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Chas de Whalley

Chas de Whalley

There are few journalists in Britain today who can match Chas de Whalley's personal experience and detailed understanding of the music industry. As Head of UK A&R for CBS Epic (now Sony) Records, he produced the first two singles by fledgling Irish supergroup U2 and was instrumental in signing chart topping Eighties acts Shakin' Stevens and Adam and The Ants.

Previously, as a freelance reporter for first the New Musical Express and then the now defunct Sounds, he filed first-ever reviews of late '70s Punk and New Wave stars such as Elvis Costello, The Jam, The Stranglers and XTC. As Senior Creative Manager at Chappell Music Publishing ( now Warner Chappell) he played a key strategic role in creating worldwide hits by Tina Turner, Paul Young and Terence Trent D'Arby.

As Head of Information Services for weekly trade paper Music Week he ran the research teams behind the weekly Top 75 Singles and Albums charts as well as the prestigious Music Week and Music Business International (MBI) directories and a large portfolio of other, subscriber-only, business to business publications. Previously, as Group Special Projects Editor he commissioned in depth analysis features on all aspects of the music industry for Music Week and MBI and, in conjunction with the various sales teams developed a successful range of revenue building special supplements.

Among the titles to which Chas has contributed are NME, Sounds, Record Mirror, International Musician, Vox, Rock CD , Time Out, Mojo, Record Collector and Music Week. He has also authored reports, guides and surveys for trade bodies such as The British Phonographic Industry ( BPI), The British Library National Sound Archive and the Welsh Development Agency. Over the years he has also led a band on the London pub and club circuit, owned a recording studio, and managed acts signed to major labels such as Warner Music and BMG. Among his other qualifications is an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University. Chas prides himself not only on his in depth knowledge of the way the music industry really works but also in his ability to explain and analyse it clearly, simply and entertainingly but, most important of all, with real accuracy.

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The 101'ers: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, August 1975

THE CELLAR OF Islington's Hope and Anchor is hardly the place to keep cool, calm and collected on one of the hottest nights of the ...

The 101'ers, Kilburn & The High Roads, Mickey Jupp: Pub Rock Proms: For Those Who Like Their Rock Hot And Sweaty…

Report by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

IT'S SATURDAY night, a good ten minutes after closing time. Down at the Hope and Anchor in Islington landlord Fred Granger is going quietly berserk, ...

Ace, Graham Parker: Graham Parker: Southampton University, Southamption

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

YOU CAN PICTURE the scene – it's the same one that goes down on the first night of every major college tour; equipment trouble, late ...

AFT: Hatfield Polytechnic

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

YOU INTO electric guitars? You like them in pairs, screaming and squealing in some kind of linear harmony? ...

After The Fire: Brunel University, Middlesex

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

AFTER THE Fire are a Christian Band. But don't let that frighten you away. They don't preach, they don't sing songs about Jesus Christ and ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Asleep At The Wheel: The Wheel

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

THIS IS Asleep At the Wheel's fifth album in seven odd years. It's the one, so they hope, to transform them from a cult country ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Asleep At The Wheel: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

I DON'T think I've ever seen so many ten gallon hats on one stage. Not outside Texas, anyhow. And so many straight-legged jeans and cowboy ...

Babe Ruth: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

SUPERSTARS COME and go, but Babe Ruth seem to rock on forever. The sort of band who always end up at the Marquee. Last time ...

Back Street Crawler: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, December 1975

SOME UGLY MOMENTS here. ...

The Bay City Rollers: It's A Game

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

LET'S FACE it, the idea of a Bay City Rollers album is just a little amusing. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if several of ...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

LONDON'S BURLINGTON Arcade runs up the side of the Royal Academy. It has high gates at either end and boasts some of the most expensive ...

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, February 1976

RONEE BLAKLEY was the star of Robert Altman's Nashville, if you remember, the film that was universally condemned by the inhabitants of Music City U.S.A. ...

