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Paul Moody

Paul Moody

Paul is a writer and musician. His first band, The Studio ’68! recorded an album called Portobellohello in 1992. He later joined the NME and then toured the world in psychedelic renegades Regular Fries. More recently he co-wrote a book called Looking For The Moon Under Water, based on George Orwell’s description’s of his perfect pub (published by Orion). He now lives in Hastings and dreams of the perfect wave.

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Manic Street Preachers: Cube Club, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, Sounds, 27 October 1990

Preaching to the perverted ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Ladbroke Grove Subterania

Live Review by Paul Moody, Sounds, 24 November 1990

AT TIMES tonight, Ocean Colour Scene really do make sense. When Stephen Craddock's guitar bursts into 'Yesterday Today' and singer Simon matches it with a ...

The La's: Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, Sounds, 24 November 1990

Thrills and (s)pills ...

Blur: Mother’s Litter Helpers: Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1993

AND THE FOOLS laugh loudest. Blur’s rise and fall has all the comic nuances of Reginald Perrin’s. Two years ago they were pop’s champagne Charlies: ...

The Boo Radleys: Giant Steps (Creation)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1993

TIME FOR a rethink. At some point (just between the dreamy acoustic sway of ‘Wish I Was Skinny’ and ‘Leaves And Sand’ I think, but ...

Radiohead: Turn On, Tune In, Rock Out: Radiohead at the Richmond, Brighton

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 27 February 1993

WE COULDN’T have waited much longer really, could we? What with Suede so colossal, and the likes of The Auteurs and Kinky Machine still rubbing ...

Levitation, Spiritualized: Spiritualized, Levitation: Hackney Empire, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 17 April 1993

A BALD man in a silver suit is pumping plumes of silver smoke from the balcony in between playing mood-altering ambient tape-loops. Below him, the ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces: Andrew Loog Oldham: "Charlie's Good Tonight, Innit?"

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1 May 1993

Cancel room service! The man who styled and managed those grubby pop hopefuls The Rolling Stones — forever staining the world with the concept of ...

Depeche Mode: Hanover Garbsen Stadium

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 19 June 1993

IN A marquee in the middle of a German field, Martin Gore is being cross-examined about the quasi-religious imagery of his lyrics by a frizzy-haired ...

Prince: Birmingham National Indoor Arena

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 7 August 1993

THE TINY FIGURE in silky lemon and black trouser-suit and Spanish heels is talking. ...

Radiohead: Creeping Up With The Joneses

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 11 September 1993

Their album outsells Suede's by 15 to 1, their single is in the Top 50 and MTV can't play their video enough times — in ...

The Orb, System 7: Trekroner Fort, Copenhagen

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 11 September 1993

SOMETHING'S ROCKING IN THE STATE OF DENMARK ...

2 Unlimited: Maastricht Bleepy

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 18 September 1993

For Holland's 2 UNLIMITED, purveyors of mindless Euro techno-pop (without lyrics) it's business as usual; flights to exotic destinations, endless interviews and their nth appearance ...

The Wonder Stuff: Midlands Blank: The Wonder Stuff: Construction For The Modern Idiot (Polydor)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 2 October 1993

"Here's a question for you: are The Wonder Stuff still a credible band?" — Miles Hunt, NME, May 1990. ...

The Breeders, Luscious Jackson, Urge Overkill: The Breeders, Urge Overkill, Luscious Jackson: The Plaza, Glasgow

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 9 October 1993

RAWK! THIS WAY... ...

The Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Lemonheads

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 9 October 1993

FIRST, THE good news; this album will drive people mad. For Evan Dando, deeply dippy, crack-smokin’, high priest of slackerdom, has actually managed to create ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Muttley Crude: Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle (East West)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 4 December 1993

CULTURE ALIENATION, boredom and despair: such are the imperatives of Snoop Doggy Dogg's world. ...

Paul Weller: Wild Wood (Go! Discs)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1994

SOMETHING TO mull over. Paul Weller has been having hit records for 16 years. Wild Wood – the follow-up to his wildly-underrated debut solo outing ...

Blur: We Can Be Eros… Just For One Day

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 5 March 1994

Breaking out of the Camden bootboy mould that brought more bovver than they’d bargained for, BLUR are back with more songs about penile dementia, lager ...

Beck: Mellow Gold (Geffen/All formats)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 19 March 1994

INGOT'S DREAMING ...

The Chemical Brothers, Death In Vegas: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 19 April 1994

"E'S, COKE, anything you want..." Yeah, you gotta admit it: Brixton knows how to party. No sooner have you navigated your way around the slurring ...

Fun-Da-Mental: Hub Club, Bath

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 21 May 1994

IT IS the night before the local elections, the one chance to hit the BNP where it really hurts... and Bath is sound asleep. Down ...

