Archives – 2000 – February  

RICHARD ASHCROFT – “A Song For The Lovers”
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Richard Ashcroft used to be in a band called Verve, as you possibly know. The thing about Verve was that the word – with its connotations of lightness, cheek and speed – was the last thing you’d have flashed on when you heard the band[…]

In Defense Of Love Songs
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“Love will get you like a case of anthrax”: the Gang of Four’s cheery advice sets the tone for twenty-plus years of on-off punky alternative disdain for love songs. Andy Gill and company took a hardline leftist tone – songs ab[…]

My Lover The Record Collector
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I was a pop widow!
When Freaky Trigger‘s editor commissioned this piece, he was no doubt thinking of (or guiltily hoping for) some kind of gender-neutral meditation on the mystery, beauty and sadness of record-rack romance. And believe me, I tried,[…]

Empty Mailboxes: Charles Schulz 1922-2000
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For the past two days I have at points been totally stopped in my tracks with grief. I literally have been on the verge of losing it entirely more than once now. I just can’t accept that this has happened.
Almost a decade ago, Jim Henson and Dr[…]


Are you local?
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England is DIFFERENT (or SPECIAL if you want to be polite) to everywhere else for many reasons, but one is because our music “industry” (it’s not an industry – making baked beans is an industry, and nobody does THAT in their s[…]

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  1. I'm not sure those exist. Perhaps a better way to phrase it would be "Happy to see Cerebus discussed again,…

  2. Thanks for writing these. It's nice to see some critical re-examination of the significant virtues of Cerebus, now that Sim…

  3. That's interesting too - slight embarassment to admit I've never read Berserk, I guess because when I was initially getting…