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Mat Snow

Mat Snow

Editor of MOJO from 1995-1999, Snow was a regular contributor to NME in the ’80s and a feature writer for SOUNDS, Q and many other publications. Formerly editor of soccer monthly FOUR FOUR TWO, he is Editorial Consultant to ROCK’S BACKPAGES.

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23 Skidoo, Shriekback: 23 Skidoo: Urban Gamelan; Shriekback: Jam Science

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

I DON'T KNOW whether it was the film of African boys being circumcised or the self-important and gimmicky drone that accompanied it, but back in ...

AC/DC: Clap, It's AC/DC!

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

JUST OCCASIONALLY Robert Wyatt gets elbowed off my turntable in favour of something a little more...lycanthropic. Something to transport me away from the pristine confines ...

King Sunny Ade: King of Kings

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1983

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats: Lyceum, London ...

Aerosmith: Pandora's Box

Review by Mat Snow, Q, March 1992

THE RISE AND fall and rise of Aerosmith has been rock's most up-beat cautionary tale of the last few years. ...

Aerosmith: Steven Tyler

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1995

HOW THE devil are you? ...

Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus, The Cult, Fields Of The Nephilim, Play Dead, Specimen, The Virgin Prunes: Various Artists: Gothic Rock

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

Was goth really any more than wearing silly clothes and humming funereal dirges? ...

Tori Amos: Can we talk?

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, February 1992

If you have a moment, Tori Amos, composer, songstress and troubled soul has a few things she’d like to get off her chest. There’s her ...

Laurie Anderson: The Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1983

IF YOU expected an overview of American civilization from the vantage point of a New York City loft, you would have got both more and ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: Metamorphosis of a Narc

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1985

"I DON'T THINK I'm an intelligent person. But I think I have a common sense that allows me to have an instinct about what people ...

The Armoury Show, Virginia Astley: Armoury Show/Eyeless In Gaza/Virginia Astley: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1983

RICHARD JOBSON had expected a handful to turn up tonight and thus was pleasantly surprised by a near – capacity crowd who were so indulgent, ...

The B-52s: When Your World Falls Apart…

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, July 1990

Fate dealt a sobering blow to the plastic-shoed party terrorists from Athens, Georgia: their principal songwriter died when they were on the verge of worldwide ...

The Bangles: Manic Impressives

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1986

"VICKI ALWAYS tells me that I always used to sit in, the back of the car, a big Buick station wagon, when I was three ...

The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones: Rockumentaries on the Biography Channel

Film/DVD/TV Review by Mark Pringle, Mat Snow, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

Not long ago, any glimpse on the box of a great musician was like catching sight of the lesser spotted grebe – all the lovelier ...

The Beatles: Backbeat: A Bit Of Slap And A Wig

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1994

Backbeat, the much-trumpeted, unauthorised Beatles biopic with the grunge-pedigree soundtrack, est arrivé. It revolves around the tragic story of original bassist Stu Sutcliffe, who died ...

The Beatles: Gareth L. Pawlowski: How They Became The Beatles and Denny Somach, Kathleen Somach and Kevin Gunn: Ticket To Ride

Book Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

THERE'S A NEW story about The Beatles, and it was told by Pete Best, the drummer famous for getting sacked. ...

The Beatles: "We're a damn good little band"

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

On the eve of the release of Anthology 3, Paul McCartney casts his mind back to The Beatles' glorious sunset. ...

The Beatles: Anthology 1

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, January 1996

ANTHOLOGY IS RIGHT. HERE IS A SEQUENCE of snap shots that just so happen to have been taken in the six years from 1958's toddling ...

The Beatles: Richard Lester (2004)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2004

Film director Lester looks back at A Hard Day's Night, Help!, working with Lennon on How I won The War, and his life as a film maker.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.2mb, interview length: 55' 53" sound quality: ***

Beats International: Play That Funky Music, White Boy

Report by Mat Snow, Q, November 1991

SOME POP MUSICIANS know stardom has arrived when the crowds at the in-store signing have to be kept back by a police cordon. For others, ...

The Beautiful South: Assembly Rooms, Derby

Live Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

IN THE FINAL of the Barclays' Football League programme for the 1991-92 season, The Beautiful South have deviated from the script that identifies them as ...

The Beautiful South: Vive La Slight Difference!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1991

AS THE Beautiful South's single ‘A Little Time’ slips down the UK charts from Number 1, in Germany it's starting to pick up sales. And ...

The Birthday Party, The Virgin Prunes: The Birthday Party/The Virgin Prunes: Ace Cinema, Brixton

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, December 1982

WITH CHANNEL 4's cameras peering over their shoulders, both sets of Wild Men of Pop felt a little inhibited. Mindful of television's cold, reducing stare, ...

Björk, The Sugarcubes: The Sugarcubes: 'World Domination or Die!'

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1989

Such is the manifesto of Iceland's Sykurmolar, internationally more familiar as The Sugarcubes. And to this end they have invested funds from their rapidly increasing ...

Black Flag: Wheel Me Out Flagging!: Black Flag: Marquee, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1984

"SEARCH AND DESTROY" is the tattoo emblazoned across the sweat-rivuleted, hawser-taut shoulders of Henry Rollins. ...

The Black Crowes: Guilty!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, August 1991

Guilty of making music that was going out of style in 1973. Guilty of flying the tattered flag of rock'n'roll idealism. Guilty, indeed, "of never ...

The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page: Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes: Live At The Greek (SPV)

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 2000

Recorded live in October’99, a scorching blues-rock hit-packed double album like they used to make ‘em. ...

Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads: Meet The Family: Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

There's Debbie, and there's Tina and, let's see, there's little Joey, hasn't he grown? Then there's and Chris and, uh, Chris... From the shadowy ...

Blood On The Saddle: Hoedown At The O.K. Corral

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, June 1986

GLENN MILLER was the first, I guess, and then there was Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Eight years later Otis Redding ...

Bob Seger (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1991

The blue collar rocker talks about his early days in Detroit, and about Detroit now; expresses his admiration for, and his parallels with, Bruce Springsteen; on his life as a road warrior, and his big breakthrough with the Live Bullet and Night Moves albums.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.2mb, interview length: 58' 04" sound quality: ***

Michael Bolton: Not Very Big In Belgium

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, July 1991

LAST YEAR Michael Bolton was in L.A. working on his new album, the follow up to the multi-platinum Soul Provider, when he got a telephone ...

Betty Boo: Faders On Stun

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1992

LOCATED IN one of the drearier fringes of the City of London, Strongroom Studios offers an oasis of cool, high-tech sheen. The main studio gleams ...

David Bowie

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1994

"ONE THING I'VE NOTICED driving around in this part of Switzerland is that there are no flowers. It's relentlessly green in Geneva – they must ...

David Bowie: ChangesBowie

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

BY ONE OF those neat symmetries, David Bowie introduced his prime persona at the very end of the '60s with Space Oddity, and laid it ...

Billy Bragg (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1987

Art vs. commerce; pop and politics; materialism; the Second World War – the Bard of Barking on all of that and more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 57mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 14" sound quality: ***

Billy Bragg: Don't Try This At Home

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1991

"WHAT DO they know of England who only England know?" enquires Billy Bragg, Bard of Barking. He is quoting, with a tiny adjustment, Rudyard Kipling, ...

Edie Brickell: "Irreplaceable": Edie Brickell & the Bohemians

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1989

CURRENTLY HIGHER in the US Top 10 than the latest blockbusters by Bon Jovi and U2 is the first album by a group which, until ...

Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham: Your Money or Your Wife!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1992

It was a real-life adult farce: drinks and shrinks, drugs and deceit, marital breakdowns and "lifestyle-problems", lies and lunacy. Then Lindsey Buckingham quit Fleetwood Mac. ...

Buffalo Springfield : Expecting To Fly

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 1994

WHEN NEIL YOUNG arrived in February 1966, Los Angeles was the pop capital of America. For a city so derided, usually by its Californian rival ...

Kate Bush: Follow That!

