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Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds

Born in London in 1963, Simon Reynolds started out writing about music as a founding member of Monitor, an Oxford-based pop journal, which lasted six issues before expiring in 1986. By then he had joined Melody Maker as a staff writer. Thinkpieces and interviews drawn from his late '80s writing for MM were collected in Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock (Serpent's Tail, 1990). In October 1990 Reynolds went freelance and started dividing his time between London and New York. Since then he has contributed to The New York Times, Village Voice, Spin, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Observer, Artforum, New Statesman, The Wire, Mojo, Uncut, and other magazines. The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion & Rock'n'Roll, co-written with Joy Press, was published in 1995 (Serpent's Tail in the UK and Europe; Harvard University Press in America).

From 1991 onwards Simon became increasingly involved in rave culture and obsessed with electronic music, ultimately resulting in Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture (Picador, 1998), published in North America as Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture (Little, Brown). The American version of the book was nominated as a finalist for the 1999 Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Awards.

For the duration of 1998, he worked as a Senior Editor at Spin before quitting to return to freelance life. Subsequent books include Rip It Up and Start Again, a history of postpunk, and Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its own Past. Reynolds posts regular commentary on Blissblog. He lives in South Pasadena with wife Joy Press and their children.

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23 Skidoo: Seven Songs, Urban Gamelan

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2001

Audacious avant-funksters re-released ...

A Certain Ratio, Alternative TV, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four, The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd, Scritti Politti, This Heat: Post-Punk: Lubricate Your Living Room

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

FORGET ABOUT THE NOSTALGIA-MONGERING AND KITSCH REVIVALISM – THE POST-PUNK PERIOD OF 1979-81 WAS AN ASTONISHINGLY FERTILE TIME FOR BRITISH MUSIC, WHEN INDIE LABELS FLOURISHED ...

A Guy Called Gerald: Wicked Guy!

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1995

A GUY CALLED GERALD is at the forefront of junglist innovation and future-shock technological experimentation. A guy called SIMON REYNOLDS joins him in virtual space. ...

American Music Club: Psycho Thriller

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1989

MARK EITZEL, OF American Music Club, a self proclaimed 'fuckin mess', a man who's spoken before of being 'doomed to sing' and living in terror ...

Laurie Anderson: Clarity’s Angel

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Wire, March 1992

First, Laurie Anderson chronicled the United States of America. What’s next for the leading performance-person of our day? ...

Anthrax: Thrash Landings

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1988

WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE, 'MAKE ME LAUGH', ANTHRAX CONTINUE TO LEAD THE HARDCORE CHARGE AGAINST TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL. SIMON REYNOLDS HITCHES A RIDE ON THE ...

Anthrax, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ronnie James Dio, WASP: Bon Jovi/Dio/Metallica/Anthrax/Wasp: Monsters Of Rock, Castle Donington

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1987

MATALLIC KO ...

Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II (Warp)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1994

The prodigious, prolific and increasingly eccentric Richard James brings us two and a half hours of his unique muse. SIMON REYNOLDS is bewitched on our ...

Aphex Twin

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

Aphex Twin is unusual. He likes tanks. He hates sleeping. And he pours tea on his cereal. SIMON REYNOLDS meets the rave-age Mozart in a ...

Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino) ****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2007

Whatever you think they are... They're better! The triumphant, funky return of Alex Turner's troupe ...

The Associates: Popera

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1991

ONCE UPON A time (the early '80s), there was something called "new pop". For about a year Morley's pipedream of a chartbusting music that combined ...

The Associates: Wild and Lonely

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1990

THE FIRST TIME I heard the Associates was when I saw 'Party Fears Two' on Top Of The Pops. It was one of those moments ...

The Associates: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Legendary Scottish duo — featuring late, great Billy MacKenzie — issue best work and pre-fame material ...

The Avalanches: Since I Left You

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

YOU SHOULD HEAR the things people say about The Avalanches: "Basement Jaxx meets The Beta Band," "Stardust crossed with Stereolab," sample-based music with the freshness ...

Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt: Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, October 2007

"I COULD HARDLY recognise him at first," says Kevin Ayers. "But there, under that great beard, was Robert and he hadn't changed a bit." The ...

Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy: Public Enemy/Eric B And Rakim: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1987

PUBLIC NUISANCE ...

Bad Brains, The Bambi Slam, The Stupids: Bad Brains/Bambi Slam/The Stupids: Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

SLAM DANCE ...

Band of Susans: Repeat & Frayed

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1988

AT THEIR UTMOST Band of Susans make one of the most spiritual and uplifting rock sounds around. ...

Bark Psychosis: Hex

Review by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, March 1994

THESE DAYS, ALTERNATIVE = ANTIQUATED. Almost all alternative rockers pay homage to a bygone golden age (although they disagree about which is the genre that ...

The Beastie Boys: Beasties

Interview by Simon Reynolds, i-D, January 1994

The Beastie Boys have gone from pop stardom to obscurity to being the biggest cult band in the world. Their last LP sold a million ...

