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Danny Baker

Danny Baker

Danny Baker started his career working for seminal punk zine Sniffin' Glue before becoming a receptionist at the New Musical Express. He championed disco and soul and wrote the funniest singles columns in the paper's history. Going to Sea in a Sieve, Danny's autobiography, was published in late 2012.

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Alternative TV: The Image Has Cracked

Review by Danny Baker, ZigZag, July 1978

YOU KNOW them "artists" and "reviewers", they ain't never gonna stop. ...

Alternative TV: ATV: Is As Wonderful

Profile and Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, December 1977

I WAS AT ONE of Steve Mick's bi-annual parties, (baffling, rambling affairs – you want to find your long-lost aunt? Come in and prowl around, ...

Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves: The Best Band In The World!

Profile and Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, August 1978

"WE LOVE MUSIC...BUT WE HATE THE DISCO SOUND!!!!"Know what? I'll even forgive this band for saying that. ...

Boston: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Danny Baker, NME, October 1979

GOAL! ...

Kate Bush

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, October 1979

EMI: THREE LETTERS that have come to represent "the enemy" in rock'n'roll's war games. EMI House rambles like a country home with a thousand warrens ...

Chic: Risqué

Review by Danny Baker, NME, August 1979

THIS TIME I really feel entitled to smile. ...

Chic: Up Chic Creek

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, January 1979

THERE WERE so many good singles last year that when it came to deciding what I thought were the best 45s to show out, I ...

Chic: Grandmasters of Chic

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, August 1981

Rodgers & Hart... Rodgers & Hammerstein... Rodgers & Edwards... The new age directors of organised rhyme get a witness in DANNY BAKER. ...

Culture Club: Boy George: It's An Odd Boy Who Doesn't Like Sport #1

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, September 1984

"Where can you find pleasure?/Search the world for treasure?/Learn science technology?/Where can you begin to make your dreams all come true?/On the land or on ...

Culture Club: Boy George: It's An Odd Boy Who Doesn't Like Sport #2

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, September 1984

LAST WEEK Boy George recalled his earliest memories and the slow dawning on him that he was apart from his contemporaries in many ways. ...

The Darts: One of these Men Is a Fitness Fanatic

Profile and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, September 1979

ALONG A LONELY Somerset lane a man from West 68th St. Manhattan is making good time. Twelve miles behind him and eight to go, he ...

Ian Dury: Danny Baker presents Ian Dury: A Turn For The Verse

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, August 1981

"There's a cock-eyed yellow poodle to the North of Gongapooch There's a little hot cross bun that's turning green, There's a double jointed wop-wop ...

Ian Dury: New Challenge For Esperanto

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, December 1978

JUST OUT of Holland, about ten miles from the Dutch/Belgian border, the coach pulls into the Flemish equivalent of a Motorway Chef. There's four hours ...

Ian Dury: Where Blockheads Dare…

Report by Danny Baker, ZigZag, January 1979

IN 1979 THE music press could well go the way of The Times. Rock'n'roll is all about crucial exhibitions of art, quiet spoken interviews with ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Faces

Review by Danny Baker, NME, October 1980

ANY GROUP can only pack so much stuff. The stuff that oils and inspires their moves, greases songs, a magic stuff that flows through a ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: Living On A Met-Plane

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, November 1981

EARTH, WIND & FIRE'S MAURICE WHITE GETS METAPHYSICAL. BRINGING QUESTIONS OF HIS OWN DANNY BAKER ASKS: DO YOU BELIEVE MY FRIEND IN WHAT YOU CLAIM? ...

Elvis Costello: My Aim is True (Stiff SEEZ 3)

Review by Danny Baker, ZigZag, August 1977

I COULD NEVER see the attraction in classical music, all that hanging about between notes, I mean what do people with great classic collections play ...

Brian Eno: An Interview With Brian Eno

Interview by Kris Needs, Danny Baker, ZigZag, January 1978

YOU COULD SAY Brian Eno was pissed off on the day the dynamic Zigzag interviewing team were supposed to be interviewing him. Quite the opposite ...

