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David Sinclair

David Sinclair

David Sinclair was born on October 24, 1952. He was educated at Eltham College, London and at Warwick University, where he graduated in 1975 with an honours degree in Politics. He played drums in London Zoo and TV Smith’s Explorers then worked as a BBC TV researcher on programmes including Wogan and The Rock’n’Roll Years. He became pop critic at The Times in London in 1985 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Billboard, Q and Kerrang! He is the author of Tres Hombres: The Story of ZZ Top (1986); Rock On CD - The Essential Guide (1992, updated 1993); and Wannabe: How The Spice Girls Reinvented Pop Fame (2004). His parallel career as a singer, guitarist and songwriter continues with the release of his album, Hey, on Critical Discs/Proper, available from record shops and online at www.indiestore.com/davidsinclair

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AC/DC: Phew! Got Away With It, Readers!

Retrospective and Interview by David Sinclair, Q, December 1990

MOST PEOPLE in Britain first heard about AC/DC at about the time of the punk explosion. A bunch of roughneck Aussies with a guitarist dressed ...

Bryan Adams: The Life Of Bryan

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, November 1987

MOST OF THE stories about Bryan Adams tend to emphasise how ordinary the guy is. Like the one about an occasion in New York two ...

The Auteurs: New Wave (Hut Hut)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, March 1993

A NAME that the nation's tastemakers have been looking up in their dictionaries and dropping in the right circles for, oh, weeks. ...

Joan Baez: Play Me Backwards (Virgin)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1993

WHAT EXACTLY is the most dignified role for the faded activist folk singer who wakes one morning to find herself five years older than the ...

Jeff Beck: Beckology

Review by David Sinclair, Q, March 1992

IN 1990, IN A REGULAR feature called "The Experts' Expert", The Observer canvassed a cross-section of guitarists (David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Brian May and others) ...

Jeff Beck: Just Say NO!

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, October 1989

FOREVER PORTRAYED as a moody, maverick, Jeff Beck has blazed an erratic trail littered with the detritus of broken guitars and broken bands. ...

Chuck Berry: The Poet of Rock'nRoll (Charly)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, September 1994

A colossally influential talent in his prime and a painful embarrassment in his decline, Chuck Berry has bequeathed a musical legacy that is like the ...

Black Eyed Peas: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, February 2005

CAN IT ONLY be 18 months since the Black Eyed Peas were jostling each other for space on the tiny stage of the 400-capacity Jazz ...

Blondie: Blonde on Blonde

Interview by David Sinclair, Independent, The, July 2006

WHEN BLONDIE were admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, earlier this year, it seemed about time. After thirty million ...

David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise

Review by David Sinclair, Q, May 1993

THE 1980S WAS not a happy decade for David Bowie. ...

David Bowie: All The Old Dude Had, He's Still Got

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, November 2003

David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester ...

Kate Bush: Dear Diary: The Secret World of Kate Bush

Interview by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, February 1994

CRICKLEWOOD IS not at all the kind of place you would expect to find Kate Bush. Although immortalized long ago in the title of a ...

The Corrs: "Sorry, We're Boring!"

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, September 1998

Au contraire, Mrs, Mrs, Mrs and oh, Mr Corr. You are extraordinary in ways it would be rude to fully explain, while a Number One ...

Counting Crows

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, June 1994

ISN'T IT odd how some bands can carry on year after year, getting consistently good reviews, backed by major record company muscle, yet still end ...

The Cult: Sonic Temple

Review by David Sinclair, Q, May 1989

Led-heavy and light of finger, The Cult are back ...

The Dead Weather: Boston Arms, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, June 2009

EIGHT YEARS AFTER I first saw the White Stripes play in the back room of the Boston Arms pub in Tufnell Park, North London, Jack ...

Del Amitri: Twisted (A&M)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1995

IT'S STRANGE when you think of the qualities we demand from our rock stars. ...

Celine Dion: Belt Up!

Report and Interview by David Sinclair, Q, December 1998

Yes, maam! Safety-conscious Celine Dion is the vowel-wobbling queen of candyfloss pop, and for 30 months she's sold one album every 1.2 seconds. David Sinclair ...

Elbow: Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2003

THERE WAS an air of resignation when the fire alarm went off at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow on Thursday night and the splendidly ...

Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand

Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, March 2004

AH, THE FIRST HYPE OF SPRING. In media watering holes from Camden to Sauchiehall Street, the tastemakers began sniffing the wind as long ago as ...

Rory Gallagher: The Show Must Go On!

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Q, July 1990

AT THE START of 1970 the world was Rory Gallagher's oyster. Cream had split up towards the end of 1968 and Hendrix, having dissolved the ...

