Jah Wobble is in the new issue of Uncut (November 2012, Take 186), out now, talking about reuniting with his old PiL bandmate Keith Levene for a new album. To celebrate that news, here’s a piece from October 2008’s Uncut (Take 137) on the story behind Public Image Ltd’s explosive first single. “Some say it’s dub, but we all loved Wishbone Ash,” John Lydon tells us... Words: Nick Hasted



The lavish boxset reissue of The Velvet Underground’s seminal debut is reviewed in the new issue of Uncut (November 2012, Take 186), out now. In this piece from the Uncut archives (August 2006, Take 111, to be exact), ex-Velvets sonic provocateur John Cale talks exclusively about the making of one of the greatest debut albums of all time.



The new issue of Uncut, out today (September 21), features The Byrds, Neil Young, Siouxsie & The Banshees and LCD Soundsystem.


“Have I ever played any song twice exactly the same?”
“No, Bob, no.”
“See? I don’t do that.”

Bob Dylan’s new album, Tempest, is reviewed by Allan Jones in the latest issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) – in this week’s very special archive feature (from November 2008, Take 138), Uncut talks to the musicians, producers and crew who have worked with him from 1989 to 2006, where an unprecedented glimpse of the real Dylan emerges – a genius who works at night, makes producers smash guitars in frustration, obsesses over Al Jolson, and never, ever repeats himself.


James Murphy reveals what his life is like following the end of LCD Soundsystem, in the new issue of Uncut, out on Friday (September 21).


The unhinged story of Siouxsie & The Banshees’ A Kiss In The Dreamhouse album is told in the new issue of Uncut (dated November 2012), out this Friday (September 21).


The tumultuous making of The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers is examined in the new issue of Uncut (November 2012), out on Friday (September 21).

David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn are all interviewed about this pivotal period, 1967-68, in the band’s history, which left only Hillman and McGuinn remaining from the original five-piece.

Talking about being sacked during the sessions, Crosby tells Uncut: “As for Notorious, it was, for me, obviously much better that I left.


Calexico’s new album, Algiers, is reviewed in the current issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) – so we thought we’d take a trip back to April 2003 (Take 71), when Uncut’s John Mulvey flew out to Tucson, Arizona to discover more about the duo’s redrawing of the alt.country map.



Chan Marshall’s new album, Sun, is reviewed in the latest issue of Uncut (Take 185, October 2012) – this week’s archive feature, from December 2006 (Take 115), finds Marshall recovering from a breakdown after perhaps her most successful year to date. Here, she tells Marc Spitz how she pulled herself back from the edge…



Blur's Alex James has revealed that he wants to work with Johnny Marr.

Talking to the Daily Star, James – who is organising his own food and music event, The Big Feastival, from his Oxfordshire farm this weekend – said that while he wouldn't be interested in pursuing a solo career, he'd like to join Marr and Nile Rodgers in a supergroup.

The former Smiths guitarist joined the Chic man onstage earlier this year at Manchester's Parklife Weekender, with Marr later hinting that the pair could continue their collaboration by entering the studio together.



Editor's Letter

Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!

Welcome to the new issue of Uncut! John’s on holiday this week – he was last seen disappearing into darkest Gloucestershire – so it falls to me to show you around this month's edition instead.

Our exclusive cover story finds us catching up with Robert Plant...