Brewer and Shipley: Welcome to Riddle Bridge

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

MIKE BREWER AND Tom Shipley are just plain lads at heart, from Oklahoma and Ohio. ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, Eggs Over Easy: The Glory That Was Pub Rock

Retrospective by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1977

"Before pub rock people used to think the ideal gig was somewhere like Guildford Civic where you could sit cross-legged and watch King Crimson pan ...

Roy Buchanan: Loading Zone

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

AS A TECHNICIAN alone Roy Buchanan is one of the finest electric guitarists in the world. ...

Camel: Bath University

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

SO WHAT ABOUT The Snow Goose at the Royal Albert Hall, then? ...

Captain Beefheart: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

DON'T BELIEVE WHAT your mother tells you kids, there really is a Legion of Super Heroes. ...

Harry Chapin: Dance Band On The Titanic

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

I REALLY can't make my mind up about this guy Harry Chapin. One one level he is totally crass and on another he is totally ...

John Cipollina, Man: Man and John Cipollina: Maximum Darkness

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

WHEN JOHN Cipollina's visit to England was announced earlier this year I made a conscious effort not to check him out. ...

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 ...

Clover: Roll Me Over, Lay Me Down And Do It Again

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

NICK LOWE knows his way around the big mixing desk. Clover know all about recording studios. Together they're gonna cut some class. ...

Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

ELVIS COSTELLO is a cagey sort of fellow. You can talk to him for hours and still not discover quite what makes him tick. ...

The Darts: Sheer Dart attack

Profile by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

DOO-WOP was a term applied to the singing style of American R 'n' B vocal groups of the Fifties, originating in the fact that the ...

Dire Straits: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

DIRE STRAITS are not yet one year old, and they've been playing to the public for little more than six months. Nevertheless they must arguably ...

Dr. John: Cut Me While I'm Hot and Hollywood Be Thy Name

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

"DOCTOR JOHN THE Night Tripper, he's the King of New Orrlins". ...

Ducks Deluxe: Ducks Deluxe

Retrospective by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

In which SOUNDS people bring long-ignored or deleted albums to your attention ...

Duran Duran: Rum Runner, Birmingham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Record Mirror, December 1981

THERE WASN'T a lot to see, for a start. When Duran Duran returned to their old stamping ground in Birmingham's trendy but tiny Rum Runner ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, March 1976

FIRST DUKE DUKE and the Dukes, now Eddie and the Hot Rods – Kursaal Flyers' manager Paul Conroy knows how to pick support bands. ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

ALMOST a Black Sabbath job, this one. You know, up goes the safety curtain, there's the band already head first and accelerating into 'Get Across ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Woolwich Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

EDDIE and the Hot Rods are turning into Heroes under our very eyes. ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Only Ones: Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Only Ones, The Stukas: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

I WOULD have expected Christmas Eye with the Rods at the Roundhouse to turn into something of a real party, wouldn't you? Well, strangely enough, ...

Joe Ely: Joe Ely

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

HAVE YOU heard of Joe Ely before? Thought not. I certainly haven't. His past history is a total blank as far as I'm concerned. And ...

Fabulous Poodles: Fabulous Poodles

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

HOW DO you decide whether an album's a good one or a bad one? Difficult really. If anybody had a handy rule of thumb, a ...

Fabulous Poodles: A Poodle Is All Things To All Men

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

'The dog has one fault which you will never be able to overcome, an unforgivable fault, alas! It is common to all dogs, and there ...

The Faces: The Best Of The Faces (Riva)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

"AAALRIGHT: HERE'S one you may well know, you may not know it; and if you don't know it, I really don't know where you bin." ...

Andy Fairweather Lowe, Starry-Eyed And Laughing: Andy Fairweather Lowe, G. T Moore and Starry-Eyed and Laughing at the Roundhouse

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

AS SUNDAYS GO, this promised a real party. Wake up for Charlie Gillett's Honky Tonk on BBC Radio London and then down to the Roundhouse ...

