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Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes is a Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Sportswear Designer with no history in music writing whatsoever up until 2000, when he started writing for UNCUT. He has also written for GET RHYTHM. Wacky and improbable fact: Rob designed Aston Villa's kit for the 2000-01 season. We kid you not.

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The Byrds: Outlaw Chic

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2001

ROB HUGHES SALUTES THE BYRDS' GEM THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS ...

Calexico: Hot Rail

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2000

Fourth outing from prolific Giant Sand rhythm kings and assorted playmates ...

The Cash Brothers: Matt & Phred's Jazz Club, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2002

A SPARKLING jewel of one of Uncut's Unconditionally Guaranteed CD covermounts – along with star billing on the Loose 2 compendium – was The Cash ...

Ben Christophers

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

VOCALLY GYMNASTIC British tunesmith overcomes that difficult-second-album syndrome... ...

The Coral: Everybody's Talking About…

Profile by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

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David Crosby

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

THE FORMER BYRD RECENTLY TOURED EUROPE WITH CROSBY, PEVAR, RAYMOND – RAYMOND BEING HIS SON JAMES, WITH WHOM HE WAS REUNITED IN 1995 – TO ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2002

LONDON: DECEMBER, 1968. Moscow Road, Bayswater, just off the rowdy casbah din of Queensway with its hippie boutiques, bars, restaurants, buzzing crowds. There are three ...

David Bowie: Changing Man: David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2004

So much to answer for… the Bard Of Bromley's back in fine forward-looking fettle with a scintillating combination of the old and the new ...

Departure Lounge

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2002

'PASTORAL' ENGLISHMEN become the toast of Tennessee. ...

Howe Gelb: Confluence (Loose)***

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2001

TWENTY YEARS in, the Giant Sand guru's songwriting torrent courses stronger than ever. ...

Grandaddy: Manchester University

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

STRANGE TALES of exploding androids, lost loves, graveyards for household gadgets, crashed spaceships, sunken dreams and cock-and-bull tourist authorities. Welcome to the bevelled woodchuckery of ...

Green On Red: Paisley Source

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

ROB HUGHES ON THE DARK AMERICAN GEM THAT WAS GREEN ON RED'S THIRD LP ...

The Handsome Family

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, 1999

OCTOBER 1999. On the release of early-years compilation Down In The Valley - and four months prior to fourth studio album, In The Air - ...

The Handsome Family: Twilight

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

CALL IT WHAT you will – proto-country, Southern Gothic, backwoods noir, Americana, cow-punk, insurgent twang, murderous balladry, Appalachian folk. Whichever way you slice it, The ...

Richard Hawley: Richard Hawley

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

Former Pulp guitarist makes dynamic debut with mini-album of spectral ballads ...

Lee Hazlewood: The Lee Hazlewood Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, Get Rhythm, July 2002

IT'S BEEN A hellish few days for Lee Hazlewood. Three days into a four-day promo frenzy of our nation's fair capital, and everyone after a ...

Wanda Jackson: Hard-Headed Woman

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, February 2007

WANDA JACKSON was the original Riot Grrrl. In the late '50s, she shook, rattled and roared next to Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and boyfriend ...

Kim Fowley: Welcome To The Weird World of Kim Fowley

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2005

"I can kill people, cheat, seduce, amuse and abuse. When they drop a bomb, I'll get a hard-on, go out into the street and I'll ...

Kris Kristofferson

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2006

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is tough to nail. Uncut first catches him, fleetingly, en route to the airport at his home in Maui. ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

ONCE DESCRIBED by fellow band-member Brian MacLean as 'the baddest guy on the West Side of LA, the Cassius Clay of the streets' – Arthur ...

Jeffrey Lewis

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2002

BIZARRE BUT brilliant New York "anti-folk" singer. ...

The Lilac Time: Compendium — The Fontana Trinity (Universal/Fontana)*****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2001

FORTY-FOUR-TRACK twofer cherry-picked from first three albums – includes B-sides and rarities. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sultans Of Swamp

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2006

LORD KNOWS, Lynyrd Skynyrd had seen it coming. On the flight from Florida to South Carolina, the band's Convair 240 tour plane had begun spewing ...

Buddy and Julie Miller: Buddy & Julie Miller

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

TEARS-IN-your-beer stuff from Nashville Mr and Mrs. ...

New Order: Move Festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2002

SINCE SETTING aside old bones of contention four years ago, New Order's Indian summer has seemed one long, breathless, last-skitter-of-the-dice party. ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

BY RIGHTS, they shouldn't be here at all. The acrimonious fallout from 1993's tempestuous Republic gouged a rift within New Order that seemed way beyond ...

