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Betty Page

Beverley Glick first started writing for Sounds in 1979 under the name of Betty Page, and went on to make her name as the music journalist who championed the New Romantic movement, doing the first major interviews with Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Soft Cell and Depeche Mode in the early Eighties.

She left Sounds in 1982 to become features editor of short-lived pop/rock hybrid Noise!, before becoming assistant editor of pop weekly Record Mirror in 1983, going on to become deputy editor, then editor in 1987. She quit to go freelance in 1989 and in the early '90s wrote for the NME and Vox.

In 1993 she left music journalism behind to enter the grown-up world of national newspapers, working at The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Express.

In 2011 she qualified as a life coach and is now freelancing at the Telegraph while building a coaching practice. See her website, www.pearlwithin.co.uk for more details.

The Pearl Within

List of articles in the library by artist

Marc Almond: Round The Horn

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, December 1991

Marc Almond may be mellowing in middle age, but who's he trying to kid that he's the Englebert Humperdinck of the '90s? Betty Page meets ...

Altered Images: Pinky Blue (Epic)***

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1982

DA DOO doo doo, da da da da, is all I have to say to you. Da da da da, do doo doo doo, that's ...

The B-52s: Mesopotamia (Island)****1/2

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

OOOOH, C'MON, hey, wow, yeah, party, watusi, fandango, pistachio...Nuts. ...

Babes in Toyland, Curve, Daisy Chainsaw, Lush, PJ Harvey, Silverfish: The Witch Report

Report and Interview by Betty Page, New Musical Express, May 1992

HIPS, LIPS, TITS, POWER! Meet the new breed of enchantress, the spell-binding women who are taking the male bastille and giving it some earthily female ...

Blondie: The Hunter (Chrysalis)**½

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1982

The lumber of the beast ...

Blue Rondo A La Turk: The Royalty, Southgate

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

WITH ONE bombed single under their finely coutured belts and another progressing painfully slowly, Blue Rondo have had little choice but to come out. This ...

B-Movie: Go Wild In The Country

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

IT'S TAKEN longer than an elephant's pregnancy, but B-Movie have finally dragged themselves into the '80s – visually, musically and verbally. The hicks from Mansfield ...

Buggles: The Age Of Plastic (Island) **

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1980

THE BASTARDISATION of "new music" continues! From Numan to New Musik they dress up their pop pulp with synthetics and call it futuristic; now The ...

Cameo: Emotional Violence (Reprise)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, March 1992

WELCOME TO the parallel cosmiverse of Larry Blackmon, where time stands still, and real guys wear codpieces and sport gravity-defying barnets, safe in the knowledge ...

Culture Club: Top Of The Fops

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1982

"PEOPLE THAT plan interviews are really boring. I just say what I want when it comes into my head. People in Scunthorpe don't care what ...

Culture Club: From Luxury To Heartache (Virgin C2380)

Review by Betty Page, Record Mirror, April 1986

THE BOY has a new Mireille Mathieu haircut, a conscience and an album that, on first hearing, is soothing in the extreme. But the aural ...

The Cure: Mixed Up Kid

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, December 1990

If Disintegration led to just that for self-confessed 'English werewolf in Crawley' Robert Smith, what on earth will happen to him with the release of ...

Cathy Dennis, D Mob: Cathy Dennis: Cathy Comes Home

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, July 1991

Currently the UK's biggest female success Stateside, "D Mob Diva" Cathy Dennis returns to her native Norwich only to be met with a resounding... who ...

Depeche Mode: This Year's Mode(l)

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1981

DISPEL FROM your minds the untenable notion that Futurists are either bored Mummy's boys tinkering with expensive gadgets or desperately earnest avant-garde merchants trying to ...

Devo: Freedom Of Choice (Virgin)

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1980

BACK IN the heady days of late '78, when the UK was brimming over with Devo-tees, Gerald V Casale, lead Devo, suggested that certain elitist ...

Thomas Dolby (with Kevin Armstrong and Matthew Seligman)

Interview by Betty Page, Noise!, December 1982

"THE SPORTILY dressed, slightly oddball young man walked onto the stage. His National Health (Model 232) spex struggled with the glare of the spotlights. Gradually ...

Duran Duran: From Brags To Riches

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1982

ONCE UPON a time, five fresh-faced boys based in Brum summoned a cynical hackette to witness the emergence of a certain indefinable sort of big-bam-glam-electro-rock ...

Electronic: Return of the Supergroup

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, June 1991

Supercharged sex monsters or battery-fuelled dinos? Either way, Electronic are having none of it. But Betty Page did have a top day out ...

EMF: An Unbelievable Rise To Fame

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Vox, February 1991

EMF ARE YOUNG, GOOD-LOOKING, LOUD AND HAVE BAD ATTITUDES. THEY ARE ALSO AMAZINGLY SUCCESSFUL. IS IT DOWN TO HYPE OR TALENT? BETTY PAGE INVESTIGATES. ...

