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(Last updatedFri, Jun 21, 2002)
The iJAMMING! interview
RICHARD BUTLER
(at last)
Featured Mix CD
Grandmaster Flash Essential Mix Classic Edition
THE JUNE HITLIST
30 Albums, 10 Songs, 5 books and a handful of movies.
MAY MUSINGS
Eight Days in A Week's Music:
Ed Harcourt, Vines, Candy Butchers, Timo Maas, Ashley Casselle & Adam Freeland, Aerial Love Feed, and enough little club nights to shake several sticks at.
LONDON MUSING
Tony's (lengthy) trip down nostalgia lane from his visit home at the end of April. Stop-offs include Death Disco, old Jamming! Magazines, life-long friendships, road trips to Brighton, Damilola Taylor and political frustration, Morrissey-Marr, Zeitgeist, Oasis, Dexys, Primal Scream, the current British music scene and more.
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK
Jack magazine comes out of the starting gate with the banner headline "best new men's mag in years."
FEATURED WINE:
Ternhaven Cellars Claret d'Alvah 1998
FEATURED ALBUM:
'Hard Grind' by LITTLE AXE
REMARKS REMADE
Why I re-wrote the book: The introduction to the new edition of my R.E.M. biography, due out this summer through Omnibus.
EARLY APRIL MUSINGS
Chemical Brothers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Westerberg, Skywalking, Joe Strummer, Radio 4, and Aquatulle.
KIDS IN AMERICA
A weekend with John Mayer, Sugarcult - and Elvis
IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL LIE IF I WANT TO
Michael Greene's Grammy Speech: An Invitation to Download?
Plus: 10 things they forgot to tell you at the Grammys.
THE VILLAGE VOICE PAZZ & JOP POLL
What the Hell Is Going On Here?
From the Jamming! Archives:
PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978
"A number one single would be a bit scary."
The iJamming! interview:
CARL COX
"'Acid Trax' by Phuture came out and I was just 'Okay, forget all hip hop and all old school rare groove right here, this is it.'"
The Best Of 2001
Tony Fletcher's Top Albums, Concerts, Singles and Books - and comments on the Village Voice Poll
MUSING on The Manhattan 'Edge':
Will the Island Ever Again Be A 'Cultural Ground Zero?'
GOLDEN SHOT
hostess 'Lee Patrick' recalls her time as Keith Moon's amour
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: "Flowers is Echo & The Bunnymen's finest hour since Ocean Rain."
HEDONISM:
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online
From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.
"It's not U2 that's creating this great art. . .There's something that works through us to create in this way."
iJamming! Wino/Muso:
JOHN ACQUAVIVA
"New world wines are just too techno for me."
Featured wine region 3:
SOUTHERN RHÔNE WHITES
Featured wine region 4:
SOUTHERN RHÔNE ROSÉS
iJamming! interview:
Jesse Hartman, aka LAPTOP
"Every New York band knows the meaning of failure"
MIX Albums:
Who, what and why you should bother
The iJAMMING! interview: DAVID SYLVIAN
"I don't think people realize that life can become so exciting and interesting that it can draw you away for long periods of time from creating music - & why not?"
From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .
The iJAMMING! chat:
MARK PERRY

"If I was asked why Sniffin' Glue was so important, it was the way we conducted ourselves, the style of it, just the attitude. It had attitude in abundance didn't it?"
Forgotten Classics:
THE CHILLS: Brave Words
THE iJAMMING! Book Review:
SNIFFIN' GLUE: The Essential Punk Accessory
From the JAMMING! archives: PAUL WELLER ON POP
Featured wine region 2:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES
From the JAMMING! archives: ALTERNATIVE TV
interviewed in 1978
TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song." (And why Liam Gallagher "is going to turn into a really great songwriter.")
Featured Artist Web Site:
LLOYD COLE
From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation
Featured vine:
VIOGNIER:
Finally, a worthy rival to Chardonnay.
The iJAMMING! interview:
BOY GEORGE.
"Once you've had your go, what-ever it may be, they want you to piss off, and they can't bear it if you come back, they can't bear it."
Featured wine region 1:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE
The full iJamming! Contents
MAY MUSES

