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John Harris

John Harris

John Harris is a British journalist, writer and critic. He is the author of The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock (2003); So Now Who Do We Vote For?, which examined the 2005 UK general election; a 2006 behind-the-scenes look at the production of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon; and Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll (2009). His articles have appeared in Select, Q, Mojo, Shindig!, Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, The Independent, the New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian.

 

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Radiohead: Totally wireless

Interview by John Harris, Melody Maker, 9 May 1992

Fresh outta Oxford come RADIOHEAD hoping to use the might of a major label to get their guitar squall onto the air-waves and squeeze out ...

Spiritualized: Manchester University, Manchester

Live Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 26 September 1992

HEY! SCREECHER! LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE! ...

Radiohead: FM and Blinding

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 10 October 1992

Neurotic, paranoid, alienated, personally inadequate (sound familiar?) — RADIOHEAD's THOM YORKE could well be the new British lyricist to claim the King Of Glum's songwriting ...

The Word: The Titillate Show

Report by John Harris, New Musical Express, 12 December 1992

So is THE WORD the prole art threat made flesh, or a load of amateurish toss? JOHN HARRIS travels to darkest Wembley to spend an ...

Cornershop: This Sitar Kills Fascists

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 16 January 1993

Out to smash Asian stereotypes, shit on racists and slaughter every half-assed predictable indie band on the planet — CORNERSHOP might not be able to ...

Julian Cope, The Fall, Pop Will Eat Itself, U2: Ground Control To Major Labels

Report and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 30 January 1993

Unattached, paranoid, fancy working your ass off and seeing five gigs a night, listening to 400 tapes a week and shouldering the blame when the ...

Radiohead: Pablo Honey (Parlophone/All formats)

Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 20 February 1993

GLOW FREQUENCY BAND ...

The Auteurs: Auteur Magic For The People

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 20 February 1993

Fed up of noisy, brutish Brit bands ripping off tired ideas from the Yanks? Nothing to excite you in the modern, cutting-edge of music? Then ...

Arrested Development: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 27 March 1993

THE DEGENERATION GAME ...

Belly: The Exploding Gastric Inevitable

Interview by John Harris, Melody Maker, 12 June 1993

Indie sex kitten, superstar, classic songwriter, gender traitor, fairy tale princess — these are just some of the inevitable praises and insults levelled at TANYA ...

The Velvet Underground: Playhouse, Edinburgh

Live Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 12 June 1993

WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HAIR ...

Blaggers ITA, Credit to the Nation, Manic Street Preachers: Manic Street Preachers, Blaggers ITA, Credit to the Nation: Eclectic Riot Orchestra

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 10 July 1993

It's the most exciting and important tour to take place this year. In the last six months, politics has roared back onto the musical agenda ...

Eric Clapton, The Clash, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Selecter, The Specials, Steven Van Zandt: RAR! RAR! Disputin'! The History of Rock Against Racism

Retrospective by John Harris, New Music News, 16 October 1993

  ON APRIL 16, 1990, a proud man who'd spent 27 years in the custody of a vicious racist regime arrived in London. He'd come to ...

Suede: Fan Fare for the Common Room

Report and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 6 November 1993

Recently returned from their second American tour, SUEDE have decided the US is their sort of place and they want out of cynical, self-consuming Britain. ...

The Beatles and Astrid Kirchherr: They Loved Stu Yeah Yeah Yeah

Report and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 2 April 1994

They weren't always old men owning half of Scotland and giving all their money to spiritual motor racing gurus. On the eve of a Beatles ...

Oasis: The Bruise Brothers

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 23 April 1994

The Kinks did it. The Who did it. But no-one does it like OASIS, five lads who won't waste words when a punch will do, ...

Buffalo Tom, Kurt Cobain, The Lemonheads: The Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Suedehead

Report and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 7 May 1994

EVAN DANDO has been marketed as teen sex symbol, scagged out hippy doper and serious artiste, but now THE LEMONHEADS' main squeeze is trying to ...

Sleeper: Kipping Against The Pricks

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 21 May 1994

Tired of being safe? Fed up with worrying about the ozone layer? Bored with modern life? Then you need SLEEPER. The last of the dirty, ...

Lush: From Despair to Mayfair

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 4 June 1994

Beneath the all-quaffing, lager-frenzied, dreamy-weamy indie muso LUSH there's a band bristling with resentment, heartbreak and anger. Visiting MIKI BERENYI's nightmare childhood and EMMA ANDERSON'S ...

The Boo Radleys, Oasis, Ride: Creation Records: Rehabsolutely Fabulous

Interview by John Harris, Ted Kessler, New Musical Express, 9 June 1994

A decade on from its inception, Creation rules the British rock underground. The 'Undrugged' party at the Royal Albert Hall, and the random singing of ...

Suede: While My Guitarist Swiftly Leaves

Report by John Harris, New Musical Express, 30 July 1994

What a guffing idiot, eh readers? You're the genius guitarist in SUEDE, you've just finished your second album and then... you bugger off amid rumours ...

Public Enemy: The Dogma Pound

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 6 August 1994

PUBLIC ENEMY were once unerring occupiers of the moral high ground, but guns, drugs, liquor and arrests have shown them to be as fallible as ...

Public Enemy: Flavor Flav: Coke Adds Strife

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 13 August 1994

While PUBLIC ENEMY have been lying low for the past two years, errant rapper FLAVOR FLAV has been having very personal, and very public problems ...

Aerosmith, Allman Brothers Band, The Band, Joe Cocker, The Cranberries, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Jane's Addiction, The Orb, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Woodstock II: Sodden Life Is Rubbish

Report by John Harris, New Musical Express, 27 August 1994

Take 250,000 hippy children (Please! — Ed) and baby boomers reliving the 'glories' of the '60s, stick them in a sea of mud and charge ...