Chris Farlowe: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, December 1975

HE'S REALLY ONLY back on the road to squeeze every last drop of success from his reactivated hit 'Out Of Time'. That's what you're expecting ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sneeky Pete And The Return Of The Flying Journeymen

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

"ASK THEM abouta da name. They gotta no right to use it!"Don't worry, friends, my esteemed Italian colleague doesn't really speak like that, and his ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Southern Californians Bring Me Down

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Rory Gallagher: Against The Grain

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

DO YOU realise that Against The Grain is Rory Gallagher's seventh album since he split Taste? ...

The Gap Band: The Gap Band

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

SO I PICKED through the albums lying in Master Barton's dusty drawer and there, amongst the dross, was a name I recognised. The Gap Band. ...

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? ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon With Link Wray

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

FOR SOME odd reason Private Stock don't want you to know that Robert Gordon used to be with those CBGB specials Tuff Darts. Richard Robinson ...

Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

DEPENDING ON WHERE you part your hair, the Grateful Dead are either the finest rock'n'roll band in the world bar none... or else they are ...

Grateful Dead: Steal Your Face

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1976

ON STAGE the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is not quite the superslick guitarist you might imagine him to be from their recordings. ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Terrapin Station

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

TEN YEARS and twelve-odd albums on from when they first hit the streets of San Francisco, the good ol' Grateful Dead present us with their ...

Carol Grimes: Carol Grimes (Decca) ****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

THIS IS CAROL Grimes' legendary Memphis album, the one that she cut in Tennessee the best part of two years ago but has never had ...

Grinderswitch: Pullin' Together

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

I DIDN't see them live but I gather from the reports that Grinderswitch – Messrs Dru Lembar, Stephen Miller, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty and ...

Daryl Hall, Hall & Oates: Hall & Oates: Beauty On A Back Street

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

THE ACCEPTABLE face of disco music? ...

Hall & Oates: Daryl Hall and John Oates: No Goodbyes (Atlantic) **

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, March 1977

ATLANTIC RECORDS attempt to cash in on the current Hall and Oates boom with a compilation of some of the best tracks from the Philadelphian ...

Emmylou Harris: Luxury Liner (Warner Bros.)**

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

I'M SORRY, but I don't like Emmylou Harris very much. Doubtless you'll recommend me to the Inquisition for a Heresy like that. But I've been ...

Hawkwind: Coventry Theatre, Coventry

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

IT'S LIKE trying to resurrect the agonies and ecstasies of the Lysergic communion, putting Hawkwind's Robert Calvert on paper, spinning a yarn from the scattered ...

Hawkwind: Lock, Edmonton

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

IT'S ALL A far cry from Alfred Jarry. ...

Hawkwind: Pulsating Poets of Sturm und Drang: Robert Calvert and Hawkwind

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Album Tracking, July 1977

"ROCK IS THE literature of this generation". Thus spake Robert Calvert, occasional playwright, self-styled poet, songwriter and lead singer with Hawkwind, the weirdest, most ...

George Jones, Wanda Jackson: George Jones and Wanda Jackson at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

THE FOYER OF the Hammersmith Odeon was like Middle America gone London town, except the folks were mostly British and there wasn't a stetson to ...

The Jam: Jam Springs Eternal

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

DOWN IN WOKING at three o'clock in the afternoon the Modern World seems miles away. Outside it's icy cold, but in number 44, with the ...

The Jam: Jam: Maximum New Wave

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

PEOPLE TRY TO put us down just because we sound like The Who. ...

The Jam: In The City

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

I HEARD the Jam's single 'In The City' on the radio the other day. The bass came roaring up from the mix and through the ...

The Jam: Boy Wonders Make The BIG STEP

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

PHEW. THAT was a close one! For a moment there I thought the Jam were going to blow it completely. ...

Jethro Tull: Songs From The Wood (Chrysalis)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

IF YOU PLAY this album at 45 rpm it sounds just like Steeleye Span. ...

Jive Bombers: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

THERE'S ALWAYS A good time to be had at the 100 Club. ...

