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MOJO Issue 280

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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in this issue

1 min.
this month’s contributors include

Tom Oldham “‘Shoot the legendary Sir Ray Davies? Sounds great, Phil! Cheers’ is how the call goes when MOJO asks you to shoot an icon of British music,” recalls the photographer (cover feature p72) . “It’s awesome, terrifying and glorious in equal measure.” Stéphane Manel Stéphane is a freelance illustrator based in Paris. In addition to work in French fashion, he’s also worked on LP covers for such as Serge Gainsbourg and Sebastien Tellier; his editorial work appears in France, England, the US and Japan; he’s done ads for Puma, Le Coq Sportif, Nike and Montblanc et al. Stéphane illustrates this month’s Lead Album, p89. Mark Blake Acclaimed author Mark Blake, whose books have included Pretend You’re In A War: The Who & The Sixties plus works on Queen, Freddie Mercury and Pink Floyd, is…

6 min.
something else a tribute to the kinks

TIS HARD TO OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF Something Else in The Kinks’ cannon. In many respects it is their first bona fide classic album, yet it failed to dent the UK Top 30 when released in September 1967. Five decades on, it boasts some of the band’s most enduring songs – David Watts, Waterloo Sunset and Death Of A Clown (largely penned by guitarist Dave Davies). The album also saw principal composer Ray Davies assume greater control over the band’s sound in the studio, and move into more complex, observational writing. Indeed, the emotions contained in the album’s lyrics still resonate, as is clear from this reworking of all 13 tracks. Each participating artist was hand-picked by MOJO with a particular song in mind, then given the freedom to reinterpret…

5 min.
all back to my place

Mike Oldfield TUBULAR DRIVER What music are you currently grooving to? When I’m not making an album, I’m sort of churning musical ideas around in my head, and I purposefully don’t listen to music. I love silence. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I suppose Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony had the most profound effect on me, the fact that it would have different melodies in the same space but at different speeds and registers. Just gorgeous. Sir John Barbirolli with the Halle Orchestra is the recording I’d recommend. In terms of a concert, that would be Centipede, a jazz-rock-everything orchestra back in the ’70s . Live it was fantastic! What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I think it was Apache by The…

8 min.
theories, rants, etc.

“I STILL DON’T BELIEVE I WRITE SONGS,” says Ray Davies mid-way through the second of three encounters that make up this month’s cover story. It begs the question: what does he think he’s been doing for the past five decades? “It’s therapy,” nods the former Kinks leader. This exchange typifies the man’s complex character. Constantly observing the world around him and re-evaluating his role in it, Ray is a man under constant revision. As he puts the finishing touches to Americana, his impressive conceptual album in two parts (the first emerges this spring), MOJO is proud to present a wide-ranging encounter with a man whose influence on modern music remains indelible. So here’s to Ray: a man who can now justifiably be referred to as rock’s dark knight of the…

3 min.
the k’s have it

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO“WE’RE GOING TO GET SOMETHING THAT ONLY THEY COULD HAVE THOUGHT OF.” On January 1, an esoteric YouTube video of chaos magic and pop chart Number 1s entitled ‘KLF 01 01 2017 WTF FOUND VHS’ provoked fevered speculation. Was this Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond, who scored six reality-warping Top 5 singles as The KLF and The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu from 1988 to 1992, announcing their long-threatened return? Still-disbelieving pop legend explains the excitement: in their guise of The K Foundation, Drummond and Cauty burned £1 million in cash on the Isle Of Jura on August 23, 1994. At the time they asked, ‘Was It Art?’, ‘Was It Madness?’ and ‘Was It Bollocks?’, and promised to reveal the real reason 23 years…

2 min.

“THE WHOLE THING IS US… THEY’RE ALL SONGS WE BELIEVE IN.”Chris Stein In his capacious hotel suite high above the Marylebone Road, Blondie’s guitar player and ‘conceptualist’ Chris Stein, silver of hair and wry of grin, is getting animated about Johnny Marr’s contribution to his group’s new album. “It got me really pumped up and excited,” he says in his muddy, Brooklyn-nurtured drawl. “I wasn’t a huge Smiths fan, I only knew the basic stuff. I’m not like Clem Burke who knows every fucking band in the universe and every song.” Marr’s creation, My Monster, a zippy and lyrically surreal new wave spanker, is one of a dozen or so collaborations set to populate Pollinatorr , Blondie’s follow-up to 2014’s Ghosts Of Download . The impetus for working this time with a…