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Johnny Cigarettes is a pseudonym for Johnny Sharp

www.johnnysharp.net

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Björk: Venus As A Joy: Björk: SFX City Theatre, Dublin

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, July 1995

"SIX YEARS AGO," gasps Björk in her decidedly over-affected five-year-old-geisha-girl voice, "I was here in this very room with Sugarcubes. Nostalgic but true. Thank you, ...

Black Grape: Spills 'n' Thrills and Jelly Aches

Report and Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, Vox, November 1995

After breaking and entering the album charts at Number One, BLACK GRAPE decided to drag their scuzzy, 24-hour party on the road. VOX gets over-friendly ...

The Boo Radleys: Zeleste 2, Barcelona

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, May 1995

IT IS 4.42 AM. Martin Carr and Bob Cieka of the Boo Radleys are, um, "relaxing" at the Hotel Sol in Barcelona after a suitably ...

The Breeders

Report and Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, July 1994

"AAAARGH! F*** YOU ASSHOLE! GET OUT MY FACE!" ...errrrrrk!..."YEAH I'M DOIN' A F***IN' U-TURN – WHAT'S THE GODDAMN PROBLEM?!" errrrrrrk! "Oh jeeezuuus! We've been past ...

The Chameleons: Dali's Picture/Auffuhrung In Berlin

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, July 1993

IT NEVER quite happened for The Chameleons. While such kindred angsty spirits as Echo & The Bunnymen had the lips, the charisma and the odd ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Melkweg, Amsterdam

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, March 1994

IT'S VALENTINE'S weekend in Amsterdam, love is in the air (and indeed, in the area), made all the more blissful by the dizzying aroma of ...

Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, The Stone Roses: That's Another Fine Messiah You've Got Me Into

Comment by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, April 1996

John Lennon thought The Beatles were bigger than IT, some people think Elvis is/was IT and Michael Jackson seems to think he is IT. So ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, Vox, November 1996

I HAVE REASON to believe that Evan Dando has been drinking. It's not so much his appearance – grimy T-shirt, flared polyester trousers crudely cut ...

Eminem: The Magic Cuss: Eminem: Academy, Manchster

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, November 1999

"YOU ALL KNOW Dr Dre is one of the greatest MOTHERF—IN' producers in hip-hop, right?" asks the DJ warming up the crowd before the first ...

Foo Fighters: There Is Nothing Left To Lose (Roswell/RCA)

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, October 1999

NOTHING left to lose? Oh, I wouldn't say that. This reviewer for one wouldn't mind mislaying the notion that the artist formerly known as Grunge ...

Mansun: Attack Of The Grey Matter: Mansun: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, May 1997

FOUR SILHOUETTES stand perfectly still, statuesque, shrouded in red and blue light and strange, unearthly clouds of smoke. ...

Oasis, Saint Etienne: Saint Etienne/Oasis: Birmingham Institute

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, December 1993

IF OASIS DIDN'T exist, no one would want to invent them. For a start, they look and sound like they're long overdue product from a ...

The Prodigy: House Of The Razing Arson

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, March 1996

The Prodigy, those Beztastic cartoon ravers with the bonkers tunes and child-scaring hairdos, are mutating! Yup, they are evolving, gulp, into a scary fire-snorting funky ...

Pulp: Sorted For Freezing Gigs!

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, November 1995

Phew!!! It may be bloody cold outside (minus three degrees, actually) but in the frozen expanse that is Norway, things are definitely hotting up for ...

Radiohead, Strangelove: Leicester University

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, May 1993

GUITAR VERY MUCH! ...

S*M*A*S*H: Family Club, Welwyn Garden City

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, February 1994

WELWYN GARDEN CITY. Always sounded horrible. Not as horrible sounding as Bletchley, Goole or Grimethorpe, admittedly, but more representative of the respectable blandist terrorism that ...

Saint Etienne: Cats Eyes and Legless

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, April 1994

You know Saint Etienne as the flop band living within the pages of Kay's Catalogue and fronted by Emma Peel's understudy. But their pals reckon ...

Sleeper: PJ and Bunkum

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, February 1995

The meteoric rise of SLEEPER is matched only by the meteoric speed of singer LOUISE WENER's gob. Anti-feminism, anti-PC, anti-voting but pro shagging, drinking and ...

Stereophonics: OK Composers: Stereophonics: Performance And Cocktails (V2)

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, March 1999

WE NEED bands like Stereophonics. Or so the cynical consensus would have you believe. Because, even if you couldn't pick them out of a post-Britpop ...

Tricky: Things That Go Bumpkin The Night

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, November 1996

After his darker than dark period, West Country imp Tricky comes back from the other side with a new LP, Pre-Millennium Tension, proclaiming New York ...

Whigfield: Whigfield (Systematic/All formats)

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, No Depression, June 1995

FIRST RULE of kitsch: Have some standards, please. Otherwise you'll end up looking like Bonnie Langford auditioning for Godspell and sounding like Jive Bunny's PR ...

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Glastonbury: Three-Day Passout

Report by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, July 1994

Glasters — a total experience for mind and body… and awesome fun besides. JOHNNY CIGARETTES folds his tent and steals away to the outer extremities ...

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