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MC5: An Interview with Rob Tyner

Interview by John Sinclair, Warren-Forest Sun, The, May 1967

The following interview with ROBIN TYNER, the lead singer of the MC5, the major Detroit avant-rock band, was recorded by JOHN SINCLAIR in the first ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground c/o New York, NY

Report and Interview by Robert Greenfield, Fusion, March 1970

NONE OF THIS concerns anything except maybe the back room at Max's Kansas City, which is on Union Square in Manhattan but not worth finding ...

13th Floor Elevators, The Chocolate Watch Band, The Sonics, The Standells: The Shakin’ Street Punk Survey

Overview by uncredited writer, Shakin' Street Gazette, November 1974

THIS IS YOUR BIG CHANCE! Yes, it’s all coming back. Following the rock & roll revival, the surf music revival, and the reggae revival, the ...

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

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, September 1975

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

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

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1975

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

The Ramones, Talking Heads, Television: Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Report by Wayne Robins, Newsday, January 1976

IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff Darts. Ramones. Planets. Heartbreakers. Shirts. ...

The Ramones

Essay by Alan Betrock, New York Rocker, February 1976

WHEN I THINK back a few years, I'm really amazed at how well certain records sold. I'm talking about basic rock 'n' roll records, or ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Richard Hell, Television: New York: Plug in to the Nerve-ends of the Naked City

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1976

In downtown Manhattan the rock 'n' roll war rages on as potential crown princes of Punkdom battle for recognition.. NICK KENT interprets the action ...

The Sex Pistols are four months old...

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

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

Suicide

Interview by Lisa Persky, New York Rocker, May 1976

Suicide Note: "The thought of suicide is a great consolation; with the help of it, one has got through many a bad night."– F. Nietzsche ...

Patti Smith Group: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, May 1976

Energy is back in fashion ...

The Titanic Sails at Dawn

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1976

AS YOU CAN all quite well-imagine, the letters that get themselves printed in Gasbag (or Dogbag or Ratbag or Scumbag or whatever jiveass name we've ...

The Ramones: Ramones (Sire Import)

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1976

PHEW, WHAT A scorcher! From the opening call to action of 'Blitzkrieg Bop' to the last strung-out powerchord of 'Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World', ...

The Flamin' Groovies, The Ramones, The Stranglers: Flamin' Groovies/The Ramones/The Stranglers: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1976

MAYBE IT WAS no accident that the hottest, steamiest, dirtiest night of the year was reserved for July 4. It's not every day that we ...

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

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

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

The Sex Pistols: Punk Rock: Rebels Against the System

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

JOHNNY ROTTEN looks bored. The emphasis is on the word "looks" rather than, as Johnny would have you believe, the word "bored". His clothes, held ...

The Ramones: Are the Ramones, or Is the Ramone?

Interview by Lisa Jane Persky, New York Rocker, September 1976

PUNK IS A word described in many dictionaries as that which is used to light fireworks; and in this case it is. Eager to pin ...

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

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1976

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

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks: Screen On The Green, Islington, London

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

Our Islington correspondent mingles with the Sex Pistols' portable audience looking for Johnny Rotten's toof. It's incisive stuff… ...

The Sex Pistols: Club De Chalet Du Lac, Paris

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1976

PARIS: The Sex Pistols believed the myth that it all happens in Paris. The fans who drove over specially to see the band's first appearance ...

The Buzzcocks, Chris Spedding, The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Stinky Toys, The Subway Sect, The Vibrators: Parade Of The Punks

Report by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE 600-STRONG line, which last Monday straggled across two blocks outside London's 100 Club in Oxford Street, waiting for the Punk Rock Festival to start, ...

The Buzzcocks, Eater: Holdsworth Hall, Manchester

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

YOU CAN count on Manchester to be 48 months behind apparent national trends. Like, reggae is largely frowned upon: crunching hard rock bands employing predictable ...

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

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1976

High dummy count flunks punks ...

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

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

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

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

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

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

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

Profile and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

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

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

Profile by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

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

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

Overview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

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

The Stranglers

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1976

AMONG THE hordes of bands currently playing London's pub and club circuit, the Stranglers are leading contenders to break out and hit unsuspecting mass audiences ...

Patti Smith: The Field Marshall on Portobello Road

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

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

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

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1976

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

The Clash: Barbarellas, Birmingham

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1976

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

The Clash: Down And Out And Proud

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

THREE WEEKS AGO at London's ICA, Jane and Shane, regulars on the new-wave punk rock scene, were sprawled at the edge of the stage. Blood ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Band on the Wall, Electric Circus, Manchester

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

MANCHESTER MADMEN ...

Malcolm McLaren, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Meet The Colonel Tom Parker of the Blank Generation

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1976

MEET MALCOLM McLAREN. He runs a shop called "SEX". He manages a group called THE SEX PISTOLS. He sincerely believes that he and his band ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Rotten To The Core

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

"I had absolutely no interest in singing. I was more interested in being obnoxious." ...

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

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, November 1976

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

Cherry Vanilla, Mink DeVille, Pere Ubu, The Shirts, Suicide, Tuff Darts, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Various Artists: Live At CBGB's/Max's Kansas City 1976

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1976

YOU KNOW what these albums remind me of: The This Is Mersey Beat collections that Oriole put out after the first wave of Liverpool bands had gotten ...

The Slits: Slits

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1976

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

The Clash: Eighteen Flight Rock...

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, December 1976

...AND THE SOUND OF THE WESTWAY ...

Generation X: Central London College of Art and Design

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

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

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

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

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

The Clash, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols, The Clash, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers: Electric Circus, Manchester

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

THREE DANCE bands playing the Electric Circus for the second time in ten days. They're back because the Circus is one of the very few ...

The Sex Pistols: 1976

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, 1977

THE SEX PISTOLS made their debut at St Martins School of Art on Friday 6th of November 1975. The irate social secretary cut the power ...

The Adverts, Alternative TV, The Buzzcocks, Eater, Generation X, The Jam, The Saints, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Subway Sect, Ultravox, The Vibrators: Other Punk Bands

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, 1977

"I want more bands like us. I want people to go out and start something, to see us and start something, or else I'm just ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees: The 100 Club Punk Rock Festival

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

Monday, September 20th: The Sex Pistols, the Clash, Subway Sect, Siouxsie and the Banshees. Tuesday, September 21st: The Damned, Chris Spedding and the Vibrators, the ...

The Clash

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

WHEN I FIRST interviewed the Clash in their barrack like studio in Chalk Farm, they had yet to sign a record contract, although they were ...

The Damned

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

IN OCTOBER 1976 Nick Lowe produced the single 'New Rose' in an eight-track recording studio. It was the first U.K. punk sound on vinyl, preceeding ...

The Damned: The First European Punk Rock Festival

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', (Omnibus), 1977

VERY LITTLE ABOUT the festival turned out as planned. Initially the Heartdrops (now the Clash), Richard Hell, the Sex Pistols and Graham Parker and the ...

The Sex Pistols

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

THE RECORD INDUSTRY is waking up. In October there were rumours about huge deals on the horizon, and Polydor look set to be the first ...

The Stranglers

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

THE STRANGLERS slogged through over four hundred gigs in two years building up an ever-increasing following. They did not jump on the punk bandwagon but ...

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

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1977

This gentleman doesn't prefer Blondie ...

The Damned, The Sex Pistols: U.K. Report: Sex Pistols And Beyond

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Rolling Stone, January 1977

LONDON – So this is how legends are born. Not with a song, or even a death, but with an expletive. ...

Generation X: The Band of the Book

Profile and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1977

IT BEGAN with a street whisper. ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Tour Notes

Report by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, February 1977

In case you were incommunicado for the last month, the much-ballyhooed Sex Pistols American tour has come and gone. ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Teen Rebel Scores £250 From Dad

Profile by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1977

This feature bears the New Wave Seal of Quality ...

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

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

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

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

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

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

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

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

Do Not Adjust Your Set ...

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

Report by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

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

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

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

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

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

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1977

NICK KENT comes out of hiding to offer himself as a 'punk' sacrifice to the ritualistic 'beat' of THE CLASH, THE BUZZCOCKS, THE SUBWAY SECT ...

The Clash: 'White Riot' (CBS)

Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

The Clash: there's a riot goin' on... ...

Lou Reed, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols: Lou Reed Joins Pistols Furore

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

LOU REED claims he has been banned from the London Palladium because of the continuing controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk rock. ...

Blondie, Cherry Vanilla, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, Television, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: NY Punk

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1977

Well, we got through to the second issue despite opposition from the hippies. Anyway, here we are...and it's about time we went Over The Top ...

The Clash: Konkrete Klockwork

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1977

AT THE MOMENT there isn't a group in the New Wave that comes within spitting distance of The Clash, live or on record. Within a ...

Punk Rock

Comment by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1977

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

The Stranglers: Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, April 1977

These young chaps have an album out soon. It would be strange if they didn't ...

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

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1977

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

Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1977

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

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

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

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

Richard Hell: The Jaws of Hell

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, April 1977

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

Cherry Vanilla, The Jam, The Stranglers: The Stranglers/The Jam/Cherry Vanilla: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1977

THE JAM WERE scarcely halfway through their set at half past six when the geezer at the door of the Roundhouse told the 300-plus still ...

The Adverts, The Damned, Motorhead: The Damned/The Adverts/Motorhead: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1977

I FIRST saw the Damned at the Roundhouse last November. Shortly after the release of 'New Rose'. Although the 45 had been successful the set ...

Chris Spedding, The Clash, The Count Bishops, The Damned, Elvis Costello, Flo & Eddie, Little Bob Story, The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, The Vibrators: Blind Date with Flo & Eddie

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1977

A monthly blindfold test by those masters of Slander Rock, Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan ...

The Ramones: Leave Home (Sire)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, May 1977

ROCK CRITIC or not, your reviewer resides in the Midwest, and doesn't make it up to Noo Yawk any too often (last such trek occurring ...

The Stranglers: IV Rattus Norvegicus

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1977

HERE COME the Stranglers with forty minutes of brain-rapingly original spewings like you ain't gonna hear anywhere else. ...

The Clash: Palais des Glaces, Paris

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

THE AUDIENCE at the Palais des Glaces, a sleazy 30's flea-pit with odd nooks where Parisians indulged in the bourgeois old-wave habit of getting high ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Slits, The Subway Sect: The Front Line: On The Road With The Clash

Report by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, May 1977

JOE STRUMMER says he'll smash my face in if I so much as print a syllable of what's said in the dressing room of the ...

Penetration: Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1977

"TURN OFF the music – we want to play," R the bassist yelled at the DJ and, before you had time to chuckle at the ...

X-Ray Spex: Man In The Moon, Chelsea

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1977

A SMALLISH basement room, low-ceilinged, with a bar along one wall, and quite plush – tonite healthily full with about 100 people, A stopgap scene ...

The Ramones, Talking Heads: The Ramones: Gabba Gabba Hey In The UK

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

The Ramones/Talking Heads: Eric's, Liverpool ...

The Sex Pistols, Television: Pimp-Rock?

Comment by Lisa Jane Persky, New York Rocker, June 1977

EVERYTHING happens to us all so quickly these days that even before something is completed, it is dated, labels must be attached for definition and ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Silver Jubilation

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1977

A Jubilee special from the ever-patriotic Zigzag team in the form of an almost-exclusive interview with those lovable crop-tops from Shepherd's Bush, the Sex Pistols. ...

The Stranglers: IV Rattus Norvegicus (United Artists)

Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, June 1977

THERE'S LITTLE DOUBT that while the first batch of British new wave albums were by the more outrageous elements, and somehow seemed to rely on ...

Gloria Mundi: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, June 1977

AND WHAT did Gloria Mundi's Eddie Maelov get for the courage of his, convictions? ...

The Sex Pistols: Rotten Is Mum's Boy Shock

Report by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, June 1977

NO MATTER how much criticism a young boy incites by his allegedly outrageous behaviour there's always somebody who will lovingly stand by him. His mum. ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Marquee, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, June 1977

AT NINE years of age I decapitated my dolls and donated a life to rock'n'roll. Nights like tonight I understand just why. (Gasp) it was ...

The Vibrators: Pure Mania

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

MMM. PSYCHO daisies. Hid her wid de axe/you better relax. More zoop bop cartoon funnies – this time the movie's speeded up. Laugh this one ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

The Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Joy Division, Penetration: Buzzcocks, Penetration, John Cooper Clarke, Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, June 1977

THERE IS undoubtedly a great deal of refining and cleaning to be done on Buzzcocks' material before the album they can so definitely record comes ...

The Sex Pistols: What Did You Do On The Jubilee? The Pistols on the Thames

Report by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

BEFORE THE POLICE came, it was a great party. Make that a capital G. ...

Various: The Roxy London WC2 (Jan-Apr 77) (Harvest)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

AN APPROXIMATE Warhol dictum: ‘In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.’ We never had a proper Warhol scene over here, did we? ...

Generation X: We're Not Into The Mindless Drone

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1977

GENERATION X are half way through their soundcheck, and there's a "what shall we play next?" lull in the proceedings. ...

Richard Hell: Hold Off

Essay by Alan Betrock, ZigZag, July 1977

2:39 Richard Hell and the Voidoids glide into take one of 'The Plan', a quirky composition, supported by subtle mood changes. At 2:43 it's finished. ...

999, The Saints: The Saints, 999: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1977

THERE IS A TEMPTATION to regard The Saints as comic. This stems from a number of idiosyncratic things about them, not least of which is ...

Generation X Put The Boot In

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, July 1977

GENERATION X. In the 60's: a book wherein 'youth speaks about itself'. In the 70's: a 'new wave' band which does the same, on the ...

Alternative TV: Sniffin' Glue…

Report and Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, July 1977

NOW: THE ROXY these days is not what it was – whatever shrill camera-lens sense of event there was in the Andy Czezowski days has ...

