Saturday 13 February 1999
John Mellencamp "John Mellencamp" (Columbia) John(ny) Cougar Mellencamp (to amalgamate his many recording names) is another one who has been round the block and back again. Though he will never attain Tom Petty's stature on those trips, this is a fresh album that captures the excitement of his live act with well- crafted American songs. HHH
"The Prodigy Present The Dirtchamber Sessions Vol 1" (XL Recordings) A mix album by Liam Howlett which comes at a good period for mix albums (David Holmes, Cut Chemist etc). Unsurprisingly it draws on hip-hop and punk, with lots of good scratching, but ultimately the choice of tracks is a little safe and not mind-blowing. HH
Stiff Little Fingers "And the Best of All... Hope Street" (EMI) This studio album shows that, unlike Blondie, Jake Burns (the only original SLF member these days) never really went away. It's likeable but generally unthrilling. Disc two has the hits - some of them great, others a reminder that Rudi were the best Belfast band of the punk era. HH
Various Artists "Outcaste New Breed UK" (Outcaste) Something fresh this week comes in this indie label's presentation of three new artists: Mo Magic, Ges-E & Usman and Niraj Chag. For the most part, it's a contemporary Asian take on chilled drum'n'bass, with some great ambient vocals. A nice sampler for good things to come. HHH
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
Shawn Mullins "Lullaby" (SMG-Columbia) Once every few years a big, old all-American classic comes out by an unknown (eg Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis") and this Lou Reed-meets-Beck-meets-Bruce Hornsby satire on the LA music scene is just one of those. HHHHH
Jeff Fletcher found fame in 1990s
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Strictly Come Dancing results: Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan sent home
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
Why are the words 'mongol', 'mongoloid' and 'mongy' still bandied about as insults?
Tom DeLonge compares streaming music to killing elephants
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage of Lana Del Rey rape video
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict