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Tommy Gunnarsson



Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to Alasdair MacLean, the front man with cult indie pop band the Clientele, about their new compilation,out a compilation called 'Alone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele', and their past, present and future

Mc Carthy
Laetitia Sadier
Stuart Moxham

Tommy Gunnarsson chats to John Williamson, the bassist with 80's left-wing political indie pop band and C86 act, about his former group's history
Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier talks to Tommy Gunnarsson about the inspirations for her debut solo album, 'The Trip'
Young Marble Giants' main songwriter and guitarist Stuart Moxham speaks to Tommy Gunnarsson about his solo career and recently released compilation album, 'Personal Best'

Whirlpool Guest House
Nik Kershaw
Au Pairs
California Snow Story

Little known in their original lifetime, late 80s Stockton-on-Tees based indie trio Whirlpool Guest House have just had 'Rough Digs', a compilation of all their material, released. Singer and guitarist Carl Green talks to Tommy Gunnarsson about his group
Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to massive 80's star and Live Aid musician Nik Kershaw about his past, present and future and latest album, 'You've Got to Laugh@
Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to Jane Munro, the bassist with 70's Birmingham-based political indie punk/funk group the Au Pairs, about her group's rise and fall
A songwriter and the one-time guitarist with Camera Obscura, David Skirvng's band California Snow Story have finally released their debut album 'Close to the Ocean' five years after their only EP. Tommy Gunnasrsson talks to him about the reasons behind the long delay and his musical career


In this never before published in English interview from 2003, Tommy Gunnarsson talks to Decemberists and Norfolk and Western member and Portland, Oregon musician about her early indiepop band Boycrazy
Long broken up 80's indiepop group Rumblefish have recently had released '1234', a retrospective of their work. Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to former frontman Jeremy Paige about the group's sometimes turbulent history
Stereolab's Tim Gaines first band was 80's political indiepop group McCarthy. Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to him about it, and the band's three albums
Indiepop group the Essex Green have just released their first album in three years, 'Cannibal Sea'. Tommy Gunnarsson chats to Christopher Zither from the band about the band's musical history and the new record


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'
One of the leading lights in the indie pop genre. Norwich-based group Bearsuit recently released their debut album, 'Cat Spectacular !' Back for second interview with us,they talk to Tommy Gunnarsson about its success and where they plan to go next
The project of former Clientele member Innes Phillips, the Relict released their long-awaited debut album, 'Tomorrow is Again' at the end of last year. Tommy Gunnarsson chats to him about his band's first few years
In the third and final part of our interview with Australian indiepop group the Lucksmiths, Tommy Gunnarsson talks to group members Tali White and Mark Monnone about their influences and songwriting


Aztec Camera’s five albums for the WEA label are being compiled in a massive nine disc box set 'Backwards and Forwards', with four discs of extras! But even though he enjoys it, Tommy Gunnarsson misses their amazing debut album, 'High Land, Hard Rain'.

Stuart Moxham
Fairport Convention
Go Betweens

Tommy Gunnarson examines two new albums by former Young Marble Giants mastermind Stuart Moxham, the first of which 'Interior Windows' is a compilation of unreleased recordings by his project the Gist, and the second 'The Devil Laughs' on which he has teamed up with Louis Philippe once again.
Thirty albums in, Fairport Convention finally get a book dedicated to every song on every album. Tommy Gunnarsson is impressed.
The fifth instalment of Cherry Red’s impressive C box sets is here, this time focusing on the dismal pop year that was 1990. Tommy Gunnarsson is far from impressed with the music, but more so with the compilation itself.
The second instalment of the Go-Betweens anthology series is finally here, and Tommy Gunnarsson delves into a vast content of demo and live recordings, but also enjoys the band’s final three albums in their remastered glory.

Live Reviews

Comet Gain

The last in a trilogy, the Mitt Sista Liv indiepop festival recently took place in a field on the Swedish southeast coast. Tommy Gunnarsson enjoys sets from the likes of Milky Wimpshake, Popundret, the Frenchmen and the Scarlet's Well.
Tommy Gunnarsson waited for more than three years for ballboy to come to Sweden, but finds it has been worth the long wait
Tommy Gunnarsson, seeing Comet Gain in his native Sweden for the first time, finds that they have lost none of their impact and stage presence in the two years since he first saw them in London

Favourite Albums

Helen Love

In our Re:View section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson finds that iconic indiepopsters Heavenly's 1994 third album, ‘The Decline and Fall of Heavenly’, which has just been re-released on on vinyl, still stands the test of time.
Iconic Newcastle folk rock act Lindisfarne recorded lots of lots of music for the BBC during the 70s and 80s, and now all the sessions are compiled on a lovely eight-disc CD box set. Tommy Gunnarsson is certainly intrigued by what he’s hearing.
Welsh drum-machine punksters Helen Love recorded two BBC sessions at the end of the 90s, and the second one, from 1998, has now been released on 10” vinyl by Precious Recordings. Tommy Gunnarsson thinks this one’s for the already converted


In the first of a two part ‘Discography Hagiography’, our series in which we provide a disc-by-disc evolution of music’s greats, Tommy Gunnarsson reflects on the early career of XTC.
In our column 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which our writers write about the impact of a particular photo or image on them, Tommy Gunnarsson writes of a rare photo that finds Kraftwerk smiling.