The Lurkers: Attack Of The Distortion People

Profile and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, July 1977

ALLOW ME TO present The Lurkers, whose enlightened adherence to the golden rule of "Three Chords, Three Verses, Three Minutes" definitely fingers them as the ...

Generation X, The Lurkers: Generation X/The Lurkers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1977

YOU KNOW THAT immense sense of relief that hits you when you get through the one album in every twenty or so that you might ...

The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Howard Devoto: Manchester: They Mean It Maaanchester

Overview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1977

MANCHESTER as a Rock and Roll town just didn't use to exist. It fed dutifully off London, and there were frequent visits from groups to ...

The Boys: The Boys

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

The Boys ain't no joke ...

The Ramones: A Night At The Ramones

Report and Interview by Gary Pig Gold, Pig Paper, The, August 1977

IF YOU weren't square, you weren't there, or something. In other words, the gasping legions of Canadian punkdom filled the aptly-named New Yorker Theatre in ...

The Slits

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1977

THERE ARE FEW groups I'd rather go and see at the moment than The Slits. They've only been going a few months in their present ...

Generation X: This Canadian Geyser Come to London and Saw Generation X

Report by Jeremy Gluck, Sniffin' Glue, August 1977

"YOUTH, YOUTH, YOUTH". I heard that chorus on a tape just once and spent the whole week mentally playing it over and over. Then I ...

The Adverts: Reading The Adverts

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, August 1977

THE NEW WAVE scythe has brought about a dual personality in programming for a lot of the more established clubs. ...

The Sex Pistols: The Social Rehabilitation of the Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1977

THE PROSPEROUS CYBORGS at the next table in the backroom of this expensive Stockholm eating-place are sloshing down their coffee as fast as they possibly ...

The Vibrators: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1977

THE TWO-FINGER salute put in a surprise appearance at The Vibrators' gig on Sunday. Whether the dozen pairs of arms frantically waving V signs were ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, August 1977

UPSTAIRS IN THE tiny Electric Circus dressing room Wayne County fussily fumbles and fidgets; he's got to look just right. He's wearing a crisp fawn ...

The Clash, The Damned: Clash In Euro-Rock Horror

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

'Bilzen? more like Belsen' Clash, Damned: Bilzen Festival, Belgium ...

Snatch: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS Snatch it while you can ...

Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats (Ensign)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1977

OH CHRIST, what will we label them? Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Pop/New Wave? All tags apply. But no one alone totally fits the ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: The Rotten Interview

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, August 1977

In Sweden With The Pistols Part 194 ...

The Dead Boys: Pretty Vicious

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Sounds, August 1977

THE DEAD BOYS are part of anew generation at CBGB's, a generation that has finally succeeded in erasing that fine line that divides the cool ...

Sham 69

Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, September 1977

THE ROXY CLUB. Week one. The band bottom of the three playing that night played the night's most exciting set to about 20 people. ...

The Clash, Generation X: Only in ZigZag! The New Clash Single!

Review by Robin Banks, ZigZag, September 1977

THE CLASH: 'Complete Control'/'The City of the Dead' (CBS) ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Vortex, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, September 1977

"I DON'T know what it is, but it isn't rock 'n' roll." The Banshees quote Glen Matlock's response to their last Vortex gig with pride. ...

The Rich Kids: Back With A Bullet

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

COMING DOWN from the Harrow Road by bus, Steve New's getting the rise taken out of him by a bunch of kids because he's wearing ...

The Jam: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1977

THE NEW WAVE scene is arguably more interesting now than ever, as the big five or six bands are being forced to consolidate their first ...

The Stranglers

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

TW STUDIOS are tucked away behind a drab shopfront off London's Fulham Palace Road. To gain entry you have to go round the side, through ...

The Buzzcocks: Whatever Happened To The Buzzcocks?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, September 1977

Now there's nothing behind meAnd I'm already a has-beenMy future ain't what it wasI think I know the words that I meanYou know me – ...

The Stranglers: No More Heroes

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1977

AHHH – BUT these are testing times...now the very real euphoria has subsided, the scales have fallen from my eyes: not recantation, but re-evaluation. Timely ...

The Vibrators: The Punks Who Came In From The Cold

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, September 1977

"I think I ought to make it clear", says Knox, arms waving like flags in a stiff breeze, "that when we first started we were ...

The Sex Pistols: Punk Rock and the Sex Pistols

Overview by Stephen Demorest, Hit Parader, October 1977

Hey, said my name is called disturbance. I'll shout and scream, I'll kill the king,I'll rail at all his servants.–(Rolling Stones, 1968) ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: The Heartbreakers: LAMF

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1977

THE HEARBREAKERS are one of my fave live bands. For sheer ecstatic raunch you can't beat 'em. This album has been a long time coming. ...

The New Wave Washes Out

Overview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, October 1977

After A Glorious Year, British Punks Are Now Absorbed Into The Music Biz Money-go-round ...

The Stranglers Do The Pose

Comment by Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, October 1977

EXTREME REACTIONS to the Stranglers are not unusual. Take the case of a mate (well, acquaintance) of mine, Dick O'Dell, tour/road manager for Alex Harvey. ...

UK New Wave

Essay by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, October 1977

IT MAY COME as a bit of a shock, especially if you were just getting used to the idea, but Britain's new wave movement is ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Billy, Walter and Johnny: The Heartbreakers

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

INTERVIEW TAKES place on a second floor flat, a stone’s throw away from the Thames. Present are: Walter Lure and Billy Rath, singer/guitarist and bassist ...

Sham 69 Shake Down 77

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1977

AFTER A WEEK of cloud-sealed gloom the sun shone down on London on Friday pushing the lunchtime temperature to 63 degrees. The vibes seemed auspicious ...

X-Ray Spex: Vortex, London

Live Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, October 1977

Tell Laura I love her ...

Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

ROCK ON Indeed.I've finally figured out, after all this time, why, despite the fact that lots of people whose opinions I respect hate them, I ...

Richard Hell & The Voidoids: Blank Generation (Sire, Import)*****

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S THE voice you hear first and foremost here.   ...

The Slits, The Subway Sect: Subway Sect/The Slits: Music Machine, Camden, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, October 1977

Sect stumble. Slits excite ...

The Boys: Boys In Bondage

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

IF I'D KNOWN what I was letting myself in for when I went to see John Cale at the Roundhouse this Easter, I think I'd ...

The Stranglers: Brunel University, Middlesex

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

OF COURSE, what with all those bad reviews the Stranglers have picked up since the release of the new album No More Heroes, you might ...

Richard Hell: To Hell and Back: Richard Hell

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

"I'M GLAD my name's Hell, because at least those people at the radio stations are gonna have some idea what to expect. I intend to ...

The Buzzcocks, The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, Joy Division, Magazine, The Negatives, The Prefects, The Worst: Buzzcocks/Magazine/John Cooper Clarke/The Worst/The Fall/The Prefects/The Negatives/Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

Prime Manchester venue closes... Power cut at the Electric Circus ...

The Clash: Who's In Love With Janie Jones?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977

DURING THE hot summer of 1976, a No. 31 bus jolts through Notting Hill Gate. On the top deck is Mick Jones, humming a riff. ...

The Saints: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1977

THE SAINTS opened their new British tour at the Camden Music Machine — that was their first and I hope only mistake. It's fine booking ...

The Damned: Top Drummers Get Itchy Feet Dept.: Why I Quit The Damned by Rat Scabies

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S COMMON knowledge that all drummers are certifiable nutters but I must admit that when somebody whispered in my ear the other Sunday that the ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Top Drummers Get Itchy Feet Dept.: Why I Quit The Heartbreakers by Jerry Nolan

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1977

WHEN IS A Heartbreaker not a Heartbreaker? It may sound like the first half of a funny story but the sad truth is it's no ...

Richard Hell & The Void-Oids: Blank Generation (Sire SR 6037)

Review by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, October 1977

RICHARD HELL HAS been touted as an underground genius for nearly three years, and this debut album boldly tries to document him as such. The ...

X-Ray Spex: Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

"IF SOMEBODY said I was a sex symbol, I'd shave me'ead tomorrer," cackled Poly Styrene. "'Oh Bondage Up Yours' ain't about sex particularly. In fact ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Spunk Rock

Report by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

FOR A MOMENT there I thought I'd stumbled into a dream I just wasn't equipped to handle. All change for Edge City. The punk behind ...

Sham 69: Sham 1969/1977

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

"I'M NOT stupid. I know, however successful I get to be right now, that in two, three, maybe four if I'm lucky, years' time, I'll ...

The Clash in Belfast

Report by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977

AT FIRST the band were reluctant to have their photo taken anywhere near the soldiers. "They'll think we're here to entertain the troops," said Strummer. ...

The Jam: Environmental Music

Profile and Interview by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, November 1977

LAST MONTH the Jam travelled to America for a short promotional tour, playing dates in established new wave centers, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1977

THE TITLE SAYS it all really. Ignore the press hysteria, dopey articles in Rolling Stone and cross-country panic/fear/loathing over "those foul-mouthed Sex Pistols". This album ...

Iggy Pop, The Ramones: Iggy Pop: Cobo Arena, Detroit

Live Review by Lester Bangs, New Musical Express, November 1977

Iggy suffers metallic KO, Ramones rule OK? ...

Sham 69: Don't Follow Leaders

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1977

JIMMY PURSEY bursts upon you. He is a natural. A natural natural. Distortion in the media can colour reputations wrongly, especially the reputation of fulsome ...

The Hollywood Binliner: L.A. Punk

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, November 1977

THERE ARE 70 PUNKS IN L.A. – HERE'S MOST OF 'EM... ...

Richard Hell, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

THERE IS something about the Music Machine in Camden Town that severely dulls one's capacity for enjoyment of an evening of live rock. ...

The Damned: Music For Pleasure

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1977

CATCHING SIGHT of the title in a news column, I wondered. 'Music For Pleasure'? Have the dervish-like Damned decided to junk all this credibility rubbish, ...

Alternative TV: ATV: Is As Wonderful

Profile and Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, December 1977

I WAS AT ONE of Steve Mick's bi-annual parties, (baffling, rambling affairs – you want to find your long-lost aunt? Come in and prowl around, ...

The Clash, Lester Bangs: The Clash: Clash City Rockers On Tour

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1977

DERBY KING'S HALL. The thickset geezer with the appearance of a frustrated rugby player – too short to make the scrum but just as tough ...

The Ramones: Rocket to Russia

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1977

WHO DOESN'T LIKE the Ramones? Nobody, that's who – unless they're dead or M. Black of Norwich or something. I've had this LP for three ...

The Stranglers: No More Heroes

Comment by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, December 1977

IT'S SO HARD to decode the Stranglers. After you've gone through the easy observations about Dave Greenfield's keyboard sound and its relationship to Ray Manzarek, ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1977

PREMISE: Record company executives have been skipping the brandy on their expense account lunches in their eagerness to sign up any band that can loosely ...

Adam & The Ants: Whip In My Valise

Profile by Jane Suck, Sounds, December 1977

'The angel Ga-briel sent me to give you a little bit of sympathy...' ('Plastic Surgery') ...

Generation X, The Lurkers, The Saints, The Valves: Generation X, The Saints, The Lurkers, The Valves: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1977

Gen Xcellent ...

Generation X: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, December 1977

THE FIRST TIME I encountered Generation X (or at least their lead singer/figurehead Billy Idol) it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: The Sid Vicious Guide To London Hotels

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, December 1977

IT WAS AT THE A&M Sex Pistols press conference, convened early this year, that newly appointed group bassist Sid Vicious gave his brusque views on ...

Various Artists: Live At The Vortex

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

HA. ANOTHER sledge-hammer blow pulping revolt into style...At least might someone have the good grace and honesty to stick 'Punk (a/k/a 'New/Wave') Sampler' on the ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Here Comes The Wrath Of Sid!

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, December 1977

IT WAS the last day in November when the whole ugly mess finally exploded. Sid Vicious, the bass player of The Sex Pistols, had once ...

Penetration: The Future Is Female

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

ACCELERATION DON'T go to my head...London – a module, self-contained, trapped in an ever-accelerating time/style warp: a week seems like a month in our brave ...

The Nuns: Whisky a Go Go, L.A.

Live Review by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, 1978

SOMEHOW THE NUNS manage to transcend the traditionally (like in "traditionally moronic") rivalry between San Francisco and LA. Perhaps that’s because the Nuns are as ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Few Waves Made During Tour Of U.S.

Report by Susan Compo, Santa Ana Register, January 1978

IT'S NOT SURPRISING that Britain's punk rockers, the Sex Pistols, found San Francisco "boring". The city that was to be the last stop on the ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1978

HO HUM, ANOTHER album from the Pistols. No, seriously, this is it. After all the controversy, bannings, bullshit and speculation, the Pistols finally have something ...

The Slits: Holland Park School, London

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1978

I BURBLED MY feelings about The Slits for four pages in ZZ75 last July, and happily that resulted in crazed Radio One producer and Zigzag ...

The Sex Pistols Are Cocked

Report by Wesley Strick, Circus, January 1978

Will Their Punk Madness Spread to the States? ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols in Memphis

Report by Dave Schulps, Sounds, January 1978

ITEM: Officers of the Memphis, Tennessee Vice Squad attended the Sex Pistols' American debut performance in Atlanta on Thursday just to make certain that the ...

The Damned: The Torments of The Damned

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1978

(a somewhat sobering cautionary tale of our time)Charles Shaar Murray asks, is that a light at the end of the tunnel – or another oncoming ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A World Domination By 1984 Special

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, January 1978

This is Siouxsie and the Banshees/They are patient/They will win/In the end. ...