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, 1990

THIS MONTH adds another blockbuster to record shelves. Presented with the requisite lavishly illustrated booklet, This Woman's Work is the title which gathers together Kate ...

David Byrne, Talking Heads: David Byrne: A Talking Head's Guide To The Big Country

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1986

COMING SOON to a cinema near you is one of this year's funniest yet most thought-provoking films. It is called True Stories, and is a ...

John Cale: Cale Force Nine

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1984

"WHAT THE HELL else have I got but that spell?" roars John Cale onstage in a performance of ‘Leaving It Up To You’. ...

Mariah Carey

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1991

TODAY, MARIAH Carey is, at 21, the proud possessor of a debut album whose worldwide sales exceed seven million, and a pair of Grammys awarded ...

Carmel: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1983

CARMEL IDOLISES Edith Piaf, and Serge Clerc's sleeve for 'Bad Day' depicts her as a transatlantic chanteuse crooning those midnight blue notes for Rive Gauche ...

Nick Cave (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1986

The interview was meant to be about The Bad Seeds' Kicking Against The Pricks, but swiftly degenerates into an attack on music journalism in general, and interviewer Mat Snow in particular

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 41.8meg, total interview length: 45' 56" sound quality: ***

Nick Cave: From Her To Eternity (Mute)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1984

NICK CAVE'S From Her To Eternity is one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Now read on... ...

Nick Cave: Prick Me Do I Not Bleed?

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1986

AMONG NICK Cave's most prized possessions is a hardcover green book stuffed with press cuttings and private observations written in his painstakingly spidery hand. ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, February 1991

TONIGHT, ON the last leg of their sold-out tour of Europe, The Charlatans play Amsterdam's modish Milkweg — the Milky Way in almost bilingual Holland ...

Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Tears For Fears: Knebworth 90: The Billion Dollar Buskers

Live Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

IN DAYS OF yore, the elders tell, the grassy slopes of Knebworth would resound to the pagan strains of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and ...

The Clash: Clash: The Clash; Give 'Em Enough Rope; London Calling; Sandinista!; Combat Rock; Cut The Crap

Review by Mat Snow, Q, June 1989

UNLIKE THE Sex Pistols, the other great London punk-rock group had ambitions beyond delivering the short, sharp shock to the system suggested by the sudden ...

Joe Cocker: All Together Now: Joe Cocker

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1992

After two decades blurred by addiction, tragedy and confusion, Joe Cocker is back in the saddle and preparing to mount a well-timed comeback. "I just ...

Cocteau Twins: Victorialand

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1986

A PRE-RAPHAELITE beauty sweeps through trailing fronds and hothouse blooms... ...

Leonard Cohen - part 3 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1988

Lennie talks to Mat Snow about his relationship with the press, Montreal, the idealism of '68, and the rise of the post-punk Cult of Cohen.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.3mb Interview length: 29 minutes 48 seconds Sound quality: ***

Leonard Cohen part 2 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1988

In this part of Mat Snow's interview, Lennie talks about music as therapy, ambiguity, songwriting and 'My Way': Sinatra vs Vicious

File format: mp3 File size: 28.1mb Interview length: 30 minutes 42 seconds Sound quality: ***

Leonard Cohen: Cohen's Way

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, February 1988

WE LIVE IN THE days of the flood, says Leonard Cohen. "Most of my psychic landmarks have evaporated. I'm reluctant to apply the psychic realm ...

Leonard Cohen part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1988

Laughing Lennie talks to Mat Snow about songwriting, meditiation and religion, the collapse of literary culture, and the misperception of him as a Gloom Merchant.

File format: mp3 File size: 22.7mb Interview length: 24 minute 48 seconds Sound quality: ***

Lloyd Cole: Lloyd Cole

Review by Mat Snow, Q, March 1990

SINCE SUCH NAMES as Simone De Beauvoir and Eve Marie Saint dropped from Lloyd Cole's lips on his debut with The Commotions, 1984's Rattlesnakes, the ...

Elvis Costello: A Man Called Uncle: Elvis Costello

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1985

What is the Elvis Seal Of Approval worth? Mat Snow asks for a few words of wisdom from pop’s Uncle Brian. ...

Elvis Costello Re-releases

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 2002

Elvis Costello And The Attractions: Armed Forces; Imperial BedroomElvis Costello: Mighty Like A Rose ...

Elvis Costello: Goodbye Cruel World (F-Beat)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

"WHY MUST I be so lonely...?" ...

Elvis Costello: Mighty Like A Rose

Review by Mat Snow, Q, June 1991

RECENTLY OBSERVED sporting a trainee Father Christmas beard and chewing the fat with Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello seemed to have completed his self-reinvention as a ...

The Cramps: From Hell to Eternity

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

Ravaged, cadaverous, generally rather unsavoury, they crawled from rock 'n' roll's crypt to bring their X-rated voodoobilly music to a devoted troupe of ghoulish disciples. ...

The Cramps: Pet Cemetery

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1986

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, Los Angeles, may well be the freakiest street in the Western World. ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: CSN: CSN Box-Set

Review by Mat Snow, Q, February 1992

DAVID CROSBY, STEPHEN STILLS AND Graham Nash: respectively refugees from The Byrds (fired by Roger McGuinn), Buffalo Springfield (broke up) and Manchester's very own Hollies ...

Sheryl Crow

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

EVERY FEW YEARS AN ALBUM IS MADE IN LOS Angeles of such wistful sunniness that it sets up shop on the radio for months on ...

Culture Club

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1990

ALREADY A MINOR celebrity in the fevered confines of New Romantic London clubland, Boy George's band Culture Club secured a deal with Virgin in early ...

Culture Club: From Luxury to Heartache

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1986

TODAY'S SHY, retiring George is to be found downgraded to the top-left quarter of a scrupulously democratic sleeve photograph. Nobody smiles. We are no longer ...

The Cure: Disintegration

Review by Mat Snow, Q, May 1989

Closer To The Edge. ...

The Cure: Show (Fiction)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1993

The Cure are a cult band much as Scientology is a cult religion: their adherents are legion and the degree of cultist identification is intense. ...

The Cure: Top Cat He's Intellectual

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1984

CATERPILLAR, lovecat, fatcat, catamite, catatonia – it was a mean word-association game I played on the way to meet Robert Smith of The Cure. ...

Damien Rice: 9 (14th Floor) **

Review by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, November 2006

A HEARTBREAK ALBUM for those who weep along to vintage Radiohead and Leonard Cohen rather than George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Damien Rice's 2002 debut, ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: 'I Can't Completely Let Go Of Drugs – And I Don't Want To'

Interview by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, August 2006

He was the golden boy of grunge, and then he threw it all away. Evan Dando tells Mat Snow why he wants to make a ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Symphony Or Damn: The Tension Inside The Sweetness (Columbia)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, June 1993

SO MUCH for "that difficult third album". Being a precocious kind of guy, Terence Trent D'Arby cleared that hurdle one album early, 1989's Neither Fish ...

Deacon Blue: When The World Knows Your Name

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1989

Starry-eyed and real gone, Deacon Blue are born to run and run. ...

Deacon Blue: The Pilgrims’ Progress: Deacon Blue

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1989

Raised on solid moral values like hard work and the importance of belief, Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue has steered his band to the heady ...

Deep Purple

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, February 1991

Ian hated Ritchie. Ritchie hated Ian. Roger had to go, but then he came back. Jon stayed, and David joined. Then Ritchie left — and ...

Deep Purple #1 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Paice and Lord talk about the early days of Purple, up until the first departure of... Ian Gillan, who talks about both the first and second versions of Purple, but mostly about how much he hates Ritchie Blackmore!

Ian Paice & Jon Lord: File format: mp3; file size: 86mb, interview length: 1h 33' 54" sound quality: *** Ian Gillan: File format: mp3; file size: 64.4mb, interview length: 1h 10' 23" sound quality: * (phoner)

Deep Purple #2 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Bassman Glover on his musical roots, and the early days; Blackmore on Ian Gillan and more...