Beenie Man: Bennie Man: Art & Life

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Flava floods out of dancehall ubermensch ...

The Beta Band: Hot Shots II

Readers' Letters by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Both Barrels Blazing - Follow-up to 1999's notoriously disowned eponymous debut ...

Big Black: Steve Albini: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1992

Big Black (1981-1987) were one of the most influential bands of the Eighties. Industrial music, 'skronk' rock, New York noisecore, British indiepop, Nirvana, Ministry, Suede, ...

Big Youth: Natty Universal Dread; and, Various Aritists: A Jamaican Story

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

IN JAMAICA, the DJ isn't the guy who spins the records (that's the selector), it's the bloke who chats over the music. As misnomers go, ...

Björk: Björk: Debut

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, August 1992

The singer Björk has gone solo, as some devotees always felt she should. ...

Björk: Super Fairy Animal

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, October 2001

SHE'S NOT A bit how you'd think she'd be. From the public persona of song and video, you might reasonably expect effervescence, an explosive extravagance ...

Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz: Never Mind The Balearics: The Ibiza-ification Of Pop

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, April 2011

From Black Eyed Peas to Taio Cruz, much recent pop looks to Ibiza for inspiration. And yet for all the hands-in-the-air moments, this music is ...

Black Sabbath: The Complete '70s Replica CD Collection 1970-78

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

THE MYSTERY OF THE RIFF – so crucial to rock, so oddly neglected by critics. ...

Blur, Oasis: Blur Vs. Oasis: A U.S. Perspective

Overview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, September 1995

RIGHT NOW, the British music scene is convulsed with patriotic fervor. For the first time in over a decade, young British guitar bands are penetrating ...

Bomb The Bass: Unknown Territory (Rhythm King)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1991

WE NEED a new category – something like "progressive dance", or prog funk – to describe the new post-aciieed groups like 808 Slate, Bass-O-Matic and ...

Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One, The Skinny Boys: Hip Hop Wig Out '87 #2: The Big Chill — Skinny Boys and Scott La Rock

Interview by Frank Owen, Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1987

IN THE SECOND REPORT FROM NEW YORK ON HIP-HOP'S LATEST ULTRA-NOW TALENTS, SIMON REYNOLDS SURVEYS THE MONSTROUS AND MIND-BLOWING TALENT OF THE SKINNY BOYS WHILE ...

James Brown: Startime

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1991

THIS FOUR-CD mega-anthology reveals that there are actually two James Browns. The first is JB the patrician and patriarch: the disciplinarian who fined his musicians ...

Tim Buckley: Starsailor

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Driven to despair by commercial neglect, his visionary genius unrecognised, TIM BUCKLEY died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28. On the 25th ...

Kate Bush: Heaven’s Kate: Kate Bush

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

ENGLAND MY LION HEART KATE BUSH AN ENGLISH original. In 1978, that wavering, starburst voice seemed to come out of nowhere, but only because it's ...

Kate Bush

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pulse!, December 1993

Kate Bush is very... unlikely· A teen prodigy, she rocketed to the pinnacle of the British charts with her 1987 debut, ‘Wuthering Heights’, a very... ...

Butthole Surfers: The Butthole Surfers: Deeper & Down

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1990

AFTER OVER A YEAR OF SILENCE, the Butthole Surfers have re-emerged only to suffer the indignity of being topical. With uncanny punctuality, their cover of ...

David Byrne: From Ur to L.A. and back again

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, June 1991

In performance, and as the 'compere' in his film True Stories, David Byrne comes across as the epitome of Wasp uptightness, nervy and ill at ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Various Compilations

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

From post-punk to dance crossover: Sheffield pioneers' mid-Eighties revisited The Original Sound Of Sheffield — The Best Of The Virgin/EMI Years Conform To Deform — The Virgin/EMI ...

Cannibal Ox: The Cold Vein

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Hot from the States: hip hop meets electronica ...

Nick Cave: Of Misogyny, Murder and Melancholy: Meeting Nick Cave

Interview by Simon Reynolds, National Student , 1987

TALKING TO NICK CAVE is a bit of a trial. He’s not really a proper person. Like many artists, what makes him a genius also ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, 1990

In the U.K., the last few years have seen the original sequence of '60s rock replayed – in reverse. Nineteen eighty-eight was the year of ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Glory Days

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1990

1990 could well go down in the rock almanac as the year The Charlatans stole the initiative from The Stone Rose. While the figureheads of ...

The Chemical Brothers: Back To The Lab

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, July 1999

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE BLOCK-ROCKIN' SOUND YOU INVENTED HAS BECOME THE SOUNDTRACK TO LAME TEEN FLICKS AND TAMPON COMMERCIALS? IF YOU'RE THE CHEMICAL ...

Ciccone Youth: The Whitey Album (Blast First)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1989

NEXT to the brittle plangency and luminous, labyrinthine depths of Daydream Nation, the first (and last?) Ciccone Youth album is an irrelevance. ...

