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Select

Select was a monthly music magazine published in the UK. It was founded in 1990 and closed in 2001, and was focused on Britpop.

129 articles

Katydids: Katydids

Review by Richard Cook, Select, July 1990

KATYDIDS sound at first like they're mining a vintage seam of British pop craft, winsome and shy one moment, vigorous the next. ...

Mazzy Star: She Hangs Brightly

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, July 1990

MAZZY STAR is the latest project of David Roback, a seminal, limelight-shunning Los Angeles underground figure who put together the original Rain Parade in the ...

The Bangles: Greatest Hits

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, July 1990

FIVE YEARS ago, had you put the idea of a greatest hits compilation by The Bangles up for serious consideration, you'd have been whipped off ...

Brand New Heavies: The Brand New Heavies: The Brand New Heavies

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Select, July 1990

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES, after an early association with fellow rare groove outfit Diana Brown And The Brothers, came together in the late 70s. They ...

The Chimes: The Chimes

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Select, July 1990

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN the irresistible rise of Soul II Soul and dance music's nationalisation of the charts, The Chimes have been lost In the shuffle. A ...

The Hummingbirds: LoveBUZZ

Review by Mike Barnes, Select, July 1990

IT IS SOBERING to realise that a number of bands who have been plucked from nowhere to be critically lauded have actually been inhabiting nowhere ...

Anita Baker: Compositions - A Return To Rapture

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Select, August 1990

FOR THE first time since her elevation to the forefront of female vocalists, Anita Baker has begun writing her own material. Furthermore, in an attempt ...

Bad Company: Holy Water

Review by Paul Sexton, Select, August 1990

THEY CAN'T win, Bad Company. In the 70s. anyone who harboured a hope of hipness roundly lambasted their swaggering rock style. Two decades on, suddenly ...

The B-52s: Dance This Mess Around

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1990

THE B-52's have had a best of on the cards ever since 'Love Shack' jitterbugged (or was it the aqua-velva?) its way up the charts ...

The Silent Blue: Tune In

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1990

PICK UP a 12-string these days and just watch those sneaky Byrds put-downs form in the corners of cynical mouths. But it's a fair point ...

Duran Duran: Liberty

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, September 1990

DURAN DURAN, like most early '80s hygienic post-punk pop, played alongside current chart hits has you yearning for stuff you hated first time round. Compare ...

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Select, September 1990

FOR A WHILE THERE, Ice Cube's abusive and inflammatory lyrics came over like harmless cartoon sketches of life in American's black underclass. ...

The Dubliners: The Dubliners

Review by Penny Reel, Select, September 1990

IT IS an irony that The Dubliners should have come to prominence with ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ in 1967, the same year that Dermot O’Brien’s IRA ...

The Pointer Sisters: Right Rhythm

Review by Paul Sexton, Select, September 1990

TOPSY-TURVY would seem to be the phrase. Along come the soulful sisters Pointer from Oakland. California in the '70s and produce some blistering singles like ...

2 Live Crew: As Clean As They Wanna Be (Luke)

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, October 1990

WASHING DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC ...

Prince: Burning His Bridges: Prince: Graffiti Bridge (Paisley Park) **

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Select, October 1990

THE FIRST SINGLE from Graffiti Bridge, 'Thieves In The Temple', compared to Prince's past endeavours, is no more than a nominally interesting B-side. And it ...

En Vogue: Sisters In Arms

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Select, October 1990

Can girl groups be taken seriously and is there brains behind the beauty? Tough R&B hitmakers EN VOGUE put the politics into pop and make ...

Monie Love: Down To Earth (Warner Bros.)

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, October 1990

FEMINIST RAPPER Monie Love uses the word "sister" so much as a term of spiritual endearment to all creatures feminine that it's a dead givaway ...

The Monochrome Set: Dante's Casino

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, October 1990

WHAT A TURN UP FOR THE BOOKS. The Monochrome Set, never a band to pay any heed to the prevailing pop climate, have reformed. Now ...