Roger Glover: File format: mp3; file size: 75.1mb, interview length: 1h 22' 03" sound quality: ** Ritchie Blackmore: File format: mp3; file size: 69mb, interview length: 1h 15' 24" sound quality: **

Def Leppard: Loadsamoney!!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1988

They talk in units of a million. They plan tours like military invasions. They know the rules, Def Leppard: it takes craft, hard graft, spectacle ...

Depeche Mode: Construction Time Again (Mute)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1983

"LOTS OF surprises in store/This isn’t a party/It’s a whole lot more," sings Dave Gahan in ‘More Than A Party’. It’s a song from Construction ...

Depeche Mode: The Unlikely Lads

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1989

The latest stadium-filling attraction in the States is a band that began as a cheaply equipped electronic pop act from Basildon. Today, Depeche Mode are ...

Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1988

Mark Mothersbaugh on de-evolution, DNA, and the new dystopia, plus retirement and reformation, and the desert that is Los Angeles

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 43.5mb, total interview length: 47' 30" sound quality: **

The Doors: Velvet Menace and Sudden Rage

Retrospective by Mat Snow, Q, November 1990

Oblique visionaries, pioneering musicians, "missionaries of apocalyptic sex", The Doors cast a giant shadow forward over the new wave music and have come to symbolize ...

Duran Duran: The Amazing Lazarus Brothers

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1993

"I MASTURBATE to Duran Duran videos," announced Andy Warhol in his twilight days. Should one's speculations incline in that direction, one wonders whether the peroxide-periwigged ...

Bob Dylan: Acoustic/Good As I Been To You

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1992

PERHAPS AN even bigger shock than his 1965 electrification, in 1992 Dylan goes acoustic. And whereas back in '65 the spokesman for his generation was ...

Sheena Easton (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1991

From taking the morning train to having the look, Mat Snow probes Sheena Easton about her life in music, Esther Rantzen, Kenny Rogers, Prince and all.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.9mb, interview length: 1h 02' 09" sound quality: ***

Sheena Easton: Mary Poppins Meets Deep Throat?

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1991

IT'S A MIGHTY long way from Bellshill, Glasgow, to Beverly Hills, LA, and for Sheena Easton, the journey started even before Esther Rantzen's The Big ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen: Warren Peace

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

NOTHING IS REAL ...

EMF

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1991

"We've done our time in the backs of Transits!" ...

EMF: Naughty Neophytes of Noise

Interview by Mat Snow, Musician, August 1991

The thin line between accessibility and credibility ...

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: Hmm... What Rhymes with "Angst"?

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1991

Her career has not been what she would call a bed of roses. For Annie Lennox, more like a diary of private nightmares played out ...

Donald Fagen: Kamakiriad (Warner Bros.)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1993

KAMAKIRIAD (Japanese for "insect" but used in this case as a futuristic steam-driven car with its own vegetable garden) tells of a journey, as much ...

Eddi Reader, Fairground Attraction: Mrs Ordinary Boring MacTartan: Eddi Reader

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1992

Unbearably arrogant, brimming with self-confidence, "in ya face" ... Eddi Reader is distinctly lacking in these most basic of frontperson qualifications. "I’m very insecure," she ...

Fairport Convention: Trebles all round!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1989

The revived Fairport Convention are celebrating their thriving cottage industry, Woodworm Records, with a 40-date tour. But it wasn’t always beer and skittles... ...

Marianne Faithfull (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Clean, sober and philosophical: Marianne, on the up with the Strange Weather album, talks about acting, poetry, the art of interpretation, and addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 67.3meg, total interview length: 1h 13' 30" sound quality: ***

Marianne Faithfull: Venus & Mars

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1994

Stop sniggering at the back. Marianne Faithfull may well have bedded the world and his whippet, but that smutty old story about the cunningly concealed ...

The Fall: Before and after the Fall

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1984

"I THINK the difference is in the mechanical sounds of our time. Like the sound of the airplane in the '40s was a rmoooooaaaahhhhhhhh sound ...

The Fatima Mansions: Fatima Mansions: Valhalla Avenue

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

IN THEIR CHOICE of support act in the UK, no one could accuse U2 of playing safe. ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: My Indecision Is Final…

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, February 1993

Once he was the prolific matinee idol of spaceglam, the original Earl Of Suave and the king of luxuriously lined lovelessness. Now Bryan Ferry takes ...

Fine Young Cannibals: Hands On! Fine Young Cannibals

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1990

They turned down top photographers, refused advertising offers, ignored invitations from the Hollywood glitterati (bar a dinner-date with Madonna). They scrutinized every detail of their ...

The Flamin' Groovies, The Ramones: The Flamin' Groovies and The Ramones: London Roundhouse

Retrospective by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 1984

AS SPRING turned into the long, hot summer of '76, the '60s in the bloated shape of the Rolling Stones self-parodied itself up its own ...

The Flamin' Groovies, The Ramones: The Flamin' Groovies/The Ramones: Live At The Roundhouse, London, Summer 1976

Retrospective by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 1985

AS SPRING turned into the long, hot summer of '76, the '60s in the bloated shape of The Rolling Stones self-parodied itself up its own ...

Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood mac: Greatest Hits

Review by Mat Snow, Q, January 1989

A GREATEST HITS without 'Oh Well'? 'Man Of The World'? 'The Green Manalishi'? A Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits without, for goodness' sake, 'Albatross'?!? Apart from ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mick Fleetwood: The Ancient Tympanist…

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1990

... and he stoppeth one of three. With a cautionary tale about a troupe of travelling musicians who, seeking their fortunes, embarked upon a journey ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1985

"HALLO HAHMMERSMITH...we are U2!" Holly say. Some say, ha ha, very funny; I say, many a true word spoken in jest. ...

Andy Fraser, Free: Andy Fraser: Out Of It

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1991

A rainy night in Shrewsbury was to alter the course of Andy Fraser's life. For it was there in 1970 that he first hummed the ...

Free's Andy Fraser (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1991

The British Blues-rock bass wunderkind talks about joining John Mayall at 15, then of his years with the fabulous Free, including the writing of the iconic 'All Right Now', and Paul Kossoff's descent into drugs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.7meg, total interview length: 44' 26" sound quality: ***

Robert Fripp, Toyah Wilcox: Robert Fripp and Toyah: Mr Chalk Loves Mrs Cheese

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1991

They seemed to belong to different worlds: the avant-garde guitar boffin and the marmalade-haired Princess of Punk. Listen awhile, as Mat Snow recounts the ...

Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, February 2010

FOR MOST OF US, the prospect on paper of, quote, a "song exchange concept" between Peter Gabriel and a dozen other thinking-person's art-rockers old and ...

Gang of Four: Hard (EMI)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1983

THESE DAYS the barricades are thinly manned. Back in '79 Rock was Against Everything and The Gang Of 4 provided a soundtrack of surgical firepower ...

The Gipsy Kings: Gipsy Kings: Let's Do The Shoe Right Here!

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1990

IN THE PLAIN of the Camargue, where the Rhone feeds into the Mediterranean, lies the small but distinguished town of Arles Settled by the Ancient ...

The Go-Betweens: Money Can't Buy You Love

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, October 1984

THERE'S NOTHING quite like a love affair to shake you out of an autopilot trance and put you back in touch with your feelings; feelings ...

The Go-Betweens: The Gentle Three-Headed Monster

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1982

Treading carefully among the Go-Betweens – these Aussies bite! ...

The Go-Betweens, Orange Juice: Orange Juice/The Go Betweens: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1983

THERE COMES a time in every upwardly mobile popster's career when he/she is faced with the almost inevitable prospect of playing the Lyceum. The ...

Grant Lee Buffalo: The trio from Paranoid City

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1994

ONE GLANCE AT the music and movie tastes of acclaimed rock trio Grant Lee Buffalo would tell you that their home town is Los Angeles. ...

Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1990

IT IS FOUR in the afternoon and Shaun Ryder, the allegedly handsome front man of Happy Mondays, is enjoying his breakfast. Manchester being the only ...

