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  • The Basics

    Nervy, vital, artful, and hugely inventive — both sonically and lyrically — Magazine has been confirmed by time as one of the quintessential post-punk bands. It all started in 1977 when pioneering frontman, and Buzzcocks refugee, Howard Devoto advertised in Manchester's Piccadilly Records for musicians who wanted "something other" than punk. Once up and running, the outfit delivered the superb debut single "Shot By Both Sides" (with a chorus that crescendoes upwards like a flaming mushroom cloud) and, further down the line, the alienation anthem "A Song from Under the Floorboards". Shirley Bassey gets the Magazine treatment, in Next Steps.

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  • Next Steps

    We continue to rummage among Magazine's box of perfectly misshapen delights here with a fleshed-out version of "Boredom" (originally sung by Devoto during his Buzzcocks days) from Magazine: The Peel Sessions; a where-did-that-come-from?! version of James Bond theme "Goldfinger" from the rarities collection, Scree; and the brilliantly titled "The Great Beautician in the Sky", which seems to belong to a pre-war German cabaret, with its organ-grinding persistence and camp, sibilant vocal. As Devoto sings on "Philadelphia" — "Who are these madmen? What do they want from me?" Precisely.

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  • Complete Set

    Formed up north by ex-Buzzcocks visionary Howard Devoto as a tangent from/alternative to punk, Magazine would become — over the course of five years and as many albums — one of Britain's most influential bands. After all, Devoto was the man who had brought the Sex Pistols to Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976, for a one-off gig that would directly and powerfully affect the course of British rock, because the hungry-for-change audience that night became a Who's Who of post-punk innovators (Joy Division, the Smiths, the Fall, et al). Tight like punk, but more willing to experiment with sound, and pungent with existential anxiety (Devoto read a lot of Proust and Dostoevsky), the band's legacy can be heard in Radiohead and Morrissey (both have covered Magazine), and right here — in an Essentials playlist perfectly timed for the 2009 Magazine reunion.

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