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David Bowie: Bowie, Music And Life

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1970

David Bowie has never been a conventional anything. Certainly he is no run of the mill product of the music business, something rather that was ...

Atomic Rooster: More Respect For The Rock Organ

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

VINCENT CRANE, ambitious leader of Atomic Rooster, firmly believes that the full potential of the organ has yet to be exploited within a rock concept. ...

Bread: Bread's Coming Of Age

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

IT HAS taken the amazing Bread over a year to 'break nationwide' – or for that matter to break anywhere on a really large scale. ...

Elton John, Fotheringay: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

PUTTING ELTON John second billing to Fotheringay at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night was a taste of mistaken booking if ever there was ...

The Who: Roger Daltrey: The Sounds Talk In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

DO YOU feel your position as a singer with the Who is as influential as you'd like it to be? ...

Son House (part 1): Living King of the Delta

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

IT WAS the final day of 
Eddie "Son" House's 
final sortie away from 
America. Outside, the
 rain was pouring
 down; inside the car 
sat Son, ...

The Band: Stage Fright (Capitol)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

WHEN YOU hear the term country/rock, you immediately think of Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, collectively The Band. For ...

Bread: Revolution Club, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

AT THE end of Bread's London appearance at the Revolution club on Thursday night they were called back to do two encores and treated to ...

Elton John: The Great White Hope

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

CALL ELTON John what you will. The most brilliant singer/pianist we have ever produced, one of the best artists on record or on stage you ...

Humble Pie Get Back To Steve's Roots

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

HUMBLE PIE have got back to what could ostensibly be called Steve Marriott's roots. Today their musical approach involves a good solid line in basic ...

Muddy Waters: The Man Who Urbanised The Blues

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

TOP CHICAGO bluesman Muddy Waters, still crippled from a car crash nine months ago, will be wearing a smile when he returns to England in ...

Son House (part 2): Robert Johnson Overshadowed Son and the Whole Delta

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

SINCE 1966 Son House had only recorded once, a very poor performance for Roots which had failed to capture any of the emotion and lyricism ...

The James Gang

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

PETE TOWNSHEND, who usually has an eye and an ear for the musically arresting and is no man to argue with, could be said to ...

Hawkwind: When It Comes To Mind-Blowing, Hawkwind Are Really Into It

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

HAWKWIND MAY not be the world's most affluent group, or the world's most successful group, but they are certainly one of the most mind-blowing. ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, The Nice: Emerson Lake & Palmer: Here Comes Another Orgasmic Peak

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

KEITH EMERSON is, to say the least, very upset at the release of old Nice tapes currently flooding the market. ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Town Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by Tony Stewart, Sounds, October 1970

AFTER TWO hours of solid music, the 2,000 strong audience, at Birmingham Town Hall were dancing in the aisles, clapping and stamping and try as ...

Homesick James: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

A LARGE and somewhat over enthusiastic audience saw Homesick James with Grizelda at the 100 Club on Tuesday last week, and spurred the delighted old ...

Homesick James: Homesick Finds a Home From Home

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

HOMESICK JAMES is a likeable faintly extrovert character whose first British visit seems to have made a mockery of his nickname. For homesickness seemed to ...

Buddy Miles, Jimi Hendrix: Introducing Mr. Buddy Miles

Interview by uncredited writer, Sounds, October 1970

DRUMMER BUDDY MILES has been influential in some of the best sounds coming from America — through his work wrth his own Express, Electric Flag ...

James Taylor Comes To Town

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

JAMES TAYLOR was in town and you could tell it by the buzz in the air and the musicians who walked around muttering his name ...

James Taylor, Matthews' Southern Comfort: Palladium, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

THE CLUMSY, gangling, instantly lovable James Taylor conquered the London Palladium and made his eventual return to England a triumphant one on Sunday. ...

James Taylor, Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell in with James

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

JONI MITCHELL flew into London last Sunday – with James Taylor the man with whom she is being romantically linked. ...

T. Rex: I'm A Pop Star On Any Level Says Marc

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

MARC BOLAN – whose voice has been known to bring some people out in an allergy and others to their knees in supplication – has ...

Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1971

IT IS ALL too easy to go overboard with praise about Elton John. I am guilty of doing it – frequently. But then, when faced ...

Ian Matthews

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1971

BACK FROM a promotional tour of the States, Ian Matthews sat in a West End Wimpy Bar pondering his next move. He knows precisely what ...

Family: In the Talk-In: Charlie Whitney

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1971

FAMILY GUITARIST Charlie Whitney had just returned to his Notting Hill home after a stint in the north of England. ...

John Renbourn, Pentangle: Pentangle/John Renbourn

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1971

DECEMBER, ASIDE from its obvious festive revelries, has also been notable for the temporary withdrawal of the Pentangle. In the meekest possible way they have ...

Yes: Making It Last

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1971

BRITISH MUSIC now seems to have a quality of holding onto its stars, and it’s maybe only once a year that anyone manages to surface ...

Tim Hardin: Contemporary Songwriters: Tim Hardin

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1971

MANY SONGWRITERS could be said to expose a little of their soul during the course of their writing, but there can't be anyone in the ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Layter

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

I GET THE FEELING that only a Joe Boyd-Paul Harris alliance could have produced such a superb album as this. And once again a great ...

Nick Drake: Something else for Nick? An interview with Nick Drake

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

NICK DRAKE IS A SHY, INTROVERTED folk singer who is not usually known to speak unless it is absolutely necessary. But Nick is not the ...

Cat Stevens

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, March 1971

CAT STEVENS is very rare amongst the British writer syndrome in that a vast percentage of his work stems from his environment. He is a ...

Clover: Forty Niner (Liberty)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1971

IF CLOVER'S first album on Liberty was good, then this follow up is fantastic. The material is a rich variety of country music which brings ...

David Bowie: Contemporary Songwriters: David Bowie

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

THE WORK of songwriters is conditioned by many things. Their environment, their childhood, their brushes with love, their hopes and dreams, their disillusionment. And they ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Four Way Street (Atlantic)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

I HAVE to admit at the start of this review that I'm generally not over keen on live recordings. Although occasionally they show that an ...

James Taylor: Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon (Warner Reprise)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1971

GOOD OLD predictable James has done it again. He offers not the slightest hint of surprise on his new album, and as expected he has ...

Cat Stevens in the Talk-In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

You're very rare in music today in that you managed to virtually disappear for two years when you were ill and then came back ...

Randy Newman: Having Fun But Not Making A Habit Of It

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Sounds, June 1971

WHEN RANDY Newman finally decided to become a performer rather than continue his career as a sequestered genius — "I was surprised when I did ...

Robert Johnson: Unravelling the Legend of Robert Johnson

Retrospective by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1971

JERRY GILBERT looks at Robert Johnson, greatest of the Delta bluesmen ...

Wishbone Ash: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by James Johnson, Sounds, June 1971

THERE IS NO doubt about it, over the last six months Wishbone Ash have developed into one of the finest loud, fast, rock bands currently ...

Taj Mahal: The Real Thing (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, July 1971

FOR SOME reason it all seems to have gone wrong for Taj Mahal. ...

Cat Stevens: Teaser And The Firecat

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1971

Singer, musician and songwriter. As such, in the opinion of many, Cat Stevens is one of the most brilliant and worthwhile talents to have emerged ...

Mungo Jerry: Barbarellas, Birmingham

Live Review by Tony Stewart, Sounds, August 1971

MUNGO JERRY easily adapted their stage act for their shows at the Birmingham nightclub Barbarellas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week. Apparently the first ...

Rick Wakeman: Just Another Yes Man

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1971

WHEN HE was six years old, Rick Wakeman's father dispatched him to a very fine lady piano teacher in Harrow. Two lessons later the infant ...

Cat Stevens: Teaser And The White Hot Cat

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, September 1971

"I built my house of barley rice, green paper walls and water ice, tables of paper wood, windows of light and everything emptying into white." ...

The Rainbow Theatre: Cheap Seats In Pot Of Gold

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1971

"ROCK audiences now are interested in having a comfortable place to sit and really listen to music. The days of freak out dancing to anything ...

Tonto's Expanding Head Band: Zero Time (Embryo)

Review by Dick Meadows, Sounds, October 1971

AT FIRST sight this is an album to put fear into the hearts of stronger men than me. After all, two whole sides of Moog ...

Elton John: Madman Across The Water (DJM)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1971

IT'S AN ODD fact that the British tend to malign their own products to the point of insanity. We managed to ignore Joe Cocker, almost ...

Mighty Baby: A Jug Of Love (Blue Hori­zon)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1971

MIGHTY BABY have been around for an awful long time, and owing to contractual problems which have re­stricted their recording activities, they have very little ...

Ralph McTell: You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here (Famous)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1971

RALPH'S FANS have had a long wait for the release of his fourth album – but the wait has been well worthwhile for this is ...

Stevie Wonder: Music Of My Mind (Tamla Motown)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, December 1971

THIS HAS been hailed as Stevie Wonder's final "coming of age", but I think this album is more important and will certainly have more important ...

Jimi Hendrix, Terry Reid: Mitch Mitchell in the Talk-In

Interview by Dick Meadows, Sounds, December 1971

I FIRST SAW the Jimi Hendrix Experience in a cramped Norfolk cellar club. Then the coloured guy with the frizzed-out hair was a nobody in ...

Gallagher & Lyle: Give The Boys A Break

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1972

Well, Blackheath Wanderers Sports Club wasn’t quite the venue I had in mind for obtaining the first signs of a sun tan this summer, but ...

Joni Mitchell: For The Roses

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1972

IN A VAST, empty, wild beach a blonde girl sits in the breakers and watches the sea rolling endlessly into the sand. There are seagulls ...

Mark-Almond: Mark/Almond

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1972

JON MARK sits outside his local in Wimbledon, quietly supping a pint. The sun is hot and bar strangely quiet in the unusual absence of ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Ready To Rejoin The Rock Machine

Interview by Dick Meadows, Sounds, January 1972

IN THE black art of rock and roll Sabbath are masters. But the business of fame takes its toll in terms of exhaustion and it ...

Joe Cocker: Why The Cut in Cockerpower?

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1972

WHEN JOE Cocker came back to Brit­ain at the end of 1970, went back home to Sheffield and word got around to a stunned music ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie's Moog Music...

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1972

"I NEVER did realise it would take me so long to lose that 'Little' Stevie Wonder tag. There are times when I wish I'd only ...

The Strawbs' Dave Cousins

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1972

Can you talk, first of all, about the early days of the Strawbs, how you came together and so on. ...

Black Sabbath: Town Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by Dick Meadows, Sounds, February 1972

Sabbath: The Old Firm Are Back Home ...

Curtis Mayfield In The Talk-In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

WHEN YOU first used strings on your early work with the Impressions it was something of a breakthrough in soul music. Did you find any ...

David Geffen: David's Talented Asylum

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

Penny Valentine talks to America's leading manager David Geffen ...

Helen Reddy: Weekend Ever Reddy

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

A VERY HEAVY Ameri­can biography on Helen Reddy comes on with excessive amounts of material on the super­natural, her beliefs in ESP and parapsycho­logy* until ...

Poco, Richie Furay: Poco: Interview with Richie Furay

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, February 1972

RICHIE FURAY has been one of the guardian angels of rock music over the past five years, coming to the fore in 1969 when he ...

Randy Newman: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

NEWMAN GIVING HIS ALL ...

The Groundhogs: Tony McPhee At The Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

A FRESHLY cropped Tony McPhee arrived at United Artists offices at some ridiculous hour in the morning, borne out by the fact that Mac was ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

ISLAND APPEARED to have forgotten about Nick Drake until he ambled into the offices one day and presented them with this album. No one knew ...

Procol Harum: Procol Back On The Pedestal

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1972

PROCOL HARUM’S new album — not the extravaganza that comes out this week with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra but the one Gary Brooker and Keith ...

John Denver, The Moody Blues: The Moody Blues, John Denver: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1972

MOODIES: HEROES AT THE POOL ...

Joni Mitchell: Royal Festival Hall, London,

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1972

Saturday night was Cup Final day in London and – in passing – the last time the crowd joined for ‘Abide With Me’ at Wembley. ...

Rory Gallagher: Travelling Full Circle

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

RORY GALLAGHER admitted this week, that his new year European tour had been a tremendous morale booster.... reinforcing old favourites like 'Laundromat' and 'Sinner Boy' ...

Al Stewart: The Poetic Man Tells Of His Love

Report by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

THE FACT that the rock public generally seem to be adamant in their appraisal of Al Stewart is a definite sign for the good; for ...

Lindisfarne: Alan Hull

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

LINDISFARNE'S MERCURIAL rise to fame in the past year has done little to alter the outlook of their chief songwriter, James Alan Hull. Hully remains ...

Joni Mitchell: An Interview (part 1)

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, June 1972

THE LADY WHO walks on eggs is sitting in her hotel suite overlooking St. James' Park with her legs tucked up, her chin resting on ...

Joni Mitchell: An Interview (part 2)

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, June 1972

LAST WEEK Joni Mitchell spoke for the first time in over two years about why she virtually "retired" from the music scene during a period ...

Canned Heat

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, July 1972

THE drive out to Topanga Canyon from Hollywood along Sunset is quite a heady experience in itself and when Bob "The Bear" Hite is there ...

Procol Harum: Reid Between The Lines

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1972

"I HAVE A VERY bad reputation," says Keith Reid thoughtfully. "Especially with the men who hold all the money in this business". I'm quite sure ...

Family: Chappo Chats

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1972

"I DON'T THINK we've ever had a particular status. I think we're a band a lot of people underestimate and in many ways I think ...

Genesis Doing The Foxtrot

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1972

PETER GABRIEL – slightly eccentric or acute schizophrenic? He cycles to Island Studios to begin a day's work on the new Genesis album, and unpacks ...

Genesis: Foxtrot (Charisma)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1972

"HAVE YOU GOT a copy of the new album yet?", Mike Rutherford inquired meekly as Genesis prepared to go onstage at the Marquee last week. ...

Lindisfarne: A Special Report

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1972

"FIVE CRATES OF Brown ale and a crate of Guinness please." Twelve quid across the bar to a landlord shaking his head in disbelief, and ...

Genesis: Peter Gabriel

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

WERE YOU and Tony Banks the prime instigators of the original Genesis back at Charterhouse School? ...

Bill Withers: Making Music Till He Drops

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

THE QUEST for that intangible magic with which so few of us are blessed, can often entail a very long journey indeed. And whilst Bill ...

Joe Cocker: 'With A Song In Your Heart'

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, November 1972

JOE COCKER has had a pretty heavy day of it so far. Two Australians had been gritting their teeth at him... 'Was it true that ...

Harry Chapin: I've Been Around The World Long Enough To Realise That It's Not All Down To Dollars And Cents

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

AN AMERICAN-style interview generally means a rap over the breakfast table and it was under such circumstances that I met Harry Chapin at the Westbury ...

Cat Stevens: A Cat Breaks Free

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, December 1972

Penny Valentine takes a jaunt to see Cat Stevens ...

Joni Mitchell: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, December 1972

Steve Rosen reports from the West Coast ...

Dory Previn: Surviving All Odds: Dory Previn

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, December 1972

WHEN DORY Previn wrote: "I no longer plead with heaven or go rummaging in books for the answers to the questions life contains", she had ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobies’ Little Gem

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1972

LAST YEAR, when the Doobie Brothers made their recording debut with Warner Brothers, there was little reaction either at the time of the release of ...

Loggins & Messina: They’re Havin’ A Good Time: Loggins & Messina

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, Spring 1972

THE KENNY Loggins/Jim Messina band is the best thing to emerge from LA in years. Their recent Stateside tour with Delaney & Bonnie took audiences ...

Procol Harum: Procol's Triumph

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1973

"MAKES QUITE a change for a Friday night at the Rainbow," said the guy behind me surreptitiously half-way through Procol Harum's appearance last week ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy Brings Out The Tears

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1973

"SANDY DENNY really draws ‘em out", exclaimed Al Stewart, surveying the sea of well-known faces who had assemble at the Howff to see Britain’s number ...

Terry Reid: Terry’s Funky Steamer

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1973

FOR A WEEK now in Los Angeles the local TV station have been running a series of old maestro W.C. Fields movies each morning. Today ...

The Beach Boys: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, 1973

THE HOLLYWOOD Palladium had its chandeliers rattled Friday evening when the legendary Beach Boys performed before a sold-out audience of full-fledged, out-and-out surfers. A long ...

Steeleye Span

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1973

SINCE THE formation of the first traditional, electric folk supergroup, to lump together every possible stigmatic cliché that was attached to them, Steeleye Span have ...

Pentangle: The End

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1973

1973’s NEW BROOM struck its first death blow last week when the on-off rumors of Pentangle’s long-pending split seemed finally to be confirmed. ...

Ronnie Wood

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1973

RONNIE WOOD'S always been pretty modest about his guitar playing. Mention how good it's got over the past two years and he tends to look ...

Bette Midler: Trying To Be Free

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1973

THE DIVINE MISS M. sparkles and shines like a great glossy cake trimmed up with rich icing. On stage, word has it, she is superbly ...

Joni Mitchell: The Voice of Woman: Joni Mitchell

Comment by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1973

I am on a lonely road and I am travellingLooking for the key to set me free . . . ...

The Demise Of Motown

Comment by Penny Valentine, Sounds, March 1973

Penny Valentine mourns… ...

Gallagher & Lyle

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1973

THEY SAY that Scotsmen never return home once they've arrived in London, but in the case of Bernie Gallagher and Graham Lyle, they find their ...

Lindisfarne: Alan Hull: Playing In The Band

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1973

ALAN HULL, who has led Lindisfarne a stormy path across the other side of the world, is back in Barnet – the Mecca of the ...

Steely Dan: Get Your Thrills Here

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, March 1973

THE MOST exciting new band to break from the States this year is Steely Dan. ...

Duffy Power: Duffy Power (GSF GS502)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1973

IF THIS is the album I think it is, it's been kicking around for an awful long time. It's still contemporary Duffy, though — not ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star (Bearsville)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1973

A MAZE. A truly amazing album. That might well have been the subtitle of this latest excursion into the land of magic from henna-haired hero ...

Keith Moon: Bored Side Of The Moon

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1973

Penny Valentine meets an old friend ...

The Groundhogs: Mac’s Home Cooking: The Groundhogs

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1973

DO-IT-YOURSELF man Tony McPhee stands among the debris of a still-unfinished studio at his home in Haverhill, Suffolk. ...

Paul Simon

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1973

There Goes Rhymin’ Simon is the title of Paul Simon’s new solo album, and last week he was in New York to talk about the ...

Bill Withers: Live At Carnegie Hall (A&M)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1973

FIRST TIME I saw Bill Withers live he was appearing at the huge Louisiana State Fair in Baton Rouge to a matter of about 20,000 ...

Led Zeppelin: Steel Driven Led

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, June 1973

LED ZEPPELIN recently flew into town and within a matter of hours after the Forum box office opened, had sold close to 36,000 tickets for ...

Steeleye Span: The Steeleye Span Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1973

STEELEYE HAVE JUST added a drummer for the first time since the band formed. Can you explain how this came about? ...

Cat Stevens' Subtle Love Affair

Review and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, July 1973

CAT STEVENS walks out of the burning sun, through the huge glass windows. It’s a surprise to see him. He seems as surprised to be ...

The Strawbs: Jacks Out For The Strawbs

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, August 1973

THE BEST, and possibly only, way of breaking in a new band is to retreat into the country, converge on the local inn and set ...

Barclay James Harvest: Waiting ForThe Cherry Harvest

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, August 1973

A COUPLE of years ago I chanced to review an album by a band which transformed a flirting relationship into something of a commitment. The ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Swashbuckler Rod

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1973

ROD STEWART and I have been talking about the Liberal party and their chances in the next election. Now he's standing – one long green ...

Aj Webber: Straight From The Heart

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

AJ WEBBER is neither to be confused with dustbin Dylanologist A.J. Webberman nor with British bumpkin Adge Cutler, although like the Adge she comes from ...

Sandy Denny in the Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas were at their Fulham flat watching the test match when I arrived to tape the talk-in. England’s terrible plight was ...

Elton John: Starship Trouper

Report by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

THE DAY Starship One landed in Hollywood it effused a trace of the old redolence and affaced just a little of the Hollywood myth. The ...

Don McLean: Eye On The Future, Ear In The Past: Don McLean

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

DON McLEAN took a deep breath and launched into a long qualification of his next album — how one cycle was complete and how his ...

Poco: One Of The Great Mysteries Of Rock

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

Five years and six albums after they formed Poco remain one of the great mysteries of rock and roll – a band who have lurked ...

Dr. John: A Modern Musketeer

Report and Interview by Bruce Pollock, Sounds, October 1973

ON THE broadwalk at Asbury Park, New Jersey, you can hear the black waters of the Atlantic rippling against the rotted sides of the pier ...

The Strawbs: Ripe Strawbs

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1973

THE STRAWBS are at last beginning to mature into the kind of band that does justice to the eminence of the musicians involved. "Come down ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, November 1973

IT LOOKS as if Sly Stone has changed his ways. During a rash of appearances here in the Lost City (a TV taping and two ...

Rick Derringer: All American: Rick Derringer

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

RICK ZEHRINGER, one time leader of the McCoys, is now better known as Rick Derringer, the All American Boy. Through his work with Johnny and ...

Steeleye Span: Maddy Prior in the Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

WITHIN THE precincts of Warwick Castle a BBC Outside Broadcast team were attempting to film the second Steeleye TV show in their peregrinations around famous ...

Frank Zappa: Ultra-modern String Bean

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Sounds, December 1973

ALTHOUGH depicted as vicarious forms of slimy nightmare, Frank Zappa is NOT creepy. When asked about days of old (when everyone was groping around, trying ...

Poco's Rebirth

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

POCO’S TIM Schmitt and Paul Cotton were asked whether Richie Furay would have the band to play on the same bill as Loggins & Messina, ...

Taj Mahal: Taj: Thinking The Blues

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

TAJ MAHAL was dressed in full regalia when we arrived at his hotel room in Manhattan, and the room revealed signs that he and his ...

The Doors, Ray Manzarek: The Doors: An Interview with Ray Manzarek

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, December 1973

SR: THE BREAKING up of the Doors was kind of a mysterious circumstance and I'm sure not many people know really what happened. ...

Aretha Franklin: With Everything I Feel In Me (Atlantic)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 1974

IT'S A sorry state of affairs when you put a new Aretha Franklin album on the turntable and it blends into the woodwork with the ...

Renaissance: A New Life for Renaissance

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1974

IT’S FOUR years since the first Renaissance album came out. It was a memorable week as I recall Island issuing that and Fairport Convention’s Liege ...

Canned Heat: The Fire's Lit — The Heat Is On

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, March 1974

THE INDUSTRY of music hangs like the sword of Damocles over its performers. At any turn an artist may be erased from the books by ...

Terry Reid: Reincarnated Cowboy

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Sounds, March 1974

"You’ve got Peter Jay, Led Zeppelin, and blah-blah-blah and it doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m doing now. Like here I am doing ...

Cat Stevens: The Patterns Of A Chocolate Man

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1974

With an almost regimental sense of routine, Cat Stevens is back in England rehearsing for his first tour in eighteen months. ...

Bruce Springsteen

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1974

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN was confined to the boardwalk life on New Jersey. He lived over a drug store "in all the craziness of downtown", prayed for ...

The Strawbs: An interview with Dave Cousins

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1974

DAVE COUSINS is one of the few musicians whom one can interview repeatedly and always come back with a fresh slant or a new revelation. ...

Elvis Presley, The Sweet Inspirations: Elvis Presley, the Sweet Inspirations: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, June 1974

PERHAPS AMERICA'S two most important musical artists took to the roads recently. Bob Dylan blazed a crosscountry tour which left followers and non-believers alike a ...

Ashford & Simpson: Behind A Painted Smile

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'You're All I Need To Get By', 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing', and 'The Onion Song' were all hits ...

Hot Chocolate: Ghetto Music — Council Estate Style

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

Robin Katz meets a hot, unified body ...

Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music: Roxy Music: The Two Sides Of Mr Manzanera

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, August 1974

Since the beginning of Roxy Music's career there have been many reports of fights and ego stomping between various members. One man who's been keeping ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSN&Y: By The Time We Got Through Neasden...

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1974

EVERYONE had their doubts. Throughout the daylong musical orgy of all 72,000 paying customers sat in nervous anticipation, enjoying the exceptionally fine music and the ...

Grateful Dead: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, September 1974

DEAD? No, just snoozing ...

Joni Mitchell: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1974

IN CONCERT, Joni Mitchell is one of those rare performers whose sophisticated charisma and fairy-tale personality reach the inner emotions of her audience. ...

Stephen Stills: An American in Paris

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1974

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG had only ended their reunion tour three weeks back, and already Stephen Stills was working again. The locale had ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: Rock And Roll Warrior

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, October 1974

Pete Makowski talks to a man who fought at Waterloo. Here, back in his reincarnated form, he talks about making peace with the people. ...

Deep Purple: Stormbringer

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, November 1974

IT IS going to be interesting to see the fans' and critics' reaction when they lay their hands on Stormbringer. ...

Fumble, Sha Na Na: Sha Na Na/Fumble: Secondhand Oldies But Goodies

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, February 1975

Robin Katz talked to Sha Na Na and Fumble and found that the music never died ...

The Moments, Sylvia Robinson, Shirley & Co., The Whatnauts: All Platinum Records: A Few Moments With Shirley & Co

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, April 1975

If 'All Platinum' appears an ambitious name for a record label, consider the fact that their first two UK releases, Shirley and Company's 'Shame Shame ...

Led Zeppelin: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1975

LED ZEPPELIN'S long awaited North American tour could have waited a while longer – about ten years or so. After reports had filed in to ...

The Beach Boys, Jesse Colin Young: Santa Barbara University, CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1975

"I WISH they all could be California girllls," the Beach Boys sang on a sunny and high spirited Sunday afternoon. It was the perfect setting ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Ben E. King, Sister Sledge, The Spinners: Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Spinners, Sister Sledge: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, April 1975

SOUL IS ALIVE... ALIVE ...ALIVE... ALIVE ...

Bernard Purdie: Purdie's School of Drumming

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, April 1975

Pete Makowski talks to top American session drummer Bernard Purdie ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Midnight Train To Harlem

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

Blowing it at the Apollo means you haven't really made it at all. After a heart-stopping false start, GLADYS KNIGHT went on to prove that ...

LaBelle: ...How The West Was Won — Nearly

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

A few days in the life of LaBelle. Penny Valentine reports from America's West Coast where the critics are a harder nut to crack than ...

Patti Smith: Part Woman, Part Black, Part Genius, Part Idiot...

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, April 1975

PATTI SMITH might have been a star last year, but the top side of her first single seemed to have the word 'piss' in every ...

Ronnie Lane: All Roads Lead To The Big Top

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, April 1975

As Ronnie Lane prepares to take his Passing Show back on the road, Mick Brown reports ...

Pink Floyd: Vancouver, BC; Seattle WA; San Francisco CA

Live Review by David Rensin, Sounds, May 1975

Trapped on the Moon ...

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus: Nyahbinghi (Trojan Trls 113)

Review by Idris Walters, Sounds, May 1975

THERE IS a story on the sleeve — which makes a change. It tells how Haile Selassie was the last in a line of 323 ...

Bill Monroe: Greyfriars Monastery, Glasgow

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, May 1975

Kentucky Friar Bluegrass: At 63, Bill Monroe's Fingers Are Still as Nimble As Ever. Dave Laing reports from Greyfriars Monastery, near Glasgow. ...

Average White Band: The Spirit is High as The Average White Band Go Out to Haunt the Strip

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1975

Success to these guys means getting better, smoking Rothmans and a few extra patches on their denims. Barbara Charone reports from Los Angeles ...

Led Zeppelin: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, May 1975

"SIX AND A half years is a helluva long time," said Robert Plant who was standing one side of the Earls Court stage, bathed in ...

Joan Armatrading: Reluctant Singer Returns

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1975

"I'M THE most boring person in the whole world," Joan Armatrading announces, sticking her head out the window of A&M's Oxford Street offices, breathing in ...

Patto: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, May 1975

BEFORE THEY split up in 1972, Patto had the reputation of being a "Musicians' band". Which made them feel good but didn't pay for life's ...

Eric Clapton, G.T. Moore & The Reggae Guitars, Judge Dread, Keith Richards: They All Tried To Play Reggae

Overview by Idris Walters, Sounds, May 1975

...but can white rock and rollers sing the palm tree? wonders IDRIS WALTERS ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights (Reprise)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, June 1975

Toussaint's Night Flight ...

Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood: Now Look Here! This is Bobby Womack

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1975

BOBBY WOMACK is confused. Suffering from an overdose of in-the-studio-excitement and jet lag, he sits on the bed of his hotel room cubicle at Blake's, ...

Roy Harper: Poetry In Motion With The One Eyed Giant

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, June 1975

ROY HARPER reckons Roger Waters listens to Valentine at least three times a week. He also reckons he's influenced Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. If ...

The Rolling Stones: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, July 1975

Frenetic, laid back Stones ...

Captain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Steve Miller: Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, Linda Lewis: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, July 1975

Floyd fly high with support ...

Tim Buckley Dies: He Put His Soul Where His Mouth Was

Obituary by Idris Walters, Sounds, July 1975

TIM BUCKLEY died at his home in Santa Monica, California, after appearing at a concert on Sunday, June 29. The exact cause of death of ...

Patto: The Torrington, London

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, July 1975

IT WAS, as they say, a night to remember. The queue outside London's Torrington last Sunday stretched right down the road, and dozens were left ...

Stephen Stills: Steve Stills A Man Of Magic

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, July 1975

Stephen Stills: Lennox, Massachusetts ...

The Faces, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood: 'Now Read' Ronnie Wood

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, July 1975

"HEY MICKIE BAAABY," a disc jockey screams loudly after playing 'Get Off Of My Cloud' for the third time that afternoon for the greater metropolis ...

Aerosmith: Toys In The Attic (CBS) (36:59).

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, August 1975

AS AEROSMITH race through 'Toys In The Attic', first track on the platter, all raging guitars, quaint lyrics about 'leaving the things that are real ...

Betty Davis, Miles Davis: Betty Davis: Aisles of Miles

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1975

The ex-wife or Miles Davis is now making it on her own account. Robin Katz reports ...

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: The Weasel Walks In

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1975

Barbara Charone talks to Keith Richard, the man who Mick Jagger introduces as 'the guy on sort of vocals' ...

The Bee Gees: Back on course with the Bee Gees

Interview by Charles Bermant, Sounds, August 1975

BARRY GIBB IS pleased. It is a good season for ‘the Bee Gees (Barry and his brothers, Maurice and Robin) whose new Main Course album ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Marley On The Mount

Interview by Idris Walters, Sounds, August 1975

Last week you got the low-down on Bob Marley, King of the Rastafarians. But it goes a little deeper than that. For a start the ...

Chris Farlowe: Farlowe's Back In Time

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, August 1975

IT WAS, says Chris Farlowe, bloody fantastic. The Marquee Club packed to the limit; sweat staining the walls. A barrage of vintage blues-shouting from Farlowe ...

Eric Clapton: EC Was Here (RSO)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1975

"THE LIVE album," said long time Clapton producer Tom Dowd, "is the answer to everyone saying 'why doesn't Eric play more'?" ...

Hawkwind, Motorhead: Motorhead: Running In

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, August 1975

'Loud, raucous, arrogant, fast, city, paranoid, speedfreak rock and roll. But mainly very loud'. That's what Lemmy says Motorhead's music is. Geoff Barton reports ...

Stephen Stills: Stills – From Fish Bowl To Pleasure Dome

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1975

THE KANSAS City Holiday Inn is not the kind of place you would want to call home. Situated right off an interstate highway, the rooms ...

The Supremes: The Supremes (Tamla Motown) (32.16)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, August 1975

SIX PRODUCERS on one record? Is this some kind of a joke? I've heard of Rick Derringer dreaming of a different producer for each song ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory's full of nitty gritty

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, August 1975

After their recent success at the Montreux Festival, the Rory Gallagher band moved on to new ground, Finland. ...

The Groundhogs: Tony McPhee: Prisoner In His Own Castle?

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1975

Jerry Gilbert looks at Tony McPhee’s decision to split the Groundhogs. ...

Manhattan Transfer: Be-bopin' The Transfer Tradition

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, September 1975

Manhattan Transfer don't like being classed as a nostalgia band, they feel they're urban folk singers, singing music of the ghetto. Jonh Ingham talks to ...

Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run (Columbia import)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1975

THE VISIONARIES and rock and roll prophets who predicted that this album would be the making of Bruce Springsteen may have noted that while their ...

Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down But Genesis Carries On

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1975

THE GATHERING was far from morose. No black clothes or sombre faces. No mourning music or dirge-like drones. No sullen postures, despondent looks or vehement ...

Jethro Tull: Minstrel In The Gallery

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1975

A NEW Jethro Tull album is not the most exciting release in the world these days: not the type of record to force its way ...

The Stooges: Iggy And The Stooges: Metallic K.O. (Skydog) ****

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, September 1975

Crass, conceited, vulgar and unpleasant. Also quite unique.  ...

David Essex: Roll On For The Main Attraction

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1975

JUST OFF the Fulham Road, round the corner from an old cinema that Manticore have converted into a hollow rehearsal hall, David Essex sits in ...

David Bowie: Lindsay Kemp: Camp? No — Kemp

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, September 1975

Lindsay Kemp says it with Flowers. He also aided and abetted the transformation of David Bowie into Ziggy Stardust. Mick Brown reports. ...

Chris Spedding: Speeding With Spedding

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, September 1975

DEEP IN the bowels of Television Centre, Chris Spedding whiles away the hours in a dressing room, waiting for those few minutes on TOTP when ...

Queen: Wimpy and Quips

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, September 1975

Jonh Ingham shares an eggburger with Queen's Brian May... ...

America: St George To The Rescue

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

DEWEY BUNNELL stood in the middle of his Manchester hotel suite, scratched his beard, and grinned. An hour before, Dewey and a couple of his ...

Boxer: Patto With Punch

Report and Interview by Dave Laing, Sounds, October 1975

A FEW WEEKS ago, the Bay City Rollers, plus entourage of managers, accountants and the rest were whisked out to The Manor in deepest Oxfordshire, ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Malpractice (United Artists) (36.08)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1975

FROM THE speed-crazed paranoid stares on the cover to the buzz-bomb guitar attacks inside, one question demands to be answered: would you let your parents ...

Emmylou Harris Still Loves Her Dolly

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

"TACKY ISN'T IT?" Emmylou Harris grinned, pointing to a rainbow coloured T-shirt, the words Palamino Club emblazoned across the chest while a genuine chestnut mare ...

Poco: Keep On Trying

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1975

THE SUDDEN relaunch of Poco has kicked up some pretty weird conversations and ironies. For few former Poco buffs are willing to believe that Head ...

Steve Gibbons Band: Steve Gibbons

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Sounds, October 1975

There's an extra bonus for those of you with tickets for the Who's upcoming tour. It comes in the shape of the Steve Gibbons Band. ...

Andy Mackay, Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music: The Roxy Music Story

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1975

THE TELEPHONE'S ringing woke him. Sleepily Flame Torso surveyed the tangle of blankets which hid the form next to him. He vaguely tried to remember ...

The Who: The Who By Numbers (Polydor) (37.50)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

THE WHO are alright kids. They are back with a vengeance. The first opening attack on 'Slip Kid' quells doubts and settles apprehensions about the ...

Alvin Lee: TYA's Animated Man

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1975

TO VISIT ALVIN LEE at home is seemingly to see a man living the perfect fantasy life – 40 room mansion, large gardens, recording studio, ...

Leon Russell: Russell's Hustle...

Report by uncredited writer, Sounds, October 1975

LEON RUSSELL, obviously displeased with the low sales of his last album, Will O'The Wisp, is trying a new idea to stimulate things for his ...

Linda Ronstadt: Prisoner In Disguise

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

MAYBE IT'S the singer not the song but in the particular case of Linda Ronstadt it is both. Plagued by an unsympathetic selection of material ...

The Who's Bingley Bang

Report by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1975

I WAS in a pretty blasphemous mood when I left for Stafford. But the thought of seeing the Who cheered me up. It had been ...

Dr. Feelgood: The /almost collected thoughts of Dr. Feelgood

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1975

DR FEELGOOD: Wilko Johnson – guitar; Lee Brilleaux – vocals; John B Sparks – bass; The Figure – drums. They grew up on Canvey Island in ...

Bonnie Raitt: Home Plate (Warner Bros.)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, November 1975

BONNIE RAITT is an intriguing talent, firmly rooted in the music of men like Otis Rush and Fred McDowell whom she met and worked with ...

Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff: Back from the Dead: Paul Kossoff

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1975

Despite that painful appearance on the OGWT, Paul Kossoff is Alive and as Well as anyone could be after being at death' s door ...

Barclay James Harvest: Who Reaped Barclay James’ harvest?

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1975

After seven years with a sizeable reputation and a loyal following, Barclay James Harvest still haven’t made any money. ...

Patti Smith: La belle dame sans merci: Patti Smith: Horses (Arista Import) *****

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1975

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I give you the record of the year. Or the record of 1976, since it won't be released here until January.  ...

Captain Beefheart: Don't Argue with the Captain: A Rap Wit’ de Cap

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1975

Captain Beefheart is back in Britain, and despite those hassles over Bongo Fury he has lots of laughs... ...

Queen: A Riot At The Opera: Queen Triumphant

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1975

QUEEN ARE the type of group that make a man want to abandon rock writing. They pose questions and never provide answers. They exist in ...

Ace: Time For Another (Anchor) 40 mins****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1975

FOLLOWING THEIR debut vinyl effort Five A Side and the immense success of 'How Long', both here and in America, it certainly is "Time For Another". Yet ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live at the Lyceum (Island) 35 mins.*****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1975

IN THESE troubled times of ours there's very few things you can be sure of. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1975

WHEN THEY were good they were very very good, and when they were bad they were so-so. ...

Dr. John: Dr John's Minstrel Trip

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1975

WHEN DR John was coming off heroin some time ago, it was suggested that a visit to a faith-healing meeting might help in the cure. ...

Neil Young: Zuma (Warner Brothers)*****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1975

YOUNG'S NEWLY gained independence, following his split with his old lady, actress Carrie Snodgrass, seems to have had quite a positive effect on his work. ...

Sailor: The Big Squeeze

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1975

'IN THE street, boy! That's where the action is. Where the wheelers and the dealers and the hustlers and the crooks get the suckers.' ...

Tangerine Dream: Ricochet (Virgin) 38 min*****

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1975

THE TANGS RULE. Jamie had seen it spray painted on walls all over town. In underpasses. On the back walls of railway sidings – 20 ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: The Faces: Vocalist Wanted for Pro Band

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1975

IT SEEMED like a good idea. After Rod Stewart's predictably flamboyant statements over the Faces future, the band deserved equal time. Would Ian McLagen turn ...

Toots & The Maytals, The Who: The Who, Toots & The Maytals: Summit Hockey Arena, Houston TX

Live Review by John Swenson, Sounds, November 1975

THE WHO began the American portion of their world tour in characteristic fashion – opening up Houston's Summit Hockey arena to rock 'n' roll. ...

Back Street Crawler: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

IT WAS a fairly complete emotional experience watching Back Street Crawler at the City Hall. You wondered where performance ended and real life began. Was ...

Can: Tales of the Supernatural

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1975

I WAS SITTING in a standard hotel bedroom the other day, chewing the fat with a citizen by the name of Irmin Schmidt. ...

