Steven Wells

1960 - 2009


The legendary scribe, born in 1960, performed as a punk poet (as Seething Wells) before starting to write for NME in the 1980s.

Swells, as he was often known, swiftly became famous for his brilliant confrontational, pointed style and amazing wordplay as well as his championing of bands and artists that ranged from the Extreme Noise Terror, Napalm Death, The Redskins and Asian Dub Foundation to Daphne And Celeste.

Brilliant, acerbic and fiercely independent, he was a true iconoclast who always questioned the musical status quo.

He was also a contributor to television comedies including The Day Today, and directed a number of music videos in the mid-90s for GobTV.

He published an acclaimed novel, 'Tits Out Teenage Terror Totty', in 1999 via his own Attack! publishing house.

Wells went on to write for The Guardian, as well as writing about his illness in two cover stories for the Philadelphia Weekly.

He filed his last story for the Philadelphia Weekly on June 14.

-- NME, 6/25/09


Steven Wells aka Swells aka Seething Wells aka Susan Williams

Sometimes right.

Sometimes wrong.

Always certain.