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Biba Kopf

The scribe formerly known as Chris Bohn, Kopf was leading feature writer on NME in the early ’80s and subsequently a pioneering explorer of European and Japanese avant-garde music for THE WIRE.

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The Band of Holy Joy: The Band Of Holy Joy: Joy Of Man’s Desiring

Report by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1986

SOME DAY, absolutely nobody in Absolute Beginners said, there will rise up in Soho a band who will be coarse yet clear-sighted, hard but infinitely ...

The Band of Holy Joy: The Band Of Holy Joy: The Ship Sails Into Soho

Report and Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, October 1986

JOHNY BROWN was a soldier until they discovered he couldn't march in step with the others. ...

Butthole Surfers: In Praise Of Stupidity

Essay by Biba Kopf, Wire, The, May 1995

SOME PEOPLE ARE born stupid. Others have stupidity thrust upon them. The rest of us have to work at it. We spend a lifetime chipping ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle: William Burroughs: Ghost Of Chance

Essay by Biba Kopf, Wire, The, October 1997

"The Subliminal Kid moved in and took over bars cafes and juke boxes of the worlds cities and installed radio transmitters and microphones in each ...

Jennifer Warnes, Leonard Cohen: Lenny and Jenny Sings Lenny

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, March 1987

A LEONARD COHEN song is the dark disaster that brings on the light. A slow and irresistible force, the rich laval flow of his voice ...

Coil: The Soil And Spoil Tactics Of Coil

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, April 1985

WHEN YOU'RE up to your nose in shit, goes the Spaghetti wisdom, keep your mouth shut. ...

Crime & The City Solution: Crime Wave: Crime And The City Solution

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1985

From the fragments of The Birthday Party comes a new resurrection called CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION. BIBA KOPF finds them in sore need of ...

Holger Czukay: The Lunatic Has Taken Over The Asylum

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, May 1984

"WHEN I WAS 39 it was a very special year for me," reminisces Holger Czukay. ...

Dead Or Alive: Pete Burns: Confessions Of A Former Dickhead

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, May 1984

PETE BURNS bares flesh like he's got plenty to spare. Some claim he has, but far be it from me to say it. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Ocean Rain (Korova)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, May 1984

IS IT possible to hear Echo And The Bunnymen anymore for all the noise? ...

Eurythmics: Revenge

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1986

THEY PICK dreams like they were pockets, these market research trained thieves, respray them in glitter and, even before the paint's properly dry, they're selling ...

Fad Gadget: Grok! Fad Gadget at the Lyceum, London

Live Review by Biba Kopf, NME, 1984

NOW THAT Martial Law has been declared in rock by such jail guitar banner-waving bores as U2, Big Country and The Alarm, Fad Gadget’s appropriation ...

Faust: Return of a Legend: Munic & Elsewhere

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, January 1987

MEPHISTO CALLING. Good news – Faust are back. Released from a devil's pact with silence, they're noisily celebrating the repossession of their souls. A new ...

Diamanda Galás: Ghent Gravensteen, Belgium

Live Review by Biba Kopf, Wire, The, November 1999

DEATH TRAILS Diamanda Galas with the tightlipped determination of a grizzled bounty hunter, growing increasingly vengeful the longer he is denied his prize. ...

The Human League: Hysteria (Virgin)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, May 1984

THIS IS what you've got when you haven't got style: no more masks to hide behind. ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST double — US import)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, September 1984

ZEN AND THE ART OF GOING ULTRANOVA! ...

David Sylvian, Japan: David Sylvian: Journeys Into The Interior

Profile and Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, August 1984

FOR ONE who seems so still David Sylvian is constantly on the move. ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Chapter, Verse And Worse

Profile and Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, February 1985

I: BLAST! ...

Jack Kerouac: Hit The Road, Jack: A Man Called Kerouac

Retrospective by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1985

AMERICAN RHAPSODISTS come thick and fast, frenziedly spurtspraying words across the broad continental canvas by way of leaving traces, eager to fill in every dingly ...

Kraftwerk: Electric Café

Live Review by Biba Kopf, NME, November 1986

IT BEGINS with a word that sounds like BOING! The BOING! Triggers a controlled BOOM!, blanketed by a downbeat TSCHAK! In case you didn't catch ...

Nena: The Girl From C&A

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, May 1984

Suddenly it really is Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles. As the whole world turns Teuton, BIBA KOPF meets NENA, the queen of German high street pop. ...

Prince: Around the World in a Day

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, May 1985

The Return Of The Acid Reign ...

Public Image Ltd.: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Virgin)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, August 1984

DEAR JOHN, the big kiss off: ...

Run DMC: RUN DMC: Raising Hell (Profile/London)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1986

A SEOUL diversion — RUN DMC coming up, fast food and sweet music ready to go. ...

Mathilde Santing: Singing Against The Current

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1985

Dutch vocalist MATHILDE SANTING's new LP Water Under The Bridge could bring her career into full flood but she's in no hurry as BIBA KOPF ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Hyaena (Wonderland/Polydor)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, August 1984

THE NIGHT Siouxsie wore her hyaena suit and made mischief of one kind and another God called her "Wild Thing!" and she threatened to engulf ...

The Smiths: Morrissey A Suitable Case For Treatment

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, December 1984

THE RECORDING of the new Smiths LP has been one of the season's better kept secrets. ...

Bruce Springsteen: At Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Biba Kopf, NME, July 1985

I HAVE seen the future cast as a rock'n'roll song. I do not much like what I see: Bruce Springsteen everywhere confirmed as the way ...

Swans: Dead Heat

Interview by Biba Kopf, NME, March 1986

"The ultimate manifestation of power and authority is torture and rape" – the SWANS take it from there, to the ear of BIBA KOPF ...

Tom Waits: Rain Dogs (Island)

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, October 1985

NICE PEOPLE wear their hearts on their sleeves. The soiled souls peopling Tom Waits' songs have theirs tattooed on their arms. His cast of characters ...

Scott Walker: Climate Of Hunter

Review by Biba Kopf, NME, March 1984

So this is how he reappears... with a genuinely astonishing collection of the most terminal songs ever written. ...

Robert Wyatt: Local Hero

Interview by Biba Kopf, Wire, The, September 1997

BK: You have just released Shleep, your first album for six years. Why has it taken so long? ...

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