Expressos: Hope And Anchor, London

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1980

FIRST IMPRESSIONS are sometimes lasting impressions: first look at Roz Rayner, leading Expresso, would suggest an appearance not unadjacent to one Chrissie Hynde – second ...

Fad Gadget: I'm A Born Again Pagan

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

SEEDY CITY, sleazy films... creeping up a back staircase by the stage door of Paul Raymond's Windmill Theatre... tiptoeing up more stairs past stacks of ...

Fashiøn Meet Zeus And Tarzan

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

An Heroic encounter narrated by Betty Page ...

Happy Mondays: Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches (Factory)

Review by Betty Page, Vox, December 1990

IT MAY TAKE a while for the nation to be convinced of Happy Mondays' worth, to believe that they're not drug-dealing lowlife scum pissing around ...

Happy Mondays: Ryders On A Storm: Happy Mondays in The Altered States of America

Report and Interview by Betty Page, Vox, October 1990

"GET THAT THING off, man... get that dangerous f***ingmotherf***ing thing off!" Shaun Ryder has just had the tip of my sleek black Olympus micro-cassette machine ...

PJ Harvey: Rid Of Me (Island)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, April 1993

THE FIRST time, it gave me third degree burns. I was driving when the title track's soft murmur exploded into a rocket-thrusted motorcycle roar and ...

Haysi Fantayzee: "...Tall Skinny People In Search Of Paradise"

Interview by Betty Page, Noise!, July 1982

THERE'S A poster goin' round town with Big John starin' out, mighty real, sharpshooters in hand, chaps in place. N' they're a-saying 'John Wayne Is ...

Heaven 17: Pavement Artists

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, October 1981

IN THE MANNER of any smooth operation worth its nuts and bolts, the British Electric Foundation chose to discuss the prospective publicity of one of ...

The Human League: Human League: Half A League Onward

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1981

NEVER BEFORE in the annals of male/female relations, in the ongoing man/woman battleground, has there been such a spicy love/hate scenario as in the new ...

Billy Idol

Interview by Betty Page, Record Mirror, September 1984

Billy Idol introduces Betty Page to an exciting new phenomenon called 'punk rawk' ...

Inspiral Carpets: Cowabunga!

Report by Betty Page, Vox, December 1990

THE MUTANT HERO TURTLES HAVEN'T HIT JAPAN YET, BUT FOR THE MOMENT THE LOCALS ARE OBSESSED WITH A DAFT LITTLE COW WITH SPIRALLY EYES. WE ...

Japan: The Part Of Arties

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1981

LIFE WITHIN buildings: being shut in a dimly-lit, secluded studio with David Sylvian. Sounds like a scenario straight out of a Nipponese schoolgirl's fantasy, but ...

Kajagoogoo: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Betty Page, Record Mirror, May 1983

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

k.d. lang: Ingenue (Sire/Warner Bros)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, March 1992

SOFTEN THE focus, put the total twang out to seed, put away the hard edge and the sharp suits for another day; k.d. has fallen ...

Martha and The Muffins: Martha and the Muffins: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1980

ON THE strength of just one single, Martha And The Muffins have had the usual, obvious names thrown at them as influences: B52s, XTC, Blondie, ...

Method Actors: Little Figures (Armageddon)***¾

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

STRANGE AS it may seem, I find myself in the possession of Vic Varney's old boots. Thus it would be possible to expedite the dread ...

Négresses Vertes, Les: Les Négresses Vertes: Famille Nombreuse (Circal All formats)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, February 1992

NOW WE are all stars in the Euro firmament (at least, that's what Mick Hucknall tells us), perhaps it's time to reappraise our attitude towards ...

New Musik: Doom Disguised as Jollity

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1980

NEW MUSIK are not avant garde, Mancunian, Liverpudlian, hip or trendy. What they currently are and what many of those Mancunians and Liverpudlians must desire ...

Orange Juice: You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (Polydor)**

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

AHH, ST Valentine's Day! Dingle-dongle Meepy Goblin loves Fluffy Bunny Wunny, Rickiepoos wants Leggy Plumplet-Puds to be his Potato Dumpling and Owange Juiciepies expect their ...

Orchids, The (US): The Orchids: The Orchids (MCA)****

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, May 1980

SO YOU thought The Orchids were a blooming figment of Sandy Fowley's imagination, huh? Perish the idea. They're not just cheesecake; they don't pursue the ...

Gina X Performance: Gina X: Deutscher Girl

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

1978 WAS a good year for the poses, for nascent pre-Romantic Bowieisms and embryonic electro-disco; halcyon pre-Blitzian days when everyone dressed up like toy soldiers ...