George Harrison 1943 - 2001

Obituary by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages, November 2001

"Friendly. Grouchy. Kind. Grudging. Selfless. Resentful. Materialistic. Unworldy." ...

Heaven 17: How Men Are (Virgin)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1984

YOU KNOW the pokerwork proverb in every chippy/cab firm/newsagent in the country: "You don't have to be mad to work here…but it helps!" ...

Jimi Hendrix

Retrospective by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2006

ON THE Friday night of September 23, 1966, former Animals bassist-turned-would-be-starmaker Chas Chandler, Animals road manager Terry McVay, and Jimmy (as he was then) Hendrix ...

Jimi Hendrix: Cornerstones

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1990

THERE ARE FEW people who will deny that the first time they lowered the needle on side one, track one of album one, Are You ...

Jimi Hendrix: Bitter Experience

Book Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

It was 20 years ago today...that Jimi Hendrix's brief but brilliant career came to an end. To mark the occasion, his former colleagues have published ...

John Hiatt: Stolen Moments

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1990

YOU DO NOT listen to John Hiatt for easy-going likeability. ...

Husker Du: Warehouse: Songs And Stories (Warner Bros)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 1987

THERE ARE several reasons why I’d like to backtrack a decade to my teenage years, but right now I can think of none better than ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Marquee, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1985

I WAS going to sign this piece off, "Once more Hüsker Dü prove themselves to be the most primally exciting group on the surface of ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1987

EVER A man of the people, singer-guitarist Bob Mould was observed wandering through a jam-packed crowd, pint in hand and looking a good two stone ...

Billy Idol (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1990

A press conference in which our William chats about the Oliver Stone Doors movie, breaking his leg, becoming a father and much more. Some of the questions are clipped, inaudible or missing entirely, but the answers make up for it!

File format: mp3; file size: 26.1mb; Interview length: 28' 33"; sound quality: **

Billy Idol: Charmed Life

Review by Mat Snow, Q, May 1990

HIS STANDING AS the Greatest Living Englishman only jeopardised by that nasty prang on the old Harley, Sir William Idol has in fact reinforced his ...

Billy Idol: Whatever Happened To Bloated Rock Stars

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

THERE WAS a time when the idea of Billy Idol one day becoming a megaplatinum punk-rock superstar would have made me choke on my nutburger. ...

Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Review by Mat Snow, Q, January 1992

Michael Jackson: hip hop and gospel, Slash and God, sublime and ridiculous. ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

A GIANT STEP FOR EVENT-KIND: Bringing his spectacular live show to the UK, MICHAEL JACKSON proves he can moonwalk and walk on water. MAT SNOW witnesses the Second Coming. ...

Mick Jagger: Wandering Spirit (Atlantic)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, March 1993

A GLAMOROUS grandad of 49, no one in rock'n'roll is more tightly corsetted than Mick Jagger. His iron determination to keep lean and mean, to ...

James: Four Imaginary Boys

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1986

"I'D LIKE TO put a disclaimer in at this point: Mat Snow is using very long word and drawing us into an academic discussion of ...

James: Nice One!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1992

They used to be called Venereal and The Diseases. They owe their career to a bank manager called Roger. They've sold their souls to the ...

Jane's Addiction

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1991

So, farewell Jane's Addiction? They were born in LA's sleaziest clubs, and hailed as this year's brightest hopes. Now their leader Perry Farrell wants the ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Lost And Found (EMI America)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1985

We're sorry, but the headline has to be...PHEW! WHAT A SCORCHER! ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Paint It Black

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1986

"IT IS A bit of rock'n'roll cliche. I like it, but you are open to a slagging." ...

Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, The Who: "Radically Festive": The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1996

On December 10, 1968, some of the most exciting talent in rock history gathered for an event all the more legendary for having been quietly ...

Jethro Tull: Phew! Rocke’n’Rolle!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1988

For 20 long years Jethro Tull have peddled their hoary riffs and uniquely rustic folklore, ever clad in sturdy items from the winter wardrobe. They ...

Elton John

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1995

HOW THE devil are you? ...

Killing Joke: He Man and All That Jaz: Killing Joke

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1983

AND JUST when you thought the laughter had died down, Killing Joke are back. 1983 sees a new LP, Fire Dances – not only their ...

Killing Joke: Fire Dances (EG)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1983

AT LAST, the return of the Joke of the Wild Frontier... ...

Kiss: Who You Calling Gay?

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1992

Shameless image-mongers? Absolutely. Cynical marketing merchants? Good point. Purveyors of welterweight pop metal? Fair comment. But gay? "You’ll meet enough women who’ll tell you we’re ...

Lenny Kravitz: Let Love Rule

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1989

AS DEBUT LP titles go, Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby is a mouthful, but a memorable mouthful. ...

Lenny Kravitz: Come in, sit down, skin up…

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1993

Enter, why don't you, Lenny Kravitz's psychedelically appointed freak pad, where herbular smells prevail, outdoor footwear is outlawed and co-habitees number willowy blondes and cantankerous ...

k.d. lang: k.d. Sings The Blues

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1993

She’s a genre-hopping pantheist, Lesbian, vegetarian, big-mouthed aromatherapist. In big boots. Yet despite unpromising ingredients, k.d. lang’s multi-layered cake continues to rise quite beautifully and ...

Laughing Clowns: Laughing Clowns (Red Flame)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1983

"YOU SHAKE your head, you can't believe..." ...

Led Zeppelin: John Paul Jones: The Quiet One

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 2007

IN THE WORLD'S loudest group, John Paul Jones was the Quiet One. He never seemed to speak, and though he grooved, it was pressed up ...

Led Zeppelin

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1990

IT IS 10 YEARS since, disconsolate at the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin ceased to be. Though there is perhaps no conscious attempt ...

Led Zeppelin: The BBC Sessions (Atlantic)

Review and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1997

Led Zeppelin's first official all-live release since 1976's The Song Remains The Same. The 2-CD set is drawn from sessions recorded for the BBC before ...

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin: Page and Plant

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

THE DATE: Thursday, September 29,1994. THE PLACE: a table outside a café in Tottenham Street, London W1. THE CAST: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Mat Snow ...

Lemmy (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1991

From his arrival in swinging London in the mid-'60s, through Hawkwind and on to Mötörhead, with asides on drug dealing (and taking), the Ladbroke Grove scene, and discussions on WW2 and tattoos!

File format: mp3; file size: 93mb, interview length: 1h 41' 32" sound quality: **

Lemmy, Motorhead: Lemmy: Just Say… Yes!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1991

Lemmy did not get where he is today by shying away from all the doubtful pleasures the rock'n'roll life can offer. As the grand old ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Unfazed

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1989

Ten fingers, 88 keys, 569 days – the rise and fall of Jerry Lee Lewis. ...

Lez Zeppelin: How Many More Times? Many More, Please: Lez Zeppelin: The Garage, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages, June 2013

SIX DECADES into the rock era, we are in the epoch of the tribute act. Which is to say, every act still going is a ...

Living Colour (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1988

The Black Rock pioneers debate race, the reclamation of rock by black musicians, and both the tensions and the possibilities contained by the cultural melting pot that is New York's Five Boroughs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56.5meg, total interview length: 1h 01' 39" sound quality: ***

Living Colour: Nailing Their Colours To The Mast

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, September 1988

Living Colour's world vision may be in glorious technicolour, but they're the first to admit that a black rage sweeps through their music. Mat Snow ...

Lone Justice: Maria McKee: Sweet Heart Of The Radio

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

So, what's it to be then? Is MARIA McKEE of LONE JUSTICE last year's pretty thing or next year's Queen of the airwaves? MAT SNOW ...

Madonna: Bedtime Stories

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1994

"MINNIE MOUSE on helium," was how wags described Madonna back in the days of 'Holiday' and 'Lucky Star'. Such a girlie voice clearly betokened a ...

