Record Collector – October 2019
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Hello, and welcome to Record Collector Magazine October 2019 issue 497
There are purveyors of so-called dumb riffage who get the critical plaudits, from Ramones toll. Top, and then there’s Status Quo. I can’t think of a band so popular – they’ve had more UK hits than any other, apparently – who are so unlikely to appear in any of those Greatest Album Ever polls. Clearly, the People who comprise
this People’s Band’s audience hold zero critical sway. That said, Rick Parfitt’s death in 2016 seems to have forced reappraisals in some quarters of Quo’s minimalist boogie. It has also,
if our interview with him in this issue is anything to go by, encouraged Francis Rossi to speak his mind (and then some) about his erstwhile guitar partner. Warning: Quo fans may be shocked by his extraordinarily candid admissions. Hopefully, they will be appeased by the accompanying, fully-updated, four-page (selected) UK discography.
Unlike the Quo, Steve Hillage has never lacked music press attention, though he could maybe have done with some of their commercial fortune. Then again, as he explains in this month’s
RC Interview, being under the radar has enabled him to plough his own unique furrow, and have a varied career, enjoying stints with everyone from Gong to Simple Minds, Sham 69 to System 7. Talking of Under The Radar … we meet unsung Brit psych outliers, The Bevis Frond, and enter The Engine Room with Decca engineer Derek Varna ls. We name and acclaim 10 Of The Best records on the Tempo label while the genre under scrutiny in the 40 @ 40 feature is UK lovers rock, a less universally approved offshoot of reggae, arguably, than, say, militant dub. Colin Harper rediscovers the 60s collaborations between John Renbourn and Dorris Henderson. Pere Ubu’s David Thomas details a lifetime spent at the forefront of “avant-garage” while mooning wistfully at the Top 40, and Rickie Lee Jones complains, good-humouredly, at the lack of wider attention for her work.
Not all the revealing, intimate stuff is kept back for the features. In the excellent reviews pages, expect this month to learn a lot about craft, technology, relationships, and the parlous nature of the planet during encounters with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, SFA’s Gruff Rhys, even comedian James Acaster. Then there are the interviews in News and the Vinylist section – fans of Sheffield proto-electronic duo Cabaret Voltaire will be delighted to see both Richard
H Kirk and Stephen ‘Mal’ Mallinder “reunited” across Record Collector Magazine PDF pages.
ee you next month – Paul Lester