Slayer: Seasons In The Abyss (Def American) *****

Review by Neil Perry, Select, November 1990

ALL THE BIG BOYS have come out to prove themselves this year. Following recent triumphant reaffirmations of metallic prowess from Anthrax and Megadeath, a sledgehammer ...

ZZ Top: Recycler

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, November 1990

THIS ALBUM took five years to make. It sounds like it took a week and a half. How do ZZ Top do it? And, for ...

Giant Sand: Swerve

Review by John Aizlewood, Select, December 1990

HOWE GELB is the caretaker of a small desert motel near the Joshua Tree National Park in America's still Wild West. Every few months he ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image Limited: Life's A Beach

Interview by Neil Perry, Select, December 1990

In Public Image Limited's 12 years at pop's outer limits — a career now highlighted on a compilation LP — John Lydon's lifestyle has become ...

The Beautiful South: Choke

Review by Paul Sexton, Select, December 1990

IN THE 12 MONTHS since they bid us Welcome To The Beautiful South, the perplexing popsters have been pretty low-profile, taking a measured approach to ...

Alton Ellis: Alton and Hortense Ellis: Alton and Hortense Ellis

Review by Penny Reel, Select, January 1991

THE COMMANDING voice of Alton Ellis has been a constant feature in popular Jamaican music for over a quarter of a century and his classic ...

Cinderella: Heartbreak Station

Review by Neil Perry, Select, January 1991

A LOT of people have probably been put off by the name, expecting a super-tacky hairspray 'n' lip-gloss LA glam outfit, but Cinderella are among ...

Eurythmics, Annie Lennox: Annie Lennox: Who's That Girl?

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Select, February 1991

Never afraid to experiment and shock, Annie Lennox has paraded a succession of challenging images during the last decade — from androgynous hedonist to caring ...

David Lee Roth: A Little Ain't Enough

Review by Neil Perry, Select, February 1991

IT'S BEEN a long time coming, this third solo LP from the Peter Pan of rock. Was it worth the wait? ...

Holger Czukay: Radio Wave Surfer

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, February 1991

THE MAESTRO'S really gone on an extended lunch hour this time. Radio Wave Surfer, the latest in a sporadic series of album bulletins from rock's ...

Jesus Jones: Doubt

Review by Neil Perry, Select, February 1991

SO FAR, so good. Jesus Jones have done all the right things — or at least all the right things have happened to them — ...

Marc Almond, Soft Cell, The The: The Bizzare Adventures of Stevo

Interview by Paul Sexton, Select, February 1991

Bank managers chase after him, record company chiefs live in fear of him trashing their offices, but STEVO somehow manages to survive, along with one of the most ...

Jesus Loves You: The Martyr Mantras

Review by Lucy O'Brien, Select, March 1991

BOY GEORGE, the good Catholic boy, swaps the symbolism of the Vatican and the crucifix for the rich sensuality of Hindu splendour. ...

Sepultura: The Lost Boys

Interview by Neil Perry, Select, March 1991

With their new LP, Arise, Sepultura are poised to gatecrash the major metal league. And with their raucous mix of rage and rock the boys ...

Tanita Tikaram: Everybody's Angel

Review by Paul Sexton, Select, March 1991

THE STATISTICS — a number two album, world tours, etc — make it seem as though 1990 and 'The Sweet Keeper' were further TT triumphs ...

Throwing Muses: The Real Ramona

Review by Mike Barnes, Select, March 1991

4AD SHOULD really come clean and put Play Loud stickers on copies of The Real Ramona. ...

Candy Flip: Madstock

Review by Lucy O'Brien, Select, April 1991

YOU HAVE to hand it to them. On first hearing, 'Strawberry Fields Forever' just seemed to be insipid pop, the nadir of the cover version. ...

Chickasaw Mudd Puppies: 8 Track Stomp

Review by Mike Barnes, Select, April 1991

MICHAEL STIPE'S production involvement with Chickasaw Mudd Puppies has given them welcome exposure. Still, the duo from Athens, Georgia, would like to be remembered for ...

