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Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan started at Melody Maker and currently writes for The Guardian. Caroline also occasionally appears on TV and various outposts of BBC Radio. She has also written for The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph and various women's magazines.

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Ryan Adams: Brixton Academy, London

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

DESPITE WHAT Ryan Adams tells us tonight, it wasn't true that this was the first time he had ever played London "without being chemically challenged". ...

Adele: Move Over, Amy…

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2007

... and Lily, and Kate: there's a new star in town. Adele Adkins is only 19, but her voice has bewitched everyone from Jools Holland ...

Adele, Duffy, Laura Marling: Adele, Duffy et al: This Year's Vintage

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2008

Caroline Sullivan on 2008's big female voices ...

All Saints: When The Saints Go Marching Out

Retrospective by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2001

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

Marc Almond: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1988

WHERE HAVE these vulpine goths acquired their taste for this Brechtian melodrama? A brush with The Collected Isherwood? ...

Arctic Monkeys: Whatever They Say They Are, That's What They Are

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2006

EARLIER THIS week, the Times dealt the Arctic Monkeys the backhanded compliment of labelling them "spotty poets". It's the "poets" that concerns us here. ...

Ash at King's College, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2013

ASH HAVE BEEN rock stars for 12 years and four albums, yet, as singer Tim Wheeler has noted, they're still younger than some of the ...

Anita Baker: Heaven Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1987

ANITA BAKER, the new queen of soul, discusses the dos and dont's of the bigtime with a sympathetic Caroline Sullivan. ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1992

BARRY WHITE has based an entire career on his notion of himself as a 100-horsepower love machine. ...

The Bay City Rollers, Courtney Love: Courtney Love: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2003

I WISH I'D saved the emails. There were eight, spanning December 1999 to April 2002, all written in unpunctuated lower-case. ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2003

AS A PROFESSIONAL ENIGMA, Beck Hansen has a reputation to maintain, and it is tiring work. He feels compelled to stay one step ahead of ...

Justin Bieber: NIA, Birmingham

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

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

Mary J. Blige: "My Boyfriend Was Trying To Kill Me. There Were Weapons."

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

THE WORLD LOVES a troubled diva, and for 10 years Mary Jane Blige has provided her public with a continuous flow of what her friend, ...

Blur: 13

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 1999

Down and outstanding ...

Bon Jovi: Alan McGee meets Jon Bon Jovi

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2009

When Creation boss and Oasis mentor Alan McGee confessed his admiration for veteran rocker Jon Bon Jovi on a Guardian blog, we just had to ...

Boomtown Rats: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1985

IT'S INTERESTING to speculate how responsible Geldof's recent visibility is for landing the Rats two sold-out nights at this 2,000-seater.  ...

David Bowie: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 1997

Bowie wants to meet his public so he plays a small London club – heaven or what? Some fans paid 100 pounds for a ticket. ...

Boyz II Men: Brixton Academy, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian Unlimited, January 2012

"I'VE NEVER HAD to say this to a crowd before," says Shawn Stockman, the tenor who puts a great deal of the quivering oomph into ...

Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle!

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, January 1991

• She used to live in the untidiest house in Hollywood!• She plays music to her plants!• She's had about half an hour's holiday to ...

Catatonia At The Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 1999

'EVERY MORNING when I wake up, I thank the Lord I'm Welsh,' sings Catatonia's Cerys Matthews, and 3,000 people sing it back to her, voices ...

Catatonia: Glowing In The Dark

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 1999

RED DRAGON flags, rugby shirts and the strains of 'Road Rage' drifting across the moist night air — it could only be Wales's second-biggest band ...

Cher: Love Hurts (Geffen)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, July 1991

THIS ALBUM, earthlings, is one exhausting experience. ...

Christina Aguilera: Koko, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

MAKING AN ENTRANCE worthy of Kylie, Christina Aguilera looks stunning. Having reined in her penchant for leather and cleavage and adopted a look inspired by ...

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 ...