PJ Harvey: Rid Of Me (Island)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, June 1993

IT STARTS with the musical equivalent of an itch. A guitar plonks away softly, a light clattery drum sound brushes against the beat, and eventually ...

Jimi Hendrix Remembered

Retrospective and Interview by David Sinclair, Q, June 1992

IF EVER A story has grown in the telling it is that of Jimi Hendrix. From a no-name sideman on the American chitlin circuit to ...

Jimi Hendrix: Radio One (Rykodisc)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, April 1989

AHEAD OF NEXT year's 20th anniversary of his death there are already tell-tale signs of renewed interest in the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, still unquestionably ...

Jimi Hendrix: Immense

Review by David Sinclair, Q, May 1989

Are You ExperiencedAxis: Bold As LoveSmash HitsElectric LadylandBand Of GypsiesThe Cry Of LoveIsle Of WightHendrix In The WestWar HeroesLoose EndsCrash LandingMidnight LightningThe Singles AlbumKiss The ...

The Hold Steady: Carling Academy, Oxford

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, December 2008

ON THE FACE OF IT, the Hold Steady are upholders of a classic rock tradition. A five-man, New York group who craft their songs out ...

INXS at Wembley Stadium: All the aces but little heart

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1991

QUITE BY coincidence INXS mount their London summer spectacular on the sixth anniversary of the Live Aid concert at this same venue, In so far ...

INXS: Welcome To Wherever You Are

Review by David Sinclair, Q, September 1992

NOW 15 years old, INXS have made remarkably little go a long way. ...

Joe Jackson

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, May 1991

JOE JACKSON is clearing up and moving out of his first floor Manhattan apartment. A cool breeze blows gently through the open French windows and ...

Jamiroquai: The Return Of The Space Cowboy

Review by David Sinclair, Q, December 1994

ONLY JAY Kay could come up with as naff a title as The Return Of The Space Cowboy and make it sound about right. A ...

Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos: Town and Country Club, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, February 1993

ON THE EVE of his forty-ninth birthday, the eternally delinquent Keith Richards was back in his hometown, at an 1800-capacity club, doing what he loves ...

Kings of Leon: Brighton Centre, Brighton

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, December 2008

CALEB FOLLOWILL was in an expansive mood as Kings of Leon began their biggest British tour yet. "This has been one of the best years ...

The Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Lemonheads (Atlantic)

Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 1993

IT SEEMS A quaint idea now, but there was a time when being a "serious" rock band didn't necessarily mean carting a ton of attitude ...

The Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Lemonheads (Atlantic)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1993

IT SEEMS a quaint idea now, but there was a time when being a "serious" rock band didn't necessarily mean carting a ton of attitude ...

Joni Mitchell: Conversation with a Wandering Dreamer

Review and Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, February 1991

WITHIN 60 SECONDS of setting eyes on me, Joni Mitchell has started telling me about her dreams. I am spared details, but she insists that ...

Morrissey: This Charming Mandroid

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, February 1995

I FIRST MET MORRISSEY in 1984. I was a researcher on the BBC television show Eight Days a Week and he was on the programme's ...

Nirvana: Incesticide (Geffen)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, January 1993

With the colossal success of Nevermind, Nirvana brought grunge to the masses, a phenomenon which has radicalised "mainstream" rock across the board. ...

Pink Floyd: Inter-Planetary

Overview by David Sinclair, Q, April 1988

IF THERE IS ONE group for whom the enhanced audio medium of CD might have been invented, it is Pink Floyd. From its earliest days ...

The Police: Greatest Hits

Review by David Sinclair, Q, October 1992

"ALL SONGS WRITTEN by Sting", it says under the 16 titles on Greatest Hits – 15 of them Top 20 hits, five of them Number ...

The Police: Wiry: The Police Live

Review by David Sinclair, Q, 1995

IT’S EASY TO forget what an outstanding live act The Police were. Combining musicianly flair (guitarist Andy Summers) with furious bursts of energy (drummer Stewart ...

Prince

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1996

THE MAN WITH the most celebrated identity crisis in pop is installed on the 48th floor of a Manhattan hotel. The lift goes up so ...

Prince and The New Power Generation: 0{+>

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1992

APPARENTLY UNAFFECTED by his elevation to executive status at Warner Brothers Records, Prince bounces back with yet another 75 minutes' worth of music celebrating his ...

Public Image Ltd.: 9

Review by David Sinclair, Q, June 1989

PiL's seeping chill. ...

Queen: Made In Heaven (Parlophone)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1995

MADE IN Heaven is an album so heavily freighted with emotional resonance that it is quite impossible to disentangle the music from the unique historical ...