Madonna: Houston Astrodome, Texas

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, August 1987

So who is that girl! MAT SNOW travels to Texas and discovers a MADONNA who owes little to the soft vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe and ...

Aimee Mann: Mann Overboard!

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, August 1993

THE ONLY 1980s musician with a teased hairdo who was actually forgiven for it, Aimee Mann started the 1990s staring up from the dumper. ...

Marianne Faithfull (1994)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1994

Promoting her autobiography, la Faithfull talks at length about, well, just about everything really: writing the book with David Dalton; being called a witch by the Catholic Church; the aesthetics of sex, and the Rolling Stones and the Redlands bust.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.4mb, interview length: 1h 08' 10" sound quality: ***

John Martyn

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, July 2006

THERE AREN'T too many singers who've been shot, stabbed, burst their pancreas, and had their right leg amputated at the knee. Fewer still whose career ...

Hank Marvin, The Shadows: Hank Marvin: The King Of Twang

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1992

Raise your glasses to Hank B. Marvin: more than mere rhyming slang. ...

John Mayall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1990

British Blues legend John Mayall looks back to the start of the Blues Boom; on his guitar players Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor; revisits the Flamingo in Wardour Street; harp lessons from Sonny Boy Williamson and through to living in the USA and that house fire.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 102.2meg, total interview length: 1h 51' 38" sound quality: ***

John Mayall: This Is Where I Came In

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

The Flamingo in Soho, 1964: bearded disciples and pilled-up mods are packed into an airless basement. Brooms are being dusted, mojos worked, as the Hohner-huffing ...

Paul McCartney

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1995

WHATEVER PAUL McCARTNEY is on in 1995, they should dump it in the water supply. Talcum-pink of complexion and trim of figure, only a curious ...

Maria McKee: Maria McKee

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1989

Tears and consolation: the gospel according to Maria McKee. ...

Maria McKee: To The Manor Born: Maria McKee

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, August 1989

Maria McKee has mingled with rock’s aristocracy since she was a babe-in-arms. At three she was on first-name terms with Frank Zappa, while to Arthur ...

Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets II (SST)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1984

WHAT I know abot ol' time country music could be written on the back of a gnat's fart, but I ain't so pixillated (yes you ...

The Members: Going West (Albion)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1983

ONCE UPON a time I thought The Members fell between the stools of The Clash and The Boomtown Rats. Little has changed, except you ...

Metallica's Lars Ulrich (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1991

Mat Snow talks to Metallica's Lars Ulrich about his roots, the formation of Metallica and on through the history of the band. Massive.

File format: MP3 File size: 250.8 mb Interview length: 4h 33' 59" Sound quality: ***

Metallica: One Louder

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1991

They're a notch above your average cochlea-rupturing, pensioner-intimidating thrash outfit, Metallica. But their passage from fresh-faced punk-paced hopefuls to multi-platinum metal phenomenon has not been ...

George Michael: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

SOME THREE YEARS and 14 million copies later, George Michael follows up his solo debut Faith with an album that should prove to any lingering ...

George Michael: Mein Whampf!

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, June 1986

"ALTHOUGH I AM honest, I will deal with an interview with the confidence of GEORGE MICHAEL, POP STAR. And the way I deal with people ...

Gary Moore: No Sweat

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1992

You're a hard-rockin' heavy metal mutha of — how shall we put it? — a certain age. A mid-life crisis looms! But if you're Gary ...

Alanis Morissette: Alanis Morrisette

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, September 1995

IF ANY SONG THIS YEAR CAN BOAST A million-dollar couplet, it is 'You Oughta Know' from the album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. "Is ...

Morrissey interviewed, part 1 (1989)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1989

Part 1 of Mat Snow's monumental interview with Morrissey in 1989.

File format: MP3 File size: 25.8mb Interview length: 37 minute 42 seconds Sound quality: ***

Morrissey interviewed, part 2 (1989)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1989

Revenge is his motive and shaved are his armpits.

File format: MP3 File size: 20.3mb, Interview length: 22 minutes 10 seconds, Sound quality: ***

Morrissey interviewed, part 3 (1989)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1989

On topicality and politics in songwriting, his depressions, and touring and audiences.

File format: MP3 File size: 32.3mb, Interview length: 35 minutes 15 seconds, Sound quality: ***

Morrissey: Kill Uncle

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1991

NO STRANGER TO the extravagant gesture, on the sleeve of his first all-new long-player since 1988's Viva Hate, Morrissey is pictured from below as if ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Morrissey: The Soft Touch

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1989

Your fans are fiercely loyal but always "with an aura of love and gentleness". You’re being sued by two former band members but accept it ...

New York Dolls: Hairspray and Hard Drugs: The New York Dolls

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1995

The Stones in drag, the proto-Sex Pistols, Aerosmith's role models, Morrissey's mad aunts. What were the legendary New York Dolls about, other than leather, leopardskin, ...

Nico/1919: Brixton Ace, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, June 1983

ALL'S BEEN quiet on the Killing Joke front for quite a while now, and it was only a matter of time before someone else got ...

The Nymphs: Here’s To… Me!

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

Self-promotion can be such a draining business: what with weeing on record company executives' desks, administering on-stage blow jobs and showing up hours late for ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinéad O'Connor: Tottenham Court Road Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, June 1988

NOT SO much a show as a filmed and videoed event, tonight is a celebration of turning 21 and at last getting a grip on ...

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells II

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1992

IN 1973, THE 49-minute progressive-rock classic Tubular Bells not only seeded the Virgin empire by selling 16 million copies but also set a benchmark of ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1983

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES In The Dark are a triumph of packaging over content. The same principle that determines the lavishly striking sleeves by Peter Saville extends ...

Yoko Ono (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1988

Yoko on her musical upbringing, life during wartime, the avant garde and her involvment with John and the English music scene

File format: mp3 File size: 26.6mb Interview length: 38 minutes 44 seconds Sound quality: *

Roy Orbison (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Roy Orbson on the Travelling Wilburys, the ups-and-downs of his career, the old Sun Records gang, and a whole lot more...

File format: mp3 File sizes: 17.8 and 17.9mb Interview lengths: 31:08 and 31:26 Sound quality: ***

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks! Part 1 (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

In that inimitable Black Country accent, Ozzy talks about his background, musical roots and the birth and death of Black Sabbath. Drugs! Drink! Management Rip-Offs! It's all here.

File format: mp3 File size: 30.1mb Interview length: 43 minutes 55 seconds Sound quality: ***

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks! Part 2 (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Sacked by Sabbath, saved by Sharon, going solo: Ozzy tells all about the ups, the downs, the addiction and alcoholism.

File format: mp3 File size: 30.7mb Interview length: 44 minutes 47 seconds Sound quality: ***

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: Walking Into Clarksdale

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mat Snow, MOJO, May 1998

WHEN, IN 1994, MTV approached Robert Plant – otherwise engaged making records with unknown youngbloods, and saying rude things about Jimmy Page for working with ...

Graham Parker: Tired and Feathered: Graham Parker - The Real Macaw

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1983

IT WOULD BE very tempting to take a withering look at this LP’s horribly punning title and matching sleeve, and crack an equally feeble witticism ...

Graham Parker: Phone Home: Graham Parker

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, February 1995

I HAVE A PLACE HERE IN THE Catskill mountains in New York state, about nine miles away from Woodstock. I've had it since 1988, before ...

Pearl Jam: 'You, My Son, Are Weird!'

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1993

They’ve a singer, Eddie Vedder, who makes Lou Reed look like a happy-go-lucky bloke; they’re vilified in the press and manically suspicious of The Biz. ...

John Peel: Man Of The Match

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1989

Guru to innumerable pale and interesting persons, champion of all things noisesome and "challenging", fully paid-up Good Bloke... When John Peel celebrated his 50th birthday ...

Pet Shop Boys: Outsiderdom: The Pet Shop Boys

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, August 1988

The Pet Shop Boys have played live once, never toured and only grudgingly socialize with the pop fraternity. They've stoutly refused to take the conventional ...

