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Rolf Harris: Rolf-Of-Every-Trade

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, February 1962

ROLF HARRIS, the man who currently makes with 'Sun Arise' one of the most interesting noises in the hit parade, was tired. He had been ...

Doris Day: Doris Looks Younger Every Day

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1962

REMEMBER THOSE not so far off days when the charts were aglow with Doris Day numbers like 'Sentimental Journey', 'Que Sera' and 'Secret Love'? They ...

Connie Francis: Connie Will Rock For Britain!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1962

THERE'LL BE no more weepie-weepie songs from Connie Francis once her current hit 'Vacation' leaves the charts... for Connie is to record special future releases ...

Tommy Steele, The Tornados: Alan Smith On Film Sets With The Tornados and Tommy Steele

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

A HAUNTING theme-tune echoed across the stage of a dingy London theatre on Tuesday morning, as film cameras turned on that "Globetrotting" hit group, the ...

Bobby Rydell: Twenty Years Plus Bobby

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1963

A SIGNIFICANT thing happened to Bobby Rydell when he was five years old. His father took him to see a stage show. And another stage ...

The Beatles, The Brook Brothers, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Mike Berry, The Shadows, The Tornados: Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

MIKE BERRY burst into the second half to the throbbing beat of 'La Bamba'. Close on its heels came his current release 'My Little Baby' ...

Lesley Gore: Parties Are Lucky For Lesley

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1963

MAKING HER chart bow this week with 'It's My Party', attractive Lesley Gore actually owes her disc success to the occasion she sang a song ...

Lesley Gore: The Singing Rebel

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1963

IT'S THE BEATLES' favourite disc of the moment and it's sung by a 17-year-old American girl who had a genteel upbringing in the sedate neighbourhood ...

Bobby Rydell: Experiment Worked After Two Years Says Bobby Rydell

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

BOBBY RYDELL is head over heels at the success of his British-made disc 'Forget Him' — his first record to hit the NME Chart since 'Sway' almost ...

Brenda Lee: A Brenda Bargain – Re-Issue Collection on Ace of Hearts

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1963

LITTLE MISS NEWLY-MARRIED has had, believe it or not, no less than SEVEN years in the music business. And that's seven years making discs too. ...

Heinz, Joe Meek: Faith Plus Enthusiasm: Heinz' Success Story

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

SO HEINZ crashes handsomely into the charts. After the false start of his debut solo disc, 'Dreams Do Come True', his "heartfelt" tribute to Eddie ...

Cliff Richard: How Cliff Rose To Fame

Profile by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, September 1963

David Griffiths spotlights the early days of Cliff's career... ...

Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Joe Brown, Marty Wilde, The Tornados: Billy Fury, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: ABC Cinema, Croydon

Live Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1963

WHEN LARRY Parnes puts out a touring show, he puts out a big 'un. He slams in plenty of acts, plenty of variety, plenty of ...

Cliff Richard, The Shadows: Cliff Richard & The Shadows: Cliff's New Film and Hank's New Guitar!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

IT WAS BUSY-ness as usual for birthday boy Cliff Richard this week. On Sunday night he cut his next record (out in about three weeks) ...

Helen Shapiro: Will Helen Make Her Comeback in 1964?

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1963

From child prodigy to star of stage, screen etc. That's the career of young Helen Shapiro. She has a talent way ahead of her years. ...

Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, Gerry & The Pacemakers: Fab Gives Cilla a 21st Gig

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

Cilla Black's a mighty popular popster and Fab fans of hers wrote in droves asking about Cilla's birthday. Since her 21st was coming up we just had to ...

Gene Pitney, The Supremes: Gene Pitney's 72 Days With The Supremes

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, October 1964

GENE PITNEY recently took a bus journey with the Supremes. They shared front seat views — FOR 72 DAYS AND OVER 30,000 MILES. Gene, who ...

Heinz's Hat, Some Surfing, & The Sharks!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1964

THE FACT that Heinz has just visited Australia stuck out the proverbial mile when I met him last week, after an exhausting two week tour ...

Brenda Lee: The New Lee Scene

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, February 1965

Keith Altham with the facts on the new Lee scene ...

Sandie Shaw: Unsure Sandie

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1965

BACK from a hectic five-day promotional tour of France I found Sandie Shaw and composer Chris ('Long Live Love') Andrews seated at a piano in ...

Unit 4+2: Unit With The Crazy Nicknames

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1965

UNIT FOUR Plus 2. A bit cumbersome as a title? Ah, but remember the man who pioneered ball point pens in America just after World ...

The Animals, The Bachelors, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Freddie & The Dreamers, Georgie Fame, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin' Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated, Them, Tom Jones, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Are Poles Apart

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

BEFORE THEIR trip to Japan and the Far East I lunched with Peter Asher and his sparring partner Gordon Waller, and a more unlikely combination ...

P.J. Proby Inspires Heated Emotions

Report and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, June 1965

'l Love Him' Sobs Teen – Others Want Him Banned ...

P.J. Proby: P.J. Probe

Interview by Nancy Lewis, Fabulous, July 1965

To tell the truth, Nancy Lewis was a bit scared about meeting P. J. — the star who has been mixed up in so much ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

"I NEVER intended to be a singer," confessed Sonny, when I found him squatting on the stairs in the corridors of a BBC Theatre in ...

Chad and Jeremy: Chad & Jeremy: Chad Eyes Future Career During Split With Jeremy

Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, August 1965

BECAUSE THE recording duo of Chad & Jeremy are currently performing separate functions, many unfounded rumors have been traveling the record circuit. ...

Sonny & Cher: Look At Us

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, August 1965

SONNY & CHER — THEIR FIRST GREAT L.P.! ...

Sonny & Cher: The Mad Mad World of Sonny And Cher!

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc Weekly, September 1965

SONNY and Cher had just arrived in their manager's office in Los Angeles. It was 2.30 p.m. and they had bounced happily back from a ...

The Lettermen: Lettermen Relate Secret Of Success

Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, October 1965

Top Pop Group For Five Years ...

Sonny & Cher Get Even

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

SONNY struck back last week! When I phoned him at his home in Los Angeles recently, I got him out of bed at five o'clock ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Admit It: They Use Session Boys!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

THE FORTUNES go on record as the first group I have met who have had the honesty to admit they use session musicians on their ...

Herman's Hermits in LA: Herman at Home

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, October 1965

How He Was Almost Thrown in Jail! ...

Herman's Hermits in LA: Herman's Excitement; Keith's Disappointment

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, November 1965

This concludes a two-part EXCLUSIVE Rhythm 'n' News interview with Herman's Hermits during their stay in Hollywood. ...

The Knickerbockers: No Lie! It's a Big Hit For Knickerbockers

Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, November 1965

NO. 4 IN 2 WEEKS ...

Sonny & Cher: Sonny and Cher: We're In Love, That's The Secret Of Success

Memoir by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, 1966

IT WAS ON July 31, 1965, that a stocky little man dressed after the fashion of an Eskimo bounced across the reception hall in London ...

Herman's Hermits: My 4 Days and Nights with Herman

Report and Interview by June Harris, Teen Life, January 1966

SUDDENLY, THE reasonably quiet pool at the Seville Hotel on Miami Beach became a mass of young people shouting, screaming and running in every which ...

Lou Christie: Gypsy Helps Lou Make Hit Discs

Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, January 1966

LOU CHRISTIE strolled into The BEAT offices today and completely charmed the entire female portion of our staff. He's an absolute gas, a guy you ...

Jay & The Americans: A Winning Recipe For Jay and The Americans

Profile by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, January 1966

TAKE THREE college students who like to sing. Add a shoe salesman (you wear out a lot of shoes on the road to success). Toss ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Dave Dee Laughs, Too — All Way To The Bank!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

DAVE DEE, DOZY, Beaky, Mick and Tich are a gift to mediocre comedians who fall about making "unpunny" remarks like: "Oh, yes, 'Wavy Lee, Drunken, ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Focus on BEAKY and DOZY

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

BEAKY (real name John Dymond) is the gaunt-faced rhythm guitarist with the group whose sinister looks contradict his "matey" nature. He has a fund of ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Focus on MICK…and TICH

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

MICK began his musical career banging about on biscuit tins, inspired by Bill Haley records like 'See You Later Alligator'. "I just listened to the ...

Paul and Barry Ryan: Ryans Feel Established

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

I ARRIVED nearly an hour late at Harold Davison's Regent Street office for my interview with Paul and Barry Ryan due to freak monsoon weather ...

The Turtles Return!

Comment by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, August 1966

HOLLYWOOD: The hot, cigarette-stale air belched out of the Whiskey and onto the Strip. The sardine-like inside of the club drew its breath from the ...

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Sonny & Cher: Sonny & Cher, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Astoria, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

Communication means everything for Sonny & Cher ...

Sonny & Cher: They're Pop's Most Lovable Couple

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

IT'S THAT 'Little Man' again and bouncing back into the NME Chart this week at No. 18 comes popdom's most lovable couple, Mr. and Mrs. ...

The Monkees: Mistaking The Four Monkees

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, September 1966

JUST PICTURE one very pretty princess who is about to become queen and one very jealous uncle who is determined to do her in before ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Troggs, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers, The Troggs, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Granada, East Ham, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1966

Scott Was The Hit On Walker Tour First Night ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

ACTION stations for Sonny and Cher. In a transatlantic phone call from his home in Encino, Sonny told me that their first film, Good Times, ...

The Monkees: Man-Made Monkees

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, November 1966

MOST GROUPS happen. The Monkees were made. If they weren't intentionally created, it is conceivable that they would not exist for it is highly unlikely ...

Dino, Desi, & Billy, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Tommy Roe: Paul Revere & The Raiders; Tommy Roe; Dino, Desi & Billy: On Tour with The Raiders & D, D & B!

Report by Ann Moses, Tiger Beat, January 1967

SUNDAY ...

The Chiffons, The Four Tops, Keith, Ken Dodd, The Koobas, The Moody Blues, The New Vaudeville Band, Otis Redding, Paul Jones, Rita Pavone, The Rolling Stones: New Singles from the Rolling Stones, Four Tops et al

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1967

GOODIES THIS WEEK INCLUDE A MUCH-BETTER ROLLING STONES, SIMILAR, BUT DISTINCTIVE SOUND FROM TOPS, AND A PLAINTIVE PAUL JONES, NOT-SO INSTANT VAUDEVILLE BAND, AND A ...

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

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

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

The Monkees' Front Man

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1967

DAVY JONES – the little Monkee with a big heart – arrived via Nassau last week wearing a battered black top hat, purchased from a ...

Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone: Herman's Hermits: After Noone In Hollywood

Interview by Danny Fields, Hullabaloo, March 1967

Can a straight cat from England find happiness in America the beautiful? Tune in to day's heart-warming installment: Alone With The Hermit, By Danny Fields. ...

