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Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton began his so-called career as a self-styled writer on the New Musical Express at the dawn of the 1990s. During his absurdly long tenure on the paper he survived acid house, Madchester, grunge, Britpop, electroclash, New Grave, New Rave, and at least four 1980s synth-pop revivals. Since the late 1990s he has also been a regular contributor to The Times, Uncut, Scotland on Sunday and various other publications. In 2008, he began writing about music and film for The National, a new English-language broadsheet based in Abu Dhabi. Over the years he has met some of the most charmless egomaniacs and demanding divas in the music business - most of them working in the NME editorial office. He has also interviewed countless personal heroes including David Bowie, Debbie Harry, John Peel, Mick Jagger, Chuck D, JG Ballard, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Young, Radiohead, Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk. He has never had a proper job and, frankly, it’s too late now.

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50 Cent: Wembley Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2003

JUST HOURS after winning an impressive trio of MOBO awards at the Royal Albert Hall, gangsta rap superstar 50 Cent played his biggest UK show ...

ABC: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2012

MARTIN FRY clearly has a hideous self-portrait lurking in some dusty attic, because the 54-year-old appeared spookily ageless at this glitzy London show. Still as ...

a-ha

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2005

IN 2005, there are few cooler pop names to drop than a-ha. Coldplay and Travis are not just avowed fans but sometime collaborators with the ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee live, Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Quietus, The, July 2011

Stephen Dalton at the Manchester International Festival finds Damon "the Martin Amis of Britpop" Albarn's musical about the life of Dr John Dee to be ...

Alice In Chains: Scala, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2009

CONTEMPORARIES OF Nirvana and Pearl Jam during the Seattle grunge boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Alice In Chains returned from a long ...

Antony & the Johnsons: Antony and the Johnsons

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2008

ONSTAGE AT Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre, Antony Hegarty cuts an imposing figure. Swept along by a 20-piece orchestra, New York City's reigning demi-monde diva sobs ...

Aphex Twin, Death In Vegas, Goldie, The Prodigy: Big Brother Is Watching Your Video!

Report by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1998

Seen that Prodigy video yet? What about the promo for Aphex Twin's 'Come To Daddy' single or Death In Vegas' 'Dirt'? Nah? Well, why not? ...

Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (Domino)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2009

MATURITY IS THE poisoned chalice that all rock bands must sup from eventually. Arctic Monkeys sounded strikingly sharp and vital on their 2006 debut, Whatever ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Foundation Course

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, unpublished, February 2003

JOHN PANDIT is hopping mad. We were supposed to be discussing the latest album by Pandit's multi-cultural protest-pop collective Asian Dub Foundation, but our interview ...

Babes in Toyland: Babes In Toyland: Rock And Roll Babes

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1993

Deposit your 'feminist rock' preconceptions at the door, pigeonhole fans. Babes In Toyland were playing raucous licks long before the Riot Grrrls left finishing school... ...

Basement Jaxx, Goldie Lookin' Chain: Basement Jaxx/Goldie Lookin' Chain: Bristol Canons Marsh

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

AFTER A SLUGGISH start, the finale of Bristol's Grolsh Summer Set shows felt like a largely triumphant affair on Wednesday. Local acts featured on the ...

Shirley Bassey: Cardiff International Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

SHE MAY BE OLDER than John Prescott and camper than Liberace, but Dame Shirley Bassey's sold-out homecoming show in Cardiff on Tuesday was greeted with ...

The Beastie Boys: Awesome Welles: The Beastie Boys' Home Movie

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE WAY Beastie Boys rapper turned movie director Adam 'MCA' Yauch tells it, the idea to film the band's sold-out homecoming gig at Madison Square ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: On Film

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE WAY Beastie Boys rapper turned movie director Adam 'MCA' Yauch tells it, the idea to film the band's sold-out homecoming gig at Madison Square ...

The Beautiful South

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 1999

BLASTING INTO Munich airport for 24 hours on the road with the Beautiful South, the band’s publicist offers some sage advice: "Just don’t try to ...

The Beautiful South: Sneaking Beauties

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, May 1991

PAUL HEATON GLOWERS like Mister Punch's suicidally depressed uncle with a killer migraine and inflamed piles. He is not a happy man. ...

Beck, Guero and Scientology

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, March 2005

ON THE SURFACE, nothing is wrong with Beck Hansen. No wires protrude from his dirty-blond moptop. No glazed expressions, no shifty answers, no sense of ...

Beck, Body Count, Dead Kennedys, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, N.W.A., Iggy Pop, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Essential Guide To "Explicit" Albums

Guide by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1994

Back in 1985, one seemingly harmless song led a woman to take unprecedented action against the American recording industry. Thanks to her moral crusade, albums ...

Beck, Goldie, Ian Brown, Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey, Pulp, R.E.M.: Pete Waterman: Style Counsel

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1999

Last week, Pete Waterman the Brian Clough of pop, stoutly defended his new teenpop cadets Steps and his revitalised label PWL. Here Doctor Waterman offers ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Birkin: A Legend In Her Own T'aime

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2001

IN 1969, JANE BIRKIN shocked the world. Now her heavy breathing is back. ...

Björk

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1993

With Icelandic indie stadium-fillers The Sugarcubes on seemingly permanent hold, singer Bjork Gudmundsdottir launches her solo career this month with a single, ‘Human Behaviour’. She ...

Black Grape: Monster Bunch!: Black Grape: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, April 1996

BLOODY HELL. Seven years since The Stone Roses played a legendary show in this very building, and seven days after they split, it's like Madchester ...

Black Grape: It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah! (Radioactive)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, September 1995

YOU KNOW the story. Just over two years ago, it all went pear-shaped for Shaun Ryder. Smack addiction, bitter infighting and musical stagnation finished off ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Debbie Harry: Never Fade Away

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2007

BEFORE Madonna, before Courtney Love and Shirley Manson, before Karen O and Beth Ditto, there was Debbie Harry. ...

Blur, Diesel Park West, Jesus Jones: Diesel Park West/Blur/Jesus Jones: From The Soup Kitchen To The Stars

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, March 1992

Food Records' charity knees-up included tasty appetisers of Diesel Park West, an entrée of Blur and the piece de resistance, Jesus Jones. Stephen Dalton tucked ...

David Bowie: Drum 'N' Bass Oddity

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1997

Forget the '80s. Forget Let's Dance and Tin Machine. Forget the mullets. 'Cos DAVID BOWIE'S discovered jungle and he's back with a vengeance. STEPHEN DALTON ...

Ian Brown: Unfinished Monkey Business

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 1998

Urbane Gorilla: The Stone Rose, back from the dead ...

Ian Brown: Q&A with Ian Brown

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, May 2006

MARCH 2006, and King Monkey is swinging from the ceiling of his record label offices, grinning as he tapes over the smoke alarm for an ...

David Byrne: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2009

LIKE SOME KIND OF vaguely sinister religious cult, David Byrne and his band kicked off their latest British tour dressed in pristine white from head ...

Cabaret Voltaire

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2000

THE CROWD ARE ALREADY PRETTY fired up when the steamingly drunk weirdo trapped in flashing fairy lights tosses his guitar into the audience. This is ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, Giorgio Moroder, Japan, Kraftwerk, Soft Cell, Suicide: Various Artists: Dawn Of Electronica

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2000

Founding fathers of technopop come together in electro land ...

Camille

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2008

ON THE EVE of Nicolas Sarkozy's state visit to Britain, another French export is already launching her latest cross-channel charm offensive in London. ...

The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2000

KAREN CARPENTER possesses such iconic value now — feminist totem, camp death-cult, Prozac Nation suffragette — it is increasingly difficult to assess her unique musical ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: At Home With Carter

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1992

Carter can't seem to stay out of the headlines – but they're valiantly resisting the pressures of fame. Stephen Dalton toured Fruitbat's new house. ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: From Cardboard City To Celebrity Central

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, September 1991

A Top 20 Single in Britain, feted in the USA and Japan...Suddenly Carter are hot. But it's been a long, hard haul for this duo ...

Julian Casablancas: Ritz, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2009

SURPRISINGLY TALL and strapping for a man who made size-zero indie-rock credible again this decade, Julian Casablancas shrugged and lolloped through an hour-long set in ...

Johnny Cash: American V

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 2006

MORE THAN THREE YEARS after his death, the Man In Black is still enjoying the kind of final-act career resurgence that artists half his age ...

Rosanne Cash: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2012

A HOST OF FACTORS, including brain surgery, have conspired to keep Rosanne Cash away from London for the last six years. Returning to a full ...

Rosanne Cash's Cadillac

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, January 2006

ROSANNE CASH has already been to church by the time we meet for breakfast. As dawn broke on this wintry Parisian morning, the singer-songwriter slipped ...

Nick Cave: "I Wasn't Sid Vicious": Nick Cave

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2004

FOR A HIGH-MINDED musical elder statesman like Nick Cave, cultural credibility comes in many forms. The 47-year-old Australian export has hosted London's Meltdown festival, been ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Hastings Pier

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2004

MANY ROCK STARS would recoil at the notion of playing an end-of the-pier ballroom in a shabby South Coast retirement town, but Nick Cave appeared ...

The Chemical Brothers: Apothecary Now: The Chemical Brothers : Exit Planet Dust (Junior Boys Own)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, June 1995

THINK OF THE truly great, era-defining albums of the last 18 months. Definitely Maybe would be in there. Ill Communication and Dummy, too. ...

Tony Christie: Cadogan Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2008

THIS HAS BEEN a vintage year for triumphant comebacks by veteran singers, from Leonard Cohen to Neil Diamond. Now Tony Christie, who turned 65 in ...

Chuck D

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, July 1999

Once he was undisputed heavyweight champion of the rap universe, booming apocalyptic conspiracy theories from some of the most earth-shattering hip-hop albums of the last ...

Cluster, Tortoise: Tortoise / Cluster: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2009

CURRENT DEFINITIONS of jazz are clearly somewhat flexible, judging by the avant-rock double bill that closed this year's London Jazz Festival on Sunday night. The ...