The Fall

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, February 1978

AH THE FALL! My mind fell on a quote that was all I knew of the name, something like '...there's hardly another band fit to ...

Diana Ross, Jermaine Jackson: Diana Ross: Diana (Motown); Jermaine Jackson: Let's Get Serious (Motown)

Review by Danny Baker, NME, June 1980

The hit factory calls in the new technology ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: The Great Greenland Mystery

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, April 1981

For years scientists have been baffled by The Great Greenland Mystery. What is it that makes Greenland the only territory on earth where The Jacksons ...

Millie Jackson: MillieJackson: Live And Uncensored

Review by Danny Baker, NME, January 1980

A COUPLE OF NIGHTS back I was re-discovering Millie Jackson's Caught Up/Still Caught Up albums and wallowing in the ecstasy of what arguably were the ...

The Jam: Dies' Ist Der Modernische Welt

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, March 1979

AND IN THE beginning there was darkness. Then, it has been written, the Mood formed the Pistols, Clash, Damned, Stranglers, Vibrators and the Jam and ...

Kraftwerk: The Man Machine (Capitol EST 11728)

Review by Danny Baker, ZigZag, June 1978

Springtime for Kraftwerk ...

Madness: The Mad Hatter's TV Party

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, October 1980

THE TV PARTY ...

John Martyn: Well Kept Secret

Review by Danny Baker, NME, September 1982

I LIVE WITH THE constant nagging worry that my house will soon burn down. ...

McFadden and Whitehead: The Rise and Rise of McFadden, Whitehead and Ward (Anita)

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, June 1979

EVEN THE Johnny Pearson Orchestra on Top Of The Pops couldn't ruin a song as strong as 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'. ...

Gary Numan: The Pleasure Principle

Review by Danny Baker, NME, September 1979

AND PEOPLE seethe at the Golden Boy. Let's forget the threadbare rock'n'roll bitch that it's all been done before by 'proper' artists — Bowie this, ...

Robert Palmer: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Danny Baker, NME, December 1979

THAT THE Odeon was full for two nights running leads me to think that Robert Palmer's followers form some kind of secret society. I don't ...

Public Image Ltd: The Private Life Of Public Image

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, June 1979

WHAT TIME IS it? It feels like five in the morning but it must be a lot later. Ugh, Jesus, I must be inside my ...

Rose Royce: Socio/Political Conscience? Waal, Ah'm Rilly Into Chutney

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, October 1978

"SO HOWS about up at number two, we have the one and only Rose Royce with 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore'...goodness gracious yes..." ...

Leo Sayer: London

Live Review by Danny Baker, NME, October 1978

A NIGHT distinguished for me by the worst support set I've ever heard and the most tuchus-licking tolerant audience ever assembled in one Vaudeville room. ...

Sham 69

Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, September 1977

THE ROXY CLUB. Week one. The band bottom of the three playing that night played the night's most exciting set to about 20 people. ...

Sham 69: Pursey's Down The Dogtrack

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, August 1978

Sham 69's leader blows his wages, ponders his role, and has a few larfs. DANNY BAKER goes to see an old mate about a dog. ...

Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Casablanca)

Review by Danny Baker, NME, May 1979

I'M SITTING here, the music is actionably loud, the bass is hitting right into the back of my neck, squarebashing on the spot, and – ...

T. Rex: The Unobtainable T.Rex

Review by Danny Baker, NME, September 1980

AND SO, it appears, we are on the brink of a new T.Rex faith. Well, as one who defended the Bolanian right at school in ...

Village People: The Annals Of Disco

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, February 1979

DANNY BAKER tests the dancefloor action 1979 from uptown Manhattan to downtown Rotherhithe, interviews THE VILLAGE PEOPLE people, lays on a historical overview of Disco, ...

List of genre pieces

The Seventies

Retrospective by Danny Baker, Word, The, February 2004

"The Seventies' attitudes, cultures and repercussions are almost too incredible for a modern youth to imagine" By Danny Baker ...

Record Collections of Shame

Essay by Danny Baker, Q, December 1991

EVER SINCE the Medved Brothers published their Fifty Worst Movies Of All Time, it's been a cinch that a similar, meatier job has been going ...

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