Laura Nyro: Angel In The Dark (Rounder)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

THE LAST recordings from the 'Bronx Bronte', covered by everyone from Sinatra to Streisand. A live album's imminent, too. ...

Jim O'Rourke: The Art Of Noise

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2002

HEAR AN EXPERIMENTAL, ELECTRONIC RECORD THESE DAYS AND CHANCES ARE IT WILL HAVE CHICAGOAN JIM O'ROURKE'S NAME ON IT. ROB HUGHES MEETS THE 21ST CENTURY ...

Ashley Park

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2001

CLASSIC WEST coast sounds direct from Vancouver. ...

Pavement, Preston School of Industry: Preston School of Industry: All This Sounds Gas (Domino)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2001

PAVEMENT FOUNDER member emerges from dark side of the Malkmus to release solo project, whose name derives from San Francisco-area reform school ...

Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

DESPITE THE previous year's flawless neo-country masterpiece Massachusetts, Joe Pernice quit the Scud Mountain Boys in 1997 in pursuit of new horizons and a craving ...

Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

SUN-BAKED melancholy from Boston ...

Larry Wallis, The Pink Fairies: Larry Wallis: I Thought You Were Dead

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

ONCE LABELLED "Hank Marvin on acid", Wallis was vocalist/guitarist in seminal UK space-rockers the Pink Fairies, penning 1973's classic Kings Of Oblivion. ...

The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash/Stink EP/Hootenanny/Let It Be (Twin/Tone/Rykodisc)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

IT'S EARLY 1987. Amid a fug of coke-induced paranoia, unruly punk misanthropists the Replacements have snuck back into the Minneapolis studio of Twin/Tone Records. Convinced ...

Rodriguez: An Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, Fall 2009

"DID I HAVE DREAMS of being a big star? Yeah, I had hopes of making it. We all do, but in music there are no ...

Frank Sidebottom: Chris Sievey 1955-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, June 2010

Musician, entertainer and alter ego of the cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom. ...

P. F. Sloan: The Stars That Fame Forgot: P. F. Sloan

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2006

"P.F. Sloan gave us arguably the first real 'protest rock'. It wasn't folk music anymore, it was ROCK AND ROLL protest music. 'Eve of Destruction' ...

Smog: Dongs Of Sevotion

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2000

Ninth dry—lipped album from the Buster Keaton of sadcore ...

Sparklehorse: Mark Linkous, 1962-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, March 2010

THE AMERICAN singer-songwriter Mark Linkous, who has killed himself aged 47, worked with the Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston and Danger Mouse, but is best known ...

Television: Lightning Strikes

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

Lightning strikes with Marquee Moon, Television opened the door to post-punk ...

13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic World Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Charly)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2002

BOXED COMPENDIUM of acid-fried Texan mindbenders. Includes lives, outtakes and alternate cuts on three remastered CDs. ...

Rosie Thomas

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

TRAGEDY AND comedy from homecoming queen of heartbreak. ...

Turin Brakes

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

AS FIRST gigs go, it was an almost surreal baptism. Happily for them, the Queen was impressed. "She came over and said hello. I just ...

Ike Turner

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, August 2007

FUNNY HOW things change. A little over a decade ago, Ike Turner was rock'n'roll's terminal pariah. Damned by 1993's What's Love Got To Do With ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Herb Cohen: Combative label boss and manager of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, April 2010

HERB COHEN, who has died aged 77 of complications from cancer, did not elicit much affection from the artists he managed, but he played a ...

The Webb Brothers

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

'I'll make it through the show!' ...

The Webb Brothers: Maroon

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2000

CHIPS OFF the old block deliver first album 'proper', produced by Smiths/Blur helmsman Stephen Street. ...

Jim White: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus ****

Film/DVD Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2004

SHOWING FOR A limited time at London's National Film Theatre prior to an airing on television this is film-maker Andrew Douglas' road trip through America's ...

Jim White: In God's Country

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

ON HIS EXTRAORDINARY NEW ALBUM, NO SUCH PLACE, HE HAS CONTRIVED AN ASTONISHING MIX OF SPOOKILY DEMENTED COUNTRY, SKEWED ROCK AND HIP HOP THAT CHARTS ...

The Who

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

AUGUST, 1969: Upstate New York. All along America's Eastern seaboard upright citizens of this great nation are starting to slowly stir from deep and uneventful ...

X: Los Angeles *****; Wild Gift ****; Under The Big Black Sun **** (Rhino/Warners)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2001

REMASTERED, EXPANDED reissues from the dark heart of California. ...

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