Lloyd Cole: Cool-cut

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, February 1990

Two years ago, Lloyd Cole folded his band, The Commotions, after six years, a bunch of hit singles and three solidly successful albums (Rattlesnakes, Easy ...

Consolidated

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1991

CONSOLIDATED ARE the new militants of American rock. Their debut album, The Myth Of Rock, agitated against rock’s regressive impotence, its spurious rebellion and disengagement ...

Julian Cope: Krautrocksampler: One Head’s Guide To The Great Kosmiche Musik - 1968 Onwards

Review by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, December 1995

Since it deals with that most fetishised of genres, Krautrocksampler is appropriately enough an intensely fetishisable object. Purportedly the first of a whole line of ...

Julian Cope: Blonde on Peggy Suicide Blonde

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pulse!, August 1991

One of pop's most eccentrically self-important extremists, Julian Cope drops drugs, gets centered and creates his first brilliant album ...

Cop Shoot Cop: Consumer Revolt

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, The, February 1991

'BURN YOUR BRIDGES' is where Cop Shoot Cop proclaim their oblique intentions most plainly – their "anthem," if you will. "Know what you like/Like what ...

Elvis Costello and Martin Amis: Prophets of Doom

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Arena, Summer 1991

The highbrow hysteria of Elvis Costello and Martin Amis ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young, Sonic Youth: Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Sonic Youth: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1991

THE WILD FRONTIER ...

The Creatures: Demon Hunters

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, 1990

From her punk beginnings as style terrorist through her early Eighties reign as godmother of 'Goth' to the almost motherly figure she now presents, Siouxsie's ...

The Cure: Robert Smith: Dr. Robert Explains It All

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pulse!, June 1992

In a rare solo interview, Cure leader Robert Smith dissects his cult, defines his own private punk and pursues his Wish. ...

The Cure: Robert Smith's Wish List

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1992

FIFTEEN years on, THE CURE are post-punk's hardy perennial. Of all their peers, they're virtually alone in making it to stadium level without pandering or ...

Daft Punk: Almost Human

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, May 2013

THOMAS BANGALTER, half of the influential French dance-music act Daft Punk, has a house high in the Hollywood Hills here. He and his musical partner, ...

Deadmau5, Skrillex: EDM: How Rave Music Conquered America

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, August 2012

After 20 years, electronic dance music has made it big in the US. And big means big. With Las Vegas's Electric Daisy Carnival grossing $40m, ...

Death In Vegas: The Dead Boys

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, October 1999

COMING OUT OF THE ART-ROCK CLOSET, DEATH IN VEGAS SHED DANCE BEATS FOR SINISTER, TRIPPED-OUT PSYCHEDELIA. BUT THEIR SNEAKERS REMAIN THE SAME ...

De La Soul: Malice In Wonderland

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1991

With their new album, De La Soul Is Dead, the founders of the hippy hop movement have turned their back on peace, love and positivity. ...

Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Soft Cell, Yazoo: Electro Pop: One Nation Under a Moog

Overview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Ultravox: One Nation Under a Moog: How Britain Went Synthpop

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

Destiny's Child, Missy Elliott: Destiny's Child: Survivor (Columbia)***; Missy Elliott: Miss E…So Addictive (Elektra)*****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Two blasts of future freak-funk ...

Dinosaur Jr.

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1991

After a year of rumours about Dinosaur splitting and retiring from music altogether, J Mascis finally returns with a major label contract, a new single, ...

DMX, Jay Z, Juvenile, The Lox: Jay-Z, DMX, Juvenile and The Lox Albums

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2000

Huge over there, ignored over here – the state of the rap art, US-style: Jay-Z: Volume 3...Life And Times Of S Carter; ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: The Anatomy Of Madness

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1991

This year's superstar is a bloated, bearded would-be poet who died 20 years ago. SIMON REYNOLDS investigates the dark influence and deep fascination JIM MORRISON ...

Ian Dury: The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury 1942 — 2000

Obituary by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, June 2000

At the peak of his late '70s success, Ian Dury was one of this country’s most beloved entertainers. He kept busy in his post-stardom years ...

Elastica: Twang Twang, You're Cred!

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1995

This week, ELASTICA’s debut album has achieved the greatest double whammy of critical and commercial success since Parklife and Definitely Maybe, final proof that Britpop’s ...

Fad Gadget, Frank Tovey: Cult Heroics: Frank Tovey

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1986

No longer Fad Gadget, his sights firmly focused on Saturday Superstore, FRANK TOVEY tells a skeptical Simon Reynolds that he’s out to corrupt the youth ...

Donald Fagen: Steely Don is no fly-by-night

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, May 1993

With their jazz-tinged soft-rock and mordant lyrics, Steely Dan were critics' favourites and a staple of FM radio throughout the Seventies. ...

Faith No More: God, The Devil And All The Rest

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, June 1992

Despite starting out as an anti-people band, Faith No More's last album, 1989's The Real Thing, has sold millions, even though its baroque, doom-laden fusion ...

The Fall: The Infotainment Scan (Matador)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, July 1993

THE FALL is one of England’s enduring cult bands. Formed in 1976 by the singer and lyricist Mark E. Smith, it evolved into one of ...

Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, The, November 2000

FEATURING SAMPLES from a bootleg album of the Lizard King's poetry, Fatboy Slim's new single 'Sunset (Bird of Prey)' isn't the first time Jim Morrison's ...

Fatboy Slim: You've Come A Long Way, Baby

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 1998

Former Housemartin turns Big Beat pioneer ...

Fleetwood Mac: Tusk

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1995

If anyone remembers Fleetwood Mac's Tusk at all, it's as the surprise flop sequel to 1977 Rumours. A soft rock masterpiece (gorgeous melodicism charged with ...

Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey: PJ Harvey: The Academy, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1993

FROM GRUNGE'S "castration blues" to the glutinous gloom of Come/Red House Painters/Mazzy Star to tonight's support band Gallon Drunk (with their cliché-encrusted homage to Nick ...

Goldie: Welcome To The Jungle

Overview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1994

What is JUNGLE? And where does it fit into the new dance scheme? SIMON REYNOLDS reports ...

Goodie Mob: World Party (Laface/Orista)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Spin, January 2000

WHEN A BAND with something to say wants to communicate to the largest number of people, it generally resorts to what's known as "sweetening the ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N’ Roses: Danger Lurks Beyond The Doors

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, August 1991

No other rock band today provokes such polarised opinions as Guns N' Roses. For some, they are 'the most dangerous band in the world', heirs ...

Half Japanese, Moe Tucker: Moe Tucker/Half Japanese: Powerhaus, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1989

THEY’RE ALL HERE tonight, convened in a spirit of slackwitted sentimentally: Morrissey (summoned, rumour has it, by the "great lady" herself, who admires his work), ...

Happy Mondays: Yes Please! (Factory)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1992

NO THANKS ...

Happy Mondays: The Rock Garden, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

HAPPY MONDAYS is where the repetition-repetition-repetition of post-Velvets jangle-drone meets the repetition-repetition-repetition of '70s funk. Imagine a cross between the Blue Orchids and Hamilton Bohannon, ...

Happy Mondays, Jane's Addiction: Jane's Addiction/Happy Mondays: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1991

IT MUST HAVE seemed an inspired notion to pair these unabashed champions of drug culture, but inside sources tell me that it's turned out to ...

PJ Harvey: What Makes Polly Scream?

Interview by Simon Reynolds, i-D, October 1993

PJ Harvey — the singer and the band — is the pop phenomenon of the year. Her emotional, bluesy primal screaming is the most challenging ...

Jimi Hendrix: Black Secret Technology

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix wasn't just the original firestarter, all flash and dazzle. He was a scientist of sound. ...

Hole: Belting Out That Most Unfeminine Emotion

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, February 1992

SUSAN FALUDI, the author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, said recently in a magazine interview that "anger is not something that's an ...

The House Of Love's Guy Chadwick

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1991

If there was ever any doubt that it’s tough at the top, one need only look at what happened to GUY CHADWICK. Feted, eulogized, deified ...

Husker Du: Candy Apple Grey

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1986

LISTENING TO THIS vast, volatile music, up in its power and space, I suddenly realised that these attributes are the precise opposite of the experiences ...

Husker Du: Why Aren’t They Massive?

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1987

IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, the Replacements play me a tape of Husker Du’s live appearance on The Joan Rivers Show. It’s more than a little mindblowing. ...

Jane's Addiction: Lollapalooza

Report by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, August 1991

LOLLAPALOOZA means a bizarre happening. ...

Jane's Addiction: Jane’s Addiction and Lollapalooza: A Woodstock For The Lost Generation

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, August 1991

There’s no contest: this summer's biggest tour is the aptly titled Lollapalooza, a mobile rock festival featuring a bill of premier alternative bands – Siouxsie ...

Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis (Rough Trade) ***

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2006

Everyone's favourite Britpop idol returns with uneven, ultimately transcendent solo debut ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

Sixth album from Brooklyn rap don ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: A Spectacle Of Eclectic Rock

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, March 1992

For a while it looked like The Jesus and Mary Chain had slipped into the ‘where are they now? file. "We’re lazy bastards," says William ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain: In Never-never Pop Land.

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, 1988

In their promo videos the Jesus and Mary Chain aim to be as disorientating to the eye as they are to the ear. Look again ...

John's Children: Various Artists: Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire & Beyond (Rhino) ****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, October 2001

Golden Wonders: Latest instalment in renowned mid-Sixties rock anthology incorporates long-lost Brits ...

Joy Division: Music to Brood by, Desolate and Stark

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, October 2007

THE MYSTIQUE surrounding Joy Division has always been way out of proportion to its record sales. Far bigger bands, like the Clash and Pink Floyd, ...

Liars: They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 2002

Sweet deceivers ...

Loop: A Gilded Eternity (Situation Two)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1990

IT'S CLEAR now that Loop peaked with their magnificent brace of EPs in 1988, Collision/Thief Of Fire and Black Sun/Mother Sky. Last year's Fade Out ...

Lush: Hazy Daze For The Scenesters

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, February 1992

Just about the only thing happening in British indie music last year was a rash of blurry, neo-psychedelic bands known as 'shoegazers' or The Scene ...

Manic Street Preachers

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1991

Can you feel it? A creeping paralysis accompanying every advance in the obese accumulation of ‘good music’, a seeping slide into the mire of eclecticism. ...

Manic Street Preachers: Righteous Hate 4 Real

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, November 1991

When Malcolm McLaren rewrote the Sex Pistols story as The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, he invented a new genre – rock bands who come ...

Massive Attack, Portishead: Trip Hop Don't Stop: Massive Attack and Portishead

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1994

Imagine a cross between ambient and hip-hop. Imagine a Brit version of Cypress Hill or Gravediggaz's spooky Gothic Hop. Imagine the sound of 'bombs exploding ...

Material: Secret Life (Jungle)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1986

STRANGE TIMING for this double album retrospective, considering how totally the alternative scene has renounced the ambitions of 1979-82, all the rhetoric about Eurofunkactivism, Sex, ...

Meat Puppets: When Kurt Met Curt: Meat Puppets

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, January 1995

IF YOU WANT TO know why Meat Puppets touched Kurt Cobain so deeply that he covered not one but three of their songs for Unplugged ...

Joe Meek: Various Artists: It's Hard to Believe It - the Amazing World of Joe Meek (Razor & Tie)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Spin, 1995

WHO WAS Joe Meek? A cut-price Spector crafting pocket symphonies in his North London studio for a stable of dodgy pre-Beatles combos? Yes, but the ...

Mercury Rev

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1991

MERCURY REV's debut album has been hailed as one of the albums of the year. SIMON REYNOLDS talks to the band in New York about ...

Stephin Merritt: The Pocket Symphonist: Stephin Merritt

Interview by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, September 1995

Stephin Merritt is the standard-bearer for a new pop aesthetic. "Music isn’t about performing out your soul," he avers. "It’s about making pretty objects you ...

Metallica: ...And Justice For All (Phonogram)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1988

THE KILLING MACHINE ...

Moby: In Trance As Mission

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1993

By now, you must all know about Moby, the techno nutter who's a Christian vegan, doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs. And you'll have heard ...

Moose: XYZ

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1992

YOU KNOW, MAYBE the Scene wasn’t so bad after all. Sure, it churned out rapture by rote, but grunge has similarly turned rage into a ...

Morrissey: Kill Uncle (Sire)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, The, April 1991

"OH MANCHESTER, so much to answer for..." Contradiction has always been at the heart of Morrissey's mythologization of his hometown: this was nostalgia for a ...

Morrissey: Songs Of Love And Hate

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

I THINK I'VE MET THEM ALL NOW. For me, there are no more heroes left. And no new ones coming along, by the look of ...

Morrissey: Songs of Love and Hate, Part 2

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

"Did that swift eclipse torture you?/A star at 18 and then – suddenly gone/down to a few lines in the back page/of a teenage annual/oh ...

Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (Sire)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, 1994

IF TWO WORDS come close to encapsulating Morrissey's sensibility, they are isolation and insularity. ...

My Bloody Valentine: When You Wake You're Still In A Nightmare: My Bloody Valentine

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Alternative Press, October 1995

In 1991 My Bloody Valentine released Loveless, one of rock's most innovative albums. Then... silence What on earth have they been doing the last four ...

N*E*R*D": In Search Of...

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 2001

R&B production team turn out politically-infused black rock'n'soul album ...

Neu!: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

Krautrock revisited and remastered: Bowie, Eno, Thorn Yorke, Damon Albarn, Stereolab and Sonic Youth pay sleevenote homage to the Lennon And McCartney of Teutonic boogaloo ...

Nirvana: Nevermind (Geffen)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, November 1991

NIRVANA'S VERTIGINOUS ascent to stardom has to be the year’s most surprising success story. The single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ has been in heavy rotation ...

Nirvana: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1991

THE ONLY EXPLANATION is that a lot of people didn't realise how angry and alienated they really were. Once in a blue moon, a group ...

Nirvana: Smells Like A Sensation

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, December 1991

NIRVANA ARE THE sensation of 1991. Their single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ shot straight into the UK Top Ten and is now number seven after ...

Nirvana: The Coliseum, New York City

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

IF THERE WERE any doubts that Nirvana had truly connected with America's rock heartland, the sight of the crowd tonight dispels them. It's a sea ...

Nirvana, Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam Versus Nirvana: The Final Countdown

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1993

IF NUMBERS COUNT for anything, Pearl Jam wiped the floor with Nirvana. In its first week of release, Vs sold five times as many copies ...

The Nymphs: Nymphs: The Asylum Siren

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1992

When singer Inger Lorre first heard Patti Smith, she knew she had to become a rock'n'roll star. When she heard the Velvet's 'Heroin'. She got ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Fowler’s Mod English Usage

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, 1990

If 1989 was the year Manchester proclaimed itself pop capital of Britain, 1990 was when reality caught up with the rhetoric. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

SO, NINA SIMONE'S 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' – the clubland secret, the cult trophy – went High Street provincial, Top Ten Top Shop. ...

