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Edwin Pouncey

Edwin Pouncey

Maverick writer on everything from roots reggae to Japanese psychedelia, Pouncey wrote for SOUNDS and NME in the ’80s and ’90s and has most recently been a regular feature writer for THE WIRE. He is also well-known as the cartoonist Savage Pencil.

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King Sunny Ade: Juju Music

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1982

IT HAS ALREADY been wisely stated elsewhere that any thoughts of tribal ceremony soundtracks brought direct from the bush by intrepid white David Fanshawe types ...

King Sunny Ade: Sunny Side Of The Beat

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1982

Edwin Pouncey meets the 'Minister Of Enjoyment' and monarch of juju music KING SUNNY ADE ...

Amon Düül: Communing With Chaos: Amon Düül II

Retrospective and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, February 1996

WHEN THE GERMAN rock explosion (now recognised as Krautrock) first hit these shores in the early 70s, the temptation to label it as a thriving ...

Babes in Toyland: Babes In Toyland: A Fête Worse Than Death

Report and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, August 1992

Rumble rumble rumble... whizz "WHAAAAHH!"And that's just listening to the new BABES IN TOYLAND album, long before EDWIN POUNCEY went anywhere near a rollercoaster with ...

The Bangles: Yesterday and Today

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1985

THE 'HOUSE full' sign was proudly on display outside Boston's Paradise Theatre, a local haunt that had, so I was informed, fallen from favour by ...

Big Star, Chris Bell: Big Star: Live; Third/Sister Lovers; Chris Bell: I Am The Cosmos (All Rykodisc)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, February 1992

SINCE THEY faded into obscurity in 1975, shortly after recording the sessions for the Third/Sister Lovers LP, Memphis pop/rock band Big Star have been lauded ...

Black Uhuru: Chill Out (Island)****1/2

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, June 1982

AFTER THE blistering scorch that came out as Red, things in the Uhuru camp just had to cool off before the next major assault could ...

Black Uhuru: Tear It Up (Island)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1982

BLACK UHURU'S tour of English provinces last year took place at a time when the streets were torn with riot, ironically the perfect setting for ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Club Ninja

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, December 1985

HEAVY METAL groups come and go but the Cult apparently to on forever. It kinda makes you feel warm inside — at least you can ...

Burning Spear: Farover (Radio)***

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, May 1982

TWO YEARS on from his last collection finds Winston Rodney, the African teacher, aka Burning Spear, relating the same universal message of cultural education through ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Dust Sucker (Milksafe)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, May 2002

THE FULL STORY of Captain Beefheart's ill-fated Bat Chain Puller – potentially his greatest musical statement after Trout Mask Replica – has already been admirably ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Ice Cream For Crow (Virgin V2237)*****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, September 1982

TO THE casual observer, Captain Beefheart's vibe must appear to be similar to the window blind painting he has created to adorn his latest batch ...

Leonard Cohen: The Future

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, November 1992

THIS RECORD HAS taken its creator, poet/songwriter/musician Leonard Cohen, four years to complete. A collection of seven originals and two cover versions that Cohen and ...

Elvis Costello: Punch The Clock (F.Beat)****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1983

ELVIS COSTELLO, the self-confessed Invisible Man, returns. Off come the dark glasses, the bandages are unwound and drop to the floor to reveal his latest ...

The Cramps: The Curse Of Elvis

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1986

It's exploitation-a-go-go as THE CRAMPS surf back from the dead to keep a date with EDWIN POUNCEY in downtown Los Angeles. ...

Mikey Dread: Who's The Man Plays Dubwise Selection Without Objection? Mikey Dread, Of Course

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1980

MICHAEL CAMPBELL is a man of many parts. Producer of numerous dub, toasting and vocal sides he has also worked for such luminaries as King ...

The Dream Syndicate: Medicine Men: The Dream Syndicate

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1984

INSIDE THE Mission Theatre in sunny Santa Barbara we’ve got trouble. With less than an hour to go before The Dreams Syndicate take the stage, ...

Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead: Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead: Dylan and The Dead

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, February 1989

THIS COULD be a marriage made in heaven or hell, depending on which side of the critical fence you might be sitting. The majority of ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour and Live At Acklam Hall, London 1980

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1982

IN A constantly flowing stream of creativity, through each consecutive fad, fantasy and fashion The Fall have always strived to go against the grain to ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour; Live In London, 1980

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1981

IN A CONSTANTLY flowing stream of creativity, through each consecutive fad, fantasy and fashion The Fall have always striven to go against the grain to ...

Grateful Dead: One From The Vaults

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, June 1991

FOR DEVOTED Dead Heads, this release is a dream come true as (not to be outdone by Dylan) the Grateful Dead open up their tape ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1979

"THERE'S NOTHING like a Grateful Dead concert." This oft-quoted statement from past hand-out material was going through my head as I stumbled over the attendant ...

Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead: Fables Of The Deconstruction

Essay by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, July 1999

ONE MAY evening in 1967 at San Francisco's Matrix club, Steppenwolf's bass player Nick St Nicholas got up on stage, plugged his guitar into an ...

Green On Red: Gas Food Lodging

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, May 1985

ALL OF a sudden, it’s a-happening. Seems like every LA outfit that you ever read about in these pages moons ago is over here with ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Miami (Animal) *****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, September 1982

IN A MUSICAL world that is forever being bedevilled and picked at by the bland spirits of so called 'new pop', the emergence of a ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Calling On Thunder

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1982

IN THE beginning Jeffrey Lee Pierce was born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles. ...

Jane's Addiction, Underneath What?: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, October 1988

GOTH NIGHT in South London has brought out all the silly cowboy hats, floppy bandanas and Wayne Hussey lookalikes in full force. The crowds of ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1983

A LOT OF polluted water has flowed under the bridge since Bass Culture, Linton Kwesi Johnson's last album of poems, was released to rave critical ...

The Lemonheads: Lovey

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, August 1990

IT'S PROBABLY too ironic that, just when the Lemonheads were getting somewhere, things started to abruptly shake apart. ...

Lone Ranger: Rose Marie (Black Joy)****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, January 1982

THIS BRAND new selection without objection is the first released album in this country from the Lone Ranger since he last bared fangs on the ...

Charles Manson: Die Flayed Alive! Charles Manson

Report by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, August 1992

Many reckon the swinging ‘60s ended the night followers of deranged hippy guru CHARLES MANSON broke into the home of Roman Polanski and brutally murdered ...

Mazzy Star: She Hangs Brightly (Rough Trade)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, May 1990

DAVID ROBACK, who with singer Hope Sandoval makes up one half of the Mazzy Star project, probably likens himself to the US equivalent of ace ...

Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, White Lion: Crüe To Be Kind

Report and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, November 1989

Lock up your heated rollers, here comes Metal mayhem. Into the heart of dorkness strode our very own rock monster EDWIN POUNCEY armed with only ...

Mudhoney: Put Mud In The Music

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, May 1989

Thanks to an extensive European tour, a vinyl collaboration with Sonic Youth and their own indie-chart hit LP, Seattle's MUDHONEY find themselves the latest US ...

Nirvana: Bleach (Sub Pop import US LP only)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, July 1989

REAL ROCK music should hurt. Like being too near an exploding plate glass window, it should get under your skin and cause you to writhe ...

Nirvana: Bleach (Tupelo/All formats); Hormoaning (Japanese CD only)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, March 1992

WHAT'S ON offer here are Nirvana's (bleached) roots, a raw-throated and perhaps over-fussy sounding debut LP that would eventually spawn a phenomenon. Bleach – with ...

Nirvana: 'Nevermind' — The Bolognese!

Report and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, December 1991

THE RAIN-sodden streets of Muggia (a secluded town in Northern Italy that acts as the border with civil war-torn Yugoslavia) are seemingly empty. Nirvana bass ...

Nirvana, Tad: Hard On: Nirvana and Tad

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, September 1989

This week EDWIN POUNCEY gets on the trail of Sub Pop, the label that brought you Mudhoney and who are about to unleash the ungodly ...

Nirvana, Tad: Tad, Nirvana: Astoria, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, December 1989

"CHECK!... CHECK!..." This is one little improvisation that the fans freezing outside were missing as Sub Pop stalwarts Nirvana struggled valiantly to balance the sound ...

