A toilet roll with parody song titles is this week’s cover image, as Melody Maker asks if the charts are going down the toilet.

Tommy Scott of Space reveals that he will sing on their new album in “his real voice”, after stating that he sang in character on the band’s previous albums.

The cover story gets four pages, with a panel of music fans, Melody Maker writers and Daphne and Celeste debating if the charts are crap.

There are two pages dedicated to the life of Ian Curtis from Joy Division, on the 20th anniversary of his death.

In concerts, Melody Maker paid a visit to see Bush supported by Muse and James supported by Coldplay.

In reviews, Toploader’s debut album gets an unfavorable two stars out of five.


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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