Nina Persson of The Cardigans, or Nina Cardigan as she has been dubbed, is the cover star of this week’s edition of Melody Maker, having been dubbed “The Sexiest Woman In Rock”
In other news, Ian Brown has made a comeback gig at Conway Hall in London, performing a cover of Billie Jean by Michael Jackson during the encore.
Oasis and Blur are also in news, with Blur subject to a South Bank Show special, while Oasis have announced Andy Bell of Hurricane #1 as a new member.
Blur were among the winners at the MTV Awards in Dublin, an event which gets covered by Melody Maker.
Skin from Skunk Anansie gets asked about the forthcoming new Oasis album, and she describes herself as being “intersted” in hearing it.
Making a comeback is 1980s TV show The Tube, with Donna Air and Chris Moyles presenting alongside original presenters Jools Holland and Paula Yates.
Mark McKeever won the letter of the week for e-mailing in to complain about how crap the music scene in Belfast is.
Cover star Nina Persson gets a double page interview, stating that the majority of her fans are female.
There are two pages dedicated to 1993, as Melody Maker looks back at the 90s, during the decade’s final days.
Brian Molko gets interviewed as Placebo are busy recording their third album.
Jonathan Davis of Korn talks about his five obsessions, one of which is playing a bagpipe.
In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Badly Drawn Boy in concert, though not at the same time.
Rick Witter of Shed Seven is subject to a Q and A, revealing that he would watch a public execution if it was broadcast on TV.
If you wanted, there was a lyrics sheet for So Low, Ocean Colour Scene’s new single.
In gigs, James (with support from Cast), Ian Brown and Shed Seven were going on tour in the coming weeks.