MOJO May 2021

Launched in 1993, MOJO celebrates the stories of music's all-time greats. It does this through expertly written, insightful features and exclusive, in-depth interviews. MOJO also finds and recommends new music of quality and integrity, so if you want to read about the classics of now and tomorrow, it is definitely the music magazine for you. As founding editor Paul Du Noyer put it, MOJO has ""the sensibilities of a fanzine and the design values of Vogue."" It's lovingly put together every month by music fanatics with huge knowledge, who share your passion. And because they have unrivalled contacts in the music industry, they bring you the kind of access, news and expertise you won't find anywhere else.

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this month’s contributors include...

Lucy O’Brien Lucy was a teenage punk when she saw Kate Bush’s Tour Of Life in 1979, and was so inspired that she co-founded a girl band. She writes about Kate on page 67, and also in her book She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music, which has recently been re-published in a 25th anniversary edition. Mike McCartney Brother of that Paul, Mike scored ’60s hits of his own as a third of Scaffold. This month, from page 30, he contributes photographs and memories from the dawn of The Beatles. They’re drawn from Mike McCartney’s Early Liverpool, a lavish new Genesis Books tome. Copies can be purchased from: Alison Fensterstock Alison has written about music, books and eccentrics for NPR Music, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, MOJO and more. She…

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the colours of spring

ON MAY 8 OF EACH NORMAL YEAR, HELSTON — THE MOST southerly town on the British mainland — is the setting for a peculiar ritual. Early in the morning, an ecstatic procession called the Furry Dance takes place through the town, an invocation of the new season that’s soundtracked by an ancient song, of uncertain meaning, called Hal An Tow. The rites of spring are not, of course, unique to small towns in Cornwall. All over, the end of winter has long provided a time for rejoicing, or at least for a tentative and possibly relieved re-engagement with the world. Breathe again: spring is here. This month’s MOJO CD is a sequel, of sorts, to the White Winter Hymnals comp we put together for MOJO 315. This time, there are songs…

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all back to my place

Alex Winter MOST EXCELLENT, FILM-MAKER What music are you currently grooving to? I was completely immersed in Zappa world until very recently — I listened to Civilization Phaze III a lot. Also a lot of jazz, Herbie Hancock, Brian Eno, Harold Budd and the Shostakovich symphonies, which are huge and speak to the cacophonous moment we’ve had in America. And McDonald And Giles, I love that album. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? My favourite album period is John Coltrane, A Love Supreme. My favourite rock album is The Who, Live At Leeds. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Kiss Alive, from the local record shop in St. Louis. I was in the Kiss Army! I thought they were amazing. I saw them in…

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theories, rants, etc.

E-mail to: JUST OVER A MINUTE INTO THE precision frenzy of Sat In Your Lap, there’s a clue as to what it might be like inside Kate Bush’s head. “I’ve been doing this for years,” she observes, though at this point she has been a recording artist for less than four. “My goal is moving near/It says, Look, I’m over here/Then it up and disappears.” How to capture that elusive sound? Clearly, the process can be long and exasperating. Since Sat In Your Lap came out as a single, 40 years ago this summer, Bush has released six albums of new songs: three more in the 1980s, then one per decade subsequently. The perfectionism, the innovation, the belief that pop music can be transformative and somehow magical, the strategic reticence —…

3 min
what goes on!

Nutty Gritty Madness bring their early history to the screen. Plus! Co-writing with Paul Weller and trouser-less nightmares. “I HAD THIS DREAM I was playing the Dublin Castle,” says Madness host Suggs, holed up in Whitstable as Covid drags on. “We were doing a load of new songs and I didn’t know any of the words, and I couldn’t find my trousers – my subconscious unconscious is replaying the things I should be doing!” It’s suitable, at least, that this fit of the night terrors took place in the Camden venue where Madness first played in early 1979, back when they were The Invaders, and where they’ve returned multiple times since. Suitable also because they’ve turned 2019’s early-years oral history Before We Was We into a three-part TV series. Begun 18 months ago,…

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after the who and d’angelo, bass supreme pino palladino says, this is me

CLOSE TO four decades after first making his sonic mark with rubbery fretless bass contributions to records by Gary Numan and Paul Young — and having gone on to play with disparate artists from The Who to D’Angelo — Pino Palladino has finally made an album with his name on the cover. Notes With Attachments, a collaboration with Fiona Apple/Laura Marling producer Blake Mills, is an instrumental exploration of atmospheric jazzscapes and tangential world music that is so assured it makes MOJO wonder: why has he left it this long to make an album in his own right? “I never really had that ambition,” he says, “or been that interested in being the virtuoso guy. But composition has always been what’s really intrigued me.” Back in 1982, as a devotee of Danny…