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Melody Maker

Melody Maker was for many years one of the leading UK weekly pop and rock music newspapers. It was founded in 1926, largely as a magazine for dance band musicians, and in the 1950s and 1960s gradually switched its focus from jazz to popular music. A serious decline in sales in the 1990s led to its absorption in 2000 by New Musical Express, one of its competitors which shared the same publisher – IPC Media.

Quincy Jones, Sarah Vaughan: Music In The Making: Quincy Jones — Sarah Makes It All Worth While

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, October 1963

Quincy Jones, who spent last week in London enjoying the sights and sounds by day and night, is one of music's all-rounders. Bandleader, composer, arranger, publisher, ...

The Byrds: Strictly for The Byrds!

Report by Derek Taylor, Melody Maker, July 1965

THE BYRDS happened. Suddenly, with little enough warning for any of us. For me, it started a couple of days after I arrived in Hollywood ...

The Action, Arthur Alexander: Arthur Alexander, London; The Action, Sussex

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, April 1966

Arthur Alexander: Marquee Club, London ...

Dusty Springfield: I Just Look For A Song That Suits Me

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

"YOU put a smell on me!" sang Dusty Springfield and Madeline Bell to an audience consisting of a monkey in a box. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Spoonful — The Most On The Coast...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

TEAM O' genuine hillbillies flew into London last week and if the Lovin' Spoonful didn't actually tote 12-bore shot guns, they looked as if they'd ...

Jimmy Witherspoon: Ramjam Club, Brixton, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

JIMMY WITHERSPOON'S appearances at R & B clubs like Brixton's Ramjam might seem out of place. But he cuts across the music barriers with his ...

Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey: Lee Dorsey: Lee's Back — Thanks To The Talented Mister Toussaint

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, April 1966

YOU PROBABLY first heard of Lee Dorsey after you asked the DJ what that record was he just played with the gun banging in it. ...

Cream: Sweet 'N Sour Rock 'N Roll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1966

A THUNDER of blues in a church hall complete with Brownies and caretakers was the bizarre setting for the first tentative creations of the Cream ...

The Beach Boys: Verdict On Pet Sounds

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, July 1966

The most progressive pop album ever? Or as sickly as peanut butter? Pop people reply ...

Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, Duffy Power, John Mayall: Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1966

IT WAS AN historic evening at London's Marquee on Monday night when Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated made their first appearance there for nearly four years. ...

Ike & Tina Turner, John Mayall, Love, Petula Clark, The T-Bones (U.S.): John Mayall, Love, Petula Clark et al Albums

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

Single minded blues men ...

The Action, Cream, Georgie Fame, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, The Move, The Small Faces, Spencer Davis Group, Geno Washington, The Who: Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor: Jazz on a Summer's Weekend

Live Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

A washout, but still swinging ...

Andy Williams, Arthur Lyman, Bert Kaempfert, Bob Dylan, Jackie Edwards, James Brown, Junior Walker & The Allstars, Marty Robbins, Norma Tanega, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, Ruby & the Romantics, Wayne Newton: Bob Dylan, James Brown, Otis Redding et al: Album Reviews

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

Dylan rocks through 4 great sides ...

Davey Graham: Midnight Man (Decca LK 4780)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1966

DON'T JUDGE Davey Graham's latest LP, Midnight Man (Decca LK 4780) on the basis of one hearing alone or, like me, you'll decide it's not up to ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: A Lot Of Pressures And A Personal Problem

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1966

SCOTT WALKER, for the first time, talks about the incident that ended in hospital ...

The Artwoods: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1966

IT WAS AN exciting but nerve-racking night for the Artwoods, one of London's finest groups, when they made their Marquee Club debut last week. ...

Davey Graham: Les Cousins, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1966

THE big question is: why isn't Davy Graham booked into Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club? He has as much to say as his fellow guitarist and ...

Otis Redding: Mr Cool and The Clique From Memphis

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, September 1966

OTIS REDDING is unbelievably cool. Or is it just travel-weariness. Who knows? When he landed on English soil last week to introduce himself and prepare ...

Phil Ochs: America's Fieriest Songwriter

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1966

LAST TIME American singer/songwriter Phil Ochs was here he stormed around from gig to gig, ending up in a four-letter-worded altercation with a St Pancras ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Show Comes To Town — All Nineteen Of Them

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

CARRYING a valet, two secretaries, the Ikettes — their three girl backing singers — two male singers Jimmy Thomas and Prince Albert, plus the Kings ...

Carolyn Hester: Not Ashamed To Do Some Folk Rock

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, October 1966

INTO BRITAIN last weekend flew Carolyn Hester, the American folk singer with the fantastic range, for a tight schedule of ten TV dates and two ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Butterfield's Blues Men Aim To Spread Their Gospel In Britain

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, October 1966

THE PAUL Butterfield Blues Band, in London this week for an extensive tour with Georgie Fame and Chris Farlowe, aims to spread its blues gospel ...

Chris Farlowe, Eric Burdon, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Georgie Fame, Geno Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1966

A GREAT SHOW and a puzzling audience reaction. That was the net result of the first night of the Georgie Fame package tour at Finsbury ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Roland Kirk: Doesn't Fit Into The Avant Garde

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1966

JAZZ snobs have been hit hard by the arrival of Roland Kirk the Magnificent. Roland's music lurches crazily, but creatively from the humorous to the ...

Cream: Klooks Kleek, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1966

ANY DOUBTS ABOUT the Cream's ability to perform as a group and not just three star soloists were dispelled by their sensational set at London's ...

Jacques Brel: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, November 1966

THE ALL-PERVADING perfume of Gauloises and an audience that went hysterical at the beginning, climax and end of each song reminded me of the atmosphere ...

The Who: A Quick One (Reaction)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1966

The Who fulfilled and a mini-opera, yet! ...

The Alan Bown Set, Chim Kothari, Cream, Hank Williams, Jackie Edwards, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Tim Hardin: Cream, Tim Hardin et al Album Reviews

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, December 1966

Cream working to produce a great album ...

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Blaises, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1966

JIMI HENDRIX, a fantastic American guitarist, blew the minds of the star-packed crowd who went to see him at Blaises Club, London on Wednesday. ...

The Who: The Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1966

AN INCREDIBLE new club called the Upper Cut under the auspices of famous boxer Billy Walker opened at Forest Gate, London, with the grand clamour ...

Cream: Fresh Cream

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

CHRIS WELCH ANALYSES THE WORK OF BAKER, BRUCE AND CLAPTON ...

Cream: Pop Think-In with Ginger Baker

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

MODERN ART: I still paint occasionally, and I've got a big sculpture I've been working on for 18 months. It's got a steel frame with ...

The Monkees: Why All This Hoo-Ha About The Monkees?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

OH, THE bitchiness! Oh, the arguments! Oh, the rows! It's amazing how pop can still cause furore and uproar from one side of the Atlantic ...

Cat Stevens: A Rather Cool Cat

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

CAT STEVENS won't purr if you poor him a saucer of milk. But if, as a reward for his sensational leap up the chart with ...

Jimi Hendrix at the Pop Think-In

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, January 1967

FREAK OUT: Well, whatever the word means to you, add a few musical notes to that. Each to his own. I think for a new ...

The Watersons: 'Entertainment' Isn't Enough For The Watersons

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1967

BIGGEST bombshell to hit the folk scene since Dave Swarbrick left Ian Campbell was my news in last week's MM, that the Watersons are to ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Plan a Motown Choir

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

SWINGING London was practically rocked off its hinges the first time the famous Four Tops descended among us last year – the year of 'Reach ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Who: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

Jimi Hendrix-Who battle at Saville ...

Cream, Edwin Starr: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

GINGER BAKER played one of the finest solos in his career at London's Saville Theatre on Sunday night. ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Mothers Of Invention: 
Freak Out!
 (Verve)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1967

Freak Out with the Mothers ...

Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood, Traffic: Stevie Winwood: Why I Quit

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1967

MM EXCLUSIVE: CHRIS WELCH probes the Great Break Up and finds the Spencer Davis-Stevie Winwood split inevitable ...

Jeff Beck, Paul and Barry Ryan, Roy Orbison, The Small Faces: The Small Faces, Roy Orbison, Paul & Barry Ryan, Jeff Beck: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1967

A RIGHT phantasmagorical experience was created by the combined powers of the Small Faces and Roy Orbison at the opening of their tour at Finsbury ...

Jeff Beck: When The 'Big Break' Leads To Disaster...

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1967

CHRIS WELCH GOES BEHIND THE GLAMOUR AND GLITTER OF THE POP WORLD TO FIND TRAGEDY ...

Love: Da Capo (Elektra)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1967

ONCE AGAIN LOVE PROVE THEIR GREAT ORIGINALITY ...

Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers: Engelbert Humperdinck, The Walker Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1967

A show which proves pop still has something up its sleeve ...

Jimi Hendrix: Who Says Jimi Hendrix Can't Sing? (He Does!)

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1967

JIMI HENDRIX can't sing! "Oo sez so?" outraged Hendrix fans will demand, at this startling statement. But before MM readers who dig the sounds of ...

The Small Faces: The Many Faces of Steve Marriott

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1967

POP STARS and the Establishment seem to be ever at loggerheads. Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley used to be accused of corrupting teenage morals. Quite ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Tomorrow: Pink Floyd, Soft Machine et al: The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, May 1967

TECHNICOLOUR DREAM STIRS UNDERGROUND ...

The Beach Boys, Bobby Hebb, Chris Farlowe, Jimi Hendrix, John's Children, The Kinks, Lee Dorsey, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: This Week's Singles: The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys et al

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1967

SUBTLE KINKS HEADING FOR CHART SUCCESS ...

The Doors: The Doors (Elektra)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1967

THE RAVING R&B musical content of their first single, 'Break On Through To The Other Side', falls well short of the high standard the Doors ...

Pink Floyd: The Great Pink Floyd Mystery

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

AS THOUSANDS IN ballrooms and assorted hell-holes across the country are deafened and blinded nightly by the Pink Floyd, the well-known psychedelic group, thousands might ...

Desmond Dekker: On The Trail Of Desmond Dekker

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

A FEW years ago Bluebeat, that simple jogging West Indian pop, was all the rage among the mods of Britain. ...

Arthur Brown, Cream, Donovan, Manfred Mann, Marmalade, The Nice, P.P. Arnold, The Small Faces, Tomorrow, Yusef Lateef: Various Artists: Seventh National Jazz And Blues Festival, Windsor

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

I've got those Seventh National Jazz And Blues Festival blues ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Decides To Play It Cool

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

"STONES CASH IN on psychedelic craze! Read all about it!" This was the dramatic headline that swam into Mick Jagger's vision as he answered newspaper ...

Jimi Hendrix: Mitch Mitchell: 'We're Only Friendly Little Gnomes After All'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1967

MITCH MITCHELL TALKS ABOUT HIS IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA ...

The Beatles: Two Magical Mystery Tours

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1967

'Ringo stood on my foot,' said one girl helpfully. 'But I don't know where they've gone!' ...

The Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band: Incredible Incredibles

Profile and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1967

AS THE beautiful, unrelenting success of their second album so justly affirms the Incredible String Band are something incredible. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

THE OTHER (WRESTLING) SIDE OF JIMI HENDRIX ...

The Flowerpot Men, Tomorrow, Traffic, Vanilla Fudge: Traffic, Vanilla Fudge, Tomorrow, The Flowerpot Men: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

IT WAS AN explosive opening night For the Traffic-Tomorrow-Fudge tour at London's Finsbury Park Astoria on Wednesday of last week. The Fudge came off the ...

Vanilla Fudge: Fudge Slow Down To Hang On To Success

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

JIMI HENDRIX slowed down 'Hey Joe', previously always recorded as an all-out tear-up, and came up with a giant hit. Then Vanilla Fudge slowed down ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker and The All-Stars, Jimmy Cliff, Freddie King: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

GREAT THUNDERING jackanapes! An all-round good show at the Saville: No goofs, no cur­tains falling down, great music, a nice audience and even, won­der of ...

Ten Years After: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

TEN YEARS AFTER are currently drawing huge applause and crowds at London's Marquee Club on Friday nights, and it is not difficult to see why. ...

John Mayall: O, Come And Join All Ye The Blues Faithful Crusade

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

ROLL UP! Get your Bluesbreakers masks here. Peter Green 2s 6d, Eric Clapton five bob... ...

Eddie Floyd: Knocking On The Wrong Wood

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

EDDIE FLOYD IN A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Dedicated Idiocy

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

THE BONZOS' POLICY PAYS OFF ...

Otis Redding: Otis, The King Of Soul

Report by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, December 1967

OTIS REDDING, voted as the worlds number one male vocalist in this year's MM Pop Poll, died in an air crash on Sunday night. A ...

Dave Mason, Traffic: Traffic: Dave Quits, But Traffic Keeps Moving

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

DESPITE THE INTENDED departure of songwriter and sitarist Dave Mason, Traffic wheels are turning with renewed vigour. ...

The Who: Who Needs To Take Pop Seriously? Asks Pete Townshend

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

PETE TOWNSHEND is as unpredictable as a badly made Roman candle. He fizzes and spurts, showers light and occasionally explodes. ...

Procol Harum "At An All-Time Low", says Organist Fisher

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

"I THINK the group position is at an all-time low. People are saying: 'Okay, they've had two hits. Now what else can they do?' " ...

Traffic: Stevie's Back On The Beer Again

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

ALL IS not lost! Stevie Winwood is drinking beer again! It is pleasing to report the Traffic boss was observed entering a London ale house ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Is All Still Well With The Faces?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

"MAC LEAVING? No — of course not!" groaned Stevie Marriott and Ronnie Lane in unison. ...

Tom Rush: Rush Reaches For The Pop Audience

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1968

TOM RUSH walked into my office shortly after he had arrived to record a BBC-2 colour TV show with Julie Felix and John Renbourn last ...

Love Affair: A Love Affair To Remember…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

IT'S EXCITING, it's fun, it's new – it's the Love Affair! ...

Dusty Springfield, Mickie Most, P.J. Proby, Spencer Davis Group: Right Then, Who's Backing Britain?

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

IF BRITAIN is going to the dogs, it is obvious a large section of the (older) community are convinced that sinful pop stars are prime ...

Manfred Mann: Manfred Still Has That Chart Touch

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

BOB DYLAN and Manfred Mann have never met. Yet there is a bond between them. Manfred gets hits with Dylan songs, and the songwriter approves ...

Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: Simon Dupree Doesn't Want To Be A One Hit Wonder

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, January 1968

"THE MAIN THING is to get the next record off the ground," said Simon Dupree. "We've got to make sure we aren't one-hit wonders. ...

The Herd, Love Affair, The Tremeloes: The Tremeloes: War Of The Groups

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

Pop, crackle, snap – there's friction in the air! ...

Manfred Mann: Mighty Mike Of The Manfreds

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

MEETING MICHAEL D'ABO is to slip back through the years to a long since shattered age of grace and reason. ...

Leonard Cohen: Songwriter Who Got Into Folk By Accident

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1968

WHEN THE new album by the uncrowned queen of the non-folk, Judy Collins, is issued this month a lot of people will start talking again ...

The Move: Disgusting, That's Our Stage Act

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

"IS OUR stage act sexy? It's disgusting! There's no doubt about it, it's vulgar and obscene, and if I was a father I wouldn't let ...

The Move: Five Really Nice Guys

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1968

Despite what you may think, the Move are really five nice guys – or so they say... ...

The Incredible String Band: Once Again, Is It Folk?

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1968

WHEN poet Pete Brown, lyric-writer for the Cream, heard the new Incredible String Band LP, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, he said: "That's what the Rolling ...

The Incredible String Band, Tim Buckley: Incredible String Band/Tim Buckley: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, April 1968

TIM BUCKLEY made a guest appearance at the Incredible String Band's packed Royal Festival Hall concert last Saturday and amply illustrated the difference in approach ...

Ten Years Of The Marquee

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

When the Stones were rollin' – for £10 a gig ...

The Beach Boys: A Brave New World – Through Pop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

IT'S GOING to be a Brave New World through pop. That's the hope of men like George Harrison, Donovan and Mike Love, bearded, humourous hell-raiser ...

The Bee Gees, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: The Bee Gees; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

WE HAVE seen group wars and feuds before, but nothing like the battle for fans between the Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick ...

The Herd: Move 'Em Out It's The Real Herd

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

A POACHED egg is many things to many people. To advertising copy writers, it is a symbol of health and efficiency. To the savages of ...

The Move: Move's Ace Kefford: If I Hadn't Left

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

ONE OF THE older clichés in pop, exercised whenever a star cracks up, is "it was too much, too soon." ...

Cream: Eric Clapton: Back To The Blues

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

CHRIS WELCH picks his way through the chicken feathers in darkest Chelsea to chat up the guitar star of the Cream ...

The Who: Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Venusion?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

TYPICAL WHO sound blasted in stereo from a battery of speakers – screaming guitar, vocals, bass and drums. But Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith ...

Scott Walker: I'm Going To Japan By Train

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

IS SCOTT Walker a monster? This is his image among some of the pop fraternity. Is he a helpless innocent, buffeted by pitiless probings of ...

Pentangle: The Many Talents Of The Pentangle

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1968

ANSWER THE following questions to win five points: Which group is playing at the Cambridge Jazz Festival one weekend in July, and at the Cambridge ...

Tyrannosaurus Rex: Marc Bolan: The Man Behind Tyrannosaurus Rex

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

AGE AND world wearyness are the enemies of pop. Marc Bolan has youth and enthusiasm. His are the qualities which must be the saviours of ...

The Animals, Eric Burdon, Zoot Money: Eric Burdon and Zoot Money

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

ERIC BURDON belongs to a fast vanishing breed. He is the last of the outspoken men of Pop, and the Animals are the last of ...

The Rolling Stones: Will Charlie Watts Wake Up The World?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

BEACH BOYS, Beatles and Donovan chased round the world after the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in search of spiritual peace. ...

Marmalade: No Peel For Marmalade

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

THEY DON'T like Peel in Marmalade. The well-known voice of hippery has frequently expressed opinions that the Scots lads once known as Dean Ford and ...

Manfred Mann: Manfred Michael Say's — 'It's Like Selling Fish And Chips'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

IS THE era of the pop idol dead? Are the days when Mick Jagger's face could launch a thousand screams over? ...

The Nice: 1968 The Year Of The Nice

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

NICE ARE now one of Britain's top groups, ranking with Cream and Jimi Hendrix's Experience. And as Cream aren't working and are on the edge ...

Cream: Background to a Break-Up

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

CREAM ARE breaking up. The world-famous trio that features Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce are to go separate ways in the autumn. Said ...

John Mayall: Bare Wires

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

JOHN MAYALL HAS taken a great leap forward with his Bare Wires suite which takes up one side of his latest Decca album. ...

John Mayall: Mayall's Bare Wires = a progression in attitude

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

JOHN MAYALL has taken a great leap forward with his Bare Wires suite which takes up one side of his latest Decca album. ...

Arthur Brown: I Am The God Of Hell Fire

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

"WHO ARE you then?" inquired the pretty young barmaid, as she served the fifth pint of foaming beer, to the customer with shoulder-length hair, clutching ...

Electric Flag: A Long Time Comin' (CBS)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

'Killing Floor'; 'Groovin' Is Easy'; 'Over-Lovin' You'; 'She Should Have Just'; 'Wine'; 'Texas'; 'Sittin' In Circles'; 'You Don't Realise'; 'Another Country'; 'Easy Rider'. ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: Is He The American Mick Jagger?

Profile by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1968

LOOK OUT, England! Jim Morrison is coming to get you! ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: Putting A Brave Face On Things

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

STEVIE MARRIOTT is not too horrified by the slow progress of 'Universal', the Small Faces' latest vital waxing. ...

Cream: Wheels Of Fire

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

'White Room', 'Sitting on Top of the World', 'Passing the Time', 'As You Said', 'Pressed Rat and Warthog', 'Politician', 'Those Were The Days', 'Born Under ...

Bob Dylan: We May Never See Him Perform Again

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1968

BOB DYLAN is unlikely ever to appear in concerts again. This is my considered opinion after two weeks talking with his friends and business associates ...

Cream, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker: The Ginger Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

PETER "GINGER" BAKER will be 29 soon, and after 13 years of beating drum kits into submission, he is at last able to relax and ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Janis Joplin: Lock Up Your Sons

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1968

SHE WEARS a micro-length dress with a neckline plunging down to the navel. She swoops around the stage like some kind of female bat about ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Isle of Wight Pop Festival

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

A SMALL bronze medal should be struck and presented to all the survivors of the Isle of Wight Pop Festival. They are the brave men ...

The Rolling Stones: Oh, What? Own Up! Just Groove!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

MICK JAGGER, vintage 1968. ...

The Who: Bus Ride Back To Pop 30 For Who

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

THE STATES are where the Who now have their biggest hits, most fan fever, and excitement. Pete Townsend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni, The Seagull From Saskatoon

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1968

TALKING TO Joni Mitchell about her songs is rather like talking to someone you just met about the most intimate secrets of her life. Like ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa: Reviled, Revered Mother Superior

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

FEAR OF THE abnormal isn't a trait confined to Americans, but they do seem to express their fears more vociferously than most. ...

Al Stewart, Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell, Al Stewart, The Johnstons: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, October 1968

OPENERS AT Roy Guest's "Festival of Contemporary Song" at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday, the Johnstons, finished their set with Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds: Only Jimmy Left To Form The New Yardbirds

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

WHATEVER happened to the Yardbirds? One of the great mysteries of our time, ranking with the Devil's footprints, the Marie Celeste and the Five Penny ...

Joe Cocker: Soul Sheffield Style

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

WHICH pop star uses the Mario Lanzo method? You're wrong – it's not Tiny Tim, it's our old blues shouting, Beatle bellowing mate Joe Cocker! ...

Tiny Tim: When Tiny Tim Started To Sing In A High Voice, Even Dear Father Said 'Cissy'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

Chris Welch comes face to face with Tiny Tim ...

The Who: Tackling The Most Serious Project Of Their Lives

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

"THAT'S A nasty letter. What's all that about?" inquired a menacing, dramatically dressed Roger Daltrey, clutching a copy of the MM and noting a communication ...

Diana Ross, The Supremes: Diana Ross: A Talking Instead Of Just A Walking Doll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

DIANA ROSS is a living doll. But as an all-talking living doll, her new image came as quite a surprise to the pop scene last ...

John Mayall: Blues
 From Laurel Canyon (Decca)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, November 1968

THIS IS John's least interesting album for a long time, and the reason is quite simple, and explained best in his own words on the ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, November 1968

WITH OVER a million quid already in the coffers for this latest two-LP set handed down from the Liverpudlian heights, it is difficult to put ...

The Deviants: Disposable (Stable)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, November 1968

ONE IS with the Deviants in spirit and one applauds the efforts of Mick Farren and Steve Sparkes who produced this second "underground" album, but ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (Decca)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, November 1968

THE STONES, like the Beatles, have the same, problems, i.e. surpassing their original inspirations. But as the Stones have always set their sights on the ...

Cream: Farewell To The Cream

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

A FANTASTIC and highly emotional send-off for the Cream almost gave the group second thoughts about breaking up after their brilliant final performance at London's ...

The Rolling Stones: How I Survived Beggar's Banquet

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

THAT custard pies would one day be hurled by the Rolling Stones at the gentlemen of the press was fairly inevitable. ...

Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

IT WAS a group fan's dream, when the giants of pop held a three hour jam session, while rehearsing for the Rolling Stones' Rock And ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Viv Stanshall, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, at the Pop Think-In

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

FISH: I'm trying to become a pisceculturist. I'm less interested in fish than I am in turtles really. I like evil fish of archaelogical interest ...

Sergio Mendes: Brasil '66 Bring A Taste Of Latin Rock

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, January 1969

WE'VE HAD just about every kind of rock you can imagine — rock and roll, rocksteady, hard-rock... but now there's a new one and it's ...

Sly & The Family Stone: 'Everyday People' (Direction)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

IT WAS A pity their first British visit was such a mess up, for Sly and Co seem like a most unusual and interesting group, ...

Melanie, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Tyrannosaurus Rex/Melanie: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

A HANDFUL of musical fairydust was thrown into the air at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday, which baffled some and choked others. ...

Barbra Streisand: Face To Face With The Funny Girl...

Report and Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, January 1969

SHE SWEPT into her press reception at London's Dorchester Hotel like a queen. ...

Randy Newman: The Man They All Dig Doesn't Dig Himself

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, January 1969

BEATLE PAUL McCartney phoned to say how much he likes his work; Frank Sinatra wants him to write an album but the man himself doesn't ...

Jeff Beck: The Jeff Beck Group: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

JEFF BECK'S band blew a solid set at London's Marquee Club last week to a packed house and proved why they have been so successful ...

Jeff Beck: When Jeff Was Scared To Go On Stage

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1969

JEFF BECK is a complicated person. He can appear lazy, sullen and difficult. He has an expressive face that appears to give away his every ...

Tamla Motown: Munch, Munch, Munch

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1969

Chris Welch discovers what it's like to eat his own words… ...

Fleetwood Mac: Sold Out? Gerroff!

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, March 1969

PETER GREEN defends Fleetwood Mac ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

The legend comes to life: Chris Welch catches Hendrix in action ...

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Church House, Farnham

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, March 1969

"I'M NOT a rock and roll singer. The only way you make me rock is by putting me in a rockin' chair. But if you ...

Peter Sarstedt: Girl Dentist Put Peter On The Road To Fame!

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, March 1969

PETER SARSTEDT would probably still be tramping footsore and penniless around Europe if it wasn't for a Danish dental student named Anita who stopped songwriter ...

Brian Auger: Fear Not For The Trinity!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

QUESTION – What happened to Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and the Trinity? Answer – a lot! ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger In 3-D (part 1): The First Dimension – The Present

Interview by Keith Altham, Melody Maker, March 1969

KEITH ALTHAM begins his three-part series on Mick Jagger by attempting to assess where he is now, the most controversial and greatest Anti-Hero of our ...

The Flirtations, The Foundations, Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder, The Foundations, The Flirtations: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, March 1969

Stevie's a big star now ...

Free: Tons Of Sobs (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

...IS A REASONABLY good programme by Free, a group often dismissed as "just another blues band." ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger In 3-D (part 2): Second Dimension — Jagger On Stage

Interview by Keith Altham, Melody Maker, March 1969

KEITH ALTHAM looks into the past for the SECOND DIMENSION in his series on Mick Jagger to discover the strengths and weaknesses in the Rolling ...

Taj Mahal: At Last — A Welcome New Voice

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

A NEW VOICE on the music scene and a very welcome one, belongs to Mr Taj Mahal a young blues singer and guitarist from Massachusetts. ...

The Nice: Will Nice Get Lost Among The Commuters?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

WILL BRITAIN'S heaviest group, the Nice, conquer America? After the Cream and Jimi Hendrix, the Nice must be our most spectacular band and well in ...

The Foundations: Foundations Aren't Going To Desert The British Public

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, March 1969

THE FOUNDATIONS aren't going to permanently desert these shores for the richer pickings across the Atlantic even though they're only now losing the title of ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger In 3-D (part 3): Third Dimension — The Future

Interview by Keith Altham, Melody Maker, March 1969

"BUT HE can't go an being a Rolling Stone for ever, can he?" asked Joe Public spitefully. ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1969

Jimmy Page triumphs! Led Zeppelin is a gas ...

Spooky Tooth: Spooky Two (Island)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1969

HEAVY STONED rock music, typified by intense, dramatic riffs repeated ad infinitum, or at least until the engineer cuts off the electricity. That's the impression ...

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: Marvin Gaye: With The Solo Success Comes A Little Sadness

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1969

MARVIN GAYE PHONES FROM DETROIT AS 'GRAPEVINE' HITS No. 1 ...

Blind Faith: Eric, Or Little By Little

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1969

IT'S SOUNDING good, the Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Ginger Baker Band. Forget about Cream. This is a new group with a new sound. ...

Melanie's Looking For A Bag Of Her Very Own

Profile by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, April 1969

YOU CAN'T BE neutral about Melanie. She's one of those people who comes along and creates new dividing lines in the scene, setting people at ...

Nina Simone: Nina's The Medium For The Message

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1969

NINA SIMONE, the artist, is the High Priestess of Soul, the blues singer and the jazz pianist. Nina Simone, the person, is compelling, formidable, and ...

Pink Floyd: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1969

PINK FLOYD'S Festival Hall concert on Monday was artistry in pop technology. ...

Dusty Springfield:
 Dusty In Memphis (Philips)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, April 1969

DUSTY'S AMERICAN LP is her best yet! Eleven great tracks most of them beautiful, soulful ballads with Dusty sounding all the better for holding herself ...

Aretha Franklin, Dion, Elvis Presley, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Joe South, Paul and Barry Ryan, Spirit, The Sweet Inspirations, Vanilla Fudge: Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin et al: Album Reviews

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, April 1969

Both sides of the great Elvis Presley, orchestral pop from the Brothers Ryan ...

Johnny Nash: Wise Guy With A Difference

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1969

POP IS A precarious business as so many artists will tell you. The fame and fortune that arrives overnight can disappear at an even faster ...

The Who: Tommy

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

A DOUBLE ALBUM can often prove a boring disappointment these days, with the gimmick presentation becoming more important than the quality of the music. Pete ...

Humble Pie: Exclusive! Marriott & Frampton present HUMBLE PIE

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

When a new group is born naturally the Melody Maker is the first to know about it ...

Pink Floyd: Now It's Pink Floyd Plus The London Phil

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

CHRIS WELCH FINDS OUT WHAT BRITAIN'S TOP 'OVERGROUND' GROUP ARE PLANNING ...

Fairport Convention's Martin Lamble: Previous Occupation — Child

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

THEY WERE playing 'Meet On The Ledge' at London clubs last week. It is a tune people most associate with Fairport Convention. ...

Marsha Hunt Says – I Do What I Dig

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

MARSHA Hunt's trouble is she made one boob too many on TV recently. In fact two boobs too many. She caused a great outcry by ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: The Truth Is, They're Not As Ugly As Their Pictures

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

Watching With Mothers: Chris Welch survives a week with Frank Zappa ...

Blind Faith, Donovan, The Edgar Broughton Band, Richie Havens, The Third Ear Band: Blind Faith, Richie Havens, Donovan, Edgar Broughton Band, The Third Ear Band: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

Following Blind Faith to the shores of a lake ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones Roll Again

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

How Mick's facing up to the brave new world of getting the show back on the road: MICK JAGGER talks to Chris Welch about the ...

Thunderclap Newman: Galloping Across The Downs And A Brief Chat About Bix With Mister Thunderclap Newman

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

SOME WEEKS ago, I went horse riding with Thunderclap Newman. ...

Led Zeppelin: How They Got Led Zeppelin Off The Ground...

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, July 1969

OUT IN THE wilds of Willesden, a not-so-salubrious part of North London, Britain's heaviest band are cutting tracks for their second album before they return ...

John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, The Nice: Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, The Nice et al: Bath Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

A ZEPPELIN attacked the City of Bath on Saturday, and gassed 120,000. Airship Com­mander Jimmy Page kept the most fearsome dirigible in pro­gressive blues aloft ...

Pink Floyd: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

A SILENT, attentive crowd, joss sticks waving, a huge gong booming, and the Pink Floyd looning. It was strange inside the Royal Albert Hall, London, ...

Jeff Beck, Donovan, The Equals, Fairport Convention, John Lennon, Love Affair, Hank Marvin, Yoko Ono, Billy Preston, The Rolling Stones, Tony Tribe, Vanilla Fudge, Yes: Rolling Stones, John & Yoko et al Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca) An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us. ...

David Bowie: 'Space Oddity' (Philips)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

DAVID IS A talented young man who has written many fine songs and now concentrates on mime shows. ...

Alexis Korner, Family, King Crimson, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

CHRIS WELCH SAYS: 'Somehow the magic worked' ...

The Rolling Stones: One Plus One (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

Film/DVD Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, July 1969

SYMPATHY For The Devil, re-titled One Plus One, is the Jean-Luc Godard film which features the Stones as they were before Brian's death — enough ...

Thunderclap Newman: The Crazy World Of Thunderclap Newman

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

WHO IS THIS strange, Pickwickian character, rumbling and bumbling gaily into the pop scene? ...

Blodwyn Pig: A Head Rings Out (Island)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, July 1969

Impressive debut album from Blodwyn Pig ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (Capitol)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, July 1969

INTROSPECTIVE exploration of themes is the general idea on this album from one of America's top underground groups. ...

Blind Faith, Bread and Freedom – Now For The Sweet Music

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1969

BLIND FAITH have not only gained a fine bass player in Rick Grech, who left Family to complete the super group, they also have an ...

David Bowie: The Beckenham Arts Lab

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

"I RUN AN arts lab which is my chief occupation. It's in Beckenham and I think it's the best in the country. ...

Led Zeppelin And How They Made 37,000 Dollars In One Night

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1969

LED ZEPPELIN and the adjective "heavy" are practically synonymous. They were made for each other, and it's difficult to think of one without immediately associating ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

Natural Born Beatles   ...

Erma Franklin, Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett/Erma Franklin: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, September 1969

A Vote For Wilson (Pickett That Is!) ...

Graham Bond: Commissar Bond Is Back In Business

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

"WE DON'T want any of that around here," threatened an elderly lady shaking a palsied fist from one of the ancient alleys of Cambridge, as ...

Tyrannosaurus Rex: ...But The Bopping Imp Keeps Bopping

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

CHRIS WELCH UNCOVERS THE TYRANNOSAURUS SPLIT ...

Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Clapton: Delaney & Bonnie: Out Of The South Comes 'The Best Band In The World'

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

WHEN A TOP musician becomes an unpaid press and public relations man for a group, it can be fairly assumed that the group must have ...

Graham Bond, Pete Brown's Piblokto: Graham Bond/Pete Brown's Piblokto: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1969

BOND NEARLY blew it. The extravagant return of the Great Graham almost turned into a fiasco – but happily everything came out all right. ...

Frank Zappa: The Mothers Are Dead, But Zappa's Still Very Much Alive

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1969

THE MOTHERS are dead. Killed by a public apathy towards a style of music which the rest of the world will catch up with maybe ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: The Beefheart-Zappa Talk-in

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1969

Frank Zappa breezed into London last week in an orange tee-shirt. His aim was to launch the British end of his record label, Straight, who ...

The Beatles, John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John & Yoko (part 1)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We had to do a lot of selling out. Taking the MBE was a sell-out for me". Part 1 of a new series by RICHARD ...

Yes: Swiss Rolling And Rocking With Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1969

CHRIS WELCH reporting, with a little Alp from his friends ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John & Yoko (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"People prefer a dead saint to a living annoyance like John and Yoko. But we don't intend to be dead Saints for people's convenience". Part ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John & Yoko (part 3)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We're always together, like 24 hours a day. We're never apart by more than a 100 yards". RICHARD WILLIAMS concludes his exclusive series ...

Yes: Time And A Word (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 1970

IT'S NICE to have those great Yes arrangements like ‘Then’, ‘The Prophet’ and ‘Astral Traveller’ on record at last. One of the great playing bands, ...

Scott Walker Comes In From The Cold

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

IN 1970 Scott Engel's career appeared to grind to a halt. He practically vanished from the scene. He seemed to be forgotten, discarded, after a ...

Area Code 615: Area Code 615 (Polydor)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1970

AREA CODE 615. 'Southern Comfort'; 'I've Been Loving You Too Long'; 'Hey Jude'; 'Nashville 9-N.Y.1'; 'Lady Madonna'; 'Ruby'; 'Crazy Arms'/'Get Back'; 'Why Ask Why'; 'Li'l ...

Ginger Baker's Airforce: Scramble Here Comes Ginger's Airforce

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

"SCRAMBLE!" Ginger Baker, Marshall of the Airforce, rapped out his orders with the cool aplomb of a man in charge of a powerful attacking force, ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni Still Feels The Pull Of The Country

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, January 1970

CANADIAN FOLK singer Joni Mitchell this week denied rumours that she would be retiring after her Royal Festival Hall concert on January 17th. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Neil Young: Stills and Young

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1970

"DON'T BUILD me up into a pop star. I'm no different from you or anybody else. It's just that, because I'm a musician, I can ...

Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra: The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra. Vol. 1. (Fontana)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1970

'Heliocentric'; 'Outer Nothingness'; 'Other Worlds'; 'The Cosmos'; 'Of Heavenly Things'; 'Nebulae'; 'Dancing In The Sun'. ...

The Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton: Meet Edgar The Agitator

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1970

BOUNCERS ARE one of the bad old traditions of pop music, with roots reaching back through the 'Rock Around the Clock' riots to the Sinatra ...

Jack Bruce: The Heavy Burdens Of Jack’s Shoulders

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

HIGH COURT Judges have often been heard to observe that pop stars have "grave responsibilities." However, they are usually referring to suspected powers of influence ...

Chicago ...Moving From Jazz-Rock To Classical-Rock

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, January 1970

STEVIE WINWOOD'S 'I'm A Man', the 1967 hit for the old Spencer Davis group, has brought the jazz-rock combination of Chicago to the puzzling British ...

Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Sam & Dave, Joe Tex: Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, January 1970

IT'S BEEN three years since a soul tour of such importance has been to Britain. Then, in the spring of 1967, it was Otis Redding ...

Nico: Desertshore (Reprise)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1970

IT'S FUNNY, isn't it: this time last year Nico arrived in London, played two quiet gigs at the Roundhouse, and a bare handful of people ...

Richie Havens: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1970

CHARISMA: a rare kind of animal magnetism, frequently wrongly attributed to popular artists who don't possess it. ...

Syd Barrett: Confusion and Mr Barrett

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

SYD BARRETT is a
happy, creative if
somewhat confused
young man, who gave
the Pink Floyd hits and
headaches when still in
the group of his own
creation, and after
many months of ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon And Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Waters (CBS)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1970

IT'S BEEN 18 months since the release of Simon and Garfunkel's last album, and for much of its length Bridge Over Troubled Waters makes the ...

Spirit

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1970

SPIRIT IS one of those fine American groups which came to light following the Indian summer of 1967, and which have never really gained the ...

The Band: Civic Auditorium, Pasadena CA

Live Review by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, February 1970

LOS ANGELES, Tuesday: The Band, rapidly reaching the pinnacle of respect enjoyed by only a handful of groups in America, performed two sold-out concerts in ...

Soft Machine: Robert Wyatt: A Child of the Pop Scene

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1970

ROBERT WYATT is the member of the Soft Machine you're most likely to be watching while you listen to their music. Tousle-haired and athletic behind ...

The Faces: New Faces In The Old Band

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1970

A SOUND not unlike a braying mountain goat echoed across the West End of London this week. The Faces — no longer Small — were ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: The Angel, Godalming

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, February 1970

ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP finally made it to the Angel, Godalming, on Sunday, where he was due to appear on the opening night of his ...

John and Beverley Martyn, John Martyn: Is John Martyn Still A Folk Singer Or Not?

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, February 1970

THIS IS A TOTALLY irrelevant question, and one which I'm glad I didn't bother to ask. For in this age of musical categories, John draws ...

Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (Reprise)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1970

Hot Rats is hot stuff! ...

Mick Jagger: Performance: A Victory For The Directors

Film/DVD Review by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, April 1970

IT'S DANGEROUS and more than slightly unfair to review a film before its final cut; but Performance is too exceptional to wait. I was fortunate enough to ...

Jimmy Page, Screaming Lord Sutch: Screaming Lord Sutch: Heavy Friends Help The Lord's Comeback

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1970

LORD SUTCH is back! The perennial rocker has come screaming back on the rock scene, after two years of abdication in America, through the help ...

David Ruffin: Feelin' Good (Tamla Motown)

Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1970

IT WAS expected that David Ruffin would be able to stretch out away from the confines of the Temptations and his first solo single and ...

The Flock, Johnny Winter, Steamhammer: Johnny Winter, Flock, Steamhammer: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1970

ANY AMERICAN rock act is guaranteed a standing ovation at London's Royal Albert Hall these days. Johnny Winter deserved one on Friday night at the ...

It's a Beautiful Day, Santana, Taj Mahal: Santana, It's A Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1970

Beautiful Day a beautiful band ...

Liberace Goes Heavy

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1970

HAS LIBERACE been out-freaked by the hippies? In a word — scarcely. Anti-establishment, anti-materialist acid rock audiences could conceivably view him with distaste — a ...

Bill Graham: The Man The US Kids Love To Hate

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1970

BREAKFAST at London's Savoy Hotel with Bill Graham. The man, who has the high cheekbones and thick mouth of an American Indian, and the thundering ...

Ginger Baker's Airforce: Ginger Baker's Airforce (Polydor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1970

GINGER BAKER HAS led a long tough career. He has worked hard, stuck to his musical guns at all times. ...

Eric Clapton, Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf: Wolf Gathers His Flock In London

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

WHEN THE early 1960s gave birth to the R&B boom in Britain, it was artists like Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters ...

Shuggie Otis: Here Comes Shuggie Otis (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

IF SHUGGIE Otis is this good midway through his teens, what's he going to mature into? ...

Love: Out Here (Harvest)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1970

AFTER SUCH a long gap in recording from this legendary West Coast band, among the first of the new wave American groups which emerged in ...

Can: The Can: Monster Movie (United Artists)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1970

THINGS ARE certainly beginning to happen in Germany. ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Dead on Arrival

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1970

The Grateful Dead fly into Britain ...

Led Zeppelin: Sounds Like Another Platinum!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1970

Chris Welch flies with Led Zeppelin as they cut their third LP... ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, June 1970

Flowerpower returns to the Fillmore ...

Miles Davis: What Made Miles Davis Go Pop?

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

Richard Williams talks to bassist Dave Holland in New York ...

Booker T & The MGs: McLemore Avenue (Stax)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

NICE IDEA – they play all the tunes from Abbey Road, and imitate the sleeve of that album by picturing the four MGs crossing McLemore ...

Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Hollies: CSN&Y: Nash: We May Fight, But Music Wins...

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, June 1970

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH and YOUNG finished their week-long, triumphant stint at the New York Fillmore and were joined for a huge celebration party at the ...

Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys (Track)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1970

ANY ALBUM from Jimi is such a rare event, one can only be pleased to see his name back on the new releases' rack. Here ...

John Phillips: John The Wolfking of L.A. (Stateside)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

INSIDE THE Mama's and the Papa's, something better was waiting to get out – and this is it. ...

Joni Mitchell: Let's Make Life More Romantic

Profile and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, June 1970

JONI MITCHELL is a poet whose time has come. Because she uses the vehicle of music, her words and thoughts reach out to countless minds. ...

The Temptations: Psychedelic Shack (Tamla Motown)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

SHAME, SHAME, shame... Motown's sold its soul for a spoonful of wah-wah guitar. Actually that's not quite true, because you can't totally obliterate the true ...

Fotheringay, The Sea and Sandy Denny

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1970

A FEW months ago Fotheringay was a pretty name for a group of musicians who happened to play together. Today it is the name of ...

Free: Free At Last

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1970

A band who are slightly embarrassed by that long-awaited hit ...

Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (CBS)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

Bitches Brew an aural acid trip from Miles ...

Free Trip

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1970

Beatlemania-type Free-fever grips Britain. CHRIS CHARLESWORTH reports from the front line ...

Cat Stevens: Cat's Back With The Cream...

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1970

LAST WEEK SAW the return of Cat Stevens to the MM chart after a disappearance act worthy of Houdini. It is 12 months since the ...

Fairport Convention: Full House (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

AYE, GATHER round me bully boys – once there was a time when Fairport albums were as hard to obtain as a Grope O'Shanter at ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Wild Man Fischer: Frank Zappa: Listen With Mothers

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

FRANK ZAPPA has emerged as one of the most interesting, lucid, energetic, entertaining and creative figures in contemporary music. He has frequently complained of being ...

Matthews' Southern Comfort: Second Spring (UNI)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

IAN MATTHEWS' band, slightly changed, steam into their second album, as refreshing and attractive as their first. ...

Quintessence: Quintessence (Island)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1970

A BRILLIANT group in many respects, Quintessence unfortunately manage to alienate many potential enthusiasts through the expression of their religious and spiritual sentiments. ...

Steppenwolf: On Politics and Pop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

FOR YEARS popular rhythm artists have expressed often in fairly heated fashion, or occasionally with affected languor, political opinions. ...

Wild Man Fischer: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer (Reprise)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

Frank Zappa's "It had to be done" experiment finally released after some 18 months. Many will already have heard import copies of this two album ...

Roy Harper: On-Off Genius?

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1970

ROY HARPER is a sort of Gerald Scarfe of music. Like the cartoonist, what he does isn't always pretty, it isn't always enjoyable, but by ...

Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons: Gram Parsons, The Burrito Ego Man

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, July 1970

LOS ANGELES, Tuesday: Gram Parsons, founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers, was a Byrd, a southerner and a Harvard College Drop-out. With the formation of ...

The Edgar Broughton Band, Formerly Fat Harry, Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper: Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Edgar Broughton Band, Kevin Ayers & The Whole World, Formerly Fat Harry: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

Good music, bad vibes at free Hyde Park ...

Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Yes: Yes, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heap: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

YES MADE their comeback at the Lyceum on Friday, but what should have been a great occasion turned out to be rather mediocre. ...

Osibisa: Beat The (African) Drums For Osibisa

Profile by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1970

IT MAY BE that, having endured the painfully stilted and emotionally lukewarm playing of most rock drummers for the last decade, audiences are waking up ...

Blodwyn Pig: Blodwyn: It's Blodwyn, Not Piggy Banks!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

WHAT HAPPENED when the Pig got up and slowly walked away? A new group emerged simply called Blodwyn, with the added new power of guitarist ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo's Factory (Liberty)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

The flaw in Creedence's brilliance ...

Hot Tuna: Hot Tuna (RCA Victor).

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

FIRMLY IMPLANTED in my mind is the image of Hot Tuna as an amazingly good, all electric jam band. This follows their appearance at Bath ...

Mark-Almond: No Drums For Almond And Mark

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

WHEN JOHN Mayall led the revolt against volume by dispensing with a drummer in his line-up, he also paved the way for what promises to ...

