Library Rock's Backpages was set up in 2002 by the creators of Trouser Press magazine to make available online the contents of all five Trouser Press Record Guides, which had been published between 1983 and 1997 as authoritative guides to the alternative rock music scene.

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The Strokes: Is This It (RCA)

Review by Ira Robbins,, 2001

IS IT VU? IS IT TV? Is it Superband? Nope, it’s just the Strokes, for whom outsized – and musically misinformed – hype made media ...

Denim: Back in a Dream/Denim on Ice

Review by Ira Robbins,, 2002

ENDING A LOW-KEY decade of Felt that produced a sizable catalogue of atmospheric pop in stylistic tribute to Tom Verlaine, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, ...

The Darkness: Permission to Land (Atlantic)

Review by Ira Robbins,, 2003

TRUE AWFULNESS, a state as difficult to achieve with a straight face as greatness without arrogance, is truly something to behold. Behold the Darkness. ...

Ride: A Guide

Guide by Ira Robbins,, 2007

INSPIRED BY THE Manchester rave scene, Oxford-to-London art-school quartet Ride – Mark Gardener (vocals/rhythm guitar), Andy Bell (vocals/lead guitar), Steve Queralt (bass) and Laurence 'Loz' ...

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