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Push

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Push worked for Melody Maker from 1985 to 1995, starting out as an occasional reviewer before progressing to writing lead reviews and main features. He was one of the instigators and editors of Stone Free, the paper's first dance music section, and also took charge of Info Freako, answering readers' questions about anything and everything to do with music.

Push left Melody Maker in early 1995 to become launch editor of Muzik, IPC’s dance music magazine. He remained editor until late 1998, by which time the magazine had won several industry awards and achieved an ABC of over 50,000. He left Muzik to become editor of Mondo, a male lifestyle magazine launched via Cabal Communiations, but Mondo proved to be a relatively short-lived project and was closed down in 2000.

In more recent times, Push has spent much of his time writing books, most notably The Book Of E: All About Ecstasy (co-written with Canadian author and journalist Mireille Silcoff) and Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail, which was published under his real name, Christopher Dawes.

Push blogs at Pushblog

An archive website called Pushstuff

List of articles in the library by artist

808 State, Andrew Weatherall, Coldcut, D Mob, M People, S'Express, William Orbit: Remixing: The DJ's DJ

Report and Interview by Push, Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, August 1990

A couple of years ago, the success of DJ-based groups such as M/A/R/R/S, Coldcut, S'Express and Bomb The Bass heralded a new musical era. Now, ...

Bronski Beat: Piccadilly St James's Church, London

Live Review by Push, Soundcheck, August 1984

HERE'S a great game, boys and girls. The idea is to see how pale a pop group's other songs seem when set alongside their massive ...

Cardiacs: The Cardiacs: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, February 1987

TIM SMITH dribbles over his guitar and gesticulates with one or two fingers.  ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemicrazy Pilots

Interview by Push, Muzik, June 1995

They've changed their name from The Dust Brothers to THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS and their beats are beefier than ever. Stand by for the imminent release ...

Colenso Parade, Pulp: Pulp/Colenso Parade: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, December 1986

COURAGE IS the key word. Pulp throw out sudden drum rumbles and savage violin wails, lazy guitar twiddles and keyboard stabs, all wrapped around vocals ...

De La Soul: 3 Feet High And Rising (Tommy Boy/Big Life)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, March 1989

THE DAISY AGE    ...

De La Soul: Space Cadets

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, April 1989

PUSH TALKS TO THE BIGGEST RAP SENSATION SINCE PUBLIC ENEMY AND DISCOVERS WHAT LIFE'S LIKE ON PLANET SCREWBALL. ...

Digital Underground: Space Oddities

Report and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1989

"LOTS OF PEOPLE have said we're similar to De La Soul simply because we're with the same record company in America and we both have ...

Faithless: Reverence (Cheeky/BMG)

Review by Push, Muzik, May 1996

Joyful and triumphant ...

Fugazi: A Tension Spans

Profile and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1989

"THIS IS TOTALLY weird," says drummer Brendan Canty, pointing to a photograph of himself that appeared in Melody Maker the last time Washington DC's Fugazi ...

Guns N' Roses: The Rocky Horror Show

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1988

When Guns N' Roses were interviewed just before they performed at Castle Donington last week, guitarist Slash said, "The kids need to have that one ...

GWAR! What Is It Good For? GWAR: The Longhorn, Stuttgart

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, October 1992

THIS IS utter f***ing madness. ...

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Profile US import CD)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, June 1990

GANG BUSTER ...

Jamiroquai: Hat's Entertainment!

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, March 1993

Jamiroquai are Jay Kay, basically, a serious 22-year-old west Londoner with serious political ideas, a serious love of funk and a seriously funky voice. PUSH ...

Grace Jones: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, April 1990

IT'S THE second of Grace Jones's first London shows for almost 10 years and everybody's hoping there won't be a repeat of the appallingly unprofessional ...

Leftfield: Release The Pressure!

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1992

CRITICAL ACCLAIM means bugger-all in clubland. Here, an act's reputation is better measured by the number of others sampling them. And, right now, it's impossible ...

LL Cool J: LL Cool J: 14 Shots To The Dome (Def Jam)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, April 1993

THE CAREER of LL Cool J, which began almost 10 years ago with the first Def Jam release, has been a helter skelter of ups ...