The Monkees: More Of The Monkees (RCA)

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1967

IT'S A STRANGE thing to review an LP which you know will go to the top of the LP charts and sell a load of ...

The Doors, James Brown, Joe Tex, Lonnie Mack, McKinley "Soul" Mitchell, Petula Clark, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher: New Albums From The Doors, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1967

Orbison Gibson album — a fine LP but could be depressing... ...

The Byrds, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & The Pacemakers, John Lee Hooker, Mantovani, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Olympics, Roy Orbison, Prince Buster, Jimmy Ruffin, The Supremes, Jackie Trent: Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: No Beards for Dave Dee & Co!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1967

ROLLING Stone Brian Jones once described himself as "a straight Ernie." And the same might be said of Dave Dee. An "Ernie," I was assured ...

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Candy Store Prophets, The Monkees: Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart On Monkees, Music & Mayhem

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1967

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart are responsible for a lot of Monkee music and soon, a lot of their own music. In the following interview ...

Candy Store Prophets, The Monkees, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart: Boyce & Hart On Monkees, Music & Mayhem (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

IF YOU own the first two Monkees' albums, you know that Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Steppin' ...

Sandie Shaw: Bella Ragazza

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, August 1967

SANDIE SHAW was engaged in something of a friendly battle with an Italian waiter at the Palace Hotel, Viareggio, when I finally caught up with ...

The Monkees: Bob Rafelson: Man Behind The Monkees

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1967

Why I picked THESE four ...

The Four Seasons: Four Seasons Speaking of Success

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, KRLA Beat, August 1967

LOS ANGELES – The Four Seasons came to the West Coast to perform in the area for the first time and completely conquered all who ...

The Flowerpot Men: Flowered, Belled and Beaded

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, September 1967

"I WAS strolling casually through the dining-car of a British Railways choo-choo train the other day, flowered belled and beaded, as befits a Flowerpot Man, ...

The Herd Take Over As Screamers' New Idols

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

MY CONTENDER as the man "most likely to get ripped to pieces by hysterical females" in 1967 is Peter Frampton, the seventeen-year-old vocal-guitarist with the ...

Sandie Shaw: Her Anatomical Assets

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

PROVING quite conclusively that she has legs right up to her shoulders, Sandie Shaw wearing her self-designed string mini dress (or was it a vest?) ...

The Foundations: Before This Record, We Were Just What You'd Call 'Bums' Say The Foundations

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1967

IT'S ENOUGH to make psychedelia and Flower Power turn in its grave. I mean, how dare a group like the Foundations have the effrontery to ...

Sandie Shaw

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

I WENT several rounds with Eve Taylor and Sandie Shaw over dinner last Friday, where among other things we discussed her performance at last week's ...

Love Affair: A Love Affair To Remember…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

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

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

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

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

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

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

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

John Fred and his Playboy Band: John Fred & His Playboy Band: The Controversy Surrounding 'Judy'

Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, February 1968

HE'S 6'5" TALL and would have a difficult time going anywhere in disguise since he can't even find clothes to fit at Hollywood's better mens' ...

The Bee Gees, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Foundations, Grapefruit: Big Night For The Bee Gees: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, April 1968

Concert review by Keith Altham ...

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

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

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

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

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

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

The Monkees, Michael Nesmith: The Monkees: Here is the most amazing article EVER-WRITTEN about a MONKEE

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, May 1968

Mike Nesmith wanted me to expose how rude he is reveals Ann Moses in this NMExclusive from Hollywood ...

Esther and Abi Ofarim: The Dance That Lasted A Hundred Years...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

RM's MULTI-LINGUAL DAVID GRIFFITHS TALKS TO ESTHER AND ABI OFARIM ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ...

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap: 16 Salutes The Union Gap

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, 16 Magazine, July 1968

IN THIS day and age, with all the competition, it's quite an accomplishment to have a top ten record – especially for a new group. ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Nine Hits In A Row

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

WHEN I arrived at the Lime Grove TV studios it was to find that Tich, Mick, Beaky, Dozy and Dave Dee (how about that for ...

Tommy James & the Shondells: Tommy James & The Shondells: The Chart Toppers Phone NME From New York

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, July 1968

TOMMY JAMES and the Shondells are going into the studios this week to record some new Beatle songs and one of them may be their ...

The Monkees: A Very Personal Day With The Monkees!

Report by Carol Deck, Flip, August 1968

CAROL DECK (FLIP'S GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD) TAKES YOU ALONG TO SPEND A DAY ON THE MAD, MAD SET OF THE MONKEES' MOVIE! ...

The Monkees

Interview by Mike Grant, Rave, August 1968

HAVE YOU ever wondered what its like to hardly ever finish a meal in peace without someone thrusting an autograph book under your nose – ...

Whatever Happened To All The Christmas Hits?

Report and Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

REMEMBER THAT golden oldie from the King Presley, 'Blue Christmas'? 'Twas something of a hit four years ago, and in 1968 just about sums up ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee's Happy To Make Instant Hits

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1968

GROUPS come and go but Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, it seems, go on for ever. And the secret of their success? According ...

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

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, March 1969

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

The Monkees: Head (Columbia Pictures)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ellen Sander, Hit Parader, June 1969

Have We Misjudged THE MONKEES? ...

The Bee Gees: Was Robin The Key Figure In The Bee Gees' Success?

Interview by Keith Altham, Top Pops, August 1969

WITH ROBIN GIBB hurtling up the charts with his first solo single, 'Saved by the Bell', it would appear that the answer to the question, ...

The Foundations: Foundations Want To Progress

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Top Pops, August 1969

And Colin wants to develop into a ballad singer. Smoother, more sophisticated styling for their new single, 'Born To Live'. ...

The Archies: The Archies Are Fictional, But Their Success Is Not

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

CRITICS MAY debate whether some rock groups that make hit records should exist at all but what can one say about a hit record made ...

The Box Tops: Dimensions, Nonstop, Super Hits

Review by Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone, December 1969

THE BOX TOPS? Are you serious? Those yokel hacks grinding out rattly pop for the tyrannical Top 40? Those squeaky-clean goons in paisley scarves and ...

The Dave Clark Five: The Dave Clark 5's Mike Smith

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

NOT UNLIKE 'old man river' the Dave Clark Five keep rolling along and just when the critics are about to re-write their obituaries – missing ...

Christie: Geoff Christie

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, June 1970

DESPITE having a successful single in 'Yellow River', Geoff Christie (front man of new group Christie) would have been happier had the group just not ...

Diana Ross Doesn't Miss Supremes

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, July 1970

DIANA ROSS is a supremely confident person. She has progressed from being a member of just another Tamla Motown group called the Supremes, to making ...

Nancy Sinatra, The Osmonds: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, August 1970

FRANK SINATRA played host to 500 members of the Press to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Caesar's Palace and his daughter Nancy's opening. ...

Tony Orlando: The Last Of The Teenage Idols

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, April 1971

THE ODEON, Kingston-upon-Thames. Or maybe it was The Granada. It's 9.20 p.m. on the 15th February 1962 and Clarence 'Frogman' Henry has just boogied his ...

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5: Jacksons Give Teenyblacks Hope

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1971

FROM THIS SIDE of the Atlantic it may seem somewhat difficult to appreciate the Jackson-mania — and there is no other word for it — ...

Neil Diamond: The Jekyll and Hyde of Pop

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

NEIL DIAMOND is a latter day Jekyll and Hyde. The quiet, hesitant, sensitive man you meet in a plush London hotel suite is nothing like ...

The Archies, Carole King, The Monkees: Don Kirshner: I Discovered Carole King

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, February 1972

THEY MOST often call Don Kirshner the King of Bubble-gum. But he's not worrying. Sitting high in his suite at the Dorchester he has the ...

The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson: Schmaltz or Genius?

Comment by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1972

In his day perhaps they thought Mozart was a hype ...

The Osmonds: Phase Three (MGM)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, May 1972

IT CAME AS no surprise when FAVE Magazine recently handed out its best of the year awards. Left unresolved was the question of who really ...

The Osmonds: They're Enough To Make You Scream…

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1972

LAST FRIDAY at High Noon it was 'teen time' at London's Churchill Hotel, where those Beetle-haired Monkee-faced and indecently wholesome Osmond Brothers (You have probably ...

Bobby Vee: Bye Bye Bobby – Meet Mr Villene

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, August 1972

A CLAIM to fame you don't often associate with Bobby Vee is that he once sacked Bob Dylan from his band. Over here having just ...

Gary Glitter: A Raven in Rich Plumage

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

"YOU WILL bear in mind that he's got dreadful 'flu, won't you," says Gary Glitter's publicity agent when we fixed up the interview. And sure ...

The Jackson 5: Jacksons Fly In

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

"AH KISSED Jer-a-maine three times," cried the tall girl as she ran into me, almost pushing me to the ground. "I saw Michael! I saw ...

The Jackson 5: On Tour With The Jackson 5

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz goes behind the scenes to report on America's top soul group. ...

The Jackson 5: Don't Treat Them Like Children!

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz continues her inside story of the Jackson Five with a frantic interview at the Churchill ...

Dave Berry

Profile and Interview by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, February 1973

IT'S VERY EMBARRASSING to be caught out when you haven't done your homework. We hadn't planned much before we met Dave Berry because we automatically ...

Sweet: Sweet Talking Guy

Report and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

Sweet's Andy Scott Talks To Ray Fox-Cumming ...

Sweet: The Sweet Soft Underbelly of Rock

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1973

FUNNY how moods change – there we all were...the Sweet and myself...in the bar, having a few drinks, sharing a joke or two y'know, getting ...

Slade: Superyob

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1973

HE COMES ON stage with Slade like an over-decorated, perambulating Christmas tree – smothered in silver-stars, gold and glitter from head to toe – but ...

The Four Seasons: Ten Years And Still Hanging On

Retrospective by Bob Fisher, Let It Rock, March 1973

IN AUGUST LAST YEAR Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons celebrated ten years as one of the most successful recording groups America has ever produced. ...

Kim Fowley, The Rockin' Berries: The Rockin' Berries v. Kim Fowley. Or, The Vulture Scoops the Pool

Essay by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, March 1973

The only time the Rockin' Berries met Kim Fowley was in Los Angeles in 1964. Phil Hardy has met them both recently and found that ...

The Osmonds: Ever Thought Of Stringing Jimmy Up On Stage?

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1973

HAVE YOU heard? Donny Osmond's in town – along with big brother Alan – and the secret weeny bopper jungle telegraph knows where he's going ...

The Osmonds: The Business Of Being An Osmond

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

EDD LEFFLER knows just how to take care of his boys. He knows all about double and triple entendres and how reporters sometimes like to ...

The Osmonds: Golden Age Of The Osmonds

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

THE OSMONDS have been around for years and Alan has known success with earlier line-ups, but it is with Donny that the brothers have discovered ...

David Cassidy: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

Nice one David! ...