The Ramones: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, January 1978

VERMILION, AFTERWARDS (taking in with a sweep of her arm the splendid rococo-deco vastness of the Rainbow gallery): "Rock'n'roll belongs in the pits, not here". ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

NINTEEN seventy-seven happened pretty fast. ...

The Viletones: The Four Viletones Of The Apocalypse

Profile by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, January 1978

FORGET NEW York, Give London a pass. Come instead to Toronto, Canada's fun city. Join the revellers at David's where, on certain choice nights, you ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: This Could Be The Last Time

Report by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1978

HYSTERIA! Disgust! Bemusement! Perplexity! The hip, FM radio dj still can't believe it. The Sex Pistols in San Francisco – heavee, man! Back in Hollywood, ...

Don Letts: Cramp and Paralize Them and Those Who Worship Babylon

Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, February 1978

DON LETTS shares a comfortable flat in Forest Hill with three Rastafarian friends, a ferret named Brian, and various other permanent or transient guests. The ...

The Clash's Joe Strummer (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1978

A typically splendid Strummer interview: He explains Ska! He digs Steve Miller! He prefers the Sun to the Guardian! He's in hospital with hepatitis! Plus stuff on gobbing, politics, the upcoming 2nd Clash album etc.

File format: mp3; file size: 25mb, interview length: 27' 17" sound quality: ***

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: An Evening with Sid and Nancy – The Odd Couple Behind Closed Doors.

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1978

SWAYING CRAZILY, Sid Vicious clambers up off the bed. He manages the three or four steps to where, obeying live-in-lover Nancy's instructions, he removes the ...

The Clash's Paul Simonon (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1978

The Clash's bassman talks about his life pre-Clash; the Clash's politics (personal and public); his development as a musician and a showman, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.4mb, interview length: 58' 16" sound quality: ***

Adam & The Ants: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1978

Termites devour part of New Wave ...

The Adverts: Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts (Anchor)*****

Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, February 1978

One Chord Wonders: no blunders ...

The Worst

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, February 1978

THE WORST THEN. The name? Aha an apt trap. Illustrating at once the extreme that they are, yet at the same time to ...

999: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1978

999 ARE A heavy-pop quartet signed favourably to United Artists. They are, in effect, on the verge of some kind of breakthrough. A likeable bunch ...

The Adverts: Vicarious Thrills + Pol-A-Ticks: Crossing The Irish Sea With The Adverts

Report and Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, February 1978

ACTUALLY, WE didn't swim across, we flew in a chartered taxi-cab with Rosalind Russell (Record Mirror) on the wing and a two-hour vomiting session courtesy ...

The Adverts: Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1978

ONCE UPON a time, the fastest way of revealing yourself as an Old Fart Who Didn't Understand The New Wave was to allege – in ...

Angelic Upstarts: Bolingbroke Hall, South Shields

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1978

I WAS starting to think the whole thing had gone down the toilet. All the energy and the anger. Suddenly smart suits and cash register ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon: Man A Warrior – The Interview part 1

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

There's only one place to be late at night in Jamaica – tuned in to radio JBC, the man Michael Campbell, the man they call ...

The Subway Sect: Bernard Rhodes Great Unknowns Payola Special

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, March 1978

SUBWAY SECT have been together in some form or another since the semi-legendary 100 Club punk festival in September 1976. The line-up on that date ...

The Buzzcocks, The Slits: Buzzcocks, The Slits: Thames Polytechnic,Woolwich, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1978

Buzzcocks turn pro ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon: Man A Warrior, part 2

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

CYNICS AMONG the SOUNDS readership may have been wondering why/how our Johnny Rotten underwent such a speedy transformation into this new-fangled character called Johnny Cool, ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: The Poolside Pronouncements Of Johnny 'No-Tan' Rotten

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1978

JOHN ROTTEN likes dressing up. Seeing him stuck away under a parasol by the side of the Olympic-sized pool of the Kingston Sheraton at eleven ...

The Buzzcocks, Penetration, The Slits: The Buzzcocks: Another Movie In A Different Cinema

Report and Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, March 1978

I SMOKE TOO much. I drink too much. I do drugs and don't get off, and, according to Dead Fingers Talk's manager and all the ...

Generation X: X Cert For A Teenage Opera

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

GENERATION X ARE pissed. Legless. Tony James is sprawled in a dressing room armchair, cradling his bass with a glazed-silly grin spread across the face ...

The Viletones

Interview by Gary Pig Gold, Pig Paper, The, April 1978

GARY AND JOHNNY PIG IN A PIGSCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NAZI DOG AND FREDDY POMPEII ...

999: Briefing For Direct Action

Report and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, April 1978

I WOULD HAVE LAUGHED at you for saying as much to me before, but Liverpool, with all its cool, uninspiring streets and grey sky has ...

Angelic Upstarts: What's Going On 'Ere, Then?

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1978

"WHO KILLED Liddle?" On stage a tall young man wearing a police hat, white shirt, trousers and jackboots is down on his hands and knees. ...

Generation X: Generation X

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1978

ON PAPER Generation X have their credentials for being The Now Sensation all present and correct. They've had them for a long time too. ...

Johnny Moped

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"DID YA hear that bit on the news about Charlie Chaplin's body. The IRA claim they took it and now they want ransom for it." ...

The Boys Can Do It

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

...take it from Sue and Sandra ...

Generation X: Generation Rock & Roll Soul

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1978

MIDNIGHT IN THE basement console room at Advision Studios, London W1. As Generation X bassist Tony James avidly demands of producer Martin Rushent that he ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: County Counsel

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

WHEN WAYNE COUNTY left his native state of Georgia, "because it was icky, and I got shot at", he meant to take a trip down ...

The Damned: Final Spotlight On The Damned

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

"OOOOOOOOO CAPTAIN," says Helen from Headingley, "you're so cool these days. That jacket" – indicating his sombre black tuxedo affair and matching multi-colour polka-dotted tie ...

Generation X: 'You Can't Help Selling Out'

Report and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, April 1978

"MY FRIEND was bawling her eyes out. She asked Billy to kiss her and he did. She just about fainted!" ...

Motorhead: Various Artists: Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chriswick Chartbusters Vol. 2) (Chiswick)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1978

NO MORE GOOD GUYS ...

Sham 69: Son Of Sham

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

SO THERE I was with photographer Harry Murlowski, dozing and half-listening to his interminable, politically-orienated conversation with a couple of hard-core Sham 69 followers in ...

Generation X's Billy Idol (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1978

The Generation X frontman talks about the evolution and nature of the band, and extemporises about the nature of punk rock and the power of rock'n'roll.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.6mb, interview length: 50' 54" sound quality: ***

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1978

SWEET SIOUXSIE and her boys in black play loud, angular, claustrophobic. Batter batter into submission: make you want to do bad things... ...

X-Ray Spex: Poly Styrene Is Still Strictly Roots

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1978

SUNDAY NIGHT in Croydon, and Poly Styrene's voice is shot. Flu goes for the throat like a cornered rat: when the victim's a singer, the ...

Adam & The Ants, X-Ray Spex: X-Ray Spex, Adam & The Ants, The Automatics: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, May 1978

AS MS. POLY'S strychnine air-raid voice shreds the encore and all present, the audience front-line snaps. ...

Generation X: Generation X

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, June 1978

FROM THE VERY start of their recording career, it was obvious that Generation X had some rather unparochial ideas about their role as a punk ...

Sham 69: Tell Us the Truth

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, June 1978

THERE HAVE BEEN quite a few new wave bands who have a strong relationship with their audience, but not a one can compete with Sham ...

Sham 69: If The Kids Are United…

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, June 1978

JIMMY PURSEY'S very baggy grey flannels are held up by a brand new pair of white braces. His striped shirt is as clean as five ...

The Sex Pistols Shoot To The Top

Report by Susan Compo, Santa Ana Register, June 1978

WHEN 'GOD SAVE THE QUEEN', a song by British punk-rockers the Sex Pistols, hit the top of the English charts several months ago, it was ...

The Clash: The 'Serious In-Depth Interview' You've Been Waiting For!

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

"AAAWOOOEEEUUUOOO, PETE...'ear you bin to the States...how wazzit?" ...

Advertising: Jingles

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

FEELING RUTHLESS, you could divide the entire spectrum of pop and rock'n'roll into two. ...

Chrome: Alien Soundtracks

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

REMEMBERING THAT electricity comes from other planets... ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: The Unacceptable Face Of '78

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

'Overground – from abnormalityOverboard – for identityOverground – for normalityOverboard – on identity'– 'Overground' ...

Alternative TV: The Image Has Cracked

Review by Danny Baker, ZigZag, July 1978

YOU KNOW them "artists" and "reviewers", they ain't never gonna stop. ...

Generation X: Idol With The Golden Head: Generation X's Billy Idol

Interview by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, July 1978

RG: What did you do last night? BI: Oh, I went to some disco thing. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1978

"I CAN'T WAIT to get into Polydor and run wild 'round the secretaries and throw all their typewriting paper and get their ribbons twisted. They ...

Alternative TV: The World At Once…Dateline: Stonehenge

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1978

I FOUND myself re-reading Colin Wilsons' prodigal slice of philosophical mythmaking The Outsider the other week. During the time I spent submerging myself gleefully into ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Do It Dog Style

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, July 1978

UNFORTUNATELY, A posthumous debut album. Quite something, not even the anti-Christ (Sex Pistols) managed to pull that off. But it is a rather sad, inevitably ...

The Undertones: Queen's University, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, July 1978

ON A NIGHT when one of the world's top bands, Ireland's favourite sons Thin Lizzy, were packing them in at the Ulster Hall, it was ...

The Clash, The Specials: The Clash/The Specials: Friar's, Aylesbury

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1978

FOR PEOPLE who like to put things in neat little pecking orders – and because of our conditioning there's a lot of them – the ...

Generation X: Idol of the Generation

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, July 1978

A Jackie Pop Special On Generation X ...

The Clash: Clash On Tour

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1978

IT'S AS IF THE Clash's 'Police And Thieves' stage backdrop has suddenly transmogrified into moving 3-D. ...

The Prefects, The Subway Sect: The Prefects, Subway Sect: A Tale Of Two Bands

Profile by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1978

TWO GROUPS, both of whom have to some extent followed their instincts. Prefects have always been aware of the area they were aiming for; Subway ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Banshees Make The Breakthrough: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, July 1978

IF PUNKS ARE currently being brushed off by "official sources" as a speedily-becoming-extinct species, why then is it damn near impossible to find a comfortable ...

Stiff Little Fingers: The Harp Bar, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, July 1978

THE HARP Bar is packed for the return of Ulster's most popular and notorious modern rock band, Stiff Little Fingers. ...

Generation X: Why Generation X Are The Best Group In The World

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Pig Paper, The, August 1978

KEEP THE Sex Pistols (someone is going to have to now), keep The Clash and someone take The Stranglers, please. I've got a group on ...

Sham 69: Pursey's Down The Dogtrack

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, August 1978

Sham 69's leader blows his wages, ponders his role, and has a few larfs. DANNY BAKER goes to see an old mate about a dog. ...

The Adverts: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, August 1978

Gobba Gobba On Gaye ...

The Clash, Suicide: The Music Machine, London

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

TIME HAS come today. Third of four Music Machine gigs and – surprise! – the ritual bottling of Suicide appears to have been omitted for ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Bansheed! What's In An Image?

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, August 1978

JOHN MCKAY, the Banshees' guitarist, has a pale, ashen look constantly playing about his features and talks in measured, serious tones. ...

New Wave Goodbye? Some Thoughts On The Economic State Of The New Wave Industry In America

Overview by Greg Shaw, New York Rocker, September 1978

LET ME BEGIN by saying that I’ve written many articles on New Wave, most of which have dealt with the exciting possibilities of making permanent ...

The Buzzcocks

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1978

LOVE BITES can be: The vice-like heart-grasp of new love: Embarrassing marks on the neck; Romance with a sting in the tail; THE NEW BUZZCOCKS ...

John Cooper Clarke: Just Another Ex-Gravedigger Poet Into Dada and the TV

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1978

GARRY BUSHELL GOES PUNK-SURREAL ...

The Stranglers

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1978

"BUT WHY," asks the New York groupie journalist, "do The Stranglers make such inflammatory remarks about Americans? I really don't understand it," she concludes, glancing ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

Let's give the Fingers a big hand ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Love Bites

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, September 1978

VULNERABILITY MEANS never having to say you're sorry... ...

The Buzzcocks

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1978

A LISTLESS GREY shroud hangs gloomily over Manchester as I arrive on this lazy Friday afternoon. From Piccadilly Station, it's a 15-minute walk through the ...

The Buzzcocks: Love Bites

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, September 1978

UMMMMM, ON THE cover of their new album the Buzzcocks look yummy enough to wrap up and take home. Love Bites, it's called, but no ...

The Ramones: Ulster Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, September 1978

IT WAS A TRICKY confrontation. John Ramone stepped out of the hotel lift and after a brief moptop nod of recognition dived into the obvious ...

Stiff Little Fingers

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1978

IF MY FIRST sight of Jake Burns had been while keeping myself occupied on a bus by speculating on the lives of the other passengers, ...

The Skids: No Comedy, No Intellect, No Politics, No Punk

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1978

GARRY BUSHELL INTERVIEWS THE SKIDS AND GETS CONFUSED (AGAIN). AN EVERYDAY STORY OF SCOTTISH LADS IN A POP GROUP. ...

999: Separates

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, October 1978

AND YES, this unfortunately is where it separates. 999's second album – always a fateful thing – and the illusory packaging hides a regression. ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1978

THIS YEAR A LINE formed. At one end Penetration, and from there through Joy Division, The Mekons, The Slits, The Fall, The Passage, The Pop ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)****

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1978

WE'RE NOT the same, you're not the same, they're not the same. ...

