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Neil Perry

Neil Perry

Neil Perry wrote for Sounds from 1985 until 1989 before moving on to write for Melody Maker, Select and Kerrang. Following a short-lived foray into PR at Southern Studios, where he looked after press for the Jesus Lizard, Babes In Toyland and Big Black among many others, he worked for NME and Vox. In 1995 he joined Volume, which he maintains was the most fun anyone could ever have in an office situation, and remained there until its sad demise in 1997. In 1998 he joined the staff of the fledgling Guardian website, eventually becoming Night Editor on the news desk. He spent almost a decade there before moving to Oslo, Norway, in 2007. He is now making a return to freelance journalism.

List of articles in the library by artist

AC/DC: Who Dares Wins

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, July 1986

Meet AC/DC, terror monarch Stephen King's favourite band and the bane of America's moral majority. NEIL PERRY takes his hat off to them ...

Anthrax: 'Thrax of Life

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1987

Metal stars ANTHRAX take NEIL PERRY on the Italian Job — and present the sober philosophy of their growing success ...

Big Black: Songs About F****** (Blast First BFFP 19/CD)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

INTO THE BLACK HOLE ...

Black Flag: Damaged (SST 007) ****/In My Head (SST 045) *****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1985

THE ELECTRIC box in the corner is getting as tedious as the night is getting chilly. Cold comfort indeed, and time to slip on something ...

Faith No More: Whistle Down The Wind… Hear My Train a'Comin'

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

The dancefloor heavy metal of FAITH NO MORE makes them one of the prime contenders for '88 and the lyrics of vocalist Chuck Mosely penetrate ...

Gene Tryp, Icicle Works: Icicle Works/Gene Tryp: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, October 1985

AMERICAN. Guitar. Psychedelic. These are words that have been uttered in the same sentence as Gene Tryp. ...

Killing Joke: The Fatal Curse of Killing Joke

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1986

With the release of KILLING JOKE'S new LP, NEIL PERRY finally gets the chance to do what no sane person would volunteer for — that ...

Metallica: At The Mercy Of The Master

Report and Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, October 1986

Something sad and inexplicable has happened to METALLICA, a band who were in full flight until bassist Cliff Burton was tragically killed in a road ...

Metallica: Battle Hymns Of The Metal Warriors

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

They've stomped on the rotting corpse of heavy metal and moved from cult status to world acclaim, and now METALLICA have crashed into the singles ...

The Mission: The Maturing of The Mission

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, February 1988

Following a hectic and often hair-raising year, including four months spent aboard a bus touring the States, THE MISSION are propelling themselves into 1988 with a new ...

The Mission, Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Of Mercy: The Man Who Told The World

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

Two years in the twilight world, ANDREW ELDRITCH hits back with the 1987 SISTERS OF MERCY. In this interview with NEIL PERRY he discusses his acrimonious split ...

Sinead O'Connor: Skinhead And Scum-Stampers; A Short Sharp Shock

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

That's how emancipated Irish singer SINEAD O'CONNOR dealt with a record company suggestion that she should 'tart herself up'. NEIL PERRY comes to terms with ...

The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Pogue Mahone)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

THE UNDERDOG BITES BACK! ...

Psychic TV: A Star Reborn

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1986

From his bizarre explanation of tattoos to his obsessive faith in causes, PSYCHIC TV's Genesis P-Orridge is the very definition of complexity. As willing disciple ...

Rush: …Cashing In

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1985

What do you do when you're late for the bus? RUSH, that's what. NEIL PERRY did it, like a tortoise. And DOUGLAS CAPE followed, like ...

Slayer: Always Crashing In The Same Carnage

Interview by Neil Perry, Melody Maker, November 1991

Are SLAYER Satanic High Priests who revel in gore or misunderstood philanthropists to a nihilistic generation? NEIL PERRY joins them in the London Dungeon and ...

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