The Voices of East Harlem: The Black Pride Of 13 Hip Kids

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1970

BLACK PRIDE, as a kind of more inner-directed companion to Black Power, is rapidly becoming a force in our musical world. "Black Is Beautiful" was ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Leon Russell: King of the Delta Rockers

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, August 1970

Top US session man LEON RUSSELL talks to Mark Plummer ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix Today

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

Rock's most influential guitarist on music, drugs, politics, and his plans for a new big band ...

Chicago, The Doors, Emerson Lake And Palmer, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, The Moody Blues, Pentangle, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Taste, Ten Years After, Tiny Tim, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

Tony Joe White: This Here, Y'all, Is Tony Joe

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

PEOPLE OFTEN ask what it's like to interview pop stars. Well like most things in life, there are the good times, and the bad times, ...

Jeff Dexter: From Twist Demonstrator... To Dance Band Singer... To High Priest Of Hits...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

Chris Welch tells the strange story of DJ Jeff Dexter ...

John Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas: John Phillips: At The Bitter End

Report and Interview by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, September 1970

IN THE mid-60s, when lots of weird and strange sounds were filtering across from California and the West Coast of America, one very hip vocal ...

Laurel Canyon: Hip Street USA

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, September 1970

Jacoba Atlas reports on the street where she lives – Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, home of the rock stars... ...

Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant: Robert Plant: Down To The Roots

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1970

ROBERT PLANT lives in an old, rambling farmhouse near Kidderminster, on the edge of the Black Country, with his wife Maureen, baby daughter Carmen, dog ...

Bread: Central London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

IT WOULD be totally unfair to deal harsh criticism on Bread's ludicrous first ever British appearance, at the Central London Polytechnic, on Friday night. Ludicrous, yes ...

Free, Mott The Hoople: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

FAIRFIELD Hall, Croydon, has seen some amazing scenes since it became South London's home of rock, but I doubt whether the old faithfuls at the ...

Canned Heat, Eric Burdon, John Sebastian, Michael Chapman, War: John Sebastian, Canned Heat, Eric Burdon & War et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

JOHN SEBASTIAN brought a little sunshine into a gloomy Hyde Park, London, on Saturday. ...

Chris Farlowe, Colosseum: Colosseum: Farlowe That!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

CHRIS FARLOWE and Colosseum – the mind boggles! One of the country's most powerful vocal talents has joined the most explosive force in groups to ...

Deep Purple: The Smashing-Up Bit Is Valid!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

WHEN DEEP PURPLE smashed up their equipment on a TV show recently, here were howls of protest throughout the land. A flood of complaints hit ...

Elton John: Elton Storms The States

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1970

AL KOOPER, talking about Elton John's last album: "That album's really got me screwed up. It's just the perfect album, and I carry it around ...

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson Tulling It Like It Is

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

"THEY SAY I don't stand on one leg as much as I used to." Ian Anderson stretched out on a sofa and gazed quizzically at ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Music

Essay by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1970

THE IMPORTANCE of Jimi Hendrix as a musician was sometimes forgotten behind the man's sexuality and the flamboyance of his act and appearance. ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Story

Obituary by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

"JIMMY HENDRICKS," was the name scribbled on a notepad, when Chas Chandler rang the MM towards the end of 1966. "You must come and see ...

Rock — Energy For Revolution

Comment by Mick Farren, Melody Maker, October 1970

WHEN I first brought home Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry albums my parents didn't much like it. They made the mistake of thinking rock was ...

Eric Burdon, War: War: Carrying A Heavy Burdon For Peace

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago in Los Angeles, Eric Burdon, six coloured guys, and a Danish harp player declared war on everything detrimental to mankind, except flesh ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1970

Zeppelin III is pure magic! Track by track review of the new album from the World's Top Group (MM Pop Poll 1970) ...

Blind Faith, Family, Traffic: Ric Grech: Traffic's One Big Happy Family

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

IT WAS good to see Ric again. We talked in melancholic tones of hazy days when gangster Grech, cigarette hanging from his lips, pumped out ...

East of Eden: A Good Time East of Eden

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1970

"IF I HAD a choice of playing a technically perfect set or giving people a good time," says Dave Arbus, "I'd definitely give them a ...

Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter And... (CBS)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

OH YES! Great stuff, funky, pumpy, loud and brash and damned uncouth — which is the way R&B should be played. ...

Juicy Lucy: Lie Back and Enjoy It (Vertigo)

Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, October 1970

JUICY LUCY have come a long way from 'Who Do You Love' and young ladies smothered in fruit. ...

Merle Haggard: The Fightin' Side Of Me (Capitol)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1970

MERLE HAGGARD is a tough ol' boy. While Johnny Cash broods about it, you have the feeling that Haggard might just get it done. ...

Miles Davis: Rock Is A White Man's Word, Says Miles

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, October 1970

NEW YORK. — Junior Mance was working the bandstand at New York's Top of the Gate and you had to put your ear to Miles ...

Taste Split: Background To A Bust Up — How Taste Went Sour

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

Exclusive report from Ireland on the break-up of a mighty successful band by Roy Hollingworth ...

Anthony Wedgwood Benn: Listening To The New Generation

Essay by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, October 1970

Former Technology Minister Anthony Wedgwood Benn replies to Mick Farren's analysis of Rock as a political force. ...

Led Zeppelin: Page on Zeppelin III

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1970

Jimmy Page gives a track by track background to Zeppelin's new album. ...

Stone The Crows: Maggie Rings The Bell

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

Roy Hollingworth talks to the girl with the hottest new voice in rock... ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoia — As The Fans Go Wild For Sabbath

Report by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, October 1970

Mark Plummer on a one night stand with the 'Paranoid' hitmakers ...

Tim Buckley: Lorca (Elektra)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1970

THIS IS presumably Buckley's last album for Elektra, being recorded (so I'm told) at the same time as Happy/Sad and before his first Straight album, ...

Colosseum: The Secret Of Their Success – Good Music

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1970

COLOSSEUM are now rated as one of Britain's and Europe's most popular and creative bands. In two years of furious activity and hard work, the ...

McDonald and Giles: McDonald & Giles: Outside The Court Of The Crimson King

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1970

THERE ARE, YOU understand, these two musicians, both having played in one of our very best bands, who're sitting at home doing virtually nothing at ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Staying Home: Brian Wilson

Report and Interview by Derek Grant, Melody Maker, November 1970

"IT WAS A MISTAKE but I had to try it. After about half an hour I realised I couldn't go on. My ears hurt, I ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: The Coliseum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1970

PROBABLY only Frank Zappa and his musicians could properly review their concerts at London's Coliseum on Sunday. So much happened in each two-hour segment, one ...

The Mothers Of Invention: Mother's Union

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1970

TELL ME, Mr. Zappa, what do you think of the critical reaction to your work over the past five years?  ...

Amon Düül: Amon For All Seasons

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1970

IN THE BEGINNING there was Amon Duul, and A.D. was a musical community of about a dozen people of varied musical backgrounds. Gradually, some of ...

Derek & The Dominos: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Polydor)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

Beauty and boredom from Eric ...

Alan Price, Georgie Fame: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1970

An evening of Pricey nostalgia ...

Climax Blues Band: Climax Chicago Blues Band: A Lot of Bottle (Harvest)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

THERE LIES on this album one of the most exciting, imaginative guitar solos I've heard for a long time from Pete Haycock on 'Seventh Son', ...

Free: Highway (Island)

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

ONE OF THE criticisms levelled at Free since their final acceptance earlier this year is that many of their songs sound very much alike. With ...

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC Records)

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

OF ALL THE comic programmes to arrive on the magic box, Monty Python's Flying Circus seems to be the one that most people talk about afterwards. ...

Ry Cooder: The Name To Watch In 71...

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, December 1970

Jacoba Atlas talks to the States' hottest new guitarist ...

T. Rex: T. Rex (Fly)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

T. Rex goes funky ...

The Stooges: Fun House (Elektra).

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

NEXT TO GRAND Funk Railroad, this is the worst album I've heard this year. In truth it's a muddy load of sluggish, unimaginative rubbish heavily ...

Judee Sill: Judee Sill (Asylum)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 1971

JUDEE SILL IS one of those breed of American girls who’ve taken to singing who one supposes were previously engaged in quietly knitting at home ...

Captain Beefheart: Lick My Decals Off Baby

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1971

ALREADY, I'M THINKING that this is the Captain's most satisfying album to date. ...

Graham Bond: Holy Magick (Vertigo)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

ACCORDING TO ancient Druidic and Celtic legend, King Arthur will return in this age of Aquarius to sustain us. And man, he's going to blow ...

Leonard Cohen: Songs Of Love And Hate

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, January 1971

LEONARD COHEN in a deeper emotional trough than he's ever been in, more hypnotic, more melancholic than ever, and without doubt the least musical stuff ...

Mr. Fox, Steeleye Span: Mr. Fox and Steeleye Span: Electric Folk – The Second Generation

Comment by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1971

NOW WE'VE had a chance to hear Mr. Fox and Steeleye Span properly, it is clear that we are already into the second generation of ...

Charles Lloyd: Why Lloyd Wants To Play With The Stones

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, January 1971

CHARLES LLOYD doesn't want to be known as the first jazzman to play the rock halls, Fillmore and Avalon. He says that categorization is demeaning, ...

Iron Butterfly, Yes: Yes and Iron Butterfly: Allies of Rock

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

Chris Welch with Yes and Iron Butterfly in Holland ...

Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

A HAPPY and clean sound kicked off with the unison guitars of Duane Allman and Dicky Betts on 'Revival'. ...

Caroline Coon: The Underground Angel Of Mercy...

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1971

Michael Watts talks to CAROLINE COON of Release ...

Donny Hathaway: Everything Is Everything (Atco)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

A USEFUL glossary of soul terms occurs during the title track, a warm, friendly if somewhat meaningless piece of philisophy. ...

Badfinger: Fickle Fate Of Badfinger

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1971

"EVERYONE who interviews us wants to talk about the Beatles. Sure, we were influenced by the Beatles, like ten million other groups. ...

Grateful Dead: American Beauty (Warner Bros)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1971

THE BEST adjective I can think of to describe the Grateful Dead is "disarming." They're beautiful because, unlike so many bands, they never overwhelm you. ...

Laura Nyro: Christmas And The Beads of Sweat

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1971

EACH OF LAURA Nyro's four albums has had its own distinct personality. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: No Place Like England Says Martha

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1971

"I WANT you to tell everybody what a beautiful audience we had tonight. We haven't been over here in four years. We're professional but I ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie Freaks Out

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1971

LAST TIME Stevie Wonder was in Britain he promised that his next album would be the new style him, with a deeper musical and lyrical ...

T. Rex: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

MARC BOLAN became a star and T. Rex supergroup on Monday. Over 2,000 jammed London's Lyceum. And they cheered. ...

Van Morrison: His Band And The Street Choir (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1971

Has Van Morrison eased up? ...

Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro: Laura Nyro: Laura's London Triumph

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1971

Laura Nyro/Jackson Browne: Royal Festival Hall, London ...

Neil Young: Neil Gave Everything — And They Asked For More

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1971

Neil Young: Royal Festival Hall, London ...

Burt Bacharach: Portrait In Music (A&M)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1971

REMEMBER HOW far-out 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' sounded in '63? All those cliff-hanging stops and starts, and that incredible arrangement... almost as weird as ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1971

THIS IS A particularly difficult album to come to any firm conclusion on. For one thing the reaction it produced depends very much on the ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Loaded (Atlantic Super)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1971

The most important album since Tommy? ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, March 1971

The clockwork king of soul? ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: Oh What A Boar!

Report by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, March 1971

SATURDAY morning. The Van der Graaf Generator truck speeds and wobbles along the motorway, northbound. It's a clear day, around lunchtime, and we're beginning to ...

The Rolling Stones: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, March 1971

THE ROLLING STONES Circus came to town last Sunday, maybe for the last time. At least for their own sakes it should be. The fire ...

Deep Purple, Keef Hartley, Keith Moon: Various, Drum Bash: Bumpers Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1971

DEAFENING fun! That was the all-star drum conversation held at London's Bumpers Club last week. ...

Syd Barrett

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1971

STORIES ABOUT Syd Barrett are legion. That he became overbearingly egotistical, impossible to work with. That he was thrown out of The Pink Floyd. That ...

Alex Taylor, James Taylor: James and Alex Taylor: And He Played Real Good For Free

Report by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, April 1971

CHILMARK, MASSACHUSETTS.The Island Children's School gave its first annual benefit concert here last January 12 and if you've read The Vineyard Gazette then you know ...

Alan Price, Georgie Fame: Price and Fame: The Name Game

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1971

THERE I WAS sitting interviewing Messrs Fame and Price — or should it be Price and Fame — when this lady walks into the room. ...

Humble Pie: Rock On (A&M)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1971

A MASTERFUL album. While it goes without saying this is their best yet, there is a quality in the performance and production here that sets ...

Genesis: In The Beginning There Was... Genesis

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1971

GENESIS ARE going to cause outrage and chaos in the coming year. Already they are breaking through with a blend of showmanship and original music ...

Jeff Dexter: Dexter's Job — Creating Good Vibes

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1971

"WELL, who else could do it? Maybe Jimmy Savile because he's got lots of blond hair as well," replied Jeff Dexter when asked why he ...

John Peel: Unpeeled

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, April 1971

In the three years since he first won the Top DJ title in the MM Poll, John Peel has been mocked and worshipped. Today he wipes the ...

King Crimson: Zoom Club, Frankfurt

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1971

AFTER MORE than a year off the road, King Crimson slid quietly back into public performance last week with a hush-hush four-day stint in Germany. ...

Osibisa

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1971

PEACE AND brotherhood, truth and happiness. These are words which crop up constantly in conversations with Osibisa, the creeds by which they attempt to live ...

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Kinney)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, April 1971

Bands come and go – but the Stones keep rollin' on ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones In Exile

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1971

CANNES is a strange place. It sits on the Cote D'Azur beckoning the rich to part with their dollars, pounds and francs in glorious sunshine. ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: Melody Maker Band Breakdown: Van der Graaf Generator

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

If it's Thursday, it must be Ormskirk ...

Rita Coolidge: Now The Delta Lady Is Out On Her Own

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, May 1971

DURING THE Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, Joe Cocker each night would take the microphone and announce "Here she is, our own Delta Lady, Rita ...

Deep Purple: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

ALTHOUGH it wasn't one of Deep Purple's best nights on Friday, it was certainly one of the best nights of the Camden Festival with London's ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Humble Pie: ELP In America

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1971

BLOOD streaming from his head, a middle-aged man, white, well-dressed, staggered into the headlights of the battered Yellow Cab. The Puerto Rican driver, grinned and ...

Funkadelic: It's Just To Get People's Attention

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

EVER since Keith Emerson set fire to an American flag on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall, the banning of groups from that particular ...

The Byrds: Byrd Watching (part 1)

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

Roger McGuinn: into the mystic ...

The Byrds, The Kentucky Colonels: The Byrds: Byrd Watching (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

THE COUNTRY consonants of Clarence White's guitar have fooled a lot of people — me included — into thinking that the man must have come ...

The Byrds: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

A PINCH of snuff, the eucalyptus stabs the eye. McGuinn fastens the tin and slips it into his suit pocket. The rest of the guy's ...

The Faces: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

IF ANYONE still doubts that the Faces haven't yet "made it," talk to one of the 2,000 or so who visited Thursday night's show at ...

Bobby Keys, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Bobby Keys

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

"IT'S BOBBY Keys, the greatest saxophone player in the world," said Mick Jagger. And Bobby smiled modestly towards me. ...

Funkadelic: The Speakeasy/The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1971

Fun with Funkadelic ...

Cream, Mountain: The Ascent Of Mountain

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

MOUNTAIN ARE Felix Pappalardi on bass, Leslie West on guitar, Steve Knight, keyboard, and Corky Laing on drums. ...

The Byrds, The Dixie Flyers, Rita Coolidge: The Byrds, Rita Coolidge: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

THE BYRDS are like an institution. They seem to have been around as long as the Houses of Parliament with their own particular style of ...

The Dixie Flyers, Rita Coolidge: The Dixie Flyers

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

THEY'VE BEEN called the best rhythm section in the States — don't ask me who called them that, but I figure the guy who did ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys: A Reappraisal

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

IT'S PROBABLY pouring with rain by now, but the sunny days we were vouchsafed by the Almighty last week prompted me – and almost certainly ...

Chicago: One Date Only For The Chicago Seven

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

WITH THE news that Chicago will play just one concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 1, instead of two as they planned after ...

Nina Simone: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

Nina the leader ...

Alton Ellis, Dave and Ansell Collins, Desmond Dekker: Reggae

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, May 1971

"Send a reggae band for my wedding reception" said Mick Jagger. The unpredictable move by a Stone symbolised the final acceptance of the music as ...

Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack: Roberta Flack: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

I KNOW I'VE said it all before, but here we go again: Roberta Flack's concert at Carnegie Hall was so enjoyable. Visually, when she starts ...

Baby Washington, The Intruders, Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett: Apollo Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

EX-TEMPTATIONS man, Eddie Kendricks, now solo, was due to open and debut his act at The Apollo but at the eleventh hour he cancelled out saying "the ...

The Band: A Melody Maker Band Breakdown

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

FEW ROCK AND ROLL concerts can have been so eagerly awaited as those which The Band are due to play at London's Royal Albert Hall ...

The Band: A Report from Paris

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, June 1971

NO DIFFICULTY KNOWING when you've just finished hearing a great rock concert. Because you'll be in the middle of a great crowd of people standing ...

Carole King, Danny Kortchmar, The Fugs, James Taylor, Jo Mama: Danny Kootch: Danny Boy

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, July 1971

YOU GET this sweaty little record company office and you're issued with the regulation afternoon tea or coffee. Danny Kootch looks suitably bloated by both ...

Roxy Music: Roxy in the Rock Stakes

Profile by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1971

A curious feature of modern rock music, is the way it's taken potential artists away from other spheres. Men who might have become poets, painters, ...

The James Gang: Home James: The James Gang

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, August 1971

IT'S USUAL procedure to interview Americans as they come into the country – not as they're going out. ...

Sandy Denny: The North Sea Grassman and the Ravens (Island)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1971

WE ALWAYS knew Sandy Denny had the capacity to make a brilliant record, and we were right. ...

Shirley Collins: No Roses

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1971

The First Lady Goes Electric ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Beatles: Produced By George Martin

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1971

GEORGE MARTIN is probably the most shadowy character in rock and roll history. His influence has been immense, yet few people outside the immediate circle ...

Deep Purple: A Band Breakdown

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

OFTEN ABUSED BY critics and disc jockeys, Deep Purple have won through during the past two years to become one of this country's top groups. ...

Jack Bruce, King Crimson, Roy Harper: King Crimson/Roy Harper/Jack Bruce: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

JUDGING BY THE weather this week, the title of Saturday's free concert in Hyde Park – "Farewell To Summer" – was a little premature. And ...

Ike & Tina Turner: What You Hear is What You Get (United Artists)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

Torrid Tina ...

Mountain Climbing

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1971

THE AMERICAN media has been hammering into people's heads that the solo singer/guitarist/songwriter is "in" and loud, exuberant rock is "out." But, the media forgot ...

Shirley Bassey: The Soul Of Showbiz

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, September 1971

EVEN BEFORE she stuck out her bottom and waggled it provocatively at the crucial moments on 'Big Spender', yes, even before she and Eartha Kitt ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band: Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East (Atlantic)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

QUESTION: GIVEN 76 minutes 26 seconds of the day to do sweet flaming all, what would you do (a) attend one and a bit funerals ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John and Yoko: A Press Conference at Apple

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1971

THERE'S A GLINT of spectacles. Gathering recognition as the sandy hair, short and unfamiliar registers. Take in the smart grey trousers and the conventional shirt. ...

Wishbone Ash: Pilgrimage

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1971

WELL, AS you may have guessed, a lot of us have fallen in love with this little band, and there are a load of reasons ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1971

All we need is Lennon ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan: Working Class Hero: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1971

WHOEVER WOULD have thought it? Gordon Mills, manager of Tom and Engel, those popular, polished professionals, taking a shine to an odd young Irishman whose ...

Jethro Tull: Rocking In The USA

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1971

This week, Jethro Tull flew out to start their eleventh tour of America. Like other top British Rock acts, they are reaping the rich rewards ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry: What Have They Done To My Roots, Ma? Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley

Comment by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1971

WHEN JOHN LENNON ended a recent epistle to Mailbag with a line saying "LP Winner: I’d like Chuck Berry, please," he wasn’t joking. Modern rock ...

Lindisfarne: It's Tyne Time

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, December 1971

"No, we'll never work as hard as this again. It's killing the magic. And it's not doing us much good either" - Si Cowe, guitarist, ...

The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1971

SUPERSTARS may come and go but the Kinks keep marching on. They don't change as much as musical styles change around them; not for them ...

Wishbone Ash: Lucky Breaks For Wishbone

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, Fall 1971

JOHN PEEL: "I heard Wishbone Ash for the first time, and haven't been so impressed with a relatively new band for a long time. Their ...

The Beach Boys: Surf's Up

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1972

HERE'S ONE that won't disappoint anybody at all. Suddenly the Beach Boys are back in fashionable favour, and they've produced an album which fully backs ...

George Harrison: The Concert For Bangla Desh

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1972

If you buy only one LP in 1972, make it this one ...

Smokey Robinson: The Way You Do The Things You Do

Essay by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1972

THERE’s a new Smokey Robinson album out in the States, called One Dozen Roses. The natural reaction is to ring E.M.I. and ask them when ...

Steve Peregrin Took: Down in Ladbroke Grove: Steve Took

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1972

"You live high in your apartmentSee people turn to machines,I'm scratching hard to pay my rent,I hope to God I die naturally." ...

Rory Gallagher: Music For Belfast: Rory Gallagher

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, January 1972

BELFAST GOT A rock'n'roll concert on New Year's Day in the City's notorious Ulster Hall. Heading the bill was Rory Gallagher.  It was the first ...

David Bowie: Oh, You Pretty Thing: David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1972

DAVID BOWIE, rock's swishiest outrage; a self-confessed lover of effeminate clothes, Bowie, who has hardly performed in public since his 'Space Oddity' hit of three ...

Neil Young: Harvest

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, January 1972

Harvest is surely come: Geoffrey Cannon previews NEIL YOUNG's new album Harvest, released next month ...

Lightnin' Slim: Gone Fishin'

Profile and Interview by Tony Russell, Melody Maker, February 1972

A FAMILIAR blues story is the one of the musician who held his first guitar almost before he clambered out of the cradle. As the ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Yes: Ready, Eddie? An Interview with Eddie Offord

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, February 1972

EDDIE OFFORD SITS in his penthouse flat, way above the traffic that thunders down the Vauxhall Bridge Road past Victoria. ...

Roxy Music

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1972

BINGO IS THE SCENE most nights at the Granada, Wandsworth Road, London SW8. Fruit machines line the foyer and there's a big sign with lots ...

Ry Cooder: Into The Purple Valley (Reprise)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1972

THE COVER of Ry Cooder's second album features the guitarist and his lady posed in and out of a mid-Forties model Dodge convertible. It's straight ...

Judee Sill: Lunch And Judee

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1972

SHE HAS JUST been discoursing on her past activities as lerpatologist when her attention was distracted. "That's the same man who was lying on the ...

The Who: (Keith) Moon Probe

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1972

2005 note: As well as being their drummer and resident comedian, Keith Moon was the Who's PR man. Journalists unfamiliar with the group may have ...

Lindisfarne: We Can Swing Together: A Day In The Life Of Lindisfarne

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1972

SIMON COWE ordered a pint of cider and told me he hadn't eaten anything for two days. He'd had plenty of cider though. ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1972

JOHN MARTYN told me about Nick Drake in ecstatic terms and so it seemed the natural thing to do, bag the album when it came ...

Wishbone Ash: Ash and Argus

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1972

WISHBONE ASH are one of the nation's better bands. In the search for constant improvement, they have come up with a third album that many ...

Noel Redding: Redding, Willing And Able

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, May 1972

NOEL Redding looks a bit shell-shocked these days. ...

Roxy Music: Roxy Music (Island)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1972

KARI-ANN STARES, with lustful expectancy, teeth bared and surrounded by frosted deep pink lips. She reclines on a counterpane of silvery satin in a halternecked ...

Roxy Music: The Sound Of Surprise

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1972

PAUL THOMPSON's tom-toms ground slowly to a shuddering halt as Eno's synthesiser simulated the sound of Firestone Wide Ovals being pushed past their limit around ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory on the Road

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1972

RORY GALLAGHER changes out of his striped tee shirt, folds it neatly and places it in his zipper case, exchanging it for an equally familiar ...

Roxy Music

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1972

ALMOST a year ago to the week, Bryan Ferry sat in a council flat in Shepherds Bush and explained his timetable for the next year. ...

David Bowie: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1972

MUSIC FROM A Clockwork Orange heralded the spectacular performance staged by David Bowie at London's Rainbow Theatre on Sunday night. "At least it makes a ...

Carly Simon, David Ackles, The Doors, Judy Collins, Love, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Elektra: The House That Jac Built

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1972

The story of Elektra, one of rock's most influential labels. As told to Loraine Alterman by founder JAC HOLZMAN ...

Genesis: The Band Who Want To Be Booed

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1972

A PARTICULAR quality of certain successful groups has been their ability to create moods, to take an audience a little further than the surface excitement ...

Stone The Crows: Stone the Crows: Greens Playhouse, Glasgow

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1972

Crows — home is where the heart is ...

Walter/Wendy Carlos: The Walter Carlos Sonic Boom

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1972

"There's music in the sighing of a reed; There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in all things, if man had ears; The Earth is ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & The Maytals: Reggae: Black Gold of Jamaica

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1972

Reggae – in its more commercial form – has won the battle for mass acceptance, and has gone on to influence rock and soul musicians ...

Duncan Browne, Lou Reed: Broken Reed? Lou Reed, Duncan Browne: Sundown Theatre, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1972

THE FACT is that his association with David Bowie has done Lou Reed no good at all. Despite the adulation from the audience at Edmonton's ...

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks: Dan Hicks Strikes it Rich

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1972

ROBERT PLANT was the first Dan Hicks fan I ever knew. A couple of years ago he broke up an interview session by playing a ...

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

Can Bowie save New York from boredom? ...

Frank Barsalona Is Probably Rock's Most Successful Agent. His Wife Says It's Because He Really Cares

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

IT'S SUPER being a rock 'n' roll mogul. ...

Jackie Wilson Said...

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1972

"JACKIE WILSON said… it was reet petite." Now as it happens, Jackie Wilson doesn't really need Van Morrison's approbation. But he's flattered by it all ...

Genesis, Lindisfarne: Lindisfarne, Genesis: Dublin Stadium, Dublin

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

TO BE CASUAL is to be Lindisfarne, but even the most relaxed of bands have a hard time putting over a set of new numbers ...

Patto Break Out

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, November 1972

NOW YOU'D EXPECT Mike Patto to be sardonic, and embittered after five years in various guises and never really making it. ...

Alice Cooper: Alice Is Still Swinging — By The Neck!

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1972

THE KIDS AT GREEN'S PLAYHOUSE, GLASGOW, were yelling "Alice, Alice, Alice" at the top of their voices in deafening unison as the object of their ...

Island Records: Reggae to Riches

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1972

IF YOU WORK for Island Records, nobody minds if you take your dog into the office every day – or even if it misbehaves on ...

Kim Fowley: I'm The Most Phenomenal Man In Records!

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1972

KIM FOWLEY'S looking for love. "Well," he says, snuffling into a wad of Kleenex, "I'm real entertaining and I have some nice human qualities...and I'm ...

Joni Mitchell: For The Roses

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1972

MORE SONGS OF transient euphoria and stabbing loss, played out against an ambiguous background of relentless fatalism and constant hope, mingled in approximately equal proportions, ...

Ten Years After: Recorded Live

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 1973

WHERE IN 1973 will you still hear a band blowing over a chord structure that sounds not unlike 'Cat Squirrel' and song lyrics that refer ...

The Beach Boys: Holland (Brother/Reprise)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1973

YOU HAVE JUST a fortnight to save up before this record hits the stores – and buy it you should, for it contains more fun ...

Tim Buckley: Digging Deeper to the Roots

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 1973

IN A WORLD that seems grossly over-populated with singer/songwriters whose crotchets and quavers reflect their personal attitudes and experiences, Tim Buckley stands out like the ...

Philly Days: Cameo-Parkway

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1973

Richard Williams reviews the Cameo recordings, recently reissued on two double albums, which made Philadelphia the 'Crap Capital of America' ...

Bette Midler: The Shape (40-22-36) Of Things To Come

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, February 1973

Roy Hollingworth meets the divine Miss Midler ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves: Martha's Moving On

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1973

A FEW WEEKS AGO Martha Reeves cleared out her apartment in Detroit, piled her possessions into a U-Haul trailer, and set off along Route 66 ...

Stevie Wonder: Carnegie Hall, New York

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, February 1973

GODAMN IT! You would think the President of a record company would know better — especially the President of Motown Records. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: The First Genius of Reggae?

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1973

BOB MARLEY, slightly-built and quiet to the point of diffidence, is a leader. He's the master of Reggae, the man who's about to give it ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen, Cohen, Gone: Leonard Cohen

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, February 1973

"LET'S sing a song, boys. . . . This one has grown old and bitter"– fragment from Songs of Love and Hate ...

David Bowie: Stranger in a Strange Land

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1973

Aladdin Sane is the punning title of David Bowie's next album. It's more remote, more spacey, than anything he's done before says MICHAEL WATTS, who ...

Donny Hathaway: Donny's Return

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, February 1973

NEW YORK — DONNY HATHAWAY hasn't been around for several months, so it was nice to see him back in New York, looking good and recording ...

Faust and Foremost

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1973

IT IS TWELVE noon, and in the smoky sunshine of a London afternoon a group of German longhairs are unloading a huge Mercedes truck full ...

Alice Cooper: Spectrum, Philadelphia

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1973

THE ROCK WORLD today mourns the death of Alice Cooper, who was accidently killed last night when the safety screws failed on the guillotine he ...

Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons: Gram Parsons: Parsons Knows...

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, April 1973

Gram Parsons, former member of the Byrds and Burritos and now the proud owner of a solo album, talks to Loraine Alterman in New York ...

Roxy Music: Caught in the Act

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1973

GEE, YOU GUYS from Roxy sure do have style. Mmmmmmm, yummy yummy. what I couldn't do to that Bryan Ferry if he dropped around my ...

David Bowie: Cha...Cha...Cha...Changes — A Journey with Aladdin

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1973

CHARING CROSS STATION, London, 9.10 pm: And when he arrived they screamed and they cried, and they rushed, and gushed forth and beat their feverish ...

Roxy Music In Paris

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1973

STAYING AT THE George V is one of life's great experiences, at least to a traveller who savours his changing environments. ...

King Crimson, Pete Sinfield: Pete Sinfield Has A Nose For Success

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1973

PETE SINFIELD is a poet, and such men do not abound on the music scene. There is Pete Brown of course, and many a lyricist ...

Steve Winwood: 'I'm Gonna Do an Album a Week!'

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1973

IT'S BEEN MANY a long year since Steve Winwood has made impact as an individual on the English rock scene. ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Stevie Winwood: 'I'm Gonna Do An Album A Week!'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1973

IT'S BEEN many a long year since Stevie Winwood has made impact as an individual on the English rock scene. ...

Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1973

LONDON'S RAINBOW looked like a Berliner Ensemble production of a rock musical version of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5. The stage backdrop had been raised, revealing ...

Michael Des Barres, Silverhead: Silverhead Savage

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, June 1973

MICHAEL DES BARRES, the ultimate rock and roll star sits drinking decaffeinated coffee in the health food-come-curio shop on the Portobello Road, London. He's swamped ...

10cc: Rubber Bulletin

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

UNTIL a year ago, Graham Gouldman was going through what he calls his "why not?" period. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: In The Studio With The Wailers

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE ROLLING STONES are upstairs in Studio 1, where they've been for the past five weeks. ...

Cat Stevens And A Revolution In Athens

Interview by James Johnson, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE shining white block of the King George Hotel stands imposingly on Constitution Square, Athens. It's dauntingly grand in the true sense of the word: ...

Humble Pie, Steve Marriott: Humble Pie: Pulling In The Soul Audience

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE STORY SO FAR: Steve Marriott, one time leader of pop idols the Small Faces and now boss of "progressive" rock and rollers Humble Pie, ...

Jefferson Airplane: Plane Sailing

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1973

A LITTLE GIRL on a bicycle, who couldn't have been older than 12, overheard me asking the way to Olympic Studios last Wednesday night. I'd ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Music Of The Gods

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Free Trade Hall, Manchester ...

Ten Years After: Ten Year Itch

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

WHEN DOES a band become a juke-box? And when does it cease to be a creative musical force? These are the questions that have been ...

Boz Scaggs: Big Boz Man: Boz Scaggs

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

BOZ SCAGGS is the cult hero with the strongest claim to wider fame. He’s in Britain all summer to play and record...he talks to MM’s ...

John McLaughlin, Santana: Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

Jamming in the spirit of Coltrane ...

Deep Purple: Who'll Be Purple's New Voice?

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE NEWS that Ian Gillan is to leave Deep Purple comes at a time when the group are on the crest of world-wide acclaim. Yet ...

Edgar Winter: How Winter Went Glam and Created A Frankenstein Monster

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, June 1973

EDGAR WINTER, his wife and his band live in a 13-bedroom white clapboard mansion at Sands Point, overlooking Long Island Sound. 30,000 dollars a year ...

Fairport Convention: The Banana Convention

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE WAY DAVE PEGG sees it, what America needs is Fairport Convention's High Banana Content Programme. ...

Jethro Tull: Crime of Passion

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

IT BEGAN TO OCCUR to me that this was very poor music indeed. ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: John McLaughlin: Natural High…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

WITH A BAND playing music as tense and demanding as the Mahavishnu Orchestra's, one might be forgiven for expecting them to be (a) nerve wracked ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Fresh (Epic)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

I LIKE A little mystery, don't you? 'Course you do. So here's one: the finished version of Sly's new album, in the shops at last, ...

Jack Bruce, West, Bruce & Laing: Jack Bruce

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1973

JACK BRUCE has turned full circle. The best bass guitarist Britain has produced, whose career has merged jazz and rock to the extent where he ...

Peter Frampton's Camel: A Galloping Success In The States

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1973

PETER FRAMPTON made a flying visit to London last week. But the boss of Frampton's Camel couldn't stay long – too much excitement is happening ...

Slade, Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1973

IT'S MONDAY morning and my ears are still ringing. The night before, I'd been among the 20,000 fans who packed London's Earls Court to prove ...

Deep Purple: A New Bassman — But Still No Singer

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1973

"PAUL RODGERS was asked to join us, but there were just too many things in the way. Apart from just the contractual side of it, ...

Dr. John: Doctor John: Doctor Feelgood!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

COULD THAT possibly be Mac Rebennack peeping through the Dr. John persona? Just like, say, Sly Stone and Sylvester Stewart. ...

Allen Toussaint: Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

THEY KNOW, of course, which one is Dr John. The Swiss photographers huddle around the stage, clicking their Nikons like American tourists determined to capture ...

Chet Baker: The Man Who Came Back From The Dead

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1973

The Return of Chet Baker ...

Jethro Tull: A Passion Play

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1973

IT GIVES ME NO pleasure to report upon this recording. In fact I cannot recall an album by a British rock band that has given ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dandy Livingstone, Desmond Dekker, John Holt: Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

Roberta Flack, Freddie Hubbard, War, Jimmy Witherspoon: War, Roberta Flack, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Witherspoon: Shea Stadium, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, July 1973

War declared at Shea Stadium. ...

Edgar Winter, The Kinks, Lindisfarne, Sly & The Family Stone: Wet City: Sly and Company Live in London

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

LIKE THE WEATHER, the music at London’s White City on Sunday was a mixture of fair and foul. ...

Carole King: King Is The Queen

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Carole King: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

The Everly Brothers: Everly Brothers: Bye Bye Love

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1973

IT'S ALMOST eleven years since the first serious rumours suggesting the breakup of the Everly Brothers appeared. What with that, and a much-noted coolness between ...

Genesis: What Genesis Did On Their 'Holidays'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1973

NOT MANY groups conduct their rehearsals squashed together in a Morris Mini. But if you are in the habit of strolling around the backwaters of ...

Van Morrison: Gonna Rock Your Gypsy Soul

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1973

"IT'S SHOWTIME, ladies and gentlemen! And here's the one you've been waiting for – the Caledonia Soul Orchestra with ... VAN MORRISON!" ...

Gryphon: The 13th Century Slade

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"EARLY ENGLISH music? Gah – give us Slade and T. Rex!" Thus one can imagine the reactions of lads and maidens today as they dance, ...

Jethro Tull: Can 72,000 Fans Be Wrong?

Report by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, August 1973

I DON'T KNOW how it is in England, but in this country the minute you get too big, too powerful, people start gunning for you. ...

The Rolling Stones Hit The Road…

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

...and at every date the promoter is expected to provide 50 security men, five limousines, a doctor, ten dozen roses, two bottles each of whisky, ...

Yes: Keep 'Em Yessing

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"YES ARE LIKE an amoeba. Now an amoeba works on the principle of..do you know, I've no idea how it f***** works!" Jon Anderson grinned, ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, August 1973

Wailers fail to catch afire ...

Eric Burdon: Welcome Home

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

THE 'PHONE DOESN'T stop ringing in Eric Burden's room at the Holiday Inn at Swiss Cottage. So many people, explains Katie from Island Records, are ...

Nicky Hopkins: Sixth Stone Rolls Alone

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

THE NEWS THAT the Rolling Stones are to tour next month without their long serving pianist Nicky Hopkins will come as a surprise to those ...

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

WHEN APPRAISING an artist of the stature of Stevie Wonder, there seems nothing worse than to hark back to previous triumphs and make comparisons. ...

Electric Light Orchestra: The Electric Light Orchestra: In The Hall Of The Mountain Lynne

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"WHEN I LISTENED to Greig's 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King', I thought our version was much heavier." Jeff Lynn wasn't boasting. He was ...

Waylon Jennings: You Gotta Be A Man First, 'Fore You Can Be Anything...

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, August 1973

Waylon Jennings, the cowboy who finally hit that golden trail. By MICHAEL WATTS in New York ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: New Sweat

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

THE WIND of change that spread through Blood Sweat and Tears a year ago is beginning to make itself felt at last. Their forthcoming album ...

King Crimson: Robert Fripp…Super Stud?

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1973

"I AM," MUSES Robert Fripp, "already a living legend."The light breeze ruffles his curly locks. He settles back in the plastic garden chair, sips his ...

The Rolling Stones: Goat’s Head Soup?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"GOAT'S HEAD SOUP," said Mick Jagger pacing about the room. "I might change it. A lot of people don't like it. Too bad." A typically ...

Frank Zappa: Past Flops And Future Shocks

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1973

HIS ARMS AROUND a red-haired girl whose ample chest was covered with a Mighty Thor t-shirt, debonair Frank Zappa (32) sank deeper into the couch, ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"GOOD LUCK Rod!" People like Rod Stewart. And he likes the people. As he stood forming a queue outside ye old Marquee Club (home of ...

David Essex: Jesus Rocks On!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

"Hey, shout summertime bluesJump up and down in blue suede shoes" ...

Jethro Tull: Why Tull Called It A Day

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

JETHRO TULL's manager Terry Ellis this week accused rock critics of "taking advantage of their unassailable position to be abusive." ...

Jo Jo Gunne: Go For The Gunne

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1973

THE FIRST word out about Jo Jo Gunne raved about their looks – "gorgeous" said those into masculine beauty. An emphasis on appearance always makes ...

Joe Walsh: The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1973

MAY I TAKE just a couple of seconds to make my position clear? I thought, and still do, that the James Gang were a very ...

Judy Collins: Judy In Disguise

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1973

Judy Collins film director? The singer – songwriter has taken a year out of her life to make a movie with a strong Womens' Lib ...

Marc Bolan: Why Marc Won't Be Giving Up

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

DESPITE the critical savaging that Marc Bolan regularly receives – he ain't gonna do a Jethro Tull and give up. Marc was accused of being ...

Mott The Hoople: The Ballad Of Mott

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

IAN HUNTER is a great romantic, torn by doubts and secure only in the knowledge that the will to succeed usually bears fruit. ...

Professor Longhair: The Nutty Professor

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

THE PROFESSOR, THEY SAY, INFLUENCED just about every musician in New Orleans. And it’s not a claim he’s about to deny. "I taught most of ...

Elton John: Elton's Finest Hour!

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1973

Elton John: The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles ...

Sandy Denny: Softie Sandy

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1973

ALL IN ALL, it's been a funny sort of year for Sandy Denny. She hadn't performed in this country before last Christmas though she's worked ...

Dave Mason: Why Dave Mason Is Trying To Go The Paul Simon Route

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1973

THE VERY fat man with a pony tail who sat himself down next to me twitched almost uncontrollably as the Englishman with the red Stratocaster ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Heavyweight Champions Of The World

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

TAKE A LONG guitar lead. Sit as far far away from the studio as possible. And record some of the funkiest sounds ever laid down ...

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

AND HELLO Elton John all set to smash a path to the top of the album chart with this superb new collecion of songs. He ...

Joe Walsh: Barnstorming the USA

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1973

THINGS ARE starting to happen for Joe Walsh. In the corridors of rock and roll where informed people discuss what, where and when, elbows are ...

The Carpenters: It's Plane Sailing!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1973

HEAD DOWN THE Santa Ana freeway, turn off on San Gabriel, make a couple of rights and you're in Downey, a right-wing, unpretentious suberb of ...

Yes: Yes Men On Top

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

FLUSHED from their success in the MM Pop Poll, the all-star musicians of Yes held a remarkable summit conference this week. Gathered round the board ...

Doug Sahm: Arise, Sir Douglas is Blowing Up A Storm

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, October 1973

THE FUNKY SOUNDS of 'Texas Tornado', Doug Sahm's latest single, blasted out of the stereo in the office of Atlantic Records' co-ordinator of A&R, Mark ...

Duane Eddy: The Guitar Man Twangs Back

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1973

THE FIRST REAL guitar superstar of the rock and roll age sits in an office no larger than a bathroom on North Vine off the ...

Genesis: Chapter and Verse

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

GENESIS have lain dormant throughout the summer, at least as far as the public was concerned. Then came the sensational appearance at Reading Festival, when ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: Iggy Breaks Out Of His Cage

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1973

IGGY POP swam out to sea, his wiry frame floating over the waves of Manhattan Beach, his dyed blonde head bobbing along the ripples, his ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Elliott Murphy, Kiss, New York Dolls, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Various: New York New Wave

Report by Dave Marsh, Melody Maker, October 1973

GREAT WHITE ROCK has not often come from New York City and its surrounding boroughs, even though – or perhaps because the American music business ...

Eric Clapton: King Of The Blues Guitar

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

WHO IS THIS man Eric Clapton, of whom they speak so highly? Is he the world's greatest guitarist? Is he now a victim of rock ...

Nazareth

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1973

"I'M TELLING ye mon, there was this bird in 'ere and she can't 'ave been more than fifteen mon, and she's telling me she's wearing ...

The Doors, Ray Manzarek: The Doors: When The Music's Over

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1973

HELPING HIMSELF to one of my British cigarettes and inhaling deeply, Ray Manzarek coldly and without emotion spoke about why The Doors finally decided to ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Storms the Marquee: Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

DAVID BOWIE in action at The Marquee (where it all began) was just one of the many rare and knee-trembling sights to be enjoyed within ...

Billy Preston: Rainbow Theatre, London

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

AFTER A shaky start, Billy Preston tore London's Rainbow Theatre apart on Thursday last week, with a little help from his friends. ...

The Stooges: Iggy & The Stooges: Pop Loses Sparkle: Whiskey Club, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

LOS ANGELES: How low can rock and roll sink? This is a question that can never be answered as new depths will always be found ...

John Lennon: Lennon Today

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

WHERE DOHENY DRIVE cuts Sunset at the edge of the Beverly Hills estate, there's a tobacconist shop that carries all makes and brands. It's called ...

Slade: America Feels The Noize

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

NO COMPROMISE says Noddy. No compromise at all. America will just have to go crazee, feel the noize and get their boots off Just like ...

The Band: Band Of Gold

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, November 1973

EVEN THOUGH everyone involved is tremendously excited about the Band/Dylan tour (reported on page one), 1973 still has some time left and The Band have ...

Yoko Ono: Yoko's A No-No: Yoko Ono: Kenny's Castaways, New York

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, November 1973

NEW YORK: I still haven't figured out what is "inside" everyone that makes them not only want to sing, but to so firmly believe they ...

Doug Sahm: Book of Sahm

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

"You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lotta soul" – 'At The Crossroads' by the Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Isn't Life Grand!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

THEY said it would never happen. ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine: Pink Floyd/Soft Machine: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

PINK FLOYD and Soft Machine stunned fans with two sensational shows at London's Rainbow Theatre on Sunday night. It was a splendid evening of rock-co-operation, ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

HOLLYWOOD: Will he? Won't he? Will he? Won't he? Sly Stone's reputation is too firmly etched for these questions not to be asked when he's ...

The Everly Brothers: Creators Of Country Pop

Retrospective by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, November 1973

THE EVERLY BROTHERS – Don and Phil – first emerged in the rock 'n' roll market in 1957, with a unique harmony-vocal sound, a modern ...

Jackson Browne: Jackson's Song For Everyman

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

JACKSON Browne arrived half an hour late. He'd been figuring out how to repair the plumbing at his house, and had finally succeeded in getting ...

Jimmy Cliff: From Reggae To Riches

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

IT MUST BE almost three years since the last hit record. God, that's an artistic lifespan for many people, but somehow he manages to suggest ...