This Man Hates Little Girls

Comment by Jonathon Green, International Times, May 1973

THEY'RE RIGHT, you know. I always had this sneeking suspicion that they might be, but ferchrissake, I never really wanted to talk about it before. ...

Donny Osmond, The Osmonds: Donny Osmond: Sometimes I Just Can't Believe We're on Top!

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Family Weekly, May 1973

"We finally decided to go with me as a solo. There's no jealousy in the family about the decision. If I sing a solo record, ...

Suzi Quatro: This Is Suzi Quatro. She's Heavy

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, June 1973

ON THE HORIZON of Charles Street, London, or more precisely in the RAK Record Company offices, is a Star. Her name is Suzi Quatro. Five ...

Jonathan King...

Profile and Interview by Alan Betrock, Phonograph Record, July 1973

...with Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Simon Turner, 10cc, Ricky Wilde and the UK Gang ...

David Essex: Jesus Rocks On!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

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

The Carpenters: Summer Sweethearts

Overview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1973

If it's muzak you're looking for, look no further... ...

Herman's Hermits: So What's Wrong With Herman's Hermits?

Retrospective and Interview by Harold Bronson, Zoo World, September 1973

CRINKLED NOSES and pained "ooohs" accompany ninety-five percent of the responses I receive when I tell people I like Herman's Hermits. But how can I ...

The Carpenters: It's Plane Sailing!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1973

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

David Cassidy: Real Cool Cassidy

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, October 1973

I ALWAYS FIGURED secretly that David Cassidy was a cool guy. ...

Sonny & Cher: Growing Up With Sonny & Cher

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1973

RECENTLY, THE SONNY & Cher Comedy Hour devoted a special show to what they called "The Sonny & Cher Years". ...

Sweet: Sweet Notes

Profile and Interview by Simon Frith, Creem, November 1973

Stuck in the middle with the Chartbusting Champions of Un-hip ...

Ellie Greenwich: Leaders of the Pack

Interview by Roy Carr, Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, November 1973

Ten years ago the American pop scene was dominated by two opposing song factories — KIRSHNER'S Krazy Kids and the Behemoths of the BRILL BUILDING. ...

The Osmonds: The View From Seat T39

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1973

He thought it would be good clean fun… Safe family entertainment. He was wrong. Now Charles Shaar Murray reveals the full horror of the night ...

Mud, Glorious Mud

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

"HYPE, BILGE, lies, rubbish!" These are the epithets often hurled when a band appears on Top Of The Pops weekly, and soars chartward with a ...

David Cassidy: Terminal Fandom

Report and Interview by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, June 1974

IN "FREE" ADULTS, mass frustration breeds war. In "free" teenagers, mass frustration breeds rock phenomena. ...

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap: Gary Puckett: How We Split The Gap

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

"YEAH I GUESS you could say I was kinda surprised when I got the news. But the funny thing is that I kinda predicted it ...

ABBA: Waterloo (Atlantic)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, September 1974

MOST EUROPEANS would, quite rightly, give their balls to suck Slurpees at a 7-11 or grow up absurd on Yankee turf, but they don't get ...

David Essex: The Busy Mr Essex

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

MR ESSEX, I Presume? One could be forgiven for asking the question because, caught unawares in his dressing room for the 45 show, he looks ...

The Bay City Rollers: Phil Coulter: The Creator

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

Disc meets the man behind the Rollers and many others ...

The Bay City Rollers: Rollers On The Run

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

FAN HYSTERIA is reaching its peak with the Bay City Rollers. It's got to the point now where the Rollers can't even go to the ...

Peter Noone: High Noone

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

THESE WERE THE MYSTERIOUS INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO FOX-CUMMING WHEN HE SOUGHT AN INTERVIEW WITH THIS CHAP ...

The Bay City Rollers: Kings Of Pop!

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

IN THE same week that Muhammad Ali regained his heavyweight boxing title, the featherweight crown of pop, too, has changed hands. ...

The Glitter Band

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

"GARY IS great. His operation was a success and there are no aftereffects at all. If anything, it has improved his voice." ...

The Rubettes: Rubettes Bring Back Jive

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

IN DANCE-craze circles 'The Bump' is supposed to be all the rage...but is it? ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Wizzard: The Move: California Man; Electric Light Orchestra: Showdown; Wizzard: See My Baby Jive

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, December 1974

IN WHICH it begins to look disturbingly like influences are dangerous toys indeed. ...

The Turtles: The Turtles (Happy Together Again) (Sire)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, December 1974

ITEM: THE Turtles' It Ain't Me Babe album cover was one of the first to recognize and promptly display rock 'n roll fatty tissue, at ...

Jonathan King: A Rose in a Fisted Glove

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1975

WHEN JONATHAN KING first manifested his presence upon this already sufficiently troubled planet he was able to masquerade as a genuinely provocative presence, mainly because ...

Sweet: The Sweet: No Longer Unfashionable

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, April 1975

ROCK SNOBBERY. THAT'S what it is. A prevailing attitude that anything commercially successful in terms of the charts must therefore be top-twenty hype, not suitable ...

Smokie: Smokey: No Smokey Without Fire…

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1975

THE NEWS that Chinn and Chapman had signed a new band was predictably greeted by the music business with one big yawn. What would this ...

The Bay City Rollers: Bay City Rollers: Once Upon A Star

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, September 1975

THE BAY CITY Rollers campaign is underway, and its components are familiar: screaming female fans in Great Britain, Sid Bernstein masterminding tour plans, back-to-back appearances ...

The Bay City Rollers: Inside the Bay City Rollers' Camp

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1975

"WHEN ANYONE slates us, you can bet they’ve never heard our own stuff – Derek is a brilliant drummer" ...

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 ...

Cliff Richard: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

A GIANT TUPPERWARE party. ...

The Archies, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Tommy James & the Shondells: Bubblegum: A Beginners' Guide

Guide by Ken Barnes, Let It Rock, December 1975

ARCHIES: As the Monkees started to slip in late '68, Don Kirshner unveiled his new media blitz – a cartoon show (based on a popular ...

The Carpenters, Neil Sedaka: Neil Sedaka: Second Stairway To Heaven

Report and Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, December 1975

AWAY FROM the Vegas casino clatter, inside the Riviera Hotel's now empty Versailles Room, onstage, seated at a piano is a petite, energetic man who ...

Meet The Hit Makers Of '75

Overview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, December 1975

We kid you not.What else happened?Remarkably little actually. ...

The Monkees: Monkee-Mania... In The '70s?

Retrospective by Ken Barnes, Who Put The Bomp!, 1976

I WROTE A prototype version of this piece in 1973, at a time when admitting you liked the Monkees was about as cool as driving ...

Lynsey De Paul: Love Bomb

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, January 1976

LYNSEY DE PAUL'S new Aimed-at-America image seems to be Sex & Sleaze – with class. Visually, as any potential consumer can see by directing an ...

Smokie: Smokie Rising — 11 Years to Take Off!

Profile and Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, January 1976

MOST BRIGHTEST hope contenders in any year tend to be fairly new bands, but Smokie, although the name is newish, had their beginnings over 11 ...

David Essex: Danger In The Fairground

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, January 1976

"I'VE ALWAYS gone against trying to be something I'm not," says David Essex, the British pop idol who is lounging in a suite of Coventry's ...

Sweet: The Sweet: Top of the Pops

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1976

OH, YOU know, it gets so very confusing. What with the fickleness of all these rock writers and the constant need to come across with ...

Neil Sedaka: Sedaka's Rocket to the States

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1976

NEIL SEDAKA does not look like a wealthy entertainer, not even when he's surrounded by the splendour of his rented luxury apartment above Fifth Avenue ...

The Osmonds: The Family Plan Of The Latter-Day Osmonds

Profile and Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, March 1976

The Wizards who Live in the Land of OsWorship their God and Obey the LawsWear Ice Cream Suits without Bulges or FlawsAnd Smile with the ...

Slik: Slik Forever!

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1976

"THE THING IS," confides Billy McIsaac, Slik's 26-year-old keyboards player, "we have a positive attitude to everything." He is speaking with the advantage of hindsight. ...

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 ...

Arrows: Golden Arrows

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1976

NEVER IN THE history of rock 'n' roll has it been more difficult for bands to get the exposure they need to break big and ...

David Essex: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

FOUR TIMES AT his Earls Court, London, show on Saturday night, David Essex strikingly fused the electric atmosphere of theatre with rock. The effect was ...

ABBA, Silver Convention: Europe: The Future Of Pop?

Overview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

AS IT WAS Stockholm, and as the ever-witty 10cc were playing there, Eric Stewart thought it'd be nice to pay a little tribute to a ...

Slik: Slik (Bell)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

Midge Ure (guitar, vocals), Jim McGinlay (bass, vocals), Billy McIsaac (keyboards, vocals), Kenny Hyslop (drums, vocals). Produced by Phil Coulter at Mayfair Studios, London, during ...

David Essex: Essex Dons The Motley Again

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

DAVID ESSEX: 'I'm going to do a kind of rock revue in a West End theatre. It'll be incredible – I've got so many bizarre ...

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 ...

Slik: We're Like A Scapegoat For The Rollers

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

TEARS TRICKLE down her 12-year-old cheeks. She's speechless, overcome by the emotion of the moment. She has, after a stubborn battle, won the right to ...

Pilot: Pilot Change Course

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

David Paton: now one-half of Pilot, a band trying to rid itself of teenybop associations ...

The Bay City Rollers: Dedication (Bell)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

Leslie McKeown, (lead vocals and background), Eric Faulkner (lead guitar, rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals), Stuart Wood (bass and vocals), Derek Longmuir (drums, percussion, vocals), ...

The Bay City Rollers: Rollers' American Civil War

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1976

THE STATE TROOPER, with his tall hat perched firmly on a head with very little hair, seemed to be in control. One hand grasped a ...

The Bay City Rollers: Bay City Rollers: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

SOME TIME ago, David Essex remarked that he was fed up with critics reviewing his audiences when they should have been more concerned with the ...

The Bay City Rollers: The View From Seat A6

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1976

"Then one day I found a perfect plan,I shake my ass and sing in a rock and roll band,From now on there'll be no compromisin'Rock ...

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 ...

David Cassidy, Mick Ronson: David Cassidy & Mick Ronson: Cassidy Lights Up With Ronson

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

DAVID CASSIDY is to form a band with Mick Ronson, the British guitarist whose services as a freelance player are much in demand these days. ...

David Essex: Home On The Road

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1976

"THE TIMES they are a-changin" ...and David Essex is changing with them. ...

David Essex: Manchester Palace, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1976

CLEAN ROCK from the super slick, sadly lackadaisical David Essex Band at the plush Manchester Palace is a harmless way to waste a few hollow ...

ABBA: Abba: Arrival

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, November 1976

How they made a billion while still in their twentiesWITH THE POP MUSIC OF TODAY ...