Leo Sayer

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1975

ALTHOUGH the jumper says "Happy Little Leo", the artiste is in a reflective mood this cold day in November despite comic overtures. Black leather jacket, ...

Man: The Twelfth Man

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1975

HEADLEY GRANGE is an unimposing place, rambling, but not overly large and possessing none of the characteristics that make for a manor, stately home, or ...

Roy Wood: Mustard

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, December 1975

EVEN IF you don't particularly care for Roy Wood (and his music seems to arouse, negatively speaking, disinterest rather than hate), you have to give ...

Steeleye Span: The Folk Who Plugged In

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1975

NOW WE are six was a title conveniently borrowed from A. A. Milne to acknowledge that in 1973 Steeleye Span had finally decided to add ...

Tom Waits: Nighthawks At The Diner (Asylum Import) *****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, December 1975

Waits: poet of the streets and bars ...

Cat Stevens

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, December 1975

"I reckon I lost my way somewhere along the line. The whole thing was too regimented. It was getting really silly". It was perhaps ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Hollywood Be Thy Name (United Artists)

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, December 1975

WHEN DOCTOR John failed to deliver a hit single (and album) to follow the success of 'In The Right Place' Atlantic promptly ditched him. That's ...

Al Jarreau: It's a bit early for New Year predictions, but here's one: Al Jarreau

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1975

TO EVERYONE who's raved over Al Jarreau's Warner Bros album, We Got By, the identity of the man has remained an enigma that demanded solution. ...

Kokomo: Killing Me Funkily

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

YOU REMEMBER how Barbarella nearly died on the Excessive Pleasure Machine? Well, Kokomo almost finished me off the same way the other night. Their whole ...

Michael Nesmith: Mike Nesmith: The Thinking Man's Nesmith

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1975

MIKE NESMITH has been through a fair amount of professional incarnations, his two most striking public images being most easily summed up as Monkee and ...

Patti Smith: Poetry In Motion

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, December 1975

PATTI SMITH cannot compromise. She functions on her very own level of stratosphere, creating poetry, writing songs, lapping up the more elusive statics of life. ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

‘BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY’ as a single is astonishingly close to a true expression of the character of Queen in any setting. ...

Cockney Rebel, The Kinks: The Kinks, Cockney Rebel: Beacon Theatre, New York

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1975

"45 MINUTES of something light and bouncy," Steve Harley promises the audience at the Beacon Theatre one brisk Friday night. Cockney Rebel launch into 'Mr ...

Weather Report: Wayne Shorter Cuts It

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1975

WAYNE Shorter used to be introduced by Art Blakey in the 1950s like this: "This is Wayne Shorter, ladies and genulmen... ‘cos he’s shorter than ...

Bob Dylan: Million Dollar Bash

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1975

Bob Dylan and The Rolling Thunder Review: Madison Square Garden, NYC ...

The Band: Northern Lights, Southern Cross (Capitol)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, December 1975

THE BAND don't rush things – this is their first album of original material in four years – and to review this after having listened ...

The Doctors of Madness

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, December 1975

PORTSMOUTH Poly wasn't Saturday night's top hotspot by any means, but then it seemed as well hidden as El Dorado. Still, an evening's pleasure topped ...

Wings: Have Guts Will Travel

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1975

MADELINE HAS come a long way to be here in Manchester at the Midland Hotel. She has come all the way from New Jersey to ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Live in LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 1976

SANTA MONICA CIVIC is not the best place to see a rock concert in Los Angeles. It's got about as much rock atmosphere as the ...

Burning Spear: Man In The Hills (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 1976

Spear’s album is a staggering success. It's a big challenge to follow up Marcus Garvey (I don't count Garvey's Ghost), which from the instant of ...

Tony Joe White: Eyes (20th Century)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 1976

SO YOU thought Tony Joe White was a downhome country guy with his feet firmly in the mud of the Mississippi swamps? ...

J. Geils Band: Backroom Stuff From Peter Wolf

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, January 1976

PETER WOLF lopes across his Savoy Hotel Suite to a tape-deck and slots in a cassette of Arthur Conley singing 'Sweet Soul Music'. "That opening ...

10cc: How Dare You! (Phonogram)***

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

THIS ALBUM really bugs me. So much so that I've spent the better part of a morning throwing away half-typed sheets of paper. The trouble ...

Andy Fairweather Lowe: Andy Fairweather-Low: For He's A Jolly Good F-Low

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1976

OL' RUBBER-FACE is back, No disrespect intended to one of this country's most affable musicians, but the fact of the matter is that he is ...

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1976

Coney Island Baby finds Lou Reed in buoyant mood, the feeling that lilted through his first solo album, Lou Reed, and flashed intermittently in Sally ...

Rory Gallagher... And The Grain Grafts On

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, January 1976

"I USED to know the assistant manager at the Hammersmith Odeon when the Beatles played there. He'd deliver their fan mail and hang around while ...

Bad Company: Run With The Pack (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1976

I WELL remember a poetry session when I was an English Major at university, conducted by Germaine Greer. 'How would you describe this poem?' the ...

David Bowie: Station to Station (RCA)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

IN MY PHYSICS textbook at school was an amazing photo of two galaxies colliding. Just imagine being on a planet in a system in either ...

Pan's People: I Was A Pan's People (And Lived)

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

Unwitting girls in White Slavery? Sex objects exploited for male fantasies? The best thing on Top Of The Pops? ...

The Faces, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood: Ron Wood: Cast Your Fate To The Wind, The Faces, Or The Rolling Stones

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, January 1976

THE MINI-CAB DRIVER was confused. "Ron Wood," he kept repeating all the way to Richmond. The name was familiar but it's origin was a mystery. ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobies Brothers: Street Fighting Men

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, January 1976

DRUMMER JOHN Hartman leans back precariously in the Memphis Hotel room chair, fingers locked behind head and mouth working in a typically rapid manner. He's ...

Gene Clark: The Soulful Return Of Gene Clark

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, January 1976

WHILE ROGER McGuinn plays with his electronic toys in his Hollywood mansion and makes records that are mere shadows of his past work; while David ...

Heart: Dreamboat Annie (Arista)***

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, January 1976

THE FIRST time I heard this album was in the offices of another record company (who shall go unnamed) who were pretty hot to get ...

Queen: Mercury Rising: The Queen Interview

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

AND SO IT CAME to pass that the Santa Claus single this Yuletide season was a spaghetti-melodrama of Love and Death, by that most British ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe McDonald: Shed A Tear In Your Beer For The Fish Cheer

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

COUNTRY JOE said: "I'd like to make some money, buy a Cadillac, make pop music as in popular, radio rock 'n' roll." ...

Kokomo: Grown Some Funk Of Our Own

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THE SUBDUED shufflings of a hotel chambermaid were gradually coaxing Alan Spenner, Kokomo's friendly grizzly bear of a bass payer, out of sweet slumber. ...

Sailor: Down The Docks: Sailor

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

"PEOPLE IN LOVE," sings Georg Kajanus and the other Sailors sing 'Aa-aaah' as who wouldn't at such nice, cosy thought? ...

10cc: Big Boys Don't Cry

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

TENSE SI SI: That's just to prove I speaka da lingo but it's also true about my interview with 10cc. ...

Clancy's Tidal Wave Is Coming

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THE FOLLOWING should be read with a Scouse accent: "I suppose Clancy are treading water and yet looking at the horizon waiting for the great ...

Emmylou Harris: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1976

EXACTLY EIGHT years ago a very uncertain singer stood in the centre of a New York recording studio singing demos to an audience of muzak ...

Emmylou Harris: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1976

"FLOWERS?" Emmylou Harris grinned, staring down at a lovely bouquet hurled onstage as an appreciative thank-you from an ecstatic Brighton crowd. "Hey boys they're not ...

Kevin Ayers: Odd Ditties (Harvest) ****

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

PERHAPS THE most apt album title of this or any year. Kevin Ayers has a great penchant for odd ditties, and these songs are decidedly ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hammersmith Odeon, London; Apollo Theatre, Glagow

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

IF YOU want to know just how good Skynyrd are, they're the rare band you wouldn't mind working for, just to watch the action every ...

10cc: Herr Creme Gives You Bounce

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

10cc: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Alan White: Ramshackled (Atlantic) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THIRD IN the series and I'll lay odds there's not going to be another Yes solo that sounds less like the parent band. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1976

"HEY, BRIAN, it's sold out – there's a line in front of the theatre!" That's one of the Midnight Band's glamorous female entourage calling out ...

John Entwistle, The Who: John Entwistle: Is This The Right Man For Mayor of Acton?

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

'Momma's got a squeeze box she wears on her chestAnd when Daddy comes home he never gets no rest Because she's playing all nightAnd the ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Report by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

KATE SIMON'S MOTHER used to warn her, "Katherine, beware of people who drink before two p.m." My mum advised me to keep that first glass ...

Maria Muldaur: Sweet Harmony (Reprise) *****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1976

SALVATION HAS come down from the heaven's in the shape of Maria Muldaur's third album which finds the artist growing in leaps and bounds, moving ...

Status Quo: Blow By Blow

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1976

BY THE time you read this, Status Quo's new album and single should be riding high in the charts. You don't have to be an ...

Sweet: Give Us A Wink (RCA) ***

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1976

THE SWEET have changed. That's what everyone kept telling me. No longer the offensive pop group they once were, Sweet now rock'n'roll. So it was ...

T. Rex: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

I MET A TRUE love at a T. Rex concert, so he has a special affection. At that time he was assaulting America, expecting everybody ...

The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Asylum) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1976

MORE THAN other greatest hits collections, this album signifies the end of an era for the Eagles. With the departure of Bernie Leadon and the ...

The Kursaal Flyers: The Great Artiste (UK) ****

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

THE KURSAALS have always had a way with visuals and image – Paul Shuttleworth's background in commercial art no doubt. Just check the ad for ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays: Family Reunion (Philadelphia International)***

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1976

THERE'S A HIT on this record, in case you're interested – 'I Love Music'. I needn't elaborate on that one, as if you're reading this ...

Bill Wyman: Stone Alone (Rolling Stones Records) 40mins***

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

WHAT CAN you say about an album that contains contributions from Joe Walsh, Van Morrison, Nicky Hopkins, Ron Wood, Al Kooper, and Dr. John to ...

The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman: Bill Wyman: Lone Stone

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

BILL WYMAN could not stop smiling. He's just received several cassettes full of classic singles by Gary And The US Bonds. Large KLH speakers spread ...

Focus

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

If you look like this … when you really feel like this…then your name is Thijs Van Leer and you’re trying hard to make the ...

Burning Spear: Jack Ruby: Mono Reggae For The Ghetto

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

WE’RE CALLING this Garvey’s Ghost," explained Jack Ruby, gesturing expansively towards the reel-to-reel, from whence issued sweet, sweet music. ...

Kevin Ayers: Golden Ayers

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, March 1976

IN HIS last, rather desperate sounding album, Kevin Ayers really hit the nail on the head. In the middle of the first song, weightily titled ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kursaal Flyers: Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, March 1976

IT'S AMAZING the difference a moustache makes. ...

Phoebe Snow: Second Childhood (CBS) 39 mins****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

BEST KNOWN to British audiences for her sing-along duet with Paul Simon on 'Gone At Last', Phoebe Snow is a very talented singer-songwriter who deserves ...

Rick Wakeman: No Earthly Connection

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

ELTON JOHN put the honky Chateau de Herouville on the map but Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble put it on the label of ...

Speedy Keen: Y’know Wot I Mean?

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

"ONE BRIGHT spark at Track had a great idea for promoting ‘Previous Convictions’ – he sent out plastic turds, like you get in novelty shops, ...

Stackridge: Mr. Mick (Rocket, white label) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

Presenting Mutter Slater ...

The Fatback Band: Ain't No Such Thing As We Don't Sounds BAAAD

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

"WHEN WE get a groove we hate to quit!" shouted out Bill Curtis. His voice carried over inexorable waves of sound, cookin', stampin', and gettin' ...

Adam Faith: City Boy

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

"ACT LIKE a real shit," the assistant director is coaching Adam Faith on the eve of the West End debut of City Sugar. As disc ...

Alan White, Yes: Alan White: Can A White Man Sing.....?

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

"NOW TELL ME honestly, what did you really expect when you came to meet me?" The disarming question is posed as yet another Yes album ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

THIS MUST RANK as the most Perplexing gig I've ever seen. All I was left with at the end was a burning desire to rush ...

The Doctors of Madness: Doctors Of Madness: Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorm (Polydor) ***

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, March 1976

IF NOTHING ELSE, this record proves that you can't know anything personal about the people involved if you're to take this whole rock-noir terminal guttercrawl ...

Deep Purple, Ian Gillan: Ian Gillan: Rock And Roll's In Gillan's Soul

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1976

"We all came out to Montreux, On the lake Geneva shoreline. To make a record with a mobile, We didn't have much time." ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Technological Gypsy

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, March 1976

'Aleister Crowley is the great misunderstood genius of the 20th century.' ...

Robin Trower: A Tower Of Power

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

Robin Trower: Empire Pool, Wembley ...

Deep Purple: You Keep On Moving: Shades of Deep Purple

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1976

Is this Purple as good as the old? GEOFF BARTON joins the band's 24th tour of America to find out. ...

Diana Ross: Breakfast With Lady Diana

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

THIS IS the story: it's a champagne breakfast for Diana Ross, being held at a Top London Hotel. Which means that everybody drags in bleary-eyed ...

Stackridge: Presenting Mutter Slater

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

Well this is really a feature on Stackridge but even they admit that Mutter's became their front man. Still they're all getting behind a new ...

The Fatback Band, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Smokey Robinson, The Sylvers: Smokey Robinson/Mighty Clouds of Joy/Sylvers/Fatback Band: Los Angeles

Live Review by John Swenson, Sounds, March 1976

YOU WON'T find a better textbook example of what's gone wrong with R&B over the past few years. Ticket prices, scaled from $10.00 down, were ...

Bobby Womack: That's All Y'All

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

2010 note: this is the copy as printed. There is a section of text missing (possibly due to subediting error). This is marked by *** ...

Nils Lofgren: Cry Tough (A&M) 37 min. *****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

RELAX. THIS kid is hot stuff. Nils Lofgren has not let us down. Cry Tough is the best rock 'n roll album since Nils Lofgren. ...

Paul Kossoff R.I.P.

Obituary by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

WHAT CAN you do but grieve. Just grieve. Too close to the edge, always. Pain, so much pain, so much of the time it seemed. ...

The Eagles: Desperados in Blue Jeans and Sneakers

Profile and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

EXACTLY TWO years ago a very hazy Los Angeles sun shone dimly through the polluted clouds onto the suburban racetrack that housed the California Jam. ...

The Who: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by John Swenson, Sounds, March 1976

IT'S AN old joke, but it's still happening so it must mean something. There we were eating the meat loaf special at the local watering ...

Thin Lizzy: Buzy Lizzy

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1976

Pete Makowski's putting his money on Thin Lizzy making the real big time. Here, he talks to Phil Lynott and looks at the past, present ...

Wings: Wings At The Speed Of Sound (Parlophone)***

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1976

THERE'S NO other way to say it. Wings At The Speed Of Sound is a major disappointment. ...

Al Green: Full Of Fire (London) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

AL GREEN stands in the middle of the ring, caught in combat between an elastic rhythm section and a resilient horn section. Producer/engineer Willie Mitchell ...

Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees (CBS)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1976

BOZ SCAGGS is a musician I've always had a great affection for, from way back in the old Steve Miller days when I was still ...

David Cassidy is a really nice Pop Star, Teen Idol, Guy, Bloke, Sex Object, Person

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, April 1976

By our Wop on the spot, Giovanni Dadomo ...

Dory Previn: Children Of Coincidence And Harpo Marx (Warner Bros.) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

OF THE RANDY Newman/Harry Nilsson school of absurdist, black comedy, Dory Previn unleashes her cryptic wit and dry tongue once again. Hallelujah! Dory Previn albums ...

Joe Walsh: You Can't Argue With A Sick Mind

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

LIVE ALBUMS are by rule deadweight, redundant renditions of songs better performed and recorded in the studio. Only the Who with their essential Live at ...

John Denver: What's The Poor Guy Ever Done?

Comment by Mick Houghton, Sounds, April 1976

IT SEEMS as if you can't be complimentary about John Denver without adding some kickback remark to cover yourself. Take Grace Slick's reported comment a ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Linda McCartney: Silly Love Songs

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

ON A GREY and overcast winter afternoon, two men stand in the foyer of EMI Abbey Road Studios discussing plans for renovation. They are surrounded ...

Neil Young: Young And In Love

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

Neil Young: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Patrick Moraz: Moraz Pazazz

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

IT WAS A MONDAY like that. My train back to the big city was late so I was late for my interview with Patrick Moraz ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots And The Maytals: Reggae Got Soul (Island)***

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1976

SAD TO say, there's no track on this album that measures up to the quality of the classic tracks on Toots' last two 'rock-oriented' albums, ...

War: A Walk On War's Wild Side

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1976

FAR OUT Productions, besides being War's Hollywood headquarters, seems to be a favourite hangout for streetwalkers. They seem to think that all the black gentlemen ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford: Have Drum Will Travel

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

IT WAS IN the unlikely setting of the Una Billings School of Dancing's basement that the partnership which will be titillating the timpani of drum ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Sisters In Song

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1976

UNTIL DEMAND forced them to issue that classic Maria Muldaur album two years ago Warner Bros. had always shown a marked reluctance to promote its ...

Led Zeppelin: Presence (Swan Song)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

AFTER THIS PLATTER had spun incessantly for an afternoon on the office phonogram I asked a non-Zep fan what he thought."Oh, it's okay I guess. ...

Chris Spedding: Chris Spedding (Rak)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

'AND EVERYONE goes/To see their guitar heroes' is not the kind of lyric many people would even think of, let alone commit to posterity. But ...

National Health: Carrying The Flag Close To The Edge

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

"THERE'S NO way of encapsulating higher ideas except by some kind of artistic experience," stated Mont Campbell, ex-Egg, current National Health, with fervent sobriety. ...

Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble: No Earthly Connection (A&M)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

HERE WE are again and I'm not at all sure that reviewing an album twice is a good idea even if first time round was ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Shake Some Action (Philips) [Import]**

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

IT'S HARD to imagine that the Groovies are ten years old, or that it's four years since they tried to enliven us in Britain. But ...

The Rolling Stones: The Gospel According To The Glimmer Twins

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

KEITH RICHARD hasn't slept for three days. It's all part of his four day on the road life cycle. He celebrates the occasion with a ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey's Family Robinson (Tamla Motown) *****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1976

"A VOICE on the stereo singing softly, Describing what I feel about you, The singer seems to know all about it, Seems like the writer ...

Steve Gibbons Band: Steve Gibbons: The Biggest Names In Rock

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

THE STEVE Gibbons Band are unique. A seventies rock 'n' roll band with roots firmly embedded in the sixties, they rekindle a fading magical musical ...

The Rolling Stones: Black And Blue (Rolling Stones Records)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

'THE SEVENTIES has witnessed the arrival of several major talents. Singer-songwriters and MOR disco muzak have dominated the charts. Now it looks like Atlantic Records ...

The Sex Pistols are four months old...

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

THE SEX PISTOLS are four months old, so tuned in to the present that it's hard to find a place to play. Yet they already ...

Al Jarreau: A Man And His Laundry

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

"IT DON'T make no moth a fugging difference what happens to me, Going to be there in my own time, in my own way..."– Al ...

Alvin Lee: Lemme Out!

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, May 1976

AT 3PM, Alvin Lee, benevolent despot, was still asleep – he hadn't gone to bed until 9.30am – so it seemed a good excuse to ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rastaman Vibration (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

"Chase them crazy bald heads out of town" ...

Gentle Giant

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

Well, we've had the wheel, sliced bread, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and now Big Phil Sutcliffe's copped the newie...Yep, it's Gentle Giant's eighth ...

Gram Parsons: GP (Reprise)*****

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, May 1976

IF YOU woundered why, or where, Rick Grech gets off with performing Gram Parsons type country music, it stems from co-producing this bona fide classic. ...

Marvin Gaye: I Want You (Tamla Motown) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

MARVIN GAYE is in the fortunate or unfortunate position of being regarded as a prophet-cum-saviour. ...

Nils Lofgren

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

"I'M A ROMANTICIST for life," Lofgren says, sprawled on the bed of his third floor room at Swingo's Celebrity Motel. "Three years ago I wanted ...

Elton John: Ol' Four Eyes Is Back

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

Elton John: Grand Theatre, Leeds ...

Gladys Knight and the Pips: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

HAVING BEEN privileged to see two out-of-London sets of G. K. and the P's, I was rather more picky than most of the London audience. ...

Jethro Tull: Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

ON A quick perusal of the field I reckon Ian Anderson is the most articulate rocker I've ever encountered. In fact hearing him talk is ...

Roy Wood The Wacky Wizzard

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

ROY WOOD IS: the wild man of Brummio who terrifies your parents whenever he's let loose on the antiseptic air-time of Top Of The Pops ...

The Rolling Stones: Fire and Fury in Frankfurt

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, May 1976

FORTY POUNDS for one night in a hotel. It makes you wonder. Forty Pounds would keep me and the missus for a week or more, ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army:Hearts On Fire

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

THEY FINALLY got there, the Baker-Gurvitz Army, an unlikely gang of ornery hombres, always looked as though it would be goddam exciting if they sorted ...

Curved Air:The Best Of Curved Air*****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

NOW IT can't be dynamic good style to start with parentheses can it (but when I put those five stars there I obviously mean if ...

David Bowie: Soul Train Comes To Wembley

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

David Bowie: Wembley, London ...

Emmylou Harris: Bluegrass and Fiddle Festival, Long Beach, California

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

EMMYLOU HARRIS and her excellent Hot Band just keep getting better. Their headline performance at the fourth annual Bluegrass and Fiddle Festival in Long Beach, ...

Genesis: Supper Is Definitely Ready

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

Thursday April 8 ...

Ian Hunter: All American Alien Boy

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

AMERICA HAS been good for Ian Hunter. The self portrait he paints on his second solo album All American Alien Boy retains his distinctly British ...

Little Feat: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

EVERYBODY WHO is anybody caught Little Feat during their recent three-night stand at the Roxy. That includes Lowell George's mother, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Tommy ...

Nils Lofgren: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Ian Birch, Sounds, May 1976

I REALLY wanted to be knocked over, under, sideways, down by the concert. Especially after last November's disappointingly patchy performance. I mean right from those ...

Stephen Stills: Illegal Stills

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

THERE'S NOTHING dishonest about Illegal Stills. This is the album guaranteed to enhance Stephen Stills' artistic reputation and regain the sophisticated rock 'n' roll credibility ...

Supertramp On a Bum Trip

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, May 1976

SUPERTRAMP HORNMAN and funnyman John Helliwell gazed longingly out the A&M Records publicity office window at the burgundy Dino Ferrari. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band at Newcastle

Report by Mick Brown, Sounds, May 1976

I WAS going to say fascism, but as the man said, how could anyone take Hitler seriously without his moustache? What a moustache! Clipped, sharp, ...

The Temptations: Wings Of Love (Tamla Motown)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

VERY NEAT structure to the new Temps release. Side one has all the funk, all the dancers, and Side two has what you could call ...

Average White Band: Edinburgh, Scotland

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

"I'VE GOT an announcement to make," Alan Gorrie told a sold out Edinburgh audience the night after Scotland had beaten England. "If there's any dodgy ...

Back Street Crawler: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

IF YOU want a nice, peaceful night's rock 'n' roll don't go anywhere near a Back Street Crawler gig. It's more like an on the ...

Back Street Crawler: Back Street Fighters: Back Street Crawler

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

IF YOUR tastes run to nasty, sweat-and-gore boxing as well as nasty-hot rock, the ringside seat for you in the next couple of months should ...

The Beach Boys: Bruce Johnston : This is it, Brucie baby - you and the Beach Boys suck...

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

Bruce Johnston is a most unusual interviewee. Never before have I met a musician who’s immediately aware and co-operative in terms of the journalist’s side ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills: Four Way Street Revisited... CSNY Revisited

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

How Steve Stills learned to stop worrying about his own solo career and appreciate Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. A case of deja vu for ...

Patti Smith Group: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, May 1976

Energy is back in fashion ...

Poco: Rose of Cimarron (ABC)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

NOW I'VE been told by no less a figure than our editor that this is a mighty fine album and I know it means kneecap ...

Robin Trower, Steve Marriott: Robin Trower/Steve Marriott: Brits Slay Yanks With Past Blasts

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, May 1976

Robin Trower Band/Steve Marriott’s All Stars: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles ...

Average White Band: Young Rascals Searching For Your Soul

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

Barbara Charone talks to Scotland's most famous sons, the Average White Band'I'm sure people will put us down...I hope they don't put us down but ...

Hall & Oates: White Hopes On Funk

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

Hall & Oates: Fairfield Hall, Croydon ...

Jeff Beck: Return Of The Lone Axe Hero

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

Jeff Beck: The Roundhouse, London ...

Patti Smith Is Innocent, OK?

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, May 1976

Jonh Ingham, on the other hand, is guilty. Six days it took him to get us this piece. SIX DAYS! The Patti Smith crazy Sounds ...

Little Feat: Presenting The Open Crotch, Maximum Uplift Little Feat

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

IF YOU walk down Hollywood Boulevard you really can see all the stars. Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, James Dean, all imbedded in a ...

Streetwalkers: Red Card (Vertigo) *****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, May 1976

RED CARD is the album I thought Streetwalkers last promenade, Downtown Flyers would be. I had mixed feelings about that one. Good to see Roger ...

Bad Company, Kansas: Bad Company: Bored Company

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, June 1976

Bad Company/Kansas: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles ...

Ian Hunter

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

THE SHADES remain. Just barely. Relics of some bygone era, those menacing dark glasses throw faint traces of the past around the present. Behind this ...

Steely Dan: Don and Walt

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, June 1976

  I have never met NapoleonBut I plan to find the time...Cause he looks so fine upon that hillThey tell me he was lonely, he's lonely ...

Stomu Yamashta: The Story of 'Go'

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

WITHIN a couple of minutes of meeting Stomu Yamashta I was so engrossed in discussing with him my fears that Muhammad Ali will get his ...

The Meters: The World’s First Metric Funk Band

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1976

Cissy Strut! What a great evocation of the Meters in that title, their second Island album, a kind of Greatest Hits, that’s blasting through the ...

Average White Band, Kokomo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

THIS WAS one double bill I just had to see. I mean rock is so find these days and there are good concerts every week ...

Back Street Crawler: Second Street (Atlantic) 38 mins ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

THIS IS the last recording Paul Kossoff ever made which means that commenting on it is rather like reviewing a gravestone. You just don't. But ...

Cream, Ginger Baker, Graham Bond: Ginger Baker: New Skins For The Old Ceremony

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

PHIL SUTCLIFFE takes a walk down memory lane with GINGER BAKER, drummer, sportsman and fellow piles sufferer. ...

Hall & Oates: A Mutant Romance

Interview by Ian Birch, Sounds, June 1976

Daryl Hall & John Oates – boy, if you think Dave Bowie had the Philly Soul enigma variations bag sown up with 'TVC 15' you're ...

Janis Ian: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, June 1976

TO EVEN the artist's surprise, the concert was sold out. Standing room was also sold out. The New Victoria audience once more displayed knowledgable enthusiasm ...

J. D. Souther: JD Souther: Black Rose (Asylum)****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

THE FIRST time JD Souther toured America it was almost a disaster. Just like LA crony Jackson Browne, JD was microphone shy and mumbled his ...

Joe Cocker: Stingray (A&M) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

IT SPEAKS VOLUMES that whatever the ups and downs of Joe Cocker's personal life when he gets back in the studio or out on the ...

Natalie Cole: Natalie (Capitol) 35 mins ***

Essay by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

IF YOU get right down to it I suppose pop/rock is composed of a set of quite different musical idioms within which almost everyone sounds ...

Rod Stewart: A Night On The Town

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

ROD STEWART is back in prime form. Gone are those sterile sounds that plagued Atlantic Crossing and robbed Stewart of his true vocal excellence, replaced ...

The Byrds, Chris Hillman, Firefall: Roger McGuinn: Cardiff Rose, Chris Hillman: Slippin' Away, Firefall: Firefall

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

WHAT THESE three soft rock American releases have in common is the Byrds. That's the connection plain and simple. Staunch Byrd-man Roger McGuinn returns from ...

The Who: The Real Thing – Accept No Substitute

Report by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

"CHARLTON ain't gonna be any better than this," Mick Jagger had flatly declared to a dubious John Entwistle during the first night the Rolling Stones ...

Tom Waits: Warm Beer, Cold Women

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, June 1976

TOM WAITS rocks backwards and forwards in his chair, pulls at a cigarette, draws deep, then turns his face out of the smoke, back into ...

Genesis: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

Genesisteria sweeps city – hundreds injured in trick of the tail overdose – five night musical orgy destroys London – thousands converted to Genesis religious ...

Graham Parker: Nosey Parker

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

"There he goes looking like a cross between Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen," jested Martin Belmont, Rumour guitarist. 'He' was GRAHAM PARKER on his way ...

Peter Frampton: Leader Of The Pack

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, June 1976

'Show Me The Way' pleads PETER FRAMPTON but he sure knows where he's going now. RICHARD CROMELIN reports. ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny: The Wild, The Innocent And The Southside Shuffle

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1976

...The Southside? Why, yes. From New Jersey, Vivien Goldman gives y'all the hot poop on a new Springsteen spin-off band, Southside Johnny And The Asbury ...

Sweet: Sounds Girl In Sweet Nude Bathing Horror

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1976

THE ERSATZ raunch, bump and grind of 'The Stripper' blares out over the Sportshalle in Cologne. Thousands of minute German teenyboppers are creaming in excitement ...

The Outlaws: Dixie Chickens

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

CHARLIE WHITNEY sat on the Outlaws football club dressing room incessantly raving about their guitarist Hughie Thomason. "It ain't fair," Whitney said slightly intoxicated and ...

The Pretty Things, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep/Pretty Things: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, June 1976

THE PRETTY Things can, on occasion, succumb to being ordinary, but usually they're great. This night was no exception. Using the cavern of Wembley Empire ...

Mott The Hoople: Motto Grosso

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, June 1976

Mott are shouting and the girls are pointing. That's what being on the road is all about. Mott are back and JONH INGHAM was there ...

Mr. Big

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1976

IF YOU'VE ever been a rock journalist, you'll know what a royal pain it is to be forever doing those conveyor belt, hotel room interviews. ...

Rod Stewart: Never Too Rich To Rock

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

"I'M GOING to be evasive," Rod Stewart warned. "More evasive than usual. You evil bitch." ...

The Kinks: The Kinks Greatest – Celluloid Heroes (RCA)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

THE RCA Years. The Seventies Kinks complete with horns and female singers. Part 1 – Fat Flabby Annie versus Mr. Black and the Starmaker. The ...

Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon (Ayslum) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

THIS ALBUM is a surprise. With a recent spate of LA flavoured albums released simultaneously I was suffering from a bad case of West Coast ...

Michael Chapman: Wine, One Woman And The Loony Yokel: A Tale of a Yorkshireman, Michael Chapman

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

MICHAEL CHAPMAN was revelling in the afterglow of Decca’s success with John Miles. The company had got really interested in promoting his new album, flown ...

Steve Winwood, Stomu Yamashta: Yamashta, Winwood, Shrieve: Go (Island)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

THE THEORY of it could be a blueprint for the grossmost excess of pretentious rock – a fusion of cultures through music yet, Japanese, German, ...

Gary Wright, Peter Frampton, Yes: Yes: The Biggest Gig In The Entire History Of The World

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

Bicentennialand and rock's favourite vegetarians take Phil Sutcliffe by storm. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flamin' Groovies: Shake Some Action (Sire) ***

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

SEVERAL WEEKS ago I reviewed a French import of the above mentioned Groovies album, complaining about the terrible sound. It is my pleasure to announce ...

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, July 1976

I'D LIKE, if I might, to commence this review by borrowing an expression from Andy Childs, he of 'Zig Zag' and 'Fat Angel' fame. Okay ...

The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

THE FIRST new Beach Boys studio album in three years. Fifteen big ones celebrating 15 years of Beach Boys on their 23rd album (not counting ...

Leonard Cohen: The Return of Leonard Cohen

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, July 1976

THE POSTER outside the Colston Hall, Bristol announced the appearance that evening of "The Poet of Rock and Roll". ...

Thin Lizzy: Fat Cheque For Thin Men?

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

Lizzy hit the big time. With one eye on Wimbledon, they reveal all to JONH INGHAM... ...

Curved Air: Airborne

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

CURVED AIR have never made a bad album and they aren't about to start now, though that isn't to say they're predictable. ...

Grateful Dead: Steal Your Face

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1976

ON STAGE the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is not quite the superslick guitarist you might imagine him to be from their recordings. ...

Led Zeppelin: Interview with Jimmy Page

Interview by Mick Houghton, Sounds, July 1976

IT'S OFTEN strange to recall the outstanding moments at all day music events. At Cardiff, it was a tribute to Duke Ellington being shown on ...

Martha Velez: Escape From Babylon (Sire)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

IF YOU'RE of the opinion that there isn't enough Wailers music available, here's something to make your day. Apart from Ms. Velez, Lee Perry and ...

Millie Jackson: Free And In Love (Spring/Polydor) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

MILLIE JACKSON has purchased a slinky new catsuit for the sleeve of this album, suitable for a liberated courtesan. And she can afford it too, ...

Hawkwind: Robert Calvert : How To Pick Up Girls In Paris

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

The Calvert MethodRobert Calvert, former Hawkwind person, playwright, raconteur, bon viveur, joyeux noel, has just returned from an enjoyable and instructive visit to Paris at ...

Curved Air: Groping for Air: Sonja Kristina

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

SONJA KRISTINA stepped out of the dressing room after the gig at Dunstable in her lace stage dress that doesn’t look as though it’s really ...

Jeff Beck: Exclusive! Jeff Sez Nothin'!

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

Our story opens in the flashing chrome and glass edifice that constitutes Columbia Records in New York. Their International Department have invited Sounds to attend ...

The Crusaders: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

THE CRUSADERS simply blew London away with their third gig at the New Victoria. Later conversations with the band proved that they also regarded ...

Bryan Ferry Comes Clean

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

THE LIGHT caught him in bas-relief. Under the scuffed, light brown leather jacket a light blue shirt with creases pressed into the shoulders and rolled ...

Larry Graham: Graham Central Station: Mirror

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

IT’S NOT every pop lyric writer who can slot in R.I. advice like "Then you should open it up to Matthew 24" and "Look in ...

Johnny Guitar Watson albums

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

Vivien Goldman explains why she's been drooling over Johnny 'Guitar' Watson for the past month. ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Ain't That A Bitch

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON is one of the classiest musicians around, though you might not believe it from the packaging of his latest album. On which ...

AC/DC: More Songs about Humping and Booze

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

'You get nothin for nothin'/Who can you trust?/We got what you want/You got the lust/You want blood – you got it . ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson, part 1

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, July 1976

The Beach Boys' main man climbs out of the sandbox and explains how he got off the Endless Bummer. ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)*****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

THE RECORD deck grunts and clicks, the turntable sidles to a halt and polysyllabic analysis should be flowing from the critic's pen but I'd just ...

The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols/Buzzcocks/Slaughter and the Dogs: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

ABOVE MANCHESTER'S Free Trade Hall is a little known auditorium, capable of holding some 400, cunningly named the Lesser Hall. Until the Sex Pistols discovered ...

Blue Oyster Cult: True Confessions: Weird Tales From The Early Days Of the Blue Oyster Cult

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

O.K. The B.O.C.’s have just come offstage at the San Francisco Day on the Green, and they’re tired. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson, part 2

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, August 1976

Pet Sounds & The California Consciousness ...

Emmylou Harris: Honky Tonk Woman

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1976

Emmylou Harris pleads guilty to not being a genius, but she sure can sing country. BARBARA CHARONE reports. ...

Grateful Dead: Dead Slay Wembley

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1976

JUST LIKE Woodstock. Even before the New Riders of the Purple Sage kicked off Bill Graham's imported California Jam, bad acid circulated the main stand ...

Joan Armatrading: I Second that Emotion: Joan Armatrading

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

LOVER JOAN? Old pal Joan? Sister Joan? Who are you, intimate and mysterious lady? Why do your songs flow in my bloodstream? I got you ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: Blood Sweat and Tears: More Than Ever (CBS) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

BST WERE one of the key bands of the late 60s who began to give rock a respectable musicianly image and yet I've always had ...

Linda Ronstadt: Hasten Down The Wind (Asylum) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1976

I GREETED the release of this album with the same kind of anticipation one would associate with a new album from the Who or the ...

Mark-Almond: To The Heart (ABC)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

...

Rod Stewart

Profile and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1976

ROD STEWART has never been predictable. As a songwriter he thrives on controversial topics. Sandwiched between more conventional songs like 'Maggie May' or 'You Wear ...

The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood: Rolling Stones: We're Nearly Famous

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1976

"WHEN bands have been around this long they should be dead and buried," Keith Richard mused. "But we're still here and you have to live ...

Split Enz: Mental Notes (Chrysalis) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

ME MAM says they're not as good as 10cc and "that group who did the operetta?" "Queen?" "Yes and that one about Ground Control to ...

Thin Lizzy: Remembering. Part I (Decca)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1976

EVERY RECORD company has done it at one time or another. Reactivated old material by an artist who has since had hits with another label. ...

AC/DC: The Dirtiest Story Ever Told

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

An everyday story of rape, pillage, runny noses, drunken orgies, broken wind, assaults on and by police, sweat-soaked Luncheon Vouchers, and the 279-pound lady who ...

The Clash, The Kursaal Flyers: The Kursaal Flyers/Crazy Cavan/Clash: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1976

JOE STRUMMER'S Clash--the best new band of the year? Well, some would claim as much. At least you can guarantee that any band ...

Linda Ronstadt: Hand Sewn Home Grown

Profile and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1976

THE FIRST I heard of Linda Ronstadt was on the radio. Not that I knew who owned those strong vocal chords. All I knew was ...

Johnny Guitar Watson

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1976

I WAS SUFFERING an unprecedented fit of nerves as I stood clutching my dime by the pay phones in Little Lucy's El Adobe Restaurant in ...

Queen: The Greatest Show In The World

Report by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1976

"EXCUSE ME, are you with Queen?" was the question. ...

Rainbow: If You Don't Like Rock'n'Roll, It's Too Late Now

Report by Pete Makowski, Sounds, September 1976

"We're not in Kansas We must be over the Rainbow" – Judy Garland, Wizard Of Oz ...

Kraftwerk: 2 a.m. Newcastle Hotel

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, September 1976

'We not only try to brainwash people... we succeed' ...

Alice Cooper

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, October 1976

"OH YEAH, I'm getting restless. I want to play again," said Alice Cooper, deepening his tan with the smog-filtered sunrays that slanted into the patio ...

Emmylou Harris: My Father's Place, Long Island

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

NEW ARTISTS consistently better their own past performances. Onstage progression and maturity all too often comes a back seat to the big buck commercialism of ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Southern Californians Bring Me Down

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Moon: Is This The Dark Side Of The Moon?

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

"ARE YOU using Memorex?" asked Moon's Noel McCalla, leaning quizzically over my cassette machine. "You gotta use Memorex for us, you know. Only the best, ...

Peter Gabriel: Toronto Tales Of The Overkill Kid

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

FOR OVER an hour now, some of the world's finest musicians have been rehearsing 16 very complicated bars of music. Several unorthodox time changes present ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver in Newcastle

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

IT CAME to me in a vision about half way through the long set the Suther Quivs have put together for their first headline tour ...