Kurt Cobain: Suicide Blond

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2005

Gus Van Sant befriended Kurt Cobain during his rise to global stardom. Now the director has made a film based on the grunge superstar's harrowing ...

Leonard Cohen: Opera House, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2008

MORE THAN 15 YEARS have passed since Leonard Cohen last graced a British stage, but the 73-year-old poet-turned-crooner was on suave form at the start ...

Coldcut, The Fall: Coldcut: Ring The Noise

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1990

• And they said it wouldn't last! In the pop marriage of the'80s, COLDCUT producers Jonathan Moore and Matt Black invited Mark E Smith to ...

Coldplay, Jay Z: Coldplay/Jay-Z: Lancashire Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

THEY MAY BE one of the most successful bands in the world, but Coldplay still really, really want us to love them. ...

Norman Cook

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2000

IN 1999, THE former Housemartin's career went supemova, earning him millions from his FATBOY SLIM records, remixes and DJ sets. Following the death of big ...

Cornelius: Point (Matador)****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2002

ECLECTO-POP renaissance ape goes forward to the past on second worldwide release ...

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Delivery Man (Mercury)***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 2004

EMERGING FROM AN uneven middle period of marital discord, free-range experimentation and ill-advised beards, the artist formerly known as Declan MacManus appears to have upped ...

The Cure: Bloodflowers

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, March 2000

POSSIBLE SWANSONG from crying-on-the-inside clown prince of Stadium Goth. ...

The Cure: The Cure Greatest Hits (Mercury) ****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2001

GALORE UPDATED: more jam-smeared love muffin, vicar? ...

Daft Punk: Romocops: Daft Punk: Discovery (Virgin)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 2001

FOUR YEARS after Homework redefined dance music, turned handbag house into High Art and landed every disco chancer in Paris a record deal, can Thomas ...

The Darkness: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2004

IN POP, last year's underdog can so easily become this year's one-trick pony. The Darkness ended 2003 as the former rank outsiders who triumphed over ...

Depeche Mode

Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, April 2009

IF THERE was a manual that rock bands could follow to guarantee long-term success, Depeche Mode would probably fail every test. During three decades together ...

Depeche Mode

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, May 2001

DAVE GAHAN can't breathe. He can also hear nothing. Which is a little odd because there are 30,000 Depeche Mode fans just yards away, screaming ...

Depeche Mode: Waldbühne, Berlin

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, September 2001

STILL GAHAN STRONG ...

Devo: The Return of Devo

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2010

FOUR DECADES SINCE Devo first donned their matching overalls and began their assault on the pop mainstream, America's original disco-rock Dadaists are back. ...

Neil Diamond: Hampden Park, Glasgow

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2008

AFTER A MONTH of freakishly dry weather over Scotland, the heavens opened on Thursday just in time to soak more than 30,000 fans gathered at ...

Dinosaur Jr: The Forum, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

IT MAY tell us something about the sorry state of contemporary rock, but at least one semi-legendary cult band from the 1980s seems to reform ...

Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia) ***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2006

ARRIVING IN THE afterglow of Martin Scorsese's laudatory No Direction Home, Dylan's first album in five years carries the burden of great expectations. But behind ...

Bob Dylan: International Arena, Cardiff

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE CULT OF Bob Dylan stands at its highest point for decades, bolstered by the singer's highly regarded US radio show and superb memoir Chronicles. ...

Einstürzende Neubauten: Einsturzende Neubauten: The Forum, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2005

WHAT HAPPENS when enfants terribles of avant-garde industrial noise grow into comfortable middle age? In the case of Einsturzende Neubauten, the former godfathers of Berlin's ...

Embrace: The Good Will Out

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1998

Belated, soul-stirring debut from justifiably hyped Yorkshiremen ...

Eminem: America's Most Wanted

Special Feature by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, August 2000

Y2K has been something of an annus horribilis for Eminem (discounting the ten million album sales, that is). Faced with a lawsuit from his mum, ...

Eminem: The Most Hotly Anticipated Movie Of The Year!

Report by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 2003

…but is it any good? NME gives you the ultimate lowdown on Eminem's forthcoming blockbuster 8 Mile ...

Brian Eno & J. Peter Schwalm: Drawn From Life

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, 2013

Mid-life mellowness from ambient Zen master and fellow eggheads ...

The Fall: Mark E Smith: Not Falling, Soaring

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1991

MARK E SMITH'S REPUTATION precedes him like massed stormtroopers on the horizon. Fourteen years on, the Fall frontman still sets everyone on edge, either in ...

Fatboy Slim

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE SUN DECK of Norman Cook's seafront Brighton home juts out over a stony stretch of supposedly private beach. But it is not that private, ...

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

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, October 1998

A FEW SHORT years ago, Quentin 'Norman' Cook was staring poverty, divorce and imminent nervous breakdown in the face. Despite a string of inspired chart-pop ...

The Fatima Mansions: Fatima Mansions: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1990

PULPIT UP!!! ...

Bryan Ferry: Kenwood House, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 2004

THE ATMOSPHERE was more Glyndebourne than Glastonbury when Bryan Ferry brought his impeccably groomed lounge-soul floorshow to the leafy grounds of Kenwood House on Saturday ...

