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Singles review pages

Postby never/ever » 09 Sep 2018, 12:51

One of my favorite reads every week in the NME/Maker were the celebrity singles reviews- Mark E. Smith always was a delight.
Any of you read those too?


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Re: Singles review pages

Postby Darkness_Fish » 10 Sep 2018, 09:04

Ooh, this is actually a great idea for a thread, I just don't have anything to contribute. Same deal as with the other threads, I guess.

How much more varied were the singles being reviewed back then? Dog Faced Hermans, C93, Bonzo, and Inspiral Carpets?
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Postby Rayge » 10 Sep 2018, 09:41

Yeah, I always read them, just like I read the reviews by the journos (NME reader 1963-67 and 74-2004). Just like looking through someone's record collection, hearing someone's views on a random selection of tracks gives you a great insight into the shape of their taste, and, to a lesser extent, their personality, more so than most interviews.
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Postby C. » 10 Sep 2018, 11:12

Wire's 'Invisible Jukebox' feature was similarly entertaining (and sometimes enlightening)
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Postby never/ever » 10 Sep 2018, 16:05

BOXO wrote:Wire's 'Invisible Jukebox' feature was similarly entertaining (and sometimes enlightening)


Yes, that was another one I rarely missed.

Shame they are not somewhere bundled or online.
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Postby pcqgod » 10 Sep 2018, 20:15

Reminds me of the Christgau consumer guide, except that was short album reviews.
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Postby Muskrat » 10 Sep 2018, 23:07

pcqgod wrote:Reminds me of the Christgau consumer guide, except that was short album reviews.


To be fair, albums were shorter in those days.
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Re: Singles review pages

Postby never/ever » 11 Sep 2018, 00:24

The beauty of the singles page was that it was short, sharp and shocking. Album-reviews could be tedious and wordy affairs at times but singles got a concise (and often snide) treatment. Bands got slagged off there invariably and it was fun to see some reviewers cut acts to size or shreds. Rarely did I agree with them but the fun was always good.
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Postby fange » 11 Sep 2018, 03:06

That's fun to read, cheers for that. I never bought a copy of NME or MM in my life, so this is all new to me.
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Re: Singles review pages

Postby Darkness_Fish » 11 Sep 2018, 07:53

never/ever wrote:
BOXO wrote:Wire's 'Invisible Jukebox' feature was similarly entertaining (and sometimes enlightening)


Yes, that was another one I rarely missed.

Shame they are not somewhere bundled or online.

I could copy and paste them here, if anyone would read them.
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Re: Singles review pages

Postby never/ever » 11 Sep 2018, 12:39

Hey. That would be nice!
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Re: Singles review pages

Postby clive gash » 11 Sep 2018, 12:57

A pedant writes:

The clippings in the OP aren’t from the NME or MM, Record Mirror perhaps? (The MES one is from a monthly I think).

“Star” reviewers were few and far between during my NME/MM/Sounds years, the writers themselves were usually the reason my heart skipped a beat - you were guaranteed a good time if Reynolds/Swells/Stud Brothers were in charge, less so if it was Collins or Lamacq.
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Re: Singles review pages

Postby C. » 11 Sep 2018, 13:54

kalowski II: The Revenge wrote:A pedant writes:

The clippings in the OP aren’t from the NME or MM, Record Mirror perhaps? (The MES one is from a monthly I think).


'this months crop' at the top of the page might give you a clue :)


kalowski II: The Revenge wrote:“Star” reviewers were few and far between during my NME/MM/Sounds years, the writers themselves were usually the reason my heart skipped a beat - you were guaranteed a good time if Reynolds/Swells/Stud Brothers were in charge, less so if it was Collins or Lamacq.


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Re: Singles review pages

Postby Darkness_Fish » 11 Sep 2018, 14:02

Keeping with a theme:
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