Green On Red: Scapegoats

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, April 1991

MORE TWISTED tales from the cynical heart of America between the wars (Vietnam and this one), or at least between girlfriends — the weird ones. ...

Into Paradise: Churchtown

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, April 1991

THIS IS an album that starts with falling rain and finishes with a 16-year-old girl tossing herself off a bridge. Welcome to a world of ...

Jack Frost: Jack Frost

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, April 1991

JACK FROST is a collaboration between two notable Australian pop classicists, former Go-Between Grant McLennan and Steve Kilbey, singer/bassist with The Church. ...

Boy George, Culture Club, Jesus Loves You: Jesus Loves You: The Last Temptation of Boy George

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Select, April 1991

Four years ago BOY GEORGE'S world crashed, his career in shreds as he struggled to come off heroin. He became a bitter, paranoid recluse, shunning the same media he'd once courted. In this rare interview, ...

Massive Attack: Big Thinking

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Select, April 1991

Once the Bristol dance trio were Massive Attack, now they're just MASSIVE but aim to be huge with 'Unfinished Sympathy', their new single. They're also ...

The Godfathers: Unreal World

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, April 1991

IT'S TEMPTING to see The Godfathers' career as one delicious vicious circle. No fame means no money, and no money means no fun. The more ...

Womack and Womack: Womack & Womack: Family Spirit

Review by Lucy O'Brien, Select, April 1991

WHEN THE Womacks play live there's usually a dog, a cat, several children and a mouth organ on stage. They're the original hippy couple, spreading ...

Rain Tree Crow: Rain Tree Crow

Review by Mark Sinker, Select, May 1991

RAIN TREE CROW may be a one-off reformation of Japan, but they wouldn't want to be trapped by any of the preconceptions in that. The ...

Violent Femmes: Why Do Birds Sing?

Review by Mike Barnes, Select, May 1991

WHY DO BIRDS SING? is the long-awaited follow up to 3, Violent Femmes' fourth LP from 1988. Although it runs the spectrum of their past ...

Baaba Maal: Baayo (Mango) ***

Review by John McCready, Select, June 1991

BAABA MAAL is best known in Africa as an exponent of Senegalese folk music, which he plays on guitar, fora and riti. Something of a ...

The Wendys: Gobbledygook

Review by Ted Kessler, Select, June 1991

NO LESSER pop pundits than Ian Broudie and Tony Wilson have thrown their lot in with Edinburgh's Wendys. And judging by this debut LP the ...

Morrissey: Wake Me When It's Over

Interview by Mark Kemp, Select, July 1991

The Manchester scene is press-created, shallow, turgid, "a shuddering disappointment". Dance music has destroyed everything, it's "totally shocking and revolting". You are Morrissey and 1991 ...

The Wedding Present: Seamonsters

Review by Ted Kessler, Select, July 1991

JILTED, JADED AND USED, David Gedge is back and thirsty for the taste of revenge. The bad news for those who've crossed him is that ...

Momus: Hippopotamomus

Review by Ted Kessler, Select, August 1991

MOMUS (AKA NICHOLAS CURRIE) is way, way out there. A wicked pop weasel whose poisoned Euro-pop fizzes with animal sex, human sex and cannibalism. His ...

Snapper: Shotgun Blossom

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1991

FORGIVE THE PATRONISING TONE if you know this already, but some of the best music of the last ten years has come from New Zealand. ...

Transvision Vamp: The Little Magnets Versus The Bubble Of Babble

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1991

AS THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS mount up for Wendy James, it's a bitter irony that Truth Or Dare: In Bed With Madonna has arrived to emphasise ...

The Blue Aeroplanes: Beatsongs

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, September 1991

WHEN THE BLUE AEROPLANES were in Los Angeles earlier this year recording Beatsongs — and that's all they were doing there, let's make that quite ...

Alan Vega: Power On To Zero Hour

Review by Mike Barnes, Select, October 1991

THROUGHOUT ALAN VEGA'S CAREER, from Suicide in the mid/late '70s to the present day, he has always had a strong, inherent grasp of the essence ...