Sid Vicious: Max's Kansas City, NYC

Live Review by Ira Robbins, New Musical Express, October 1978

ON AN unusually busy New York rock night, the attraction of an ex-Pistol was apparently sufficient to pack Max's out for a couple of sets ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Scream

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1978

NO MATTER what anyone may say or think, the success of 'Hong Kong Garden' was neither predicted nor predictable. Despite its obvious instantness (primarily, of ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Music Machine, Camden Town, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1978

OCTOBER SEES the inevitable recognition of two of the greatest rock'n'roll performers of all time — Bette Midler and Wayne County who, even before Wayne ...

Johnny Thunders: Nothing Is Forever

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1978

Maybe you sneered at the New York Dolls; so maybe you missed a Distant Early Warning of the new wave. Johnny Thunders is back in ...

The Buzzcocks: Top Rank, Shefield

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, October 1978

Who, exactly, is gobbing on whom? ...

The Clash: Queens University, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, October 1978

THE LAST time The Clash tried to play The Ulster Hall a combination of big business insurance moguls and local bureaucratic bullshit caused the gig ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols Bootlegs

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, October 1978

Sex Pistols: Indecent Exposure (It's A Dirty Business) (Rotten Records – bootleg album)'Anarchy In The U.S.A.'/'Belsen Was A Gas' (Rotten Role – bootleg single). ...

The Lurkers: Strange Daze In Sheffield (Or Maybe Halifax)

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1978

SOMEONE MUST have been spreading lies about me, for without doing anything wrong I was told to write a feature about The Lurkers. The Man ...

The Rich Kids: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1978

UNTIL THE RICH KIDS get a few things into perspective – the rather misbegotten and amusing attitude, for instance, that their music goes above the ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Scream

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1978

FIRST DAY I got it I stunned a full room with this magnificent record...and you should have seen me three hours and four more plays ...

Sham 69: That's Life

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1978

JIMMY PURSEY'S Ulysses – a day in the life of 'a working class kid'. A shrug of the shoulders. ...

The Clash: Black'n White Drop Outasite

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, November 1978

The Clash: Roxy Theatre, Harlesden ...

Penetration

Report and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, November 1978

"Every night before I go to sleep/Find a ticket, win a lottery/Scoop the pearls up from the sea/Cash them in and..." ...

Boomtown Rats: This Feature Is Guaranteed Free From Bob Geldof

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

...THAT'S THE PETE SILVERTON PLEDGE ...

X-Ray Spex: Maturity Is Next: X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents (EMI)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, November 1978

SOUNDS FOR sophisticated head-bangers, noises for Nembuthal nights. X-Ray Spex carry the standard of 1977 (which reads fun) on the flagpole of 1979 (constructed from ...

The Cimarons, Sham 69: Sham 69 & The Cimarons: The West Country Invasion Starts Here

Report and Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, November 1978

IT WOULD appear that someone's got it in for Jimmy Pursey and Sham 69. You see they're planting stories in the press to the effect ...

The Sex Pistols: Bootleg Albums

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, November 1978

The Sex Pistols: Gun Control/Live at the Rodeo ...

X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, November 1978

"I WANNA BE A FROZEN PEA!" Does Poly Styrene finally make it? Will she really dehydrate? Does she turn into a Teasmade? Will she... ...

X-Ray Spex: X-Ray-Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1978

SMASH THE barriers and the truth shall make you free (as long as stocks last, anyway): barriers between humans and objects, between the natural (sic) ...

Pure Hell: Just Another Bunch Of Middle Class Kids With Silly Names And Spiky Haircuts: Pure Hell

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1978

"H-E-E-EYY..." Pure Hell drummer Spider Blaze tousles his Rita Hayworth red crop and slaps his right palm down on mine, giving me one of those ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Most Elitist Band In The World

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

'A gig is often an exaggeration of what we feel every day and therefore it can probably seem a bit ridiculous at times maybe. It ...

The Clash: Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

PERSPECTIVE. THE Clash are heroes (but not mine). ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1978

AND YOU ALL thought, or have been led to believe, that Siouxsie and the Banshees were nothing but grim-faced, black-clad warriors of doom and disorder, ...

The Clash, The Slits: The Clash/The Slits: Village Bowl, Bournemouth

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1978

IT'S 5.30 in the morning and for some reason I'm stuck on a ledge halfway down a several hundred foot cliff overhanging Bournemouth beach... And ...

The Clash: Give 'em Enough Rope (CBS 82431)

Review by Robin Banks, ZigZag, December 1978

A TRIUMPHANT roar of battles won. This album is a paean to victory than demands instant recognition and then leaves one gasping for breath, exhausted ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image (Virgin)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

AND THE BOY looked at Johnny. And he shouted: "Look, ma, the Emperor's got no clothes." ...

Snatch Says: "Morons Are Running The Media!"

Interview by Jon Savage, Search & Destroy, Spring 1978

JON SAVAGE interviewed PAT PALLADIN in London a while ago... ...

Sid Vicious on Trial

Report by Larry Jaffee, Imagine, January 1979

SID VICIOUS, bass player for the now-defunct, notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols, pleaded not guilty on November 21; at his arraignment to the ...

The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1979

THE CLASH HAVE been through a lot since they last released an album, almost 19 months ago, and so has the scene that they emerged ...

The Clash: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1979

LIKE THE few other rock bands that occasionally verge on genius – such at The Rolling Stones and the original Roxy Music – The Clash ...

Generation X: All The Young Dudes

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, January 1979

GLEAN WHAT you will from the shapes of things that came to pass during 1978, but one commodity that was rejected with an almighty vengeance ...

Richard Hell: The Return Of The Bug-Eyed Monster

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, January 1979

RICHARD HELL AND GIOVANNI DADOMO VISIT THE BOAT SHOW ...

Sham 69: I Quit

Report by Kris Needs, New Musical Express, February 1979

ON WEDNESDAY, January 31, Sham 69 played their last ever gig. ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material (Rough Trade)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1979

I WAS HARDLY expecting it but...even more so than Never Mind The Bollocks – which turned out to be comedy – much more so than ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material (Rough Trade)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1979

POOR OLD Stiff Little Fingers. They stormed across the Irish Sea last year and confused most people by talking loudly about being Ulster Boys without ...

The Sex Pistols: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, February 1979

"WHAT NEEDS UNDERSTANDING is the state of paralysis everyone is in..." ...

The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope (Epic)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, March 1979

FUTURE SHOCK NOW (If You Want It) ...

The Clash: The Fillmore, San Francisco

Live Review by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, March 1979

EXCEPT FOR THE fact that they're probably the best performing band around, there's something almost superfluous to Clashness about the band's shows. Wait a minute ...

Alternative TV: Vibing Up The Senile Man (Deptford Fun City Records)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, March 1979

WHEN MARK Perry gave up editing Sniffin' Glue, he started a band that has turned out to be a logical extension of the famous punkzine. ...

Generation X: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

MEDALS FOR bravery should be struck for Billy Idol and his mates in Generation X. Would you, dear reader, like to stand on a stage, ...

Crass: The Feeding Of The Five Thousand (Small Wonder, Weeny 2) **

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1979

Obscene oaths do not the revolution make ...

The Clash, Bo Diddley, Pearl Harbour & The Explosions: The Clash, Bo Diddley,Pearl Harbor & The Explosions: Community Theater, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, April 1979

EXCEPT FOR the fact that they're probably the best performing band around, there's something almost superfluous to Clashness about the band's shows. Wait a minute ...

The Clash, Bo Diddley: The Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, April 1979

DON'T EXPECT the back-Clash to start here. Since the Clash's smashingly successful Palladium debut, I have had some second thoughts, but none of these contradict ...

The Slits

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1979

THE SLITS AND me in an Interview Situation, eh? Well, hardly. We just chat away (it was better when the cassette was off but I ...

Sham 69: Jimmy Pursey: The People's Champ

Interview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, April 1979

JIM POPS down the betting shop to bung twenty quid on a 10-1 shot in the 3.10 at Newbury, so I give his records the ...

The Buzzcocks: Inside The Hit Factory

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

"It's really amazing. I can just sit there and go dee-da-dee-da-dee, da-dee-da-dee, put some words to it, teach the other three how to play it, ...

The Members: At The Chelsea Nightclub (Virgin)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

BEFORE WE start let something be said: if lesser papers want to slag off Sounds they're quite welcome to try, but per-lease don't use the ...

Angelic Upstarts: Gonna Be A Prison Break-In

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

THE BAND THE POLICE LOVE TO HATE INVITED TO DO A PRISON GIG? ...

The Damned, The Specials, UK Subs: The Damned/UK Subs/The Specials: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

WITH ENOUGH police grouped manacingly outside in coaches, in squad cars and standing around to supervise a couple of Manchester United away fixtures, I suppose ...

Generation X: Valley Of The Dolls (Chrysalis)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1979

MOST NEW-WAVE bands decry the jet-set life styles of established rock stars, but it's a safe bet to assume many were attracted to rock by ...

The Buzzcocks: The Other One Speaks!

Interview by Michael Gray, ZigZag, May 1979

WHEN YOU GO and see Buzzcocks, there are four of them. Up at the back, as high on his rostrum as an Old Bailey judge, ...

The Clash On Tour

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Creem, May 1979

DURING THE ten days between February 7 and 17, 1979, the people of Iran toppled the Shah; the American ambassador was assassinated in Afghanistan; President ...

The Undertones: The Reluctant Debutantes

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, May 1979

"When the group first started I suppose it's like a phase, y'know, ye want to be a fireman or ye want to be a policeman. ...

The Boy Looked At Johnny by Tony Parsons and Julie Burchill (Pluto Press)

Book Review by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, June 1979

 "Hell hath no snapping fury like an angry chipmunk." —Jesus The Good Book "I live on hate more than noodles." —Louis Ferdinand Celine Castle To Castle ...

999: Feelin' Alright With the Crew

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1979

ANYONE WHO SEES more than one rock show a year knows that a lot of the glitter wears off after the first few times. Which ...

The Ruts Bleed For You

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1979

IT WAS ALL going so well too, that was the point. So everyone assumed it was part of the act. I must admit I was ...

Punk Attack: 'The Obituary of Rock and Roll'

Book Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, June 1979

Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons: The Boy Looked at Johnny (Pluto Press) ...

The Clash: Yes It's Strummer In The City

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1979

HOT TOWN! Strummer in the city: walks into the Kings Road pub that serves as his temporary local while he's staying in Fulham dead on ...

Stiff Little Fingers: (F)Ireland Rockers

Interview by Garry Bushell, Trouser Press, July 1979

"TAKE A LOOK where you're living/You got the army on your street/ And the RUC dog of repression is barking at your feet..." Jake Burns ...

The Sex Pistols, Sham 69: Goodbye Sham 69

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1979

"WE WANT SHUM! WE WANT SHUM! WE WANT SHUM!" Friday night in Glasgow The Apollo is packed to capacity and if you want understatements the ...

Penetration: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

I'D SEEN the name around several times, but I'd never seen the band until tonight. Strange how your luck can change. ...

The Ramones: Rock'n'Roll High School (Sire Import) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1979

THE ERA of the compilation is upon us, and this soundtrack album of smarties and arties is another rapid fire job, featuring the next best ...

Devo: In the Terminal Zone

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1979

IT'S OUT of the blue and into the black. A place is left somewhere behind where the front pages of the daily newspapers comment hysterically ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Some Product: Carri On Sex Pistols (Virgin)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1979

THIS IS getting silly. ...

Angelic Upstarts: Teenage Warning (Warner Brothers)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, August 1979

NEWCASTLE'S Upstarts are already, for obvious and not so obvious reasons, being prepared by the vulture voyeurs as the successors to Sham. I'm not sure ...

Angelic Upstarts: Someone Else's Fight

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

INTOLERANCE FALLS like a heavy pall over the Angelic Upstarts – only they won't lie still and let it settle. Follow them round for a ...

Angelic Upstarts: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1979

THE MUSIC Press is a middle class toy, perpetually pampered, easily bored, easily bought off. It's too easy to sit pretty in your safe mortgaged ...

UK Subs: No Change For UK Subs

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

Finding that tribal punk is still alive...and kicking ...

The Dead Boys, Stiv Bators: The Resurrection of Stiv Bators

Report and Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, September 1979

STIV BATORS is just about the easiest interviewee I've ever met. Just push "Record" and he'll talk for hours about anything that might make good ...

The Slits: One Day, All Girls Will Made This Way: The Slits: Cut (Island) *****

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, September 1979

SLACK JAW, warm hearts: Cuts is astoundingly good. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Join Hands

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

WHADDA YA MEAN, is it extreme? Can you honestly imagine the Banshees doing anything —whether it be throwing shapes for a camera, getting dressed for ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Slits: The Slits: Cut (Island); Siouxsie & The Banshees: Join Hands (Polydor)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1979

AS THE Slits sing-song: don't take it seriously. ...

The Buzzcocks, Gang of Four: Buzzcocks/Gang Of Four: Club 57, New York, NY

Live Review by Van Gosse, Melody Maker, September 1979

THIS IS the year that the New Wave, or at least its more retrograde element, has finally hit the U.S. charts. Everybody English and short-haired, ...

Sham 69: The Adventures Of Hersham Boys (Polydor)***

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1979

WHAT DID Sham mean to you? I don't really give a monkey's cos to me and a lot of my mates they were the business. ...

UK Subs: Another Kind Of Blues (Gem)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1979

THIS REVIEW lasts 180 seconds and reads 1-2-3-4. It starts with a loud guitar burst, then bass and drums explode and your voice roars 'GARAGELAND' ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: In Aberdeen...No-one Can Hear You Scream

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

THE GEEZER standing next to me in the urinal said "Hey, have you heard the rumour? Two of the Banshees have run off. They're not ...

