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David Quantick

David Quantick

David Quantick started out freelancing for City Limits, then went to the NME and later to Q. He is now writing for Word. Along the way he also wrote or writes for Smash Hits, Spin, Blender, some Fleet Street and of course The Oldie. He co-wrote Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill with Eddie, and is responsible for some small rock books, most recently Revolution: The Making Of The Beatles' White Album. He also writes comedy on TV and radio, and appeared at Edinburgh and all over in Lloyd Cole Knew My Father with Andrew Collins and Stuart Maconie.

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a-ha: Scoundrel Days

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1986

HERE THEY are again. Norway's finest and the group who cleaned up after the chart fragmentation of Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, a-ha ...

Beth Orton: Mild Thing: Beth Orton: Central Reservation (Heavenly) **

Review by David Quantick, Q, April 1999

The Janis Joplin of the Heavenly Social Club finally delivers sequel to Trailer Park. ...

Mary J. Blige: Amager Bio, Copenhagen ****

Live Review by David Quantick, Q, January 1998

Once grumpy and so hopeless live she'd get booed offstage. Now... Nice Girl ...

The Blue Nile: Hats (Linn)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1989

WHAT A romantic tale is The Blue Nile’s. I mean, you’re probably sick to the privy parts of hearing how they made an LP for ...

Blur: Floral Hall, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne

Live Review by David Quantick, MOJO, November 1995

"Blimey," says Damon Albarn as he takes the stage. How apt, Blur, as even tiny children in their prams know, are the current monarchs of ...

David Bowie: Labyrinth

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, June 1986

MOST OF us are familiar with David Bowie from his role as Vendice Partners in the sparkling musical comedy Absolute Beginners, but how many I ...

David Bowie: Mr Universe: David Bowie: Heathen (ISO/Columbia) ****

Review by David Quantick, Q, June 2002

Rock's original spaceboy flexes his muscles. ...

Billy Bragg: Malcolm Essex

Report and Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1992

OH DEAR. I am going to marry Billy Bragg. It's like this; Billy and I are in a tacky sort of '50s retro gift shop ...

Kate Bush: Let Them Eat Kate: The Sensual World

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1989

FOUR YEARS TO produce one LP works out at ten minutes per year of The Sensual World, with an extra three minutes 48 for cassette ...

Belinda Carlisle: Christmas Crackers

Interview by David Quantick, Vox, January 1992

It may be Christmas but it's the season of no fun for Belinda Carlisle. VOX found her heavy with child, enslaved by her hormones and ...

Catatonia: Bubbling Under

Report and Interview by David Quantick, Q, March 1998

They're about to break through, they're ever so Welsh and their singer is losing her voice on the first date of the tour... ...

Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Circa)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, June 1989

CHERRY-OH BABY ...

Lloyd Cole: What's All The Commotion About?

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, May 1984

LLOYD, I asked, are you in love? ...

Elvis Costello: Royalty Theatre, London

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, November 1986

HALFWAY THROUGH 'Watching The Detectives', there is a small fight. When it has been amicably concluded, the thin man in the Buddy Holly specs, striped ...

Def Leppard: Slang

Review by David Quantick, Q, June 1996

FOR DEF Leppard, it really ought to be That Time Of The Career. ...

Depeche Mode: Modeahead? Uh-Uh… But How Do You Rate The Review, Lads?

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1984

Depeche Mode: Some Great Reward (Mute) ...

Dido: Soup with Dido

Interview by David Quantick, Word, The, 2003

DIDO LIVES in Islington, along with half the Labour Party, the entire cast of EastEnders and the late Arthur Mullard, who used to sit outside ...

EMF: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

Live Review by David Quantick, Smash Hits, November 1990

THE FOREST OF DEAN in rural Gloucestershire is not the sort of place you would call "the home of very noisy rock 'n' roll"; this ...

En Vogue: Girl Power!

Interview by David Quantick, Q, July 1997

They are the quite spicy girls. A long time ago, they were manufactured by a pair of svengalis. Since then, they've had lorryloads of hits, ...

