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Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran began her career as a journalist for Melody Maker at the age of 16. She is the author of the bestselling How To Be A Woman. She is a broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times, where she writes three columns a week: one for the Saturday Magazine, a TV review column, and the satirical Friday column "Celebrity Watch". She is married to RBP contributor Peter Paphides, with whom she has two daughters.

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American Music Club: 'I'm An Ant'

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, September 1994

Yup, Sultan of Sorrow and Mr Low Self-Opinion Mark Eitzel of American Music Club — arguably the most exquisitely miserable band on the planet — ...

Baby Bird: Ugly Beautiful

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1996

The first Baby Bird-as-a-band album is hideously lovely... ...

Babyshambles, Pete Doherty, The Libertines: Babyshambles: Grow up, for Pete's sake

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, December 2004

Fans deify Pete Doherty for his 'old school' hedonism. Actually, he's a tragic junkie du jour ...

The Beastie Boys: The Filofax Of Life

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1994

Beastie Boys have recovered from years of being f***ed about by record companies to build their very own self-contained business empire. They've also just made ...

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". ...

Jeff Buckley: Orgasm Addict

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, May 1995

"There is no name yet for the places he or his voice can't go..." They said that about Sixties archangel Tim Buckley and they're saying ...

Chumbawamba: 69 Club, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1992

CHUMBAWAMBA leap on stage and say "We're Chumbawamba and we're from Leeds". ...

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 ...

Curve: Present Intense

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, September 1993

Curve's new album, Cuckoo is a blood-curdling riot of pain and paranoia. So, it would seem, are Curve's lives. As CAITLIN MORAN finds out when ...

Pete Doherty: For Pete's Sake, Let's Hope There's No Snow At Christmas

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, November 2006

I WONDER what Pete Doherty will be doing for Christmas? I know you're wondering, too. It is a poser. While it's difficult enough being a ...

Dollar: The Van Day Today

Report by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, March 2003

Dollar's David Van Day continues to entertain — but not by singing ...

Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy: The Rise, Fall, Rise, Fall and Rise of Stephen Duffy

Retrospective and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Word, The, March 2006

He was the founder of Duran Duran whose idealistic visions never quite chimed with the times. CAITLIN MORAN charts the Lazarus-like multiple recovery of the ...

Bob Dylan, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robbie Williams: The Holy and Sacred thoughts of His Bobness

Book Review by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, December 2004

THE GREATEST music book this year, of course, is Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. 1 (Simon & Schuster, £16.99; offer £13.39) — a cultural event so notable ...

East 17: Sex Induction Hour

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1993

East 17 are the Take That it's okay to like, the pop-rap posse from Walthamstow admired by alternative types and screaming teenies, and — fact ...

EMF: In Knob We Trust

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1995

These Animal Men, eat your heart out! Beatbox popsters EMF were Number One in America when their average age was 20, they were on the ...

Faith No More: King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime (Slash)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, March 1995

Faith No More apparently expect us to take their funk-metal Queen-isms seriously. Not CAITLIN MORAN. When the shit hits the fan, they just make her ...

Happy Mondays: It's a very happy Monday for Bez

Report by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, January 2005

Victory for the man who tried to escape Celebrity Big Brother. ...

Hole, Courtney Love, Nirvana: Courtney Love: Hole in One

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1994

Hole are, to all intents and purposes, Courtney Love. And Courtney Love is a one-woman spite factory, spewing out bile and savaging anyone who dares ...

Hole, Courtney Love, Nirvana: It's True, I Did Kill Kurt Cobain

Memoir by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, April 2004

It is ten years since the rock icon shot himself. This critic recalls meeting with his wife, Courtney Love, shortly before his death ...

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 ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Hail to the Chiefs, as Americans say

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, July 2005

The only British act appearing in Philadelphia will be Leeds lads, the Kaiser Chiefs. Caitlin Moran traded bons mots ...

Kenickie: Kamikaze! Karaoke! Kenickie!

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, November 1996

KENICKIE may barnstorm through life like kamikaze karaoke kids, but there's sadness in their madness ...

Ed Kuepper: This is the Magic Mile (Hot Records)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, December 2005

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Kylie Minogue: Kylie Minogue (Deconstruction)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

WHY HAS THIS perspex bubble, this one-way mirror, this empty shop window, this unfilled gilt frame, this unformed lust, this shapeless beauty, this Kylie, become ...

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 ...

Courtney Love: Love, Actually

Profile and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, November 2006

Courtney Love was rejected by her parents at 9, raised in institutions and grew into the wild woman of rock. Our correspondent spent the weekend ...

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'. ...

Lush: Automobile For The People

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1994

LUSH are back! Cue multiple VATs and strawberry daiquiris. But no! Lush's hard-drinking, hard-socialising days are behind them. They've gone all introspective and solemn. And, ...

Kirsty MacColl

Profile and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, Spring 2000

One of our finest singers is also one of our finest writers, and has been for all of 21 years. Caitlin Moran meets the never ...

Madonna: Famous for being more famous than famous: Madonna and other icons

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, November 2005

Our writer muses on the qualities that separate the icon from the merely great. ...

Madonna tackles her critics head on

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, November 2006

HAD ONE CONSIDERED, five years ago, which controversy Madonna would next be embroiled in, it is unlikely that many of us would have guessed "something ...

