Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Jonh Wilde - Tin Machine - Tin Machine II - Melody Maker - August 31 1991



  1. Still have this issue in the parent's attic somewhere. Remember this review well. Love that last line! Nowadays of course it would get 3 or 4 stars in most publications with barely a critical word uttered against it.

  2. Almost refreshing to read this, after the non-stop fawning over Bowie and his legacy that's characterised the last few years (a legacy worth celebrating, for sure, except that here in Britain, the mere mention of David Bowie has become a meme for some glibly undemanding view of " creativity ", hence the appearance of his ghost in those ghastly British Airways ads with Gary Oldman, Paloma Faith, Grayson Perry, etc (Hang-ups of the twenty-first century - Everything is "inspirational ", but virtually nothing is inspired - Discuss?))

    There are people who would vouch for Tin Machine, but really, why waste your time? Expensive pub rock is exactly what it was. The other three members always got on my nerves, not least the wacky drummer, or the guitarist who smeared peanut butter all over his instrument on TOTP, and they always played those ugly eighties shoebox-shaped guitars with no board on the neck for the tuning pegs, didn't they?

  3. There is something almost touching about the way Bowie tried to make out it was a proper band, a brotherhood of equals, a gang. Making a real point of doing the interviews with all members present - you can just imagine the hack's disappointment, finally their chance to speak to their idol / the Most Interesting Man in the Rock, and Reeves Gabrel keeps jutting in all the time.

    1. I think it was Tony Parsons who said that interviewing Tin Machine was like getting a date with that gorgeous girl you've always fancied, only to find that she's brought her three ugly mates along with her.

      Kinda cruel, but you know what he means??