Erasure: Rubber Band Men

Report and Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, June 1986

"AAAAAAAABBOTT!" – Lou Costello ...

Everything But The Girl: We Want To Be Togethurr…

Interview by David Quantick, Q, July 1996

LUXEMBOURG IS not, it may be safely said, the most exciting country in the world. Even the national anthem is reduced to banging on about ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, May 1985

I SUPPOSE it’s a good time for these sons of America to renew their acquaintance with these shores ("Hi, shores!"), since every other denizen of ...

Frank Chickens: Enter The Ninja

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1984

"HAVE YOU read Winnie The Pooh?", asks Kazuko Hohki. I admit I have. "And Mary Poppins? And The Borrowers?." Kazuko, one half of Frank Chickens, ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Liverpool

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1986

WHAT DO you do when you've made a completely excessive double album which made history as highly moderate filler? How do you feel when everyone ...

Garbage: Cash For Questions With Shirley Manson

Interview by David Quantick, Q, June 2000

Chair throwing, coprophagy, sniffing Courtney Love... and that's just you lot – arf! Garbage's fiery songstress would much rather relax with Ravel and some GM ...

Garbage: What Do You Think Of It So Far?

Interview by David Quantick, Q, June 1998

Garbage! They've sold millions of albums, but they wonder if that's a good thing when Steve Marker's gone stir crazy, Shirley Manson is shackled and ...

Gene Loves Jezebel, The Ramones: The Ramones/Gene Love Jezebel/Restless: Lyceum, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1985

HALF OF WESTERN CIVILISATION is here tonight; there are men in the toilet talking about Black Sabbath, there are Gary Holton and Rat Scabies and ...

Heaven 17: Endless

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, July 1986

EIGHTY-FIVE minutes of cassette, 68 of compact disc and no record – Heaven 17 continue the aspirations of the ironic yuppie with their Greatest Hits ...

The Housemartins: The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death (Go! Discs)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1987

A NATION waits, breath caught in the throat with tension; the world's most commercial political pop group has released a second album, and who can ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Automatic (Blanco y Negro)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, October 1989

"Don't let your life be the butt of the joke/Get your lips round a pure black Pepsi Coke" – 'Here Comes Alice' ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain: Stoned and Dethroned (Blanco y Negro)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, August 1994

WHEN YOU ARE the Jesus and Mary Chain and your life is willingly bounded by certain influences – let's rise once more from our orthopaedic ...

Grace Jones: Ladies And Gentlemen, Disgrace Jones

Report and Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, December 1989

GRACE JONES is a living, laughing legend. She's wrestled with James Bond, battered Russell Harty, and now she's back once again to sit on the ...

Kiss: The Tongue Remains The Same

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, June 1992

Wise up puckers! Are Neanderthal Moz-bashers KISS born-again rawk monsters or lip-smackin' duds? Ironic or moronic? Sexy or sexist? DAVID QUANTICK trades, ahem, licks with ...

The La's: Some Mavers Do Have ’Em: The La’s in America

Report and Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, August 1991

The La's are sat outside a cafe in New York's Chelsea district with their manager Rob, [photographer] Tim Jarvis and me.They are relaxing before tonight's ...

Level 42: Standing In The Light (Polydor)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1983

BRITFUNK... THERE'S a lot of it about. From the half-Bakered whine of 'AEIOU' to the anonymous disaster that is David Grant, these isles are responsible ...

Madness: You Only Live Twice

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1988

Madness are dead! Long live THE MADNESS. Without Woody and Bedders and Barson's ghost, the Mad Four – Suggs, Carl, Chris and Lee – charge ...

Kylie Minogue: A Wallaby Adored

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1991

Be very afraid, indie saddos, for the Queen God-Empress of the Known Universe, KYLIE MINOGUE, will now transform into a Perv Rock Temptress before your ...

The Monkees: People Said They Monkeyed Around

Interview by David Quantick, Q, April 1997

...only they didn't. At all. For being The Monkees was no fun. They couldn't play on their records; their film was crap, but, unlike the ...

Mark Morrison: Have You Paid For That, Sir?