Cheryl Cole: O2 Arena, London

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

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

CSS: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2007

CANSEI DE Ser Sexy (as they initially were until they gave in to the English-speaking world's lack of enthusiasm for other tongues) have already grasped ...

Depeche Mode: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, December 1990

A "STOCKY" BLOKE in white jeans and perv-o-sparkle glitter jacket! A fright-wigged blonde bloke in a chain-mail mini skirt! A bespectacled bloke who stands grimly ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks: 'We Had A Song At No 1. The Next Day It Was At No 70'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2006

NATALIE MAINES has a little cluster of black teardrops tattooed on her lower leg, trickling from her ankle down to her foot. Dixie Chicks' poised ...

Dizzee Rascal: Roundhouse, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2009

"DIZZEE RASCAL for prime minister, yeah?" As if to emphasise that he is more than just an east London grime MC these days, Rascal ended ...

Duffy: Somerset House, London

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

The biggest-selling artist in Britain this year? That would be Wales' Aimee Duffy, sales of whose Rockferry album passed the million mark a few weeks ...

Sheila E: Romance 1600 (Paisley Park/WB)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, September 1985

Fun and games ...

Erasure: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2007

THE UK TOUR that ended with this Albert Hall show saw Erasure touch down in Preston and Grimsby – towns at the bottom of most ...

Faith No More at The Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2009

FAITH NO MORE's first gig in 11 years starts on a promisingly high note. A keyboard tinkles a lullaby melody, a spotlight picks out singer ...

Fergie Admits Drugs Shame!

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2006

THE THREE GIRLS on the south London station platform couldn't have been more than 13, and as they waited for the train, they were singing, ...

Florence and the Machine: Hackney Empire, London ****

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

PARENTS WHO worry that their teenage daughters have few pop role models other than the intemperately sexual Rihannas of the world should be pleased that ...

Foo Fighters: At the Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 1999

The number of rock drummers who've realised they were destined for headier things at the front of the stage can be counted on two fingers: ...

Garbage: Trash Aesthetics

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 1998

'Only Happy When It Rains', 'Queer', 'Subhuman'. And those are just the titles of Garbage's harrowing songs. Caroline Sullivan on a band with a troubled ...

Girls Aloud: Brighton Centre ****

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

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

Girls Aloud: How I Became a Girl Aloud

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2004

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

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

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2004

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

Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape (Polydor) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2006

THE NO DOUBT SINGER'S solo output should be the blueprint for any aspiring pop star who doesn't want to sacrifice credibility for the sake of ...

Gwen Stefani, No Doubt: Gwen Stefani: "We'll make one more album, then I'll get pregnant"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

Gwen Stefani and No Doubt are back. But maybe not for very long. She talks to Caroline Sullivan ...

Hanson: Boys To Men

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

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

hear'say: Hear'Say, Gone Tomorrow

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2002

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

Hot Chip: Brixton Academy, London

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

"WELCOME TO the Hot Chip show," shouts guitarist Al Doyle, as if priming the crowd for a Vegas cabaret act rather than five Londoners whose ...

Hot House: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1989

THERE ARE, oh, a thousand or so people in London who know that Hot House have nothing to do with Chicago, or with Liam O'Maonlai ...

Whitney Houston

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2012

Superstar singer credited as the first 'pop diva', whose compelling talent was lost to drug addiction ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Hüdü Gurus

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, September 1985

"WHAT KIND of strings do you use on your axe, man?" ...

Ice Cube: Respectability? It Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, August 2006

He went from gangsta notoriety to Hollywood stardom. Now Ice Cube has returned to the studio – to show today's rappers where they've gone wrong. ...

Michael Jackson

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2009

The self-styled King of Pop, whose musical gift was overshadowed by his private life ...

Tom Jones, Wyclef Jean: Tom Jones: 'When You're Working With Bling-Blings, You Gotta Wear Bling-Blings'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2002

Caroline Sullivan is left breathless by Tom Jones's hip-hop makeover ...

Justin Timberlake: Justified (Jive) **

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2002

SOME SAY in all seriousness that this album of generic R&B crotch-grabbing will establish Britney's former squeeze as the new Michael Jackson. ...

