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In the late Seventies Wire delivered a
trifecta of classic post-punk, minimalist and arty albums -- Pink
Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 – then called it a day. In
subsequent decades they reformed dropping drummer Robert Gotobed to
appear as an alt.electro-rock outfit (not much cop), in the past
decade their sound became more aggressive...
If there was a godfather of the Manchester scene in the Eighties there's a good case to be made that it wasn't Tony Wilson (who founded the Hacienda and Factory Records) but that it was Howard Devoto, singer and songwriter for Magazine, the band he formed in 1977.
In that crucial year Devoto promoted the two local concerts by the Sex Pistols...
To tell truth, out of the many hundreds -- indeed thousands -- of musicians I have interviewed very few have been downright stupid.
Sure some fumbled for words, others said slightly silly things, and most just blathered on about The Album or whatever. But that's fine. We shouldn't ask anything of musicians other than they make...
Back at the dawn of time -- for two periods in 1980 and 1981 to be precise -- I had a programme on Radio Pacific on Saturday evening, sandwiched between the Rugger Buggers sports show and, of all people, Hollywood gossip David Hartnell.
It was all free-format music (not a term used in radio these days, it means you could play what you liked)...
Years later someone brought it to my attention: in Marcus Gray's book about the Clash, Last Gang in Town, there is mention of -- and a quote from -- my December 93 interview with Mick Jones.
By the time I got to Mick the Clash was well behind him and he was in Melbourne with his band Big Audio Dynamite II opening for U2.
It was a good...