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Toby Manning

Toby Manning

Toby Manning is a London-based writer who has contributed to The Word, Q, MOJO, Mixmag, Select and NME and is the author of The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (2006) and John Le Carré and the Cold War (2018).

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Felix Da Housecat: This Katt is House Trained

Report and Interview by Toby Manning, Jockey Slut, December 1999

FELIX DA HOUSECAT HAS JUST MADE THE DANCEFLOOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR. TOBY MANNING FOLLOWS HIM FROM LIVERPOOL TO LONDON ANO TRIES TO MAKE HIM ...

Cat Power: The Covers Record (Matador) ***

Review by Toby Manning, Select, April 2000

The fifth album from Atlanta's Chan Marshall is a collection of songs by — amongst others — Smog, Dylan, Lou Reed and the Rolling Stones. ...

Super Furry Animals: Mwng

Review by Toby Manning, Select, June 2000

All-Welsh album, the title meaning "horse's mane". "It's an extension of a super furry animal," singer Gruff explains. ...

Yo La Tengo: The Belcourt Theater, Nashville

Live Review by Toby Manning, Select, June 2000

COMPLETELY DOMINATING the bare-brick basement that is Yo La Tengo's Nashville dressing room is one of the largest, most gourmet riders ever to grace a ...

The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

Review by Toby Manning, Select, July 2000

The third album from the Portland, Oregon, quartet perhaps best known for keyboard player Zia's insistence on revealing her breasts onstage. ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Reprazent: In The Mode (One Little Indian)

Review by Toby Manning, Select, November 2000

Mercury-winning Bristol drum'n'bass gang. Features guest spots from Zack De La Rocha and Method Man. ...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: "I'm number one … so why try harder?"

Interview by Toby Manning, Select, November 2000

One day you're the ex-singer of a forgotten indie band. The next, you're Number One and embroiled in a tabloid bitch fight with Posh Spice. ...

Drugs: Out of Control?

Report by Toby Manning, The Face, August 2001

The pills are getting cheaper, the music's getting faster, the nights are getting longer. Now the club promoters have joined police and newspapers in telling ...

Bob Dylan: Time Out Of Mind

Review by Toby Manning, Q, February 2002

DYLAN'S 41st ALBUM announced his creative rebirth after nearly a decade in the doldrums. ...

The Streets: Quality Streets

Profile and Interview by Toby Manning, Jockey Slut, March 2002

GEEZERS NEED EXCITEMENT. WHICH IS WHERE THE STREETS, AKA MIKE SKINNER, COMES IN. THE PEOPLE'S POET IN TWO-STEP'S GARMS, HE IS THE WIMP MADE GOOD, ...

Wilco: Hi, My Name's Jeff, and I'm a Wilcoholic

Interview by Toby Manning, Q, May 2002

LIKE ALL LAS VEGAS hotels, the Mandalay Bay is a self-contained city, comprising restaurants, bars, even a "beach," complete with electric waves: anything and everything ...

The Hives: Could this cocksure Swedish pop-punk quintet be the new Strokes?

Report and Interview by Toby Manning, Blender, June 2002

DESPITE THEIR immaculate black-and-white shirt-tie-and-shoes ensemble, Swedish garage-rockers the Hives have a disconcerting habit of stripping in front of strangers. ...

Tommy Lee: Famous Last Words: Tommy Lee

Interview by Toby Manning, Q, July 2002

He has a bulletproof vest, a world-famous penis and has never ridden the bus. Nice life! ...

Justin Timberlake: Justified (Jive)

Review by Toby Manning, Q, January 2003

WHILE MICHAEL Jackson's creativity is on the wane, there are still some artists who find him inspirational. ...

Linkin Park: Pirate Paranoia

Report by Toby Manning, The Guardian, 15 February 2003

Since the advent of the unholy trinity of internet, MP3 and CD burner, the music industry has gone into piracy tailspin. Toby Manning feels like ...

Justin Timberlake

Interview by Toby Manning, Q, March 2003

Dishpan hands not a problem. ...

AC/DC: High Voltage and other reissues

Review by Toby Manning, Record Collector, May 2003

"LET ME PUT my love into you babe", "given the dog a bone", "a full house", "sinking the pink", "she liked it done medium rare". ...

Goldfrapp: Down Boy!: Goldfrapp: Black Cherry (Mute) ***

Review by Toby Manning, Q, May 2003

Sultry ambient diva gets dark electro makeover ...

Interpol: Trees, Dallas

Review and Interview by Toby Manning, Q, May 2003

It's not all post-punk brooding. They like drugs and girls too. ...

Gillian Welch: The Girl With No Name

Profile and Interview by Toby Manning, The Word, August 2003

The fastest-rising folk singer of her generation is an urban college girl writing spare, soulful country tunes set in a bygone America. Her natural mother ...

Super Furry Animals: Phantom Power

Review by Toby Manning, The Word, August 2003

NORTH WALES' scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world, and yet this beauty belies its elemental dangers, barely a month going by ...

Steve Earle Gives New Meaning To The Expression 'Lifetime Achievement'

Interview by Toby Manning, The Word, May 2004

MARRIED SIX TIMES TO FIVE DIFFERENT WOMEN, HE'S ENDURED THE JUNKIE'S LIFE, DONE TIME AND LIVED TO TELL. NOW A CHANGED CHARACTER, HIGH PROFILE CAMPAIGNER ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Fleetwood Mac: The Making of Then Play On

Retrospective and Interview by Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IN 1969, FLEETWOOD Mac's prime mover had begun acting very strangely. First of all this East End Jew found Jesus, and began trying to convert ...

Magazine

Retrospective by Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IF EVER THERE was a soundtrack for the Cold War era, it was Magazine. Musically and lyrically, this definitive new wave band inhabited the wintry ...

Richard Thompson: RT

Review by Toby Manning, The Word, February 2006

A celebration of the life and music of Richard Thompson: folk rock legend so culty they boxed him twice: this time for fans only. ...

The Magic Numbers: Those The Brokes (Heavenly)

Review by Toby Manning, The Word, December 2006

The Soft Parade: Those The Brokes hits the ballad button — a touch too hard ...

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