Suede: Dog Man Star (Nude/All formats)

Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 1 October 1994

DIAMOND 'DOG'! ...

Meat Puppets, Nirvana: Nirvana: Unplugged In New York (Geffen/All formats)

Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 29 October 1994

WAKE OF FIRE ...

Beck: The Slack and Bright Minstrel

Profile and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 26 November 1994

In the boho East Village cafes he listened to Woody Guthrie's back catalogue and shouted along to his acoustic guitar. But that was before 'Loser' ...

M People: Swing Out Citrus

Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 10 December 1994

M PEOPLE make timeless pop songs, have a genuine cool soul singer and a classic album that won them the Mercury Music Award — and ...

The Stone Roses: Second Coming (Geffen/All formats)

Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 10 December 1994

ANTI-CLIMAX BLUES BAND ...

Blur, Elastica, Oasis, Pulp, Sleeper, Suede, Supergrass: Britpop: Modern Life Is... Brilliant!

Overview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 7 January 1995

It was the year grunge died, the year of jungle... arses. It was the year that BRITISH POP found its feet again, and what's more, ...

Suede: Horse and Hounded

Report and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 14 January 1995

Has it all gone wrong for SUEDE? Dog Man Star not accorded the status they wished for, doubt over Richard Oakes' ability to better Bernard, ...

Manic Street Preachers: From despair to... where?

Report by John Harris, New Musical Express, 25 February 1995

The disappearance of RICHEY EDWARDS has rekindled all sorts of fears and rumours, from the possibility of suicide to the seemingly inevitable split of the ...

Radiohead: Apollo, Oxford

Live Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 25 February 1995

"THIS SONG'S about Oxford, I s'pose," says Thom Yorke, managing to sound like a spiteful 25-year-old adolescent. Then he starts singing: "I can't afford to ...

Hole: Oxford Street Virgin Megastore, London

Live Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 6 May 1995

PETTY ON THE OUTSIDE ...

Michael Jackson: HIStory (Epic/all formats)

Review by John Harris, New Musical Express, 17 June 1995

HISTERICAL! ...

PJ Harvey: New Boots & Panties

Report and Interview by John Harris, Q, January 2001

Loud guitars, PVC, bit of leg — Polly puts the metal on… ...

Oasis: History boys

Comment by John Harris, The Guardian, 15 May 2005

Oasis's sixth album is out at the end of the month. John Harris wonders whether it can really be the promised return to form ...

Blur, Oasis: Britpop: Remember the first time

Retrospective and Interview by John Harris, The Guardian, 12 August 2005

Without Britpop, would we have had hit guitar groups, stadium anthems or rock stars on Newsnight? Ten years on, John Harris looks back on how ...

The Jam, Paul Weller: Paul Weller: "The Jam? They were a way of life."

Retrospective by John Harris, The Guardian, 3 February 2006

As Paul Weller prepares to receive a Lifetime Achievement Brit, John Harris salutes a giant. ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Back to the Future in Kaiserworld?

Comment by John Harris, The Guardian, 19 January 2007

The backlash has begun for the Kaiser Chiefs, and their new song has no 'la la las'. But there's still a strong case for cheering ...

The Sea and Cake: Everybody

Review by John Harris, The Guardian, 27 April 2007

THE SEA AND CAKE have made a "rock album", It sounded like a bad idea — but by the end of the last track, only ...

LiLiPUT: Defunct punk

Essay by John Harris, The Guardian, 20 July 2007

With lyrics like "Hotch-potch, hugger-mugger, bow-wow, hari-kiri, hoo-poo", how could anyone forget late '70s punk outfit LiLiPUT? ...

Fairport Convention: "There was a manic feeling in the air"

Retrospective and Interview by John Harris, The Guardian, 3 August 2007

In 1969, reeling from the shock of a tragic car crash, Fairport Convention recorded an album that would change British folk for ever. John Harris ...

PJ Harvey: Songs of innocence and experience

Interview by John Harris, The Guardian, 28 September 2007

PJ Harvey sings like a child on her new, stripped-down album, but it's full of grim subject matter. John Harris hears how the elusive singer-songwriter ...

Kraftwerk: Ralf Hütter: "I got a new head, and I'm fine"

Interview by John Harris, The Guardian, 19 June 2009

The bikes ... the robots ... the dream of man and machine in perfect harmony. How is the Kraftwerk vision of the future shaping up? ...

The Rolling Stones: Why a Rolling Stones bootleg is one of my albums of the year

Comment by John Harris, The Guardian, 22 November 2011

Their recent reissues might be rubbish, but 1973 bootleg Brussels Affair shows the Stones at their onstage peak. ...

Simply Red: Here's to Mick Hucknall's amazing voice

Memoir by John Harris, The Guardian, 21 December 2011

Admitting I liked Simply Red didn't fit with the NME's Maoist indie conspiracy, but Hucknall's repertoire is studded with triumphs ...

The Stone Roses: Why I won't be going to see the Stone Roses

Comment by John Harris, The Guardian, 23 June 2012

Since their magical peak in 1990, the band has delivered only disappointment and disaster. So is their latest reunion a chance for them to finally ...

Sleaford Mods: Grammar Wanker: Sleaford Mods 2007‑2014 by Jason Williamson (Bracketpress)

Book Review by John Harris, The Guardian, 18 March 2015

Drug comedowns and fist fights — an angry and uncompromising collection of lyrics. Who else in modern English music is doing anything quite like this? ...

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