Record Mirror, April 16th 1988.
On the cover, the Folk Gothy musings of Julianne Regan & All About Eve. I found them kind of dull though, so no real commentary on the band from me.
On to the pages, Des O’Connor controversy as he covers the theme from Neighbours and an early mention of Soho (who would go on to sample The Smiths a couple of years later). I can’t say that I remember Soho having two guys in the band at all, just the girls. But I suspect that was kind of deliberate.
A rubbish sounding Police experience. With lasers.
The Indie Charts. Which looks as if a bunch of Peel Sessions were newly released in the preceding week.
Gossipy bit, Des O’Connor (again) spookily accurate in imagining a long lifespan for Rick Astley’s career although the reasons why his prediction would turn out would be quite inexplicable.
“You see, Des, it‘s a roll. A kind of bait and switch, where you click on one thing expecting some information and it turns out to be something else. It was a duck on wheels originally, then it was changed to a Rick Astley video. This sort of thing has been happening on the Internet for a while. Back in the heyday of Slashdot you never knew what you might end up looking at. Sometimes it was a man holding his bottom open. Yes, it was a very nice wedding ring.“
Mel Smith & Meatloaf.
Cool Cuts chart with a mention of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince.
An advert for the James Brown Payback mix, with Coldcut’s name as remixers removed and instead credited as a mix by Matt & Jonathon. Presumably for contractual reasons.
Interview with Zodiac Mindwarp, I didn’t know Gimpo was their tour manager. The band interviewed in my home town of Glasgow.
(Guessing there had been an excursion to Glasgow as there’s also an interview with Wet Wet Wet, but eh. Was never fond of Marti Pellow especially.)
The lovely Danielle Dax.
The Letters page is especially enjoyable this week. Angry of Herts writes to bemoan the coverage of dance music, I’m sure he or she would be properly furious in a few months. Other bloke, Mike, complains about a recent feature of a naff disco up north. Reader, he is complaining about coverage of the Hacienda.
I don’t quite get the complaint to be honest, at least For the next couple of years you had alternatives with the NME, Melody Maker, Sounds, Smash Hits, etc. so you weren’t locked into one magazine that shared or challenged your viewpoint.
(I’m sure there’s something Indie-er as well that I’m forgetting.)
Also, kudos to Neil Tennant for writing in his own defence.
DJ Directory covers the Prestatyn Soul Weekender 1988, more detail on that event here.
Tim Westwood & Pete Tong. (Scanning technique kind of leads to some weird artifacting but either scans are slow and accurate or fast and a bit blurry.)
And finally, some potential Nolan stalking going on in the classifieds.
There are a couple of different mixes of a couple of tracks used here, I haven’t listed all versions as mixcloud gets a bit funny if you list variations of the same track 4 times in a row so moving forward I probably won’t mention all versions of a track.
Meat Beat Manifesto – I Got The Fear
Jungle Brothers – Because I Got It Like That
Eighth Wonder – I’m Not Scared
(There’s a Little Louie Vega mix of this, but as far as I can tell it’s from a 1989 reissue.)
Off – Electrica Salsa (PWL Remix)
With Sven Vath on vocals. And due to my misreading of something earlier I thought he was also DJ Sven of Holiday Rap fame.
S’Express – Theme From S-Express (Herbal Tea Casualty Mix)
Cappella – Bauhaus / Push the Beat (The Better Beat Remix)
The KLF – Burn the Beat
Ca Sa – 15 Minutes
Hokus Pokus – That’s How I Feel
Getting a lot of Run DMC – It’s Like That (Jason Nevins remix) from this. Was a hard one to track down in any incarnation so can’t say for sure this version was exactly the one mentioned in the pages.
The House Gang – Workin My Body
Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings (Flam-Boy-Ant Mix)
Mayday – Nude Photo 88 (Acid Burns Mix)
Full magazine is here.