Tuesday, June 20, 2023

David Stubbs - Elvis Costello and the Confederates - live - Melody Maker - February 7 1987


It was this review by Stubbs  - not the one he did of Costello and the Attractions a few weeks earlier - that triggered the reprisal from Elvis. Fuzzy on the precise details - the gist of it is that a large fish, wrapped in newspaper, was delivered to the Melody Maker office and placed on a radiator, which given that it was the dead of winter, was on full blast. Nobody noticed its arrival. But soon a warm stench of putrescence pervaded the whole room. 

Thursday, June 15, 2023

David Stubbs - Elvis Costello and the Attractions live at Royal Albert Hall - Melody Maker - January 31 1987


Possible explanation for the lyric that befuddled Stubbsy? Not this case but something similar... 

Monday, June 12, 2023

Happy Stylo Day


Possibly the first ever feature on Happy Mondays?

by Paul Mathur for Melody Maker, August 2 1986

Friday, June 2, 2023

Steve Sutherland - Scott Walker - Melody Maker - January 18 1992


A contrarian viewpoint on Scott Walker - claiming that the stuff with the Walker Brothers was the greatest, the solo work just pretentious, morose guff - that I don't agree with in the least, but am nonetheless impressed that someone would argue it with such conviction.