REV UP

Blur, Mercury Rev, Plastikman, TONY BENNETT, GOLDIE and a whole load of other stuff...

In this week’s NME there’s exclusive news about the new Blur single, a DJ-mix album from Prodigy’s LIAM HOWLETT and MARK THOMAS and CHUMBAWAMBA on the Campaign For Free Education.

We introduce you to Wigan’s fines WITNESS, ONE LADY OWNER and mourn the passing of WHAM! CHANDRASONIC from ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION is ON THE COUCH while FATHER TED writers GRAHAM LINEHAN & ARTHUR MATHEWS talk about BIG TRAIN, their new Monday night BBC2 sketch show.

TONY BENNETT tells DAVID STUBBS – a man of the same generation – why he only made one movie ( he regarded it as an ethnic slur that as an Italian American the only parts he was offered were gangster roles) and why he never joined SINATRA‘s RAT PACK.

FAITHLESS debate whether ‘God Is A DJ‘ is ambiguous (“It is and it isn’t.”) while bald bloke PLASTIKMAN about drugs, computers and his return to Detroit.

GOLDIE tells us about the songs that made him a man while the mighty MERCURY REV tell of the drugs, drink and breakdowns that led to their amazing album of the year-thus-far ‘Deserter’s Songs’.

We go out and catch live sets from THE BLUETONES (pictured), NATALIE IMBRUGLIA, MORCHEEBA, ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION and, er, BAUHAUS.

Albums reviewed include METALLICA‘s ‘Garage Inc‘, METHOD MAN‘s ‘Tical 2000: Judgement Day‘, The ‘South Park Chef Aid‘ album and KILLARMY‘s ‘Dirty Weaponry‘.

Single of the week is BJORK‘s ‘Alarm Call‘ and films reviewed include DEAD MAN’S CURVE, RONIN and THE FOUNTAINHEAD.

Finally, SWELLS sorts out the PRO ROBBY LOBBY from the INDIE SNODDY CHODDY in ANGST! and there’s a chanmce to win PULP‘s ‘The Park Is Mine‘ videos and X-FILES box sets.

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