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Keith Cameron

Keith Cameron

Keith Cameron began writing for Sounds in 1988. He has subsequently contributed to NME, Vox, Q, Kerrang!, The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Times and Scotland On Sunday. From 1997 to 1998 he presented on XFM before the station's new owners, Capital Radio, axed his show for being excessively free of spirit. He is currently a freelance writer and sub-editor at MOJO.

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Ryan Adams: Rock'n'Roll (Lost Highway) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, November 2003

Fourth solo album from erstwhile alt country poster-boy. Recorded in 13 days in New York with James Barber, aka Mr Courtney Love. ...

American Music Club: Join Our Club

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1993

"I SAY A lot of stupid things," Mark Eitzel stares directly into Boy George's eyes and for a moment is very sombre. ...

Babes in Toyland: Pieces Of Hate: Babes In Toyland: Fontanelle (Southern/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, August 1992

JUST AS THE word "love" is now virtually meaningless, its intensity sapped by decades of everyday misuse, so too has "hate" become an emotion too ...

Babes in Toyland, Chapterhouse, Dinosaur Jr, Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sonic Youth: Reading '91: Reading, Writhing And Riffmatic

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1991

FRIDAY: IT WAS obvious, really – he had to say it. Who better than His Supreme Iggyness Of Pop, the Godfather of (s)punk rock, to ...

The Bay City Rollers, Judge Dread, Mungo Jerry, The Rubettes, Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatro/Judge Dread/Mungo Jerry/Les McKeown's '70s Bay City Rollers/The Rubettes: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, April 1992

MAYBE IT'S for the best that Marc Bolan didn't take that bend as well as he'd have liked back in '77. Otherwise we might now ...

Blur: 13

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1999

TWO-AND-a-half minutes into the tenth track on his band's sixth album Damon Albarn is heard to ponder: "Where is the magic?/I've got to get better". ...

Blur, Dinosaur Jr, The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine: Rollercoaster: Will and Jim's Excellent Misadventure

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, April 1992

The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, Blur: Glasgow SECC ...

The Boo Radleys: Everything's Alright Forever (Creation/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

OF COURSE, they said it would be this good. And while The Boo Radley's stout-hearted self-opinion was a cheering presence in 1991's (complacen)sea of mumbles ...

Buffalo Tom: Of Bison Men

Profile and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

DESPITE BEING a rusting theme park 40 subway minutes from downtown New York, Coney Island has a lot going for it. ...

Calexico

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, April 2003

PACKING UP his gear after a recent gig in Dublin, Calexico's Joey Burns was approached by a young couple. Would you play at our wedding? ...

Elvis Costello: A Good Year For The Composer

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, June 1996

HE IS THE Music Man, he comes from down your way. And he can play. Oh, he can play pretty much anything you care to ...

Cypress Hill: Astoria, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, March 2000

THE ONGOING debate about the decriminalisation of cannabis seems redundant when a substantial proportion of the 1,800 people shoehorned into the Astoria have voted with ...

Depeche Mode: Dave Gahan: Dead Man Talking

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, January 1997

IN AN UPSTAIRS lounge at Abbey Road Studios, a man perched on the edge of a large black sofa stares at the video images on ...

The Derelicts (US), Dwarves, The Melvins, Nirvana: Nirvana, The Melvins, Dwarves, The Derelicts: Motorsports International Garage, Seattle

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, October 1990

The American Uncivil War ...

Electronic: Electronic

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, July 1991

IT'S THE DREAM ticket – two prime movers from the two most significant British pop groups of the '80s unite to form a unique presidential ...

Electronic: So I Took Her, And That's My Bet Lynch Story

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, April 1999

Electronic's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr may have a new album out but – heck – we've just got to hear about that Bet Lynch ...

The Fall: Monarchy In The UK

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, November 1988

Ballet, national anthems, William Of Orange and Blake's poems are all getting in on The Fall's act. Mark E Smith explains all while discussing their ...

Flaming Lips: Zaireeka (Warner Bros.)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, January 1998

IN THE REALM OF musicological discourse, the term 'genius' has been overused virtually to the point of obsoletion. So it bears stating at the outset ...

Foo Fighters: King Foo: Foo Fighters: King's College, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, June 1995

TRUE, THE FACT THAT the hall is christened "Tutu's" is something of a giveaway, as indeed are the alarmingly generous bar tariffs. But if this ...

Future Pilot AKA

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, August 1997

SHE REDUCED Nick Cave to a pool of molten Vegemite, then persuaded James and Sean Manic to write her back into the realm of pop ...

It Bites: Dinosaur Juniors

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, June 1989

HEWN FROM the living rock of their native Cumbria, It Bites are an archaeologist's nightmare. ...

The Jam: Direction Reaction Creation

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, May 1997

IF WE ACCEPT pop as the religion of youth in the last quarter of the 20th century, then there can be no more striking example ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Manual Overdrive: The Jesus And Mary Chain: Honey's Dead (blanco y negro BYNLP 26)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, April 1992

SINCE THEIR last album, 1989's impressive but thinly spread Automatic, a host of fledgling noise outfits have weighed in with claims for the Mary Chain's ...

