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Sonic Youth’s January 1989 Daydream Nation Feature: Bring The White Noise

It's 1971, and sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's tooth hurts like a bitch. He calls the pharmacy, and when he answers the door to receive…
Erik Davis / October 19, 2017

Sting’s November 1987 Nothing Like the Sun Cover Story: Invisible Son

"Dire Straits did Brothers in Arms here you know," says Sting. We are standing on the terrace outside of George Martin's Air Studios on…
Vic Garbarini / October 13, 2017

Public Enemy’s October 1992 Cover Story: Black Noise, Black Heat

The supposed hook for this meeting with Public Enemy is Greatest Misses, a new Public Enemy album containing six new songs and six remixes of…
Vivien Goldman / October 12, 2017

No Doubt’s 1996 Tragic Kingdom Cover Story: Get Happy!

I guess the correct term is "Gwennabees." Smatterings of breathlessly excited, blonde-streaked, sparkle-lashed 14-year-olds litter the backstage area of San Francisco's fabled Fillmore. Oblivious to…
Jonathan Bernstein / October 10, 2017

Review: Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar

Marilyn Manson is a philosopher. No, really—this cross-dressing ghoul's blend of antichristianity, cabalistic prophecy, Theosophical elitism, transformational science fiction, and horror-movie schlock actually coheres as…
Ann Powers / October 9, 2017

Review: R.E.M. – Automatic For the People

Pop culture can turn on you, and R.E.M. doesn't want us kids to forget it. "Drive," the first single from Automatic For the People, with…
Charles Aaron / October 5, 2017

R.E.M.’s 1992 Automatic For the People Feature

April 5, 1980. In a ramshackle desanctified church on Oconee Street, in Athens, Georgia, some boho college-types threw a party. Three bands were on the…
Jim Greer / October 5, 2017

Tom Petty’s 1989 Full Moon Fever Cover Story: Raised on Promises

Tom Petty drives a black Corvette Stingray. He could afford a much more expensive car, like a Ferrari, Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini, but as far as…
Michael Corcoran / October 3, 2017

Depeche Mode’s July 1990 Cover Story: Pop a La Mode

The last time Depeche Mode came to the US they caused a riot. A real riot—bottles thrown, windows shaken, lots of pressing, pushing and punching.
Marisa Fox / September 28, 2017

Review: Björk – Homogenic

The singer throws up lyrics about pursuit and desertion. A snare drum lightly skips across a series of bass pinpoints, an organic foundation unthinkable before…
James Hunter / September 22, 2017

Björk’s December 1997 Homogenic Cover Story: The Outer Limits

There are three things that surprise you right away upon meeting Björk: 1. She is not short; 2. She has the second deepest laugh you've ever heard…
Jonathan Van Meter / September 22, 2017

“In Bed With …the Backstreet Boys”: Our 1998 Profile of the Iconic Boy Band

Tiffany is, like, shaking. She has just smelled a Backstreet Boy. "He was wearing cologne!" she shrieks, as she pogos outside Disney World’s House of…
Maureen Callahan / August 11, 2017

Yo! MTV Un-wrapped

Donnie Wahlberg is led out of a Kentucky courtroom in handcuffs, burly police deputies clearing a path through the crowd of anxious adolescents. The New…
David Samuels / August 4, 2017

Revisit Our August 2001 Pearl Jam Oral History: Past Ten

When Pearl Jam's Ten came out a decade ago on August 27, 1991, pretty much nobody cared. Unlike Nirvana's Nevermind, which a month later revolutionized music faster than Kurt Cobain could pull…

Revisit Our November 1992 Morrissey Your Arsenal Cover Story: The Sorrow and the Pity

With some artists, interviews are easy. You book a time, turn up, switch on the tape recorder, and they give you the same old sales…
David Thomas / July 27, 2017
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