The Jay Arthur Column
Jay Arthur, though he may not look it,iIs Making Music's Avenging Angel Of Crap, swooping down on nonsense and verbosity where'er it may poop. You can help JA by sending any stupid stuff you spot to him at this address: Avenging Angel Of Crap, c/o Making Music, (Contact Details).
"The unworldly muses of hallucination twizzle in their milk bar stools, waiting for the next shake of funk, the next wink of Mae West, the next thrust of Prince's peace."
— Ted Mico on Prince, LP review, Melody Maker, April '87
"...a £6000 Syntax guitar..."
— gossip column, Melody Maker, April '87
"It's taken guts for Virginia to go through the Caesarean..."
— Lucy Roberts on Virginia Asdey's birth experience, NME, April '87
"We went in there and... we played with some real bullocks - but he didn't like it."
— Costello bassist Bruce Thomas interpreted by US mag Guitar Player, March '87
"...fabulous solid wooden drums..."
— Bob Henrit reviewing snare drums, International Musician, April '87
"...submixing them to stereo... to build up a Kate Bush-like 3D image..."
— Chas de Whalley on mixing The Mission, International Musician, April '87
"If you consider that they're American made they're bargains unless like me, you think that 90% of American guitars are overpriced."
— Dave Burrluck, Peavey review, International Musician, April '87
"If The Smiths see fairgrounds as the nimblesteps of a tattooed waltzer jockey..."
— Don Watson, singles review, NME, March '87
"Super Diamono, with their high skitter of brass and cruel net of bony rhythm, their iron compress of latin metal, behave as birthed directly from exploitation's muddy rivers - take things they're forced to hear and turn them inside out, take the inescapable penetration of Cuban song-in-exile broadcast in on desert-radios, and shred it to their own Parisian agitprop mentality."
— Mark Sinker, live review, NME, March '87
"Blacks are, understandably, often fugitives of reality."
— Robert Tewdwr Moss, Time Out, March '87
"Learn piano the way Makoto Ozone did..."
— US mag Keyboard, March '87
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