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The Lemon Twigs


It wasn’t obvious The Lemon Twigs had stops left to pull out after the eccentric excesses of their debut, Do Hollywood, but they’ve located some. Their career’s second instalment sees them Go To School, but suggests the precocious D’Addario brothers are still too young to understand the horrors the concept album can inflict. They prefer to term it a ‘rock musical’, but either way, an hour-long collection featuring a chimpanzee called Shane can’t help but raise eyebrows, especially when it involves someone wailing “I know how you like your bananas/ Quit with the screeching!” on the time-change-flooded Rock Dreams. As ever, Beatles influences are ubiquitous, not least on the brass interlude of The Bully, which also offers Queen harmonies, while Never Know could be the Liverpudlians’ pal Harry Nilsson, albeit strangely glammed up. Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart, though, sounds like a lo-fiSuede playing Elton John. Settle down, please…! Wyndham Wallace

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In issue 18 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ classic debut album Surfer Rosa. We’ve left no stone unturned in getting the inside track on the making of the record at Boston’s Q Division Studios as Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier tell Long Live Vinyl about the legacy of an album that inspired David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Plus, we bring you an in-depth review of 4AD’s new Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa Deluxe Edition. Elsewhere in this packed issue of Long Live Vinyl, we speak to teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma about their superb sophomore album, I’m All Ears, head out on the road with Chicago guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker and tell the story of Small Faces’ legendary Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake LP. Post-punk fans will want to check out our Essential top 40 – a definitive collector’s guide to the genre, and our Classic Album series focuses on Pulp’s 1995 career-high Different Class. We also hear from legendary photographer Mick Rock about shooting David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and The Trip visits a cratedigger’s paradise – Amsterdam. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the widest range of album, turntable and hi-fi accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Enjoy the issue!