Kylie Minogue: Can't Get You Out Of My Head at 20 - here's the story behind the star's biggest hit

At London's Hammersmith Apollo in the spring of 2001, Kylie Minogue previewed a previously unheard song. While new material doesn't always receive quite the same enthusiasm in a live setting as fan favourites - particularly when you have a back catalogue of bangers such as Kylie's - this was Can't Get You Out Of My Head, an instant earworm like nothing she had recorded before, a song that was soon to take on a life of its own.
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Staff Picks: Coil - Love's Secret Domain

Born of the countercultural hotbed of Thatcher's England, John Balance and Peter Christohperson's music as Coil may be the most explicitly occult (and outwardly queer) of all of the British post-punk and industrial sounds of the 1980s. The origins of Coil can be found in Christopherson's contribution to the very outfit that coined the term industrial music, and the transgressive sound, art, and theater they deployed as Throbbing Gristle. Splitting from TG with the meeting of Zos Kia's John Balance in 1983, Christopherson's fruitful collaborations with Balance would carve out a body of surrealist, psychedelic and "sidereal" music on the fringe of post-punk and experimental culture for the next three decades. By the early-1990s the duo had brought on supporting members Drew McDowall, Stephen Thrower and William Breeze and an assimilation of UK club music and American minimalist composers into their sound. This all began with the unlikely meeting of British rave, ecstasy, and club culture colliding head-on with their morose, cinematic, and surrealist themes heard on 1991's "Love's Secret Domain".

(((O))) Review: Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music – JR Moores

What is heavy? That’s a question that JR Moores attempts to answer in his new book Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music 1968 to the Present. A heavy title in itself, and at nearly 500 pages, dare we say a weighty tome. What certainly isn’t heavy though, is Moores writing style which pulls you into the discussion, whilst never bamboozling you with any lofty ambitions of niche writing. An irony considering the majority of acts covered in this book probably define the term niche.

Best Grateful Dead albums of all time

What a long, strange trip it's been for the Grateful Dead and its fans. It all began in 1960, when a discharged Army recruit named Jerry Garcia arrived in Palo Alto, California. Equipped with an acoustic guitar, banjo, and vast knowledge of traditional American music, Garcia immersed himself in the local neo-Beatnik scene. He formed Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions in 1965 with five other musicians, including guitarist Bob Weir and organist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.

Shorties (An Excerpt from Sean Avery Medlin's New Collection, Steve Gunn's Remembrance of Michael Chapman, and more)

Entropy shared an excerpt from one of my favorite books of the year, Sean Avery Medlin's collection 808s & Otherworlds. Steve Gunn remembered musician Michael Chapman at Aquarium Drunkard. September's best eBook deals. Today's best eBook deals. NPR Music profiled Low's Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. Bandcamp Daily shared a...

ALBUM REVIEW: Spread Plague Death – Ruin

California’s RUIN were, until their reformation in 2015, one of those acts that appeared for a brief period in the early 90s only to disappear as suddenly as they arrived, leaving a single demo, Sickening Ruin, in their wake. Luckily, the band reformed close to a quarter of a century later. Since then, they’ve built up an impressive back catalogue which includes four full-lengths and has cemented their place at the heart of California’s death metal underground. The band’s latest album, Spread Plague Death is another excellent addition to their repertoire, and serves as perhaps one of their more visceral offerings to date.
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tQ's Exclusive Monthly Round-Up Playlist: August 2021

For tQ subscribers, here's all the ace new music we've covered on the site this August, compiled into one handy mega-playlist!. As one of your many, many perks for becoming a Quietus subscriber, we're compiling a specially-curated playlist for our readers every month. Across this August's five hours of noise...

Morning Bites: Max Booth III on Adaptation, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi Interviewed, Crystal Wilkinson’s Playlist, and More

Max Booth III wrote about adapting his work for the screen. Kundiman announced their October lineup of online classes. At The Nervous Breakdown, an interview with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. Words Without Borders explored some recent notable translated books. The Quietus talked music with Phonodelica. Crystal Wilkinson assembled a...
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Low Culture Podcast 13: A tQ Birthday Special!

It's a tQ birthday podcast special covering Live Aid and Guns n'Roses in which John Doran reveals a hitherto unknown love of... Bono!. This week, in case you haven’t noticed, is The Quietus’ 13th birthday – in fact, you might well not have noticed because the site, unchanged since 2008, keeps falling over. This is why we’re asking those of you who aren’t already subscribers if you would be able to help us out by signing up to one of our three subs tiers. If the joy of keeping our creaking apparatus going isn’t enough, then here’s one of the bits of bonus content you’d get as a Quietus Low Culture or Sound & Vision tier subscriber – the Low Culture Podcast. We usually ask one of our favourite artists on to discuss a cultural artefact that they love but feel hasn’t had enough attention, with past guests including Nicky Wire, Nadine Shah, Max Porter, Mariam Rezaei, John Higgs, Shirley Collins, Jeanie Finlay, Dale Cornish and Tariq Godard. For this month though we’ve done a special with just your tQ editors John Doran and Luke Turner discussing two contemporary Low Culture tips, before going deep on the past.

Shorties (An Interview with Atticus Lish, The Band Low Profiled, and more)

The Paris Review interviewed author Atticus Lish. The Quietus and SPIN profiled the band Low. August's best eBook deals. Today's best eBook deals. Bandcamp Daily profiled Colleen Green. Annabel Abbs recommended memoirs about women walking in nature at Electric Literature. Stephen Deusner talked to InsideHook about his book Where the...

Shorties (Books That Examine 9/11's Legacy, Brandi Carlile's Joni Mitchell Cover, and more)

PEN recommended books that examine the legacy of 9/11. Brandi Carlile covered Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock." August's best eBook deals. Today's best eBook deals. Stream a new Heartless Bastards song. Kirkus profiled poet Joy Harjo. Electric Literature shared an excerpt from Eduardo Berti's novel Vanessa Frontin: Volunteer Musician. Lawrence English talked...
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tQ Is 13! Subscribe To Help Us To Survive & Get (Improved) Perks!

As tQ reaches the big 1 3 we're expanding the offer to our subscribers with an exclusive musical release every month PLUS a new newsletter – read on to find out more!. Today marks tQ’s 13th birthday as a fully-independent digital magazine, and rather than slamming our bedroom door in a high dudgeon and blasting out IDLES at ear-piercing volume at the sheer unfairness of life/ parental enforced curfew/ legitimate environmental concerns, we’d actually like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all our readers, and especially our subscribers who have hauled our bacon/ pig-free plant-based rasher substitute from the sizzling skillet!

Legend 9.0 weekly progress, update 9

Alright, before i even begin with the news - let's make it official (although i will make it even more official - in a proper big article), but for now and to the dedicated Legend players who actually read what i write in the blog (lol, and those who know how-to-Doomsday) - i'll just say YES: Legend 8.43 was scrapped and canceled - in favor of a far superior revision - which is version 9.0 I wouldn't call it an upgrade, it's way bigger than that.

Remembering dub innovator Lee “Scratch” Perry

We overstate the impact of a lot of musical legends. But then there’s Lee “Scratch” Perry, and overstatement is a challenge. Few people have shaped music quite like Lee “Scratch” Perry, but then few people could make the impact on other people in the same room as the Jamaican vocal and production legend.