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Gang of Four's fluctuating degrees of animosity, 40 years on

Music Feb 28, 2019

Gang of Four's fluctuating degrees of animosity, 40 years on

British post-punk pioneers Gang of Four didn't come to Japan until 2005, nearly 30 years after the band formed. If guitarist Andy Gill had his way, it would have happened a lot sooner. "I clearly remember a conversation in the '80s about going to ...

Bruce Foxton on breaking up and moving on after The Jam

Music Mar 7, 2018

Bruce Foxton on breaking up and moving on after The Jam

Bruce Foxton pauses for thought. "How would I describe what I'm doing? I suppose I'm flying the flag for those great songs." Foxton was bassist in The Jam, the mod revivalists who, spearheaded by Paul Weller, became one of the biggest bands to ever come ...

Three's never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Music Jan 16, 2018

Three's never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

British sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are discussing why their fourth album "Superscope" is their most upbeat yet. "I think you just get bored of moaning all the time, don't you?" says Daisy, 29. "Going on about love and 'poor old me,' that ...

Beck: 'I wanted to put out a giant positive wave of sound'

Music Oct 19, 2017

Beck: 'I wanted to put out a giant positive wave of sound'

"It's actually surreal that it's finally out," Beck Hansen says of his 13th album, "Colors." "It's the longest time from inception to release I've ever had. It's been like a rebirth." Beck knows a thing or two about renewals. As alternative rock's shape-shifting outlier, the ...

Elvis Costello: 'Don't just stick to one way of doing things'

Music Sep 4, 2016

Elvis Costello: 'Don't just stick to one way of doing things'

I've just mentioned to Elvis Costello the publicity stunt he pulled on his first trip to Japan in 1978. "Ah, our attempt to get ourselves in the papers," Costello recalls over the phone from his Vancouver home. It had seemed like such a fiendishly provocative ...