The Runaways: Girls! Girls! Girls!

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1976

As The Runaways scoot their everlovin' way through Britain and Europe, GIOVANNI DADOMO tries to get his lemon squeezed... Now gasp on... ...

The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash et al: Punk Rock Festival, 100 Club, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1976

High dummy count flunks punks ...

The Who: The Story of the Who

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

IT'S NO accident that the most successful Punk Rock bands include at least one Who song in their act. Eddie And The Hot Rods do ...

Bryan Ferry: Let's Stick Together (Atlantic) Import***

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

IT'S HARD to review this album without sounding as artsy-fartsy as the man in question. I mean, I don't know much about Art but I ...

Eric Clapton: Farther On Up The Road

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

DROUGHT? What drought? The green green grass of Surrey looks so healthy you'd think the local farmers had been secretly pumping chlorophyl injections into the ...

Marvin Gaye: Cool Soul Genius Wows Albert

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

Marvin Gaye: Royal Albert Hall, LondonTHERE HAS to be a reason for hiring the Albert Hall. It's true that information sometimes gets lost over the ...

Marvin Gaye: Soul Searching

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

MARVIN GAYE's chosen an interesting stage of his career to re-visit these shores after a 12-year absence. ...

Robin Trower: Long Misty Days (Chrysalis)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

THERE'S AN Edgar Allen Poe story in which a small boat is caught up in a maelstrom, a King Kong among whirlpools, spins around its ...

Rory Gallagher: Calling Card (Chrysalis) ****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, October 1976

FOR RORY GALLAGHER to start making any radical departures from established style at this stage in the game would not only be out of character ...

The Runaways: Runaways (gasp): At Last An (groan) Objective (pant) View

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

The Runaways: The Roundhouse, London ...

Steve Hillage: Watch Out There's A Concept About

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, October 1976

IT WAS instant karma out to get me. The sound of one hand clapping – so fast you can't even hear it. We had been ...

The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees: The (?) Rock Special (#2): The Audience

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

"I didn't even know the Summer of Love was happening. I was too busy playing with my Action Man."— Sid Vicious ...

The Sex Pistols: The (?) Rock Special (#3): Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

John Rotten (vocals), Steve Jones (guitar), Glen Matlock (bass), Paul Cook (drums). ...

The (?) Rock Special (#4): Mark P

Profile and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

"I may be sounding dramatic but I wanna go out and hear the sounds that I like every night, I wanna have to choose what ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Eater, Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Subway Sect, The Vibrators: The (?) Rock Special (#5): Other Bands

Profile by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

"I don't understand why people think it's so difficult to learn to play the guitar. I found it incredibly easy. You just pick a chord ...

The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols: Welcome To The (?) Rock Special (#1): In Love With The Modern World

Overview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

Johnny Rotten, the Clash, the Damned and a committed cast of hundreds of new music makers give the finger to the old farts ...

Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson Live (RCA)**

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

WILLIE NELSON has been in country music for the better part of twenty years as a songwriter and performer, while, arm in arm with Waylon ...

Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield: Aretha Franklin: Sparkle (Atlantic)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

SUBTITLED 'Music From The Motion Picture', Sparkle is a soundtrack album, that plays like a record. It doesn't, unlike most of the genre, hang limply ...

Earth Quake, Greg Kihn, Jonathan Richman, The Rubinoos: Beserkley Records: The Fabled Label

Overview by Ian Birch, Sounds, October 1976

SOME PLACES become legendary. Mystical meccas for the besotted. That is usually until you sample them first hand. ...

Bunny Wailer: Reincarnated Soul Makes Year's Best Album

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

"WHY DO THEY regard me with awe? I didn't know that peope think of me as superhuman. I've never flown or anything of that type. ...

Carol Grimes: Carol Grimes (Decca) ****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

THIS IS CAROL Grimes' legendary Memphis album, the one that she cut in Tennessee the best part of two years ago but has never had ...

David Essex: Out On The Street (CBS) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

DAVID ESSEX has arrived at a most interesting junction in his career. Standing at the crossroads, his fourth studio album paints a versatile self-portrait of ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sneeky Pete And The Return Of The Flying Journeymen

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

"ASK THEM abouta da name. They gotta no right to use it!"Don't worry, friends, my esteemed Italian colleague doesn't really speak like that, and his ...

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)**

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

THREE YEARS to get a live album out? Three years??? I mean – really!! After all, John Denver did it in ten days. ...

Linda Lewis: Newcastle Polytechnic

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

FROM KID Barton's interview with Ms Lewis last week it would seem that her current tour is the latest defiant gesture in a running debate ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh: Reggae: Black Punks On 'Erb

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

'Youth is the first thing that hits you about the musicians...reggae is still a young music, further progress is made every day' ...

Rusty and Doug Kershaw: Louisiana Man

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

I GOT a pre-release tape of this two months ago and I played that constantly. Now I've got the record and it's wearing out very ...

Sherbet: Howzat

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

LET'S HEAR it for Sherbet. They play some of the best contemporary Pop music I've heard this year. Eminently disposable, but for all that, tremendous ...

Thin Lizzy: Malady Of A Thin Man

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, October 1976

A CASUAL conversation. A relaxed Sunday afternoon at the, er, Chez Lynott. I mean if you want to catch the man, it's got to be ...

Aerosmith: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

ONE GIRL standing in the ladies queue typified audience expectations. Have you ever seen Aerosmith? "No. I don't think I've even heard them." Then why ...

Can Laundered

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

"IRMIN Schmidt was transporting a washing machine down the stairs, and it fell on top of him." ...

Deaf School: London School of Economics, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

THE WEEKEND starts here. Right here at the LSE on a Friday night where a bunch of enthusiastic supporters are crammed into the main theatre ...

Elton John: Blue Moves (Rocket) ****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, October 1976

EVEN BEFORE I'd heard one note of Blue Moves I had divined that this album was going to be the Big One. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kursaal Flyers: Golden Mile

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

A NEW Kursaal Flyers album, eh?On their night the Kursaal Flyers are one of the most entertaining rock bands in the country, with their tacky ...

Jacob Miller, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Reggae Part 2: Black Punks On 'Erb

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

We've got wars and rumours of war...('Armagedon' by Bunny Wailer) ...

Steve Hillage: The Axeman Of Love

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

Steve Hillage: City Hall, Newcastle ...

Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker (CBS)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

HOW ARE we supposed to take this album, eh? ...

Wishbone Ash: Return Of The Kings

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

Inside this otherwise quiet house in sleepy Connecticut WISHBONE ASH toil to produce the album that will return them to favour with the critics and ...

Fleetwood Mac: John and Christine and Stevie and Lindsay and Mick…

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

"DON'T TAKE your love away from me, don't you leave my heart in misery, if you go then I'll be blue, 'cos breaking up is ...

Leo Sayer: Endless Flight (Chrysalis)*****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

I WAS prepared to hate this album. The diminitive song and dance man had begun losing his inimitable glow. Another Year needed stronger polishing while ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Saturday Night Special

Report by Pete Makowski, Sounds, October 1976

"It's like throwing a bleedin' virgin into a bed of rampant nymphomaniacs," commented Pete Makowski, our jotter on the spot. Sis he lose his white ...

National Health: Newcastle University

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

WATCHING rock and roll these last few weeks I just feel better and better. The long standing groan about the dearth of new bands and ...

Patti Smith, The Stranglers: Patti Smith: Once Is Not Enough (ungh! choke! etc)

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

Patti Smith/The Stranglers: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

801: Phil Manzanera/801: 801 Live (Island)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

THURSDAY September 2, 1976. British Left-Fielders' night out at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. It was 801's second and last gig (the other was ...

Racing Cars at Newcastle Polytechnic

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

A MUSICIAN was telling me the other day that he loved to start a set with an instrumental to prove how good his band was ...

The Doors: The Best Of (Elektra)**

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

DOES THE WORLD honestly need another Doors compilation? The policy makers at Elektra appear to think so. And they could be right. But The Best ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

ALL ABOARD, boys and girls. It's time for the Kursaal Flyers works outing. First stop Cheltenham and now here we are at Kingston where you'll ...

Tommy Bolin: Private Eyes (CBS IMPORT)*****

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, October 1976

WHILE LISTENING to this white label copy for about the millionth time, all that comes to mind as an introduction to this review is 'forget ...

Wings: 'She's A Good Cook, Eamon'

Report by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

THANK YOU, AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO TELL ANYONE WHO HE WAS.THE LARGE, widely spaced, easy to read letters are to be the first words ...

Bob Seger (And The Silver Bullet Band): Night Moves (Capitol) *****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

THE SAME WEEK Graham Parker proved his real worth with a headlining London theatre date, Capitol release the new Bob Seger album. Seger is to ...

The Cate Brothers: Cate Brothers: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Mick Houghton, Sounds, November 1976

EVERY SO OFTEN a group's live performance is so good that their albums from that moment on lose something of the impact they once had. ...

Clover: Roll Me Over, Lay Me Down And Do It Again

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

NICK LOWE knows his way around the big mixing desk. Clover know all about recording studios. Together they're gonna cut some class. ...

Mike Oldfield: Boxed (Virgin) *****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1976

ONE LAVISHLY illustrated and highly informative booklet, four albums, two hours 40 minutes plus of music – Boxed is the almost complete Mike Oldfield. ...

Patti Smith: The Field Marshall on Portobello Road

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

"THIS ALBUM is I think much more feminine than the first album...the rhythm, it's more like ocean. The cuts that I love the best are ...

Robert Palmer: Some People Like What I Do

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

BRIGHT LIGHTS, big city...it's a reception in honour of the Staple Singers and the Meters at a club down in Greenwich Village, prior to their ...

Rod Stewart: The Redeeming Of Roderick

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

"WHY DON'T you come up and see me some time," Mae West drawled one recent Sunday evening on BBC2. ...

The Clash, Roogalator, The Vibrators: Roogalator/The Clash: Fulham Town Hall, London; The Vibrators: Nashville, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1976

THIS ONE takes place in Fulham Town Hall and a glance tells you whoever designed this place had his sights firmly set on Cummerbund City. ...

Tangerine Dream: Singalongatangs

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1976

YOU WANT a picture of prosperity?Take a gander over there, then. Yeah, that guy sitting on the floor at the back of the audience. That's ...

Eric Burdon: The Eric Burdon Band: The Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

IF MEL BUSH, who is presenting Santana at Wembley Pool this weekend, had been present for the opening ten minutes of his support act's tour ...

Wishbone Ash: New England

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

EVEN IN their basement studio during the formulative stages of recording New England, this album sounded good. Rough mixes of the album sounded good in ...

Wishbone Ash: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

"I SAW A band today that will give you guys a scare," someone told Andy Powell in the dressing room after a triumphant concert at ...

AFT: Hatfield Polytechnic

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

YOU INTO electric guitars? You like them in pairs, screaming and squealing in some kind of linear harmony? ...

After The Fire: Brunel University, Middlesex

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

AFTER THE Fire are a Christian Band. But don't let that frighten you away. They don't preach, they don't sing songs about Jesus Christ and ...

Babe Ruth: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

SUPERSTARS COME and go, but Babe Ruth seem to rock on forever. The sort of band who always end up at the Marquee. Last time ...

Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson: It's Your World (Arista) ****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1976

WITH IT'S Your World – his fourth English but sixth American album – Gil Scott-Heron takes another step in carving out his singular niche as ...

Jackson Browne: The Pretender

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

JACKSON BROWNE's heart lies bleedin' within the grooves and between the lines of this, his fourth album. These aren't the wimpish tales of MOR anguish ...

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same

Film/DVD Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1976

SO THERE we were. We'd pushed through the crowds outside the Warner West End theatre. Run the gamut of flashbulbs. Said Hello to the McCartneys. ...

National Health Warning: Touring Can Make You Broke

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

AFTER National Health's soundcheck singer Amanda Parsons accosted keyboardist Dave Stewart thusly: "Have you got any money? It cost us £16 in petrol to get ...

Nazareth: Naz in Exile

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, November 1976

NAZARETH are pissed off!!! Well, they're not that pissed off. Only a bit. In fact they're probably just pissed... ...

Andy Fairweather Lowe: Scream And Scream Again

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

"EVERYTHING'S fine here except for a little problem with the drinks," says Andy good-humouredly, leaping to the phone to exhort room service to further efforts. ...

The Clash: Barbarellas, Birmingham

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1976

WEDNESDAY HAD been booked as Punk Night at Barbarellas, an excuse, if nothing else, for the club deejay to fall in love with the sound ...

Roogalator: Tired? Listless? Depressed? Old? Roogalator — the Rejuvenator

Profile and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1976

"It's true" says reader Giovanni Dadomo of Kings Cross, "I was an old fart until I discovered Roogalator. "Now I'm a young fart!" ...

Tundra: Tundra

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

I EXCHANGED Geography for German at the tender age of fourteen, so if my command of the atlas is not all it should be, please ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: T-Shirts And Sympathy

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1976

What you been doing with yourself? How come you only got one guy left from last year's band? What's it like working with the third ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Woolwich Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

EDDIE and the Hot Rods are turning into Heroes under our very eyes. ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Newcastle Polytechnic

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

THE GIG at Newcastle Poly was Johnny Guitar Watson's first British date for a decade. ...

LaBelle: Chameleon (Epic) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

WE ALL know the story of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles metamorphosing under the direction of Vicki Wickham into the space-age erotic bundle of fun ...

Linda Ronstadt: Hey, Mister That's Me Up On The Jukebox

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

AT ONE O'CLOCK on a foggy Thursday afternoon, Linda Ronstadt sleeps comfortably on the Glasgow/London express. She does not like to fly. Neither does her ...

Linda Ronstadt: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

THE VIEW from the stalls at the New Victoria last Saturday night was great, but seen through the lens of a low budget Kodak Instamatic ...

Steve Hillage: Stevie's Wonders

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

"I WON'T PLAY if they don't play," said Steve Hillage and a French girl dressed as a clown and holding a saxophone looked pleased, tour ...

Ultravox: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

MAYBE IT was just the crowd, but nobody seemed able to generate much atmosphere and excitement on this Tuesday night at the Nashville. Support band ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Report by Geoff Barton, Sounds, November 1976

ON THE ROAD WITH VAN DER GRAAF ...

Rod Stewart: A Night On The Town

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, November 1976

Whole lotta fun – that's the password in this entertainment-packed land of the Emperor's New Clothes and foil wrapped butter as the bright young Oscar ...

The Damned: In The Pub Across The Road With The Damned

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1976

1. Point Of Information This isn't, as one might have been lead to expect from the blurb in last week's paper, an 'In The Road' ...

The George Hatcher Band: Dry Run (United Artists) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

YOU PICK up on a band at one of their early gigs, rave review them, interview them and hustle space for them in the paper. ...

Aswad: Hot with the Rods

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1976

"I think it’s only now people really see it — we suffer here as well." ...

Man

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

COMES AS A bit of a shock really, doesn't it? The news that Man are splitting up after eight years on the road. ...

Rory Gallagher

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, December 1976

WE ARE going to the University to do a radio interview. Correction; we were going to the University to do a radio interview, but with ...

Santana: Festival (CBS)****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, December 1976

THIS ONE'S difficult. From the material previewed on Santana's recent UK tour and from the excitement on the part of the band and particularly Carlos ...

Styx: Crystal Ball (A&M) **

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

THIS ONE I rather like. Not so much for its musical qualities but for the strange sense of homour through which these five debonair Chicagoans ...

Can: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

DOWN THE stairs and into the hall... and into a time warp. With the powerful aroma of smouldering illicit substances and the subdued, attentive audience, ...

The Slits: Slits

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1976

Palmolive, drums; Kate Korus, rhythm guitar; Suzi Gutsy, bass; Arianna Forster, lead vocals ...

Jackson Browne: The Road And The Sky

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1976

An interview with JACKSON BROWNE by BARBARA CHARONE ...

Jackson Browne: Where The Road Meets The Sky

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1976

Jackson Brown: Apollo, Glasgow ...

Bobby Womack: Home Is Where The Heart Is (Columbia)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1976

WHEN BOBBY's excursion into country'n'western finally made it into the racks this summer, his long-cherished project met with mixed reviews. ...

Generation X: Central London College of Art and Design

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

WITH SIOUXSIE and the Banshees not playing because "they couldn't get it together" and the remaining support act, Eater, being a band that I wouldn't ...

Genesis: Wind & Wuthering (Charisma) *****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1976

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Too much to digest on one listening. Overall album sound even better than A Trick Of The Tail. Less immediate but more substantial ...

Grinderswitch: Pullin' Together

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

I DIDN't see them live but I gather from the reports that Grinderswitch – Messrs Dru Lembar, Stephen Miller, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty and ...

Joe Cocker: Live In LA (Cube) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1976

THIS ALBUM opens with the unctuous voice of the compere saying "Thank you for your patience ladies and gentlemen" which has a certain irony as ...

Linda Lewis: Live

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

Reviewer rattled by sensuous songstress ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Sex Pistols: Pistols, Clash etc.: What Did You Do On The Punk Tour, Daddy?

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

The Sex Pistols/The Clash/The Heartbreakers /The Buzzcocks: Electric Circus, Manchester ...

Elton John: The Real Elton John Stands Up - ‘Hoorah!’

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1976

ELTON JOHN is 29. So am I. We both wear glasses and they make his eyes look pink and mine look piggily smaller than they ...

Warren Zevon: Palace Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1976

LOOKING like a university student with a major in English Lit, Warren Zevon walked onstage at the Manchester Palace Theatre, greeted warmly by an audience ...

Hawkwind: Coventry Theatre, Coventry

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

IT'S LIKE trying to resurrect the agonies and ecstasies of the Lysergic communion, putting Hawkwind's Robert Calvert on paper, spinning a yarn from the scattered ...

Linda Ronstadt: Greatest Hits (Asylum)*****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1976

THIS ALBUM is great. Had it been live, it would have been even greater. The twelve tracks here represent some of the very best Linda ...

Split Enz: The Enz justify the means

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1976

Noel Crombie (he’s the one with the cute coiffure) reveals the horrors of shopping in Sainsbury’s…and much more ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: The Grandfathers of Punk

Interview by Mick Houghton, Sounds, January 1977

WILKO JOHNSON likes to talk about the truth – in his music, in his writing, and in his, or rather, the Dr. Feelgood attitude towards ...

Last Exit (UK), Sting: Making It: Last Exit

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1977

Any band with fire in its belly sooner or later has to gamble on that make-or-break trip to London. This is an account of how ...

Emmylou Harris: Luxury Liner (Warner Bros.)**

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

I'M SORRY, but I don't like Emmylou Harris very much. Doubtless you'll recommend me to the Inquisition for a Heresy like that. But I've been ...

Gladys Knight: In A Changing World, There's Always Gladys Knight

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

Gladys Knight and The Pips: New Victoria, London ...

Mike Heron: A Bird Of A Different Feather

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

MIKE HERON is talking. Compact, sturdy crofter stock (I haven't actually studied a family tree, but that's the way he looks), elegantly bony face, shock ...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

LONDON'S BURLINGTON Arcade runs up the side of the Royal Academy. It has high gates at either end and boasts some of the most expensive ...

Black Sabbath: Technical Knock-out

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, January 1977

TONY IOMMI walked into the Hollywood Holiday Inn dining room like some living zombie. One wondered, actually, why the Warner Bros. publicist had set up ...

Blondie: Blondie (Private Stock PS2023, Import)**

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1977

This gentleman doesn't prefer Blondie ...

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richard: One Man's Week OFF THE HOOK

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, January 1977

MONDAY, JANUARY 10th. In Colorado, Claudine Longet, ex-wife of singer Andy Williams, stood trial for allegedly murdering her lover. On America's west coast, kidnap victim/revolutionary ...

Kevin Coyne: In Living Black And White (Virgin) *****

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1977

TELLING THE world about Kevin Coyne is a bit like smashing your head against a brick wall at times. ...

Queen: The Guitarist

Interview by Mick Houghton, Sounds, January 1977

QUEEN ARE a much maligned group. There can't be any criticism that hasn't been hurled at them during their lifespan. Certainly it's to be expected ...

Boston Stranglehold

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, January 1977

How can any band be so special that their VERY FIRST album goes platinum? A suspicious GEOFF BARTON goes to the States to investigate... ...

Generation X: The Band of the Book

Profile and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1977

IT BEGAN with a street whisper. ...

Gentle Giant: Live — Playing The Fool (Chrysalis)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1977

YES, FOR the first time on record you too can hear Gentle Giant play a bum note! In fact not one but several, together with ...

Gladys Knight And The Pips: The Family That Eats Together Hits Together

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

Since their last visit eight months ago, nothing much has changed for Gladys Knight and the Pips. ...

Kokomo: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

WELL, JOE Cocker wasn't there. At least I don't think he was. After a very hard weekend of various rock 'n' roll activities the strain ...

Rainbow: 'Lainbow!!!

Profile and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, January 1977

SO THERE we were, surrounded. But where does the story really begin? ...

Rory Gallagher: Hammersmith Odeon, Lindon

Live Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, January 1977

NOBODY PLAYS the blues anymore – not unless they're black and old. The blues tradition among young blacks has all but vanished in the mad ...

Rough Trade Records

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

GEOFF TRAVIS must feel like Dr. Frankenstein sometimes. Geoff is tall and lanky, with a fuzzy afro of light brown hair and a grin guaranteed ...

Brian Eno: Eno: Extra Natty Orations

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

"I was trying to think of some inventions, so I tried to think of what I needed. But I don't need anything. That's the difficulty, ...

Jethro Tull: Songs From The Wood (Chrysalis)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

IF YOU PLAY this album at 45 rpm it sounds just like Steeleye Span. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1977

TO SOME people, kicking off a British tour in London is the equivalent of musical suicide. ...

Patti Smith: Patti Cracks Noggin, Raps On Regardless

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

Patti sounds plaintive, fragile, over the transatlantic wire. If you can imagine a voice sounding wan, you're near the mark. Reason being — "A swan ...

Ry Cooder: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

IT WAS like seeing three movies on one screen. On your right, you have this three-man gospel-style streetcorner vocal section – Bobby and Eldridge King, ...

Frank Zappa: Hot Rats

Overview by Mick Brown, Sounds, February 1977

A long look back at F Vincent Zappa and his very special bands from LA (and other places) ...

Jethro Tull: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1977

YOU KNOW how supergroups are supposed to open the show with the '1812 Overture' complete with real facsimile nineteenth-century Muscovite cannon and a battallion of ...

John Cale: Guts (Island)***

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

GUTS. GOOD.And there's ol' John, looking aristocratically manic on the sleeve, in a white jumpsuit, leaning perilously back, twanging at a white flying-V guitar. Ensemble ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: The Wild Bunch

Report and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1977

Hey, You Shoulda Bin At The Trial!!! ...

Eric Clapton: Give Me Strength

Interview by Steve Turner, Sounds, February 1977

Meg and George Patterson's cure for heroin addiction ...

Frank Zappa: Frank Panned (Almost)

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

Frank Zappa: The Rainbow Theatre, London ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (Charisma) *****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1977

DEAR PETER, Hangin' round Times Square just the other day when some strange sounds caught my ear. Bundled up my leather jacket, tucked a can ...

Bad Company: Never Give A Critic An Even Break

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

BAD COMPANY, as their name might or might not suggest, are fun to be with. But I'd be lying (and you wouldn't want me to ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

ALMOST a Black Sabbath job, this one. You know, up goes the safety curtain, there's the band already head first and accelerating into 'Get Across ...

Jack Bruce: Tales Of A Brave Ulysses

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1977

"Jack's always been involved with these terrible bloody all-star bands. But now he's in an ideal position. He's older now and can surround himself with ...

Steve Hillage: Steve Haulage and the Trucking Company

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1977

"Steve Miller didja say? Aw, Steve Pillage. No? Village?..." OK, we surrender. These Yanks will never get it right. So this is the story of ...

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Dirt, Silver and Gold (United Artists)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

PLEASE TELL me, who is going to buy this peach of an album? It's a three record set, a compilation of the Los Angeles' band's ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy's Rubber Band: Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! (Warner Bros.)*****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

FAR BELOW them they could still see the billowing blankets of smoke covering the scorched air that had been their cities. ...

Graham Parker

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, March 1977

PARIS? Graham Parker and the Rumour loathe the place.Their reasons? ...

Jade Warrior:Kites

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1977

THIS IS the solid professional way to introduce this review...Jade Warrior, that is Tony Duhig and Jon Field, are one of the finest unrecognised British ...

The Jam: Jam: Maximum New Wave

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, March 1977

PEOPLE TRY TO put us down just because we sound like The Who. ...

John Martyn: Blood, Sweat And Cheers

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

JOHN MARTYN rivets attention performing. You'd be wrong in assuming that just because he's one-man-with-a-guitar he doesn't make every crevice of the stage swing. ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers: Italians Define Rock 'N' Roll

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

"YOU ITALIAN? You look Italian," says Johnny Thunders when we're introduced. ...

Cherry Vanilla, Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Iggy Pop: Friar's, Aylesbury; Cherry Vanilla, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Wayne Country, Siousxsie & The Banshees: The Roxy, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

Run with the pack as ace reporter Joe Varnish checks out Iggy Pop, The Heartbreakers, Cherry Vanilla, Wayne County and one or two local boys ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra K52046) *****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

Do Not Adjust Your Set ...

Hall & Oates: Daryl Hall and John Oates: No Goodbyes (Atlantic) **

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, March 1977

ATLANTIC RECORDS attempt to cash in on the current Hall and Oates boom with a compilation of some of the best tracks from the Philadelphian ...

Golden Earring: Hot Licks from Amsterdam

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1977

Our Man In Holland (GEOFF BARTON) pulls his finger out of the dyke and states the case for GOLDEN EARRING ...

The Damned, T. Rex: T. Rex and The Damned: The Beautiful and The Damned

Report by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

T Rex and The Damned on tour together... will the boppers say nix to the new wave? Will Bolan get blown off the stage? Captain ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Slits, The Subway Sect: The Clash etc: Harlesden's Burning

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

The Clash/The Buzzcocks/The Subway Sect/The Slits: Harlesden Colosseum, London ...

Ultravox! New Music From A Doll's House

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1977

CONTRARY to what Stranglers' bassist, Jean Jacques Brunel, is reputed to think, Ultravox! are not "a bunch of session musicians put together by Island records." ...

Genesis, Southern Style

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1977

ON THE ROAD. Again. The Rainbow seems like years ago. Yesterday they had a rare day off in New Orleans, arriving at the Marie Antoinette ...

Michael Nesmith: From A Radio Engine To The Photon Wing (Pacific Arts)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

"ONE OF THE great advantages of being an artist is that I am able to utilise my craft periodically to write messages to myself," (liner ...

Peter Gabriel, Television: Peter Gabriel: The Palladium, New York

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1977

Gabriel knows what he likes ...

Steve Miller: The Best of Steve Miller 1968-1973

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

AS BEST OF ALBUMS-released-after-the-artist-leaves-the-company-and-scores-a-big-hit-elsewhere go, The Best Of Steve Miller' stands up moderately well. ...

Be Bop Deluxe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Tim Lott, Sounds, April 1977

Be Bop 'N Boredom ...

Golden Earring: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, April 1977

Searing Earring ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richard: Exile On The 32nd Floor

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1977

Take me to the airportAnd put me on a planeI've got no expectationsTo pass through here again ...

Punk Rock

Comment by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1977

'STAY TUNED for further developments,' John Ingham said at the end of his 'Rock Special' in SOUNDS October 9, 1976. As he forward-thinkingly observed even ...

The Clash: The Clash (CBS)*****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1977

If You Don't Like The Clash, You Don't Like Rock 'N 'Roll ...

The Sex Pistols: The Screen on the Green, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1977

In which it must be conceded that Malcolm McLaren has a first-class media brain with a perfect instinct for theatre. ...

Blondie: At Last, The Sound Of 1970!

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, April 1977

WHAT BETTER way to introduce Blondie's bombshell Deborah Harry as she takes the stage at the Whisky in Hollywood than to use one of the ...

The Buzzcocks, Johnny Moped, Wire, X-Ray Spex: Buzzcocks/X-Ray Spex/Wire etc.: Running with the Ratpack

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1977

ROXY RATPACK, Saturday nite. Find a friend and stick close: sink or swim. Tony and Julie were right: a club full of 'Wild Boys' outtakes ...

Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1977

THE QUEUE outside looked promising. Over two months since Gen-X had played a London date (barring the infamous Noreik fiasco). As soon as you forced ...

Michael Nesmith: Ex-Beat Group Crazy In Weirdo Film Project

Interview by Mick Houghton, Sounds, April 1977

MIKE NESMITH's career has taken a surprising number of twists and turns over the years, from writing songs for Linda Rondstadt in the early Sixties, ...

Peter Gabriel: The Lamb Stands Up

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1977

'Because Genesis are now part of the English establishment I felt I'd been seen in context with them. But the better the album does the ...

The Stranglers: IV Rattus Norvegicus (United Artists)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

I THINK this album will surprise a lot of people. After all (by chance, coincidence and a spot of media manipulation, no less) the Stranglers ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Asleep At The Wheel: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

I DON'T think I've ever seen so many ten gallon hats on one stage. Not outside Texas, anyhow. And so many straight-legged jeans and cowboy ...

Michael Chapman: Michael Chapman Lived Here 1968-72 (CUBE)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1977

ON THE REAR of the sleeve is a faded brown and sepia pic of Michael Chapman sat on a bed alone, nothing but a guitar ...

Poco: Indian Summer (ABC) ***

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

I FIRST got into Poco back when Buffalo Springfielders Richie Furay and Jim Messina were still in the band. They cut a live album, called ...

Richard Hell: The Jaws of Hell

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, April 1977

"RICHARD HELL is always a little bit WORSE than everybody else." ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1977

WAITING FOR the newly reformed Small Faces to take the stage of Sheffield's City Hall, I was probably more nervous than they were (which is ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

IT'S A bit like having a bull in a china shop, being around Steve Marriott. Like being in the same room as a whirlwind. His ...

The Adverts, The Damned, Motorhead: The Damned/The Adverts/Motorhead: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1977

I FIRST saw the Damned at the Roundhouse last November. Shortly after the release of 'New Rose'. Although the 45 had been successful the set ...

The Faces: The Best Of The Faces (Riva)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

"AAALRIGHT: HERE'S one you may well know, you may not know it; and if you don't know it, I really don't know where you bin." ...

Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

ELVIS COSTELLO is a cagey sort of fellow. You can talk to him for hours and still not discover quite what makes him tick. ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Asleep At The Wheel: The Wheel

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

THIS IS Asleep At the Wheel's fifth album in seven odd years. It's the one, so they hope, to transform them from a cult country ...

Brand X: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, May 1977

"THIS IS our first gig for a while," joked Phil Collins, "so we celebrated by rehearsing this morning." ...

Smokie: Greatest Hits

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

THE FIRST cut on this album is 'Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone', Smokie's latest chart single. Of course, you'd expect to find it ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Steve Winwood: Goodbye Mr Fantasy, Hello Midland Maniac

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1977

THE SIXTIES are very much alive in Ladbroke Grove these days. Tucked away in the back of Island's Basing Street Studios, swinging London gently reverberates ...

The Clash: Palais des Glaces, Paris

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

THE AUDIENCE at the Palais des Glaces, a sleazy 30's flea-pit with odd nooks where Parisians indulged in the bourgeois old-wave habit of getting high ...

Boston: The Biggest Unknown Group On The Planet

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1977

THERE ARE five people in Boston. Barry, Tom, Sib, Brad and Fran. One year ago no one knew who they were. Today no one knows ...

Frankie Miller: Be Good To Yourself

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

THREE YEARS back, Miami soul-singer Betty Wright had a minor hit with 'Shoo-rah! Shoo-rah!'. On his Radio London show, Honky-Tonk, Charlie Gillett has a "who ...

Status Quo: Story Of Quo

Retrospective by Pete Makowski, Sounds, May 1977

"Status Quo are one of those peculiar groups who have been around for years and who go through cycles and surges of popularity that make ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Slits, The Subway Sect: The Front Line: On The Road With The Clash

Report by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, May 1977

JOE STRUMMER says he'll smash my face in if I so much as print a syllable of what's said in the dressing room of the ...

The Jam: In The City

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

I HEARD the Jam's single 'In The City' on the radio the other day. The bass came roaring up from the mix and through the ...

The Marshall Tucker Band: Carolina Dreams

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

I THINK the late great Duane Allman might turn in his grave if he heard this record. ...

Tom Waits: Small Change

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, May 1977

ANOTHER ALBUM From Tom Waits, his fourth, belatedly released here to tie in with a recent one-off performance in London. ...

Alessi: The Other End, New York NY

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1977

A&M DIDN'T want a picture of twin brothers Bobby and Billy Alessi on the cover of their debut album because they wanted the music to ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Exodus

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

From a purely marketing point of view, this is the one. With Rastaman Vibration’s appearance, there weren’t many music fans on the planet unaware of ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

And I went in there feeling conscientious, like I really wanted to take notes. But believe me when I tell you, nothing seemed less important ...

John Peel's Perfumed Garden

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, May 1977

THERE IS no need to ask where John Peel was in the summer of love. Anybody with enough brain-cells left to recall the era will ...

Judas Priest: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1977

KING RIFF rools okay? The two coachloads from Dundee said "Yeaah". The Cop crowd joined saying "okay". But the nice thing about being seen to ...

Penetration: Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1977

"TURN OFF the music – we want to play," R the bassist yelled at the DJ and, before you had time to chuckle at the ...

Talking Heads: "We're Not Punks!" "We're Not Punks!" "We're Not Punks!" "We're Not Punks!"

Profile and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, May 1977

Not just another Noo Wave Band From Noo Yawk, says GIOVANNI DADOMO ...

Talking Heads: The Rock Garden, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

WHY NOT somewhere that can handle crowds properly, like the Nashville? Why on earth were Talking Heads put on at the Rock Garden? Do answer ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Jam: The Clash, The Jam, The Buzzcocks: The Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1977

Rock ‘n’ roll can be one of the few honest things left in this world.Yes.An event, a gathering of the clans.Yes.But it was all down ...

John Otway, The Kursaal Flyers: The Kursaal Flyers, John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

ONE THING about the Kursaal Flyers...they never do things by halves. ...

X-Ray Spex: Man In The Moon, Chelsea

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1977

A SMALLISH basement room, low-ceilinged, with a bar along one wall, and quite plush – tonite healthily full with about 100 people, A stopgap scene ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Movement Of Jah People

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

ISN'T IT A NICE feeling... isn't it a nice day...isn't it a nice feeling..." Bob Marley croons, strumming on an acoustic guitar. He's glowing, planted ...

Boomtown Rats: Club 51, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

WATCH OUT. Here come the Boomtown Rats. Over the Irish Sea, into a reputedly hefty recording contract with Ensign and on to the tiny stage ...

The Ramones, Talking Heads: The Ramones: Gabba Gabba Hey In The UK

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

The Ramones/Talking Heads: Eric's, Liverpool ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Big Hits And Close Shaves

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

COMPILATIONS ARE generally the occasion for an in-depth reassessment of an artist's career. ...

Gloria Mundi: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, June 1977

AND WHAT did Gloria Mundi's Eddie Maelov get for the courage of his, convictions? ...

Mink DeVille: Cabretta

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, June 1977

LET'S START with some questions this time, alright? ...

Blondie, Television: Television/Blondie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, June 1977

Television: I preferred the other channel ...

Tom Jans: Dark Blonde

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, June 1977

SOMETIMES I feel so good I can feel my body growing... YEAHHH!!! Y'know CBS were really surprised (in fact speechless) when I enquired about this ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Marquee, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, June 1977

AT NINE years of age I decapitated my dolls and donated a life to rock'n'roll. Nights like tonight I understand just why. (Gasp) it was ...

Andrew Gold: Nobody's Fool

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1977

He was born on a summer day 1951And with a slap of a handHe landed as an only sonHis mother and father said,"What a lovely ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

THE TENSION in the Rainbow was almost painful, the only relief the appearance of the Wallers. ...

Elkie Brooks: Two Days Away

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

THERE'S NOT much doubt that Elkie Brooks is going to be around for ever and ever. Elkie's a singer, simply as that. But there's still ...

George Benson: It's A Man's Man's Man's Man's World

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

"YOU'RE SAYING that women are equal to men and all that crazy stuff!" George Benson laughed in astonishment.Hold on a second I must be hallucinating ...

10cc: New 10cc: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

10CC WERE excellent. This is news? No, though in my experience they have never been the apostles of mechanical perfection sneered at by some critics. ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament: Live: The P-Funk Earth Tour

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

"THEY SAY the bigger the headache the bigger the pill!" Dr. Funkenstein shouts. ...

The Vibrators: Pure Mania

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

MMM. PSYCHO daisies. Hid her wid de axe/you better relax. More zoop bop cartoon funnies – this time the movie's speeded up. Laugh this one ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

Ian Hunter: Mecca Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

IAN HUNTER was back. ...

Jethro Tull: New Wave From An Old Hand

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, June 1977

OII!!!!! EVEN IF YOU THINK JETHRO TULL ARE JUST A BUNCH OF ARTHRITIC CLAPPED OUT OLDTIMERS, COP A READ OF THIS, YOU MIGHT EVEN FIND ...

Penetration: Anarchy In County Durham

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

MICK JONES of the Clash, leading philosophers of the New Wave, has said that he couldn't play but for the vacuum-pack pressures of the tower ...

The Ramones, The Saints, Talking Heads: The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Saints: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

AND I'M supposed to be objective about these guys when I've lived with their first album for 15 months? When that was one of last ...

The Sex Pistols: What Did You Do On The Jubilee? The Pistols on the Thames

Report by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

BEFORE THE POLICE came, it was a great party. Make that a capital G. ...

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers: Rock'n'Roll With The Modern Lovers (Beserkley PZ-34800, Import) ***** and then some

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, June 1977

A sense of wonder ...

Mahogany Rush: And This Little Piggy Took Too Much Acid

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, June 1977

If we tell you that Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush took 1500 trips in a month, you won't be surprised that the tale he tells ...

Elton John, The Equals, Gary Glitter, MC5, Mighty Diamonds, Motorhead, The Nerves, New York Dolls, Rico Rodriguez, Roky Erickson, Skrewdriver: Motorhead, Mighty Diamonds et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, June 1977

REVIEWED BY PAUL SIMENON (BASS) AND RODENT (ROADIE) OF THE CLASH. TRANSCRIPTIONS: GIOVANNI DADOMO (AMATEUR) ...

Talking Heads: Tina Weymouth

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

ALRIGHT, I'm impressed. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz are one of the hottest rhythm sections I've seen. I expected a lot of the Talking Heads ...

The Jam: Boy Wonders Make The BIG STEP

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, June 1977

PHEW. THAT was a close one! For a moment there I thought the Jam were going to blow it completely. ...

Rainbow: There'll Always Be A Rainbow As Long As Ritchie's Here

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, June 1977

"THERE'LL ALWAYS be a Ronnie, there'll always be a Cozy and myself in Rainbow and that's all that matters, others may come and go because ...

Van Morrison

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

EVERYONE calls him Van the Man. For reasons of symmetry, mainly; Van Morrison the Man as opposed to the Musician is pretty elusive. Vague slogans ...

Various: The Roxy London WC2 (Jan-Apr 77) (Harvest)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

AN APPROXIMATE Warhol dictum: ‘In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.’ We never had a proper Warhol scene over here, did we? ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, July 1977

AFTER ALL the abortive reunion efforts, Crosby, Stills and Nash have finally delivered the goods. Neil Young was really never part of the group anyway. ...

