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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts lives in West London. He has written about music, films and books for many publications and websites including Classic Rock, The Guardian, Prog, Uncut, Melody Maker, NME, Sounds, Elle, Ikon, The Daily Telegraph, Empire, London Lite, Emusic, Electronic and The Quietus site.

He was also the editor of Idle Worship (Harper Collins), a collection of writings on music by well-known individuals (Bono, Nick Hornby, Thurston Moore, Kristin Hersh etc) that was hailed in the New York Times as "the most original book about rock ‘n’ roll ever". In 2011 he edited Blondie’s Panic Of Girls magazine at the band’s request.

Often appearing on TV and radio, he’s also published books on Lou Reed, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Abba, Scarlett Johansson and Heath Ledger. His book on Talk Talk (in collaboration with the band’s sleeve artist James Marsh) is published in September 2012.

He has released well-received albums under the names Alphabet Saints, Catwalk (featuring guest musicians Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly) and Scalaland. His poems accompanied Ellen-Ane Eggen’s photography exhibitions in Oslo and Brussels, and short stories "Crashing" and "The Cake" appeared in L.A. publication Black Clock (edited by Steve Erickson) alongside Don De Lillo, Rick Moody and Jonathan Lethem.

List of articles in the library by artist

ABC: Martin Fry: When Martin Sings…

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2001

"IT WAS GREAT doing interviews when I first started, cos I'd just tell everyone what a brilliant, worldwide phenomenon ABC were going to be as ...

ABC, Tears For Fears: ABC & Tears For Fears: Compilations

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 2001

Tears For Fears: between two stools. ABC: cool disco sheen. That was then. Early Eighties pop revisited Hello! — An Introduction To ABC The Working Hour — ...

Aerosmith: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2001

AEROSMITH HAVE JUST BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK'N'ROLL HALL OF FAME. WE ASKED MAIN MAN STEVEN TYLER ABOUT 25 YEARS ON THE EDGE, NEW ALBUM ...

Air: 'If We Don't Surprise People Any More, Then We Will Die'

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 2000

"THE FIRST time I was in LA," says Nicolas Godin, "I was in a very cool hotel. And in front of that hotel was a ...

All About Eve: The Garden Of Eden

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1988

WITH A DEBUT ALBUM AND A NATIONAL TOUR ABOUT TO EXPLODE, DREAM LOVERS ALL ABOUT EVE TEACH CHRIS ROBERTS ABOUT JEAN COCTEAU, CILLA BLACK, OPTICIANS, ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam And The Ants: Stand And Deliver

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2000

TRIPLE-CD box set honours Prince Charming man. ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise et al: A Force From Above

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

MAXIMUM JOYPROPAGANDAA SECRET WISHTHE ART OF NOISEWHO'S AFRAID OF THE ART OF NOISE ...

Ashford & Simpson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, June 1985

REVELATION ONE. Ashford (Mr) gets down on his knees, and tells us the meaning: "Grrr nga nga nga huh witness!" Revelation Two. Ashford: "When I ...

The Auteurs, Luke Haines: The Auteurs: Live in Paris

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

AS LUKE Haines builds up an ever-expanding oeuvre, replete with cross-references and self-mythologising manifestos, one wonders what the French might make of this superficially haughty ...

Bad Company, Free: Almost Famous

Film/DVD Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

Shrewdly sweet eulogy to rock'n'roll fandom ...

Badly Drawn Boy: About A Boy (XL) ***

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

LIGHTWEIGHT BRITFLICK score finds Mercury winner treading water. ...

The Bangles: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2001

THE FACT that these four LA women played their own instruments was much remarked upon in the Eighties, as was Susanna Hoffs' beauty. But as ...

Bellatrix: Live in Reykjavik, Iceland

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

THINGS DO tend to get adequately surreal the second you step off the plane into the snowy lunar landscape of Iceland, so by the time ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Sasha Fierce (Music World/Columbia)

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, November 2008

BEYONCÉ'S third album doesn't start well. Or end well. Or do much well in between. ...

Big Audio Dynamite: V For Victory

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1987

Another tour, another single, another video and still BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE are special. Chris Roberts had dinner with MICK JONES and discovered sense and sensitivity ...

Björk: Bjork: Homogenic (One Little Indian)

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1997

HUMAN BEHAVIOUR being what it is, I've already heard half a dozen journalists declaring this, Bjork's third solo album, to be no great shakes. I'm ...

