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Roy Wilkinson

Roy Wilkinson
Roy Wilkinson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has written for print titles including MOJO, Q, Sounds, Select, Kerrang!, The Guardian and The Independent. In 2011 Rough Trade Books published his first book, Do It For Your Mum, a story of family, rock music and forestry based around the band British Sea Power. "The year's finest memoir," said The Guardian.

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Black Francis: Borderline, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1990

UP THE ROAD, veteran boogie-metal beasts Blackfoot are packing the Marquee but Charles F easily outbids them in the none-blacker rock stakes. For wandering on ...

Blur: Pink Toothbrush, Rayleigh, Essex

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, October 1990

Opportunity knocks ...

Ian Brown: Unfinished Monkey Business

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Select, February 1998

THE STORIES surrounding Ian Brown's recent history are already legion. He followed his 1996 Reading debacle with "40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness". ...

The Cateran, Nirvana, Tad: Nirvana/Tad/The Cateran: SOAS, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1989

Half the bloated business moguls in Britain have never heard of them. They were not invited to appear at the Smash Hits poll-winners party – ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Seeds of Discontent: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Kilburn National Ballroom, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, July 1988

FROM THE TOP of his lank, greased-back hair to the bottom of his Old Testament soul, old Nick is Bible black. To invoke such well-known ...

Julee Cruise: Palladium, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, February 1991

A dream of Julee ...

Bill Drummond: The Man

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1986

HE USED to be a deep sea trawlerman, used to manage the Bunnymen and the Teardrops, and had the dubious honour of playing with Holly ...

The Fall, Smith & Mighty: The Fall: Hey! Luciani – The Times, Life & Codex Of Albino Luciani, London Riverside Studios

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1986

TWO WEEKS after David Byrne's True Stories opened in Britain, Mark E Smith weighs in with his own medium expansion, Hey! Luciani, a play based ...

Fugazi, Thatcher on Acid: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1990

IN PEACENIK Europe, Thatcher's keeness to lay into the Iraqi bootboys is seen as firm evidence that the mad cow is still deceased and the ...

Luke Haines: Goodbye To All That

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Word, The, June 2003

Luke Haines is music's Graham Greene, a scowling misanthrope with a highly-placed following and a withering perspective on his homeland. How has the who who's ...

Happy Mondays: Black Horse, Camden, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1987

STUMBLING ON like a misdirected sextet of Stretford End psychopaths who've come down for the match and somehow ended up in this scale model of ...

The Human League: Leisure Centre, Crawley

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1987

A VAGUELY remembered pop song once listed the things that dreams are made of: "London, New York, Paris, Munich, good times." ...

Killing Joke: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1986

WHO IS this man with the glistening curly locks? ...

The KLF: Doctorin' The Charts

Retrospective and Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1990

When THE JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU released a house record in 1987 everyone wondered what the f**k was going on. Abba killed off THE ...

The KLF: Great Luminaries of Our Time

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, March 1991

Over the past five years, THE KLF have operated under a variety of guises but, now that they've brought such immaculate sounds as '3AM Eternal' ...

Laibach: Spectre

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Quietus, The, February 2014

THE SLOVENIANS of Laibach are perhaps the pop equivalent of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine – the 1830s design for a programmable computer that was a ...

LL Cool J: Bigger And Deffer (Def Jam 450515)

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1987

DEF FOREVER ...

Mazzy Star: Astral Peaks

Profile and Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1990

From the ashes of Opal, David Roback has created the most auspicious Mazzy Star. Roy Wilkinson applauds their blue-skied guitars. ...

Mazzy Star: Stars in their eyes: Mazzy Star: Woody's, New York

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1990

"OLA! I got you some bangles," ad-libs Hope Sandoval, looking like Nastassja Kinski had she opted for transcendental folk music instead of Roman Polanski. ...

Megadeth: Megadumb

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1988

Even as MEGADETH have ploughed a smooth trajectory towards the megabuck realms of big league megametal, leader DAVE MUSTAINE has grown ever more muddled in ...

Mudhoney: Angels With Muddy Faces

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1989

MUDHONEY's music is a wild thing — garage grunge and Iggy-style abandon. In person they're mild-mannered, middle class Americans with a hopeless addiction to Sham 69 ...