Boomtown Rats: The Pluck of the Irish

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

They may have left him stranded in Canterbury, but the Boomtown Rats are plenty good fun says Pete Silverton – now there’s critical objectivity for ...

Motorhead: Motörhead: Pulling Out of the Pits

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

"GET OUT of the f––––– way. We’ve got a concert to do." ...

Steve Winwood: Steve Winwood (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

‘I ONCE WAS A-CRYING BUT NOW MY LUCK’S TURNED’ ['Luck’s In']. ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: The $2m Show That Never Ends: Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, July 1977

KEITH EMERSON sits in a Detroit French restaurant wearing traditional black leather trousers and a very large grin. He’s telling a reporter from Rolling Stone ...

The Abyssinians: The Abysinnians: Forward On To Zion (Klik)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

IN THE SOUNDS Top Ten of ’76 I voted this album (then known as Satta A Massagana) number two. ...

Van Morrison: The Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

EVER LOOKED Dr John the night tripper straight in the eyes? Ever stood this close to Van the Man you can feel him breathe? ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: The Thoughts (?) Of Chairman Harvey

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

"WOULD YOU like to be a rock'n'roll star?" ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills And Nash: CSN

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

THE TRUTH is you could put the sum of my knowledge of CSN severally and separately on your thumbnail and still have room for a ...

The Doors, MC5, The Ramones, Jonathan Richman, The Stooges: Danny Fields: The Fields Connection

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, July 1977

The Doors, MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, John Cale, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and The Ramones — without them the last ten years of ...

Red Clay Ramblers: The Red Clay Ramblers: Half Moon, Putney

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

IN THESE DAYS of unbridled electrical energy, it never ceases to surprise me the drive and excitement that can be generated by a highly ordered ...

The Rubinoos: The Rubinoos

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

THE RUBINOOS sing a song all about how rock & roll is dead. It shouldn't really worry them either way, because in Rubinoo-land everyone's a ...

Yes: Going For The One

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

GO ON, GUESS how the first Yes album for three years begins. I tell you, you haven't got a hope. ...

Ducks Deluxe: Ducks Deluxe

Retrospective by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

In which SOUNDS people bring long-ignored or deleted albums to your attention ...

Generation X Put The Boot In

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, July 1977

GENERATION X. In the 60's: a book wherein 'youth speaks about itself'. In the 70's: a 'new wave' band which does the same, on the ...

The Rumour: Max

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

Huckleberry Finn will love this one. Five English guys capture the downhome spirit of America. ...

Yes: Credibility Regained (Or: Rich Superstars Make Good Album sensation!)

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING: this feature does not contain any references to "punk’ or ‘new wave" ...

Alternative TV: Sniffin' Glue…

Report and Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, July 1977

NOW: THE ROXY these days is not what it was – whatever shrill camera-lens sense of event there was in the Andy Czezowski days has ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Birth Of A Legend Vol I (Epic/Calla EPC 82066)****/Birth Of A Legend (Calla 2 CAS-1240)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

FIRST OF all, the obvious. Why review two albums with the same name? ...

Carole Bayer Sager: Carole Bayer Sager (Warner Bros.)***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1977

CAROLE BAYER SAGER gets me going, then she lets me down. Since history repeats itself I should've seen it coming, though. ...

13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson: Roky Erickson: One Flew Out Of The Cuckoo's Nest

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Sounds, July 1977

'After you trip, life opens up – you start doing what you wanna do...c'mon, C'MON let it happen to you...' – 'Roller Coaster', 13th Floor ...

The Lurkers: Attack Of The Distortion People

Profile and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, July 1977

ALLOW ME TO present The Lurkers, whose enlightened adherence to the golden rule of "Three Chords, Three Verses, Three Minutes" definitely fingers them as the ...

Bruce Johnston: Going Public

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

WHAT'S THIS? Two stars for Bruce Johnston the ex-Beachboy? Yeah, you read right...and if it wasn't for that illustrious track record of his I wouldn't ...

Dead Fingers Talk: Hull Is For Heroes

Profile by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

"Have you met Harry yet? He's the new man in the office. There 'something not quite right about Harry. I 'think he's qu-e-e-r… "And I leaned ...

Deaf School: Putting On The Agony, Putting On The Style

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, July 1977

EVEN LA HAD never seen anything quite like them. Deaf School that is. A very British group who really have nothing to do with punk ...

Kim Fowley: International Heroes

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1977

I REALISE it's getting to be an obsession, but what can I do? Even Viv Goldman, between bouts of trying to convince me to do ...

The Bay City Rollers: It's A Game

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

LET'S FACE it, the idea of a Bay City Rollers album is just a little amusing. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if several of ...

The Boys: The Boys

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

The Boys ain't no joke ...

The George Hatcher Band

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

THE TIME: just before the gig at Birmingham University. In that husky South Carolina accent George Hatcher was telling me about the band: "It will ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Terrapin Station

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

TEN YEARS and twelve-odd albums on from when they first hit the streets of San Francisco, the good ol' Grateful Dead present us with their ...

Burning Spear: Dry And Heavy

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

IT ALL DEPENDS whether you're a sucker for the Burning Spear Sound. It hasn't changed too much through all their Island albums, and certain key ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie and the Hot Rods: The Rods Are Awright

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, August 1977

"All my friends at school grew up and settled down. Then they mortgaged up their lives. When things get set too much but I think ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: Kim Fowley: The Dorian Gray of Rock'n'Roll

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1977

TAKE A JOURNEY INTO ROCK N ROLL WITH KIM FOWLEY AND MEET...Venus & The Razorbiades, The Runaways, Juice, Teenage Prostitutes, Steven T., Zippers, Weirdos, Germs, ...

Roy Buchanan: Loading Zone

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

AS A TECHNICIAN alone Roy Buchanan is one of the finest electric guitarists in the world. ...

Squeeze: Local Boozers Make Good

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

HEY JOHN, take a look at this. When did this happen last in the Hope, eh? There's two bodies stretched out straight in the tiny ...

The Gap Band: The Gap Band

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

SO I PICKED through the albums lying in Master Barton's dusty drawer and there, amongst the dross, was a name I recognised. The Gap Band. ...

The Movies (UK): The Movies: Double A

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1977

BEND A CASUAL ear to The Movies and you might almost think they were easy listening, gentle on your mind, treacle on your brain. A ...

Laura Nyro: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

LAURA NYRO'S a recluse. Season Of Light proves, in case you ever wondered, that it's her own decision. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson: The Beach Boys: I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

"SOME KAHLUA, we need a coupla pitchers of milk..." "Send up a bottle of milk. O.K., cartons. Four cartons. And some honey. And a coffee. ...

The Rezillos: The Rise Of The Rezillos

Profile and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, August 1977

FIVE MINUTES into the Rezillos set at the Nashville I left behind the venue for a far more exotic scenario. I envisaged myself in a ...

The Runaways: Live In Japan *****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1977

BEFORE YOU take that pinch of salt to go with this album's five star rating, a couple of points: this album was NOT produced by ...

Willy DeVille: It's De Ville Thing

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1977

IT STARTED IN '71. Willy deVille, a black-Irish New Yorker, came to London in search of a band. None appeared. After a few frustrating months ...

The Clash, The Damned: Clash In Euro-Rock Horror

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

'Bilzen? more like Belsen' Clash, Damned: Bilzen Festival, Belgium ...

Snatch: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS Snatch it while you can ...

This Heat Are No Picnic

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

WHO IS this, anyway?" Giovanni Dadomo demanded. "The Caligari Brothers?" Funny you should say that, my pasta-eating pal. ...

Alice Cooper: Love It To Death

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

"I'M CAUGHT in a dream –so what?" ...

Gentle Giant: The Missing Piece

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1977

GENTLE GIANT crave recognition in their homeland with a longing which at times borders on the pathetic. For all their success in the States and ...

Gong: Live Etc.

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1977

THIS IS a double album of many distinctions. For instance, I've never known a record feature the line 'have a cup of tea' so often. ...

Radio Stars: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

SOME CAME TO catch the Boomtown Rats (who had cancelled at the last moment) but, despite the substitution of Chiswick's Radio Stars, there were still ...

Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge: Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson: Radio City Music Hall, New York

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1977

Rita: sleek, sultry, sexy… ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: The Rotten Interview

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, August 1977

In Sweden With The Pistols Part 194 ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Playmates

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

OH DEAR, I fear Steve Marriott and his mates are in for a real critical pasting with this, the first Small Faces LP for ten ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

I WAS STANDING on the stairs backstage at the Hammersmith Odeon when the Ted Nugent band came down from the dressing rooms. ...

The Dead Boys: Pretty Vicious

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Sounds, August 1977

THE DEAD BOYS are part of anew generation at CBGB's, a generation that has finally succeeded in erasing that fine line that divides the cool ...

Thin Lizzy Rule At Reading OK?

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, August 1977

THE TELEX ended something like: "And besides he's black, Irish and only wears one earring." ...

Chris De Burgh: At The End Of A Perfect Day

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1977

YOU'D EXPECT sensitive singer-songwriters to be well-served by the quiet decorum of the studio where every nuance can be polished to perfection. But it doesn't ...

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1977

THERE'S TWO moods on this record, one I like. That's the slow surge, tidal ebb/flow style, with the/additional tug of solemn female or male voices. ...

Jah Punk: New Wave Digs Reggae

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1977

'We're gonna have a punky reggae party...the Wailers will be there, the Slits, the Feelgoods, and the Clash...' – BOB MARLEY SONGS LYRIC ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Vortex, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, September 1977

"I DON'T know what it is, but it isn't rock 'n' roll." The Banshees quote Glen Matlock's response to their last Vortex gig with pride. ...

John Cale: The Weirdest John Cale Interview You've Ever Read...

Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, September 1977

I COULD be some other little girl reporter and tell you how I arrived for the interview on the verge of imminent throw-up; how I ...

Doobie Brothers: Livin' On The Fault Line

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1977

WHATEVER HAPPENED to the Doobie Brothers? I've often wondered. And this new album is no help. None of them play on it and the sleeve ...

Fabulous Poodles: Fabulous Poodles

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

HOW DO you decide whether an album's a good one or a bad one? Difficult really. If anybody had a handy rule of thumb, a ...

Aswad, Black Slate, The Cimarons, Matumbi, Rico Rodriguez, Steel Pulse: Jah Punk: The Black New Wave

Overview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1977

ASWAD: Drummie, drums, vocals: George Oban, bass: Chaka Forde, rhythm guitar, vocals: Donald Guiti, lead guitar, vocals. Courtney Hennings, keyboards, vocals. ...

Meal Ticket: Meal's On Wheels

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

"WE'LL CHALENGE any band in the business to any bar sport they care to name. Darts, Pool, Crib, Table Football, Pinball. You name it. Meal ...

The Runaways: Runaways: A Primer For The New Runaways

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1977

THE NEW line up of the Runaways is: Joan Jett/Lita Ford/Sandy West/Vicky Blue. Cherie Currie (vocals) and Jackie Fox (bass) are no longer with the ...

The Rich Kids: Back With A Bullet

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

COMING DOWN from the Harrow Road by bus, Steve New's getting the rise taken out of him by a bunch of kids because he's wearing ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1977

IT'S NO accident that the tinny PA at the tacky Whisky was blasting out the Rolling. Stones' 'All Down The Line' prior to the Saturday ...

Joan Armatrading: Show Some Emotion

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1977

AAAAAH, JOAN, Shall I compare thee to a summer rose? Not just now, but how about 'The Summertime Blues'? At least Eddie Cochran is something ...

Kiss: Los Angeles Forum, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1977

'LOS ANGELES Police Department reminds you the use of fire works is illegal,' warned the notice outside the Los Angeles Forum. With all the bravado ...

Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent: Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Foreigner/Ted Nugent: Rock And Roll All Nite

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1977

AN AFTERNOON of heavy rock at the Los Angeles sports stadium. Score: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Win. Foreigner – Place. Nugent – Show. ...

The Stranglers

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

TW STUDIOS are tucked away behind a drab shopfront off London's Fulham Palace Road. To gain entry you have to go round the side, through ...

Van Morrison: T.B. Sheets (Phonogram – Reissue)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

IN WHICH Phonogram Records acquire the rights to Van Morrison's early BANG material and effectively re-issue an album called T.B. Sheets which Decca put out ...

The Buzzcocks: Whatever Happened To The Buzzcocks?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, September 1977

Now there's nothing behind meAnd I'm already a has-beenMy future ain't what it wasI think I know the words that I meanYou know me – ...

Fabulous Poodles: A Poodle Is All Things To All Men

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

'The dog has one fault which you will never be able to overcome, an unforgivable fault, alas! It is common to all dogs, and there ...

Geils: Monkey Island

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

Bungle in the jungle ...

Daryl Hall, Hall & Oates: Hall & Oates: Beauty On A Back Street

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

THE ACCEPTABLE face of disco music? ...

Joe Ely: Joe Ely

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

HAVE YOU heard of Joe Ely before? Thought not. I certainly haven't. His past history is a total blank as far as I'm concerned. And ...

Jonathan Richman: Johnathan Richman: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1977

CONTRADICTION. (I don't wanna grow up; there's too much...) ...

Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1977

THESE DAYS Linda Ronstadt works to a production line formula: You get a nice sleeve (this one is by Kosh, who did a similar job ...

Nico: The Marble Index

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1977

"FROZEN WARNINGS close to mine, close to the frozen borderline......" ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Five Live Kursaals

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

IT ALL boils down to what you think of the Kursaal Flyers really, doesn't it? Me, I fell in love with them the first time ...

The Stranglers: No More Heroes

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1977

AHHH – BUT these are testing times...now the very real euphoria has subsided, the scales have fallen from my eyes: not recantation, but re-evaluation. Timely ...

The Vibrators: The Punks Who Came In From The Cold

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, September 1977

"I think I ought to make it clear", says Knox, arms waving like flags in a stiff breeze, "that when we first started we were ...

Tom Robinson Band: Up Against The Wall: Life with the Tom Robinson Band

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

"The British police are the best in the world.I don't believe one of these stories I've heard..." ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Billy, Walter and Johnny: The Heartbreakers

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

INTERVIEW TAKES place on a second floor flat, a stone’s throw away from the Thames. Present are: Walter Lure and Billy Rath, singer/guitarist and bassist ...

Chris Spedding: Hurt

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

Chris Spedding says he's been hurt by love on this album. Don't know what else he's been hurt by, but I'm haunted by the feeling ...

Harry Chapin: Dance Band On The Titanic

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

I REALLY can't make my mind up about this guy Harry Chapin. One one level he is totally crass and on another he is totally ...

Peter Gabriel: Newcastle Welcomes Peter Gabriel

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

In the car park round the corner from Newcastle City Hall a bootleg baker was trafficking in bread buns from the back of an unmarked ...

Steve Hillage: Motivation Radio

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

When a guy sings to you "we've all been born together in this special place and time to raise the world," where does your humble ...

Talking Heads: '77

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

I'd like to offer up a small prayer at this point. Here it is. Thank heavens for the Talking Heads. ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: The Heartbreakers: L.A.M.F.

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

'Living in the jungle, it ain't so hard/But livin' in the city, it can eat out, eat out your heart...' ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods, MC5: The Return of the MC5's Rob Tyner

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1977

'Vocalist with legendary Detroit rock band seeks gig with hot British combo. Has own harp...' ...

Mink DeVille: Willy DeVille: Tough But Tender

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1977

SANDY ROBERTSON meets Willy DeVille and they discuss intellect versus emotion, James Cagney, Kim Fowley, The Belfast Gypsies, Tom Courtenay, James Dean, toughness, sensitivity, street ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1977

SANTA MONICA Civic is not the best place to see a rock concert in Los Angeles. It's got about as much rock atmosphere as the ...

Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

ROCK ON Indeed.I've finally figured out, after all this time, why, despite the fact that lots of people whose opinions I respect hate them, I ...

Ian Dury: New Boots And Panties!!

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

LET'S PLAY CLUEDO on this sleeve. What we deduce from this one – Ian standing in front of a shop window full of ladies' bras ...

Richard Hell & The Voidoids: Blank Generation (Sire, Import)*****

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S THE voice you hear first and foremost here.   ...

Rose Royce Find Success The Norman Whitfield Way

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

"IT'S KJLH, the station of Kindness, Joy, Love and Happiness," the deejay smoulders on the car radio, and goshdarn if you couldn't almost believe all ...

The Slits, The Subway Sect: Subway Sect/The Slits: Music Machine, Camden, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, October 1977

Sect stumble. Slits excite ...

The Boys: Boys In Bondage

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

IF I'D KNOWN what I was letting myself in for when I went to see John Cale at the Roundhouse this Easter, I think I'd ...

Climax Blues Band: The Climax Blues Band: Live in Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

THE CLIMAX Blues Band are fab. Not a profound remark, I know, but it needs saying because their fate in this country has nearly always ...

The Darts: Sheer Dart attack

Profile by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

DOO-WOP was a term applied to the singing style of American R 'n' B vocal groups of the Fifties, originating in the fact that the ...

The Stranglers: Brunel University, Middlesex

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

OF COURSE, what with all those bad reviews the Stranglers have picked up since the release of the new album No More Heroes, you might ...

Richard Hell: To Hell and Back: Richard Hell

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

"I'M GLAD my name's Hell, because at least those people at the radio stations are gonna have some idea what to expect. I intend to ...

801: Listen Now (Island)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

I DON'T know what I expected, but I thought it would be good (I mean credentials: Roxy Music/ Eno/'Diamond Head/’Tomorrow Never Knows'/Nico/etc.) but this wasn't ...

The Buzzcocks, The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, Joy Division, Magazine, The Negatives, The Prefects, The Worst: Buzzcocks/Magazine/John Cooper Clarke/The Worst/The Fall/The Prefects/The Negatives/Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

Prime Manchester venue closes... Power cut at the Electric Circus ...

Ian Dury: Wide Boy Wonder!!!

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

"I WONDER WHAT would happen if I drank this? Might do me some good," Ian Dury says grimly. ...

Racing Cars: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

UNFORTUNATELY I'VE always missed Lowell George and Paul Barrere live so I can't tell you with real authenticity that Graham Williams and 'Alice' Enniss of ...

Santana: Moonflower

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, October 1977

THIS IS THE album that should have been called 'A Period of Transition'. Not that it has anything to do with Van Morrison, but it ...

Split Enz: Dizrythmia

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1977

SPLIT ENZ are mainly a musical theatrical troupe, not that that's a slagging off because they are also talented musicians. It's just that the first ...

The Clash: Who's In Love With Janie Jones?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977

DURING THE hot summer of 1976, a No. 31 bus jolts through Notting Hill Gate. On the top deck is Mick Jones, humming a riff. ...

The Damned: Top Drummers Get Itchy Feet Dept.: Why I Quit The Damned by Rat Scabies

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S COMMON knowledge that all drummers are certifiable nutters but I must admit that when somebody whispered in my ear the other Sunday that the ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Top Drummers Get Itchy Feet Dept.: Why I Quit The Heartbreakers by Jerry Nolan

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1977

WHEN IS A Heartbreaker not a Heartbreaker? It may sound like the first half of a funny story but the sad truth is it's no ...

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

AC/DC ARE A 4-letter word band. If you don't like, them and some misadventure elbows you into their firing line the foulest oaths would be ...

Chris Spedding: Durham University, Durham

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

TALK ABOUT a game of two halves. This was the one where Liverpool and Man Utd battle out a midfield stalemate until the interval then ...

Jess Roden: The Player Not The Game

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

NOW I ALWAYS thought good music was good music but this album is a puzzler. You see I like it at midnight and at half ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon With Link Wray

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

FOR SOME odd reason Private Stock don't want you to know that Robert Gordon used to be with those CBGB specials Tuff Darts. Richard Robinson ...

Shirley Brown: Shirley Brown

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

IF IT was Clive Davis, head of Arista, who's responsible for the release of Shirley Brown, I'd like to invite him to hold his next ...

Steely Dan

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S NOT every day that Steely Dan bare their souls to the public. But amid the palm trees and coke bottles at the Bel Air ...

Talking Heads: Psycho-Killer, Qu'est-ce Que C'est?

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

QUESTION: When is a door not a door? ...

Ultravox!: Ha! Ha! Ha!

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

FLICKING IDLY through a rack and coming across an album entitled ha! ha! ha!, you'd expect, if not a comic masterpiece, at least a couple ...

X-Ray Spex: Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

"IF SOMEBODY said I was a sex symbol, I'd shave me'ead tomorrer," cackled Poly Styrene. "'Oh Bondage Up Yours' ain't about sex particularly. In fact ...

Iggy Pop: TRUE LIFE ROMANCE LIBRARY PRESENTS... The Day A Young Gurl's Dream Came True...

Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, October 1977

RAGS TO riches. I met Iggy Pop. He opened the door stark naked. I sat in his lap. Got three kisses. Spent two whole days ...

AC/DC: Sex, Snot, Sweat and School Kids

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

AC/DC: The Mayfair, Newcastle ...

Steve Hillage: Hippie Axeman In Jodrell Bank Raid

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

The new Steve Hillage: The Man Who Gets Things Done. ...

Mick Jagger

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1977

The Stones always meant a lot to a lot of people, but are your own motivations for carrying on and doing it the same as ...

Millie Jackson: Feelin' Bitchy

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

HEY, MILLIE? This is Vivien.I'm writing to you 'cos I dig the way you move onstage. I saw you foolin' round with that guy onstage ...

Randy Newman: Little Criminals

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

ON THE SLEEVE, Randy Newman looks as dour as one of the rednecks he dissected with such fiendish accuracy in his last studio album, Good ...

Rick Wakeman: Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

FOR RICK Wakeman, Criminal Record is obviously the outcome of some in-depth self-criticism. ...

Roy Wood: Super Active Wizzo

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

GRUNTINESS, that's what it comes down to. ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Spunk Rock

Report by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

FOR A MOMENT there I thought I'd stumbled into a dream I just wasn't equipped to handle. All change for Edge City. The punk behind ...

Sham 69: Sham 1969/1977

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

"I'M NOT stupid. I know, however successful I get to be right now, that in two, three, maybe four if I'm lucky, years' time, I'll ...

The Clash in Belfast

Report by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977

AT FIRST the band were reluctant to have their photo taken anywhere near the soldiers. "They'll think we're here to entertain the troops," said Strummer. ...

Wishbone Ash: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

WHATEVER YOUR tastes in music, there's one thing you can never argue about. Audience reaction. A hall full of standing rock fans, clapping their hands ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, November 1977

Here am I – there are you – here's the Sex Pistols. ...

XTC: The Agony & The XTC

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1977

I TELL YOU no word of a lie. This table was at least the length of my sitting room at home, if it wasn't actually ...

The Runaways

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

THE HOUR OF MY VINDICATION is at hand. I'm sitting in the lobby of a London hotel waiting for the Runaways to descend from their ...

Burning Spear: Error Inc.

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1977

TALK ABOUT being stood up. The first time I met Winston Rodney/Burning Spear he was eight hours late. And this was, mind you, after having ...

Cheap Trick: In Color

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

ANYTHING BUT a cheap trick, in fact. You may wonder why you keep seeing this bunch mentioned in esoteric magazines like Who Put The Bomp ...

Hall & Oates: Outre in Dayton, Ohio

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1977

I'M SICK! I'm twisted! I'm bent! I'm writing a story about Daryl Hall & John Oates!There's one good thing about devoting your energy to writing ...

Magazine: Love And Devotion

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, November 1977

Magazine: The Electric Circus, Manchester ...

Neil Young: Decade

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1977

I WAS listening seriously to music before Neil Young, but I can't remember what it was. ...

The Runaways: Waitin' For The Night (Mercury)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

NOW THIS is a difficult one. Five stars, yes, but not entirely for the reasons I expected. Kim Fowley has kissed off his associations with ...

The Runaways: Newcastle City Hall

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1977

JOAN JETT is gorgeous. Vicki Blue is delectable. Lita Ford is the American Pie smile backed by the American Dream ass. And Sandy West is ...

Devo Look Into The Future!

Profile by Jon Savage, Sounds, November 1977

DEVO/DEVOID/VOID/DEVOTED/DEVOLUTION: Savage attempts a discrete distillation. Devout. Things are not as they seem, nor as they have been reported.... 'The cities are our major source ...

Donna Summer: Once Upon A Time (Casablanca) *****

Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, November 1977

I LOVE Sharon Tate, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Donna Summer and ice cubes... oh, sod that for a lark. Who'd have thought that a concept (double) ...

Leonard Cohen: Death OF A Ladies Man

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

'LEONARD COHEN meets Phil Spector' sounds more like a line from a Lester Bangs article than something you would ever expect to actually become manifest ...

Michael Chapman: The Man Who Hated Mornings

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1977

MICHAEL CHAPMAN is a ruminative sort of talent. ...

The Damned: Music For Pleasure

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1977

CATCHING SIGHT of the title in a news column, I wondered. 'Music For Pleasure'? Have the dervish-like Damned decided to junk all this credibility rubbish, ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, Eggs Over Easy: The Glory That Was Pub Rock

Retrospective by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1977

"Before pub rock people used to think the ideal gig was somewhere like Guildford Civic where you could sit cross-legged and watch King Crimson pan ...

The Jam: THIS Is The Modern World

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1977

The Jam: The Mayfair, Newcastle ...

The Ramones: Rocket to Russia

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, November 1977

NO MORE shock tactics. Just arrow-straight at your teenage hearts....Wuz wrong! Thought they wanted to be the Byrds (those haircuts, see....); now know they want ...

The Residents: 'Beyond The Valley Of A Day In the Life'

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, November 1977

TO THE RESIDENTS, nothing is sacred, least of all themselves. Whether you love/hate the Residents, whether you've heard of them, don't care, matters not at ...

Sweet: The Sweet: Sweet's Golden Greats

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1977

EVERY GENERATION of rock writing throws up its own paper tiger. ...

Throbbing Gristle: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

THROBBING GRISTLE are so away from the new wave scene (sort of) and so totally reviled by the standard music fans (at least, by those ...

Greg Kihn: Greg Kihn Again

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

GREG KIHN again? Does that mean I missed the first one? Suppose it does. Oh, well. So it goes. ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Kilburn & The Highroads: Handsome

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

I SUPPOSE it had to happen sometime. People have such short memories. Pye have re-released the first and only Kilburn and the High Roads album ...

MX-80

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

"LIVING in Bloomington," considers Rich Stim, "Is like living in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar." And you might be excused thinking he was talking out ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1977

PREMISE: Record company executives have been skipping the brandy on their expense account lunches in their eagerness to sign up any band that can loosely ...

Status Quo: Odeon Theatre, Birmingham

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1977

DEEP IN the heart of boogieland, as it were. Opening were the v. proficient, v. boring Nutz. I seem to recall hearing stuff from their ...

Steve Miller: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1977

THERE WAS a time when Steve Miller used to burn up the stage; there was a time when Steve Miller's giant ego dominated the show; ...

Tyla Gang: Yachtless At The Nottingham Boat Club

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

Yacht'less 1. (yot-less) a., having no yacht/s; being in a no-yacht situation; a severe lack of the funds and/or wherewithal with which to purchase same; ...

Adam & The Ants: Whip In My Valise

Profile by Jane Suck, Sounds, December 1977

'The angel Ga-briel sent me to give you a little bit of sympathy...' ('Plastic Surgery') ...

Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits (Vertigo)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

ENGLAND CAN be depressing to the point of insanity...grey oozing days for months on end...rows of mean streets, pinched people...clausterphobic scrapyard vistas of country turned ...

Brian Eno: Before and After Science

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1977

REACTIONS: 1) Am I happy or sad that other rock music has finally caught up with Eno? He has won his battle to make ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1977

THE YELLOW posters outside the Los Angeles Whisky and the yellow pins handed to the punters make him out a Buddy Holly figure who murders ...

The Enid: Enid: Why Are These Men Facing The Wrong Way?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

IT'S WELL over a year now since I last annexed a piece of this publication to warn you that the Enid, oddball neo-classical romancers, were ...

Man: All's Well That Ends Well

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

I TRUST there aren't too many of you out there who've forgotten Man. This lovable bunch of Welsh boyos were once one of the very ...

Uriah Heep: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

Heep hordes go crazy, critic stays unmoved ...

Various Artists: Live At The Vortex

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

HA. ANOTHER sledge-hammer blow pulping revolt into style...At least might someone have the good grace and honesty to stick 'Punk (a/k/a 'New/Wave') Sampler' on the ...

The Damned: Voyage Of The Damned

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

A rainy Friday afternoon in Stiff publicist Glen Coulson’s office. Glen ruffles his hair, takes a swig from a can of warm Heineken and expounds ...

Adam & The Ants: Whip In My Valise: Adam and the Ants

Comment by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1977

The angel Gabriel sent me to give you a little bit of sympathy...('Plastic Surgery') ...

Boomtown Rats: Do You Sincerely Want To Be Rich?

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1977

WHEN SOUNDZ Mother Superior Viv Goldman asked me to do this article I was less than delighted. Reasons being:1 – I've never been hot to ...

Burning Spear: Live

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

IN WRITING his plays, Bertolt Brecht operated according to a Roamin Rolland maxim: "Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will". Burning Spear's music works ...

The Jam: Jam Springs Eternal

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

DOWN IN WOKING at three o'clock in the afternoon the Modern World seems miles away. Outside it's icy cold, but in number 44, with the ...

Penetration: The Future Is Female

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

ACCELERATION DON'T go to my head...London – a module, self-contained, trapped in an ever-accelerating time/style warp: a week seems like a month in our brave ...

Jackson Browne: Running On Empty (Asylum)**

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1977

EVER BEEN trapped with no hope of escape by the most unmitigated bore you've ever met? You recite the lyrics to 'Sweet Jane' backwards, you ...

Split Enz: The Rats Are Crawling Up My Back - And Other Seasonal Thoughts Courtesy Of SPLIT ENZ

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

DIZRYTHMIA. "We got the album title from a pamphlet in a plane. It happened to mention the medical name for jet-lag circadia disrhythmia. It means ...

The Ramones: "We’re Just Very Mean, Very Angry People. We’re the Real Thing." The Ramones get to Phil Sutcliffe

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

I walked through Carlisle in a mild drizzle musing on some crafted phrases about the castle, the airy market-town streets, the cool shower of country ...

Alex Chilton: Getting The Cramps Between The Box Tops And Big Stardom

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1977

ANY SELF-RESPECTING cultural elitist should know who Alex Chilton is, as should all hopeless old bozos still lingering on from the 60s. To recap for ...

The Residents: Residents: Meet the Residents *****; Third Reich 'N' Roll *****; Finger Prince *****

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

NOT FOR the faint-hearted. Be warned. Residents specialise in cultural sabotage, sonic rearrangement, cryptic capers. They are (at the same time) very funny and vary ...

The Jam: London Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

FRAGMENTATION STRIKES DEEP... as punk "culture" is guided firmly into several easily categorizable (and therefore easier controlled)/marketable segments(divided we consume), it's clean teen night. ...

Elvis Costello: This Year’s Model

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 1978

THE INSULT that made a man out of Mac(manus). As runs the hype: get sand kicked in your face (or whatever), keep on punching your ...

Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus (Warner Brothers)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 1978

WHOEVER started the vogue for double live albums (the Band?) has a lot to answer for. Whether pretty good (Bob Seger, J. Geils) or embarrassingly ...

Television: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 1978

I mean, it can’t be that difficult to come up with 800 words on any gig. A beginning, a middle and an end with a ...

Linda Ronstadt: All Linda Ronstadt Needs Is The Lurv Of A Good Man

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, January 1978

JUST AFTER midnight a large coach pulls up outside a respectable New York City Hotel, precariously perched on the right side of Central Park. Assorted ...

Don McLean: Prime Time

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1978

COULD IT be that protest singers are about to make a comeback? It makes sense – after the glitter and the head-banging punk came out ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Only Ones: Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Only Ones, The Stukas: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

I WOULD have expected Christmas Eye with the Rods at the Roundhouse to turn into something of a real party, wouldn't you? Well, strangely enough, ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols in Memphis

Report by Dave Schulps, Sounds, January 1978

ITEM: Officers of the Memphis, Tennessee Vice Squad attended the Sex Pistols' American debut performance in Atlanta on Thursday just to make certain that the ...

The Flamin' Groovies: "We're No Museum Piece"

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, January 1978

SOME BOXERS, if you believe what you see on the toob, just won't quit. Knocked down more times than they've slapped in their gum shield, ...

Bob Welch

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

BOB WELCH is a hit. After stints in Fleetwood Mac and H. Metal outfit Paris he is enjoying chart action/success with his French Kiss album ...

Fanzines: Pure Pop Art For Now People

Overview by Jon Savage, Sounds, January 1978

'THEY are vital, audacious, reckless insofar as they represent an extreme view adopted in a broad popular m way, and they have a curious brave ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 1

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

OK, SO YOU GOT yourself an electric guitar, you've learned how to play and now you think you're ready to corner the market with the ...

Meat Loaf: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1978

Ingredients:Meat Loaf (around 250lbs) from Dallas, Texas; lead singer with Ted Nugent on platinum album Free For All; monster-singer Eddie with half a brain in ...

Talking Heads/Heaters: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1978

HEATERS: A band for people who like little boys. A punkoid Our Kid, with mop-tops, waistcoats, ties and short-sleeved shirts. A cute little bassist, a ...

Tapper Zukie: Tapper Zuckie: Man Ah Warrior

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, January 1978

AN ALBUM full of dignity, grandeur and pride: Smokey swirls intertwining to form a chord of steel... ...

The Ramones: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, January 1978

VERMILION, AFTERWARDS (taking in with a sweep of her arm the splendid rococo-deco vastness of the Rainbow gallery): "Rock'n'roll belongs in the pits, not here". ...

Cherie Currie: Cherie Currie

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

NATURALLY ENOUGH, I have to mention the The Runaways in this review. When Cherie left, a lot of people thought they'd sink without trace, but ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 2

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

ROCK'N'ROLL is Laissez-Faire Capitalism Incarnate. Sorry to get so heavy so soon, but it's the truth. The music business is the most highly developed consumer ...

Iggy Pop: Kill City

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, January 1978

SO, NO RAW POWER retreads – it's only possible to live that once – but afterburn: the Ig goes right TO THE EDGE; LOSES CONTRACT/band/sanity/life ...

Kevin Coyne: Black & White

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, January 1978

'If I played my cards right, I'd be a gift to the media – chat shows, the lot' ...

Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

GARAGE BANDS. Despite all their virtues, and even though groups like Yes and Uriah Heep are pretty convincing arguments against technology and heavy metal respectively, ...

The Viletones: The Four Viletones Of The Apocalypse

Profile by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, January 1978

FORGET NEW York, Give London a pass. Come instead to Toronto, Canada's fun city. Join the revellers at David's where, on certain choice nights, you ...

Althia & Donna: Nah Pop No Style, A Strictly Roots…

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1978

IF YOU don't like talking to strangers, don't walk through Kingston with Donna or Althia. ...

Dire Straits: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

DIRE STRAITS are not yet one year old, and they've been playing to the public for little more than six months. Nevertheless they must arguably ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Digs Sabs Shock!

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

Sandy: Can I ask you firstly about one of my own obsessions, Kim Fowley, (Oh No! – Ed) Who was on the Freak Out album, ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 3

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

NOW YOU'RE heading for the one. The big record contract with the big record company for the BIG money and the BIG Hits. ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: This Could Be The Last Time

Report by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1978

HYSTERIA! Disgust! Bemusement! Perplexity! The hip, FM radio dj still can't believe it. The Sex Pistols in San Francisco – heavee, man! Back in Hollywood, ...

Frank Zappa: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1978

GOOD EVENING ladies and gentlemen. The lights have gone down, the Zappa band are all ready, so let's get on with the show, 'cos that's ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 4

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1978

"How many times have you been asked to sign away your services exclusively for five years? Viewed that way a record contract represents a very ...

Millie Jackson: Mille Jackson: The Primal Scream Therapist Of Soul

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1978

MILLIE JACKSON yanked me over to her side of the fence the first moment I heard her belting out some juicy slice of angst on ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon with Link Wray: A Modern Elvis And The Missing Link

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

LINK WRAY finishes off his instrumental street opera, 'Rumble', with an amphetamine-psychosis, note-tumbling-after-note run worthy of any guitar army hero, clambers up from his bent-knee, ...

Suicide: Suicide

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, February 1978

SUICIDE? PERHAPS; rather life at one remove, through a one-way mirror. Or wilful withdrawal from the sea of impossibility... ...

Talking Heads: Newcastle Poly, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

TALKING HEADS are one of those bands who are so good you have to be careful to avoid falling into telling the world they are ...

Bill Bruford: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Rock Star

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

"I FEEL sometimes as though they're about to stick my head on a spike and display it outside the Tower Of London for people to ...

Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, February 1978

Dance to a Modern RomanceDirections: Fast and asymmetrical… ...

Power Pop part 1: Suddenly, Everything Is Power Pop!

Overview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1978

A BRAND NEW YEAR and a brand new word for the media to fool about with, eh? What's it all about then, this Power Pop ...

Sham 69: Tell Us The Truth

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

"ELLO MUSH...this one's all about getting' yer 'ead kicked in." ...

Split Enz: Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

OK, IT'S only two months since I last covered Split Enz at this very same Middlesbrough Town Hall. Deja revu? No way. In December they ...

The Adverts: Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts (Anchor)*****

Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, February 1978

One Chord Wonders: no blunders ...

The Worst

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, February 1978

THE WORST THEN. The name? Aha an apt trap. Illustrating at once the extreme that they are, yet at the same time to ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: The Electric Chairs

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1978

AAAHHHHH...WAYNE! Rock 'n' roll is a bitch sometimes, ain't it? I bet it wasn't easy growing up down south when you were...different. It was a ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe: City Hall, Newcastke

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

WHEN IT'S your seventh try at an intro it gets down to saying it's your seventh try at an intro. You see. Bill Nelson coined ...

Emmylou Harris: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1978

CONSIDERING the tensions surrounding the start of Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band's current British tour, their SRO concert at the Royal Albert Hall was ...

Power Pop part 2: The C&A Generation In The Land Of The Bland

Comment by Jon Savage, Sounds, February 1978

TICK TOCK f – the clock/the pendulum swings...Oh it's so inevitable in post-punk letdown – the Pistols' 'split': sooooo symbolic – that attempts would be ...

The Ramones, The Runaways: The Ramones/The Runaways: Santa Monica Civic, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1978

RAMONES: singing about sun and surf while their home town suffered blizzards. 'Obladi-oblada' for the blank generation ...

The Adverts: Vicarious Thrills + Pol-A-Ticks: Crossing The Irish Sea With The Adverts

Report and Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, February 1978

ACTUALLY, WE didn't swim across, we flew in a chartered taxi-cab with Rosalind Russell (Record Mirror) on the wing and a two-hour vomiting session courtesy ...

Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy (Asylum)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, February 1978

UNDOUBTEDLY, Excitable Boy is one of the finest albums to emerge since Warren Zevon's first album surfaced over a year ago. It transcends California and ...

Eric Clapton: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1978

IN A GESTURE distinctly un God-like, Eric Clapton spurned the arena-sized venues of his last few tours to favour 6,000 Los Angelenos in a two-night ...

Ian Dury: It's Fairly Whassname…

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1978

"WHICH WOULD you rather see; Kenny Rogers or Randy Edelman?" ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: James Williamson: Real Time Musician From Kill City

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, February 1978

A PHONE CONSERVATION with James Williamson at his present home in Claremont, half-an-hour outside Los Angeles. Mainly to talk about the newly released 1975 Pop/Williamson ...

