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Ian Watson

Ian wrote for the British music weeklies from 1988 to 2003, starting at NME in 1988, then writing for Melody Maker from 1989 to 2000, and then working at NME from 2001 until 2003. He was Features Editor at Melody Maker from 1997 until 2000, and then a Contributing Editor at NME. He was London Correspondent for Rolling Stone Australia from 1999 to 2005. He has also written for The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Times, Independent On Sunday, The Scotsman, Sunday Herald, Scotland On Sunday, Evening Standard, Mojo, Uncut, Metal Hammer and Yahoo Music. He retired from music journalism in 2006, and now runs a club night and label called How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, although he still occasionally contributes to The Guardian.

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µ-ziq, Orbital: Orbital, µ-ziq: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1996

Well-Rounded ...

50 Cent

Interview by Ian Watson, Sunday Herald (Scotland), August 2004

WHAT DID YOU do last night? Nice meal? Drink with friends? Sweat your own body weight in a packed nightclub? Well, guess what? 50 Cent ...

Ryan Adams

Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), January 2004

HE ANSWERS THE PHONE like a petulant teenager: another day, another interview to sulk his way through. ...

All Saints: Gangster Grippin': All Saints: Opera House, Blackpool

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1999

"IS Blackpool in the house?" The dreadlocked DJ isn't making too much sense, but the little girls with the whistles don't care. ...

Lily Allen: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, July 2007

AT ONE POINT towards the end, bless her, Lily Allen looks like she's going to cry. She's been bouncing through her sweet, slightly skanking version ...

The Auteurs: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, September 1996

PITY POOR Luke Haines, a man weighed down by the burden of talent. It's odd to think that this sneering bundle of cynical intelligence was ...

Belle And Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian: Trop Belle Pour Toi!!

Report and Interview by Ian Watson, NME, August 1997

ONCE AGAIN, Glasgow has provided the world with something special. Belle and Sebastian will become one of the most important bands of the '90s. Oh ...

Blak Twang: The Rotton Club

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2002

AFTER GENRE-DEFINING albums by Roots Manuva and Skinnyman, up steps Tony Olabode, aka Tony Rotton (after Johnny Rotten apparently), aka Blak Twang for a slice ...

Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning/Digital Ash In A Digital Urn

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, January 2005

SOMETIMES YOU can be too darn talented for your own good. Regularly described as a "boy genius", 24 year old Conor Oberst – doe-eyed self-obsessive, ...

James Brown: Soul Survivor

Interview by Ian Watson, Evening Standard, June 2004

At 71, James Brown shows no signs of slowing down musically — or in his capacity for getting into trouble. Ian Watson meets the Godfather ...

Nick Cave: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, June 2003

AT EXACTLY twenty seven minutes past eight, the polite but firm announcement is made. "Nick Cave will take the stage in three minutes." ...

Pete Doherty: "I haven't taken crack for 14 days"

Interview by Ian Watson, Scotland on Sunday, December 2004

HE SAUNTERS in, over an hour late. ...

Eminem: The Eminem Show

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2002

CAN IT BE mere coincidence that the fourth Eminem album hits the streets in the same week that the third series of Big Brother begins ...

Fatboy Slim

Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), August 2004

NOT FOR the first time in the last few years, Norman Cook looks nervous. He fiddles with a roll of black gaffer tape, keeping his ...

Gabrielle

Profile and Interview by Ian Watson, Sunday Herald (Scotland), October 2001

SHE DOESN'T SHUT UP. Present Gabrielle with a simple query and her mouth goes into overdrive. She hits the ground sprinting, talking so quickly she ...

Gnarls Barkley: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, July 2006

DRESSED IN red knee socks, black shorts and untucked white school shirt and glistening from fifty minutes of belting out melted funk anthems at full ...

Goldfrapp: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2005

SHE LOOKS LIKE a dying android. As played by Prunella Scales. And not just any dying android as played by Prunella Scales either. She's the ...

Goldfrapp: Tales Of The Supernatural

Interview by Ian Watson, Scotsman, The, August 2005

ABOUT A year and a half ago, Alison Goldfrapp finally snapped. ...

Macy Gray

Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), July 2001

ROOM 372 of the Great Eastern Hotel in London's Liverpool Street has everything a travelling soul megastar could wish for. ...

PJ Harvey

Profile and Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), May 2004

THE DAY PJ HARVEY turned thirty something clicked in her head. She spent her twenties fighting against herself, trying to quash the parts of her ...

Richard Hawley: Coles Corner

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, September 2005

IMAGINE BRITPOP never happened. No Pulp, no Longpigs, no exuberant resurgence in literate guitar pop. ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Water Rat, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, March 1998

THERE HAVE always been four steadfast rules regarding the Jesus And Mary Chain live experience. They don't talk, they never smile, they'd rather die than ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Employment

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, March 2005

IT’S COMMON FOR bands to grow up in public these days, but rarely in the space of a single record. ...