ABBA: Arrival (Epic)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

ABBA: Frida Lyngstad and Anna Faltskog (vocals), Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals) with Ola Brunkert and Roger Palm (drums), Janne Schaffer, ...

ABBA: Adoring ABBA

Comment by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, 1977

"ABBA IS the most exciting pop phenomenon of the ‘70s," claims their bio, and for once it’s no hype. My admiration for this group knows ...

Suzi Quatro: Aggrophobia (RAK)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1977

FOUR AND A HALF YEARS since Suzi Quatro scored jackpot and replay with 'Can The Can', and it's only now that she's made an album ...

Sweet: Give Us A Wink (Capitol)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, May 1977

I SEE HERE in this clipping that Sweet lead singer Brian Connolly got his throat kicked in during a pub brawl in London in 1974. ...

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 ...

Lena Zavaroni: A Jackie Pop Special on Lena Zavaroni: I Just Got This Idea That I Was Too Fat...

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, July 1977

LENA ZAVARONI'S just turned thirteen — and she's already been a star for over four years! You might think that instant success at nine years ...

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 ...

Captain, The, and Tennille: The Captain and Tennille: Come In from the Rain

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, September 1977

IT'S TOO EASY to be cynical about the Captain and Tennille. People who pride themselves on being hip and chic find it very convenient to ...

ABBA: Case No 584938657 (B) The Imperial State of Newave vs Ulvaeus

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Presided by Judge JoepublicCounsel for the Prosecution: Anne R. Quay, QCCounsel for the Defence: Joecon Sumer THE ABBA TAPES Transcription by TIM LOTT ...

Mike Batt, The Wombles: Mike Batt: Batting About The Bush!

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, October 1977

IF MIKE BATT is sitting near a blank wall, he immediately begins to feel uncomfortable. He's exactly the same when it comes to a blank ...

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. ...

The Osmonds: The Osmonds' Greatest Hits

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1978

I HAVE this theory that they're a totally separate (and probably hostile) species. They breed and multiply in hidden canyons of the American South West. ...

The Bee Gees: Confessions of A Bee Gees Fan

Essay by Simon Frith, Creem, June 1978

THE OTHER day I read this shocking story in the Sun: it seems that when Andy Gibb set off from Australia to find fame, fortune ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich: Dingwalls, Camden

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1978

HIPSTER PANTS held up with two-inch-wide white belts, op-art shirts with bloody great monstrous collars that hang down to armpit level and then button down ...

The Bay City Rollers: Strangers In The Wind

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1978

IT WOULD indeed be wonderful to report that, after a lengthy break, the Bay City Rollers have returned to remind us that they were really ...

Boney M: Babylon By Limousine

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

"A Colchester farmer on his own accounts for 10,000 of the 400,000 advance orders of Boney M's 'Mary's Boy Child'. George Story heard the single ...

Boney M: Babylon on a Thin Wire

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, December 1978

TIM LOTT meets the lead voice of Boney M, Liz Mitchell ...

Yummy, Yummy, Chewy Chewy: A Bubblegum Yarn

Essay by Robot A. Hull, Creem, October 1979

"PERHAPS THE blight of the late '60s was 'bubblegum', music planned entirely as a product, not as anybody's art." – Charlie Gillett, The Sound Of ...

ABBA: Abba: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

JUST FOR THAT night "ABBA – World Tour 1979" nestled next to Motorhead and the Heartbreakers on my pet leather's lapel. Talk about extremes ...

ABBA: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

JUST FOR that night "ABBA – World Tour 1979" nestled next to Motorhead and the Heartbreakers on my pet leather's lapel. Talk about extremes – ...

Shaun Cassidy

Interview by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, November 1980

IF THE IDEA of Todd Rundgren producing Wasp, an album by teen idol Shaun Cassidy strikes you as...unusual, that, Cassidy says, was the idea. ...

Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone, The Tremblers: The Hermit Trembles: Peter Noone Looks Back

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Creem, December 1980

ON A WARM, smoggy Saturday morning on the verge of September, this journal's man on the West Coast called on Peter Noone, who, from farther ...

Depeche Mode: Systems Muzak: Depeche Mode at The Venue, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1981

THOSE ARBITERS of modern taste who would wish on you the indecencies of things like Spandau Ballet are generally the same people who can be ...

Adam & The Ants: Kings Of The Wild Frontier (Epic)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, April 1981

THIS IS ridiculous. ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: Sound and Vision

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, April 1981

"Malcolm McLaren just said to me, "What do you want, Adam?" I said, "I'd like to be a household name, and have everyone know and ...

The Human League: Beautiful Dreamers

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, August 1981

Start with pop with a capital P, add a touch of glamour, stir with a generous helping of amateur enthusiasm and you've got the new ...

The Human League: Dare (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1981

SURPRISE! ...the love of human MOR-als ...

The Archies, Barry Mann, Carole King, Neil Sedaka: Don Kirshner: The Pop Factory

Profile by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

POP FROM THE production line; that seemed to be the story of the late Fifties and early Sixties. But the production line does not inevitably ...

Rock’s Death Songs

Retrospective by Cynthia Rose, History of Rock, The, 1982

ON 16 FEBRUARY 1979, Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed Leon Payne’s 1974 country anomaly ‘Psycho’ at Hollywood’s Palomino Club and, late in 1981, the ...

Haircut 100: The Young Ones, Darling We're The Young Ones

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1982

Young is beautiful, say HAIRCUT 100. MARK COOPER gets nostalgic with the band every mother wants her daughter to love. ...

Kim Wilde

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, March 1982

FLEXING her feet in a pair of black Dr Martens, Kim Wilde sits in an orderly, wholesome manner at one end of a carefully battered, ...

Haircut 100: Haircut One Hundred

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, June 1982

Fashion à la Haircut is the cult of the cleancut, the art of the casual towel, the incidental bow tie and the perpetual smile... ...

Visage

Interview by Betty Page, Noise!, June 1982

EVERY OTHER individual who burst forth from neo-legendary club The Blitz as aspiring popster or artist/designer/photographer has now almost been forgiven the cardinal sin of ...

Talk Talk

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, August 1982

BIT OF AN abrasive character, this Mark Hollis from Talk Talk. Halfway through our chat, I innocently mention that they're often compared to Duran Duran, ...

Imagination: Work That Body!

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, September 1982

Suitably softened up by his workout with four year-old Twinkle, IMAGINATION'S extrovert frontman picks himself up off the floor for an interview with LESLEY WHITE ...

Wham!

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, October 1982

Two 19-year-olds from Bushey, Herts, who play all-British rap and funk? I meet all sorts in this job, claims Neil Tennant. ...

Altered Images: Clare Grogan's Altered Images: Thank Heaven For Little Girls

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, January 1983

"I just wanted to get to know her, really. She was just kind of fascinating."— Director Bill Forsyth, explaining why he cast Clare Grogan in ...

Adam & The Ants: Where's Your Head At, Adam Ant?

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, March 1983

THE ROOM WAS full of balloons. A bouquet of balloons, sold nowadays like helium-filled, high-tech clusters that cling to the ceiling. A bundle of mail ...

Haircut 100, Nick Heyward: Back To Square One: Nick Heyward

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, March 1983

"IS IT REALLY worth talking about?" Ask Nick Heyward what he's been up to in the six months since the release of ‘Nobody's Fool’, the ...

Kajagoogoo: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Betty Page, Record Mirror, May 1983

75% OF THIS Kajaudience measured less than 5ft 2ins and looked like the walking personification of Top Shop. Hundreds of young girls in crisp, virginal ...

Kajagoogoo: The Sound Of The Crowd: The Kajagoogoo Tour

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1983

Shrieks, squeals, gasps, wails...It gets even louder when the band actually come on stage. The Kajagoogoo tour is not an experience easily forgotten. Neil Tennant ...

Kajagoogoo: Puppy Love In The Plasma-Glow: Kajagoogoo at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, June 1983

AS PHENOMENA GO, Kajagoogoo seem like the nastiest end of a train that starts in Boy George's inspirational and self-sufficient glamour and ends in the ...

Bananarama: Q&A

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, June 1983

Just how different are they? Neil Tennant puts the girls through that terrifying ordeal — being asked the same questions separately. And here's the answers. ...

Shakin' Stevens: The Secret Life Of Shaky

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, July 1983

He never gives interviews and keeps well out of the public eye. In fact, the 'real' Shakin' Stevens is a bit of a mystery. Ian ...

Wham!: The Sundance Kids

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, August 1983

A year ago Wham! made records and simply had fun. Now they've got managers, gossip columns and solo careers to worry about. Ian Birch hears ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Culture Club and George

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1983

A TYPICAL SUNDAY afternoon in New York's Central Park. Horse drawn carriages sweep by full of tourists. Armies of joggers with headphones stream down every ...

Bananarama: Mean Streaks and True Confessions

Interview by Susan Williams, New Musical Express, April 1984

WHACKING THROUGH the poster-rack at Woolworths. Staring back at the faces of the semi-famous packaged like slabs of bacon. ...

George Michael, Wham!: Wham!: The Beach Boys

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1984

A sun-soaked story of sea, sand, shorts, shuttlecocks and snogging. Yes, Wham! are back. Your travel guide in Miami: Neil Tennant. ...

Nik Kershaw: Fame! Riches! Fast Cars! Lots Of Free Meals And Fizzy Drinks!

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Smash Hits, September 1984

ABOUT A YEAR ago it was Nik and Sheri Kershaw's wedding day. Registry office, parents and friends, reception at their small house in Essex, cut ...

Wham!: "We're No Con!"

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, September 1984

... but they used to be. Wham! now think that their whole ''Bad Boys" look is "pathetic" and they "can't believe how many people bought ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda: ZTT: The Morley & Horn Show present How To Make A Spectacle of Yourself

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1984

The first year of ZTT has been a spectacular success with Frankie Goes To Hollywood singles 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes' becoming respectively the fourth and ...

Wham!: Make It Big (Epic)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, November 1984

LET'S START with Barry White. Now there was a man that I loathed. At the height of his success, I used to watch his videos ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Boy George and the War On Pop

Essay by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, December 1984

2003 note: I don’t know about this: "this" being the original 2,000 words I handed in at the very last minute to a poor, frazzled ...

Gary Glitter

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, January 1985

"The Portly Pilot Of Pop", they called him. "The Clown Prince Of Glam", they called him. "A Frightmare In Lurex", "Marlene Dietrich Gone Wrong", "A ...

Spandau Ballet: Shout To The Top

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1985

When they started out, at the dawn of the '80s, Spandau Ballet were determined "to do something different". They said they'd never end up like ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax, It's Only A Rock Group: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Times, The, February 1985

CARL GUSTAV JUNG, in one of his lighter moments, once wrote: "Liverpool is the pool of life". A year after Jung's death his words were ...

Alison Moyet: Fowl Play

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, February 1985

Alison Moyet is a singer, mum-to-be, owner of a house in the country and a collector of dodgy videos. But there's something more to her ...

Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant At The British Record Industry Awards

Report by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1985

You saw Prince. You heard Frankie. You felt the warmth of Wham's sun tans. You watched the TV show but now read THE FULL STORY! ...

Marilyn: Does Anyone Still Want Him?

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, March 1985

"I COULD DROP DOWN DEAD TOMORROW AND I COULD COUNT THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD CARE ON ONE HAND." MARILYN IS TRYING TO MAKE "A COMEBACK". ...

Kim Wilde: "I'm Game For A Laugh!"

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, April 1985

And this, Kim Wilde explains, "can be a bit lethal". When it comes to choosing a new image, she'll try anything. Some look great; with others "I think ...

Nik Kershaw, Paul Young: Paul Young & Nik Kershaw: "We Haven't Actually Kissed Yet..."

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, September 1985

They'd never met before. But then they set off to "conquer" America — Nick's the support act on Paul's US tour — and now they're ...

Five Star: Five Go To Disneyland

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1985

Pooh Bear wanders by with a pot of honey on his head! Shoals of artificial fish splash merrily in a nearby lake! Donald Duck sings ...

K-Tel's Place in the Music Industry: Where Have All the One-Hit Wonders Gone?

Retrospective by Larry Jaffee, Popular Music and Society, 1986

COMEDIAN ROBERT KLEIN has a story about how you can call up K-tel and order every record ever made. A forty-foot trailer will drive up ...

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 ...

The B.P.I. Awards

Report by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, February 1986

While you were watching the awards ceremony on TV the other week, a select few music biz "nobs" were there in person at a big ...

Samantha Fox: Tittle Tattle

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1986

No more Sammy's tits on page three! Unthinkable! More Sammy songs on Top Of The Pops! Even more unthinkable! While the world wrings its hands ...

George Michael: Mein Whampf!

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, June 1986

"ALTHOUGH I AM honest, I will deal with an interview with the confidence of GEORGE MICHAEL, POP STAR. And the way I deal with people ...

Bucks Fizz: To Hell And Back

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, July 1986

BUCKS FIZZ have survived a coach crash, the Jay Aston "scandal" and Shelley's chaotic audition. And they're still having top ten hits and rattling on ...

Wham!: The Final

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, July 1986

RONNIE BARKER: "What's it all about, then? Life, I mean. What's it all about, eh?" Ronnie Corbett: "Something to do, I s'pose." ...

Howard Jones Has Had A Baby

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1986

A little boy, to be exact. He's called Osheen (!) and, at 12 weeks old, has already flown in a plane 11 times and been backstage to ...

a-ha: Scoundrel Days

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1986

HERE THEY are again. Norway's finest and the group who cleaned up after the chart fragmentation of Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, a-ha ...

Bananarama: These Charming Girls

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1986

"Who steals my purse steals trash, 'tis something, nothing; 'twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands. But he who filches from me ...

The Monkees: I Like The Monkees

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1986

ONE OF THE worst aspects of rock 'n' roll is that it's often centered on this debate as to whether something is "cool" or not. ...

A-ha: WOOOOAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!

Report by William Shaw, Smash Hits, December 1986

A-ha play their first ever concert in Britain! The whole country goes 'wooooaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh!!!" ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Revenge of Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, Summer 1986

"NO ONE GETS IN HERE!" screams Brian Nash, slamming the caravan door and flicking the lock. "No one!" Outside hover a few members of the ...

What's Missing: On Pop's Eternal Dilemma

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Monitor, Summer 1986

SOMETHING'S WRONG. Everyone knows this, acknowledges it, but it's still hard to point out, precisely, what's supposed to have slipped into abeyance, eluded us in ...

Pepsi & Shirlie: Pepsi and Shirlie: 'Us Groovy Chicks Want To Get On Down'

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, January 1987

Quite. That's what Wham!'s former backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie told George and Andrew anyway. Now they're out there on their own but there seems ...

Mel & Kim: Shop Girls Of The World Unite!

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, February 1987

Out of the shops and into the charts come MEL AND KIM – friendly, forthright, but kept strictly in line by their manager. PAOLO HEWITT ...

Jonathan King: Who The Hell Does Jonathan King Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, March 1987

"WHO IS THE REAL Jonathan King? There is no real Jonathan King. Jonathan King simply does not exist, dear heart..." ...

Janet Jackson: Watch Your Heads!! Janet Jackson's About!!

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, March 1987

She seems so calm and dainty, but when the urge overcomes her, you just can't see the sky for grapes!!? Tom Hibbert faces the fruit... ...

Go West: Boys Wonder

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1987

Good lads and all that but are Go West any more than the sum of pop's mediocrity? David Stubbs takes a gander ...

Stock Aitken Waterman: Money, Love And Fun

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, July 1987

Million-selling marketing men STOCK, AITKEN and WATERMAN wouldn't know a political point if one hit them on the head, but, boy, can they get a ...

Kim Wilde

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1987

Wide-eyed and reckless, Kim Wilde has discovered sex. At least, she writhes a bit on the vid of the new single. Paul Mathur talks dirty ...

Pepsi & Shirlie: When Did You Last See George Michael's Trousers?

Interview by Neil Taylor, New Musical Express, October 1987

You've heard the phrase 'All mouth and no trousers' — but does it refer to George Michael and his vanishing keks? To Top Shoppers PEPSI ...

Pepsi & Shirlie: All Right Now (Polydor)

Review by John McCready, New Musical Express, October 1987

PEPSI AND SHIRLIE would like to be taken seriously, but their past is working against them — the fact that they once danced behind The ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Meowing For Dollars

Profile and Interview by Deborah Frost, Creem, November 1987

ENGLAND MIGHT have never lost the Empire if she'd only listened to her taxi drivers. Here it is, 5 a.m., my time. I've just stumbled ...

John Fred and his Playboy Band: John Fred: The Long Career of a One-Hit Wonder

Retrospective and Interview by Steven R Rosen, One Shot, Fall 1987

IT SEEMED A BOW to novelty and nostalgia. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which features roots-music artists of all sorts, was sponsoring a ...

Kylie Minogue

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, April 1988

She's already been number one for about 12 years with 'I Should Be So Lucky', she's about to bring out her new single 'Got To ...

George Michael: The Lone Star State

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, June 1988

His second career is already more succesful than his first. His spry and winning pop songs have a greater-than-average life expectancy. He is uncountably wealthy. ...

Bros: "Bros Not Dross" Shock: Bros: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, July 1988

WHAT IS IT about Bros? ...

Milli Vanilli: Personal File: Milli Vanilli

Interview by uncredited writer, Smash Hits, January 1989

FULL NAME: Robert Pilatus. BORN: 8/6/65 in New York. ...

Sheena Easton: The Prime of Miss Sheena Easton

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, January 1989

A star in the States and yet either a twee girlie singer or second-string Prince collaborator in her home country, SHEENA EASTON, courtesy of that ...

Bros, Debbie Gibson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, August 1989

BROTHERS GRIM ...

Bros: Good Morning, America!

Report and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, November 1989

"VERNA!" CRIES Luke Goss, the drummer. "Verna! Can I have another triple Hennessy's, please, darl?" ...

Wet Wet Wet: Holding Back The River

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, December 1989

PLEASANT AS it was, Wet Wet Wet's first album, Popped In Souled Out, was always too slick to be really interesting. ...

New Kids On The Block: Fandemonium

Report and Interview by Tony Fletcher, Spin, June 1990

Riding a wave of fan hysteria and saturation marketing, the New Kids On The Block are teen girl America's favorite group. ...

Paul Revere & The Raiders' Mark Lindsay (1990)

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1990

The Raiders' front-guy takes us back to Seattle garage-punk, the British invasion, long hair and costumes, Dick Clark's Where the Action Is... and, er, the entire history of '60s US pop!

File format: mp3; file size: 92.6mb, interview length: 1h 41' 05" sound quality: ****

George Michael: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

SOME THREE YEARS and 14 million copies later, George Michael follows up his solo debut Faith with an album that should prove to any lingering ...

Pet Shop Boys: Behaviour

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1990

DURING LAST YEAR'S concerts, Pet Shop Boys reserved a moment amidst the costumes and the dancing for an intimate spell at the piano with Neil ...

David Essex: Who The Hell Does David Essex Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, February 1991

DAVID ESSEX KNOWS all about the pressures that go with being an international star but still manages to keep a friendly smile on his face ...

One-Hit Wonders: They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Guide by Mat Snow, Q, March 1991

Rock ‘n’ roll, they say, is a cruel mistress. How often has pop fame proved but a tragically brief interlude between obscurity and oblivion! Well, ...

Paula Abdul

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1991

THE FAMOUS DANCER'S legs are hidden by the kind of white trouser suit favoured by the molls of Italian mobsters, but the tiny figure with ...

Kylie Minogue: A Wallaby Adored

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1991

Be very afraid, indie saddos, for the Queen God-Empress of the Known Universe, KYLIE MINOGUE, will now transform into a Perv Rock Temptress before your ...

Chris Montez: All-Time Greatest Hits

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, October 1991

ANYONE WHO still doesn't think remastering ace Steve Hoffman is a genius should be forced to listen to this anthology of Chris Montez. ...

Sheena Easton (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1991

From taking the morning train to having the look, Mat Snow probes Sheena Easton about her life in music, Esther Rantzen, Kenny Rogers, Prince and all.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.9mb, interview length: 1h 02' 09" sound quality: ***

The Bay City Rollers, Judge Dread, Mungo Jerry, The Rubettes, Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatro/Judge Dread/Mungo Jerry/Les McKeown's '70s Bay City Rollers/The Rubettes: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, April 1992

MAYBE IT'S for the best that Marc Bolan didn't take that bend as well as he'd have liked back in '77. Otherwise we might now ...

Kylie Minogue: She Came, She S.A.W., She Conquered

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, August 1992

In the great theme park that is the British Popular Experience, KYLIE MINOGUE represents a national treasure, which is not bad going for an Australian. ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam And The Ants: Where Are They Now?

Profile by Martin Aston, Q, September 1992

"DON'T WORRY – HE'LL soon be a hairdresser in North Finchley." So it was that, with Malcolm McLaren's unprophetic words as encouragement, the original Ants ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Where Are They Now?

Profile by Martin Aston, Q, October 1992

THERE ARE FEWER more meteoric sagas than that of Liverpool's Frankie Goes To Hollywood – from almost complete obscurity to the hottest, and the most ...

Madonna: Erotica

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1992

WEIRD. ALMOST EVERY blushful purchaser will have recently caught the artist in flagrante, bollock, so to speak, naked. ...

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: Front Woman

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, March 1993

CONGRATULATIONS ON your Grammy nominations. Are you making any bets on how you'll do? ...

Bad Boys Inc: Naughty By Nurture

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, July 1993

It's easy to be cynical about 'manufactured' Pop Stars, how it's all so easy for talentless young upstarts to get fame and fortune beyond their ...