Blondie's Debbie Harry (2003)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2003

Elle ne regrette rien: La Harry on Blondie then and now, NYC then and now, on art and movies, on Chris Stein, and on the latest Blondie album The Curse of Blondie

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.7meg, total interview length: 1h 10' 38" sound quality: **

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Deborah Harry

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2003

YOU'RE LOOKING as fabulous as ever, Ms Harry. ...

The Blue Nile

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2004

HIGH IS THE BLUE NILE'S fourth album in twenty one years. It is – and shame on you if you doubted – worth the wait. ...

The Blue Nile: A Walk Across the Rooftops (Collector's Edition)

Review by Chris Roberts, bbc.co.uk, November 2012

1984'S A WALK Across the Rooftops remains unique in its fusion of chilly technology and a pitch of confessional, romantic soul that "alternative" types would ...

The Blue Nile: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1997

THE NEAREST thing music has to Venice is the embodiment of melancholy in this aptly baroque setting. The melancholy, in all its lush romantic self-indulgence, ...

Bon Jovi, Magnum, Marillion, Metallica, Ratt, ZZ Top: ZZ Top/Marillion/Bon Jovi/Metallica/Ratt/Magnum: Donington Park, Leicestershire

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

KINGS AND RATTS OF THE CASTLE Yes, it's that time of year when the Metal Mob gather at the shrine of Donington to pay homage to ...

The Boo Radleys, The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis: Various Artists: Creation Records - International Guardians Of Rock'n'roll 1983-1999

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2000

Best of the late, legendary indie label ...

David Bowie, part 1 (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1999

The Dame, surrounded by some splendid NYC ambience, talks about where he's at today, his workaholism, being part of Tin Machine and some of the personae he has adopted.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.5mb Interview length: 30 minutes 02 seconds Sound quality: ***

David Bowie, part 2 (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1999

DB on being liberated by Hunky Dory, becoming Ziggy, years lost to drugs, and on his relationship with his fans via the internet.

File format: mp3 File size: 24.3mb Interview length: 26 minutes 21 seconds Sound quality: ***

David Bowie: Bowie At The Beeb

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

TRIPLE-CD gathers The Dame's sessions for 'Auntie', both contemporary and historical. ...

David Bowie: The Next Day

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, February 2013

Chris Roberts is inspired out of his clothes and on to the dancefloor by David Bowie's glorious return. ...

David Bowie: Action Painting

Interview by Chris Roberts, Ikon, October 1995

David Bowie is enjoying another renaissance – hyperactive, philosophical, and buoyant. The century may be expiring, he figures, but his cup runneth over. Chris Roberts ...

David Bowie: Move Festival, Old Trafford, Manchester

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2002

WE'RE ALL primed for the set of Low and Heathen (in full) which he'd played in London the previous week. That'd do, of course: no ...

David Bowie: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1990

"I thought I'd play a couple of numbers from the Tin Machine album... wait, wait, where are you going...come back!" ...

David Bowie: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 1998

Bowie: the good, the bad and the ugly ...

David Bowie: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

HE LOOKS spectacular; anyone who's told you different is jealous, insecure, myopic. Yet he wants us to love his new music, and it's hard to ...

David Bowie: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music, T. Rex: Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #2

Special Feature by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1998

TWENTIETH CENTURY BOY ...

Edie Brickell: Star Gazing

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

WITH A TOP 10 SINGLE IN HER NATIVE AMERICA, EDIE BRICKELL AND HER NEW BOHEMIANS LOOK SET TO MAKE A HUGE IMPACT IN 1989. CHRIS ...

Kate Bush: Hounds Of Love

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1997

NOTHING COULD be more wrong than to align the wanton, inspired Bush with boring English rock "aristocrats" such as Sting, Collins and Clapton. There's a ...

Kate Bush: The Sensual World (EMI)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1989

"WHEN LAUREN WAS a small girl, she would stand in the field and call the cats. One by one they would come to her through ...

Cameo: Word Processor

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1986

Listen up! Ambition may be the result of having a possessive, overbearing mother, but just eat a big avocado salad and you'll be solid. And ...

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: Lizard of Oz

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1988

AFTER A YEAR AWAY, NICK CAVE RETURNS FROM THE WILDERNESS WITH ANOTHER LADELFUL OF PEARLS AND PESSIMISM. CHRIS ROBERTS MEETS THE MAN WHO SEES EVERYTHING ...

