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Simon Price

Simon Price

Simon Price, born in South Wales in 1967 and now based in Brighton (after a long spell in London and a much shorter one in Paris), is an award-winning British music critic. His three-decades-plus career includes nine years at Melody Maker magazine and twelve at the Independent On Sunday newspaper, during which time he was voted Live Reviews Writer Of The Year on three consecutive occasions at the Record Of The Day Awards. He currently contributes to publications including Q magazine, The Guardian, Metro and The Quietus.

His first book, Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers), published by Virgin in 1999, was named Book Of The Year by NME and Rock Book Of The Decade by The Guardian, and at one point held the title of the fastest-selling rock biography in UK history.

Price was the first journalist to interview Suede, the first British journalist to interview Rage Against The Machine, the first outside the specialist hip hop press to write about the Wu-Tang Clan, and he discovered The Darkness. Other significant interviewees include Courtney Love, Kylie Minogue, Nine Inch Nails, Duran Duran, Bjork, Snoop Dogg, Cher, Boy George, Smokey Robinson, John Cale, TLC, Stevie Nicks, Eddie Izzard, Siouxsie Sioux, Kings Of Leon, Adam Ant, Public Enemy, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Flaming Lips, Cameron Diaz, Marc Almond, Charlotte Church, Steve Strange, Salt & Pepa, Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde and The Beastie Boys.

An experienced radio presenter, Price frequently appears on BBC radio and television stations (among others) as a pop expert. He is also a successful club promoter, running the monthly alternative 80s night Spellbound (and previously, for fifteen years, glam-punk-trash night Stay Beautiful), and has DJed for clients including AC/DC, Manic Street Preachers, Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell Williams, The Charlatans, London Fashion Week and the Reading Festival.

Onstage Q&A interviews are an increasingly common part of his repertoire, with stars including John Taylor, Martin Kemp, Gary Numan, Suede, Marc Almond and Viv Albertine, for clients including Waterstone's, the Brighton Festival, Universal Music and The Great Escape.

He identifies as an atheist, socialist, vegan, and 80s throwback. He's been through several fashion movements since first becoming a ska-obsessed Rude Boy at the age of 13, most of them involving make-up and extreme hairstyles, and nowadays considers himself a 'recovering goth'.

Simon currently lectures in Music Journalism at the BIMM Institute in Brighton. His personal website www.simonprice.dj includes an extensive archive of his work.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Elysees Montmartre, Paris

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 17 December 1988

TONIGHT THE Angel saw the Ass, and still isn't convinced. ...

Rick Astley: Le Zenith, Paris

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 18 March 1989

SO THIS IS what we're supposed to be getting so angry about. Tonight is my first proper pop concert, and it's bizarre. They're screaming! At ...

Texas: New Morning, Paris

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 24 June 1989

I DON'T know if I can get across to you just how depressing it is to be standing, sweating in a tiny Parisian jazz club ...

Bleach (UK): Bleach: Camden Palace, London/Flip Your Wig, Brighton/Jericho Tavern, Oxford

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 20 April 1991

MAN OVERBOARD! ...

AC/DC: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 4 May 1991

BRILLIANT, brilliant, f***ing brilliant!!! Ignore all those bands you read about in Sidelines: if you don't love AC/DC, you don't like Rock. They're that fundamental, ...

Flowered Up: Moles, Bath

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 8 June 1991

BUDDING STARS ...

Morrissey: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 27 July 1991

THE LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT ...

Manic Street Preachers: Drags to Riches

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 25 January 1992

Sacrilege! The Manics are re-releasing a single! SIMON PRICE watches the Welsh wastrels get all tarted up for a video and gives them grief over ...

Primal Scream: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 4 April 1992

BOBBY DAZZLER ...

Gang Starr: Daily Operation (Cooltempo)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 16 May 1992

FURTHER AND further out we go... ...

Suede: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 13 June 1992

PRETENTIOUS? CHAMOIS? ...

Spinal Tap: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 18 July 1992

THE VERTEBRATE ROCK'N'ROLL SWINDLE ...

Suede: What's a Nice Band Like You Doing in a Field Like This?

