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Everett True

Everett True

Everett True started life as The Legend!, publishing the fanzine of that name and contributing to NME. Subsequently he wrote for some years for Melody Maker, for whom he wrote seminal pieces about Nirvana and others. He was the co-founder with photographer Steve Gullick of Careless Talk Costs Lives, a deliberately short-lived publication designed to be the antidote to the established UK music magazines.

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Beck, Sebadoh: Beck and Sebadoh: It's Saturday, It's Two O'Clock and It's... Slackerjack!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1994

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Get BECK, the blue-eyed, wigged-out Californian space baby whose slacker anthem 'Loser' topped the American charts, ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: The 10 Myths of Riot Grrrl

Comment by Everett True, Guardian, The, September 2009

YOU READ a lot of stuff about Riot Grrrl, most of which isn't true. Things such as ...  ...

The Bluetones, Supergrass: Supergrass, The Bluetones: Caught By The Buzz

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1995

Have you heard the new Maker motto? They're On The Cover On Tuesday, They're In The Chart On Sunday! First Portishead, then Sleeper, and now ...

Blur In America

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1996

BOSTON. IT'S COLD. Covered in snow. Twee. In the rarefied, tourist part of the city centre, fairy lights twinkle on the gaudy exterior of Doc ...

The Breeders, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, L7, Nirvana: Nirvana: Cobain't That Peculiar

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, April 1993

Last week, Nirvana, L7, The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy and The Breeders staged a massive benefit for Bosnia at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Everett True ...

The Breeders, Nirvana: Kurt Cobain and Kim Deal: Sleepless In Seattle

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, December 1993

For a concert spectacular to be broadcast worldwide on New Year's Eve, MTV went to Seattle, where they'd but together a bill featuring Cypress Hill ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: Ten Myths About Grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain

Guide by Everett True, Guardian, The, August 2011

KURT COBAIN loved Abba, wasn't from Seattle and didn't invent grunge. Everett True, the man who pushed the singer's wheelchair on stage for his last ...

Coldplay: 'Brightness and Hope and Devotion'

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 2000

THAT'S COLDPLAY'S MOOD, POST-'YELLOW'S' GLORIOUS SUCCESS. WE MEET THE BAND WHO ARE FAST PROVING HOW NICE GUYS CAN FINISH FIRST ...

Edwyn Collins: I'm Not Following You

Review by Everett True, Uncut, September 1997

WHAT IS it they say? "The first million is the hardest." If that's the case, then Edwyn Collins – quiffed-up maverick, sometime lush, inspiration for ...

Cranes: Indecent Obsessions

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1990

YOU WANT TO know how I feel when I listen to Espero, the new three-track EP from Portsmouth's Cranes, right? You want to know whether ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Lemonheads

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

JULIANA SCREAMS. SHE SOUNDS PETULANT, ANNOYED FRUSTRATED: "I JUST WANT A BIT PART IN YOUR LIFE! I JUST WANT A BIT PART IN YOUR LIFE!" ...

The Darling Buds: Petal Music Machine

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1990

POP SAID "BECAUSE we're in Newport and because we're in love and because the sun is shining and everyone has disappeared, lost among the flowers, ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Axe of Faith

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1992

THE DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY don't piss about like most groups who claim to be 'political'. The Disposables just get on down and do something ...

Echobelly: Let's Get It On

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1995

Read this, it's great! ECHOBELLY, who are Number Three at the time of going to press with their new album, On, have a habit of ...

Elastica: From Hype To Eternity

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1994

ELASTICA were voted Best New Band in our Readers' Poll almost before the band had released a note. Why? Because you could tell just by ...

Foo Fighters, Nirvana: Foo Fighters: The Chosen Foo

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1995

THE FOO FIGHTERS Melody Maker interview takes place in the lobby of some swank hotel in Madrid, Spain. Outside, gun-toting cops keep the hookers at ...

Foo Fighters, Placebo: Placebo & Foo Fighters: Hallo Spaceboys

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, February 1997

THE SETTING: Placebo's dressing room, backstage at Madison Square Garden. David Bowie is halfway through his 50th Birthday Concert. Two of his special guests are ...

Gabrielle: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1997

"DREAMS", she ruins. It's extended, distended, f***ed-over — sacrificed upon the all-consuming altar of crowd participation. ...

PJ Harvey: Is This Desire? (Island)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1998

IT NEVER rains, it pours. The release of Is This Desire?, PJ Harvey's fifth album, comes hot on the heels of releases by such former ...

