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Out of the shadow of Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – the Jim Bob interview

Don’t expect hyperbole when talking to Jim Morrison. Despite that rock star name, this was never an artist seemingly at ease at being on pop’s top table. In fact, he’s been known throughout his career as plain Jim Bob; not … Continue reading

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Family Entertainment – celebrating The Undertones, part two – back in touch with Damian O’Neill

With the 40th anniversary of the self-named LP by The Undertones just a few days away, here’s part two of a special WriteWyattUK feature celebrating a momentous 1979 album, this time tackling guitarist Damian O’Neill about that fantastic debut, amid … Continue reading

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Family Entertainment, part one – celebrating 40 years of The Undertones’ debut LP with John O’Neill

May 13th marks the 40th anniversary of the self-named debut LP by The Undertones, as good a reason as any to track down two of my guitar heroes, brothers Damian and John O’Neill. I don’t tend to do double interviews, … Continue reading

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The Men They Couldn’t Hang, still on the loose, avoiding the noose – the Phil Odgers interview

Listen to Cock-a-Hoop, the new record by The Men They Couldn’t Hang, and you get an album by a band sounding as fresh today as when their first album was released in 1985. What’s more, the subject matter of their … Continue reading

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Delivering the late bloomer’s last rider – the Ron Sexsmith interview

The morning I spoke to Ron Sexsmith, he was in the pensive frame of mind I might have expected. Despite leaving his adopted city of Toronto for a new base 90 miles away in Stratford, Ontario, barely a week before, … Continue reading

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Giants’ steps lead to Manhattan transfer – the John Flansburgh interview

The signs weren’t so good when I made contact with John Flansburgh in Manhattan last week. He sounded affable enough, but he’d already had a hard morning fielding questions from UK journalists. “I’m completely bored of myself. I’m just going … Continue reading

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Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story by Richard Balls – a writewyattuk review

When it comes to music biographies, Richard Balls doesn’t go for easy options, and his latest subject matter couldn’t have been the easiest to research. He’s managed to pull it off though, as you might expect from the author of … Continue reading

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Still Stiff, after all these years – the Richard Balls interview

Right now, the chief organ-grinder at writewyattuk is tackling Richard Balls’ Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story, a compelling biography of the legendary and ground-breaking indie label. A review will follow on these pages, but until then here’s an interview with … Continue reading

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Thankful for Evan’s continued presence

FROM the moment Evan Dando ambled onto the stage upstairs at Preston’s 53 Degrees on Thursday night, a surprisingly-small but nevertheless appreciative audience was hooked. The charismatic frontman of 1990s’ US success story The Lemonheads has occasionally made headlines these … Continue reading

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Some Fantastic Praise

I was a little alarmed at first. I tuned into watch the BBC 4 Squeeze documentary, Take Me I’m Yours, only to find an acoustic tribute act comprising a lesser-known member of ZZ Top jamming with a geography teacher. I … Continue reading

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