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Bruce Dessau

Bruce Dessau

Bruce Dessau wrote for the New Musical Express in the 1980s. He also wrote for Jamming and The Face and was a columnist for Blitz magazine and Music Editor of City Limits before going on to write about music for The Guardian, Observer, The Independent and other national newspapers. He has contributed to a number of books about 1980s post-punk pop culture and is the author of George Michael: The Making of a Superstar. Today he mainly covers the comedy waterfront, but still writes about music occasionally for theartsdesk.com.

 

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808 State: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 15 April 1991

WHILE Manchester's club culture is rent asunder by rave-dazed apathy and internecine drug wars, the bands that made the scene move on. Happy Mondays are ...

British Electric Foundation: The Soul World In His Hands

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, October 1991

It's taken Martyn Ware nine years and a good lawyer to make The British Electronic Foundation's second album, a compilation of soul classics "interpreted" by ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: Carter USM: Stars of the Singlets Market

Report by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 21 May 1992

Never mind the music, it's the T-shirt that counts these days. Bruce Dessau reports ...

Lloyd Cole: Strings Attached

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, September 1991

Lloyd's Cole's new album has more strings on it than an episode of Thunderbirds. In an Irish TV studio, as an orchestra tunes up, Bruce ...

Mary Coughlan: Palladium, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 28 November 1987

WHEN YOU'VE swiftly established yourself as a cult singer of pretty impressive status there's only one direction you want to go, and that's mainstream. It's ...

Gloria Estefan: Estefan in Exile

Profile and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 15 September 1989

Bruce Dessau on the singer hailed by President Reagan as the capitalist face of communist Cuba. ...

Flight of the Conchords: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, The, 21 June 2018

BRET MCKENZIE and Jemaine Clement were supposed to play their first London tour dates in seven years in March but then Bret rather inconsiderately tumbled and ...

Inspiral Carpets: Larger Than Life

Interview by Bruce Dessau, i-D, July 1990

Two years ago, Oldham's Inspiral Carpets were just about filling the Cricketers pub in South London. This spring, their album Life sold over 200,000 copies ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Pastels: Creation Records: Lions In Our Own Garden

Report and Interview by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 3 November 1984

BRUCE DESSAU rustles the roster of London's pop-punk indie, CREATION RECORDS ...

Lenny Kravitz: Lenny Be Me

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, April 1991

Lenny Kravitz doesn't want an image. It's music that matters. He'd rather be in a studio and miserable than outside having fun. Bruce Dessau tracked ...

Microdisney: Half Moon, Herne Hill, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 6 October 1984

ZIT HITS! ...

New Model Army: Marquee, London

Review by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 4 May 1985

FROM THE AUDIENCE (predominantly young, male, long-haired and rather ugly) to the band (older, male, longhaired and rather ugly) there is the kind of mutual ...

The Pixies: Road To Gnomewhere

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, July 1991

The Pixies are in L.A. Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV is driving his dirty yellow caddy fast. With the stereo playing loud. Bruce Dessau thumbed ...

Primal Scream

Profile and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Jamming!, September 1985

THE BESTOWING of the term "scene" on a city's musical activity is invariably ill advised. In most areas of large populations (and sadly but inevitably) ...

Prince: Under The Cherry Moon

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bruce Dessau, Blitz, September 1986

THE PRINCELY PROCEEDINGS commence with a scene of such steamily symbolic eroticism you almost expect the censor's stamp to come crashing through the screen. ...

The Rolling Stones: Bradford rolls away the Stones: At the Max

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 30 January 1992

Bruce Dessau reports on a Rolling Stones concert film — the first to be shown on IMAX ...

Screaming Blue Messiahs: The Screaming Blue Messiahs, Rhythmic Itch: Rock Garden, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 6 October 1984

WHAT A grotty emporium is the Rock Garden! What does the name conjure up but images of a pile of stones where there should be ...

Shriekback: Pearls Before Spine: Shriekback: Embassy, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 10 August 1985

WHENEVER I used to hear the name Shriekback, my imagination would immediately thrust out a picture of Kalahari bushmen bedecked in Walkmans. ...

The Sugarcubes: Still Crazy after all these Beers

Report and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, February 1992

IF IT'S 4.30 on a Friday afternoon, it must he Reykjavik. Actually, it turns out to be Keflavik, 40 minutes away from Iceland's capital city ...

That Petrol Emotion: Thames Polytechnic, Woolwich

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, New Musical Express, 1 June 1985

PUMP IT UP! ...

The The's Thatcher Years

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 12 May 1989

Matt Johnson tells Bruce Dessau how he's managed to mix pop and politics ...

The Time: Time without the Prince

Profile by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 31 August 1990

MOST BANDS that get together after solo careers do so to cash in on their past. If the Minneapolis band the Time had wanted to ...

Wet Wet Wet: Sweat Sweat Sweat

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Vox, November 1991

Clydeside's best are not just Level 42 in kilts, as Bruce Dessau discovers. When their last album failed to go mega platinum, the band found ...

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