Lauryn Hill: Soulless Diva: Lauryn Hill

Comment by Everett True, Stranger, The, April 1999

I'M NOT DENYING she has looks, and talent, and a silky-smooth voice which can seduce even the most cynical listener. ...

Hole: Courtney Love vs. Everett True

Interview by Everett True, Stranger, The, February 1999

THE FOLLOWING are excerpts from a conversation that took place in a hotel room in Seattle, last December after the Hole concert at KeyArena. No ...

Hole

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1991

CALIFORNIAN band HOLE sit around my Hollywood hotel room in various degrees of drunkenness. ...

Hole: My Body The Hand Grenade (City Slang)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1997

COURTNEY LOVE reigned supreme in 1995 – and didn't we know she knew it. Now, with the release off a new album, well, it's all ...

Hole: Sleepless in Seattle

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1999

It's million-selling records, a 24-hour media circus and a limo in every city for HOLE, but does Courtney Love want even more success? Oh yes... ...

Courtney Love, Hole: Hole: Kith and Skin

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1998

She's still angry, still got the "fire in her belly", still craving world domination for HOLE. We load up the tequila and discover that a ...

The Lemonheads

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, April 1991

THEY'RE NOT doing themselves any favours, putting out another cover version. ...

The Lemonheads: Car Button Cloth

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1996

NO RADICAL new departures for Evan, then. No jungle. No trip hop. No techno. No baggy. No "slo-fi", even. Thank f*** for that. A band who ...

The Lemonheads: The Longhorn, Stuttgart

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1991

NICE CHAPS. I realise that this in itself isn't much of a recommendation when it comes to making music which fires the belly and fills ...

Madonna: Damsel In Distress?: Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1993

"DO YOU think she's lonely?" The question comes halfway through a butt-bumping take on 'Deeper And Deeper'. ...

Marilyn Manson: "I suffered for Columbine, but everyone's responsible"

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 2000

No stranger to guns, Marilyn Manson tells us about Columbine, Courtney and Holy Wood in the Melody Maker interview ...

Mazzy Star: Ghost Riders in the Sky

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1990

HAUNTING, SENSUAL AND DESOLATE, MAZZY STAR'S SHE HANGS BRIGHTLY IS ALREADY A STRONG CONTENDER FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR. EVERETT TRUE TALKS TO ITS AUTHORS, DAVID ROBACK ...

Mazzy Star: Give 'Em Enough Hope

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1991

Mazzy Star's debut album, She Hangs Brightly, was voted one of the Top Ten albums of 1990 by the Maker writers. This year they look ...

Mudhoney NSFAQ*

Retrospective and Interview by Everett True, Stranger, The, August 2002

*Not-So-Frequently-Asked Questions About One of Seattle's Best and Most Enduring Rock Bands. A Primer ...

Mudhoney: Sub Pop, Sub Normal, Subversion!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1989

SUDDENLY SEATTLE IS THE CENTRE OF ALL THINGS GRUNGE. EVERETT TRUE TRAVELS TO THE HOME OF THE ANTI-HITS TO MEET MUDHONEY WHO RECENTLY TRADED SONGS ...

New Model Army: Happy Families

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, February 1989

On the eve of their British tour, and with 'Stupid Questions' their highest-ever chart entry, New Model Army take time out in Strasbourg to explain ...

Nirvana: Come As You Aren’t: Nirvana at Isle Of Calf Festival, Oslo

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

THEY DON'T DESERVE THIS. Forget any reports you may have heard that rock is alive and kicking. The world’s only credible arena rock band is ...

Nirvana: Extract from Nirvana: The True Story (Omnibus Press)

Book Excerpt by Everett True, Nirvana: The True Story (Omnibus), 2006

No music writer in the world was closer to Nirvana than Melody Maker's Everett True, who saw them perform on over 70 occasions, interviewed them ...

Nirvana: Bleached Wails

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1989

Everett True Thrashes It Out With The Latest Wizards From Seattle's Sub Pop Label Who Arrive In Britain Next Week ...

Nirvana: Cow Palace, San Francisco

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1993

LET'S GO BACK a few years. Rock – as an innovative and thus creative form – is dead. I'll temper that. Rock, as created by ...

Nirvana: Crucified by Success?

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

In the second part of his exclusive NIRVANA interview, Everett True meets the band in Stockholm and finds Kurt Cobain, Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl ...

Nirvana: 'In My Head, I'm So Ugly'

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

In the frankest and most comprehensive interview he's given since Nevermind blasted Nirvana into the rock super league, Kurt Cobain talks to EVERETT TRUE in ...