Madonna: Damsel In Distress?: Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1993

"DO YOU think she's lonely?" The question comes halfway through a butt-bumping take on 'Deeper And Deeper'. ...

Shampoo: Side By Peroxide

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, October 1993

SHAMPOO are two alien teen snitches/Queen Bitches from Planet Peroxide who recently beamed down to south-east London. Their mission? To annoy the holy shit out ...

Cliff Richard in Conversation

Interview by Dave Thompson, unpublished, 1994

TELL US HOW you became Cliff Richard… ...

Kylie Minogue: A Wallaby Together

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1994

It's been a difficult gestation, but the world looks set to witness the rebirth of KYLIE MINOGUE as she emerges from the cocoon with colourful ...

East 17: C'mon Feel The Boys

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, September 1994

Hard-lad hoodlums in a world of antiseptic pop fodder, EAST 17 are the credible alternative to the usual pec-flexing pin-ups that try to storm the ...

Kylie Minogue: Kylie Minogue (Deconstruction)

Review by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

WHY HAS THIS perspex bubble, this one-way mirror, this empty shop window, this unfilled gilt frame, this unformed lust, this shapeless beauty, this Kylie, become ...

Shampoo: Sheer Tart Attack

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, October 1994

Hey, everyone, meet SHAMPOO! They've had three debut singles! The last one sold over 150,000 copies! They're not lesbians! They talk in their own secret ...

Culture Club, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, The Human League: Top Of The Pops and The '80s Brit Pop Boom

Overview by Stuart Maconie, Q, November 1994

YOU CAN tell if they're boys or girls these days, that's the trouble. Just look at them, these so-called modern pop phenomena. ...

Whigfield: Whigfield (Systematic/All formats)

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, No Depression, June 1995

FIRST RULE of kitsch: Have some standards, please. Otherwise you'll end up looking like Bonnie Langford auditioning for Godspell and sounding like Jive Bunny's PR ...

East 17 in Moscow

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Independent, The, July 1996

WE'RE IN THE atrium of a sleek, modern, five-star hotel that is actually in Moscow but could be almost anywhere in the world. In the ...

The Spice Girls: Girls Just Wanna Be Loaded

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 1996

LAST WEEK, the world was as it should have been. Gary Barlow was number one, the summer's foreign novelty hit, 'Macarena', was panting just behind ...

The Spice Girls

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Big Issue, The, December 1996

THE PAY IS GOOD, the perks are fantastic, but there's one thing they never tell you about being a pop star – the hours are ...

The Spice Girls: What's The Piquancy…?: Spice Girls: Spice (Virgin)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, December 1996

THEY'RE NOT MANUFACTURED! They're not the female Take That! They drink, swear, shag and write their own songs! They believe in "girl power" and use ...

The Jackson 5

Profile by Ben Fong-Torres, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1997

CALL THEM what you want – the Jackson 5, the J5, the Jacksons – they were, in the end, Michael and four of his brothers. ...

Take That: Mark Owen: Pretty Verdant

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, February 1997

He was known as the cute one, the member of Take That most likely to adorn pubescent girls' bedroom walls, the one who sang and ...

Sweet: The Sweet: As Sweet As It Was

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, February 1997

FEW BANDS ever led a life full of as many personalities as The Sweet. In their British homeland, they were as unfashionable as last year's ...

The Monkees: People Said They Monkeyed Around

Interview by David Quantick, Q, April 1997

...only they didn't. At all. For being The Monkees was no fun. They couldn't play on their records; their film was crap, but, unlike the ...

Robbie Williams: "I am not a pie eater!"

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, May 1997

...well, you must like your chips, then. Robbie Williams has seen better times. The post-That fallout began at Glasto '95 and spiralled into an 18-month ...

Hanson: Middle Of Nowhere (Mercury) ***

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, June 1997

'MMMBOP', the debut hit by kiddie trio Hanson that's now warming up Top 40 charts and fourth-grade hearts, sticks in your brain like Trident in ...

Dollar: Where Are They Now? Dollar

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, July 1997

Once they sat behind the gilt-inlaid desk of success, with the keys to the executive washroom; then, suddenly, they were "downsized". ...

The Spice Girls: The Notorious Zig-A-Zig-Ah!

Profile by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, August 1997

THERE'S NO ducking it. The Spice Girls are undoubtedly the most successful British teenypop act. Their album, Spice, has sold over seven million albums in ...

The Spice Girls: The Spice Is Right: Spice Girls: Spiceworld (Virgin)

Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, November 1997

You've quaffed the cola and scoffed the crisps — now read the review ...

Hanson: Combat Pop!

Interview by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, November 1997

Well, we couldn't take them out on the piss all night, could we? We take HANSON to Laser Quest in Reading and zap their little ...

All Saints, Natalie Imbruglia: Saints And Sinner: All Saints: All Saints (London)/Natalie Imbruglia: Left Of The Middle (RCA)

Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1997

OK, they're pretty, cool and main players in the New Pop Explosion but do they have any songs? ...

The Spice Girls: We Have Come For Your Children

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, December 1997

The Spice grip tightens. Nations and markets previously immune to their yelling, pointing, and possibly even their singing, have succumbed. So why are they suddenly ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Culture Clash: The Return Of The 50 Foot Gender Benders

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1998

"LIAM GALLAGHER is so sexy! There’s not much irony in the things Liam says, it’s just pent up rotweiler frustration. But honey, I ...

The Spice Girls: The Spice Is Right: The Spice Girls: Spiceworld: The Movie

Film/DVD/TV Review by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 1998

DIRECTOR: Bob Spiers STARRING: Sporty, Posh, Ginger, Scary, Baby, Richard E Grant, Roger Moore, Michael Barrymore ...

Kylie Minogue: The Think Tank

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Select, April 1998

She's never tempted by Chicken Tonight, is haunted by Michael Hutchence, her bum isn't too small and she thinks 10am is too early to talk ...

Madonna: Mother of Reinvention

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Vox, April 1998

With a new image and a new album MADONNA comes to 1998 in bullish form. Here, we assess the Material Girl's metamorphosis from disco diva ...

I Feel Like I Win When I Lose: The Eurovision Song Contest

Retrospective by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 1998

WHAT HAVE FRANCOISE HARDY, Esther Ofarim, and Ofra Haza got in common? Answer, they are all fine singers. But before they got such deserved reputations ...

The Spice Girls: Spice Girls: Gone But Not Forgotten

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, June 1998

POOR GAZZA. Or should that be typical Gazza? Looking for a holiday destination as far from the World Cup as possible, he chooses the Ritz-Carlton ...

Kylie Minogue: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 1998

SHE MAY HAVE spent most of the Nineties pursuing different musical directions with mixed results, but Kylie Minogue can still sell out three nights at ...

Kylie Minogue: Little Miss Boomerang

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, August 1998

Kylie Minogue has probably had more brickbats than bouquets since she quit soap stardom to become a pop singer. But, with a new record in ...

Pete Waterman: The Puppetmasterplan

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1999

Pete Waterman: scourge of the majors, champion of the people and the most wonderful man in Britain? Or just the tosser who brought us Jason ...

Britney Spears: Baby One More Time (Jive)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, March 1999

I WOULDN'T, actually. Jailbait. Pastels. Popsox. Mall rat. Sure, all the obvious jokes cover up the fact that this is a document of pure venality. ...

B*Witched: Punkest Band Around

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Village Voice, The, April 1999

ALL RIGHT! You can turn in my Top Ten List thing already: my favorite music of the whole darn year is B*Witched's 'C'est la Vie' ...

ABBA: The Interview

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, May 1999

Here a full transcript of the interview conducted with Bjorn Ulvaeus for a MOJO feature published in 1999 to mark the opening of Mamma Mia!. ...

ABBA: The Story

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 1999

THEY HAD a dream. It was November 1970, and the greatest pop group of the decade was about to get off to a very inauspicious ...

Pet Shop Boys

Interview by David Bennun, Observer, The, October 1999

AS REGENCY drawing rooms go, this one is on the largish side but, at first sight, perfectly ordinary.  ...

The Spice Girls: Robotic Neurotics: Spice Girls: Evening News Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, December 1999

YOUR BAND may take a year off, but if you are a Spice Girl you just can't keep out of the headlines. ...

Samantha Mumba: Gotta Tell You

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2000

FOLLOW THE ANALOGY: Britney is to McDonald's as Christina is to Burger King, as Jessica is to Wendy's as Mandy is to Dunkin' Donuts or ...

Britney Spears: Dear Diary: Britney Spears

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Village Voice, The, June 2000

NOVEMBER 3, 1998, was the release date of the '... Baby One More Time' CD single and 12-inch (w/ 'Autumn Goodbye' on the B side). ...

Billie Piper: Billie No Mates

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Q, July 2000

The fans have turned on her, Billie Piper has rediscovered her surname and written a song about the music business. Teen pop midlife crisis ahoy! ...

Madonna: Music

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

Her Madgesty's eighth studio album is a clinical future-dance monster ...

Britney Spears: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, October 2000

IN CERTAIN SOCIAL CIRCLES it’s entirely acceptable, if not positively compulsory, for gentlemen rock journos of a certain age to swan about like leather-clad rutting ...

Britney Spears: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2000

ROBBIE WILLIAMS may believe he has no competition. But the day after he began his latest tour, the American superstar Britney Spears arrived to play ...

Daphne and Celeste

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, ES, November 2000

ELVIS HAD The Ed Sullivan Show, The Sex Pistols had the Silver Jubilee boat trip. But for acid-tongued trans-Atlantic playground pop sensations Daphne and Celeste, ...

Bobby Rydell

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Robert Louis Ridarelli, 26 April 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ...

Britney Spears: Britney

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

The all-American girl shows what she's really made of ...

All Saints: When The Saints Go Marching Out

Retrospective by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2001

THEY'VE BEEN on the verge of it before, but this time it looks as though All Saints are finally splitting up. Caroline Sullivan laments the ...

Madonna: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed - a transcendent pop moment ...

Kylie Minogue: Camping with Kylie: Kylie Minogue: Manchester Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, March 2001

HAVING RECOVERED FROM the pretensions of duets with Nick Cave and songwriting with the Manic Street Preachers, Kylie has returned to the fluffy pop we ...

ABBA: Mamma Mia! ABBA's Music Is Bjorn Again

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, August 2001

ABBA: the band whose biographical entry begins every pop music encyclopedia; the Swedish quartet composed of two couples — Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and ...

Pop Quiz: What does the new Top Ten list mean?

Comment by Nick Hornby, New Yorker, The, August 2001

IN 1973, FOR AN ESSAY published in The New York Review of Books, Gore Vidal read his way through the Times best-seller list in an ...

The Box Tops

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, unpublished, September 2001

IN THESE trivia-obsessed times, it's probably worth knowing that the first Number One hit recorded in Memphis by a Memphis act was 'The Letter'. It ...

