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Gavin Martin

Gavin Martin

Gavin Martin published Alternative Ulster in Ireland’s punk rock summer of 1977, joined NME as a freelancer the following year and has written about music and movies  ever since. He now freelances for a wide range of publications and is the Music Critic for The Daily Mirror.

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ABC: Romancing Tongue In Chic

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1982

FOLLOWING IN the footsteps of Barbara Windsor, The Professionals' Martin Shaw and Crossroads' Benny Hawkins ABC are tonight making a Public Appearance at Sheffield's Top ...

Arthur Alexander: A Shot Of Rhythm And Soul (Ace)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1983

THIS IS a welcome and important collection bringing together for the first time on one LP all the famous and not so famous songs recorded ...

Anastacia (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2004

The big-voiced gal talks about her joust with breast cancer, her friendship with Elton John, and her latest album Anastacia.

File format: mp3; total file size: 32.3mb, total interview length: 35' 18" sound quality: ****

Ash (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2004

Ash's Tim Wheeler and Rick McMurray talk about Meltdown, the struggles around Nu-Clear Sounds, Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement... and magic mushrooms!

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 51' 16" sound quality: ***

Afrika Bambaataa, James Brown: James Brown (and Afrika Bambaataa): Sex Machine Today

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1984

WHAT DO you think of when you think of James Brown? A stretcher case raddled with emotional pain dragging himself back from endless encores of ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Julian Palacios: Lost In The Woods

Book Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

POSSIBLY THE most quixotically gifted musician of his generation, Roger Syd Barrett – son of the Cambridge flatlands and short-lived London underground starchild – is ...

The Black Crowes (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2001

Hangin' with Oasis, The Rolling Stones and Plant'n'Page, marriage to Kate Hudson and why they hate Rick Rubin - the Robinson Bros. tell all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.7mb, total interview length: 54' 15" sound quality: ****

Black Eyed Peas: Give Peas Peas A Chance

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, December 2003

HOW THEIR ANTI-WAR SONG AND A FAMOUS FRIEND HELPED BLACK EYED PEAS HIT THE JACKPOT. BY GAVIN MARTIN ...

Bobby Bland: The Best Of (MCA)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1982

FIRST time I've heard Bobby Bland and it's obvious – the man's a star. ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, April 2002

IT WAS FOOLISH to think that the first lady of hip hop soul would abide by the title of her latest, and greatest-selling, album, No ...

Mary J. Blige (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

Mary J. speaks frankly about her life: drink and drugs, domestic abuse, marriage, tattoos, clothes and wearing fur!

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb; Interview length: 31 16"; sound quality: ****

Bloc Party Refuse to Rest on Their Laurels 10 years On

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, January 2009

SITTING ON THE band's tour coach, while waiting to check into their Las Vegas hotel, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is wearing baggy jeans that ...

Billy Bragg: England, Half English (Cooking Vinyl)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2002

FIRST ORIGINAL album in six years from Bard of Barking, celebrating joys of collaboration and national diversity ...

Billy Bragg: Big Ben vs Little Billy

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1984

AFTER NEARLY two years of playing the relentless troubadour all around this curious, fragmented isle, Billy Bragg and his guitar are starting to get noticed. ...

James Brown: Star Time (Polydor/CD Box Set)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1991

SOONER OR later, all 20th Century music has to reckon with The Godfather. Before him there were be-bop revolutionaries blowing down the city walls, shamanic ...

Jackson Browne: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1986

A SUITABLY large number of Americans turn out to sample Jackson Browne's Californian confessional. Sunshine, bleeding hearts, airbrushed emotions, existentialist romances lost in the night ...

Solomon Burke

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent on Sunday, February 2005

ON A RAINY FRIDAY afternoon Solomon Burke is holding court in the living room of his San Fernando Valley home. The man who has claimed ...

Solomon Burke, Van Morrison: Van Morrison/Solomon Burke: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, April 2003

THE POTENTIAL that the double bill offered for a soulman super summit was certainly enticing – Solomon Burke, the veteran preacherman from Philadelphia, and George ...

David Byrne (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2004

David Byrne talks frankly about his home life, family background, NYC, the massive variety of his artistic enterprises, and his tricky relationship with former Talking Heads band-mates.

File format: mp3; total file size: 36.9mb, total interview length: 40' 17" sound quality: ****

Calexico, Lambchop, Wheat: Kings Of Americana: Lambchop, Calexico, Wheat

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

LambchopTHE GREAT AMERICAN Music Hall is an exotic relic in the middle of San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Outside, the streets are full of junkies, hobos ...

Rosanne Cash: Blues From The Pink Bedroom

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1986

ROSANNE CASH'S latest LP Rhythm And Romance lays bare both her turbulent marriage and a lengthy struggle with drug abuse. GAVIN MARTIN meets the woman ...

Catatonia, Cerys Matthews: The return of Cerys Matthews

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, August 2006

CERYS MATTHEWS, