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Tricky (1996)

Interview by Steven Daly, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1996

The Bristol maverick discusses his treatment by the music press and talks about being pigeonholed; about not repeating Maxinquaye; about recording in Jamaica and what went wrong with Massive Attack; about Trip Hop and his relationship with Martina Topley-Bird; about his criminal past and his gangster uncles; about his memories of Bristol, the Wild Bunch and Smith & Mighty; and about his role in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element...

File format: mp3; file size: 74.3mb, interview length: 1h 17' 26" sound quality: ***


Various: The Hard Sell (Earth Recordings/All formats)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 27 July 1991


Tricky: Dodgy Geezer

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, 29 January 1994

At last count Tricky owes me two stereos and an eardrum. Yup, when the bassline to 'Aftermath' thunders into your life your woofers are history, ...

Tricky: The Wide Bunch

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Face, The, February 1995

Tense, nervous and paranoid, Tricky has emerged from the dark heart of the Bristol beat with an extraordinary album that is almost as strange and ...

Tricky: Maxinquaye (4th & Broadway)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 18 February 1995


[the Phantoms of] TRICKNOLOGY [versus a Politics of Authenticity]

Essay by Ian Penman, Wire, The, March 1995

"Machine technology is a type of transformation." Martin Heidegger ...

Tricky: Maxinquaye

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 1995

THIS IS A brilliant record: densely layered, full of barely controlled nervous energy, paranoid under surveillance, at times more intimate than you’d wish – like ...

Red-blooded Chameleon — PJ Harvey, Tricky: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 March 1995

Enigmatic as ever, PJ Harvey returns in red satin and fine form, with Tricky in support ...

PJ Harvey, Tricky: Town & Country Club, Leeds

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 18 March 1995


Tricky, Renegade Soundwave: The Grand, Clapham, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 May 1995

Cool, calm and very, very strange: Caroline Sullivan is haunted by Bristol rapper Tricky ...

Trip Hop: Another City, Another New Sound

Report by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, 28 May 1995

POP GROUPS hate being identified as part of a scene centred on a city. But if there's one thing bands resent even more, it is ...

Tricky: Just Like That!

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, June 1995

Avonian ingénu Tricky has pulled quite a rabbit from the top hat they're calling "Bristol trip-hop". Martin Aston meets the Number 1 rapper with plenty ...


Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 24 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 ...

Trip Hop: Where The Beats Have No Name

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, July 1995

Trip-hop is now part of pop's international language — but the pioneers of Britain's most successful musical export in years refuse to admit it exists... ...

Tricky: Uneasy Listening

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, 22 October 1995

Hip, maverick rapper Tricky talks exclusively about the dark reality that inspires his music ...

Tricky: Vampire of the Sensi

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 28 October 1995

Forget all you may have read about TRICKY. Forget that he once admitted being the father of MARTINA's child. Forget that he and Björk, at ...

Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Fourth & Broadway BR 623 CD/MC/LP)

Review by David Toop, Wire, The, October 1996

ANY MUSICIAN who debuts at creative boiling point is going to slap into problems before too long. A couple of years of press saturation, blind ...

Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Island, 10 tks/42 mins)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 9 November 1996


Tricky: Things That Go Bumpkin The Night

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, 9 November 1996

After his darker than dark period, West Country imp Tricky comes back from the other side with a new LP, Pre-Millennium Tension, proclaiming New York ...

Tricky: On the Edge

Interview by Steven Daly, Rolling Stone, 14 November 1996

Each year, Rolling Stone looks to the far edges of rock & roll in search of new artists who march to the beat of a ...

Chuck D and Tricky: Conversation Terrorists

Interview by Dele Fadele, Vox, December 1996

It was a most unlikely summit meeting when Chuck D, Public Enemy's motormouth mainspring and founding father of political rap, met Bristol maverick Tricky, hip-hop's ...

Who Put The Bleep In The Boom-Chi Bleep?

Overview by Pat Blashill, Details, December 1996


Pre Millennium Tension

Report by Bethan Cole, i-D, March 1997

Adolescent angst and twentysomething trauma used to be something of a cliché. But no longer. With admissions of young people to hospital at an all-time ...

Tricky: Hackney Empire/Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, 25 April 1997

TRICKY'S MIND can't freeze long enough to be recorded. Since Maxinquaye's trip-hop trigger, he's been too edgy, too impatient, to stay in the studio honing ...

Tricky: Rock City, Nottingham

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1997

THE END of the millennium is nigh! Most men will perish and the rest will get extremely stressed out and have to take lots of ...

Lollapalooza: Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, Florida

Live Review by Will Hermes, Spin, September 1997

"DO YOU WANNA see the first band, or do you wanna see me jump to my death?" a paunchy MC bellowed from a perch atop ...

The Tricky Kid

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Ways of Hearing' (Gollancz), 1998

HOTEL ROOMS ARE notoriously impervious to the characters of the people who stay in them: close proximity to a wicker basketful of complimentary toiletries has ...

Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces (Island)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 23 May 1998

Cherub Thumping! ...


Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, June 1998

Demonised by the media, deified by the art set, the real Tricky still struggles to be heard above the hubbub. Q parts a curtain of ...

Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces (Island)

Review by Nick Coleman, MOJO, June 1998

A fourth album for the Bristolian angst-meister, now removed to the US and working with real instruments played by real musicians. ...

Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 1998

HEROES DON'T last long these days. Partly because the scene is shallow and restless; partly because cynicism is always muttering, "Why do we need heroes ...

This Must Be The Place: Newport, Bristol, Walthamstow, Colchester: Everybody's Talking About... The True Significance Of Location

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Seven Years of Plenty' (Gollancz), October 1998

"A recent article in the New York Times proclaimed Newport as The New Seattle..." Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 13 December, 1996 ...

Tricky: Juxtapose (Island)

Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 1999

IT ONLY SEEMS like Tricky is making the same album every time out. 1996's Nearly God stripped out whatever commercial possibilities Maxinquaye's paradigmatic trip-hop held; ...

The Drama You’ve Been Craving

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 30 June 2001

Michael Goldberg blows back with Tricky... and discovers the new Sly. ...

Tricky: Blowback (Anti)**

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

Trip hop supremo Adrian Thawes returns, restored to health, and helped by guests Cyndi Lauper and Red Hot Chili Peppers ...

Tricky, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Mad Professor: Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Wire, The, August 2003

ON PAPER, what a line-up, what a dub melding of nonconformist minds: The Mad Professor (aka Neil Fraser), who through his remixes of Primal Scream ...

Tricky: Return Of The Bristol Rover

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2008

After exploding on to the trip-hop scene with Massive Attack and as a solo artist, Tricky decamped to America to go through what some see ...


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, ...

Latitude Festival Review: The Quietus Gets Saucy In Southwold

Live Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, 24 July 2009

The Quietus bored by Yorke but tentage to Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the driest wet festival ...


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 ...

Tricky: Koko, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, 26 October 2010

Still tripping on the ghosts of the past ...

Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, 20 April 2012

"Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers, Their satanic music is driven by marijuana."— Harry J. Anslinger, America's First Drug Czar ...

see also Massive Attack

see also Martina Topley-Bird

see also Wild Bunch, The


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