FRIDAY MAY 31st: THEY'RE OFF!
Not too often you find ME happily setting my alarm for 7am on a Friday. The World Cup makes exceptions of us all though. Can't argue with the first result - Senegal beating France 1-0, a major upset and an excellent boost for England, who now recognise they have nothing to fear from either of these teams should (a major should) they qualify from their tougher-than-nails group. . .Was Senegalese born, French star Patrick Veira confused as to which side he was playing on? Questions of national allegiance, especially for ex-pats, have been getting raised on the Forum. Surf on over to have your say - but keep it witty, or at least polite. . . .Weekly e-mail update from west coast street music bible Urb magazine asks "Has the 80's Electro Sound worn itself out?" It may just be provocational; then again, it could be purely rhetorical: the speed at which trends spread around the globe these days ensures them a shorter life span than ever. . . David Buckley e-mails to say he too has an R.E.M. book coming out this fall. Fair enough. Look forward to seeing it. . . Jill Stempel e-mails to tell me her beloved Primal Scream "are apparently getting less political on the next one... maybe another Screamadelica?? After all, they ARE working with Andy Weatherall again...And doesn't Bobby just look soooo adorable in the picture??" I don't know Jill, I haven't looked yet. But this was your link. And don't forget to post your defence against the Uncut Sacred Cow attack on the Forum like you said you would....My ex-class mate John Matthews e-mails all emotional like, having read the London Musings, to say that "if my memory serves my correctly (I) was on the infamous France trip in 79" I guess that school holiday was a little like the sixties: if you can remember it clearly you couldn't have been there? He agrees that, specs aside, Mr Richard Heard hasn't changed a jot . . . Talking of which, I realize how out-of-date the front page of the music section is. A June playlist is going up today...My Eight Days A Week diary is almost done too...And I'm just about through editing the Richard Butler interview ...Of course there's the small matter of all those World Cup games to interrupt me for the next few weeks. Still figuring out how to handle watching England-Sweden in a Manhattan bar at 5.30 in the morning - especially when the bar reckons it will need to close its doors several hours in advance....Looks like being a long weekend. Enjoy it. Posted June 1st.
Thursday May 30: THE REAL MEMORIAL DAY
May 30 is the official memorial day, and an important anniversary in our household. It's Posie's birthday, which is cause for celebration, of course. (Happy birthday dear!) Sadly, two years ago, her father David - a WWII Veteran, part of what Tom Brokaw called 'The Greatest Generation' and as selfless and interested a person as you could imagine - died early that same morning, and so the anniversary of my wife's arrival on earth is now wrapped forever in an awareness and understanding of our eventual departure. . .
I guess Moby shares a similar perspective these days. He was born on September 11. "You have to attach some significance to it when something that monumental happens on your birthday," he told Q magazine of the attacks on America. (Moby was at his downtown Manhattan home that morning, recovering from a party over by the Hudson River the previous evening, and what he thought were early morning birthday calls were instead apocalyptic wake-up alarms. He had an unfortunate grandstand view of the towers' collapse.)
Moby attaches plenty significance to that date in the essay that accompanies his new album 18 even though he mentions September 11 itself but once.
It's to his credit that he chooses not to mention politicians or terrorists by name. He even avoids the words Muslim and Islam when talking about fundamentalism, preferring instead to publicly denounce his own prior rigidity of viewpoints, Christianity and Marxism among them. The kinder, gentler Moby writes, "The only time I'm willing to say that someone is wrong in their belief system is when their belief system leads or compels them to feel justified in violently forcing their will and their beliefs onto other people." In other words, "I guess that democracy and a belief in an individuals right to self-determination would be my fundamentalism now."
Fundamentally, that's right (on, brother). Personally though, I'd prefer it if we could drop that word from our lexicon entirely. Didn't John Lennon write something about -isms in a song once?
May 30, chosen because it is Memorial Day, also marks the official end of the clean-up at Ground Zero. There's a ceremony today for the thousands of workers who've laboured around the clock on one of the most demanding recovery operations of our times. Before the viewing platforms are cleared away, surrounding buildings are repaired and the ground is built over, there will be another ceremony for bereaved families at the weekend. Sadly, for many of those families, it will be the closest they ever come to their loved ones. For all the work by the clean-up crews, a staggering 1742 of the 2831 people who died at the World Trade Centers have not been identified. There is simply nothing left of these humans. To be bluntly horrific about it, they were either vaporised on impact by the planes, burned to a frazzle in the ensuing fires, or pulverised in the collapse of the towers. People readily bandy around the word 'closure' these days and though I have my reservations about the overuse of that term, I can see how, should you have a body to bury, you would indeed have a sense of finality. For those thousands who will never experience that, here's hoping they find a way to move on all the same. And a happy birthday to the Pose. Posted early morning May 30 2002.

TUESDAY MAY 28: SHOUT SHOUT LET IT ALL OUT....
Still getting over Sunday night's DJ sessions at Shout!'s Fifth Anniversary/Memorial Day/let's-break-the-fire-limits-by-several-hundred-people party. In the space of three hours, I was able to spin the Creation, Felix Da Housecat, Blur, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, The Specials, Radio 4, The Who, Bobby Byrd, Renegade Soundwave, Small Faces, Iggy Pop, Bowie, the English Beat, Delta 5, C-Mos, Timo Maas, David Holmes, Talking Heads, Primal Scream, Pigbag, Chemical Brothers and, yeah you guessed it, the Jam, as well as b-sides by Girls At Our Best!, The Clash and Bob Marley, MP3s of Fatboy Slim and Oasis, and I don't think the crowd let up dancing once. For years, I've railed against the pigeon-holing and easy categorization that defines (and defies) American music. Who knows, maybe that era really is coming to an end and we can all get back to celebrating MUSIC?