D:Ream: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 4 June 1994

PETER CUNNAH cannot dance to save his life. Of course, he knows this full well. Not for him the thrust of the hips to send ...

Ride: Garage, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 4 June 1994

RIDE STRIPPED BARE ...

Pete Townshend: Parka Life

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 23 July 1994

PETE TOWNSHEND, Broadway hit musical owner and destroyer of 1001 guitars, is lounging in the shade of a Twickenham afternoon like a man who's just ...

Green Day: The Dookies Of Hazards

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 3 September 1994

Smothered in mud, wrestling with bouncers, GREEN DAY are The Monkees, The Kinks, The Banana Splits and The Ramones in one handy million-selling punk rock ...

Radiohead: March Of The Modulations: Radiohead: Garage, Glasgow

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 8 October 1994

LET'S GET straight to it. Radiohead are fundamentally a very good group. They have a guitarist with space alien good-looks and the natural swagger of ...

Brand New Heavies: Mississippi Earning

Report and Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 15 October 1994

Audiences across the Atlantic have taken to THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES like their long lost brother/sister, seduced by the glamour of these sharp-dressed poppy funksters. ...

Suede: Meet the New Boy

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 29 October 1994

Dartmoor, Devon, and the mist-shrouded figure wrapped in a Victorian great-coat playing the role of Flashman can only be BRETT ANDERSON. But how is Housewife ...

Jamiroquai: Cardiff University, Wales

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 11 November 1994

Champignon, The (Stevie) Wonder Hoarse ...

The Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 19 November 1994

JUST CHILLIN', like Bob Dylan. Paul's Boutique, five years on from its release way back in August '89, is still an electrifying blast of cool. ...

Urge Overkill: Cocktail of the Unexpected

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 3 December 1994

Supersuave trashlords with cocktail lounge tendencies, 
Chicago's URGE OVERKILL are finally surfing the British chart 
on the back of a surprise hit, taken from the ...

PJ Harvey, Tricky: Town & Country Club, Leeds

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 18 March 1995

THE REBIRTH OF GHOUL ...

The La's: There He’s Gone: Lee Mavers

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 15 April 1995

Simple as. When Lee Mavers talks, in that cracked-up Mersey drawl of his, he talks. ...

Marion, Menswear: Passage Du Nord Ouest, Paris

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 13 May 1995

VIVE LA PRANCE! ...

Paul Weller: Woking Back To Happiness: Paul Weller

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 13 May 1995

It’s taken over a decade, but with his new album PAUL WELLER has finally gone back to his roots, the part of his life that ...

Shed Seven: Astoria, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 20 May 1995

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN ...

Black Grape: Pips Out For The Lads

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 3 June 1995

If you expected old fruit SHAUN RYDER to come back as reconstructed new man you were pissing in the wind. PAUL MOODY discovers that the ...

The Verve: Manchester Roadhouse

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 17 June 1995

SO THAT’S what it sounds like. A long, curdled up intro, all ghostly pyrotechnics and a death rattle of drums, then suddenly, whoosh! And the ...

Blur: Can't Fight This Fleeing: Blur: The Great Escape (Parlophone)

Review by Paul Moody, Vox, November 1995

"I'm not walking out of this/I want to stay this way forever" — Blur, 'Blue Jeans', 1993 ...

Beck: “I’m trying to get to this place where you can stand outside the parameters of what’s possible.”

Profile and Interview by Paul Moody, Dazed & Confused, 1996

BECK’S OFFBEAT HUMOUR and devil-may-care demeanour usually leaves journalists baffled, and interviews that reveal very little. But this time Beck is unafraid to drop his ...

Northern Uproar: Concorde, Brighton

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 27 April 1996

THE WONDER BUMFLUFF ...

Charlatans, The (UK): Rockfield: Searching For Console Rebels

Report and Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 11 May 1996

Rockfield: you know, the legendary Welsh studio where Oasis, the Roses, Iggy et al record amid scenes of mayhem. Sort of. Well, it seems Bebop ...

Ben Folds Five: Grease Is The Word

Report and Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 1 June 1996

LET'S SEE: Mike Flowers is the polyester-wigged new James Last of the cheesy-listening plague that's, erm, "sweeping the nation". So that must mean that Ben ...

The Sultans of Ping FC: Le Zenith, Paris

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 27 July 1996

EEK! FOUR years from the end of the millennium and there's still hundreds of scrawny, scrag-haired boys in trouser-sized pipecleaner jeans wanting to be The ...

Beth Orton: Go Orton!

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 24 August 1996

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE singer-songwriters, then: fiercely independent, forever marketed as several colours short of a full palette and ever-prone to massive crossover success care of the ...

