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Friends


Interviews


Interview (2007)

Friends - Interview

In our third interview with them, Sarah Johnson speaks to William Jones from durable indie pop group Friends about the band's just released ninth album, 'Spangleland', and recent return to live work after an absence of nearly 15 years


Interview with William Jones (2004)

Friends - Interview with William Jones

Back for a second interview with Pennyblackmusic, William Jones, the frontman with legendary British indiepop group Friends, talks to Tommy Gunnarsson about the recording of the band's long-awaited new album, 'Late Night Early Morning'


Interview Part 3 (2003)

Friends - Interview Part 3

In the third and final part of our interview with long-serving C86 act Friends, Tommy Gunnarsson talks to frontman William Jones about the art of writing a great pop song, and his own label Summerhouse


Interview Part 2 (2003)

Friends - Interview Part 2

In the second part of our interview with William Jones, the frontman with long-serving indiepop group Friends, he talks to Tommy Gunnarsson about the unusual reasons why the band's seminal first album, ‘Roads Leading Everywhere’ remains their most popu


Interview Part 1 (2003)

Friends - Interview Part 1

Legendary British indiepop group Friends have recorded 7 albums since 1988. In the first of a two part interview to be concluded next month frontman William Jones talks to Tommy Gunnarson about the band's long musical history


Reviews


The Zen House (2011)


Flawed acoustic tenth album from long-term London-based indie-pop outfit, Friends


Single Friends (2009)


Impressive and also timely compilation of melodic pop which crosses over twenty years from C-86 survivors Friends


Spangleland (2007)


Instantly classic pop on ninth album in twenty years from London-based indiepop group Friends


Late Night Early Morning (2004)


Strong and impressive uptempo eighth album from long-serving, British-based indie popsters, Friends


Beautiful You (2002)


First album in seven years from the popular London-based indiepop band, Friends, which finds the band drawing comparisions with both Aztec Camera and the Divine Comedy


Best Of (2002)


Eclectic and examplary retrospective on the Summerhouse label of the 15 year long career of cult indiepop group, Friends


Related


Friends Again
Interview Friends Again - Interview

John Clarkson chats to Paul McGeechan, the keyboardist with influential Glaswegian pop act Friends Again, about the double CD reissue of their 1984 debut and only album, 'Trapped and Unwrapped'.


Audra
Interview Audra - Interview

Adrian Janes speaks to singer and bass player from Arizonian post-punk band Audra about their fourth album and first release in ten years, 'Dear Tired Friends'.


Jack Bruce
Interview Jack Bruce - Interview

Lisa Torem speaks to former Cream bassist and music legend Jack Bruce about his new solo album, 'Silver Rails'


Phil Parfitt
Interview Phil Parfitt - Interview

Phil Parfitt, the front man with underrated late 80's indie act the Perfect Disaster, speaks to Denzil Watson about his former band and 'Phil Parfitt and Friends', his new album and first release in twenty years


Glasvegas
Interview Glasvegas - Interview

With their debut album due out in September, Aaron Brown chats to much acclaimed Scottish-based indie guitar group Glasvegas at a gig in Manchester about life, their music and their famous influential friends.


Profiles

Pink Floyd
A Delicate Sound of Thunder Pink Floyd - A Delicate Sound of Thunder

Recorded during their longest ever tour, a reissue of 1988 concert film The Delicate Sound of Thunder sees Pink Floyd attempting to adapt their pioneering psych/ prog rock for a new generation. Richard Lewis reviews


Alice Cooper
50th Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 1 Alice Cooper - 50th  Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 1

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Alice Cooper Group, Pennyblackmusic has assembled greetings from essential friends and players.


Big Star
Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More Big Star - Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More

Mark Rowland enjoys DVD tribute concert 'Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More' which features Big Star members Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer and also guests including REM's Mike Mills, Robyn Hitchcock and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy


Tim Burgess
Profile Tim Burgess - Profile

Anthony Strutt examines Tim Burgess from the Charlatans' new book, 'Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco', in which he goes record shopping and invites us along to track down famous friends' suggestions.


Jack Bruce
14/4/1943 – 25/10/2014 Jack Bruce - 14/4/1943 – 25/10/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the life of Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who died aged 71 in October


Profile
Todd Rundgren 1 Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren 1

Todd Rundgren recently spent a week at Columbia College in Chicago working with its music students both at a recording session and also on preparing for a show. In the first part of a two part profile Lisa Torem sits in on the recording session...


Profile
Todd Rundgren 2 Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren 2

.,.while in the second part she attends the gig


Profile
Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren

Anthony Strutt two recently released live CDs/DVDs from a 2010 tour of his classic 'Todd' and 'Healing' albums


Beautiful Days Festival
Escott Park, Devon, 18/8/2005...20/8/2005 Miscellaneous - Escott Park, Devon, 18/8/2005...20/8/2005

Beautiful Days is a small and largely unsung festival organised by the Levellers. Helen Tipping and her friends enjoy a very special weekend of music, camping and with giant seagulls while there


Albums

Pavement
Brighten the Corners Pavement - Brighten the Corners

Jamie Rowland examines influential indie rock outfit Pavement's 1997 fourth album, 'Brighten the Corners', which has just been re-released in a new double CD edition


Features

Ringo Starr
Michael Seth Starr/Ringo: With a Little Help Ringo Starr - Michael Seth Starr/Ringo: With a Little Help

In the first part of a two part edition of her book column 'Raging Pages' , Lisa Torem examines Michael Starr's unauthorized biography 'Ringo : With a Little Help From My Friends' which shows many sides of the iconic drummer


Pavement
All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, June 2010 Pavement - All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, June 2010

Mark Rowland relives his favourite gig of all time, a long-awaited chance to see Pavement at their curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead


Pink Floyd
Earls Court, London, May 1973 Pink Floyd - Earls Court, London, May 1973

In 'Gig of a Lifetime' Keith How writes of attending one of Pink Floyd's legendary 'The Dark Side of the Moon' concerts at Earls Court in London in 1973


Pink Floyd
(Gig of a Lifetime) Earls Court, London, August 1980 Pink Floyd - (Gig of a Lifetime) Earls Court, London, August 1980

In 'Gig of a Lifetime', Dastardly writes of attending his first ever gig, one of Pink Floyd's legendary 'The Wall' shows at Earls Court in London in 1980


Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
August 2013 Miscellaneous - August 2013

With many of his friends starting to lose interest in music, Ben Howarth in 'Condemned to Rock 'n'Roll' finds the opposite problem and too much new music to listen to


Penny Black Music Bands Night
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

We profile our 10th Penny Black Music Bands Night, which will take place from 3pm on September 9th at the London Spitz and feature sets from the Bitter Springs, Hey Negrita, Rothko, Friends, Saint Joan, Kelman and Joe Gideon as well as music from the DJs at Uptight







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