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Mick Houghton

There are very few doomy, dysfunctional post-punk guitar bands that publicist Mick Houghton hasn’t worked with over the course of his illustrious career. Gary Tipp checks in


Mick Houghton’s new book Fried & Justified skilfully navigates the minefields of inter-band rivalries and contrasting fortunes that he encountered during his many years working as a publicist. Subtitled not so succinctly, Hits, Myths,

Break-Ups And Breakdowns In The Record Business, 1978-98, the publication is a witty and insightful tale that lifts the lid not only on the bands he worked with, but also the changing landscape of the music business.

Throughout the course of the book, Mick’s proud belief is that the music always comes first, and talking to him about the bands that remain close to his heart it’s a statement that still rings indefatigably true with him. Towards the end of the conversation, Mick started to feel a degree of guilt for all the legions of bands we forced him to leave out by limiting him to a mere 10 album highlights – and so here is a list of honourable mentions for bands and artists that didn’t make the final cut: Felt, That Petrol Emotion, Stereolab, Bert Jansch, The Rezillos, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci (“Euro Childs could well have been a genius too”), Suicide, The House Of Love, Dinosaur Jr, Sun Ra and many others.

With a foreword by Bill Drummond, Mick Houghton’s Fried & Justified is published by Faber & Faber and out now from wherever you get your books
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