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Johnny Sharp

Johnny Cigarettes is a pseudonym for Johnny Sharp
Johnny Sharp

Johnny (who wrote mostly as Johnny Cigarettes) made his name writing under a childhood nickname (he was the tallest in class and got sent to the local shop on illicit tobacco runs because he passed for 16) for NME from 1992 to 2000, before moving on to contribute to Vox, Loaded, Q, Mojo and The Guardian among others, as he still does today, while also editing and writing for various sports magazines and programmes. He is the author of the cryptically-titled highbrow 2009 tome Crap Lyrics and his works can be gazed upon at

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Babyshambles: Down In Albion

Review by Johnny Sharp, MOJO, January 2006

SOME PUBLIC figures make reality TV shows about their turbulent tabloid lives. Here, Pete Doherty and his band have made Being Pete Doherty — The ...

Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not...

Review by Johnny Sharp, MOJO, March 2006

AS BANDS WITH Number 1 singles go, there's something marvellously raw and untutored about Arctic Monkeys. ...

The Magic Numbers: Those The Brokes

Review by Johnny Sharp, MOJO, December 2006

The Magic Numbers hit most of the right notes, says Johnny Sharp, but not necessarily in the right order. ...

Ray Parker Jr.: Who you gonna call? 118 118

Comment by Johnny Sharp, The Guardian, 4 April 2009

Ray Parker Jr is the latest ad/pop crossover. Johnny Sharp wants more ...

The Leisure Society

Interview by Johnny Sharp, MOJO, October 2009

Midlands Lifer Spins Heartbreak Into Songwriting Gold ...

Broken Bells: Broken Bells

Review by Johnny Sharp,, 9 March 2010

A sweet'n'sour and head-spinningly trippy set from Messrs Mercer and Burton. ...

MGMT: Congratulations

Review by Johnny Sharp,, 13 April 2010

After a debut of sing-along hits, the duo takes refuge in druggy experimentalism. ...

Cradle of Filth: Is Dani Filth Suffolk's greatest icon?

Comment by Johnny Sharp, The Guardian, 5 January 2011

When the county's tourist board launched a poll, it didn't count on it being hijacked by Cradle of Filth fans ...

New York Dolls: Dancing Backward In High Heels

Review by Johnny Sharp,, 14 March 2011

Reanimated glam-punk pioneers get dafter as they get older. ...

Roddy Woomble: The Impossible Song & Other Songs

Review by Johnny Sharp,, 21 March 2011

Idlewild singer's cosy, contented second solo effort. ...

Fountains of Wayne: Sky Full of Holes

Review by Johnny Sharp,, 1 August 2011

Wry New York power-popsters can pen a tune, but can't quite win your heart. ...

Rodrigo y Gabriela: Area 52

Review by Johnny Sharp,, January 2012

Nine numbers from the pair's back catalogue are reworked, with mixed results. ...

Public Image Ltd: This is PiL

Review by Johnny Sharp,, 28 May 2012

Rotten returns with a curious mixture of rage and nostalgia. ...

Alicia Keys: Girl On Fire

Review by Johnny Sharp, MOJO, January 2013

The first lady of noughties soul gets risky. ...

Public Service Broadcasting

Interview by Johnny Sharp, MOJO, January 2013

London soundscaper marries archive audio clips with stirring electronic rock scores. ...

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