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UNCUT March 2020 #274

Published by BandLab UK Limited. Uncut is the essential magazine about rock music, written by people who love that music as much as you do. Every month, it features the most comprehensive and trustworthy album reviews section in the world. There are in-depth interviews with the finest musicians of the past five decades, and with the exciting new artists who are following in their great tradition. Insightful, informative, passionate about extraordinary music – that’s Uncut.

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AMONG several profitable distractions during the festive break, I enjoyed following a Twitter thread about old Uncut CDs. Among praise for our Keith Richards-curated compilation The Devil’s Music from 2002 and our recent Wilco covers project, I was massively gratified by the positive vibes directed at our Sounds Of The New West series. Serendipitously, this issue of Uncut comes with the long-awaited fifth instalment. As with the previous volumes, this compilation finds a cadre of new artists reimagining musical traditions in dynamic new ways. As ever, please let us know what you think. It’s been 10 years, astonishingly, since Kate Bush last appeared on the cover of Uncut. For this latest cover story, Peter Watts has dug deep into an early period in Bush’s remarkable career to locate the source of…

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sweetest of the idiots neil innes 1944-2019

“THERE’S a Japanese magazine called Strange Days,” Neil Innes informed Uncut in 2014. “It only covers The Beatles, the Bonzos, Python and The Rutles.” Uniquely, Innes – who died unexpectedly on December 29, aged 75 – can claim to have been a member of three of those outfits and to have close ties to the fourth. An Essex-born army child whose talents lay in music and art, Innes’ arrival in the ranks of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in 1963 brought focus to their unorthodox mix of music hall, jazz and conceptual art. A gifted singer, pianist and guitarist, Innes held the troupe together and, as the decade progressed, the Bonzos became integral to the burgeoning world of social satire and pop culture. Their Victoriana and 1920s styles foreshadowed psychedelia and…

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“here was someone a bit special”

“Neil, Sam and Vivian have all ‘caught the bus’, but they have left us magic”“LEGS” LARRY SMITH IT might have been a gig or a rehearsal, but it was an early day in the formation of Bonzo, if I recall. We were all at London art schools, and art – the relationship between Michelangelo’s David and Duchamp’s urinal – was always foremost in our thoughts. It hung there, like some cooling trout. Bathroom tissue and where one might purchase it (at reasonable prices) was also paramount – it ran a close second. So, early days and we were still getting to know each other – still checking each other out, as boys tend to do. But when a young and sparkling Neil Innes marched in wearing a white canvas suit upon which…

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vally of the lips

“I liked their simplicity… they reminded me of The White Stripes”WAYNE COYNE ON DEAP VALLY WAYNE Coyne was not looking for new musical collaborators when he first stumbled across Deap Vally at a live show in Raleigh two years ago (where he was visiting the creator of the world’s largest Gummy Bear, obviously). But when he met the LA garage-rock duo backstage, the chemistry between them clicked. “I liked their simplicity,” Coyne tells Uncut. “They reminded me of The White Stripes, just the two of them, primitive riffs and screaming. It’s like Joan Jett meets Courtney Love meets Bon Jovi! Every song of theirs is kind of like: look motherfuckers, we know we’re cool...” “We just got along as people,” adds Deap Vally singer-guitarist Lindsey Troy. “Our music is super different from…

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leica hurricane

JIM Marshall was an unlikely candidate for in-house photographer of the peace-and-love generation. Renowned for his evocative pictures of Monterey Pop, Woodstock and the Haight-Ashbury love-ins, Marshall was a raging coke addict who was twice convicted of firearms offences and who is described in Show Me The Picture: The Story Of Jim Marshall as “irascible” and a “malevolent gnome”. “Marshall was an artist – he just had a different instrument”ALFRED GEORGE BAILEY Yet there is a consensus among the film’s talking heads that Marshall’s hardman exterior shielded a sensitive soul. “It was absolutely a front,” agrees director Alfred George Bailey. How else, he argues, was Marshall able to coax such candid poses from Miles Davis and Johnny Cash, or to capture a movement so effectively as in his pictures of Bob Dylan…

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a quick one

Bridge Over Troubled Water turns 50 this month. To celebrate, Uncut’s latest Ultimate Music Guide is dedicated to Simon & Garfunkel, commemorating over 60 years of their music-making both together and apart. As ever, the mag is a close harmony of insightful new writing and entertaining archive reads. Every album is reviewed in depth, and there’s the lowdown on the singles, the collaborations and the films too… Also out now is Ultimate Record Collection: The 1980s. Within its pages: 500 strongly recommended albums, profiles of the decade’s main cultural forces, and interviews revealing what life was like inside Adam & The Ants and The Go-Betweens… Festival news! Richard Thompson will play August’s Cropredy both solo and with the 1970 Full House lineup of Fairport Convention; Ride headline a new psych, punk and…