Hanspeter Kuenzler

Hanspeter Kuenzler

Hanspeter Kuenzler left Switzerland due to the usual musical differences and arrived in London just as Rip Rig & Panic were tearing up the rule books. He stumbled into journalism more by luck than design. He has been earning his CD tokens by writing about music in particular and the arts in general ever since. Today, his features appear regularly in Switzerland's Neue Zürcher Zeitung, NZZ am Sonntag, Du, Annabelle, and Germany's Musik Express. For several years he produced and presented a weekly music show on the BBC World Service, and he appears frequently on Radio DRS in Switzerland.

The music encyclopedias all have him down next to his former bandmates in Bristol – Massive Attack and Portishead – as a pioneer of trip-hop. But Tricky famously rejects such a label. His musical method of fusing beats and samples with spoken word, intriguing melodies and eerie female vocals might well fit in nicely with the trip-hop blueprint. but even his first singles ‘Ponderosa’ and ‘Aftermath’ showed that his was a singular voice, much darker and more abrasive than most music that was loosely comparable.

Hijacked by the National Front and dogged by tragedy, football in the mid-1980s appeared to be dying a death. But punk-style fanzines and the support of musicians helped revitalise the image of the game. Sublime looks back to a time when the punks helped save English football.

Few bands have achieved what Radiohead have achieved since the days when New Wave momentarily turned the pop charts into a playground of the avant-garde. They have consistently created innovative, even ‘difficult’ music far beyond the confines of easy listening, yet they are one of the most commercially successful groups of the past decade.

 

Surfing and rock'n'roll both encapsulate a spirit of freedom and rebellion. Sublime looks at how the fusion of these two phenomena led to the creation of surf music.

An exclusive interview with Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Paul Simonon

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