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Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik: The 1999 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in the November 1999 issue of SPIN. In honor of the album’s 20th anniversary, we’re republishing it here. “Take these words home and think it through / Or the next rhyme I wrote might be about you.” It’s MC menace at it’s most succinct: Why show the chrome when a well-phrased rhyme...

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The Cure: SPIN’s 1987 Interview

This article originally appeared in the July 1987 issue of SPIN. It was the very last edition of The Tube, the most interesting pop show on British TV. After five eventful years, the program had finally succumbed to political pressure and maybe simple fatigue. Between tearful farewells and regretful retrospectives, The Cure took the stage...

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Talking Heads: SPIN’s 1985 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the June 1985 issue of SPIN. The Talking Heads invented the modern rock band. They found that if you’re honest and sincere, it’s possible people with similar feelings will discover you. They were the first band without being the centerpiece or an Ikette. The Talking Heads discovered that a good, plain...

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Keith Richards: SPIN’s 1985 Cover Story, A Stone Unturned

This article originally appeared in the October 1985 issue of SPIN. It’s been 20 years since the time was right for fighting in the streets. Have mercy, baby, but it was 2,000 light-years ago that those thin, nimble but hard, defiant fingers introduced him as a man of wealth and taste. He’s been around for some...

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The Strokes: SPIN’s 2003 Cover Story, The Rebirth of Cool

This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of SPIN. “Is it okay to let the girls in?” Smoggy asks. The Strokes’ amiable, ruddy-faced security man, dressed in crisp English sporting gear, ducks into the dressing room of Portland, Maine’s once-grand State Theatre to see if singer Julian Casablancas is ready to meet some...

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Jane’s Addiction: SPIN’s 1991 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the June 1991 issue of SPIN. Jane’s Addiction walks out and begins “Up the Beach,” the opening track from Nothing’s Shocking, the band’s second album. The lean, bare torsos of Dave Navarro and Eric Avery are shining softly; their heads down, hung with guitars—radiating heat in an Amsterdam club called Paradiso....

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Janet Jackson: SPIN’s 1987 Cover Story, Damn It, Janet

This article originally appeared in the January 1987 issue of SPIN. Walk into the office of one of the hot managers in pop music at the moment, and you are struck: Joe Jackson’s outer office is empty, except for his secretary and a young white couple necking in the corner. The walls are filled with...

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Janet Jackson: SPIN’s 1987 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the January 1987 issue of SPIN. Walk into the office of one of the hot managers in pop music at the moment, and you are struck: Joe Jackson’s outer office is empty, except for his secretary and a young white couple necking in the corner. The walls are filled with...

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New Sounds: SPIN’s 1985 Feature on New-Age Music

This article originally appeared in the December 1985 issue of SPIN. What is “new-age” music? Is it music that’s made for meditation, stress reduction, and massage? Or is it whatever California’s post-hippie generation or the yuppie crowd happens to be listening to at the moment? “New age” is a difficult term to pin down, and...

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Tom Waits: SPIN’s 1985 Interview, Tom Waits for No Man

This article originally appeared in the November 1985 issue of SPIN. Tom Waits has a voice that could guide ships through dense fog. He sings songs that are poetic, hilarious, scary, touching, hallucinatory, and fine. Maybe he’s like John Lee Hooker, Mose Allison, Neville Brand, Francois Villon, Soren Kierkegaard, Lenny Bruce, and Wallace Beery rolled...

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