Kylie Minogue: The Showgirl Must Go On

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2001

Kylie Minogue won't discuss her personal life, but after 17 dizzy years as soap starlet, pop princess, gay icon and Barbie Doll, she's starting to ...

ABBA: Abba: Reissues

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, October 2001

All the studio albums 1973-1981, digitally remastered with statistic-stuffed notes and bonus tracks previously only heard on 1994's Thank You For The Music box ...

Britney Spears: Squeaky Clean

Interview by Paul Elliott, Q, December 2001

Britney Spears ponders hot chocolate and drugged reptiles from Australia. ...

Pink

Interview by David Bennun, Arena, 2002

"ASSHOLE." Pink fixes me with a pale blue eyeball. ...

Sugababes (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2002

The First Ladies of the British pop charts talk about fame, boys, UK Garage, the Angels With Dirty Faces album and each other.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 09' 46" sound quality: ****

Madonna: GHV2

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2002

Second decade of hits and myths from La Ciccone — but no 'American Pie' ...

Simon Cowell: "The White Stripes? Heard of them. Wasn't blown away."

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 2002

He makes kids cry, hates fat people and he gave us Westlife. Now Pop Idol villain Simon Cowell turns his evil gaze on some NME ...

hear'say: It’s All Just hear’say

Comment by Mark Sinker, Freaky Trigger, February 2002

HE SAID TRUST ME I’LL MAKE YOU A STAR SO I BIT MY TONGUE UNTIL HE’D FINISHED... ...

Various Artists: Electric (Telstar)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

THE OLDEST track on this 34-track compilation dates from 1974 – and Sparks’ 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of Us' still sounds ...

Tatu: We Have Seen The Future of Rock & Roll (and Gulp! It's Two Teenage "Lesbians" From Moscow)

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Blender, June 2002

Two underage ambisexuals known as Tatu have turned the Russian pop world upside down. Now, led by their ex-psychiatrist manager, they've set their sights squarely ...

ABBA: Abba: Supertroupers

Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, June 2002

People were often a bit sneery about Abba, born of Eurovision, duded out in satin and feathers, quintessentially pop. Only years after the group broke ...

Like Rock Never Happened: Pop Idols for Tibet... or Greenpeace... or whatever

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

WELL, I HOPE everybody's satisfied. Back in the early '80s (you can look it up!), I was railing in Creem about the institutionalisation of surliness ...

Shakira: Colombian Gold

Interview by Ted Kessler, Observer, The, July 2002

As a schoolgirl she drove the nuns crazy with her belly dancing, now she's got the world gyrating. Ted Kessler meets Shakira, the Colombian superstar ...

Avril Lavigne: Let Go

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, September 2002

A 17-YEAR-OLD skate chick with the face of a rebellious angel and attitude to match, singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne should be the answer to every record ...

The Carpenters' 'Superstar'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, September 2002

PERFORMERS: Karen Carpenter, lead vocals; Richard Carpenter, piano, vocals; Hal Blaine, drums; Joe Osborne, bass; Jim Horn, wind instruments; Bob Messenger, bass and wind; Doug ...

hear'say: Hear'Say, Gone Tomorrow

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2002

In it for the fame, the manufactured popstars didn't have so much as a slogan to fall back on when the going got tough. Caroline ...

Altered Images, The Belle Stars, Dollar, Five Star, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Visage: The Here And Now Tour: Many Happy Returns

Report and Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, March 2003

To some, the Here And Now Tour is a has-beens cabaret, to others it's a harmless trip down memory lane. Peter Paphides reports from the ...

Little Eva 1943-2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

SINGER LITTLE EVA (59) died of cervical cancer at a hospital in Kinston, North Carolina on April 10. She was born Eva Narcissus Boyd on ...

Busted: You Are So Busted!

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2003

THE WORDS ARE TALL, luridly colourful and carefully stitched onto a bed sheet, and the sentiment is unambiguous. As Busted guitarist Matt Jay’s eyes alight ...

Victoria Beckham: Keepin’ It Real

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rock's Backpages, August 2003

YOU COULD HARDLY blame the ridicule-mongers for nearly swooning with delight a couple of months ago when Victoria Beckham revealed that she would soon begin ...

Phil Spector, Radiohead: Steven Wells On Rock Snobs

Column by Steven Wells, playlouder.com, August 2003

The The Stages Of Pop-Man ...

Robbie Williams: Q Icons: Robbie Williams

Profile by Ian Gittins, Q, 2004

EVERY BRITISH comprehensive school class has its in-house clown. Tirelessly hyperactive and compulsively subversive, he (and it always is a he) leaves at 16 in ...

Hanson: Underneath

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, June 2004

HAVING PASSED out during Hanson's historical 1999 Bob Weir summit at the late Wetlands, this critic can attest to the inexorable power of the towhead ...

Girls Aloud, Sugababes: Xenomania: Heart Of The Country, Home Of The Hits

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Observer, The, July 2004

In rural Kent, the future of British pop is being shaped by Brian Higgins – a Phil Spector for the 21st century. Ben Thompson meets ...

Madonna : Manchester Evening News Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

PARTS OF MANCHESTER almost ground to a halt this weekend as the European wing of Madonna’s Reinvention Tour opened with two nights at the city’s ...

Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2004

SO IT'S OFFICIAL. Natasha Bedingfield is no longer just Daniel's little sister. That 'These Words' going to No.1 made chart history – making her and ...

Girls Aloud: How I Became a Girl Aloud

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2004

Caroline Sullivan spends a week in the shoes — the very painful shoes — of the UK's number one girl band ...

One Hit Chunder

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, October 2004

THE ONE AND Only, a hardback celebration of one-hit wonders by Tom Bromley, is a touch too self-satisfied a stocking filler, inviting us, not for ...

Gwen Stefani: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. ***

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2004

A GENUINE CHARACTER — which immediately distinguishes her from 90% of other successful pop females — Gwen Stefani has made a solo debut that's as ...

Xmas LPs: Worst Christmas On Record

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, December 2004

THE CHRISTMAS SINGLE is a thing of thudding familiarity - brace yourself again for Jona Lewie to make his annual re-emergence, bludgeoning you like a ...

Gwen Stefani: Girl Powered: Gwen Stefani: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (Interscope/Polydor) ****

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2005

The new first lady of pop has arrived ...

Hanson: Boys To Men

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2005

Hanson want to be taken seriously as an alt-rock band. But will anyone forgive their teeny-bop past? By Caroline Sullivan ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: Adam And The Fall

Interview by Paul Lester, Daily Telegraph, April 2005

STUART GODDARD is one of the most gifted – and most troubled – pop stars this country has ever produced. ...

Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, July 2005

IT'S SAID THAT American's do everything bigger and better than everyone else. While, in most instances the second part of the claim is a matter ...

Aqualung

Profile by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2005

AFTER LEARNING that a London ad agency was searching for music for an upcoming Volkswagen commercial, Aqualung’s Matt Hales locked himself in his flat, hammered ...

a-ha

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2005

IN 2005, there are few cooler pop names to drop than a-ha. Coldplay and Travis are not just avowed fans but sometime collaborators with the ...

Madonna: Stayin' Alive: Madonna: Confessions On A Dancefloor (Warner Bros) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, December 2005

Her Madgesty's career saving eleventh album proves it's never too late to get back into the groove ...

The Monkees: Andrew Sandoval: The Monkees – The Day-to-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation (Thunder Bay Press)

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Summer 2005

IF SOCRATES, the George Carlin of his day, was right that "the unexamined life is not worth living," then The Monkees have nothing to worry ...

Madonna: HP Pavilion, San Jose

Live Review by Joel Selvin, SF Gate, June 2006

Madonna follows her glitzy, exhausting script to the letter. The Madonna circus rolls in — but it's not about the music ...

Jeff Barry: Bubblegum Hero

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, July 2006

When Don Kirshner hired Jeff Barry as a producer and writer for the Monkees, then the Archies, he knew he was getting a guaranteed hitmaker. ...

Adam & The Ants: Stand And Deliver by Adam Ant (Sidgwick & Jackson)

Book Review by Bob Stanley, Times, The, September 2006

STUART GODDARD attempted suicide, aged 21, in 1975. He woke up in Friern Barnet hospital and discharged himself. When he got home to his wife ...

Pink: I’m Not Dead

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, Spring 2006

AFTER INSTIGATING the '80s rock revival currently sweeping the hit factories of US pop, it's only fair that Pink should now get to be its ...

Kylie Minogue: Dancing Queen: Kylie Minogue: Wembley Arena, London ****

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Q, March 2007

The Showgirl returns. Praise be. ...

Mika

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Sunday Times, May 2007

MIKA MAKES Marmite pop music. Back in January, when 'Grace Kelly' first leapt out of the radio, people rushed to instant judgment. Indifference was not ...

Leona Lewis: Spirit (Sony BMG)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2007

EASILY THE MOST significant thing about Leona Lewis's debut album is how long it's taken to appear. ...

Soft Cell: 'Tainted Love'

Profile by Johnny Black, Blender, December 2007

Vital statistics on Soft Cell's controversial smash ...

Bobby Darin: Bobby Rocks

Sleevenotes by Todd Everett, Bear Family Records, 2008

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME – the list of performers, not the museum in Cleveland – has often generated its share of controversy; ...

The Spice Girls: Never Mind The Bum Notes

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, January 2008

The Spice Girls: O2 Arena, London ...

Miley Cyrus: Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

Film/DVD/TV Review by Wayne Robins, Rock's Backpages, February 2008

LAST WEEKEND J and I went to see Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert in the local multiplex. It was ...

Madonna: Hard Candy

Review by Ben Thompson, Observer, The, April 2008

Thanks to her henchmen, writes Ben Thompson, the shameless idol still has much to give ...

Girls Aloud: Brighton Centre ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2008

GIRLS ALOUD long ago ceased to be a guilty pleasure, and are now just a pleasure. It defies the laws of reality TV that they're ...

Katy Perry: On Music: Katy Perry — Voice of No Angel

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2008

IT'S BEEN quite a week for sex, music and me. Take last weekend. There I was at the Big Chill festival, hot-browed and clammy-palmed, watching ...

Katy Perry: Water Rats, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2008

KATY PERRY has found the best way to ensure her debut UK gig is a sellout. Although she has had the No. 1 single for ...

Katy Perry: One Of The Boys ** (Capitol)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2008

IS THERE NOTHING lipstick lesbianism can't do for a 23-year-old former gospel singer? ...

ABBA

Essay by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, October 2008

FOR MANY years now I have been a closet Abba fan. This was not always the case. ...

Tony Christie: Cadogan Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2008

THIS HAS BEEN a vintage year for triumphant comebacks by veteran singers, from Leonard Cohen to Neil Diamond. Now Tony Christie, who turned 65 in ...

