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I didn't even know he was ill.
He was opinionated, arrogant and frequently completely wrong about absolutely everything but I used to really enjoy his writing in NME and Playlouder and places. RIP.
Never usually agreed with his opinions, but he was never boring about music, always passionate. :'(
To quote Danny Baker: "Sometimes right, sometimes wrong, always certain", and he was brilliant at writing like that.
he may have been right, he may have been wrong, but he was perfectly willing to swear.
It reads like a who's who of music journalism for the nineties. Oh and everett true. :p
but this is utterly sad.
have marked Swells' entry for deletion. Boo!
his writing was well funny. was pleasantly surprised to find him in fourfourtwo a couple of years ago.
he died of cancer.
He's probably responsible for me being obsessed with music rather than merely interested in it. The articles of his that I read when I was 16 set me off on a train of thought; I disagree with almost all of them now, but the fact that I would even bother to think about why I disagree with them in such depth speaks volumes. Also, I *think* something he wrote got me into the Eighties Matchbox.
'wrong' if you liked middle-of-the-road, over-produced indie bollocks. I, for one, will forever treasure the looks on my classmates' faces when seeing their fave bands like Feeder and Travis verbally destroyed in the NME. RIP. Here's one for the road: http://www.nme.com/reviews/my-vitriol/3900
all the stuff he wrote along those lines, (and I remember that review). So much stuff released at that time was just awful.
He will be missed.
Swells was one of the first journos I actually looked forward to reading when I started buying music mags. He was frequently pig headed, ignorant and painfully wrong about certain things, but you were almost always guaranteed something entertaining and/or aggrivating to read, which is rare now in a world full of dull as fuck bedroom musobloggers.
His articles made me laugh, though the blog he wrote when he was being treated in hospital was really sad.
only knew he even existed a few months back, at first thought he was an idiot (he dared to criticise radiohead!) but having read more i think he was the greatest internet troll that ever lived.
had no idea he was ill, big shame to lose a character like him, not least for his family. :(
He was a funny writer.
My brother and I sent him comedy hatemail once when he gave Robbie Williams an 8. 95/96. He printed it. Good on him.
reading his stuff when i was 15 or so had such a big effect on me :(
just read this. Very sad news. Thoughts are with his family. Swells writing was always brilliant, whether he was being proper punk rock, or just Pantomime villain funny-as-fuck. The dude propped up a sagging NME for years. Good guy.
There's some good stories from his friends up there.
I just watched the video. It was all really funny and quite moving.
No problem. I like the Beastie Boys shooting the rat story best. You don't get *that* with the Pigeon Detectives...
His exasperation made me laugh. I am now off to start a band called Shit For Brains.
Cheers for posting it. Most memorable piece he wrote, for me, was his reaction to the Bradford riots. And it was always a great NME week when he reviewed the singles.
Must now dig out Tits Out Teenage Terror Totty, which I seem to remember was utter cobblers but had Swells' splendid stains smeared all over it.