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The Fratellis: Here We Stand (Island)

The Fratellis: Here We Stand (Island)

Last year's debut album Costello Music by this rowdy Glaswegian three-piece didn't make it to Elsewhere because, frankly, I didn't rate it as highly as some. I thought it had many of the problems and few of the advantages that attend a debut. But this follow-up is something else.If Costello Music was firmly in the pop-rock camp with an ear for...

GORDON RAPHAEL, PRODUCER OF THE STROKES, INTERVIEWED (2004): The sky cries wary

GORDON RAPHAEL, PRODUCER OF THE STROKES, INTERVIEWED (2004): The sky cries wary

Gordon Raphael’s small and shabby studio rooms near London’s classy Docklands have all the obligatory paraphernalia of most recording studios: a deceased lava lamp, Iggy Pop and Hendrix albums stacked up, and Houses of the Holy on a battered turntable. One wall is covered by a swathe of material with an eye-abusing design...

THE STROKES (2001): The future, the past or just passing through?

THE STROKES (2001): The future, the past or just passing through?

These are indeed worrying times. Steel birds fall from the sky, tall towers tumble to earth, rumours of war is the way of it if you are an innocent citizen, and the end of the world is apparently upon us. Nostradamus warned us of these times. Jezzus, I wished he'd warned us about the Strokes as well. In case you've missed the current...

The Strokes: Angles (Sony)

The Strokes: Angles (Sony)

When the Stokes out of New York invaded the airwaves and pop glossies a decade ago they came with an advance guard of salivating journalists and those who heard them as leading a ragged garageband revival by conjuring up the late Sixties/Seventies spirit of the Big Apple by referencing the Velvet Underground and dirty arse art-rock. The...

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