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Dave Rimmer

Dave Rimmer

A key SMASH HITS and FACE writer in the early-mid 1980s, Rimmer also authored Like Punk Never Happened, a cult study of '80s pop. He spent the late '80s and '90s in Berlin and Budapest, watching the Wall fall in his second book, Once Upon a Time in the East, and has contributed to dozens of publications in the UK, US and Germany. Currently based back in London, he doubles as travel writer and is working on a book about New Romantics.

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Anita Baker

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, March 1987

THAT RESTLESS, relentless and often quite ridiculous search for the Next Big Thing has to be the longest-running game in pop. When Anita Baker's album, ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Larry Levan, The Sugarhill Gang: Hip Hop: The Music Centre

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, April 1983

Ever wondered where Wham! and Malcolm McLaren got their ideas from? Or how rapping and scratching actually started? The answers lie in the Bronx — a borough ...

Big Country, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Steel Pulse, U2: U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse: A Day At The Racecourse

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1983

A long, hot, emotional day it was too. Dublin's Phoenix Park throws open its gates to U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country and about 20,000 ...

Blancmange

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, May 1983

IT'S THE UNEARTHLY hour of 8.0 in the morning in some place called Astwick. Your reporter and the two members of Blancmange (both a trifle ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Culture Club and George

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1983

A TYPICAL SUNDAY afternoon in New York's Central Park. Horse drawn carriages sweep by full of tourists. Armies of joggers with headphones stream down every ...

Bronski Beat: Runaway Boys: Bronski Beat

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, June 1984

Bronski Beat are young, talented and they've only played a handful of concerts. And suddenly everyone's asking them questions. Questions about their "stance" as a ...

Culture Club In The Land Of The Rising Sun

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, July 1984

Culture Club in Japan are very big news INDEED. They're the most popular British pop group. They fill massive stadiums. There are Girl Georges everywhere. ...

Culture Club: The Boy In New York City

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1982

Culture Club take on America and George discovers 46 flavours of shaving foam. Words: Dave Rimmer. ...

Culture Club: Cutlure Club: The Jon Moss Story

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, March 1984

Pig William, Phone Bone Boulevard, Pastrami Barmy, Eskimo Norbert, The Clash, London, The Damned, The Edge, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, The Nips, Adam And ...

The Cure

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, October 1983

Q: WHAT DO The Cure, The Banshees, The Royal Ballet and Crawley all have in common? ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Straight Talking

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1982

"Dexys is my work, my life", claims Kevin Rowland. Much more than that he's not saying. Dave Rimmer waits with bated breath. ...

Dire Straits: Coming To a Street Near You: Dire Straits

Comment by Dave Rimmer, Tip Berlin, Summer 1992

Note: This deliberately rather facetious story was written for a Tip magazine cover story in summer 1992, and translated into German by Wolfgang Doebeling. I’m ...

Thomas Dolby: The Appliance of Science

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1984

AT THE TENDER age of 25, Thomas Dolby has already established himself as an ingenious and inventive songwriter, performer, producer, synthesizer wizard and video director. ...

Duran Duran: Life In The Land Down Under

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, November 1983

Duran Duran have just got back from three months in Australia. Before they left, Dave Rimmer flew out to join them. ...

Duran Duran: The Pop Dream Come True

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, December 1985

NIGHT SETTLES ON The Palace Hotel, Philadelphia, like a sigh of relief. All the acts have finished all their frantic, last minute preparations for Live ...

Echo & The Bunnymen

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1983

IT WAS A trifle chilly, apparently, when the Bunnymen did the woodland photo session for their first album, Crocodiles. It was even colder on the ...

Brian Eno: Eno: Only The Small Survive

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, October 1980

One of the vital musical innovators of the Seventies, Brian Eno now inhabits a curious world. He lives in 'medieval' Manhattan, where he gambles on ...

Eurythmics

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, March 1983

Most electronic duos seem to have hits instantly. Not so Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox. Dave Rimmer finds out why it's taken them so long. ...

Marianne Faithfull: Berliner Ensemble, Berlin

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, February 1996

THE SET IS SIMPLE: black curtain, grand piano, chair and table, snifter of brandy and pack of Marlboro Lights. She’s nervous stepping on to it, ...

Kim Fowley: Checkpoint Fowley: Chairman Kim in Berlin

Comment by Dave Rimmer, Checkpoint (Berlin), November 1992

Author's Note: This was written as a column for Checkpoint magazine in Berlin. The column was, at the beginning, nominally about nightlife, so hence all ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Revenge of Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, Summer 1986

"NO ONE GETS IN HERE!" screams Brian Nash, slamming the caravan door and flicking the lock. "No one!" Outside hover a few members of the ...

The Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples: The Gap Band/Yarbrough and Peoples: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1983

Intrepid fans shuffle past a regiment of niggly security men and into the Hammersmith Odeon. On stage a whole troupe of compères bounce on and ...

Evelyn Thomas, Gloria Gaynor, The Weather Girls: High Energy

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, June 1984

It's a new type of dance beat. Hazell Dean's 'Searchin'' is High Energy; so are The Weather Girls, Gloria Gaynor and Evelyn Thomas. The charts ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Various Artists: Genius Of Rap — The Sugar Hill Story

Review by Dave Rimmer, Q, August 1987

"I SAID A HIP, HOP..." starts the rap by The Sugar Hill Gang's Wonder Mike over a riff faithfully copied from (though only much later ...

Debbie Harry: It's About Time, Isn't It?