Pet Shop Boys (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Messrs. Tennant & Lowe discuss Thatcherite anti-gay legislation and pop politics; making movies; their fans; pop associates Depeche Mode, Morrissey and George Michael; singles, albums and the music business; being starstruck by Dusty Springfield, and dressing up!

File format: mp3; file size: 83.9mb, interview length: 1h 31' 35" sound quality: ***

Pet Shop Boys: Very (Parlophone)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1993

NEXT YEAR Neil Tennant celebrates both his 40th birthday and the tenth anniversary of the first Pet Shop Boys record, 'West End Girls'. Chances are ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Into The Great Wide Open

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1991

THE TITLE says it all. Space, horizon and all those rich possibilities are so central to the idea of America that it's hardly surprising they ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1987

The Heartbreakers' main man talks about collaborating with other artists; the band's longevity; muses about songwriting and being a bandleader.

File format: mp3; file size: 40.6mb, interview length: 44' 20" sound quality: ***

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys: Tom Petty

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2009

This is the full, uncut version of the piece that appeared in Mojo, October 2009. ...

Pink Floyd: David Gilmour: The Rightful Heir?

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1990

Twenty-five years ago he was just the hired hand. Then he became Syd Barrett's full-time replacement. By 1985, following group leader Roger Waters' traumatic exit, ...

Pink Floyd: Shine On (EMI)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, January 1993

IT HAD to happen. Rock's back catalogue has been repackaged so often from so many angles that sooner or later the selling point would become ...

The Pixies (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1988

The Boston indies talk about their working processes and place in the musical scheme of things; discuss their name, and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb, interview length: 31' 12" sound quality: ***

Robert Plant: Percy Pulls It Off !

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, June 1985

Yes, the one-time wild man of rock Robert ‘Percy’ Plant in "interesting solo album" shock! And now he tells it like it is, jumps to ...

Robert Plant: Dreamland

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, July 2002

IT'S NOT a question much asked, but what if Messrs Page and Jones had managed to secure the services of their first choice, Terry Reid, ...

Robert Plant: Manic Nirvana

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

ROBERT PLANT'S ALBUM Now And Zen was one of 1988's more delightful surprises: whilst quoting in jest from his own proud past in Led Zeppelin ...

Robert Plant’s Record Collection

Guide by Mat Snow, Q, May 1990

BACK IN the Spring of 1968, things aren't looking too rosy for 19-year-old singer Robert Plant. His promising group The Band Of Joy have just ...

The Pogues (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1986

Pogues Shane McGowan and Jem Finer talk about traditional Irish music, the band, songwriting, touring, and Shane's fantastic laugh.

File format: mp3; file size: 60mb, interview length: 1h 05' 34" sound quality: **

The Pogues: The Sweet Smell Of Success

Report by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1986

TODAY THE WORLD, TOMORROW THE WORLD ...

Iggy Pop: The Madcap Laughs Again

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1988

Iggy Pop "The Prophet Of Punk" — has ricocheted through some combustible times. There were fleeting stabs at bona fide rock celebrity, then prolonged bouts ...

Elvis Presley: The King Of Rock'n'Roll: The Complete '50s Masters

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1992

FROM US postage stamps to academic treatises like Greil Marcus's Dead Elvis which ponders how a rock singer ends up as apple-pie as Abe Lincoln, ...

The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde: We Are All Prostitutes

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

"I CAN SIT down with someone who is shooting up heroin; I can talk to a woman who is about to have an abortion because ...

The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1986

The Pretenders' frontwoman opines on everything from animal rights to capital punishment. She also talks about music once or twice.

File format: mp3; file size: 84.7mb, interview length: 1h 32' 30" sound quality: ***

Prince: Crazy Place, Crazy Guy

Report by Mat Snow, Q, December 1992

LIKE SO MUCH in life, the reality of Paisley Park proves a little different from the ad. Where is the laughing girl on the see-saw ...

Prince: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1986

GET A load of this guy. Five-foot-two in high heels, his tight black toreador pants stretch up to a fraction above his crack, hence a ...

The Proclaimers: Eight Eyes, One Vision

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1993

The Proclaimers: Top 10 in America after four years in the wilderness. ...

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Def Jam) ****1/2

Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

RICK RUBIN is white, Jewish and, on Public Enemy's second album here under scrutiny, steel-reinforces his reputation as today's greatest producer of rebel rock. ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL in Estonia, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Live Aid? Bollocks! Mat Snow battles the airport tannoy to hear pearls of wisdom from John Lydon and band.

File format: MP3 File size: 16.1 mb<br> Interview length: 23 minute 47 seconds Sound quality: ***

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Holidays in Estonia

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, September 1988

"I LOVE MOANING. That's what I live for!" cackles John Lydon as he surveys a pickled herring with an even fishier eye. "I'm going to ...

Quiet Riot: Cum On Feel The Boize

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1984

"CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE!! GURLS RAAACK YOUR BOIZE!! WE'LL GET WILD WILD WILD!!!" ...

Quincy Jones (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1990

The man known as "Q" talks, between mouthfuls, about meeting Stravinsky; trying to put Michael Jackson together with Prince; the people he has known, from Dinah Washington to Colin Powell via Miles Davis and many others; and on the state of black America.

File format: mp3; file size: 39mb, interview length: 42' 37" sound quality: ***

The Quireboys: Right Place, Wrong Decade

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

"Guy?" A little voice wheedles from the small but perfectly formed Griff, lead guitarist with The Quireboys. "Have you got any of that stuff, Guy?" ...

The Ramones in London, part 1 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about life for da brudders is the mid-'80s, Hardcore, chart success (or not), and much more.

File format: mp3; File size: 30.6 mb Interview length: 44 minutes 36 seconds, sound quality: ***

The Ramones in London, part 2 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about drugs, playing fast, New York City, and where they come from musically.

File format: mp3; File size: 12.5 mb Interview length: 18 minutes 16 seconds, sound quality: ***

The Ramones: Too Tough To Die (Sire, import)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1984

AS THE legendary Nick Kent once remarked of the Stones, The Ramones don't do, they simply are, monsieur, even if they can't get a UK ...

The Ramones: Ain’t No Stoppin’ The Cretins From Boppin’!

Interview by Mat Snow, Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1985

ONE! Joey...TWO! Dee Dee... FREE! Mat... FOUR! Barney... THE RAMONES revisited in a teenage tag-match ‘tween two of the scuzziest pairs of sneakers in the ...

Chris Rea: The Very Best of (East West)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1994

Somewhere left of Eric Clapton and Phil Collins resides Chris Rea, a bluesman for whom the burden of life consists less of stones in his ...

Lou Reed: Live in Italy

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1984

GROWING UP in public (a further instalment). ...

R.E.M.: American Paradise Regained: R.E.M.’s Reckoning

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1984

WHEN I HEAR word ‘plangent’ I reach for my applause button. Which is why Reckoning and its predecessor, last year’s Murmur, confirm R.E.M. as ...

R.E.M.: The Best Of

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1991

FOR FIVE YEARS R.E.M. steadily grew on Miles Copeland's IRS label until they took the Warner Bros shilling and were thus promoted to the big ...

R.E.M.: Lyrically Dark, Musically Oddball

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1992

R.E.M.'s new album, Automatic For The People, is released this month. Here, the group dissect the LP, track by track...hang on, Automatic For The People? ...

R.E.M.: Touched! Chuffed! Etc!

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1992

For R.E.M., 1991 will always be the year in which a low-key LP brought them high-profile success, the year a tiny tour won them a ...

R.E.M.: REM

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1992

THE LAST RESORT is a civilised eatery offering a wide selection of imported beers in what must surely be – after Asbury Park, New Jersey ...

The Replacements/Rose Of Avalanche: Town And Country Club, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, June 1987

AS THE strains of Zep's 'Kashmir' fade into the gloom, I am confronted by an appalling sight. It is Rose Of Avalanche and, in particular, ...

