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Paul Mathur

Paul Mathur wrote for Melody Maker, Blitz, Spin and other magazines. He wrote Take Me There, the biography of Oasis, the authorised biography of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and biographies of Fun Loving Criminals, Elvis Costello and Madonna, amongst others.

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Art of Noise: The Art Of Noise: In Visible Silence (China Records)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, April 1986

SO it's THE Art Of Noise now is it? Addition of the definitive article does not hide an alarming slump into powerpop abandon and things ...

Ash: We Are The Resurrection

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, September 1998

The original Bratpoppers, ASH, are back! We meet them in Sweden and hear about Ian Paisley, the nuclear-tastic new album and Charlotte's death-threats ...

Aztec Camera in Love

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, February 1988

Aztec Camera have just completed their first tour for four years and are gradually steering their way back into the nation's heart and soul. Paul ...

The Beastie Boys, Run DMC: Run DMC/The Beastie Boys: Brixton Academy, London/Brighton Centre

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, June 1987

PHALLUS & FALLACY ...

Berlin, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Berlin: G-Mex Centre, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, January 1987

MR HOLLY Johnson is right, shooting stars never do stop, more's the pity. Instead they tumble entropically to the back of beyond, hollering, hooting and ...

Blur: Modern Life Is Rubbish (Food)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, May 1993

CONTEMPORARY FAULT – ADJUST YOUR MIND-SET ...

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, February 1989

THE MESSY BEAT Angels were well and truly bushed after a week of post-Dali wassailing, but the sight of Edie Brickell's band was as startling ...

Cast: Skunk And Disorderly

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1996

Ever been to a CAST gig? Total entertainment. Ever been to Amsterdam? Druggy hedonism meets sensual abandon. So what happens if you put Cast and ...

Leonard Cohen: Crocodile Tears

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, January 1988

LET'S TALK misconceptions. Like the one about Cleopatra being Egyptian (she was Greek), Christmas being a time for giving (take take take), Ben Elton and ...

Lloyd Cole: Lloyd's Return

Interview by Paul Mathur, Blitz, January 1987

Paul Mathur talks to LLOYD COLE, who is about to return from his self-imposed exile with a brace of new songs. ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Filthy Rich These Cat Chaps

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, April 1987

Too naughty to be teeny-boppers, CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT are nonetheless attracting attention for all the trad reasons – goodlookers, dressers, er mates of Paula ...

Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Thomas Dolby, Wire: Depeche Mode, Wire, Thomas Dolby, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, July 1988

WIRE HAVE probably not played to 100,000 people in total as they've skimmed their precious stones across the edges of a strange pop history. And ...

Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction (Geffen)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, July 1987

OF COURSE they're dreadful. What's more surprising is that so many members of the press, who on most other days of the week could be ...

Happy Mondays: Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Can't Smile (White Out) (Factory)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, April 1987

BLUR. The boys from Happy Mondays skitter past us on the rob down the Arndale. Loose limbs and flares kick dust into everybody's eyes. ...

Natalie Imbruglia: Shredded Treat!

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, December 1997

Why NATALIE IMBRUGLIA? Because her debut single 'Torn' is f***in' brilliant, and she's gorgeous and she drinks! Wahey! We invite Nat out for a beer ...

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu: 1987 — What The F**k Is Going On (The Sound Of Mu)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, June 1987

LICENSED TO THRILL ...

Madonna: Wishing on a Star

Essay by Paul Mathur, Spin, April 1989

Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes ...

Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, February 1988

AND IT SEEMS like they never went away. The Pere Ubu revival has burst through like mushrooms in your airing cupboard, and somehow, this re-release, ...

Prince, Wendy and Lisa: Wendy & Lisa: Revolt Into Style

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1987

WENDY & LISA USED TO BE PART OF PRINCE'S REVOLUTION. NOW THEY'RE STORMING THE BARRICADES WITH A SOLO CAREER. PURPLE RAIN OR JUST A DAMP ...

Pulp: Canine Revenge

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, May 1986

Pulp are from Sheffield and make rather outrageous records. Paul Mathur talks to them of dogs, wheelchairs, Nazis and baked beans. ...

Pulp: Interview With Jarvis Cocker

Interview by Paul Mathur, Volume, November 1991

IN THE EARLY '80s, a deeply disturbed Sheffield pop group called Pulp crafted a brace of lovably awkward pop classics, most notably the "controversial" 'Little ...

Run DMC: Serious Rap Attack

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, September 1986

With their Raising Hell tour putting the frighteners on many a major American town and their Rapping Metal single, 'Walk This Way' scaring the pants ...

Scritti Politti: Green: The Word Boy

Interview by Paul Mathur, Blitz, June 1985

The Barest Of OutlinesScritti Politti. The Italian for political writing, you could say, a political music group. Or you could say, cack, my Scritti just ...

Talking Heads: Naked

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1988

LOOPHOLES AND repression being what they are, an Alabama county recently admitted that according to local legal dictates, it was illegal for any baby in ...

The The: Slow Emotion Replay

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1993

The very mention of THE THE inspires visions of musical doom, fretful soul-searching and a general air of unreconstructed gloom. But does MATT JOHNSON really ...

Throwing Muses: Storm Troupers

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1988

THROWING MUSES' REBUILDING OF POP'S DARK SIDE IS WINNING THEM LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS. PAUL MATHUR AMBLED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC TO TALK TO SINGER KRISTIN ...

The Triffids: On The Ice

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, January 1988

THE TRIFFIDS HAVE GRABBED CRITICAL ATTENTION WITH THEIR CALENTURE ALBUM AND A REPUTATION FOR REINVENTING ROCK IN ALL SORTS OF WIGGLY WAYS. PAUL MATHUR GRABS ...

The Verve: The Boston T-Shirt Party!

Report by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, November 1997

Welcome to the beauty of the new soul rebels. We join THE VERVE in America and discover the Wigan warriors are ready to take on ...

Kim Wilde

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1987

Wide-eyed and reckless, Kim Wilde has discovered sex. At least, she writhes a bit on the vid of the new single. Paul Mathur talks dirty ...

Robbie Williams: University of East Anglia, Norwich

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, October 1997

WELL, I'd shag him. And if you believe the tabloids, I already have. And been indicted in the hedonistic disruption of a man who lives ...

Yello & Gold

Interview by Paul Mathur, Blitz, September 1986

There is more to Dieter Meier, the conceptual half of Yello,than meets the eye. Former professional gambler, member of the Swiss National Golf Team, expert ...

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