Blur: Leisure

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, October 1991

AND GUESS WHAT: they were right. It is special. The four Blur boys have guaranteed themselves a hefty leg-up in the being-taken-seriously stakes with the thrills ...

Nanci Griffith: Late Night Grande Hotel

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, October 1991

INFAMOUS for posing for pictures with books by her favourite Southern authors — Larry McMurtry (Deep South epics) and Carson McCullers (Ballad Of The Sad ...

Billy Bragg: Don't Try This At Home

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, November 1991

ON 1988's Worker's Playtime LP, Billy Bragg was "Waiting for the great leap forwards". It's been a long time coming, but he's made that leap, ...

Spirea X: Fireblade Skies

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, November 1991

JIM BEATTIE'S BIG ROCK 'N' ROLL TALKING is up there with his old Primal Scream oppo Bobby Gillespie's for brass nerve and self-belief. ...

Straitjacket Fits: Melt

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, December 1991

IF STRAITJACKET FITS were English they'd be stars by now. They're a better noise guitar band than anyone In the current Anglo-scheme, barring Ride: they're ...

Ice Cube: Death Certificate

Review by Ted Kessler, Select, January 1992

ICE CUBE IS NOT A MAN to mince his words. "Niggers," he declares solemnly during the introduction to 'Death Certificate', "are in a state of ...

Michael Jackson: Dangerous (Epic) *****

Review by William Shaw, Select, January 1992

HE LIVES on an estate called Neverland Valley, guarded by armed security. The driveway is lined with statues of naked cherubs. His most constant companion ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, January 1992

CONFUSION REIGNS. What Is their trip? Achtung Baby sounds very 1991, but only as the most tangential of bulletins from four musicians who've been holed ...

Lush: Spooky

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, February 1992

HOW ON EARTH would you explain Lush's sound to aliens from another planet? Well, realistically, of course you wouldn't. You'd run away shouting "Aliens! Aliens!" ...

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, February 1992

AMERICAN SINGER/ SONGWRITER Tori Amos sounds a lot like Mary Margaret O'Hara and Victoria Williams. And while it'd be nice to think that whatever she ...

James: Seven — Booth's New Gold Dream: Are James mutating into Simple Minds?

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, March 1992

OF COURSE, there's more to life than Indie music — there's getting out and meeting people: there's having money: there's not having to submit yourself ...

Ride: Going Blank Again

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, April 1992

WHOO-EE. Really, you shouldn't have. As a gift to the world, Going Blank Again is a fully- fledged wow, a winner, a stunna, a glory ...

The Beautiful South: 0898

Review by Ted Kessler, Select, May 1992

PAUL HEATON hasn't had a whiff of the much bandied about teen spirit since disbanding The Housemartins. When he ditched every thinking bank clerk's favourite ...

Levitation: Need For Not

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, June 1992

SOME DEBUT ALBUMS, of course, are more eagerly awaited than others. It would be hard to Imagine anyone chewing their nails to the quick waiting ...

The KLF: Who Killed The KLF?

Report by William Shaw, Select, July 1992

It's the last grand gesture, the most heroic acts of self-destruction in the history of pop. And it's also Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty's final ...

Cud: Asquarius

Review by John Robb, Select, August 1992

IN WHICH THE PERENNIAL UNDERDOGS go overground. In some ways Cud epitomise everything that's crap about guitar rock in 1992 — they're wilfully self-indulgent, deft ...

Prefab Sprout: Paddy McAloon – The Mild One

Interview by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1992

WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE went for rhythm Paddy McAloon stuck with melody. He's got ten years of defiantly unrockist pop behind him and his next seven ...

The House Of Love: Babe Rainbow

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1992

IT'S SOME STRANGE SECRET — probably one that only Guy Chadwick fully understands — how a band that have known such trauma and turmoil as ...

Morrissey: Your Arsenal

Review by Chris Heath, Select, September 1992

PLEASE BE UPSTANDING. Just when the memory of The Smiths is being rekindled by Best...1, an unsettlingly English Morrissey emerges triumphantly from his former band's ...