Pavement: CBGB'S, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1991

CURRENTLY THE focus of much cultish enthusiasm, Pavement exemplify all that's groovy and all that's grievous about American underground rock right now. ...

Pavement: Some Enchanted Evenings

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1992

The post-Nirvana deluge of grunge guitar bands is threatening to stifle rock. Only a handful of genuine mavericks and freaks are holding out against the ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

SOMETIMES there are concerts that leave your mind so thoroughly evacuated, that the only way to galvanise your diminished sense of being is to work ...

The Pixies: Ditties Of Pixilated Reasoning

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, 1990

A year ago, the Pixies were considered the last word in rock bacchanalia. The Boston-based band's three albums – Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa and ...

The Pixies: Speaking In Tongues

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE HOLLERING IS ALL. The Pixies are what's left when all the frustrations and absences that once prompted rock'n'roll into being have faded away or ...

Primal Scream

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, 1991

The story of Primal Scream, whose second hit single entered the charts this week, encapsulates the last 14 years of British rock history. Bobby Gillespie, ...

Primal Scream

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1991

BOBBY GILLESPIE reckons that his new single, 'Higher Than The Sun', will revolutionise pop in the Nineties in the same way as the Pistols' 'Anarchy ...

Primal Scream: No More Yesterday

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1987

Primal Scream look back to look forward. Simon Reynolds retracts a few statements but still argues the toss. ...

Primal Scream: The Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1992

Days Of Future Past ...

Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie: Prophet Or Dead Loss?

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1994

Primal Scream’s new LP, Give Out But Don’t Give Up, has split the voters. Some think it’s retro-rockist rubbish, others believe it’s the ultimate good-time ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: The Fat of the Land

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, The, July 1997

SOME SAY the Prodigy have betrayed the bright promise of the "electronica revolution", resulting in a techno-rock hybrid that's not so much kick-ass as half-assed. ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: Smack My Mix Up

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, May 1999

EVER SINCE 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe' transformed Prodigy into rave'n'roll superstars, Liam Howlett, the band's leader and musical brain, has taken pains to distance Prodigy from ...

The Prodigy: Touched By The Hand Of Prod

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1994

"So I've decided to take my work back underground... to stop it falling into the wrong hands." ...

Public Enemy

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1991

What’s the bond between rap and metal? What’s the ‘black holocaust’? Why are Public Enemy angrier than ever? SIMON REYNOLDS meets CHUCK D to discover ...

Public Enemy: Fear of A Black Planet

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1990

OVER THE past three years, Public Enemy have made the single most concerted attempt to take rap's inchoate fury and sonic insurgency, and commandeer it ...

Public Enemy: Strength to Strength

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1987

PUBLIC ENEMY PLAY BRITAIN IN NOVEMBER AND SIMON REYNOLDS TAKES A LONG HARD LOOK AT THE SURVIVALIST PHILOSOPHY BEHIND SOME OF THE TOUGHEST NOISE OF ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Heavy Metal

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Frieze, November 2007

As a new book on Public Image Ltd shows, the influence of their 1979 album Metal Box stretches far and wide ...

Pulp: We Love Life (Island) *****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2001

After scrapped sessions and a delayed release date, Cocker & Co follow up 1998's This Is Hardcore, with Scott Walker at the controls ...

Pulp: Working-Class Heroes: Pulp: Different Class (Island)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1995

Jarvis Cocker, sexual outlaw, professional eccentric, godlike television personality and master of idiosyncratic dance steps you already know and adore. SIMON REYNOLDS heralds the entrance ...

Radiohead's Kid A: Revolution In The Head

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2000

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE STATE OF BRITISH ROCK, AND HOW COME RADIOHEAD'S KID A HAS GOT IT SO RIGHT? ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Magicians followed but not chaste

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, September 1991

One of the most hyperactive rock scenes in the United States is a genre called 'funk-metal' or 'funk 'n' roll'. Groups like Faith No More, ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chilli Peppers: The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

SO THE Clarendon faces closure, and yes it's a sad day for rock, another step in the drawn-out death of the London gig circuit, and ...

Lou Reed: Alchemical Engineering

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Wire, February 1992

Lou Reed is one of the few 60s figures who has kept up any serious exploration of rock's sounds and words. In this exclusive New ...

Lou Reed: Mourning Glory

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pulse!, February 1992

On Lou Reed's touching elegy to two recently departed friends, Magic and Loss, he grapples with the age-old question: What is the meaning of death? ...

The Replacements

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1990

This year, singer, downtrodden writer and all-round wasted boozer PAUL WESTERBERG has given up drinking, abandoned his band and is trying to look on the ...

The Replacements: The Rebel Yell

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

Describing their relationship to pop as being like 'a dirt road through an emerald city', The Replacements get Simon Reynolds all hot under the collar ...