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 29 August 1992

Since we scooped the lot and put SUEDE on the cover of MM back in April, the world has started falling at their feet. SIMON ...

Leatherface, Therapy?: Therapy?, Leatherface: The Grand, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 3 October 1992

BALM BEFORE THE STORM ...

Marc Almond: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 10 October 1992

NIGHT IN SHINING AMOUR ...

The Shamen: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 17 October 1992

CHAS N'RAVE ...

Denim: Jean Genius!

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 7 November 1992

Lawrence (no surname) spent the Eighties in "art underground" band, Felt. Now he's back in DENIM, with a record crammed full of Seventies pop hooks ...

Ministry: Live at the End of the World!

Report and Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 14 November 1992

The Lollapalooza tour and the Psalm 69 album have turned MINISTRY into industrial metal superstars, the only band of their kind big enough to play ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 28 November 1992

CHANNEL ZERO. Middle-class family with airbrushed children steps out of a Volvo. Mother takes one look at me and shouts "You need Jesus!" Torn between ...

The Auteurs: A Novel Approach

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 5 December 1992

Failed ice-cream man Luke Haines of the Auteurs wants to rescue you from mindless grunge, and sees his heart-stopping new single, 'Showgirl', as a mini-screenplay. ...

Radiohead: Pablo Honey

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 20 February 1993

THEY SAY we're repressed, us Brits, don't they? So the cliché goes — brilliantly personified by the encounter between Basil and Mme Peignoir in the ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: Huggy Bear/Bikini Kill: Our Troubled Youth/Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! (Catcall)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 6 March 1993

REBEL GRRRLS ...

Saint Etienne: Saint No Mountain High Enough

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 1 May 1993

Who do SAINT ETIENNE think they are? One minute they're just the weekly music press' favourite pop group, the next they're working with Kylie and ...

The Verve: Verve: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 29 May 1993

TUNE IN, TURN ON, WIGAN OUT ...

Hole: The Price of Love?

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 17 July 1993

...but what's it all about? SIMON PRICE listens as COURTNEY LOVE fills him in on the (w)Hole picture. ...

24 Hours Of MTV Hell

Report by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 16 October 1993

SIMON PRICE endures the full horrors off 24-hour MTV. Could YOU handle it? ...

Cocteau Twins: Four-Calendar Cafe (Fontana)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 23 October 1993

FRASER JOLLY GOOD MELLOW ...

Blur: Park Psychosis — Blur: Parklife (Food /EMI F00D10)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 23 April 1994

Strike a light, guvnah. For thair fird al-bum, BLUR, the bin lids' faverits, 'ave gorn awl Lahn-dun on us, and no mistake. SIMON PRICE gave ...

2 Unlimited: Double Dutch

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 14 May 1994

2 UNLIMITED, the Amsterdamsters who introduced the word 'technotechnotechnotechno!' into the language, are — no contest — the biggest pop group in Europe. SIMON PRICE ...

Pulp: The Octagon, Sheffield

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 14 May 1994

SPRING BONK HOLIDAY ...

The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson: Beastie Boys, The Goats, Luscious Jackson, The Brotherhood: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 2 July 1994

HOUSE OF HOROWITZ ...

Gene: The Paradise Club, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 13 August 1994

CHROMOSOME IS WHERE THE ART IS ...

Prince: Come (Warner Brothers 9362-45700-2/10tks/49mins/FP)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 13 August 1994

There's no getting round it. Prince's new album is, explicitly, all about eating pussy. Beavis & Butt-Head would explode. SIMON PRICE needed a good hosing ...

Luscious Jackson: The Jackson Thrive — Luscious Jackson: Natural Ingredients (Grand Royal/Capitol 7243 8 28356 22 14tks/46mins/FP)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 17 September 1994

So In Search Of Manny was the sassiest, coolest record called 'Jackson' since Off The Wall. But, you're gagging to know, can Luscious Jackson do ...

Wu-Tang Clan: The Forum, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 17 September 1994

KARATE KICKS ...

Suede: "Nothing Can Stop Us Now"

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 24 September 1994

When Bernard Butler left SUEDE, many assumed it was all over. Far from it. On the eve of the release of the long-awaited Dog Man ...

