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Craig McLean

Craig McLean

Craig McLean is a freelance writer and editor from Scotland. He's been bothering pop folk, rock stars, actors and the like since starting university in the year of our lord C86. Consultant Editor at The Face, where he was Deputy Editor in the late '90s/early '00s (as best he can remember), he was the ghostwriter of Phil Collins' best-selling 2016 memoir Not Dead Yet.

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Crash Test Dummies: Things that make you go mmm...

Interview by Craig McLean, Vox, 1994

Crash Test Dummies smile and say "cheesy" in a desperate bid to avoid rock'n'roll pretentiousness. So why is frontman Brad Roberts still so serious? ...

Shampoo: double bubble

Report and Interview by Craig McLean, The Face, November 1994

Shampoo are two grown-up schoolgirls who've turned their private world of sweeties, ciggies and suburban naughtiness into a hit commodity. Welcome to the world of ...

Radiohead: The Bends (Parlophone TPS7372)

Review by Craig McLean, Vox, 1995

THIS TIME last year, there was abject fear in the Radiohead camp. The band were in Micky Most's Rak studios in London, in the middle ...

Björk: Army of Her

Report and Interview by Craig McLean, The Face, June 1995

Two years ago Björk drove herself into the nation's hearts with Debut. Now she's back with a new LP that's even stranger and more compelling. ...

Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky: Massive Attack: Unique 3

Report and Interview by Craig McLean, The Face, December 1995

With sales of Protection approaching a million. Massive Attack are going seriously global. They have recorded a love song with Madonna, Tina Turner wants to ...

Carl Craig, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Money Mark, Andrea Parker, UNKLE: Mo' Wax: This Is Spinal Rap

Report by Craig McLean, The Face, December 1995

Mo' Wax are the trip hop label whose success comes from doing just what they want. In Los Angeles to record a major album, the ...

Edwyn Collins...

Interview by Craig McLean, The Face, January 1996

...as man of the year? Man of the last 15 years more like. Over a goblet of mulled wine the sound of young (ahem) Scotland ...

Beck: With Beck all things are possible

Report and Interview by Craig McLean, The Face, May 1997

He is rhythm wizard, zombie fawn, Prada punker, Spice Boy and hip hop beatnik. Step with us, if you will, into Beck's American dreamstate: where ...

DJ Shadow, UNKLE: "We've Just Made The Biggest, Most Expensive/Action/Entertainment Shit In The World!" It is the UNKLE album.

Special Feature by Craig McLean, The Face, 1998

It spans eight years, three continents and an aborted Fleetwood Mac cover. It features Richard Ashcroft, Thom Yorke and Mike D. How did DJ Shadow ...

Dallas Austin, Tricky: Tricky: The Mad Father

Interview by Craig McLean, The Face, May 1998

They used to call him Tricky Kid, now they call him The Boss... He is the overworked businessman with his own label who is to ...

Robbie Williams: Resurrection man

Comment by Craig McLean, The Face, September 1998

Boy band clown. Drug band hanger-on. Solo flop. So how did Robbie manage to come back for good? Because whatever he's said, whatever he's done, ...

The Beta Band: Beta Band: Space Jammers

Profile and Interview by Craig McLean, Spin, June 1999

THEY PLAY SNIPPETS OF BONNIE TYLER HITS. THEY WORK POTTED PLANTS INTO THEIR LIVE SHOW. MEET THE BETA BAND — THE WEIRDEST GROUP IN ENGLAND ...

Oasis: Heathen Chemistry

Review by Craig McLean, The Observer, 23 June 2002

Noel and Liam — unchained ...

Eels: Shootenanny!

Review by Craig McLean, The Word, July 2003

Eels have emerged from the tunnel of despair ...

Travis: 12 Memories

Review by Craig McLean, The Word, November 2003

Tougher, more engaging and a little bit political ...

Nick Cave: What use has Nick Cave found for happiness or money?

Interview by Craig McLean, The Word, October 2004

LANKY, THIN AND SPORTING a surprising caramel tan, Nick Cave strides into his office, proffers a robust hand and rustles amongst the fag papers, cigarettes ...

Sufjan Stevens: Liturgical sounds for restaurant place-mats

Interview by Craig McLean, Daily Telegraph, 29 July 2006

Sufjan Stevens makes dazzling celestial music from the minutiae of everyday life. Craig McLean meets him. ...

The Fratellis: Fratellis: Costello Music

Review by Craig McLean, Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2006

WHATEVER YOU DO, don't mention the Libertines. ...

Donna Summer: Too hot to handle

Retrospective and Interview by Craig McLean, Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2008

A devout Christian, Donna Summer was an unlikely queen of disco, particularly one who wore her crown with such raunchy abandon. Now a 59-year-old grandmother, ...

Michael Des Barres, Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page: Good Time Girl: Memories of super groupie Pamela Des Barres

Retrospective and Interview by Craig McLean, The Observer, 6 May 2018

Pamela Des Barres had the giants of rock'n'roll in the palm of her hand, as her candid memoir reveals. ...

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