Roxy Music: Roxy Music/For Your Pleasure/Stranded/Country Life/Siren

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 1999

Their first five LPs lovingly remastered for your pleasure In 1969's Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboorn, Nik Cohn simultaneously celebrated and mourned the mythic era of "Superpop, the ...

Royal Trux

Interview by Simon Reynolds, MOJO, March 1995

Chicago’s infamous Royal Trux have finally made the major-label album of "low-down Sticky-Fingered raunch ‘n’ roll" they’ve always threatened to. Does the big time beckon? ...

Saint Etienne

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1992

THE PRODUCT ...

Saint Etienne: St Etienne: Debut That's Alpha Oscar Kilo.

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, October 1991

On their delightful debut album, Foxbase Alpha, St Etienne mix contemporary house rhythms with the string-swept melodrama of Sixties pop. Amazingly, the creators of this ...

Salt 'N' Pepa: Salt 'n' Pepa: Look Ma Top Of The World

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

SALT 'N' PEPA WILL DO ANYTHING TO HAVE EVERYTHING. WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE, 'PUSH IT', ACCELERATING UP THE AMERICAN CHARTS IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THEIR ...

Schoolly D: Schoolly D (Schoolly D Records)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1986

SCHOOLLY D is from Philadelphia and appears to be some kind of hoodlum, with an unhealthy interest in the status trinkets of high life, drugs ...

Scritti Politti: Hearts and Flowers: Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, May 2006

It's seven years since Green from Scritti Politti released an album – time spent boozing away in self-doubt. So what brought him back to his ...

Scritti Politti: Enigma Variation

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

Break out the dictionaries and Post-Structuralist text books, pop's most perfect intellect, GREEN GARTSIDE, is back with a new SCRITTI POLITTI single ready for release ...

Scritti Politti: The Sweetest Boy

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, April 2005

From the post-punk squat-crusties to pristine '80s pop-funkers, Scritti Politti underwent one of the most radical transformations in rock history. Uncut meets the band's mastermind, ...

Seal: A Conjurer Of Lush Grooves

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, August 1994

What to call Seal’s blend of symphonic dance music and mystical lyrics? New Age funk? Progressive disco? Seal belongs to that strain of maverick, slightly ...

Shriekback: Funk's Fictional Threat

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Monitor, March 1985

1985, AND A GAGGLE of groups plough a well-furrowed, increasingly barren field. ...

Paul Simon: Simon Reports Back To Base

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, May 1991

PAUL SIMON'S management company has one client: Paul Simon. Based in Broadway's legendary Brill Building (where Simon and Garfunkel first attempted to sell their songs ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Roni Size & Reprazent: In The Mode

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, November 2000

FOLLOW-UP to 1997's New Forms ...

The Slits: Cut

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 1997

I remember very clearly the first time I heard Cut – it was the summer of '79, I was staying at my aunt's in the ...

Patti Smith: 'Even As A Child, I Felt Like An Alien'

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer Music Monthly, May 2005

PATTI SMITH today looks as striking as the 28-year-old instant icon who defiantly out-stared the viewer from the cover of Horses. With her strong nose ...

So Solid Crew: They Don't Know (Independiente/Relentless)****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, January 2002

Distinctive debut from UKG crew with colourful personal lives ...

The Specials: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2002

Digitally remastered and enhanced with two videos per disc, the Sound Of Young Coventry before The Streets ...

Stereolab: Separation Terrorists

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1994

Subversive MOR may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s the best available description of Stereolab’s new single, ‘Ping Pong’, the most brilliant example ...

Stereolab: Simple Minds

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Rolling Stone, April 1996

"Repetition in the music and we're never gonna lose it," sang Mark E. Smith of the English post-punk legends the Fall in the aptly titled ...

The Stone Roses: Shooting From The Lip

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1989

THE STONE ROSES are the latest instalment in the resurrection insurrection. ...

The Stone Roses: The Morning After

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, May 1995

"I guess you had to be there – probably Manchester, definitely England – to understand how the Stone Roses came to matter so much in ...

The Stooges: Stooges Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1994

The Stooges (Elektra)Fun House (Elektra) FUN HOUSE is, no contest, the greatest rock'n'roll album of all time. And its prequel, The Stooges, is the tremor ...

The Style Council: The Cost Of Loving (Polydor)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1987

A REMARKABLE fellow, this Paul Weller. It's a strange journey he's made over the last decade, but stranger still is that he's managed to take ...

Suede in the U.S.A.

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, June 1993

Britain’s new white-hot hope brings its liberated sexual stance to the States. Are you ready to get Suede? ...

Suede: Roll Over, Jimmy Dean

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, June 1992

"WHEN WE STARTED the group, we felt that people were starved for music which allowed them to let themselves go," says Brett Anderson, Suede's 24-year-old ...

Suede: The Best New Band In America?

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1993

SUEDE have already proved themselves in the UK, both critically and commercially. The next step is for the fab four to cross the Atlantic and ...