Cocteau Twins: Stars And Topsoil

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

AFTER THE singles box set, a single-CD retrospective from the unique trio. ...

Cocteau Twins: Cocteau Cabinet

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, January 1986

A new year and a new starter for THE COCTEAU TWINS who team up with CHRIS ROBERTS for talk, turkey and all the trimmings. ...

Cocteau Twins: Dreams of Consciousness

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1993

ROBIN IS NOT HERE today. He is housebound with chicken pox, "covered in spots from head to foot, it's fucking terrible. I got it from ...

Adam Cohen, Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright; Adam Cohen: Adam Cohen

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1998

Impressive, capricious debuts from two sons of Sixties troubadours ...

Elvis Costello: Brutal Youth (Warner Bros.)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1994

PRAY TO GOD that Elvis Costello never writes a song about you and relationships. Rather Mike Leigh or Ken Loach documents you, rather a fly ...

Elvis Costello: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2002

Second phase of Bonus-packed reissue programme for Costello catalogue ...

Counting Crows

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 1997

A DUSTY, OCHRE ATLAS FROM THE THIRTIES. An old dictionary in two huge volumes complete with illustrations. A history of the Civil War in three ...

Cousteau

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2000

Honey-throated singer begs comparisons with Scott Walker ...

Cowboy Junkies: Horse Latitudes

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1990

"MOST OF THE SONGS, there's a grain of hope in there. The characters are always striving for something else. They're in a situation which is ...

Cowboy Junkies: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2002

ARGUABLY, TORONTO'S Cowboy Junkies were the Neil Armstrong of alt.country. Their Trinity Session album of '88, recorded live in a church, dragged the forlorn mannerisms ...

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, The Who: The Who: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

WELL, YOU can't accuse them of being pompous, of inflating their legend. The Who shuffle distractedly onstage as if they're playing a mate's house party, ...

The Darling Buds: Beyond The Valley Of The Blondes

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1988

BudismTHERE ARE SOME people, believe it or not, who don't like The Darling Buds. They don't recognise this music as the very Taj Mahal of ...

The Darling Buds: Move Over Darlings

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, April 1988

SOWING SEEDSSO WE WON'T compare them to a summer's day, then. Summer days are the longest, the most languorous. The Darling Buds are flecked with ...

Danielle Dax: Return Of The Wolf Girl

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, May 1987

DANIELLE DAX, A FREE SPIRIT AND A PRETTY STRANGE LADY, EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF 'INKY BLOATERS' TO A MIGHTILY IMPRESSED CHRIS ROBERTS. ...

Depeche Mode's David Gahan, part 1 (2003)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

David Gahan talks about doing his solo album, songwriting and being Martin Gore's mouthpiece

File format: mp3 File size: 28.4mb Interview length: 30 minutes 59 seconds Sound quality: ***

Depeche Mode's David Gahan, part 2 (2003)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

The Car Crash Years: On the road with Depeche Mode, the desire to be a rock'n'roll star, the influence of Grunge, and Dog Days in Santa Monica

File format: mp3 File size: 25.1mb Interview length: 27 minutes 22 seconds Sound quality: ***

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: Grand Stand

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

SPRING 2002, and in a swanky London hotel bar men in suits still do a double take when Kevin Rowland walks past. They do that ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: The Midnight's Hour

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1985

Kevin Rowland and co change their image and sharpen up their act. CHRIS ROBERTS puts on a tie to discover whether DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS have ...

The Divine Comedy

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

THE ARCH COMBO RETURN WITH A NEW ALBUM, REGENERATION, PRODUCED BY NIGEL (KID A) GODRICH. HERE, FRONTMAN NEIL HANNON AND MUSICAL LYNCHPIN JOBY TALBOT TELL ...

The Divine Comedy: Regeneration

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

NEW SOUND but same ideals for polished popsmiths. ...

Tanya Donnelly

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 1998

IS THIS the best job you've ever had?"Oh yeah, definitely. It's still a pain in the ass sometimes, but by and large it's the most ...

Tanya Donnelly: Beautysleep (4AD) ****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2002

LONG-AWAITED second album from former Throwing Muses/Belly star. ...

Mark Eitzel, R.E.M.: Mark Eitzel and Peter Buck

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

'People liked it when I was drunk and fell over onstage all the time. That was very popular in Europe for a while' ...

Elbow: Shadows & Light

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2002

"TELL YOU WHAT we watched the other night," mumbles Guy Garvey into the mic, while tuning up onstage between two intensely moving songs. "The Last ...

