Music Archive (176)

Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:25

Hype - Springs Eternal

Written by Alan McGee
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Aggressive PR is an integral part of the music industry - but what happens when there's no talent to support it?

Hype is fun. Everyone that worked in the music industry has been involved in it in some way, since acts sometimes need a kick-start to get the audience in front of them. Highlights of my hyping skills include talking up Kevin Shields to be a Brian Eno-like genius (when in fact you could put a monkey in the studio with Alan Moulder and make it sonically interesting), and the Boo Radleys, who were signed to demonstrate to Kevin that I could take anybody doing "his" music and make it a number one. However, hype can go horribly wrong. Would you put your life in the hands of these rock'n'roll bands?
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:24

Nirvana - How Bleach Brightened Up Grunge

Written by Alan McGee
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I found the recent controversy over Kurt Cobain's avatar in Guitar Hero 5 incredibly uncanny. Why? For the past week, I had been listening to Bleach, Nirvana's debut album, in preparation for the forthcoming legacy reissue on Sub Pop. The sudden appearance of a pixelated Cobain singing Bon Jovi or Public Enemy tracks is certainly an unreal and psychedelic transition from their early days.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:23

Grouper - Why She Is The Queen of the Night

Written by Alan McGee
 
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I'll admit that I arrived late to the Grouper party. Liz Harris's Portland-based solo project has been going since 2006, developing from a drone-heaby basement act into what has become essential listening. Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill was the album that finally made me appreciate Grouper's magnificent sound. It offers a way into her dense, nocturnal world.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:23

MC5 - A True Testimonial

Written by Alan McGee
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The forthcoming release of MC5: A True Testimonial (whose release has been held up after many, many legal problems) will seal the legacy of Fred "Sonic" Smith, the genius guitarist with the MC5. If you've ever found yourself saying "MC5, what a band!", A True Testimonial will leave you reeling for days with the power of MC5: not just with the music, but with the philosophy of the band.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:21

Gary Powell - Out Of The Libertines' Shadows

Written by Alan McGee
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In early November, I interviewed Jon Bon Jovi for the Guardian. He was cool and a total gentlemen. When Jon mentioned he didn't know who Pete Doherty was, I suggested that the Babyshambles man was well worth hearing. In my opinion, both Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of the Libertines are iconic British artists, which is why I was drawn to working with them.
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