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Dele Fadele

Dele Fadele

Dele Fadele wrote regularly for NME in the late '80s and early '90s, focusing on hip-hop, acid house, shoegazing and grunge. Courtney Love claimed that his review of Hole at the Camden Underworld was the worst she ever received.

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808 State: Town and Country Club, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, March 1993

THE COMPUTER-DRIVEN orchestral score that is Moby's opening gambit comes as a blessed relief. After two hours of beat-fascism courtesy of the hardcore DJ that ...

Art of Noise: The Big Kiss-Off: Art Of Noise: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, August 1986

THEIR TIME, like the strained smile on celibacy's face, is desperately short. Like the tame, trained, caged bear all their disregard is now marshmallow; their ...

A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, PM Dawn: De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, PM Dawn: Wembley Hall, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, October 1991

DIRE STRAITS fans are huddled in masses in the near vicinity, oblivious to the fact that the real revolution is being televised in this makeshift ...

Babes in Toyland: Marquee, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1992

SHRIEK LIKE A CHILD ...

Band of Susans, Throwing Muses: Throwing Muses and Band Of Susans: Loving The Aliens

Report and Interview by Dele Fadele, Melody Maker, July 1989

THROWING MUSES, BAND OF SUSANS: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM HUMMINGBIRD ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Whodini: Run DMC, Whodini, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1986

RUN LIKE HELL ...

Black Eyed Peas: Mean Fiddler, London WC2

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, April 2001

NOW THAT hip-hop is a global lingua franca, anyone with the slimmest of credentials can lay claim to authenticity. ...

Blackstreet: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1995

MODESTY might not be Teddy Riley's strongest suit, but he's certainly earned the right to project himself as a streetwise megalomaniac from the forgotten projects ...

Blur: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1991

THE HYPE and shoddy promotional tactics surrounding Blur would surely stifle a lesser group. ...

Body Count, Ice-T: Ice-T: Seine In The Membrane

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, November 1994

It's not all being grim and Malcolm X when you're ICE-T. You also get to go on the road with your mates, play metal and ...

Busta Rhymes: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 2002

BUSTA RHYMES is massive. Not necessarily in a physical sense — though he cuts an imposing figure — but in a metaphysical kinda way. ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1992

ARE YOU ready to have your heart skewered on a grill? Just remember, if you will, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' cover version of ...

Coil: Love's Secret Domain (Torso)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1991

FROM THE provocative cover which displays a severed penis ejaculating capsules of Ecstasy to the way the title track wryly quotes Roy Orbison's 'In Dreams', ...

Coolio: Con Voyage: Coolio: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1994

SOME PEOPLE with hidden agendas berate Arrested Development and Public Enemy endlessly for touring with rock bands. ...

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 ...

Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy: Depeche Mode, The Sisters Of Mercy: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, August 1993

GOOD VIOLATIONS ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury (4th & Broadway/All formats)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1992

GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES – In-Disposable! Rono and Michael take their message to the streets ...

Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg: Snoop Doggy Dog and Dr Dre: Every Dogg Has His Dre

Report and Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1994

They called him an "evil bastard", said he shouldn't be allowed in the country, that there would be riots outside his hotel and gigs. But ...

Eazy-E, N.W.A.: E Bygone!: Eazy-E: Eternal E (Virgin)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1996

THE BIBLE says that, in the last days, men will actively seek death and death will flee from them. So, as sad and ultimately preventable ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Warren Peace

Interview by Dele Fadele, ZigZag, November 1985

WHEN THE CONSCIENCE AND SOUL LIE – A BODY'S GOT NO CHOICE. ...

Einstürzende Neubauten: Apocalypse Neu!

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1993

Be honest, you missed the sheer noise terror, the rampant metal-bashing, the power drills and the quite literally explosive live show didn't you? Well now, ...

The Fall: Code Selfish (Cog Sinister)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, March 1992

"THOUGH PROUD of the way I've avoided prison.../When the cell door slams/I walk to the wall.../These are the words of success expectation/These are the words ...

Foxy Brown: Stratford Rex, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 2002

ON A BILL heavy with London-based garage crews, motormouth MCs and well-dressed ruffnecks striking thug poses, Foxy Brown is the main attraction. ...

The Fugees: Forum, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 1996

THE 'GEE-FUNK ERA ...

Diamanda Galás: Sometimes Words Are Not Enough: Diamanda Galás: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1989

SELF-CENSORSHIP destroys our richest dreams before they're executed. Just as redneck hysteria is the last refuge of the foul-mouthed scoundrel, so does restraint cast doubts ...

Geto Boys: Southern Discomfort

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1996

Deep in the heart of the redneck Bible Belt, squillion-selling rap supergroup GETO BOYS are living up to their paranoid bad-boy reputation. Bushwick Bill has ...

PJ Harvey: 4 Track Demos (Island)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, October 1993

ROCK'N'ROLL EXISTS in a parallel universe to straight society. In this kaleidoscope of pleasures, people with suss, savvy and imagination are allowed to re-invent themselves, ...

PJ Harvey: Scrumpy's Trusted Nut

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, February 1992

Way out West Country! Cut off from television, newspapers and all your favourite bands, PJ HARVEY is brewing up an intense, sexual storm that's set ...

Hole: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, November 1991

YOU KNOW WHEN you're feeling elated, lost in wonder, not out of your cranium but wondering why there seem to be continents on the moon, ...