Flying Lotus

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, October 2010

ONE OF THE MOST exciting breakthrough artists of 2010, Flying Lotus has been hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation. Besides his own genre-blurring ...

Flying Lotus: Koko, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2010

CURRENTLY THE hottest rising star of electronic music on both sides of the Atlantic, Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison played his biggest London show so far ...

Foo Fighters: Manchester City Stadium

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2008

FOURTEEN YEARS and six albums since the demise of Nirvana, Dave Grohl continues to smooth down the spiky edges of his former band's indie-metal sound. ...

Roddy Frame: Surf (Redemption)****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 2002

UNPLUGGED SOLO outing from Glaswegian Peter Pan. ...

Frankmusik, Keane: Keane/Frankmusik: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2009

KEANE HAVE SPENT much of their decade-long career as critical whipping boys, derided for their public school poshness and sweet, soppy, wholesome power ballads. Even ...

Franz Ferdinand: Sheffield Academy, Sheffield

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2009

FRANZ FERDINAND'S reputation as arty, stylish, witty and literate rockers precedes them, but it was wearing very thin in Sheffield last week. ...

Gonzales: The Entertainist

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2000

SLEAZY POST-party grooves from original prankster ...

Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth: Punk's Queen Mother: Kim Gordon

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2005

BACKSTAGE AT V Festival, the queen mother of punk rock shelters from the punishing sun. With her dirty-blonde hair and boho-bag-lady chic, Kim Gordon cuts ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash: Dogstar, Brixton, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, January 2013

IT FEELS oddly incongruous to witness one of the legendary founding fathers of a billion-dollar musical genre playing to 300 people in a modest pub-style ...

Grinderman: The Forum, London ****

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2007

NICK CAVE turns 50 this year. As far back as a decade ago, he protested that rock and roll is no job for a middle-aged ...

Johnny Hallyday: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2012

A MERE HALF century into his career, France's biggest rock star finally made his London live debut this week. After 110 million album sales, four ...

Happy Mondays: Manchester Arena, Manchester **

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, May 2012

LIKE a musical version of a Civil War re-enactment society, the elder statesmen of Manchester's fabled 1980s rock scene are returning to relive their youthful ...

PJ Harvey: The Dark Lady of Dorset: Polly Jean Harvey

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 1998

WHAT FORM will Lady Darkness take today? Slogan-smeared butch bootgirl? Ditch-dwelling hobgoblin? Cauldron-stirring sorceress of seething blues alchemy? Spectrally thin bride of Frankenstein? Cock-rocking voodoo ...

Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement Revisited

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2010

"SHEFFIELD HAS ALWAYS had a bit of a maverick attitude," says Martyn Ware of evergreen electro-pop veterans Heaven 17. "It's the natural bolshiness of the ...

The House Of Love: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, May 1992

RAFTERS GROAN as House Of Love devotees stack themselves floor to ceiling for this live Radio XFM broadcast, sucking most of London's most unlikely demographic ...

Ice-T, Donald D, Everlast, Spinmasters: Top Rank, Brighton

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1990

IS CHIPPING Sodbury in the house? How about Hastings? Is the Crawley posse chilling out tonight? Everybody make some goddam N-O-l-S-E... ER, please? ...

James: Standing Room Only

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1991

It's taken eight years for Manchester pop princes James to become a BIG DEAL. But before the stadia of the world are rocked, there's that ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

IN 2001, SHAWN "Jay-Z" Carter released The Blueprint, a critical and commercial smash which set a standard the Brooklyn-born rap mogul has struggled to match ...

Jesus Jones: Ego Freak Out

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1991

NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROCK'N'ROLLER – THAT'S MIKE EDWARDS, PRIME PROPHET OF JESUS JONES, WHO SHUNS SEX'N'DRUGS AND READS MACHIAVELLI ON TOUR. STEPHEN DALTON SOAKED UP ...

Tom Jones: Cardiff International Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2009

AT THE START of a three-night stint in his native Wales, Tom Jones began his latest British tour in swaggeringly confident mood. ...

Joy Division: Ian Curtis

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2000

IAN CURTIS has amassed more disciples since his death 20 years ago than he ever attracted as singer with Manchester post-punk legends Joy Division. ...

Kraftwerk

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

FEW BANDS in pop history are quite as mysterious, elusive and maddeningly eccentric as Kraftwerk. But few remain as enduringly influential either. In 2005, even ...

Ladytron: 604

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, March 2001

BACK TO the future with enigmatic pop androids. ...

The La's: 20 Questions: The La’s

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, November 1990

Thought of anything nice to say about your album yet? ...

Shelby Lynne

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2000

SPRAWLED ACROSS the lunar desert floor in the sun-baked heart of Southern Calfornia, Palm Springs is the last stop before paradise for rich, wrinkled Americans. ...

Billy Mackenzie: Beyond The Sun

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 1997

BILLY MACKENZIE was narcissism made flesh, the Devil's grin on his dimpled face and the best white pop voice of the last 20 years gushing ...

Madness: Naughty Boys In Nasty Schools

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Later, September 1999

NAUGHTY BOYS IN NASTY SCHOOLS ...