Santana: Spirit Of Santana

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

Carlos Santana is in Britain this week with a new vocalist, a new name and a new energy – thanks to the divine intervention of ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Conquering Quiverlands

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

FOR NINE WEEKS now, the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver have toured America with Elton John. Their single, '(I Don't Want To Love You But) You ...

Traffic: On The Road (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

TRAFFIC, ON OCCASIONS, have the ability to sound like the most demanding and mature rock band in the world. Trouble is, each time they've reached ...

Elton John Steps Into Christmas

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

ELTON JOHN is a happy man as 1973 draws to a close. He has established himself not merely as an elitist's delight and king of ...

Lulu: Honour Lulu

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

"I SUPPOSE I've sold-out, because I do cabaret. Isn't that what they say?" Alan Price said that recently in his dry, laconic way, understanding full ...

Linda Ronstadt: Linda's Liberation

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

WHEN THE film industry was at its peak and the Hollywood Hills beamed down on the Babylon city in its celluloid wrapper, someone decided that ...

Kiki Dee

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

NOTHING IS more satisfying for a successful artist than helping the less fortunate. Elton John has had his chance to set matters aright for at ...

Dawn, Glen Campbell: Live in Las Vegas: Dawn and Glen Campbell

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1973

"HANG ON tight," said the man in the next seat on the Western Airlines jet. "Landings in Las Vegas are the roughest in the world." ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Paul McCartney

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

WHEN THE Prime Minister, Royalty or a Rear Admiral makes a tour of inspection of a naval establishment, there is a flurry of activity among ...

Ronnie Lane Changes Face

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

SOME POP stars like to rock. Some pop stars like to roll. But little Ronnie Lane has got the gypsy in his soul. ...

Wings: Band On The Run

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

"IT'S NOT A concept," says Paul McCartney, but there is a thread to Wings' newie Band On The Run. The feeling expressed throughout is one ...

Yes: Tales From Topographic Oceans (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

CHANTING VOICES lead us into 'The Revealing Science Of God', and the marathon Yes epic that has occupied so much of their time throughout the ...

Yes: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

A DISTURBING night for a Yes fan at London's Rainbow, when the group unveiled their new work Tales From Topographic Oceans. For despite, the applause ...

Elton John: Belle Vue, Manchester

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

FOR THE first time since Bill Haley's motion picture triumph Rock Around The Clock, played at the now-demolished Queen's Cinema, Catford, in 1956, the urge ...

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations In The Rain

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1973

The Beach Boys: Convention Centre, Anaheim, California ...

Alice Cooper: A Christmas Chiller

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1973

The great Sherlock Holmes, cleverly disguised as MM investigator Chris Charlesworth, pulls his deerstalker over his eyes and sets forth on his most dangerous adventure. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Wild Man Of The Guitar

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

AS A ROCK HERO Jimi was one of the best, one of the greatest. Lying on his back playing flaming guitar with his teeth. Fanitastic! ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: Forever Changes

Interview by John Tobler, Melody Maker, December 1973

REMEMBER Arthur Lee and Love? Love was the first rock band to sign with Elektra Records, which they did in late 1965. In approximately their ...

Electric Light Orchestra: ELO: Live in Philadelphia

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1974

WE ARE gathered together, ladies and gentlemen, for a recital by that promising septet of young British musicians who call themselves the Electric Light Orchestra. ...

Stealers Wheel: Wheel Of Fortune

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

JOE EGAN used to be in a band called the Mavericks. Nothing much, just a young band from Paisley, a tough industrial town on the ...

The Jackson 5: Jacksons: All You Need For A Hit Is The Right Feeling

Report and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, January 1974

MOWEST STUDIOS, the private recording facilities for Motown artists, are located in the heart of Hollywood, directly across the street from a high school's baseball ...

Jobriath: Superstar or Superhype?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"If hype means projecting your artist, I'm going to produce the biggest hype ever" – Jerry Brandt talking to ROBERT PARTRIDGE about his latest discovery, ...

Genesis: Masked Idol

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

PETER GABRIEL, man of a thouand faces, is now also a man of several voices. One at least swoops upwards into the stratosphere, gibbers madly, ...

Phil Ochs: Home Thoughts Of Phil Ochs

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1974

ALTHOUGH I'M typing this in Greenwich Village, New York City, this story really begins 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles. ...

Rick Wakeman: Sentimental Journey

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

After two years' work, RICK WAKEMAN'S Journey to the Centre of the Earth will be premiered in London tomorrow (Friday). Rick talks to CHRIS WELCH ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Moody Blues, The Move, Spencer Davis Group, Wizzard: Brum Beat

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"Liverpool today – Birmingham tomorrow. That's the forecast for the beat business in rock music. Yes, the Brum Beat is all set to take over ...

Genesis: Drury Lane Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

GENESIS'S WEEK at London's Drury Lane Theatre, proved that rock and theatre can mix and have a validity outside of mere exhibitionism. The band arc ...

Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman: Gregg Allman

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1974

GREGG ALLMAN picked up an old Gibson acoustic guitar and allowed his nimble fingers to slide over the six new strings. He tuned it and ...

Marc Bolan: Bolan's Back!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

MARC BOLAN is a star. Still. However much heavy water has passed under the bridge of rock and roll sighs, Mr B. commands respect. And ...

Michael Nesmith: Mike Nesmith: Monkee in the Countryside

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, Melody Maker, January 1974

Do me the gracious favour of not pointing me out as the most talented Monkee ...

Rick Wakeman: Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, that was Rick Wakeman's highly successful solo concert at London's Festival Hall on Friday last week. Rick, the keyboard whizz of Yes, brought ...

T. Rex: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

MARC BOLAN returned to the British stage on Monday night and it was as if he had never been away. There were the fans, mostly ...

Tim Hardin: The Legend of Tim Hardin

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, January 1974

A CHUNKY, muscular figure. Penetrating eyes. Wispy black hair ever so slightly receding. What the hell is a legend supposed to look like anyway? "The ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, February 1974

AMERICANS tend to pronounce the word "boogie" with one "u" and a couple of "g's". It comes out sounding "buggie" and it's heard a lot ...

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra: John McLaughlin: It Was Natural Evolution

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

NEW YORK: Although John McLaughlin's decision to disband the Mahavishnu Orchestra came as a surprise in the closing weeks of 1973, further reflections point to ...

Mud, Glorious Mud

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

"HYPE, BILGE, lies, rubbish!" These are the epithets often hurled when a band appears on Top Of The Pops weekly, and soars chartward with a ...

Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie: Southern Rock: Under The Sign Of Capricorn

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

DOWN ON COTTON Avenue in Macon, Georgia, lie the offices of Capricorn Records, slotted between a funeral parlour and a beauty salon that's anything but ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan & The Band: Knocking On Heaven's Door

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

THEY CHEERED and clapped and waved for fifteen minutes even though the house lights were up and 'Greensleeves' was playing through the PA system and ...

Bruce Springsteen: Springsteen Turns On The Heat…

Profile by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

HE STANDS there looking like a cross between Elvis Presley and a reject from Sha Na Na with faint Dylanesque overtones and a battered Fender ...

Humble Pie, Peter Frampton: Dee Anthony: Dee Works!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

From doing impersonations of Al Jolson for 20 bucks a night to managing Humble Pie – that's the story of Dee Anthony. He talks to ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Idle Race: Electric Light Orchestra: Light And Bitter

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1974

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, FRIDAY: The film man wants to know the running order of the show tonight. ...

Harry Chapin: Short Stories (Elektra)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1974

BY NOW IT should be deemed a case of criminal neglect that Harry Chapin's 'W.O.L.D.' is not in the top ten or even higher, because ...

Allman Brothers Band: Leavell Headed Allman

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

PIANIST CHUCK Leavell is the least heralded member of the Allman Brothers Band, a musician first and a talker second. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Cult Heroes

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

NEW YORK: They say that heavy rock is on the decline and it's become fashionable to put down bands whose music is based on a ...

David Ackles: Just A Handful Of Songs

Interview by John Tobler, Melody Maker, February 1974

DAVID ACKLES has got a great house in Pacific Palisades, a few miles west of Los Angeles, and thereby close to the ocean, although the ...

Maggie Bell: Queen of the Night

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

MAGGIE BELL'S first solo album is with us at last. It's been a lengthy wait and there have been countless rumours concerning who would be ...

Maggie Bell: Ding Dong Bell!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

MUCH LOVED Maggie is back in action, and ringing changes in her career that will reverberate around rock. Miss Bell has been quiet in the ...

Osibisa Reborn

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

HAPPY CHILDREN – maybe. Realistic and dedicated musicians – certainly. For beneath the jolly image of Osibisa, there beat sensitive hearts. ...

Slade: Ambassador Theater, St. Louis, MO

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

ST LOUIS: The wide Missouri River flowed beneath the hotel window and a few paddle steamers, now tourist traps or floating restaurants, were securely tied ...

Status Quo: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harold Bronson, Melody Maker, February 1974

LOS ANGELES – Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rory Gallagher, and Manfred Mann's Earthband all graced the Whisky opening night to welcome Status Quo's second Los ...

Yes: Yes Please!

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

AS YES PLAY one of the most prestigious concerts in their career, at Madison Square Garden, New York, this week both their British and American ...

Black Oak Arkansas

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

Black Oak Arkansas are UK bound and MM's man in America, Chris Charlesworth, warns: watch out for the sexiest thing since Jim Morrison ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbra Cadabra!

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

THE GRINDING riff sears through the eardrums, ripping the senses and dulling with monotony. It crashes through the PA system, hurtling itself towards the back ...

Stephen Stills: Carnegie Hall, New York City

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

NEW YORK: There's really no substitute for experience in rock music and there are few musicians around with as much experience as Steve Stills who ...

Al Kooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Al Kooper: Sweetheart Of The South

Interview by John Tobler, Melody Maker, March 1974

AL KOOPER is presumably in accord with Bob Dylan more often than not, as his playing on some the latter's best albums, like Blonde On ...

Brownsville Station: Smokin' Out America's Slade

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1974

FIRST PLACE the tip of the digit finger on the first fret of the third string, then place the second finger on the second fret ...

New York Dolls: Standing in the Shadow of Rock: Shadow Morton, Pt. 1

Interview by Lenny Kaye, Melody Maker, March 1974

"I don’t consider myself a good producer. I’m one of the best." Shadow Morton, producer of the New York Dolls, talks to Lenny Kaye. ...

Yes: America roars YES!

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1974

Rick Wakeman said it: the MM's Yes concert at Madison Square Garden was the best yet. ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Roy Wood, The Small Faces, Wizzard: Don Arden: The Hit Man

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, March 1974

He's been called the Al Capone of pop, and the reputation's, shall we say, a little heavy. A nervous Robert Partridge talks to Don Arden... ...

Elvis Presley: Revolt Into Style

Essay by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, March 1974

ELVIS PRESLEY. The giant among giants, and yet also that strange kind of comic-book hero, Mr Reverso Man. ...

Lou Reed: Man Of Few Words

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1974

UP ON THE 37th floor of a Park Avenue office block which faces north and thus commands an extensive view of New York's Central Park ...

Roy Orbison: 1960's Man Of Integrity

Profile by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, March 1974

ROY ORBISON seems fated to be Mr. 1960. That's when he began a cascade of hit singles. That's when he became a star in Britain. ...

Janis Ian, New York Dolls, The Shangri-Las, Vanilla Fudge: You Can't Make Heroes Out Of Guys In Black Leather Jackets, They Told George 'Shadow' Morton. He Did...

Interview by Lenny Kaye, Melody Maker, March 1974

Part two of the Shadow Morton story by Lenny Kaye ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Hook, Line And Sinker

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1974

"HEY MAN, that was really great. They really hated us out there. There was a guy at the front who kept shouting 'you suck' all ...

Humble Pie: Thunderbox

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

STEVE MARRIOTT – hair flying, jaw set at an aggressive angle, knees akimbo and arms flailing over his jutting guitar – is one of the ...

Rick Derringer The Real McCoy

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1974

From 'Hang On Sloopy' to the Winter Brothers – and now Rick Derringer's got a hit US single and album ...

Alan Price: Price Cuts

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

IN A ROCK world where folk tend to babble nonsense at the drop of a hat, blither platitudes, and indulge in half-baked philosophising, it is ...

Alice Cooper: Fangs Ain't What They Used To Be

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1974

AT THE END of the second evening of this three-day trip to London, after a grueling schedule of interviews for the press radio and TV, ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: The Power And The Glory

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

WHEN THEY showed Antonioni's classic film of the 'sixties, Blow Up, on TV last week, apart from evoking the real or imaginary spirit of "Swinging ...

Cockney Rebel: Harley Street

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

"OH LORD please don't let me be misunderstood" was the classic line Eric Burdon sang with the Animals. It could almost have been written for ...

Focus: Changing Focus

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

FOCUS HAVE been through some changes in recent months, and happily for fans of this Dutch band with an international reputation for fine music – ...

Queen: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, April 1974

FREDDIE MERCURY glares thunderously from beneath the beam of the spotlight. Anger and hostility ooze from his mouth. He pumps his right fist vigorously skywards ...

Loggins & Messina: Sailing On

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1974

DESPITE substantial success in the United States, Loggins and Messina have remained an unknown quantity in the U.K. ...

Rick Wakeman: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

IN CLASSICAL music terms, this composition might be described as "lightweight" or of "little consequence." But as far as popular music is concerned, Rick's composition ...

Rick Wakeman, Yes: Rick Wakeman: British Groups Have Gone Over The Top

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

The American tour was the last of the long ones ...

Sparks: Bright Sparks

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

IT HAD TO BE said. The gentleman with the black, slicked-back hair, Charlie Chaplin moustache and thoroughly English cricket pullover, in no manner resembled a ...

Steely Dan: Steely Logic

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1974

ALTHOUGH IT'S quite incidental to the story that follows, let's begin by explaining the meaning of the term Steely Dan. It has nothing to do ...

Eric Clapton at the China Garden

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

A TURN UP for the books, and as it transpired, a turn up for the stomachs, when Eric Clapton announced his return to active service ...

Gregg Allman: Carnegie Hall, New York City

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1974

GREGG ALLMAN, the usually shy keyboards wizard, emerges into the limelight at last. Chris Charlesworth was there... ...

Mud Slinging

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1974

Mud. They’re a pure pop band, no pretentions, but a lot of fun. Caroline Coon goes on the road with the boys who bridge the ...

Todd Rundgren: Odd Todd

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1974

TODD RUNDGREN loped into Bearsville's offices on East 55th Street the other day with a South American raccoon on one arm and a lady dressed ...

Yes, 5,000 Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

"I HEAR we're playing the next gig in My-Rand," said Rick Wakeman, leaning heavily on the bar in the George Cinque Hotel. ...

Andy Williams: Ol' Treacle Voice Is Back

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1974

Darling of the soap-opera set, Goliath of the balladeer belt, Andy Williams is so very glad to be back in this wonderful country. Caroline Coon ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Funk On A Grand Scale

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

RINGING EARS are a symptom of excessive listening to loud rock and roll. When the ears tingle after a gig, you know the band in ...

Roger McGuinn: Roger And Out

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

"JEEZ, I HOPE the sound guy is straight tonight." said Al. "The guy who did it last night didn't have a clue. Might wind up ...

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

A NEW album release by David Bowie is today looked on with as much awe as a release by the Beatles in the sixties. Later ...

Harry Chapin: Short Stories of Harry Chapin

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

SHORT STORIES is the most apt title for Harry Chapin's new album, for Chapin is not so much a singer as a storyteller, an artist ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: March Of The Mod

Profile by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

IT MAY WELL have been pure chance that produced the most visually exciting guitarist in rock. If Peter Townshend hadn't been born with a big ...

Roxy Music: We're Not Killing Ourselves In America

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

BRYAN FERRY was exhausted. Utterly. Not much lounging for the lounge lizard this week. All go. Up at dawn to another city. Another round of ...

Steely Dan: Get Dan And Get With It!

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1974

Steely Dan: Palace Theatre, Manchester ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Alone

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1974

THE PR MAN in the coffee lounge of the Hotel Russell was anxious about the Loudon Wainwright's appearance. "Is he cleanshaven or bearded." he wanted ...

Steely Dan

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

STEELY DAN, in their short time together, have been hailed as one of the best bands to emerge from America in a long time. They ...

Ronnie Lane's Circus Comes To Town

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"CHAOS!" said Ronnie Lane, crinkling his expressive face into a smile against the sunshine raining on his caravan. "Courage," I thought, gazing at the Big ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Super Sly

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1974

HE EXTENDED A HAND but looked elsewhere. Who could tell where his eyes focused beneath those silver shades? He gripped and I felt pain through ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Stevie Winwood: Sixties Soul Survivor

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"STEVE'S only 25 you know. When people criticise him and say he's not as good as he used to be in the old days, they ...

Brian Wilson: From Surf To Symphony

Profile by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1974

BRIAN WILSON was 19 years old when, in 1961, the Beach Boys committed his first song, 'Surfin'', to tape. ...

Elton John: Caribou

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

IS IT AS GOOD as Yellow Brick Road? That will be the cry, where 'ere Elton John fans congregate and exchange notes. ...

Randy Newman:

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1974

PERHAPS THIS boy had an image problem. Randy Newman's first album, for instance, had a picture of him looking like he'd never heard of rock ...

Boz Scaggs: Boz Of The Blues

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1974

WE'RE just talking, comparing favourite singers, when Boz Scaggs happens to mention Bobby "Blue" Bland. ...

David Bowie: Birth Of The New Rock Theatre

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1974

A FEW THOUSAND lucky Canadians witnessed a completely new concept in rock theatre last weekend when David Bowie opened his North American tour in Montreal ...

The Who: Pete Townshend in New York

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1974

"LAST NIGHT," says Roger Daltrey, screwing his face up to obtain maximum effect, "we was f...'orrible. Really f...'orrible. It just shows that we ARE human, ...

Eric Clapton: Danish Blues Power: Eric Clapton

Review and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"WE WANT Buddy Holly!... I AM Buddy Holly!" ...

Rick Wakeman, Yes: Rick Wakeman: Quitting Was An Obvious Move

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

A SQUEAL of tyres, a cloud of dust and Rick Wakeman and wife Ros, drew to a halt outside the "Valiant Trooper," an excellent boozer, ...

Rick Wakeman, Yes: Rick Wakeman: Why I Said No To Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

RICK WAKEMAN has a grand design afoot that could result in one of the most extraordinary, epic concerts in ye history of popular music. ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Buffy St Marie: Buffy Breaks Away

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

"HI, IT'S Buffy St. Marie here. How are you?" The call came through some 48 hours after it was expected, rousing this writer from a ...

Frank Zappa: Outrage And Invention

Profile by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, July 1974

FRANK ZAPPA is the only West Coast musician who emerged in the 1960s without giving free promotion to the California Tourist Board. ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids: Kid's Stuff

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1974

JUST HOW heavy are the Heavy Metal Kids? They peer at us from advertisements clad in top hats, patched jeans, braces, big boots and flat ...

The Band, Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton: A Hero Comes To Town

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

PITTSBURGH, PA. – The tint on the TV screen gave the newscaster a peculiarly reddish face, almost as if he was genuinely quite excited about ...

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap: Gary Puckett: How We Split The Gap

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

"YEAH I GUESS you could say I was kinda surprised when I got the news. But the funny thing is that I kinda predicted it ...

George McCrae's Last Chance – A Smash

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

STRANGE how chance plays its part in the record business. If George McCrae hadn't decided to have one last try at making a hit record ...

Olivia Newton John, Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatro & Olivia Newton-John: Dolly Mixture

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1974

'What's ladylike?' asks Suzi Quatro. Olivia Newton-John should know – she was amazed in America when the audience ignored that she was wearing jeans on ...

Brian Auger: Straight Ahead Again

Interview by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, July 1974

BRIAN AUGER has been stomping round the commercial radio stations as part of his duty in promoting his latest album Straight Ahead by the Brian ...

Edgar Winter: Great White Wonder

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

EDGAR WINTER shoots pool pretty good considering he's as blind as a bat. The green ball gives him trouble because that's the same colour as ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake and Palmer: England's Robbing Us!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1974

WHEN THE alarm bells ring at "Whyte Eagles," it's not a warning of imminent fire or pestilence, just a reminder to Carl Palmer to turn ...

John Cale: Caged Heat

Profile and Interview by Mick Gold, Melody Maker, July 1974

JOHN CALE is sitting in a preview theatre, cowering in the shadow of the London Hilton to see a screening of this movie hes scored ...

Georgie Fame: Fanning the Flames

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

TEN YEARS HAVE elapsed since Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames pioneered a brand of funky jazz in the sweating cellars of Soho and fought ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Greg Lake: Rock Will Go Back To Its Roots

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

GREG LAKE'S London home is a rare and impressive sight. A light glows outside a town house in a quiet street that takes you back ...

Bad Company

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1974

Bad Company's formation has been a shot in the arm for Paul Rodgers – and he's raving over the band's tour of the States as ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Love The One You're With!

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1974

MILE HIGH STADIUM, as the name implies, is 1,760 yards high. That's a mile above sea level, but even so it sits at the foot ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Jagger – It's Time For A Change

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

"SORRY I'm late." "It's all right Mick." "No – it's not all right." ...

The Jackson 5: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1974

NEW YORK: There's something about Michael Jackson that is almost frightening to behold. How can it be possible for a kid that age to be ...

Yes: I'm Not Jumping Into Wakeman's Boots…It Will Be Different

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

"THE TEXTURES are so rich...and they work so fast..." Patrick Moraz slipped a sidelong glance across the top of an amphitheatre of keyboards, a mixture ...

Mike Oldfield: High On The Ridge

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1974

Toy gliders, house-hunting and a jam with a harpsichordist in a restaurant. It's all happening on the Welsh Marches where Karl Dallas meets Mike Oldfield. ...

Rod Stewart: I Dream Of A Solo Concert

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1974

"ANYTHING I say is not meant to be a blot on anyone's character...or trousers." ...

Flo & Eddie's Mock Turtles

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1974

From the Turtles via the Mothers and T. Rex to their own radio show. Chris Charlesworth meets Flo and Eddie in New York ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: Broken Dolls

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1974

NEW YORK: The many critics of the New York Dolls will doubtless be pleased to hear that their fortunes recently have spiralled downwards. Unless a ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC & Sunshine Band: Let The Sunshine In

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1974

ALTHOUGH it has yet to register in the US Top 100, 'Queen Of Clubs' by K. C. and the Sunshine Band represents the second big ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Wainwright: I Like To Be Laughed At

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1974

...which is as good a reason as any for Loudon Wainwright to play a role in the weekly comedy TV series, Mash. He spoke to ...

Alvin Stardust: Devil in Disguise

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1974

Alvin Stardust hasn't looked back since he returned to the charts a year ago. But as Caroline Coon finds out, his 'untouchable' image isn't the ...

Luther Grosvenor aka Ariel Bender: Ariel Bender: Hot Ariel

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1974

Chris Welch meets ex-Mott guitarist Ariel Bender, now going solo ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp: Why I Killed the King

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, October 1974

King Crimson finally abdicated last week. But the end came with a whimper, an official statement merely commented that the band had "ceased to exist". ...

Alice Cooper: Tee With Alice

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1974

Chris Charlesworth has a round – of golf, that is – with Alice Cooper in New York and finds the ghoul of rock is a ...

Peter Frampton: Rock Victim

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1974

THE MAN once dubbed the "Face Of '68" sat in the cafe, quietly reflecting on his home country. He was once the most screamed at ...

Slade: Your Public Is Your Judge

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1974

THEY CAME out of Wolverhampton. Failed skinheads who became the loudest, most aggressive stomping band in the land. A year ago nobody questioned it – ...

Bad Company: Kings Of The Castle!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1974

CLEARWELL CASTLE, Gloucestershire, Thursday – Mick Ralphs, clad in blue jeans, tee-shirts with Texas written on the front and dirty white fur-lined coat, hovers around ...

Genesis: The New Face Of Gabriel

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1974

Don't lose hope, Genesis fans! Their tour may be cancelled, but there's a new album on the way. And the new-look Peter Gabriel has given ...

Steeleye Span: How a Goon Came To Play Ukelele

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1974

IT WAS like the coming of a new Messiah. Everyone sat around nervously awaiting the arrival of HIM, the man who was gonna make this ...

Deep Purple: Stormbringer (Purple Records)

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

'Stormbringer'; 'Love Don't Mean A Thing'; 'Holy Man'; 'Hold On'; 'Lady Double Dealer'; 'You Can't Do It Right'; 'High Ball Shooter'; 'The Gypsy'; 'Soldiers of ...

Deep Purple: Angry Young Man

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

THE FORTUNES of Deep Purple have taken strange paths over the past 12 months. But changes in line-up and strange stories about their antics in ...

Jan & Dean Ride The Wild Surf

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

ABOUT ONE year ago this week Dick Clark, in his infinite wisdom, decided to host a ten year anniversary edition of his TV rock show ...

Sparks: Hometown Heroes At Last

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1974

IT WAS a typical day in Los Angeles, hot and smoggy. 18-year-old Jeff exclaimed with glee clutching his autographed Sparks album, "They went to my ...

Pink Floyd: A Galactic Voyage

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

"WELL, we are here and you are here so let's get started," announced a slightly apprehensive but essentially laid back Roger Waters from the stage ...

Pink Floyd: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

"WELL, WE ARE here and you are here so let's get started," announced a slightly apprehensive but essentially laid back Roger Waters from the stage ...

Queen: A Seventies Bombshell

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

"PEOPLE THINK I'm an ogre at times. Some girls hissed at me in the street...'You devil.' They think we're really nasty. But that's only on ...

Stevie Wonder: Further Fulfillingness

Interview by Wayne Robins, Melody Maker, November 1974

STEVIE WONDER had to know: should he, could he, release part two of Fulfillingness' First Finale at the end of November? ...

The Bay City Rollers: Kings Of Pop!

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

IN THE same week that Muhammad Ali regained his heavyweight boxing title, the featherweight crown of pop, too, has changed hands. ...

Alvin Lee & Co: In Flight (Chrysalis)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

CLAP YO' hands and stomp those feet, here's some funky music, you can't beat. ...

Greenslade: Greenslade Warming Up

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

THERE'S DEVIL'S work afoot in the world of rock (and indeed roll). Wot wiv the price of petrol and motorway chips it's a wonder there ...

Jethro Tull: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

RISE SIR Ian of Flute, for thou hast indeed redeemed thyself. The critics have had their way, the Passion Play has been forgotten and Jethro ...

Pink Floyd: All Wright Now!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

IN THE current era, when groups and artists come and go with alarming regularity, the continuing success of the Pink Floyd is a peculiar state ...

Pink Floyd: Empire Pool, London

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, November 1974

GLC fuck-ups at Empire Pool ...

Dana Gillespie: Big Girls Don’t Cry…

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1974

Dana Gillespie talks to Caroline Coon ...

Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Charisma)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

I WISH that rock musicians would learn the importance of self-editing. A few golden, miraculous notes, and some choice pithy words are worth all the ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker: Ginger Recruits An Army

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

...and they're going into battle shortly with a new album and tour. Ginger Baker, ace drummer and member of the Lagos Polo Club, explains his ...

The Faces: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

"NOW THIS is serious," said the dazzling figure of Rod Stewart, calling for order. "Me brother and sister are here and I'd like you to ...

The Miracles: Miracles Never Cease…

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1974

LOS ANGELES: "I really loved touring with the English groups, back in 1963 and 1964. We used to tour with the Rolling Stones and people ...

Argent Delivery

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

ROD ARGENT is a nice chap. Not one of your violent illiterates of rock prone to throwing pints of Guinness over the heads of passers-by, ...

Marc Bolan

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

A MYSTERIOIUS lack of bubble seems to be affecting Master Marc Bolan's latest offering, the Zip Gun Boogie, as it is known to those who ...

Ace: Five Aside (Anchor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Tex Comer (bass guitar), Fran Byrne (drums). Bam King (rhythm guitar), Phil Harris (lead guitar), Paul Carrack (organ, piano). Producer John Anthony. ...

Bad Company: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1974

BAD COMPANY were big before they were born. Any band that included Paul Rodgers in its ranks and a bassist with the talents of Boz ...

Yes: Relayer (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Chris Squire (bass guitar), Jon Anderson (vocals), Patrick Moraz (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Produced by Yes and Eddie Offord. Recorded on Eddie ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Clapton duels with Wood ...

George McCrae: Soul Lib

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1974

"I TELL YOU... England is the most exciting and beautiful country I have ever seen," says George McCrae, now two and a half weeks into ...

Gregg Allman: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1974

Greg — mining the blues ...

Harry Chapin: Avery Fisher Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1974

NEW YORK: The trouble with Harry is that he's such a goddam regular guy. The way he handles himself onstage, for instance. Like a scoutmaster, ...

Queen: Freddie Mercury: Queen Bee

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1974

THERE'S NOTHING like a dearth of hero-stars to make a media industry writhe with despondency. Film moguls, unable to find successors to Monroe and Gable, ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1974

I DOUBT very much whether Lynyrd Skynyrd, those Southern rock and rollers who take the stage to the strains of a tape of 'Dixie', could ...

The Beach Boys: Stepping Out Of The Surf

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1974

LOS ANGELES; "Last week in Vancouver we sold out the Canadian National Exhibition Hall twice. We had 17,500 for each show and over 5,000 additional ...

The Guess Who: Guess Who's a smash!

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1974

"I WANTED to buy some records, so I went collecting for UNICEF on Halloween and took the money," recalls the 26-year-old lead singer for the ...

Rory Gallagher: Play For Today, Tomorrow You Die

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 1975

Rory rocks back to a supersonic reception in California. Harry Doherty is there... ...

Elton John: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

MAYBE IT WAS the pre-Christmas spirit or the entire packet of chocolate I had just consumed, but a lump rase in my throat during the ...

Lynsey De Paul: Pop’s Leading Lady

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, January 1975

After only three years in the music business, Lynsey De Paul is already a hit. And she’s not yet reached the peak of her talent. ...

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Up On The Roof

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

MAYBE it's a sign of the times, as the Seventies increasingly take on the atmosphere of gloom and uncertainty that pervaded the late twenties and ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker-Gurvitz Army (Vertigo)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

WHAT BETTER WAY to start a new year than with an album that truly evokes a sense of occasion and excitement. ...

Bonnie Raitt: Raitt Place, Raitt Time

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

BONNIE RAITT JUGGLED happily between the various lines on the desk telephone in an office at Warner Brothers' New York headquarters. She seemed to be ...

Doobie Brothers: Doobies — With Added Skunk

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

KALAMAZOO: Over thirty guitars, mostly Gibsons, sit on racks in one dressing room and a wooden packing case in another contains suits of clothing that ...

Elton John: 'It's Not All Down To Elton...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

...he's just part of a band'. And that's the way Elton John's always wanted it, drummer Nigel Olsson tells CHRIS WELCH, in a rare behind-the-scenes ...

Larry Graham, Sly & The Family Stone: Larry Graham: Platform For Station

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

OAKLAND: Few people can ever have listened to a Sly Stone record without experiencing a gut feeling as the bass guitar runs through its paces, ...

Little Feat: Real Dixie Chickens

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

LITTLE FEAT come to Europe with a high reputation to live up to. While the Doobie Brothers headline one of the two nights at each ...

Montrose: Montrose Country

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

LOS ANGELES: For Montrose this is their second visit to the UK having played here as support act on a Status Quo tour earlier this ...

Tower of Power: Tower Of Power

Profile by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

BY FAR THE biggest ensemble to be visiting Europe on the Warners tour is Tower of Power, the Oakland based blues and soul outfit whose ...

Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

A CURIOUS MARRIAGE of convenience. That is how the link between American lead guitarist Tommy Bolin and British speed rock band Deep Purple might appear ...

Doobie Brothers, Little Feat: Doobie Brothers/Little Feat: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

CURIOUSER and curiouser. There was no denying the deserving nature of the ovation that greeted Little Feat the boogie band that plays more music than ...

Suzi Quatro: Your Momma Won't Like It

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1975

...but black leather isn't all there is to Suzi Quatro explains KARL DALLAS ...

Maggie Bell: Suicide Sal

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1975

IT'S CURIOUS that Maggie Bell still hasn't got her name up there in lights. ...

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant: Recording's No Race For Us

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1975

WITH WEEKS of the current Led Zeppelin tour under his belt, Robert Plant is feeling the strain. One show has been cancelled because he caught ...

Stomu Yamashta: 24 Hour Man

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1975

STOMU YAMASHTA was looking pretty chipper for someone who's been getting just two hours sleep a night for the past month. For a man who ...

Alexis Korner: Why Alexis Won't Join The Stones

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1975

ALEXIS KORNER laughed, his suntanned face creasing up into laughter lines, his body rocking very gently back and forth. "Oh," he said. "No way." ...

Claire Hamill

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, February 1975

SHE CAME down to London from fields afar, a cute little northern lass who was gonna be Britain's new first lady of rock. They all ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1975

DON COVAY'S resurrection as an artist was one of the brightest events of last year. His 'It's Better To Have' made number 21 in the ...

Kiki Dee: Kiki: Got The Music

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, February 1975

Kiki Dee, sitting in the ritzy bar of the Hotel Metropol in Monte Carlo, is looking thoughtfully at the clinking ice cubes which she is ...

Kiss: Kiss and Tell

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, February 1975

LOS ANGELES: "We sold out two houses in Detroit at 12,000 each and were the biggest thing to hit the city since the Beatles. People ...

Leo Sayer: One Man Band No Longer

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1975

WHEN LITTLE Leo Sayer does his Michael Crawford impersonation and becomes disaster prone Frank, protective instincts are aroused, and folk cluster around to prevent him ...

The Charlie Daniels Band: The South Rises Again

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1975

Southern bands like the Allmans, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Wet Willie have smashed their way to the top of American rock. Now add a new name ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen's New Skin

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1975

LOS ANGELES: "For a while, I didn't think there was going to be another album. I pretty well felt that I was washed up as ...

Average White Band

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

AIN'T IT just like the February sunshine to play tricks with the mind? Here I am, sat aboard the Long Island Railroad Express, rattling out ...

John Lennon: Rock On!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

It's a busy time for JOHN LENNON – hit singles, a new album of oldies and recording with Elton John and and David Bowie. Plus ...

Keith Moon: Moon Beams

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1975

LOS ANGELES: In the last six months, he's jammed with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey, played with John Sebastian at the Troubadour and recently, at ...

Yes: Yesterdays (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1975

Recordings between 1969-1971 including material from Yes and Time And A Word. ...

Alvin Lee: Going Home No More

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1975

ALVIN LEE is getting into self-sufficiency. Along with many fellow Britons, alarmed at the daily news, he is determined to make full use of the ...

Don McLean: How A Hobo Could Save McLean From Endless Pie

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

THE BIZARRE tale of a black hobo with one leg who fell from a Dallas bound train in the early part of this century and ...

Harry Chapin: Chapin Up!

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

HARRY CHAPIN, the singer who tells stories rather than sings songs, has recently moved his craft a giant leap forward with the opening of The ...

Jackson C. Frank: Frankly Speaking

Retrospective by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1975

MM's series on the underrated musicians of yesterday. This week: JACKSON C. FRANK ...

Bad Company: Straight Shooter (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, March 1975

BAD COMPANY were the most remarkable success story of 1974. The band hit number one in the American charts with their first album, became headliners ...

Styx

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

NO QUESTION about it. Styx were stuck. Their second album had lain on the record warehouse shelves for two years doing nothing but gather dust. ...

Rick Wakeman: Next Stop – The Gods

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1975

RICK WAKEMAN on ice! It takes a cool nerve to launch a rock extravaganza in an area normally the preserve of pantomimes and hockey, but ...

Alice Cooper: Alice's Tasteful Nightmare

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

THE NEW Alice Cooper Revue, which opened in Chicago last week and moved on to Detroit and Cincinnati, is yet another step forward in the ...

Joe Walsh: Slowhand Cowboy

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

Top-rated guitarist JOE WALSH – due in Britain in June – talks to Chris Charlesworth in Iowa ...

Minnie Riperton

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

MINNIE RIPERTON is as fizzy as a soda bottle shaken on a hot summer day. Life, it is reassuring to know, can be enjoyed even ...

The Eagles: Eagle Eyed

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

HOLLYWOOD: On a clear day Glenn Frey can see from his living room right out to sea, right across the Pacific to Catalina, the island ...

Al Green: Green Light!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

Stylistics, Sweet Sensation, Chi-Lites — all top names in the world of sweet soul music. But there's only one boss — AL GREEN. And no ...

Elton John: Elton's Bitter Sweet Album

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1975

Chris Charlesworth in New York previews Elton John's new album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy – and talks to the man himself... ...

Leo Sayer: Leo Raises His Glasses

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1975

LITTLE Leo Sayer leaned across and asked with his usual charm and courtesy: "Have you got any matches?" A surprising request from a non-smoker, but ...

Maria Muldaur: Maria's Magic Moment

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, May 1975

ENCORE time at Stony Brook, Long Island. Maria Muldaur had just finished an impressive set and the kids were yelling out for more of the ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1975

SEVEN YEARS ago, Desmond Dekker was a raw, gangling boy from St Thomas, Jamaica. ...

Seals and Crofts: Two's Company

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, May 1975

JIMMY SEALS is wearing an extremely smart tweedy outfit like he's an advert for Hardy Amies. He's got those granny spectacles and he leans back ...

Judy Collins: Judy Fights On

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1975

Judy Collins – back in the MM chart with a hit single, 'Send In The Clowns' – talks to Chris Charlesworth in New York ...

Wings: Paul McCartney: Abbey Road Revisited

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1975

WINGS flew over Soho this week. But these were of musical origin and did not belong to the rather grubby pigeons that haunt London's home ...

Dion, Phil Spector: Phil Spector: He's A Rebel

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1975

THE OCCASION is Professor Phil Spector's guest lecture at the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College record producing seminar. Last time Phil talked at the school was ...

Hunter-Ronson, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Hunter-Ronson: Till Death Us Do Part

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1975

Forget all the rumours, Hunter-Ronson are still happily married, as they tell Chris Charlesworth ...

Tammy Wynette: Going UP Country

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1975

How come a seven-year-old single, re-issued for the fifth time, made it to number one? Robert Partridge gets the full story behind Tammy Wynette's 'Stand ...

Tammy Wynette: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1975

THREE MONTHS ago Tammy Wynette was little more than cowboy fodder in Britain, appealing only to a small body of country freaks. But, one smasheroo ...

The Beach Boys, Chicago: Beachago: The Beach Boys meet Chicago

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1975

PERHAPS THE MOST the most interesting side-effect of the depression in the United States has been the decision of two potential headliners to go out ...

Elton John: I Want To Chug, Not Race

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, June 1975

IN AMSTERDAM LAST WEEK, while canals evaporated in the heat wave, eight musicians and three singers were stirring the sluggish air with an electric sound ...

Led Zeppelin: John Bonham: Over The Hills And Far Away…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1975

GOSSIP IN the village was running riot. John up at the farm was going to buy The Chequers. The American in the bar of another ...

Singer-Songwriters: Back To The Roots!

Overview by Dave Laing, Melody Maker, June 1975

In this exclusive extract from a major new rock book, The Electric Muse, Dave Laing investigates the post-Woodstock singer/songwriter syndrome, and charts the rise in ...

Aerosmith

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1975

AMERICAN BANDS USUALLY fall into one of two categories. They are either denim-clad cowpokes, bearded, laidback to the point of collapse, drinking corn liquor from ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Ritchie Blackmore

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1975

RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S DEPARTURE from Deep Purple comes as no surprise to followers of Deep Purple who have watched their activities closely over the years. For ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: Putting On The Style

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1975

The elusive Bryan Ferry, reviver of oldies and singer with Roxy Music, talks to Caroline Coon In 1971, when Bryan Ferry flew into the ...

Average White Band: Cut The Cake (Atlantic)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1975

Hamish Stuart (guitar, vocals), Alan Gorrie (bass, vocals), Onnie Mclntyre (guitar), Roger Ball (keyboards, alto and baritone saxophones), Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone), Stephen Ferrone (drums, ...

Colosseum: Jon Hiseman: Why I've Re-formed Colosseum

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

DRUMS HAVE BEEN rumbling down in darkest South London, underneath the railway arches. Drums and guitars competing with the rumble of trains overhead, and grim ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory Gets The Acoustic Bug

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

RORY GALLAGHER made two startling discoveries during his week at the Montreux Festival. One was that Swiss beer has remarkably potent characteristics, despite its deceptively ...

Stephen Stills: Stills (CBS)

Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1975

I'M SATISFIED with this album, but I wish I could be more enthusiastic as Stephen Stills has both created and had a hand in creating ...

The Chieftains: Montreux Music Festival, Switzerland

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE CHIEFTAINS MADE much of contemporary rock music sound a shallow fraud, when they took the stage of the Montreux Music Festival in Switzerland last ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Wailin'

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1975

After two amazing gigs last week in London, Bob Marley is being universally hailed as reggae's first superstar. Karl Dallas watches the Wailers in action ...

Hot Chocolate: Choc's Away

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, July 1975

A CLUTCH of nubile girls are usefully spending their school holidays hanging around outside the Bell Record Company offices in the hope of a glimpse ...

Maria Muldaur: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE TROUBLE with Maria Muldaur is that she is so Goddamn talented it could make you sick. At Ronnie Scott's London, she was all the ...

Pete Wingfield: Breakfast Special (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE ONLY question this album leaves unresolved is why no one thought of recording Pete Wingfield before. ...

Spirit: Spirit of '75

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1975

Drummer Ed Cassidy talks about the new-look Spirit – and explains why a band of '67 is still hunting the big-time ...

Captain, The, and Tennille: The Captain and Tennille: Captain Fantastic

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1975

IN SEPTEMBER 1973, two Chatsworth residents recorded a song, 'The Way I Want To Touch You'. Subscribing to the Phil Spector school of self-distribution, they ...

Billy Preston, The Rolling Stones: Billy Preston: Like a Rolling Stone

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, August 1975

"We're a family," says Billy Preston of his current tour of the U.S. with the Stones. And in addition to that, he's just released a ...

Joe Walsh: Lonely Leader

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1975

IT'S A BIT disconcerting when you're having a perfectly innocent conversation and the guy you're talking to suddenly brandishes a knife beneath your nose. Not ...

Maria Muldaur: Maria Hangs Loose

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1975

Maria Muldaur, the American singer who has just completed a highly-successful week at London's Ronnie Scott Club, talks to KARL DALLAS ...

Rod Stewart: Atlantic Crossing (Warner Bros.)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

Producer: Tom Dowd. Musicians include Barry Beckett (keyboards), Steve Cropper (guitar), Duck Dunn (bass), Al Jackson and Nigel Olsson (drums), and Memphis Horns (brass). ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Sorely Taxed

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

The Faces may split ...

Smokie: Smokey: No Smokey Without Fire…

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1975

THE NEWS that Chinn and Chapman had signed a new band was predictably greeted by the music business with one big yawn. What would this ...

The Stylistics: Sing, Baby, Sing!

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1975

ABUSE COMES too easily. The Stylistics are the masters of sweet soul, the kings of lush sentiment, and the lords of overstated romance. Even their ...

James Taylor: Universal Amphitheatre, LA

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, August 1975

JAMES TAYLOR'S UNIVERSAL Amphitheatre gig, though predictable at times, established new beginnings for the folkster as he returned to the Southland for the first time ...

Johnny Cash: Man In Black

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, August 1975

ANAHEIM: Forty miles from Los Angeles, Johnny Cash sits in the Royal Inn Hotel. Cash is in town to promote his autobiography, Man In Black, ...

Procol Harum: Palladum, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1975

IT COULD WELL have been two different bands appearing at the London Palladium on Sunday. The first was a shambling, incohesive bunch whose dull, plodding ...

Rick Wakeman: Liszten To Rick!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

Lisztomania is quite a movie, says Rick Wakeman. He plays Thor in the film, as well as producing the music, and he tells Chris Welch ...

Dr. Feelgood: 1975 Orange Festival, France

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1975

ON PAPER, Saturday evening looked to be the least attractive evening of the festival but it was, in fact, a triumph for Dr Feelgood, who ...

Eric Clapton: E.C. Was Here

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

HOWEVER ERIC CLAPTON spent his couple of years in isolation from the world, he returned to active performing refreshed and revitalised. ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Genesis to Revelation

Obituary by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

AS PETER GABRIEL QUITS GENESIS, CHRIS WELCH RECALLS A GREAT BRITISH BAND ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel Quits Genesis

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

THE MELODY MAKER last week front-paged the growing doubts about Gabriel's future in the band. Reports, denied by the management of Genesis, indicated that Gabriel ...

Buddy Holly: The Legend Lives On

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1975

"DEAR BUDDY, I have several records of yours and my favourite is 'Oh Boy'. Please send me a picture with your autograph." With the constant ...

The Bay City Rollers: Inside the Bay City Rollers' Camp

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1975

"WHEN ANYONE slates us, you can bet they’ve never heard our own stuff – Derek is a brilliant drummer" ...

10cc: We're The Missionaries

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1975

A HATCHET-wielding psychopath was on the loose in the next room. In the circumstances, it was beyond comprehension how Lol Creme could present a gleaming ...

Santana: Guitarists Bore Me To Tears

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1975

OF ALL the great groups to have emerged out of San Francisco since the mid-sixties, Santana have retained a musical credibility that surpasses their home ...

Leo Sayer: Sayer: “L.A. is Music's Capital, New York second, London Only Third”

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1975

"I FEEL I’m at my peak, I’m doing my best work ever now." Little Leo Sayer is back. The location is London’s Cunard International Hotel ...

Jon Anderson, Yes: Yes: When We're Perfect, We'll Stop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1975

"IT'S BEEN a marvellous year for us, and hopefully it will get even better in 1976, but although we aim for perfection, I hope we ...

Jethro Tull: The Jethro Tull Story

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1975

"I want to justify the place on my passport where it says 'Occupation: musician'. I feel that I've not yet really justified that" Harry Doherty ...

