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Chris Bohn

Biba Kopf is a pseudonym for Chris Bohn
Chris Bohn

Chris Bohn wrote for Melody Maker and NME in the late '70s and '80s. For the past 20 years he has written under the name 'Biba Kopf', and is currently the editor of The Wire.

See also Biba Kopf

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A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1982

THE A CERTAIN RATIO anatomy of melancholy breaks down to a curdling rattle of bones, distant whistles, a few whispered words and a trickle of ...

Laurie Anderson: Big Science

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, April 1982

AS A PERFORMER, Laurie Anderson is little short of phenomenal: a slight Chaplinesque figure, she's as much vaudeville as she is artist, in that she's ...

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 ...

Bauhaus, David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust: From Bowie To Bauhaus… The Key To Decades Conceits

Essay by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1982

So you've seen Bauhaus performing 'Ziggy Stardust' on TV and you still don't believe in reincarnation? Ziggy, who entered the material world via David Bowie, ...

Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats: Enter The Drag

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, March 1982

THE ASTOR CINEMA is an old style movie emporium painted in ugly pastel shades and shoddily decorated with the poor likenesses of Meryl Streep and ...

David Bowie: Rare

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1983

NEITHER RARE nor particularly well done, the latest Bowie collection of alternative cuts, outtakes, live run throughs, flipsides and flops is hardly likely to endear ...

David Bowie: Merry Christmas Mr Bowie

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, April 1983

I: The Missing YearsDavid Bowie's new film, The Hunger, opens not with the focus fixed firmly on the star but with a cameo sequence of ...

Herman Brood: Brood Back On The Nest

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

German rock star Nina Hagen's upset because her Dutch rock 'n' rolling boyfriend, Herman Brood, has disappeared. Will our intrepid CHRIS BOHN track him down? ...

The Buzzcocks, Joy Division: Buzzcocks/Joy Division: Rainbow, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, November 1979

ON CURRENT FORM, Joy Division should have been the best thing happening on Friday night, and the Buzzcocks camp knew it too. Consequently, they treated ...

John Cale: Rebel Without a Sanity Clause: John Cale’s Caribbean Sunset (Ze/Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1984

HARDBOILED GOING on soft-headed, John Cale as chronicler of the man of action invariably topples over into drunken, unremitting and participatory relish of the deeds ...

The Clash: Electric Ballroom/Lyceum London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 1979

CLASH GIGS these days aren't the backs–against–the wall experience they used to be. The political tensions and confrontations they once represented are now just so ...

The Clash: One Step Beyond

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, December 1979

INSIDE THE CLASH'S new rehearsal studio, under a railway bridge somewhere in South London, Joe Strummer is singing a slow country blues about rolling boxcars, ...

Leonard Cohen: Haunted By Spector: Leonard Cohen

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, January 1980

Leonard Cohen’s voyage to the bottom of his soul is over. He’s back on top and is finding rock’n’roll fun too... ...

Bob Dylan: Slow Train Coming (CBS)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

DYLAN HAS switched roles once too often. We've followed him patiently through his phases as rebellious folk singer, rock and roll outlaw, musing mystic, contented ...

Einstürzende Neubauten: Einsturzende Neubauten: Driller Thriller

Report by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1984

METAL MARAUDERS IN THE MALL ...

Einstürzende Neubauten: Let's Hear It For The Untergang Show

Profile and Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, February 1983

"The destructive character is cheerful," boast Berlin's new cold stars Einstürzende Neubauten (Collapsing New Buildings) who have armed themselves with road drills, sledgehammers and axes ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Live at The Rainbow, London

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 1979

SO LET'S suspend time and disbelief for a moment and stare through the haze at the West Coast's longest running institution called The Grateful Dead. ...

Nina Hagen: West Is Best

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, June 1979

Can Nina Hagen become Germany's most important contribution to radical pop culture since Brecht? CHRIS BOHN learns about growing up on the wrong side of ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, February 1983

IT'S ALREADY well known how the great Casting Director in the sky limited women to a few suffocating roles in American popular culture: the mother ...

Joy Division: Still (Factory)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1981

FEATURING: 'Ice Age', 'Walked In Line' and The Kill' (from '77 sessions), 'Glass' (from Factory Sampler) 'Exercise One' and The Sound Of Music' (John Peel sessions), ...