Madonna : Manchester Evening News Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

PARTS OF MANCHESTER almost ground to a halt this weekend as the European wing of Madonna’s Reinvention Tour opened with two nights at the city’s ...

Madonna: GHV2

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2002

Second decade of hits and myths from La Ciccone — but no 'American Pie' ...

Madonna: Ray Of Light

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 1998

La Ciccone's latest embarks on a course of 'techno' therapy ...

Madonna: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2008

HOURS BEFORE Madonna launched her Sticky & Sweet world tour in Cardiff on Saturday, the phenomenal pulling power of history's biggest ever female pop star ...

Mansun: Little Kix

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 2000

THREE IS the magic number for Britrock alchemists ...

Marillion: How To Thrive On A Fish-Free Diet

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2007

THERE ARE no goblins guarding the gates to Marillion's secret lair in the rolling depths of Middle England. No cackling old crones casting spells on ...

Massive Attack: 24-Hour Arty People

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 2001

Two years and one near implosion later, Massive Attack are back; their new material is ready and everything's as it should be. But what's with ...

Massive Attack Take A Stand

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotsman, The, February 2003

3D talks to Stephen Dalton about war, melancholia and the duo's new 100th Window. ...

Massive Attack: Herb Crawlers

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1992

When MASSIVE ATTACK released their debut LP last year, it was hailed as a masterful collage of rap, soul and reggae with a cinematic feel. ...

Paul McCartney: Wingspan (EMI)***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2001

MACCA'S FIRST post-Fabs decade. ...

Metallica: Magnetic Metallica

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, July 2008

THERE IS a certain grim irony to the news, announced last week, that Metallica’s latest album Death Magnetic will be released in September in a ...

George Michael: Earls Court, London ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2008

THE FIRST of George Michael's two sold-out London mega-shows on Sunday was big on bling but low on spark. ...

Kylie Minogue: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 1998

SHE MAY HAVE spent most of the Nineties pursuing different musical directions with mixed results, but Kylie Minogue can still sell out three nights at ...

Moby In Vegas

Report by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, May 2005

YOU DO not need to travel too far from the Hard Rock Hotel to find the tacky glamour that earned Las Vegas its reputation as ...

Moby... Dickhead?

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, March 1995

Intelligent Techno god or the world's next fascist dictator? Moby likes to piss people off, and he's very good at it... ...

Moby: The Story So Far/Ambient/Early Underground/ Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989 — 1993

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2000

Feted techno munchkin's prolific past catches up with him ...

Monaco: Music For Pleasure

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1997

IN THE absence of any definite New Order activity for the foreseeable future, Peter Hook's latest project shamelessly recreates his pop past without even bothering ...

Monaco: Papillon

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, October 2000

BELATED SOPHOMORE opus from Wallace And Gromit of Manc disco-rock. ...

The Monkees: Daydream Believer Film

Film/DVD/TV Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, September 1998

Stephen Dalton profiles Daydream Believers, a new documentary tracing the lives of Hollywood wannabes who flunked the audition to join the most famous manufactured pop ...

Morrissey at The Lowry, Salford

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2006

THE SENSE OF feverish anticipation that Morrissey still generates before each live performance, record release and even interview is a remarkable testament to the cult ...

Motorhead: Lemmy: The Oldest Rocker In Town

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2007

THE SUN hammers down on the French Riviera like a vengeful Old Testament god. With temperatures topping 90 degrees, the beach at Nice is heaving ...

Bob Mould, Sugar: Ground Sugar

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1993

After the candy-coated calm of Sugar’s Copper Blue comes the breeding, howling storm of Beaster. And the man at the helm, Bob Mould, ain’t about ...

M People: Bizarre Fruit (DeConstruction)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, January 1995

Excess baggage ...

Muse

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2000

West Country trio reach for the skies ...

Muse: Black Holes and Revelations

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

COMPARED TO the mighty cosmic thunder of Muse, the undernourished hipsters of the current Britrock scene sound like puny little insects. Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme ...

Muse: Manchester LCCC

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2010

NEARING THE END of an epic world tour which has transformed them into Britain 's biggest band, Muse brought their sense-swamping carnival of baroque 'n ...

Muse: Ready For Blast Off

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 2006

IN KEEPING with his reputation as Britrock's reigning maestro of overblown melodrama, Matt Bellamy lives in a grand old villa overlooking Lake Como in northern ...

My Bloody Valentine: The Sound Of Violence

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1992

My Bloody Valentine inspire purple journalistic prose and surreal interpretation. But live, they just enjoy inflicting pain. Reading covers its ears while Stephen Dalton shoegazes ...

New Order: Off the Hook – The Peter Hook Interview

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, October 2008

Since his acrimonious split with New Order, Peter Hook has seldom been happier. Ahead of his memoir about the legendary Hacienda club, the pirate captain ...

Nine Inch Nails: An Interview with Trent Reznor

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 1999

THE PRINCE of pain has a severe case of the sniffles. Imprisoned in a swanky London hotel, Trent Reznor has been laid low by a ...

No Doubt: Ska Defaced

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1997

• What's with America, eh? First they make Bush megastars, then they take our beloved ska, add saccharine to it and sell it back to ...

