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Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson is the author of over 100 rock books and encyclopaedias, including the first-ever books on U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode and Sparks (summer 2009). Other publications include biographies of David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Cream and the Jeff Beck Group, and the recent (2008-2009) volumes I Hate New Music, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell and London's Burning: True Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977.

A regular contributor to Melody Maker and Record Collector through much of the 1980s, Thompson has also contributed to Mojo, Q, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Shindig and Alternative Press. A native of the Medway Towns, he currently lives in Delaware with cats.
 

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999: Footnote Archives: 999

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, May 2006

THE ODD thing about the history of punk is, it's very easy to forget some of its best progenitors. ...

The Adverts: Bored Teenagers

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, September 1997

ANYONE PAYING attention to the British music scene in recent years cannot help but have noticed T.V. Smith. Across three superlative albums, 1991's RIP: Everything ...

Afghan Whigs get Soulful on Their New LP, Black Love

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Rolling Stone, November 1995

JOE PIXIE IS PISSED. TWO FEET TALL, with a voice like a pubescent munchkin, he has been phoning around local fast-food joints trying to get ...

Willie "Loco" Alexander: The Persistence of Willie ‘Loco’ Alexander

Interview by Dave Thompson, Creem, 1995

YOU DON'T HAVE to be mad to like Willie Alexander's new album (and it doesn't particularly matter if you are), but from the moment The ...

Dot Allison, One Dove: Dot Allison in the Afterglow

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

FAR BE IT from anyone to laugh at a label which drops the Chemicals and Andrew Weatherall, and keeps Scotland's answer to St Etienne instead, ...

Steve Ashley Passes The Test Of Time

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2003

AMID THE MYRIAD names thrown up by the English Folk-Rock boom of the early 1970s, the era most succinctly summarised by the legendary Electric Muse ...

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll: Brian Auger: Back From Oblivion

Discography by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, April 1995

BRING UP the subject of jazz-rock fusion, and for sure Brian Auger will be one of the first names you think of. Over the past ...

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll: Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, July 2007

IT WAS ONE of the most memorable hit singles of the late 1960s, an hypnotic, walking bass led swirl through an unreleased Bob Dylan song, ...

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll: Whatever happened to the Driscoll-Auger Trinity?

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, April 2008

IN AN AGE awash with supergroups, the 1960s combination of singer Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and his Trinity was poised to become the most ...

Jeff Beck: Who Else But Jeff Beck?

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Experience Hendrix, 1999

IN 1985, WITH A NEW single, "People Get Ready," reuniting him with vocalist Rod Stewart for the first time since 1969, Jeff Beck was lined ...

Black Grape: Straight to Stupid: Black Grape

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

DANNY SABER'S been a busy boy. Produced the Rolling Stones, remixed David Bowie, and then seven weeks recording the new Black Grape album, climbing ...

Black Sabbath: The Second Coming of Black Sabbath (According to Geezer Butler)

Interview by Dave Thompson, Rocket, The, 1994

IT WASN'T ALWAYS this way, you know. There was a time when, if you mentioned that you liked Black Sabbath... if you mentioned that ...

David Bowie: Black Tie, White Noise

Review by Dave Thompson, Rocket, The, May 1993

IN THE DECADE since his last truly successful album, Let's Dance, David Bowie has undergone any number of changes, each of them as dramatic as ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Culture Clash: The Return Of The 50 Foot Gender Benders

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1998

"LIAM GALLAGHER is so sexy! There’s not much irony in the things Liam says, it’s just pent up rotweiler frustration. But honey, I ...

Bernard Butler Moves On

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

HE'S A DIFFICULT bugger, everyone says so. David McAlmont said so, as he walked away from a potentially chart-topping partnership, complaining the guitarist was ...

Nick Cave

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1996

MIDWAY THROUGH Neglected Murderesses, artist Edward Gorey's gallery of feasibly fictional ghoulesses, we meet Sarah Jane "Batears" Olafsen, a cold-hearted killer who "hacked to collops" ...

Chad and Jeremy: The Chad and Jeremy Story

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2000

WHEN CHAD AND JEREMY were first invited to re-group, back in 1986 for the following year's British Invasion II tour, their first response was, "Hmmm, ...

Coal Chamber: Get Yer Scuttles Out: Coal Chamber

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

DEZ SOUNDS genuinely horrified. "You can't do that! I'll be naked!" And, though it probably takes a lot to shock him, the ...

Lloyd Cole: Causing a Commotion: Lloyd Cole

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1995

AT THE BEGINNING, he seemed tailor-made for rock stardom. Young, good-looking and menacingly literate, Lloyd Cole exploded out of nowhere (well, Scotland actually) in ...