Ice Cube, Public Enemy: Ice Cube & Public Enemy: Patinoire De Malley, Lausanne

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1994

Yodel, Bum Rush The Show ...

Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster (Sire)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1991

FOR ALL the descriptions of graphic violence, sexism and general anti-establishment stances, Ice-T is a committed moralist at heart. Not for nothing did he portray ...

Billy Idol: Crockabilly!: Billy Idol: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1991

THE HEADY STRAINS of pulsating drums and long-forgotten African chants fill the cavernous room: "Zumbayeh, Aikobayeh". Billy Idol's intro tape is 'Cult Of Snap' by ...

James: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, July 1989

SO WHY AREN'T James chartbusters both sides of the Atlantic? The nascent uplifting strains of the new songs are certainly well-crafted enough. And they're no ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: In My Lifetime Volume 1 (Northwestside)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, October 1997

THE FIRST WORDS you hear are spoken by Jay-Z himself, assuming a parodic Italian-American accent, imagining himself as a dying Al Pacino in Carlito's Way, ...

R Kelly: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1995

"IF YOU'RE 16 or under, don't try this at home." ...

KRS-One: Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1993

HIP-HOP pioneers have always found it difficult to get respect in any true sense years down the line. ...

The Lemonheads: Lemonheads: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 1994

HOW HAS EVAN Dando managed to survive the Russian roulette games and hoop-jumping required of a heart-throb by the shark-infested music industry? How does he ...

Lil' Kim: Hello Nasty: Lil' Kim: Kentish Town Forum, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, July 2001

THERE'S SUCH A thing as hip-hop time. It doesn't generally apply to gigs, more to long-suffering journalists kept waiting for hours on end for an ...

LL Cool J: Bad Man Bites Back

Report and Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1987

Woah, boy. This is LL COOL J, sitting behind the wheel of an automobile, sensing disrespect! Our man in the wraparounds and the probe-stick: DELE ...

Massive Attack: Blue Lines (Wild Bunch/Circa)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, April 1991

IMMENSE AT WORK ...

Mercury Rev: Nice Merc If You Can Get It

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1992

THE FRIDAY afternoon rendezvous with Mercury Rev isn't quite going as planned. Police have cordoned off a large stretch of Harrow Road, West London because ...

Method Man: Method in the Madness

Report and Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, April 1995

Welcome to Florida, land of Disney, Dayton Beach and glorious Orlando. And paranoia, machine-gun toting security guards and camcorders shoved up strangers' crutches. METHOD MAN, ...

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, November 1991

RECENTLY SOME DEEP-SEA divers stumbled on an underground cave thousands of feet below sea level. Stalagmites, stalactites and mini-icicles greeted their brave entrance, almost too ...

Nas: Ticket To Scribe

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 1996

Having adopted the moniker of one Pablo Escobar, NAS ESCOBAR set about creating vivid lyrical depictions of life in his native New York tenement slums. ...

Northside: It's Dim Up North

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1991

IN NOVEMBER 1989, Manchester's Free Trade Hall opened its doors to a host of spivs, reprobates, ecstasy-casualties, groovy people and businessmen, unwittingly becoming the focus ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Arista)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, April 1997

THE UNFORTUNATE and tragic death of Christopher Wallace in the early hours of March 9, 1997 will leave a bitter aftertaste in the mouths of ...

Alexander O'Neal: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, December 1989

THE LIFESTYLE stemming from competent professional soul is utterly despicable. Ostentatious displays of wealth inherent in the flashy cars and gaudily overpriced fashions turn my ...

The Pharcyde: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (East West)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, August 1993

"DADDY, WHAT does 'crossover' mean?" ...

The Residents: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, November 1986

IF YOU often wondered what fate befalls ex-members of that most teenage of teenage groups, Menudo, don't. Their hearts are left in San Francisco where ...

Royal Trux: It's All Chauffeur Now

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 1995

They're the most notorious rock band on the planet. They're wilder than a starving lion. So how come ROYAL TRUX are afraid of pre-teen Washington ...

Saint Etienne: St Etienne: Clubber Soul

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, May 1992

Stop farming your hair for an instant and smell those flowers! Perfect pop is back and ST ETIENNE will be drifting it blissfully up to ...

Simple Minds: Neapolis ***

Review by Dele Fadele, Vox, April 1998

IF THE YOUNG Jim Kerr; who fronted Johnny And The Self Abusers in the late '70s tailspin of punk, knew what fate had in store ...

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 ...

Souled American: Fe (Rough Trade)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, February 1989

STILL TRAPPED in the much-vaunted US grassroots revival's clutches, Souled American are floudering. It's no surprise that the search for authenticity petered out, as the ...

Suede: Kentish Town Forum, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1994

Figgy Star Lust ...

Swans: Holy Money

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1986

HAS THE vocabulary been conceived, reduced or minimal enough to transmit the gravity or even sonority of those emotions laid bare on this, this, this ...

David Sylvian: Gone To Earth

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1986

THE THIRD person entered store after store, priced nothing, spoke no word, and looked at all objects with a wild and vacant stare – having ...

Teenage Fanclub: Kentish Town Forum, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, December 1995

SHOULD YOU happen to care about affection and chrysanthemums and heartache and damp bedrooms lit with a warm glow, then Teenage Fanclub will not only ...

Tricky: Maxinquaye (4th & Broadway)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, February 1995

THE SEVERN ALLIANCE ...

Wu-Tang Clan: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, June 1997

ALL TOO FAMILIAL ...

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