Kate Bush: A Portrait Of The Artist

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, June 2011

Why is Kate Bush re-recording tracks from her most troubled records? Is there really a proper new album in the works? And will the James ...

L7: L's Belles

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

Don't be fooled by the lighter side of award-winning (and not-the-female-Nirvana) LA grunge gals L7 – they may delight in the trash aesthetic of Hollywood, ...

Mark Lanegan: Death Valley Blues

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, October 2004

MARK LANEGAN HAS JUST PUT THE unfiltered Camel to his lips when there's a knock at the door. It's his UK record company's PR. "I ...

Leftfield: "We Waited. That's What We Did."

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1999

...And eventu-bloody-ally, after four long years, Leftfield have got their she-iiit together on another mighty fine album. Or is it arse?! Have your say! ...

The Lemonheads: Evan Dando

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, December 1993

THE BOX HELPS. Men are, on average, taller than women, and at least it brings Her nearer to Him, thus conferring a little more credibility ...

The Lemonheads: It's A Shame About Ray

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, July 1992

Ray To Go, Dando! ...

The Libertines: England Expects

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, March 2003

UNLESS YOU count the leaky ceiling, there is no running water in The Albion Rooms. A litre bottle of Evian has been decanted into the ...

Lydia Lunch: Scream Until You Like It

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, September 1989

After 13 years of howling into the void, Lydia Lunch is still going strong. Keith Cameron finds out what fuels her anger. ...

Madonna: Stayin' Alive: Madonna: Confessions On A Dancefloor (Warner Bros) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, December 2005

Her Madgesty's career saving eleventh album proves it's never too late to get back into the groove ...

Magazine: Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now (Virgin, 3CDs) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, September 2000

FOLLOWING AN initial period of liberation, punk, like all revolutionary forces, soon substituted new orthodoxies for those it had blown apart. ...

Manic Street Preachers: Out Demons Out!

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, February 2005

With The Holy Bible The Manic Street Preachers jettisoned situationist glamour for a defiant, post-punk nihilism that chartered the mental deterioration of their chief lyricist, ...

Curtis Mayfield: New World Order (Warner Bros/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, January 1997

HE SAW his people endure hard times and dedicated his life to evangelising alternative paths. He was a soul singer, a streetwise prophet, one of ...

Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See (Capitol)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, October 1993

WITH THEIR debut album, 1990's She Hangs Brightly, Mazzy Star ensured their place in that corner of rock's honour roll reserved for the enigmas and ...

Microdisney: Mean Fiddler, Harlesden, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, March 1988

A CONTROLLED, tactical performance from an outfit carefully building up to an all out frontal assault. I give you warning: Microdisney are out to get ...

Kylie Minogue: A Wallaby Together

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1994

It's been a difficult gestation, but the world looks set to witness the rebirth of KYLIE MINOGUE as she emerges from the cocoon with colourful ...

Mock Turtles: The Mock Turtles: Two Sides

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, September 1991

AS THE MUSICAL coffers of the '60s increasingly come to resemble a stretch of what used to be the South American rain forests, a band ...

Morrissey: Who's The Daddy?

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, June 2004

After seven years away, Morrissey, the exiled don of indie misery, is back, with some old scores to settle. Keith Cameron meets the ex-Smiths frontman ...

New Order: Retro (London)

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, January 2003

4-CD stocking filler makes mischief with Mancunian pop visionaries' oft-compiled back catalogue. The 72-page booklet has band-written notes. ...

Nirvana

Retrospective by Keith Cameron, MOJO, January 2003

Nirvana's metamorphosis from callow punk geeks to the globe-stomping rock phenomenon of Nevermind took little more than a year. In between lay a chaotic tale ...

Nirvana

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, October 1990

If any of the US underground bands are likely to break through into the mainstream, then it's got to be NIRVANA. Currently being courted by ...

Nirvana: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, August 1992

As Nevermind zoomed past Bono & Jacko, so the rumours started: Kurt Is Dead ...Kurt & Courtney & heroin ...As the bulldozers continue to gather ...

Nirvana: Smells Like Chlorine Spirit

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

IT'S 9AM IN Tacoma and Nirvana bassist Chris Novoselic has just got up. He's got things to do, cats to feed, a house to move ...

Nirvana: Beyond The Thrash-hold Of Cobain: Nirvana: Roseland Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, August 1993

IT'S DEAFENING. Thurston Moore has his fingers in his ears. Lee Ranaldo's son Cody is wearing ear muffs. Even Courtney Love looks a little taken ...

Nirvana Be In My Gang?

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1991

We're talking sublime here. NIRVANA are the greatest band to emerge from the American post-hardcore meltdown since Sonic Youth, they sound nothing like Hüsker Dü ...

Pavement Get Back On The Horse

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, April 2010

Pavement's reunion tour is a gamble in more ways than one — especially for its horse-racing drummer ...

The Pixies: Animal Crackers

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, May 1989

Only a year after their first ever UK visit, Pixies are a Top Ten albums band! Keith Cameron joins their tour in Brighton to find ...