Sonic Youth: Dirty

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, September 1992

SONIC YOUTH were the progenitors of American noise nouveau. Now they're back on top of the dirt-pile. ...

Throwing Muses: Red Heaven

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, September 1992

AFTER LAST YEAR'S The Real Ramona, which seemed to please everybody at least some of the time, the Muses split in half. Tanya Donelly and bassist ...

Eugenius: Oomalama

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, October 1992

WITH A THANK-YOU LIST that includes Les Paul. Kurt Cobain and Shonen Knife (just for being, y'know, themselves...) and a highly involved genealogy that takes ...

Pet Shop Boys: Hate: Neil Tennant on the Power of Negative Thinking

Comment by Neil Tennant, Select, October 1992

IF NOT FOR hatred, I wouldn't be doing what I do now. I became a pop star because I hated football at school. I hated ...

Sinead O'Connor: Am I Not Your Girl?

Review by Michele Kirsch, Select, October 1992

WRITERS BLOCK? Contractual obligation? Or just a really long joke without the funny bit? Sinead O'Connor has made a record of cover versions of songs ...

Nazi Noises: Right-Wing Rock in Europe

Report by Dave Rimmer, Select, November 1992

NOTE: This piece about Nazi rock music in Germany was commissioned and published by UK music magazine Select in autumn 1992. It ran alongside a ...

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, November 1992

REM'S LATEST COLLECTION is a miraculously stripped-to-the-bone celebration of the sorrowful. It's here. It's ready. And it makes Out Of Time look like a collection of ...

Frank Black: Frank Black

Review by Stuart Maconie, Select, April 1993

IT'S SAID THAT The Smiths chose such a prosaic name to throw the fabulous, doomed glamour of their music into dramatic relief. Charles Thompson aka ...

That Petrol Emotion: Fireproof

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, May 1993

IN 1989 Peter Buck told Sounds That Petrol Emotion was the band he would want to be in if he wasn't already in REM. Now ...

Wendy James: Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears

Review by Stuart Maconie, Select, May 1993

EVERYONE LIKES a happy ending. Only a churl or an inveterate cynic could begrudge Wendy her return to some degree of credibility with this her ...

PJ Harvey: Rid Of Me

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, June 1993

YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME, PATTI... PJ Harvey's latest makes Dry (and Huggy Bear) seem like easy listening. Anguish, pain, fear, self-loathing, the horror... this'll ...

Manic Street Preachers: Gold Against The Soul

Review by Stuart Maconie, Select, August 1993

THE MANICS go for gold with their all-mature second album. They're bach...with a vengeance! Attitude is the most over­rated concept in modem pop. What it ...

The Lemonheads: Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Lemonheads

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, November 1993

BEHOLD, THE SWEET TROLLEY ARRIVETH. The only problem about loving the Lemonheads is that there hasn't been enough new stuff over the last 18 months. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Very and Relentless

Review by Stuart Maconie, Select, November 1993

WAY BACK WHEN, a sneering critic once challenged the writer F Scott Fitzgerald to write a novel in six words. Fitzgerald went away and came ...

Pulp: Pulpintro — The Gift Recordings

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, December 1993

15 YEARS IN THE MAKING, yet Pulp's first "proper" LP is only a bits-and-bats package. For a band that's been going for 15 years, it's strange ...

Pulp: Jarvis Cocker Remembers

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Select, December 1993

Pulp are the world's most patient overnight sensation... The punk rock roots in Sheffield. The naive first album. The naive second album. Moz envy. The wheelchair. Art ...

Pavement: Crooked Rain

Review by Elaine Cusack, Select, March 1994

NOW BEFORE YOU START, just prepare to swallow your words if you've only ever seen Pavement as a band with a Fall fixation and a ...

Saint Etienne:Tiger Bay

Review by Stuart Maconie, Select, April 1994

THE TROUBLE WITH Saint Etienne is they're too clever. And this should be said while wiping the lager foam from your lips and turning over ...