Nirvana: Station To Devastation

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1991

On their recent European tour, Seattle's masters of chaos, Nirvana, managed to set their tour bus alight, upset the Pogues and The Ramones, piss into ...

Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Tad: Screaming Trees, Nirvana, Tad: Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1990

IT SEEMS incredible people still miss the point of Tad. Most (heavy) rock bands play for the sheer hell of it, and, sure Tad do ...

Nirvana, Tad: Tad and Nirvana: The Larder They Come

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1990

This was a tour not for the faint-hearted. Everett True witnesses the chaos & carnage caused by Tad & Nirvana as they rampaged through the ...

Pavement: R U Ready 2 Unrock?!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, February 1994

PAVEMENT have mutated from being the weirdest band on Planet Pop to the '94 version of Easy Listening Gods, Steely Dan. EVERETT TRUE meets mainman ...

Placebo: "We're falling apart at the seams"

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1999

BRIAN MOLKO tells us about Internet porn, his festival experiences and the third PLACEBO album in the Melody Maker Interview ...

Portishead: Give Good 'Head

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1995

From a tiny town outside Bristol came last year's best album, the piercing, lovelorn and sexy-as-f*** Dummy by PORTISHEAD. EVERETT TRUE meets the band to ...

Ken Stringfellow, The Posies: The Dandy: Getting Romantic with Ken Stringfellow

Interview by Everett True, Stranger, The, 1999

CONFESSION: I never liked the Posies. Felt they were too much in thrall to the sweet, spiked pop of Big Star. Disliked their skinny ties ...

Primal Scream: Primal Rant: Bobby Gillespie Vents His Spleen

Interview by Everett True, Stranger, The, April 2000

PRIMAL SCREAM is back. The band that released the pivotal U.K. album of the '90s (Screamadelica) and outraged and amused generations of fans with their ...

Primal Scream: The Ivy League

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1989

It's been two years since we last heard from Bobby Gillespie's indie darlings, but the Galswegian Motormouth is finally back with a new single, 'Ivy ...

Pulp: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1996

The Good Sex Guy ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: We Pride Ourselves On Giving You A Night You'll Never Remember

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 2000

WE JOIN QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ROCK'S ULTIMATE HEDONISTS, ON THE ROAD IN THE UK FOR TALES OF DRUGS, DRINK AND ONSTAGE PENIS SHRINKAGE ...

Phil Spector, The Ramones: End of the ‘70s: the Ramones Get Spectorized

Book Excerpt by Everett True, Omnibus Books, Fall 2002

An extract from Hey Ho Let’s Go – The Story of The Ramones by Everett True, published by Omnibus Press in 2002. (344pp, currently available ...

Royal Trux: Blood On The Trux

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1994

In 1990, ROYAL TRUX released Twin Infinitives, a double album once described as one of the 'most hallucinatory avant-rock sprawls ever'. Then they got even ...

Screaming Trees: Ashes To Ashes

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1996

WE'RE LUCKY Screaming Trees, peers of Nirvana, are still here, given mainman Mark Lanegan's excess-all-areas past. We're especially lucky because the Trees have just recorded ...

Sonic Youth: Goodby 20th Century

Review by Everett True, Uncut, February 2000

IN THE trade, this is known as noodling. Noodling occurs when a bunch of undeniably talented musicians gather together and decide they've had enough of ...

Soundgarden: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1992

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP, swallow swallow grimace. The sound of a music journalist eating his own words. Good job my writing's normally so tasteful. Yum. Gobble ...

Soundgarden: The Mutate Gallery

Profile and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1989

EVERETT TRUE MEETS THE MOST AGGRESSIVE METAL MARAUDERS TO ESCAPE FROM THE SUB POP LABEL, WHOSE NEW SINGLE, 'FLOWER', SOUNDS LIKE DAS DAMEN COVERING BIG ...

Stereolab: Peng! (Too Pure)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1992

STEREOLAB, to me, were always one of those anonymous State Of The Art bands which so needlessly cluttered up the pages of the music press, ...

The Stone Roses at Spike Island

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1990

When The Stone Roses announced their plans for a gig at Spike Island the concert was eagerly heralded as the event of the year. Everett ...

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 ...

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Days and Nights of Nostalgia: Everett True's Diary of Change, Grunge, and Shameful Self-Promotion

Memoir by Everett True, Stranger, The, March 2001

THE STRANGER'S cantankerous former music editor Everett True recently returned from London to revisit his salad days in Seattle. Herewith is the record of his ...

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