The Alley Cats, The Bags, Black Randy & The Metrosquad, The Controllers (LA punk), The Germs, The Mau-Mau's, The Plugz, The Screamers, Suburban Lawns, X: L.A. Punk: Pogo-ing On The Fault Line

Overview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

If Los Angeles is the future, how come its bands all sound so backdated? MARK WILLIAMS puts the case for the defence ...

Penetration: Coming Up For Air (Virgin) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

UP! THAT'S what Penetration are. Such stimulation. A Japanese masseuse on speciality-of-the-house rates could hardly have tickled more of a tingle into every nerve-end from ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: There Was I Waiting At The Church

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1979

NICK KENT feels the wrath of Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: The Boot Boys Are Back In Town

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1979

"PUNK IS BACK, PUNK IS BACK, WO-AH, WO-AH!" ...

The Buzzcocks, Gang of Four: Club 57, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, September 1979

THIS IS AN interesting juxtaposition: Buzzcocks work on a high energy formula, a formula that works; Gang Of Four work away from formula – they ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Humourless? Us?" - Siouxsie & the Banshees

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

"...Thy Kingdom come / They will be done / In Earth as it is in Heaven / Amen... Knock, knocking on Heaven’s door / Let ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Hey Mac Are You Some Kind Of Limey Pop Star?

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, October 1979

SAT RANDOMLY around a small table are four young men each with dark hair. When they grin, their faces show they see things differently. ...

The Jam: The Revolution Will Start When Paul Weller Has Supped His Pint

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1979

"I WOULDN'T say I'm a very articulate person, but I seem to be able to articulate when I write lyrics..." ...

The Clash: London Calling (CBS) **

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, December 1979

"THE HELL with it! Let chaos reign, louder music, more wine, the hell with the standings, the top rungs are up for grabs. All the ...

Iggy Pop

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Viz, 1980

Some Facts About Madness, Rape, Zombies, And Other Intense Human Behaviour ...

Splodgenessabounds: Help Stamp Out Splodgeness!

Profile by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1980

MANY DISTRESSED Sounds readers have written to us about the alarming outbreaks of 'Splodgenessabounds' currently sweeping through lower class areas of South East London. This ...

The Sex Pistols: The Very Best Of

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

THE PERFECT contradiction: The Japs offer such fine pressings, this album'll cost you about £9 if you want it…and I'm reviewing it as usual on ...

Iggy Pop: I Can't Stand to be Alone

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

TO OPEN A DOOR and find Iggy Pop behind it is like opening a well shaken-up can of lager unawares. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Bitter Pill

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Siouxsie isn't just concerned about being a rock musician, she has strong feelings on other matters as well. Interview by ROSALIND RUSSELL ...

UK Subs: Live Kicks (Stiff) **

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1980

POGO? I thought I'd never start. ...

The Clash: Six Days On The Road And 16 Tons Of Fun…

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1980

THE QUEST GOES ON, HIT THE DECK! ...

Cockney Rejects: Greatest Hits Vol 1

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1980

WHEN I first met Micky Geggus and Stinky Turner and heard their tape I knew there was something about it and them that said they ...

Stiff Little Fingers: The Voice Squad

Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, March 1980

'WE'RE GONNA BLOW UP IN THEIR FACE' ...

The Clash: Rude Boy: Directed by Jack Hazan; Starring Ray Gange and The Clash; Cert X

Film/DVD Review by Robin Banks, ZigZag, April 1980

RUDE BOY CAN FAIL ...

Penetration: Going Underground

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

SO YOU'RE learning to write music, Pauline – how's it done then? ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Slaughter: Get Ready To Do Ruck Steady

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

THREE MONTHS into the weighty Eighties and pop paper medics decide it's time for Slaughter's funeral. ...

UK Subs: Brand New Age (GEM)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

WHEN I was at school we used to have a big fat Scottish Geography teacher who was forever clotting you round the head and saying ...

Fatal Microbes, Honey Bane: Fatal Microbes: Femme Fatale

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

A BOOZER IN beautiful down-town Stepney is the rendezvous and despite London Transport I manage to arrive at the right time on the right day ...

The Members: 1980 — The Choice Is Yours (Virgin)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

Members 'not has-beens' debate ...

The Dils Disband

Report by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, May 1980

THE DILS, ONE of California's premier new wave bands, have broken up for keeps after three years together. ...

The Clash Clamp Down on Detroit

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1980

Or: Give 'Em Enough Wisniowka ...

UK Subs: Subsistence Level

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1980

NO DISRESPECT to Dave 'half-a-shandy' McCullough but, myself, I get no pleasure from records that sound like tin baths falling down coal chutes. Witless soul ...

UK Subs: The Masters Of Pure Pogomatic Power Pound On (Part 86).

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1980

NO DISRESPECT to Dave 'half-a-shandy' McCullough but, myself, I get no pleasure from records that sound like tin baths falling down coal chutes. Witless soul ...

X: Beyond the Valley of the Doors

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1980

HOLLYWOOD PUNK. Sounds about as real and desirable as cocktail-lounge muzak. If there's anything genuine or worthwhile in there it certainly isn't easy to find. ...

Cockney Rejects: Have They Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew?

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1980

"THIS IS A once in a generation band. The sort of band who'll either be massive in eighteen months or dead or both." ...

The Exploited: I Still Believe In Anarchy

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1980

SOMETIMES I wish my mind and body were under the same management. Anyone with half an eye on the dictates of fashion and media double-think ...

Tenpole Tudor: Pole Axed

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1980

AT THE risk of getting into a this week's big thing situation, I've got this feeling in my bones that Tenpole Tudor are gonna be ...

The Professionals: Diary Of A Man Who Likes To Stay In

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1980

THE PROFESSIONALS' debut single 'Just Another Dream' is about twenty bus stops down the road from 'Anarchy In The UK' if you're using words like ...

X in New York

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, September 1980

EN ROUTE to London, X stopped over in New York in June for a round of interviews and two live performances, at the '80s and ...

Dead Kennedys, UK Subs: Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables; UK Subs: Crash Course

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, September 1980

SPOT THE DIFFERENCEStudy these two pictures carefully. At first sight they may seem identical, but there are at least twelve small but significant differences between ...

Public Image Ltd: Image Publique S.A.: Paris Au Printemps (Virgin)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, November 1980

Lydon says he hates live albums. Paris Au Printemps – PAP – the best of two nights recorded in Paris this spring, is a consumer ...

Angelic Upstarts, Jimmy Pursey: Jimmy Pursey: The Cockney Kid Is Innocent

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, December 1980

So who are you gonna be today then, Jim? The new Messiah or the little boy lost? Robespierre or the Urban Spaceman? An all-round good ...

Dead Kennedys: A Talent To Annoy

Profile and Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, December 1980

"I JUST couldn't believe it. I just kinda stood there with a blank stare on my face, thinking oh God — it really happened!" ...

The Clash: Joe Strummer Answers The Call-Up

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, December 1980

WORKING ON THE theory that if you give him enough rope he'll either hang or save himself, the following pages are left basically for the ...

The Clash: Sandinista! (CBS)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, December 1980

OK, OK, they're a jolly prolific bunch always about to give their audience more than their money's worth, but – Christ, let's not mince words ...

Dead Kennedys: Punk Rot Is Here To Stay

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, January 1981

THIS IS THE hardcore faction. Spiked hair, leather jackets, the backs emblazoned with the logos of Crass, UK Subs, Adam & The Ants. Hordes of ...

The Clash: Sandinista!

Review by Van Gosse, Village Voice, The, January 1981

CONFRONTING THE Clash's epic monstrosity Sandinista! is like being a teacher (which I once was) and having one of your favorite little buggers show up ...

The Adolescents, Circle Jerks: The Adolescents/Circle Jerks: The Starwood, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, January 1981

A PACKED house and a dance floor that demanded knee pads and crash helmets provided the Black Hole of Calcutta ambiance for an evening of ...

The Clash: Home On The Range

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, February 1981

PAUL SIMONON lives in a modest two-room Notting Hill basement flat just north of Ladbroke Grove tube station. ...

The Dictators: Back From The Bronx

Report by Gary Sperrazza!, New York Rocker, February 1981

NEW YORK– "You know how Teddy Pendergrass only lets women into his concerts? Next time we play here, we're only gonna allow 300 Ib. men ...

The Jam: Sound Affects (Polydor)

Review by Don Snowden, New York Rocker, March 1981

SOUND AFFECTS finds the Jam stretching out, once again successfully staying off the (seemingly) inherent limitations of a three-piece lineup. ...

Black Flag, Circle Jerks, The Germs, X: LA Punk

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, April 1981

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is always preceded by its own legend. There is no way you can avoid that legend if you grew up with the price ...

The Clash: Heart & Mind: The Paul Simonon Interview

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, May 1981

WHATEVER YOU think of the Clash — and I haven't much cared for them since 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais' — a couple of things ...

Stiff Little Fingers

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1981

'We've got to get out and we've got to fight back' is still the message from SLF and their commitment hasn't evaporated since the heady ...

Honey Bane

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, May 1981

SHE CHOSE the name... "Because there is a very sweet side to me – Honey – and there's a really horrible side to me – ...

The Clash

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, June 1981

STANDING BY the toilet door, the kid recognised him instantly. The hair piled up in a scraggy mess. The white leather jacket. The beautiful punkette ...

The Clash: How The Clash Fed The Wonderbread Generation, Made The Mountain Come to Mohammed - And Other Miracles

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1981

The winner of NME's Flatter The Clash competition checks out the ramifications when an English band's world is at Bonds. ...

The Clash: The Return of Native Paranoia

Report by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, August 1981

IN HOT humid New York City, the eight Clash dates at Bonds discotheque had their number doubled following a first night raid by the Fire ...

Everybody Needs Somebody To Hate: A History Of L.A. Punk Rock

Overview by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1981

"For God's sake, is that all you people in L.A. want to hear: aggressive lyrics and a raging guitar?!"– Chris Stein ...

Punk Five Years On

Overview by Jon Savage, Face, The, November 1981

I’ve been waiting for this one ever since the Black Arabs: a classic rip-off single to finally mop up any punk detritus and put it ...

Fear: The Record

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1982

QUITE WHY Fear have created such a stir on the L.A. punk scene is far from apparent from this Record. Smarter they may be than ...

The Damned, UK Subs: Dreaming Of A Punk Christmas

Report by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, January 1982

"COME HERE," cried an excited Captain Sensible from the corner of the backstage lounge. "I've just discovered what this is like! It's like the Generation ...

Black Flag: Damaged (SST Import)

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, January 1982

"THE RUNAWAYS on angel dust," was how my pal Jimmy 'Bubbles' Skinner summed up this awesome Yank Punk broadside. The Stooges on bad sulphate is ...

Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Johnny Black, unpublished, February 1982

This is the full transcript of the interview, a small (1500-word) version of which appeared in Over 21 magazine in May 1982. ...

Demob: Demob Rules

Profile and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1982

'Five years on and you've still got nothing' ...

The Business: Minding Their Own

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, February 1982

'The winter of discontent is nearing/Thatcher's got trouble with her hearing/The voices of millions are going unheard/I'd try to laugh if it wasn't so absurd/This ...

GBH: The Dustbin Men

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

"Oi has spoilt punk. I really hate the idea of the Oi thing even if some of the music's alright...if Oi and punk are the ...

Chelsea: Spring Time for October

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

I DON'T know why it had to happen to Chelsea. Clawed by the press, mauled by the dim-witted forces of fashion, the four-man disaster team ...

Angelic Upstarts: Still From The Heart (Zono)

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

EXTRAORDINARY. Quite extraordinary. This has got to be the most astonishing thing I've heard in months; a shock so devastating that I'm shaking still. ...

Chron Gen: Chronic Generation (Secret)

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1982

WELCOME TO the chronic generation, and a glimpse into the past, present and future of Chron-Gen on their debut album. ...

Flipper: Album Generic Flipper (Subterranean)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1982

A FIRST song, 'The Way Of The World', opens like Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine', and Album G.F. never really lets go from there on in. Flipper ...

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are…The League (WXYZ)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, I give in. Let's face it, this just ain't the sort of music (?) to lend itself to sensitive in-depth philosophical probings. ...

Angelic Upstarts: Mensi's Marauders

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1982

"COME HERE you!" bellowed Mensi across a crowded and quite respectable lounge bar. The reverberations thundered over the heads of the lunchtime clientele, their salads ...

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are…The League

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1982

THERE'S ONLY one League in my life. It's not the Human League, for sure. It's not the Ivy League either, or the League of Gentlemen. ...

Vice Squad: Stand Strong, Stand Proud (EMI/Riot City ZEM 104)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

THIS ISN'T a great album but it is a very good one. For Vice Squad it's a crucial show of strength because their first album ...

The Clash: Combat Rock (CBS) ***

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

Gonna write a Clashic ...

The Clash: Up The Hill Backwards

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1982

HALF PAST ONE on Portobello Road. Past the chippy, opposite the bookshop, within earshot of a man with an amplified mouth-harp honking and scything through ...

X's Wild Los Angeles Gift: Sign On The Dotted Line, Please!

Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, June 1982

X ARE FINALLY getting some respect. Their first album, Los Angeles, released in 1980 on the independent Slash label, sold some 80,000 copies, not bad ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory: Johnny Thunders

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

"There's a certain charisma about a guy that everybody thinks is about to drop dead. It's like when Daffy Duck blows up on stage and ...

Circle Jerks: Wild In The Streets (Faulty Products)

Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1982

LOOK, here they come now, swaggering round the corner: mouthfuls of curses; knuckledusters; leathers scraped with the scars of street battle; chains in the pockets; ...

Cockney Rejects: The Wild Ones (NEMS pre-release)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1982

Flairs and riffers ...