The Notwist

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

LAUGH ALONG to the post-rocking German boffins. ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2000

As manager of The Rolling Stones for most of the Sixties, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM became almost as famous as the band themselves. Modelling himself on ...

Ol' Dirty Bastard, Wu-Tang Clan: Ol' Dirty Bastard: America's Most Wanted

Report by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, April 1999

Ol' Dirty Bastard's rap sheet pisses on Mark Morrison's. But are the cops really out to get him? Are gangstas gunning for him? Or is ...

The Orb: Orblivion (Island)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1997

AFTER FIVE years of squandered promise, wrong turnings, bitter splits and experimental muck-spreading, how much can we honestly expect from Alex Paterson? Five years in ...

Orbital: Fission Blips

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 1992

IT'S GRIM down south. Suicidally so on the remote escarpment of lunar terrain where the Dungeness nuclear reactor hums its menacing mantra out across beaches ...

Outkast: OutKast

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 2001

They claim to be outsiders, but psychedelic southern playas Big Boi and Dre are already two million LPs ahead of the rap competition. ...

Pearl Jam: Shepherds Bush Empire

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2009

ONE OF THE LAST surviving bands from the Seattle grunge goldrush that revitalised American rock two decades ago, Pearl Jam played a rare London club ...

John Peel RIP

Obituary by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2004

LONG BEFORE we met, John Peel felt like a good friend. For those millions of us who spent our adolescence glued to his late-night radio ...

Pet Shop Boys/Bad Lieutenant: NIA, Birmingham

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2009

FIRST SEEN in Britain six months ago, the Pandemonium world tour feels even more dazzling second time around. Even though every pre-programmed note and choreographed ...

Pet Shop Boys: Very (Parlophone)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, November 1993

A BANG, a crash, a highbrow cultural reference – and the best Pet Shop Boys album yet drops in for cream tea and scurrilous gossip. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Reissues

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2001

First six studio albums plus Tennant's extra ...

Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys: Pop-aganda

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2004

Potemkin and the sound of a Pet Shop Boy ...

Pet Shop Boys, Suede: Neil Tennant, Brett Anderson and Vic Reeves: Twentieth Century Blues

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, April 1997

WHAT A SIMPLY spiffing party. The glint of expensive a jewellery, the waft of exotic perfume, the tinkle of erudite conversation "More cocaine, vicar? Help ...

Pizzicato Five: Caught In A Von Trapp! Pizzicato Five

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 1997

PIZZICATO FIVE look like the coolest band on Earth, a stylish visual remix of every trash cultural icon from the past four decades. They are ...

Robert Plant, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara

Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, April 2009

A LIGHT BREEZE of mellifluous music wafts from behind the half-open door of a long, low, bunker-like building nestled deep in the English countryside. Inside ...

The Police

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

YOUR NAME IS Sting. You are the planet's biggest rock star. But lately you don't like what you see in the mirror. You seem to ...

Portishead: The Curse of Portishead Lifts

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, March 2008

IN DECEMBER last year, three black-clad ghosts from the pop past clambered onstage at an off-season holiday camp in an icy, wind-whipped corner of Somerset. ...

Primal Scream: Evil Heat

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, August 2002

SCREAM'S MULTI-WARHEAD DISCO-PUNK LOVE MISSILE OF A SEVENTH ALBUM ...

Primal Scream, The Stone Roses: Primal Scream: An interview with Mani

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, May 2006

LEGENDARY HEDONIST and bassman Gary 'Mani' Mounfield talks about Primal Scream, Roses reunion rumours and the "Mexican stand-off" between his former bandmates... ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: Chat Of The Landowners

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1999

In the second of this two-parter with PRODIGY'S LIAM HOWLETT, NME has a word, Hello!-stylee, about his new country home, his pal Keith and his ...

Pulp: Jarvis Cocker

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 1998

The Pulp frontman takes a stairlift to heaven as he reflects on post-coital guilt and post-Britpop blues ...

Pulp: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2012

FOR ALL our faults, it says something great about this nation that Jarvis Cocker remains the best-loved survivor of the Britpop boom, a man so ...

Radiohead and Whose Army

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, 2001

THE TOWERING inferno is visible from miles away. Thom Yorke drives towards the horizon, the acrid stench of toxic smoke filling his car. He cranks ...

Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong — Live Recordings (Parlophone) ***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2001

JAZZWANK ROADSHOW goes nuclear. ...

Radiohead: Subterranean Homesick Aliens

Overview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, August 2002

How five bookish Middle Englanders became the world's most vital band ...

Radiohead: Hail to the 'Head

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Age, The, April 2004

EVERY GENERATION produces a band that fiercely divides critical and public opinion, and nobody has carried that torch higher in the 21st century than Radiohead. ...

Rammstein: Brixton Academy

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2005

A GRAND theatrical spectacle to rival any West End show, the industrial rock carnival that is Rammstein thundered into Brixton on Thursday to kick off ...

Razorlight: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2005

AS IF TAKING their cue from their friends, The Libertines, Razorlight have spent much of 2005 rocked by public tantrums and rumours of imminent disintegration. ...

