYS. THEIR CARD TRICKS ARE CRAP. DAVID ...

Tindersticks: Live at The Botanique, Brussels

Live Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

AH, EUROPE. Given the increasingly infantile world of Anglo-American rock and pop culture, it's heartening to know there are giant pockets of pre-post-modern, un-ironic reverentiality ...

Tortoise: TNT

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 1998

Test card music for the Gods. Band at vanguard of American 'post-rock' developments ...

Tricky: Blowback (Anti)**

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

Trip hop supremo Adrian Thawes returns, restored to health, and helped by guests Cyndi Lauper and Red Hot Chili Peppers ...

Max Tundra - Whizz-kid to watch

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2000

"WHEN I was growing up, I'd go through my mum's record collection –things like 10cc, Nik Kershaw – and make these mixes on a tape ...

Underworld: A Hundred Days Off (JBO) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2002

FIRST ALBUM by electronic dance act now a duo since departure of Darren Emerson ...

The Who: The Who Sell Out

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

Tommy and Quodrophenia were louder and longer, but the psychedelic pop irony of this 1967 album remains Pete Townshend's masterpiece ...

Stevie Wonder: The Electrification Of Soul

Overview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"THERE'S NEVER BEEN a time when Stevie Wonder hasn't been relevant," said an associate of Wonder's on Channel 4's recent Top 10 Seventies Soul run-down. ...

Robert Wyatt

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

ROBERT WYATT'S career has meandered long and strange, like an underground driver. He's played alongside Hendrix, Mike Oldfield and Phil Manzanera, as well as avant-garde ...

Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom/Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Overdue CD reissue of Seventies English avant-rock classics ...

Yello: Pocket Universe

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 1997

YELLO HAVE been into electronica since their inception in 1980, when only the most wilfully avant-garde dabbled in synthesisers for any purpose other than the ...

Zero 7: A Profile

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2001

"PEOPLE ASSOCIATE us with groups like Lemon Jelly and ask, 'Is there a scene? Where do you all hang out together?' We've heard maybe one ...

List of genre pieces

What's In a Word: "Krautrock" as a Term

Book Excerpt by David Stubbs, 'Future Days' (Faber), August 2014

"THE GERMANS have every right to be critical of the word 'Krautrock',"  says Wire's Colin Newman, and it's hard to disagree. It would be one ...

Yo! Bum Rush Foucault!

Special Feature by Simon Reynolds, David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1987

B-BOYS, Yo-Boys, listen up good, cos a new sound's rappin' up the neighbourhood! Yo, it's the Maker's very own rappin' post-structuralist, the chin-scratchin' semiotician about to ...

The American Song-Poem Anthology: Music By The Metre

Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, June 2003

SO YOU THINK it's only since the rise of manufactured pop, with its endless boy and girl bands, each a more faded and insipid photocopy ...

The Tube: Sound Of The Underground

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, May 2005

THE RELEASE OF the first series of The Tube on DVD is a chance to give kudos to a groundbreaking programme that naively but bravely ...

4AD: For The Records

Profile by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, November 2005

YOU'D IMAGINE THE minimal and portentous name 4AD, with its arcane, spiritual overtones (4AD is the year many historians believe Christ was actually born), to ...

Closing Time

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, August 2003

ON JULY 3, the House Of Lords failed to block government moves to introduce a new law requiring pubs, clubs and cafes to apply for ...

One Hit Chunder

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, October 2004

THE ONE AND Only, a hardback celebration of one-hit wonders by Tom Bromley, is a touch too self-satisfied a stocking filler, inviting us, not for ...

Pushing the pressure point

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, January 2003

THE NEWS THAT the Vines have been sent back to Australia, following a bout of Ricky Gervais/Grant Bovey-style pat-a-cakes onstage between singer Craig Nicholls and ...

Xmas LPs: Worst Christmas On Record

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, December 2004

THE CHRISTMAS SINGLE is a thing of thudding familiarity - brace yourself again for Jona Lewie to make his annual re-emergence, bludgeoning you like a ...

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