Peter and the Test Tube Babies: More Bottle Than Brains

Report and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1982

Carol Clerk cracks a tube with PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES ...

The Business: Heaven Can Wait

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, June 1982

IT SEEMED like a good idea at the time. Meet The Business, knock back a pint or two, set off on a disco crawl...and find ...

The Exploited: Troops Of Tomorrow

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

APART FROM its marvellous cover, which depicts "an Escape From New York vision of a desolated city where punk can express its essential nature of ...

The Lurkers: The Lurk Of Love

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1982

THE BLOKE who spends his life writing things like 'Let's Lurk' and 'Lewisham Lurkers' over every available wall on my estate, and who's probably single-handedly ...

Erazerhead: Teenagers In Lust

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, July 1982

IT WAS in the winter of 1978 that vocalist Lee Drury had his first traumatic encounter with the cruel forces of fate. At the time, ...

Circle Jerks, Flipper, The Germs, The Stimulators: The Germs, The Stimulators, Circle Jerks, Flipper: Albums Reviewed

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1982

The Germs: Germicide (ROIR A108 cassette) Stimulators: Loud Fast Rules! (ROIR A109 cassette) Circle Jerks: Wild in the Streets (Faulty Products COPE3) Flipper: ...

The Fits

Profile and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, August 1982

Carol Clerk collars confident Blackpool punksters The Fits in a fact-packed foray ...

The Damned: Strawberries (Polydor)

Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, September 1982

YOU DIDN'T really think they'd gone, did you? After all, it's only four years since their 'farewell' gig, and looking at Jimmy Pursey's Hams 69 ...

Coming Blood: Blood Samples

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1982

THE VERY concept of a band like Coming Blood is about as shock-horror near-the-knuckle punky as you can get. Their name alone is a verbal ...

Circle Jerks: Love The One You're With...

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1982

THERE'S PEOPLE diving off the sides. A somersault – look! a bellyflop! – a couple of thrilling jack-knives. The one wearing the bathing cap – ...

Attak: Shock Taktics

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

SLOPING OFF the Inter-City at Manchester Piccadilly, I was suddenly overcome by a torrid tinge of terror. ...

Blitz: Voice Of A Generation (No Future) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

THIS REALLY is the big one, final proof if any were needed that the punk renewal of the last two years is more than just ...

The Violators: Like Clockwork

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

Garry Bushell comes to the Orange-aid of Peak District punksters The Violators ...

Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects, Splodgenessabounds, UK Subs: Oi! and Skinheads: Coming a Cropper

Comment by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

A passionate defence of skinhead culture by GARRY BUSHELL. ...

UK Subs, Urban Dogs, The Vibrators: Urban Dogs: Doggie Doings

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

CHARLIE HARPER is late, Charlie's always late. Me and Knox sit in the office cracking the usual jokes about it being his pension day. Not ...

Cock Sparrer: Strictly For The Birds

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

COCK SPARRER'S come-back couldn't have been better timed. Just as the street rock scene was getting staler than a Marie Celeste bread roll, the original ...

The Clash: Revolution Rock

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Downbeat, December 1982

IT'S AN UGLY voice. Gruff, guttural, uncouth, barbaric at times. Joe Strummer can't sing, not like an Al Jarreau or a Joni Mitchell, anyway. Lyrics ...

Dead Kennedys, Millions Of Dead Cops, Serious Drinking: Millions Of Dead Flops: Dead Kennedys/Serious Drinking/Millions Of Dead Cops: Central London Polytechnic

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

IT'S AMUSING TO SEE just how much Oi/punk inevitably rides the rails of the trad rock curve on its way to hell and bucks. This ...

Anarchy in the UK

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

A nation watched aghast as punk reared its spiky head ...

The Clash: Combat Rockers

Profile by Penny Valentine, History of Rock, The, 1983

IF THERE WAS one band that successfully rose above punk’s swift and premature decline, it was the Clash. Although historically the Sex Pistols remain the ...

L.A. Punk

Book Excerpt by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, 'Hardcore California', 1983

IN 1978 THE suburbs of Los Angeles (Anaheim, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Redondo Beach etc.) were still a home for Disneyland, Movieland Wax Museum ...

The Clash, The Sex Pistols: Punk: 1977 - Two Sevens Clash

Essay by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

AS A REBEL MUSIC, punk rock had close affinities with reggae. When the punk movement found a focal point and place of worship in the ...

The Bowery Beat

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1983

FROM 1970 ONWARDS, the US rock mainstream grew increasingly staid, predictable and unimaginative. On the surface, the American scene appeared to offer nothing but sleepy ...

Sex Gang Children, Southern Death Cult: Positive Punk: Blood And Roses

Overview by Richard North, New Musical Express, February 1983

PART ONE "Don't dream it, be it." — Rocky Horror Show ...

The Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley: Peter Shelley

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, August 1983

Back when the much-saluted bywords of British punk were "rebellion," "relevance" and "gritty realism," Manchester's Buzzcocks brought something fresh, pithy and even humorous to their ...

Black Flag

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, August 1983

LET'S FACE IT – much of what passes for music in our country is, in fact, nothing more than product, the worthless, soulless result of ...

Bad Brains: Rock For Light (Abstract)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, August 1983

BAD BRAINS are an idea bursting full-tilt from a terminally fevered cortex. Rock For Light is the attempted rationalising of the notion, and it so ...

Bob Segarini, The Diodes, Teenage Head: Teenage Head, Diodes, Segarini: Toronto Punk Albums

Review by Gary Sperrazza!, New York Rocker, January 1984

Teenage Head: Frantic CityDiodes: Action/Reaction Segarini: On The Radio ...

X: Leader Of The Pack

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, January 1984

IT'S ALMOST like standing with my stilettoes planted on the very threshold of Club Yes. ...

X Spots the Mark: Raw Chemicals With a Spoon

Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, February 1984

AS I ENTER Billy Zoom's Cincinnati motel room, I glance at the usual rockband-on-tour pile of black leather jackets, but I also take note of ...

The Clash: The Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, March 1984

ONCE UPON a time when we were a little more naive than we like to admit, The Clash seemed pretty important, like they were the ...

Black Flag: My War (SST)

Review by Don Watson, New Musical Express, March 1984

TO SAY that Black Flag's Damaged was the punk LP of 1981, is tantamount to (if I may be allowed to lapse for a moment ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Patti Palladin : The Heartbreakers, Patti Palladin: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, March 1984

Smacked Bottoms ...

The Minutemen: Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat (SST)

Review by R.J. Smith, Creem, April 1984

CIVIL DEFENSE QUIZ: ARE YOU PREPARED?What should you do in case of a sudden dropping of a nuclear weapon on your neighborhood? A) Grab ...

X: Guitars Against The Golden State

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Face, The, April 1984

They've been called The Last American Rock Band. It's a tag they hate. ...

Black Flag: Wheel Me Out Flagging!: Black Flag: Marquee, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, May 1984

"SEARCH AND DESTROY" is the tattoo emblazoned across the sweat-rivuleted, hawser-taut shoulders of Henry Rollins. ...

Black Flag: My War

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, July 1984

WHAT HAPPENS to hardcore bands when they get old? They turn into Hawkwinds, that's what. Redondo Beach's finest have let their skinheads grow out and ...

Black Flag: Heart of Darkness

Interview by Don Watson, New Musical Express, September 1984

RUN! THIS can't be happening! The headlights of the car bearing down on Greg Ginn and Bill Stevenson capture two slack-jawed faces, stark with astonishment, ...

Alternative TV: Mark Perry: After The Storm

Interview by Richard Kick, ZigZag, October 1984

ONE SOMETIMES wonders what ever happened to the original punk rock generation of 1976? Obviously those who have managed to hold onto the limelight we ...

The Stranglers: The Menin Straits

Interview by Richard North, ZigZag, November 1984

A BAND who, in 1977, I jumped up onstage with at the Queensway Hall Dunstable/I was drunk/I sobered up very quickly/ ...

Richard Hell: RIP (Rior)****

Review by Bill Black, Sounds, December 1984

"RICHARD HELL HAS been the most emotionally compelling, brilliant, innovative and influential rock 'n' roll performer of the past ten years. Unfortunately, these qualities are ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone (1985)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Da Brudda gives us his Desert Island Discs and raps about record labels, producers and the musically and politically sterile 1980s.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.2mb, interview length: 57' 02" sound quality: ***

The Ramones in London, part 1 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about life for da brudders is the mid-'80s, Hardcore, chart success (or not), and much more.

File format: mp3; File size: 30.6 mb Interview length: 44 minutes 36 seconds, sound quality: ***

Gene Loves Jezebel, The Ramones: The Ramones/Gene Love Jezebel/Restless: Lyceum, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1985

HALF OF WESTERN CIVILISATION is here tonight; there are men in the toilet talking about Black Sabbath, there are Gary Holton and Rat Scabies and ...

Black Flag, Flipper, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, The Replacements: Punk Lives: The Minutemen, Meat Puppets and SST Records

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1985

They don't sound like the Ramones, and they don't look like the Sex Pistols, but bands like Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets ...

Black Flag: 9.30 Club, Washington DC

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, July 1985

THE INTENSE energy with which they maliciously rioted across the grooves of Damaged inevitably doomed them to an early burn out, and tonight's show was ...

Black Flag: Damaged (SST 007) ****/In My Head (SST 045) *****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1985

THE ELECTRIC box in the corner is getting as tedious as the night is getting chilly. Cold comfort indeed, and time to slip on something ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Generation X, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Slits: Punk: Rogues Gallery

Overview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986

TO PUT EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVE, AS TO WHERE THE ORIGINALS FROM '76 HAVE GONE; BE IT A WAYSIDE DITCH OR A MAJOR RECORD COMPANY WATER ...

Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys: Circle Jerks: Wonderful (Combat Core)/Dead Kennedys: Frankenchrist (Alternative Tentacles)

Review by Byron Coley, Spin, February 1986

THE Circle Jerks and Dead Kennedys are two of a handfulla bands surviving in name and form from the first three waves of California-style pre-hardcore ...

Punk: I Fought The Biz And The Biz Won (How We Got Here From There)

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1986

PUNK: IT MADE OUR DAY...It's been ten bleak winters since...well, we look back in hunger at the years youth reclaimed rock and for a while ...

Punk and Reggae: Rip Bam Bam Bye Yeah

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, February 1986

"Black and white, unite and fight" was the call; The Clash sang of 'Police And Thieves', Johnny Rotten found he was 'Born For A Purpose'. ...

Simply Red: Punk in Manchester: Oh, How We Laughed

Essay by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1986

BE OFF with you! Little Red, it is said, is not happy at the hollow allegations that suggest he has 'sold out' by leaping from ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Howling

Retrospective by Don Watson, New Musical Express, February 1986

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: "a great whirlpool of noise, pulling the future down." Many moons later DON WATSON recalls the dawn of the great Sioux ...

The Minutemen: 3-Way Tie (For Last) (SST)

Review by Byron Coley, Spin, April 1986

FATE SUCKS. And this this is not meant to be read in the Bob Christgau suck-is-good meaning of the word either. ...

Black Flag: My War (Continued)

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, July 1986

FRIDAY NIGHT at New York's Irving Plaza, filled to the rafters with punks letting their freak flags fly. Tattered, dazed and confused kids line the ...

Black Flag: SST Records: Working Muscles, Packaged Wallop

Report and Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, September 1986

YOU COULD SAY this is the darkest Dark Age the music world has seen yet, what with commercial radio more dead than death itself and ...

The Meatmen: War Of The Superbikes (Homestead)

Review by Byron Coley, Forced Exposure, Winter 1986

TESCO VEE is a sick yake. ...

The Stupids: Stupidity Maketh The Men

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, May 1987

Not dumb, maybe a little deaf by now...UK thrash stylists The Stupids step off their skatin’ wheels and entertain Cynthia Rose with tales of ordinary ...

Bad Brains, The Bambi Slam, The Stupids: Bad Brains/Bambi Slam/The Stupids: Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, May 1987

SLAM DANCE ...

GG Allin: Underground: GG Allin

Guide by Byron Coley, Spin, August 1987

FIRST things first. Just as 1986 was the Year of the 'Steen, 1987 is gonna be the Year of GG Allin. ...

Big Black: Songs About F****** (Blast First BFFP 19/CD)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

INTO THE BLACK HOLE ...

The Stranglers: Fey Bikers On Azur

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, October 1987

THE PHONE RANG. It was the chief. "Be at the airport tomorrow morning. The Stranglers. Marseilles. Bikers' convention. JJ Burnel burning up the track on ...

Bad Brains: An Interview with HR

Interview by Al Quint, Suburban Voice, Winter 1987

PROBABLY THE MOST unusual interview I've ever encountered in my 4 years of doing this 'zine. In a haze of marijuana smoke, surrounded by several ...

X: Live at the Whisky A Go Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1988

FOR ALL THE national accolades heaped on X throughout the '80s, the group never stopped viewing itself as an LA band stepped in the nitty-gritty ...

The 101'ers, The Clash, Joe Strummer, The Sex Pistols: Joe Strummer

Interview by Jon Savage, unpublished, May 1988

This interview was for Jon Savage's classic punk book England's Dreaming, and is published here in its entirity for the first time. ...

Jonathan Richman: Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, 1989

BESERKLEY HAVE re-issued their entire catalogue of Jonathan Richman albums but they should have stopped with this one, a brilliant piece of East Coast proto-punk ...

The Clash: Clash: The Clash; Give 'Em Enough Rope; London Calling; Sandinista!; Combat Rock; Cut The Crap

Review by Mat Snow, Q, June 1989

UNLIKE THE Sex Pistols, the other great London punk-rock group had ambitions beyond delivering the short, sharp shock to the system suggested by the sudden ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Pernicious? Moi?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, August 1989

IN THE "PIANO BAR" of a Mayfair hotel, portion of club sandwich in one hand, glass of fine red wine in the other, Malcolm McLaren ...

