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CAN, THE CATALOGUE AND THE CULT: Talkin' 'bout a revolution

CAN, THE CATALOGUE AND THE CULT: Talkin' 'bout a revolution

By definition most people miss cult acts. And to their tuned-in loyalists that makes them even more special. There is nothing like the whiff or martyrdom, or being ignored or misunderstood, to elevate a musician’s reputation among the faithful. Like most people, I missed Can in the late 60s/early 70s. No matter, the albums are out...

JAH WOBBLE INTERVIEWED (1996): Spiritual traveller stay-at-home

JAH WOBBLE INTERVIEWED (1996): Spiritual traveller stay-at-home

The message had a kind of road-to-Damascus ring to it: “Jah will meet you at Bethnal Green tube station next to the ticket counter.” And there he is: Jah in jeans and a sweater. Not quite what Rastafarians have in mind. But, accidentally or not, this child of Stepney’s working class streets has chosen an appropriate...

Jah Wobble: Welcome to My World (30 Hertz/Southbound)

Jah Wobble: Welcome to My World (30 Hertz/Southbound)

Jah Wobble has been one of the most interesting and innovative musical explorers of the past few decades but, as I discovered in '96 at the time of this interview – he does it mostly without leaving home. Travel is for the middle-classes he said and a working-class geezer like himself, well . . . Anyway he'd done the touring...

Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay: Snake Charmer, reprise (1983)

Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay: Snake Charmer, reprise (1983)

Yes, it was the Eighties as you can hear from the first stuttering synths on this overwrought supersession. Bassist Jah Wobble was post-Public Image Limited, The Edge from U2 clearly at a loose end (although a decade away from letting go on Achtung Baby) and multi-instrumentlist Czukay from Can probably quite liked the idea of getting into a...

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