Art Garfunkel: Art For Art's Sake

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1975

ART GARFUNKEL cut an odd dash at the Top of the Pops rehearsals last week. Slotted between Pan's People and Mud and closely followed by ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoid

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1975

IT'S NO MERE coincidence that an Ozzie Osbourne song on the new Black Sabbath album is called 'Am I Going Insane?' Ozzie, who professes that ...

The Isley Brothers: Isley Brothers: Heat's Still On Isleys

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1975

LOS ANGELES: The Isleys' latest album, The Heat Is On, recently hit number one in America, but for as long as there's been rock and ...

Leo Sayer: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1975

LEO SAYER IS in danger of losing fans if he persists in forcing his personality on audiences, as he did when his British tour opened ...

Supertramp: 'Tramp On The March

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1975

FOR ALL THAT has been heard of Supertramp during the past six months, you could be forgiven for doubting their very existence. ...

The Who: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1975

LIKE MOUNTAINEERS tottering on the brink of some huge ravine, the Who crashed into their first tour in over two years at the weekend and, ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tina Turner: Acid Queen

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1975

"WE TOURED FOR years with all the English groups and I always liked what they were singing about. ...

Steeleye Span: Steeleye Sold Out?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1975

WHEREFORE art thou, Span? The cry persists: "They've sold out." The denials continue. But Steeleye Span's drift towards "commercialism," especially on the new album, All ...

Cat Stevens

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1975

Cat Stevens, after a long personality crisis, has bounced back with a new album and tour. Caroline Coon meets him in Frankfurt ...

Queen's Evidence

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1975

I'M P---- OFF listening to the bloody album," mutters a weary Roger Taylor, confronted once more with hearing a new Queen album, four months ...

Queen: Brian May – The Power Behind Queen's Throne

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1975

FREDDIE MERCURY steps out of the spotlight, Brian May moves in to seize the opportunity to deliver the most sizzling guitar solo. ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel: Behind Peter Gabriel's Mask

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

PETER GABRIEL'S departure from Genesis was one of the biggest shocks of 1975 for those who admired, nay loved, the combination of perverse talent they ...

Ace

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1975

PHIL HARRIS, OF Ace, suddenly perked to attention on the edge of his chair and made a compassionate plea. "We love Britain, 'onest," he craved. ...

Elkie Brooks: Has Elkie Souled Out?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1975

WHEN VINEGAR JOE broke up two years ago, another brilliant British vocalist retired from the road. Elkie Brooks never actually wore the Queen of Rock ...

Geoff Bradford: Jeff Bradford: Bradford Boogies Again

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

ROCK MUSIC has taken its toll both of lives and careers, the victims either unable or unwilling to cope with the demands and temptations of ...

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Pasadena Uber Alles!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

"ALL OVER Germany the people are freaking out...it's their cool English sense of humour...they have to beat off the groupies with sticks." ...

Thin Lizzy: The Irish Question

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1975

DESPITE the homely sentiments echoed in Philip Lynott's 'Dublin' a few years back, Thin Lizzy did leave Dublin, and Ireland. But the fond memories of ...

10cc at Pressure Point

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1975

"YES," SAID Graham Gouldman without any hesitation, "we are deadly serious to break over here." ...

Bobby Womack: Safety First

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1975

BOBBY WOMACK is the kind of guy who lights up a room when he enters, and this suite in the Plaza Hotel is no exception. ...

Little Feat: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, 1976

In Southern California this year, Little Feat have presented their musical wares opening shows for ELO, the Who and Dave Mason. Consequently, 1976 has seen ...

Ry Cooder: Roots and Branches

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 1976

Ry Cooder, cult figure and esoteric guitarist, tells CHRIS CHARLESWORTH in New York why he's now into Tex-Mex music ...

Rory Gallagher: The Rory of the Crowd

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 1976

RORY GALLAGHER looked ruffled, most annoyed indeed. He cast a reflective eye across the current mode of pyrotechnical wizardry in rock and was not happy ...

The Band's Robbie Robertson: 'The Struggle Has Gone'

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1976

ROBBIE ROBERTSON: "We'd been around so long that we couldn't take a name seriously. So we made the first album and we called ourselves the ...

Status Quo: 'We're Not Musicians — We're Players!'

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, January 1976

STRIDING into his road-manager's sitting room, Francis Rossi quips, "no comment " and then spins on his heel as if a fast retreat is on ...

The Faces, Humble Pie, The Small Faces: The Small Faces

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1976

WELL – WHAT do you make of it lads? There's Rodney, jetting round the world with his blonde bombshell, the very lovely Britt Ekland. ...

Ronnie Lane: Country Lanes

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1976

From Face to farmer, Ronnie Lane has never been yer typical star. Now he's thinking of quitting rock ...

Sheer Elegance: By Sheer Chance?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1976

From obscurity to a hit in two moves...just luck? Not true, Sheer Elegance tell HARRY DOHERTY ...

Emmylou Harris

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1976

"I WAS NERVOUS but I looked forward to playing overseas because I had this feeling there was an audience for my kind of music, especially ...

Bob Dylan: Jacques Levy: Dylan's Write Hand Man

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1976

THOSE WHO have already acquired a copy of Dylan's new album, Desire, will have noticed at least one difference between this and other Dylan records ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Sunburst Deluxe

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1976

BILL NELSON, IF popular opinion is to be believed, is destined to become something of a superstar in the coming year. And the new Be-Bop ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gimme Back My Bullets (MCA 2744)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1976

FOR SUCH A great continent, America has given the outside world very few real rock and roll bands. ...

Status Quo: Rock That Boogie!

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1976

IN THE basement of a South London shop, a group rehearses. They're loud, ever so loud. A rat crawls from behind an amplifier, its ears ...

Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Simon & Garfunkel, Velvet Underground: Tom Wilson: The Man Who Put Electricity Into Dylan

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1976

TOM WILSON is an elegant, very tall (6ft 4in) black American, a former Harvard man who talks a little like Bill Cosby but whose pencil-thin ...

Leon Redbone: Ragtime Cowboy

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1976

AS AGATHA CHRISTIE discovered to her considerable advantage, everybody loves a mystery. The subject of this mystery is Leon Redbone, a musician whom we can ...

Steve Harley Says It Loud: 'I'm Back And I'm Proud!

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, February 1976

SO LONG AS the braggadocio who boasts "I'm the greatest" or "I'm a star" continues to climb up the success ladder, sceptics and critics are ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: No Regrets

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, February 1976

IT'S ONLY mid-afternoon, but the curtains are drawn and the lights are out. The room is in darkness and at first it looks empty. "Hi, ...

Genesis: The Ghost That Haunts Genesis

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, February 1976

YES, PETER IS PAST, but the legacy remains. And Tony Banks, keyboards' player with Genesis, is finding it difficult to swallow that. Peter Gabriel has ...

10cc, Donna Summer, Jane Birkin, Max Romeo, Serge Gainsbourg: Banned — Why?: What Turns Censors On…

Report by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, February 1976

It's Donna Summer at the moment, but the Beatles, Stones even Lena Horne have all run into radio censorship. So this week, MM examines that ...

C.W. McCall: McCall Keeps On Trucking

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1976

JUST IMAGINE the scenario: a thousand massive trucks, a petroleum-driven army, hurtling down the highway in a strict convoy formation, all the drivers linked together ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Worlds (CBS 69216)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1976

THE NAKED BODY of John McLaughlin, surmounted by a beaming face, hints, on the album cover, of purity, devotion and honesty. ...

Neil Sedaka: Sedaka's Rocket to the States

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1976

NEIL SEDAKA does not look like a wealthy entertainer, not even when he's surrounded by the splendour of his rented luxury apartment above Fifth Avenue ...

Sailor: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, February 1976

ABOUT A year ago, Sailor made their live debut in front of about 50 people at London's little Collegiate Theatre. The reaction was mediocre, and ...

Wishbone Ash: Ash's New Leaf

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1976

IT IS NOW ten months since Wishbone Ash packed up their troubles and settled in the USA, choosing a spot in Westport, Connecticut, that is ...

Dobie Gray: Capricorn Rising

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1976

IT IS, I GUESS, the third time around for Dobie Gray who, at the present moment, is stretched out full length on a bed on ...

Leonard Cohen

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1976

LEONARD COHEN'S GREATEST Hits is an interesting album to contemplate when one remembers that Cohen was in his mid-thirties when he began to make records, ...

Rick Wakeman

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

"I'M SURE YOU were all as surprised as I was to find that Rick wasn't here, when we arrived tonight..." Brian Lane, manager, smiled uneasily ...

David Bowie: Ringing The Changes

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1976

"I'M JUST DOING this tour for the money. I never earned any money before, but this time I'm going to make some. I think I ...

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

THIS IS THE best set of live performances heard for some time, and it marks the evolution of Peter Frampton into a major rock figure, ...

Slik: Slik Forever!

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1976

"THE THING IS," confides Billy McIsaac, Slik's 26-year-old keyboards player, "we have a positive attitude to everything." He is speaking with the advantage of hindsight. ...

Alan White: Ramshackled

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

IT WOULD BE a shame if this album were overlooked because it is ascribed to the drummer in a famous band (Yes) and is one ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

THIS REVIEW SHOULD have been written in the white heat of anger after seeing Deep Purple play at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on Friday night. ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Past, Presence & Future

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1976

JIMMY ENTERED a whole hour late. But Abe, who was accompanying him, was not in the least embarrassed by the delay. He muttered an obligatory ...

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Pasadena Roof Orchestra — Live

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

ONE OF MY happiest nights in years was spent in a dark, sweltering and cramped club in Hamburg towards the end of 1975. It was ...

John Denver: Why I Made It

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1976

WITH THE SUNSHINE on his shoulders and the mountain water in his veins, John Denver is an enigma surrounded by moonbeams, a v friendly postman ...

Osibisa: Welcome Home

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

NICE TO SEE Osibisa back in the news and making some chart action after a difficult spell when it seemed they had lost their grip ...

Wings: Paul McCartney: Pressure Cooking

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

Paul McCartney reveals a new national achievement – the first British cooking on record! – and discusses the proposed Beatles reunion with CHRIS WELCH ...

Wings: Wings At The Speed Of Sound (Capitol)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

PAUL McCARTNEY HAS a brilliant knack of taking an ordinary, daily statement and imbuing it with intrigue. ...

Camel: Moonmadness (Decca)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

IF YOU were haunted by the cry of the Snowgoose last year, and cheered by the success of Camel in the MM's Readers' Poll (they ...

Camel: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

AS BILLY CONNOLLY would say, it was sheer magic, the night Camel broke through into that indefinable sunlit area where a group becomes a supergroup. ...

Nucleus: Alleycat (Vertigo)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

JON HISEMAN produced this album for Ian Carr, and between them they have certainly got the bite and attack of the current Nucleus without losing ...

Phoebe Snow: Snow Flakes

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1976

FEW ARTISTS have experienced such a turbulent – yet short – career as Phoebe Snow, whose second album, just released, is already on its way ...

Rick Wakeman: No Earthly Connection(A&M AMLK 64583)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

RICK ORIGINALLY PLANNED an album dedicated to the gods of ancient myth, but shelved that when he became intrigued by the origins of man on ...

Thin Lizzy: Lizzy Break 'Em Up

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1976

THERE WE STOOD. Dumb-founded, we stared in stark amazement at the spectacle. It's Liverpool Stadium and the mashed wood strewn around the floor had earlier ...

The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson: Wilson Returns!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1976

A NEW studio album is in the works, Brian Wilson is back in business and the Beach Boys are planning to visit England in late ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford: 'It's all Ringo's fault!'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

THERE HAS been a lot of stunning lately. I was stunned when Peter Gabriel quit Genesis. And stunned once more when Bill Bruford joined Genesis. ...

Camel Over The Moon

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

WHEN CAMEL became the MM's Brightest Hope in last year's Poll, it caused organist Peter Bardens a wry smile because he had become "an overnight ...

Led Zeppelin: Presence (Swan Song)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

THERE IS A MAN I know, a college lecturer, for whom there is only one rock band. ...

The Hollies: Fun And Magic

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1976

I NEEDED CONVINCING that the legendary Sixties were really the rich, golden colour painted by those lucky enough to have experienced the action. ...

10cc: We Don't Want To Be Superstars…

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1976

IT'S CRAZY, totally unpredictable, this life with 10cc. ...

Kiss: Destroyer (Casablanca)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1976

WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN that the total eccentricity of approach, the gross make-up and the blanket heavy metal music would have eventually ensured that Kiss ...

Diana Ross: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1976

WHEN WILL THE real Diana Ross sing up and be counted? ...

Genesis: Beacon Theatre, New York

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1976

WITH THE RELEASE of A Trick Of The Tail Genesis demonstrated that, on record at least, they could carry on at the same degree of ...

Peter Frampton: How I Cracked America

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1976

"IT'S ALL QUITE unbelievable really. I don't want to think about it too much. I know it's great and it's made me really happy, but ...

Thin Lizzy: The Thin Man

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1976

"I'M A ROCKER. I'm a Roller, too, honey..." Did you know that West Hampstead, London, is within spitting distance of the M1? Phil Lynott lives ...

Ian Hunter: There Are More Important Things In Life Than Hit Records

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1976

LOS ANGELES: In the afternoon I arrived at his hotel, and for a while we drank red wine and watched I Love Lucy reruns on ...

Jethro Tull: Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die! (Chrysalis)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1976

ROMANTICISING THE WORKING LAD as a cult hero is a popular theme with rock musicians. They have oft flirted with, or observed at close hand, ...

Maxine Nightingale: Maxine — Right Back At The Top

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1976

NEW YORK: Maxine Nightingale, who comes from Wembley, seemed neither over-awed nor surprised that her record 'Right Back Where We Started From' was topping the ...

Noel Redding: I Dream Of Jimi

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1976

"THEY'VE gotta name for you people." Eric Bell settled back in a speeding Volkswagen as we wound through the West Cork countryside, and addressed the ...

AC/DC: Nashville Rooms, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1976

AC/DC'S SINGLE 'IT'S A Long Way To The Top', has a lot to answer for. First, since its weird, bagpipe-drone of a break sounded unusually ...

Arrows: Golden Arrows

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1976

NEVER IN THE history of rock 'n' roll has it been more difficult for bands to get the exposure they need to break big and ...

Elvis Presley: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1976

DESPITE MEDICAL PROBLEMS Elvis Presley's show at the Long Beach Arena proved that he still has the voice and romantic quality that established him as ...

Gentle Giant: Giant Steps

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

RETURNING HOME TO England has always been a bit of a comedown for Gentle Giant. ...

Boz Scaggs: Scaggs In Silk

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1976

LOUNGING IN HIS suite at the Pierre Hotel, an opulent home for the wealthy, once owned by Paul Getty, Boz Scaggs completes a picture of ...

Elton John: Here And There (DJM)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1976

DO NOT FEAR a rip-off, for this is a worthy selection of live performances from two major concerts which will long serve as a reminder ...

Gallagher & Lyle: Gallagher and Lyle: Breakaway Boys

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

GALLAGHER AND LYLE: 'Art Garfunkel's version of 'Breakaway' did us a hell of a lot of good. We were preparing to record the album and ...

Jethro Tull: So Who's Too Old To Rock?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

. . . certainly not Tull's Ian Anderson, who tells Harry Doherty that change keeps him going. ...

Kiss: Kiss Of Life

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1976

"I DON'T feel I have to defend myself to you, and I won't take your criticism either. I'd take the criticism of a fan, though. ...

Horslips: Rock in Ireland: Rock in the Dark Ages

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

IF OXFAM WERE to adopt the same stategy towards rock starvation as they do towards the plight of the world's hungry, then one of the ...

David Essex: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

FOUR TIMES AT his Earls Court, London, show on Saturday night, David Essex strikingly fused the electric atmosphere of theatre with rock. The effect was ...

ABBA, Silver Convention: Europe: The Future Of Pop?

Overview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

AS IT WAS Stockholm, and as the ever-witty 10cc were playing there, Eric Stewart thought it'd be nice to pay a little tribute to a ...

Kiss: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

MAN, KISS HAD everything; every single effect in the book. They had a perfect lighting system; dry ice; smoke bombs; a fire-eater; a huge lighted ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen Down the Road

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1976

GOD'S IN his heaven, all's right with the world. The words, surprisingly enough, came from Leonard Cohen, and he was making the first of several ...

Slik: Slik (Bell)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

Midge Ure (guitar, vocals), Jim McGinlay (bass, vocals), Billy McIsaac (keyboards, vocals), Kenny Hyslop (drums, vocals). Produced by Phil Coulter at Mayfair Studios, London, during ...

Bad Company, Led Zeppelin: Bad Company: Led Zep Join The Company

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1976

It was a night to remember...when Robert Plant and Jimmy Page jammed with Bad Company on stage in Los Angeles. ...

David Essex: Essex Dons The Motley Again

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

DAVID ESSEX: 'I'm going to do a kind of rock revue in a West End theatre. It'll be incredible – I've got so many bizarre ...

The Bellamy Brothers: Bellamy Brothers: Flowing Bellamys

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1976

A CHANCE encounter with Larry Williams, one of Neil Diamond's roadies, during a studio session with Diamond's rhythm section led to the Bellamy Brothers recording ...

Canned Heat: Live At Topanga Corral

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

WHITE PLAGIARISTS almost killed the blues as a vital force in popular music. The perpetual rip-off of Elmore James' phrases, and the piquant cries of ...

Colosseum II: Strange New Flesh

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

THERE COMES a moment during 'Dark Side Of The Moog', when the clamour of the strident arrangement fades away, and Jon Hiseman begins a simple, ...

Gary Wright: Wright At Last

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1976

AFTER TEN years of trial and error – with eight of them spent in England drifting in and out of Spooky Tooth – Gary Wright ...

Hall & Oates: Hall and Oates: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

IT WAS ONE of those historic, electrifying events that punctuate the cavalcade of rock, one of those nights that fans will long recall..."Do you remember ...

Jon Anderson's Fairy Tales

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

A SPACESHIP, perhaps better described as an earth ship, forms the basis of a bizarre and fantastic story that is the central theme of Jon ...

Little Feat, The Outlaws, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Who: The Who: Who-ray!

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

"Will the people on the lighting tower please get-off because it's very dangerous and we are afraid that tower might go" – Nicky Horne, Capital ...

Tom Waits: Waits Going On

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1976

TOM WAITS, currently appearing at London's Ronnie Scott Club, talks to Karl Dallas ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker Gurvitz Army: Hearts On Fire

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

NOW REDUCED to four members as Peter Lemer, the keyboard player, has left, the Baker Gurvitz Army are more economically deployed, and where songs require ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mac Bounce Back

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, June 1976

THE LAST YEAR has brought Fleetwood Mac a platinum LP – Fleetwood Mac – their eighth album for Reprise records, from which two top ten ...

Janis Ian: Society's Child Grows Up

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, June 1976

ONE JOURNALIST WHO knew Janis Ian in 1969 thought she was the snottiest kid he'd ever met, "the cocky, pretentious product of an 'old Lefty' ...

Rod Stewart: A Night On The Town

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

IT'S A long way from Gasoline Alley. Young Rodney is up in the world, aye 'appen. He's going out with a classy lady, he's worth ...

The Outlaws: Outlaw Country

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

TELL US, O beefy cowboy with a stetson drawn over the eyes and a bottle of Jack Daniels old time malt liquor grasped between the ...

Back Street Crawler: Second Street

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

A CAPTAIN Midnight character adorns the cover, but he's no way as snobby as a similarly named person who writes in the Sunday Times. ...

Genesis: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

SO MUCH was happening on stage during the first sensational concert by Genesis at Odeon Hammersmith on Wednesday last week, that one needed stereoscopic earsight ...

Steely Dan: Art For Art's Sake…

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1976

In the space of five albums in four years, Steely Dan have created arguably the best rock music, and certainly the most erudite, of the ...

Demis Roussos: Onassis Of Rock

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, June 1976

TWENTY miles east of the Arc de Triomphe, across the Seine as it meanders north, and a fast drive through grimy Paris suburbs, there looms ...

John Sebastian: Welcome Back With A Half Hour Hit

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1976

"YES...I can understand that people in England might have felt that I'd given up music or something, but the fact is I haven't at all. ...

Gary Wright, Peter Frampton, Yes: Yes, Peter Frampton, Gary Wright: JFK Stadium, Philadelphia

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

PHILADELPHIA: As rocket shells burst overhead and mortars roared only feet away, a lone Englishman with a dapper moustache smiled with delight as he stood ...

Brand X: Unorthodox Behaviour

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

SO MANY bands have broken up in the past, or experienced ill-feeling within the ranks because some of the members have felt restricted, tied-down, perhaps, ...

Jon Anderson: Olias Of Sunhillow (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

An unashamedly romantic solo album that combines grace, taste and power ...

Steve Miller: Flying Like An Eagle

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1976

STEVE MILLER seems to be the kind of guy who would act first and ask questions afterwards, a tough-looking Texan brought up on bands and ...

Genesis, Phil Collins: The Trick of the Tale: Phil Collins Talks

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

PHIL COLLINS IS A spry, restless man with seemingly limitless amounts of energy and intense drive. It is this drive that has made him one ...

Aerosmith: Rocks (CBS)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

AMERICA HAS until now avoided a head-on confrontation with the big British production or stage bands. ...

Alan Parsons: Parsons Knows: The Tale of Alan Parsons and Edgar Allan Poe

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

THE CONCEPT ALBUM, contemptuously rejected by many critics as the great bore of rock, has returned, and this work of producer Alan Parsons, supported by ...

Peter Frampton: How Frampton Came Alive

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

WHAT WAS it about the Fifties that encouraged the birth of so much talent? Was it the result of H-bomb testing or increased sunspot activity ...

Rick Wakeman: Wakeman On The Attack With His Birotron

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

RICK WAKEMAN is one of a very exclusive breed – the International Heroes of the Electric Keyboard. For Rick's meteoric career has been bound up ...

Slik: We're Like A Scapegoat For The Rollers

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

TEARS TRICKLE down her 12-year-old cheeks. She's speechless, overcome by the emotion of the moment. She has, after a stubborn battle, won the right to ...

Dave Mason, Elton John, John Miles: Elton John, Dave Mason, John Miles: Schaeffer Stadium, Boston

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: The sheer pageantry of Elton John's Stars and Stripes bicentennial show here on Independence Day had the power alone to earn a standing ...

Genesis: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

HEAT, DUST, smoke, lasers and Genesis combined to turn the Glasgow Apollo into a replica of Dante's Inferno when the band descended on the city ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: The Runaways: Runaway Girls

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

RUNAWAYS: the Natalie Woods, Brigitte Bardots and Ann-Margrets of rock. ...

Thin Lizzy: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

THE PREVALENT mood that hung over this Hammersmith Odeon gig on Sunday night, that this would be the occasion to herald once and for all ...

Aerosmith Rocks — And How

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1976

PONTIAC Stadium rises out of the Michigan earth like a four-walled town. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: We Copped A Lot From Sabbath

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1976

EVEN THE hardest of hearts must soften sometime, and so it is with Blue Oyster Cult, whose fifth album Agents of Fortune offers a degree ...

Genesis: Banks Notes

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

GENESIS ARE an enigma, an unknown quantity to the rock business and public at large, mainly because they are among the last of that old ...

Jefferson Starship: Starship's Enterprise

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

ONE BY ONE the group drifts into Wally Heider's recording studio for a mixing session. Marty Balin is absent but his presence fills the air. ...

Jethro Tull: Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die

Film/DVD Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

Dull Tull's big mistake ...

John Miles: Learning To Be A Star

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

...

Loudon Wainwright III: Whimsical Wainwright

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1976

NEW YORK: The smart way to begin a story about Loudon Wainwright III would be to concoct some snappy couplet not unlike those that form ...

Alan Parsons: The Alan Parsons Project: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

FOR THREE weeks I've played this album almost constantly and probably the greatest compliment I can pay it is that it has lost little of ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Pier Pavilion, Hastings

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1976

BARRY MASTERS, Eddie And The Hot Rods' front man, drove his band down to Hastings from London himself – a sweaty, draining, three hour bang. ...

Starland Vocal Band: Starry-eyed

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1976

NEW YORK: As each summer rolls by it brings with it an easily identifiable summer hit which is almost always a catchy vocal treatment of ...

Curved Air, Hawkwind, Status Quo, The Strawbs: Status Quo: Quo Storm The Castle

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

Rock festivals in Wales always tempt providence, as many a Marley or 10cc fan can attest. But at Cardiff Castle last Saturday, the sun shone ...

Thin Lizzy: Unlikely Lads With A Lead For Lizzy

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

THE MAN IN Black from the City Of The Angels, Los Angeles, is still dazed by the unbelievably swift rise of Thin Lizzy and chats ...

Weather Report: The True US Art Form

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

"PEOPLE ARE beautiful everywhere," says Josef Zawinul. "I think a real open person, I don't care what music he is playing, is going to be ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: Harvey's History Lesson

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1976

ALEX, WHAT would your reaction be, apart from grabing me by the throat, if I said the music and image of the Sensational Alex Harvey ...

Brand X: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

IT IS heartening in these disturbing times (as the poet Cedric observed in his massive volume, Away, Dull Cares), to find there are still men ...

Donovan: Flower Child's Second Bloom

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

FEW ARTISTS evoke memories of the Sixties as much as Donovan who, even in this enlightened age, still clings resolutely to the styles that developed ...

John Lennon Gets His Ticket To Ride

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

NEW YORK: John Lennon has won his five-year battle against the immigration authorities in the United States. ...

The Sex Pistols: Punk Rock: Rebels Against the System

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, August 1976

JOHNNY ROTTEN looks bored. The emphasis is on the word "looks" rather than, as Johnny would have you believe, the word "bored". His clothes, held ...

The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Jess Roden: The Crystal Palace Garden Party: E.C. Was Here…But Coryell Was Better

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

THERE IS an aura of faded grace and decaying dignity about Crystal Palace, set upon the heights of Norwood in South London. Perhaps it stems ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: The Show That Never Ends?

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

WHATEVER happened to ELP? One of Britain's most successful and popular bands has been surrounded by a wall of silence as impenetrable as the Kremlin ...

Elton John: He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

THE WHOLE FAMILY was there. Mum, dad and three children all waited patiently by the elevators in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel on ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1976

REPUTABLE SOURCES assure me that this new record album is, in fact, by the same Joan Armatrading who almost died of fright during her London ...

Joan Armatrading: Burning Like Fire

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, August 1976

THE SOUTH LONDON side-street is unimposing and still. Neat houses face each other, their windows opaque, like rows of black eyes shielded by the reflecting ...

The Eagles: The Spectrum, Philadelphia

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

SPECTRUM, Philadelphia: You can't get much more Los Angelean than the Eagles. Right down to the faded jeans and slightly wrinkled tee-shirts, the fuzzy moustaches ...

Thin Lizzy: Remembering, Part 1, featuring Eric Bell and Gary Moore (Decca)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1976

Philip Lynott (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Brian Downey (drums), Eric Bell (lead guitar and vocals), Gary Moore (lead guitar and vocals). Produced by Nick Tauber. ...

Widowmaker (UK): Widowmaker: Make — Or Break

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1976

WIDOWMAKER almost busted up the other week. ...

AC/DC: Marquee, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1976

THOSE PUZZLED by the Status Quo phenomenon should beware. AC/DC, from the same rock family, could wreak similar havoc, but they will only realise their ...

Jess Roden: The Jess Roden Band: Jess Keeps His Hat On

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

"I JUST couldn't wait to get out of my stage uniform and into a pair of jeans...I may have wasted time, but I sing what ...

Neil Diamond: Ace Of Diamonds

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

WHAT'S A MIDDLE-of-the-road singer like Neil Diamond doing with the Band's Robbie Robertson? Making a hit album, Beautiful Noise, that's what. The two first met ...

Tavares: Sky High Tavares

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

THOUGH Tavares are scoring for the first time in Britain with 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel', the quintet of brothers has been together as ...

Ted Nugent: Raw Power

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

FEW ARTISTS have quite as much faith in themselves as Ted Nugent, the Midwestern rocker and former leader of the Amboy Dukes. He is getting ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Skyn Flick

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

"HI. Y'ALL COME in now..." Ronnie Van Zant, two minutes out of the sack, wears a stetson, strengthening the popular theory that he was born ...

Jeff Beck: Live Wired Beck

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

OF ALL the guitar heroes to emerge from the British blues boom of the mid-Sixties, Jeff Beck has been the most slippery to follow. There ...

Manfred Mann: Mann Of The Moment…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

ARGUMENTATIVE and brittle, Manfred Mann has long been notorious as a man not likely to suffer fools gladly. He has terrorised managers, journalists, publicists and ...

Pilot: Pilot Change Course

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

David Paton: now one-half of Pilot, a band trying to rid itself of teenybop associations ...

The Bay City Rollers: Dedication (Bell)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

Leslie McKeown, (lead vocals and background), Eric Faulkner (lead guitar, rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals), Stuart Wood (bass and vocals), Derek Longmuir (drums, percussion, vocals), ...

The Bay City Rollers: Rollers' American Civil War

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

THE STATE TROOPER, with his tall hat perched firmly on a head with very little hair, seemed to be in control. One hand grasped a ...

The Sex Pistols: Club De Chalet Du Lac, Paris

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1976

PARIS: The Sex Pistols believed the myth that it all happens in Paris. The fans who drove over specially to see the band's first appearance ...

Crosby and Nash: Crosby & Nash: Central Park, New York

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

NEIL YOUNG and Steve Stills may have blown out their tour in a flurry of sore throats and, reportedly, short tempers, but the "other half" ...

Joan Armatrading: Bottom Line, New York

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

PERHAPS IF Joan Armatrading had opened for an artist less popular than Richie Havens, her U.S. debut would have been more fruitful. At the Bottom ...

Queen

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

BRIAN MAY remembers Queen's first-ever free gig well. It was in London, five years ago, when the band invited 120 people along to a lecture ...

Spirit: Spirit of the Sixties

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

RANDY CALIFORNIA: re-formed Spirit after picking pineapples and advice from a fortune teller ...

The Bay City Rollers: Bay City Rollers: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

SOME TIME ago, David Essex remarked that he was fed up with critics reviewing his audiences when they should have been more concerned with the ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie and the Hot Rods: "Punk? — We Just Do It"

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

ENERGY, LIFE, YOUTH, ROCK 'N' ROLL! What are these strange ingredients that have suddenly injected themselves into the creaking old rock scene? "We're just DOIN' ...

Emmylou Harris Makes Up Leeway

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

IT CAME as something of a surprise to learn that Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band were in town last week. To be precise, they ...

Kiki Dee, Queen: Queen: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

AT LAST, the Seventies have arrived, and in majestic style, when, at London's Hyde Park on Saturday, Queen, born of this decade's rock generation, played ...

Roger McGuinn: Bottom Line, New York City

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

NEW YORK: Roger McGuinn is an institution in American rock music and, like all institutions, he seems to crop up at least once a year ...

Supercharge: Charge!

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

Rollers, Quo, Wakeman – just three targets for ace satirists Supercharge ...

Barclay James Harvest: Barclay Bank On The Future

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: 'If you want to be a musician and play the type of music you want – you've gotta cruise.' ...

Manfred Mann's Earth Band: The Roaring Silence

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

THERE COMES a point in a band's career when the jig is up, and unless all the pieces fit the puzzle, success will scatter to ...

The Buzzcocks, Chris Spedding, The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Stinky Toys, The Subway Sect, The Vibrators: Parade Of The Punks

Report by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE 600-STRONG line, which last Monday straggled across two blocks outside London's 100 Club in Oxford Street, waiting for the Punk Rock Festival to start, ...

The Band, Rick Danko: Rick Danko: Solo, But Not Alone

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

WITH THE possible exception of Robbie Robertson, the individual members of the Band have enjoyed a remarkable anonymity that belies their status as one of ...

Rory Gallagher: Calling Card (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

His first venture into the land of overdub and experimentation – and an unqualified success ...

The Who: The Story Of The Who (Polydor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

Roger Daltrey (vocals), John Entwistle (bass, brass, vocals), Keith Moon (drums, percussion), Pete Townshend (guitars, keyboards, vocals). Various tracks produced by Kit Lambert Chris Stamp, Peter Kamerson, Glyn Johns and The Who, from 1966-75. ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Nelson's Column

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

"HELLO, I'm the man with two noses....." ...

Aswad, The Cimarons: British Reggae: Prejudiced Vibrations

Comment by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

ON THE SURFACE it looks as though there has been something of a major breakthrough for reggae in Britain. ...

Cliff Richard: Cliff Brings Good News To Belfast

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

CLIFF RICHARD wasn't smuggled into Belfast on Saturday night in the back of a furniture van. Nor was his appearance marred by a background of ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie and the Hot Rods

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE STORY of the Hot Rods is one to warm the hearts of those who still believe in the essential simplicity and drive of rock ...

Aerosmith: Aero-dynamic

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

HOWARD BUNKER looked down at his instrument panel and spoke softly into the radio. There was no point in looking through the plexiglass canopy, for ...

The Runaways: You Sexy Things!

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

"AW, C'MON, you guys at the front. Sit down and give the rest of the lads a view of the girls..." And that passionate request, ...

Thin Lizzy: Johnny The Fox

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

THIN LIZZY: Johnny The Fox (Vertigo 9102 012). Phil Lynott (bass, vocals), Brian Downey (drums, percussion), Scott Gorham (lead guitar), Brian Robertson (lead guitar). Produced ...

Aerosmith: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

AFTER MANY years studying the phenomenon of the rock concert, I have made a discovery that might well be hailed as a scientific breakthrough in ...

Bob Seger: 31 With A Bullet

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

EARLIER this summer, Bob Seger appeared in concert at Pontiac Stadium, a giant indoor arena on the outskirts of Detroit, attracting some 70,000 crazed Michigan ...

Climax Blues Band: Climax Get It Right

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

COLIN COOPER and PETER HAYCOCK: 'We're playing more of what people call funk today, but it's all rooted in the blues.' ...

David Cassidy, Mick Ronson: David Cassidy & Mick Ronson: Cassidy Lights Up With Ronson

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

DAVID CASSIDY is to form a band with Mick Ronson, the British guitarist whose services as a freelance player are much in demand these days. ...

Jonathan Richman: Rock Poet Of Lower Middle-Class Suburbia

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1976

I'm in touch with the modern worldI'm in love with the modern worldI got the radio on(Radio on) ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Where There's a Wilko…

Report by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

FEELGOODS' WILKO JOHNSON: 'I work for one hour a day and get paid about £2,000. That's why I want a television in my room.' ...

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same

Film/DVD Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE FOUR members of Led Zeppelin received standing ovations at the premiere in New York last week of their film The Song Remains The Same. ...

Peter Frampton

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

HOW DOES it feel to be a pop star?" The Italian journalist eagerly thrust his microphone at the glamorous vision stumbling out of his limo ...

Peter Frampton: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

"PEDER! Cor what a man," came the strangled gasp from two young chaps in the foremost rows. "Ain't 'ee sexy!" ...

Sailor, Sparks: Sparks: Big Beat (Island);Sailor: The Third Step (Epic)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

SPARKS: Big Beat (Island ILPS 9445). Russell Mael (vocals), Ron Mael (keyboards), Jeffrey Salen (guitar), Sal Maida (bass). Billy Boy Michaels (drums). Produced by Rupert ...

Wishbone Ash: Phase 3 for Ash

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

After deserting their homeland to live in the States, they're back — but they've not been forgotten… ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Palladium, New York

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

IT MAY rain or snow, and the temperature in New York might even drop below freezing-point this weekend, but so long as Bruce Springsteen is ...

Climax Blues Band: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

AFTER A succession or strangely dissatisfying gigs in the giant aircraft hangars of rock (ie Empire Pool, Wembley), how sweet it was to hear some ...

Orleans: Dance with Orleans

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

FOR A band that was formed virtually by accident one night on a European tour four years ago, Orleans have now come a long way, ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: Southside Of The Tracks

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY: Springsteen protege from Asbury, so-named because he sounds like a Chicago Southside blues singer. ...

Stephen Stills: Be A Brother

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

Steve Stills tells Chris Charlesworth in New York why he's touring solo after all these years... ...

Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt: Steve Van Zandt: Miami, Bruce, and Roots

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1976

LOS ANGELES: Miami Steve Van Zandt has been in Bruce Springsteen's band for over a year now, and also finds time these days to guide ...

Thin Lizzy: Lizzy's Cocky Rebel

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

"Cocky Rocky's a rock and roll starGot the talent to take him far..." ...

Chicago: Chicago's 'Comeback'

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

FEW BANDS have enjoyed the stability of Chicago, those rather dull "pioneers of jazz-rock" whose 'If You Leave Me Now' not only tops the charts ...

Climax Blues Band: Gold Plated

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

IT IS AN extraordinary fact that even the most diligent rock researcher can develop a blind spot. They get quite paranoiac about it. ...

David Essex: Home On The Road

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

"THE TIMES they are a-changin" ...and David Essex is changing with them. ...

Allman Brothers Band: Elected! Rock and US Politics

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

After Jimmy Carter's victory in the U.S. Presidential elections, Chris Charlesworth in New York investigates the role of rock in American politics... ...

Leo Sayer: Endless Flight (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

Leo Sayer (vocals, harmonica). Ed Greene, Steve Gadd, Rick Shlosser, Jeff Porcaro, Nigel Olsson (drums), Andy Muson, Bill Bodine, Willie Weeks, Bob Glaub, Lee Sklar, ...

The Clash: Down And Out And Proud

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

THREE WEEKS AGO at London's ICA, Jane and Shane, regulars on the new-wave punk rock scene, were sprawled at the edge of the stage. Blood ...

Wishbone Ash: New England (MCA)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

Andy Powell (guitars, mandolin and vocals), Laurie Wisefield (guitars and vocals), Martin Turner (bass and lead vocals), Steve Upton (drums). Recorded at Mart's Place, Laureledge, ...

Barclay James Harvest: Octoberon

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

I GET the impression from this new BJH album that the band were in a particularly mellow mood when they finally got around to recording ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: 'It’s a Massive Compromise, Making Films': Jimmy Page on The Song Remains the Same

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

A WARM HANDSHAKE, twinkling eyes and black hair grown thicker than he has allowed for some while – Jimmy Page arrived at his London office ...

Osibisa: Ojah Awake

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

WHEN I sat upon my mother's knee during the years of austerity, being spoon-fed National Health bubble and squeak, and listening to the Light Programme, ...

Electric Light Orchestra: The Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record (Jet)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

Jeff Lynne (lead vocals, lead, rhythm and slide guitars), Bev Bevan (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Richard Tandy (keyboards, backing vocals), Kelly Groucutt (bass, vocals), Mik ...

Junior Murvin: Steal Away With Success

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, November 1976

JUNIOR MURVIN’S ‘Police And Thieves’, currently bubbling under the chart and selling up to 1,000 copies a day some five months after its release, a ...

Al Stewart: Coasting With Al

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1976

AL STEWART, who plays London's New Victoria Theatre on December 2, is now enjoying greater success in America. ...

CBGBs, Max's etc: Underground Overground

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

"PUNK ROCK? What's that supposed to mean? The bands that play at my club aren't punks. They might wear leather jackets, chew gum and try ...

Hall & Oates: Hall and Oates: A Bigger Splash

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

JOHN OATES: 'I find the audiences in Europe more intelligent and receptive – music in Europe and England still retains its mystique and excitement.' ...

Heart: Heart Tremors

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

YOU PROBABLY haven't heard of Heart – apart, perhaps, from their excellent 'Magic Man' single – yet they've soared from obscurity in the States to ...

Lone Star: Lone Star's State

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

THIS MUST MEAN something. Driving home last week-end, I flicked on the radio, to the Alan Freeman Show, and was greeted by a piece of ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Palladium Theatre, NYC

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

NEW YORK Only an artist with the charisma and talent of Nell Young could perform with a lacklustre band such as the current Crazy Horse ...

Noel Redding: Blowin'

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

ROCK LYRICS aren't usually worth printing on the sleeve, but most bands display their adolescent poetry as if Homer played rhythm guitar, and Dostoyevsky was ...

Phil Spector

Comment by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1976

BY NOW we must all, surely, regard the coming of rock's New Wave as beneficial. Whether the currently fashionable bands prove to be the real ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Rotten To The Core

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

"I had absolutely no interest in singing. I was more interested in being obnoxious." ...

10cc, Colosseum, Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Yes: 10cc, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, ELO et al: Split Ends

Overview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

SOME come, others go, but the name lives on for ever...10cc set no precedent by splitting in half last week, but the decision by Graham ...

ABBA: Arrival (Epic)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

ABBA: Frida Lyngstad and Anna Faltskog (vocals), Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals) with Ola Brunkert and Roger Palm (drums), Janne Schaffer, ...

Jess Roden Band: Drury Lane Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

IT WAS no use. The smartly attired attendant (he may well have been the manager) just could not get the kids to sit down. ...

Bonnie Bramlett, Grinderswitch, The Marshall Tucker Band: Marshall Tucker Band, Grinderswitch, Bonnie Bramlett: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

YIHAAHS RANG in the ears when the cowpokes came to town on Saturday night. Huge beefy men burst out of their jeans and hammered away ...

Queen: A Day At The Races (EMI)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

QUEEN: A Day At The Races (EMI EMTC 104). Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano), Brian May (guitars, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), John Deacon (bass). Produced ...

Steeleye Span: Family of Span

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, December 1976

"HAVE WE ever come close to splitting? My God, HAVE we! It's very incestuous, our band, y'see. We're all interdependent and to work out your ...

Tangerine Dream: Twilight of the Dream

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1976

TANGERINE DREAM seem to have strange ideas about off-duty entertainment. ...

The Bee Gees: Nights on Broadway

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1976

BEE GEES: 'The Beatles influenced us in the early days and before that Neil Sedaka. Now we let Stevie Wonder influence us.' ...

The Eagles: Eagles: Where Eagles Dare…

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1976

WHAT'S it like, I asked, being an Eagle? Glenn Frey, a perpetual talker, paused to consider the question and the silence lasted almost a minute. ...

Jackson Browne These Days…

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, December 1976

The American singer/songwriter – currently touring Britain – who has made his name by writing constantly demanding, complex and mysterious songs, talks to COLIN IRWIN ...

Ralph McTell: The Anti-Star…

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

SILVER DISCS paper the walls of Ralph McTell's new eight-roomed Putney castle. There's going to be a studio upstairs, he says, directly above where the ...

The Band's Last Stand

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1976

IT WASN'T easy to book a plane from Los Angeles airport on Thanksgiving to fly up to San Francisco for the Band's farewell live concert ...

The Eagles: Hotel California (Asylum)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, December 1976

Don Henley (drums, vocals), Glenn Frey (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Don Felder (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Joe Walsh (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Randy Meisner (bass, vocals). Produced ...

Genesis: Wind And Wuthering (Charisma)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

Phil Collins (voices, drums, percussion), Steve Hackett (electric guitars, nylon classical 12-string, Kalimba, auto-harp), Mike Rutherford (basses, electric and acoustic guitars, bass pedals), Tony Banks ...

Hall & Oates: Hall and Oates: The Palladium, NYC

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1976

NEW YORK: Like it or not, Hall and Oates are currently running the distinct risk of becoming just too perfect for their own good. At ...

Lou Reed: How Lou Saw The White Light

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1976

LOU REED, the crafty old rock 'n' roll fox, is alive and kicking. In fact, he's standing in the lobby of the Los Angeles Hyatt ...

Wings: Wings Over America (EMI)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

An exhausting triple set which had the making of an exceptional double album ...

Genesis: Wuthering Heights

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

THE PUBLIC has a strange image of rock and roll musicians. Most imagine them to be public school educated, with a passionate dedication to the ...

Queen, Thin Lizzy: The Year Queen Lizzy Shook America:

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 1977

Queen and Thin Lizzy tour the USA ...

The Clash: 'White Riot' (CBS)

Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

The Clash: there's a riot goin' on... ...

Lou Reed, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols: Lou Reed Joins Pistols Furore

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

LOU REED claims he has been banned from the London Palladium because of the continuing controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk rock. ...

The Band: Islands (Capitol)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1977

WHEN Isaac Hayes was at the peak of his success, some five or six years ago, he told me of his great ambition to write ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Look At Me Now: The Electric Light Orchestra

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1977

ELO: MORE than a classical gas. "It’s not classical rock. It never has been, but when it started, it needed a name. It had to ...

John Coltrane:The Other Village Vanguard Tapes

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1977

The combination of affection, respect and awe in which his fans held the late John Coltrane is given to few people in any walk of ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Slits, The Subway Sect: The Clash, Buzzcocks, Subway Sect, Slits: Coliseum, Harlesden, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1977

THE GRANDLY-NAMED COLISEUM in Harlesden, London, turned out somewhat grander than most people expected. It's no fleapit, more a small local theatre — complete with ...

Van Morrison: Jamming with George Benson

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, April 1977

LOS ANGELES: VAN MORRISON made a rare TV appearance on the Midnight Special filmed last Monday at the NBC studios in Burbank. The show, which ...

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1977

THIS IS THE ALBUM we have been waiting for since Sandy left Fairport Convention for the second time at the end of 1975. Over six ...

Dr. Feelgood: Just What The Dr. Ordered: A New Guitarist To Replace Wilko In The Feelgoods

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1977

IT'S BARDOT'S, Canvey Island, formerly Cloud Nine, former weekly haunt of Dr. Feelgood. It's Thursday, almost midnight, and Wilko Johnson has well and truly joined ...

Thomas A Dorsey: The Father Of Gospel: Thomas A. Dorsey

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Melody Maker, May 1977

He likes his stories does Thomas A. Dorsey, and with a 77-year-old mind in charge of the telling, they do tend to crop up more ...

Sandy Denny Pregnant

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, July 1977

SANDY DENNY looked radiant. Yes, one is always supposed to say that about ladies when they're pregnant, but in this case it was true. She ...

The Adverts: Reading The Adverts

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, August 1977

THE NEW WAVE scythe has brought about a dual personality in programming for a lot of the more established clubs. ...

Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats (Ensign)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1977

OH CHRIST, what will we label them? Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Pop/New Wave? All tags apply. But no one alone totally fits the ...