The Shout! party topped a week of heady activity even by my own incessantly inquisitive standards. I saw live music/heard Djs six nights out of eight, attended weddings, street fairs and demonstrations, and took enough photos to fill the digital camera several times over. I'll slam a diary-report up asap. POSTED MAY 28 2002

YOU DON'T KNOW JACK
Jack magazine comes out of the starting gate with the banner headline "best new men's mag in years," a quote credited - on the cover - to none other than editor/publisher James Brown himself...Continue Posted May 27 2002
REMARKS REMADE
Why I re-wrote the book: The introduction to the new edition of my R.E.M. biography, due out this summer through Omnibus. Posted May 23 2002.

FEATURED ALBUM:
'Alright On Top' by LUKE SLATER. Posted May 23 2002.

FEATURED WINE:
Le Fruit Defendu from DOMAINE MAGELLAN. Posted May 23 2002.

JAMMING! BACK ISSUES AVAILABLE
After sorting through hundreds of old Jamming!s on my recent trip home to Britain, I've arranged for bygcollector.com to resell them. Most issues from numbers 10-36 are available. Please contact info@bygcollector.com for pricing. Posted May 23 2002.

R.E.M. RemIXed. AT LAST.
Been grooving this last 24 hours to the remixes of R.E.M.'s last album Reveal, given away entirely for free at the group's official web site. Three reasons to admire this move:
1) R.E.M. made a distinct turn towards electronic compositions with 1999's maligned Up, and it was probably only the fact that finishing that album almost finished the band which stopped them assigning its songs to outside remixers. The more positive atmosphere surrounding Reveal has clearly enabled/encouraged this long-overdue move into the world of musical deconstruction.
2) It would be all too easy for R.E.M. to release this commercially. In fact, it would gain them hipster credibility at a time when they're desperately in need of some. (Reveal's international success has been predicated on its mainstream appeal.) That they choose to just give the music to the fans, absolutely no strings attached, no big annoucement indicates their ongoing lack of commercial and credible considerations.
3) Reveal happens not to be my favorite R.E.M. album, partly because its arrangements are so similar and conventional throughout, and so I am thoroughly enjoying hearing (five of ) the songs represented in an entirely new manner. In particular, Stipe's vocals on songs like 'I'll Take The Rain' take on a new urgency stripped of their familiar backing.
There's nothing overtly commercial here, and only Chef's two mixes are particularly danceable; most of the ten tracks are dubby, ambient reinterpretations by the likes of Her Space Holiday and engineer Jamie Candiloro. I may offer a more detailed review down the line; for now, check the cuts out yourself. And comment on them here if you feel inclined. Posted May 22.

"WE ARE WINNING THIS WAR."
Regular readers know of my admiration for New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. In today's paper, Wednesday May 22, he has once again re-arranged my own seriously tangled thoughts into a concise, realistic, non-judgmental short essay. Because I really couldn't put it better myself, I won't even try. But I would ask international visitors to iJamming! to follow the link and read Friedman's column (you may have to register with the Times, but it's a once-only deal). Recent reporting on what was known prior to September 11, what we've been told since, and what we may yet have to learn the hard way, is all too often presented as part of a political agenda. Friedman analyses it with non-partisan common sense. Posted May 22.
LONDON MUSING
"All journeys home to the Mother Land - anyone's journey, anyone's Mother Land - are bound to be emotional. My ten-day return to south London at the end of April was one of my most stirring since moving to New York in the late 1980s." . . .Click here for Tony's (lengthy) trip down nostalgia lane. Stop-offs on the two-page London Musing special include Death Disco, old Jamming! Magazines, life-long friendships, road trips to Brighton, Damilola Taylor and political frustration, Morrissey-Marr, Zeitgeist, Oasis, Dexys, Primal Scream, the current British music scene and much more. Posted May 21
MUSINGS THROUGH EARLY APRIL
My first, overly long (so what else is new?) attempt to post regular diaries here. Please follow the link to read about everything from the Chemical Brothers to Neil Young, Van Morrison to Paul Westerberg, Skywalking to Garageland, Joe Strummer to Aquatulle. And please post comments on the forum if you feel so inspired.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS:
The first three Psychedelic Furs albums have just been re-released by Sony Legacy, with sleeve notes by Yours Truly. These classic albums - namely, the Psychedelic Furs, Talk Talk Talk and Forever Now - join last year's Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live to make up a quartet of Furs albums for which I wrote the sleeve notes. It's been my intention to knock the interview I conducted with Richard Butler last summer for this purpose into presentable shape and post it here for all the Furs fans that might come knocking. Bug me about it if you want.
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