Formed 1977.

70s/80s UK post-punk/new wave band

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Magazine - Interview with Marc Riley

Magazine's Howard Devoto and Dave Formula speak to Marc Riley about the band's fourth album, No Thyself. You can also hear clips from the group's Maida Vale session.

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Magazine are an English post-punk band active from 1977 to 1981, then reformed in 2009. Their debut single, "Shot by Both Sides", is now acknowledged as a classic and their debut album, Real Life, is still much admired making several top 1,000 album lists. The band was formed by Howard Devoto after leaving punk band Buzzcocks in early 1977. Devoto had decided to create a more experimental and less punk band. Their style and lyrical preoccupations later influenced many musicians.

Magazine reunited in 2009 for a UK tour, with almost all the remaining and "classic" line-up, with the exception of guitarist John McGeoch who died in 2004. He was replaced by Noko, who played with Devoto in Luxuria. Magazine released an album of new material, No Thyself, in October 2011, followed by a short UK tour.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of No Thyself

    No Thyself 2011

    Reviewed by Garry Mulholland
    The long-overdue fourth great Magazine album finally arrives.
  2. Review of The Complete John Peel Sessions

    The Complete John Peel Sessions 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Brave, innovative and forward thinking
  3. Review of Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, Correct use Of Soap, Magic, Murder And The Weather

    Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, Correct use Of Soap, Magic, Murder And The Weather 2007

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Magazine were an absolute gift for lovers of cerebral pop.
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