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Hole : Celebrity Skin

PART ONE - REINVENTION OF A BAND/SYNAPSE BREAKDOWN (QUESTION MARK) What's really worrying is no-one thought to stop them. When Mansun decided that combining 'The Dance Of The Sugar Plum…

Phantom Power

FIRST, A TRUE STORY. THE day after Goldie's weighty concept album 'Saturnz Return' was released, an irate customer was spotted in a certain Oxford Street megastore demanding his money back…

Honey I’m Homely!

THE SCENE IS THIS: FOUR childhood friends celebrate the end of their exams in a Dublin recording studio, accompanied by a bevy of musical acquaintances. The hours are wee; the…

There’s Something Going On

"LA!" "NEW YORK!" "NEW YORK!" "LA!" Quite how far Mary J Blige travelled on her 1997-'98 'world' tour isn't revealed by the shout-outs to the audience on this live album.…

Spectral Worship

FLIP OPEN THIS HIP-HOP SUPERGROUP'S debut offering 'El Nino' and you'll find the Def Squad logo. Namely, a toddler with hands pressed tight around his ears. It's particularly apt because…

DJ Pogo Presents The Breaks

IT'S NOT REALLY THIS GRIM up north. The sleeve of Airedale skunk rockers Bedlam Ago Go's debut LP depicts a car dashboard, bristling with torn cables where the stereo used…

Planet Of The Wolves

IT'S NOW 1998 AND THE US UNDERGROUND has gone overground. Pavement have discovered the hit parade, Beck has become a global deity while the likes of Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney…

Obsolete

AS THE OLD-SKOOL REVIVAL RUMBLES ON, EVER MORE people seem keen to discover the origins of hip-hop. Thus the music's motherlode - cheaply produced and extremely rare funk records from…

Hammock Style

THE ELECTRONIC EXPLOITS of the Germans are still, somewhat predictably, viewed with the same disdain and distrust as the country's football team. We all know the well-worn stereotypes. And, if…

Essential Selection Presents…Carl Cox Non Stop

THE MACHINES ARE AFTER US. Technology is our enemy. Or to quote Burton C Bell, lead singer with LA-based cyber-metallists Fear Factory, in his sleevenotes: "Man has created these machines…

Music From The Motion Picture Touch

PITY POOR GANGER. FOR Glasgow's pioneering post-rockers now find themselves in the middle of a cruel game of catch-up as they struggle to match the refined droning of their peers…

MP Da Last Don

THE LAST TIME we were hanging around these parts was for a theatrical production of Dracula on 'bloody' Valentine's Day back in February. We mention this because it was supposed…