Cover star – Dido
1) p121 – full page, largely positive review of Black Rebel Motortcycle Club’s ‘Take Them On, On Their Own’ by Toby Manning. “Anglophilia is an odd affair. Particularly when emanating from Americans. They can’t possibly envy our dentistry, our climate or what we laughably pass off as a sandwich, so US Anglophilia tends to be all about Britain’s supposed sophistication. Perhaps Big Brother’s Jade, Girls Aloud and Chris Moyles haven’t made the Atlantic crossing.”
2) p45– part of a 4 page report from Serbia’s Echo Festival by Matthew Collin. “Radio B92 was the voice of alternative Belgrade during the Milosevic years, and was shut down four times by the regime for telling the truth about the political situation while playing a fierce brew of indie rock, rap and techno. It has become so well-known that even Kim Gordon applauded its courage at the end of Sonic Youth’s set at Echo”.
3) p90 –part of a 6 page feature on So Solid Crew. “For his 19th birthday, Megaman bought Swiss a car. A black soft-top Audi TT, the So Solid car of choice. But he had to sell it. ‘A little bit of money problems. I’m gonna get a new one soon. Another TT, I think.”
4) p139 – short review of photography book “The Eye Of War”
5) p145 – the letters page, ‘InBox’. A letter called ‘The Demographic Scam’ accuses Word of bigging up Steely Dan in the last issue to appeal to a certain demographic. The magazine reply: “We may be right and we may be wrong about Steely Dan but it’s not because of demographics. This issue has not been precisely tailored to the needs of a garage-loving, blues-singing submarine enthusiast with an interest in quality American TV drama, technological advances in home entertainment and Gabby Logan.”
Interesting – This was the only copy I ever dropped in the bath.
A review of The Coral’s ‘Magic and Medicine’ entitled “Captain Pugwash meets Captain Beefheart”.
There’s a 2 page piece entitle “The Future of Music?” about Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio. A decade on, I’d say possibly not.
Jude Rogers writes her 1st review for the magazine for a book about London’s lost rivers called ‘The Groundwater Diaries’. “In essence, it’s crackers. But brilliantly crackers. A mass of daft streams of consciousness – with pun firmly intended. Half-crazed flights of fancy that could only emanate from an abuse of cheap lager, and from the eternally, endearingly, insane streets of London.”
A review of a Spike Milligan biography by Mat Coward claims “The two abiding passions of his life were self-pity and self-worship.” Which, as I read his autobiography, makes me wonder if Morrissey is the Spike Milligan of pop music.
Longer article – David Hepworth on how the beautiful people took over everything.