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Adrian Janes


Jah Wobble

Acclaimed musician and songwriter Jah Wobble talks to Adrian Janes about his time as the original bassist in Public Image Ltd, his musical and philosophical heroes and his band the Invaders of the Heart.

Ist Ist
Zoe Howe

Andy Keating of Manchester's Ist Ist talks to Adrian Janes about the band's influences, music and future.
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'.
Music writer Zoë Howe talks to Adrian Janes about ‘Dayglo: the Poly Styrene Story’, which is about the late X-Ray Spex vocalist and songwriter Poly Styrene and which has been written in close collaboration with Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell.

Celeste Bell
Grand Blue Heron
Zoe Howe

Celeste Bell, the daughter of late X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene , talks to Adrian Janes about her mother and ‘Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story’, the new music biography which she has written in collaboration with music writer Zoë Howe.
Adrian Janes speaks to Paul Lamont of Belgian rock band Grand Blue Heron as they release their new album, ‘Come Again’.
In the wake of their exciting 2017 mini-album, Adrian Janes interviews psych-grunge maestros Brooders to ask about their influences, the Leeds scene and their progress to this point.
Music writer Zoe Howe talks to Adrian Janes about her first novel, 'Shine On, Marquee Moon', her biographies of the Slits and the Jesus and Mary Chain, and why self-publishing is punk

Robert Wyatt
Morgan Delt

With the release of a collection of 1960s Canterbury Scene band the Wilde Flowers and associates, founder member Robert Wyatt reflects on those early years, his subsequent musical career, collaborations and political commitment
Adrian Janes speaks to American singer-songwriter Morgan Delt about his outstanding new self-titled debut album


Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington

Adrian Janes reflects on two new books on 1970's punk, one on the legendary Roxy Club and the other on punk fanzines and writing

Alison Moyet
James Chance And The Contortions

The reissue of Alison Moyet’s first four albums gives Adrian Janes the chance to reappraise a versatile singer whose initial embrace of blues and electronica grew to include many other influences
Adrian Janes finds that the thirtieth anniversary reissue of Alex Cox's film about the tortuous relationship of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen depresses as much as it compels
Adrian Janes finds that the Punk 1976-78 exhibition in the British Library, though by no means exhaustive, succeeds in conveying something of the fraught circumstances in which the punk movement arose in the UK and the excitement and great creative energy it unleashed
Adrian Janes examines the early career of New York 'No Wave' musician nad sxaphonist James Chance, and his first two albums, the first 'Buy' with the Contortions, and the second 'Off White' as James White and the Blacks , both of which are about to be reissued with extra tracks

Live Reviews

Vive Le Rock Awards
Gang Of Four

Adrian Janes finds UK rock magazine Vive Le Rock’s awards once again paying punky homage to heroes and icons.
Adrian Janes watches influential post-punk the Gang of Four in a show at the Borderline in London play a fiery set to promote their new album 'Happy Now'.
On the 20th anniversary tour for 'Gran Turismo', Adrian Janes shares in the Cardigans' warm embrace of their past.

Favourite Albums

Asian Dub Foundation

Adrian Janes assesses an expanded version of a 1997 career compilation of Bill Bruford’s jazz combo Earthworks, which covers both studio and live tracks.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Adrian Janes reflects on a new reissue of Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera’s 1975 first solo album 'Diamond Head', which mixes styles and star guests to often impressive effect.
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Adrian Janes finds that Asian Dub Foundation's superb 1998 second album 'Rafi's Revenge;, which has now been reissued, criss-crosses genres to create truly multicultural music.


Tim Buckley


In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' Adrian Janes examines the melancholic back cover photograph of Tim Buckley's 1974 last studio album, ‘Look at the Fool’.
Adrian Janes, who has written for Pennyblackmusic since 2012, reflects upon ten of his favourite acts and songs during his time writing for us.

Jeff Buckley
Autumn Leaves

In 'Ten Songs that Made Me Love...' Adrian Janes writes of ten of his favourite songs from 1967 and tracks by artists including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Doors and Jefferson Airplane
Adrian Janes in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' reflects on his ten favourite songs by Jeff Buckley
Adrian Janes, in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...', reflects on his ten favourite drum tracks
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Adrian Janes reflects on some of his favourite songs by Tim Buckley


Black Pistol Fire
Gary Lucas
James Williamson and Deniz Tek
Izzy and the Black Trees

Canadian duo Black Pistol Fire offer impassioned and energetic rock with some subtle twists and turns
Wide-ranging retrospective on eclectic career of guitarist Gary Lucas reflects his roles as Gods and Monsters band leader and adventurous collaborator with such as Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart
Stooges guitarist James Williamson and Radio Birdman frontman Deniz Tek team up to make solid rock
Varied and strong debut from Polish rock band Izzy and the Black Trees

Professor and the Madman
Hermetic Delight

Third incisive barrage from critically acclaimed Bristol band IDLES
Fourth album from US/UK punk rock veterans draws on 1960’s and 70’s influences to create entertaining but ultimately lightweight album
Debut album from French band Hermetic Delight who try to merge rock and pop, and at their best produce deep pleasure
Strong debut EP from French post-rock and noise purveyors Cosse

Ist Ist
Bobby Lees
Andrew Hawkey

Strong debut album from post-punk Mancunians Ist Ist, who while they have Joy Division in their DNA reveal themselves to be no clones
Lust for life garage rock with the engine running, on Jon Spencer-produced debut from New York’s The Bobby Lees.
Outstanding fourth album in five years from melodic Brooklyn indie supergroup SAVAK who have hardcore roots
Veteran Cornish singer-songwriter Andrew Hawkey's reflections of where he’s been and where the world is going on his fourth album

Richard James Simpson
Richard James Simpson
Filthy Friends

Impressive fourth album from Arizona-based post-punk group Audra, their first in a decade
Second solo album from American musician Richard James Simpson who mixes soundscapes with energetic rock but rarely unites them
Passionate second album from Oregon-based Filthy Friends counts the cost of human and environmental exploitation

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Matthew Sweet

French rock band’ FTR’s second album mixes melody, noise and strong rhythms to sometimes formidable effect
Norwegian group Hedvig Mollestad Trio skilfully blend jazz and rock in music that reaches the head before the heart
Third album from British dream-pop quartet Coldharbourstores has light and warmth but doesn’t fully catch fire
Reissued brace of underrated late 90's albums by American singer and guitarist Matthew Sweet offers both power and pop

Stuart Anthony and Larry Beckett
Moon Relay
Art Theefe
Grand Blue Heron

Often moving collaboration in which Larry Beckett, famed co-writer of songs with Tim Buckley, recites both ancient and modern words while Stuart Anthony composes and sings them on this
Second album of experimental rock from Norwaegian outfit Moon Relay is repetitive yet compelling
Disappointing debut album from Oxford-based trio Art Theefe mixes rock, country and folk with more art than heart
Powerful and fiercely performed second album from energetic Belgian rockers Grand Blue Heron

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