Suede: Raw, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 22 October 1994

TEENAGE FANCLUB ...

Jewell, The Lady of Rage, Nate Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound: Murder Dre Wrote

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 26 November 1994

DR DRE's G-normously successful DEATH ROW label is being hailed as a Motown for the Nineties. SIMON PRICE meets eargasm addict THE LADY OF RAGE, ...

Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Snoop Doggy Dogg: Watch Out, Beagle's About

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 26 November 1994

SIMON PRICE meets SNOOP DOGGY DOGG, the Most Famous Rapper On Earth, whose murder trial comes up in three months, and asks him about Life ...

R. Kelly: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 11 February 1995

VIBE DA JOINT ...

R. Kelly: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 11 February 1995

VIBE DA JOINT ...

The Beastie Boys: Super Fly Guys

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 4 March 1995

The Beastie Boys made MM's Album of the Year in 1986. That was pretty cool. And for about 12 months their unique brand of juvenile ...

Luscious Jackson: The Jackson Four

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 11 March 1995

LUSCIOUS JACKSON are four luscious (Janet) Jackson-goes-hip hop Noo Yawk fly girlz whose scratchy white rap has been described as The Breeders-play-The Sugarhill Gang. SIMON ...

TLC: Natural Burn Jillers — TLC: CrazySexyCool (LaFace)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 13 May 1995

TLC are three Scary Betties if ever we saw 'em. Arsonists, sexual predators and New Jill Swing superstars whose CrazySexyCool is Swingbeat Record Of The ...

Wu-Tang Clan: Fear of a Black-Belt Planet

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 12 August 1995

In the last two weeks. Method Man and Gravediggaz have divebombed into the British charts. At last, Staten Island's utterly insane-in-the-membrane WU-TANG CLAN — Horrorcore ...

Menswear: 'We're Bringing Back the Generation Gap'

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 14 October 1995

Oh, how they laughed when MM plucked MENSWE@R out of obscurity and put them on the cover in February. The laughter stopped when the Swe@r ...

TLC: Phoenix from the Flames

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 11 November 1995

Controversial New Jill megastars TLC are one of the biggest bands on the planet right now... and they're bankrupt. It's a long story, but SIMON ...

The Cardigans: Swedish of the Day

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 2 December 1995

If you like St Etienne, Stereolab and Dubstar, you'll love THE CARDIGANS, Sweden's leading sugar-pop weirdos. SIMON PRICE hails their happysad music. ...

GZA, Method Man: Method Man, GZA: Def Jam 10th Anniversary Party, Equinox, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 16 December 1995

DEF AND BLINDING ...

Denim: Jean Genius — Denim: Denim On Ice (Echo)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 24 February 1996

Lawrence, the man with a bizarre fabric fetish, is back, and he's railing against the kind of fantastically trivial stuff no one else has given ...

The Fugees: Fugees: The Score (Ruff House, 7tks/78mins)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 2 March 1996

THE SPECIALIST rap press is giving mad love to Fugees at the moment. ...

Denim: Ice Pops

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 16 March 1996

Imagine Pulp, doomed to make obscure concept LPs about Seventies glam rock for all eternity. That's DENIM. Funnily enough, Denim are on the road with ...

Ice-T: Gangsta's Parad-Ice — Ice-T: Ice-T VI: Return of the Real (Virgin 21 tks/74 mins)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 25 May 1996

We like ICE-T, rap's renaissance man. He doesn't give a shit ...

Super Furry Animals: LA2, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 15 June 1996

KILLER WALES! ...

The Divine Comedy: Up the Dante — The Divine Comedy: Casanova (Setanta)

Review and Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 13 July 1996

Did the world misunderstand THE DIVINE COMEDY'S last LP? Now it's been reissued, and it's time to think again ...

The Prodigy: Prod Almighty

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 20 July 1996

'Firestarter' has made THE PRODIGY the nation's favourite alternative alternative band: Chris Evans doesn't play them, they refuse to do Top Of The Pops, and ...