The Replacements: Hits From The Sticks

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1986

"THEY TRY to teach you everything they think you should know and none of the things you want to know. There wasn't a class on ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1992

IN THE MIDDLE of the night, all blocks in mid-Manhattan offer a blank facade. But behind one particular stout steel door lurks a true temple ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: An English Werewolf in London

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1986

WHAT BECOMES a legend most? So exactly how I'd imagined it was the scene that I wouldn't have dared make it up. Before we enter, ...

Paul Rodgers: Muddy Waters Blues (Victory)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1993

Whoever declared that new art is created when somebody gets old art wrong may well have had blues-rock in mind. ...

The Rolling Stones: Bill Wyman: Stone Alone

Book Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1990

UNTIL HE WAS 26, Bill Perks was a suburban South Londoner, married with a kid and a secure job, having done his National Service rising ...

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards (1985)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Winter 1985

Starting with the Live Aid Dylan "fiasco", this interview moves swiftly through subjects such as guitar playing and Jeff Beck's Stones "audition", before degenerating into a row about production methods. Things get back on keel with talk of Exile and Keef's Desert Island Discs. Sound quality is, shall we say, funky.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 66mb, total interview length: 1h 12' 03" sound quality: **

The Rolling Stones: Massimo Bonanno: The Rolling Stones Chronicle and Martin Elliott: The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions

Book Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

ONE WOULD IMAGINE that even the most loyal fan must be groaning under the weight of paper and ink dedicated of late to the venerable ...

The Rolling Stones: Forty Licks

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 2002

HERE'S AN album with something for everyone. For Virgin/EMI it's a shot at a Beatles 1-style blockbuster to prop up sagging third-quarter figures. For newbies ...

The Rolling Stones: VooDoo Lounge

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, August 1994

CONFRONTED BY THE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN NEARLY FIVE years, for most Stones fans the question is not, Is it as good as Exile/Beggars/name your ...

Bill Wyman, The Rolling Stones: Who the hell does Bill Wyman think he is?

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1991

WITH SOME 15 minutes to go before the appointed end of our 60-minute afternoon session, your reporter is having a decidedly sticky moment with Bill ...

Todd Rundgren

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1994

A concerned Mat Snow hogs the joystick ...

Schoolly D: Schoolly-D: Slap Happy

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, May 1987

Reformed gangster and self-made record tycoon, SCHOOLLY-D is in town to promote his new album Saturday Night. MAT SNOW admires his jewellery ...

Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band: The Distance (Capitol)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1983

THE RECENT US chart successes of Springsteen, Geils and relative newcomer John Cougar demonstrates that American worship of the great god Raaack 'n' Rawl continues ...

Bob Seger: Ha Ha Ha!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1991

Bob Seger is a hard-rockin' evergreen with a scrub of grizzly beard and a laugh like one of his native Detroit gas-guzzlers starting up on ...

The Sex Pistols: Kiss This

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1992

NEARLY 15 YEARS after John Lydon quit the Sex Pistols, effectively ending them bar a few final pranks, his subsequent band, PiL, find themselves no ...

Ron Sexsmith: Other Songs (Interscope)

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Mat Snow, MOJO, July 1997

Follow-up to 1995's self-titled debut, again produced by Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. ...

Charlie Sexton: Pictures For Pleasure

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1986

WHAT THE world needs now, as I'm sure you'll all agree, is a whippy 17-year-old Texan rock'n'roller with leather-sheathed buttocks waggling provocatively like two pigeon ...

The Shamen: Mission Control

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1990

The Shamen switched orbits from the doomed indie rock circuit, re-entering as dancedelic house cosmonauts with a mobile ‘interactive’ club show. Mat Snow steps cautiously ...

Simple Minds: Real Life

Review by Mat Snow, Q, May 1991

MUCH HAS HAPPENED to Simple Minds since their 1989 album Street Fighting Years topped the album charts in nine countries. ...

Simple Minds: Do Not Disturb

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1989

Come to the heart of the Trossach mountains, breathe the fresh Perthshire air, and discover a troupe of weary travellers footsore from their labours upon ...

Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Under The Scales: The Reptile House EP

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1983

DEEP IN the woods a funeral is swinging ... ...

Percy Sledge (1994)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1994

The sould legend from the Quad-cities, Tri-states area on Otis, Bobby Womack, his love of country music, and the making of the National Anthem of North-West Alabama, 'When A Man Loves A Woman'.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 74.8meg, total interview length: 1h 21' 39" sound quality: ***

Percy Sledge: A Beautiful Life

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1967, THE MACON, GEORGIA, office of Phil Walden and Associates, management and booking agents, was thronging with the most heavyweight soul ...

Patti Smith: The Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye on NYC punk (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1986

Musician and journalist Kaye on the CBGBs scene, the differences between US and UK Punk, Patti Smith and his seminal Nuggets compilation.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56meg, total interview length: 1h 01' 06" sound quality: ***

Patti Smith, Television: Punk in New York: Blitzkreig Bop

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1986

"And one fine morning she turns on a New York-station / And doesn't believe what she hears at all / She started dancing to that ...

The Smiths: London Palladium

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

IN THE FOOTSTEPS of such music-hall and variety greats as Tommy Trinder, Ted Ray and Jimmy Tarbuck, tonight The Smiths tread these venerable boards to ...

Sonic Youth: Dirty

Review by Mat Snow, Q, September 1992

NOW IN their 30s, this band are no longer quite so youthful as when they formed 11 years ago in New York, yet they remain ...

Spin Doctors: The Spin Doctors

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, August 1994

AT FIRST GLANCE there is little to distinguish the 150,000 revellers gathered on the opening day of the 1994 Glastonbury Festival from the millionaire rock ...

Lisa Stansfield: Northern Soul

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1991

WHEN THERE’S promotion to be done, it's all go chez Lisa Stansfield. At 11 in the morning, the house is full of people. BBC2's Rapido ...

The Sugarcubes: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Icecubes from Sugarland

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, December 1988

Paying the price of fame and fortune, The Sugarcubes have talked and I smiled themselves through a seemingly endless round of interviews and gigs. Now ...

Matthew Sweet: Sneaky…

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1992

Has Matthew Sweet quietly gone and made one of the best rock albums of the year? ...

The The: Dusk (Epic)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, February 1993

MATT JOHNSON, principal boy of The The, is 31 going on 17, a perennial quester after spiritual fulfilment and soul's ease. In his last two ...

13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere

Review by Mat Snow, Q, 1993

THE SECOND INSTALMENT of Decal's noble policy of reissuing all four 13th Floor Elevators albums finds the influence of San Francisco (whose Avalon Ballroom they ...

Richard Thompson, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

Richard Thompson talks to Mat Snow about growing up in North London, learning guitar and forming Fairport Convention. Along the way he meets Sandy Denny and Joe Boyd...

File format: mp3 File size: 35.8mb<br>Interview length: 39 minutes 11 seconds Sound quality: ***

Richard Thompson, part 2 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

Richard Thompson on Islam, divorce, songwriting, Fairport reunions... and his problem with The Pogues!

File format: mp3 File size: 45.8mb Interview length: 50 minutes 3 seconds Sound quality: ***

Richard Thompson: The Minstrel’s Tale

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1988

He is, by all accounts, a brilliant songwriter, a breathtaking guitarist, profoundly unphotogenic, a Moslem, an awkward old sod. Richard Thompson has spent 20 eventful ...

Throwing Muses (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1986

The girls and boys on commune upbringings, parental marriages, women in rock, male v female sensibilities, Newport and Boston, having children and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.9mb, interview length: 55' 35" sound quality: **½

Throwing Muses: Grannie Takes A Trip

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

MAT SNOW is much taken with THROWING MUSES a faith-healing four from Massachussets. ...

Tone Loc: Cool Hand Loc

Review by Mat Snow, Q, January 1992

Is Tone Loc too funky or what? ...

Transvision Vamp (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1988

Glamourpuss Wendy James and pals discuss their favourite Dylan songs (??), the history of the band, bitch about Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and consider their fellow late-'80s female acts.

