Young Marble Giants interviews

  • “Let’s Hear It for Quiet Music.”  By Dave McCullough.  From Sounds, May 17, 1980.  An interview interspersed with the author’s random observations on the music.  YMG songs being “obsessed with food?”
  • “Gentle Young Giants.” By Mark Ellen. From Sounds, date unknown but presumably something in 1980 after the above article.
  • “How Green Was My Minimalism. ” By Graham Lock. From NME, June 14, 1980. An excellent article that includes a first-hand account of a live show (“That was our worst-ever gig,” Alison murmurs. “I feel terrible.”)
  • “Young, Gifted, Marbled.” By Deanne Pearson. From The Face, August 1980.
  • “YMG.” By V. Vale and Andrea Juno. From Re/Search #1, 1980. The discussion is almost entirely about Welsh ephemera. I was 15 years old when I first saw this, and I remember feeling ripped off because there was hardly anything about the band itself. Now, of course, it seems like one of their more fascinating interviews.
  • “Young Marble Giants: Yo!” By Derek Freedman. From New York Rocker, January 1981. An interview most likely from very late in their career. Includes discussion of the Testcard EP and The Gist, and rumblings of intergroup conflict.
  • “Gigantic: The Story of Young Marble Giants.” By Mike Appelstein. From Writer’s Block #4, spring 1989. My early attempt at a retrospective article, covering YMG’s basic history. I’ve also included short commentaries from Alan Korn and Adam Potkay, which originally appeared as sidebars in WB. This article was partially responsible for Stuart’s deal with Feel Good All Over, so I can’t cringe too badly.
  • A great Colossal Youth memoir/review by Everett True.
  • Kurt Cobain tells Melody Maker that Colossal Youth was one of his favorite albums, and shares Nirvana’s plans to cover “Credit in the Straight World” (which never did happen, though Hole ended up covering it a couple years later).
  • “They Might Be Giants Again!” and “They Cast A Long Shadow.”  Both by Steve Tucker.  From South Wales Echo, December 2002.  Two basic where-are-they-now pieces from a Wales newspaper.  Note the end of the first article, which hints at new recordings and concerts! 
  • “Wasted Youth.”  By Ken Taylor.  From the San Francisco Bay-Guardian, February 2-8, 2005.  A perspective on coming to Colossal Youth late
  • “Everett True’s tribute to Rough Trade.” Drowned in Sound webzine, November 2008.  Everett digs up the YMG interview he did in 1980, when he was a tender English college student.  Not sure exactly when this chat took place, but Stuart’s already talking about The Gist, so it must have been late in the year.  Some great photos as well.

The Gist

  • Embrace the Herd review.  By Johnny Black.  From Mojo magazine, 1997.  Includes an interview with Stuart Moxham.  This article is what got Rykodisc interested in reissuing Embrace the Herd on CD. 

Stuart Moxham

  • Richie Unterberger’s interview with Stuart, used as part of the YMG chapter of his book Unknown Legends of Rock & Roll.  (This is a link to Richie’s own site,
  • Stuart Moxham in America: June 1982.” By Mike Appelstein. From Caught In Flux issue #1, spring 1993. I interviewed Stuart in June 1992 before a solo show at New York City’s CBGB (with Versus, Magnetic Fields and David Kilgour). John Henderson of Feel Good All Over Records chipped in with questions, as did Magnetic Fields drummer Claudia Gonson. Includes a photo of Stuart playing live in Chicago, IL on the same tour.
  • Speaking of John Henderson, he wrote a piece on Stuart for Popwatch magazine in 1993. It includes background info on recording the Random Rules and Barbara Manning Sings With The Original Artists albums, as well as wishful thinking that never materialized (projects with Lora Logic and Alison Statton) and outright fabrications on John’s part (Stuart mixing Nirvana’s In Utero, Sinead O’Connor covering “Knives [Always Fall]”).
  • “The Invisible Man: Stuart Moxham’s Minimalist Pop.” By Neil Strauss. From Option, 1993. An interview with Stuart during his second trip to NYC, this time finding him at CBGB 313 with Cat Power and Barbara Manning. Covers his post-Gist, pre-Signal Path years with perhaps a bit too much dramatic pathos.
  • Stuart appears on chickfactor zine’s website answering several polls.  Click here to get to the right page, and then click on the link entitled “polls polls polls!”

Alison Statton & Spike

  • Steve Burt saw Alison Statton & Spike perform in 1994. He reviews the show in this article, which originally appeared in edited form in CMJ Music Monthly. Includes some choice comments from Alison and Stuart, and goes nicely into detail about YMG’s history.