Issue 37 / May 2009

Featured in this issue…

The 50 Greatest Albums Of Our Time A rundown of the albums we've loved.

Music is the reason for our being. For five years now, Clash has tirelessly extolled the merits of the great and good in the music world. Now, to celebrate us reaching the milestone age, we present for the first time ever our definitive chart of the long-players that have made our knees tremble.

Passion Pit They make our heads go giddily kaleidoscopic.

Now that the hype machine’s cogs have ground to a standstill for another year, not to be heard until January comes calling with word of The Next Big Thing once more, it’s time to take stock: just who has the big tunes to vindicate the bigger talk?

Doves Retreating from isolation, the rusty trio finally spread their wings.

Enter from stage left, ‘Kingdom Of Rust’; a cinematic tour-de-force that hits you right between the eyes and grabs you by the jugular. Finally we have an album that harks back to their ethered ‘Lost Souls’ beginnings, way back when in 2000. Ladies and gents: Doves are well and truly back…

The Specials Too Much Too Old?

Clash catches up with Terry Hall and Jerry Dammers to get both sides of the story that’s keeping them apart.

Depeche Mode Electro synth legends reveal their newfound unity

February 16, 2009, London. Electro-synth legends Depeche Mode are gathered in the back corner of the Home House hotel in Marylebone. They’re here today to talk about their twelfth studio album, ‘Sounds Of The Universe’.

Bat For Lashes Natasha Khan presents her other alter-ego, Pearl.

She’s not an alter-ego according to Khan, but a conception. Whatever she is, she’s an exciting and mysterious part of Khan’s life, but someone Khan doesn’t want to end up like.

The Horrors Out of the black and black!

Cinematic and uncompromising, The Horrors are back, with a new confidence and an amazing second album. And with their belief that “a band should look like a band”, they’re still the best-dressed group in town - some things never change…

Album Spotlight

Blur 'Parklife'

"This was British music by a British band with a knack for storytelling."

Personality Clash

The Hours' Ant Genn Vs Flea

The release of ‘Parklife’ in 1994 was something akin to a seismic shift in perception and attitude within the British music industry that had been a long time coming.

  • Write On King Creosote on free music
  • Rock and Rules Soul man Sam Moore
  • Royal Academy Reviews A Radiohead special
  • Private Passions GLC's Dr Who obsession.
  • Stalker Lionel Richie
  • Polls Apart Cold Hard Cash
Album Reviews
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • The Asteroid Galaxy Tour
  • Brakes
  • J Dilla
  • Thunderheist
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Doves
  • The Juan Maclean
  • King Creosote
  • Richard Swift
  • Prefuse 73
  • Still Flyin'

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