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The Streets (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2002

Mike Skinner talks about finding his voice, making Original Pirate Material, writing, politics, getting high and about life itself.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.2mb; Interview length: 48' 13"; sound quality: ****

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Street Life

Interview by Toby Manning, Jockey Slut, December 2001

Out of the garage and onto The Streets. Watch out, this boy makes bangers… ...

The Streets: Quality Streets

Profile and Interview by Toby Manning, Jockey Slut, March 2002


UK Rap: The word on The Streets

Interview by Gavin Martin, The Independent, 15 March 2002

WHEN MIKE SKINNER, aka The Streets, the 22-year-old lyrical king of British rap, discovers I live within the sound of Bow Bells, he's immediately curious. ...

The Streets: The British Can't Rap, Haven't You Heard?

Overview by Simon Reynolds, The New York Times, 20 October 2002

THE BRITISH have always had a flair for taking black American music, giving it a twist and then exporting it back, stylishly repackaged. Blues, R&B, ...

The Streets: Bowery Ballroom, New York City

Live Review by Will Hermes, The Village Voice, 29 October 2002

TALK ABOUT BRINGING coal to Newcastle. Sunday's New York debut of U.K. MC The Streets (a/k/a Mike "A Day in the Life of a Geezer" Skinner) drew ...

Best Music of 2002

Guide by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 16 December 2002


2002: The Year in Music — Yancey Strickler's annotated list

Guide by Yancey Strickler, Flak Magazine, 31 December 2002

Yancey's Tracks: 1. 'Losing My Edge' | LCD Soundsystem 2. 'No One Knows' | Queens of the Stone Age 3. 'Let's Push Things Forward' | The Streets 4. 'Soft ...

Yancey Strickler's Favorite Recordings Of 2002

Retrospective by Yancey Strickler, Neumu, 31 December 2002

In terms of great music, 2002 is as good a year as I can remember. It says a lot that when making this list, and ...

Letter from London: The Streets and Ms Dynamite

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 23 March 2003

WHEN THE BEATLES flew over from England in the '60s, it seemed the whole of young America gathered at the airport to scream a welcome. ...

Dead Cert: The Streets

Interview by Ben Thompson, The Observer, 25 April 2004

'I LOVE THE NAME "The Streets",' muses 24 year-old Mike Skinner - at once the mercurial creative-director, canny CEO and flaky spokesmodel of that thriving ...

The Streets: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 18 May 2004

THE DEBUT ALBUM by Mike Skinner, a.k.a. The Streets, (Original Pirate Material) was a touching, thoughtful ode to all the aspects of modern Britain its ...

The Streets: Irving Plaza, New York City

Live Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 30 June 2004

LISTENING TO The Streets, one gets a clear indication that Mike Skinner is a punk. He's the kind of guy who'd borrow your car and ...

More Originality Please: The BRITS

Report by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 10 February 2005

THE BRITS Awards Panel must be relieved that their 25th Anniversary coincided with a revival in the fortunes of new UK music makers. ...

The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living

Review by Pete Paphides, The Times, 7 April 2006

DOES IT SIGNAL the beginning of the end when an artist casts around for inspiration and can think of nothing to write about other than ...

The Streets: The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (679) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, May 2006

MIKE SKINNER'S EXISTENCE has been transformed by success and fortune. It's a fortune accrued by observing, in startlingly prosaic detail, a life of Wetherspoons and ...

The Streets: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 8 May 2006

FAME, ACCLAIM and sudden wealth can be terrible burdens for a young pop star. Such is the overriding theme of The Hardest Way to Make ...

The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed

Review by Ian Gittins, The Quietus, 18 September 2008

MIKE SKINNER'S artistic forte has always been his quicksilver, meticulous eye for detail. He has chronicled his life like a roguish, Ecstasy-generation Pepys. ...

The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed **

Review by David Quantick, Q, October 2008

The last one honked. This is possibly even worse. ...

Professor Green and Example are Streets ahead as rap stars

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, The Times, 13 July 2010

With the two young London rappers enjoying mainstream success, they explain how they outgrew their mentor, Mike Skinner. ...

The Streets: Computers and Blues

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 9 February 2011

YOU'LL HAVE TO meet us halfway on this, but Mike Skinner's swansong plays like a cracking old wake – Skinner's of course. ...

The Streets: EartH, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The iNews, 7 August 2020

The flinching star Mike Skinner still has something to say after lockdown ...


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