The Pixies: Doolittle

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, April 1989

THAT LITTLE MONKEY with the halo hot-wired to its tiny skull – the central image for both the Pixies' latest single and this, their second ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: Coming Through Slaughter

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, November 1999

Where lesser rock gods have become overweight and obsolete, Iggy Pop endures. In Miami, prompted by the bitter-sweet musings of his 13th album, he reflects ...

The Quireboys: Not The Hoople

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, January 1990

• From working on building sites to recording in Hollywood, THE QUIREBOYS have had the sort of change in careers that most hard rock bands ...

Lou Reed: Magic And Loss (Sire/All formats)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, January 1992

LOU REED may have abandoned his 'Phantom Of Rock' image long ago, but the search for his creative mainline has continued unabated. ...

R.E.M.: Deconstructing The Fables

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1986

Their sight fully restored with the release of their latest creation, R.E.M. are looking straight ahead once more and enjoying Life’s Rich Pageant. EDWIN POUNCEY ...

R.E.M.: R.E.M: Life's Rich Pageant

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1986

NOW WHERE did this panther spring from? Seems like only a minute ago I was hacking my way through a jungle of ugly pop fever ...

The Replacements Drink and Drive

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, November 1985

Drunk on fame? Not yet or probably ever. Paul Westerberg pours out the history of THE REPLACEMENTS to EDWIN POUNCEY in Minneapolis. ...

The Residents: Cube E Show, Sadler's Wells, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, November 1989

SOME CLASSY joint! No beer slop pit of a venue for The Residents... Nosiree! Instead, the paying customers are treated to seats, opera glasses and ...

Split Enz: Dizrythmia

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1977

SPLIT ENZ are mainly a musical theatrical troupe, not that that's a slagging off because they are also talented musicians. It's just that the first ...

Suicide: Glory Boy

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, June 1985

DUE TO an allergy to cats, Martin Rev is forced to huddle next to an open window in manager/producer/believer Marty Thau's feline thronged apartment. ...

Television: Return of the Valve Heads

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, September 1992

HUNCHED AROUND a huge table which dominates the fancily decorated room that their new record company, Capitol, has allocated to them for interviews, the four ...

The Viceroys: We Must Unite (Trojan)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1982

THE CULT phenomenon, as with other realms of popular music, is also almost predominantly featured in the world of reggae. The Viceroys, a mysterious trio ...

The Waitresses: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (Polydor)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, January 1982

FOR STARTERS, The Waitresses first came into being through one Chris Butler, who created the group as a spillover for musical ideas that were incompatible ...

The Waitresses: The Peppermint Lounge, New York

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1982

ONE BY ONE out of the cold, graffiti-decorated dressing room, The Waitresses leap on to the stage to be greeted by a hailstorm of applause ...

Tom Waits: Swordfish Out of Water: Tom Waits

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, November 1983

"WHEN YOU drive from Los Angeles to Northern California... Leaving Los Angeles is like you’re being put upon and then it gets simpler and simpler, ...

Tom Waits: Rain Dogs

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1985

With my head full of violent thoughts, swirling with the alcohol I've poured down myself to accomplish the task at hand, I'm just in the ...

Wall of Voodoo: Wall Of Voodoo: Call Of The West (Illegal)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1982

THE LIGHTED office door on the cover of the second Wall Of Voodoo album is sealed shut while the tumbleweed haunted mists of Western legend ...

Wilco: Free the Spirit: Wilco

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, August 2004

"IF I PLAYED you all the Wilco songs in chronological order on an acoustic guitar, they probably wouldn't sound that different," declares Wilco leader Jeff ...

X: Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra)*****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1982

NO LESS a person than Slash magazine's very own Kickboy Face once told me that X were most popular among the inhabitants of LA's Mexican ...

Neil Young: Old Ways

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1985

ARE YOU ready for the country yet? If bands like the Long Ryders and Jason And The Scorchers (both of whom owe an enormous musical ...

Frank Zappa: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1978

GOOD EVENING ladies and gentlemen. The lights have gone down, the Zappa band are all ready, so let's get on with the show, 'cos that's ...

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