Essay from Issue 133

Tricky: Black Secret Tricknology

October 2011


Tricky's debut album Maxinquaye is the most feted, discussed and misunderstood record of the moment. Ian Penman steps back from the media feeding frenzy to consider a music that wreaks havoc with our notions of sex, soul and technology. This article originally appeared in The Wire 133 (March 1995).

Essay from Issue 137

Frank Zappa: Don't do that on stage anymore

May 2007


For some, Frank Zappa was a musical iconoclast, capsizing the barriers between high and low culture. For others, he was a reactionary force, vilifying anything that didn't fit his cynical worldview. Ian Penman sits down with Zappa's newly reissued back catalogue and takes sides. This article originally appeared in The Wire 137 (July 1995).