The Pogues: Peace & Love

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1989

BY RIGHTS, The Pogues should surely be dead by now, overcome by the drink or the enthusiasm of their fans. Yet somehow they've survived the ...

The Buzzcocks: Product

Review by Martin Aston, Q, December 1989

LIKE MOST punk escapades, Buzzcocks started with Johnny Rotten, whose "We're not into music, we're into chaos" motto drew Bolton students Peter Shelley and Howard ...

Fugazi: A Tension Spans

Profile and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1989

"THIS IS TOTALLY weird," says drummer Brendan Canty, pointing to a photograph of himself that appeared in Melody Maker the last time Washington DC's Fugazi ...

Crass: Re-issues

Review by Martin Aston, Q, October 1990

IF ANY GROUP seem wholly inappropriate for CD repackaging, then Crass are it, being eight admitted non-musicians who used snarl-toothed punk music as a vehicle ...

Crass: Where Are They Now?

Profile by Martin Aston, Q, October 1990

CRASS WERE BRITAIN'S seminal anarcho-punk band, whose communal life and own Crass label epitomised the movement's DIY ethic. Handling everything from mail order, promoting gigs ...

The Meatmen: Meatmen, The: Crippled Children Suck (Touch & Go)

Review by Byron Coley, Forced Exposure, 1991

…IT WOULD BE safe to say that the material on this LP (a reprise of the band's second EP + a variety of live seepage ...

The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: Sid Vicious crashed my 21st

Essay by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, 1991

At this distance, all I can remember for certain is the gangle of his legs and the pinch of his cheeks. ‘This is John,’ said ...

Sham 69: Where Are They Now?

Profile by Martin Aston, Q, May 1991

FAMOUS – OR SHOULD that be infamous? – for their punk-era, terrace-anthem hits 'If The Kids Were United (They Would Never be Divided)' and 'Hurry ...

Bob Mould, Jello Biafra: Bob Mould and Jello Biafra: Two Faces of Punk

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, July 1991

CLAWING THEIR WAY INTO THE '90S, BOB MOULD & JELLO BIAFRA EXPLORE THE PERSONAL & THE POLITICAL ...

The Sex Pistols: Jon Savage: England's Dreaming

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, November 1991

EVEN THOUGH 15 YEARS have passed since the release of 'Anarchy In The UK', there has never been a book which has satisfactorily documented Britain's ...

Johnny Thunders: Go, Johnny, Go: Thunders' So Alone

Sleevenotes by Ira Robbins, Sire Records, February 1992

AMONG THE LIFETIME residents of abyssville are those rock'n'rollers whose faith in the liberating rebellion of mangy guitar music gets crossed up into a personal ...

The Damned

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, February 1992

NO ONE could ever have predicted it, but the Damned are the great survivors of punk. ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, March 1992

THE MAN IN THE ETHNIC-TEA-COSY-STYLED headwear and the unsightly puce satin ski pants lies back on my sofa, swigs lustily from a bottle of strong ...

Green Day: If Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Is Green Day Today’s Beatles?

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, May 1992

IF YOU BUY one album this coming year buy this one: Green Day’s Kerplunk! ...

The Ramones: Mondo Bizarro

Review by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, October 1992

Dear Mrs Ramone, Just a quick note to let you know how the boys are, these days. ...

The Sex Pistols: Kiss This

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1992

NEARLY 15 YEARS after John Lydon quit the Sex Pistols, effectively ending them bar a few final pranks, his subsequent band, PiL, find themselves no ...

The Beastie Boys, Henry Rollins: The Beastie Boys, Rollins Band: Roseland Ballroom New York NY

Live Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, January 1993

THIS PAIRING wasn't as odd as it seemed, because the Beastie Boys have created ― or at least mobilized ― a new kind of fan. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A Kiss in the DreamHouse

Book Excerpt by Lucy O'Brien, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin), 1994

ALTHOUGH SHE'D been one of punk's founding fathers, as it were, Siouxsie Sioux never really looked like she could last the distance. She's still here ...

Green Day Rising

Review and Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, January 1994

Popcore Ascending? Or Is That Just The First Phase Of 'The Greatest Band In America'? ...

The Clash: Clash on Broadway (Legacy)

Review by Tom Hibbert, Q, June 1994

DID YOU know that The Clash's song, 'Career Opportunities', was written whilst the band feasted on potato croquettes from Kentucky Fried Chicken? ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: Who the Hell Does John Lydon Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, June 1994

THE INTERVIEW, Q vs Lydon, should have taken place several months ago but when I turned up on his Fulham doorstep and rang his bell, ...

Green Day: Young, Loud, and Snotty

Interview by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 1994

GREEN DAY's unexpected rise from Gilman Street punk urchins to MTV poster children has not come without a price. Eric Weisbard wonders if they can ...

The Clash: Clash/Subway Sect/Slits/Prefects: Chancellor Hall, Chelmsford

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, New Musical Express, October 1994

BORED TEENAGERS – SUBURBAN HICKS with soap-stiffened Sid Vicious barnets and bleeding earlobes gape in awestruck, whey-faced wonder. Chelmsford, anonymous epicentre of NOWHERE is playing ...

Green Day: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY

Live Review by Carol Cooper, Newsday, 1995

BY MATCHING the cheeky insouciance of the early Beatles with the amphetamine hooks of the Ramones in the late ‘80s, Green Day graduated rock and ...

Green Day (1995)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1995

The young pups of punk nouveau phone in about their humungous success, vast wealth, and what it means to be a punk, twenty years after the fact.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.3mb Interview length: 36 minutes 24 seconds Sound quality: **

The Sex Pistols Sign To A&M Records

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, October 1995

Early 1977, and following the inevitable bust-up with EMI, the Sex Pistols are about to release 'God Save The Queen' and embark on their shortest ...

Rancid: What's In A Mohawk?

Report and Interview by R.J. Smith, New York Times, The, January 1996

EVEN FOR A break-all-the-rules punk rock band, some rules still apply. It's 10 minutes to stage, and the members of Rancid are sitting in their ...

The Ramones: Gabba Gabba Sniffle: The Ramones at Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, February 1996

PUNK MAY not be dead, but the Ramones, it would seem, have finally bitten the dust – like the spaghetti western mercenaries to whom they ...

The Ramones' Last Tour: Rocket To Retirement

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, February 1996

"I THINK we're leaving an historical legacy," says Joey Ramone. "We really changed rock 'n' roll. When we came out in '74, rock 'n' roll ...

The Sex Pistols: A Seance in Finsbury Park: The Sex Pistols Reunite

Live Review by Jon Savage, Spin, August 1996

JUST BEFORE the Sex Pistols take the stage in the waning light, a curious hush falls on the boisterous punk crowd. A myth is to ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind Their Principles, Here's The Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, August 1996

FAIRFAX, Va. — Johnny Rotten is up to his old tricks. He's baiting the crowd — calling those seated in the loge "sissies" — and ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Heartbreakers, The Buzzcocks: Destination Nowhere

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Twenty years ago this month, the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Heartbreakers and Buzzcocks embarked upon the Anarchy Tour. What followed more than lived up to ...

Crass' Penny Rimbaud

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, December 1996

THE SPIN Alternative Record Guide wrote that Crass were "probably the first rock band whose liner notes are not only indispensable, but often better reading ...

Crass: G Sus of Crass

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, December 1996

THE SPIN Alternative Record Guide wrote that Crass were "probably the first rock band whose liner notes are not only indispensable, but often better reading ...

Talking Heads: 77

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

NEXT TO CBGBS peers like the Ramones and the Voidoids, Talking Heads barely sounded like a punk band. After the startlingly non-conformist ‘Love Building on ...

Iggy Pop: Iggy And The Stooges: Raw Power

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

LOOK OUT, honey, cos they're using technology. Or rather, remixer Iggy Pop is.  ...

The Adverts: Bored Teenagers

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, September 1997

ANYONE PAYING attention to the British music scene in recent years cannot help but have noticed T.V. Smith. Across three superlative albums, 1991's RIP: Everything ...

Green Day: Stick 'Em Up, Punks!

Interview by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, October 1997

Those loveable American punk rockers GREEN DAY are back. We join them in Milan to find out if they're still punk at heart. Guess what? ...

Richard Hell, Robert Quine: Robert Quine

Interview by Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever, November 1997

WHO IS ROBERT Quine? According to him, he 'remains one of the most compelling, appalling and universally hated figures in music history.' ...

The Sex Pistols: Sod Awf! The Sex Pistols And Other Pleasantries Of Punk

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, February 1998

A Short History of the NOW! ROCK EXISTS in the humming; now, an all-enveloping bubble of sound, energy and ecstasy. Like being at the flashpoint ...

Absolute Kristal: CBGB's new punk rock label

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1998

HILLY KRISTAL'S MAD AS HELL and he's not gonna take it anymore. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. But the 66-year-old hipster who owns the New ...

The Sex Pistols: Nils Stevenson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard this before, but this time it's true. The best Punk book yet has just hit the streets, written by someone who were ...

The Buzzcocks

Interview by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, 1999

SINCE THEIR initial formation, way back in 1976, Manchester’s Buzzcocks have attained a genuinely legendary status in the hearts and minds of both aficionados of ...

The Sex Pistols

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, 1999

ON DECEMBER 1, 1976, Londoners tuned in to Thames TV's Today show, expecting the usual bland mix of metropolitan news and views appropriate for a ...

Green Day, Offspring: California Über Alles: US '90s Punk part1

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, January 1999

In 1994, GREEN DAY and THE OFFSPRING released two albums which changed the face of American music. From Dookie and Smash to 'Pretty Fly (For ...

Green Day, Offspring, Rancid: California Über Alles: US '90s Punk part 2

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, February 1999

After the huge success of GREEN DAY, THE OFFSPRING and RANCID came the inevitable wave of copy-cat bands and the backlash. Here, US punk's movers ...

Joe Strummer (1999)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1999

From Tony Bennett to Tony Adams: Gavin Martin chats with the Mighty Strummer amidst liggers and drunken Finns about The Clash, The Mescaleros, Greil Marcus and why he hates Suede and the Manic Street Preachers.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 106.3mb, total interview length: 1h 56' 08" sound quality: **

Iggy Pop (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 1999

Barney Hoskyns talks to Iggy Pop, New York NY, 24 June 1999 File format: MP3 ; File size: 20.9mb; Interview length: 45 minutes; Sound quality: ***

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Joe Strummer: Definitely Not Admitting Defeat Yet

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 1999

"I THINK GOOD manners will come back. In America, kids saw punk rock as a licence to be as rude as possible. I didn't like ...

Blink 182: The Toilet Boys

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, October 1999

When it comes to smut, filth and all-round seedy behaviour, no one can touch San Diego oiks BLINK 182. This is, after all, a band ...

The Clash: From Here to Eternity

Review by Ira Robbins, salon.com, October 1999

ON PAPER, the October 1982 pairing of the Clash and the Who at Shea Stadium in New York should have been historic. And maybe it ...

Blink 182: Potty By Nature

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, November 1999

Skate-punkers BLINK 182 come clean on snot, boobies and why they're not the bad boys of rock ...

Richard Hell: The Richard Hell Interview

Interview by Ian Fortnam, music365.com, 2000

RICHARD MEYERS, AKA Richard Hell, has more than made his mark on many areas of the media. Musically, he formed Television with Tom Verlaine, the ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten on the Sex Pistols' 20 Wildest Moments

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

With The Filth & The Fury coming your way, John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, recalls how the Sex Pistols became the most exciting band ever ...

John Lydon: Psychobabble: John Lydon

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

NOTE: When the Filth and the Fury film was released in 2000, Lydon agreed to do three press interviews, of which Melody Maker, for some ...

The Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK

Retrospective and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

THE EARLY SEVENTIES have been a golden age for the homegrown British pop single. The pan-stick and yob fraternity, which includes T-Rex, Sweet, Slade, Mott ...

The Middle Class, The Negative Trend, The Weirdos: America’s Dreaming: California Punk, 1978

Book Excerpt by Jon Savage, England's Dreaming, 2001

25.8.78: This is my first visit to the U.S., let alone the West Coast, and I know that I’m on another planet, especially when, at ...

Black Flag, The Dils, The Germs, The Weirdos: Marc Spitz with Brendan Mullen: We Got the Neutron Bomb - The Untold Story of L.A. Punk

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Village Voice, The, 2001

IT'S KINDA IRONIC that the untold story of the Los Angeles punk scene should be officially told (tolled?) at a time when New York City ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: History Is Punk

Retrospective and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 2001

More than 20 years after they committed high treason during the Queen's silver jubilee, the Sex Pistols are still the kings of rock rebellion. As ...

The Dictators: Go Girl Crazy

Review by Jeremy Gluck, MOJO, 2001

THESE OLD-SCHOOL rockers put punk on the musical map, opening the way, for better or worse, for two decades of divergent tunes and dissonant noise. ...

Alternative TV: The iJamming! Chat: Mark Perry

Interview by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.net, January 2001

AS THE FIRST sentence of my mission statement makes clear, Mark Perry was a major factor in my deciding to write about music – though, ...

The Slits: Cutting Edge

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, February 2001

I AM A LITTLE nervous as I approach Viv Albertine's house. She was a Slit. For anybody of a certain age who has a penis ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone's 50th Birthday Bash: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Michael Azerrad, Boston Phoenix, The, May 2001

IT'S FUNNY HOW memorials often take on the character of the person they honor. The sold-out "Life's a Gas – Joey Ramone's 50th Birthday Bash" ...

The Dead Boys, The Germs: The Germs: Germicide/The Dead Boys: All This And More/Various: What? Stuff (Bomp! Records)

Review by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, July 2001

OK CLASS, READY? It's time to remember exactly WHAT (real) Punk Rock is (was). ...