Kevin Coyne: Beautiful Extremes 1974-1977

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

KEVIN COYNE is, make no mistake, a major artist. His 'product' might not 'ship' a million 'units' but in every other way he's the superior ...

Nick Lowe: Jesus Of Cool

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

YOU KNOW how it is. You hear one word and you're tantalised into eavesdropping on the rest. Bars at receptions are a good place for ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods, Radio Stars: On The Road With Hot Rods And Radio Stars

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

THE LAST, incongruous Beatles' track spirals its way to the end of its grooves. The house lights dip way, way down, instilling in you that ...

Angelic Upstarts: Bolingbroke Hall, South Shields

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1978

I WAS starting to think the whole thing had gone down the toilet. All the energy and the anger. Suddenly smart suits and cash register ...

Advertising, Blondie: Blondie, Advertising: St. George's Hall, Blackburn

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

SWEET LITTLE Debbie Harry sure has come on in the world. Only 32 and already she's got a single in the charts and the wish ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: T'ings Could Be Worse

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

"Talking to no-one is strange, Talking to someone is stranger." – Kevin Coyne ...

Devo: Are We Not Ready?

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, March 1978

THE FIRST THING you notice on arrival at Koln airport is the modernity and organization. No baggage queues. No pre-fab ramshackle buildings. ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon: Man A Warrior – The Interview part 1

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

There's only one place to be late at night in Jamaica – tuned in to radio JBC, the man Michael Campbell, the man they call ...

Patti Smith: Easter (Arista)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1978

At last – the rock 'n' roll resurrection is upon us ...

The Soft Boys, The Brakes: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, March 1978

NOT AN evening for those with sensitive eardrums, this. Even these days when volume for its own sake seems to be a pre-requisite of too ...

Van Halen: Van Halen (Warner Brothers import) ****

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1978

Van Halen, brand new heavy metal heroes (Oh no. Here we go again — Ed) ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon: Man A Warrior, part 2

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

CYNICS AMONG the SOUNDS readership may have been wondering why/how our Johnny Rotten underwent such a speedy transformation into this new-fangled character called Johnny Cool, ...

Lou Reed: Street Hassle

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, March 1978

WHAT DO you expect from someone who's been playing rock'n'roll for nearly 15 years, in a business where age is to be feared rather than ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Zal

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

THIS IS a singer? You call...this a singer. A monstrous looking creature in an Imperial Startrooper helmet, white paper one-piece jump suit and red, blue ...

2 Timers

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1978

New York's newest are 'like The Heartbreakers on brown rice', said someone. SANDY ROBERTSON agrees, and then some. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Kaya (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

Marley runs on the spot ...

Culture: From The Roots

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

"THIS IS cactus. You can wash your hair with it. You pick it," running his finger nail down the cactus bud till a creamy sap ...

Detective: Watching The Detective

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1978

LOS ANGELES is a city full of Englishmen and Anglophiles. British bands don't play here any more, they live here. Londoners hanging out at the ...

Patti Smith: Behind The Wall Of Sleep

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1978

"Their quarters were filled with counterfeit sleep" – Stephen King, The Shining ...

The Buzzcocks, Penetration, The Slits: The Buzzcocks: Another Movie In A Different Cinema

Report and Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, March 1978

I SMOKE TOO much. I drink too much. I do drugs and don't get off, and, according to Dead Fingers Talk's manager and all the ...

999: Briefing For Direct Action

Report and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, April 1978

I WOULD HAVE LAUGHED at you for saying as much to me before, but Liverpool, with all its cool, uninspiring streets and grey sky has ...

Angelic Upstarts: What's Going On 'Ere, Then?

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1978

"WHO KILLED Liddle?" On stage a tall young man wearing a police hat, white shirt, trousers and jackboots is down on his hands and knees. ...

Elvis Costello: Costello Group Therapy

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

"KNOCK KNOCK.""Who's there?""Elvis.""Elvis who?""Forgotten already, huh?" ...

Fats Domino: Live in London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

FATS DOMINO is and always has been the most unlikely looking bona fide Fifties rock and roller you can imagine. Where Elvis, Eddie and Gene ...

Hot Chocolate: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1978

IT WAS the funniest ending to a concert I've ever seen. Hot Chocolate said their goodbyes, walked off and, I imagine, stood in the wings ...

Johnny Moped

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"DID YA hear that bit on the news about Charlie Chaplin's body. The IRA claim they took it and now they want ransom for it." ...

Meat Loaf: Rock 'N' Roll In Gothic Panavision

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

Meat Loaf are… "the best visionary, over-the-top hard rock band since Blue Oyster Cult," gasps Sandy Robertson ...

Mick Taylor: A Portrait Of The Young Man As A Solo Artist

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1978

IT'S STRICTLY a question of roots. Just the other day Capital Radio played 'Wonderful World' by Art Garfunkel supported with tunefully bland vocal assistance from ...

The Boys Can Do It

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

...take it from Sue and Sandra ...

The Congos: Heart Of The Congos

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

HEARING THE Congos is like recognising your favourite nursery rhyme, the one you'd forgotten. Or had knocked out of you. Like the purest folk songs, ...

The Tubes: The Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

THE PANTAGES Theatre; plush and Rainbow-esque. Recently the home of Hello Dolly, good clean family entertainment. The Tubes are here for a week. ...

Aswad: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

REVELATION TIME. Aswad hadn't played any dates to speak of, and the audience were Aswad-starved, raring to rave. ...

The Shirts: Shirts: Lackeys, Schemers, Pants, Sleeves, Cufflinks And Shirts

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"WE WERE always obscure in a way. The way things went, we developed our own world, sort of. We have our own language, words that ...

Tapper Zukie: Peace Fighter

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

PLENTY PEOPLE don't know the other half of Tapper Zukie. "If they knew the other half of me, they'd see me different. Right now me ...

Television: Adventure

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

NEW YORK, New York. New albums falling down like rain. La Belle Smith's rock 'n' roll army third wave invasion. Uncle Lou's first street (ha, ...

Aerosmith, Bob Welch, Dave Mason, Foreigner, Heart, Santana, Ted Nugent: The California Jam Festival

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

THERE WEREN'T even traffic jams. ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: County Counsel

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

WHEN WAYNE COUNTY left his native state of Georgia, "because it was icky, and I got shot at", he meant to take a trip down ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Something strange is going on in Sheffield tonight

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1978

INSIDE THE HOUSE, an hour to kill before going into town. Hungover. Sit on the sofa and watch TV with the sound off. A tape ...

The Damned: Final Spotlight On The Damned

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

"OOOOOOOOO CAPTAIN," says Helen from Headingley, "you're so cool these days. That jacket" – indicating his sombre black tuxedo affair and matching multi-colour polka-dotted tie ...

The Flamin' Groovies: The Flamin Groovies: Flamin' Groovies Now

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

LIKE SO many other people, the first time I caught an eyeful of the Groovies in the flesh was when they were supported by The ...

The Table

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

SOMETIMES it works and sometimes it doesn't. I mean check it out, brothers and sisters, you're paid to follow up hunches, which is why I ...

Elvis Costello: The Guildhall, Portsmouth

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1978

THE THEATRE manager of the Portsmouth Guildhall stood in the foyer panicking. "This Costello chap hasn't turned up yet," he mumbled nervously to one of ...

Generation X: 'You Can't Help Selling Out'

Report and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, April 1978

"MY FRIEND was bawling her eyes out. She asked Billy to kiss her and he did. She just about fainted!" ...

Judee Sill: Heart Food

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"AN EXORCISM of low-riding smack-shooting ghosts" was how Rolling Stone described Judee Sill's life, in issue 106/April '72 it was. Interestingly enough, that same issue ...

Kraftwerk: We ARE Showroom Dummies

Report by Jane Suck, Sounds, April 1978

Kraftwerk's hottest platter gets poseur preview ...

Rory Gallagher: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

RITUAL IS wonderful for those taking an active part in it, but almost totally meaningless to a dispassionate observer. So that's why I got more ...

Steel Pulse: No Jah-Babble In-A Birmingham

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

REGGAE IS HIP. Punks said it was OK way back and how the parasitic shower of hustlers and sycophants who comprise the music biz are ...

Judas Priest, No Dice: Judas Priest/No Dice: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

JUDAS PRIEST had a captive audience, No Dice made a mark, and Gary Valentine just about escaped alive. Proving that heavy metal lives, good old-fashioned ...

Kraftwerk: The Man Machine

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1978

SEE THE record cover. See the four men in red shirts and black ties. See them stand in line. See them in profile in the ...

Nico

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, April 1978

THE INTERVIEW took place in a neat flat high on Hampstead Hill. Nico looked much as she always has, dressed in short crushed velvet jacket ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: One Love Peace Festival

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

SUNDAY AFTERNOON Bob Marley relaxed on his front stoop. Everybody is still discussing the One Love peace show the previous day, on the night of ...

Sham 69: Son Of Sham

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

SO THERE I was with photographer Harry Murlowski, dozing and half-listening to his interminable, politically-orienated conversation with a couple of hard-core Sham 69 followers in ...

The Gladiators: Proverbial Reggae

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

LEAFING THROUGH an ancient copy of the once-revered American fanzine Shakin' Street last night I finally chanced on the solution to the difficulties – "it's ...

The Gladiators: Soul Originators

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

ALBERT GRIFFITHS has interesting hands. The fingers are stubby, square but deft, workman's hands. His manner is straightforward, workmanlike, direct, too. And if you do ...

The Seeds: Merlin's Music Box

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1978

In which Sounds scribes bring long ignored or deleted albums to your attention. No star rating necessary – naturally, they're all Very Important Platters ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe: The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

GOING TO The Shrine in sleazy downtown LA is a bit like going to the pictures, a sort of giant Odeon with lumpy seats and ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1978

FLAMING PYROTECHNICS, lasers, smoke...plus great rock'n'roll; Blue Oyster Cult is the group you always dreamt about. Even though there were sound problems and the visual ...

Lou Reed In Cloning Sensation!

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

PETE SILVERTON goes to Philadelphia to borrow a book from Lou Reed (That's not what it said on his expenses — Ed.) ...

Snatch

Profile and Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1978

PATTI PALLADIN and JUDY NYLON came to Britain last year, made 3 remarkable singles (one with Eno) then split. Or did they? JON SAVAGE steps ...

AC/DC: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

ANGUS YOUNG has got himself some new front teeth. An elegant row of even ivories that wouldn't look out of place in the mouth of ...

Aerosmith: Santa Monica Civic, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

AEROSMITH ARE in Los Angeles doing a series of small hall back-to-the-people gigs. ...

Andrew Gold: Roxy, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

SPEND TOO much time in the sun and you will soon dry up. Let this be a warning to all who make the sound of ...

Blue Oyster Cult, The Clash: Blue Oyster Cult and Sandy Pearlman

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1978

ERIC BLOOM is adamant about the current position and status of the band he sings and plays for, the am-aaa-zing Blue Oyster Cult; they are ...

Pere Ubu: Datapanik In The Year 1978: Pere Ubu

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1978

Vivien Goldman and Geoff Travis in conversation ...

Mink DeVille: Mink Deville: Return To Magenta

Review by Ben Edmonds, Sounds, May 1978

(Ben Edmonds, a former CREEM editor in Detroit, signed Mink DeVille to Capitol when he worked for that label in 1976. He now resides in ...

Punishment Of Luxury: Punishment of Luxury: Can Success Save These Men From a Season at Butlins?

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

PHIL SUTCLIFFE hopes so. Punishment of Luxury hope so even more ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1978

SWEET SIOUXSIE and her boys in black play loud, angular, claustrophobic. Batter batter into submission: make you want to do bad things... ...

Van Halen: Platform Boots Still Make It

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

COLUMBUS, Ohio. Van Halen, just called back for an encore, are basking in the unexpected adulation. The support band takes a bow. "Thank you Cleveland", ...

Tom Robinson Band: Power In The Darkness

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1978

TOM ROBINSON IS dangerously mythic. His aggressive homosexual stance gets up people's noses so much that they continually try to prove he's secretly straight, and ...

Black Sabbath: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ...

David Bowie: Peter And The Wolf

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1978

THE RELEVANCE of this classical record to the 'rock marketplace' is quite frankly marginal but evidently heavily counted upon by RCA in their wisdom. ...

David Gilmour: David Gilmour

Review by Dave Lewis, Sounds, May 1978

Alive And Intriguing - Mega-Star Makes Fine Solo Album ...

Don McLean: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

ALTHOUGH HE has become generally underrated because 'American Pie' and 'Vincent' in their different ways were songs impossible to top, to me Don McLean has ...

Ian Dury

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

THE FIRST time I met Ian Dury – nearly two years ago in Dingwalls when I was little more than just another wide-eyed and a ...

Penetration: Abcess Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

EVERYONE was smiling, feeling rosie the way you do, when a wedding service draws to a close. Pauline, singer with Penetration, and her long-time sweetheart ...

The Ramones: Goodbye Tommy, Hello Marky

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

DRUMMER wanted for name NY punk band. Must have own leather jacket and torn Levis. Ability to mumble 'gabba gabba' an advantage. No interlektewals. Apply ...

Angel: Angels With Tarty Faces?

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

ANGEL: 'The boys come because the girls come...our audience is anywhere from 8 to c-cup.' ...

Throbbing Gristle: Industrial Paranoia: The Very Dangerous Visions Of Throbbing Gristle

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

'All art aspires to the condition of musak.' 'Most of the people who disapprove of musak... but we are doing it for your own good!' ...

Magazine: Real Life

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

'I'm faking an extravagant journey, also it seems to me...' ...

Nick Lowe: This Is Your Life

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

Pete Silverton assembles a few views of Basher — man, myth and magic ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (2)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1978

WITHOUT a doubt Peter Gabriel's second solo album is the very best record to surface from the entire Genesis-Steve Hackett-Anthony Phillips-Brand X-Gabriel vinyl conglomerate. ...

Sham 69: If The Kids Are United…

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, June 1978

JIMMY PURSEY'S very baggy grey flannels are held up by a brand new pair of white braces. His striped shirt is as clean as five ...

The Godz: The Smell Of Burning Leather…

Profile by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

"WE'RE A rock and roll band!" spits the ugly rock junkie Eric Moore at the handful of people ogling the stage. "That heavy metal shit's ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Up Against The Wall

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

TOM ROBINSON had just had his teeth capped at the dentist and was about to embark on a diet when we met. So? ...

Bob Dylan: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

THE CAMERAS panned over a line of deck chairs and sleeping bags sprouting people grinning and flashing peace signs and the man in the ticket ...

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

LET'S START with the obvious. It's impossible to approach this album without taking into heavy account the fortunes and misfortunes of this Crown Prince of ...

Culture: Africa Stand Alone

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

IF THE word hadn't grown flabby through over-use, I'd say that Culture were strictly roots. ...

Magazine

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

I THINK it was the Jesuits of whom it was said they always answer a question with a question. Or maybe it was the Jews. ...

Randy Newman: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1978

RANDY NEWMAN just might be the only artist in the whole of the music business capable of getting bedsores from live performances. Noted for his ...

Rainbow, REO Speedwagon: REO Speedwagon/Rainbow: Los Angeles, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

REO Rattled By Rampant Rainbow ...

Mighty Diamonds: The Mighty Diamonds: There's No Ganja In Nassau

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

DAWN FLUSHED the sky like tomato juice infiltrating a shot of vodka, as a precarious caravan of dreadlocks weaves between stately lines of towering palm ...

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

WHICHEVER WAY you look at it, this is an important album of the first order. Important primarily because it's the first album (excluding Love You ...

Todd Rundgren: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1978

WHATEVER THE reasons might be, Todd Rundgren is back. That is, Todd Rundgren the pop singer/guitar singer as opposed to the Utopian pyramid-freak. ...

Ian Gillan Band: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

WHEN YOU'VE seen one old Deep Purple singer you haven't seen them all. It happened that a month ago I reviewed David Coverdale putting his ...

Judy Mowatt: Black Woman

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

JUDY MOWATT of Wailers' I Three fame is wearing a blue denim button-through skirt, and her hair is hidden under an elaborately rimmed scarf tied ...

Randy Newman: Short Takes

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

AFTER THE show there was a photo session in a back-room of the theatre. Randy walked in and, since there was no other reason for ...

Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Tin Huey, The Waitresses: Rock in Akron: The Music Of Greater Akron

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

Is this the avant-garde or the sound of cash registers? Pete Silverton has a pretty good idea ...

Suicide: The Third International Science Fiction Festival, Metz, France

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, June 1978

METZ: SOURCES inform it to be located some 20 miles east of Paris, France. Or two hours of sky from Luton, England, as it proved ...

The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean: The Beach Boys: Four Girls For Every Boy

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

IMPORTANT DATES in the history of surfing music: ...

Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats: A Tonic For The Troops

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1978

IT'S NO accident that the second Boomtown Rats album has a catalogue number of ENVY 3. Any creative artist or major group has genuine cause ...

The Clash: The 'Serious In-Depth Interview' You've Been Waiting For!

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

"AAAWOOOEEEUUUOOO, PETE...'ear you bin to the States...how wazzit?" ...

The Dickies: More Than Just Another Crazy Band From L.A.

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

Dickies n. pl. 1: Fake undershirts originating in U.S. high schools in the mid 60s, when "creeps" who wanted to look like the Beatles without ...

Advertising: Jingles

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

FEELING RUTHLESS, you could divide the entire spectrum of pop and rock'n'roll into two. ...

Bob Dylan: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

MY THEORY was that this Bobby the Zee concert was strictly for nostalgia-lovers, music fans keep clear. ...

Bootsy Collins: 'Don't Leave Home Without Your F.U.N.K!'

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

"I WANNA PLAY with the kids", Bootsy Collins said, yearning. Walking down the gravel path winding past the white neo-Classical pillars of Kenwood House, Highgate, ...

Chrome: Alien Soundtracks

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

REMEMBERING THAT electricity comes from other planets... ...

David Bowie: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

EVERYBODY I spoke to was complaining. A front row of seats had been sold then removed to fit the stage extension in. The roadies thought ...

Peter Gabriel

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, June 1978

THIS BLOKE stands menacingly in the entrance to Bath Spa Station. "Hmm," I muse to myself, taking note of his close crop, "a West Country ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: The Unacceptable Face Of '78

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

'Overground – from abnormalityOverboard – for identityOverground – for normalityOverboard – on identity'– 'Overground' ...

Tom Robinson Band: The Starwood, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

CONSIDERING THE relative lack of any amount of hype, the Starwood was respectably full, if respectable' is a word you could use to describe the ...

Devo, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Rachel Sweet, The Waitresses: Various Artists: The Akron Compilation (Stiff); Short Circuit — Live at the Electric Circus (Virgin)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

OH JESUS! After Devo, the (marketing) deluge. ...

The Subway Sect: Subway Sect: Life Underground

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, July 1978

Everyone's a prostituteSinging in the song in prisonMoral standards the wallpaperThe wall's a bad religionMedia teach me what to speakTake my decisionsIt's how to find ...

Van Morrison: "Sam Cooke Still Turns Me On"

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, July 1978

A short and rather scruffy man, accompanied by a handsome L.A. Ethnic (tee-shirt, jeans, clean black moustache) is milling around Oxford on an afternoon characterised ...

The Clash, The Specials: The Clash/The Specials: Friar's, Aylesbury

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1978

FOR PEOPLE who like to put things in neat little pecking orders – and because of our conditioning there's a lot of them – the ...

Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Graham Parker, Joan Armatrading: Blackbushe Festival - Nice To See Ya, Bob

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1978

...OR RATHER, IT would have been, but at least we heard him and that made the hassles worthwhile, reports our survivor of the million dollar ...

Anthony Braxton: Living In The Dynamic Operating Arena

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1978

IT HAS TO be said that playing an Anthony Braxton album is the quickest way I can think of to clear a rock fan's room. ...

Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, August 1978

'Monkey men allIn business suitTeachers and criticsAll dance the pootAre we not men?We are Devo!Are we not men?D-E-V-OWe must repeatOK let's go!' ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Poet And The Roots: Dread Beat An' Blood

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1978

'All oppressionCan do is bringPassion to de heights of eruptionAn' songs of fire we will sing'– 'All Wi Doin' Is Defendin' ...

Sylvester

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, August 1978

WEBSTER’S gives "Excessive, extravagant; Fanciful, fantastic; violent, unrestrained" as definitions of ‘outrageous’. ...

The Dictators: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1978

FOR A START, L.A. is about as distant from the Bronx as Tunbridge Wells, and not just geographically, here they are very serious about punk/rock/whatever, ...

The Rich Kids: Ghosts of Princes in Towers

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, August 1978

What do you do with what you've got? ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: A Transexual In Transit

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1978

KCHUNK. NOTHING. Kchunk. Cherry Vanilla, bare tits with orange peel between her legs. Kchunk. Transomething Jackie Curtis in 1969, glittered eyes. Kchunk. Patti Smith, youthful ...

Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

SUCH A CIVILISED BAND. You may think this is no way to run a review but I'm going to quote all the words to one ...

Blue Oyster Cult, UFO: Blue Oyster Cult/UFO: Live In Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

THEY DON'T have a Trades Descriptions Act in the States. If they did, then the Cult might be in trouble. Their ads (and, what's more, ...

Dyan Diamond

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

HUSTLE MINUS hype, really. Still, it could only happen in Hollywood, that's for sure. Where else but in dream-machine country could a 16-year-old girl with ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Poet Of The Roots

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

"The one crowded space in Father Perry's house was his bookshelves. I gradually came to understand that the marks on the pages were trapped words. ...

The Beach Boys: Summer Days (And Summer Nights)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

LATER SHE realised she'd really been attracted to him because he looked sad. All the other boys on the beach were so cheerful, and the ...

Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds, Gordon The Moron: The Rabid Show — Gordon The Moron/Ed Banger/Gyro: Eric's, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, September 1978

Rabid roster on the rampage ...

The Who: Sweat, Bollocks & Guts

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

IN ORDER that you wouldn’t get lost in the huge Universal Studios complex, accidentally find yourself on a glam-tram and off on a tourist-view of ...

Wild Man Fischer: Wildman Larry Fischer: Neurotic? Paranoid? Depressed?

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

THE FIRST time I met Larry Fischer was early one Sunday morning in the shadow of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, at the fabled ...

Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves: The Chord Is Mightier Than The Pen

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

HEAR THE CLASH OF LEWIS LEATHERS AS PETE SILVERTON MEETS BLAST FURNACE ...

Blondie: Parallel Lines

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

I JUST decided there is no such thing as Art Rock; all there is is different levels of commerciality. ...

John Cooper Clarke: Just Another Ex-Gravedigger Poet Into Dada and the TV

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1978

GARRY BUSHELL GOES PUNK-SURREAL ...

Mick Farren: Vampires Stole My Lunch Money

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

MICK FARREN, in case you didn't know it, is a rock journalist and author who very occasionally makes records. Remember The Deviants' amphetamine hippy-boogie, or ...

Blondie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

Y'WANNA HEAR a plangent melody? Forget it, Blondie are a rock 'n' roll band who have (at last) gotten to the point where they can ...

Bryan Ferry: The Bride Stripped Bare

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

I MUST confess myself horrified to recall, just as I was about to start this review, that my first ever album review was of Bryan ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Private Practice

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

The Worthington White Shield of Rock ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Private Practice

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

MY, THESE boys really have moved up in the world. Once upon a time, it was the local quack and 'You Shouldn't Call The Doctor ...

Joy Division: Band on the Wall, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, September 1978

IT WAS during the unforgettable summer of '77 that I had my first encounter with Joy Division (then named Warsaw). Through a steamy Electric Circus ...

Midge Ure, The Rich Kids, Slik: Midge Ure: Confessions Of A Pop Performer

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

SLIK: TEEN IDOL MARK ONE ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

Let's give the Fingers a big hand ...

The Ramones: Road To Ruin

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1978

JOEY RAMONE sips tea, strikes Janet Street Porter pose... ...

Yes: Tormato

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

I UNDERSTAND it has remained OK to like Genesis (which I don't) but it's not OK to like Yes (which I do though no longer ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Love Bites

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1978

VULNERABILITY MEANS never having to say you're sorry... ...

Mick Farren: London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

"HELLO, MY name's Mick Farren...I wanna drink!" ...

Ted Nugent: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

ISN'T IT nice to know that in this ever-changing world there is always something you can rely on to stay the same? Apart from a ...

The Beach Boys: MIU

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

How can grown men sing stuff like this and mean it? ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

IT COULD be just my fevered imagination running away with me, but right now it seems that Sandy Pearlman (wily old fox and Cult behind-the-scenes ...

Brand X: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

DESPITE ALL your Weather Reports, Coreas, Dukes and such, Brand X remain the sum total of British jazz-rock to reach what might reasonably be termed ...

Camel: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

A CAMEL Caravan from Canterbury (two down, three across). You couldn't fit the solution into The Times crossword though. It took an hour-and-a-half to play ...

David Bowie: Stage

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1978

SO: THE next stage. The ending of one, the beginning of another? But of course, all the world's a stage. Aaaaaaah... ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

I KNOW those were pretty strange-looking cigarettes the people from Jet Records were handing out on the coach down from LA to Anaheim stadium, but ...

Gentle Giant: Giant For A Day

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

THIS GENTLE Giant album could present you with some difficulty and even expense. The problem is that you'll have to set your record player up ...

Grace Jones: Fame

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

THE INSTANT reaction is to scoff at someone as blatantly marketable as Grace Jones. An astonishingly beautiful model, she prompts writers to haul their most ...

Joan Armatrading: To The Limit

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

I'M UNDER strict instructions to make this Joan Armatrading review a little less like a love letter than its predecessors. Well it's hard you know ...

Kate Bush

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

AN HOUR or so in the company of Kate Bush is rather like being trapped for the duration as an unwitting participant in a very ...

Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Discography

Discography by Dave Lewis, Sounds, September 1978

PRE-LED ZEPPELIN SESSIONS ...

Rush: This Man Has Nightmares

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, September 1978

He's also lead guitarist for RUSH and writes songs about the politics of oak trees, shapeless spirits and The Real Truth. Psychiatric care by Geoff Barton. ...

Jan & Dean: Jan and Dean: Starwood Club, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1978

THEY'VE RENAMED LA's Starwood club the Surfwood for the night. ...

Linda Ronstadt: Living In The U.S.A.

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1978

HI AGAIN. It's only me and this is only another Linda Ronstadt review. The words 'rock and roll' are used in the ads for this ...

Stiff Little Fingers

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1978

IF MY FIRST sight of Jake Burns had been while keeping myself occupied on a bus by speculating on the lives of the other passengers, ...

The Skids: No Comedy, No Intellect, No Politics, No Punk

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1978

GARRY BUSHELL INTERVIEWS THE SKIDS AND GETS CONFUSED (AGAIN). AN EVERYDAY STORY OF SCOTTISH LADS IN A POP GROUP. ...

Boston: San Francisco

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1978

I SHOULD have been prepared for it, being in San Francisco and all that, but I hardly expected that a Boston concert would find me ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)****

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1978

WE'RE NOT the same, you're not the same, they're not the same. ...

Joan Armatrading: Perrier Water and Privacy: Joan Armatrading

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1978

"LOOOK this way pet, wooood you dear," said the photographer in a voice fusing Andy Stewart and Larry Grayson. "Please pet". Fussing, fussing. ...

Rachel Sweet: Fool Around

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1978

AKRON'S BRIGHTEST star smiles knowingly and proves that everyone else has it all wrong, because nope, you don't have to exhibit an air of disdain ...

Rock on TV: TVOD

Overview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1978

UNTIL RECENTLY, watching rock on the box was the worst of media masochism. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Scream

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1978

NO MATTER what anyone may say or think, the success of 'Hong Kong Garden' was neither predicted nor predictable. Despite its obvious instantness (primarily, of ...

The Abyssinians: Arise

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1978

I LEARNT to love the Abyssinians at the kitchen sink, age 7 or so. As I sang Beatles tunes in three-part harmony doing the washing ...

Weather Report: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1978

IF YOU spent an evening in the company of some guys and the only word they uttered was 'Goodbye' you might well think they were ...

13th Floor Elevators, Red Krayola: Thirteenth Floor Elevators: Psychedelic Sounds Of.../Red Krayola: Parable Of Arable Land

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1978

THESE ALBUMS are famous, if at all, for not being famous. Now that the all too seductive veil of obscurity has been lifted (and therefore ...

Vivian Stanshall: Viv Stanshall

Interview by Dave Lewis, Sounds, November 1978

From cuckoo's nest to Rawlinson End ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Wotabunch!

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1978

'ORRIBLE SLEEVE! Revolting stuffed animals and tacky cardboard cut-out Kilburos abound. I fear Stiff are disassociating themselves from Wotabunch!, which is understandable when you consider ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1978

COMES A time when even Neil Young has to do something different with his live shows than the acoustic set followed by hard-rock-with-band bit. ...

Stephen Stills: Thoroughfare Gap

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1978

IN THE end all will be disco, or so it would seem, so the best you can hope for is that your chosen hero exercises ...

The Residents: Not Available

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

EVEN BEFORE slotting the stylus into the grooves, you're aware that this is one of the most bizarre albums ever to make it a: far ...

Whitesnake: Viper Trails

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

WHEN WHITESNAKE first hit the road six months ago (with Brian Johnston on keyboards) the generally buoyant Coverdale let out one cry of pain to ...

Boomtown Rats: This Feature Is Guaranteed Free From Bob Geldof

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

...THAT'S THE PETE SILVERTON PLEDGE ...

Jade Warrior: Way Of The Sun

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

NOT YER average roots of mystic religion jazz-fusion ...

Joy Division

Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, November 1978

THROB,THROB, THROB, THROB. "Hey Miss, a bottle of Newcastle please, what? Oh, a bottle of Pils then." THROB, THROB, THROB, THROB. ...

The Police: Outlandos D'Amour

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

IT WILL probably come as a surprise to most people who saw them during their early months last year, but The Police have finally come ...

Foreigner: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1978

FOREIGNER ARE pretty much a thinking man's Bay City Rollers. ...

Rod Stewart: Blondes Have More Fun

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

OR BLOATED egos with lots of money get to see more of the world. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Most Elitist Band In The World

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

'A gig is often an exaggeration of what we feel every day and therefore it can probably seem a bit ridiculous at times maybe. It ...

The Clash: Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

PERSPECTIVE. THE Clash are heroes (but not mine). ...

Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

THE TRICK experience, but hardly cheap at £8.50 a shot. Even so, it's worth it, as is evidenced by the fact that Flyover in Hammersmith ...

Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1978

THE OLD Testament followed by the New (also written some while ago you will recall). For once there was hardly a vacant seat by half ...

David Johansen, New York Dolls: Funky (But Chic) — David Johansen at Point Blank

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

RIGHT BETWEEN the eyes, pilgrim. Yeah, he does look like Lee Marvin. In walks the supposed progenitor of all this punko nonsense, ex-New York Doll ...

David Johansen, New York Dolls: Funky (But Chic): David Johansen At Point Blank

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

RIGHT BETWEEN the eyes, pilgrim. Yeah, he does look like Lee Marvin. In walks the supposed progenitor of all this punko nonsense, ex-New York Doll ...

Jim Morrison: An American Prayer

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

A BOOK could be written (and has been), about James Douglas Morrison, sometime sex symbol, filmmaker, poet, drunk and rock 'n' roll star, so I ...

Julie Covington: Julie Covington

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

AND SO this is Christmas. ...

Pere Ubu: Invasion Of The Warm, Friendly Bodysnatchers

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, December 1978

SEE THE ALIENS. See the room. See the aliens in the room. The aliens call themselves Pere Ubu. See Pere Ubu. See the big alien ...

Queen: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1978

IT'S BEEN five years or so since Queen last played in New Orleans and the fans, having heard the glowing reports of last year's US ...

Sniff 'n' the Tears: Fickle Heart

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

DON'T BE misled by the collective title. Sniff 'N' The Tears is no more a real band than Tommy Dunbar's imaginary Psychotic Pineapple. Everything here ...

The Cars: (I Love The Sound Of) Fading Brakes

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

The Cars: Lyceum, London ...

Alternative TV: A Different Kettle of ATV

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

WHEN I FIRST mooted that I'd be interested in scribbling out a feature on Alternative TV, the thinking man's all-purpose unpunkgroup, the band's hustler and ...

Bob Dylan: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1978

THE 18,000 people who presumably didn't pitch tent early enough to make Dylan's sold-out summer date in L. A. but packed into the Forum this ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image (Virgin)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

AND THE BOY looked at Johnny. And he shouted: "Look, ma, the Emperor's got no clothes." ...

The Brides of Funkenstein, Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/Brides Of Funkenstein: Bellevue Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, December 1978

THE WORLD funk extravaganza circus comes to Manchester. ...

The Runaways: And Now The Runaways

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

HOW DOES it feel to be on your own? ...

Thin Lizzy: Joints

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

"HI, THIS is the Nightbird, Alison Steel, brought to you by the Army Reserve. And tonight my guests in the studio are Scott Gorham and ...

Neil Young: Live Rust (Reprise)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 1979

THE WORD is, of course, survivor. Just Neil left on the Reprise label and Neil being the only remnant of the sixties still hanging in ...

The Clash: Sending for the Cavalry

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Sounds, 1979

The Clash: Live At The Roxy, Los Angeles A CLASH TREAT for their fans this, a five dollar ticket and a smaller setting than bands ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1979

"THERE'S NOTHING like a Grateful Dead concert." This oft-quoted statement from past hand-out material was going through my head as I stumbled over the attendant ...

Penetration, Punishment Of Luxury: Penetration/Punishment Of Luxury/Neon: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1979

THIS WAS A night to crush Cleveland, bugger Bloomington and give the arse to Akron. North British talent ruled, and it was OK. Well, no, ...

Richard Hell: The Return Of The Bug-Eyed Monster

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1979

RICHARD HELL AND GIOVANNI DADOMO VISIT THE BOAT SHOW ...

Kiss: The Timeless Quality Of Platform Boots

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1979

KISS' PAUL STANLEY, GEOFF BARTON AND 'PERHAPS THE GREATEST INTERVIEW OF ALL TIME' ...

Crass, Ludus, Poison Girls: Ludus/Poison Girls/Crass: The Factory at the Russell Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, February 1979

She's So Modern ...

Cheap Trick, Fundamental Ache And The Concept Of Divine Effort

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1979

SINCE THE onset of 'serious' rock criticism in the late Sixties there seems, for the most part, to have been a parting of the ways ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material (Rough Trade)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1979

POOR OLD Stiff Little Fingers. They stormed across the Irish Sea last year and confused most people by talking loudly about being Ulster Boys without ...

The Clash In America

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1979

"SO YOU think we lost the battle — then go home and weep about it. Sometimes you’ve got to wake up in the morning and ...

Velvet Underground: 1969 Velvet Underground Live (Mercury)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1979

BUT LOU REED, Lou’s got real problems. Ever since he started out he’s been trying to wheedle Jehovah into making him Keith Richard (‘Rock And ...

Wreckless Eric Cleans Up His Act

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1979

PETE SILVERTON JOINS HIM ON THE WAGON ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Breakout in Newport: Stiff Little Fingers

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

All the action of life at the top as Phrantic Phil Sutcliffe, our man with his finger on the pop pulse, goes "on the road" ...

Bad Company: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

I WALKED into a pub before the gig and... go on, guess what was playing on the jukebox, 'Alright Now'. Eh? You don't get the ...

Toto: A Growth Industry For Modern People

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1979

A TOTO/SANDY ROBERTSON MULTI PLATINUM FINANCIAL READOUT ...

Bram Tchaikovsky, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep/Bram Tchaikovsky: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

HEEP AND Tchaikovsky? All I expected to want to write was a letter to the civic authorities asking them to put Andrex instead of Bronco ...

Graham Parker and the Rumour: Squeezing Out Sparks

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1979

One current school of thought – represented at our editorial meetings by the capitalist Ruislip reader faction – has it that Graham Parker has well ...

Tanya Tucker: Yet Another Excuse To Print A Picture Of A Young Girl With A Guitar

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1979

WILL THE ICE remain unbroken? Shucks, these phone interviews are a pain (both for the artist and the journalist). I mean, it's not easy encapsulating ...

Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves, Christopher Milk, Mick Farren, Nick Kent, Patti Smith, The Pretenders: The Pen Is Mightier As A Chord

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1979

...sometimes. The rock critic as musician. By Sandy Robertson ...

Alicia Bridges: Ackshon Replay

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1979

ALICIA BRIDGES OVER(COMES) TROUBLED WATERS, PUNS GARRY 'DISCO BOY' BUSHELLL ...

Crass: The Feeding Of The Five Thousand (Small Wonder, Weeny 2) **

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1979

Obscene oaths do not the revolution make ...

Journey: Hold The (Balls On The) Line

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1979

AN ADMIRABLE PHILOSOPHY. BUT WILL IT BE ENOUGH TO POPULARISE THE JOURNEY BRAND OF AMERICAN AOR IN THE UK? GEOFF BARTON SEEMS TO THINK SO ...

The Pop Group: We Know There’s Something Wrong Somewhere: The Pop Group

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1979

This and other astute observations on life, art and the consumer society in THE POP GROUP interview. ...

Graham Parker: You Can't Be Too Strong

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

THE HOSPITALITY room backstage at Newcastle City Hall welcomed me like a cold echo. A table load of cellophane-covered salads and the muffled sound of ...

The Rezillos: Can’t Stand The (Other) Rezillos

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1979

A Family At War. A live album from a dead band. Or, as our contribution to Einstein’s centenary, PHIL SUTCLIFFE proves that 3+2=0, ...

Popol Vuh: Nosferatu (Egg)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1979

SHROUDED IN mystique since their inception in the early 70's, Popol Vuh are arguably the least known exponents of Teutonic 'rock' music in this country. ...

The Buzzcocks: Inside The Hit Factory

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

"It's really amazing. I can just sit there and go dee-da-dee-da-dee, da-dee-da-dee, put some words to it, teach the other three how to play it, ...

The Members: At The Chelsea Nightclub (Virgin)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

BEFORE WE start let something be said: if lesser papers want to slag off Sounds they're quite welcome to try, but per-lease don't use the ...

Van Halen

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

Dateline Hollywood: SYLVIE SIMMONS demurely averts her gaze from the tight satin loonpants and sez: Gimme the track-by-track lowdown on the new album. At least, ...

Daevid Allen: N'Existe Pas! (Charly)***½/ Banana Moon (Charly)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1979

YOUR PLANET Gong correspondent reporting again, and with better news than of late, Both of these albums have much to commend them to Daevid Allen ...

Kate Bush: The Perfumed Garden Of Good And Evil

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1979

DID YOU EVER visit some distant relative for tea and cakes, and as a postscript have to sit through the "party piece" of their little ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

"THEY THINK THEY'RE FIGHTING FASCISM ON BEHALF OF BLACKS, BUT THEY'RE FOOLING THEMSELVES" ...

The Police: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

THERE'S SOMETHING schizophrenic about this group. An English band with an American drummer, a Californian who knows how to bash out rock and roll – ...

Thin Lizzy: The Liz

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

GARRY BUSHELL FOLLOWS THE T(H)IN MAN AND THE REST DOWN THE YELL O'BRICK ROAD ...

Angelic Upstarts: Gonna Be A Prison Break-In

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

THE BAND THE POLICE LOVE TO HATE INVITED TO DO A PRISON GIG? ...

Dire Straits: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

IF THERE really is the third British Invasion the Californians keep talking about, platinum-sellers Dire Straits, welcomed to L.A. by bunting across the Sunset Strip ...

Judas Priest: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

THIRD NIGHT at the Starwood and they're still packing them in. Limbs flailing through the dry ice that fills the stand-up section in imaginary guitar ...