David Bowie, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Generation X, Marc Bolan: Bowie and Bolan Get It On

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1977

"OH THAT'S REALLY Polaroid! You've gotta keep the ending!" David Bowie rocked with laughter and Marc Bolan wiped away the tears that had threatened to ...

Roy Wood: Jazzed-up Wood

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1977

TAPE RECORDER OFF, Roy Wood typically loosens up, revealing a few of his franker thoughts. "I've written something like 30 hit songs, you know," he ...

The Only Ones: Ones-off

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1977

SOMETIMES you feel so...er, hypocritical. Let me explain. The project in hand was an interview with The Only Ones, who over the last couple of ...

Jonathan Richman: In Love With The Modern World

Profile by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1977

On the eve of Jonathan Richman's first British tour, Ian Birch traces his career ...

Pete Townshend, Ronnie Lane: The Return of You Know Who: Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1977

PETE TOWNSHEND is back — with a new album accompanied by his old mate Ronnie Lane, and with trenchant views on punk. ...

Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1977

IT CONFOUNDED all expectations. Cross a children's pantomime with a Charlie Chaplin movie and filter it through a gawky highschool kid who mimes awful ...

Bob Seger: Cruisin' with Seger

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1977

Detroit rocker Bob Seger, who starts his first British tour tomorrow (Friday), talks to Harvey Kubernik in Los Angeles ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy Fights Back

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, November 1977

"IF I HAVE TO SING 'Matty Groves' one more time, I'll throw myself out of a window... I'll be doing a lot of stuff from ...

Rockers: Reggae On Film

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1977

LISTEN, going to the movies is cheaper than going to Jamaica. Am I right or am I wrong? As Dillinger used to say before he ...

Tom Robinson Band: The Tom Robinson Band: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1977

IT WAS undoubtedly one of the best gigs I have seen this or any other year. The combination of two excellent bands, the Tom Robinson ...

Patti Smith: Easter

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 1978

PATTI SMITH'S first album, Horses, was a bolt out of the blue, a lightning stab at the very top of the tree, one of the ...

Steely Dan Movie

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1978

Steely Dan will compose and perform the title track for FM, which is scheduled to begin filming this week at Universal Studios. Danny Rosencrantz, vice-president ...

The Prisonaires: Five Beats Behind Bars

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, January 1978

With doo-wop increasing in popularity, MARTIN HAWKINS reveals the 'inside' story of the Prisonaires, one of the South's finest vocal harmony groups. ...

Frank Zappa: Carry On Composing

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1978

No Edgar Varèse trip for Frank Zappa, who's just sold out four shows at the Hammersmith Odeon (not bad for a hippie in '78, eh?). ...

Talking Heads

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, January 1978

Penny Valentine reports from the Talking Heads tour ...

David Bowie: From Brixton To Berlin

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1978

Michael Watts reports from the German film set where David Bowie is making Just A Gigolo ...

Aerosmith, Kansas, Styx: American revolution: Aerosmith, Boston, Kansas and co.

Overview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1978

LIKE A FOREST fire, the flames of the new wave roared across the British rock scene, leaving behind a charred and blackened landscape. A few ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Flying Sorcerers

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1978

Earth, Wind & Fire are the biggest soul group in the world – their albums now go platinum. But Britain will have to wait until ...

Kansas: Wayward Sons in Slot Machine City: Kansas

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1978

TWO DAYS in Las Vegas and your grip on sanity begins to slip. You can even buy a T-shirt there emblazoned with the gem: "I've ...

Devo: We Are Devo. We Are The Next Thing

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1978

Ian Birch talks to an American band with heavy friends – like Eno and David Bowie ...

Kate Bush: Bush Baby

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1978

2002 Prologue: This interview would have come on the back of an MM editorial conference, Ray Coleman at the helm, sarcastic bastards around the table, ...

Dire Straits

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, March 1978

THEY SEEMED to come out of nowhere: Dire Straits, that is. Suddenly last year London's bitter-and-Number-Six grapevine was buzzing with the name. Everyone wanted to ...

Tom Waits: Guess You're Waits

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, April 1978

FORGIVE the blasphemy, but I reckon God must have been way out of his little box when he deposited Tom Waits among us. Mr. Waits ...

Pere Ubu: The Pere Tree

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, May 1978

Ian Birch introduces Ohio's latest 'overnight sensation', Pere Ubu ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Themes and Variations on ELO

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1978

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA's forthcoming British tour, which includes a run of eight nights at Wembley Empire Pool, will be the band's last appearances here ...

Kate Bush: The Kick Outside

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1978

2002 Prologue: I remember this interview with massive warmth. I knew me and Kate were obviously getting onside ‘cos this was done at the family ...

Rory Gallagher: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1978

RORY GALLAGHER'S return to London, with two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon at the weekend, emphasized the sway the eternally youthful Irish guitarist holds over ...

Bruce Springsteen: Reborn and Running Again

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, June 1978

EVEN BEFORE the two brilliant concerts at the Spectrum earlier in the week, Bruce Springsteen could have been the Mayor of Philadelphia if he had ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1978

HONESTLY, when you find yourself actually applauding the stage at the end of a gig, then you suddenly realise that you've just witnessed a very ...

Graham Parker: Shield

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1978

IT'S THOSE damned shades that frighten me so much. What goes on behind them? Where are his eyes? Has he got eyes? The imagination runs ...

Brian Eno, Talking Heads: Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings And Food (Sire)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, July 1978

David Byrne (singing, guitars, synthesized percussion); Chris Frantz (drums, percussion); Jerry Harrison (piano, organs, synthesizer, guitar, background vocals); Tina Weymouth (bass) and Brian Eno (synthesizers, ...

Supertramp on the Verge

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1978

July 2002 intro: Supertramp play at Hyde Park this month, a sure sign they have lost none of the fans who made them huge with ...

Frankie Miller: Dingwall's, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

FRANKIE MILLER would have been recognised as a major rock singer with a major rock audience three years ago had it not been for his ...

Allman Brothers Band: Allman Brothers Reform For LP, Tour

Report by Richard Wootton, Melody Maker, September 1978

THE FOUR SURVIVING members of the original Allman Brothers Band – Gregg Allman, Dickie Betts, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson – have reformed for ...

Blondie: Parallel Lines (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

BLONDIE'S third album seems designed to cater for two distinct requirements: a) to satisfy the near-hysterical cries for the pure pop of the band's debut ...

Blondie: From Blondie With Love…

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

CLEM BURKE offers a rather intriguing analogy about his band: Blondie are now playing the roles patented earlier this decade by Gary Glitter, T. Rex ...

Punishment Of Luxury: Dishing out Punishment

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"It's really crazy to think you've got to get crazy to be happy. I don't think you can be so logical as to estimate your ...

Bryan Ferry: The Bride Stripped Bare

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

WITH HIS USUAL panache (some may say pretensions), Bryan Ferry has taken his album title from a famous work by the surrealist Marcel Duchamp: The ...

Doll By Doll: Entropy Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"If you go walking in the street today/be sure and listen what the young boys say/they know the colour of speed is red/you don't become ...

Emmylou Harris: Profile…Best Of Emmylou Harris

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

UNDOUBTEDLY, Emmylou's success has been to make traditional country music acceptable to a rock audience. She has a lot to answer for, and in a ...

Keith Moon: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

Obituary by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1978

SOMETIME IN 1972, when my admiration for the Who was at its most passionate peak, I spent an afternoon at Keith Moon's house in Chertsey. ...

Keith Moon: The White Tornado

Obituary by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

ON THE RADIO they were playing a tribute to Keith Moon. They put on 'My Generation' by the Who. We heard the line that now ...

Smokie: Exiles On The Reeperbahn

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

LAST NIGHT, IN Hamburg, Smokie played to 6,000 people and tonight they'll repeat the process in the fishing port of Kiel. It brings to an ...

Tammy Wynette: Stand By Your Record Producer

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, September 1978

Tammy Wynette, over here for a short tour, lectures COLIN IRWIN on how to be an Average Superstar... ...

The Rolling Stones: Back Door Men

Interview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, September 1978

Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman aren't exactly garrulous types. But behind the... er... stony facade lies a commitment which has kept them pumping up the ...

Yes in New York: Swings And Roundabouts

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"EXCUSE me, but what are you writing?" I'm just making notes about the concert and I'm trying to listen to the piano player. ...

Yes: Tormato

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"RELEASE, Release!" is one of the most significant chants on this happy musical event. It is the hook-line on the fastest, funkiest, piece of rock ...

Bette Midler

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, September 1978

LOOKING AFTER Bette Midler's career, says her manager and former lover Aaron Russo, is like being the navigator of a plane en route for California. ...

Etta James: Payin' The Cost

Profile and Interview by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, September 1978

YOU CAN ENJOY Etta James as a throwback to the rockin' Fifties. You can admire her as the apotheosis of Sixties soul performing ghetto clubs ...

10cc, Godley & Creme: Godley & Crème: 'How Do We Get To Be Rich And Famous, Kev?' 'But Lol, We Are Rich And Famous'

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

Fighting their reputation and their record company, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme turn defence into attack. ...

Grateful Dead: Dead on the Nile

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, September 1978

Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Keith & Donna Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Hamza El-Din, Bill Graham, Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters, the Sphinx, the ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Skyrvyrd's First And…Last

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

ROCK 'N' ROLL REQUIEMS usually denigrate rather than enhance the reputation of the deceased, which is as sound a reason as any to approach this ...

Radio Stars: Holiday Album

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

RADIO STARS' aspirations are anything but modest. They have visions of themselves as a major (Hammersmith Odeon-Earls Court-Knebworth) band and Holiday Album is the vehicle ...

The Edge, Peter Gabriel, The Skids, Spizz, The Stranglers: The Stranglers, Peter Gabriel, The Skids et al: Punishment Park

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

IF NOTHING ELSE, at least the sun shone undisturbed for the duration of the Stranglers' long-awaited London gig on Saturday afternoon ("They're trying to strangle ...

Brand X: Bristol Hippodrome

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"BRAKES ARE locked. The steering is jammed!" Peter Robinson wrestled with the steering wheel as he drove like a Dalek around Bristol City centre last ...

Jethro Tull: Live – Bursting Out

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

SECRETIVE lot, Jethro Tull. This "live" double set was NOT recorded at Harold Rumsey's Lighthouse, nor at the Manor, nor on Ronnie Lane's mobile, but ...

Joan Armatrading: Fragile Surfaces And Fast Getaways

Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

IN HER KITCHEN Joan Armatrading washes up the plates from a vegetarian meal we have just eaten. "You wouldn't think," she had said earlier with ...

Linda Ronstadt: Living In The U.S.A.

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

OVER HER PAST few albums and, curiously, ever since she won a wall full of awards, something has been happening to Linda Ronstadt's "interpretative" powers. ...

The Moody Blues, Patrick Moraz: Moody Blues: Yes To The Moodies

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"I THOUGHT I was God. Then I realised I was just the drummer in a rock 'n' roll band." Graeme Edge and Caligula had the ...

The Buzzcocks

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

A LISTLESS GREY shroud hangs gloomily over Manchester as I arrive on this lazy Friday afternoon. From Piccadilly Station, it's a 15-minute walk through the ...

The Buzzcocks: Love Bites

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, September 1978

UMMMMM, ON THE cover of their new album the Buzzcocks look yummy enough to wrap up and take home. Love Bites, it's called, but no ...

The Ramones: Ulster Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1978

IT WAS A TRICKY confrontation. John Ramone stepped out of the hotel lift and after a brief moptop nod of recognition dived into the obvious ...

Third World: Journey To Addis

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1978

SINCE THEIR appearance in 1975, Third World have always seemed the most likely candidates to follow Bob Marley through the gates marked Reggae/Pop Crossover. ...

Richard Thompson: The Guitar Hero as Mystic Recluse

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1978

Richard Thompson is one of the world's finest guitarists, but a few years ago he "got cheesed off" and packed it all in. Now he's ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Picking Up The Pieces

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1978

"ROGER AND I have really got to get together and thrash out... not a compromise, but what is really gonna work.  And if we can't ...

Johnny Thunders: Nothing Is Forever

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1978

Maybe you sneered at the New York Dolls; so maybe you missed a Distant Early Warning of the new wave. Johnny Thunders is back in ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nico, The Pop Group: The Pop Group/LKJ/Nico/Cab Voltaire

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1978

Disorder by juxtaposition. Subversion by paradox. Nothing is as simple as we're told. New feelings. ...

B.B. King: BB King: The Las Vegas Tax Deductible Blues

Interview by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, October 1978

PETE WINGFIELD played with B.B.King seven years ago, on one of the guitarist's less celebrated albums. They met up again last week – only this ...

Bram Tchaikovsky: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1978

FOR THOSE CONFUSED, angered and alienated by the Motors' continuing divergence from their original hard rock base, the movements in the Bram Tchaikovsky camp at ...

Ray Charles: Love And Peace

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, October 1978

IT'S RARE FOR any artist to re-emerge successfully from a long period of musical sterility. Harder still, somehow, for black musicians, whose problems – brought ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols Bootlegs

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, October 1978

Sex Pistols: Indecent Exposure (It's A Dirty Business) (Rotten Records – bootleg album)'Anarchy In The U.S.A.'/'Belsen Was A Gas' (Rotten Role – bootleg single). ...

The Motors: The Motors Show

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1978

UNE NUIT A PARIS...The intention behind visiting France with the Motors seemed a good one: the circumspection of their intriguingly varied curriculum could be more ...

The Rich Kids: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1978

UNTIL THE RICH KIDS get a few things into perspective – the rather misbegotten and amusing attitude, for instance, that their music goes above the ...

Kate Bush: Kate: Enigma Variations

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1978

2002 Prologue: KATE IS famous now. WELL famous, right across Europe and to celebrate that, EMI are launching Lionheart, the second album, in a castle ...

Pere Ubu: Dub Housing

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, November 1978

A week is a month and you could be forgiven for thinking that the times would catch up with Pere Ubu (and overtake them) as ...

Pere Ubu: Five Alive in Ohio

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, November 1978

LAST Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, the bona fide booji were out in force on the street. In America, any event (however minor) is invariably heralded ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: A Lost Leader? Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Babylon By Bus

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, November 1978

THE BEST RECORD Bob Marley ever made was the live single version of ‘No Woman, No Cry’. The reasons for its success were complex, but ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: Absence Makes The Art Grow Older

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1978

Alex Harvey: The Venue, London ...

Isaac Hayes: Chronicle/For The Sake Of Love

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, November 1978

IT'S MY CONTENTION that, whatever bizarre circumstances caused the flurry of lawsuits circulating round Isaac Hayes prior to the demise of Stax Records, and the ...

The Bay City Rollers: Strangers In The Wind

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1978

IT WOULD indeed be wonderful to report that, after a lengthy break, the Bay City Rollers have returned to remind us that they were really ...

The Sex Pistols: Bootleg Albums

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, November 1978

The Sex Pistols: Gun Control/Live at the Rodeo ...

Tyla Gang: Moon Proof (Beserkley)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1978

THERE ARE certain musicians whose burden in life is to carry the can for mediocre past. Sean Tyla, late of Ducks Deluxe, is suffering from ...

X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, November 1978

"I WANNA BE A FROZEN PEA!" Does Poly Styrene finally make it? Will she really dehydrate? Does she turn into a Teasmade? Will she... ...

Mike Oldfield: This Is The Year Of The Expanding Man...

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, November 1978

What Scientology did for Chick Corea (and John Travolta), Exegesis is doing for mild, retiring Mike Oldfield. He puts the stare on KARL DALLAS ...

Joe Ely: Texas Country Rock: Texas Twisters

Overview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, November 1978

THE ECHOES of rock get older; and likewise those consumers who, like me, retain an interest in them – rather than giving in to the ...

Boney M: Babylon By Limousine

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

"A Colchester farmer on his own accounts for 10,000 of the 400,000 advance orders of Boney M's 'Mary's Boy Child'. George Story heard the single ...

Eric Clapton: The Lost Weekend

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE ERIC CLAPTON MOVIE – LOCATION: A darkened Glasgow street, swept by freezing wind. TIME: Friday night, just after the Burns Howf has closed. ...

The Jacksons: Destiny

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, December 1978

THIS IS AN important album for the Jacksons – now five again, with a small letter at least, Jermaine's defection having been balanced by lil' ...

The Police: Outlaws d’amour

Profile and Interview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE POLICE are not punk. The Police are not disco. The Police are not heavy metal. The Police are not power pop. The Police are ...

Alice Cooper: From The Inside

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, December 1978

ALICE NEVER really was a contender for the world's greatest rock musician or singer (that's why he had to "kill" chickens and babies every night ...

Chic: C'est Chic

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1978

DISCO, THE People's Music, is the modern blues: the truest expression of a generation's thoughts, bitter sweetness with a backbeat. The old blues celebrated the ...

Dr. John: Dr John: City Lights

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, December 1978

DR JOHN is clean (and mean) and on the scene; so Hail on Mac 'cause it's a stone fact (y'all), the gritty gumbo hustler's back. ...

Eric Clapton: Portrait Of The Artist As A Working Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1978

IT HAS OFTEN been said that one of Eric Clapton's major problems over the years has been to find his own identity, a role in ...

Judas Priest: Killing Machine

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE LEAD SINGER sweats redly, tuffness of the strategic stud decorations unable to blind the look of uncertainty in his eye for the camera as ...

Peter Tosh: The Bush Doctor's Dilemma

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

GAME-RULES for life: tall people have a natural advantage. Or look at it this way: tall people stand out. They're obvious targets. If you're very ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, December 1978

"I don't agree with bands who make records to please audiences." (Johnny Rotten.) ...

The Rezillos: Cold Wars

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, December 1978

"Because Fay and I are going out together, when you have a group argument it invariably gets personal. Things that you dislike about people become ...

Wire: Barbed Wire

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1978

"We don't need nude tarts to sell records. Thus spake Wire, the most ruggedly uncompromising band HARRY DOHERTY has met for, oh, at least a ...

Gary Moore: Back On The Streets

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1978

GARY MOORE is one of the best rock guitarists in the world – a conviction reinforced by his gymnastic feats on his instrument on this, ...

Rockpile: Rock Around With Philip Marlowe

Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE TROPICANA MOTEL sits disconsolately on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, an area that looks uncomfortable sandwiched in between the clinical sky-scrapers of Century ...

Peter Tosh: Tosh in monotone

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

Peter Tosh did three nights in London, and I attended two. Why is it always the night I'm not there that everybody raves about? In ...

Peter Gabriel: The Lamb Brought Down In Paris

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, December 1978

ON THE WAY TO Paris to meet a man I've never seen there is a white sign splashed across a motorway bridge: 'Vive Le Proletariat' ...

Sly & Robbie: The Reggae Heartbeat – Freedom Into Form

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

"Mr. Bassie, please sing your song to me." – Horace Andy, Rasta Rabbi in his own words ...

Throbbing Gristle: D.O.A. (Industrial)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE UNDERGROWTH OF pop...Take the mechanics of the situation as being something like this: you have a multi-million dollar industry, which has established channels whereby ...

Dennis Brown: Words Of Wisdom (Laser)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1979

THE WHITE listener who came to reggae through Bob Marley may have been puzzled by the emergence of Dennis Brown, who at first seems to ...

The Stranglers: Stranglers: Something Better Change?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 1979

Lots of people would like to start by changing the Stranglers. Surprise, surprise...they've done it themselves. Hugh Cornwell tells HARRY DOHERTY how they've dragged themselves ...

The Clash: Electric Ballroom/Lyceum London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 1979

CLASH GIGS these days aren't the backs–against–the wall experience they used to be. The political tensions and confrontations they once represented are now just so ...

The Only Ones: Even Serpents Shine (CBS)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, 1979

SINGLES can often be deceptive signposts for forthcoming albums. When ‘You've Got To Pay’ slipped out a few weeks back, it didn't augur well for ...

Marvin Gaye: Here My Dear

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, January 1979

I SUPPOSE I should be grateful to the new Marvin Gaye album for something – I did a very surreal drawing in pencil while wading ...

Marvin Gaye: The Meek Shall Inherit... The Bankruptcy Court

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, January 1979

RING out the trumpets! Roll out the carpets! Marvin Gaye’s released his first studio album for two years! I’m tempted to add, Bring On The ...

The Screamers

Profile and Interview by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, January 1979

IT’S a truism to say that you have to decide which is real – you or Los Angeles – but like most truisms, it has ...

Dr. John, Lloyd Price: Ace Records: Dealing Aces Vols. 1 and 2

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, January 1979

THESE TWO volumes, together with the indispensable Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns collection in the same series (Ace CH 9) represent the first time ...

Ace Records: The Ace Story Vol. 1/Vol.2

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, January 1979

THESE TWO VOLUMES, together with the indispensable Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Clowns collection in the same series (Ace CH 9) represent the first time ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: An Outlaw At The Ritz: Keith Richards

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1979

In which Keef holds up the price of Smirnoff shares, little Marlon holds up his Dad, Anita Pallenberg holds up the interview, and CHRIS WELCH ...

Horslips: The Man Who Built America (DJM)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1979

HORSLIPS' RECORDING career has been, to say the least, erratic: moments of inventive brilliance meshed with frequent mediocrity. But, at long last, they have emerged ...

Hot Chocolate: Everyone's a Moneyspinner

Profile and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

GREAT POPULAR music is generally not a cynical or synthetic product, but something personal to one individual that many, many others find appealing. ...

The Damned, Ducks Deluxe, Rockpile: The Damned, Rockpile, Ducks Deluxe: Venue, London

Live Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, January 1979

DESPITE THE eleventh hour location change, the Venue was packed. ...

15, 16, 17: Living For The Weekend

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, January 1979

15, 16, 17 are the best-known of British reggae's new crop of female vocal trios. ...

Charlie Mingus: Charles Mingus's Sound of Love

Obituary by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1979

Charles Mingus died in Mexico on January 5, of amytrophic lateral sclerosis, a condition also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He had been in Mexico ...

Mack Allen Smith: The Last Of The Great Unknowns

Profile by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, January 1979

MARTIN HAWKINS searched the Mississippi delta and found Mack Allen Smith ...

Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

EDITOR'S NOTE: A couple of weeks ago, Vivien Goldman trashed Marvin Gaye's new album in these columns. A dissenting voice pleads to be heard ...

The Jam: A Mod At 20

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1979

Hope I die before I get old? The Jam's Paul Weller knows he can't write teenage anthems any more. HARRY DOHERTY sympathises. ...

UFO: Strangers In The Night: A Double Live Album (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1979

THE LESSON to be learned from this album is undoubtedly that the natural habitat of a heavy metal band is in concert. The proof comes ...

War: Youngblood (MCA)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

WAR WAS a multi-platinum album act in America with such classic Top 40 streetfunk singles as 'All Day Music', 'Cisco Kid', 'The World Is A ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

Cheers for Chic ...

The Who Sell In

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1979

ARE THE WHO haunted by ghosts? Is the spectral figure of Tommy now joined by the cackling spirit of Keith Moon? ...

Chic: Est-ce que c'est Chic

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, February 1979

Yes, it is. For behind Chic's rags-to-Regine's success lies an understanding of style as cool as their musical intelligence. ...

Jimmy Cliff: A Pioneer Returns

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, February 1979

Jimmy Cliff, wholesome and handsome as a ripening ear of corn, radiates on the couch. The night before, he had made a triumphant return to ...

Roy Hill: Riverside Studios, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, February 1979

APPROACHING Roy Hill via one sub-Bowie single ('I Like, I Like, I Like') and a first album saturated in unsympathetic production, I was not – ...

Steve Hillage: Live Herald

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

ONE OF THE MOST pleasant incidents I recall from last year was an afternoon spent in a summery open-air cafe in Notting Hill with Steve ...

The Bee Gees: Spirits Having Flown

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, February 1979

MOST OF the tracks on Spirits Having Flown would fit snugly enough onto Saturday Night Fever. The Bee Gees have stuck to their disco formula: ...

The Mekons: Blows Against Individuation

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, February 1979

The Mekons insist they're just a by-product of confusion. But 'intervention', a.k.a. 'going commercial', looms. ...

Toto: Toto

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, February 1979

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN an unholy disaster. A group of Los Angeles session men forming their own band could have been the signal for God-knows-what ...

Van Morrison: These Dreams of You (So Unreal, So Untrue)

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

OUTSIDE THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, a blizzard raged. Inside, snowflakes dripped and melted into the plush carpets. Waiters scurried while rich Americans and Arabs mulled ...

Elvis Costello: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, February 1979

HAS Elvis Costello finally become an Establishment "star," or is he still mounting a concerted attack against the old-fart fortress? Taking the stage at Hammersmith ...

Rough Trade Records: The Humane Sell

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1979

Rough Trade aim to break down the barrier between the consumers and the consumed. ...

The Pretenders: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1979

NO APOLOGIES for following Mark Williams' review of the Pretenders at the Moonlight last week with an instant replay. Now is the time to catch ...

UFO: In Search Of Heady Riff

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, February 1979

In which UFO try for world domination...HARRY DOHERTY followed them round the concert circuit ...

The Pretenders: Say a Prayer for the Pretenders

Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, February 1979

The way tongues are wagging, though, they might not need them. Mark Williams profiles a Next Big Thing who actually look like delivering. ...

Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson: Shake A Leg, Jock: Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson and the Scottish Ballet

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

VISIONS OF HIGHLANDERS in hobnail boots and tartan tutus shouting "Hey Jimmy!" were inspired by a rare invitation to drinks with the Scottish Ballet last ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Giraffe Looked At Siouxsie

Report by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1979

"WHAT DO you think of it, then?" sneered Siouxsie Sioux as we slipped into the Kurfurstendamm, Berlin's notorious main strip, which is like Oxford Street ...

Inner Circle: reggae's final breakthrough?

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, February 1979

Bobby the Em aside, JA roots music has achieved no significant market penetration outside its own country. VIVIEN GOLDMAN suggests that, by 'going disco', the ...

Jack Bruce: Jack's Sound of 1979

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

IT SEEMED like the end of an era when we discovered, last week, that Jack Bruce and the Robert Stigwood Organisation have parted company. ...

Lene Lovich: Bedford College, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, February 1979

EMERGING FROM the Stiff tour as little more than a suspicious record company packaging job with a clever line in Spanish lace, Lovich is now ...

The Human League: The Cyclic And Random Lyric Organisation System

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1979

CARLOS for short. IAN BIRCH talks to the Human League, Sheffield Novorockers with a weakness for torch ballads. ...

The Sex Pistols: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, February 1979

"WHAT NEEDS UNDERSTANDING is the state of paralysis everyone is in..." ...

The Skids: Scared To Dance (Virgin)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1979

PREPARE yourselves for a thorny contender. The Skids are a relatively new four-piece from Scotland who, apart from their current single 'Into The Valley', have ...

Albert Collins: Ice Pickin' (Sonet)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, March 1979

IN THE game of guitar-hero one-upmanship during the blues boom days of the mid-late Sixties, Albert Collins' was the name to zap 'em with. Through ...

Blondie, Mud, Suzi Quatro, Sweet: Chinn & Chapman: Ballroom Blitz & Hearts of Glass

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1979

Mike Chapman began with Mud and Sweet, disappeared when glitter-rock went cold, and came back to make the new wave palatable for America with the ...

Georgie Fame: Right Now! (Pye)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

"WELL, WELL, well, hello there, it's been a long, long time." Doesn't that introduction to 'Funny How Time Slips Away' take you back? I address ...

Manfred Mann: Angel Station (Bronze)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

MOST OF us potter through life without any clear aims or objectives. Somehow we imagine that having heaved the cat out of bed and wiped ...

Alternative TV: Vibing Up The Senile Man (Deptford Fun City Records)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, March 1979

WHEN MARK Perry gave up editing Sniffin' Glue, he started a band that has turned out to be a logical extension of the famous punkzine. ...

Blondie: Fear Of Frying

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1979

While 'Heart Of Glass' seems about to repeat its British success in America, via the disco connection, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein stay home in ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: Oneness: Silver Dreams/Golden Reality (CBS)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

AS THE sleeve makes abundantly clear, this is Carlos Santana's equivalent of Pete Townshend's Meher Baba solo album: a dedication to Sri Chinmoy, the guru ...

Generation X: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

MEDALS FOR bravery should be struck for Billy Idol and his mates in Generation X. Would you, dear reader, like to stand on a stage, ...

Jimmy C. Newman: Jimmy 'C' Newman: Cajun Music And The Big Beat

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, March 1979

Jimmy 'Cajun' Newman tells MARTIN HAWKINS: 'Cajun music has two speeds – off, and full-blast'. ...

Sister Sledge: We Are Family (Cotillion U.S. import)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

I WAIT for new work by Chic's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in the way that I once waited for the latest items from Phil ...

The Gladiators: Naturality (Virgin/Front Line), Presenting The Gladiators (Studio One)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, March 1979

NOT A great week for the Gladiators, all round. First of all, the lead singer, Albert Griffiths, is shattered to learn over the phone that ...

UFO: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

"UFO! UFO!" The chant blasts across the stalls, and security men blench at the prospect of a mass invasion. ...

Van Morrison: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

VAN MORRISON has a special kind of communication with his followers that is reserved for only a favoured few. It's not an hysterical or violent ...

Dire Straits: Bottom Line, New York

Live Review by Dave Marsh, Melody Maker, March 1979

LIVE, DIRE Straits are precisely what they are on record: a throwback to the kind of unassuming funk that hasn't enjoyed much popularity since Delaney ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Maurice White's Band of Hope

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, March 1979

There's more to America's biggest soul band than bread and circuses. VIVIEN GOLDMAN followed them to Staffordshire to talk about the Bible, spinal fluid, reincarnation, ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, March 1979

PITY THE poor reviewer covering a show of the astonishing calibre of Earth, Wind & Fire's weekend extravaganza at the Empire Pool. ...

Frankie Miller: Falling In Love (Chrysalis)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, March 1979

AT ONE time Frankie Miller looked as though he was going to do a Joe Cocker without the intervening period of success. Now he just ...

Joan Armatrading: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Idris Walters, Melody Maker, March 1979

HER PEOPLE should market a badge that says, "JA From JA Is For Everyone". The hack was expecting the worst – high feminism on parade, ...

Roxy Music: Manifesto (Polydor)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

AN INAUSPICIOUS time for the old heavy-weight to take the gloves off the shelf and clamber back into the ring? ...

The Scorpions: Scorpions: Lovedrive

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1979

NOW THAT the new wave has been institutionalised and tamed by the Establishment, heavy metal is once more basking in a glorious and celebrated comeback, ...

Tom Robinson Band: The Tom Robinson Band: TRB Two (EMI)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, March 1979

Just Easing The Liberal Guilt ...

The Undertones: Putting On The Anti Style

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1979

...are the Undertones, Derry's nosethumb to the star system. HARRY DOHERTY helped them bury a few rock myths. ...

Toto: Losing The Studio Tan

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, March 1979

DAVID PAICH has the grizzly, rough-hewn features of a particularly underhand heavyweight wrestler. The image is blown by a hugely infectious grin that recurs frequently, ...

Graham Parker and the Rumour: Squeezing Out Sparks

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, March 1979

AS FAR AS I'M concerned, Graham Parker is one of the great rock singers. I'd pay happily for a tape of him singing in the ...

The Raspberries: Best Of The Raspberries (Capitol)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, March 1979

THE ONE clever thing that Eric Carmen's earlier outfit did was to put Overnight Sensation out in the summer, the one time the record could ...

MC5, Wayne Kramer: Wayne Kramer Forgets The Motor City

Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

"SOMETIMES we used to pass the Milan jail when the MC5 were driving to gigs outside of Detroit, and I used to look up at ...

Bill Nelson: The Sound Of Household Appliances

Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

From frayed denim through guitar heroics to novorock, Bill Nelson's career has been plagued by accusations of plagiarism. MARK WILLIAMS listens to the disclaimers. ...

Culture: The International Dub

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, March 1979

Like Bob Marley before him, Culture's Joe Hill is spreading Jah-message, international-style. But how long can he keep his roots pristine in the hotels and ...

The Beach Boys, Christine Perfect/McVie, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson Loves Christine McVie

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

The Beach Boys love good karma ...

Doll By Doll: Remember (Automatic Record Co.)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, March 1979

AS OFTEN happens, the rock 'n' roll romance blows hot and then cold before it settles down to a realistic affair. ...

The Cure: Practical Poprock

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, March 1979

That's the Cure, the no-image band who do more with less to charismatic effect. IAN BIRCH probed the mystery. ...

The Pop Group: First Steps In The Primal Skank

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

Tribal customs live on, even in the era of Afterpunk. RICHARD WILLIAMS investigates The Pop Group. ...

Albert Collins, George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Thoroughly Bluesy George

Live Review by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, March 1979

George Thorogood, Albert Collins: Electric Ballroom, London ...

New Barbarians: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

IN THE foyer of LA's vast concrete amphitheatre, you could buy T-shirts promising "nothing less than ear-to-ear violence" in lettering supposed to resemble dripping blood. ...

Bad Company: Jogging Back to Happiness

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

Two years ago, Bad Company lost their collective bottle after a gruelling American tour. CHRIS WELCH hears how it took Paul Rodgers three months to ...

The Bee Gees: The Bee Gees, Larry Pryce (Panther)

Book Review by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, April 1979

Oh what a boring book we see When Larry practises to Bee Gee ...

Bill Haley: The Guardian Of Rock 'N' Roll

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, April 1979

MARCH 1979, and rock king Bill Haley's in town, almost a quarter of a century since he recorded 'Rock Around The Clock', and 22 years ...

Hunter-Ronson, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Hunter-Ronson: Good News From Nowhere

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

Nowhere being the most expensive studio in New York, scene of the Hunter-Ronson comeback with a startling new album. HARRY DOHERTY investigated the Geminian partnership ...

Ian Hunter: You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic (Chrysalis)

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, April 1979

I GROANED when I saw what this record was called. Modish madness and the wrong joke anyway – shouldn't it be "You're Never Alone If ...

Sham 69: Jimmy Pursey: The People's Champ

Interview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, April 1979

JIM POPS down the betting shop to bung twenty quid on a 10-1 shot in the 3.10 at Newbury, so I give his records the ...

Sparks: Too Much Too Soon Again

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

Sparks discover disco – but did the critics discover it first? HARRY DOHERTY smooths the ruffled curls. ...

Tavares: Madame Butterfly (Capitol)

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, April 1979

MADAME Butterfly opens with the familiar dance floor sounds – brass riff, flowing strings punched out guitars, tightly strung percussion – but this isn't really ...

Elvis Costello: Live in New York

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, April 1979

Palladium & Great Gildersleeve's, NYC ...

Percy Sledge: The Venue, London

Live Review by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, April 1979

THE SIMPLISTIC idea that the fundamental difference between country and soul in the Sixties was that one music was made by poor whites in the ...

Rachel Sweet: What Rachel Did Next

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, April 1979

Rachel Sweet may follow Tanya Tucker's career with particular interest, but she really wants to be Bruce Springsteen. PENNY VALENTINE followed her on a tour ...

The Scorpions, UFO: Scorpions: Stateless and Fighting Back

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

German heavy metallurgists Scorpion, fronted by ex-UFO lead guitarist Michael Schenker, are set to conquer the world the English-speaking one, that is. HARRY DOHERTY talked ...

The Skids: Theme For War Movies and Romantic Losers

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

THE LOCATION: Basing Street Studios, London.THE EVENT: The World Premiere of 'Masquerade', starring the Skids and produced by Bill Nelson.THE AUDIENCE: The Skids – Richard ...

Thin Lizzy: Black Rose (Vertigo)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

YOU build 'em up... ...

Badfinger: Airwaves

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

IT'S EASY to acknowledge it in retrospect, but Badfinger were a great band who suffered the classically clichéd fate of being criminally ignored in Britain. ...

Dusty Springfield: Theatre Royal, London

Live Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, April 1979

IT WAS a significant week for Mary O'Brien. Not only did she turn 40 but, after endless cancellations of provincial dates due to sparse ticket ...

Joe Ely: Down On The Drag (MCA)

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, April 1979

THIS TIME last year Joe Ely played the Wembley Country Festival and toured Britain as Merle Haggard's bemused support. I saw him in the Brighton ...

Red Krayola: Red Crayola: Soldier-Talk (Radar)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, April 1979

IN A CURRENT context of confusion, Soldier-Talk appears to be a good idea. ...

Sylvester: Stars (Fantasy, U.S. import)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1979

AS A POP 45, Sylvester's symphonic recasting of 'I (Who Have Nothing)' has been a slow starter. Even coming off the massive crossover success of ...

The Jam: Invasion of the Riff Snatchers

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, April 1979

Can a bunch of ordinary guys repeat the British Invasion? IAN BIRCH watches the Jam take on America. ...

Village People: Go West (Mercury)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, April 1979

FRONTIER experiments rise and fall, but showbiz pop goes on forever. It's always been that way, and there's nothing to suggest that the Eighties will ...

Lou Reed: The Bells (Arista)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, May 1979

WHAT DO you buy when you buy Lou Reed, and do you still need to buy him? ...

National Health: Of Queues And Cures (Charly)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

THE HEALTHY Ones have been through a whole ring-cycle of changes in recent times, with Dave Stewart out and Alan Gowen back in again. We ...

Patti Smith: Wave (Arista)

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, May 1979

WAVE IS a much better record than I expected, but to explain why I'll have to go back a bit. ...

Robin Scott: Now Pop For Pure People

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1979

M is for mirror, says Robin Scott, whose single, 'Pop Muzik', realises the potency of the disco/punk fusion. And that mirror reflects the present, he ...

Sleepy LaBeef: Rockabilly's Tower Of Power

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, May 1979

IF WALT DISNEY had decided to make an animated cartoon of the rock 'n' roll story he would have needed a rockabilly character, and I ...

Sly Dunbar: Sly, Wicked And Slick (Virgin Front Line)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, May 1979

REGGAE'S ONE of the youngest contemporary musical forms, but it's growing up fast, and in all sorts of directions. ...

Misty In Roots: The Price Of Hate

Report by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, May 1979

Among the casualties of last week's confrontation between the police and anti-racist demonstrators in Southall was the Peoples Unite Centre, a haven for local musicians, ...

The Undertones: The Undertones (Sire).

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1979

FOR SOME reason, this album reminds me of a scene in Kate Bush's live show, the part where she plays a rifle-toting trouble-shooter on 'James ...

The Who: The Mod Revival, Yes…

Live Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, May 1979

The Who: Rainbow, London ...

Narada Michael Walden: Awakening (Atlantic)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, May 1979

SERENE MR WALDEN, Sri Chinmoy disciple and erstwhile drummer with the all-clad-in-white Mahavishnu Orchestra, surely knows which side his cosmic bread is buttered. Seems like ...

The Babys: Bringing Up Babys

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1979

A FEW weeks ago in New York, I saw the greatest transition since Jesus changed the water into wine. ...

The Jam: The Rainbow, London

Live Review by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, May 1979

FASHION NOTES first. The band, of course, were in their sharp suits, looking less like matching mods, though, than a good old group in uniform. ...

The Who: Vive Le 'Oo

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

After last week's Rainbow triumph the Who continued their return in France at the weekend with an open-air concert and the premieres of their two ...

Bobby Womack: Roads Of Life (Arista)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, May 1979

THE FORTUNES of gravel-voiced soul vet Bobby Womack have taken a dip of late. ...

David Bowie: Lodger

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, May 1979

ANOTHER YEAR, another record. Like Burroughs, David Jones, rootless, looks for unconventional commitment: Burroughs found it in junk, control-systems and predatory homosexuality; Jones found it ...

Dennis Brown: Enter A Good Man

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, May 1979

Dennis Brown comes of the race of Joseph; and he means that seriously, 'I am Joseph, here to do the things Joseph has done in ...

Gang of Four: Dialectics Meet Disco

Essay by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, May 1979

This is the year of the second coming of British art-rock – although the new art-rockers won't admit it. MARY HARRON strips away the modish ...

Nina Hagen: Nina Hagen Band (CBS)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, May 1979

SAY HELLO to the next Euro cult sensation. ...

Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

ONE OF Alfred Hitchcock's most memorable finales comes at the end of Strangers On A Train, when a huge carousel goes into overdrive and runs ...

Albert King, Booker T & The MGs, The Emotions, Pop Staples, Steve Cropper: Stacks of Stax: Stax Releases

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, May 1979

Steve Cropper/Pop Staples/Albert King: Jammed Together (Stax 3009) Booker T & The MGs: Time Is Tight — The Best Of… (Stax STX 3007) The Emotions: ...

The Moody Blues: It's A Wonderful Life

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

The rich are not like you and me, said Fitzgerald. That's right, Hemingway replied: they have more money. Just in time for cocktails, CHRIS WELCH ...

The Who: Townshend: Still No Touring

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

What next for the Who?Roger loved it, but Pete's not so sure...After their French concert last week, CHRIS WELCH eavesdropped on the Who's doubts and ...

Patti LaBelle: It's Alright With Me (Epic)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, June 1979

I GUESS it's all of eighteen years since I first heard 'Down The Aisle' by Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles – and when I put ...

Madness: Dublin Castle, London

Live Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, June 1979

THE NAME says it all. ...

Thin Lizzy: Deutschland Liebt Lizzy

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1979

Phil and da boyz invade Germany. HARRY DOHERTY went on the sortie and watched Lizzy win over what had once been an alien audience. ...

Joni Mitchell: Mingus

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1979

THE CONCEPT of Joni Mitchell singing Charles Mingus, the late and very great jazzman, is eccentric but not illogical. For her it is the culmination ...

Nina Hagen: West Is Best

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, June 1979

Can Nina Hagen become Germany's most important contribution to radical pop culture since Brecht? CHRIS BOHN learns about growing up on the wrong side of ...

The Isley Brothers: Winner Takes All

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, June 1979

3 + 3 DON'T MIND they just keep on jamming. Strings and horns? Uh-uh. They just go up to Bearsville. Ernie puts down the drums ...

Wings: Taking Off At Last

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, June 1979

After a lengthy period on the ground, Paul McCartney's redesigned Wings are taking a few exploratory hops. MARK WILLIAMS' verdict: no metal fatigue. ...

Public Image Ltd.: The Factory, Manchester,

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, June 1979

A Quick One While No-One's Thinking ...

Anita Ward: The Bell Rings and School's Out

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, June 1979

THIS VERY day, 'Ring My Bell' has made it to number one in the British charts. The boys at TK records (who function from the ...

Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones: Consuming Passion: The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers

Profile by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, June 1979

IT seemed like they were the last gigs of the year. Summer’s coming. Exam requests for DLT, college partings for Anne Nightingale, End of the ...

Dire Straits: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1979

The end of innocence ...

Herman Brood: Brood Back On The Nest

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, June 1979

German rock star Nina Hagen's upset because her Dutch rock 'n' rolling boyfriend, Herman Brood, has disappeared. Will our intrepid CHRIS BOHN track him down? ...

Link Wray: A Link With The Past

Interview by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, June 1979

Tag; the jet-black hair, dark shades and gaunt Shawnee Indian cheekbones evoke an image of prowling malevolence which was crystallised by 'Rumble' but still some ...

Peter Tosh: Mystic Man

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, June 1979

I ALMOST didn't make it through the title-track. Two female trios do the I Threes jobs for Tosh, and here their effect is extra-irritating. They ...

Supertramp: The Philosopher and the Realist

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1979

In Supertramp's first interview for two years, songwriters Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies tell HARRY DOHERTY how their immense success in America has widened the ...

The Cars: Candy-O (Elektra)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1979

THE CARS emerged last year as pace-setters in the American new wave. The platinum status of their debut album probably surprised the band as much ...

Dire Straits: Communiqué From a Washeteria

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1979

A million quid from record sales can buy you the love of a multinational, but can it pay for the freedom to wander up the ...

The B-52s: B-52s (Island)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, June 1979

Yesterday's Sound Tomorrow ...

Blondie: Pinecrest Theater, Shelton, Connecticut

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1979

BLONDIE'S US tour should provide some interesting results when it ends in eight weeks' time. It could, for instance, determine just how willing American audiences ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy's Rubber Band: This Boot Is Made For Fonk-n (Warners)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, July 1979

THE WORLD'S zaniest bass-player is back, whatever the truth of reports about a nervous breakdown; or, as he tells us himself: "I dug the concern ...

Eddy Grant: Living On The Ice Block

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, July 1979

How far can a black musician control his own destiny in white society? Surprise, surprise, not all the way, says the man in the front ...

Little Feat, Lowell George: Lowell George: The Rock'n'Roll Doctor

Obituary by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1979

Of all the hundreds of white boys who fell in love with the blues, few used the idiom with such brilliance as Lowell George. Singer, ...

Sylvester: No Business Like Show Business

Essay by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, July 1979

ON HIS RECORD sleeves, Sylvester is definitely svelte. A pink shirt and a red rose. Spectacles and a cool look, like Arthur Ashe. My favourite ...

The Tourists: The Tourists (Logo)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1979

A DIFFERENT sort of rock album, this, and one that will perhaps confuse many people. The Tourists have a set of values that, on record ...

Billy Lee Riley: Red Hot Riley

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, July 1979

The volcanic music of Billy Lee Riley never quite erupted; Martin Hawkins tells how the talent remains hot. ...

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, July 1979

"To talk of life today is like talking of rope in the house of a hanged man." Where will it end? ...

Nick Gilder: Future Love

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1979

NICK GILDER does arrange meetings in the oddest places. Our first introduction is sealed amid snow-storms and the threat of frostbite in mid-February Milwaukee. Four ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley In His Own Backyard

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, August 1979

AS YOU drive through the white-pillared gates into the grounds of 56 Hope Road, the first thing you notice is that the road doesn't have ...

Ian Dury & The Blockheads: Live at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, August 1979

FIRST OF ALL I’d like to say I’ve always felt ambivalent towards Ian Dury. His work has always been, like his persona, male-orientated without being ...

Led Zeppelin: In Through The Out Door (Swan Song)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

THE GRAND illusion was popped way back when I was taking my O-levels. Then Led Zeppelin 2 fulfilled the noble function of releasing all the ...

Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, J. D. Souther, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat: Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt et al: Lowell George Benefit Concert, The Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, August 1979

IT'S IRONIC that Little Feat were never adjudged sufficiently commercial to have headlined a concert at Los Angeles' massive Forum, since the place was bursting ...

The Merton Parkas: Deals On Wheels

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, August 1979

The Merton Parkas, the first New Mod chartmakers, tell PAULO HEWITT that life's a lot easier in a Ben Sherman button-down than in a ripped ...

Angelic Upstarts: Someone Else's Fight

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

INTOLERANCE FALLS like a heavy pall over the Angelic Upstarts – only they won't lie still and let it settle. Follow them round for a ...

Maria Muldaur: Open Your Eyes (Warner Bros)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, August 1979

MUSICIANS WHO return after a hiatus as long as Muldaur's – since the confusion of Sweet Harmony – face several problems, not least over-effort. It's ...

Squeeze: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1979

DAVITT SIGERSON was right a couple of weeks ago when he described Squeeze as the new-wave ELO. ...

UK Subs: No Change For UK Subs

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

Finding that tribal punk is still alive...and kicking ...

Al Green: Tired Of Being Alone

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, August 1979

Al Green's London concerts last week were a puzzling mixture of the brilliant and the banal – and VIVIEN GOLDMAN discovered that his verbals are ...

The Ramones: You're Not The Same. Are They?

Report and Interview by Van Gosse, Melody Maker, August 1979

Will the Spector of big things gone by give the Ramones the platinum sound that has so far eluded them? ...

AC/DC, Nils Lofgren, The Stranglers, The Who: The Who / The Stranglers/ AC/DC /Nils Lofgren: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1979

NOT ONE OF the great Wembley encounters, we decided, as the car crept another couple of feet in the late Saturday evening jam. ...

Van Morrison: Into The Music (Mercury)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, August 1979

NOWADAYS, PEOPLE don't so much discover Van Morrison as grow old with him. ...

Bob Dylan: Slow Train Coming (CBS)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

DYLAN HAS switched roles once too often. We've followed him patiently through his phases as rebellious folk singer, rock and roll outlaw, musing mystic, contented ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Join Hands (Polydor)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

(IT'S MY party and) I'll mystify if I want to! ...

This Heat: This Heat (Piano Records)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, September 1979

THIS Heat takes you to ten movies in the space of a one-year-old album. ...

The Buzzcocks, Gang of Four: Buzzcocks/Gang Of Four: Club 57, New York, NY

Live Review by Van Gosse, Melody Maker, September 1979

THIS IS the year that the New Wave, or at least its more retrograde element, has finally hit the U.S. charts. Everybody English and short-haired, ...

A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Teardrop Explodes: Joy Division/Echo & The Bunnymen/OMD/Teardrop Explodes/The Distractions/ACR: Leigh Valley Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

Angst in an East Lancs wasteland ...

The Alley Cats, The Bags, Black Randy & The Metrosquad, The Controllers (LA punk), The Germs, The Mau-Mau's, The Plugz, The Screamers, Suburban Lawns, X: L.A. Punk: Pogo-ing On The Fault Line

Overview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

If Los Angeles is the future, how come its bands all sound so backdated? MARK WILLIAMS puts the case for the defence ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1979

IT'S IRONIC that Cheap Trick, having recorded a song called 'ELO Kiddies' on their debut album almost three years ago, should now be setting themselves ...

Nina Simone: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1979

NINA SIMONE has never been a comfortable musician to see live. A powerful performer, she is formidably dedicated to her art. It's hardly surprising, then, ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Richard And Linda Thompson: Sunnyvista (Chrysalis)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1979

THIS THOMPSONS package tour is a fine irony. Its visuals signal a break from the couple's traditional melancholy, replacing it with a sarcastic, partially threatening, ...

Shakin' Stevens: Legend (EMI)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

ROGER SCOTT, Britain's only disc-jockey (no, that's not a misprint – it's a fact) put this into what they call "heavy rotation" last week. It ...

The Photos: Photos Is A Group

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1979

Does Britain need a Blondie? Will Wendy Wu be on your bedroom wall next month? Is this fair? HARRY DOHERTY discovers why most of Britain's ...

The Police: Reggatta De Blanc (A&M)

Review by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, September 1979

ONLY A year ago I had to talk the editor of this paper into taking a feature on the Police. I don't recall who got ...

The Revillos

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, September 1979

REVILLOS OR Rezillos or...whatever. Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds have got a new set of backing players (?) and some fledgling singers behind them. What ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Survival (Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, September 1979

SOME PEOPLE mellow as they get older. Bob Marley gets angrier and wiser. Following the relaxed, self-fulfilled Exodus and Kaya, Survival marks a surprising but ...

The Clash: Clash Bites Apple

Live Review by Van Gosse, Melody Maker, September 1979

FIRST time here, in February, the Clash were merely grand. The energy was awesome but the music was more volume than anything else; in the ...

Elvis Costello: Costello Beats Anaesthesia

Comment by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

ELVIS COSTELLO spun the discs for a couple of hours on Radio One's Star Special last week, and the result was the kind of radio ...

A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Factory Records: Food For Thought

Report by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, September 1979

Lots of people thought that Operation Julie was a bit of an anachronism. Who, in the late Seventies, could be dropping all those tabs? It ...

Gary Numan: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

THE FACE of '79 doesn't belong to a mod, punk, or to anyone so sectarian, but to Gary Numan, and it's time we faced up ...

Ian Gomm: Thinking Out Loud

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

IAN GOMM is short, not quite stout, and has had his straw-coloured hair fashioned a la mod from the first time it was fashionable. His ...

The Eagles: The Long Run (Asylum)

Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

THE POLITICS of pop have always been anathema to me. I cannot, and will not, shift my allegiances from an underrated or up-and-coming band when ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

THE TROUBLE with Ray Davies is that since he forsook the stark, three-chord spleen of 'You Really Got Me' and 'All Day & All Of ...

Wire: 154 (Harvest)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, September 1979

WRAPPED IN an abstract minimal geo-deco sleeve (all straight lines and waves, pastel shades), with its own label and a "free" 45, the third Wire ...

The Clash: Clash in NYC - Waiting for Ivan

Report and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, October 1979

According to reports, it was a hot, dead, airless summer in New York City. With nothing much happening on the local music scene, excitement centred ...

Gang of Four: Entertainment (EMI)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, October 1979

THE Four are ambitious; and so they accept the process. ...

Eric Clapton: Clapton: Driving Sideways Again

Live Review by Steve Turner, Melody Maker, October 1979

DEAR Eric, On Sunday I came up to Staffordshire to see your warm-up concert with the new band. When you came out dressed in that ...

Gladys Knight & the Pips: Memories of the Way We Were (Buddah); 20 Golden Greats (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Melody Maker, October 1979

GLADYS KNIGHT has been turned into the spinster of soul. Her generous face seems to invite desertion. Yet with almost maternal dignity, she translates this ...

Jack Clement: 'Cowboy' Jack Clement: The Nut With The Midas Touch

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, October 1979

RECENTLY, the successful Nashville-based record producer and songwriter, sometime singer, and failed movie mogul. Jack Clement, made his first visit to Europe. At the age ...

Status Quo: Whatever You Want (Vertigo)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1979

THE TITLE may be construed in some areas as Status Quo's capitulation to their critics, who've been claiming for donkey's years that the band's appeal ...

Wire: Wider Vision

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, October 1979

Wire don't sit comfortably in the publicity man's gullet. They're not easily categorised, seemingly spurning the hype-market. But they do conform in one way; they ...

The Buzzcocks, Joy Division: Buzzcocks/Joy Division: Rainbow, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, November 1979

ON CURRENT FORM, Joy Division should have been the best thing happening on Friday night, and the Buzzcocks camp knew it too. Consequently, they treated ...

The Small Faces, The Who: A Face in The Who: Kenny Jones

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1979

ZERO HOUR approaches. Soon the Who will be back on stage, and the whole world will be watching. Kenny Jones doesn't mind admitting that he's ...

Talking Heads: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Live Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, December 1979

THE apres-gig lig is, as usual, gruesome. ...

The Blues Band, The Inmates, Red Beans & Rice: Basil Brush Didn't Write 'Boom Boom': The R&B Revival in London

Overview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, December 1979

Okay, so there isn't an R&B revival around the London clubs – but there are certainly a whole lot of bands borrowing their material from ...

Blondie: Your Instrument Is Your Body

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, December 1979

PEOPLE REMEMBER the face as they see it in photographs, that's axiomatic. And her face possesses that photographic stillness even in life – not as ...

Buddy Holly: The Complete Buddy Holly

Review by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, December 1979

NO PROBLEM here. Charly’s compendium of Ronnie Hawkins Toronto out-takes isn’t released until next month (I checked) and, however might the music, their oft-reissued Jerry ...

Mike Oldfield: Boy Genius "Not Broke" Shock

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1979

Things haven't been going smoothly for Mike Oldfield. Tours have lost money, expensive gear has been scrapped and he's had a dispute with his label ...

The Clash: One Step Beyond

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, December 1979

INSIDE THE CLASH'S new rehearsal studio, under a railway bridge somewhere in South London, Joe Strummer is singing a slow country blues about rolling boxcars, ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers (Imp)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1980

COSTELLO BUFFS will undoubtedly be familiar with this generously-stuffed collection of His Master's Voices from its previous existence on cassette. On the other hand, they ...

James Blood Ulmer: Tales Of Captain Black (Artists House)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1980

IT WON'T be long, I guess, before someone describes James "Blood" Ulmer as "the new Hendrix", so you might as well be forewarned. ...

Leonard Cohen: Haunted By Spector: Leonard Cohen

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, January 1980

Leonard Cohen’s voyage to the bottom of his soul is over. He’s back on top and is finding rock’n’roll fun too... ...

Kate Bush Christmas Special: Kate (BBC)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1980

WITH 1979 over and no Kate Bush album in more than a year, a television special by the lady that introduced six new songs was ...

Larry Williams: A Bad Boy Blown Away

Obituary by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, January 1980

SOME PEOPLE nurture memories of the first time they copped a feel or saw the New York skyline. For me, it's hearing Larry Williams' 'She ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Paul McCartney: The Yellow Perils Of Paulie

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1980

The Nips nabbed Big Macca last week as he allegedly lugged half-a-pound of marijuana through the Japanese customs. Is the naughty 'former Beatle' set for ...

The Pretenders: Hynde Sight

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, January 1980

"I'LL NEVER be a man in a man's world". As the Pretenders' album and single rise in the charts, Chrissie Hynde discusses with old friend ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Ray Sawyer: Hooked On Country And R&B

Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, February 1980

RAY SAWYER isn't Dr Hook, but he does have an eye patch – a real one – and a pirate persona. He also had an ...

Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards (Virgin)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, February 1980

WHY DID THE hit maker make an LP? Because it was expected of him. Slips down easy. ...

Defunkt: Trax, New York

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, February 1980

EVEN THE decidedly old-wave, uptown industry water-hole Trax has caught the Funk Flu that's hit this borough like an epidemic. People are dancing to progressive, ...

Eddy Grant: The Venue, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, February 1980

EDDY EARNED his slot in my Militant Section by delivering this rap onstage: "As a black artist here in England I've seen it rough, and ...

Joy Division: University of London Union

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, February 1980

AH, THE HORROR, the horror... where's Colonel Kurtz? Somehow the demented Brando figure is there, spiritually leading the new dance. Like him, today's purveyors have ...

Velvet Underground: Pop Art/Art Pop: The Warhol Connection

Report and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, February 1980

Like to be a galleryPut you all inside my show— David Bowie, 'Andy Warhol' Some people claim that only James Brown can match Andy ...

The Selecter: Survival Inna Suburbia

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, February 1980

It took him ages to get the lapel of his jacket off. The scissors kept on cutting the cloth instead of the bits of stitching, ...

Michael Jackson: Michael In Wonderland

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Melody Maker, March 1980

Michael Jackson, "black Sinatra for the Nineties", or just looking for an escape to heaven? STEVE DEMOREST gets to talk to him via Janett [sic] ...

Madness in the USA

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, March 1980

Today the UK. Tomorrow the USA? Next week, the world? Are Madness about to get everybody up and dancing again? MARK WILLIAMS sits down and ...

Doug Sahm, Sir Douglas Quintet: Tex Mex Makes Your Feet Smile

Overview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, March 1980

MARTIN HAWKINS uncovers the Tex-Mex mix that gives the roots to the San Antonio sound. It's time to discover the music of Sahm, Fender and ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, April 1980

A SLY old dog who knows all the tricks, B. B. King is capable of making you realise that the blues is rather more than ...

James Brown: Studio 54, New York City

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, April 1980

Despite the recent hip upsurge in his popularity, James Brown has for over a year studiously avoided playing a live gig in Manhattan. Pity that, ...

Pete Townshend: Empty Glass (Atco)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1980

TO MOST people, it's probably always been obvious that Roger Daltrey was simply Pete Townshend's mouthpiece, the hired vocalist who put the professional gloss on ...

The Cure: Emerald City, Philadelphia

Live Review by Van Gosse, Melody Maker, April 1980

THE CURE HAVE just made their American debut at Emerald City, a huge "rock disco" outside of Philadelphia. Beside Jefferson Starship playing the Roxy, it's ...

Joy Division: From Safety To Where?

Comment by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, June 1980

ABOUT MIDDAY on Sunday, May 18, Ian Curtis was found dead by his wife in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield. Although the exact ...

Steve Hackett: Defector (Charisma)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1980

THIS IS THE album we knew Hackett was capable of making: powerful heavy and relevant. It's the first of his four solo efforts to succeed ...

Billy "The Kid" Emerson: Billy 'The Kid' Emerson: Red Hot And Still Rocking

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, July 1980

MARTIN HAWKINS talks to the 'resurrected' Billy 'The Kid' Emerson, a blues legend in his own lifetime. ...

Joy Division: Closer (Factory Records FACT XXV)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, July 1980

FROM THE beginning we were always dealing with something special. Joy Division, by the very nature of their set up, could never have been just ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Kaleidoscope (Polydor)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, July 1980

STRANGE TO think that, as the Banshees' contemporaries head off for the fourth or even fifth time in the studio, Kaleidoscope marks only the third ...

Max Roach: Evolutionary Forces

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1980

A prime mover in the Bebop era, Max Roach knows all about revolution. He tells KARL DALLAS that revolution without foundation is doomed, and warns ...

Tymon Dogg: Fiddling Around

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, September 1980

Tymon Dogg has nothing against success, but he wants it on his own terms, he tells COLIN IRWIN ...

Kate Bush: Paranoia and Passion of the Kate Inside

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1980

Kate Bush talks to Colin Irwin in Munich... ...

Bruce Springsteen: The River (CBS)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, October 1980

LISTENING to Bruce Springsteen's The River is like taking a trip through the rock 'n' roll heartland as you've never experienced it. It's a walk ...

Madness: The Italian Nutty Brigade

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, October 1980

All aboard the trans-Europe express as Madness go from Rome to Amsterdam, by Paolo Hewitt ...

John Martyn: Martyn's Identity Papers

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1980

ACCORDING to the official biog, John Martyn was born in New Malden, Surrey, but was brought up for the first 15 years of his life ...

The Clash: Joe Strummer Answers The Call-Up

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, December 1980

WORKING ON THE theory that if you give him enough rope he'll either hang or save himself, the following pages are left basically for the ...

Pere Ubu: The Art Of Pere Ubu

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1981

IT'S AN IRONIC twist of fate that Pere Ubu's latest visit to the UK should be prefaced by Rough Trade's reissue of the band's debut ...

Phil Collins: Facing Up To New Values

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, February 1981

URPASSING even The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Crossroads in the bus-stop yapping stakes, the national adult pastime of watching Tiswas every morning of ...

Marvin Gaye: For Once In A Lifetime

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, February 1981

AFTER NEARLY two hours in that bedroom, Lydia finally gave up. By any standards she'd waited long enough for her Marvin Gaye interview – a ...

The 101'ers: Keys To The Legend

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, February 1981

ON THE WAY out of that pub, last Friday afternoon Joe Strummer suddenly gripped my elbow, and propelled me urgently away from the rest of ...

Robert Fripp: Do you want me to sell you an album…or a treatise on neg-entropy?

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, March 1981

Robert Fripp lectures Lynden Barber ...

Steve Young: Pickin’ with the Renegade: Steve Young

Interview by Richard Wootton, Melody Maker, April 1981

IT’S a depressingly familiar scenario. An American musician who’s acquired a strong cult following over several years with a string of excellent but hard-to-get albums ...

Bruce Springsteen: Not The Me-Me-Me-Me

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1981

STACKED on the left of the typewriter are two blank cassettes which should contain the voice of Bruce Springsteen. But like Kevin Rowland and Elvis ...

Kate Bush: 'What I Did On My Holidays' by Kate Bush, As Told To Ian Birch

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, June 1981

LATE LAST year not even jump leads would have revitalized the Kate Bush batteries. She was so exhausted that she took the only sensible course ...

Bruce Springsteen: Brighton Centre

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1981

TRYING TO WRITE about a Bruce Springsteen concert without reinforcing the man's reputation for scarcely believable stage performances is like trying to cross the Atlantic ...

The Clash

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, June 1981

STANDING BY the toilet door, the kid recognised him instantly. The hair piled up in a scraggy mess. The white leather jacket. The beautiful punkette ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, June 1981

BENMONT TENCH remembers the day well. "It was April Fool's Day 1974 when we drove to LA" he recalls. At the time, keyboardsman Tench, guitarist ...

Marvin Gaye: Glad To Be Gaye: Marvin Gaye: Apollo Victoria, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, June 1981

APART FROM the odd dash of Las Vegas, a little hammed up stage behaviour, and a constant projection of distracting holiday snaps of our hero ...

Rory Gallagher: Life With Last Year's Model

Report and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, September 1981

THEY WERE IN Manchester. It was 8:30 in the morning, and the hotel was quiet. The Rory Gallagher Band and their crew were peacefully sleeping ...

Soft Cell: Soft See Cell Warfare

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, January 1982

The Soft White Underbelly of Soft Cell ...

The Damned, UK Subs: Dreaming Of A Punk Christmas

Report by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, January 1982

"COME HERE," cried an excited Captain Sensible from the corner of the backstage lounge. "I've just discovered what this is like! It's like the Generation ...

Material, Nona Hendryx: Nona Hendryx: Labelle-d By The Funk

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, January 1982

Paolo Hewitt sees eye-to-eye with NONA HENDRYX ...

New Order: North London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, January 1982

FIRST THE RESOUNDING echo of the cumbersome mythology surrounding this group, then the subsequent, inevitable dismissals and sneers. Now, perhaps for the first time, it's ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (Kamera)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, March 1982

OF COURSE, YOU don't actually review a Fall LP. You hover in the shadow of the aura and attempt to catch some of the sparks ...

Asia: Asia (Geffen)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, April 1982

DESIGNED BY computer, hand-built by robots...Completely calculated, thoroughly contemptible, Asia is very bit as hollow, shallow and nasty as anyone had a right to expect. ...

Chelsea: Spring Time for October

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

I DON'T know why it had to happen to Chelsea. Clawed by the press, mauled by the dim-witted forces of fashion, the four-man disaster team ...

Jah Wobble: Wobbling Free

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, April 1982

ON THE first bright day of '82, two tramp-like figures lounge on a bench outside the South Bank complex overlooking the Thames. The sun is ...

Mothmen: One Black Dot

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, April 1982

THERE'S SOMETHING invisible about the Mothmen. Oh yes, they've included a picture of themselves here and their names are all written down for inspection...but the ...

Motown: I Hear A Symphony

Overview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, April 1982

TIMELESS music...a rare and precious thing...hard to find ...even harder to create: that's Motown music when it was in its heyday. It was a music ...

Roddy Radiation & The Tearjerkers: Tears and Radiation

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

ONE THING'S certain. Roddy Radiation, with his new band the Tearjerkers, could hardly have travelled further away from the sound, the style, the mood and ...

Angelic Upstarts: Still From The Heart (Zono)

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

EXTRAORDINARY. Quite extraordinary. This has got to be the most astonishing thing I've heard in months; a shock so devastating that I'm shaking still. ...

British Electric Foundation: Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume One (Virgin)

Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, April 1982

BRIEFCASES bulging with credentials, the boardroom men of the BEF decided last year to live up to their status as "production company" within the mighty ...

Carmel: Storm Before The Calm

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, April 1982

AN INTERRUPTION. You can forget your Bananajamas and their shrink-wrapped kharma, stuff your paedophiliac slobbering over little Lolita Grogan – wipe that saliva away, it's ...

Chron Gen: Chronic Generation (Secret)

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

WELCOME TO the chronic generation, and a glimpse into the past, present and future of Chron-Gen on their debut album. ...

Altered Images: Pinky Blue (Epic)

Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, May 1982

IF THE jolly-jolly blancmange and Jellytot frills on the cover of Happy Birthday didn't, like the kid at the party who stuffed all the eClares, ...

Angelic Upstarts: Mensi's Marauders

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1982

"COME HERE you!" bellowed Mensi across a crowded and quite respectable lounge bar. The reverberations thundered over the heads of the lunchtime clientele, their salads ...

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are…The League

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1982

THERE'S ONLY one League in my life. It's not the Human League, for sure. It's not the Ivy League either, or the League of Gentlemen. ...

Funkapolitan: Funkapolitan (London)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1982

ON PAPER the chemistry looked fine. Take a young, English funk band with obvious American leanings, pair them off with the cool, experienced hand of ...

Junior Giscombe: Secret Life of a Streatham Soul-Boy

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1982

Paolo Hewitt rides the Soul Train to L.A. with Junior Giscombe ...

Squeeze: Sweets From A Stranger (A&M)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, May 1982

CELEBRATED FOR their willingness to look the slings and arrows straight in the eye, Squeeze return with more observations and scars from the battle zone. ...

Gang of Four: Songs Of The Free (EMI)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, May 1982

AND SO the most highly-evolved piss artists in "rock" came to release their third LP. ...

Third World: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1982

OBVIOUS I know, but it seemed more than a coincidence that Third World should kick off their opening night in London on the first anniversary ...

Scritti Politti: The Sweetest Groove

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, May 1982

Everything's gone GREEN, the voice of SCRITTI POLITTI tells Lynden Barber ...

Au Pairs: Sex Without Stress

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

HOW COULD they have known? The caption under the BBC1 column in the Sunday Times television listings for May 30 was unmistakeable. "6.10. Sense And ...

The Bluebells: Everybody's Somebody's Bluebell

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, June 1982

MATTERS FINALLY came to a head after the show that night. In the cramped dressing room, Ken McCluskey, the Bluebells' harmonica player, picked up a ...

A Flock of Seagulls: A Flock Of Seagulls: Beaks On Broadway

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, June 1982

"AND THAT was a Flock with 'Space Age Love Song' here on K-ROQ Los Angeles. For those of you who don't know yet, that's A ...

Attila the Stockbroker: The Ultimate Hooligan

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

STANDING against the kind of pastel sea and sky only seen in Turner paintings and south-coast resorts is a dog-eared set of leather and denim ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Venue, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

SOME shock, this. Hatched in the dreariest industrial crucible, Cabaret Voltaire have always crawled, and snivelled down their own dubious paths, hacking away in their ...

Circle Jerks: Wild In The Streets (Faulty Products)

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1982

LOOK, here they come now, swaggering round the corner: mouthfuls of curses; knuckledusters; leathers scraped with the scars of street battle; chains in the pockets; ...

The Gun Club: Gun Fun: The Gun Club: Fire Of Love (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, June 1982

THE GUN CLUB are direct descendants of a ferociously-subversive rock 'n' roll tradition fired by the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and most successfully embodied ...

Peter and the Test Tube Babies: More Bottle Than Brains

Report and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1982

Carol Clerk cracks a tube with PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES ...

Rip Rig and Panic: I Am Cold (Virgin)

Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

THINK OF Rip Rig And Panic and think of wily freedom, wit and dazzle, a flurry of mayhem to disrupt these days of a rapidly ...

This Heat: King's College, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

TRAGICALLY snubbed by both press and public in this country, This Heat may have played their final gig. ...

Tom Verlaine: Slurs From The Front

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, June 1982

Tom Verlaine: The Venue, London ...

Cabaret Voltaire

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, June 1982

"THERE'S 70 million people on earth." "Where are they hiding?" ...

Saxon Dregs 'N' Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, June 1982

From the pits of Yorkshire to the industrial might of Seattle, SAXON have taken tea to the world. Colin Irwin earnestly believes it's the new ...

The Business: Heaven Can Wait

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1982

IT SEEMED like a good idea at the time. Meet The Business, knock back a pint or two, set off on a disco crawl...and find ...

Captain Sensible, Dolly Mixture: Captain Sensible & Dolly Mixture: Sense and Sensibility

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, July 1982

SHE DIDN'T look a day under 75, but she recognised him instantly. Up to her elbows in pie and mash and jellied eels, the woman ...

New Asia: Ian Little: Gateway to Asia

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, July 1982

CHECK THE scarf then consider all points east. Face more than slightly swarthy, eyes coffee dark, Ian Little could easily turn out to be a ...

Ministry: Ministry of Offence

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, July 1982

THE AIRPORT at Minneapolis is surprisingly big, considering the town itself is hidden away up towards Canada in the big blank heart of the mid-West. ...

Delta 5, Southern Death Cult, Theatre of Hate: Theatre Of Hate, Southern Death Cult, Delta 5: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, July 1982

THIS IS ALMOST another case of "eat thy words", hard on the heels of Allan Jones' revelatory viewing of the Stones at Wembley. I didn't ...

Donna Summer: Donna Summer

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, July 1982

IF THERE's one song that Donna Summer should be singing right now it's our current number one, 'Fame'. Tailor made for her, 'Fame' is glossy, ...

Erazerhead: Teenagers In Lust

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, July 1982

IT WAS in the winter of 1978 that vocalist Lee Drury had his first traumatic encounter with the cruel forces of fate. At the time, ...

Fehlfarben: Before The Deluge

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, July 1982

UNDER THE nuclear shadow, something stirs. Looking west, it decides to reject the old men's fear and guilt. If the sands of time are turning ...

The Fits

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, August 1982

Carol Clerk collars confident Blackpool punksters The Fits in a fact-packed foray ...

The Police, Sting: Sting: A Policeman's Guide To Good And Evil...

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, September 1982

YOU MIGHT NOT have noticed, but there's been little activity on the Police front recently. This year, apart from a few sporadic live appearances, has ...

Kate Bush: The Dreaming

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, September 1982

UNDER THE premise that the Great British Public instinctively turns its nose up at anything that's a little unexpected, or which doesn't meet its carefully ...

Adam & The Ants: Prince Charmless: Adam Ant: Astoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, October 1982

LAST YEAR Adam Ant became a Dexys Midnight Runners fan. He went to their shows, always gave them name-checks in the press and even sent ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: What's The Word?: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The Message (Sugarhill)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, October 1982

IN WHICH THE message from the apple-stretching New York would seem to read: don't get caught in a rap rut, move on and expand. Whether ...

Shalamar: The Second Time Around

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, December 1982

LATE LAST March, under the advice of a close friend, Jeffrey Daniels, one third of a group called Shalamar, took a walk down the Kings ...

Tymon Dogg: Tymon Time Again

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, January 1983

Colin Irwin visits the strange world of TYMON DOGG, former Paul McCartney protégé, Clash sidekick, and enemy of Safeway People ...

Cocteau Twins: Heavenly Twins

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, March 1983

LAST SEPTEMBER a very strange thing happened. Three unknown scruffy Scottish urchins took the indie charts by storm with, a debut album, called Garlands, an ...

New Order: Brixton Ace, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, March 1983

THE OMENS WERE poor. Judging from the new single, 'Blue Monday', you could be forgiven for supposing that New Order are simply the latest Factory ...

Comsat Angels: The Comsat Angels: Selling Sheffield By The Pound

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, August 1983

UNLIKE BOXING, there is no knockouts when art and commerce enter the ring, though the least we can do is award points. ...

Elvis Costello And The Attractions: Punch The Clock (F Beat)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, September 1983

PHEW, for a moment there I thought the penny wasn't going to drop in time. Luckily, after a further batch of circumnavigations of the turntable, ...

Jayne County: Old Queens Never Die… They Just Change Sex

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, September 1983

Carol Clerk shows an unhealthy interest in the bodily development of JAYNE COUNTY. ...

Depeche Mode: Crushing The Wheels Of Industry

Report and Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, January 1984

SPARKLERS. That's how German audiences display affection and appreciation. Sparklers, plus the odd lone klaxon crying out like a wolf with a peg on its ...

Spear Of Destiny: Spear of Destiny: Spear & Loathing

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, January 1984

SPEAR OF DESTINY'S KIRK BRANDON bares his soul to Adam Sweeting ...

The Redskins: Keeping On And On

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, February 1984

Adam Sweeting weathers a storm of political invective from THE REDSKINS ...

Thomas Dolby: The Flat Earth (Parlophone)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, February 1984

ANYBODY WHO'D put Magnus Pyke in one of their videos has to be a gimmick merchant, right? Though Thomas Dolby scored a hit in all ...

Marilyn: The Misfit

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, February 1984

Carol Clerk and MARILYN parry ideas about love, life and sex and the single girl. ...

Thomas Dolby: Hyperaction

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, March 1984

Adam Sweeting gets all smoochy with Eighties Renaissance Man THOMAS DOLBY. ...

The Clash: The Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, March 1984

ONCE UPON a time when we were a little more naive than we like to admit, The Clash seemed pretty important, like they were the ...

Marvin Gaye 1939-1984

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, April 1984

With the death of MARVIN GAYE, black music lost one of its most eloquent voices. Colin Irwin documents a brilliant but tempestuous career. ...

Dead Or Alive: Queen Bitch

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, April 1984

Suddenly, yesterday's men Dead Or Alive are pop Stars. Here, flamboyant PETE BURNS tells Adam Sweeting about fame and dressing up. ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: The Venue, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, April 1984

THE MOST simple consideration of live performance throws up two basic types; those shows that define musical experience, are the quintessential medium for the music ...

Hanoi Rocks: Danceteria, New York

Live Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1984

IT WAS a particularly nasty little flu bug, the sort that devastates every function of the human body and turns you into the most miserable ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Virgin)

Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, July 1984

JUST when you thought you had the bugger pinned down as a spent force, a wasted opportunist and black and white photocopy of a colourful ...

Spear Of Destiny: Spear of Destiny: World In Action

Interview by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, July 1984

KIRK BRANDON is experiencing a new burst of energy with SPEAR OF DESTINY. He braved the mud and bottles at Milton Keynes, he's been playing ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Jason and the Scorchers: Fervor

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, July 1984

WITH MUCH contemporary sound becoming more than a tad anaemic (they know who they are), we must turn our eyes to the West for a ...

Psychic TV: Holloway Road, London

Live Review by Julian Henry, Melody Maker, August 1984

TONIGHT'S UNPUBLICISED appearance of Psychic TV at an old disused music hall off the Holloway Road was some "event". ...

Johnny Thunders: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, September 1984

WHEN JOHNNY came marching back to London this time around, he took us all by surprise. ...

Bruce Foxton: Camden Palace, London

Live Review by Dave Thompson, Melody Maker, September 1984

THE EIGHTEEN months since You Know Who finally called it a day have been reasonably kind to Brother Foxton. So he's not quite at ...

The Style Council, Wham!: Wham! Style Council: Miners' Benefit, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, September 1984

Pit-Head Ballet ...

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force: Pink Elephant, Luton

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, October 1984

THE CABBIE, waiting in the foyer, hadn't been too impressed. Now it was different when Demis Roussos and Johnny Mathis played here. Sounded just like ...

John Lennon, Julian Lennon, Yoko Ono: Julian Lennon: The Lennon Legacy

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1984

Four years after a madman took out his father, JULIAN LENNON launches his own career in music. In his first major interview he tells Colin ...

The Last Poets: Young Master

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, October 1984

Kidnapped heiress Patti Hearst is said to have listened to him incessantly during her captivity and the hip-hop crowd regard him as a guru. His ...

Afrika Bambaataa: Play It Again Bam

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, October 1984

Leader of the Zulu Nation. Godfather of hip-hop. Overlord of funk. Black youth guru. Creator of the most influential record of the Eighties. All this ...

Felt: The Strange Idol Pattern And Other Short Stories (Cherry Red)

Review by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, November 1984

THERE IS A singular atmosphere to Felt's music. Their dreamy guitar excursions are a pure extension of mood, not intent, and as such have no ...

SPK: The Politics Of Junk

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, November 1984

SPK bang on pieces of metal and go spot-welding. Lynden Barber wants to know why ...

The Redskins: Red On Arrival: The Redskins

Report and Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, December 1984

"TUC LEADER Norman Willis tells Arthur Scargill a few home truths," they said on Channel 4 news last night (and this is the Left Wing ...

The Durutti Column: Without Mercy (Factory)

Review by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, December 1984

SO MUCH contemporary music strives to conquer eager hearts and incite itchy feet with bombastic crescendoes and prolific sloganeering, substituting the possible with the obvious, ...

Sade: The Jewel In The Crown

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, December 1984

An unlikely star and a reluctant one, but SADE ADU is the most successful female artist of the year. The life and times of a ...

U2: At The Homecoming: U2’s Unforgettable Fire

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1985

THIS HAS BEEN a long time coming, and there have been signs of strain. War, U2's last album of new material, was released more than ...

Stiv Bators: Stiv Bator and Michael Monroe

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, 1985

STIV BATOR: "THERE'S an old saying in the American Mid-West that whoever you spend New Year's Eve with, you spend the rest of the year ...

Microdisney: Microwaves

Interview by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, January 1985

'Some of you (the Freemason pederasts) may be a trifle confused or even annoyed by the packaging and name of this record. For all your ...

The Bangles

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, March 1985

IF IT'S TUESDAY, this must be Paris. How about Europe so far, girls? ...

The Monochrome Set: Snakes and Ladders

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, March 1985

Martin Aston plays cards with THE MONOCHROME SET currently clambering chart-wards with 'Jacob's Ladder' ...

Boomtown Rats: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1985

IT'S INTERESTING to speculate how responsible Geldof's recent visibility is for landing the Rats two sold-out nights at this 2,000-seater.  ...

Eurythmics: Be Yourself Tonight (RCA)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, May 1985

AMONG their assimilations, borrowings and treatments, Eurythmics remain outsiders. "I'm a looker, a viewer of things," said Annie Lennox. Their Sweet Dreams album nailed the ...

Eurythmics: The Ministry Of Truth

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, May 1985

AMONG THE CRASH of crockery and the hubbub of tea-slurping customers, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox sit unobtrusively at a table in the Waldorf Hotel. ...

The Triffids: Kangaroo Courting

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, May 1985

LATE AFTERNOON, the wind’s beginning to whip up a little. Two Triffids sit on the balcony of an Italian cappuccino bar taking in the passing ...

Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Swiss Franks

Report and Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, May 1985

Finally, FRANKIE relaxed and invited Helen FitzGerald to chase them round picturesque Montreux. So what did happen in that brothel in Frankfurt? What do Frankie ...

Stewart Copeland: The Rhythmatist

Review by Dave Thompson, Melody Maker, June 1985

COME ON, Stewart!  Personal expression is all very well, and we all know that, beneath those candy floss classics you make with the rest of ...

Nico: Shrink Rap

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, July 1985

The column that straps the pop wallahs to the psychiatrist's couch. ...

Mick Ronson, Sandy Dillon: Sandy Dillon And Mick Ronson: Ronnie Scotts, London

Live Review by Dave Thompson, Melody Maker, August 1985

FIRST some background. ...

Sigue Sigue Sputnik: The Underworld, Croydon

Live Review by Julian Henry, Melody Maker, August 1985

Space race ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: Don't Stand Me Down

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, September 1985

COMPROMISE, as Kevin Rowland so sharply observes on the opening verse of this remarkable album, is the devil talking. ...

Sheila E: Romance 1600 (Paisley Park/WB)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, September 1985

Fun and games ...

Womack and Womack: Soul Wars: Womack And Womack: The Dominion, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, September 1985

TEXTURING INTIMACIES with the grain of their extraordinary, conflicting voices, Womack And Womack have almost singlehandedly rescued the dramas and gestures of love from the ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Hüdü Gurus

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, September 1985

"WHAT KIND of strings do you use on your axe, man?" ...

Big Star, Alex Chilton: Alex Chilton: Alex's Wild Years

Interview by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, November 1985

If anybody can really claim to be a living legend, ALEX CHILTON is the guy. From the Box Tops to Big Star to the booze, ...

Alex Chilton: Feudalist Tarts

Review by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, Summer 1985

LIFE has gone full circle for Alex Chilton. Seventeen years old in 1967, up to New York City from hometown Memphis where he fronted the ...

Joni Mitchell: Dog Eat Dog

Review and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, January 1986

THEY'VE ALL all been coming out of the woodwork this past year, the artists who'd never deign to speak to anyone - ole Neil, Dylan ...

New Order: Shaming The Nation

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, January 1986

With last year's album Low-life, NEW ORDER finally laid the ghost of Joy Division and emerged as one of this nation's saving graces with a ...

Morgan Khan: Flag Day

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, January 1986

StreetSounds supremo and entrepreneur of the modern dance MORGAN KHAN thinks the Welfare State sucks, that charity begins at home and that the Union Jack ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Def Jam: Escape From New York

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, February 1986

New York's superhip Def Jam label has burst upon the Great British Public via a distribution deal with CBS. Frank Owen, tireless beatbox gumshoe, endured ...

Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal: Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, March 1986

IN THE LATEST edition of Monitor, Chris Stubbs suggests that soul music's fading calling card is now sex music. And it's certainly true that the ...

Thrashing Doves: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Julian Henry, Melody Maker, March 1986

"DOES ANYONE here remember Biba's Basement in High Street, Kensington?" asks the singer of The Thrashing Doves towards the end of their set. God, despite ...

Husker Du: Candy Apple Grey

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1986

LISTENING TO THIS vast, volatile music, up in its power and space, I suddenly realised that these attributes are the precise opposite of the experiences ...

Art of Noise: The Art Of Noise: In Visible Silence (China Records)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, April 1986

SO it's THE Art Of Noise now is it? Addition of the definitive article does not hide an alarming slump into powerpop abandon and things ...

Garry Bushell: The Most Evil Man In Pop

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, May 1986

Scourge of the Looney Left, creator of Oi and prime exponent of the dreaded 'Sunspeak', GARRY BUSHELL makes a clean breast of it to Prof ...

Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: Apocalypse New

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1986

SOMEBODY told me John Lydon liked a drink. And this was indeed a large crumb of comfort. Suddenly, it was possible to establish some common ...

Pop Journalism: Write of Wrong?

Overview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, May 1986

Is it pop we're disillusioned with, or pop journalism? Is Paul Morley the curse or the saviour of the scribbling classes? Frank Owen takes a ...

Pulp: Canine Revenge

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, May 1986

Pulp are from Sheffield and make rather outrageous records. Paul Mathur talks to them of dogs, wheelchairs, Nazis and baked beans. ...

The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (Rough Trade)

Review by Nick Kent, Melody Maker, June 1986

THIS IS NEITHER the time nor the place to indulge in trivial banter; suffice to say that The Smiths' peculiar career manoeuvres, which have caused ...

Samantha Fox: Tittle Tattle

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1986

No more Sammy's tits on page three! Unthinkable! More Sammy songs on Top Of The Pops! Even more unthinkable! While the world wrings its hands ...

Fad Gadget, Frank Tovey: Cult Heroics: Frank Tovey

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1986

No longer Fad Gadget, his sights firmly focused on Saturday Superstore, FRANK TOVEY tells a skeptical Simon Reynolds that he’s out to corrupt the youth ...

Younger Than Yesterday

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1986

All this talk about indiepop, about the death and resurgence of an underground, an alternative to chart pap. But is there really life beyond the ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart, The Faces: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, July 1986

BIG NOSE STRIKES AGAIN! ...

Zapp: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1986

ZAPP LIVE were perhaps the most extreme spectacle I have ever witnessed, with both band and audience abandoning inhibitions more extensively than at any rock ...

Hip Hop: Nasty Boys

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1986

Simon Reynolds ventures down hip hop's mean streets and finds something nasty lurking in the shadows — something that guilt-ridden white liberals might prefer to ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Hashim, Lovebug Starski, The Real Roxanne, Roxanne Shanté: UK Fresh '86: Fresher's Ball

Profile and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, July 1986

Out of the subway and into the charts, hip hop is stronger than it's ever been, with dazzling new talents like LL Cool J and ...

Chip E., Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson: Chicago House: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Part 1

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, August 1986

In the first of two instalments, Atlantic-hopping Frank Owen introduces DJ International, home of CHICAGO HOUSE music, the finest club beat of the moment ...

Gwen Guthrie: Money Matters

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, August 1986

GWEN GUTHRIE, currently burning 'em up with 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent' explains to David Stubbs the genesis of 'Fly Girl' ...

Candi, Daryl Pandy: Chicago House: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Part 2

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, August 1986

At the centre of the House stands the figure of the deejay. But the Chicago Sound is not all cross-fading, mixing and sampling, as Frank ...

Material: Secret Life (Jungle)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1986

STRANGE TIMING for this double album retrospective, considering how totally the alternative scene has renounced the ambitions of 1979-82, all the rhetoric about Eurofunkactivism, Sex, ...

Schoolly D: Schoolly D (Schoolly D Records)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1986

SCHOOLLY D is from Philadelphia and appears to be some kind of hoodlum, with an unhealthy interest in the status trinkets of high life, drugs ...

Run DMC: Serious Rap Attack

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, September 1986

With their Raising Hell tour putting the frighteners on many a major American town and their Rapping Metal single, 'Walk This Way' scaring the pants ...

Just Ice: Sleeping Bag Records #1: Sleeping Around

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, September 1986

In New York City, centre of sexual paranoia, Frank Owen tracks down JUST ICE, Sleeping Bag recording artist and hip hop's numero uno misogynist guy ...

Ladybirds & Start-Rite Kids

Report by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1986

Is there more to jumble sale chic than saving precious pennies? Simon Reynolds thinks so and spots an asexual revolution unfolding within the indie scene. ...

Dinosaur L, Arthur Russell, T La Rock: Sleeping Bag Records #2: Sleeping Around

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, September 1986

Last week Frank Owen unearthed the warped machismo of JUST ICE. Now, in the second part of his investigation into SLEEPING BAG RECORDS, he corners ...

Cameo: Word Up (Club)

Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, October 1986

SWEET TALKING GUY ...

Just Ice: Justice And The Law

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, November 1986

Hard core rapper JUST ICE is out on bail following a murder charge. Frank Owen talks to him and investigates the background to the case ...

Schoolly D: Triumph Of The Ill

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, November 1986

SCHOOLLY D arrived in Britain for his tour with BAD with a fearful reputation. He was reputed to take a Magnum along to interviews, once stalked the streets with ...

We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, November 1986

They sing! They dance! They make jokes! They play with bar-bells! They dye their hair! They talk in Brummy accents! They've got a new single ...

Fela Kuti: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, November 1986

COSTUME DRAMAS ...

Mantronix: Sonic Assassins

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, December 1986

To hip hop or not to hip hop, that is the question. With their new album, Music Madness just in the shops, Frank Owen travelled to NYC, home of MANTRONIX, to ...

The SOS Band: SOS Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, December 1986

WE WEAVE a path through the wellie-wearers, unable to grasp how speechlessly bad this is. The beauty is beaten into beastliness and enjoys the experience; ...

The Beastie Boys, Oran "Juice" Jones, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: License to Thrill

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, December 1986

RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS are the creative mavericks behind the outrageous antics of THE BEASTIE BOYS and RUN DMC and a whole host of ...

Oran "Juice" Jones, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam #2: World Domination Enterprises

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, January 1987

In the second part of his investigation into DEF JAM records, the world's hottest label, Frank Owen charts the careers of RICK RUBIN, RUSSELL SIMMONS, ...

Salt 'N' Pepa: Salt-N-Pepa: Femme Fatales

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, January 1987

If you thought rap was misogyny central, listen up. SALT-N-PEPA are bitchin' back on behalf of the gals. Frank Owen gets an earful. ...

Berlin, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Berlin: G-Mex Centre, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, January 1987

MR HOLLY Johnson is right, shooting stars never do stop, more's the pity. Instead they tumble entropically to the back of beyond, hollering, hooting and ...

Anita Baker: Heaven Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1987

ANITA BAKER, the new queen of soul, discusses the dos and dont's of the bigtime with a sympathetic Caroline Sullivan. ...

Big Audio Dynamite: V For Victory

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1987

Another tour, another single, another video and still BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE are special. Chris Roberts had dinner with MICK JONES and discovered sense and sensitivity ...

Cardiacs: The Cardiacs: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, February 1987

TIM SMITH dribbles over his guitar and gesticulates with one or two fingers.  ...

The Style Council: The Cost Of Loving (Polydor)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1987

A REMARKABLE fellow, this Paul Weller. It's a strange journey he's made over the last decade, but stranger still is that he's managed to take ...

Luther Vandross: The Language of Love

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, February 1987

So what does LUTHER VANDROSS, sex god to millions, do on a date? Does he even date at all? And what the hell happened when ...

U2: The Joshua Tree (Island)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1987

BARKING AT THE MOON ...

Public Enemy: Hip Hop Wig Out '87: Public Enemy – Def Not Dumb

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, March 1987

In the first of a series of reports from New York, Frank Owen steals the rhythm of the moment as he surveys hip hop's newest ...

Janet Jackson: Complete Control

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1987

'WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I USED TO TALK TO THE ANIMALS... THEY'RE GOOD LISTENERS, AND I ALWAYS FELT THEY UNDERSTOOD.' SO SAYS JANET JACKSON, IN ...

Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One, The Skinny Boys: Hip Hop Wig Out '87 #2: The Big Chill — Skinny Boys and Scott La Rock

Interview by Frank Owen, Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1987

IN THE SECOND REPORT FROM NEW YORK ON HIP-HOP'S LATEST ULTRA-NOW TALENTS, SIMON REYNOLDS SURVEYS THE MONSTROUS AND MIND-BLOWING TALENT OF THE SKINNY BOYS WHILE ...