The Pixies, Throwing Muses: Throwing Muses, The Pixies: Mean Fiddler, Harlesden, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, April 1988

"WHAT ABOUT those Pixies – motherf***ers, huh?" enquired a grinning Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses. She referred to the previous band and no one in ...

Cat Power: You Are Free

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, March 2003

First new album of (mostly) self-penned material from Atlanta-raised Chan Marshall since 1998's Moon Pix. Features guest vocals from Bill Callahan and Eddie Vedder, plus ...

Cat Power: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, June 2000

A shuffle in the dark: Cat Power leaves Keith Cameron ill at ease ...

Chuck Prophet: Underworld, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, November 1999

IN 1989 CHUCK Prophet was the snake-hipped, guitar-slinging foil to Dan Stuart's punch-drunk sheriff in American rock'n'rollers Green On Red. ...

Pulp: Different Class (Island)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, December 1995

WHERE, ONE wonders, does he do the dishes? The pre-eminence gris of kitchen-sink drama has spent so long washing other people's dirty linen, the plumbing ...

Radiohead: Smashed!, Islington, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, December 1992

BY ALL accounts — primarily their own — Radiohead are Angry Young Men. And with good cause. Gig convention has it that the band's-mates-down-the-front scenario ...

Radiohead: Victoria Park, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, September 2000

FOR DARLINGS of an allegedly slack generation, you can't deny Radiohead have high standards. This is the band who recently took 373 days to record ...

Right Said Fred: Testicle Dept

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

DATELINE, NEW YORK. Right Said Fred have just topped the US charts with 'I'm Too Sexy' and their witty, zippy video squeezes itself gingerly into ...

Henry Rollins: LSE Old Theatre, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, November 1999

SOMEWHERE UP there, reclining on a celestial tobacco cloud, Bill Hicks must cast a rueful eye towards the one-man stand-up multi-gym that is Henry Rollins. ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Smells Like Halloween Spirit

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, February 1992

With Nirvana a copper-bottomed rock phenomenon, the race is on to discover the Next Big Thing amongst America's 'alternative rock' ranks. Despite an acclaimed album ...

Elliott Smith: Pretty Barfly: Elliott Smith

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, May 1999

ELLIOTT SMITH is a philosopher, a jocular barroom buddy, but he's also a loner, the Bukowski-esque malcontent with a great American sadness etched into his ...

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized: Spiritualized: Run Silent Run Deep

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, October 2001

Others lost their heads, but Spiritualized's Jason Pierce stuck to his vision. Keith Cameron unravels 10 years of hedonism, hard graft and betrayal. ...

The Stooges: Return To The Fun House

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, April 2007

SCENES OF PRIMAL rock'n'roll hoopla are not the normal preserve of a Butlins holiday camp. Yet behind the stage of the Reds ballroom, next door ...

The Stranglers: Come and Join the Unruly Escapades

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, August 2002

HANS WARMLING was fed up of life in the ice cream van. He'd come to England from his homeland of Sweden to play guitar and ...

Stump: University Of London Union, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, February 1988

WHAT A weird and wonderful beast the Stump is! ...

Suede: Suede (Nude)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1993

A VERY BRETTISH COUP ...

Take That: Mark Owen: Pretty Verdant

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, February 1997

He was known as the cute one, the member of Take That most likely to adorn pubescent girls' bedroom walls, the one who sang and ...

Teenage Fanclub: A Snog On The Rocks

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, November 1990

Are TEENAGE FANCLUB the best pop band to emerge in the UK for years or are they just four pissed up Scots taking the piss? ...

Travis: Songs in the Key of Life: Travis

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, June 2001

IF THERE IS ONE thing you can be completely sure of, it is this: at some point today, a U.K. radio station will play a ...

U2 Part One: 'Only Now Do We Look Cool'

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1997

But that's not all that's changed. Yes, you read it here first...U2, those hoary old rock behemoths, have gone dance! Sort of! ...

U2 Part Two: 'I Feel Caught Between the Bootboy and the Ponce'

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1997

Ah, the problems of being the biggest band in the world. In the second of a two-part special, Keith Cameron keeps up with U2 as ...

Jimmy Webb: Pizza on the Park, London ***

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, October 1999

WHEN THE Boo Radleys wrote a song called 'Jimmy Webb is God' they presumably weren't gripped by a vision of the Lord playing a gig ...

The Wedding Present: Sea Monsters (RCA)

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, July 1991

BY NOT HI-jacking the groovy train in order to revive a flagging career, The Wedding Present now stand virtually alone amongst their mid-'80s indie contemporaries. ...

The White Stripes: The Sweetheart Deal

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, March 2003

"SPERAMUS MELIORA; resurget cineribus" – the motto of the city of Detroit translates as "We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes". ...

Wilco: Last Twang in Town

Interview by Keith Cameron, Vox, May 1997

THE WAITRESS next door to the Blue Note desperately wants to come, but she couldn't get the night off work. "Oh, it'll be fantastic!" she ...

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