Elbow, U2: U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, August 2009

U2 Live Under A Slate Grey Claw. Chris Roberts reports from Wembley ...

Eminem: The London Arena, Docklands

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

FOR A FEW days there, between Internet babies and new genetic codes, Eminem's UK tour made him the leading media talking-point. ...

The Fat Boys: Lean On Me

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, June 1985

Chris Roberts gets sandwiched by the Fat Boys, and discovers fat is a faminist issue ...

Felt: Felt Tips

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, November 1985

Chris Roberts asks Felt, are you lonesome tonight? ...

Bryan Ferry: Frantic (Virgin) *****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

LIVELY RETURN to form on Roxy roue's 11th solo opus. ...

Bryan Ferry: Olympian Heights

Interview by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, November 2010

The legendary Bryan Ferry has just released Olympia, his best album in two decades, and continues the Roxy Music revival tour in the new year. ...

Bryan Ferry: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2000

This man swings fundamentally ...

Bryan Ferry: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk: Bryan Ferry

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

AFTER LAST YEAR'S TRIUMPHANT REUNION TOUR WITH ROXY MUSIC, THE KING OF COOL RETURNS WITH A NEW SOLO ALBUM, FRANTIC, FEATURING SONGS INSPIRED BY MARILYN, ...

Geneva: Further

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

GENEVA ARE not puddings. I approve of this. So many chap-bands today (Tuesday) are puddings. Big, soggy, lumpy puddings just sitting there, wobbling every now ...

Goldfrapp: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2002

GOLDFRAPP, WHO like The Dandy Warhols have reason to be grateful to mobile phone ads, remain an enigma, despite burgeoning popularity. ...

Grant Lee Buffalo, Grant-Lee Phillips: Grant-Lee Phillips

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

MICHAEL STIPE'S favourite band, Grant Lee Buffalo released four critically acclaimed albums through the mid-to late-Nineties, plus last year's "Best Of", Storm Hymnal. ...

Al Green: Trust In God (Demon/Hi)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1985

F*** GOD (Brando's first two words in Last Tango, actually), we're talking AL GREEN here. Quite simply, the best voice ever to co-exist with anything ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Knockin' On Britain's Door

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, May 1992

As GUNS N'ROSES' gigantic European tour kicks in and their single, 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' storms the Number One slot, the most talked-about band in ...

PJ Harvey: Live in London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

THE LAST rock star, dripping with dark poetry, mystery and unforced glamour, stands alone onstage in spectacular red dress and electric guitar, crying, "Lick my ...

Isaac Hayes: Spread The Word

Retrospective by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 1998

AN INSURANCE salesman, David Porter, visited a Memphis meat-packing factory in 1965. He tried to sell a policy to one of the meat-packers, a big ...

Kristin Hersh: A Kind Of Blue

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2001

THE FRIENDLY, LAUGHING, jet-lagged, pale, charismatic Kristin Hersh says that odd combinations of words are the only way to get her attention. ...

The Hives

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2002

STROKES? STRIPES? Fougeddabouddit! The swedes rock loudest. ...

Whitney Houston: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1986

I WAS there. ...

Interpol

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2004

AT NO POINT during this interview do any of us snort intoxicants off the spines of tawny hookers or clamber naked to the top of ...

The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing – The Story Of The Isley Brothers

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2000

A COLOSSAL, combustible funk-fest; enough for a throbbing theme-night in your very own living room. Furry kaftans and diamante-encrusted bomber jackets optional. Emerging from Lincoln ...

Jack: Le Botanique, Brussels

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

THE BEAUTY of it, and also the pain, is that you never know quite what to expect from Jack's live shows. Loose-cannon bohemians, within 10 ...

Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1997

THIS TIME, it's raining the spectrum of starfish and streaming with tiger snakes. The last Jacksoness album, 93's janet, was a slink-fest of extraordinary ambition ...

Michael Jackson: Blood On The Dance Floor

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

HISTORY IS written by the victors. Or, in our times, is remixed by the fashionable. ...

Michael Jackson: Invincible (Epic)**

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2002

Distressingly dull comeback from disputed King Of Pop ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1997

All You Need Is Glove ...

James: Stutter (Sire) ***

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, July 1986

I AM TRYING to think of a group other than The Housemartins who look more boring than James. I am having big trouble in this ...