The Bangles: Globe Trotters

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, March 1987

The Bangles seem permanently on the road. Carol Clerk met up with them during a London stop-over to get all the scam on Prince, old ...

Cutmaster DC, King Sun: Hip Hop Wig Out '87 #3: The Harlem Shuffle — King Sun and Cutmaster DC

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, April 1987

IN THE THIRD OF OUR REPORTS ON RAP'S NOW EXPLOSION OF NEW TALENTS, FRANK OWEN JOURNEYS TO HARLEM TO BRING YOU THE NEWS ON HAPPENING ...

Arthur Russell: Echo Beach

Profile and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, April 1987

YOU MAY KNOW ARTHUR RUSSELL FOR HIS WORLD OF ECHO ALBUM. THEN AGAIN, YOU MAY REMEMBER DINOSAUR L OR THE NECESSARIES OR... WELL. FRANK OWEN TAKES US ON A TRIP ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Filthy Rich These Cat Chaps

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, April 1987

Too naughty to be teeny-boppers, CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT are nonetheless attracting attention for all the trad reasons – goodlookers, dressers, er mates of Paula ...

Happy Mondays: Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Can't Smile (White Out) (Factory)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, April 1987

BLUR. The boys from Happy Mondays skitter past us on the rob down the Arndale. Loose limbs and flares kick dust into everybody's eyes. ...

Happy Mondays: The Rock Garden, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

HAPPY MONDAYS is where the repetition-repetition-repetition of post-Velvets jangle-drone meets the repetition-repetition-repetition of '70s funk. Imagine a cross between the Blue Orchids and Hamilton Bohannon, ...

Wire: The Ideal Copy

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

WIRE are pure luxury. Here are a bunch of superior sound technicians with an immaculate grasp of the sculptural and architectural possibilities of rock, who ...

Schoolly D: Philadelphia Story

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, May 1987

ON THE EVE OF HIS BRITISH TOUR AND WITH A CRACKING SECOND ALBUM ON THE WAY, SCHOOLLY-D SHOWS FRANK OWEN AROUND HIS HOME TOWN. PICS: JANETTE BECKMAN ...

Bad Brains, The Bambi Slam, The Stupids: Bad Brains/Bambi Slam/The Stupids: Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

SLAM DANCE ...

Schoolly D: The Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, May 1987

"AN ULTIMATE character," is how David Stubbs has labelled Schoolly-D. Bad, badder, baddest, and baddest most ill. "My name is Schoolly-D and I'm running amok. ...

The Replacements: The Rebel Yell

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

Describing their relationship to pop as being like 'a dirt road through an emerald city', The Replacements get Simon Reynolds all hot under the collar ...

Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One: DJ Scott La Rock And KRS 1 (aka Boogie Down Productions): Criminal Minded (B-Boy Records)

Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, May 1987

BRONX AGE MEN ...

Run DMC: Homeboy's Home Truths

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, May 1987

ON THE EVE OF THEIR BRITISH TOUR, RUN DMC EXPLAIN TO FRANK OWEN THE STRENGTH OF SILENCE, THE POWER OF GOOD EXAMPLE AND THE WAY THE HISTORY ...

Danielle Dax: Return Of The Wolf Girl

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, May 1987

DANIELLE DAX, A FREE SPIRIT AND A PRETTY STRANGE LADY, EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF 'INKY BLOATERS' TO A MIGHTILY IMPRESSED CHRIS ROBERTS. ...

Go West: Boys Wonder

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1987

Good lads and all that but are Go West any more than the sum of pop's mediocrity? David Stubbs takes a gander ...

The Beastie Boys, Run DMC: Run DMC/The Beastie Boys: Brixton Academy, London/Brighton Centre

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, June 1987

PHALLUS & FALLACY ...

LL Cool J: Top Of The World

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, June 1987

WITH BIGGER AND DEFFER, HIS SECOND LP, LL COOL J HAS INFLATED THE BOUNDARIES OF MEGALOMANIA. FRANK OWEN MEETS THE SELF-ACCLAIMED WORLD'S GREATEST RAPPER TO ...

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu: 1987 — What The F**k Is Going On (The Sound Of Mu)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, June 1987

LICENSED TO THRILL ...

Yo! Bum Rush Foucault!

Special Feature by Simon Reynolds, David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1987

B-BOYS, Yo-Boys, listen up good, cos a new sound's rappin' up the neighbourhood! Yo, it's the Maker's very own rappin' post-structuralist, the chin-scratchin' semiotician about to ...

Husker Du: Why Aren’t They Massive?

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1987

IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, the Replacements play me a tape of Husker Du’s live appearance on The Joan Rivers Show. It’s more than a little mindblowing. ...

Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction (Geffen)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, July 1987

OF COURSE they're dreadful. What's more surprising is that so many members of the press, who on most other days of the week could be ...

Kim Wilde

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1987

Wide-eyed and reckless, Kim Wilde has discovered sex. At least, she writhes a bit on the vid of the new single. Paul Mathur talks dirty ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: The Great Contender

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1987

TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY isn't modest. But, as he's quick to point out, he has very little to be modest about. Two hit singles, a number ...

Prince, Wendy and Lisa: Wendy & Lisa: Revolt Into Style

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1987

WENDY & LISA USED TO BE PART OF PRINCE'S REVOLUTION. NOW THEY'RE STORMING THE BARRICADES WITH A SOLO CAREER. PURPLE RAIN OR JUST A DAMP ...

Anthrax, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ronnie James Dio, WASP: Bon Jovi/Dio/Metallica/Anthrax/Wasp: Monsters Of Rock, Castle Donington

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1987

MATALLIC KO ...

Primal Scream: No More Yesterday

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1987

Primal Scream look back to look forward. Simon Reynolds retracts a few statements but still argues the toss. ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The 30 Year Itch

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, October 1987

"I AM the first black Jew you've ever seen," he says. Later he declares, "I am Hitler! I rule the swastika!" ...

Public Enemy: Strength to Strength

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1987

PUBLIC ENEMY PLAY BRITAIN IN NOVEMBER AND SIMON REYNOLDS TAKES A LONG HARD LOOK AT THE SURVIVALIST PHILOSOPHY BEHIND SOME OF THE TOUGHEST NOISE OF ...

Public Enemy: Shoot-Out In The Fantasy Factory

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, November 1987

Public Enemy have been hailed as hip hop's hardest hardliners. Jonh Wilde joined them on tour to discover the sense and nonsense behind their no-holds-barred ...

Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy: Public Enemy/Eric B And Rakim: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1987

PUBLIC NUISANCE ...

Leonard Cohen: Crocodile Tears

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, January 1988

LET'S TALK misconceptions. Like the one about Cleopatra being Egyptian (she was Greek), Christmas being a time for giving (take take take), Ben Elton and ...

Marc Almond: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1988

WHERE HAVE these vulpine goths acquired their taste for this Brechtian melodrama? A brush with The Collected Isherwood? ...

Simple Minds: Barrowland, Glasgow

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1988

IMAGINE Rangers and Celtic combined, against Leyton Orient, for charity, in a hall the size of the Electric Ballroom. That's the sort of boiling partisan ...

Sinead O'Connor: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

SO, NINA SIMONE'S 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' – the clubland secret, the cult trophy – went High Street provincial, Top Ten Top Shop. ...

The Sugarcubes: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

LIKE EVERYONE else. I expressly came to worship, to be defeated, to drench their names in a prolix of hopelessly imprecise euphoria. Unhappily, though, it ...

The Triffids: On The Ice

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, January 1988

THE TRIFFIDS HAVE GRABBED CRITICAL ATTENTION WITH THEIR CALENTURE ALBUM AND A REPUTATION FOR REINVENTING ROCK IN ALL SORTS OF WIGGLY WAYS. PAUL MATHUR GRABS ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

SOMETIMES there are concerts that leave your mind so thoroughly evacuated, that the only way to galvanise your diminished sense of being is to work ...

Scarlet Fantastic: Phantasmagoria

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1988

ARE SCARLET FANTASTIC LEADERS OF THE NEW GLAM MOVEMENT OR MERELY HIPPIES DRESSED IN SATIN AND SEQUINS? CAROLINE SULLIVAN SEPARATES THE MAGIC FROM THE MANIFESTO. ...

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: Lizard of Oz

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1988

AFTER A YEAR AWAY, NICK CAVE RETURNS FROM THE WILDERNESS WITH ANOTHER LADELFUL OF PEARLS AND PESSIMISM. CHRIS ROBERTS MEETS THE MAN WHO SEES EVERYTHING ...

My Bloody Valentine: The Excellence of Ecstasy

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, January 1988

WHERE SHALL WE BEGIN? "When we first started we had this image thing, right, all Sixties haircuts and really setting out to do the pop ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant: The Song Remains The Same

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, January 1988

Over the past three years Led Zeppelin have been used and abused by everyone from The Cult to the Beastie Boys. On the eve of ...

Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, February 1988

AND IT SEEMS like they never went away. The Pere Ubu revival has burst through like mushrooms in your airing cupboard, and somehow, this re-release, ...

Aztec Camera in Love

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, February 1988

Aztec Camera have just completed their first tour for four years and are gradually steering their way back into the nation's heart and soul. Paul ...

All About Eve: The Garden Of Eden

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1988

WITH A DEBUT ALBUM AND A NATIONAL TOUR ABOUT TO EXPLODE, DREAM LOVERS ALL ABOUT EVE TEACH CHRIS ROBERTS ABOUT JEAN COCTEAU, CILLA BLACK, OPTICIANS, ...

The Wedding Present: Best Defence

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1988

THE WEDDING Present were born in 1985, achieved the level of quite exciting, and now have had greatness thrust upon them with worrying prematurity. Recent ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What! (Capitol)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE DEATH MACHINE ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chilli Peppers: The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

SO THE Clarendon faces closure, and yes it's a sad day for rock, another step in the drawn-out death of the London gig circuit, and ...

Scritti Politti: Enigma Variation

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

Break out the dictionaries and Post-Structuralist text books, pop's most perfect intellect, GREEN GARTSIDE, is back with a new SCRITTI POLITTI single ready for release ...

Morrissey: Songs Of Love And Hate

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

I THINK I'VE MET THEM ALL NOW. For me, there are no more heroes left. And no new ones coming along, by the look of ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Uplift Mofo Party Plan

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

SO THIS is where all the funk went. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have triumphed in a medium I thought you could only blunder in ...

Sinead O'Connor: Olympic Ballroom, Dublin

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE IDEA of pretending it was Hazel without her wig or Tom without the gags struck me as an astronomical corker for about a minute, ...

Talking Heads: Naked

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1988

LOOPHOLES AND repression being what they are, an Alabama county recently admitted that according to local legal dictates, it was illegal for any baby in ...

The Pixies: Surfer Rosa (4AD)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1988

"WHERE IS my mind?" smirks huggable Black Francis, and you can't help but rattle your jewellery. If "bloody your hands on a cactus tree/wipe it ...

Morrissey: Songs of Love and Hate, Part 2

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

"Did that swift eclipse torture you?/A star at 18 and then – suddenly gone/down to a few lines in the back page/of a teenage annual/oh ...

Pere Ubu: The Tenement Commandments

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

BEAMING BACK FROM HIS ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE, DAVID THOMAS LEADS PERE UBU'S MANIC WALTZ INTO THE DANGER ZONE. DAVID STUBBS TRACKS DOWN THE REFORMED AND REVITALISED ...

Morrissey: The Last Of England: Morrissey: Viva Hate (HMV)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

FOR TOO LONG, a faction around here feels, the fey, blithe Morrissey has been allowed to saunter through pop history unchecked, fawned upon even — ...

The Pixies: Speaking In Tongues

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE HOLLERING IS ALL. The Pixies are what's left when all the frustrations and absences that once prompted rock'n'roll into being have faded away or ...

Throwing Muses: Storm Troupers

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1988

THROWING MUSES' REBUILDING OF POP'S DARK SIDE IS WINNING THEM LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS. PAUL MATHUR AMBLED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC TO TALK TO SINGER KRISTIN ...

Salt 'N' Pepa: Salt 'n' Pepa: Look Ma Top Of The World

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1988

SALT 'N' PEPA WILL DO ANYTHING TO HAVE EVERYTHING. WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE, 'PUSH IT', ACCELERATING UP THE AMERICAN CHARTS IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THEIR ...

T'Pau: The Fame Game

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, March 1988

FOLLOWING THE PHENOMENAL SUCCESS OF 'CHINA IN YOUR HAND', T'PAU HAVE LEAPT FROM THE PAVEMENT TO THE PENTHOUSE. WHAT IS THE SECRET OF THEIR SUCCESS? ...

Was (Not Was): Freakshow

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, March 1988

"BOBBY Maggot was a big attorney/Through the courtroom down to hell he'd journey/Baldheaded piece of garbage that he was/He'll defend you if your money's honest/Do ...

Butthole Surfers: Swamp Things

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, April 1988

THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS ARE THE MONSTER SOUND OF THE EIGHTIES, A SWELLING CULT WHO PULL THEM IN IN DROVES AND HAVE TO TURN AWAY JUST ...

The Darling Buds: Move Over Darlings

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, April 1988

SOWING SEEDSSO WE WON'T compare them to a summer's day, then. Summer days are the longest, the most languorous. The Darling Buds are flecked with ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Jesus & Mary Chain: Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, May 1988

APOCALYPSE NOW! ...

Microdisney: Liverpool Polytechnic

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, May 1988

HAVING RECOVERED from Edward Barton screaming at us that he's got no chicken but he's got five wooden chairs, seeing Microdisney was yet another shock. ...

The Primitives: The Royal Court, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, May 1988

IN MY FAR off youth, I was once most insulted when a friend dismissed 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker' as "Bubblegum". The good thing about ...

Band of Susans: Repeat & Frayed

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1988

AT THEIR UTMOST Band of Susans make one of the most spiritual and uplifting rock sounds around. ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, May 1988

AS SIMON Reynolds said last time they tripped over here, The Red Hot Chili Peppers are totally WRONG. This alone makes them great. The mix ...

David Bowie: Lets Dance!: David Bowie With La La La Human Steps: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1988

BEAUTY will be compulsive or not at all. ...

Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Thomas Dolby, Wire: Depeche Mode, Wire, Thomas Dolby, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, July 1988

WIRE HAVE probably not played to 100,000 people in total as they've skimmed their precious stones across the edges of a strange pop history. And ...

Al Green: Heaven Up Here: Al Green: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, July 1988

WHAT WAS I saying about letting the shiver do all the work? Just the other day? Oh me, oh my. Al Green, The Last Soul ...

Guns N' Roses: The Rocky Horror Show

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1988

When Guns N' Roses were interviewed just before they performed at Castle Donington last week, guitarist Slash said, "The kids need to have that one ...

Metallica: ...And Justice For All (Phonogram)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1988

THE KILLING MACHINE ...

Anthrax: Thrash Landings

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1988

WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE, 'MAKE ME LAUGH', ANTHRAX CONTINUE TO LEAD THE HARDCORE CHARGE AGAINST TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL. SIMON REYNOLDS HITCHES A RIDE ON THE ...

The Darling Buds: Beyond The Valley Of The Blondes

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1988

BudismTHERE ARE SOME people, believe it or not, who don't like The Darling Buds. They don't recognise this music as the very Taj Mahal of ...

Harry Crews: Wrecking Crews

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, October 1988

Harry Crews are an all-woman band featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch. They're destined to "combust after the next three days". But ...

Jane's Addiction: Over The Top

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, October 1988

ONE QUARTER THE SWEET, ONE QUARTER MC5, ONE QUARTER GANG OF FOUR AND ONE QUARTER THEMSELVES — THAT'S HOW JONH WILDE SEES HIS IDEAL JANE'S ADDICTION. THE ...

Deacon Blue: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, November 1988

I'LL BET whoever signed Deacon Blue thought they were signing the next Prefab Sprout. ...

Salt 'N' Pepa: Sat 'N' Pepa: The Showstoppers

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, November 1988

'To Know Us Is To Love Us' claim Salt 'n' Pepa, one of rap's most unlikely success stories, whose A Salt With A Deadly Pepa ...

1988: Acid House

Overview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1988

AT THE BEGINNING of this year a House record would have cleared the majority of London's dancefloors. ...

The Sugarcubes: Sugarcubes: Yule Never Björk Alone

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, December 1988

THE SUGARCUBES' BID FOR WORLD DOMINATION IS ALMOST COMPLETE. FOR CHRISTMAS THEY'LL BE RETURNING HOME TO ICELAND TO START RECORDING THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE LIFE'S ...

Diamanda Galás: The Demon Diva

Interview by Mark Sinker, Melody Maker, January 1989

As the AIDS epidemic spreads and all pop can do is turn a blind eye, Diamanda Galas is the only singer left to stand and ...

Morrissey: Civic Centre, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1989

MORRISSEY COMES to the Midlands to play eight songs, two of which receive their first airing tonight, and only 1,700 followers adorned with the Stephen ...

New Order: The Almighty New Order

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1989

New Order: G-Mex Centre, Manchester ...

Ciccone Youth: The Whitey Album (Blast First)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1989

NEXT to the brittle plangency and luminous, labyrinthine depths of Daydream Nation, the first (and last?) Ciccone Youth album is an irrelevance. ...

Jane's Addiction: Embassy Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

IN THE LARGER-than-life (and therefore, strictly speaking, lifesize) city of Zen yuppie angels and drive-by crucifixions, it is New Year's Eve. At nine Perry Farrell ...

The Sundays: Sunday's Best

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

Late last year, Chris Roberts stumbled upon the Sundays playing a support gig in one of London's many watering holes. Stunned by their brilliance, he ...

Big Country: Talk About The Passion

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, January 1989

Big Country are on tour again, playing to more people in bigger places, taking Peace In Our Time to the masses. Ian Gittins catches up ...

Edie Brickell: Star Gazing

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

WITH A TOP 10 SINGLE IN HER NATIVE AMERICA, EDIE BRICKELL AND HER NEW BOHEMIANS LOOK SET TO MAKE A HUGE IMPACT IN 1989. CHRIS ...

Jane's Addiction: The Big Fix

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

THEIR HARD ROCK LP, NOTHING'S SHOCKING, CONVERTED MANY TO THEIR CAUSE. THEIR OUTLANDISH APPEARANCE IS ATTRACTING COMMENT WHEREVER THEY GO. THEY'RE DUE HERE FOR A ...

Throwing Muses: Hunkpapa

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1989

"I HAVE two heads." Kristin Hersh starts Hunkpapa with these words. ...

New Order: Technique (Factory)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

IT BEGINS. IT THUMPS with glee, it swirls with lackadaisical intensity. "You're much too young to be a part of me, you're much too young ...

The Darling Buds: International, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1989

FROM SIMON Reynold's held-back vituperative vitriol to Chris Roberts' rapturous rivers of rhapsodies, there's no denying the sheer weight of wise or wondrous words that ...

Throwing Muses: Daughters Of The Fatherland

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, January 1989

THEIR HUNKPAPA ALBUM IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THEIR MOST ACCESSIBLE YET. THEY'RE SOON TO TOUR BRITAIN WITH THE SUNDAYS. THEIR CARD TRICKS ARE CRAP. DAVID ...

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, February 1989

THE MESSY BEAT Angels were well and truly bushed after a week of post-Dali wassailing, but the sight of Edie Brickell's band was as startling ...

The Shamen: In Gorbachev We Trust (Demon)

Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1989

THE SHAMEN may indeed, as Steve Sutherland said, be a band whose time has come. For over three years now they've been drilling away, obsessed ...

New Model Army: Happy Families

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, February 1989

On the eve of their British tour, and with 'Stupid Questions' their highest-ever chart entry, New Model Army take time out in Strasbourg to explain ...

Anthrax: Anti-Metallurgists

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, February 1989

ABOUT TO TOUR BRITAIN WITH LIVING COLOUR AS SUPPORT, ANTHRAX TELL DAVID STUBBS HOW THEY PLAN TO BE AS BIG AS U2 WITHOUT SELLING THEIR ...

Poison: The Call Of The Wild

Report and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, February 1989

'EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN' WAS NUMBER ONE IN AMERICA OVER CHRISTMAS. THE OPEN UP AND SAY...AHH! LP CRUISED INTO THE US TOP 10 AND ...

Nasty Rox, Inc., Pop Will Eat Itself: Pop Will Eat Itself/Nasty Rox Inc: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1989

NASTY ROX INC look like slobs but have a beat which cuts it. Their rock/hip hop amalgam makes all the right moves, yet never manages ...

The Darling Buds: Confetti Junction

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1989

Saturday11:20 IT'S SATURDAY MORNING kiddie time, and The Darling Buds are shining out of the telly. After Bruno Brookes and the Red Arrows display team, ...

Mudhoney: Sub Pop, Sub Normal, Subversion!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1989

SUDDENLY SEATTLE IS THE CENTRE OF ALL THINGS GRUNGE. EVERETT TRUE TRAVELS TO THE HOME OF THE ANTI-HITS TO MEET MUDHONEY WHO RECENTLY TRADED SONGS ...

De La Soul: 3 Feet High And Rising (Tommy Boy/Big Life)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, March 1989

THE DAISY AGE    ...

Hot House: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1989

THERE ARE, oh, a thousand or so people in London who know that Hot House have nothing to do with Chicago, or with Liam O'Maonlai ...

Lush: Japanese Whispers

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1989

A RUSH OF BLOOD? Lush are nearly as good as their name, which is high praise indeed. ...

American Music Club: Psycho Thriller

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1989

MARK EITZEL, OF American Music Club, a self proclaimed 'fuckin mess', a man who's spoken before of being 'doomed to sing' and living in terror ...

Swing Out Sister: Dog Day Afternoon

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, April 1989

TWO YEARS AGO THEY HAD TWO TOP 10 SINGLES AND A NUMBER 1 ALBUM. THEN THE TRIO OF SUAVE POPSTERS DISAPPEARED. CAROLINE SULLIVAN REPORTS ON ...

De La Soul: Space Cadets

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, April 1989

PUSH TALKS TO THE BIGGEST RAP SENSATION SINCE PUBLIC ENEMY AND DISCOVERS WHAT LIFE'S LIKE ON PLANET SCREWBALL. ...

Deacon Blue: The Reluctant Tourist

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, April 1989

AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, RAINTOWN, AND A STRING OF HIT SINGLES INCLUDING THE RECENT 'WAGES DAY', RICKY ROSS AND HIS BAND LOOK ...

Half Japanese, Moe Tucker: Moe Tucker/Half Japanese: Powerhaus, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1989

THEY’RE ALL HERE tonight, convened in a spirit of slackwitted sentimentally: Morrissey (summoned, rumour has it, by the "great lady" herself, who admires his work), ...

The Last Poets: ICA, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, April 1989

WORDS FLY LIKE bullets from a scatter gun. They call Jalal Nurridin the "Godfather of Rap", but he's much more than that. ...

Wendy and Lisa: Wendy And Lisa: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, May 1989

WOMEN IN unison. A glaring gaggle. A terrifying prospect. Wasn't it in fact Dorothy Parker, theoretically one of their own, who wrote, "I hate women. ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: Attractions Fatalist

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1989

THE THING I most enjoy about Carl McCoy is his refusal to jump through the traditional music industry hoops. ...

The Stone Roses: Shooting From The Lip

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1989

THE STONE ROSES are the latest instalment in the resurrection insurrection. ...

Bobby Brown: Goodbye Cruel World

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1989

THE ALL-SINGING, ALL-DANCING WUNDERKIND IS CURRENTLY THE FASTEST RISING STAR IN AMERICA WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM DON'T BE CRUEL. AT ONLY 20 HE IS SET ...

The La's: Interview with The La's

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, June 1989

THE LA'S ARE NOTHING if not perfectionists. After two years work they've just completed their debut LP - no wonder they look knackered as they ...

Soundgarden: The Mutate Gallery

Profile and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1989

EVERETT TRUE MEETS THE MOST AGGRESSIVE METAL MARAUDERS TO ESCAPE FROM THE SUB POP LABEL, WHOSE NEW SINGLE, 'FLOWER', SOUNDS LIKE DAS DAMEN COVERING BIG ...

Band of Susans, Throwing Muses: Throwing Muses and Band Of Susans: Loving The Aliens

Report and Interview by Dele Fadele, Melody Maker, July 1989

THROWING MUSES, BAND OF SUSANS: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM HUMMINGBIRD ...

N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (Priority/Ruthless)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, July 1989

THE SLEEVE of Straight Outta Compton, the debut LP from N.W.A., depicts one of the members of this Los Angeles rap group pointing a pistol ...

The Primitives: Red Dawn

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1989

TC: "Poor innocent me. And all this time I thought you were a bona fide blonde."Marilyn: " I am. But nobody's that natural. And incidentally, ...

Primal Scream: The Ivy League

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1989

It's been two years since we last heard from Bobby Gillespie's indie darlings, but the Galswegian Motormouth is finally back with a new single, 'Ivy ...

N.W.A.: Niggers With Attitude: Street Hassle

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, August 1989

Just when you thought Public Enemy had pushed as far as it could go, just when you thought rap outrage had peaked, along come N.W.A. ...

Nirvana: Bleach (Tupelo)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, August 1989

STONED, LOADED. It's both a mental and a physical bliss. Everything is nothing but an abandoned blur. Minutes away from a blackout, from a sweet, ...

S'Express: Social Moores

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1989

WITH TWO NUMBER ONE SINGLES ALREADY UNDER HIS BELT, MARK MOORE WAS FINALLY CROWNED AS THE SVENGALI OF ACID SAMPLING WHEN PRINCE ASKED HIM TO ...

The Primitives: Before The Crash

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, September 1989

Lazy 86-88. Paul: "WELL, THE FIRST FOUR SONGS ARE crap for starters! That first record goes for £30 now, those four songs made up our ...

New Order: The Reading Festival

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1989

NEW ORDER have to be blinding, have to be gorgeous and maverick and wise, if we're to leave with any sense of napalm in our ...

Digital Underground: Space Oddities

Report and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1989

"LOTS OF PEOPLE have said we're similar to De La Soul simply because we're with the same record company in America and we both have ...

Kate Bush: The Sensual World (EMI)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1989

"WHEN LAUREN WAS a small girl, she would stand in the field and call the cats. One by one they would come to her through ...

Nirvana: Bleached Wails

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1989

Everett True Thrashes It Out With The Latest Wizards From Seattle's Sub Pop Label Who Arrive In Britain Next Week ...

N.W.A.: Shot By Both Sides

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, November 1989

IN THEIR SHORT CAREER THE RAPPERS HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI, CONDEMNED BY THE CONGRESS FOR RACIAL EOUALITY, BANNED BY TV AND RADIO AND ...

Fugazi: A Tension Spans

Profile and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1989

"THIS IS TOTALLY weird," says drummer Brendan Canty, pointing to a photograph of himself that appeared in Melody Maker the last time Washington DC's Fugazi ...

Felt: Too Much Monkey Business

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, December 1989

THE RECENT ME AND A MONKEY ON THE MOON LP WAS FELT'S LAST SHOT, THE COMPLETION OF A 10-YEAR PLAN, THE PRE-DESTINED END OF THE ...

The Stone Roses: Bonfire of the Inanities

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, December 1989

When The Maker put Ian Brown and his reluctant heroes on the cover six months ago, they were regarded as just another bunch of hopefuls. ...

Soul II Soul: Songs In The Key Of Life

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, December 1989

WITH A STRING OF SUCCESSFUL SINGLES AND A STUNNING DEBUT ALBUM, SOUL II SOUL HAVE SPEARHEADED THE DANCE REVIVAL OF THE LATE-EIGHTIES AND LOOK LIKE ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: The Nod Corner

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, December 1989

THE MOMENT IS breathtaking. One minute, he's Nod, drummer of Fields Of The Nephilim, chatting placidly of a pint of Flowers Best. Next minute, he's ...

Public Enemy: Fear of A Black Planet

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1990

OVER THE past three years, Public Enemy have made the single most concerted attempt to take rap's inchoate fury and sonic insurgency, and commandeer it ...

Loop: A Gilded Eternity (Situation Two)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1990

IT'S CLEAR now that Loop peaked with their magnificent brace of EPs in 1988, Collision/Thief Of Fire and Black Sun/Mother Sky. Last year's Fade Out ...

Tanita Tikaram: The Sweet Keeper

Review by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, January 1990

THE CONNECTION between pop stars and new towns in the Eighties – someone should have done a thesis on it. We had Depeche Mode in ...

Cowboy Junkies: Horse Latitudes

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1990

"MOST OF THE SONGS, there's a grain of hope in there. The characters are always striving for something else. They're in a situation which is ...

Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Tad: Screaming Trees, Nirvana, Tad: Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1990

IT SEEMS incredible people still miss the point of Tad. Most (heavy) rock bands play for the sheer hell of it, and, sure Tad do ...

The Fall: Funfair For The Common Man

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, March 1990

IN A CHEAP INDIAN RESTAURANT IN LONDON'S BRICK LANE Mark Smith's eyes begin to glint. His bony figure leans forward and stiffens. From deep in ...

Andrew Weatherall, Primal Scream: Primal Scream: Spring Loaded

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, March 1990

The former darlings of indie rock may lose some deities with their new house-orientated single 'Loaded', but Primal leader Bobby Gillespie is determined to use ...

Nirvana, Tad: Tad and Nirvana: The Larder They Come

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1990

This was a tour not for the faint-hearted. Everett True witnesses the chaos & carnage caused by Tad & Nirvana as they rampaged through the ...

The Associates: Wild and Lonely

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1990

THE FIRST TIME I heard the Associates was when I saw 'Party Fears Two' on Top Of The Pops. It was one of those moments ...

David Bowie: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1990

"I thought I'd play a couple of numbers from the Tin Machine album... wait, wait, where are you going...come back!" ...

Grace Jones: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, April 1990

IT'S THE second of Grace Jones's first London shows for almost 10 years and everybody's hoping there won't be a repeat of the appallingly unprofessional ...

My Bloody Valentine: Glide on Time

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, April 1990

MY BLOODY VALENTINE are sitting in the basement rehearsal studio they've just rented. I am wandering around upstairs walking into lots of offices and insisting ...

The Chimes: Ringing In The Changes

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1990

WITH THE TOP 10 SUCCESS OF THEIR COVER OF U2'S 'I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR', THE CHIMES LOOK SET TO JOIN SOUL ...

The Darling Buds: Petal Music Machine

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1990

POP SAID "BECAUSE we're in Newport and because we're in love and because the sun is shining and everyone has disappeared, lost among the flowers, ...

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Profile US import CD)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, June 1990

GANG BUSTER ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: Porn to be Wild

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, June 1990

NEITHER THE Football Association nor, astonishingly, FIFA's UK representatives are entirely sure who will be presenting the 1990 World Cup to the winners in Italy ...

Mazzy Star: Ghost Riders in the Sky

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1990

HAUNTING, SENSUAL AND DESOLATE, MAZZY STAR'S SHE HANGS BRIGHTLY IS ALREADY A STRONG CONTENDER FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR. EVERETT TRUE TALKS TO ITS AUTHORS, DAVID ROBACK ...

The Stone Roses at Spike Island

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1990

When The Stone Roses announced their plans for a gig at Spike Island the concert was eagerly heralded as the event of the year. Everett ...

Bobby Brown: Star Gazing: Bobby Brown: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1990

BOBBY BROWN may be less obsessively single-minded than Prince (he doesn't write/produce/sing/play every last note on his records), and Michael Jackson surely beats him jewel-encrusted ...

Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting

Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, July 1990

HOW TOUGH is Johnette Napolitano? Maybe here's a clue. Bloodletting, as Mat Smith noted, is an intensely personal LP, cruelly close to her, but for ...

The Pixies: Tyranny And Mutation

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, August 1990

A PIXIES album that isn't drenched in murder, mutilation, death, crucifixion, blood, evil and barbarism? It's hard to imagine, but that's exactly what the band ...

The Pixies: Bossanova (4AD)

Review by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, August 1990

ONE THING that's always bugged me about The Pixies is the universal acclaim for their LPs – how come no one ever gripes about the ...

808 State, Andrew Weatherall, Coldcut, D Mob, M People, S'Express, William Orbit: Remixing: The DJ's DJ

Report and Interview by Push, Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, August 1990

A couple of years ago, the success of DJ-based groups such as M/A/R/R/S, Coldcut, S'Express and Bomb The Bass heralded a new musical era. Now, ...

World of Twist

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, August 1990

MOST ENIGMATIC and downright peculiar of the 1990 Manchester shockwave are World Of Twist. All they have in common with their Manc contemporaries is that ...

The Human League: Romantic Antics

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, September 1990

THE HUMAN LEAGUE are back among us, more serious than ever, not for a last gasp, but completely reinvigorated and rewired – after what ...

Slayer: I Talked With A Zombie

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, September 1990

As Britain trembles with anticipation of the "Clash Of The Titans" tour, Ian Gittins meets the metal monsters and hears tales of death, despair and ...

Ride: Nowhere (Creation)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1990

BEFORE WE start, one thing: 'Dreams Burn Down', eh? What a stormer! Breathtaking, sickening, walls collapsing all around you and oh look the gazelles are ...

Jah Wobble's Arabian Knights

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, November 1990

"JOHNNY ROTTEN telephoned me within hours of splitting The Sex Pistols," begins Jah Wobble, acknowledging the fact that there's a fascinating background story to tell ...

The Pixies Facing The Fire Squad

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, November 1990

The pixies are the best band on the planet. Discuss. ...

Cranes: Indecent Obsessions

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1990

YOU WANT TO know how I feel when I listen to Espero, the new three-track EP from Portsmouth's Cranes, right? You want to know whether ...

The Replacements

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1990

This year, singer, downtrodden writer and all-round wasted boozer PAUL WESTERBERG has given up drinking, abandoned his band and is trying to look on the ...

Swervedriver: Chrome Sweet Chrome

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, December 1990

This year, Creation broke the mould and signed their very first kick-ass rock'n'roll animals – a hard-edged, bone-rattling death machine called SWERVEDRIVER. With their second ...

Butthole Surfers: The Butthole Surfers: Deeper & Down

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1990

AFTER OVER A YEAR OF SILENCE, the Butthole Surfers have re-emerged only to suffer the indignity of being topical. With uncanny punctuality, their cover of ...

Nirvana: Heaven Can't Wait

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1990

NIRVANA'S NEW single, 'Sliver' weighs in at a fraction over two minutes and is one hell of a pop song. No messing. ...

Vanilla Ice: To The Extreme (SBK Records)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, December 1990

UNTIL he hit number one with 'Ice Ice Baby', Vanilla Ice's major claims to fame were going to school with 2 Live Crew and looking ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Glory Days

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1990

1990 could well go down in the rock almanac as the year The Charlatans stole the initiative from The Stone Rose. While the figureheads of ...

Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey (CBS)

Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, Spring 1990

MARIAH CAREY is a very very pretty girl and she has a very very wonderful voice and her debut album is an absolute dog. Comparisons ...

Mazzy Star: Give 'Em Enough Hope

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1991

Mazzy Star's debut album, She Hangs Brightly, was voted one of the Top Ten albums of 1990 by the Maker writers. This year they look ...

Chris Isaak: Only The Lonely: Chris Isaak: Wicked Game (WEA)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, January 1991

"You can hold yourself back from the suffering of the world: this is something you are free to do and is in accord with your ...

Dinosaur Jr.

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1991

After a year of rumours about Dinosaur splitting and retiring from music altogether, J Mascis finally returns with a major label contract, a new single, ...

The Associates: Popera

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1991

ONCE UPON A time (the early '80s), there was something called "new pop". For about a year Morley's pipedream of a chartbusting music that combined ...

Frank Sinatra: The Godfather Of Swing: Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Years (Capitol)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, January 1991

"HEY KIDS, dig the first takes/Ain't that some interpretation/When Sinatra sings against Nelson Riddle strings/Then takes a vacation" (Van Morrison: 'Hard Nose The Highway') ...

Mark Eitzel: Dark Side of the Loon

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, January 1991

"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER JUST LEFT. He made me laugh, he said Americans don't like having their photo taken and I'd better act for the camera. I ...

A Tribe Called Quest: Storm Warnings

Interview by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, February 1991

Besides achieving Top 20 success with their new single, 'Can I Kick It?, A Tribe Called Quest have also been heavily involved with the re-recording ...

Tanita Tikaram: Say Halo Wave Goodbye

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1991

AS EVERY HAIRDRESSER worth their shears will tell you, a radical change of hairstyle usually heralds an equally radical shift of persona. Tanita Tikaram's new ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young, Sonic Youth: Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Sonic Youth: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1991

THE WILD FRONTIER ...

The KLF: Pranks for the Memory

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, February 1991

They can't help having hits, they can't come to terms with fame and they can't keep out of trouble! DAVID STUBBS witnesses THE KLF's dawn ...

The Lemonheads: The Longhorn, Stuttgart

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1991

NICE CHAPS. I realise that this in itself isn't much of a recommendation when it comes to making music which fires the belly and fills ...

Scritti Politti: Intellectual Hooliganism

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1991

"SO YOU USE the language of dreams and you toy around for the micropolitical effect of the goosebump. I like that – the goosebump as ...

Slowdive: Younger than Yesterday

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, March 1991

"A LOT OF BANDS are so precious about influences, thinking they're massively original. I don't think we are." ...

Ride, Slowdive: Forever Now: Ride/Slowdive: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1991

RIDE, perhaps, are just too much. Too soon, too quick, too assured, too contemporary, too praised, too openly derivative to even be insulted by being ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: Graveyard Shifts: Fields Of The Nephilim

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, March 1991

Does the release of their new live album, Earth Inferno, mark the end of an era for Fields Of The Nephilim? Why does Carl McCoy ...

Transvision Vamp: Wendy's Boat Comes In

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1991

Shy, unassuming Wendy James and her pop terrorists TRANSVISION VAMP are back from a year's sabbatical with a new single and a big box of ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: The Anatomy Of Madness

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1991

This year's superstar is a bloated, bearded would-be poet who died 20 years ago. SIMON REYNOLDS investigates the dark influence and deep fascination JIM MORRISON ...

Adrian Sherwood, On-U Sound System: On-U Sound: Circus Attractions

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, April 1991

This week, the On-U Sound takes its show on the road with 36 acts and five hours of murderous rhythm every night. IAN GITTINS joined ...

The Lemonheads

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, April 1991

THEY'RE NOT doing themselves any favours, putting out another cover version. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Palais Des Sports, Lyons, France

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1991

COME ELECTION time, even the President of France must sometimes have to make speeches. And when the President makes a speech, nothing gets in his ...

Happy Mondays, Jane's Addiction: Jane's Addiction/Happy Mondays: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1991

IT MUST HAVE seemed an inspired notion to pair these unabashed champions of drug culture, but inside sources tell me that it's turned out to ...

De La Soul: Malice In Wonderland

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1991

With their new album, De La Soul Is Dead, the founders of the hippy hop movement have turned their back on peace, love and positivity. ...

Primal Scream

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1991

BOBBY GILLESPIE reckons that his new single, 'Higher Than The Sun', will revolutionise pop in the Nineties in the same way as the Pistols' 'Anarchy ...

Hole

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, June 1991

CALIFORNIAN band HOLE sit around my Hollywood hotel room in various degrees of drunkenness. ...

James Brown: Startime

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1991

THIS FOUR-CD mega-anthology reveals that there are actually two James Browns. The first is JB the patrician and patriarch: the disciplinarian who fined his musicians ...

Consolidated

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1991

CONSOLIDATED ARE the new militants of American rock. Their debut album, The Myth Of Rock, agitated against rock’s regressive impotence, its spurious rebellion and disengagement ...

Chapterhouse: Pillow Talk

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, July 1991

Into the dressing room of the Manchester International comes a figure in tight yellow tartan flares. "The chicks love these strides, man. Ha ha. Anyone ...

L.F.O.: LFO

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, July 1991

LFO are a perfect example of the kind of thing that makes fogeys furious. They hit the charts from nowhere while still in their teens, ...

Manic Street Preachers

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1991

Can you feel it? A creeping paralysis accompanying every advance in the obese accumulation of ‘good music’, a seeping slide into the mire of eclecticism. ...

Bomb The Bass: Unknown Territory (Rhythm King)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1991

WE NEED a new category – something like "progressive dance", or prog funk – to describe the new post-aciieed groups like 808 Slate, Bass-O-Matic and ...

Spiritualized: Young, Gifted and Tongue-Tied

Interview by Jim Arundel, Sally Margaret Joy, Melody Maker, August 1991

Jason Pierce is the man who makes Marcel Marceau seem positively gobby. You'd get more anecdotes out of a house-brick, they told us as we ...

Mercury Rev

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1991

MERCURY REV's debut album has been hailed as one of the albums of the year. SIMON REYNOLDS talks to the band in New York about ...

Sonic Youth: Young At Art

Interview by John Robb, Melody Maker, August 1991

As they prepare for their appearance at this weekend's Reading Festival, Veteran art rock terrorists talk to Johnny Robb ...

Slowdive: Dive Bomb: Slowdive: Just For A Day (Creation)

Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, August 1991

WHEN SLOWDIVE gave us their astonishingly lovely eponymous debut single in last December, it sounded, to these ears at least, like the most auspicious debut ...

Pavement: CBGB'S, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1991

CURRENTLY THE focus of much cultish enthusiasm, Pavement exemplify all that's groovy and all that's grievous about American underground rock right now. ...

British Electric Foundation, Scritti Politti: Green Gartside and B.E.F.

Report and Interview by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, October 1991

BEF (THE PART-TIME preoccupation of former Heaven 17 bods second Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh) have just released a Music Of Quality and Distinction ...

Public Enemy

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1991

What’s the bond between rap and metal? What’s the ‘black holocaust’? Why are Public Enemy angrier than ever? SIMON REYNOLDS meets CHUCK D to discover ...

The House Of Love's Guy Chadwick

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1991

If there was ever any doubt that it’s tough at the top, one need only look at what happened to GUY CHADWICK. Feted, eulogized, deified ...

Stereolab

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, October 1991

Stereolab are onstage. There are seven of them tonight; five male (two guitars, bass, drums and keyboard) and two female (singing). They are supporting, so ...

Nirvana: Station To Devastation

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1991

On their recent European tour, Seattle's masters of chaos, Nirvana, managed to set their tour bus alight, upset the Pogues and The Ramones, piss into ...

Slayer: Always Crashing In The Same Carnage

Interview by Neil Perry, Melody Maker, November 1991

Are SLAYER Satanic High Priests who revel in gore or misunderstood philanthropists to a nihilistic generation? NEIL PERRY joins them in the London Dungeon and ...

Hole: Whole Lotta Love: Hole: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Sally Margaret Joy, Melody Maker, November 1991

WHAT THE F*** is happening now? ...

Nirvana: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1991

THE ONLY EXPLANATION is that a lot of people didn't realise how angry and alienated they really were. Once in a blue moon, a group ...

William Orbit/Bassomatic: Inner Space

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, January 1992

It's four in the afternoon, which is a bit early in the day for William Orbit, especially as he awoke with a migraine. ...

Anthrax, Public Enemy: Read My Apocalypse: Public Enemy/Anthrax: The Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1992

IF POWER is a turn-on and intelligence is an aphrodisiac, then Public Enemy are surely one of the sexiest groups on the planet. ...

Chumbawamba: 69 Club, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1992

CHUMBAWAMBA leap on stage and say "We're Chumbawamba and we're from Leeds". ...

Ian McCulloch: Africa Centre, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1992

SO MAC'S BACK. Again. ...

PJ Harvey: P. J. Harvey: Sex and Bile and Rock and Roll

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, February 1992

IT'S SUNDAY AFTERNOON, grey and bitter and it looks like rain. Your flatmate, Lisa, and her gangly boyfriend, Ben, are in her room. They're burning ...

The Nymphs: Nymphs: The Asylum Siren

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1992

When singer Inger Lorre first heard Patti Smith, she knew she had to become a rock'n'roll star. When she heard the Velvet's 'Heroin'. She got ...

PM Dawn: The Reality Gap

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, February 1992

They've been nominated for a Brits award as Best International Newcomers, and their new single, 'Reality Used To Be A friend Of Mine', is a ...

Pearl Jam: Fjord Fiestas

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1992

Like Nirvana and Jane's Addiction before them, PEARL JAM look set to become this year's big US rock event. With Top 20 single 'Alive', they've ...

Shakespears Sister: Idol Fantasies

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, February 1992

With their single, 'Stay', high in the charts and their astonishing video fuelling pub conversation throughout the land, PAUL LESTER meets SHAKESPEAR'S SISTER, learns about ...

Massive Attack: Wheeling In The Years

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, February 1992

BRITAIN IS CRAP, we decide over lunch in a Bristol restaurant where we're waiting for Massive Attack. The food is cold, the service is virtually ...

Primal Scream: The Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1992

Days Of Future Past ...

Chic: Le Freak Scenes

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, March 1992

As massive an influence on modern dance as Kraftwerk and James Brown, CHIC have finally come back after years producing records for likes of Madonna ...

Curve: The Bend Of The World As We Know It

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1992

Their single 'Faît Accompli' is storming the Top 20, their debut album's waiting to make a bigger splash and even John Lydon likes them. Is ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Lost In Spice

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, March 1992

CATHI UNSWORTH travelled to Liverpool to join the Peppers on their current UK tour and found out just how the band's mammoth jaunt around the ...

Soundgarden: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1992

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP, swallow swallow grimace. The sound of a music journalist eating his own words. Good job my writing's normally so tasteful. Yum. Gobble ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1992

BARRY WHITE has based an entire career on his notion of himself as a 100-horsepower love machine. ...

Lou Reed: The Velvet Undertaker: Lou Reed at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, March 1992

A CURSORY listen to Lou's latest, Magic And Loss, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that Tragic Old Toss might have been a better title. ...

Saint Etienne

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1992

THE PRODUCT ...