Pet Shop Boys: Behaviour (Parlophone)

Review by Betty Page, Vox, November 1990

THE VEXED QUESTION is: what do we expect of The Pet Shop Boys? We expect, perhaps, in no particular order: excellent tunes, impossible-to-forget hooks; wry ...

Planning By Numbers: Catch The Beat (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

PBN is not just a band, but also a system developed by one Stephen Milford to classify information concerning band and album completely in numerals. ...

Prince: Nuremberg Power Generation

Report and Interview by Betty Page, New Musical Express, June 1992

There's a little guy in there somewhere… As PRINCE powers into Europe with yet another all-singing, all-dancing, all-peach sex-spectacle, experienced Prince-hound BETTY PAGE takes up ...

Private Lives: Whose Lives Are They Anyway?

Profile and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

WHEN BANDWAGONS grind to a halt, the only means by which to save face, to swim above the surface with grace, is quality. ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Buffy St Marie: Coincidence And Likely Stories (Ensign/All formats)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, March 1992

A CRASH course in Buffy history reveals that she has made 14 albums since the start of her career in the early '60s, when she ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Juju ****1/2

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1981

WITHOUT WISHING to sound demeaning or sexist, I have observed that the most popular women in the r'n'r world are fond of playing character-roles within ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie Sioux: "I rarely delve into anything… I usually have a head-on collision with it"

Interview by Betty Page, Record Mirror, March 1986

THE ELEGANT tea rooms at Fortnum And Mason's in London's Piccadilly may not seem like an obvious location for a meeting with someone as gloriously ...

The Smiths: Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Betty Page, Record Mirror, February 1986

"FROM MANCHESTER WITH LOVE", it was billed. But love was the last thing in the air on this freezing cold Saturday night at Liverpool's Royal ...

Soft Cell: Sweet Cell Music

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1981

MARC ALMOND has never quite been able to live down our scathing pic caption which accompanied the review of the landmark Some Bizzare Album. ...

Soft Cell: The Big Softies

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, August 1981

"COMING!" SHREIKS a familiar voice, as we knock on the door of the flat that appears to have been built on a slag heap in ...

Spandau Ballet: The New Romantics — a Manifesto for the Eighties

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, September 1980

"INITIALLY 'mod' meant a very small group of young working class boys who, at the height of the trad boom formed a small, totally committed ...

Sparks: Terminal Jive (Virgin) **

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1980

D.I.S.C.O. HOW many of you recoil in horror at the word? Are you one of the legion of Sounds readers who would venomously denounce it ...

Talk Talk Chat Back

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, November 1991

Mark Hollis takes minimalism to its limit with a one-note solo on Talk Talk's new album, Laughing Stock. Still, a solo, like life, is what ...

T'Pau: For Crying Out Loud!

Interview by Betty Page, Record Mirror, November 1987

STEP INTO CAROL Decker's parlour and she'll greet you with a firm but welcoming handshake. This is characteristic of this forthright, intelligent and sharp young ...

Transvision Vamp: Whatever Happened To Baby James?

Interview by Betty Page, Vox, March 1991

Exploiter or exploited? Rock Bitch or just bitched at? Either way Wendy James just lurrves the attention – and the dosh. Betty Page probes for ...

Visage

Interview by Betty Page, Noise!, June 1982

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

Visage: The Anvil (Polydor)***

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, March 1982

SO WHAT can I tell you that's new? As I write, Steven is welcoming guests to his super new Sunday Tea Dance club in Kensington. ...

Visage: Stranger In Town

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, December 1980

THE MINUTE I walked in the joint, I could see he was a man of distinction, a real big spender...king of the nighttime jungle, burner ...

XTC: Slaving For The Yankee Dollar

Report and Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, December 1980

FUNNY HOW life is. Guess who Elvis Presley, Bonzo and Ian Curtis are expecting for Christmas? You know the answer. Yet he and the other ...

Yazoo: Vince You've Been Gone

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, April 1982

AFTER CLOSE encounters with most of the Mute bands, you'd think Uncle Dan had ordered them to live up to their oft-lively label's name. But ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Live in Tokyo

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

THE PROSPECT of The Orch being pruned down to its three component parts was initially somewhat alarming for the quivering foreign journalists, who sat in ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: No More Hiros

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, February 1982

BEFORE MAKING the obvious comments on such an album title as Neuromantic and collapsing into sarcastic guffaws, consider for a moment the man who coined ...

List of genre pieces

Sexism

Comment by Betty Page, Vox, October 1991

YOU EXPECT IT FROM HEAVY METAL, BUT NOW RAP AND INDIE HAVE JOINED THE SEXIST ASSAULT ON women: LYRICS, SLEEVES, and lecherous behaviour at gigs. ...

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