Jane's Addiction: Embassy Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

IN THE LARGER-than-life (and therefore, strictly speaking, lifesize) city of Zen yuppie angels and drive-by crucifixions, it is New Year's Eve. At nine Perry Farrell ...

Jane's Addiction: The Big Fix

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

THEIR HARD ROCK LP, NOTHING'S SHOCKING, CONVERTED MANY TO THEIR CAUSE. THEIR OUTLANDISH APPEARANCE IS ATTRACTING COMMENT WHEREVER THEY GO. THEY'RE DUE HERE FOR A ...

David Sylvian, Japan: David Sylvian

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2003

So, David Sylvian, you live halfway up a mountain in New England?"That's the way it is", laughs the singer (and yes, he does laugh. Asked ...

Joy Division: The Joy Division Industry

Comment by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, April 2008

More offcuts from the Factory ...

Kelis: Kaleidoscope

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2000

Captivating Macy-worrying debut remarries hip hop and soul ...

Kelis: The Harlem Hurricane Blows Up A Storm

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2000

IT'S SCARILY early on a Monday morning and she says she's as out of it as I am ("I love the night, it just seems ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Paradise Lost

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, January 1985

"I'm Kid Creole, the half-breed hero. Add me up, I come to zero" ...

The Killers' Brandon Flowers

Interview by Chris Roberts, J Mag, November 2008

BRANDON FLOWERS – sweet, sometimes pensive and sometimes giggly, not much for eye contact and perhaps bearing the strain of slight shyness that can be ...

Killing Joke: Jocular Vein

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1985

KILLING JOKE go for the funny bone. Chris Roberts gets the gag ...

Lush: Japanese Whispers

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1989

A RUSH OF BLOOD? Lush are nearly as good as their name, which is high praise indeed. ...

Madonna: Music

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

Her Madgesty's eighth studio album is a clinical future-dance monster ...

Madonna: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed - a transcendent pop moment ...

Mai Tai: Le Beat Route, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

FLINGING ON my best white suit and ballet shoes, I dived through the catflap and tricycled along to what could've been The Symbolic Death Of ...

Stephen Malkmus: Stephen Malkmus

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

Pavement ex-frontman goes solo ...

Mansun: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

THE FOUR million music journalists present at Mansun's big "triumphant" London show, tongues loosened by EMI's beer, tell me repeatedly that it's not OK for ...

Mazzy Star: Don't Talk Just Bliss

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1993

Mazzy Star may make beautiful records, but they also make terrible interviewees. Chris Roberts extracts some sense from their silence and decides that the US ...

Missy Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1997

MISSY "Misdemeanour" Elliott has been an invisible but insistent pivot of the pop world. ...

Moby

Interview by Chris Roberts, Bang, September 2003

IN FRONT OF US, a giant woman, a sort of Earth Goddess, made out of grass. We're told it's a woman; looks like King Kong. ...

Moby: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

IT'S A CASE of premature elevation. Of shock promotion to the Premiership with a make-shift squad. Moby shouldn't be playing this soulless aircraft hangar. ...

Alanis Morissette: Alanis Morrisette: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 1998

Follow-up to Jagged Little Pill is big, bold and belligerent ...

My Bloody Valentine: Glide on Time

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, April 1990

MY BLOODY VALENTINE are sitting in the basement rehearsal studio they've just rented. I am wandering around upstairs walking into lots of offices and insisting ...

My Bloody Valentine: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, March 2013

Chris Roberts heads to MBV's final night of their UK tour and finds himself pondering linguistics and culture while stood in their volume wind-tunnel ...

New Order: Technique (Factory)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

IT BEGINS. IT THUMPS with glee, it swirls with lackadaisical intensity. "You're much too young to be a part of me, you're much too young ...

New Order: Shock Of The New

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, April 1986

"You don't have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude" – Prince "I have no attitude without a cigarette" – Lou Reed "I wouldn't mind ...

New Order: The Reading Festival

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1989

NEW ORDER have to be blinding, have to be gorgeous and maverick and wise, if we're to leave with any sense of napalm in our ...

Oasis: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

MY GOD, they plod. The paucity of ideas would be staggering, were it not so dull. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Olympic Ballroom, Dublin

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE IDEA of pretending it was Hazel without her wig or Tom without the gags struck me as an astronomical corker for about a minute, ...

The Pixies: Surfer Rosa (4AD)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1988

"WHERE IS my mind?" smirks huggable Black Francis, and you can't help but rattle your jewellery. If "bloody your hands on a cactus tree/wipe it ...