The Sugarcubes: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

LIKE EVERYONE else. I expressly came to worship, to be defeated, to drench their names in a prolix of hopelessly imprecise euphoria. Unhappily, though, it ...

Suicide

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, February 1989

"NEW YORK IS getting dull," says Suicide's Alan Vega. "The downtown New York of the Seventies has gone. But there's still something here, an electricity, ...

Teenage Fanclub: Teenage Fan Club: Bandwagonesque (DGC)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, The, December 1991

AS A BRIT who spends a lot of time in the U.S., I could hardly fail to notice the scathing scepticism of American hipsters when ...

Teenage Fanclub: The Glitz And The Grunge

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, December 1991

With their first single, ‘Everything Flows', last year, Teenage Fanclub's grinding raunch and bluesy solos announced that here at last was a British group unafraid ...

Throwing Muses: Hunkpapa

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1989

"I HAVE two heads." Kristin Hersh starts Hunkpapa with these words. ...

Tortoise: Shell On Earth

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1996

The new TORTOISE album, with its radical approach to rock, dub, trip hop and avant-Techno, will blow your mind. SIMON REYNOLDS heralds the future ...

Tricky

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1995

"I had this psychic drawing done," says Tricky, sucking greedily on the first of the four joints he's to consume in the next hour. Behind ...

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2000

Corn without authenticity. Bono and Co rediscover the importance of being earnest ...

U2: The Joshua Tree (Island)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1987

BARKING AT THE MOON ...

The Verve: Richard Ashcroft: Having The Verve To Become Unashamedly Epic

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, July 1992

"When you live in a place like Wigan, your senses aren't exactly bombarded with stimuli," says Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of Verve. "So when you ...

The Verve: Urban Hymns

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, The, November 1997

Damn and blast the Verve. I'd sworn never to fall again for that classic-rock godstar-savior-shaman shtick, that it was gonna be dance music's desiring-machines and ...

Kanye West: Street Smarts: Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2005

Second enthralling album from hip hop's new multi-faceted main man ...

Wire Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1994

Pink Flag (Harvest/EMI)Chairs Missing (Harvest/EMI)154 (Harvest/EMI) ...

Wire: The Ideal Copy

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

WIRE are pure luxury. Here are a bunch of superior sound technicians with an immaculate grasp of the sculptural and architectural possibilities of rock, who ...

Robert Wyatt: Going Back A Bit - A Little History of Robert Wyatt (Virgin)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1994

AT LAST, a long-overdue anthology of stuff and nonsense by one of the great eccentrics of English art-rock, Robert Wyatt. A miscellany of bits and ...

Zapp: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1986

ZAPP LIVE were perhaps the most extreme spectacle I have ever witnessed, with both band and audience abandoning inhibitions more extensively than at any rock ...

List of genre pieces

Garage: Pure Garage: Mixed Live By E-Z; Underground Explosion: The Real Garage Mix

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Garage — the sound of the UK underground goes mainstream ...

Greil Marcus: A Life In Writing

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, February 2012

GREIL MARCUS lives in a newly built, cedar-shingled house on the border between Oakland and Berkeley. ...

Hip Hop: Nasty Boys

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1986

Simon Reynolds ventures down hip hop's mean streets and finds something nasty lurking in the shadows — something that guilt-ridden white liberals might prefer to ...

How The Fanzine Refused To Die

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, February 2009

Blogs are the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to get your music writing out there — but that hasn't stopped a new generation of writers picking ...

Island Records: The Secret Of Its Success

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, March 2009

The legendary label, which celebrates its 50th birthday in May, managed in its heyday to achieve that rare feat: combining commercial success with artistic integrity ...

Ladybirds & Start-Rite Kids

Report by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1986

Is there more to jumble sale chic than saving precious pennies? Simon Reynolds thinks so and spots an asexual revolution unfolding within the indie scene. ...

MTV Times

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1993

SIMON REYNOLDS casts a critical eye over MTV and what it stands for and comes to some surprising conclusions ...

The C86 Indie Scene Is Back!

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Time Out, October 2006

Dig out your grandad cardigans, your old-school anoraks and your infant-school plimsolls — the shambling indie scene that was C86 is back. Simon Reynolds, who ...

Yo! Bum Rush Foucault!

Special Feature by Simon Reynolds, David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1987

B-BOYS, Yo-Boys, listen up good, cos a new sound's rappin' up the neighbourhood! Yo, it's the Maker's very own rappin' post-structuralist, the chin-scratchin' semiotician about to ...

Younger Than Yesterday

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1986

All this talk about indiepop, about the death and resurgence of an underground, an alternative to chart pap. But is there really life beyond the ...

Simon Reynolds's Notes On The Noughties: Clearing Up The Indie Landfill

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, January 2010

At the start of the noughties, indie was seen as the rubbish dump of contemporary music. But by the end of the decade, it had ...

What's Missing: On Pop's Eternal Dilemma

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Monitor, Summer 1986

SOMETHING'S WRONG. Everyone knows this, acknowledges it, but it's still hard to point out, precisely, what's supposed to have slipped into abeyance, eluded us in ...

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