Kula Shaker: They Camelot, They Saw, They Conquered

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 21 September 1996

They rave about King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table, elevated consciousness and all things mystical. They predict — oh lordy! — imminent, ...

Beth Orton: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 28 September 1996

OH ALRIGHT, Beth ain't quite this big on her own terms yet (tonight's mini-set is as special guest to grim old folkie John Martyn) but ...

Soundgarden: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 5 October 1996

DESPAIR-SHAPED ...

Screaming Trees: Rock City, Nottingham

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 16 November 1996

TAKE A BOUGH ...

The Black Crowes: Astoria, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 30 November 1996

A DOZEN CRIMSON rugs strewn across a stage; the waft of incense burning sweetly from the monitors; an anaemic band clad only in the finest ...

Blackstreet, Nate Dogg, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Blackstreet: Nynex, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 14 December 1996

IN THA DOGG HOUSE ...

Pavement: Brighten The Corners

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 8 February 1997

OI, DAMON! Got that limited-edition, ultra-rare, one-sided King Kong seven-inch remixed by John McEntire? Whaddyamean, "No"? ...

Bush: Forum, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 22 February 1997

THICKET TO DERIDE ...

Spiritualized: Astral Peaks: Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Dedicated)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 24 May 1997

THAT SNORING SOUND you can hear throughout the 69 minutes and 16 seconds of Ladies And Gentlemen…? Why, that's the sound of a young Brian ...

Michael Jackson: King of Pap: Michael Jackson: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 19 July 1997

IT'S 5PM on anovercast Wednesday in Sheffield and the Most Famous Man On Earth is late. ...

Cornershop: When I Was Born For The 7th Time (Wiiija/All formats)

Review by Paul Moody, Melody Maker, 6 September 1997

THINK BACK. Remember when dissing Morrissey mattered, Huggy Bear were considered to be avant-garde situationists and Tony Parsons was happily sounding the death knell on ...

Primal Scream: International Language of Screaming

Report and Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 6 September 1997

So what if Primal Scream have cancelled tour dates, lost a band member and played a shaky live performance? They're just minor glitches which cannot ...

The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Babylon (Virgin)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 20 September 1997

TO CALL the Stones dinosaurs three years from the end of the century is to put tyrannosauraus rex and his Jurassic associates to shame. It ...

Mark Hollis: Hi-Elegy: Mark Hollis: Mark Hollis

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 17 January 1998

BEFORE WE GET to the heart of the matter: Mark Hollis used to be the singer in Talk Talk, a group who began their career ...

Craig David: Any Flava You Like!: Craig David: Slicker Than Your Average (Atlantic)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 9 November 2002

SOUTHHAMPTON'S SOULMAN COVERS ALL BASES IN BID FOR SERIOUS STATESIDE R&B WEDGE ...

The Libertines: Englishmen Abroad

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 21 December 2002

Those respected gentlemen of Albion, The Libertines, chose to limber up for Christmas with a typically debauched tour of mainland Europe. And, considering they fully ...

The Libertines: Sun, Sea, Sangria, Skag… The Libertines: Roxy Discoteca, Valencia

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 18 January 2003

Is Spain ready for the sex and drugs-fuelled invasion of The Libertines? ...

The Coral: Roll Up! Roll Up!

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 21 June 2003

The Coral may have recently performed in Utah to a crowd of eight, but their giant New Brighton circus tent bash will bring them triumphantly ...

Beck, Blur: Beck: Main Stage, Reading, Saturday 6.35pm; Blur: Main Stage, Reading, Saturday 9.30pm

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 30 August 2003

Battle of the Old-Timers: Funky robots take on a chaotic Blur ...

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo To Anywhere

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 21 April 2006

Carl's new gang put the past — and Pete — behind them on their classic debut ...

Kasabian: Empire (Sony/BMG) ****

Review and Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, September 2006

Leicester's dance-rock ruffians continue their plan for global takeover with second album ...

Kasabian: Sweet & Tender Hooligans

Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, October 2006

With a swaggering new album, and a killer live reputation, megaphone-mouthed Kasabian are a band so in demand that even Pete Townshend is prepared to ...

Arctic Monkeys: It's great when you're ape… yeah!

Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, December 2006

In just 12 months, Arctic Monkeys have become the biggest band in the land. Uncut took the boys back to where their incredible story began ...

The Horrors: Strange House (Loog) ****

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, April 2007

SHOCK HORROR! SOUTHEND GOTHS' REMORSELESS FIRST ...

The Libertines: Up The Bracket

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, July 2007

Before the supermodels, the drug busts and the tabloid fallouts, Doherty and Barat cooked up a little cracker. ...

