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David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Working Week: Absolute Beginners

Special Feature by Adam Sweeting, Brian Case, Melody Maker, 22 March 1986

AT LONG last, it's almost here. Poor old JULIEN TEMPLE has been working on his movie of Colin MacInnes' novel Absolute Beginners apparently since the ...

Queen

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 26 March 1986

Were they wrong to play in Sun City? Did the cash in on Live Aid with their single 'One Vision'? At last their gracious majesties ...

Garry Bushell: The Most Evil Man In Pop

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 10 May 1986

Scourge of the Looney Left, creator of Oi and prime exponent of the dreaded 'Sunspeak', GARRY BUSHELL makes a clean breast of it to Prof ...

George Michael: Mein Whampf!

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 28 June 1986

"ALTHOUGH I AM honest, I will deal with an interview with the confidence of GEORGE MICHAEL, POP STAR. And the way I deal with people ...

The Human League: Flesh And Blood

Interview by John McCready, NME, 20 September 1986

Born to make mistakes? THE HUMAN LEAGUE, CLASS of '81 veterans, saved Phil Oakey from a life on the bins. Jon McCready talks to the ...

Curtis Mayfield: Piccadilly Theatre, London

Live Review by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, 25 October 1986

PAUL WELLER knows his place. Despite meaning a lot of things to a lot of people, he was more than reluctant to share the stage ...

Smiley Culture: Word Party, Y'all

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, 22 November 1986

Rabbit on, SMILEY CULTURE! STEVEN WELLS ties tongues wiv the mouf movin' fast frew the language barriers. ...

Bananarama: These Charming Girls

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1986

"Who steals my purse steals trash, 'tis something, nothing; 'twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands. But he who filches from me ...

The Style Council: The Cost Of Loving (Polydor)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 7 February 1987

A REMARKABLE fellow, this Paul Weller. It's a strange journey he's made over the last decade, but stranger still is that he's managed to take ...

The Style Council: The Cost Of Loving

Review by Dave Rimmer, Q, March 1987

IT'S FOUR YEARS now since Paul Weller knocked The Jam on the head and launched his new group with "Merton" Mick Talbot. Ever since the ...

Level 42: Level Best

Interview by Mark Sinker, NME, 7 March 1987

"I pre-empted the Doctor Martens thing, you know." ...

Beastie Boys, The: The Nature of the Beastie Boy

Interview by John Aizlewood, No. 1, 7 March 1987

Mad, bad and dangerous to know, it's THE BEASTIE BOYS! Loud, obnoxious, snotty and very very funny. ...

The Housemartins: The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death (Go! Discs)

Review by David Quantick, NME, 26 September 1987

A NATION waits, breath caught in the throat with tension; the world's most commercial political pop group has released a second album, and who can ...

Tom Waits: I Just Tell Stories For Money: Tom Waits

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, NME, 14 November 1987

SOMETIMES YOU CAN get a pretty good idea about someone's music just by checking out their appearance. If clothes maketh the man, they also speak ...

The Farm: The Dark Side Of The Mersey: Retro-Rock Scallies

Report and Interview by John McCready, The Face, 1988

A HIPPIE IS chased down a darkened street by a group of 16 year-old Casuals. In most parts of Britain, what follows is likely to ...

Scritti Politti: The Green Manifesto

Interview by David Toop, The Face, 1988

The only pop artist who can incorporate Miles Davis and Jacques Derrida into the same repertoire, Green Gartside is still pondering the "the undecideability of ...

Everything But the Girl: Shining Bright

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1988

ONE OF THE few good things about the British pop scene in 1988 is that the subtle and reflective music of boy-girl duo Everything But ...

George Michael: Artist or Airhead?

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, January 1988

IS IT TIME TO TAKE WHAM!'S ARCHITECT SERIOUSLY? ...

Jam, The, Smiths, The: The Smiths and The Jam: The Great English Rock Group

Comment by Iman Lababedi, Creem, March 1988

THE SMITHS broke up recently. No need for tears. The Smiths were a fine band, sure, but I doubt they made your life — and ...

Was (Not Was): Disco Infernal

Interview by Mark Sinker, NME, 30 April 1988

WHIPPED CREAM ON A BARBED WIRE PIE ...


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