Joy Division: University of London Union

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, February 1980

AH, THE HORROR, the horror... where's Colonel Kurtz? Somehow the demented Brando figure is there, spiritually leading the new dance. Like him, today's purveyors have ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Doppelganger (Ze/Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, September 1983

BETWEEN OFF The Coast Of Me and Doppelganger lies an interval of only three years, yet already the odyssey of Kid Creole's search for his ...

Laurie Anderson: Riverside Studio, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1981

PERFORMANCE HEART... ...

Led Zeppelin: In Through The Out Door (Swan Song)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

THE GRAND illusion was popped way back when I was taking my O-levels. Then Led Zeppelin 2 fulfilled the noble function of releasing all the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Survival (Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, September 1979

SOME PEOPLE mellow as they get older. Bob Marley gets angrier and wiser. Following the relaxed, self-fulfilled Exodus and Kaya, Survival marks a surprising but ...

Nico, Velvet Underground: In The Nico Time

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, Spring 1981

HEY-HO, is it really that time of the decade already? Once again Nico has surreptitiously floated into the public consciousness – just when she was ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark: Dazzle Ships (Virgin)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, March 1983

THIS IS Radio Bohn calling, bringing you news of a bloodless mutiny aboard the good ship Dazzle, which has put the helm in the hands ...

Orange Juice: From A Postcard To A Postage Stamp

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1982

HATE – WITHOUT wanting to sound faddish about such a thing – is once more where the heart is. ...

Pink Floyd: Another Pinkie Hogs The Limelight: Pink Floyd's The Wall: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, June 1981

PART ONE ...

Public Image Ltd: Corporation Executive Report to Shareholders

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, July 1980

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED and America hardly seemed made for each other. Yet having successfully defied Britain's star caste systems and ugly myth makers, earlier this ...

Eric Random: Random Holds His Own

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 1981

ERIC RANDOM concerts these days aren't the personal health hazards they once were when he, Pete Shelley and assorted Mancunians used to kick up an ...

Lou Reed: Clean Living And Dirty Looks

Report by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, March 1982

FLANKED BY his wife Sylvia to his right and his management on his left, Lou Reed lords it over the press gathering from a sofa ...

Scritti Politti: Natty Design Or Grand Illusion?

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, September 1982

THE WEEKEND before our final confrontation, Scritti Politti's Green went shopping for clothes for his debut Top Of The Pops appearance, its confirmation depending on ...

Secret Affair: Behind Closed Doors

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, September 1980

THOUGH MOD never got as far as its second summer, it served Secret Affair's purpose. Seeing the movement coming, Ian Page used its momentum to ...

Simple Minds: Travel Broadens Simple Minds

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1980

ONCE YOU get onto the European mainland, it's hard not to be infected by the virulent strain of fatalism sweeping the continent. En route to ...

The Skids: The Absolute Game

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, September 1980

BUBBLEGUM'S BACK and it sounds wonderful. In contemporary terms the Skids are to The Clash and the post-modernists what Sweet were to Slade and Bowie: ...

Patti Smith: Easter

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 1978

PATTI SMITH'S first album, Horses, was a bolt out of the blue, a lightning stab at the very top of the tree, one of the ...

Soft Cell: Sleeping Partners

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, September 1981

Chris Bohn investigates some strange happenings with Soft Cell and Top Of The Pops ...

Soft Cell: Tawdry Latenight Weepies

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1983

IMITATION OF life or bigger than life?When Marc Almond and David Ball breeze into their record company's press office for this meeting, they're immediately swept ...

SPK: Sound Stalkers

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, April 1983

Maniac cab driver Chris Bohn takes you on a ride to the terminal zone with the New Zealand / Chinese alliance called SPK ...

The The: The Definitive Article

Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1982

THE THE? An agitated stutter? No, the definitive article, boasts The one and only The Matt Johnson with a cheeky, if none too convincing grin. ...

UK Subs: No Change For UK Subs

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, August 1979

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

Wire: Document And Eyewitness At Notre Dame Hall And The Electric Ballroom (Rough Trade)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, August 1981

OUT OF SHEER perversity, it would seem, Wire stopped functioning 18 months ago. Going by their chronology of events we shouldn't have been surprised, as ...

Wire: Wider Vision

Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, October 1979

Wire don't sit comfortably in the publicity man's gullet. They're not easily categorised, seemingly spurning the hype-market. But they do conform in one way; they ...

Neil Young: A Bad Case Of The Shakes…

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, October 1982

Neil Young: Birmingham NEC ...

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