File format: mp3; file size: 40.2mb, interview length: 43' 51" sound quality: ***

Transvision Vamp: The Little Magnets Versus The Bubble Of Babble

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1991

IT'S A FOOL who writes anyone off, but the supposedly triumphant return-to-the-fray that was the single '(I Just Wanna) B With U' barely penetrated an ...

Randy Travis (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1988

The First Gentleman of New Country talks about being on the road, his North Carolina roots, the New Country boom, his youthful indiscretions, and the nature of country music.

File format: mp3; file size: 36mb, interview length: 39' 22" sound quality: ***

The Triffids

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1987

The Triffids, authors of the greatest Australian country and western album, address the darker undercurrents beneath the sparkling antipodean surf. ...

The Triffids: Born Sandy Devotional

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, June 1986

THE MID-'80s motto is that irony has gone mainstream. Self-confidence and hope for the future have evaporated in glittering, actressy despair, to be replaced by ...

The Triffids: Roses, Knives, Dead Bodies

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1985

MAT SNOW hails the twisted poetry of THE TRIFFIDS while the rest of us wonder — do all the great new bands come from Australia, ...

The Troggs: The Legendary "Troggs Tapes"

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, May 1991

Long before there was Spinal Tap, there was something else that stood for all that is inept in rock'n'roll. A fading pop group assembled in ...

Trouble Funk (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Drop The Bomb! The First Citizens of the Chocolate City talk about everything Go Go: the audiences, the live thing, getting energy from the people and the Washington DC scene.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.8mb, total interview length: 44' 24" sound quality: ***

Trouble Funk: Say What! Live In London

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

JUST THE other night I achieved a tiny slice of immortality when radio-jock Andy Kershaw played a 1960s Texan garage nugget of which he knows ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2000

WITH EACH new U2 album there has been a growing buzz of anticipation, a sense of event stoked by the way the band has stamped ...

U2: Pop

Review by Mat Snow, MOJO, March 1997

U2 have a fine sense of event and how to tweak it. Preceded by advance publicity suggesting more than enough stylistic innovation to maintain the ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1991

WITH EACH NEW U2 album there has been a growing buzz of anticipation, a sense of event stoked by the way the band has stamped ...

UB40: The Stance Is Dance

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1983

"I'D JUST love somebody to do an interview or review that had naff all to do with politics..." ...

Luther Vandross: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1987

YOU CAN'T fake this kind of excitement. There can be no more exquisite thrill in live entertainment than a summery, scantily-clad soul crowd climaxing as ...

Suzanne Vega: Vaguely Seeking Suzanne

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, October 1985

I'D NEVER BEEN to a coffee-shop in New York's Greenwich Village before, but the Paradise was just as I'd imagined such a place to be ...

Velvet Underground: Party On, Dudes!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, July 1993

The kinky boots and whips have gone; so have the "interesting" light shows and the medicinal heroin. But, yes, The Velvet Underground — the most ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground Boxed Set (Polydor)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1986

WHEN POP-JOURNALISTS say "classic", we mean a record that we’ll still be playing in ten years. Marketing sharpies, however, have a far surer handle on ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: VU

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1985

"IF YOU PLAY the albums chronologically they cover the growth of us as people from her to there, and in there is a tale for ...

Violent Femmes: Hallowed Ground (Slash/London)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

MILWAUKEE IS Dullsville by any other name, so little wonder that the three superbuskers who comprise The Violent Femmes munch upon the tastiest feast Americana ...

Tom Waits: Franks Wild Years (Island) *****

Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, August 1987

ONE FOR THE ROAD ...

Was (Not Was) (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Don and David talk about American culture, the Kennedy conspiracies, musical juxtapositions and growing up on Detroit rock 'n' roll.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.6mb, total interview length: 1h 30' 18" sound quality: ***

Was (Not Was): Brothers of Invention

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

WAS (NOT WAS) still people their songs freaks, but compassion now nestles satire. MAT SNOW helps The Was Brothers find the heartbeat of their absurd ...

The Wedding Present

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1989

Chauffered car-rides on the record company’s account bear witness to The Wedding Present’s emergence out of indie-land’s "shambling" band scene. But for their singer Dave ...

Paul Weller: We All Make Mistakes

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1993

He split Britain's most loyally supported rock band to form a collective specializing in weedy white sould and ersatz jazz. He created "a Motown for ...

Wet Wet Wet, live

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1986

TONIGHT WILL be one of Wet Wet Wet's last gigs before they step from cultdom's pastel spotlight into the full glare of major-league pop-stardom. Only ...

Joy Lynn White

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

AT A TIME WHEN X-CHROMOSOME COUNTRY has never resided further from the factory floor, honky-tonk and dreamed-of mansion on the hill, Joy Lynn White sings ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 1985

HE CAME to paaaarteee, and he came to prove it all night. ...

Ronnie Wood (1992)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1992

From the Birds to the Stones, via Jeff Beck and the Faces, rock'n'roll's favourite scarecrow tells the whole story...

File format: mp3 File size: 95.4mb Interview length: 1h 44' 13" Sound quality: ***

World Party: In A World Of His Own

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

Karl Wallinger’s wilderness years were ended when he formed World Party. Gone forever the endless dabblings that took him from the rock ‘n’ roll ...

Robert Wyatt: Old Rottenhat (Rough Trade)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1985

CAN POLITICS and music mix? Are songs about matters commonly deemed to belong in the political sphere not really songs at all, but rather singing ...

Frank Zappa: Zap It To ‘Em, Frank!

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1983

Frank Zappa/London Symphony Orchestra: Barbican Centre, London ...

Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction: This Is The Dawning Of The Age Of Hilarious

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, July 1986

Hot rats!! Twin overhead foxtailed speed machine and paranoiac ZODIAC MINDWARP wraps his twisted thoughtgear round the silver-tongued questioning of our psychedelic snake snake MAT ...

ZZ Top: Rhythmeen

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

JUST WHEN THE TOP WERE sounding like they'd run out of juice a mere 26 years into their career, they pull out a plum. Could ...

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Jim Marshall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1990

The legendary rock photographer looks back at his life and times, snapping (and hanging out with) the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and many, many more.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.5mb, interview length: 50' 48" sound quality: ***

Drugs: Out Of Our Heads

Overview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1986

AFTER TWO false starts due to bad weather, the wide-eyed and jittery paratroopers swallowed their third load of benzedrines in three nights and flew off ...

I Fought The Law…

Guide by Mat Snow, Johnny Black, Q, November 1993

... and the law, being an all-powerful customer, usually won. Johnny Black and Mat Snow investigate the link between the crazy, hot-headed outlaws of rock ...

Jim Marshall: Right Place, Right Time

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1990

Jim Marshall's taut black-and-white photographs, unobtrusively snapped in unguarded moments, are a powerfully evocative record of that first freewheeling decade before the men with the ...

One-Hit Wonders: They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Guide by Mat Snow, Q, March 1991

Rock ‘n’ roll, they say, is a cruel mistress. How often has pop fame proved but a tragically brief interlude between obscurity and oblivion! Well, ...

Rough Trade 25 Years On...

Retrospective by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

ROUGH TRADE is 25 years old. In its early days, you wouldn’t have got odds on the firm lasting another 25 weeks. And like so ...

So, what do Q know? RBP’s 50 favourite music books

Guide by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

"Genius!" trumpets the cover of this month’s Q magazine: "The 50 Best Music Books Ever Written." Naturally, we wuz hooked and forked over our three ...

The Penis De Milo: Cynthia Plaster Claster

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1989

Cynthia was a normal 1960s American teenager, with an abnormal interest in rock musicians. Then, one day in art school, she was told "to make ...

Various Artists: Gothic Rock

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 1992

GOTH, HAS ALWAYS BEEN more of a fashion statement than a musical phenomenon. ...

Various Artists: Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1990

IN 1950 NEW YORKER Jac Holzman started Elektra with $600 of his bar mitzvah money, recording artists in their own homes with a tape machine ...

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