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Neil Mason

Neil Mason

Neil Mason cut his teeth as a sub editor on dance magazine Muzik before joining Melody Maker as Albums Editor, becoming Reviews Editor during the death rattle period. In October 1999 he wrote the title’s very last inkie cover and joined NME.COM the following year as the site's first Features Editor. In 2003 he joined War Child as Editor of the pre-iTunes music download site warchildmusic.com. He still works as a freelance writer and occasional knocks about on mynewfavouriteband.com and rippingvinyl.co.uk.

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All Saints, Natalie Imbruglia: Saints And Sinner: All Saints: All Saints (London)/Natalie Imbruglia: Left Of The Middle (RCA)

Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1997

OK, they're pretty, cool and main players in the New Pop Explosion but do they have any songs? ...

All Saints: Post Spice Hip-Hop

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, August 1997

THERE ARE certain things in life you can be sure of. Rain on Bank Holidays, never having enough money, Alan Shearer getting injured when it ...

Ash Dish The Dirt

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1998

Did you know Tim's nickname at the scouts was "Timmy Testicle" or that Charlotte guzzles Vodka? We make each member of Ash leave the room ...

Ben Folds Five: The Wax Inspectors!

Report by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, July 1997

Jeez, the things you find out when you take an American band — BEN FOLDS FIVE — to a London tourist attraction — Madame Tussaud's ...

Blink 182: Potty By Nature

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1999

Skate-punkers BLINK 182 come clean on snot, boobies and why they're not the bad boys of rock ...

Meredith Brooks: Claws-out Bitchin' Pop

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, August 1997

MEREDITH BROOKS talks a lot. She lives in LA. She doesn't do sugar, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. ...

Catatonia

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, January 1998

"THINGS ARE GETTING strange, I'm starting to worry/This could be a case for Mulder & Scully…" ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The Prodigy, Smashing Pumpkins: Glastonbury: Where Were You While We Were All Getting Dry?

Report by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, July 1997

So, you are back home again, tucked up in bed, bad dose of the snivels. Your shoes are f***ed, your bones a bit soggy. Well, ...

Elliott Smith: Interview Transcript

Interview by Neil Mason, unpublished, June 1998

I'D BEEN TO SEE Elliott Smith's first UK show a week earlier, can't recall where, but it was clearly enough to get me back a ...

Finley Quaye: LA2, London

Live Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1997

HOW IS IT that this cherub before us can be Tricky's uncle? ...

Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl

Report and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, October 1999

IT'S A SPARKLY autumnal London morning. In a back road off Oxford Street, a band are huddled in a radio production company recording an interview ...

The Human League: The Things That Dreams Are Made Of

Retrospective and Interview by Neil Mason, electronic, July 2012

Studios with leaking roofs, trips to new romantic clubs in a little Hillman Imp, and a heavy metal single recorded between sessions. They're all part ...

Idlewild: Eye-up Idlewild

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, January 1998

Idlewild, Edinburgh's best kept secret, will floor you with their brain rushing brand of noise pollution ...

Idlewild

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, October 1998

THROUGH THE idle pre-gig chit-chat, four lads wend their way from the rear of the venue towards the stage. As the singer politely picks his ...

Stereophonics, Tom Jones: Tom Jones and the Stereophonics

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, March 1999

LOOKING OUT across the affluent Silverlake area of Los Angeles stretching out below us, this is not your usual house. Perched high on a hilltop, ...

John Lydon: Psychobabble: John Lydon

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

NOTE: When the Filth and the Fury film was released in 2000, Lydon agreed to do three press interviews, of which Melody Maker, for some ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten on the Sex Pistols' 20 Wildest Moments

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

With The Filth & The Fury coming your way, John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, recalls how the Sex Pistols became the most exciting band ever ...

Elliott Smith: Acoustic Splendour

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 1998

CATEGORIES and pigeonholes and genres. They sure make our job easier. Everyone fits neatly in somewhere. Elliott Smith isn't too sure. ...

Stereophonics: Be Herr Now!

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, February 1998

Voted Best New Band in The Maker's Readers' Poll, Stereophonics are set to seriously f*** up 1998. We join them in Berlin and hear how ...

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