Interview by David Quantick, Q, August 1996

I have actually – for I am Number 1 swingster Mark Morrison, former lodger at Her Majesty's pleasure, Leicester's most wanted and fully qualified (and, ...

Van Morrison: Live At The Grand Opera House Belfast (Mercury)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1984

AS SOMEONE not over-exposed to Van Morrison's music, this is an extremely useful record. It acts both as a good compilation album (all the songs ...

Ozzy Osbourne: A Very Excessive Man

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, August 1986

The Road of Excess, said William Blake, leads to the Palace of Wisdom, but in OZZY OSBOURNE'S case it led to Castle Donington and endless ...

The Pogues: For A Few Ciders More

Interview by David Quantick, Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, August 1984

A TABLE littered with the debris of an early evening's drinking, three Pogues attempt to justify their existence. ...

Pulp: Jacques Brel Art Disco I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life

Interview by David Quantick, Q, November 1995

"I'VE BEEN in the studio all the time. I mean, look at me, I'm nearly transparent! I feel bad, really – they're saying it's the ...

Queen: Inside The Royal Family

Report and Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, August 1986

David Quantick travels to Hungary as a representative of notorious bastard rock rag NME, and Queen pick up the tab! Not that they consent to ...

The Shangri-Las: Leaders of the Teen Beat

Retrospective by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1983

Remember (walkin' in the sand) with the Shangri-Las ...

Shania Twain

Profile and Interview by David Quantick, Q, July 1998

Fruity country singer related to Def Leppard and Bryan Adams by marriage. ...

Sigue Sigue Sputnik: Reading

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1986

AHA! IT's the most reviled band in the world!Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Reading were not a marriage made in Heaven. When one is the subject ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and The Banshees: How Many LPs Is It Now? "Fifteen, Love."

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, April 1986

Have SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES successfully lobbed another one over the net or are they finally out of deuce? DAVID QUANTICK engages in a love ...

Stock Aitken Waterman: Money, Love And Fun

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, July 1987

Million-selling marketing men STOCK, AITKEN and WATERMAN wouldn't know a political point if one hit them on the head, but, boy, can they get a ...

The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed **

Review by David Quantick, Q, October 2008

The last one honked. This is possibly even worse. ...

The Style Council: The Singular Adventures Of The Style Council: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Polydor)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1989

THE COVER OF The Style Council's most blatantly angry single, 'Walls Come Tumbling Down', bears not a picture of rioting or the Prime Minister on ...

The Style Council: Cardiff, St. David’s Hall

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 1984

FIRST OFF, SOME striking things. The man who used to specialise in doing soul songs really badly is now fond of doing funk standards reasonably ...

The Sugarcubes: Sugarcubes: Shout To Lunch

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, January 1992

"It is too cold in this country," sighs Einar Orn. "Cold and damp." He sips at his warming Guinness. Bjork Gudmundsdottir giggles to herself over ...

Supergrass: I Should Coco

Review by David Quantick, MOJO, July 1995

I Should Coco begins with one bloke muttering "know wot I mean?", another shouting "ONE TWO FREE FAW!" and an almighty shower of drumming. It ...

U2: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, November 1984

THE MOST boring band in the world. There can now be no question of U2 avoiding such a title. There may be groups equally as ...

Wham!: The Final

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, July 1986

RONNIE BARKER: "What's it all about, then? Life, I mean. What's it all about, eh?" Ronnie Corbett: "Something to do, I s'pose." ...

Wreckless Eric: Reconnez Eric

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1984

IT WAS 1977. Remember? All those big guitar noises? And the number of indie labels could be counted on the ears of Vincent Van Gogh? ...

List of genre pieces

Almost Unknown: How Lloyd Cole Knew My Father, the British counterpart to Almost Famous, came into being

Report by David Quantick, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

THERE ARE many differences between Britain and America – they like Hootie and the Blowfish, for example, and we like Chas and Dave; their milk ...

Groupies: Stars In Their Thighs

Report and Interview by Steven Wells, David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1992

NME'S LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT GO HUMP IN THE NIGHT ...

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