Bruce Johnston: Going Public

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

WHAT'S THIS? Two stars for Bruce Johnston the ex-Beachboy? Yeah, you read right...and if it wasn't for that illustrious track record of his I wouldn't ...

Rusty and Doug Kershaw: Louisiana Man

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

I GOT a pre-release tape of this two months ago and I played that constantly. Now I've got the record and it's wearing out very ...

Greg Kihn: Greg Kihn Again

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

GREG KIHN again? Does that mean I missed the first one? Suppose it does. Oh, well. So it goes. ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Hope & Anchor, Islington, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, December 1975

AMONG CERTAIN CIRCLES, Ian Dury has gained a reputation as one of rock'n'roll's losers. ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Kilburn & The Highroads: Handsome

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

I SUPPOSE it had to happen sometime. People have such short memories. Pye have re-released the first and only Kilburn and the High Roads album ...

Freddie King: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

A NIGHT TO remember. "It's Blues time, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Freddie King." ...

Kokomo: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

WELL, JOE Cocker wasn't there. At least I don't think he was. After a very hard weekend of various rock 'n' roll activities the strain ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kursaal Flyers: Golden Mile

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

A NEW Kursaal Flyers album, eh?On their night the Kursaal Flyers are one of the most entertaining rock bands in the country, with their tacky ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kursaal Flyers: Surely This Band Is Too Young To Die?

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, February 1976

PAUL SHUTTLEWORTH'S Secret Ambition is to become a member of Equity, the Actors' Union. "Trouble is though," he told me, "You can't just pay your ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Five Live Kursaals

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

IT ALL boils down to what you think of the Kursaal Flyers really, doesn't it? Me, I fell in love with them the first time ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

ALL ABOARD, boys and girls. It's time for the Kursaal Flyers works outing. First stop Cheltenham and now here we are at Kingston where you'll ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, October 1975

THIS WEEK THE Kursaal Flyers waved a fond farewell to the London pubs with two rip-roaring nights at the Newlands in Peckham, and now the ...

John Otway, The Kursaal Flyers: The Kursaal Flyers, John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

ONE THING about the Kursaal Flyers...they never do things by halves. ...

Linda Lewis: Live

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

Reviewer rattled by sensuous songstress ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, February 1976

WE ALL KNOW about Lynyrd Skynyrd. As barroom brawlers go, they don't come quite as gross as these six Southern redneck bruisers wired on Coors, ...

Man

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

COMES AS A bit of a shock really, doesn't it? The news that Man are splitting up after eight years on the road. ...

Man: All's Well That Ends Well

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

I TRUST there aren't too many of you out there who've forgotten Man. This lovable bunch of Welsh boyos were once one of the very ...

The Marshall Tucker Band: Carolina Dreams

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

I THINK the late great Duane Allman might turn in his grave if he heard this record. ...

Dave Mason and Streetwalkers at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

SOME NEED WIRES and some need strings, but Dave Mason don't use none of those things. Instead he hitched himself onto the back of his ...

Meal Ticket: Meal's On Wheels

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

"WE'LL CHALENGE any band in the business to any bar sport they care to name. Darts, Pool, Crib, Table Football, Pinball. You name it. Meal ...

Max Merritt And The Meteors: White Hart, Willesden

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

A FEW YEARS ago, when I was employed in a South London certain department store, I worked with a couple of globetrotting New Zealanders who ...

Mink DeVille: Cabretta

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, June 1977

LET'S START with some questions this time, alright? ...

Moon: Is This The Dark Side Of The Moon?

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

"ARE YOU using Memorex?" asked Moon's Noel McCalla, leaning quizzically over my cassette machine. "You gotta use Memorex for us, you know. Only the best, ...

Van Morrison: T.B. Sheets (Phonogram – Reissue)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1977

IN WHICH Phonogram Records acquire the rights to Van Morrison's early BANG material and effectively re-issue an album called T.B. Sheets which Decca put out ...