Stewart Copeland: The Rhythmatist

Review by Dave Thompson, Melody Maker, June 1985

COME ON, Stewart!  Personal expression is all very well, and we all know that, beneath those candy floss classics you make with the rest of ...

Cream: Sunshine Supermen

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, MOJO, Summer 2007

IT'S PROBABLY heresy to say it aloud and there's several hundred Best Psychedelic Album In The World... Ever type compilations that can shoot the thought ...

The Damned

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, February 1992

NO ONE could ever have predicted it, but the Damned are the great survivors of punk. ...

The Dandy Warhols: Just Dandy Warhols

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1996

"I THOUGHT PEOPLE only came to places like this to get laid." Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor inspects one of Seattle's finest niteries, winces ...

Depeche Mode: Faith And Devotion

Discography by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, May 1994

DEPECHE MODE emerged from within one of the most confused periods British pop has ever undergone, a period during which punk's predatory napalm was still ...

Mick Ronson, Sandy Dillon: Sandy Dillon And Mick Ronson: Ronnie Scotts, London

Live Review by Dave Thompson, Melody Maker, August 1985

FIRST some background. ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: Death On The Instalment Plan

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, MOJO, September 2001

JIM MORRISON LAY IN A BATHTUB FULL OF WATER drawn from the same mystic spring that fed Brian Jones's swimming pool. The flesh over his ...

The Doors In 1967: From Zeroes To Heroes In Six Months Flat

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, August 2007

"I've always been attracted to ideas that were about revolt against authority. When you make your peace with authority, you become an authority. I like ...

Fleetwood Mac: What Happened Before All That Happened Later On…

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, February 2005

THEY ARE Fleetwood Mac's forgotten years. Mick Fleetwood's Fleetwood autobiography dedicates just thirty pages to them, Peter Lewry's The Complete Recording Sessions turns ...

Flo & Eddie, Frank Zappa, T. Rex: Flo and Eddie and Marc, Frank and More

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2002

THEY WERE THE VOICE of the American 1960s, sainted providers of the angelic harmonies and grooved-out choruses that served up the most innocent psychedelia your ...

Flo & Eddie, Frank Zappa: Zappa And The Mothers – The Flo And Eddie Years

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2002

BETWEEN MID-1970 and the end of 1971, Frank Zappa was at his peak as rock’s premier satirist and spokesman, an 18-month period during which he ...

Bruce Foxton: Camden Palace, London

Live Review by Dave Thompson, Melody Maker, September 1984

THE EIGHTEEN months since You Know Who finally called it a day have been reasonably kind to Brother Foxton. So he's not quite at ...

Jimi Hendrix: Remade in Britain

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, MOJO, Summer 2007

DATELINE: LONDON, January 29, 1967. It was, if such archaic terminology could still be employed, the ultimate Battle of the Bands, trans-Atlantic style. ...

Robyn Hitchcock, The Soft Boys: Robyn Hitchcock Rocks Groovily On

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, B-Side, 1995

ROBYN HITCHCOCK is confused. At least, he's as confused as anyone who's been told they'll be called by a writer in America, with all the ...

The Jook's On You

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2003

MENTION THE NAME of the Jook a decade or so ago, and chances are, you'd be met with a blank gaze from anybody outside of ...

Lamb’s Chops

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

POSING TOPLESS might not be the most unusual way of getting attention these days, but at least when Lamb did it, for a recent promo ...

Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: Led Zeppelin: Pre-Flyte

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, July 2007

THE YARDBIRDS were no more. After five years, four guitarists, and more legends than you could stuff inside a shoe shop, the band had finally ...

Love and Rockets: Lift Off: Love And Rockets

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 2002

YOU COULD, MAYBE, be forgiven if you weren't expecting Love And Rockets to be dropping by to play, just yet. It was, after all, ...

Lulu: Back For More

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, April 1994

SHE DOESN'T do it deliberately, she says, but you can set your watch by Lulu, and the most surprising thing is, she still takes everyone ...

Kirsty MacColl: They Don't Know (Yet)

Discography by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, September 1996

SHE'S BEEN AROUND for such a long time now, she admits she's a part of the furniture, "part of the rock 'n' roll consciousness." ...

Marilyn Manson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

HE BROUGHT YOUR SICKEST FANTASIES to life, and now you, poor fools, have fulfilled his. When Broadway wheels out the new millennial Jesus Christ ...

Mansun

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

THEY'RE THE HOTTEST new British band in 15 minutes, and pretty much the best in almost an hour, but as Mansun set about their first ...

Medicine Head: John Fiddler Recalls… Medicine Head

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, July 2004

IT’S ONE OF THE modern collector’s last remaining joys, compiling long and bitter lists of the albums we’d most like to see released on CD, ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Morrissey and The Smiths: There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, March 1994

IN JUNE 1984, Rolling Stone journalist James Henke asked Britain's latest rising superstar, Smiths vocalist Morrissey, for his opinions on the British Prime Minister, Margaret ...

