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Scott McLennan

Scott McLennan

In 2002, Scott McLennan gave away a promising career with the Australian Federal Police in favour of roughing it as a music journalist. Both vocations offered him a chance to question a litany of undesirables and ne'er-do-wells about where they were and what they were doing last night; only one of them paid him in the currency of backstage meet-and-greets and trolley loads of CDs. 

Scott worked as a full-time entertainment writer and editor for Adelaide's street press citadel Rip It Up Publishing for a decade. In 2016 he turned to the dark side and became a senior marketing manager at Warner Music Australia, pitching creative and enticing campaigns for the likes of David Bowie, Madonna and Michael Bublé… and having most of them rejected.

Although he now has a 'sensible' full-time job that doesn't offer as many opportunities to wear Milli Vanilli T-shirts and debate how t.A.T.u. were robbed of victory at 2003's Eurovision, Scott still freelances on music projects for Warner when time allows. 

A number of Scott's additional run-ins with acclaimed artists including Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash can be found on Scott's personal website, which also includes a selection of his gig photographs from the past 20 years.

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Arctic Monkeys: It's Up To You, New Yorkies

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), August 2006

Even when you've sold millions of copies of your debut album, earned a Mercury Award nomination, had Oasis, Kanye West and Jack White sing your ...

The Coral: The Invisible Invasion

Profile and Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), Spring 2005

"I HATE KNOBS who hang on the very thought of Pete Doherty being on smack and thrive off it – they're dickheads," the Coral's guitarist ...

Eels: The Canny Everett Show

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), Fall 2003

Eels frontman Mark "E" Everett is as slippery as the fish his outfit takes its name from. After weeks of interview schedules aborted due to ...

Foals: The Unforgettable Fire

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), January 2013

As the promotion for Foals' third album Holy Fire ramps up, it's become apparent from press shots there's a notable new addition to the Oxford ...

Future Islands: Singles Night

Interview by Scott McLennan, mX, 10 July 2014

Baltimore's synthpop trio Future Islands are so hot right now, not even Hollywood royalty can stand in their way. ...

Groove Armada: Idle Warship

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), October 2004

Unlike their UK dance contemporaries Faithless, the rumours of Groove Armada's imminent demise remain firmly denied by the duo themselves. While Tom Findlay recently commented ...

Cyndi Lauper: Still Good Enough

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), Summer 2008

It might be hard for her to break away from the wackily tressed imagery that accompanied her 1983 global smash 'Girls Just Want to Have ...

M.I.A.: Mission In Action

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), Spring 2005

With her father formerly a Sri Lankan Tamil rebel and her debut album Arular referencing bombs, warfare and violence, hot new UK star M.I.A. is ...

My Chemical Romance: Saviours Of The Damned

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), November 2006

With talk of ghosts, pesky kids and freaky cartoons, My Chemical Romance's year to date could almost be a warped Scooby Doo cartoon. Although recording ...

Robyn: Body Shot

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), 2009

Robyn's fronting on mighty pop moments such as 'Konichiwa Bitches', 'U Should Know Better' and 'Criminal Intent' have projected the Swedish star as a bad-ass ...

Santigold: New Gold Dream

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), November 2012

If Santi "Santigold" White's strong and independent voice on her two studio albums Santogold and Master Of My Make-Believe hadn't already marked out the performer ...

Regina Spektor: A Sorta Fairytale

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), April 2010

IT'S A LITTLE-KNOWN fact, but D-grade celebrity oaf David Hasselhoff taught Regina Spektor English. After emigrating from Moscow to New York in the late 1980s, ...

Tegan and Sara

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), May 2013

Although Canadian duo Tegan & Sara have previously notched up collaborations with artists as diverse as Against Me!, Tiësto and Kaki King, it was still ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Dasher! Dancer! Blitzin'!

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), December 2009

THEY'RE PERHAPS the least rural-looking band to emerge in the last decade, but Brooklyn art rock superstars Yeah Yeah Yeahs found solace in the Texas ...

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