Steven Wells (Philadelphia Weekly)I've just heard that Swells has died. 

He was the NME's most notorious music writer in the 80's and 90's. An irritating provocateur, and a vulgar contradictory angry man. His vitriol annoyed the hell out of me, not least when he dared to critique my beloved indie bands. Secretly knowing he was right just made it worse.

Passionate, punk and frequently hilarious.

Thanks for everything Steven. Wednesdays were a brighter day because of you.


Swells last column for Philadelphia Weekly

Recent work in the Guardian

James McMahon NME tribute