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe: An Interview

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2006

THE ROOF TERRACE alone in Michael Stipe's ultra-deluxe Knightsbridge hotel suite is bigger than most luxury flats. Boasting its own sauna and dining hall, the ...

Lana Del Rey: Jazz Cafe, London ****

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2012

BEING pop's latest It Girl clearly has its downsides. ...

Rutles.The: The Rutles: Rock Café 2000, Stourbridge

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

A COMEDY sketch that grew into an cult, the Rutles may be a joke that delivered its punchline almost three decades ago, but 200 or ...

Seal: Seal (ZTT)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, June 1991

SEAL CLUBBING seemed an attractive option to many last year after the leather-clad lothario ascended our charts atop a naggingly crap Adamski riff and steadfastly ...

Tupac Shakur: 2Pac: Until The End Of Time; Various Artists: Death Row Records — Greatest Hits

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2001

Flawed flashbacks to a turbulent chapter in hip hop history ...

Tupac Shakur: Hour Of The Gun: The Wasted Life And Brutal Death Of Tupac Shakur

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1997

EVEN BY THE BRUTAL STANDARDS OF thug life, his was a particularly merciless encounter. It took less than two minutes for Mike Tyson to pummel ...

Tupac Shakur

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2000

TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR seemed to consider himself immortal, and there are certainly many who still refuse to believe the 25-year-old rapper died after a Las ...

The Shamen: En-Tact (One Little Indian)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, November 1990

THE PHUTURE is now. The Shamen once riffed and jangled in anoraks, got into splintered hip-hop iconoclasm for the magnificent In Gorbachev We Trust album ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Pet Projects Win Prizes

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, October 1997

RONI SIZE and REPRAZENT's Mercury Prize-winning brand of soulful drum'n'bass has made them the most successful junglist crossover act yet... NME finds out why. Breakbeats ...

Roni Size and Reprazent, Speech Debelle : Speech Debelle/Roni Size & Reprazent: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

Speech Debelles's challenge is to translate the pleasures of her terrific album into something that works on a big stage ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Machina/The Machines Of God

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2000

MONOLITHIC GOTH-metal comeback from crisis-hit Mr Happy of alternative rock. ...

Soft Cell: Cruelty Without Beauty (Cooking Vinyl) ****

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, October 2002

ORIGINAL CHEMICAL brothers make timely comeback ...

Soft Cell: Non-Stop Electronic Cabaret

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2001

BEHIND THE perky peroxide quiff and gym-toned body, Marc Almond is shitting himself. Almost two decades have passed since he last performed under the Soft ...

Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2005

BACKSTAGE AT V Festival, the queen mother of punk rock shelters from the punishing sun. With her dirty-blonde hair and boho-bag-lady chic, Kim Gordon cuts ...

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized: Spaceman 3: Two Into Three Won't Go

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, April 1991

...OR, WE TWO WERE THREE. THE SPACEMEN THREE, THAT IS. PETER AND JASON, TO BE PRECISE. BUT WHILE THIS PAIR OF SPACE CADETS WERE ONCE ...

The Specials: O2 Academy, Newcastle****

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2009

THE PAST three decades seemed to fall away when the Specials began their comeback tour with this explosive and exciting performance in Newcastle upon Tyne. ...

Regina Spektor: Academy, Birmingham

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2009

IT APPEARS REGINA SPEKTOR has finally crossed over from word-of-mouth cult to left-field star, judging by her rapturous reception at a packed Birmingham show on ...

The Spice Girls: What's The Piquancy…?: Spice Girls: Spice (Virgin)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1996

THEY'RE NOT MANUFACTURED! They're not the female Take That! They drink, swear, shag and write their own songs! They believe in "girl power" and use ...

Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 1997

SPIRITUALIZED albums, like the Hale-Bopp comet, swoop in from the heavens at highly irregular intervals. Their opiated drones and over-reaching pretensions are usually greeted with ...

Stereolab: Dots And Loops (Duophonic)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, September 1997

STEREOLAB ARE running dogs of bourgeois revisionism who, come the revolution, will be hunted down and shot like the lowly vermin they are. ...

The Stone Roses: The Resurrection of the Stone Roses: Ian's Story

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2006

MARCH 2006, and King Monkey is swinging from the ceiling of his record label offices, grinning as he tapes over the smoke alarm for an ...

The Stone Roses at 20

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, September 2009

TWENTY YEARS AGO, the Stone Roses felt like an unstoppable force of nature. These four baggy-trousered young moptops from Manchester were adored all over Britain, ...

Joe Strummer

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2007

JOE STRUMMER was a fascinating bunch of guys. The former Clash frontman was both romantic idealist and career opportunist, anarchist rebel and proud patriot, hippie ...

Paul Weller, The Style Council: The Style Council

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, October 2000

WELLER'S cappuccino-drinking years ...

The Sugarcubes: Nordic By Nature

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 1992

Hamsters of the gods, inventors of hip hop, Phil Collins fans extraordinaire… life's still too good for reality on the planet of The Sugarcubes. Stephen ...

To Rococo Rot

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2001

Soothing German trio ...