Larry Wallis, Motorhead, The Pink Fairies: Larry Wallis: The Importance Of Being Stiff

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, July 2002

IF YOU KNOW anything about Stiff Records, the first great maverick Indy label of the punk-era British 1970s, you’ll know Larry Wallis. Author of ...

Nirvana: The Boys Are Back In Town

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, October 1993

Go ahead. Hate this band, it's the cool thing to do. The punk rockers hate them because they've "sold out"; the mainstream hates them because ...

Nirvana: The Kurt Cobain Memorial

Interview by Dave Thompson, Q, April 1996

Four days after Kurt Cobain's suicide, thousands gathered in his home city to attend the event that became his public funeral, falling somewhere between touching ...

Mike Oldfield: An Interview

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, June 2013

HE IS, OF COURSE, Mr. Tubular Bells and, regular as clockwork, the 40th anniversary of the release of his greatest hit delivers what a lot ...

Andrew Loog Oldham… And The Salty Tale Of Sandy Beach

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2002

POP STARDOM is about creating myths and sticking to them. ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: The Rolling Stones' First Manager And Producer

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, November 1995

THERE ARE only a handful of rock managers who truly deserve the epithet great, those whose reputations have lived on long after the sell-by date ...

Genesis P-Orridge, Throbbing Gristle: Genesis P and the Chili Pepper’s Pee

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1994

GENESIS P-ORRIDGE left the UK almost two years ago, hounded out by one of those peculiarly English sexsational witch-hunts that the home authorities apparently relish. ...

Pink Floyd: See You On The Dark Side Of The Moon

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, August 2008

THE STATISTICS, as Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason puts it, "make staggering reading." ...

The Ramones: Mondo Bizarro

Review by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, October 1992

Dear Mrs Ramone, Just a quick note to let you know how the boys are, these days. ...

Cliff Richard in Conversation

Interview by Dave Thompson, unpublished, 1994

TELL US HOW you became Cliff Richard… ...

Roogalator: Footnote Archives: Roogalator

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, September 2006

IT'S EARLY morning on regional breakfast television, and the morning's entertainment includes a local performer who, with close to 40 years of experience behind him, ...

The Seahorses

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

IT'S AMAZING what you can pack into a year. Take John Squire for example: he made an album and jammed with Oasis. He ...

The Sex Pistols: Nils Stevenson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard this before, but this time it's true. The best Punk book yet has just hit the streets, written by someone who were ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: The Shriek's Back

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, April 1995

SIOUXSIE'S PISSED. Eight hours into another day of interviews, several dozen stories up Geffen's New York headquarters, and she can't have a cigarette. People say ...

Skinny Puppy: Last Rites for Skinny Puppy

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1996

THE RUMOURS BEGAN long before the truth caught up with them. The new Skinny Puppy, the latest Skinny Puppy, the last Skinny Puppy, the ...

Slipknot: Kiss Devo Goodbye

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

NOW IS PROBABLY not the best time to say it, but they look like Devo. Those boiler suits with bar-codes on them, those crazy ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: The Lost Interview

Profile and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, September 1997

(With the exception of the Peter Frampton quote, the following interviews were carried out in London in early 1982 for a projected biography of John's ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Local Geek Makes Good: Smashing Pumpkins

Profile and Interview by Dave Thompson, Creem, January 1994

YOU MADE IT, THEN? You didn't kill yourself on the way?   ...

Ronnie Spector Talks to Rainbows

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, Fall 1999

SHE WAS ONE of the voices of the American 60s, the purest element in Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound, the heartbeat of an entire generation's ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, April 2004

ALTHOUGH THE Spencer Davis Group are best remembered for propelling the young Stevie Winwood to prominence, paving the way for Traffic, Blind Faith and, of ...

Sweet: The Sweet: As Sweet As It Was

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, February 1997

FEW BANDS ever led a life full of as many personalities as The Sweet. In their British homeland, they were as unfashionable as last year's ...

Velvet Underground: The Last Days of the Velvet Underground

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2004

ON AUGUST 23, 1970, Lou Reed played his last ever show with the Velvet Underground, the band he had led since its formation as psychotic ...

Gene Vincent: A Record Collector's Guide To Gene Vincent

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 1999

IT WAS IAN DURY, himself the creator of some of the greatest records of his era, who hit the nail on the head, in one ...

Johnny Warman

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2001

ANYONE ABSORBING the Australian airwaves back in 1981 will have encountered any number of strange and wonderful things. Few, however, have stood the test ...

XTC: Andy Partridge

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, May 2007

OF ALL THE bands thrown up by the Punk insurgency of 1977 (30 years ago today, folks! Get your Sergeant Leper facemasks here!), XTC were ...

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