The Prodigy: Torhout Rock, Bruges

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 20 July 1996

I DON'T WANNA reiterate the usual boring Belgium jokes — I've had better times in Bruxelles than I've ever had in, say, Paris, but the ...

My Life Story: Jake's Progress

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 10 August 1996

More Pulp than Pulp, more divine than The Divine Comedy, the 12 members of MY LIFE STORY now bring you '12 Reasons Why'. Glory beckons. ...

Chuck D: D-Termination

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 28 September 1996

CHUCK D is back with a new solo album and a new mission — to destroy gangsta rap. The Maker listens in ...

Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Island, 10 tks/42 mins)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 9 November 1996

2000 A SPACED ODYSSEY ...

Manic Street Preachers: "Everything Must Go!"

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 21 December 1996

'...Apart from the Super Furries album, and the Suede and Boos ones. Oh, and ours wasn't bad...' Since THE MANICS won MM's Album Of The ...

Kenickie: To Hell With Teen Spirit

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 11 January 1997

KENICKIE may be young, they may use guitars, they may be supernaturally exuberant. But they are not, repeat NOT, a teen punk band. With their ...

Suede: Saturday Night Fever

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 18 January 1997

Last year's resurrection of SUEDE was almost as impressive a Lazarus job as the Manics' — a Number One album, two hit singles, and the ...

Ben Folds Five: It's Hip to be Square

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 8 March 1997

No guitars. Stevie Wonder cover versions. Three boys steeped in musicals. What are BEN FOLDS FIVE like? ...

Hanson: The Kids Are All Bright!

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 14 June 1997

Their single is catchier than a cold sore and it's everywhere this summer. America's teen-tastic HANSON leapt straight outta nowhere into the Number One spot ...

Oasis: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 4 October 1997

TICK. TOCK. The giant clock behind Noel, who is 29 years old, and Liam, who is 24, runs steadily backwards. There's always been a big ...

Louise: Woman In Me (EMI 16tks/69 mins)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 18 October 1997

NOW KIDS, when you say "Sexiest Lass In The World" ...do you mean "Most Symmetrical"? Or "Most Unblemished"? Or "Most Likely To Wear A Pencil ...

Kylie Minogue: A Redesign for Life!

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 8 November 1997

She used to be in Neighbours, then came the pop career then Nick Cave then the bloody Manics! Now KYLIE is Indiekylie and she's cooler ...

Salt-N-Pepa: Condiment-al as Anything

Interview by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 13 December 1997

And you thought Girl Power was a new thang? Oh no, SALT-N-PEPA invented it a decade ago. The Maker catches up with the trio in ...

Smog: Play Misty For Me

Interview by Simon Price, Uncut, May 1999

Smog's Bill Callahan is to Nineties USA what Morrissey was to Eighties Britain: the undisputed bard of smalltown melancholia. Simon Price meets the pea-souperman. ...

Madonna: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 8 July 2001

FOR £85, OF course, you'd expect her to lap-dance for you privately. Outrage might be what we've come to expect from Madonna, but this isn't ...

Lambchop, Tahiti 80: Lambchop: Somerset House, London/Tahiti 80: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 14 July 2001

THE OPEN-AIR Georgian quadrant of Somerset House may be an unusually elegant setting for a gig, but it has its drawbacks when the main attraction ...

The Human League: Don't you want them? Maybe

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 15 July 2001

Sheffield synth-pop trio the Human League haven't always had it easy, but they've never given up. Simon Price met them as they prepare to stage ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 22 July 2001

"IT'S LIKE WE'VE never been away," says New Order's Bernard Sumner, and they haven't, really. ...

Super Furry Animals: The Super Furry Animals: When Paul McCartney played the celery

Report and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 22 July 2001

The Super Furry Animals' new album features some big-name guests, says Simon Price. Including an ex-Beatle on vegetables. ...

U2: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 19 August 2001

BONO DOESN'T know what to do. Midway through 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', that most troublesome of U2 songs, someone – someone wearing a Celtic shirt – ...

Kelis: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 26 August 2001

WITH BOBBY DIGITAL in such belligerent mood, you'd think Kelis might keep her head down. After all, 'Got Ya Money', her duet with the RZA's ...

