Cover star – Morrissey
1) p67 – full page advert for Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Best Of’ CD and the debut album by The Thorns (Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge).
2) p45 – part of the ‘Word of Mouth’ feature in which Alex Garland, Evan Dando, Daniel Lanois and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry are asked about their favourite music, films and books. Evan professes a love of ‘Night of the Hunter’ (“I mean, this is 1955 man! It’s really dark.”), Daniel says he enjoyed Brain Eno’s ‘A Year With Swollen Appendices’ book (“…talks about humdrum and philosophical things in the same swing”) and Alex reveals that whilst writing ‘The Beach’ he often listened to ‘Future Days’ by Can “which sounds a lot like water and has this weird trippy refrain running through it.”
3) p32 – Paul Du Noyer rounds up some of the releases coming up in the next few months including: the debut by British Sea Power, the 30th anniversary edition of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane and Toyah’s latest album, ‘Velvet Lined Shell’. “Her press release tells us that Toyah is “celebrating 25 years in the business”. In fact there are people here at Word who are celebrating 25 years of receiving Toyah press releases.”
4) p119 – part Peter Paphides review of ‘Think Tank’ and part David Hepworth’s recommendations. His favourite Sunday teatime DVD is ‘The Ladykillers’. “I keep going back to this because it’s shot in King’s Cross in the ’50s, just down the road from our office and I never tire of working out which buildings remain standing.”
5) P124 – 1st page of Johnny Sharp’s live review of Ed Harcourt playing to “500 hollow-cheeked, chain-smoking Parisian hipsters.”
Longer article – Andrew Harrison interviews Morrissey in LA. Moz is more candid than usual in this interview and surprisingly reveals some positive feelings towards both Bono and Robbie Williams. We also learn that ‘You Are The Quarry’ was initially going to be called ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’.