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Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels OST

BY RIGHTS, OF COURSE, THEY SHOULD BE failures. Sometimes it seems they'd be happier that way. Check the fuzzy and obscured 'candid' band shots on the cover, or the winsome…

Six

AH YOU GUYS KILL ME. THE FILM, YOU see, is your typical retro-ish, low-life, crime-laden black comedy involving the procurement of two antique shotguns. It also includes a huge financial…

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…

Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told

IN ITS RELIGIOUS CONTEXT, fundamentalism can be murder. Yet if you're a hardy member of London's scruff-rock netherworld it can provide the sustenance for life itself. Tom Cullinan was once…

Songs For The Colour Yellow

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST DEPRESSING STORIES IN pop music. Long Beach gang member Calvin Broadus, known to the world as Snoop Doggy Dogg, tries to extricate himself from a…

Endless Soul

OF SUCH STUFF ARE CULT legends made. He's nearly 40, his name is Shirley, he's been writing cracking pop records for ages and his band have only played outside London…

Turnstyles & Junkpiles

ARE YOU 20 YEARS OLD AND WASTING away from terminal ennui? Then have we got the record for you. For in the middle distant past there were those who felt…

Songs For Polarbears

THE POPULAR IMAGE OF AN acoustic quartet is of a cluster of earnest folkies in chunky cardigans strumming away. Nasty. But when former members of Tortoise, Come, Rex and Directions…

London Ladbroke Grove Subterania

WOW, DO SNOW PATROL HATE AMERICANS. HALFWAY through this record, buried under a feedback avalanche at the start of 'Little Hide', they've included an answerphone message from bassist Mark McClelland…

Aberdeen Lemon Tree

"You are so my type," sighs the singer to the pretty young thing he's just pulled out of the audience. "A girl." He pauses, curves an insinuating arm around her…

Sweet Life

BY AND LARGE, R&B IS A sick place: the preserve of doe-eyed young 'talent' squired, remixed, and generally rapped upon by Svengali producers who are more concerned with passing for…

Seeking Pleasure

COUNTRY REVIVALS, LIKE THOSE OF PSYCHEDELIA and the fortunes of Crystal Palace FC, come and go with such monotonous regularity that it's impossible to know whether it's currently in vogue…