Britney Spears: On Britney Spears's Sadly Generic Circus

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Village Voice, The, December 2008

More blandishments from the dance floor ...

Ian Whitcomb: The Troubadour Of Lost Time

Retrospective and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Arroyo Monthly, January 2009

POET HOLLY PRADO once observed: "A city either wants you or it doesn't." Ian Whitcomb was a history student at Dublin's Trinity College with ...

Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga: On Music: Lady GaGa and Florence Welch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2009

Lady GaGa and Florence Welch have been hailed as the new queens of pop. But why pretend they're anything more than cheap imitations? ...

Depeche Mode: Universal Truths And Sounds

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, April 2009

It's all tea and biscuits for Depeche Mode these days, and a trip back to the future ...

Madonna: Why Madonna's Still A Material Girl

Profile by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, April 2009

Turning 50 and divorcing Guy Ritchie doesn’t seem to have dented Madonna’s fortune – or her bankability. Robert Sandall investigates the business of being a ...

The Bay City Rollers: Tam Paton

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, April 2009

Bay City Rollers manager who was mired in scandal ...

Girls Aloud: Sheffield Arena ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2009

THE RECESSION does not appear to be affecting Girls Aloud, whose entrance involves pyrotechnics, hydraulic platforms and the whipping-off of glittering white ballgowns to reveal ...

Neil Sedaka Looks Back

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, June 2009

IT'S OBVIOUS to anyone with even a smattering of pop music suss that without Neil Sedaka there would be no 'Breaking Up Is Hard To ...

Lady Gaga: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2009

THE 23-year-old formerly known as Stefani Germanotta must be pop's most ruthlessly effective self-promoter since Madonna. ...

Shakira: On Music: Shakira – The She Wolf Bites

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, July 2009

Shakira's howling alter ego is properly, wonderfully strange, going back to the old rules of pop star alternate personas ...

Sugababes: 'We Took Our Eye Off The Ball'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2009

After a brush with self-doubt, the Sugababes are back on form. Keisha Buchanan, Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range talk about their new album, Get Sexy ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Times, The, October 2009

Paul Lester remembers the two years when the band ruled the world ...

Robbie Williams: Writing Off Robbie Williams Is Unfair And Premature

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2009

Expectations of immediate success are threatening to strangle Robbie Williams's comeback at birth, even when his single is selling well and the new album is ...

The X Factor

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, October 2009

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I decided that I would not watch this particular series of The X Factor, because I thought, I'll get ...

They've Got The X Factor

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, December 2009

In the last 10 years, The X Factor and its ilk have bucked record-buying trends and breathed new life into a dying industry. We talk ...

Shakira Wants to Fight Poverty and Offer Escapism

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, December 2009

SHAKIRA'S THE 50 million-selling pocket-sized Colombian superstar whose high-profile charity work, runaway international success and eye-boggling performances comprise a perfect combination of brain power and ...

Top Of The Noughties Pops

Essay by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, December 2009

Can Bob Stanley listen to every No 1 song from the noughties and escape with his sanity intact? He recalls a musical decade that ranged ...

Justin Bieber: My World (Mercury)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, January 2010

Uncomfortable lyrics aside, there's not much to make the adult listener squirm. ...

Lady Gaga: Transvision Vamp: Lady Gaga

Comment by Simon Warner, Rock's Backpages, January 2010

THE POWER OF Lady Gaga has been one of the most scintillating features of 2009: three number one UK singles, a sprawling debut album and ...

Paolo Nutini: Paisley's Own Caped Crusader

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, February 2010

SEVERAL MONTHS have elapsed since Paolo Nutini got the idea for his performance at the 2010 Brit Awards. If he remembers the moment well, that'll ...

Bobby Darin, Bobby Vee: Was 1960 Really The Worst Pop Year Ever?

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, March 2010

KIDS TODAY. And the music they listen to! As I write, Billboard's (U.S.) Top 10 features three songs with the F-word in their title, one ...

Robbie Williams: True Brit

Report by Johnny Black, Music Week, June 2010

LESS THAN a year ago Robbie Williams was being written off by the nation's critics, but this month has seen him honoured with an Outstanding ...

Lady Gaga and the New World Order

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2010

Lady Gaga's music videos are undoubtedly elaborate — but is there any truth to one blogger's claims that they are loaded with occult references and ...

Katy Perry: Teenage Dream ***

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, August 2010

What Katy did next — world domination! ...

Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud: Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle On Her Solo Debut

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2010

Often hailed as the best singer in Girls Aloud, now Nadine Coyle is going solo — with a little help from Tesco's. So is this ...

Ke$ha: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London ****

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, December 2010

IT'S EASY TO dismiss Ke$ha as a Primark take on Lady Gaga, but such an appraisal disregards the fact that 23-year-old Kesha Sebert this year ...

Stars and Girls

Comment by Jude Rogers, House, Spring 2010

They may be sneered at by serious music fans, but boy bands have provided a gateway into womanhood for generations of young females… ...

The BRIT Awards

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, February 2011

THE VOTING ACADEMY for this year's Brit awards is made up of 1,000 specially invited members from across the UK music industry: music critics, music ...

Justin Bieber: NIA, Birmingham

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2011

JUSTIN BIEBER fans will tell you there are two only kinds of people in the world: "Beliebers" and the rest of us. For those who ...

Katy Perry: Hammersmith Apollo, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2011

KATY PERRY is strutting across the stage, a giant spray of feathers fanning out from her tiny backside, and she's singing, "I wanna see your ...

Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz: Never Mind The Balearics: The Ibiza-ification Of Pop

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, April 2011

From Black Eyed Peas to Taio Cruz, much recent pop looks to Ibiza for inspiration. And yet for all the hands-in-the-air moments, this music is ...

Lady Gaga: Born This Way (Polydor) ***

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, May 2011

FIRST THINGS FIRST: that cover is simply awful, its adolescent heavy-metal imagery — "ride me, wild one!" — effectively destroying in a single stroke Lady ...

Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj: Staples Center, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, June 2011

Haters Go Home: Britney Dominates L.A. Show ...

Rihanna: Talk That Talk (Mercury)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, November 2011

Drearily sexual lyricism over showy but shallow production dominates RiRi's sixth LP. ...

Taylor Swift: Madison Square Garden, November 22nd, 2011

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, RockNYC, November 2011

STANDING ON A PLATFORM in the middle of the Arena, Taylor Swift looked genuinely amazed. A young girl in the cheap seats randomly began to ...

Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions

Review by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2011

IN 2006, while in recovery from cancer, Kylie Minogue talked to Another Magazine about her love of Grey Gardens.  ...

Roy Wood, Wizzard: Roy Wood: The Santa Claus Of Pop Music

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Sunday Express, December 2011

TRIPS TO the supermarket can take twice as long in December when you're Roy Wood. The humdrum chore of grocery shopping is constantly interrupted by ...

One Direction: Hammersmith Apollo, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2012

"SCREW BIEBER FEVER," tweeted a fan on the afternoon of this boy band's first London headline gig, "I've got a One Direction infection." ...

Adele: Why Adele Is The Pop Star We Need

Comment by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, February 2012

Adele is a one woman cash vache! Get off her back losers, says Jude Rogers ...

The Monkees: This Boy Band Never Monkeyed Around

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Daily Telegraph, March 2012

Fact and fantasy were intertwined in the Monkees, but we'll never see their like again ...

Timi Yuro: That Time Of Yuro: Timi Yuro

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, blurtonline, April 2012

ANY LIST OF proto-feminist Top 40 hits of the 1960s would have to include Timi Yuro's 1962 'What's A Matter Baby' along with Lesley Gore's ...

Justin Bieber: Believe ***

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, June 2012

This time around, Justin Bieber wants us to know that he is all grown up. He is a man. ...

Justin Bieber: Overcovering Pop: Are We There Yet?

Comment by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, June 2012

WHAT have we wrought, us guys and gals who write about pop music? ...

5 Seconds Of Summer: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Interview by Toby Creswell, Sydney Morning Herald, the, July 2012

IT WAS LIKE A Hard Days Night writ small. Four young men alight from an aeroplane confronted by screaming teenage girls. ...

Justin Bieber: Cash For Questions

Interview by Jude Rogers, Q, August 2012

Lock up your nieces, the Canadian teen-pop behemoth is over here and gagging to answer your questions on scary fans, fighting One Direction and whether ...

Lady Gaga: This Megalith Reality: Lady Gaga Live

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, September 2012

I KNOW IT'S COMING, but when it finally does it's different to how I expected. It's far worse. Less than real.  ...

Taylor Swift: Red ****

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, October 2012

IT'S VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE to believe that Taylor Swift is still only 22. ...

Cheryl Cole: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2012

A RECENT bit of rebranding has seen Cheryl Cole styling herself as just "Cheryl", the inference being that she's reached a level of fame where ...

Beauty In Two Dimensions: It's A Spongebob Christmas!

Review by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, November 2012

I'M A FOOL FOR Christmas records. Good ones, that is: Spector's list-topper, sure, and the Beach Boys' album that starts with 'Little St. Nick' and ...

One Direction: Crazy About One Direction, Channel 4

Film/DVD/TV Review by Kieron Tyler, Arts Desk, The, August 2013

Lazy and shallow look at the fan phenomenon surrounding the world's biggest boy band ...

Katy Perry: Prism

Review by Lenny Kaye, Wondering Sound, October 2013

TO MY EARS AND HEART, there is nothing more rousing than a well-crafted single, whatever its source. And whenever Katy Perry's Queen-of-the-Jungle anthem 'Roar' swings ...

Lady Gaga: ARTPOP (Interscope)

Review by Kate Allen, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

LIKE THE REST of the world, I too have an opinion on Lady Gaga and her latest album/app/manifesto — ARTPOP. ...

Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus: Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry: New Skin

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, GQ, January 2014

Reinvention can make or break our pop princesses ...

Justin Bieber and the Boy Wonder Tragedy

Comment by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, February 2014

THE TERM "tragedy" is so over and incorrectly used by red top tabloids that we may not be aware of the fact that we are ...

Lady Gaga: Behind The Aura: The Risky Business of Lady Gaga

Comment by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, March 2014

WHY did the world come to a shuddering halt a couple of weeks ago to watch and condemn Lady Gaga having paint spit up on ...

One Direction: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, May 2014

There may be yet more trouble ahead but it will clearly take more than a whiff of controversy to blunt 1D's appeal ...

5 Seconds Of Summer

Profile and Interview by Toby Creswell, Rolling Stone Special: 5 Seconds of Summer, June 2014

LUKE HEMMINGS looks bushed. It's not the bed-hair, which has become a trademark of his band 5 Seconds of Summer. It's not just that the ...

Britney Spears: Piece Of Me: The AXIS, Las Vegas

Live Review by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, October 2014

SEEING BRITNEY SPEARS LIVE holds every possibility of being an ugly affair. But seeing her play show number 32 as part of her Las Vegas ...

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