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Helen Fitzgerald

Helen Fitzgerald

Helen FitzGerald is from Dublin and began writing about music during the punk era in that city, notably for VOX fanzine, which covered most of the bands she admired.  Moving to London in the early '80s she freelanced for Sounds and for Masterbag, a high-end fanzine of the day, covering the Birthday Party, The Fall, the Cocteau Twins, Foetus, the Virgin Prunes and more.  In 1983 she joined Melody Maker as a staff journalist, interviewing and reviewing bands that took her fancy, and some that were assigned, for seven years.  She recalls Michael Stipe and Brian Eno as her favourite interviewees and has a hamper of cuttings in her attic which she occasionally visits to indulge in some nostalgia.

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The Blue Nile: Source of the Nile

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 28 April 1984

Helen FitzGerald goes in search of paradise and finds... BLUE NILE ...

Bronski Beat: Dark Side of the Beat

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 15 September 1984

After the haunting 'Smalltown Boy' BRONSKI BEAT take sexual politics right to the edge with their daring new single, 'Why'. In America completing their debut ...

Bronski Beat: St James' Church, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 4 August 1984

SONGS OF PRAISE ...

Cocteau Twins: Cocteau Hour

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Sounds, 11 September 1982

Helen Fitzgerald gets intoxicated by the exotic mixture of the Cocteau Twins. ...

Cocteau Twins: Heavenly Twins

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 19 March 1983

LAST SEPTEMBER a very strange thing happened. Three unknown scruffy Scottish urchins took the indie charts by storm with, a debut album, called Garlands, an ...

Cristina: Funny Girl

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 8 September 1984

CRISTINA may live in luxury, but she's no pampered butterfly, as Helen FitzGerald finds out ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Heaven, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 30 August 1986

CAT DANCERS ...

Divine: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 24 November 1984

"YOU'RE SO UGLY honey, in fact I wouldn't even fuck you with his dick." ...

Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Swiss Franks

Report and Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 25 May 1985

Finally, FRANKIE relaxed and invited Helen FitzGerald to chase them round picturesque Montreux. So what did happen in that brothel in Frankfurt? What do Frankie ...

Brian Eno, U2: The Life of Brian

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 29 September 1984

Helen FitzGerald, the Emerald Isle's most astonishing export, gets all mysterious with ambient whizz-kid BRIAN ENO, who talks about life after the bush of ghosts, ...

Eurythmics, Heaven 17, Jools Holland, Paul McCartney, Public Image Ltd, Tina Turner: The Tube: Ready... Steady... Um...

Report by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 5 November 1983

Helen FitzGerald has a nightmare... and finds herself at the first night of THE TUBE. ...

The Fat Boys: Eat To The Beat

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 4 May 1985

Helen 'fat is a feminist issue' FitzGerald gets greedy with the FAT BOYS, who are turning rap into pap... or pop. ...

The Go-Betweens: Go-Betweens: Spring Hill Fair (Sire K925179)

Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 29 September 1984

TO SUMMARISE the Go-Betweens' appeal would be a destructive exercise, because the core of their charm is a moveable feast. From the lush beauty of ...

Go West: Judgement Day

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 30 March 1985

PLAINTIFF: H. FITZGERALD DEFENDANTS: GO WEST THE CRIME: HYPE! HYPE! HYPE! ...

Howard Jones: Civic Hall, Guildford

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 7 January 1984

HOWARD JONES. The real thing or just another keyboard wizard with just enough talent to blaze a fiery but abruptly short trail through our memories ...

Kajagoogoo, Limahl: Limahl: I Me Mine

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 9 June 1984

LIMAHL and his ego hold court. Credulous report: Helen FltzGerald ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Sounds, 23 October 1982

ESCAPISM — a tendency to escape from realities of life into fantasy — is what I expected. Nothing real, nothing pertinent, inspiring or important. Escapism, ...

Marilyn: Gentle Men Prefer Blonds

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 5 November 1983

Friend of the stars MARILYN expounds on the delights of Chanel No. 5 and pink lipstick to Helen FitzGerald ...

Microdisney: Crooked Mile (Virgin)

Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 3 January 1987

OR ... Camping It Up With The Cops, the Disney's third album, their first with a major label and the first to really wrap their ...

Microdisney: Disney Times

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 7 December 1985

Helen FitzGerald charts the dogged progress and gradual rise of the two misfits CATHAL COUGHLAN and SEAN O'HAGAN, better known as the heart of MICRODISNEY. ...

Microdisney: In From the Cold

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 10 January 1987

Fed up with indie rigours and rituals, MICRODISNEY have signed to a major, but have they sold their souls? Helen Fitzgerald looks at a new ...

My Bloody Valentine: The Clarendon, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 16 August 1986

MY BLOODY Valentine are young and awkward and dear to the heart, their nervous system centred on Colm's ferocious rhythmic vigour as, embarrassed by having ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: New Junk for Old

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 28 April 1984

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK emerge from the shadows with a new album, Junk Culture. Helen FitzGerald hops on the Sealink to Belgium for a ...

The Pale Fountains: Fountains of Youth

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 17 March 1984

Helen FitzGerald swoons in the company of THE PALE FOUNTAINS, back with a new album after a fruitless search for the ideal record producer. ...

The Redskins: The Insanity Clause

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 29 June 1985

Back on the road and with their new single 'Bring It Down' receiving accolades from all directions, THE REDSKINS are demonstrating that there's still life ...

R.E.M.: Tales from the Black Mountain

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 27 April 1985

In which a rapt Helen FitzGerald hears stories from the background of MICHAEL STIPE of R.E.M., the Georgia boys who brought mystery back to music. ...

Simply Red: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 30 November 1985

AND SO the controversy continues. Inflammatory statements rage about our ears as the Mancunian soul-revivalists stand their ground and weather the cries of derision that ...

Twiggy: Life Begins At 35

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 21 September 1985

Helen FitzGerald cancels several modelling assignments to meet Lesley Hornby, alias the delectable TWIGGY. Once the Sixties clothes-peg, she now has a new single, 'Feel ...

Wham!: Make It Big (Epic)

Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 10 November 1984

MILD NOISE ...

Wham!: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 26 November 1983

WHAM! TRAP! ...

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