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MOJO Issue 290

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

Lois Wilson Lois Wilson first interviewed Paul Weller for the late MOJO Collections in 2001. This month she writes about his formative years in The Jam (p74) then interviews him as a part of our Best Of The Year round-up. She also talks to late-blooming bluesman Robert Finley on page 44. Fred Dellar He’s been a fish and chip shop employee, a paint sprayer, a nonflying airman and factory worker in his time. But he claims, with some conviction, it’s been better just chatting with the likes Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Wilson, Tammy Wynette and Thelma Houston. Yes, really. Nate Watters He’s been photographing live music for almost 20 years, yet this was Nate’s first time shooting Arcade Fire (see Lives, page 116. “As a photographer, this band is everything I want in a…

7 min.
2017 the best of the year

A LICE COLTRANE, PAUL WELLER, ST. VINCENT, Lal Waterson, Endless Boogie… No, it’s not one of those “…walked into a bar” jokes. In fact the one place you could be guaranteed to clock that wonderfully unlikely collection of people is in MOJO’s list of the Best Albums Of 2017 and on this compilation of some of our favourite songs of the year. The year itself was a challenging one; the music world struggled to come to terms with the Manchester Arena bomb attack – just part of a picture of violence and volatility that continued to define our world. Some of those issues – the global refugee crisis, ongoing conflict in Mali – are addressed amid the 15 incredibly varied tracks gathered here. But a lot of music we loved…

5 min.
all back to my place

Cindy Wilson THE B-52’S PISCES WHO LIKES CHIHUAHUAS What music are you currently grooving to? I’ve been going psychedelic and electronic. I’ve been kind of obsessed with Tame Impala for a while now, and Temples. Just beautiful. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I guess it would be Nirvana’s Nevermind. I’d moved down to Atlanta, Georgia and there was this brand new energy for me, and Nirvana came out and blew my mind. It really was important for me, I was driving around just rocking to it. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Well, I was a little girl and I got my allowance and bought Downtown by Petula Clark, from a small record shop in downtown Athens, Georgia. So crazy. We kind of…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IT’S BEEN A YEAR OF EXTREMES. EXTREME weather, extreme politics, reflected in a year of wildly varied (and, sometimes, pretty polarising) music, plus novel wheezes for getting it across. Jam magus Paul Weller tried to get a song on his A Kind Revolution album adopted by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Bruce Springsteen, whose Tunnel Of Love album MOJO celebrates – mixed music and monologue on the Broadway stage. Josh Homme employed premier pop producer Mark Ronson and waited for the brickbats to fly in. But as he winningly explains in this month’s MOJO Interview, it takes a lot to put the Queens Of The Stone Age philosopher-frontman on the canvas. Amid the melee, the fundamentals endure: blues, R&B, rock’n’roll. Driven home this month by the loss of one of rock’s greats,…

7 min.
“he was the original player ”

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO “HE’S THE ONE WHO BROUGHT EVERYTHING TO FRUITION.” Dr. John “I was asked to play Fats’ songs at so many sessions,” Dr. John told MOJO on the news of Fats Domino’s death. “Nobody else sounded like him. He’s the one who brought everything to fruition, and when he and Dave Bartholomew got together – they made the planet reverberate.” Pianist Fats, with his writer/producer partner Dave Bartholomew, came up with some of the most sublime music of the modern era. The two years from 1955 saw pioneering smashes Ain’t That A Shame, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday and I’m Walkin’ shaping the rock’n’roll explosion then in progress. By the time of this success, Domino had already had a career as a hit-making R&B “race…

2 min.
six easy pieces of prime fats domino.

HEY! LA BAS BOOGIE (Imperial, 1950 ) Recorded direct-to-disc, this is one of Fats’ most high octane rockers. It also boasts a searing solo by long-time Domino saxman Herb Hardesty, known n forr walking along the bar and sliding across the floor during shows. “La bas”, meanwhile, refers to the voodoo spirit Papa Legba, the root of the ‘devil at the crossroads’ blues myth. SWANEE RIVER HOP (Imperial, 1953) A later recording of Swanee River Boogie, Domino’s showstopper in the ’40s, lets you hear his genius. With the rhythm section low in the mix, it’s the perfect setting for that swinging left hand. BLUE MONDAY (Imperial, 1956) This bluesy strut about the drudgery of work after the weekend was a favourite of Domino, Dave Bartholomew and Imperial Records owner Lew Chudd. It was written by Bartholemew…