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Life Elsewhere Music Vol 304 - 1985 Was A Fantastic Year

Life Elsewhere Music Vol 304 - 1985 Was A Fantastic Year

Although well-intentioned, for many indie kids seeing glossy popstars cavorting in a way that would do no harm to those popstars’ careers was a bridge too far – Margaret Thatcher’s free market mantra that we were, or were about to become, what we buy incarnate. So how did indie react? At the NME I’d already adopted the role of championing a certain kind of indie band and was virtually given carte blanche to write about what I saw fit. And crucially whilst those Living Room bands of 1983 and 1984 had received one or two-paragraph reviews in the live section, and a quarter-page profile in Thrills, I was able to push that up to more like a page. Bands that received significant coverage included not only The Jesus & Mary Chain (who were all but impossible to ignore) but also fellow travelers such as The June Brides, Primal Scream, Bog-Shed, The Wedding Present, Meat Whiplash, Big Flame, The Weather Prophets, Felt, Half Man Half Biscuit and others. Continue reading