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TRANSIENT AND UNPREDICTABLE BEASTS, lodgers. They smarm their way into your home as perfect guests: considerate, witty and charming, a vibrant addition to the household. Then they trash the spare…

Zwischen Den Orten

THE STRIKE BOYS KNOW THE SCORE. EVEN from their home town of Nuremberg in Germany, they could sense our nation's despair with the lumbering Frankenstein's monster that is big beat.…

Can-I-Bus

FOR A CERTAIN BREED OF AMERICAN rock'n'roller, there's nothing cooler than the short-order cook from Texas who once saw mighty strange lights in the skies over Dallas. Caked in pan-grease…

Viewpoints

[I]"IF BORING IS THE NORM, I'M THE ANTONYM"[/I], garrulous rap newcomer Canibus informs us during the opening track of his debut LP. [I]"Put me in the same category you would…

The Cappuccino Songs

LIKE PUNK BEFORE IT, JUNGLE MAY be the soundtrack to the metropolis but its true heartland has always been the deathly dull suburbs and stagnant commuter towns that circle London…

Station To Station/Low/Heroes/Stage

NOTHING AFFECTS A POP STAR LIKE growing old. Short of ideas, sick of touring and faced with plummeting sales, most are overcome by a desire to take up painting, get…

Rise Up!

HE MIGHT HAVE FLOATED himself on the stock market recently, but there was a time when David Bowie was close to the zeitgeist. In 1976, he introduced himself as The…

Fragments Of A Lucky Break

ON JUNE 13, 2000, HAVING OVERSEEN THE Apocalypse, The Antichrist will walk the Earth alone. No longer will mortals throw sticks at him. No, he shall walk freely in his…

Donkeys ’92-97

WHAT MATTERS MOST TO THE true indie snob is not that they actually like a band, but that everybody else must hate them. Therein lies the root of the smug…

Manic Street Preachers : This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

IT'S AN ELEGANT STATEMENT OF MUSIC-making intent, for sure. But the real beauty of Blonde Redhead's fourth LP title is that it's no lie. For Blonde Redhead - the NYC…

Mechanical Animals

WHEN ASKED TO REFLECT ON THE events of 1996, Nicky Wire freely admitted that he defines his years in terms of sporting achievement. Thus, the 12 months during which the…

Sweet Nothing

IT'S A CONVERSION ON A PAR WITH ST PAUL'S. No, Marilyn Manson, America's favourite bogeyman, hasn't quite recanted and taken to snacking on the Host. It's worse than that. The…