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Pop: Great covers 9. Marillion: Brave

In the beginning, Marillion went in for classic progressive sleeve design - clever-clever titles, visual puns, ersatz surrealism and a logo begging to be traced by 14-year-old boys. But when singer Fish left, they had to confront one of rock's trickier marketing problems: how to keep your loyal audience on-side while signalling to everyone else that your days of re-writing the early Genesis songbook are truly over?

Shoot me, I'm the piano player

Rock photography was once an exciting business. Spontaneous, too. Between the Sixties and the Eighties, rock photography developed as a punchy, non-formulaic form of reportage. Rock photographers got in close and recorded events and individuals as they unfolded, just like journalists, but with the special knowledge that, with luck, they had within their grasp the means to create a great icon.

Brazilian rhapsody

Tropicalist singer Gal Costa is guaranteed to take Brazilian ex- pats home faster than a flight to Rio. James Woodall caught up with her in Portugal

LETTER:Fitting memories

From Ms Cathy Raven

Dancing queens

ABBA: THE NAME OF THE GAME Andrew Oldham et al. Sidgwick & Jackson £14.99

Two steps removed from dance

Lindsay Kemp (left) has been accused of reducing dance to the level of high-camp pantomime, while Rosemary Butcher (right) aspires to remove dancers from dance altogether. Ellen Cranitch and Sophie Constanti on two of dance's most determined outsiders The work represents the music hall tradition. `Kemp is the missing link between High Art and Light Entertainment' An uncompromising modernist, Butcher has spent 20 years ridding dance of superf luous theatricality

LEADING ARTICLE: Sex, drugs and sagging waistlines

The nominations for this year's Brit awards for popular music have not so much a retro as a geriatric feel. Five hundred nominators were chosen from the fiefdoms of the music business to name their preferences. The idols they have tipped range fro m the possessors of the thickening waists of early middle age to the owners of the hollowed cheeks of near pensionability. Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush are all in there, Take That are not. This reflects a trend. In terms of sale s TheBeatles at the BBC outsold everything else last year, and Bob Dylan will do the same this year.

Rock music prizes go to the old faces

Fresh flowering of bands find themselves competing with forty years' wo rth of superstars

The Dinner Party Guide to Unbelief: Confused by the disbelieving-vicar debate? Alex Spillius investigates the alternatives to God

IN THE beginning there was God. Or maybe it was the Big Bang. Many of us are not sure how it all began, and many of us are worried about it - assuming there is an 'it', of course. As the comedian Arnold Brown said: 'Why are we here, where are we going, and will we be taking sandwiches?'

DANCE / Weird, man: Judith Mackrell reviews Takarazuka at the London Coliseum

Oh, you mean it's a freak show,' said my date, as I tried to explain what Takarazuka was going to be like. In fact this all-female Japanese review is too slick and gorgeous to be that. But as you watch beautiful women impersonating male heart-throbs in order to seduce both the 'women' on stage and the crowds of Japanese women in the audience below, and as you stare at the show's surreal overload of glamour and glitz you do feel weirdly displaced. The show seems to come from another planet - one called Kitsch Heaven - even if to the performers it is sincere and serious art.

Real Life: We l-o-v-e you Beatles, oh yes we d-o-o-o: Joseph Gallivan has only just contracted Beatlemania

I ALWAYS said I'd save the Beatles until I was in my thirties. Such is the weight of critical acclaim attached to their records, I thought they deserved a decade of their own. But the quarter- century anniversary of Sgt Pepper last year ('Mr Mellor, what's your favourite Sgt Pepper track?' asked a reporter. 'Submarine,' said the Heritage Minister confidently) persuaded me, at the age of 29, to bring that deferred pleasure forward.

ROCK & JAZZ / Acquired taste or vintage performance?

THE COVER of the new Kate Bush album is awash with overripe fruit. Heady, bruised and oozing syrup - maybe that's how we expect the contents to be. As is Kate's custom, The Red Shoes (EMI, CD/LP/tape, out now) was a long time on the vine - nearly four years have passed since her last record, the breathily opulent The Sensual World - but comes off fresh and zesty, and leaves a sweet taste.

Wanted: band aid for British pop scene: Ahead of the 1993 Brit awards, David Lister asks where our talent has gone

A recent issue of New Musical Express reported a spoof meeting of record company executives deciding the nominations for Tuesday's Brit Awards - the biggest celebration in the pop calendar.
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