Lou Reed at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

ANOTHER YEAR, another Lou Reed in a different toilet. ...

The Damned, The Specials, UK Subs: The Damned/UK Subs/The Specials: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

WITH ENOUGH police grouped manacingly outside in coaches, in squad cars and standing around to supervise a couple of Manchester United away fixtures, I suppose ...

The Rezillos: Mission Accomplished…But The Beat Goes On (Sire)***

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

HEY, EVER known what it's like feeling like you're E.J. Thribb? Try reveiwing this album. Phil Sutcliffe got it just right in his 3 plus ...

Raydio: Rock On (Arista)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, April 1979

IN A YEAR already generous with good R&B albums comes Ray Parker's second release, and it may be the best of all. ...

Ted Nugent: Divorce, Ted Nugent Style

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1979

TED NUGENT (Hammersmith Odeon, second house): "There can come a time when you baby turns to you and says 'I'm splittin'' and you're so sad ...

David Bowie: Lodger (RCA)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1979

ANOTHER THESIS would be the straw that broke the camel's back. Now there's a line that could easily have been snipped from one of David ...

EMI: Saturday Night Beneath The Corporate Umbrella

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

MUSIC, FILMS TV, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, MEDICINE, WEAPONS...HOW A GIANT RECORD COMPANY NOW EXTENDS INTO EVERY AREA OF LIFE – AND DEATH. ...

Gang of Four: The Gang's All Here

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1979

...WELL ALMOST, AS GARRY BUSHELL DISCOVERS DURING A DRUNKEN DISCUSSION WITH THE GANG OF FOUR ...

Joe Jackson: Further Thoughts On The Foolishness Of Polka Dot Ties

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

"I THINK people realised it's about time they had some decent music over here", says the man behind the desk at the top of the ...

Nick Lowe: Labour Of Lust (Radar)***.5

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1979

PEOPLE USED to slate Frank Zappa by dragging out some old rock critic's smart jibe that however Francis would parody 'Louie, Louie' till he was ...

Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies (A&M)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

A MAN of honour is old Rick. Some three years ago when he was preparing No Earthly Connection he said he would like to do ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

THE CROWD is going apeshit. A five-figure bunch of America's Finest with cowboy hats and beer bellies are whooping it up like it's New Year's ...

The Knack: How You'll Be Getting It

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1979

I LEANED over and whispered in the ear of the blank-looking blonde girl seated next to me: "I'm a stranger in this town, so maybe ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: The Wayne County Interview

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1979

WAYNE COUNTY was already in the car. I was ushered into the front seat, leaving Wayne staring down the back of my neck. That was ...

Throbbing Gristle: The Factory, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, June 1979

WHEN I WAS watching Throbbing Gristle where were you? ...

Tom Robinson Band: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

"EDUCATION", CLAIMS the motto six feet above the head of Tom Robinson for his second time in LA, "is learning to use the tools which ...

Secret Affair: Mods Without Parkas

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1979

"HEYYY, don't crowd me, wanna be the only one. Heyyy, won't you give me a break, I'm gonna be second to none." ...

The Police: We Could Have Said: 'This Sting Is Bigger Than Both Of Us.' Or Even: 'Band Of Copeland Glory,'

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

...but instead you'll be relieved there are no Police puns in this headline ...

The Ruts Bleed For You

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1979

IT WAS ALL going so well too, that was the point. So everyone assumed it was part of the act. I must admit I was ...

Robert Gordon: Down And Out In Paris The Robert Gordon Way

Review and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1979

Robert Gordon: Palais des Sports, Paris ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

CHUCK E.’S IN the audience. Got up just in time for the show. No doubt Chuck E.’s also in love. He’s definitely in business. The ...

Joni Mitchell: Mingus

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1979

IF INTENTION automatically equalled success then this would be one hell of an album. As it is, it's beautifully recorded, self-consciously precious, a maddeningly white ...

Aerosmith

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

ENCAPSULATED VERSION: five-piece group from as near to Boston as matters bust their balls and abuse their bodies digging their way out of the grime ...

The Sex Pistols, Sham 69: Goodbye Sham 69

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1979

"WE WANT SHUM! WE WANT SHUM! WE WANT SHUM!" Friday night in Glasgow The Apollo is packed to capacity and if you want understatements the ...

Herman Brood, Nina Hagen: Herman Brood: The Further Adventures of Herman and Nina

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

'It's a magic, fantastic, plastic fireball/makes you strong for life/makes you stumble and fall/they're gonna call you names you never heard before/they got you comin' ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson: What The Hell Is This ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

THIS IS a real mutha for ya, from the first seconds of the title track which go for your vitals with a rivet gun of ...

Penetration: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

I'D SEEN the name around several times, but I'd never seen the band until tonight. Strange how your luck can change. ...

The Beach Boys: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

POTTED PALM trees, fishing nets, dry ice aka sea mist, the Captain (sans Tenille) and a backing band in a boat. Degenerate drummer in Brian-sized ...

The Ramones: Rock'n'Roll High School (Sire Import) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1979

THE ERA of the compilation is upon us, and this soundtrack album of smarties and arties is another rapid fire job, featuring the next best ...

The Roches: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

THE ROCHES. Pronounced as in bugs. Maggie and Terre and Suzzy, three sisters somewhere in their 20s. ...

Destroy All Monsters: Monster Mash

Profile and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, July 1979

Giovanni Dadomo talks to Destroy All Monsters. Sounds editor falls for Niagara (geddit) and says, "I think we have a Debbie Harry situation with regards ...

Gary Numan, The Lurkers: Beggars Banquet: Laughing All The Way To The Banquet

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

FROM SECOND-HAND RECORD SHOP TO NUMBER ONE SINGLE AND ALBUM. THE STORY OF BEGGARS BANQUET ...

Herman Brood: Herman Brood And His Wild Romance (Ariola) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

THE ONLY thing against Herman Brood is his nationality. The world may simply not believe that a Dutchman can sing filthy English-language rock like this ...

Rod Stewart: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

YOU DON'T have to be hungry to make good rock and roll, but it helps. Sitting through a Rod Stewart show is like watching a ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Till You Drop (Warner Bros.)*****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1979

THERE'S PROBABLY a whole bunch of enormous ironies knocking around this world but right now I can't think of a bigger or more slap-happy one ...

Angelic Upstarts: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1979

THE MUSIC Press is a middle class toy, perpetually pampered, easily bored, easily bought off. It's too easy to sit pretty in your safe mortgaged ...

Saxon: Big Teasers From Barnsley: Saxon

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

HERE'S A challenge to sort the men from the boys. From new "grassroots English heavy metal band" Saxon to the latest American skullcrushers to go ...

Led Zeppelin: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

WELL. I quite like them. ...

New Barbarians: Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, August 1979

ROCK AND ROLL having as it does sod all to do with music and a whole lot to do with sex and drugs (even to ...

Roy Loney: Out After Dark

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1979

CHRIS WILSON, lead singer of the Flamin' Groovies, was once described as "looking a bit of a prick in orange satin", but he got off ...

Squeeze: Greenwich Fun City

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1979

"She used to do a topless/Down at the Surrey Docks/With tassels on her wotsits/She did a t'riffic job/Of raising all the eye-brows/Of every lunch time ...

Nils Lofgren: The Second Coming of Nils Lofgren

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1979

IT'S A COMMON complaint among watchers of American late-night television. Everything is going along as normal, all the right cliches are being spoken, when you ...

XTC: Drums And Wires (Virgin)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

I'M WELL qualified to write about XTC. I don't understand them at all. I prove that publicly last autumn when a couple of days in ...

Led Zeppelin: Close The Door, Put The Light Out… Led Zeppelin: In Through The Out Door (Swan Song)

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, September 1979

YOU'RE PROBABLY not interested in our problems, but I think an explanation is in order as to why Sounds is carrying a review of the ...

Genya Ravan: …And I Mean It! (20th Century Fox import) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

DON'T EVEN let it cross your mind that I'm influenced by Ms Ravan being the only artist who's given me a great big kiss at ...

Nazareth: Coliseum Rock

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

ROCK AND ROLL at this level can be a damn luxurious business, I reflected in the air-conditioned comfort of the Nazareth limo sashaying and bumping ...

The Slits: One Day, All Girls Will Made This Way: The Slits: Cut (Island) *****

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, September 1979

SLACK JAW, warm hearts: Cuts is astoundingly good. ...

Helen Reddy, Kim Fowley: Sandy Robertson's Hollywood Confidential

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

"On my first visit to Los Angeles I was conventionally prepared for almost anything except for what it really looked like – a quite beautiful ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Join Hands

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

WHADDA YA MEAN, is it extreme? Can you honestly imagine the Banshees doing anything —whether it be throwing shapes for a camera, getting dressed for ...

The Barracudas: Hanging Ten in West London

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

SERIOUSLY, WOULD you expect even one of the skinheads who inhabit the feral slums of Ladbroke Grove to have the slightest notion of the origins ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

IT'S NO mere coincidence that Dave Edmunds openly admires Rick Nielsen, has dinner with him and appears onstage alongside Cheap Trick at the drop of ...

A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Teardrop Explodes: Joy Division, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen et al: Leigh Rock Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, September 1979

A movement with no name... and a festival with no people (But a 'staggering event' all the same, says our man Middles) ...

Meat Loaf: Meatloaf: Meat The Wife

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT MEAT LOAF AND UNDERSTANDING? QUIPS SANDY ROBERTSON ...

Sham 69: The Adventures Of Hersham Boys (Polydor)***

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1979

WHAT DID Sham mean to you? I don't really give a monkey's cos to me and a lot of my mates they were the business. ...

Tom Verlaine: Tom Verlaine (Elektra Import) ***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

IMAGINATIVE TITLE, eh? Nah, but hand it to him for resilience, you really thought you'd seen the last of teevee after the hostile critics were ...

UK Subs: Another Kind Of Blues (Gem)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1979

THIS REVIEW lasts 180 seconds and reads 1-2-3-4. It starts with a loud guitar burst, then bass and drums explode and your voice roars 'GARAGELAND' ...

Faulty Towers: Miles Copeland’s New Wave

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

MILES COPELAND is prone to saying things like "cracking America and the world is a big job and we're going to have to work really ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: In Aberdeen...No-one Can Hear You Scream

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

THE GEEZER standing next to me in the urinal said "Hey, have you heard the rumour? Two of the Banshees have run off. They're not ...

Mahogany Rush: Why Does This Man Look Like This On The Verge Of 1980?

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1979

SYLYIE SIMMONS MEETS FRANK MARINO OF MAHOGANY RUSH AND MANAGES TO TALK ABOUT THINGS OTHER THAN HIS SHIRT, BOOTS AND THE PIMPLE ON HIS FACE ...

Penetration: Coming Up For Air (Virgin) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

UP! THAT'S what Penetration are. Such stimulation. A Japanese masseuse on speciality-of-the-house rates could hardly have tickled more of a tingle into every nerve-end from ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: The Boot Boys Are Back In Town

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1979

"PUNK IS BACK, PUNK IS BACK, WO-AH, WO-AH!" ...

The Cure: Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

THIS GIG with The Cure supposedly supporting the Banshees had a somewhat surprising outcome which you'll have read about last week in this journal but ...

The Shirts: Street Light Shine (Capitol) ***½

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

THE SHIRTS are the problem children of the New York rock scene, but they don't let it show; desperation wouldn't suit them at all. ...

Patti Smith: Walking Down The Kings Road With Lenny Kaye...

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

...Can be a disagreeable experience. Sandy Robertson gives the Patti Smith Group the elbow. ...

XTC: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, September 1979

STUDYING THE development and, um, progression of XTC is one of my favourite past-times. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Humourless? Us?" - Siouxsie & the Banshees

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

"...Thy Kingdom come / They will be done / In Earth as it is in Heaven / Amen... Knock, knocking on Heaven’s door / Let ...

The Clash Turn Pro (Sort Of)

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

TUESDAY LUNCHTIME: Cleveland Airport. With a couple of hours to kill before my one-stop-only flight to Minneapolis and the first date on the Clash’s second ...

Gary Numan: Do Sheep Dream Of Electric Androids? The Gary Numan Enigma

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

DATA: Gary Numan found his stage name in the Yellow Pages. The original Numan is a vendor of domestic appliances. In German ...

The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

FOR OLD codgers like me it’s very difficult to pin down reactions to albums by old codgers like the Kinks. These we have loved. ...

Joe Jackson: Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1979

HURRAH'S IS, for the moment, the in-crowd club in New York's rock circle, having taken over the limelight from CBGB and Max's. Those who seem ...

The Ruts: Tears On The Notepad

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

EVEN FOR THE wacky, fun-loving RUTS there comes a time for serious reckoning, a time to pour it all out, a time for... ...

Girlschool: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's … Girlschool

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1979

I MET GIRLSCHOOL in a pub called the Leather Bottle, which was appropriate because leather is what they wear and bottle is what they've got ...

Various Artists: Pebbles Vols. 1-4

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1979

[To be read in a C&A Paisley shirt and matching tie, black lace-up school shoes and a pair of 16" cuff flared trousers re-cut from ...

The Adverts: TV Closes Down

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1979

CHEERFUL CHAP, TV Smith. Here we are convened together for the first time in a professional capacity, officially as some sort of obituarising process for ...

Madness: Blue Beat and Pork Pies

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1979

Not so much New Boots and Panties, more a case of...Blue Beat and Pork Pies. Britain in the grip of Madness. Report by Garry Bushell. ...

Poison Girls: Old People Can Be Rebels Too: Poison Girls

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1979

LOOK AT Poison Girls on stage and you see a straight line of straight faces, clothes all red and black in front of a red ...

The Human League: Human League: The Humour League Have Not Broken Up

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, December 1979

Nor The Human League either. GIOVANNI DADOMO finds big laughs, upended bears and assorted cigars in Sheffield. ...

The Clash: London Calling (CBS) **

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, December 1979

"THE HELL with it! Let chaos reign, louder music, more wine, the hell with the standings, the top rungs are up for grabs. All the ...

The Bodysnatchers: Invasion of The Bodysnatchers

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1979

UNDER NORMAL circumstances, the only people paying attention at a band's fifth gig should be a few friends and the cousin who's been roped in ...

Stevie Wonder: Hotter Than July

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 1980

IF THIS ALBUM had been issued between Fulfillingness First Finale and Songs In The Key Of Life I think I'd still have given it four ...

Ian Dury and the Blockheads: Laughter (Stiff)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

I'M IN the mood for superlative hyperbole (oh – and love). I may have caught some flak from the Arts Page faction when in a ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Last American Hero

Essay by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1980

MUST BE some new kind of drug or somethin', 'cos even a 16-year-old don't do a graveyard shift of four hours and then dance on ...

Blondie: Harrykiri

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, January 1980

FROM WHERE I'm sitting Chris Stein looks like a chubbier version of Paul Foot, his tousled hair spilling over the thick black frames of his ...

The Clash: Rude Boy

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

LONDON CALLING? It hardly covers the situation. Every is-or-was punk fan in the country must be quietly slavering to see the Clash film and apprehensive ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, Geno Washington: The Dexedrine Gang: Dexy's Midnight Runners

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

BY THE TIME I'd reached the counter, I'd forgotten it. "What was it again?" I called over to the Dexy's tables. They said "Five teas ...

The Pretenders: 'The Night I Played Top Of The Pops With No Underwear!'

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

I CAN TELL you I was worried about this Pretenders thing. I thought they'd be too much for me – well, not so much 'they' ...

Cherie and Marie Currie, The Runaways: Cherie and Marie Currie: Messin' With The Boys (Capitol) **½

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

"THEY" SAY that Capitol have got themselves in the position of having to blow a bunch of bucks on promoting this turkey if they want ...

Neil Diamond: September Morn (CBS)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

THAT SLIGHT tremor in his voice tells you that Neil Diamond is emotional and vulnerable. Those bass notes tell you he's manly and he can ...

Splodgenessabounds: Help Stamp Out Splodgeness!

Profile by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1980

MANY DISTRESSED Sounds readers have written to us about the alarming outbreaks of 'Splodgenessabounds' currently sweeping through lower class areas of South East London. This ...

Styx: A Bang and a Wimp-er

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1980

Despite the hit single 'Babe' Styx are still Pomp Rock Supremos, Claims Geoff Barton from the USA ...

Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards (Virgin) **½

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

SOME TIME ago, American journalist and alliterator Tom Wolfe wrote an essay, 'The Painted Word', on the world of post-war American painting. ...

The Sex Pistols: The Very Best Of

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

THE PERFECT contradiction: The Japs offer such fine pressings, this album'll cost you about £9 if you want it…and I'm reviewing it as usual on ...

The Tubes: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

A TUBES show without the props is a bit like the Royal Family without Princess Margaret: a lot of money for something expendably traditional without ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

LIGHTERS COME on round the arena, a couple of firecrackers go off, then on strides Petty with his rockstar lope, leans into the microphone with ...

Mikey Dread: Who's The Man Plays Dubwise Selection Without Objection? Mikey Dread, Of Course

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1980

MICHAEL CAMPBELL is a man of many parts. Producer of numerous dub, toasting and vocal sides he has also worked for such luminaries as King ...

A Certain Ratio: The Graveyard And The Ballroom (Factory) ****

Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, February 1980

A CERTAIN Ratio (currently the hippest combo in Manchester) typify the approach, style, feel, and idealism of Factory Records. They are distant, difficult to touch ...

Al Green: Cream Of Al Green

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

The way I heard it, at the panty-creaming peak of his career, Al Green was so drunk on the cortical rush of his fame and ...

Buggles: The Age Of Plastic (Island) **

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1980

THE BASTARDISATION of "new music" continues! From Numan to New Musik they dress up their pop pulp with synthetics and call it futuristic; now The ...

Expressos: Hope And Anchor, London

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1980

FIRST IMPRESSIONS are sometimes lasting impressions: first look at Roz Rayner, leading Expresso, would suggest an appearance not unadjacent to one Chrissie Hynde – second ...

Iggy Pop, The Psychedelic Furs: Iggy Pop/Psychedelic Furs: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

THREE BANDS shaped up as good value but that wasn't all. There was an unannounced surprise star guest – all the way from Vegas let's ...

Lene Lovich: One In A Million

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

YOU NEED a publicist? Look no further than Dean Klevatt, a young man who makes Phineas T Barnum himself look like a shrinking violet. ...

Sparks: Terminal Jive (Virgin) **

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1980

D.I.S.C.O. HOW many of you recoil in horror at the word? Are you one of the legion of Sounds readers who would venomously denounce it ...

The Mekons: Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, February 1980

I COULDN'T believe my eyes. ...

The Mo-dettes: The Bridge House, Canning Town, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1980

THE TYPE of people who write about The Mo-Dettes in the music mess (and wrap them up in their own self-conscious hypes and silly self-deceits) ...

The Sports: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

LITTLE RIVER Band, Livvy Newton-John, Sherbet. Is it really any wonder people think that Australian rock is something kangaroos jump over (or in the case ...

Alex Chilton: Like Flies On Sherbert (Aura) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

ABSOLUTELY ONE of a kind, because, while archivists insist they wish that Jimbo was still here or that Syd would make another album, Alex Chilton ...

Iggy Pop: I Can't Stand to be Alone

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

TO OPEN A DOOR and find Iggy Pop behind it is like opening a well shaken-up can of lager unawares. ...

Iron Maiden

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1980

HEAVY METAL has been around for as long as I can remember. It grew from the blues and just never died despite years of cold ...

Linda Ronstadt: Mad Love (Asylum) *

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

ROBERTSON DIDN'T want to do it. He'd reviewed the last eighty-five Linda Ronstadt albums or some such totally dubious excuse he made up on the ...

Madness: When The Screaming Had To Start

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

"'ERE, SUGGSY...'Ere, Suggs." ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Who Was That Masked Man?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

SOMETHING GARDENS the place was called. Gardens? At a conservative estimate not so much as a blade of grass had dared to peep above ground ...

Pink Floyd: Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

WELL IT figures, doesn't it? ...

Rick Derringer: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

RICK DERRINGER, walking away with both the Alvin Lee Memorial Award and the Suzi Quatro lookalike rosette, played a set at The Roxy that shook ...

UK Subs: Live Kicks (Stiff) **

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1980

POGO? I thought I'd never start. ...

Cockney Rejects: Greatest Hits Vol 1

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1980

WHEN I first met Micky Geggus and Stinky Turner and heard their tape I knew there was something about it and them that said they ...

Joy Division: Osbourne Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, March 1980

TO THE centre of the city in the night waiting for Joy Division. ...

Martha and The Muffins: Greetings From Echo Beach

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1980

THE TECHNIQUE is worn but fairly efficient. A pop music group assembles, shapes up, plays gigs, acquires some sort of following, signs with a record ...

Martha and The Muffins: Martha and the Muffins: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1980

ON THE strength of just one single, Martha And The Muffins have had the usual, obvious names thrown at them as influences: B52s, XTC, Blondie, ...

Prince Buster: Fabulous Greatest Hits (Melodisc) ****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

1966 BEING 1966, a couple of light and bitters in the Sussex (a good two years underage) was the strongest refreshment to hand. Weed was ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Nobody's Heroes (Chrysalis) ***

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1980

ONCE YOU adjust to the crappy cover and the initial sense of anti-climax you realise this is mostly an alright album, although it's frustrating and ...

Stiff Little Fingers: The Voice Squad

Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, March 1980

'WE'RE GONNA BLOW UP IN THEIR FACE' ...

The Bodysnatchers, The Ruts, The Selecter: The Selecter/The Bodysnatchers: Live Injection

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1980

ROCK HAD started to get very boring again. Very self-important and pompous. Old concepts were rearing up on young shoulders with bands raiding Pink Floyd ...

The Specials: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1980

WE GOT to hear the second – the best – half of the show twice. The first time sardined in the long line outside the ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington Collins Band: Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow

Retrospective by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1980

Dear Everyone,I would like to say how shocked and sorry I am at the deaths of Steve, Cassie and Ronnie. I know how it must ...

The Knack: …But The Little Girls Understand

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1980

IT'D ALMOST be a relief to be able to say that this second Knack album is a stinker and a sure-fire failure, because then I ...

The Specials: Rude Boys Can't Fail

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1980

THEY DON'T muck about, the Yanks. These buildings go all the way up like the architect was getting paid by the cubic foot although exactly ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1980

"I'M REALLY good at this kind of thing." said Kim Wilson. "Broken hearts or broken legs, they're all the same to me." He jabbed a ...

Warren Zevon: Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (Asylum) and Wanted Dead Or Alive (Pickwick)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1980

IF YOU'VE been scanning this paper long enough you'll know that Warren Zevon's last album, Excitable Boy, got a snazzola review in same. That was ...

Wreckless Eric: Big Smash!

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1980

IT'S HARD to know what to make of little Eric. I'm glad he's there but I'm not sure why. I keep getting this tantalising feeling ...

ZZ Top: Long Beach Arena, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1980

ALMOST THREE years ago ZZ Top became ZZ Stop, pensioned off the steers and circus animals Texas-style that went with their live performances and went ...

Elvis Costello: The Elvis Enigma

Profile by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

WHEN I HEARD the first Elvis Costello single, 'Less Than Zero', I figured it was Stiff's mainstay of the time, Nick Lowe, having a bit ...

The Cramps: Get Cramped!!

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

NAPA HOSPITAL, Californian mental institution, the half-way ward. Lux Interior is reminiscing. ...

Bad Manners: Bad Manners (Magnet) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

OH DOCTOR I'm in trouble (well goodness gracious me), not only have I forgotten the rest of the words to the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren teen ...

Kevin Coyne: Bursting Bubbles (Virgin)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1980

WHATEVER ELSE it might be, Kevin Coyne's universe is not a comfortable one. ...

Madness: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

Prince Buster cracks LA at last ...

Pat Travers: Rock Lobster

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

THIS ONE can talk. He'll talk abut anything you care to mention or that wanders into his apres-gig mind, be it his bisexual pedigree dog, ...

Penetration: Going Underground

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

SO YOU'RE learning to write music, Pauline – how's it done then? ...

Rush: The Moustache That Conquered The World

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

SOMEWHERE in America in that black hole known as the Midwest, little bands are slogging their balls off to become big bands, and big bands ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Slaughter: Get Ready To Do Ruck Steady

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

THREE MONTHS into the weighty Eighties and pop paper medics decide it's time for Slaughter's funeral. ...

The Jam: Civic Theater, Santa Monica

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

HERE IN peanut butter land they call jam jelly and it's transparent, slick and insubstantial, easily assimilated sweetness. Maybe that's why The Jam are having ...

The Stranglers: Cocky Saint Jacques

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, April 1980

THE BEST-KNOWN bassist in Britain squats on a table in a part-converted warehouse not a beet's throw from London Bridge, unmistakably himself: the saggy black ...

UK Subs: Brand New Age (GEM)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

WHEN I was at school we used to have a big fat Scottish Geography teacher who was forever clotting you round the head and saying ...

Van Halen: Women And Children First (Warners) *****

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, April 1980

VAM! BLAM! KAPOW! SPLAT! ...

Paul Young, Q Tips: Q Tips: Soul Survivors

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

Q-TIPS, THE masterly new soul band now warming the airwaves with Joe Tex's 'SYSLJFM', were found on the wreckage of success - and you do ...

Sledgehammer: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

SUGAR RAY Leonard, undefeated welterweight champion of the world, would seem to be the perfect metaphorical embodiment of the music I like best. As no-nonsense ...

The Go-Go's: Ready Steady Go-Go's

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

GO-GO'S: 1. Bouncing entertainment; choreographed Happy Pill; females showing a hell of a lot for little reward. 2. Hollywood pink-punk band; all of the above ...

B.B. King: B B King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

THE QUALITY of B. B. King is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle dew from heaven...and I only wish Bill Shakespeare (what a fine ...

Fatal Microbes, Honey Bane: Fatal Microbes: Femme Fatale

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

A BOOZER IN beautiful down-town Stepney is the rendezvous and despite London Transport I manage to arrive at the right time on the right day ...

The Beach Boys: The Life of Brian

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

'Strange Gods arrive in fast enemy poses' – Jim Morrison ...

Beat, The (U.S.): The Beat (US): Beating For Pleasure

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

THE KNACK without the goofball, Tom Petty without the peroxide and angst, the Beatles without the suffix. ...

The Members: 1980 — The Choice Is Yours (Virgin)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

Members 'not has-beens' debate ...

UB40: The Russell Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, April 1980

HOPEFULLY, UB40 will help English reggae slip sneakily back into its true direction. The effects of the past 12 months of 2 Toned overkill are ...

Wild Horses: The First Album

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

Four horsemen of the apocalypse ...

Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public (Arista)***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

THIS BUGGER don't give up, and, like poseurs of antiquity, rumours of his death have been greatly exaggerated. ...

Bram Tchaikovsky: The Russians Are Coming (Radar)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

SOMETIMES YOU open your mouth, but not a word emerges. Sometimes there's very little to talk about anyway. ...

Devo: Freedom Of Choice (Virgin)

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1980

BACK IN the heady days of late '78, when the UK was brimming over with Devo-tees, Gerald V Casale, lead Devo, suggested that certain elitist ...

Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I (A&M)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

JUST TO put new readers of my ongoing review of Joan Armatrading's work in the picture I should mention that I rather like this lady. ...

Paul McCartney: McCartney II (Parlophone)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

MUCH AS I bless and honour the name of Paul McCartney, I haven't wholly enjoyed an album he's been involved with since McCartney and Ram ...

Bauhaus: University of Surrey, Guildford

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

TAKE RISKS and you win some and you lose more than you would if you didn't. Bauhaus declared their intentions with the title of their ...

Black Sabbath, Girlschool: Black Sabbath/Girlschool: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, May 1980

THE SABS are back. And after a series of false starts to their British tour due to drummer Bill Ward contracting viral pneumonia they are ...

Eddie Cochran: 20th Anniversary Album (Liberty)**

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1980

PHIL SPECTOR, for one, is of the opinion that Colonel Parker used to hypnotise Elvis into singing rhinoceros shit like 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'Girls ...

New Musik: Doom Disguised as Jollity

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1980

NEW MUSIK are not avant garde, Mancunian, Liverpudlian, hip or trendy. What they currently are and what many of those Mancunians and Liverpudlians must desire ...

Public Image Ltd.: PiL in Hollywood

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1980

HUDDLED ROUND the side with a crowd of disco dancers waiting for their fifteen minutes of fame, watching a fake Doobie Brothers run through their ...

Saxon: See The Light Shining

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, May 1980

...AND WATCH THE SEASIDE PIER SHAKING. GEOFF BARTON REPORTS AS SAXON STORM THE DISNEYLAND SHOWBAR, COLWYN BAY (YES, REALLY). ...

John Cooper Clarke: The Bard Of Beasley Street At The Seat Of Learning

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

THE OXFORD University Union porter peered at us fish-eyed. "Are you members?" he said. "Er, no - we're with the poet." ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go Feet)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1980

A JOURNALIST of this periodical on being asked if he fancied interviewing the Beat remarked that, although he'd nothing against the idea in principle, he'd ...

The Cure: Seventeen Seconds (Fiction) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

REALLY HANDY for you isn't it, reviewing an album a month after release when it's already up to 20 in the charts? Sorry. Don't blame ...

Orchids, The (US): The Orchids: The Orchids (MCA)****

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1980

SO YOU thought The Orchids were a blooming figment of Sandy Fowley's imagination, huh? Perish the idea. They're not just cheesecake; they don't pursue the ...

The Spectres: Ghosts Of Sex Pistols In New Groups

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

SINCE THE powers behind The Sex Pistols admitted it was all a wind-up anyway, the components of the group have had little success at coming ...

The Surf Punks: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

"Girls under 15 are not ready for me...over 18 they're looking to move in with a guy." ...

The Plasmatics: Beat To The Meat: The Plasmatics

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

"You loved the Huns. You raved over the Vandals. You marveled at the Goths. You will SHIT when you see the Plasmatics." ...

Graham Parker And The Rumour: The Up Escalator

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

THIS IS one of the best albums I've ever heard. It's so good that professional priorities went out the window and before I sat down ...

Toyah Wilcox: Toyah Willcox: The Blue Meaning (Safari)***1/2

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

IN TERMS of energy input and output Toyah Willcox probably gives and takes more before breakfast on a slow morning than you or I in ...

UK Subs: Subsistence Level

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1980

NO DISRESPECT to Dave 'half-a-shandy' McCullough but, myself, I get no pleasure from records that sound like tin baths falling down coal chutes. Witless soul ...

UK Subs: The Masters Of Pure Pogomatic Power Pound On (Part 86).

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1980

NO DISRESPECT to Dave 'half-a-shandy' McCullough but, myself, I get no pleasure from records that sound like tin baths falling down coal chutes. Witless soul ...

Peter Gabriel: Mr. Clean: Peter Gabriel

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

PETER GABRIEL was a little flustered. He is both a well-mannered and considerate man. He doesn't like to keep you waiting and possibly give the ...

Fleetwood Mac: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1980

CROWDS, HOWEVER passive, make me unhappy. As Eli Wallach said on TV (The Magnificent Seven) last Sunday afternoon, "If God didn't want them to be ...

The Police: Crisis of Identity

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

SOMETHING CAUGHT the corner of my vision, I spun round and there was Superman bounding straight towards the window and alighting on the sill with ...

The Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1980

"IMAGE IS so important to rock stars. Mick Jagger is the rock star with the longest running image. He's the one all the young white ...

The Romantics: Detroit's Answer To The Ramones

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1980

SANDY ROBERTSON distills the essence of THE ROMANTICS and avoids dodgy boilers ...

UFO: The Only Way To Travel

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1980

THUNDER SPREADS across the weathered visage of Selecter's dumpling coach driver Tennessee Roman Reynolds. He thumps the breakfast table like he's an SPG man working ...

Willie Nile: What Would You Do If You Got Rich?

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1980

NEW YORK. The Bowery is a Hell's Angel being shot in the ass by an off-duty cop he's just tried to strangle. The Bowery is ...

X: Beyond the Valley of the Doors

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1980

HOLLYWOOD PUNK. Sounds about as real and desirable as cocktail-lounge muzak. If there's anything genuine or worthwhile in there it certainly isn't easy to find. ...

Cockney Rejects: Have They Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew?

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1980

"THIS IS A once in a generation band. The sort of band who'll either be massive in eighteen months or dead or both." ...

Heart: Affairs of the Heart

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1980

THE CLOSE QUARTERS in Nashville Tennessee claims to be America's only rock and roll hotel. Bar's open day and night, drugs no problem, you can ...

Aerosmith, Joe Perry: Joe Perry: I've Done It All

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1980

'I've been through millions of dollars I've wrecked expensive cars. I've done it all!' ...

Mink DeVille: The Venue, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1980

"FROM THE streets of New York City..." went the opening announcement, and Willy DeVille's new crew kicked off their late-starting second show of the evening ...

Suicide: Suicide As A Way Of Life

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1980

"I THINK," breathes the camp dwarf in the sweatshirt and stubble, "that people should only write songs about economics and sex, because that's all everybody's ...

The Motels: Careful (Capitol) ***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1980

IF YOU'RE a Motels fan don't get mad at me, just take it as an indication of the way interest has rapidly curved away from ...

The Subway Sect, Vic Godard: Vic Godard: Young Existentialist

Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, July 1980

VIC GODARD makes Feargal Sharkey look like Gene Simmons. His normality is outrageous. When Vic Godard sits in his bedroom listening to Peter Skellern on ...

The Jam: The Making of The Jam: The Men Behind The Scenes

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1980

THE JAM: it's a family affair. A family of blood and/or loyalty, stick-together adhesion and sense of common purpose you might expect to come ...

Joan Armatrading On The Spot

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1980

IN THE STRANGE WAY it has at certain phases of your life, time is running backwards for Joan Armatrading. She's growing younger. To prove it ...

Delta 5: The Delta Of Venus: Delta 5

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

"DEL-TA-5! DEL-TA-5!" is good to chant. It feels as good as "Up-Starts! Up-starts!" or "A-C-D-C! A-C-D-C!" What might surprise you is that Delta 5 — ...

Girlschool: Back to Schooldays

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, August 1980

Pete Makowski deciphers the scrawl in his exercise book. Mike Laye makes with the paints, crayons and Box Brownie ...

Split Enz: True Colours (A&M) ***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

THE NAME might just ring a bell. Split Enz, the most unlikely musical product of the Antipodes (taking it that Duffo has nothing to do ...

Split Enz: True Colours (A&M) ***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

THE NAME might just ring a bell. Split Enz, the most unlikely musical product of the Antipodes (taking it that Duffo has nothing to do ...

Killing Joke: That Primitive Feeling: Killing Joke

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

I MET KILLING Joke in one of the hellhole dressing-rooms at the Music Machine. I introduced myself to various people who weren't in the band ...

The Exploited: I Still Believe In Anarchy

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1980

SOMETIMES I wish my mind and body were under the same management. Anyone with half an eye on the dictates of fashion and media double-think ...

The Stooges: No Fun (Elektra)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1980

POINTLESS, PERHAPS so late as to be irrelevant, maybe. An opportunity missed, certainly. No Fun is all these things, I guess, but it does provide ...

American Spring, The Surf Punks: The Surf Punks; American Spring: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1980

AMERICAN SPRING – Brian Wilson's wife Marilyn and various in-laws – came out from under a pebble after five years of seclusion, threatening to become ...

Tenpole Tudor: Pole Axed

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1980

AT THE risk of getting into a this week's big thing situation, I've got this feeling in my bones that Tenpole Tudor are gonna be ...

The Kinks: One For The Road (Arista)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1980

THE KINKS' dilemma is one I'll take in preference to the one that concerns the Who, if only because leader Ray Davies isn't given to ...

The Professionals: Diary Of A Man Who Likes To Stay In

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1980

THE PROFESSIONALS' debut single 'Just Another Dream' is about twenty bus stops down the road from 'Anarchy In The UK' if you're using words like ...

Kate Bush: Passion Always Wins

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

WHAT THEY say about Kate Bush is that she’s a lisping innocent, a born-with-a-silver-spoon, a too-good-to-be-true, a safe and uncontroversial, soppy, record industry banker. ...

Spandau Ballet: The New Romantics — a Manifesto for the Eighties

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, September 1980

"INITIALLY 'mod' meant a very small group of young working class boys who, at the height of the trad boom formed a small, totally committed ...

Devo: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1980

I'M HERE to testify they've done it! Gone back, right along the de-evolutionary scale, down to the Bill and Ben stage. What an achievement! Five ...

The Piranhas: The Piranhas (Sire)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1980

I HATE to say I told you so but I TOLD YOU SO, you sick toerags. The Piranhas are dead, they said. They've missed the ...

The Specials: More Specials (2-Tone)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1980

TO BET or not to bet, that is the question. Whether it be nobler to sit pretty with a winning formula or take a gamble ...

UB40: Smiling Faces, Angry Words: The UB40 Paradox

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1980

THE UB40 TEAM met in a caff, the Wimpy opposite their office in central Brimingham. In fact Ali, Robin and Brian had arrived ...

Bruce Springsteen: The River

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1980

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN once said simply this: "I want it all." I've taken it out of context but, judging by the recent Dave Marsh biography, it ...

Motorhead: Ace Of Spades (Bronze)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1980

BUZZARDS CIRCLE high above the heads of the three outlaws standing silently waiting far out in the arid badlands of New Mexico. Suddenly, the tranquility ...

Talking Heads: Remain In Light

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1980

WELL ALRIGHT, I may never be going back to my old school, but I remember a saying they had out in the yard that's one ...

The Beat, Talking Heads: Talking Heads and The Beat at the Greek Theater Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1980

THIS WAS no mere toe-tapper. We're talking worn shoe-leather tonight, holes in the soles and corns on the toes, sore feet in a venue more ...

Bow Wow Wow: Funky Chicken

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1980

A meal on wheels... and it's finger-lickin' good, sez PHIL SUTCLIFFE ...

Aretha Franklin: At the Victoria Apollo

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1980

PREJUDICES ON THE TABLE: I think Aretha Franklin has the most stirring, moving voice I've every heard, but I'm much less sure about the use ...

The Stranglers

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1980

THIRD OF FOUR nights at the Whisky and the audience is still dribbling during the opening act. The Humans are on IRS and could just ...

Visage: Stranger In Town

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, December 1980

THE MINUTE I walked in the joint, I could see he was a man of distinction, a real big spender...king of the nighttime jungle, burner ...

XTC: Slaving For The Yankee Dollar

Report and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, December 1980

FUNNY HOW life is. Guess who Elvis Presley, Bonzo and Ian Curtis are expecting for Christmas? You know the answer. Yet he and the other ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour; Live In London, 1980

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1981

IN A CONSTANTLY flowing stream of creativity, through each consecutive fad, fantasy and fashion The Fall have always striven to go against the grain to ...

Tygers of Pan Tang: Tygers, Tygers, Burning Bright

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1981

The TOPT are even better with new singer JOHN DEVERIL, claims PHIL SUTCLIFFE ...

Depeche Mode: This Year's Mode(l)

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1981

DISPEL FROM your minds the untenable notion that Futurists are either bored Mummy's boys tinkering with expensive gadgets or desperately earnest avant-garde merchants trying to ...

Brian Eno, Talking Heads: Eno: The Life of Brian in the Bush of Ghosts

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1981

BRIAN ENO, currently working on two new albums, is many things to a lot of men. ...

The Human League: Human League: Half A League Onward

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1981

NEVER BEFORE in the annals of male/female relations, in the ongoing man/woman battleground, has there been such a spicy love/hate scenario as in the new ...

Soft Cell: Sweet Cell Music

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1981

MARC ALMOND has never quite been able to live down our scathing pic caption which accompanied the review of the landmark Some Bizzare Album. ...