Tricky

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Venue , July 2008

HOME, THE saying goes, is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to return to. The most restless, prolific, exotic, ...

Tricky

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, October 2010

THE GREAT LOST BOY of British music, Adrian "Tricky" Thaws has been on an exotic, erratic musical odyssey since he first added whispered raps and ...

U2 and the Making of Achtung Baby

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 2004

TOYKO, LATE 1993, somewhere in the fast-forward blur of the dying 20th century. As the biggest, loudest, most expensive and technically ambitious rock tour in ...

U2: City of Manchester Stadium

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

STILL THRILLING huge audiences more than 25 years into their career, U2 become ever more impressive in their longevity, integrity, capacity for reinvention and willingness ...

U2: In the Name of Love

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 1999

Twenty years ago next month, four teenagers from Dublin played their first British date in a north London pub, in front of less than a ...

U2: Animal Lightweight: U2: Zooropa (Island)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, July 1993

SO THE intergalactic rock megastar reclines on his Virtual Reality waterbed at the Hotel Zooropa with multiple TV screens blasting 24-hour infotainment from every wall. ...

U2: How I Learned To Love U2 (Almost)

Comment by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2009

LIKE MOST right-thinking people, I grew up hating U2. ...

Rufus Wainwright: Lyceum Theatre, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, May 2012

PERFORMING ON A West End stage normally reserved for The Lion King, Rufus Wainwright turned his glitzy London album launch into an intimate, emotionally charged ...

The Wedding Present: Single Sell Organism

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1992

IN THE finest novel ever written by an Englishman, Keith Waterhouse's Billy Liar, our adolescent hero fantasises about leaving a thinly-disguised Leeds for London's bohemian ...

Kanye West

Profile by Stephen Dalton, National, The, September 2009

WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA branded rapper Kanye West a "jackass" for his one-man stage invasion at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York last Sunday, ...

Kanye West: Late Orchestration (Mercury/Def Jam) ***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2006

Superstar rapper reinvents his sound at intimate London show ...

The White Stripes: White Stripes Or Shite Hype?

Comment by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2003

NEXT WEEK the White Stripes release their latest single, a highly distinctive reading of the Burt Bacharach standard 'I Just Don't Know What To Do ...

Jah Wobble

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

THE LAST time Jah Wobble got into a public punch-up was half a decade ago, squaring up to a street gang on his East End ...

Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 1997

THEY LIVE in a house, a very big house, in the country. But considering that much of their energy, vision and ground-breaking ferocity derives from ...

Robert Wyatt: EPs

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, February 1999

ROBERT WYATT has been a ghostly presence in progressive British pop for the last 30 years. ...

The xx: the xx: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2012

MODESTY, UNDERSTATEMENT and tasteful restraint have no place in pop music, an art form tailor-made for dysfunctional drama queens. Yet somehow the xx have backed ...

Neil Young: Deja Viewed: Neil Young on CSNY and Living with War

Interview by Stephen Dalton, unpublished, June 2008

NEIL YOUNG IS in mischievous mood this morning. Sinking into his plush hotel armchair, the veteran Canadian rocker keeps his distance behind mirror shades and ...

Neil Young: 'The Time When Music Could Change The World Has Passed'

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, February 2008

As Neil Young prepares to open his UK tour with a rare gig in Scotland, he tells Stephen Dalton why this time war, hatred and ...

Pegi Young Follows Husband Neil Into The Spotlight

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2008

ONSTAGE IN Berlin, Pegi Young makes a monumental high-tech concert hall feel like a dusty back porch in some sleepy truck-stop town. Opening for her ...

List of genre pieces

Labelled With Love

Report by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1992

Everyone from Prince to Frank Sinatra has done it, but what compels pop stars to become music biz moguls with their own record labels? Untameable ...

This Charming Manchester (Manchester Music, Then and Now)

Overview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, October 2009

From Joy Division and The Smiths, to the headliners at next month's Dubai Sound City, Happy Mondays and Doves, Manchester has long been Britain's self-styled ...

Cameron Crowe: Bringing It All Back Home

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2001

"If people have a problem with Almost Famous, what they're saying is they have a problem with my life." ...

Factory Records and 24 Hour Party People

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

THEY SAID IT could never happen again. But here we are, trapped in a recurring dream. A chilly Friday night in a cavernous warehouse in ...

Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #1

Special Feature by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 1998

THE FREAKS ARE OUT IN FORCE TONIGHT. Squeezed into lurid outfits, hair dyed every artificial hue imaginable, braying and squealing and jostling for position. ...

Pete Waterman: The Puppetmasterplan

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1999

Pete Waterman: scourge of the majors, champion of the people and the most wonderful man in Britain? Or just the tosser who brought us Jason ...

Revolution Rock

Essay by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1993

Ever since Woody Guthrie scratched 'This Guitar Kills Fascists' on his six-string, musicians have exploited rock's confrontational possibilities, from anti-racism to sexual revolution, in a ...

The Rise Of Dubstep

Overview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2010

THE FIRST THING that hits you, quite literally, is the sledgehammer bass sound. Walk into any dubstep club and these gnarly, spine-twisting shudders almost knock ...

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