Television: Lightning Strikes

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

Lightning strikes with Marquee Moon, Television opened the door to post-punk ...

Green Day: The Biggest Punk Rock Band in the World: Green Day

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, 2002

THE FACTS speak for themselves. With worldwide album sales currently in excess of 23 million, their Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum Dookie debut boasting an almost ...

Richard Hell: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2002

RICHARD HELL was the primal Punk, the ur-Punk: the spiky-haired one. The torn t-shirts, the safety pins, the era-defining ‘Blank Generation’–much of the ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols, The Undertones: Various Artists: Cash From Chaos: The Complete Punk Collection

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2002

Perverse selection – from New York Dolls to Gonads, Buzzcocks to Toy Dolls — misses chance to be definitive summary ...

Fugazi, Minor Threat: Ian MacKaye: Inventing Hardcore

Profile and Interview by Ben Myers, Careless Talk Costs Lives, March 2002

"These are our demands: we want control of our bodies. decisions will now be ours. you can carry out your noble actions, we will carry ...

Richard Hell: Hell Is Other People

Interview by Ben Myers, Careless Talk Costs Lives, March 2002

IN HOT And Cold, Richard Hell's new collection of three decades of writing, there's a photo of a young obscure poet called Theresa Stern. She ...

The Buzzcocks: Part-time Punks: The Buzzcocks

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2002

The Buzzcocks were one of punk's most influential bands. Now, 25 years on, Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto are recording together again. Paul Lester meets ...

Richard Hell: Time

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, April 2002

RICHARD HELL can walk down the street in New York City's East Village without being recognized. ...

The Ramones: Dee Dee Ramone

Obituary by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, July 2002

WITH THE DEATH of yet another Ramone, perhaps little really needs to be added at this point on how Dee Dee and his honorary brethren ...

The Stranglers: Come and Join the Unruly Escapades

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, August 2002

HANS WARMLING was fed up of life in the ice cream van. He'd come to England from his homeland of Sweden to play guitar and ...

The Sex Pistols: Crystal Palace Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, August 2002

We Might As Well Be Proud Of Them ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Less Rotten Than Reasonable: Joe Strummer and My Punk Damascus

Memoir by Simon Warner, PopMatters, December 2002

ALTHOUGH I saw Joe Strummer in action many times, I only met him once and, embarrassingly, confused him with someone else. ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Up In Heaven: Joe Strummer, 1952-2002

Obituary by Fred Mills, Seattle Weekly, January 2003

Why should we assume people get worse [with age]? I think you should just get on with it. Look at Paul Newman. And the Sufis ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Joe Strummer: Comrade, Goodbye

Memoir by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, March 2003

SOMETIME IN 1979, I WAS interviewing Joe Strummer for the NME in the Worlds End pub on the King's Road. As well as giving me ...

Joe Strummer: Tougher Than Tough

Obituary by Vivien Goldman, Spin, April 2003

IT WAS FITTING THAT HIS FINAL LONDON GIG WAS A CONTROVERSIAL benefit for union workers. Though Joe Strummer will be remembered for generations as the ...

Good Charlotte: American Candyass, or: Why Good Charlotte Must Die

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Rock's Backpages, September 2003

ARE YOU PEOPLE not understanding? Doesn't anyone learn anything from the lessons of the past? The tail end of poof metal's monstrous commercial ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: Sid Vicious: Threw a Glass Darkly

Book Excerpt by Mark Paytress, 'Vicious: The Art of Dying Young', Sanctuary Books, 2004

SID did it. Didn’t he? ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Expanded); Adventure (Expanded) (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2004

BEFORE THE Sex Pistols there was New York's Lower East Side: trash aesthetes with short hair, kinky vixens in B-movie stilettos. Kids with minor drug ...

Nirvana, Sid Vicious: Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious: Death and Glory

Essay by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, February 2004

"Thank you all from the pit of my burning nauseous stomach." – Extract from Kurt Cobain's suicide note ...

The Alley Cats, The Bags, Black Flag, The Dickies, The Germs, The Go-Go's, The Nerves, The Plugz, The Screamers, The Weirdos, X: L.A. Punk: California Screamin'

Retrospective by Don Waller, MOJO, July 2004

Ignored by the major labels, hounded by cops, fuelled by booze and drugs, L.A. punk was born in a concrete basement in Hollywood known as ...

Métal Urbain: Vive Le Punk!

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, July 2004

Unearthed! The French punk bands that gave The Damned a run for their money. Kieron Tyler offers a belated "Salut!" ...

Patti Smith

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2004

BY FRONTING her own rock band – issuing lyrical missives from the depths of her fertile unconscious that rivalled anything that Bob Dylan ever scribbled ...

The Clash: London Calling 25th Anniversary

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Record Collector, October 2004

BY EARLY 1979, to the outside world The Clash were coasting. In their three short years of existence they had signed to Sony for a ...

The Clash: Paul Simonon: London's Most Handsome Man

Interview by Ben Myers, 3ammagazine.com, November 2004

IT'S ALL ABOUT poise. If you don't have poise – definition "balance; a dignified and self-assured manner" – in rock 'n' roll, you're nothing. Paul ...

The Ramones: Ramones: We're Outta Here!

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

RAMONES GIGS were always exciting rather than accomplished affairs, and if this disc featured only their shambolic 1996 Los Angeles swansong there would be little ...

The Damned, The Sex Pistols: Citizen Punk

Retrospective by Jonh Ingham, Q, 2005

APRIL 1976 - For me it began at the El Paradise strip club, where the Sex Pistols filled a tiny room with three-chord beat and ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistol Glen Matlock (2005)

Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 2005

From shop boy to Sex Pistol: the Pistols' key songwriter talks about the genesis of the band, the role of McLaren, goin' down the Roxy and the 100 Club Punk Festival

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.3meg, total interview length: 46' 08" sound quality: **

The Slits: The Distaff Side of Punk - The Slits Re-Released at Last

Retrospective by Mac Randall, New York Observer, February 2005

IF YOU ASK PEOPLE to name the most influential punk-rock bands of all time – even people who boast scarily high levels of pop-culture awareness ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: The First Punk: Johnny Thunders

Retrospective by Nina Antonia, MOJO, March 2005

FOR THE GENERATION of kids who became punks, the New York Dolls' appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in November 1973 was an epiphany. ...

The Slits: Girls Together Outrageously

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2005

"You haven't said yet how good I look on my Web site!" ...

The Sex Pistols: Ten Reasons Why The Sex Pistols Didn't (or Couldn't) Save Rock And Roll

Comment by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, August 2005

In honor of Julien Temple's great new film The Filth And The Fury Gary Pig Gold humbly submits to both punks and non-punks, old and ...

From The Velvets To The Voidoids: Clinton Heylin's The Birth Of American Punk Rock

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2005

Updated reprint of a highly regarded new wave dossier ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flame On

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, December 2005

July 4, 1976: America is knee-deep in Bicentennial festivities, but across the pond in London a celebration of a different sort is underway. ...

The Members: At The Chelsea Nightclub

Sleevenotes by Alex Ogg, Captain Oi Records, December 2005

THE MEMBERS were punk's misfits, a little too lacking in personality disorders and raw ego to sit comfortably with the punk firestarters, a little too ...

Devo: We're The Pits, or Punk Comes to LA

Retrospective by John Mendelsohn, MOJO, Spring 2005

THREE YEARS AFTER my group Christopher Milk -- signed to Warner Bros. and produced, rather poorly, by a famous English producer -- agreed that we'd ...

The Prefects: Live 1978: The Co-Op Suite, Birmingham

Sleevenotes by Jon Savage, Caroline True Records, 2006

This recollection of a March 1978 concert was revived nearly 30 years after the event for Caroline True's issue of a full Prefects live show ...

Richard Hell: CBGB: The Venue from Hell

Retrospective and Interview by Jenny Valentish, Inpress, January 2006

It seems like every other prepubescent has a CBGB T-shirt these days, but over in New York, the old guard are fighting a losing battle ...

999: Footnote Archives: 999

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, May 2006

THE ODD thing about the history of punk is, it's very easy to forget some of its best progenitors. ...

Iggy Pop: Where the Debris Meets the Sea: Iggy Pop and James Williamson in Kill City

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, September 2006

IGGY POP remains rock’s ultimate protopunk – the "world’s forgotten boy" who took the menace of the MC5 and the demonic danger of the Rolling ...

The Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley (2007)

Interview by Mark Petracca, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2007

The Buzzcocks' front man looks back at the formation of the band with Howard Devoto, and Devoto's subsequent exit; talks about himself as a songwriter, not a musician, and looks at his subsequent solo career.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.2mb, interview length: 44' 52" sound quality: *****

Blackpool Rocks!

Essay by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, March 2007

BACKPOOL ROX II, issue 9, price £2, came out at the end of last year. You won't find it referred to in Babylon's Burning, the ...

Joe Strummer

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2007

JOE STRUMMER was a fascinating bunch of guys. The former Clash frontman was both romantic idealist and career opportunist, anarchist rebel and proud patriot, hippie ...

How I Took On The New York Dolls

Memoir by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, June 2007

As a new exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of punk, Mark Hudson, lead singer in a college band, recalls the once-in-a-lifetime feeling of the summer ...

Black Flag and All That

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, Winter 2007

THE RECENT PUBLICATION of Joe Carducci's moving and fascinating Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That... (Wyoming: Redoubt Press) takes me back 25 years to ...

The Buzzcocks: Ageless Punk Rockers And The AARP

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Christian Science Monitor, Fall 2007

I WAS WORKING in the home office the other day, and all of a sudden I heard the bright melody and chorus of a favorite ...

Pre-Punk Rock

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Ugly Things, February 2008

NOTE: This was written as an introduction to a brilliant Ugly Things article by Johan Kugelberg called "No More Jubilees: Punk Before Punk", which aimed ...

Suicide: How the Godfathers of Punk Kept The Faith

Interview by Paul Lester, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, October 2008

New Yorkers Alan Vega and Marty Rev were punks before punk was invented, known in the '70s for their violent gigs and raging synth rock. ...

Captain Sensible, The Damned: The Damned's Captain Sensible

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Phoenix, The, March 2009

THE Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Jam — they get punk rock respect more than three decades down the pike, but their contemporaries the Damned ...

The Slits: A Thousand Nights Of Confusion

Comment by Zoë Street Howe, Alex Ogg, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

Zoë Street Howe's new biography of punk's original bad girls, The Slits, is released in July through Omnibus. Alex Ogg tried to find out more about ...

Jello Biafra Of The Dead Kennedys Interview

Interview by Alex Ogg, Quietus, The, August 2009

Biafra's back — and this time he's packing a "real" band. The former Dead Kennedys frontman is re-energised by fronting a new group, The Guantanamo ...

Brendan Mullen Obituary

Obituary by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, November 2009

Nightclub owner who acted as a catalyst for the LA punk scene ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols: John Lydon

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, March 2010

IN CALIFORNIA WE MEET a traveller from an antique land. On two scrawny legs – KFC issue – he stands. He has a shattered look. ...

The Runaways: Wild Thing — How Sandy West Was Lost

Retrospective by Evelyn McDonnell, LA Weekly, March 2010

ON A SUMMER day in 1975, a 16-year-old girl carrying a Silvertone guitar took four public buses from Canoga Park to a two-story house in ...

Public Image Ltd: Dear John: Public Image Ltd

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, May 2010

WAY BACK in 20th Century England, a gang of four insurrectionist-minded punk motherfuckers were to be found causing such an anarchic, subversive uproar as to ...

The Sex Pistols: When the Pistols Came to Memphis

Memoir by Tom Graves, Guerilla Monster Films, August 2010

WHEN THE SEX Pistols blitzed into Memphis on a very cold Friday night in January (the 6th) 1978, probably not one in ten people in ...

GG Allin: Pigshit: GPG on GG

Film/DVD Review by Gary Pig Gold, Rock and Roll Report, January 2011

A FULL DISCLOSURE right up front, one and all: Way back in the 1980 hey!day of my fanzine, The Pig Paper, a certain Kevin Michael ...

The Clash: Vinyl Icon: The Clash

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, May 2011

UNUSUALLY, FOR AN ALBUM awarded Vinyl Icon status, the "fi" of The Clash's eponymous debut is not of the highest. It is, however, an album ...

Bad Brains, Minor Threat: Ian Mackaye meets Bad Brains and invents hardcore

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, June 2011

NO MERE THREE-CHORD punk dullards, Washington DC's Bad Brains had chops to spare. They'd started as jazz-fusion quintet Mind Power, worshipping at the altar of ...

Pussy Riot: The Riot Girls' Style

Comment by Vivien Goldman, New York Times magazine blogs, August 2012

IT HAS BEEN a shock to see the bravely smiling faces of three girls from the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot locked in a glass ...

The Avengers: Avengers Summer

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, September 2012

GOD, THE AVENGERS were a great little band. And I say little band only because time and geography conspired against any possibility of them being ...

The Origins Of The Tits Tee

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, Rock's Backpages, February 2013

MALCOLM MCLAREN'S adaptation of the infamous Tits t-shirt is one of punk's most familiar designs, as applied by he and Vivienne Westwood to shirts sold ...

Mick Farren: You Say You Want A Revolution: Mick Farren Looks Back

Book Excerpt by Paul Moody, 'Search For The Lost Chord', July 2013

RBP contributor Paul Moody interviewed Mick earlier this year while researching his new book Search For The Lost Chord: Looking For The Spirit Of Rock'n'Roll. We're ...

The Ramones: Touchstone Tommy Ramone

Comment by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, July 2014

MAKE NO MISTAKE, Tommy Ramone was the touchstone for all things Ramone. ...

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