Macy Gray: Old Vic, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 26 August 2001

MACY GRAY WAS a diva from the moment she picked up a mic. And fittingly, if frustratingly, she keeps her crowd waiting two hours, with ...

RZA: The RZA: Subterania, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 26 August 2001

AT SUBTERANIA, a man in a scruffy striped shirt, steel-rimmed specs and a battered fishing hat slouches onstage, half boho/half hobo, swigging a bottle of ...

hear'say: Hear'Say: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 8 September 2001

THERE'S AN apocryphal story that the Monkees – the original manufactured, made-for-TV pop group – were auditioned by being sent into a room containing only ...

Pulp: Octagon, Sheffield

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 25 November 2001

THERE ARE TWO classic symptoms of nervousness. One is to dry up and fall silent. The other is precisely the opposite: to gabble like Kathy ...

Ryan Adams: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 25 November 2001

IT'S POSSIBLY THE single most obvious thing you can say about Ryan Adams, and it's a joke that's been made countless times already, but you'd ...

The Hives: Modesty is a virtue... but not in a band

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 27 January 2002

IF YOU'VE BEEN to the cinema recently, you may have choked on your popcorn while being confronted with the sight of Kylie Minogue riding a ...

Andrew WK: Blame it on the piano lessons

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 3 February 2002

Shock-monger, corporate puppet or talented musician? Simon Price cuts through the hype and asks: Will the real Andrew WK please stand up? ...

Mary J. Blige, Chilly Gonzales: Mary J. Blige: Wembley Arena, London/Gonzales Scala, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 27 April 2002

SOMETHING VERY bad happened to Mary J. Blige once, right here, in London. She won't tell us what it is, but alludes to it cryptically, ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: Summer of Love

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 26 May 2002

He discovered the Doors, nurtured Jimi Hendrix and fronted legendary '60s band Love. Now, after six years in prison, Lee is back on the road ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 13 July 2002

IN 1975, POP'S womankind was still meekly 'Loving You' (it's easy, cos you're beautiful) and 'Standing By Your Man' (and showing the world you love ...

Culture Club, Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 14 July 2002

WHEN THE FAT lady sings at the start of a show, you know something's seriously wrong. So it proves with Culture Club, the band for ...

N*E*R*D, Pharrell Williams: You may not know it, but you're already mad about the Neptunes

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 28 July 2002

YOU MAY NOT know the name. But if you've ever screamed "I hate you so much right now!" along with Kelis, told Ol' Dirty Bastard ...

David Bowie, Suicide: Suicide: Trash, London/David Bowie: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, October 2002

ALAN VEGA WEARS a beret, like Saddam Hussein, Frank Spencer, and the French. He wears sunglasses on a rope, like Dame Edna. He wears leather ...

Marc Almond, Soft Cell: Marc Almond: That's enough erotic cabaret!

Report and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 2 February 2003

Soft Cell's Marc Almond is intending to grow old gracefully, says Simon Price. Then again... ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 9 March 2003

"YOU'RE THE SEXIEST man on earth!!!" Anthony Kiedis probably can't hear the shriek of Scots approval from 50 yards' distance, but I sure as hell ...

Avril Lavigne: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 30 March 2003

THE THINGS YOU hear on trains. There I was, upgraded to Weekend First a couple of years ago (eight quid, but it was a long ...

Blur, Justin Timberlake: Justin Timberlake: NEC Arena, Birmingham; Blur: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 17 May 2003

Non-threatening boys: come and get 'em ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 19 July 2003

THE LOVED CHILD, they say, has many names. Make what you will of the fact that most of James Brown's epithets – The World's Greatest ...

Martina Topley-Bird: Scala, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 2 August 2003

WHEN MARTINA Topley-Bird made her first fateful encounter with Tricky, she was a mere schoolgirl, and went on to become his muse and partner-in-rhyme over ...

ZZ Top: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 3 August 2003

IT WAS A STROKE of genius, when you think about it. Call it the Clive Dunn Factor, if you will. When Billy Gibbons and Dusty ...

The Darkness: No, really, we're serious...