My Bloody Valentine: ICA, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, July 1987

NOT BLOODY BUT BLAND ...

Ned's Atomic Dustbin: Rummaging In The Bass Bin

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, February 1991

In a classic case of jobs for the boys, NED'S ATOMIC DUSTBIN developed their own unorthodox formation. ROY WILKINSON meets their two electric bassists ...

New Order: All Aboard The Brothership

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1986

Not baited and not bearlike, NEW ORDER emerge from the shadow of past misunderstandings and smile benificently upon ROY WILKINSON. They manage to convey their ...

Nirvana: Smash And Grab

Report and Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Rage!, November 1991

With their second LP crashing into the American Top Ten, NIRVANA are such a hot rock act even British telly moguls have to let them ...

N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (Fourth & Broadway) *****

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1989

Guns and girls and rap 'n' roll ...

The Pixies: Surfer Rosa To Super Nova

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1990

Three years ago, the irrepressible Pixies set the rock scene buzzing with their howling, primeval sound. In 1990 they stepped from this murky past and ...

The Pixies: Surfer Rosa (4AD CAD803/CD)****

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, March 1988

CATCH THIS WAVE! ...

Primal Scream: Sonic Flower Groove (Elevation ELV2) ***

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, October 1987

PSONIC UNSOUND ...

Pulp: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1986

STROLLING ON with all the visual impact of a bar mitzvah band from the Depression, Pulp are getting over a dormant interlude based around singer ...

Pulp: Preaching From The Pulpit

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1987

Sheffield popsters Pulp are creating a haunting music which is virtually without peer in the Britain of 1987. We meet them on the eve of ...

Radiohead: Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Select, October 1997

AS RADIOHEAD prepare to take to the stage amid the sweeping opulence of the Empress Ballroom, a fellow entertainer prepares for his own curtain call. ...

Schoolly D: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1986

"ROCK 'N' roll living's a thing of the past, so all you longhaired faggots can kiss my ass. Say it loud, I love rap and ...

Shack: Construction Time Again: The House That Shack Built

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, March 1988

Liverpool's SHACK discuss the concrete and clay behind their latest album. ROY WILKINSON unearths the EastEnders and Derek Hatton influence. ...

Sigur Ros: Sigur Rós

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Select, January 2000

Expansive Icelandic weirdists and pro-dental fishing and anti piss-and-bollocks ...

Skinny Puppy: Fulham Greyhound, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1988

AS SKINNY PUPPY'S frontman Kevin Ogilvie – a man known to friends as Nivek Ogre – hoists a hideously pathetic dog dummy over his shoulder ...

Slayer: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1987

CARRION LAUGHING ...

Sonic Youth: A Load Of Tony Baloney

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1990

Sonic Youth aren't impressed with Manchester's latest contribution to rock culture. In fact, they think it's a pile of "contrived shit", a real homoerotic, lads-together ...

Soundgarden: 'Kashmir — I Always Thought It Was A Type Of Sweater'

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1989

SOUNDGARDEN's mutant rock springs from a post-punk mentality planted deep in trad metal. ROY WILKINSON watches them break the mould, and snaps the sonic diggers ...

Soundgarden: Sonic Boom Boys

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, February 1989

Soundgarden are in the business of mocking metal's demonic conventions. But their humour goes hand in glove with a homage to rock heritage. Roy Wilkinson watches ...

Stump: Chelsea College, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1987

WE'VE BEEN waiting all week for the Stump-O-Ware party, waiting all week for Stump-O-Man. ...

Talk Talk: Spirit Of Eden

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1988

TALK TALK, OF COURSE, DON'T. Ever since their initial, spurious labelling as a constituent of bosun Le Bon's "New Romantic" master race, the ironically titled ...

The Triffids: ICA, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1987

OF THE trio of bands lumped together in the ICA's Desert Island Risks series, Australia's Triffids, casters of many a desert bound, flat horizoned vignette, ...

The Wedding Present: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1986

STANDING IN front of their biggest audience ever and unconcerned at being coerced into a part in indie pop's association-by-attitude amalgam. The Wedding Present are ...

XTC: Andy Partridge, Pop's Dan Archer

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, October 1986

An everyday story of pop music folk. Nine years on and XTC are still waiting to break it big in the USA. Their noise used ...

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