Magnetic Fields

n the latest edition to our column 'Ticket Rewind', our Swedish writer tommy Gunnarsson looks back at some of his old concert tickets and the memories associated with them.
Tommy Gunnarsson takes us on a wonderful stroll through his long backlist of reviews and interviews for Pennyblackmusic, by way of ten indiepop classics - or in some cases should-be-classics.
In '10 Songs That Made Me Love...', Tommy Gunnarsson boils down his love for New York based band The Magnetic Fields to just ten songs, which is easier said than done
In 'Gig of a Lifetime', in which a different Pennyblackmusic writer writes of a once in a lifetime gig, Tommy Gunnarsson describes attending a fan club only R.E.M. gig in Stockhom in 1998


Pooh Sticks
Comet Gain

Fantastic compilation of the early singles of iconic 80s Welsh indiepopsters Pooh Sticks
Archival hit and miss rarities compilation from ramshackle indie pop Comet Gain that will be most appreciated by already converted fans
German indie label Tapete Records celebrated their first 20 years in 2022, and this double album compiles 28 poppy and upbeat songs from acts like Comet Gain, Robert Forster and Lloyd Cole.
Impressive box set in which Cherry Red continues to explore the early days of synth pop in the third instalment of the ‘Musik, Music, Musique’ series


Follow-up of sorts to 2016’s ‘Still in a Dream’ shoegaze compilation, which goes on to compile songs from the dream pop, shoegaze and ethereal rock movements
2022 sees Manchester’s iconic club The Hacienda celebrate its 40th anniversary, and Cherry Red has compiled four CDs worth of tracks associated with the club’s first year.
Eagerly-awaited follow-up to the much acclaimed ‘Harmony In My Head which packs three CDs full of smashing UK punk pop and new wave goodness
Often surprising new three CD compilation which celebrates the legendary New Romantic scene in the best possible way

Marine Research
Girls At Our Best!

Post-Heavenly/Talulah Gosh band Marine Research's only recorded session for John Peel gloriously presented as a stunning two-single package
Excellent three-disc retrospective, which fifty years after the original release of the iconic 'Nuggets' album, compiles together music from the LA scene of 1965-68, and the garage/psychedelic/pop sounds of California
Classic post punk/indie pop on new three-disc deluxe edition of Girls at Our Best!'s 1981 only album
Rollercoaster ride of pop melodies and blues rock on long-awaited follow-up to the esteemed RPM mod/freakscene compilations

Mike Hurst

Enjoyable and eclectic three CD post punk and alternative music from 1979 from Cherry Red
Next instalment in Cherry Red’s successful C-series is ‘C91’, which shows that 1991 was a bad year for indie music, but the compilation itself is a joy to behold
Excellent four CD box set from 60s, 70s and 80s musician, songwriter and producer Mike Hurst
Essential and delightful five CD box set from Cherry Red which focuses on the roots of indie pop and should be in every pop fan’s record collection.

Direct Hits
Global Village Trucking Company

Enthralling five CD compilation of songs associated with Apple Records, founded by these Fab Four, proves a great look into the more forgotten parts of the 60's pop scene in the UK
Enjoyable compilation of Mod pop trio Direct Hits’ early recording sessions which are finally released by Optic Nerve Recordings but is mostly targeted at already converted fans.
Impressive double CD anthology on Cherry Red from Iconic communal band The Global Village Trucking Company
Impressive three CD box set from Cherry Red follows up the success of their previous post-punk box sets with this reflection into the more danceable part of the scene

Exploding Flowers
Dupont Circles
Wee Cherubs

Enjoyable but repetitive jangly pop on second album from LA-based quartet Exploding Flowers
Erratic and uneven debut album from US indie band the Dupont Circles which is a compilation of songs recorded during the past thirty years
Enjoyable compilation of largely unreleased material from lost 198'0s Glasgow-based indiepop band, the Wee Cherubs
Excellently presented double CD from Cherry Red which compiles together some of the more obscure and less well known bands of the Britpop era

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