After a five year absence, Elastica are back with a new album, and take their place on the cover of Melody Maker.
In news, it’s all about Oasis, as Melody Maker canvasses fans on their US tour, supported by Travis. Oasis Spokesperson has denied that the band are splitting up, while Limp Bizkit claimed Oasis had them demoted on the Reading and Leeds bill.
Noel Gallagher hit back by wondering if Korn or Limp Bizkit will still be around in 2004.
Alex James of Blur gets interviewed as he launches his side project Fat Les, while revealing that he supports both Bournemouth and Arsenal.
In competitions, you could win a Manic Street Preachers video, Kevin and Perry merchandise, and a monkey suit as worn by Bloodhound Gang.
Elastica get a four page feature, as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Manchester and Leeds.
My Vitriol get a full page feature as they are described as one of Britain’s most exciting new bands, as does Elliott Smith as he prepares to release his new album, Figure Eight.
Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit gets interviewed, where he describes being a Rock Star as “fucking awesome”.
Live Reviews focus on Gomez in Manchester, with the general consensus being positive.
Also reviewed are Korn, Puff Daddy, Black Box Recorder and L7.
Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave from Radio 1 are doing singles reviews, with single of the week being Idiot Radar with Lowfinger.
There is a full page feature on Embrace, as they go through the process of recording their album Drawn From Memory.
The magazine ends with a short Q and A with Jimmy Pop from Bloodhound Gang.