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The Human League

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Vogue, May 1982

The Human League are widely acknowledged as this minute's perfect pop group. The following is an account of their perfectly romantic rise in the charts. ...

Austin, Texas

Report by Cynthia Rose, Vogue, 1986

Aginners, glyphies, rednecks, rattlesnakes, conjunto, honky-tonk and wheatberry pancakes: Austin is the cultural nexus of Texas. ...

Patti LaBelle: On Her Own: Patti Labelle

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1987

PATTI LABELLE HAS seen it all – lived through every phase of black American pop from the doo-woppy girl groups of the early 1960s to ...

Wendy and Lisa: Wendy & Lisa

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1987

WENDY Melvoin and Lisa Coleman go back a long way. Years before they were members of Prince's group, The Revolution, they were growing up as ...

Michael Jackson: The Madness of Michael

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, December 1987

"A LOT OF PEOPLE misunderstand me," says Michael Jackson in the spoken intro to his number one hit 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You'. "That's ...

Prefab Sprout: The Enchanter: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1988

PADDY McALOON is an anomalous figure in the British Pop climate of the late '80s. One of our precious few songwriters of any worth, he ...

Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle: Women Soul Singers

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1990

FOR ALL THE LEGENDARY kings of soul music, the Sam Cookes and Otis Reddings and Marvin Gayes, the true spirit of this great black American ...

Mazzy Star

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, November 1990

OF ALL THE survivors from the heady early-'80s days of LA’s "Paisley Underground", Mazzy Star’s David Roeback appears to command the most respect in rock’s ...

Babes in Toyland: Angry Young Women

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1991

ROCK AND ROLL is being hijacked by angry girls with electric guitars. Tired of playing airbrushed pop dollies for salivating male voyeurs, women on ...

Chris Isaak

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1991

CHRIS ISAAK IS almost too perfect a package. With his iconic, Elvis-meets-Jimmy Dean looks immortalised on an album cover by Bruce Weber, he is a ...

Momus Vivendi

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, October 1991

THERE IS NOTHING quite like Momus in British pop. The alter ego of one Nicholas Currie, right, a pale Scotsman of Presbyterian origin who dwells ...

Lou Reed: Cool Hand Lou: The Transformations of Lou Reed

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1992

SINCE THE RELEASE of Growing up in Public in 1980, Lou Reed has pretty much grown up in private. In 1981 he not only ...

Dwight Yoakam, Joe Ely: The Other Country

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, October 1992

YOU KNOW THE country boom has gone too far when stadium-busting hat acts like Garth Brooks start wearing those clamp-on microphones sported by Madonna and ...

Suede

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, November 1992

ONE IS swayed by Suede. For all their foppish airs and graces, their teasing glam-rock quotes, there is a real meat to their music which ...

Robyn Hitchcock: Respect

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1993

IF THERE WERE any justice in the world, Robyn Hitchcock would be an English cult hero. But it's the very English middle-class-ness of the man ...

Arrested Development: Rural Revolution: Arrested Development

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1993

THE NAME suggests a grungy Midwest punk band, but Arrested Development is actually a black rap family based in Atlanta. Like the "Native Tongue" groups ...

Transvision Vamp, Wendy James: Wendy In Neverland: Life After Vamping

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1993

IT WAS ALL looking so good for Wendy James in the spring in 1991: endless magazine covers, review copies of The Little Magnets Versus the ...

Maria McKee Gets Saved

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, May 1993

ANYONE WHO remembers Maria McKee whooping it up with her country-rock band Lone Justice back in the ‘80s will concur with Deacon Blue's verdict that ...

Liz Phair

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1994

FEW ROCK artists making their debuts have been greeted with such an avalanche of acclaim as thundered down on Liz Phair last year. Her double-album-length ...

Elastica: Hey, Elastica!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1994

BRITISH POP remains supremely unvexed by the anxieties of influence. Just as Suede brazenly lifted their pouting nuances from the right Glam heroes, so 24-year-old ...

Lyle Lovett: Lone Star: Lyle Lovett

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1994

IT'S HARD to believe, but this is Julia Roberts’s first ever appearance on The Tonight Show, the live American chat show to end all chat ...

Nick Kent: The Write Stuff: Nick Kent

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, June 1994

FOR ANY CALLOW, maladjusted youth growing up in the early-to-mid-‘70s with the New Musical Express as his bible, Nick Kent was unquestionably the coolest rock ...

All The Young Dudes: The Return of Glam Rock

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, September 1998

YOU COULD argue that glam – glamour, from an old Scottish word meaning "a haze in the air" – was always intrinsic to pop music. ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Creme Anglaise: Jane Birkin

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, May 2003

THE REMAINS of an English breakfast stand on a table, and several bags are strewn around the room – one of them a well-worn example ...

Patti Smith: On Mapplethorpe and more: Patti Smith

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, Vogue, March 2010

WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION of her hero Bob Dylan, no one has perfected the look of the downtown bohemian poet as comprehensively as Patti Smith. ...

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