Kaiser Chiefs: The Forum, London

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

IN 2005, Kaiser Chiefs squeezed into a pop scene that was fixated on arch art-rockers. Today, the band are a neo-Britpop fixture, seemingly sent to ...

Katy Perry: Water Rats, London **

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

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

R Kelly: Hammersmith Apollo, London

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

IT HAS been more than a decade since R Kelly, the self-proclaimed King of R&B, last passed through London – time enough for his original ...

Kings of Leon: Electric Ballroom, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2003

THE SUREST SIGN that Kings of Leon are having a moment is the 180 requests for this show's 40 press tickets. ...

Kiss: Overblown, Overpaid And Over Here

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2008

For the headliners of Download heavy metal festival, there are millions to be made, fans to ogle (and sometimes sleep with), and platform boots to ...

La Roux, Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga, La Roux: Slaves To Synth

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2008

The male guitar band is dead. The future is electro, female, DIY – and very in your face. Caroline Sullivan talks to the solo acts ...

LCD Soundsystem: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2010

HAVING VOWED to disband LCD Soundsystem when he turned 40, James Murphy – who reached that milestone in February – is currently on his (presumably) ...

John Lennon: Lennon Online

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2005

When You Can't Really Function You're So Full Of Fear, A Digital Downloader Is Something To Be ...

Manic Street Preachers: Bible Of Hate: Manic Street Preachers: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 1994

SINCE achieving cult fame in 1990, the Welsh quartet have preached nihilism juiced up with arty quotes from the Situationists and literary figures. The not-entirely-novel ...

Kylie Minogue: The Butt Stops Here

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2003

So she's 35, but does that really mean Kylie should cover up, asks Caroline Sullivan ...

Moloko, Roisin Murphy: Roisin Murphy: Her Time Is Now

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

When Moloko split up, Roisin Murphy found herself without a band, a plan or a partner. She tells Caroline Sullivan how half an hour of ...

Nas: Hip-Hop Violence: Pop Goes The Weasel

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2005

FOR THE RECORD: guns don't go bang but pop, a noise a lot like a jumbo bottle of champagne being opened. As this was a ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinéad O'Connor: "I define success differently"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2012

From her public search for a husband to attempted suicide and hospitalisation, the Irish singer has had a turbulent year even by her own standards. ...

Earl Okin: The Unluckiest Man In Pop

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2004

After 35 years in the business, Earl Okin is about to release his first album. He tells Caroline Sullivan why it's taken him so long ...

One Direction: Hammersmith Apollo, London ***

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

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

Peaches: Filth and Fury

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

For Peaches, the famously X-rated rapper, the personal has just got political. Caroline Sullivan hears about her beef with Bush ...

Katy Perry: Hammersmith Apollo, London ****

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

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

George Pringle: The Social, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2007

"JUST WAIT till my husband gets out of prison," sulks the skinny girl, poking a pinky into her mound of frothed hair. The audience titter ...

The Rapture: A New York State Of Mind

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2003

Out of time, ahead of fashion – the Rapture are the real sound of New York. If they can make it there, says Caroline Sullivan, ...

Lana Del Rey: Scala, London

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

LANA DEL REY may become the most recognised stage name since fellow New Yorker Lady Gaga, but it's just as possible it will end up ...

Boyd Rice, Frank Tovey, Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth/Frank Tovey & Boyd Rice

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, New Musical Express, March 1985

AAAAH! CATHARSIS time again! ...

Damien Rice: Palladium, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2005

THE MANY superlatives dished out to Damien Rice stem primarily from his ability to wow live crowds. ...

Scarlet Fantastic: Phantasmagoria

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1988

ARE SCARLET FANTASTIC LEADERS OF THE NEW GLAM MOVEMENT OR MERELY HIPPIES DRESSED IN SATIN AND SEQUINS? CAROLINE SULLIVAN SEPARATES THE MAGIC FROM THE MANIFESTO. ...

