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

Jan 16th, 2007 // 8 Comments

Once again, we save you precious time (2.5 hours) and money ($27.74) by surveying the latest issues of the big British music magazines: Q, Uncut and Mojo. After the click-through, our handy consumer’s guide.

uncutyorke.jpgUncut
Cover: Radiohead
Centerpiece Feature: The tenth anniversary of OK Computer, an event that apparently necessitates not only a full-length cover story, but eight additional sidebars.
Highlights: An interview with Peter Perrett of the Only Ones; Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside defending the Beatles’ Love.
Lowlights: Blimeny gee, do we really need to be reminded once again of Elvis Costello’s late-’70s coolness?
Number Of Photos In Which Damon Albarn Looks Mopey: 2
The “Whosit’s Doing What Now?” Award For Most Prominently Featured British Celebrity We’ve Never Heard Of: Steve Hillage

qtracks.jpgQ
Cover: The 500 Greatest Lost Tracks, including Thom Yorke, Kate Bush and the Beatles.
Centerpiece Feature: See above. It pretty much takes up the entire issue.
Highlights: A too-short interview with Jeff Lynne.
Lowlights: A feature that tries to convince us that Kasabian is breaking big in America, even though most of us could give a Karap; way too many photos of Ray Lamontagne, who looks like he’s about to weep from malnourishment.
Number Of Photos In Which Damon Albarn Looks Mopey: 2
The “Whosit’s Doing What Now?” Award For Most Prominently Featured British Celebrity We’ve Never Heard Of: Marco Pierre White

mojojoy.jpgMojo
Cover: Joy Division
Centerpiece Feature: Joy Division: Been a few years since we put them on the cover, innit?
Highlights: A feature on the British heavy-metal scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s; Shaun Ryder discussing his fondness for mountain biking.
Lowlights: We love Ian Curtis, but if the British mags are keen on turning Joy Division into the next Sex Pistols–that is, a beloved but short-lived British act that’s martyred to the point of exhaustion–we’re ready to move on.
Number Of Photos In Which Damon Albarn Looks Mopey: Zero
The “Whosit’s Doing What Now?” Award For Most Prominently Featured British Celebrity We’ve Never Heard Of: Jamie T

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  1. Marlow

    Jamie T is brilliant. You really should try to hear of him.

  2. chaircrusher

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Hillage

    Only guy I know who I both listened to in the 70s, and again in the 90s when his System 7 group was part of the ambient techno scene. He also produced albums by Robyn Hitchcock and Charlatans UK.

    So he’s someone as totally clued up as y’all should have heard of, if for no other reason than to make fun of him.

  3. Anonymous

    You should include the highlights and lowlights of the free CDs.

  4. Dan Gibson

    Jamie T is the British G. Love (whether he has a Special Sauce side has yet to be determined).

  5. MConnor

    What’s the count on the number of times that Curtis’ voice is described as “haunting?”

  6. cerulgalactus

    And I thought Australia was insecure about our musical releases. At least we would never celebrate the 10th/20th/whateverth anniversary of an overrated album by an overrated band…What’s that you say? 35th Anniversary of Eagle Rock?

    Nevermind.

  7. BlimpyMcFlah

    Jamie T is tremendous. Check out “Sheila”, then get back to us.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlhCJaAU44U

  8. Dan Gibson

    I like the part where he talks about how he likes cold beverages.

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