Thursday, 25 June 2009

R.I.P Swells

Forget Farrah Fawcett, I've just heard the sad news that Steven Wells, journalist and poet, has died. There would rarely be a week that I wasn't glued to a Swells review or interview in the NME in the 80s. He lambasted most bands for the pompous self loving smug idiots the majority of them were. Not to say I always agreed with his tastes, but he was never, ever, a dull read. The closest we've got in mainstream journalism today is Charlie Brooker. There's a tribute here, and his last article here. For a sample of a rather tame (for him) rant about the Manic Street Preachers in 1999, go here.

2 comments:

ric8ard said...

that's a damn shame. i too enjoyed his opinions..

Steven Ball said...

did you see Mark Sinker's piece:
http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2009/06/steven-wells-1960-2009-sleep-gently-sweet-foe/