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 30 August 2003

"I WANT YOU all to repeat after me..." Justin Hawkins, bare-chested and squinting into in the scorching midsummer sun, has 120,000 people in the palm ...

The Cramps: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 4 October 2003

"NOW, IF YOU work in a record store, or you have a degree in Musicology," spits Lux Interior with an exaggerated sneer, "you might file ...

The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley: The Isley Brothers: Carling Apollo, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 4 October 2003

REGULAR READERS may recall my feature of a fortnight ago, wherein I detailed the nefarious activities of America's Clear Channel group, and added: "Britain does ...

Morrissey: Mark Simpson: Saint Morrissey

Book Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 16 November 2003

Former World's Biggest Smiths Fan Simon Price checks his credentials against a passionately provocative analysis of Morrissey's art. ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Point, Dublin

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 23 November 2003

"IT'S BEEN a sometimes difficult, and always a strange trip," Lindsey Buckingham tells the people of Dublin in a rehearsed line which was surely scripted ...

The Libertines: Forum, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 21 December 2003

PANTOMIME SEASON is upon us, and rock'n'roll's most compelling Punch and Judy show is in town. If the crowd packed into the Forum tonight aren't ...

The Twilight Singers, Amy Winehouse: Amy Winehouse: Jazz Cafe, London/The Twilight Singers: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 1 February 2004

"YOUR NEIGHBOURS WERE screaming 'I don't have a key for downstairs'/ So I punched all the buzzers, hoping you wouldn't be there..." ...

Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 22 February 2004

"YOU GUYS IN the audience have better cameras and recording gear than the people doing it officially," jokes Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Wilson's corpulent and genial ...

Keane: University of London Union, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 14 March 2004

WHEN BBC NEWS Online ran their "Sound Of 2004" survey of music biz insiders at the turn of the year, the winners – one place ...

Kraftwerk: Academy, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 21 March 2004

Automata for the people ...

The Who: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 3 April 2004

A SHAMED MUSICAL hero brought low before our very eyes, his humiliation beamed directly into our living rooms on the television screen. Not an edifying ...

Prince: Return of the prodigal

Retrospective by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 17 April 2004

Prince enjoyed a purple reign during the 1980s, but messy wranglings with record companies led to bizarre personal behaviour, and the 1990s were spent in ...

Depeche Mode: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 9 April 2006

THE LAST DEPECHE Mode gig I attended, right here at Wembley in October 2001 when they were promoting the dreary (and criminally mis-named) Exciter album, ...

Placebo: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent, The, 9 April 2006

"I WAS CONFUSED by the birds and the bees", the Lilliputian, Luxembourgeois leader of Placebo sings, beneath the gilded plaster of Paris of the 110-year-old ...

Florence and the Machine: Academy, Birmingham

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 8 February 2009

Too many toffs on this magic roundabout ...

Hot Chip: One Life Stand (Parlophone)

Review by Simon Price, Word, The, February 2010

THE NAME, of course, is one of pop's great double entendres. As well as carrying the sense of overloaded silicon circuitry, "Hot Chip" — like ...

Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Review by Simon Price, Word, The, March 2012

His last creative fix was religion, now its sugar-coated psych-pop. Has "J Spaceman' finally found redemption? ...

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols: This Machine/The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Aufheben

Review by Simon Price, Word, The, June 2012

The ongoing rivalry between two woozy West Coast bands is mystifying — particularly when one is peddling pure pastiche. ...

Everything Everything

Comment by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 20 January 2013

IN THE WEEK that HMV goes into administration, and much is made of the endurance of smaller indie outlets (not to mention the corporate chain's ...

Solange: XOYO, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 20 January 2013

Little Sister Solange Is Doing It For Herself Solange suggests there is more than one musical genius in the Knowles family ...

Marc Almond: Let's Talk About Death

Interview by Simon Price, Independent, The, 17 February 2015

Simon Price talks to the enigmatic singer about Soho, Soft Cell and mortality. ...

Anna Calvi: Hunter

Review by Simon Price, Metro, 28 August 2018

IT WASN'T ALWAYS easy to discern the purpose of Anna Calvi. A spare PJ Harvey in case we lost the real one down the back ...

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