Mojo Magazine Issue 349 (December 2022) Arctic Monkeys
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EXCLUSIVE! ARCTIC MONKEYS lift up the bonnet of The Car, their brilliant new album, and talk the past, present and future of the band: “It’s not just four people playing indie music any more.” Also inside: Bob Dylan Resurgent – what to expect at his UK shows; weird scenes from Tom Waits’s 21st Century revival; Paul Weller on tattoos and triple albums; Bill Callahan unzips his lip. Plus: Blossom Toes; Weyes Blood; ELO; Pharoah Sanders; Joan Armatrading; Alabaster DePlume; Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel; David Bowie; the Beatles’ Revolver reboot reviewed; King Crimson: The Movie. And finally, all back to Fozzie Bear’s!
COVER STORY: ARCTIC MONKEYS One day: anthemic arena-fillers. The next: thoughtful, left-field record-makers. Alex Turner and Co are amazed how the film they’re in keeps changing: “There’s a new twist, there’s another villain.”
TOM WAITS As Alice and Blood Money return in 20th Anniversary editions, we revisit Waits’s reinvention at the Anti- label with the help of his still-bamboozled bandmates.
PAUL WELLER Outtakes, tattoos and clobber: a catch-up with Mr Busy of west London. “I don’t want to hear how awful someone’s life is,” he assures Pat Gilbert.
BILL CALLAHAN The Smog clears, providing an unexpectedly clear view on the past and present of a modern classic songwriter. But where and how do Sham 69 fit in?
BLOSSOM TOES They could have been the British Monkees, except they’d have rather been Spirit. How cash, hype and clashing ambitions made for a great lost band.
JOAN ARMATRADING She has no influences, no pretences and no interest in what you think of her. John Aizlewood discovers why Glyn Johns, et al, think she’s so unique.
ALABASTER DEPLUME The saxophone, storytelling and a mission to heal combine in the eccentric Scots-Mancunian package uniting all the talents of London’s jazz scene.
STEVE HARLEY How Peter Perrett’s school chum lost a band but gained a Number 1 – and the madness that ensued: “We all jumped in the swimming pool fully-clothed.”
REVIEWED The Beatles / Weyes Blood / Gabriels / Neil Young / David Bowie / Christine & The Queens / The Watersons / Sarathy Korwar / Siouxsie & The Banshees / Jean-Michel Jarre / First Aid Kit / Julie Driscoll / Horse Lords / Hugh Cornwell / Big Joanie / Ultravox / Ruts DC / Ezra Collective / King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
PLUS Dylan invades Europe / Pharoah Sanders, RIP / How To Buy ELO / King Crimson – The Movie! / Billy Gibbons’s booze / Charles Lloyd / Pauline Black / The Mary Wallopers and Hermanos Gutiérrez are Rising / Onstage busts / Candy Dulfer on Prince – the kiss-off / All back to Fozzie Bear’s!
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