Issue 29

Featured in this issue…

Primal Scream Clash lights the fuse and stands well back.

In 1985, as Primal Scream first took their first toddling steps into the world of punk, the whole concept of ‘pop’ as a genre was utterly buggered for your common spotted dude.

Acid House 20 Years On

This issue we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Second Summer of Love with a special retrospective documenting the incredible boom of dance music in the late Eighties.

Portishead Portishead curate our breaking bands section.

There is a notion that only good art is borne from suffering, and with this in mind Clash sat down with Portishead; a trio of disparate humans attempting to make music together – an agonising process that has seen a decade pass since their last live album.

N.E.R.D. Hip-hop’s crown princes

Formed in 2001, the creative core of N.E.R.D. comprised Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – more commonly known as The Neptunes and authors to a string of hits that ran from Snoop Dogg and Kanye West through to Britney Spears and the lad Timberlake.

Roots Manuva Beats ‘n’ banter: King Rodney returns

It’s a warm afternoon in early summer and in a somewhat less than salubrious cafe in Brixton, Rodney Smith is eulogising about the true meaning and motivation of being Roots Manuva.

Fujiya & Miyagi Brighton’s Moog maestros dole out the grooves

“Looking back on it now, I really wish one of us had asked him to climb down, but if you do that then you just end up looking like Bono.”

Noah & The Whale Who knew historians could be so much fun?

If Noah and the Whale weren’t a band, they would be everything Mark from Peep Show wants to be. Successful and ambitious, they are made up of classical historians, a recently qualified doctor of medicine and a violin prodigy.

Album Spotlight

Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

The album was intended to instigate a paradigm shift from the cartoon-ish gangsterism, misogyny and braggadocio of rap to something revolutionary – “a black CNN”.

Personality Clash

The Whip Vs 808 State

One of the most distinctive acts hurled up by the explosion of influences through the 1980s were 808 STATE. Twenty years on Clash dispatched new indie/dance heroes to quiz Graham Massey over what the fuck was happening two decades ago.

  • Write On Greg Wilson
  • Rock And Rules Def Leppard's Joe Elliot
  • Royal Academy Reviews Looks at some Acid House classics
  • Private Passions Kid Carpet
  • Stalker Metallica
  • Polls Apart Rave Culture
Album Reviews
  • Primal Scream
  • Roots Manuva
  • Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong
  • Manda Rin
  • Conor Oberst
  • The Pictish Trail
  • Sea Wolf
  • James Yorkston
  • Mercury Rev
  • Stereo MCs
  • The Cool Kids

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