Van Morrison: The Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

EVER LOOKED Dr John the night tripper straight in the eyes? Ever stood this close to Van the Man you can feel him breathe? ...

MX-80

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1977

"LIVING in Bloomington," considers Rich Stim, "Is like living in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar." And you might be excused thinking he was talking out ...

Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker (CBS)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

HOW ARE we supposed to take this album, eh? ...

Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson Live (RCA)**

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

WILLIE NELSON has been in country music for the better part of twenty years as a songwriter and performer, while, arm in arm with Waylon ...

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Dirt, Silver and Gold (United Artists)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

PLEASE TELL me, who is going to buy this peach of an album? It's a three record set, a compilation of the Los Angeles' band's ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

I WAS STANDING on the stairs backstage at the Hammersmith Odeon when the Ted Nugent band came down from the dressing rooms. ...

Osibisa: Welcome Home

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

Too many holiday brochures getting you down – let some real sun into your home... ...

Osibisa: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, April 1976

ONLY CRITICAL SNOBBERY could deny Osibisa the distinction of having played one of the finest sets I have seen this side of Christmas. On this ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: The Car Over The Lake Album

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

FOR A BUNCH of guys who are supposed to be averse to leaving their country ranch in Missouri for the hustle of the cities, the ...

Graham Parker

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

PARIS? Graham Parker and the Rumour loathe the place.Their reasons? ...

Poco: Indian Summer (ABC) ***

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

I FIRST got into Poco back when Buffalo Springfielders Richie Furay and Jim Messina were still in the band. They cut a live album, called ...

Alan Price: Performing Price

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

SINCE HE split with The Animals and the Rock 'n' Roll mainstream to home in on the craftsmanship of Randy Newman, Price's career has seen ...

Queen: The Greatest Show In The World

Report by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1976

"EXCUSE ME, are you with Queen?" was the question. ...

Radio Stars: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

SOME CAME TO catch the Boomtown Rats (who had cancelled at the last moment) but, despite the substitution of Chiswick's Radio Stars, there were still ...

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 ...

Red Clay Ramblers: The Red Clay Ramblers: Half Moon, Putney

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

IN THESE DAYS of unbridled electrical energy, it never ceases to surprise me the drive and excitement that can be generated by a highly ordered ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Living In A Boom Time

Review by Chas de Whalley, Vox, October 1992

ACROSS ELEVEN TRACKS, recorded live on tour in Ireland earlier this year, Tom Robinson reinvents himself as a solo folk singer. But where some faded ...

Jess Roden: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, March 1976

DRESSED IN the remains of a particularly dapper three-piece suit and with straight hair stretching to his collar and no further, British country-soulster Jess Roden ...

The Rumour: Rumour: Newlands Tavern, Peckham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

ARE THE Rumour really Pub-Rock's first Supergroup? Some people would tell you so, and they would have their reasons. ...

The Rumour: Max

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, July 1977

Huckleberry Finn will love this one. Five English guys capture the downhome spirit of America. ...

Sassafras: Top Rank, Cardiff

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

WHEN SASSAFRAS FIND the right single, they are going to be huge. ...

Bob Seger (And The Silver Bullet Band): Night Moves (Capitol) *****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

THE SAME WEEK Graham Parker proved his real worth with a headlining London theatre date, Capitol release the new Bob Seger album. Seger is to ...

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 ...

Sherbet: Howzat

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

LET'S HEAR it for Sherbet. They play some of the best contemporary Pop music I've heard this year. Eminently disposable, but for all that, tremendous ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Playmates

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

OH DEAR, I fear Steve Marriott and his mates are in for a real critical pasting with this, the first Small Faces LP for ten ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, April 1977

IT'S A bit like having a bull in a china shop, being around Steve Marriott. Like being in the same room as a whirlwind. His ...

Smokie: Greatest Hits

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

THE FIRST cut on this album is 'Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone', Smokie's latest chart single. Of course, you'd expect to find it ...