Jane Siberry: Rhyme and Seasons

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, May 1992

"It's not art, it's a power struggle. It captures me and I capture it back," says Jane Siberry at the start of one of her, ...

L7: Maiden LA

Report and Interview by Sally Margaret Joy, Melody Maker, May 1992

To get on L7's shitlist, all you have to do is be a member of the Moral Majority or dis women. To get off the ...

Stereolab: Peng! (Too Pure)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1992

STEREOLAB, to me, were always one of those anonymous State Of The Art bands which so needlessly cluttered up the pages of the music press, ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Knockin' On Britain's Door

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, May 1992

As GUNS N'ROSES' gigantic European tour kicks in and their single, 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' storms the Number One slot, the most talked-about band in ...

Soundgarden: Horticulture-Shock

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, June 1992

Soundgarden provide proof positive that you can be a successful metal band without being sexist and racist dickheads. Seattle's finest have already conquered the US ...

Buffalo Tom, Pavement, Sebadoh: Buffalo Tom/Pavement/Sebadoh: The Cattle Club, Sacramento

Live Review by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, June 1992

ERIC IS STRANDED alone onstage behind his drum kit. Sebadoh have been announced but it's clear that the rest of the band aren't even in ...

Radiohead: Powerhaus, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, June 1992

THEY'RE ALL elbows and angst, are Radiohead. They want to gouge their mark so deep into us yet don't truly know How To Do It. ...

Inner City, Kevin Saunderson: Inner City

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1992

"DETROIT IS in a bad way. Recession, depression, whatever you wanna call it. There's a lot of crime, a lot of people out of jobs. ...

The Lemonheads: It's A Shame About Ray

Review by Sally Margaret Joy, Melody Maker, June 1992

WHAT DO THE Lemonheads want from you? Unlike Nirvana, who want to raise your awareness, or Buffalo Tom, who want you to feel the hurt, ...

Belly: Colonic Youth

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, July 1992

Tanya Donnelly and I have met before. She was a nervous, skittish platinum blonde then who kept leaving the room to be ill, clutching her ...

Moose: XYZ

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1992

YOU KNOW, MAYBE the Scene wasn’t so bad after all. Sure, it churned out rapture by rote, but grunge has similarly turned rage into a ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Lemonheads

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

JULIANA SCREAMS. SHE SOUNDS PETULANT, ANNOYED FRUSTRATED: "I JUST WANT A BIT PART IN YOUR LIFE! I JUST WANT A BIT PART IN YOUR LIFE!" ...

Nirvana: 'In My Head, I'm So Ugly'

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

In the frankest and most comprehensive interview he's given since Nevermind blasted Nirvana into the rock super league, Kurt Cobain talks to EVERETT TRUE in ...

Pavement: Some Enchanted Evenings

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1992

The post-Nirvana deluge of grunge guitar bands is threatening to stifle rock. Only a handful of genuine mavericks and freaks are holding out against the ...

Nirvana: Come As You Aren’t: Nirvana at Isle Of Calf Festival, Oslo

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

THEY DON'T DESERVE THIS. Forget any reports you may have heard that rock is alive and kicking. The world’s only credible arena rock band is ...

Nirvana: Crucified by Success?

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

In the second part of his exclusive NIRVANA interview, Everett True meets the band in Stockholm and finds Kurt Cobain, Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl ...

Bob Mould, Sugar: Sugar: Big Rock Candy Mountain

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, August 1992

Sugar are Bob Mould's New Band. Bob Mould used to be in Husker Du. Without Husker Du, maybe Nirvana would never have happened. Andrew Mueller ...

Bjorn Again: Tribute Bands: Send In The Clones

Report by Sally Margaret Joy, Melody Maker, August 1992

What the hell's going on? BJORN AGAIN are on at Reading, ABBA are more popular than they have been for years and tribute bands devoted ...

Happy Mondays: Yes Please! (Factory)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1992

NO THANKS ...

Bark Psychosis: Ghosts In The Machine

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, September 1992

0 minutes 01 seconds 'Scum' begins. ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Axe of Faith

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1992

THE DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY don't piss about like most groups who claim to be 'political'. The Disposables just get on down and do something ...

GWAR! What Is It Good For? GWAR: The Longhorn, Stuttgart

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, October 1992

THIS IS utter f***ing madness. ...

Saint Etienne: St Etienne: Let's Be Avenue!

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, October 1992

I wanted to talk to St Etienne because I don't like their records as much as everyone else seems to. I don't believe that they're ...

The Orb: Sphere and Loathing

Report and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, October 1992

THE ORB are on the road and mayhem reigns. PUSH joins in the jollities ...

Pavement: Fasten Your Safety Belts And Assume Crash Positions. We Are Now Entering The Terminally Strange World Of... Pavement

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, November 1992

Their brilliant abstract guitar pop has lit up the year like a beacon of unpredictable genius and their new 'Watery, Domestic' single is another glorious ...

Big Black: Steve Albini: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1992

Big Black (1981-1987) were one of the most influential bands of the Eighties. Industrial music, 'skronk' rock, New York noisecore, British indiepop, Nirvana, Ministry, Suede, ...

Leftfield: Release The Pressure!

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1992

CRITICAL ACCLAIM means bugger-all in clubland. Here, an act's reputation is better measured by the number of others sampling them. And, right now, it's impossible ...

Pulp: Lower Refectory, Sheffield University, Yorkshire

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, December 1992

IT HASN'T BEEN a great year for the pop iconoclast. For most of '92, prime movers from Ashcroft to Robinson have defined themselves by the ...

The Cure: Robert Smith's Wish List

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1992

FIFTEEN years on, THE CURE are post-punk's hardy perennial. Of all their peers, they're virtually alone in making it to stadium level without pandering or ...

Free Kitten: Question: Whaddya Get if you Cross Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth with Julie Cafritz of Pussey Galore? Answer: Free Kitten

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1993

FREE KITTENEXACTLY 12 MONTHS AGO, blonde terrorist Kim Gordon of avant-grungers Sonic Youth and white panther Julie Cafritz, once the glamour and guitars in Pussy ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: We're Not Serious Artists

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1993

THE GIGTHE FIRST-TIME I see Pop Will Eat Itself, It is nine o'clock on Wednesday, Clint is wearing baggy white pyjamas, Graham is fiddling with ...

Jamiroquai: Hat's Entertainment!

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, March 1993

Jamiroquai are Jay Kay, basically, a serious 22-year-old west Londoner with serious political ideas, a serious love of funk and a seriously funky voice. PUSH ...

Pavement: Surreally Saying Something

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, March 1993

In America, pavement don't seem any more surreal than drive-in burger joints, gun-toting grocers and Manhattan cable TV. ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: Riot Grrrl: The Riot Girls And Bender Boys Tour

Profile and Interview by Sally Margaret Joy, Melody Maker, March 1993

It really is happening! The Daily Star said so! Yup, one year after The Maker first reported on this new phenomenon, the whole world has ...

American Music Club: 'Club for Zeroes'

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1993

AMC MAKE MUSIC for losers, loners, early-hour fuck-ups and late-night wasters. Perfect for us, really. ...

LL Cool J: LL Cool J: 14 Shots To The Dome (Def Jam)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, April 1993

THE CAREER of LL Cool J, which began almost 10 years ago with the first Def Jam release, has been a helter skelter of ups ...

The Breeders, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, L7, Nirvana: Nirvana: Cobain't That Peculiar

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, April 1993

Last week, Nirvana, L7, The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy and The Breeders staged a massive benefit for Bosnia at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Everett True ...

Nirvana: Cow Palace, San Francisco

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1993

LET'S GO BACK a few years. Rock – as an innovative and thus creative form – is dead. I'll temper that. Rock, as created by ...

The Fall: 15 Years Of Fame

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1993

THERE'S SOMETHING TREMENDOUSLY reassuring about the fact that The Fall, and Mark E Smith, exist. ...

Blur: Modern Life Is Rubbish (Food)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, May 1993

CONTEMPORARY FAULT – ADJUST YOUR MIND-SET ...

Morrissey: Beethoven Was Deaf

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, May 1993

BEETHOVEN WAS indeed deaf. And, Lord, upon looking at the CD panel and realising that after a full prison stretch of maudlin warbling that there ...

Radiohead: P.O.P.R.I.P.?

Report and Interview by Pete Paphides, Melody Maker, May 1993

RADIOHEAD arrived on our pages in January, proclaiming themselves the saviours of UK pop. Four months later, they're on top of a hill in Los ...

The Verve: A Lad In Spain

Interview by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, May 1993

Verve were last year's second most likely contenders for world domination after You Know Who. At which point they threw several spanners in the works ...

Suede: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1993

THIS IS happening with our permission. We wanted it to happen. We virtually willed it to happen. Suede are this season's singing saviours because we ...

Metallica: "Good Day For A Battle"

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1993

Metallica, the titans of terse doom-metal, return to the UK this weekend, on the final leg of an epic tour that has taken them to ...

Suede: The Best New Band In America?

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1993

SUEDE have already proved themselves in the UK, both critically and commercially. The next step is for the fab four to cross the Atlantic and ...

Stereo MCs, U2: Stereo MCs: Zooropean Sons

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1993

Stereo MCs are already one of the biggest (dance) bands in Britain. By the end of the summer, after touring Europe with U2, unarguably the ...

Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey: PJ Harvey: The Academy, New York NY

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1993

FROM GRUNGE'S "castration blues" to the glutinous gloom of Come/Red House Painters/Mazzy Star to tonight's support band Gallon Drunk (with their cliché-encrusted homage to Nick ...

Alex Chilton, Big Star: Big Star: 'Whatever Was There, I Drank It Or Took It...'

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, August 1993

...So says Alex Chilton, inspirational genius behind Seventies legends BIG STAR, whose brief but influential career embraced three classic albums and more drugs, booze and ...

The The: Slow Emotion Replay

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1993

The very mention of THE THE inspires visions of musical doom, fretful soul-searching and a general air of unreconstructed gloom. But does MATT JOHNSON really ...

Cocteau Twins: Dreams of Consciousness

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1993

ROBIN IS NOT HERE today. He is housebound with chicken pox, "covered in spots from head to foot, it's fucking terrible. I got it from ...

Iggy Pop: Empire States: Iggy Pop: American Caesar (Virgin)

Review by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, September 1993

WHERE THERE ARE the glowing embers of a fire to be stirred, you can trust Iggy Pop to be first with the gasoline. ...

Moby: In Trance As Mission

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1993

By now, you must all know about Moby, the techno nutter who's a Christian vegan, doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs. And you'll have heard ...

Curve: Present Intense

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, September 1993

Curve's new album, Cuckoo is a blood-curdling riot of pain and paranoia. So, it would seem, are Curve's lives. As CAITLIN MORAN finds out when ...

Madonna: Damsel In Distress?: Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1993

"DO YOU think she's lonely?" The question comes halfway through a butt-bumping take on 'Deeper And Deeper'. ...

Shampoo: Side By Peroxide

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, October 1993

SHAMPOO are two alien teen snitches/Queen Bitches from Planet Peroxide who recently beamed down to south-east London. Their mission? To annoy the holy shit out ...

MTV Times

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1993

SIMON REYNOLDS casts a critical eye over MTV and what it stands for and comes to some surprising conclusions ...

Spin Doctors: Doctors Orders

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, October 1993

At the open air theatre on the THE sun-blasted campus of San Diego State University, the golden-limbed teens in the box-fresh sneakers and blue and ...

Mazzy Star: Don't Talk Just Bliss

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1993

Mazzy Star may make beautiful records, but they also make terrible interviewees. Chris Roberts extracts some sense from their silence and decides that the US ...

Kate Bush: Heaven’s Kate: Kate Bush

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

ENGLAND MY LION HEART KATE BUSH AN ENGLISH original. In 1978, that wavering, starburst voice seemed to come out of nowhere, but only because it's ...

Juliana Hatfield, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield: Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, November 1993

Evan Dando likes to avoid relationships. Juliana Hatfield is a self-confessed virgin. And yet, whatever their sexual orientation, Ev and Jules are indieland's second most ...

Aphex Twin

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

Aphex Twin is unusual. He likes tanks. He hates sleeping. And he pours tea on his cereal. SIMON REYNOLDS meets the rave-age Mozart in a ...

Nirvana: The Coliseum, New York City

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

IF THERE WERE any doubts that Nirvana had truly connected with America's rock heartland, the sight of the crowd tonight dispels them. It's a sea ...

Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear (Motown)

Review by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, December 1993

ALMOST SILENTLY, Motown have finally issued this all-but-forgotten masterpiece on CD. ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa RIP

Obituary by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, December 1993

FRANK ZAPPA, who died last week at the age of 52, has long been regarded as one of the most important figures in rock, a ...

The Breeders, Nirvana: Kurt Cobain and Kim Deal: Sleepless In Seattle

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, December 1993

For a concert spectacular to be broadcast worldwide on New Year's Eve, MTV went to Seattle, where they'd but together a bill featuring Cypress Hill ...

Nirvana, Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam Versus Nirvana: The Final Countdown

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1993

IF NUMBERS COUNT for anything, Pearl Jam wiped the floor with Nirvana. In its first week of release, Vs sold five times as many copies ...

Robert Wyatt: Going Back A Bit - A Little History of Robert Wyatt (Virgin)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1994

AT LAST, a long-overdue anthology of stuff and nonsense by one of the great eccentrics of English art-rock, Robert Wyatt. A miscellany of bits and ...

The Stooges: Stooges Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1994

The Stooges (Elektra)Fun House (Elektra) FUN HOUSE is, no contest, the greatest rock'n'roll album of all time. And its prequel, The Stooges, is the tremor ...

Wire Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 1994

Pink Flag (Harvest/EMI)Chairs Missing (Harvest/EMI)154 (Harvest/EMI) ...

Huggy Bear: The Powerhaus, Islington, London

Live Review by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, January 1994

SHOULDN'T HUGGY Bear have split up by now? ...

Underworld: Going Overground

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, January 1994

I KNOW IT'S ONLY January but there's no way you will hear a more thrilling dance music album this year than Underworld's Dubnobasswithmyheadman. No fucking ...

Goldie: Welcome To The Jungle

Overview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1994

What is JUNGLE? And where does it fit into the new dance scheme? SIMON REYNOLDS reports ...

Manic Street Preachers: All That Glitters…

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1994

It's been eight months since The Maker met the Manic Street Preachers, and they haven't cheered up in that time. On the eve of a ...

Royal Trux: Blood On The Trux

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1994

In 1990, ROYAL TRUX released Twin Infinitives, a double album once described as one of the 'most hallucinatory avant-rock sprawls ever'. Then they got even ...

Tricky: Dodgy Geezer

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, January 1994

At last count Tricky owes me two stereos and an eardrum. Yup, when the bassline to 'Aftermath' thunders into your life your woofers are history, ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Ruff Justice

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, February 1994

SNOOP DOGGY DOGG is America's most controversial performer, taking the street-tuff credentials of previous gangsta rappers to new extremes of 4 Realness. His album, Doggystyle, ...

Pavement: R U Ready 2 Unrock?!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, February 1994

PAVEMENT have mutated from being the weirdest band on Planet Pop to the '94 version of Easy Listening Gods, Steely Dan. EVERETT TRUE meets mainman ...

Courtney Love, Hole, Nirvana: Courtney Love: In A Hole

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1994

Hole are, to all intents and purposes, Courtney Love. And Courtney Love is a one-woman spite factory, spewing out bile and savaging anyone who dares ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: The Equinox, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1994

SNOOP IS in the house, and so are we, finally. The pre-match build-up is a work of art, a triumph of modern mythology and marketing. ...

Elvis Costello: Brutal Youth (Warner Bros.)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1994

PRAY TO GOD that Elvis Costello never writes a song about you and relationships. Rather Mike Leigh or Ken Loach documents you, rather a fly ...

The Fall, Inspiral Carpets: Insprial Carpets and Mark E. Smith: Manchester United

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1994

Inspiral Carpets team-up with Mark E. Smith! For a one-off collaboration called ‘I Want You’! Psychedelic optimism meets psychedelic miserabilism! ...

Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II (Warp)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1994

The prodigious, prolific and increasingly eccentric Richard James brings us two and a half hours of his unique muse. SIMON REYNOLDS is bewitched on our ...

M People: People Get Ready!

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, March 1994

M PEOPLE are the darlings of hip clubbers and pop kids alike, recent Brits winners, and THE crossover band from club culture who can simply ...

Aphex Twin: 'Phex And Drugs And Rock'N'Roll

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1994

APHEX TWIN is the first superstar of ambient, the crossover King of innovative pop. Which is why Seefeel, Saint Etienne, The Boo Radleys, Curve, hell, ...

Primal Scream: SCREAMADULLICA – Primal Scream: Give Out But Don't Give Up (Creation)

Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, March 1994

Pre-modernism! Culture pundits reckon art, architecture and literature are all trying to return to classical values. Why should rock be left out? Primal Scream wanna ...

Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie: Prophet Or Dead Loss?

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, April 1994

Primal Scream’s new LP, Give Out But Don’t Give Up, has split the voters. Some think it’s retro-rockist rubbish, others believe it’s the ultimate good-time ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain 1967-1994

Obituary by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, April 1994

In Bloom — The Musical Legacy of Kurt Cobain ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: I Hate Myself And I Want To Die

Obituary by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, April 1994

AND SO, to quote his mother, the only person who appears to have been actively concerned about his well-being in the last few days of ...

Pantera: Butt Reaction

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1994

Before PAUL LESTER travelled to Detroit and came into contact with PANTERA, currently America's fastest, loudest, most popular and OTT speed metal band, he looked ...

Pulp: Non Stop Erotique Cabaret

Report and Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, June 1994

"I WAS WONDERING", says Jarvis Cocker. "There was a baboon in the top floor of a flat behind where we played in Paris last night." ...

Stereolab: Separation Terrorists

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1994

Subversive MOR may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s the best available description of Stereolab’s new single, ‘Ping Pong’, the most brilliant example ...

The Prodigy: Touched By The Hand Of Prod

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1994

"So I've decided to take my work back underground... to stop it falling into the wrong hands." ...

Ice Cube / Gravediggaz: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1994

TRY AND tie down hip-hop with yer baggage and it always finds a way to bust loose. Never mind asking "Has Rap Gone Too Far", ...

Massive Attack, Portishead: Trip Hop Don't Stop: Massive Attack and Portishead

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1994

Imagine a cross between ambient and hip-hop. Imagine a Brit version of Cypress Hill or Gravediggaz's spooky Gothic Hop. Imagine the sound of 'bombs exploding ...

Arrested Development: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, October 1994

IT TAKES A while, but I finally work out what it is they remind me of. ...

Kylie Minogue: Kylie Minogue (Deconstruction)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

WHY HAS THIS perspex bubble, this one-way mirror, this empty shop window, this unfilled gilt frame, this unformed lust, this shapeless beauty, this Kylie, become ...

Shampoo: Sheer Tart Attack

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

Hey, everyone, meet SHAMPOO! They've had three debut singles! The last one sold over 150,000 copies! They're not lesbians! They talk in their own secret ...

Elastica: From Hype To Eternity

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1994

ELASTICA were voted Best New Band in our Readers' Poll almost before the band had released a note. Why? Because you could tell just by ...

The Cramps: Torch Songs

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, October 1994

The Arch-Uberfuhrers of Satanic Rockabilly Camp aka The Cramps are back! With their best album for eight years! Talkin' 'bout the ejaculatory properties of rock'n'roll! ...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The East Wing, Brighton Centre

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, October 1994

JON SPENCER has something he would like to tell us all about. ...

Menswear: The New Squad Of New Mod

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, November 1994

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED, already, that Menswear are going to be famous. All the stars (well, Shampoo and Pulp) turned up for their debut gig ...

Beck, Sebadoh: Beck and Sebadoh: It's Saturday, It's Two O'Clock and It's... Slackerjack!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1994

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Get BECK, the blue-eyed, wigged-out Californian space baby whose slacker anthem 'Loser' topped the American charts, ...

MTV OD

Report by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, December 1994

The MTV European Music Awards happened last week. You might have seen them on the telly. Lots and lots of famous stars winning prizes for ...

Veruca Salt: Saline of the Century

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Since the release of their brilliant debut single 'Seether', VERUCA SALT have become the fastest rising band on the indie scene, both here and in ...

Method Man, Redman: Redman: Dare Iz A Darkside/Method Man: Tical (Def Jam/Island)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, January 1995

REDMAN'S Whut? Thee Album came out around the first Cypress Hill's and for those that investigated it was even more blunted to the bone, streaked ...

Sleeper: Wener Takes All

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, January 1995

1995 is set to be SLEEPER's year. The latest leading lights in the ongoing resurgence of Britpop brightened up last year with a string of ...

Massive Attack: Overland Attack

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Massive Attack made one of the great
 albums of the Nineties with Blue Lines. It took
 them three years to make the equally captivating Protection, ...

Leftfield: On Your Marks, Get Set, Gauche: Leftfield: Leftism

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Who the f*** are LEFTFIELD? Giant pandas of techno positivism, faceless bores who had a hit with Johnny Rotten, or VR sex pervs? Don't bother ...

Portishead: Give Good 'Head

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1995

From a tiny town outside Bristol came last year's best album, the piercing, lovelorn and sexy-as-f*** Dummy by PORTISHEAD. EVERETT TRUE meets the band to ...

Menswear: Mod-U-Like

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1995

"THE THING IS, we won't let anyone down." ...

EMF: In Knob We Trust

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1995

These Animal Men, eat your heart out! Beatbox popsters EMF were Number One in America when their average age was 20, they were on the ...

Morrissey: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1995

The Boxer Beat ...

Radiohead: Apollo, Oxford

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, February 1995

America Beckons  ...

Sleeper: The Venue, Edinburgh

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1995

IF NOTHING ELSE, it's one of the better conjuring tricks of the age. Sleeper, as a musical entity, are resolutely standard issue, yet are hailed ...

PJ Harvey: Yeovil! Bum Rush The Show: PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island)

Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1995

From Somerset with love? It came from the west. It sounds like the Deep South. Polly Harvey's third LP proper is one scary place to ...

Fleetwood Mac: Tusk

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1995

If anyone remembers Fleetwood Mac's Tusk at all, it's as the surprise flop sequel to 1977 Rumours. A soft rock masterpiece (gorgeous melodicism charged with ...

Slash: Snake Some Action

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1995

Slash is probably as close to a rock'n'roll animal as we've got. He's also a rock'n'roller with a lot of animals – specifically cats and ...

The Bluetones, Supergrass: Supergrass, The Bluetones: Caught By The Buzz

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1995

Have you heard the new Maker motto? They're On The Cover On Tuesday, They're In The Chart On Sunday! First Portishead, then Sleeper, and now ...

Faith No More: King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime (Slash)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, March 1995

Faith No More apparently expect us to take their funk-metal Queen-isms seriously. Not CAITLIN MORAN. When the shit hits the fan, they just make her ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: No One Likes Us, We Don't Care

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, March 1995

SO NO ONE likes Pop Will Eat Itself, and they don't care. Not strictly true, of course – after all, they've enjoyed a good dozen ...

Prince: And The Bland Played On: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1995

THIS could be bad. Why? ...

A Guy Called Gerald: Wicked Guy!

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1995

A GUY CALLED GERALD is at the forefront of junglist innovation and future-shock technological experimentation. A guy called SIMON REYNOLDS joins him in virtual space. ...

Elastica: Twang Twang, You're Cred!

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1995

This week, ELASTICA’s debut album has achieved the greatest double whammy of critical and commercial success since Parklife and Definitely Maybe, final proof that Britpop’s ...

Tupac Shakur: A Load Of Bollock: 2Pac: Me Against The World (Interscope)

Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, April 1995

Ner-ner, ner-ner slammm!!! And another one! Is 2Pac (sorry, make that 1Pac) just the shot in the balls rap so sorely needs, or a monorchid ...

Radiohead: Medium Wavering

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, April 1995

Radiohead: The Forum, London ...

The La's: There He’s Gone: Lee Mavers

Interview by Paul Moody, Melody Maker, April 1995

Simple as. When Lee Mavers talks, in that cracked-up Mersey drawl of his, he talks. ...

Oasis: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, May 1995

JESUS pigf***ing c***bubble Christ on a three-way tandem, this is a great moment in life.   ...

Jeff Buckley: Orgasm Addict

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, May 1995

"There is no name yet for the places he or his voice can't go..." They said that about Sixties archangel Tim Buckley and they're saying ...

The Verve: live at Manchester Roadhouse

Live Review by John Robb, Melody Maker, June 1995

YEAH, we know that Richard Ashcroft can talk a good campaign and that The Verve are the nearly men of the great northern rock thing, ...

McAlmont & Butler: The Band That Likes To Play... 'YES'!

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1995

DAVID McALMONT used to be in the lavishly praised but commercially unsuccessful THIEVES. The he formed the even more lavishly praised, though still commercially unsuccessful, ...

Radiohead: Head Cases

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1995

Radiohead's The Bends is one of the albums of the year. We already know this. We also know that Thom Yorke is the next richeykurt ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Chain Reaction

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, June 1995

"I MUST REMEMBER," says Jim Reid, "never to come here again." ...

Björk: Björking Girl

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1995

NOW HERE'S what you know
 about Björk. She's tiny, elfin, mad as a rabbit, childish, arty, trendy and Icelandic. ...

Tricky

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1995

"I had this psychic drawing done," says Tricky, sucking greedily on the first of the four joints he's to consume in the next hour. Behind ...

The Verve: Northern Soul Asylum

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, July 1995

The Verve have split the voters ever since they appeared in '92 as The Band Most Likely To after Suede. Some loved their experimental prog-rock ...

Therapy?: Penetration Terrorists

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, July 1995

THERAPY? ALMOST lost their minds back there, OD'ing on women and drugs. So they changed – no more cartoon punk behaviour for them. Instead, as ...

Cypress Hill, Ice Cube: Cypress Hill: Do Believe The Hype

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1995

CYPRESS HILL's self-titled debut album changed the face of hip hop. Their second, Black Sunday, was the rap crossover LP of the early Nineties. But ...

Echobelly: Let's Get It On

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1995

Read this, it's great! ECHOBELLY, who are Number Three at the time of going to press with their new album, On, have a habit of ...

Burt Bacharach: Bacharach to the Future

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, October 1995

As grey-haired, 67-year-old composers go, Burt Bacharach is pretty f***ing cool. Paul Lester interviews the melodic inspiration behind Oasis, Stereolab and Pulp. ...

R.E.M., Radiohead: R.E.M./Radiohead: Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, October 1995

SCARY 'MONSTERS' AND SUPER 'CREEPS' ...

Sleeper: Digbeth Institute, Birmingham

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 1995

INDIE IS IN Birmingham. Indie goes down a rapturous storm. Indie makes everyone happy tonight. Indie is lovely. Indie is the fleetfooted reduced to leadboot ...

Pulp: Working-Class Heroes: Pulp: Different Class (Island)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1995

Jarvis Cocker, sexual outlaw, professional eccentric, godlike television personality and master of idiosyncratic dance steps you already know and adore. SIMON REYNOLDS heralds the entrance ...

Foo Fighters, Nirvana: Foo Fighters: The Chosen Foo

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1995

THE FOO FIGHTERS Melody Maker interview takes place in the lobby of some swank hotel in Madrid, Spain. Outside, gun-toting cops keep the hookers at ...

Pulp: Upper Class

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, December 1995

Forget Blur vs Oasis — this was PULP's year. Two Number Two singles, a Number One album, triumphant festival appearances, the MM hacks' LP and ...

Afghan Whigs

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

BEYOND BEDLAM strikes me as a good place to start. We are not dealing with half-assed melancholia here. Nor are we dealing with the chaos ...

Garbage: The Road To Hell

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

"FRIED." "Deep-fried." "Crispy." "Lo-fi." "Super lo-fi." ...

Kenickie

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

SATURDAY, 0417 HRS WE'D GOT the television up onto the windowsill, Taylor and I, with every intention of throwing it out, because just once, ...

Tortoise: Shell On Earth

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, February 1996

The new TORTOISE album, with its radical approach to rock, dub, trip hop and avant-Techno, will blow your mind. SIMON REYNOLDS heralds the future ...

Pulp: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1996

The Good Sex Guy ...

Blur In America

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1996

BOSTON. IT'S COLD. Covered in snow. Twee. In the rarefied, tourist part of the city centre, fairy lights twinkle on the gaudy exterior of Doc ...

Cast: Skunk And Disorderly

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, March 1996

Ever been to a CAST gig? Total entertainment. Ever been to Amsterdam? Druggy hedonism meets sensual abandon. So what happens if you put Cast and ...

Pulp: Fame Fatale

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, March 1996

So Jarvis Cocker is innocent. But that doesn't mean he's got off the hook — we still want a word or two with Michael Jackson's ...

Foo Fighters: Have We Got Foos For You

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, April 1996

Foo Fighters are back with a new single, 'Big Me', and a fresh determination to not let adulation force them into a Nirvana–type corner. Melody ...

Chic: Bernard Edwards 1952-1996

Obituary by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1996

BERNARD EDWARDS of CHIC died last week. Paul Lester celebrates the life and work of a massively influential musician, producer and songwriter ...

µ-ziq, Orbital: Orbital, µ-ziq: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1996

Well-Rounded ...

Beck: Odelay (Geffen)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1996

BECK is back. But is the slacker guru's new opus a celebration of eclectic musical styles or just an aimless shambles? ...

808 State: Castlefield Amphitheatre, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, July 1996

IS THIS THE way the future's really meant to feel? Or just 20,000 mutants standing in a cobbled amphitheatre? Either there's an extremely mad scientist ...

Screaming Trees: Ashes To Ashes

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1996

WE'RE LUCKY Screaming Trees, peers of Nirvana, are still here, given mainman Mark Lanegan's excess-all-areas past. We're especially lucky because the Trees have just recorded ...

Super Furry Animals: "We've never taken acid"

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, July 1996

…So why is Super Furry Animals' new video set in a multi-coloured chemistry lab? How come their ancestors wore pointy hats on visits to castles? ...

The Lemonheads: Car Button Cloth

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1996

NO RADICAL new departures for Evan, then. No jungle. No trip hop. No techno. No baggy. No "slo-fi", even. Thank f*** for that. A band who ...

The Auteurs: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, September 1996

PITY POOR Luke Haines, a man weighed down by the burden of talent. It's odd to think that this sneering bundle of cynical intelligence was ...

Kula Shaker: K (Parlophone)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1996

I'VE JUST BEEN informed by that porridge-faced wanker, Simon Mayo, that Kula Shaker are "the next Oasis". Of course, the obvious questions don't even get ...

Oasis: They Thought It Was All Over

Report by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, September 1996

THE ANNOUNCEMENT came on Friday, 24 hours of nail-biting drama. Oasis, after all, were not going to split. ...

Soundgarden: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1996

PERFECT. AS only the superficial can be. ...

Baby Bird: Ugly Beautiful

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1996

The first Baby Bird-as-a-band album is hideously lovely... ...

Radiohead: Creep Show: Radiohead: The Tramshed, London

Live Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1996

IN THE CORNER of this wretched party for the beautiful people hangs a photograph of Thom Yorke, pointing an accusing finger around the room; he's ...

Kenickie: Kamikaze! Karaoke! Kenickie!

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, November 1996

KENICKIE may barnstorm through life like kamikaze karaoke kids, but there's sadness in their madness ...

Screaming Trees: Riverside, Newcastle

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1996

FOR A gig you might've expected to be a pissed–up, beery slop, all bum–notes and chaos, it's all in the subtleties of feel. This is ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tupac Shakur: The Future Hound of Gundom: Snoop Doggy Dogg: Tha Doggfather/Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, November 1996

Snoop's poised defiance and masterful Gangsta cool, posthumous crap from 2Pac ...

Dr. Dre: The Dre Today: Dr. Dre Presents: The Aftermath (Interscope/MCA)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1996

Don't be fooled by his past, DR DRE is a one-man Motown, a pop perfectionist for the 21st Century ...

Sparklehorse: LA2, London

Live Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, December 1996

REIN STORM ...

Pamela Des Barres: No Holds Barres

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, December 1996

Carol Clerk reports on the latest book from groupie supreme, Pamela Des Barres ...

Foo Fighters, Placebo: Placebo & Foo Fighters: Hallo Spaceboys

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, February 1997

THE SETTING: Placebo's dressing room, backstage at Madison Square Garden. David Bowie is halfway through his 50th Birthday Concert. Two of his special guests are ...

Daft Punk: Plastique Fantastique

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1997

It's taken a while, but mainstream America is finally welcoming dance music with open aims. Now they're going crazy over the Chemicals and are poised ...

Wu-Tang Clan: Clan-destined: Wu-Tang Clan: The Rocket, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, May 1997

OK, YA WANNA KNOW what the new LP sounds like, right? Oh, man, oh Jesus, it's the bomb, baby. It's incredible. It's the LP that's ...

Gabrielle: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1997

"DREAMS", she ruins. It's extended, distended, f***ed-over — sacrificed upon the all-consuming altar of crowd participation. ...

Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Clan: Martial Lore

Special Feature by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, May 1997

Public Enemy's fall from grace left hip hop without a heroic focus. Enter WU-TANG CLAN, a crew from Staten Island whose ever-changing line-up has produced ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The Prodigy, Smashing Pumpkins: Glastonbury: Where Were You While We Were All Getting Dry?

Report by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, July 1997

So, you are back home again, tucked up in bed, bad dose of the snivels. Your shoes are f***ed, your bones a bit soggy. Well, ...

Ben Folds Five: The Wax Inspectors!

Report by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, July 1997

Jeez, the things you find out when you take an American band — BEN FOLDS FIVE — to a London tourist attraction — Madame Tussaud's ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1997

All You Need Is Glove ...

Meredith Brooks: Claws-out Bitchin' Pop

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, August 1997

MEREDITH BROOKS talks a lot. She lives in LA. She doesn't do sugar, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. ...

The Spice Girls: The Notorious Zig-A-Zig-Ah!

Profile by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, August 1997

THERE'S NO ducking it. The Spice Girls are undoubtedly the most successful British teenypop act. Their album, Spice, has sold over seven million albums in ...

All Saints: Post Spice Hip-Hop

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, August 1997

THERE ARE certain things in life you can be sure of. Rain on Bank Holidays, never having enough money, Alan Shearer getting injured when it ...

U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1997

Mart For Art's Sake ...

No Doubt: Over And No Doubt?

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, September 1997

No Doubt have went from garage band to worldwide stardom. But is it the end of the band as we know it? We join them ...

Marilyn Manson: Alternative Cult Star

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1997

He's seven-foot tall and rips his stomach to shreds with a half-broken bottle on stage. But, heh, he's still little Brian to his mum. We ...

Green Day: Stick 'Em Up, Punks!

Interview by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, October 1997

Those loveable American punk rockers GREEN DAY are back. We join them in Milan to find out if they're still punk at heart. Guess what? ...

Robbie Williams: Life Thru A Lens (Chrysalis)

Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1997

"WHAT'S HE ever done that's actually been any good?" ...

Robbie Williams: University of East Anglia, Norwich

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, October 1997

WELL, I'd shag him. And if you believe the tabloids, I already have. And been indicted in the hedonistic disruption of a man who lives ...

Hole: My Body The Hand Grenade (City Slang)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1997

COURTNEY LOVE reigned supreme in 1995 – and didn't we know she knew it. Now, with the release off a new album, well, it's all ...

Missy Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1997

MISSY "Misdemeanour" Elliott has been an invisible but insistent pivot of the pop world. ...

Alabama 3: Olympia, Dublin

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, November 1997

THESE ARE the sort of men my mother warned me about as a small child, and — metaphorically, at least — they want me to ...

Finley Quaye: LA2, London

Live Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1997

HOW IS IT that this cherub before us can be Tricky's uncle? ...

The Spice Girls: The Spice Is Right: Spice Girls: Spiceworld (Virgin)

Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, November 1997

You've quaffed the cola and scoffed the crisps — now read the review ...

Catatonia: Tipsy Narco: Catatonia: Warwick University, Coventry

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1997

YOU LEAVE more alive than you came. You leave with your secrets not just repeated but monumentalised. You never wanna leave. Catatonia are better. ...

Daft Punk: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1997

UNDERGROUND/OVERGROUND, spectacle/black-out, in-yer-face/faceless, pop/music. Dance has to make its choices. Either it believes in its own unique power, rejecting stages, identification, authenticity and the audience/artist ...

Soundgarden: A-Sides

Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, November 1997

IT SEEMS LIKE Soundgarden's rich and fruitful career falls into two distinctive camps, reflected quite clearly on this, their first post-split release. ...

All Saints, Natalie Imbruglia: Saints And Sinner: All Saints: All Saints (London)/Natalie Imbruglia: Left Of The Middle (RCA)

Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1997

OK, they're pretty, cool and main players in the New Pop Explosion but do they have any songs? ...

The Verve: The Boston T-Shirt Party!

Report by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, November 1997

Welcome to the beauty of the new soul rebels. We join THE VERVE in America and discover the Wigan warriors are ready to take on ...

Natalie Imbruglia: Shredded Treat!

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, December 1997

Why NATALIE IMBRUGLIA? Because her debut single 'Torn' is f***in' brilliant, and she's gorgeous and she drinks! Wahey! We invite Nat out for a beer ...

Idlewild: Eye-up Idlewild

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, January 1998

Idlewild, Edinburgh's best kept secret, will floor you with their brain rushing brand of noise pollution ...

Catatonia

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, January 1998

"THINGS ARE GETTING strange, I'm starting to worry/This could be a case for Mulder & Scully…" ...

Manic Street Preachers: Richey Edwards: Vanishing Point

Report by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, January 1998

It's now three years since Richey James disappeared — and he's still "The Most Sadly Missed" in The Maker Polls. We trace his early, confused ...

Stereophonics: Be Herr Now!

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, February 1998

Voted Best New Band in The Maker's Readers' Poll, Stereophonics are set to seriously f*** up 1998. We join them in Berlin and hear how ...

Shed Seven: The Italian Mob!

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, February 1998

All we wanted was to have a few laughs, japes and capers in Venice. But oh no, SHED SEVEN say they're now serious musicians. Aha, ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Water Rat, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, March 1998

THERE HAVE always been four steadfast rules regarding the Jesus And Mary Chain live experience. They don't talk, they never smile, they'd rather die than ...

Bernard Butler: People Move On (Creation)****

Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, April 1998

YOU KNOW the story. March 25,1992 and there in block capitals, the stuff legends are made of: "Suede – The Best New Band In Britain". ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain: Snaps Crack-Ups and Strop!

Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, April 1998

To find out if THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN are really "cracking up", we meet them in a pub with three photos from the past ...

Kenickie: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, June 1998

HEY, LITTLE rich girl, where did you go wrong? The 'Nick should never have moved to London. Left home, met all these glittery chuckleheads, built ...

Elliott Smith: Acoustic Splendour

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 1998

CATEGORIES and pigeonholes and genres. They sure make our job easier. Everyone fits neatly in somewhere. Elliott Smith isn't too sure. ...

Hole: Celebrity Skin (Geffen)

Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, September 1998

COURTNEY LOVE is performing the most outrageous and unexpected act of an outrageous, unexpected life: surviving. Her rewriting of 'Miss World' on Hole's last tour ...

Ash: We Are The Resurrection

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, September 1998

The original Bratpoppers, ASH, are back! We meet them in Sweden and hear about Ian Paisley, the nuclear-tastic new album and Charlotte's death-threats ...

Elliott Smith: Elliott Gold: Elliott Smith: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, September 1998

WE'RE A sad bunch of buggers, us lovers of soothing, emotional country rock. ...

Courtney Love, Hole: Hole: Kith and Skin

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1998

She's still angry, still got the "fire in her belly", still craving world domination for HOLE. We load up the tequila and discover that a ...

PJ Harvey: Is This Desire? (Island)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, September 1998

IT NEVER rains, it pours. The release of Is This Desire?, PJ Harvey's fifth album, comes hot on the heels of releases by such former ...

Republica: Ace of Pace

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, September 1998

REPUBLICA are now so successful that Cher asks permission to copy Saffron's hairstyle. We talk to them about their lengthy climb to the top, fame, ...

Idlewild

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, October 1998

THROUGH THE idle pre-gig chit-chat, four lads wend their way from the rear of the venue towards the stage. As the singer politely picks his ...

Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy

Film/DVD Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1998

...

Ash Dish The Dirt

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1998

Did you know Tim's nickname at the scouts was "Timmy Testicle" or that Charlotte guzzles Vodka? We make each member of Ash leave the room ...

RZA, Wu-Tang Clan: RZA: The Digital Revolution

Interview by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, November 1998

One minute RZA's producing the Wu-Tang Clan, the next he's writing as his alter ego Bobby Digital, then he's off to star in the movies. ...

Ed Rush & Optical: Quantum Drum'n'Bass

Interview by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, January 1999

IN CONTACT, Jodie Foster climbs into the capsule, straps herself in, and mentally prepares for the impending voyage. The aliens have kindly given Earth/the US ...

Hole: Sleepless in Seattle

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, January 1999

It's million-selling records, a 24-hour media circus and a limo in every city for HOLE, but does Courtney Love want even more success? Oh yes... ...

Stereophonics, Tom Jones: Tom Jones and the Stereophonics

Profile and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, March 1999

LOOKING OUT across the affluent Silverlake area of Los Angeles stretching out below us, this is not your usual house. Perched high on a hilltop, ...

Britney Spears: Baby One More Time (Jive)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, March 1999

I WOULDN'T, actually. Jailbait. Pastels. Popsox. Mall rat. Sure, all the obvious jokes cover up the fact that this is a document of pure venality. ...

Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays: What The World Is Still Waiting For?

Retrospective and Interview by Jack Barron, Melody Maker, March 1999

It was the scene that produced some of the best bands the world had ever seen. Now, with the Happy Mondays reforming end The Stone ...

Eminem: Subterania, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, April 1999

20 Minute Party People ...

All Saints: Gangster Grippin': All Saints: Opera House, Blackpool

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1999

"IS Blackpool in the house?" The dreadlocked DJ isn't making too much sense, but the little girls with the whistles don't care. ...

Elliott Smith: Alas Smith And Moans

Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, May 1999

On the road in the US, we find the unassuming ELLIOTT SMITH still likes a drink, has put drugs behind him, but can't manage a ...

Korn: Scream Of The Crop

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1999

Korn's angst-ridden Jonathan Davis is the nearest thing America has to Richey Manic. We meet him on the road in the States and hear tales ...

Britney Spears: Psychobabble

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, June 1999

"Psychoanalyse me, baby, one more time," she asked, and so it was that Britney Spears ended up on the Psychobabble couch ...

Limp Bizkit: Is This Metal's Answer To Puff Daddy?

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 1999

The Maker gets rapping with LIMP BIZKIT's Fred Durst, the ex-tattooist who has become the most powerful man in metal and a big name in ...

Blink 182: Enema Of The State (MCA) *****

Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1999

BOTTOMS aren't supposed to have hot shots of water blasted up them. They're not really supposed to dribble toxic effluent into a pool of bowel-cleansed ...

Coldplay

Profile and Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1999

Passionate angst rock ...

Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl

Report and Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, October 1999

IT'S A SPARKLY autumnal London morning. In a back road off Oxford Street, a band are huddled in a radio production company recording an interview ...

Gomez: Barrowlands, Glasgow ****

Live Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1999

IT ALWAYS happens like this. You send your wee boys off to college, or indeed to war, and they come back big, strapping men. Yeah, ...

Embrace: Psychobabble: Embrace

Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1999

One wants to be microwaved, the other's ready to shoot a cow. Get on the couch, EMBRACE fellas! ...

Placebo: "We're falling apart at the seams"

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1999

BRIAN MOLKO tells us about Internet porn, his festival experiences and the third PLACEBO album in the Melody Maker Interview ...

Blink 182: Potty By Nature

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1999

Skate-punkers BLINK 182 come clean on snot, boobies and why they're not the bad boys of rock ...

Super Furry Animals: "I like the idea of creating cultural havoc"

Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, January 2000

Wide open spaces, mountains and free-thinking cultural revolutionaries — no wonder SUPER FURRY ANIMALS love Spain's Basque country. What's more, the feeling's mutual. ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten on the Sex Pistols' 20 Wildest Moments

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

With The Filth & The Fury coming your way, John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, recalls how the Sex Pistols became the most exciting band ever ...

John Lydon: Psychobabble: John Lydon

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

NOTE: When the Filth and the Fury film was released in 2000, Lydon agreed to do three press interviews, of which Melody Maker, for some ...

Graham Coxon: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, July 2000

MAYBE THE whys and wherefores don't matter. Maybe it's pointless trying to figure out the real reasons for people coming here. Nobody could really have ...

Coldplay: 'Brightness and Hope and Devotion'

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 2000

THAT'S COLDPLAY'S MOOD, POST-'YELLOW'S' GLORIOUS SUCCESS. WE MEET THE BAND WHO ARE FAST PROVING HOW NICE GUYS CAN FINISH FIRST ...

Dilated Peoples: 'Hip-Hop Culture Has Suffered. We Want To Reverse That'

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 2000

IT'S NOT JUST PUNK AND METAL THAT ARE KICKING OFF STATESIDE — SO IS HIP-HOP AS DILATED PEOPLES TELL US ...

Dr. Dre, Eminem, N.W.A.: Dr. Dre: 10 Reasons Not To Forget About Dre

Comment by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 2000

THOUGHT DR DRE HAD SLIPPED OUR MINDS, DID YA? NOPE — US MUTHAF***AS WERE JUST ACTING LIKE WE HADN'T REMEMBERED THE HIP-HOP POWERHOUSE. HERE'S WHY ...

Marilyn Manson: "I suffered for Columbine, but everyone's responsible"

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 2000

No stranger to guns, Marilyn Manson tells us about Columbine, Courtney and Holy Wood in the Melody Maker interview ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: We Pride Ourselves On Giving You A Night You'll Never Remember

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 2000

WE JOIN QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ROCK'S ULTIMATE HEDONISTS, ON THE ROAD IN THE UK FOR TALES OF DRUGS, DRINK AND ONSTAGE PENIS SHRINKAGE ...

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