Get In The Q: We Review The British Music Magazines So You Don’t Have To

Nov 14th, 2006 // 6 Comments

qqq.jpgThe good news about the British music magazines: Thanks to better distribution deals, they’re easier to track down than ever. The bad news: Picking up the big three–Q, Mojo and Uncut–will set you back $27.74 a month. Blimeny gee! In order to save you some cash, we’ve taken a look at each mag’s just-released December issue. After the click-through, our handy consumer’s guide.

uncutcover.jpgUNCUT
Cover: Bob Dylan
Centerpiece Feature: The best albums of the year (been there)
Highlights: A full-page essay on the Triffids; many, many lovely pictures of Joanna Newsom.
Lowlights: Between the Who, Springsteen, Dylan and Neil Young, this issue is wayyy too heavy on the nostalgia–even for Uncut. We eagerly await next month’s oral history on Boz Scaggs.
So, is the new Oasis compilation amazing, or super-amazing?: Five stars (super amazing)
Number of unnecessary Robbie Williams photos: None that we could find, though maybe he’s hiding somewhere in the numerous pictures of the E Street Band.
The “Whosit’s Doing What Now?” Award For Most Prominently Featured British Celebrity We’ve Never Heard Of: Russell Brand

qqq.jpgQ
Cover: God, we can’t tell. This issue is supposed to show off the magazine’s new design, yet the cover looks like a MySpace page from 1995.
Centerpiece Feature: Nirvana: Anybody heard of them?
Highlights: A round-up of bad rock mustaches, inspired by Brandon Flowers; and the Nirvana thing’s pretty cool, too, if you can stand to read about them for the 3,245th time this week.
Lowlights: A Vanity Fair-style portrait round-up of ’90s artists, imaginatively titled “Icons.” What? You mean that U2 was had an album called Pop, and they used to wear cowboy hats? Wild!
So, is the new Oasis compilation amazing, or super-amazing?: Three stars (amazing)
Number of unnecessary Robbie Williams photos: Three, though the Take That feature may have goosed that count a bit.
The “Whosit’s Doing What Now?” Award For Most Prominently Featured British Celebrity We’ve Never Heard Of: Seth Lakeman

mojocover.jpgMOJO
Cover: The Who
Centerpiece Feature: The Who profile
Highlights: A Jarvis Cocker Q&A; a Top 50 fringe-folk countdown; a Rough Trade Top 10; many, many lovely pictures of Joanna Newsom.
Lowlights: Does the world really need another story on Smokey Robinson’s drug abuse?
So, is the new Oasis compilation amazing, or super-amazing?: Five stars (super amazing)
Number of unnecessary Robbie Williams photos: None.
The “Whosit’s Doing What Now?” Award For Most Prominently Featured British Celebrity We’ve Never Heard Of: Bic Runga (though she’s actually from New Zealand)

  1. drjimmy11

    Oasis? seriously? still? Is this one of those things like the monarchy, where everyone kind of knows it’s silly and pointless but its so embedded in their society they just can’t get rid of it?

    At least MOJO has something on Jarvis Cocker.

  2. Deadly Tango

    I’m sorry, but where’s NME on this list? Talk about the real authority on the Oasis compilation … though they tipped their hands — “superannuated school bullies” — in the recent live review of The Good, The Bad, and The Queen at the BBC Electric Proms.

  3. h. ross piroshky

    i am addicted to Mojo, plain and simple. i used to really enjoy Uncut, but i cannot remember the last time i purchased it. i used to think Q was a little better than NME, but now i don’t really know. then again, i’ll read the back of a shampoo bottle if i’m bored.

  4. Brian Raftery

    Blimey Doo, England’s #1 shampoo, gave Stop The Clocks six stars today.

  5. Bone823

    Monarchy, silly & pointless? I don’t understand. Oasis are not as super amazing as the teabags think, but better than us Septic Tanks realize. Mostly the latter. But jeez, from reading these magazines you’d think it’s a whole different country over there.

  6. Jupiter8

    Even my wife groaned when she saw a two-page picture of Oasis in the new Q…and this has to be at least the third giant article on Nirvana this year. Add in the monthly article about “tragic-band-who-we-slagged-at-the-time-but-now -think-are-geniuses” (Manic Street Preachers) and it’s the perfect read for the music fan stuck in 1995. Oh well at least it didn’t have a CD with an Orson song on it this month…

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