MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 1.12.1999

Supergrass are this week’s cover stars of Melody Maker, in a week where Oasis announced details of a UK tour in the summer of 2000.

That Oasis tour will take in gigs in Bolton, London and Edinburgh, amidst rumours that the band will leave Creation to form their own record label.

Rick Witter of Shed Seven is the subject of a Q and A, revealing he didn’t want the band to release a Greatest Hits album, and enjoyed seeing his sister get married to the band’s drummer.

Cover stars Supergrass get four pages as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Germany.

Tim Burgess gets asked about his obsessions, revealing himself to be obsessed with Bob Dylan, and blowing up food in microwaves.

In concert reviews, Melody Maker went to see Foo Fighters in Glasgow and Metallica in Berlin.

Lightning Seeds are this week’s Singles Reviewers, giving the Single Of The Week Award to Longpigs, while sending Ace Of Base to The Dumper.

Cerys Matthews is also the subject of a Q and A, revealing she would avenge a friend’s murder.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : FEB 7 – FEB 13

Hello and welcome to this week’s TOTP round-up, which celebrates the 60th birthday of a German pop legend, Dieter Bohlen of Modern Talking. Epic song, Epic fake tan.

Born exactly 20 years later was Danny Goffey of Supergrass. Here he is, when he was young, when he was free …….

Another birthday this week is Holly Johnson, 54 this week. Here he is performing Love Train in 1989. A forgotten classic.

No doubt you were expecting me to post a Frankie video, well relax! here’s one. It’s not relax though. Mike Read banned me from posting it.

A sad anniversary now, as it’s two years this week since the death of Whitney Houston.

Peter Gabriel is 64 today. Unfortunately, there’s no TOTP performances of him on Youtube. But, as a special treat, would you like to see Erasure do a cover of Solsbury Hill?

It doesn’t matter if you don’t, that’s what you’re getting.

Another Peter celebrating today is Peter Hook. 58, since you ask. And like his former New Order bandmate Bernard Sumner, it will be celebrated by a side project, in his case, Monaco.

Sharing a birthday with the two Peters is the fat dancer from Take That, or, Robbie “The Robster” Williams as he’s known.

I’ve searched, and found some songs that aren’t bloody awful, in fact, I would go as far to say, tolerable.

And finally, another Boybander celebrating today is Aston Merrygold, formerly of JLS.