The Soft Boys, The Brakes: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, March 1978

NOT AN evening for those with sensitive eardrums, this. Even these days when volume for its own sake seems to be a pre-requisite of too ...

Spandau Ballet: A Day In The Life Of Gary Kemp

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Record Mirror, November 1981

Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet talks to Chas De Whalley sbout one of his working days. ...

Sparks: Indiscreet

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, October 1975

OKAY, SO YOU'VE heard it all before: ...

Squeeze: Local Boozers Make Good

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

HEY JOHN, take a look at this. When did this happen last in the Hope, eh? There's two bodies stretched out straight in the tiny ...

Starry-Eyed And Laughing: Starry-Eyed and Laughing - Thought Talk

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

WHILE AMERICAN COUNTRY Rock bands seem to spring up from everywhere, there has yet to be one from these shores who really convince. ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Styx: Crystal Ball (A&M) **

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

THIS ONE I rather like. Not so much for its musical qualities but for the strange sense of homour through which these five debonair Chicagoans ...

Supercharge: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

SUPERCHARGE CERTAINLY HAVE something to celebrate. They've just signed a five year record contract, and are probably hoping to be very rich one of these ...

Talking Heads: The Rock Garden, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, May 1977

WHY NOT somewhere that can handle crowds properly, like the Nashville? Why on earth were Talking Heads put on at the Rock Garden? Do answer ...

Thin Lizzy: Remembering. Part I (Decca)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1976

EVERY RECORD company has done it at one time or another. Reactivated old material by an artist who has since had hits with another label. ...

T. Rex: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, February 1976

BORN TO BOOGIE, or born to Waltz? The story of an ageing teendream with the cheek to book himself into London's Lyceum Ballroom, without a ...

The Tubes: Lude-icrous Tales From The Tubes' Fee Waybill

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Kerrang!, June 1983

ASTOUNDING THOUGH it may seem, The Tubes have never seen Twisted Sister, much less rubbed shoulders with the outrageous Dee Snider. In fact, before they ...

Tundra: Tundra

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

I EXCHANGED Geography for German at the tender age of fourteen, so if my command of the atlas is not all it should be, please ...

Tyla Gang - Peckham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT Sean Tyla, late of Ducks Deluxe, is one of the finest and most distinctive rhythm players in town. ...

Ultravox: Patchy Enough, But Powerful

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1977

ULTRAVOX HAVE come in for their share of criticism since Island Records launched them with a bang eight months ago and amidst the flashing lights ...

Ultravox: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

MAYBE IT was just the crowd, but nobody seemed able to generate much atmosphere and excitement on this Tuesday night at the Nashville. Support band ...

Tony Joe White: Eyes (20th Century)

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 1976

SO YOU thought Tony Joe White was a downhome country guy with his feet firmly in the mud of the Mississippi swamps? ...

Wishbone Ash: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

WHATEVER YOUR tastes in music, there's one thing you can never argue about. Audience reaction. A hall full of standing rock fans, clapping their hands ...

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 ...

XTC: The Agony & The XTC

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1977

I TELL YOU no word of a lie. This table was at least the length of my sitting room at home, if it wasn't actually ...

Frank Zappa: Frank Panned (Almost)

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1977

Frank Zappa: The Rainbow Theatre, London ...

List of genre pieces

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 1

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

OK, SO YOU GOT yourself an electric guitar, you've learned how to play and now you think you're ready to corner the market with the ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 2

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

ROCK'N'ROLL is Laissez-Faire Capitalism Incarnate. Sorry to get so heavy so soon, but it's the truth. The music business is the most highly developed consumer ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 3

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

NOW YOU'RE heading for the one. The big record contract with the big record company for the BIG money and the BIG Hits. ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 4

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1978

"How many times have you been asked to sign away your services exclusively for five years? Viewed that way a record contract represents a very ...

Power Pop part 1: Suddenly, Everything Is Power Pop!

Overview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1978

A BRAND NEW YEAR and a brand new word for the media to fool about with, eh? What's it all about then, this Power Pop ...

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