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, December 1986

SO WHY, WE must ask, is Debbie Harry back right now, exactly? Has she brought out her brand new single, 'French Kissing In The USA', ...

The Human League: Human Nature

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1981

"YOU'D BETTER watch out," Philip Oakey warns in a voice to make even the hardiest soul tremble at the knees. "We've decided we like that ...

J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz: The Venue, London

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, August 1982

JUDGING BY the queue for tickets, "guests" outnumber the paying customers here tonight by something like three to one. It's often like this at The ...

New Order

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, March 1983

I'VE ALWAYS had this picture of New Order — four sombre, sensitive types permanently locked in a darkened studio arguing about the merits of their ...

New Order

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, January 1988

"WE GOT a letter last week," Peter Hook, the bearded and occasionally belligerent bass player, the one who answers all New Order fan mail, is ...

New Order: We've Got This Far And We Can't Even Play!

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, May 1984

So says New Order's Bernard Sumner. Dave Rimmer isn't saying anything. ...

John Peel: Two Decades On

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, December 1986

JOHN PEEL IS sitting in his pyjamas in the kitchen of his Suffolk home. It is a Sunday afternoon. On the wall is a Radio ...

Pet Shop Boys: MTV Launches in Russia - and the PSBs Cut the Ribbon!

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Guardian, The, June 1993

2002 NOTE: This piece about the launching of MTV Russia was published by the Guardian in London, by Tip magazine in Berlin, and by the ...

Prefab Sprout: From Langley Park To Memphis

Review by Dave Rimmer, Q, April 1988

A RUM PROPOSITION, this Prefab Sprout. It depends on your mood and mode of musical preference, of course, but while much of the time they ...

Simple Minds: Jim Kerr's Glittering Dream

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1982

JIM KERR and I have just started talking over a cup of tea in London's Hyde Park, when a girl comes rushing up. ...

The Smiths: Hits And Myths

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1984

From "severe starvation" to chart success without ever once ironing a shirt. Yes friends, says Dave Rimmer, it can be done! ...

Sting: Nothing Like The Sun

Review by Dave Rimmer, Q, November 1987

"WITHOUT FREEDOM FROM the past," sings a typically philosophical Sting on one track called 'History Will Teach Us Nothing', "things will only get worse." ...

The Style Council: The Cost Of Loving

Review by Dave Rimmer, Q, March 1987

IT'S FOUR YEARS now since Paul Weller knocked The Jam on the head and launched his new group with "Merton" Mick Talbot. Ever since the ...

David Sylvian Vs. The Pop Goliath

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, March 1986

THE MAN WHO STROLLED INTO the lobby was small and neat, grey-suited with white shoes. His hair was a natural darkish brown a small silver ...

Talk Talk

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, August 1982

BIT OF AN abrasive character, this Mark Hollis from Talk Talk. Halfway through our chat, I innocently mention that they're often compared to Duran Duran, ...

The Boys Town Gang: Possibly The Most Boring Group In The World

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1982

The Boys Town Gang talk about Art, Expression and Being Very Creative. Dave Rimmer catches up on some kip. ...

Ritchie Valens: La Bamba

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, Summer 1987

SEARCHLIGHTS SWAY IN THE SKY over Hollywood Boulevard and Vine as the premiere party for La Bamba the movie strides into full swing. The subject ...

Yazoo: Worlds Apart

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1982

Alf and Vince probably "wouldn't be friends if we weren't working together". They often don't meet up 'til just before going on stage. Dave Rimmer ...

Yes: Hello Atlantis!

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, February 1997

They're back, and this time they're organic... Dave Rimmer hops on board the Yes reunion special ...

Paul Young: Too Much, Too Young

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, January 1985

CLOSE YOUR EYES and picture the man who is talking. Chances are you imagine him looking well turned-out in a sharp and quite possibly shiny ...

Frank Zappa: The Lost Episodes

Review by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, March 1996

DESCRIBED BY UTILITY Muffin Kitchen engineer Spencer Chrislu as a "sort of stealth project", this excellent little album of studio leftovers was put together by ...

Frank Zappa: R.I.P. Frank

Obituary by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, January 1994

[NOTE: This was part of Mojo’s obituary for Frank Zappa, and was published in January 1994. The brief was simply to look at his career ...

List of genre pieces

Futurebeat: Vorschtsprung dürch Techno

Essay by Dave Rimmer, Wire, Spring 1994

"The only possible challenge to repetitive power takes the route of a breach in social repetition and the control of noisemaking. In more day-to-day political ...

Hip Hop: A Guide

Guide by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, April 1983

IN 1979 A record called 'Rapper's Delight' by the Sugarhill Gang introduced us to rapping. Similar stuff soon followed — Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash and ...

Microglobe: Easy Dance & Musichall, Frankfurt an der Oder

Report by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, January 1994

IN THE CRAMPED LITTLE DJ BOOTH AT THE EASY DISCO, Frankfurt an der Oder – east Germany city of flatblocks and border posts – Berlin ...

Nazi Noises: Right-Wing Rock in Europe

Report by Dave Rimmer, Select, Fall 1992

NOTE: This piece about Nazi rock music in Germany was commissioned and published by UK music magazine Select in autumn (I think) of 1992. It ...

The Love Parade

Report by Dave Rimmer, Pozor, 1996

NOTE: As a veteran of the event, I have written a lot about the Love Parade – for various music magazines in the UK, for ...

You Don't Have to Say You Love Him: The Divine Simon Napier-Bell

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, Summer 1987

IN A DISCREET east London venue, in the smaller dressing room backstage, a new group called Blue Mercedes are packing up their gear after their ...

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