Massive Attack to THE THREE DEGREES, all human life is here...

Massive Attack glower at us in monochrome on the cover and talk to SYLVIA PATTERSON about fucking-off Fergie, touring the globe and loads of other stuff… In the News pages we have stories about LAUREN LAVERNE from KENICKIE, FATBOY SLIM, BLUR, NOEL GALLAGHER and LO-FIDELITY ALL STARS…INNER SLEEVE and BILLY MAHONIE are our new bands featured in On while HARRY ENFIELD talks to DAVID STUBBS about his Christmas special… Stubbs himself Bangs On about the crapness of MTV, we remember ROY ORBISON and JON SPENCER is On The Couch, telling us that the song that describes him best is the theme from ‘Star Trek’ (not ‘The Next Generation’ one, though)… Public NME has the usual half-truths and downright porkies and an amusing picture of COURTNEY LOVE with DANNY DeVITONME investigates the death of music tribes, bemoaning the fact that Acid Jazz fans, indie fans and metal fans dress in almost the same way… LARS ULRICH talks about the music that shaped his life (OASIS, THE SWEET, some old jazz blokes that, frankly, you can probably only pretend to like to seem really clever)… RAE & CHRISTIAN (of ‘Northern Sulphuric Soul’ fame) and PETE ROCK feature in Vibes… ELLIOTT SMITH meets VICTORIA SEGAL for a dream date in Barcelona…we catch BJVRK, GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR, SNOOP DOGG (he had to give the ‘Doggy’ part to Death Row when he got out of his contract, apparently) and SEBADOH live… We review Massive Attack‘s ‘Singles Collection Box Set’, THE BEATLES‘ eponymous ‘white album ‘ reissue and albums by BUSTA RHYMES, FRAFF, HORSE OPERA, TO ROCOCO ROT + D and a few by VARIOUS… BELLE & SEBASTIAN are single of the week and our Film section reports on the JIM JARMUSH NEIL YOUNG doco ‘Year Of The Horse’, THE STEREOPHONICS’ live vid and RADIOHEAD‘s ‘Meeting People Is Easy’… Our expanded and improved Gig Guide gets into high gear and there are the usual gripes and grumbles about FAT LES on the cover, the Dockers and David Stubbs in the letters page.

Go on. You know you want it.

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