Jon Anderson Interview ~ ‘Under the Microcope’

Gargantuan prog—rock supergroup, YES are back. A new generation of prog—wannabes in Muse, Elbow and Radiohead provide the PR. A 360 piece symphony orchestra provide the clout. Gary Hill talks to lyrical cosmic Wiseman, Jon Anderson about the new album.15/10/01 Whatever your reservations, progressive rock seems to be enjoying a bit of good PR, thanks to the current crop of prog—influenced British bands. Mansun made an called ‘Six’, talked deliriously of lanterns for a while, Radiohead came out with the Continue Reading


New release of “Motor Driven Bimbo” by Rockbitch has caused something of a stir. Censored live, cruelly edited by children’s TV and simultaneously loved and loathed by many a teenage right hand, Gary Hill gets the dirty on Babe.20/09/01 Yes, I know what you’re thinking; Rockbitch represent anarchy and subversion by any other name. It’s not strictly that we’re at odds with this band performing sex acts on stage. On the contrary, it’s curiously satisfying. It’s that their faintly comical, Continue Reading

Dream Academy Star Nick Laird-Clowes Signs to Poptones

Alan McGee’s new cult indie label, Poptones release the excellent Mona Lisa Overdrive by Trashmonk — aka Nick Laird-Clowes — on September 10th 2001. Here’s the story so far, plus entry into our competition. The man sang backing vocals on the last T Rex album. He’s rented office space with Paul Simon, he lost his virginity to an Australian model at John Lennon’s house. Brian Wilson called him a genius. He also presented the cult eighties music shabang, The Tube Continue Reading

Tweaker – The Attraction to All Things Uncertain

The new album by Tweaker aka. Chris Vrenna, The Attraction to All Things Uncertain (Six Degrees Records) from Tune Raider, is released September 18th. Meet Elliot featuring the elusive David Sylvian. Not content with providing a special remix of U2’s “Elevation”, for the Tomb Raider soundtrack, Chris Vrenna, the former drummer and programmer for Nine Inch Nails has written and produced the Tweaker album, The Attraction to All Things Uncertain, an account of virtual everyman, Elliot and his own anxious Continue Reading

Staind @ The Astoria, London 28.08.01

New album doing currently well in the charts, what could these pimply nu-metalers offer a positively heaving audience of little upright pinkees in London? Priya Elangasinghe has some answers … and then some … Something wasn’t right. In a sea of pinkies and index fingers giving the of sign of the beast, lighters were aloft and there was clapping. Fair enough, you might think. However, clapping in anticipation of the upcoming chorus? Surely not, this wasn’t a Bon Jovi concert Continue Reading

Nick Laird-Clowes Interview

Trashmonk — Alan McGee’s new cult indie label, Poptones released the excellent “Mona Lisa Overdrive” on September 10th 2001. Trashmonk aka Nick laird Clowes of the Dream Academy talks to James Berry.12/08/01 October 2001 – You probably think you’ve lived. Done this and that, met a few people, travelled, worked here and there, been around, seen some things. But you haven’t. Trashmonk, a.k.a. Nick Laird-Clowes has. That’s your benchmark. You might not think you know him, you probably don’t, but Continue Reading

Teenage Fanclub Interview – From Glasgow With Love

After their now infamous “no guitars allowed” three night residency at The Camden Underworld, the band then took the stage co-headlining with Evan Dando at the recently rained out Fleadh festival. Francis Macdonald speaks up.28/07/01 It’s been a furious couple months for Glasgow’s favourite sons, Teenage Fanclub. Having just completed their first US tour for six years, Crud spoke exclusively with The Fannies drummer, Francis MacDonald. Francis and Priya Elangasinghe discussed the bands whirlwind year, his groovy record label “SHOESHINE Continue Reading

69 Love Songs: LD Beghtol talks Magnetic Fields & Three Terrors

What do Abba, Serge Gainsborough and disastrous French pop shows have in common? Absolutely nothing, as that would be absurd. But then, perhaps, The Three Terrors are absurd.10/07/01 A performance only project, occurring at sporadic intervals throughout the year, and with little or no signs of official release, The Three Terrors is the 1930s film-loving Hollywood love child of LD Beghtol, Stephin Merritt and Dudley Klute. A child born out of the soirèes and downtown celebrations of dead-celebrity anniversaries and Continue Reading

Radiohead @ South Park, Oxford July 2001

After experiencing Homelands this year, it became apparent that the number of dance bands that did not wither under the challenge of performing in front of thousands of revellers could be counted on one hand. Adding unfortunate credence to the rock clichés about live dance music there was something very wrong with the limp live performances on display at the festival. It was hard to pinpoint exactly why, but there was never a bigger gap between the emotional catharsis bought Continue Reading

Is This It? ~ The Strokes

There was always going to be a desire to dislike this album and verbalises it by way of a glib pun using its goading title Is This It? Luckily for anyone with a sense of humour, that did not happen.The truth is, nothing could possibly live up to the expectations this debut had got going for it. The only debut album in recent memory that has had the music press likewise slavering all over themselves in anticipation, was the ELASTICA Continue Reading