Hawkwind: The Making Of 'Silver Machine'

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, September 2007

Drugs, insanity and a "Chuck Berry riff played backwards"; Hawkwind tell the story of 'Silver Machine', the only Top 3 single ever recorded entirely on ...

Richard Hawley: From Sheffield….to Eternity!

Profile and Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, September 2007

It's taken 25 years for Richard Hawley to be celebrated as the "Sheffield Sinatra". But how did Pulp, death and a diet of "Grolsch and ...

Carbon/Silicon: The Last Post

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, November 2007

Punk Veterans Unite To Unleash Raw, Roaring, Back-To-Basics Debut. ...

Martina Topley-Bird

Press Release by Paul Moody, WME Entertainment, January 2008

"I'VE GOT something to say" whispers Martina, barely ten minutes into The Blue God, her first album for five years. "Have you?" It's a neat ...

Supergrass: Diamond Hoo Ha

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, April 2008

Britpop alumni enter their Berlin period. Sort of. ...

The Last Shadow Puppets: The Age Of The Understatement

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, May 2008

NOW IT ALL makes sense. Anyone who, on hearing Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare, wondered where Alex Turner had mislaid his melodies now has their ...

The Hold Steady

Profile and Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, July 2008

They started the band as "a positive jam", but now The Hold Steady have become one of the best in America. With an astonishing fourth ...

Glasvegas: Glasvegas

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, October 2008

Scots rockers' impassioned throwback to pop's golden age. ...

Traffic: Getting It Together In The Country

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Moody, Uncut, November 2008

Dust down the Tibetan Book Of The Dead and buy in the "apple yoghurt". In 1968, Traffic — four blazing talents of rock, R'n'B, jazz ...

The Enemy: Music For The People

Review by Paul Moody, Q, May 2009

The Coventry trio face the classic second-album conundrum — play it safe or stretch themselves. The answer: try and do both. ...

Jamie T: Kings And Queens

Review by Paul Moody, Q, September 2009

TWO YEARS AGO, Jamie T's debut Panic Prevention laid down roots for a new kind of British pop; a frantic urban fusion of ska, hip ...

Hard-Fi: Once Upon A Time In The West

Review by Paul Moody, Uncut, October 2009

The Sound Of The Suburbs: Leone-Inspired Second Album From Staines Asbo Rockers. ...

Noir Désir: Bertrand Cantat: Rock Idol Kills Lover

Report by Paul Moody, Q, November 2009

In 2003 Bertrand Cantat was France's biggest rock star. Then his girlfriend, actress Marie Trintignant, was found dead in his hotel room. ...

Paloma Faith, Mr Hudson, Mumford & Sons: Paloma Faith/Mr Hudson/Mumford & Sons: HMV Forum, London ****

Live Review by Paul Moody, Q, January 2010

SEVEN O'CLOCK in Kentish Town and it appears The Forum has been invaded by a flashmob of glamorous fortune tellers. At the bar, there are ...

The Kissaway Trail, Midlake: Midlake, the Kissaway Trail: The Tabernacle, London ****

Live Review by Paul Moody, Q, April 2010

THE TABERNACLE is just about perfect for Midlake's long-awaited return to these shores. Built in 1887, and close to Mick Jagger's Powis Square crash-pad in ...

Rufus Wainwright: Cash For Questions

Interview by Paul Moody, Q, April 2010

FOR THE RECORD, THEN, OUR INTREPID DIVA: DOES HAVE HIS LEDERHOSEN CUSTOM-MADE, WAS TEMPORARILY SENT BLIND BY INJESTING TOO MANY DRUGS AND, OH YES, SINCE ...

KT Tunstall: A Round With KT Tunstall

Interview by Paul Moody, Q, March 2011

She's the eco-conscious singer-songwriter who loves Professor Brian Cox and avoids being "a champion wanker". But, be afraid: this self-confessed "single malt girl" can drink ...

Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See

Review by Paul Moody, Q, July 2011

IN THE SPRING of 2006, with the reverberations from the success of Arctic Monkeys' debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not ...

Mick Farren: You Say You Want A Revolution: Mick Farren Looks Back

Book Excerpt by Paul Moody, 'Search For The Lost Chord', July 2013

RBP contributor Paul Moody interviewed Mick earlier this year while researching his new book Search For The Lost Chord: Looking For The Spirit Of Rock'n'Roll. We're ...

The Struts: Bristolian Rhapsody: How the Struts put the pout back in pop

Profile and Interview by Paul Moody, The Guardian, 5 March 2019

He's the leotard-clad double of Freddie Mercury with the showboating to match. Struts frontman Luke Spiller reveals how he owes it all to Justin Hawkins ...

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