Dan Reed Network: The Heat

Review by David Sinclair, Q, August 1991

IS DAN REED a little too good to be true? ...

The Rolling Stones: Flashpoint

Review by David Sinclair, Q, May 1991

THE STEEL MACHINE/Urban Jungle extravaganza of 1989 and '90 was the most colossal tour the rock world has ever witnessed. By its close, The Rolling ...

The Rolling Stones: Steel Wheels

Review by David Sinclair, Q, October 1989

NOT ONLY did The Rolling Stones come out of the traps considerably faster than the current wave of mouthy young turks but they have stayed ...

Santana: Beam Me Up!

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, October 1990

Carlos Santana's fortuitous appearance at the bottom end of the Woodstock bill completely changed his life. From that moment, he was swept up into an ...

Scritti Politti: Return Of An Eighties Enigma

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1999

AS DISAPPEARING TRICKS go, the strange case of Green Gartside is not quite up there with those of Richey Edwards or blues hero Peter Green, ...

Sisters of Mercy: Floodland

Review by David Sinclair, Q, January 1988

WHILE ANDREW ELDRITCH has been away, all sorts of musical mice have been out to play. In the wake of the first and last Sisters ...

Britney Spears: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2000

ROBBIE WILLIAMS may believe he has no competition. But the day after he began his latest tour, the American superstar Britney Spears arrived to play ...

Spinal Tap: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 2009

THE BIZARRE blurring of the lines between comedic fiction and showbusiness reality continued apace with the staging of Spinal Tap's "One Night Only World Tour" ...

Spin Doctors: Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (Epic)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, April 1993

Spin Doctors must be the first group in recent memory to sell a million records and get their faces on the cover of Rolling Stone ...

Spin Doctors: Turn It Upside Down (Epic)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, July 1994

"Oh, mama, I'm gonna roll with a truckload of hurt. These wheels have rolled across I don't know how many bags of dirt."(from 'Bags Of ...

Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Rocks the U.K - But He Can't Match His Own Impossibly High Standards

Live Review by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, June 1993

"WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I truly didn't think music had any limitations," said Bruce Springsteen in an interview with New York Newsday last year. "I ...

Bruce Springsteen: Perfect Mastery Of The Beat

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, June 1985

Bruce Springsteen: Slane Castle, Dublin ...

Bruce Springsteen: Charles R. Cross: Backstreets and Marc Eliot: Down Thunder Road

Book Review by David Sinclair, Q, September 1992

BACKSTREETS IS THE AMERICAN quarterly fanzine whose editors maintain a painstaking and uncritical log of the life of Bruce Springsteen. First published in November 1989, ...

Suede: Dog Man Star (Nude)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1994

SUEDE'S FANS have always been utterly unwavering in their belief in the band. But out there, in the big bad world, the group still suffers ...

Supergrass: The Mod Squad

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, October 1995

IT'S A GLORIOUS SUMMER DAY in Oxford, city of dreaming spires in the heart of England. Three young tykes laugh and joke with each other ...

Richard Thompson

Interview by David Sinclair, MOJO, April 1994

THEY SAY THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD. BUT HE'S ALWAYS hard to spot because he looks so normal. Quiet, polite, a little shy even. You ...

Richard Thompson: The Old Kit Bag

Review by David Sinclair, Word, The, March 2003

ONE OF THE MANY extraordinary things about Richard Thompson is how resistant he is to the image-making process. After all, here is a man who ...

Judie Tzuke at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 1985

DESPITE HER GREATEST CLAIM to fame still being her one British hit single in 1979,'Stay With Me 'till Dawn', Judie Tzuke has released seven albums ...

Tom Waits: Well Worth the Waits

Report and Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2004

NEXT MONTH Tom Waits will make his first British concert appearance for 17 years. And if the word filtering back from Vancouver and Seattle, where ...

Neil Young: Got A Problem Pal?

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, January 1993

Neil Young is back with a new LP and an all-consuming grievance. Lately, something has been getting the old goat's goat like nothing before. That ...

Neil Young: Still a Young Man's Game

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, May 2003

HE CALLED one of his albums Rust Never Sleeps. But does Neil Young ever sleep? In the 12 months since he last played in Britain, ...

ZZ Top: Antenna

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1994

THE LONGEST-RUNNING trio in rock, ZZ Top come down from the hills less frequently these days, yet they remain blithely impervious to the ravages of ...

ZZ Top: Tres Amigos!

Review by David Sinclair, Q, January 1988

IN THE WORLD league table of entertainers' earnings recently compiled by Forbes magazine, only one rock group, U2, was thought to have amassed more than ...

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