ISSUE 62 + Vinyl Bundle
This months cover feature tells the astonishing story of Joe Meek, the king of space age pop and one of the most extraordinary characters in British music history.
With his unorthodox and intense working methods, Joe Meeks late 1950s and early 1960s productions signalled the start of a fascinating new era in music. Using peculiar electronic instruments such as the Clavioline and wonky sounds made with tape effects, he injected all manner of weirdness into mainstream pop. Add in a spate of gangland threats, a bit of black magic, and a pill-popping climax of rapidly escalating paranoia, rapidly declining fortunes, and a brutal murder-suicide, and this really is a tale unlike any other.
Elsewhere this issue, we have interviews with Cerrone, Squarepusher, Ulrich Schnauss, Steve Hillage and Kl(aüs). Weve also gone John crazy, talking to John Rocca about the making of Freeezs electro-boogie classic IOU, while Graham Fellows, the man behind John Shuttleworth and Jilted John, reveals his influences. Plus, of course, our regular columnists Jack Dangers, Kris Needs and Fat Roland, and a gazillion new album reviews, including the latest from Wrangler. Astounding sounds, amazing music indeed!