Madonna: Koko, London

Live Review by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, November 2005

THE LAST TIME Madonna played this venue was, as she reminded us, 22 years ago. Then, she was just another struggling blond singer/dancer/actress living on ...

Madonna: Sleek-A-Boo

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Face, The, February 1997

New Madonna, new danger? Groomed, elegant — the Material Girl has matured with good grace. Will her fans wish she hadn't bothered, asks Caitlin Moran ...

Manic Street Preachers: Culture, Alienation, Bordeaux and Despair: Manic Street Preachers: The Barbey, Bordeaux

Live Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

Only a couple of weeks out of hospital, and Richey James is back on a stage, scarred, skinny, bloodshot, but still beautiful. It's a dangerous ...

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 ...

Paul McCartney: Lady Madonna: In defence of Heather Mills-McCartney

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, June 2006

IN THE WEEK in which Lady McCartney has been accused of being, quite literally, a lying whore, I hope it is of some small comfort ...

Menswear: Mod-U-Like

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1995

"THE THING IS, we won't let anyone down." ...

Menswear: The New Squad Of New Mod

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, November 1994

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED, already, that Menswear are going to be famous. All the stars (well, Shampoo and Pulp) turned up for their debut gig ...

Oasis: It's judgment day in the oasis of trendiness: Oasis at Glasto

Live Review by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, June 2004

ONE OF THE best things about Glastonbury is the way that it serves as a giant sun-burnt exit poll on the cultural developments of the ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Sharon Osbourne: Is Sharon "Loved"? Everyone I Know Can't Stand Her

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, March 2006

NEWS OF great note to stay-at-home mums, students, "freelancers", resting actors, members of indie rock bands, pensioners, columnists, people who work night shifts in factories ...

John Peel: Pied Piper for Four Generations

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, October 2004

IF YOU WANT to know what influence John Peel had, and what he stood for, listening to Radio One in the hours after his death ...

Radiohead: Head Cases

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1995

Radiohead's The Bends is one of the albums of the year. We already know this. We also know that Thom Yorke is the next richeykurt ...

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 ...

Red House Painters: Ocean Beach (4AD)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, March 1995

WELL THEY say the abused always turns into an abuser... and if men who whine about the weather, their ex-girlfriend(s), their f***ing mothers and how ...

Shampoo: Sheer Tart Attack

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

Hey, everyone, meet SHAMPOO! They've had three debut singles! The last one sold over 150,000 copies! They're not lesbians! They talk in their own secret ...

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 ...

The Smiths: So tell me, what was that all about? A Smiths Symposium

Report by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, March 2005

THE VIDEO for the Smiths' 1987 single 'I Started Something I Couldn't Finish' shows hundreds of faux-Morrisseys descending on the streets of Manchester — cardigans frayed, quiffs ...

The Spice Girls: It Was a Power Trip

Retrospective by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, July 2006

Ten years after the release of the first Spice Girls album, our writer argues that the social legacy of "girl power" is still with us. ...

The Stone Roses: "Coming" In The Eire: The Stone Roses: Féile '95, Cork

Live Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, August 1995

OH YEAH; some other people played as well. Damon hung around all weekend so he could see Elastica play (aww, sweet); Terence Trent D'Arby insists ...

Theaudience: 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 ...

Therapy?: Penetration Terrorists

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, July 1995

THERAPY? ALMOST lost their minds back there, OD'ing on women and drugs. So they changed – no more cartoon punk behaviour for them. Instead, as ...

Jessica Vale: Symphony for Moans and Rampant Rabbit

Report and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, February 2005

Jessica Vale's album is made up entirely of samples of people having sex. So what exactly was that sound? Or that one? ...

The Who: Talking 'bout our Laptop Generation

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, July 2006

THE WHO ARE embarking on a 66-date world tour this year. ...

Robbie Williams, Part 1: A Dark Star Shines Brightly

Profile and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, October 2005

HERE IS Robbie Williams's penthouse, on the 15th floor, overlooking Chelsea Harbour. To be fair, it's not a vast space — with a pool table, ...

Robbie Williams: Man with the Child in his Eyes

Profile and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, October 2005

In part two of our exclusive interview, Caitlin Moran finds the mixed-up Robbie Williams she once knew a changed man. ...

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 ...

List of genre pieces

"£50 Man" is music to ears of dying industry

Report by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, June 2004

FIVE years ago, prominent figures in the music industry began proclaiming that downloading would kill the music industry. ...

Doing justice to Smash Hits

Report and Interview by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, February 2005

The once-great tongue-in-cheek music press has gone, but its spirit lives on. ...

MTV OD

Report by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, December 1994

The MTV European Music Awards happened last week. You might have seen them on the telly. Lots and lots of famous stars winning prizes for ...

The World's Greatest Indoor Festival: Julien Temple's Glastonbury

Review by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, April 2006

THERE IS NO Glastonbury Festival this year — a fact that will, to be frank, be making the lives of about 120,000 people fairly bleak ...

Ye Revenge Of Ye Mobbe

Overview by Caitlin Moran, Word, The, December 2004

For centuries celebrities have loomed large in our pub-time fairytales. Now electronic media has made our thirst for gossip insatiable. Well at least that's what ...

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