Departing Editor Darren Taylor looks back at some of the, errr, minor deviations from success over the course of the magazine's first150 issues!
ISSUE 9 – DECEMBER 1999
FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS
You read that right! What were we thinking? We obviously weren’t…
ISSUE 12 – MAY 2000
A lovely a picture of Gavin Rosdale looking like he had a migraine. We certainly had one after we saw the sales figures on this beauty…
ISSUE 32 – JANUARY 2002
VEX RED / RAGING SPEEDHORN / MY VITRIOL
Our ones to watch type issue with the future of British rock music on the cover. Some future that turned out to be… All now residing in the where are they now pile.
ISSUE 40 – SEPTEMBER 2002
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
Nothing wrong with QOTSA – great band. Nick Oliveri’s shirt on the other hand looked like he’d just vomited over it. Nice!
ISSUE 44 – JANUARY 2003
Another ones to watch issue – although this time we put Colin from Hundred Reasons on the cover holding a couple of grenades. Seemed like a cool idea back then but it didn’t blow up – neither did they… the band, not the grenades.
ISSUE 50 – JULY 2003
Awww. The lovely Zwan cover. Billy Corgan forms a new supergroup and RS rushes to get in on the action. The coverline said it all: Better Than Sex? Unfortunately, not…
ISSUE 57 – FEBRUARY 2004
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
Matt Davies (not yet -Kreye) has gone mad, let’s get him in a straightjacket. Concept was awesome but the straightjacket resembled some kind of diving suit from the Victorian era. Fail!
ISSUE 61 – JUNE 2004
They came, they saw, they conquered. Feathered up Finn Lauri Ylönen was all the rage back then so we put him on the cover. Luckily we’d never do it again, oh wait…
ISSUE 93 – FEBRUARY 2007
Here’s a top tip for anyone wanting to put a band on the cover of their magazine: if a band won’t let you take pictures of them for a cover – don’t put them on the cover. Simple really. Not for us though. We bagged an exclusive interview and ended up with a naff press shot for a cover. The only issue where the CD cover was actually printed on the cover to hide the fact that picture wasn’t even the right shape!
ISSUE 119 – FEBRUARY 2009
THE BRONX / FUCKED UP / ROLO TOMASSI
We love these bands a lot. We sponsored the Shred Yr Face tour so it only seemed right to put them all on the cover. Everyone said how cool it was that we did it – what they really meant was – are you fucking mental? Fortunately, we were… The Bronx's record label loved it the most…