Scissor Sisters, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie to Ana Matronic: 'I Get The Voodoo Thing. My Dad Milked Snakes'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2007

Scissor Sister Ana Matronic idolises Siouxsie – so we brought the two together to discuss punks, parents and the male ego. By Caroline Sullivan ...

Jill Scott: Brixton Academy, London

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

"I HAD AN album out this year," Jill Scott informs a chokingly full Brixton Academy. The congratulatory bellows have hardly faded before she tartly adds: ...

Sia: King's College, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2007

A GOOD HALF-DOZEN VOCALISTS have passed through the career-development lab that is Zero 7 (the dance act also known as producers of soft-furnishings pop to ...

Snow Patrol: The O2, London ***

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

WHEN SNOW PATROL released Fallen Empires, the 2011 album that comprises a substantial part of this gig, singer Gary Lightbody revealed that the new record ...

Spandau Ballet's Reunion: Once More With Girdles

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2009

With 10 top 10 hits, Spandau Ballet were the epitome of 80s pop. After much bitterness and a court case, the band are reunited again ...

The Spice Girls: Girls Just Wanna Be Loaded

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

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

Sugababes: 'We Took Our Eye Off The Ball'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2009

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

Swing Out Sister: Dog Day Afternoon

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, April 1989

TWO YEARS AGO THEY HAD TWO TOP 10 SINGLES AND A NUMBER 1 ALBUM. THEN THE TRIO OF SUAVE POPSTERS DISAPPEARED. CAROLINE SULLIVAN REPORTS ON ...

Tanita Tikaram: "I Was An Odd Kid"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2005

SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO, during her first flush of success as a precocious young songwriter, Tanita Tikaram was lampooned by 'Smash Hits'. Under a photo of ...

The Ting Tings: The Day-Glo Duo: The Ting Tings

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2009

"ALL I'VE BEEN thinking about," says Jules De Martino, the male half of the Ting Tings, seated in a swish Manchester restaurant, "is steak and ...

Ike Turner: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

IF YOU didn't know Ike Turner was 70 before this show, you certainly did within minutes of his swaggering entrance. ...

Luther Vandross: The Language of Love

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, February 1987

So what does LUTHER VANDROSS, sex god to millions, do on a date? Does he even date at all? And what the hell happened when ...

Wild Beasts: Sex-Obsessed and Scrupulously Polite

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2011

ON A BALMY APRIL MORNING in east London, Hayden Thorpe is remembering the night last September when Wild Beasts failed to win the Mercury Prize ...

Amy Winehouse

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2011

Singer with a soul-steeped voice whose instantly successful Back to Black album reflected her tormented experience of love ...

Amy Winehouse: Bloomsbury Ballroom, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2006

WHILE AMY Winehouse has been off making the follow-up to her 2003 Mercury-nominated debut album, Frank, her role as the new kid on the block ...

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Glastonbury

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2002

"IF YOU LOOK right through the centre of the Pyramid stage," says Michael Eavis, waving at the steel framework that squats surreally in the middle ...

Glastonbury: Pop Feast Kicked Off By Football

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 1998

Caroline Sullivan sorts fab from drab ...

It's A Family Affair

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2003

Juggling a baby and a career is difficult enough for anyone – but how do you manage it when you're a pop star? Caroline Sullivan ...

Live Music: Is This The End Of The Road?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

Gigs have been shoring up the ailing music industry – but they're not as popular as they once were. Caroline Sullivan reports on growing anxiety ...

Live8: Just Another Gig – With Added Feelgood Factor

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2005

NEARLY EVERY A-lister worth the name is doing their bit, making Live8 the first truly all-star charity show since Live Aid. Madonna! U2! Coldplay! You ...

Rock Journalist Carol Clerk Broke the Mould

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian Unlimited, March 2010

Former Melody Maker news editor Carol Clerk, who died last week, was a role model for female music writers. She loved old-school rock – and ...

The Costa del Sol: Elvis Has Left The Cantina

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

ELVIS PRESLEY is having a grand time. He is cuddling up to tipsy girls and giving them individual verses of 'Return to Sender' as they ...

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