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The Jam: All Mod Cons

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 28 October 1978

THIRD ALBUMS generally mean that it's shut-up-or-get-cut-up time: when an act's original momentum has drained away and they've got to cover the distance from a ...

The Skids: A Loser's Quest For Survival

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, 1 December 1979

"I'm going to lose. It's like admitting defeat before I start. But I'm going to do as much as possible in that period before I ...

Spandau Ballet: Shout To The Top

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 31 January 1985

When they started out, at the dawn of the '80s, Spandau Ballet were determined "to do something different". They said they'd never end up like ...

Chemical Brothers, The: The Chemical Brothers: Chemical Abuse

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, August 1995

Last year, the Chemical Brothers were just a couple of DJs with a legendary reputation for drug taking. Now they're almost as famous as the ...

Jam, The: Talking 'Bout My Generation: The Jam

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 6 September 1979

IT'S AUGUST 1979 and this is The Modern World. The Who are back in action for the first time in years, their films are on ...

Big Star, Posies, Arnold: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Josh Rinkoff, Rock's Backpages, 25 August 2001

A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE told me about an amazing group called Big Star. He said I should go out and buy a copy of ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 22 November 1980

IN THE cocoon, something stirs. John Lennon – one of the people who used to be in The Beatles, a group reckoned to be hot ...

The Jam, Ocean Colour Scene: Steve Cradock on Jam tribute album Fire and Skill

Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, October 1999

KA: What did The Jam mean to you? ...

Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, 12 November 1981

From the underground...To the charts? We want hits, say the former cult heroes. Quite right, says Ian Birch. ...

Orange Juice: Where Are They Now?

Profile by Martin Aston, Q, July 1992

AS SELF-EFFACING drummer Stephen Daly said, Orange Juice were "the smartest band on the island at the time. We had no affiliation with anyone – ...

Gene

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Guitar, February 1995

JUST WHO do Gene think they are? Appearing out of nowhere last spring, the London-based quartet produced three highly contagious singles, had journalists fawning all ...

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 ...

The Jam: Dies' Ist Der Modernische Welt

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, 17 March 1979

AND IN THE beginning there was darkness. Then, it has been written, the Mood formed the Pistols, Clash, Damned, Stranglers, Vibrators and the Jam and ...

Greg Kihn: Greg Kihn Again

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 3 December 1977

GREG KIHN again? Does that mean I missed the first one? Suppose it does. Oh, well. So it goes. ...

The Jam, The Vapors: The Jam, The Vapors: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1 December 1979

FIRST NIGHT out on tour: welcome back to another edition of So Who Really Is The Best Group In The World? Down in Manchester Apollo ...

The Chemical Brothers, Death In Vegas: The Chemical Brothers, Death In Vegas: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, NME, 19 April 1994

"E'S, COKE, anything you want..." Yeah, you gotta admit it: Brixton knows how to party. No sooner have you navigated your way around the slurring ...

The BRIT Awards

Comment by Paul Morley, The Observer, 13 February 2011

THE VOTING ACADEMY for this year's Brit awards is made up of 1,000 specially invited members from across the UK music industry: music critics, music ...

Redskins, The: * William Shaw Sympathises With... The Redskins

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 17 July 1985

* They think Live Aid is sickening* They reckon the Queen must feel a complete wally"* They want to bring down "post-war consumer capitalism"* They're ...

Muse: Royal Albert Hall, London ****

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Q, June 2008

Euphoric fundraiser. Big organ included. ...

Nips, The (aka The Nipple Erectors): The Nips: Ain't That a Shane?

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 2 February 1980

"ROCK 'N' ROLL is just a load of boring old rubbish. The people who play it think it's so fucking important and it's not. it ...


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