Korn: Scream Of The Crop

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1999

Korn's angst-ridden Jonathan Davis is the nearest thing America has to Richey Manic. We meet him on the road in the States and hear tales ...

Manic Street Preachers: Just Another Manic Day

Interview by Ian Watson, Scotsman, The, October 2004

WHEN Nicky Wire was at school, as soon as someone he hated got into his favourite band he went off them. ...

Marilyn Manson: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, June 2003

THE CABARET is excellent, of course. You come expecting a hilariously over the top gothic freakshow, choreographed by the ghost of Cecil B. DeMille and ...

Mis-Teeq: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2003

THE BEST bits, as with their often startling appearances on daytime radio, are when they mutate suddenly. ...

Ms Dynamite: Judgement Days

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2005

WHEN MS DYNAMITE'S debut album was dismissed by some critics in 2002 as "tiresome finger-wagging", it seemed the erstwhile Niomi McLean-Daley was getting a rough ...

Joanna Newsom: ICA, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, November 2004

THE RESPONSE in the bar afterwards is split clearly along the gender lines. Robert and his male friend are in raptures. What a voice! Such ...

No Doubt: Over And No Doubt?

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, September 1997

No Doubt have went from garage band to worldwide stardom. But is it the end of the band as we know it? We join them ...

Orange Juice: The Glasgow School (Domino)

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, July 2005

THERE'S A TOUCHING sense of karma to the release of this album. Having made a small fortune from their typically prescient signing of Franz Ferdinand, ...

The Pogues: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, December 2004

BECAUSE HE'S A true poet, we'll always forgive him. With lesser mortals, you'd gaze upon a man staggering and swaying, mumbling his words and randomly ...

The Shortwave Set: The Debt Collection

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, September 2005

AS ONE DOOR closes, another opens. When the Beta Band announced their dissolution late last year, it seemed that a particular brand of dreamy, lo-fi ...

Sigur Ros: Barbican, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, September 2002

YOU OFTEN hear the invisible when you go to see Sigur Ros live. As the bowed white noise fades into an eerie serenity or the ...

Slipknot

Interview by Ian Watson, Sunday Herald (Scotland), December 2001

BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11th, Slipknot had been revelling in their status as the most outrageous band on the planet. ...

Slowdive: Just For A Day (Sanctuary Records)

Sleevenotes by Ian Watson, Sanctuary Records, 2005

DECEMBER 1990: Neil Halstead, then a mere two months into his twentieth year on the planet, is talking about the legacy of Slowdive, a group ...

Slowdive: Pygmalion (Cherry Red Records)

Sleevenotes by Ian Watson, Cherry Red Records, 2010

THE PRESS hated it. Let's get that out of that way at the beginning. With the UK in the midst of Britpop euphoria, there was ...

Slowdive: Souvlaki (Castle Music)

Sleevenotes by Ian Watson, Castle Music, 2005

NEW YORK, sometime in the early Nineties. A rough-voiced man in his mid twenties is phoning a hotel to reserve a room for himself and ...

Britney Spears: Psychobabble

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, June 1999

"Psychoanalyse me, baby, one more time," she asked, and so it was that Britney Spears ended up on the Psychobabble couch ...

Bruce Springsteen: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2002

AT FIRST, it sounds like boo-ing, as if the twelve thousand capacity crowd has suddenly turned against America's unofficial poet laureate. ...

Joss Stone

Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), March 2004

HOW OLD do you have to be to sing the blues? ...

The Strokes: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, March 2002

IN THE END, it boils down to a simple rollcall of facts. ...

System of a Down: System Of A Down: Mesmerize

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2005

YOU COULDN'T MAKE them up. An American-Armenian four piece based in LA who feed eye-bulging political fury through Dead Kennedys-style anarcho punk, crunching riff-heavy thrash ...

Teenage Fanclub: Man-Made

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2005

WHAT'S IN A NAME? If Howdy! suggested a flash of cheerfulness that meant well but was gone in a second, then Man-Made deliberately slows everything ...

Texas: Sharleen Spiteri

Profile and Interview by Ian Watson, Scotsman, The, September 2003

SHARLEEN SPITERI is talking about Pop Idol. It's a subject that's been on her mind a lot recently and, judging by the look on her ...

The White Stripes: 93 Feet East, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, February 2008

JACK WHITE just doesn't know what to do with himself. ...

Amy Winehouse: Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, February 2007

OF COURSE, she looks spectacular. Even dressed down in a blue polo shirt and jeans, like she's just nipping to the shops for a pint ...

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