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MOJO Issue 284

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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1 min.
this month’s contributors include

Tom To Sheehan ÒIt’s a rare thing when photographing musicians that they know what you are doing,Ó says Tom. ÒBrian May is the exception to the rule. Ó See the results of the shoot, p40. Tom’s third book from his voluminous archive covers his work with Manic Street Preachers (see p20), available in June. For more information go to www.thefloodgallery.com Paul Elliott Paul Elliott (he’s the less hairy one) has written about hard rock and heavy metal since 1985,cutting his teeth on Sounds and Kerrang! This month he talked to Brian May for MOJO (see p40). Paul’s new book, Guns N’Roses: The Life And Times Of A Rock ’N’ Roll Band, is published in September 2017. Billy Bragg Billy has been a devotee of DIY music since the days of punk. He made his latest…

6 min.
murder ballads

THE RELEASE OF NICK CAVE’S MURDER BALLADS in 1996 underlined the sense that the man was tapping into an age-old tradition of song. Containing two bona fide murder ballads – Henry Lee and Stagger Lee (originals of which are included on this bespoke compilations) – the album continued The Bad Seeds’ tradition of interpreting material that is both visceral and full of lustful melodrama, not to mention Biblical in parts. In many respects, this approach was defined on Kicking Against The Pricks, their masterful set of covers from a decade earlier, and it continues to inform the music the band make. By grouping together a selection of tracks covered by Cave and his cohorts, we hope this compilation will act as a start point for a deeper exploration of music…

5 min.
all back to my place

Hank Marvin THE SHADOW KNOWS What music are you currently grooving groov to? Som metimes classical radio or classic ro ock in the car, and sometimes I feel guilty about not listening to o what’s happening now. Sometimes gypsy jazz, big bands, boogie woogie stuff from the ’40s – Louis Jordan’s almost like a precursor or to to rock’ n’roll. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Wow! What do you say, Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper? I honestly would find it hard to pick one! If forced to do so… I’d have to be shot. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? A New Orleans jazz record by Bunk Johnson , When The Saints Go Marching In . I had a wind-up record player. I…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

“IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE I ENTER A WORLD that is different from the world I am actually living in,” says Nick Cave, discussing his approach to music. And yet, even at his most phantasmagorical, Cave manages to touch the listener through his own understanding of emotion and humanity, alongside his own deep study of song craft. This month, as Nick talks to Keith Cameron following a period of unimaginable turmoil, MOJO is delighted to celebrate the musical adventures he has enjoyed with The Bad Seeds during the last three decades. Our story starts on page 68 and involves a remarkable cast of Bad Seeds past and present. If we were being trite, we’d call them lovely creatures but that may just be pushing it… Where saints in glory stand Many thanks for…

2 min.
mo’ simian rhapsodies

“MONKEY WIN, AND EVIL GET SQUEEZED!” Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry “I give reggae to Bob Marley as my ransom, so I can be free to make dub. Now I come to conquer ragga and destroy raggamuffin, conquer raggamuffin with a new beat and a new sound of dub.” Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry smiles broadly as he tries to explain the motivation behind Superape Returns To Conquerrr,,, a reworking of his organic dub masterwork, Super Ape, freshly created with the New York-based electronic dub outfit, Subatomic Sound System. The original album, released by Island Records in 1976, drew from various projects Perry had initiated with Max Romeo, Prince Jazzbo, The Heptones and others, and squeezed it all through the heavy processing of his custom effects units at his Black Ark studio. Now, over 40 years…

2 min.

“THE STUDIO HAS AN AMAZING LASERDISC COLLECTION… A LOT OF B-MOVIES AND HORRORS.” Stuart Braithwaite From his Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite searches for a pithy summation of his band’s ninth studio LP, Every Country’s Sun. “I think,” he ventures, “that this album is an essential shield against an increasingly negative world…” One forged in the seclusion of Tarbox Road, producer Dave Fridmann’s upstate New York studios, just as last November’s US presidential election was reaching its conclusion. “I think the isolation from the world really helped us become totally immersed in the music and the process,” Braithwaite says. “It felt very womb-like, as if the rest of the world was continuing as normal but we didn’t have to particularly worry about it. The only time the political…