Nirvana: Bleach (Tupelo)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, August 1989

STONED, LOADED. It's both a mental and a physical bliss. Everything is nothing but an abandoned blur. Minutes away from a blackout, from a sweet, ...

Nirvana: Heaven Can't Wait

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1990

NIRVANA'S NEW single, 'Sliver' weighs in at a fraction over two minutes and is one hell of a pop song. No messing. ...

N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (Priority/Ruthless)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, July 1989

THE SLEEVE of Straight Outta Compton, the debut LP from N.W.A., depicts one of the members of this Los Angeles rap group pointing a pistol ...

N.W.A.: Shot By Both Sides

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, November 1989

IN THEIR SHORT CAREER THE RAPPERS HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI, CONDEMNED BY THE CONGRESS FOR RACIAL EOUALITY, BANNED BY TV AND RADIO AND ...

N.W.A.: Niggers With Attitude: Street Hassle

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, August 1989

Just when you thought Public Enemy had pushed as far as it could go, just when you thought rap outrage had peaked, along come N.W.A. ...

The Orb: Sphere and Loathing

Report and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, October 1992

THE ORB are on the road and mayhem reigns. PUSH joins in the jollities ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The 30 Year Itch

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, October 1987

"I AM the first black Jew you've ever seen," he says. Later he declares, "I am Hitler! I rule the swastika!" ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: Porn to be Wild

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, June 1990

NEITHER THE Football Association nor, astonishingly, FIFA's UK representatives are entirely sure who will be presenting the 1990 World Cup to the winners in Italy ...

Primal Scream: Vanishing Point (Creation)

Review by Push, Muzik, August 1997

YOU CAN'T overestimate the importance of Primal Scream in the grand scheme of groovy things. ...

Andrew Weatherall, Primal Scream: Primal Scream: Spring Loaded

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, March 1990

The former darlings of indie rock may lose some deities with their new house-orientated single 'Loaded', but Primal leader Bobby Gillespie is determined to use ...

Run DMC: Run DMC

Review by Push, Soundcheck, August 1984

WARNING: This is an American release and it may take a lot of effort to find a copy. Justification: all successful searches will be truly ...

Secret Knowledge: Hi Bunny, I'm Home!

Interview by Push, Muzik, September 1996

Kris Needs and Wonder. A boy from Aylesbury and a girl from Ohio. Music from the heart, some hard lessons from the street... and a ...

S'Express: Social Moores

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1989

WITH TWO NUMBER ONE SINGLES ALREADY UNDER HIS BELT, MARK MOORE WAS FINALLY CROWNED AS THE SVENGALI OF ACID SAMPLING WHEN PRINCE ASKED HIM TO ...

Speedy J: Follow The Speeder

Interview by Push, Muzik, May 1997

DON'T MENTION the war. Unless you are in Rotterdam. Because if you are in Rotterdam, you really should know that on 14 May 1940, a ...

Underworld: Going Overground

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, January 1994

I KNOW IT'S ONLY January but there's no way you will hear a more thrilling dance music album this year than Underworld's Dubnobasswithmyheadman. No fucking ...

Underworld: Alphabet Soup

Interview by Push, Muzik, March 1996

With the release of their new album, Second Toughest In The Infants, UNDERWORLD take a hurtling ride through their world... With a little help from ...

Vanilla Ice: To The Extreme (SBK Records)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, December 1990

UNTIL he hit number one with 'Ice Ice Baby', Vanilla Ice's major claims to fame were going to school with 2 Live Crew and looking ...

Jah Wobble's Arabian Knights

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, November 1990

"JOHNNY ROTTEN telephoned me within hours of splitting The Sex Pistols," begins Jah Wobble, acknowledging the fact that there's a fascinating background story to tell ...

List of genre pieces

1988: Acid House

Overview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1988

AT THE BEGINNING of this year a House record would have cleared the majority of London's dancefloors. ...

It's All Gone... Pete Tong

Interview by Push, Muzik, September 1996

PETE TONG. His Essential Selection show on Radio One is the nation's choice on a Friday night. It's a dry run for a night out, ...

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