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Magazine Article!

Interview by Jon Savage, New York Rocker, April 1978

"Well I say what I mean/I say what comes to my mind" – 'Boredom' "Whatever makes me tick/It takes away my concentration" – 'Breakdown' ...

Magazine: Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now (Virgin, 3CDs) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, The Guardian, 22 September 2000

FOLLOWING AN initial period of liberation, punk, like all revolutionary forces, soon substituted new orthodoxies for those it had blown apart. ...

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Magazine: This Man Is Not A Minor Writer!

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 8 October 1977

For a start he's dispensed with words! ...

Buzzcocks/Magazine/John Cooper Clarke/The Worst/The Fall/The Prefects/The Negatives/Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 15 October 1977

Prime Manchester venue closes... Power cut at the Electric Circus ...

Magazine: Love And Devotion

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 19 November 1977

Magazine: The Electric Circus, Manchester ...

Magazine: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 4 February 1978

Animated Egg head fails to impress ...

Magazine: Howard Devoto's Enigma Variations

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 February 1978

HOWARD DEVOTO gives good face. Unlined and triangular, topped with a vast expanse of forehead; the kind that popular folklore maintains is the unmistakeable dead-giveaway ...

Magazine: Real Life

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 3 June 1978

'I'm faking an extravagant journey, also it seems to me...' ...


Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 10 June 1978

I THINK it was the Jesuits of whom it was said they always answer a question with a question. Or maybe it was the Jews. ...

Magazine: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 5 August 1978


Howard Devoto: Calm And Confusion

Interview by Paul Morley, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 2 December 1978

WERE YOU a wimp at school?I wouldn't say I was a wimp. I think I did get bullied. ...

Magazine: Second-Hand Daylight

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 31 March 1979

"Whatever your feelings about Howard Devoto are, they're no doubt strong" – the opening salvo of the last feature penned on the subject in these ...

Howard Devoto: The Compleat Fatalist

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 April 1979

LATE THURSDAY afternoon. I am angry, very angry, for reasons that form too personal a tale but revolve around a head-on collision with hysterical illogicality. ...

Magazine, Simple Minds: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 12 May 1979

"YEAH! WHO-O-O! Magic!" yells the guy from Arista sitting a couple of seats away, in a burst of paid-for enthusiasm during Simple Minds' set supporting ...

Magazine: Down in the Warehouse at Midnight

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 12 May 1979

Fresh-faced cub reporter Dave McCullough is summoned to a bizarre battle of wits with sinister mastermind Howard Devoto ...

Magazine: Secondhand Daylight (Virgin)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, March 1980

ONCE UPON a time — No, I'm not going to do that. It's tempting, but I really dislike record reviews that masquerade as short stories. ...

Magazine: Soap

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 17 May 1980


Howard Devoto: Jerky Versions Of The Dream (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

I NEVER CARED much for Magazine. They were a group without a style, or at least a group whose style consisted in a profound lack. ...

Magazine: Magazine... (Where The Power Is)/…Magazine (Maybe It's Right To Be Nervous Now)

Review by Ian Gittins, Q, October 2000

IF PUNK ROCK was anti-pretension, somebody forgot to tell Magazine's Howard Devoto. ...

Howard Devoto: Shot By Both Sides

Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, November 2000

AND THEN, in 1976, when Howard Devoto was 24, he wrote and recorded four fast songs with the group Buzzcocks, and they became the EP ...


Retrospective by Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IF EVER THERE was a soundtrack for the Cold War era, it was Magazine. Musically and lyrically, this definitive new wave band inhabited the wintry ...

Various Artists: Zero - A Martin Hannett Story 1977-1991

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, May 2006

The post-punk Phil Spector lives on again on a (single CD) retrospective that reveals him to be a producer both before his time and ahead ...

Magazine: "These gigs are a cherry on a cake"

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 20 February 2009

THE ONE-TIME "most important man in pop" made a quietly triumphant comeback last week. Howard Devoto's Magazine, missing since 1981, were the most uncategorisable band ...

Magazine: The Making of 'Shot By Both Sides'

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, March 2009

Powered by a razor-riff, nihilist lyrics, some classic-rock chops and an infamous showing on Top Of The Pops, this ferocious anthem was the closest thing ...

see also Armoury Show, The

see also Buzzcocks

see also Howard Devoto

see also Swing Out Sister

see also Barry Adamson


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