MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 23.10.1999

Not a large magazine this week, as we look back at a free sampler edition of Melody Maker, which was free for one week only as it changed to an A4 sized publication.

This edition saw Cerys Matthews as the cover star.

As you open the magazine, there is an editorial explaining the new look, as well as a look at some classic Melody Maker covers.

There is an article called Maker Breakers, detailing the breakthrough acts interviewed by Melody Maker in 1999 such as Groove Armada, Gay Dad and Muse.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring is subject of a Q and A, revealing he would watch an execution if it was broadcast on TV.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Travis in Aberdeen, gave four and a half stars to The Charlatans new album, while Ian Brown, Cerys Matthews and Ash were celebrity Singles Reviewers.

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SPACE – LIVE AT THE EMPIRE 6.5.2016

On Friday night, I headed to Space. No doubt you’re expecting to see pictures of The Whole Of The Moon. Well, that’s the wrong band, that’s The Waterboys.

You’ve probably guessed by now that it’s the band rather than the planet, who had hits in the 90s with that song from Cold Feet and that song about Tom Jones before disappearing from view.

Well, they’re back, and popped into the Empire for a gig. It was almost a mid to late 90s night in Belfast with Kula Shaker playing The Limelight a few minutes up the road at the same time. Both having hits between 1996 and 1998 before vanishing.

I’d already got a Space ticket before the Kula Shaker gig was announced, so my decision was already made.

That was the challenge for Space, prove you’re better than Kula Shaker.

It was a surprisingly low crowd for this gig, considering they did have a few massive hits. Plenty of space (no pun intended) on the floor to move around.

Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere suffered as a result of the low turnout. Tommy Scott, lead singer, still looking like George Harrison.

They carried on, playing their hits, the singles from Tim Planet – Avenging Angels and Begin Again featuring early on. Avenging Angels is easily my favourite Space song, and it was the best song live.

Cerys Matthews made an appearance, of sorts, appearing on a screen in the background as they performed The Ballad Of Tom Jones.

As soon as they began playing their signature song Female OfThe Species, there was an outbreak of dancing on the floor, before finishing off with hits from Spiders such as Neighbourhood and You and Me vs The World.

It took a while to get going, but it wasn’t that bad a gig in the end.

I would have liked it if they’d played their cover of We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, a standalone single from a car commercial in 1998.

Space weren’t in a mood to get out of this place, with Tommy Scott happily heading out to the floor to mingle with fans and pose for photos.

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50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUN 6 – JUN 12

It’s been a struggle to get this week’s round-up done, as i’ve spent most of the week in hospital.

I’ve been diagnosed with a condition called Tomjonesitis, where you randomly start singing Tom Jones songs. I asked the doctor if it was common, he replied …… It’s Not Unusual.

And now to a song which is just as brilliant and ridiculous as my Tom Jones joke.

Meanwhile, Charlie Simpson off of Busted (but not McBusted) turns 29 this week. Pop fact, this song was originally called “Crash and Burn” but was changed after the Columbia Shuttle Disaster

This week’s sad anniversary, 4 years since the death of Stuart Cable. This, filmed in his hometown of Cwmbran.

If you don’t know Mick Hucknall by now, you will never ever know him.

Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran turns 52 this week. Incidentally (according to the Youtube bio) this performance was broadcast on 6th November 1986, the day Sir Alex Ferguson became Manchester United manager.

Rob Pilatus from Milli Vanilli would have been 49 this week. Seriously, how did people not know they didn’t sing on their records?

It got worse for Fabrice Morvan, as he lost out on an insurance ad deal to Morgan Freeman.

Meanwhile, much loved popular Darts player Jackie Wilson would have been 80 this week.,

Matt Bellamy from Muse is 36 this week. Pop fact, his dad was in The Tornadoes. You know, Telstar.

Reg Presley from The Troggs would have been 73 this week. Wet Wet Wet ensured he never had to worry about money for the last 18 years of his life. Don’t you just want to run your hands through Marti Pellow’s hair? Just me?

Holy Europop!!! It’s Robyn

And finally, some Good Souls