Iggy Pop (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1999

Iggy ruminates on growing old, marriage and divorce, and the various aspects of his life that informed his album Avenue B

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 52.9mb, total interview length: 57' 23" sound quality: ***

Iggy Pop: Iggy Stardust – His Lust For Life

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1986

"I think I am a little different upstairs, yeah. But so are a lot of people," admits the former King Stooge to one of his ...

The Primitives: Red Dawn

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1989

TC: "Poor innocent me. And all this time I thought you were a bona fide blonde."Marilyn: " I am. But nobody's that natural. And incidentally, ...

Propaganda: The Pop Machinery Cranks On

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1986

In the frozen musical wastes of '86, Claudia Brucken-Morley thinks of PROPAGANDA as "being a life long thing". CHRIS ROBERTS is thinking more along the ...

Propaganda: There Is No Information, Only Disinformation And Propaganda

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, May 1985

Chris Roberts goes in search of the truth ...

Pulp: Non Stop Erotique Cabaret

Report and Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, June 1994

"I WAS WONDERING", says Jarvis Cocker. "There was a baboon in the top floor of a flat behind where we played in Paris last night." ...

Radiohead: Live in London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2000

CONFUSED, SCHIZOPHRENIC, sneering and intense yet sometimes transported by innocent joy – Radiohead's audience sure are a strange crowd. The crossover-cult idols' first English gig ...

Raissa

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

RAISSA, WHOSE seductive single, 'How Long Do I Get', is currently raising a rumpus, spent Christmas swimming in the Red Sea. She's travelled before. She ...

Ride: Nowhere (Creation)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, October 1990

BEFORE WE start, one thing: 'Dreams Burn Down', eh? What a stormer! Breathtaking, sickening, walls collapsing all around you and oh look the gazelles are ...

Roxy Music: Live at Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2001

BRYAN FERRY, surrounded by a dozen boa-trembling dancing girls on day release from Moulin Rouge, has sweaty armpits. This just doesn't happen! Or, at least, ...

Roxy Music: Re-make Re-model

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 2001

"PEOPLE ALWAYS apply this word 'cool' to me, and I'm far from it, really," says Bryan Ferry. "I'm very hot-blooded. It's strange. But then there's ...

Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Bryan Ferry (2001)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2001

The Roxy chaps talk about their 2001 reunion, and look back to the days of zany outfits and VCS3s.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.1mb, total interview length: 1h 29' 37" sound quality: **

Scritti Politti: Intellectual Hooliganism

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, March 1991

"SO YOU USE the language of dreams and you toy around for the micropolitical effect of the goosebump. I like that – the goosebump as ...

Scritti Politti: Word Play

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, May 1985

"I DON'T KNOW exactly what a pop theorist is," says Green. "I think everybody has their own ideas on what pop music's about and what ...

Semisonic: Finding Joy through Pain and Difficulty

Report and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 1998

DAN WILSON is greeted at the New York offices of Semisonic's record company like a conquering hero. My brief audience with him is constantly interrupted ...

Shivaree

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2000

BRILLIANTLY ECLECTIC musical mix from new US trio. ...

Simple Minds: Barrowland, Glasgow

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1988

IMAGINE Rangers and Celtic combined, against Leyton Orient, for charity, in a hall the size of the Electric Ballroom. That's the sort of boiling partisan ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: The Equinox, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1994

SNOOP IS in the house, and so are we, finally. The pre-match build-up is a work of art, a triumph of modern mythology and marketing. ...

Soft Cell: The Twelve Inch Singles (Mercury)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2001

TRIPLE CD pack of seminal sleazefests. ...

Soft Cell: Reissues

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1998

THOUGH THEY'RE often lumped in with other early Eighties techno-tarts as shiny and superficial, Soft Cell had a soot-black heart, a vicious edge, and an ...

The Sound: Destiny Stops Screaming

Retrospective by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2002

IT'S THE STUFF OF ROCK MYTH. GREAT MUSIC, CRITICAL ACCLAIM, A BLIGHTED CAREER THAT ENDS IN SUICIDE. CHRIS ROBERTS LOOKS BACK ON THE TRAGIC STORY ...

Sparklehorse: Good Morning Spider

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1998

Second LP from highly rated alt country act with edge and attitude. ...