Pavement: Stephen Malkmus of Pavement

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Select, April 1994

AS AN AMERICAN, what do you think of the sex scandals that are sweeping British politics? Does it matter If an MP gets his rocks ...

Shampoo: Wash 'n' Pogo!

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Select, August 1994

Glamour! Sex! Unlimited platinum credit accounts at Top Shop! Insurrectionist teenage punkettes Shampoo want all of these things and more. Is there a Svengali in ...

Suede: Bark Psychosis: Suede: Dog Man Star (Nude) ****

Review by Stuart Maconie, Select, November 1994

Introducing the ban… Oh, too late! But rejoice! Brett and co have made high drama out of their crisis. ...

Supergrass

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Select, March 1996

A STANDARD semi-detached on Oxford's fashionably downbeat Cowley Road appears an unlikely HQ for the UK's "hottest new band" (copyright the typically finger-not-on-the-pulse Today newspaper) ...

Oasis: C'mon America...Let's Ave Yer! Seven Mental Nights On The Oasis Tourbus

Report by Paolo Hewitt, Select, May 1996

WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES of their plane taking off for Kansas, Oasis have assumed battle positions. Liam Gallagher is in the toilet with a couple of ...

Soundgarden: The Think Tank

Interview by Paul Elliott, Select, June 1996

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell muses on alcohol, nuns and The Presidents of The United States of America. ...

Tribal Gathering: Whose Land Is It Anyway?

Report by William Shaw, Select, July 1996

The residents of Otmoor hated it. The good citizens of Beckley insisted it should be halted. Members of The Woodland Trust claimed it would cause ...

Robbie Williams: "I am not a pie eater!"

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, May 1997

...well, you must like your chips, then. Robbie Williams has seen better times. The post-That fallout began at Glasto '95 and spiralled into an 18-month ...

Marilyn Manson: Hello. I am the Antichrist…

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, June 1997

Welcome to the demonic, human-bone smokin' domain of Marilyn Manson — a realm of serial killers, outré drugs and Top Five albums that has America ...

Radiohead: "Everything was just fear"

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, July 1997

"Pop is dead," they once sang. Now with "Pop" floundering, Radiohead return with a scary new album of stadium-sized space rock, ready to prove all ...

Courtney Love: You Shall Go To The Ball

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Select, January 1998

After Larry Flynt, the new-look Courtney has gatecrashed Hollywood. She has a health guru, hangs out with Madonna and may call her new album 'Malibu'. ...

Jane's Addiction: The emperor's old clothes: Jane's Addiction: Kettle Whistle (WEA) **

Review by Caitlin Moran, Select, January 1998

The Prodigy, Nirvana — Jane's Addiction invented them. Pity their "comeback" album's a diabolical anti-climax ...

The Verve: Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Retrospective by Martin Aston, Select, March 1998

The Verve's astonishing eight-year pilgrimage has been littered with drugs, dehydration, mental breakdown and six-month lasagne binges. Now, somewhere over the rainbow, the world belongs ...

Kylie Minogue: The Think Tank

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, April 1998

She's never tempted by Chicken Tonight, is haunted by Michael Hutchence, her bum isn't too small and she thinks 10am is too early to talk ...

Cornershop: Les Miserables

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, May 1998

All-singing? All-dancing? You're joking. By rights, Cornershop should be basking in their new-found celebrity — instead, Tjinder and Ben are either crying into their pints ...

The Bluetones: Return To The Last Chance Saloon (Superior Quality Recordings) ***

Review by Caitlin Moran, Select, May 1998

This album contains the immortal line, "Maybe the sky will fall/And maybe kill us all/Or just the very tall". ...

theaudience: Stealing Beauty

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, May 1998

Plucked from obscurity at a London nightclub, Sophie Ellis Bextor is all set to become the glam icon of '98. theaudience have been artfully sculpted ...

