Something i’ve been meaning to do but am only getting the chance to do over Christmas, is upload and review some old magazines i’ve got.
This batch of magazines, I got at Empire Exchange when I was in Manchester in February.
If you’ve never been to Manchester or Empire Exchange, I can’t recommend it highliy enough. Basically, it’s a second hand shop specialising in literally everything.
Had a wee browse in their magazine section, and picked up a couple of ones that caught my eye.
I’d decided to make use of the time off over Christmas by scanning (I don’t have a scanner in the house, so made use of the facilities in Newtonbreda Library) and upload a few of my favourite articles.
The first magazine is Q from September 1991 with the headline “Who’s Cracked It In 1991?” with a collage of images of Milltown Brothers, Mariah Carey, Mock Turtles, Omar, Chris Issak, EMF, Seal, Beverley Craven, James and Massive Attack.
The Spine Line, for those who are interested, reads, “Bore-dom, bore-dum! Ba-dum! ba-dum”
For those unaware of the concept, magazines have what is known as a Spine Line, where a random phrase, or statement is printed, which bears a reference to what is in the publication.
“Bore-dum, bore-dum! ba-dum! ba-dum!” refers to the song “Boredum” by The Buzzcoks, who were featured in the magazine. As a bonus fact, the song was referenced in “Rip It Up” by Orange Juice, in the line “And my favourite song’s entitled boredum”
A double page feature on James kicks-off the section dedicated to the cover stars titled “1991 : Life Is Sweet”, profiling their ten year journey to the top of the charts, having enjoyed their biggest hit (and still biggest hit to date) earlier in the year with “Sit Down“.
Interestingly, only James, Chris Issak and Milltown Brothers got double page spreads, while the rest had to make do with a mere single page.
Answers on a postcard please if anyone knows who Milltown Brothers are, and what they are doing now.
Mock Turtles, then on the crest of a wave after their hit “Can U Dig It?” were featured, during that brief moment in time when singer Martin Coogan was more famous than his brother Steve.
That month, Q was recommending albums by Crowded House, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Jam, Electronic and Tom Petty, so they did know their stuff.
Depressingly, the Number One album at time of press was “Love Hurts” by Cher, keeping The Jam’s Greatest Hits compliation off the top.
Interestingly, Beverley Craven at Number Ten was the highest placed artist under 30 (at the time) in the album chart.
Concert goers (according to the listing page) could have taken in tours by All About Eve, Gary Glitter, Chesney Hawkes, Kylie Minogue, NKOTB and Chris Rea, amongst others.
Meanwhile, an advertorial towards the end of the magazine for the CD-I which “Will cram sound, text, graphics and video to your Compact Disc”
The feature was written by Q journalist John Bauldie. My older brother used to always buy Q during the mid 1990s, and I do happen to remember the edition which featured Bauldie’s obituary, as he was a fellow passenger on the plane crash that killed then Chelsea Vice-Chairman Matthew Harding.