Sparklehorse: The Spider's Strategy

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1998

VIRGINIAN MARK Linkous' recent second album, Good Morning Spider, confirmed the promise of his acclaimed '96 debut, Vivadixiesubmarlnetransmisslonplot, while bringing a new psychedelic spin to ...

Sparks: Balls

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

FIRST ALL-NEW flurry since 1994's Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins ...

Sparks: Plagiarism

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 1997

Dynamic duo revamp their quirky oevre with wit and irony ...

Bruce Springsteen: Le Palais des Congres, Paris

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

BRUCE IS telling a story (and I am scribbling furiously). "This is a song about men and women. I didn't write about men and women ...

Starsailor: Love Is Here (EMI Chrysalis)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2001

MUCH-TOUTED debut from new kings of pain. ...

Stereophonics: Just Enough Education To Perform

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2001

ON THE extraordinarily long-winded new single 'Mr Writer', which plods like few records not made by Oasis have plodded, Kelly Jones exhorts music journalists to ...

The Sugarcubes: Sugarcubes: Yule Never Björk Alone

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, December 1988

THE SUGARCUBES' BID FOR WORLD DOMINATION IS ALMOST COMPLETE. FOR CHRISTMAS THEY'LL BE RETURNING HOME TO ICELAND TO START RECORDING THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE LIFE'S ...

The Sundays: Sunday's Best

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, January 1989

Late last year, Chris Roberts stumbled upon the Sundays playing a support gig in one of London's many watering holes. Stunned by their brilliance, he ...

David Sylvian: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, September 1986

As DAVID SYLVIAN settles into the quiet life of solo status, CHRIS ROBERTS appraises the significant stature of his post-Japan harmonics and post-mascara beauty. ...

Teenage Fanclub: Howdy!

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

EIGHTH LONG-player from Glasgow's finest, produced by Norman Blake & Co ...

Tindersticks: Curtain Raiser

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1997

OH, AND ONCE AGAIN TINDERSTICKS have made the grandest, greatest record on earth. You hear it and the love pours out of you. It's really ...

Tindersticks: Live at Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2001

THE ALBERT Hall was surely built for Tindersticks. Actually, no, I've just done some in-depth historical research and it was built for other reasons, but ...

Tindersticks: Subterania, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2001

"WE HAVEN'T found our feet yet, have we?" mutters Stuart Staples mid-set. A voice from the crowd is shy but clearly audible: "Yes, you have!" ...

T. Rex: Electric Warrior (Universal)*****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2001

SEMINAL BOLAN breakthrough boogies again – remastered by Tony Visconti himself ...

U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, September 1997

Mart For Art's Sake ...

Wah!: Wah & Peace

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2000

NINE YEARS AGO, Pete Wylie, who is The Mighty WAH!, was considered hot. Again. He leaned on a railing in Liverpool. It gave way and ...

Rufus Wainwright

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 1998

THE LAUGH is marginally less startling than his debut album, a cabaret of flamboyant songs about April fools, matinee idols and imaginary loves, as big-time ...

Tom Waits (1988)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1988

Moles at Stonehenge? Umbrellas? Showbiz Shirts? Yes, it's another leap into the surrealistic world of Tom Waits

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.7meg, total interview length: 54' 14" sound quality: ***

Tom Waits: Subterranean Low-Life Blues

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1985

"THE COOLEST PERSON I ever met was definitely Shaw. It was a bleak autumn afternoon when Shaw thumped me in the 12-years-old ribcage and said, ...

Jimmy Webb: Tunesmith: Inside The Art Of Songwriting

Book Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2000

GENIUS BEHIND 'MacArthur Park' and 'Wichita Lineman' examines his craft, peruses his muse, and almost makes sense of it all ...

The Wedding Present: Best Defence

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1988

THE WEDDING Present were born in 1985, achieved the level of quite exciting, and now have had greatness thrust upon them with worrying prematurity. Recent ...

Wendy and Lisa: Wendy And Lisa: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, May 1989

WOMEN IN unison. A glaring gaggle. A terrifying prospect. Wasn't it in fact Dorothy Parker, theoretically one of their own, who wrote, "I hate women. ...

X-Mal Deutschland: Mal Function

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, January 1985

X-Mal Deutschland: the new wave of Germanic white gospel blues pop rock, or just a "really funny band" from Hamburg? Chris Roberts cuts through the ...

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High Fidelity

Film/DVD Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2000

Cusack and crew Americanise Nick Hornby's novel with suss and style ...

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