The Pretenders: Pretending To Be Different

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1981

I'VE LONGED to say it in print: The Pretenders are, for me, the virtual embodiment of the ideal popular music group. ...

Japan: The Part Of Arties

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1981

LIFE WITHIN buildings: being shut in a dimly-lit, secluded studio with David Sylvian. Sounds like a scenario straight out of a Nipponese schoolgirl's fantasy, but ...

Motorhead

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1981

TWO LUVLY black eyes, oh what a surprise. Or more to the point, OWWW! what a surprise. I know it's traditional for hacks to liken ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Insanities In Ten Cities

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1981

NEW YORK'S Plaza Hotel is so posh you wouldn't be at all surprised to turn round and catch the Queen Mum sliding down the bannisters ...

U2: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Sounds, June 1981

THEY'D JUST FLOWN IN from the States, seen Springsteen the previous night, and gave Aylesbury a taste of what it's like to be totally wired ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Juju ****1/2

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1981

WITHOUT WISHING to sound demeaning or sexist, I have observed that the most popular women in the r'n'r world are fond of playing character-roles within ...

Nico: Drama Of Exile (Aura)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1981

TANGLED UP in myth, perspective gets shot all to hell. Even the official biographical sheet accompanying this album repeats the old chestnut that John Cale ...

Soft Cell: The Big Softies

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, August 1981

"COMING!" SHREIKS a familiar voice, as we knock on the door of the flat that appears to have been built on a slag heap in ...

X....Communication

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1981

FIRST THINGS FIRST. When X get to England (sometime in September hopefully) see them. They're good. ...

Heaven 17: Pavement Artists

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, October 1981

IN THE MANNER of any smooth operation worth its nuts and bolts, the British Electric Foundation chose to discuss the prospective publicity of one of ...

Gillan: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, December 1981

THIS IS the bass player. His dinner jacket's splattered with a multiplied spectrum of colour. A Dulux hoarding on legs. Or maybe he walked under ...

Budgie: The Beak Goes On

Interview by Phil Bell, Sounds, December 1981

Phillip Bell takes a squawk on the wild side with HM survivors Budgie ...

Dolly Mixture: DMs Put The Boot In

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, December 1981

Dolly Mixture get (slightly) bitter. Garry Bushell gets (light and) bitter ...

Lone Ranger: Rose Marie (Black Joy)****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, January 1982

THIS BRAND new selection without objection is the first released album in this country from the Lone Ranger since he last bared fangs on the ...

Poison Girls: Total Exposure (xntrix)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1982

POISON GIRLS' music doesn't tell you anything new. Barely evolved from the ugly end of punk it grinds or charges along with an oppressive grimness ...

Sammy Hagar: Standing Hampton (Geffen) ***½

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, January 1982

Sammy gets his Hampton caught ...

Wipers: Youth Of America (Park Avenue)***½

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1982

THE WIPERS come from Seattle Washington, deep in the great American Northwest, home previously to the likes of The Sonics and Paul Revere and the ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Country Club, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1982

FIRST TIME I've seen Blue Oyster Cult in ages. Actually seen them. Last time HM's Santas-little-helpers played in the neighbourhood was one of those monstrous ...

Method Actors: Little Figures (Armageddon)***¾

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

STRANGE AS it may seem, I find myself in the possession of Vic Varney's old boots. Thus it would be possible to expedite the dread ...

Alan Vega: Collision Drive (Celluloid)

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1982

ALAN VEGA'S recent departure into ersatz neo-rockabilly will elicit a variety of responses from his admirers. Some will call it a sell-out, but that's a ...

Fad Gadget: I'm A Born Again Pagan

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

SEEDY CITY, sleazy films... creeping up a back staircase by the stage door of Paul Raymond's Windmill Theatre... tiptoeing up more stairs past stacks of ...

Ozzy Osbourne: LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1982

ACT ONE Scene One: Outside, on the coldest night of the year, the wind is howling. But a noise more unearthly still emanates from the ...

UFO: Empire, Liverpool

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, January 1982

A MASSIVE clenched fist clutching a spanner makes an imposing backdrop for the new UFO show and inspires hopes that the band are belatedly rallying ...

Black Flag: Damaged (SST Import)

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, January 1982

"THE RUNAWAYS on angel dust," was how my pal Jimmy 'Bubbles' Skinner summed up this awesome Yank Punk broadside. The Stooges on bad sulphate is ...

Orange Juice: The Venue, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1982

SOMETHING IS happening with Orange Juice. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm certain I don't like it. ...

The Waitresses: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? (Polydor)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, January 1982

FOR STARTERS, The Waitresses first came into being through one Chris Butler, who created the group as a spillover for musical ideas that were incompatible ...

UFO: Mechanix (Chrysalis CHR 1360)

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, January 1982

Y Viva Espanner ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Live in Tokyo

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

THE PROSPECT of The Orch being pruned down to its three component parts was initially somewhat alarming for the quivering foreign journalists, who sat in ...

Def Leppard: The Leppard Doesn't Sleep Tonight

Report and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1982

ROUGH NOTES/ROUGH NOTES (Prelude) ...

J. Geils Band: J Geils Band: Freeze Frame (EMI America)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1982

THESE GUYS have moved over the last decade from being celebrated white R&B critical fave raves on Atlantic (hardworking moderate successes), to a recent megachart ...

The Gun Club: Fire Of Love (New Rose Records)

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, February 1982

FIRST THERE was The Flesheaters, carving Americana with a lurid libido and off-colour arcana. Now the same frame of mind and music has thrown up ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: No More Hiros

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

BEFORE MAKING the obvious comments on such an album title as Neuromantic and collapsing into sarcastic guffaws, consider for a moment the man who coined ...

Black Uhuru: Tear It Up (Island)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1982

BLACK UHURU'S tour of English provinces last year took place at a time when the streets were torn with riot, ironically the perfect setting for ...

Kiss: Inside Kastle Kiss

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1982

"What Alice Cooper was to dead babies and corpses, Kiss became to fire breathing and sadomasochism. With Kabuki-whitened faces, they leap on stage puking blood, ...

The B-52s: Mesopotamia (Island)****1/2

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

OOOOH, C'MON, hey, wow, yeah, party, watusi, fandango, pistachio...Nuts. ...

Anvil: Hard 'N' Heavy (Attic Records)****½

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1982

Hammer and tongues ...

Demob: Demob Rules

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1982

'Five years on and you've still got nothing' ...

Gina X Performance: Gina X: Deutscher Girl

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

1978 WAS a good year for the poses, for nascent pre-Romantic Bowieisms and embryonic electro-disco; halcyon pre-Blitzian days when everyone dressed up like toy soldiers ...

Iron Maiden: Run For The Pils!

Report and Interview by Phil Bell, Sounds, February 1982

The flanning of Iron Maiden: report by PHILIP BELL ...

Mötley Crüe: Crüesin' and Blüesin'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1982

"FIRST YOU got to cut it real jaggedy. And you need this stuff." ...

Orange Juice: You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (Polydor)**

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

AHH, ST Valentine's Day! Dingle-dongle Meepy Goblin loves Fluffy Bunny Wunny, Rickiepoos wants Leggy Plumplet-Puds to be his Potato Dumpling and Owange Juiciepies expect their ...

Fashiøn Meet Zeus And Tarzan

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

An Heroic encounter narrated by Betty Page ...

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Boardwalk)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1982

FORGIVE ME for dragging the old reprobate's moniker into such lively proceedings, but Kim Fowley has at last been vindicated in his endless trumpeting of ...

Planning By Numbers: Catch The Beat (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

PBN is not just a band, but also a system developed by one Stephen Milford to classify information concerning band and album completely in numerals. ...

The Business: Minding Their Own

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1982

'The winter of discontent is nearing/Thatcher's got trouble with her hearing/The voices of millions are going unheard/I'd try to laugh if it wasn't so absurd/This ...

The dBs: Repercussion (Albion)

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, February 1982

THE dB's PANDER to no-one, patronise no single style, are interdependent on each other and independent of just about everyone else. Repercussion is better than ...

The Rods: Where's The Wimmin?

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1982

Do The Rods live up to their name? Geoff Barton gets their measure. WARNING: this feature may cause offence to supporters of Rock Against Sexism. ...

The Waitresses: The Peppermint Lounge, New York

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1982

ONE BY ONE out of the cold, graffiti-decorated dressing room, The Waitresses leap on to the stage to be greeted by a hailstorm of applause ...

Iron Maiden, The Rods: Mark Of The Beast: Iron Maiden/The Rods: Queensway Hall, Dunstable

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, March 1982

BEEN A LONG TIME since the Queensway Hall's played host to such an uncouth, freakin' gang of insuffisticates as the Rods. ...

Tank: Filth Hounds Of Hades (Kamaflage)

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

IMAGES OF destruction – of a solid steel stallion smashing through barbed wire, ploughing through miles of muck and wire to mutilate your mind. Visions ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour and Live At Acklam Hall, London 1980

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1982

IN A constantly flowing stream of creativity, through each consecutive fad, fantasy and fashion The Fall have always strived to go against the grain to ...

Attila the Stockbroker, The Redskins, Seething Wells: The Redskins, Attila the Stockbroker, Seething Wells: Right to Work March, Southwark, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

RIGHT TO Work Marchers, like punks, skins and soccer herberts, are apparently fair game for any Old Bill trying to keep his 'nick-nick' quota up ...

ABC: The Return of Big Fry

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1982

More Tales From The Bean Factory from the hottest young fart at play. ...

Monsoon: Indian Summer

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

WHAT'S SIX to eight yards long, gets tucked and tied, gathered up, taken round and pleated not less than seven times? Clue: it often takes ...

The Rossington Collins Band: Born Again

Profile and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1982

AFTER SO much tragedy and so much pain the Skynyrd people are back on their feet again...almost. ...

UB40: "UB40 is just a normal bunch of blokes. But people ask us heavy political questions"

Interview by Lesley White, Sounds, March 1982

LESLEY WHITE is one of them ...

GBH: The Dustbin Men

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

"Oi has spoilt punk. I really hate the idea of the Oi thing even if some of the music's alright...if Oi and punk are the ...

Graham Parker: Another Grey Area (RCA)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1982

WHILE IT'S oft been said that The Rumour couldn't do without Graham Parker, here's a slab of evidence that the reverse is also true. Another ...

Private Lives: Whose Lives Are They Anyway?

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

WHEN BANDWAGONS grind to a halt, the only means by which to save face, to swim above the surface with grace, is quality. ...

The Viceroys: We Must Unite (Trojan)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1982

THE CULT phenomenon, as with other realms of popular music, is also almost predominantly featured in the world of reggae. The Viceroys, a mysterious trio ...

Blue Rondo A La Turk: The Royalty, Southgate

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

WITH ONE bombed single under their finely coutured belts and another progressing painfully slowly, Blue Rondo have had little choice but to come out. This ...

B-Movie: Go Wild In The Country

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

IT'S TAKEN longer than an elephant's pregnancy, but B-Movie have finally dragged themselves into the '80s – visually, musically and verbally. The hicks from Mansfield ...

Iron Maiden: The Number Of The Beast (EMI)****1/2

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

DREAMS DON'T come true too often so when they do it's worth making a song and dance about them. The Steve Harris story is a ...

The Scorpions: Boom! Boom! Out Go The Lights

Report and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1982

HERE WE are in Spain – San Sebastian to be precise. Poli de Portivo is the name of the venue and the Scorpions have just ...

Visage: The Anvil (Polydor)***

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

SO WHAT can I tell you that's new? As I write, Steven is welcoming guests to his super new Sunday Tea Dance club in Kensington. ...

The Birthday Party: After The Pope's Blood: Gatecrashing The Birthday Party

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, April 1982

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY? Well, yeah, like in blowing out candles on a cake. This party is a crashed party and anyone with a part of ...

Lou Reed: Blue Reedo A La Talk

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1982

LOU REED has a song on his new album about the day President Kennedy was shot. His manager looks like the kind of guy who ...

Motorhead, Tank: Motorhead/Tank: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1982

HOLY MIGRAINE, Batman, howcomes my brain feels like Ardiles just borrowed it for a kickabout and put it back upside down? And who the hell ...

Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot: Randy Rhoads: Requiem For Randy

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1982

The last interview by GARRY BUSHELL ...

Anvil: What Heavy Metal Dreams Are Made Of

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, April 1982

LET ME tell you about Canada's number one secret weapon. It's called Anvil and when they finally decide to unleash themselves on this poor unsuspecting ...

Christian Death: Only Theatre Of Pain (Frontier)

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, April 1982

HERE I sit, twiddling my thumbs, meanwhile – "Incurable disease on the day of rest/Walking on the water in a sea of incest/I've got the ...

Robyn Hitchcock: Groovy Decay (Albion)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1982

WITH THIS new label and second album Robyn Hitchcock looks to be attempting a runner from the substitute Syd Barrett image previously imposed on him ...

Yazoo: Vince You've Been Gone

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, April 1982

AFTER CLOSE encounters with most of the Mute bands, you'd think Uncle Dan had ordered them to live up to their oft-lively label's name. But ...

The Scorpions: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, April 1982

APOLLO was clearly the operative term as German blitzkreig '82 style blasted off.   ...

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are…The League (WXYZ)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, I give in. Let's face it, this just ain't the sort of music (?) to lend itself to sensitive in-depth philosophical probings. ...

Foreigner

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1982

"IT'S THE QUIET ones", as dear departed Ian McDonald once said, "that you shouldn't underestimate". Listening back to my tape after an hour at L'Ermitage ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mac Attack

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

Sandy Robertson finds out what's eating Christine McVie of FLEETWOOD MAC ...

Altered Images: Pinky Blue (Epic)***

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1982

DA DOO doo doo, da da da da, is all I have to say to you. Da da da da, do doo doo doo, that's ...

The Blasters: Blasters: The Blasters

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, May 1982

PLAY IT on mono and it could be 1956, just play it once and you could find yourself buying a gross of Brylcreem, a shipment ...

Clerical Error: Expresso Bongo

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

VIEWERS OF LWT'S London Programme were recently treated to a sneak preview of a band I'd wager we'll be seeing a lot more of on ...

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

"GET THE GUYS in the picture," drawls Joan Jett, "I mean, this isn't Kim Wilde you know!" ...

Queen: Hot Space (EMI)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

Heat strokes ...

The Fall: Hex Education

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

COINCIDENCE AND surprise save the world from going flat! Like, the same issue of Artforum which boasts that superb Laurie Anderson flexidisc also has an ...

Vice Squad: Stand Strong, Stand Proud (EMI/Riot City ZEM 104)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

THIS ISN'T a great album but it is a very good one. For Vice Squad it's a crucial show of strength because their first album ...

UFO: Object, Refuse, Rejects Abuse

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

"JOIN SHOUNDS, hic, and shee the world," Big Al Lewis (Ed Rtd; now Mega-Ed) had shlurred on that historic day in 1978 when I conned ...

Marillion: The Dial Inn, Glasgow

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, May 1982

MARK MY WORDS. Critics will choke and chuckle en bleeding masse. But when action's sizzling at grass roots level, to apathetically ignore it would be ...

Blondie: The Hunter (Chrysalis)**½

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1982

The lumber of the beast ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Extraterrestrial Live

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

ANGLE OF VIEW, that's the ticket, the key to the mystery of this one! BOC, y'see, have made two previous excursions into the highly dubious ...

Burning Spear: Farover (Radio)***

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, May 1982

TWO YEARS on from his last collection finds Winston Rodney, the African teacher, aka Burning Spear, relating the same universal message of cultural education through ...

Duran Duran: From Brags To Riches

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1982

ONCE UPON a time, five fresh-faced boys based in Brum summoned a cynical hackette to witness the emergence of a certain indefinable sort of big-bam-glam-electro-rock ...

Heart To Heart

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1982

SEATTLE'S SPACE Needle is the architectural equivalent of the male nipple. Just sticks up there, totally redundant except as an amusing thing to play with ...

Roxy Music: Avalon (Polydor)***1/2

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

ROXY MUSIC must surely represent the greatest 'might have been' episode in the murky catalogue of rock's squandered riches. ...

UFO: Tonka, Wailer, Snowman, Sailor

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

REGULAR READERS of my exciting adventures may recall that two weeks back your humble scribe was snowed under with top rock band UFO in the ...

Mari Wilson: 101 Wilsations

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, June 1982

TRY NOT TO laugh...Curt, one of The Marines currently on manoeuvres with Mari Wilson, is telling me wryly straight-faced that when the name game that ...

Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth (Neutral Records Import)***1/2

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, June 1982

SONIC YOUTH, the first release on avant-garde missionary Glenn Branca's Neutral Records, is an EP in LP's clothing, and in many ways the music it ...

Black Uhuru: Chill Out (Island)****1/2

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, June 1982

AFTER THE blistering scorch that came out as Red, things in the Uhuru camp just had to cool off before the next major assault could ...

Culture Club: Top Of The Fops

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1982

"PEOPLE THAT plan interviews are really boring. I just say what I want when it comes into my head. People in Scunthorpe don't care what ...

Cockney Rejects: The Wild Ones (NEMS pre-release)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1982

Flairs and riffers ...

Judas Priest: Screaming For Vengeance ****

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, July 1982

Vengeance is mine ...

The Skids: Fanfare (Virgin)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1982

Skids to a halt    ...

X: Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra)*****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1982

NO LESS a person than Slash magazine's very own Kickboy Face once told me that X were most popular among the inhabitants of LA's Mexican ...

King Sunny Ade: Juju Music

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1982

IT HAS ALREADY been wisely stated elsewhere that any thoughts of tribal ceremony soundtracks brought direct from the bush by intrepid white David Fanshawe types ...

The Lurkers: The Lurk Of Love

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1982

THE BLOKE who spends his life writing things like 'Let's Lurk' and 'Lewisham Lurkers' over every available wall on my estate, and who's probably single-handedly ...

Trio: Three's Company

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1982

AHA AHA AHA...Video didn't kill any radio star who wasn't already tottering dodo-like on the edge of extinction anyway. The best and brightest radio stars ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mirage

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1982

FORMULA, BEATS-per-minute, ahhh. Fleetwood Mac really do have a lot of honour for folks with such a pile of cash. Coming after this line-up's eponymous ...

The Church: The Blurred Crusade

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, July 1982

THE CHURCH, by christening their second album The Blurred Crusade, provide us with an emblematic image of their music which, like so many churches throughout ...

Cheetah: The Venue, London

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, July 1982

BOING, boing, boing, boing… Cor what a pair! ...

Warren Zevon: The Envoy

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1982

ASYLUM RECORDS really should get rid of Warren Zevon; he's so good he shows up just how dire everybody else on the label really is. ...

The Rods: Pack Men

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

WIMP ROCK. Every time you turn on the radio out here, there it is, hitting your ears with all the strength and power of a ...

Iron Maiden: Unleashed With The Beast

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1982

CORPUS CHRISTI lies humid and unhurried under a scorching Texas sun. The shining orb's efforts to reduce the populus to mobile blobs of molten jelly ...

King Sunny Ade: Sunny Side Of The Beat

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1982

Edwin Pouncey meets the 'Minister Of Enjoyment' and monarch of juju music KING SUNNY ADE ...

The Motels: Hell In A Handbag

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

STUCK IN a jam on the Hollywood Freeway, staring for five miles at a yellow Smiley bumper sticker telling me to have a nice day, ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Ice Cream For Crow (Virgin V2237)*****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, September 1982

TO THE casual observer, Captain Beefheart's vibe must appear to be similar to the window blind painting he has created to adorn his latest batch ...

Duran Duran: World Domination By 1984

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1982

THEIR AMBITION – Simon's least, and in all probability the rest of them – is to one day become Bryan Ferry. They didn't say that ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (Charisma)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

SHORTLY BEFORE the release of the Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, the entire band was replaced by superior alien intelligences, physical duplicates ...

Rox: Big Teezers

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

"KIDS LOSE interest fast," mused the boy as the tots in the playground drifted back to their balls and rollerskates, having assimilated and dispensed with ...

Twisted Sister: Under The Blade (Secret) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1982

THERE'S A body of opinion that holds that Pete Way couldn't produce a rabbit out of a hat. There's a similar one holding that Twisted ...

Coming Blood: Blood Samples

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1982

THE VERY concept of a band like Coming Blood is about as shock-horror near-the-knuckle punky as you can get. Their name alone is a verbal ...

Gillan: Magic (Virgin) **

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

THE INTENTION of the artwork on the cover of the latest Gillan opus seems to be an evocation of something merging images of David Nixon, ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Miami (Animal) *****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, September 1982

IN A MUSICAL world that is forever being bedevilled and picked at by the bland spirits of so called 'new pop', the emergence of a ...

Motorhead, The Plasmatics: Motorhead & The Plasmatics: Tammy Can You Hear Me?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

A DREAM or a nightmare, in retrospect it still sounds like the kind of project so daft that both parties involved would, by virtue of ...

Iggy Pop: Zombie Birdhouse (Animal Records/Chrysalis) ***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

IGGY POP is a man of honour. Not for him the Lou Reed path of self-mockery; the one time he tried it for money's sake ...

Tank: Power Of The Hunter (Kamaflage)

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

MENTION TANK to yer average cloth-eared critic and these thoughts will run on autocue through his lazy mind: Tank are a three-piece with a bassist ...

The Jam: Brighton Centre, Brighton

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1982

I WASN'T exactly willing to be converted but I was willing to be entertained. ...

The Runaways: The Best Of (Mercury) *1/2

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1982

RARELY HAS a 'Best Of' collection been so totally at odds with its title. ...

Attak: Shock Taktics

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

SLOPING OFF the Inter-City at Manchester Piccadilly, I was suddenly overcome by a torrid tinge of terror. ...

Billy Squier: The Man Who Hides In His Apartment

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1982

DALLAS, TEXAS: How to pull a rock star. Go to the front of the stage, reach up for a leg and grab. ...

Blitz: Voice Of A Generation (No Future) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

THIS REALLY is the big one, final proof if any were needed that the punk renewal of the last two years is more than just ...

Dennis Brown: Hornsey Town Hall, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1982

THE PARANOID inside can't help wonder if there is some kind of conspiracy going on... ...

The Violators: Like Clockwork

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

Garry Bushell comes to the Orange-aid of Peak District punksters The Violators ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Calling On Thunder

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1982

IN THE beginning Jeffrey Lee Pierce was born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles. ...

Kim Carnes: Here's Looking At You

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1982

SANDY ROBERTSON'S voyeuristic tendencies encouraged by KIM CARNES ...

Wall of Voodoo: Wall Of Voodoo: Call Of The West (Illegal)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1982

THE LIGHTED office door on the cover of the second Wall Of Voodoo album is sealed shut while the tumbleweed haunted mists of Western legend ...

Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects, Splodgenessabounds, UK Subs: Oi! and Skinheads: Coming a Cropper

Comment by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

A passionate defence of skinhead culture by GARRY BUSHELL. ...

Psychic TV: The Sound of 32 Human Thighbone Trumpets from Tibet

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1982

IT WAS only last December when I concluded the debut PTV feature by suggesting that those involved might just be crazy/inspired enough to freeze-frame all ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1982

FLASH – AAAAH! Saviour of the Universe. Saviour of my sanity, anyway. "The Message" shines out from amongst the New Musik murk they play out ...

Michael (Mikey) Smith: Michael Smith: Mi Cyaan Believe It (Island)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1982

Keep on believing ...

Tank: Armour Geddon

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

The permanent new wave of HM rolls on with Tank reports GARRY BUSHELL ...

UK Subs, Urban Dogs, The Vibrators: Urban Dogs: Doggie Doings

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

CHARLIE HARPER is late, Charlie's always late. Me and Knox sit in the office cracking the usual jokes about it being his pension day. Not ...

Cock Sparrer: Strictly For The Birds

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

COCK SPARRER'S come-back couldn't have been better timed. Just as the street rock scene was getting staler than a Marie Celeste bread roll, the original ...

Eek-A-Mouse: A Mouse's Tale

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1982

CONTRAST: "Biddy-biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy men. Bong bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-gong, biddy geng, biddah-men ahwooy biddy-men. Ehyaaah!" (Rough translation of intro ...

Joan Jett: Heart Attack

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1982

KENNY LAGUNA and Joan Jett are a real double-act for the funnybone. It's no empty coincidence that their names fit together: JETT-LAG. Like Little and ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Talk Of The Devil (Jet) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

EXACTLY HOW and why this extraordinary album came about is a mystery on a par with the Turin Shroud. I personally fancy it's Ozzy's way ...

Psychic TV: Force The Hand Of Chance (Some Bizzarre)***

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, November 1982

IMITATING COUNTLESS gurus before him, Genesis P-Orridge embarks here and now on a cynical and puerile journey to the heart of pantomime profundity, stopping at ...

Venom: Black Metal (Neat) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

OH LORD forgive them for they know not what they do. ...

Blood & Roses: Ring A Roses

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

A PERSISTING feeling about this lot, an initial notion akin to hurt and confused indifference that just won't say goodbye, is my proof that I'm ...

Dead Kennedys, Millions Of Dead Cops, Serious Drinking: Millions Of Dead Flops: Dead Kennedys/Serious Drinking/Millions Of Dead Cops: Central London Polytechnic

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

IT'S AMUSING TO SEE just how much Oi/punk inevitably rides the rails of the trad rock curve on its way to hell and bucks. This ...

Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow: Seeing is Believing

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, December 1982

MOST PEOPLE reckon Ritchie Blackmore's a miserable bastard. Mean, moody, mysterious, macabre and, by implication, Mandraxed to the gills, the Blackmore of popular imigination has ...

Slade: Slade On Stage (RCA) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, December 1982

"'TWAS CHRISTMAS Day in the Workhouse, the radio was at full blast, when up jumped an old age pensioner with a face like a lump ...

Velvet Underground: Everything You've Ever Heard About… (VU Records)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

THE LEGEND rolls on and on, the more it grows the more it encourages. In the context of the semi-legal this was the one we'd ...

Kiss: Creature Feature

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1982

BACK IN the days before Asteroids took over, Kiss was the pagan religion for America's pimpled adolescents. ...

Rush: Adrenalin Rush

Report and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, December 1982

PETE MAKOWSKI finally delivers the goods on RUSH ...

Nico: Do Or Die (Roir)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

GIVEN THE Warhol crowd's former wailing buddy's penchant for affixing (ahem!) her name to contracts wherever she finds them without regard to previous moves, 'tis ...

The Fleshtones: Hexrated

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 1983

ACCORDING TO my copy of the Weekly World News, the end of the world is due precisely on the 30th October. That's just around the ...

Trash: A Spanner In The Works

Report and Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, April 1983

ONE DAY soon the borough fathers of Brixton will unveil a plaque outside the Garage, Friday night fixture at The Frontline Theatre. A dignified crowd, ...

New Order: Confusion Reigns as New Order Corrupt the USA

Report and Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, July 1983

THE WEEK THE image cracked. It's two days before New Order arrive in New York - and you can feel it. ...

Elvis Costello: Punch The Clock (F.Beat)****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1983

ELVIS COSTELLO, the self-confessed Invisible Man, returns. Off come the dark glasses, the bandages are unwound and drop to the floor to reveal his latest ...

New Order: Out Of Order

Report by Mick Middles, Sounds, July 1983

"How I wish you were here with me now." – New Order, 'In A Lonely Place' ...

Strawberry Switchblade: Pipsqueak Parade: Strawberry Switchblade

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, August 1983

IT'S LIKE A scene from Roeg's Don't Look Now. Between the grim, grey tombstones that populate a Glasgow cemetery like so many broken teeth, fleeting ...

The Fall: I Don't Know What's In There

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1983

"AS A kid I used to be obsessed that like I was reincarnated from the trenches of the First World War. I used to think ...

Big Country, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Steel Pulse, U2: U2/Simple Minds/Eurythmics/Steel Pulse/Perfect Crime/Big Country: Phoenix Park, Dublin

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1983

DATELINE DUBLIN: 3.30am Monday. There will no doubt be some measured reports of U2's home-coming gig. But I really hate measured reports. ...

UB40: Fortified Wine

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1983

I WAS STILL trying to figure out what UB40 had done with all the money they'd earned – there just had to be an interesting ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1983

A LOT OF polluted water has flowed under the bridge since Bass Culture, Linton Kwesi Johnson's last album of poems, was released to rave critical ...

Peter Gabriel: Tales Of The Gold Monkey

Interview by Phil Bell, Sounds, October 1983

Philip Bell discovers the shocking truth behind Peter Gabriel ...

The Mekons, Strawberry Switchblade: Strawberry Switchblade/The Mekons: ICA, London

Live Review by Bill Black, Sounds, October 1983

WAS THIS an ICA Rock Week or a DeMob works outing? ...

Tom Waits: Swordfish Out of Water: Tom Waits

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, November 1983

"WHEN YOU drive from Los Angeles to Northern California... Leaving Los Angeles is like you’re being put upon and then it gets simpler and simpler, ...

The Smiths: Keep Young and Beautiful

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, November 1983

BEFITTING A BAND verging on greatness, the Smiths have a keen sense of their own history. ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Guns For Hire

Interview by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, December 1983

IT'S ALMOST three years to the day since I encountered the Gun Club. After the Cramps' 1980 Lyceum Show, Lux Interior introduced me to the ...

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: Jonathan Sings

Review by Bill Black, Sounds, 1984

IT'S BEEN a long time since Jonathan Richman's last album, Back In Your Life, and apart from the release of some interesting Kim Fowley produced ...

The Textones: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, 1984

THE WORLD'S just one big bar room to The Textones, a very American band whose shortcomings in content are made up for by the zeal ...

Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual (Portrait)****

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, January 1984

CYNDI LAUPER's old group Blue Angel made an album for Polydor Records in 1980. Given half a chance it could've put them in the Fleetwood ...

The Blue Nile: Acquamarines

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1984

NILS LOFGREN, John Cage, Tim Buckley, Peter Skellern. Peter Skellern?! Is this a leg-pull or what? Nobody could sound like John Cale and Peter Skellern, ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Jason and the Scorchers: Meanwhile, Back at the Raunch

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1984

ON MY TRAVELS through the murk of our crapulous rock underworld (good start, eh?), several unconnected geezers have name-dropped Jason and The Nashville Scorchers to ...

Bruce Springsteen: Born in The USA (CBS)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1984

IT TOOK me a long time to get to feel comfortable with Bruce Springsteen's music and then, an album or so after I'd overcome the ...

The Skatalites: Return Of The Big Guns (Island White Label)****.5

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM. Ka-boom. This is where it all began and has now returned to, more or less. ...

New Model Army: Re-Make Re*Model

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

"IT'S STRANGE, pop music, isn't it? You've got men dressing up as women and women dressing up as men. Don't you think there's something sinister ...

The Thompson Twins: Double Trouble

Report by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1984

I'VE BEEN figuring out ways to break this to you; best to just take a deep breath and hope they print it. There was absolutely, ...

Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

AM I the only person who thinks Tina Turner looks, um, more sensual when she's fully clothed rather than parading acres of well preserved flesh? ...

The Associates: First Impressions

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, June 1984

HE'S BACK. And although it's been two years, an aborted LP and a thousand rumors since we last heard the Associates' flighty, feisty pop, listening ...

Chic: Believer (Atlantic Records) *½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

ANYONE FOR aural necrophilia? Like all dead boring musical activities, there is little mutual satisfaction to be gained here. ...

Love: Forever Changes (Elektra)

Retrospective by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1984

NO SOONER are the words out of my typewriter than the contradictions set in, like cement. The Doors and VU have been bastardised and overexposed, ...

Black Uhuru: International Anthem

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

SO...WHAT is life? A location and time? Hardly. We could be almost anywhere, but... ...

Hugh Masekela

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

"THIS IS really embarrassing, we've come thousands of miles and now this happens," sighed Hugh Masekela looking at the vast blue tent-balloon Espace Balard venue ...

The Dream Syndicate: Medicine Men: The Dream Syndicate

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, July 1984

INSIDE THE Mission Theatre in sunny Santa Barbara we’ve got trouble. With less than an hour to go before The Dreams Syndicate take the stage, ...

Play Dead: Dead Certs

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1984

"WE'RE ABOUT as gothic as goldfishes," pin-points bassist Pete, pulling on his can of Special Brew, deep within the bowels of Blackwing Studios. ...

New Order: TVOD

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, September 1984

MAYBE IT'S THE lamentably low profile Factory's finest otherwise adopt, but it's as if New Order chose August to explode onto a slumbering music scene. ...

10,000 Maniacs

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, October 1984

"MY UNCLE CHARLIE read somewhere that we were a cult band so he thought we were playing for the Moonies. He even confronted me with ...

The Fuzztones: Leave Your Mind Behind

Profile and Interview by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, October 1984

THE FUZZTONES mission is simple. Rudi Protrudi, Deb O'Nair, Elan Portnoy, Michael Jay and Ira Elliot must spread their psychedelic snarl to the docile minds ...

Aswad: Rebel Souls (Island)****

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1984

GETTING A sense of perspective on Aswad is difficult at the best of times, and it's even worse with the release of this elpee because ...

Deep Purple: Deep Throats

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1984

"WE ALL CAME IN at different times. Paicey and I walked in – we'd booked a conference room in Greenwich, Connecticut overlooking the harbour, and ...

The Gun Club: Hoochie Coochie Club, Edinburgh

Live Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, November 1984

PRACTICALLY A FULL year after coming down hard on the Batcave quotient at the Lyceum, the Gun Club finally rolled into Scotland to prove that ...

The Nomads: Outburst (What Goes On)*****

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, November 1984

BROTHERS AND sisters, to witness the Nomads in action is to believe! And hearing them on record is quite an experience as this, their very ...

Julian Cope: Tear For Fears

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1984

HIS BOTTOM lip trembles as he bites his fingernails. Beneath the familiar lazy flop of a frizzy blond fringe, his eyes are filmed with liquid. ...

Richard Hell: RIP (Rior)****

Review by Bill Black, Sounds, December 1984

"RICHARD HELL HAS been the most emotionally compelling, brilliant, innovative and influential rock 'n' roll performer of the past ten years. Unfortunately, these qualities are ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain: ICA, London

Live Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, December 1984

THE MUSIC of the Jesus And Mary Chain as a subject for intellection and rationale is a total non sequitur. There isn't any. However, as ...

The Fleshtones: Fleshdance At Le Gibus

Live Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, 1985

THE PLAYBOYS warmed up the crowd just right despite the fact that I felt their set was a touch too long. That's not to say ...

Tom Waits: Rain Dogs

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1985

With my head full of violent thoughts, swirling with the alcohol I've poured down myself to accomplish the task at hand, I'm just in the ...

Art of Noise: Noise Annoys

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

HOT TOWN, it's summer in the city. Basing Street, West London to be exact, the pleasure dome of ZTT records. The Art Of Noise have ...

Smiley Culture & Bobby Boom: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

THE INTERPRETER of reggae mirth who says he MCs not for treasure but for pleasure inverted frowns to dental crowns, sore feet to blue beat, ...

The Ramones

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, January 1985

ONE TWO THREE FOUR! Six, eight, ten? Is it really ten years since the Ramones turned a slum bar on the Bowery into the birthplace ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Paradise Lost

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, January 1985

"I'm Kid Creole, the half-breed hero. Add me up, I come to zero" ...

The Special AKA: Jerry Can

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

JERRY DAMMERS cut himself with a razor this morning. A short tear of paper covers the wound just below his equally brief right sideburn. ...

X-Mal Deutschland: Mal Function

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, January 1985

X-Mal Deutschland: the new wave of Germanic white gospel blues pop rock, or just a "really funny band" from Hamburg? Chris Roberts cuts through the ...

Newtown Neurotics

Profile and Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

"LAYDEEZ AND gentlemen, will you please take your seats for Dick Whittington now, the show starts in five minutes," wheezes a voice from the Tannoy ...

The Bangles: Yesterday and Today

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1985

THE 'HOUSE full' sign was proudly on display outside Boston's Paradise Theatre, a local haunt that had, so I was informed, fallen from favour by ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Bawl and Chain

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1985

THRASH! IS that the sound of the music business frantically searching in the debris of past trends for something new? Or is it The Jesus ...

Al Green: Trust In God (Demon/Hi)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1985

F*** GOD (Brando's first two words in Last Tango, actually), we're talking AL GREEN here. Quite simply, the best voice ever to co-exist with anything ...

John Fogerty: Centerfield (Warner Bros.) *****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1985

IN TERMS of influence, rather than current hitmaking potential, John Fogerty can't be overestimated. Forget that Bonnie Tyler did 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain', ...

The Smiths: Meat Is Murder (Rough Trade)****1/2

Review by Bill Black, Sounds, February 1985

STEAK YOUR CLAIM ...

Velvet Underground: VU (Polydor)***.5

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1985

CONFUSION REIGNS. The deliberately-leaked rumours of the last few months maintained that Polydor had uncovered 'The Great Lost Velvet Underground Album', a disc that never ...

Killing Joke: Jocular Vein

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1985

KILLING JOKE go for the funny bone. Chris Roberts gets the gag ...

The Fuzztones: Fuzztones: Lysergic Emanations

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, April 1985

HEY HEY hey everybody. You were stunned by their debut 45 and transfixed by the live mini album. Here, with the advent of the group's ...

New Model Army: Between the Wars

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, April 1985

Are New Model Army really as ugly as they say? Jack Barron flutters his eyes and confesses. ...

Scritti Politti: Word Play

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, May 1985

"I DON'T KNOW exactly what a pop theorist is," says Green. "I think everybody has their own ideas on what pop music's about and what ...

Tuxedomoon: Bad Moon Rising

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, May 1985

"HEY! LOOK at this weird architecture," enthuses Peter Principle, surveying the sight he's just stumbled across by opening the curtain in my hotel bedroom. I ...

Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms (Vertigo)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, May 1985

ON TWO consecutive nights last week, I sat in a park in Tel Aviv and sometimes winced as I watched Dire Straits play. What amazed ...

Green On Red: Gas Food Lodging

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, May 1985

ALL OF a sudden, it’s a-happening. Seems like every LA outfit that you ever read about in these pages moons ago is over here with ...

Propaganda: There Is No Information, Only Disinformation And Propaganda

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, May 1985

Chris Roberts goes in search of the truth ...

Ashford & Simpson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, June 1985

REVELATION ONE. Ashford (Mr) gets down on his knees, and tells us the meaning: "Grrr nga nga nga huh witness!" Revelation Two. Ashford: "When I ...

Suicide: Glory Boy

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, June 1985

DUE TO an allergy to cats, Martin Rev is forced to huddle next to an open window in manager/producer/believer Marty Thau's feline thronged apartment. ...

Bon Jovi: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

By Jovi! ...

King Kobra: Snakes Alive

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

King Kobra: one big boa, or more bite than venom? Steffan Chirazi bares his fangs and finds these ...

Michael Bolton: Bolton Lightning

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

Michael Bolton — Big in America, but still hiding in the UK's import racks. Steffan Chirazi tracks the keyboard wizard to New York ...

Blackfoot, Deep Purple, The Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, The Scorpions, UFO: Deep Purple, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf et al: Knebworth Fayre, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

THIS IS the second Dark Age. It's gotta be. Either that or it's a farmyard. Either that or it's a British festival. Oh oh, it's ...

Billy Bragg, Ian Dury, Echo & The Bunnymen, Green On Red, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Poison Girls, The Style Council: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Dury et al: Glastonbury CND Festival, Pilton, Somerset

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1985

"JESUS WEPT," from St Mark's Gospel is, I'm assured, the shortest verse in The Bible. That his Divinity did so over this event when 40,000 people decamped ...