Smashing Pumpkins: The Smashing Pumpkins: From Genesis to Revelation

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, July 1998

The Smashing Pumpkins have built themselves a truly biblical myth. Now, Select offers them the chance to rip it up. Result? A 15-point fandango starring ...

Blur: The Death Of A Party

Retrospective and Interview by Stuart Maconie, Select, August 1999

WE JOIN the story in the autumn of 1995. 'Country House' has beaten 'Roll With It' to Number One and the critics are in short-lived ...

Primal Scream: "I Am A Drug Addict"

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, February 2000

Primal Scream are off the smack (but not the speed, coke and E) and on a mission – kill Sporty Spice, kick the shit out ...

Cat Power: The Covers Record (Matador) ***

Review by Toby Manning, Select, April 2000

The fifth album from Atlanta's Chan Marshall is a collection of songs by — amongst others — Smog, Dylan, Lou Reed and the Rolling Stones. ...

Embrace: Drawn From Memory

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Select, April 2000

THIS FOLLOW-UP to 1998's The Good Will Out album was recorded with Trisan Norwell in London, Leeds and Gloucestershire. Perhaps inspired by his work with ...

Six By Seven: The Closer You Get

Review by Pat Long, Select, May 2000

Nottingham quintet's "fast, furious, angry" follow-up to 1998's underachieving The Things We Make album. ...

Super Furry Animals: Mwng

Review by Toby Manning, Select, June 2000

All-Welsh album, the title meaning "horse's mane". "It's an extension of a super furry animal," singer Gruff explains. ...

Yo La Tengo: The Belcourt Theater, Nashville

Live Review by Toby Manning, Select, June 2000

COMPLETELY DOMINATING the bare-brick basement that is Yo La Tengo's Nashville dressing room is one of the largest, most gourmet riders ever to grace a ...

Badly Drawn Boy: This Charming Man

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, July 2000

Floral tributes please for Badly Drawn Boy: incurable romantic, nicotine addict and, quite probably, the best songwriter in the world... ...

Graham Coxon: The Blur Switch Project

Profile and Interview by Pat Long, Select, July 2000

No more teen adulation for Blur's guitarist. On his new solo LP, Graham Coxon is going underground. ...

The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

Review by Toby Manning, Select, July 2000

The third album from the Portland, Oregon, quartet perhaps best known for keyboard player Zia's insistence on revealing her breasts onstage. ...

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope) *****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Select, August 2000

Liberal-baiting rap superstar returns with autobiographical outing, officially the second fastest-selling album ever. ...

Brothers in Sound: Are We Slack Enough For You?

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, October 2000

"YES, WE ARE as slack as we appear," confesses Brothers In Sound's Paul Hanford with a you've-rumbled-us-guv shrug. "We need people to organise us getting ...

Finley Quaye

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, October 2000

Soup Is Blood! Tony Blair's Baby Was Born At Sea! Finley Ouaye Is Reborn As A Manic Street Preacher And He'll Smack You If You ...

Coldplay: Yellow In Peril

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, November 2000

Inclement weather. Iffy gig. Coldplay's sojourn to Portugal's Paredes De Coura Festival was no holiday in the sun ...

Muse: Matt Bellamy

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, November 2000

MUSE'S MATT BELLAMY, what's with the blue hair? ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Reprazent: In The Mode (One Little Indian)

Review by Toby Manning, Select, November 2000

Mercury-winning Bristol drum'n'bass gang. Features guest spots from Zack De La Rocha and Method Man. ...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: "I'm number one … so why try harder?"

Interview by Toby Manning, Select, November 2000

One day you're the ex-singer of a forgotten indie band. The next, you're Number One and embroiled in a tabloid bitch fight with Posh Spice. ...

Coldplay: Look At The Stars

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, January 2001

...or alternatively, look the other way, mumble about how no-one really likes you and worry about losing your hair. Coldplay are Britain's biggest new band ...

Kelis: Seeking Tuneage Kicks With... Kelis

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, January 2001

Space-age R&8 queen Kelis laughs long and loud about organ donation, Muse and why Tom Jones ruins her day. But what's her... ...

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