Billy Bragg, The Faith Brothers, R.E.M., The Ramones, Spear Of Destiny, U2: R.E.M., U2, The Ramones etal: Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1985

THE LONGEST DAY ...

The Fat Boys: Lean On Me

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, June 1985

Chris Roberts gets sandwiched by the Fat Boys, and discovers fat is a faminist issue ...

Jonathan Richman: Modern Romancer: Jonathan Richman

Report by Bill Black, Sounds, July 1985

Richman, you’re a Baby! Bill Black takes a rare opportunity to explore the eccentric psychology of a modern lover. ...

Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren: Nils Lofgren: Nils Desperandum

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, July 1985

On the eve of Springsteen’s London dates Ralph Traitor tracks down Nils Lofgren, the latest resident on E street. ...

The Fleshtones: Speed Connection (IRS)****

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, July 1985

THERE'S SOMETHING about the concept of recording and releasing records within a week that really stinks. The emphasis on how quickly these things are turned ...

The Blasters: Blaster Charge

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1985

All aboard The Blasters' American Express, en route to the heartland of rock 'n' roll '85 style. "That'll do nicely," exclaims an impressed Jack Barron ...

Mai Tai: Le Beat Route, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

FLINGING ON my best white suit and ballet shoes, I dived through the catflap and tricycled along to what could've been The Symbolic Death Of ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

Rave from the Cave ...

Robert Cray: The Robert Cray Band: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

Cray of Sunshine ...

Bon Jovi, Magnum, Marillion, Metallica, Ratt, ZZ Top: ZZ Top/Marillion/Bon Jovi/Metallica/Ratt/Magnum: Donington Park, Leicestershire

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

KINGS AND RATTS OF THE CASTLE Yes, it's that time of year when the Metal Mob gather at the shrine of Donington to pay homage to ...

Neil Young: Old Ways

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1985

ARE YOU ready for the country yet? If bands like the Long Ryders and Jason And The Scorchers (both of whom owe an enormous musical ...

International Submarine Band: Missing Parsons: The International Submarine Band

Retrospective by Sid Griffin, Sounds, September 1985

THE INTERNATIONAL Submarine Band is a classic example of a popular music act whose real worth was only revealed with the passing of time ...

Saxon: A Dog Day Afternoon

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1985

SATAN IN a shitlake, I'm here on serious medical business and I've left the pliers on the anvil at home after cuffing the slave-girls. ...

Alan Vega: Just a Million Dreams

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, September 1985

OVER THE years, many lesser talents have taken chapter and verse out of the Vega book, and who can blame them? Not me. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: The Midnight's Hour

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1985

Kevin Rowland and co change their image and sharpen up their act. CHRIS ROBERTS puts on a tie to discover whether DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS have ...

The Long Ryders: Happy Trails

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, October 1985

THE LONG RYDERS might be all things to all men. An article of faith to those who have waited, unrequited but unbowed, for the advent ...

Tom Waits: Subterranean Low-Life Blues

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1985

"THE COOLEST PERSON I ever met was definitely Shaw. It was a bleak autumn afternoon when Shaw thumped me in the 12-years-old ribcage and said, ...

WASP: Buzz Sore?

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, October 1985

In the red corner, bobbing and weaving and humming like a Tiger Moth, WASP come out fighting. Over on the blue side, STEFFAN CHIRAZI stings ...

Gene Tryp, Icicle Works: Icicle Works/Gene Tryp: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, October 1985

AMERICAN. Guitar. Psychedelic. These are words that have been uttered in the same sentence as Gene Tryp. ...

Felt: Felt Tips

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, November 1985

Chris Roberts asks Felt, are you lonesome tonight? ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Psycho Candy (Blanco Y Negro BYN7 pre-release tape)*****

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1985

CHRIST! THE crucifixion of preconceptions on the Calvary of pop. ...

Crime & The City Solution: Crime and Punishment

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1985

"I KNOW THE worst joke I've heard all week," begins Harry Howard, cheerfully. Crime's bass player is about to provide me with a solution to ...

The Replacements Drink and Drive

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, November 1985

Drunk on fame? Not yet or probably ever. Paul Westerberg pours out the history of THE REPLACEMENTS to EDWIN POUNCEY in Minneapolis. ...

Black Flag: Damaged (SST 007) ****/In My Head (SST 045) *****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1985

THE ELECTRIC box in the corner is getting as tedious as the night is getting chilly. Cold comfort indeed, and time to slip on something ...

Rush: …Cashing In

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1985

What do you do when you're late for the bus? RUSH, that's what. NEIL PERRY did it, like a tortoise. And DOUGLAS CAPE followed, like ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Club Ninja

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, December 1985

HEAVY METAL groups come and go but the Cult apparently to on forever. It kinda makes you feel warm inside — at least you can ...

Cocteau Twins: Cocteau Cabinet

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, January 1986

A new year and a new starter for THE COCTEAU TWINS who team up with CHRIS ROBERTS for talk, turkey and all the trimmings. ...

The Redskins: Acne In The UK

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1986

Kicking and screaming into '86 against injustices to the oppressed and themselves come THE REDSKINS. JACK BARRON explores the left side of their collective brain ...

The Cramps: The Curse Of Elvis

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1986

It's exploitation-a-go-go as THE CRAMPS surf back from the dead to keep a date with EDWIN POUNCEY in downtown Los Angeles. ...

Madonna: 'Bruce Springsteen Was Born To Run, I Was Born To Flirt...'

Essay by Richard Cook, Sounds, February 1986

RICHARD COOK takes a manly look at the pop tart goddess, MADONNA, who has put sleaze and safety back into pop stardom ...

Propaganda: The Pop Machinery Cranks On

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1986

In the frozen musical wastes of '86, Claudia Brucken-Morley thinks of PROPAGANDA as "being a life long thing". CHRIS ROBERTS is thinking more along the ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Candy Apple Grey

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, March 1986

CANDY APPLE GREY is Hüsker Dü's fourth consecutive classic and their first album for a major label. Since 1982, this image-free Milwaukee [sic] trio of ...

Elvis Costello: The Costello Show And Tell

Interview by Richard Cook, Sounds, March 1986

The self-proclaimed 'King of America' talks to RICHARD COOK about his new LP, his uncomfortable relationship with the music press, and the mediocrity of today's ...

Violent Femmes: Femme-Inism

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1986

It seems that the Violent Femmes, American outer-limits oddballs of note, are getting heavily into fish and wah-wah pedals. Sandy Robertson went along to find ...

New Order: Oxford

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, April 1986

THE IMPERFECT kiss. Tonight I should have stayed at home and played with my pleasure zone. ...

New Order: Shock Of The New

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, April 1986

"You don't have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude" – Prince "I have no attitude without a cigarette" – Lou Reed "I wouldn't mind ...

Rosanne Cash: Cash Points

Interview by Richard Cook, Sounds, April 1986

It's payola time for country's latest lone star Rosanne Cash. Richard Cook tries to separate the hit from the myth. ...

Queen: A Kind Of Magic (EMI) **½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1986

TO DISMISS this out of hand would be as thoughtless as giving a cigarette to a man dying of cancer. There must be something to ...

Genesis: Invisible Touch

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, June 1986

HAVE THEY paid enough? Have their sins been atoned for? Are the misdemeanors of that Genesis far enough past for the big-chap sophistipop of this ...

AC/DC: Who Dares Wins

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, July 1986

Meet AC/DC, terror monarch Stephen King's favourite band and the bane of America's moral majority. NEIL PERRY takes his hat off to them ...

James: Stutter (Sire) ***

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, July 1986

I AM TRYING to think of a group other than The Housemartins who look more boring than James. I am having big trouble in this ...

George Clinton: Electric Spankatizer Yeah

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1986

SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER OR THE GAP BETWEEN GREEN POINTY EARS? ...

R.E.M.: R.E.M: Life's Rich Pageant

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1986

NOW WHERE did this panther spring from? Seems like only a minute ago I was hacking my way through a jungle of ugly pop fever ...

Cameo: Word Processor

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1986

Listen up! Ambition may be the result of having a possessive, overbearing mother, but just eat a big avocado salad and you'll be solid. And ...

New Order: All Aboard The Brothership

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1986

Not baited and not bearlike, NEW ORDER emerge from the shadow of past misunderstandings and smile benificently upon ROY WILKINSON. They manage to convey their ...

Paul Simon: Graceland (Warner Brothers)***

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1986

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE ...

Psychic TV: A Star Reborn

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1986

From his bizarre explanation of tattoos to his obsessive faith in causes, PSYCHIC TV's Genesis P-Orridge is the very definition of complexity. As willing disciple ...

Run DMC: Hit And Run

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1986

As the RUN DMC tidal wave breaks over the British coastline and the country reels to its knees, it's maybe time to ponder the principles ...

David Sylvian: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, September 1986

As DAVID SYLVIAN settles into the quiet life of solo status, CHRIS ROBERTS appraises the significant stature of his post-Japan harmonics and post-mascara beauty. ...

Cameo: Word Up! (Phonogram/Club Records)***2/3

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

WORDS UPSIDEDOWN: Because you're not the only one whose heart has been broken and Blackmon's approach will serve to remind you of this – and ...

Metallica: At The Mercy Of The Master

Report and Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, October 1986

Something sad and inexplicable has happened to METALLICA, a band who were in full flight until bassist Cliff Burton was tragically killed in a road ...

XTC: Andy Partridge, Pop's Dan Archer

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, October 1986

An everyday story of pop music folk. Nine years on and XTC are still waiting to break it big in the USA. Their noise used ...

Iggy Pop: Iggy Stardust – His Lust For Life

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1986

"I think I am a little different upstairs, yeah. But so are a lot of people," admits the former King Stooge to one of his ...

Iron Maiden: Apollo Theatre, Oxford

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

ON THE opening night of the British leg of their world tour to promote an album called Somewhere In Time, Iron Maiden play like pirates, ...

R.E.M.: Deconstructing The Fables

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1986

Their sight fully restored with the release of their latest creation, R.E.M. are looking straight ahead once more and enjoying Life’s Rich Pageant. EDWIN POUNCEY ...

The Pretenders: Get Close (WEA)***

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

JUST LIKE nectar poured over old scars, one of rock's most distinctive vocalists, Chrissie Hynde, comes out of hibernation with a miasma of sentimentality, cynicism ...

Whitney Houston: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1986

I WAS there. ...

Bill Drummond: The Man

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1986

HE USED to be a deep sea trawlerman, used to manage the Bunnymen and the Teardrops, and had the dubious honour of playing with Holly ...

Furniture: The Wrong People

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1986

IF SUCCESS in the pop game is partly dependent on timing, then Furniture must be one of the unluckiest groups I've come across. After years ...

Killing Joke: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns (EG)***

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, November 1986

THEY USED to be real hard men once. Now, though, Killing Joke sound as noble and sterling as St George. The gigantic mug shots that ...

Schoolly D: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1986

"ROCK 'N' roll living's a thing of the past, so all you longhaired faggots can kiss my ass. Say it loud, I love rap and ...

Killing Joke: The Fatal Curse of Killing Joke

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1986

With the release of KILLING JOKE'S new LP, NEIL PERRY finally gets the chance to do what no sane person would volunteer for — that ...

Killing Joke: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1986

WHO IS this man with the glistening curly locks? ...

Elvis Costello: The Royalty Theatre, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1986

CROCODILE SMILES ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: Would You Let Your Sister Date One Of These Guys?

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1986

Brash, wild and loudmouthed, POP WILL EAT ITSELF may be the rock noise of 1986 but are they ideologically sound? JACK BARRON looks behind their ...

Pulp: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1986

STROLLING ON with all the visual impact of a bar mitzvah band from the Depression, Pulp are getting over a dormant interlude based around singer ...

Sound Of Silence: The Rise Of The Compact Disc

Report by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1986

You don't have to be a classical fanatic or yuppie stadium rock lover to appreciate compact disc – the quiet revolution has hit the indie ...

The Fall, Smith & Mighty: The Fall: Hey! Luciani – The Times, Life & Codex Of Albino Luciani, London Riverside Studios

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1986

TWO WEEKS after David Byrne's True Stories opened in Britain, Mark E Smith weighs in with his own medium expansion, Hey! Luciani, a play based ...

Swans: Blubber, Blood & Bucks

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1987

No other group creates such extreme reactions as SWANS. For some, they are a bunch of American charlatans making the worst noise in the world; ...

Adult Net, The , The Fall: Brix Smith: A Spider's Web

Interview by Richard Cook, Sounds, February 1987

BRIX SMITH is the girl who can't really help it: she has rich-baby eyes, heavy blonde hair, a voice that comes in giggles. It's the ...

Tony Wilson: One Man and a Music Factory

Interview by James Brown, Sounds, February 1987

In the first of a special series on the men and women behind the scenes of the music business JAMES BROWN talks to TONY WILSON, ...

My Bloody Valentine: The Bleedin' Heart Club Band

Interview by James Brown, Sounds, March 1987

MY BLOODY VALENTINE are bloody brilliant. But are they bloody incestuous or true champions of pure bloody pop? Bloody JAMES BROWN gets so high on ...

Bodines,The, The Fall, Happy Mondays: The Fall/The Bodines/Happy Mondays: International, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, May 1987

STRANGE HOW, these days, any gathering of vaguely well known groups always makes you think of charity and polished consciences. But tonight seemed to be ...

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu: Feeling The Pinch

Interview by James Brown, Sounds, May 1987

Who the hell has ever illegally sampled and mixed James Brown with AC/DC, Dave Brubeck with Led Zeppelin, Abba with The Fall, Samantha Fox with ...

The Beastie Boys: Keep Taking The Tabloids

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, James Brown, Sounds, May 1987

Must they keep flinging this filth at our pop kids? No, not the brilliant BEASTIE BOYS but the British national press attempting to stir up ...

Schoolly D: University Of Essex, Colchester

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, May 1987

ANOTHER SATURDAY night. The Cookie Crew have already pushed sensuality into the cause of women MCs, Three Wise Men have re-freshed us with the politics ...

Schoolly D: Schoolly-D: Slap Happy

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, May 1987

Reformed gangster and self-made record tycoon, SCHOOLLY-D is in town to promote his new album Saturday Night. MAT SNOW admires his jewellery ...

Stump: Chelsea College, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1987

WE'VE BEEN waiting all week for the Stump-O-Ware party, waiting all week for Stump-O-Man. ...

Bad Brains: Brain Drain

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1987

Ten years down the road and thousands of gigs on, BAD BRAINS are still chasing the goal of a mass audience. JACK BARRON measures their ...

Wire: Victims of Time

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1987

Or timeless as ever? Only time will tell, say WIRE, back with An Ideal Copy and not a hint of retrogression anywhere. Seconds clocked by ...

Steve Earle: Highway Patrolman

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, June 1987

STEVE EARLE is the outlaw who's going to give Bruce Springsteen a run for his money. On the eve of his UK tour and the ...

Pulp: Preaching From The Pulpit

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1987

Sheffield popsters Pulp are creating a haunting music which is virtually without peer in the Britain of 1987. We meet them on the eve of ...

The Replacements/Rose Of Avalanche: Town And Country Club, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, June 1987

AS THE strains of Zep's 'Kashmir' fade into the gloom, I am confronted by an appalling sight. It is Rose Of Avalanche and, in particular, ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1987

EVER A man of the people, singer-guitarist Bob Mould was observed wandering through a jam-packed crowd, pint in hand and looking a good two stone ...

My Bloody Valentine: ICA, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, July 1987

NOT BLOODY BUT BLAND ...

Luther Vandross: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1987

YOU CAN'T fake this kind of excitement. There can be no more exquisite thrill in live entertainment than a summery, scantily-clad soul crowd climaxing as ...

Mantronix: 'Tronik Boom!

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1987

More than merely another hip hop outfit, Manhattan's MANTRONIX are breaking new ground with their brand of hardcore confusion. JACK BARRON meets CURTIS "MANTRONIK" KAHLEEL ...

The Stone Roses: International, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, July 1987

KING ROCK is still flailing his sweaty head around the world. And Stone Roses are four hip dudes close to his heart, guitars slung low, ...

Anthrax: The Mad 'Thraxmen

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, August 1987

Who would have believed six months ago that New York speed metal bruisers ANTHRAX would have had not one but two UK chart to their ...

Madonna: Houston Astrodome, Texas

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, August 1987

So who is that girl! MAT SNOW travels to Texas and discovers a MADONNA who owes little to the soft vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe and ...

Tom Waits: Franks Wild Years (Island) *****

Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, August 1987

ONE FOR THE ROAD ...

Depeche Mode: The Dire Straits Of The Synth Generation?

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1987

THE SUN RISES just after five in the morning. As a freshly finished glitter-mix booms, "Everyone's looking for a reason to live/If you're looking for ...

Big Black: Songs About F****** (Blast First BFFP 19/CD)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

INTO THE BLACK HOLE ...

Metallica: Battle Hymns Of The Metal Warriors

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

They've stomped on the rotting corpse of heavy metal and moved from cult status to world acclaim, and now METALLICA have crashed into the singles ...

Inspiral Carpets, Spacemen 3: Spacemen 3/Inspiral Carpets: Asylum, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, September 1987

WOWEEE, TRIPPY BABY — the far-out scene jumped into the time machine, shed all its colour and mind-exploding drugs, and leapt into the 1980s. ...

Michael Jackson: Welcome To The Bad Boy's Island: Michael Jackson: Bad (Epic) ****

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, September 1987

WESTLAKE AUDIO is a nondescript building from without, a simple whitewashed Los Angeles block. ...

The Mission, Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Of Mercy: The Man Who Told The World

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

Two years in the twilight world, ANDREW ELDRITCH hits back with the 1987 SISTERS OF MERCY. In this interview with NEIL PERRY he discusses his acrimonious split ...

Faster Pussycat, Guns N' Roses: Guns N' Roses, Faster Pussycat: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, October 1987

FUN IN THE DANGER ZONE ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1987

"THIS SONG is my favourite," screams part-man-mostly-dog guitarist Slash, Guns N'Roses' mascot pimple. "It's for all you thrashers out there and it's dedicated to BLOW-jobs ...

Anthrax: 'Thrax of Life

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1987

Metal stars ANTHRAX take NEIL PERRY on the Italian Job — and present the sober philosophy of their growing success ...

Rush: The Firing Squad

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, November 1987

RUSH certainly don't live up to their name because it's taken the group 13 years to make their best album to date. Guitarist ALEX LIFESON counts the ...

Band of Susans: The Band Of Susans: Wake Up! It's The Susans

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, November 1987

THE BAND OF SUSANS kick started in New York and kicked prick in Berlin. CATHI UNSWORTH discovers that they're a blessing in disguise ...

The Pink Fairies: Kill ’Em And Eat ’Em

Review by Penny Reel, Sounds, November 1987

A FURTHER DOSE of flash trash from the Pink Fairies, who plough a relentless psychedelic grunge underpinned by the double drum onslaught of Russell Hunter ...

The Human League: Leisure Centre, Crawley

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1987

A VAGUELY remembered pop song once listed the things that dreams are made of: "London, New York, Paris, Munich, good times." ...

These Immortal Souls: Lost Souls

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, December 1987

Rowland S. Howard turns singer and leads his cohorts from crime and the city to become These Immortal Souls. Then he meets... Ralph Traitor ...

Sinead O'Connor: Skinhead And Scum-Stampers; A Short Sharp Shock

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

That's how emancipated Irish singer SINEAD O'CONNOR dealt with a record company suggestion that she should 'tart herself up'. NEIL PERRY comes to terms with ...

Alex Chilton: Wildman On The Edge

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1988

In spite of his reputation as a cult artist, ALEX CHILTON likes to see himself in terms of a hit singles factory. Here he discusses ...

American Music Club: Ace of Clubs: American Music Club

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1988

IF YOU’VE EVER walked down a big city street and narrowed your vision to exclude everything except the garbage, savouring the contradiction between wealth and ...

fIREHOSE: If'n (SST 115)****

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1988

IF'N'S LABEL proudly displays an autograph-cum endorsement from that grand-old-man-down-the-road of American rock 'n' roll, John Fogerty. Most bands taking such a public liberty would ...

The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Pogue Mahone)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

THE UNDERDOG BITES BACK! ...

Faith No More: Whistle Down The Wind… Hear My Train a'Comin'

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

The dancefloor heavy metal of FAITH NO MORE makes them one of the prime contenders for '88 and the lyrics of vocalist Chuck Mosely penetrate ...

The Stone Roses: Trunk Call — Romancing The Stone

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, January 1988

Are THE STONE ROSES the likeliest lads in Manchester to step into the huge void left by the implosion of The Smiths? JOHN ROBB reports ...

Ennio Morricone: Film Music 1966-1987 (Virgin)****

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, February 1988

FILM SOUNDTRACKS are wretched records to keep because there's only a couple of minutes you want to remember on each one – the lavish sweep ...

The Mission: The Maturing of The Mission

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, February 1988

Following a hectic and often hair-raising year, including four months spent aboard a bus touring the States, THE MISSION are propelling themselves into 1988 with a new ...

Stump: University Of London Union, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, February 1988

WHAT A weird and wonderful beast the Stump is! ...

Megadeth, Ronnie James Dio: Megadeth/Dio: Market Square Arena, Indianapolis

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1988

MARKET SQUARE HEROES ...

Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction: Zodiac Mindwarp: Taming of the T

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1988

Sex machine or happily married man? Prime mover ZODIAC MINDWARP confesses all. PAUL ELLIOTT meets the bridegroom in biker rags and gets a backseat education in dirty ...

Microdisney: Mean Fiddler, Harlesden, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, March 1988

A CONTROLLED, tactical performance from an outfit carefully building up to an all out frontal assault. I give you warning: Microdisney are out to get ...

Mantronix: In Full Effect (10 Records) ****1/2

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, March 1988

THE WAY Mantronix put their music together, you'd think this sort of thing was easy. It just falls into place, fluent, fresh, each lick set ...

The Pixies, Throwing Muses: Throwing Muses, The Pixies: Mean Fiddler, Harlesden, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, April 1988

"WHAT ABOUT those Pixies – motherf***ers, huh?" enquired a grinning Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses. She referred to the previous band and no one in ...

Poison: Hollywood Teasers: Poison: St Louis Arena, Missouri

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, May 1988

WITHIN two numbers, Bret Michaels is prostrate and pushing his amply-stuffed, cellophane-tight crotch at the stage, ass pumping in the air, breath heavy, grin spreading. ...

Megadeth: Megadumb

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1988

Even as MEGADETH have ploughed a smooth trajectory towards the megabuck realms of big league megametal, leader DAVE MUSTAINE has grown ever more muddled in ...

Skinny Puppy: Fulham Greyhound, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1988

AS SKINNY PUPPY'S frontman Kevin Ogilvie – a man known to friends as Nivek Ogre – hoists a hideously pathetic dog dummy over his shoulder ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinéad O'Connor: Tottenham Court Road Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, June 1988

NOT SO much a show as a filmed and videoed event, tonight is a celebration of turning 21 and at last getting a grip on ...

The Ramones: Rocket To Ramonia

Retrospective by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, June 1988

The Ramones' road to ruin looks to stretch until the end of the century. Ralph Traitor goes on their endless vacation ...

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Def Jam) ****1/2

Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

RICK RUBIN is white, Jewish and, on Public Enemy's second album here under scrutiny, steel-reinforces his reputation as today's greatest producer of rebel rock. ...

Was (Not Was): Brothers of Invention

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

WAS (NOT WAS) still people their songs freaks, but compassion now nestles satire. MAT SNOW helps The Was Brothers find the heartbeat of their absurd ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

A GIANT STEP FOR EVENT-KIND: Bringing his spectacular live show to the UK, MICHAEL JACKSON proves he can moonwalk and walk on water. MAT SNOW witnesses the Second Coming. ...

Savage Pencil: With Lead In His Pencil

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, September 1988

SAVAGE PENCIL has turned his art to original biker movies. CATHI UNSWORTH savours his hellraising Angel Dust ...

Tipper Gore and the PMRC: Not In Front Of The Parents

Report and Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, September 1988

The PMRC scored major brownie points recently when its chief, Tipper Gore, appeared on MTV. RALPH TRAITOR hears the woman who Guns N' Roses' Slash ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Holidays in Estonia

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, September 1988

"I LOVE MOANING. That's what I live for!" cackles John Lydon as he surveys a pickled herring with an even fishier eye. "I'm going to ...

Rapeman Unmasked!

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, September 1988

Steve Albini, the legendary guitar-abuser and manic singer of Big Black, returns with another fearsome noise – Rapeman. John Robb ventures into their Chicago dungeon ...

Suicide: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, September 1988

SUICIDE, ALAN Vega more than Marty Rev, have drawn some flak for looking/being old. Vega, his black, tightly-curled pompadour resembling a cheap hooker's wig, lets ...

Living Colour: Nailing Their Colours To The Mast

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, September 1988

Living Colour's world vision may be in glorious technicolour, but they're the first to admit that a black rage sweeps through their music. Mat Snow ...

Talk Talk: Spirit Of Eden

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1988

TALK TALK, OF COURSE, DON'T. Ever since their initial, spurious labelling as a constituent of bosun Le Bon's "New Romantic" master race, the ironically titled ...

Michelle Shocked: Shock Tactics

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, October 1988

With her synthesis of folk and hardcore, Michelle Shocked has successfully created a new vehicle for political pop. Ralph Traitor tunes into the voice of ...

That Petrol Emotion: Inflammable Material: That Petrol Emotion

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1988

SHAGGED OUT after a frenzied bout of road fever, That Petrol Emotion have collapsed into the back of their minibus. ...

Steve Earle: The Country Outlaw Turns Rock Renegade

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, October 1988

Not only has Steve Earle recently been on the wrong side of the law, but now he's risking his neck further by turning his back ...

The Fall: Monarchy In The UK

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, November 1988

Ballet, national anthems, William Of Orange and Blake's poems are all getting in on The Fall's act. Mark E Smith explains all while discussing their ...

Frank Sidebottom: Would You Marry This Man?

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, November 1988

Frank Sidebottom reckons he's the world's most eligible bachelor. Cathi Unsworth succumbs to his charms and checks out his prolific vinyl output. ...

Pussy Galore: Six Ways To Skin A Cat

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, November 1988

Pussy Galore are back and the noise freaks are out in force to greet them. John Robb grills head Pussy Jon Spencer about their new ...

The Quireboys, Yngwie Malmsteen: Yngwie Malmsteen, The Quireboys: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, November 1988

DRENCHED IN wet dreams, the skeletal framed Quireboys are currently making molehills out of rock mountains. This is a tight pant boogie stuffed into way ...

The Sugarcubes: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Icecubes from Sugarland

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, December 1988

Paying the price of fame and fortune, The Sugarcubes have talked and I smiled themselves through a seemingly endless round of interviews and gigs. Now ...

My Bloody Valentine: This Is My Bloody Valentine

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, December 1988

From Dublin to London via Berlin, My Bloody Valentine have taken the scenic route to success. John Robb retraces their footsteps on the way to ...

Television Personalities: The Television Personalities

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, 1989

As the Berlin Wall tumbled under the weight of New Year celebrations, The TV Personalities were treating the revelers to a three-hour set. John Robb ...

Jon Langford, The Mekons, The Three Johns: The Three Jon Langfords

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, January 1989

With The Three Johns and The Mekons, Jon Langford has spent over ten years fighting against the never-ending Top Of The Pops party. John ...

Suicide: A Matter Of Life And Death

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1989

It’s midweek, midday, underneath Times Square, aboard a filthy express subway train. ...

Green On Red: Ugly But Honest

Profile and Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1989

DAN STUART IS about to take his beat-up '65 Dodge across a Tucson railway crossing when a Southern Pacific freight train begins crawling by. Stuart ...

Jane's Addiction: ICA, London

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, January 1989

FOR MAYBE two minutes, 'Summertime Rolls' crawls like spilt oil, shimmering and blissed-out. The rhythm is soft, coaxed. ...

Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, January 1989

"I THINK IT sounds like me," said Roy Orbison, and it does. The trembling but never quite breaking falsetto of ‘In The Real World’ is ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Slayer: Rick Rubin: Mental Metal Master

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1989

From rap to metal, LL Cool J to Slayer, producer Rick Rubin has shaped the definitive street beats of the decade. Paul Elliott hears the ...

Spacemen 3: God Only Knows

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, March 1989

THE MORNING before my interview with Spacemen 3, as I'm rewinding their new LP, Playing With Fire, my Walkman starts to emit a peculiar pulsing ...

American Music Club: Club Class: Fly AMC to California

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, March 1989

"ELEKTRA WERE GONNA give us a 300,000 dollar distribution deal through Frontier so we had full artistic control. Then they saw a video of an ...

Cat Stevens: Fundamentally Speaking: Cat Stevens vs. Salman Rushdie

Comment by Penny Reel, Sounds, March 1989

AN ASPECT of the Salman Rushdie episode that particularly intrigues is the way passions have been so readily aroused. It is as if the text ...

BALL, Bongwater: Kramer Versus Kramer

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, April 1989

Ex-Butthole Surfer mark Kramer turns both cheeks — BALL and Bongwater — to Ralph Traitor. ...

The Pixies: Animal Crackers

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, May 1989

Only a year after their first ever UK visit, Pixies are a Top Ten albums band! Keith Cameron joins their tour in Brighton to find ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: Apocalypse Now (or maybe next week)

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, June 1989

Their latest single is about Armageddon and Fields Of The Nephilim mainman Carl McCoy reckons that the end is nigh. Cathi Unsworth listens to his mystical musings and gets a few survival ...

It Bites: Dinosaur Juniors

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, June 1989

HEWN FROM the living rock of their native Cumbria, It Bites are an archaeologist's nightmare. ...

The Lemonheads: The Big Squeeze

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, July 1989

LEMONHEADS' RENOWN on the American underground scene originally derived from their tender ages. When Hate Your Friends, their Taang! debut, was released, they were all ...

N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (Fourth & Broadway) *****

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1989

Guns and girls and rap 'n' roll ...

Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, The Cult, The Cure, Fields Of The Nephilim, Flesh For Lulu, Marc Almond, The Mission, Nick Cave, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction: Exit The '80s — Goth: Bats Out Of Hell

Overview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, September 1989

It's been the decade of the goth — but, somewhere along the line, the innovation of The Birthday Party, the Banshees and the Sisters gave ...

Lydia Lunch: Scream Until You Like It

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, September 1989

After 13 years of howling into the void, Lydia Lunch is still going strong. Keith Cameron finds out what fuels her anger. ...

The Mekons

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, September 1989

"EUROPOX!" BELCHES the fat fool on the next table. ...

Kate Bush: The Sensual World

Review by David Cavanagh, Sounds, October 1989

ISN'T THE SINGLE absolutely without equal? Especially the way the "mmh yes" punctuation gets progressively more urgent as the song unwinds. There is really no ...

Nirvana: White Heat

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1989

Natural descendants of Mudhoney and Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana are a high energy explosion resulting in a trail of smashed gear and beat anthems. John Robb ...

Tackhead: Tackattack!

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1989

Crazed noise guerillas Tackhead are going for mainstream success with their new LP, Friendly As A Hand Grenade. John Robb grabs at the pieces of ...

Tad: White Noise

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1989

Watch out! A mean American storm is heading your way in the shape of the shit-stained rock beast, Tad. And teaming up with Nirvana for ...

The Cateran, Nirvana, Tad: Nirvana/Tad/The Cateran: SOAS, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1989

Half the bloated business moguls in Britain have never heard of them. They were not invited to appear at the Smash Hits poll-winners party – ...

The Stone Roses: Island of Lost Soul: The Stone Roses at Spike Island

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, 1990

Sun, sea water and cement factories. Not your idea of Ibiza perhaps, but according to our resident mad Manc John Robb, this is the start ...

My Bloody Valentine

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, 1990

GETTING OUT of bed is a tough thang, especially for quilt lizard gang My Bloody Valentine. ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, 1990

NOTE: This was the band’s first interview in the national music press. ...

Skid Row: The Wild One

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, January 1990

Five skinny, lippy punks outta New Jersey are about to become the biggest noise in American rock since Guns N' Roses. Arrogant, controversial, yobbish — ...

The Fall: Mark E. Smith Extricates Himself

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, February 1990

WHILE THE WORLD WENT MAD FOR MANCHESTER THE FALLKEPT QUIET. NOW THEY’VE RETURNED TO FORM WITH EXTRICATE AND MARK E SMITH’S BACK VENTING HIS SPLEEN ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, February 1990

CARTER (THE Unstoppable Sex Machine) are a belch from the past – recalling a time when bands laced their songs with ‘realism’. ...

Ed Ball

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, February 1990

Are The Times just one man and a good scam or is Ed Ball really the "Salman Rushdie of Manchester"? John Robb tries to find ...

Lush For Life

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, March 1990

After all the hype surrounding Lush, their new Mad Love EP was bound to come under scrutiny. But, says John Robb, its mixture of cunning ...

Nitzer Ebb: Re-Pressing The Start Button

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, March 1990

The jackboots are off and Nitzer Ebb have loosened up into a cool pumping rock mode. But do they long to strut afront a Marshall stack letting ...

808 State, Happy Mondays: Step Right On Up: Happy Mondays/808 State: G-Mex, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, March 1990

With rave rock shifting into top gear, 8000 watch its spiritual fathers Happy Mondays go mad in Manchester G-Mex. John Robb witnesses one of the ...

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: The Return of the Prodigal Son

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, April 1990

Throughout the turmoil of the ‘80s, Nick Cave was on some sort of slow development course. From the pithy pop blunders of Boys Next Door ...

Alan Vega: Scream Baby Scream

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, June 1990

Ralph Traitor talks to the legendary Alan Vega, and finds one of rock's true originals with his finest solo album in years, and a man ...

Mazzy Star: Astral Peaks

Profile and Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, June 1990

From the ashes of Opal, David Roback has created the most auspicious Mazzy Star. Roy Wilkinson applauds their blue-skied guitars. ...

Dead Kennedys: Catching Up With Jello Biafra

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, June 1990

HARDCORE, FAST-shit guitar or cranked-up pub rock has glued some fairly diverse personalities onto the cranium over the years, from the cretinous dullard through to ...

Steve Earle: And Justice For All

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, June 1990

Having had a severe brush with the law himself, Steve Earle is well placed to judge the American law. On his new LP, The Hard Way, he ...

Ministry: Minister of Carnage: Alain Jourgensen

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, June 1990

PERHAPS THE core dude to all things Waxtrax is the mad fucker retro byker figure of Alain Jourgensen. Careering through Ministry's New Order-styled early ...

Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, June 1990

His Royal Altogetherness: America's most famous surrogate Royal arrived in Britain last week to take up a 20-night residency in the country's arenas. His luggage contained ...

Revolting Cocks

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, June 1990

STOMP! STOMP! Stomp! The evil 120 bpm jackbeat clomps across the USA, armed to the rotten teeth with a badass beat, some serious studio talent ...

Teenage Fanclub

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, August 1990

"FUCK, AYE!" The leering Gaelic battle cry is spat out for the twentieth time in a hour by the whippet thin Teenage FC drummer. ...

Deee-Lite: World Clique (Elektra) ****

Review by John Robb, Sounds, September 1990

OUTRAGEOUS, COLOURFUL, Deee-Lite's tacky funky mush is a breathtaking pysche trip at the tail end of a summer that's been disappointing in terms of excess ...

Sonic Youth: A Load Of Tony Baloney

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, September 1990

Sonic Youth aren't impressed with Manchester's latest contribution to rock culture. In fact, they think it's a pile of "contrived shit", a real homoerotic, lads-together ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Importance Of Being Angry

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, September 1990

Five years ago The Jesus And Mary Chain were the best pop band in the world, but with little mainstream media attention they've been overtaken ...

The Derelicts (US), Dwarves, The Melvins, Nirvana: Nirvana, The Melvins, Dwarves, The Derelicts: Motorsports International Garage, Seattle

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, October 1990

The American Uncivil War ...

Lush: Dear Students (Won't You Come Out To Play?)

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1990

Right now, a thousand acne strewn depressives are bustin' pimples to Lush's cool bedsit beat. But are they the ultimate student band or just the ...

Nirvana

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, October 1990

If any of the US underground bands are likely to break through into the mainstream, then it's got to be NIRVANA. Currently being courted by ...

Teenage Fanclub: A Snog On The Rocks

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, November 1990

Are TEENAGE FANCLUB the best pop band to emerge in the UK for years or are they just four pissed up Scots taking the piss? ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Now for the Big Time

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, November 1990

Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and the Inspirals have all been tipped to break the States, but THE CHARLATANS may have the best chance of all. ...

The Birthday Party, Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: Worshipping The Son

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, November 1990

For the second of our special Fan Files, we look at Nick Cave, the singer who's so damn slinky and shaggable that even women want ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Ladbroke Grove Subterania

Live Review by Paul Moody, Sounds, November 1990

AT TIMES tonight, Ocean Colour Scene really do make sense. When Stephen Craddock's guitar bursts into 'Yesterday Today' and singer Simon matches it with a ...

Gumball, Teenage Fanclub: Teenage Fan Club, Gumball: International One, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, November 1990

YOUR DRUMMER looks like some kinda freaked golf player, your bass player looks like an American touring circuit pro, your encore sees half the Fannies ...

The La's: Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, Sounds, November 1990

Thrills and (s)pills ...

Loop: The Feedback of the 5,000 Volts

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, December 1990

LOOP have long been associated with a wall of sound that is guaranteed to play havoc with the senses. CATHI UNSWORTH learns exactly what it ...

The Pixies: Surfer Rosa To Super Nova

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1990

Three years ago, the irrepressible Pixies set the rock scene buzzing with their howling, primeval sound. In 1990 they stepped from this murky past and ...

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized: Spacemen 3: Rock'n'Roll Suicide

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, February 1991

The story of SPACEMEN 3 is a cool, rock'n'roll tale of drugs, revolution and eventual destruction. JOHN ROBB meets up with Sonic and Jason on ...

Dinosaur Jr.: Green Mind (Blanco Y Negro) ****

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, February 1991

J MASCIS' propensity for slothfulness is legendary, so it's reassuring to see that, with the end of the century – and possibly civilisation as we ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: See Ya Later, Terminator

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, February 1991

What do you do with a dusty, chaotic rock star who looks like the Grim Reaper? Why, cast him as himself in your movie and ...

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (Island) ****

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, February 1991

NINE INCH Nails is Trent Reznor, and it's fitting that his surname borders on 'razor' because Pretty Hate Machine is musical mutilation of the first ...

808 State: Electro Therapy

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, March 1991

808 STATE are one of the few genuine 'pop groups' of the underground scene. Not for them a bunch of hairy '60s riffs or ideologies, ...

Jane's Addiction: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, March 1991

THERE WERE rumours abounding this morning that Led Zeppelin were going to play a secret gig at the Marquee two days after Jane's Addiction. Had ...

Ride: Riding The Crest Of A Wave

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, March 1991

After a year as top indie kids, RIDE have crossed into the mainstream and are now steaming into the Top 20 and selling-out all their gigs. ...

808 State, Björk, N-Joi: 808 State, N-Joi: G-Mex, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, March 1991

THE RETURN to G-Mex, the core combat zone of the Manchester thing, could have been disturbing. Like, is there a thing going on anymore? The ...

Massive Attack: Wild At Heart

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Sounds, April 1991

It's taken three years and a war, but MASSIVE have finally risen to the top of the charts. JOHN ROBB listens to their stunning debut ...

Northside: Chicken Skin Music: Northside

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, May 1991

A bunch of scallies with names like Dermo, Speg, Cliff, Weg, Woz and Giblet, NORTHSIDE are sitting targets for the brewing Manc backlash. ...

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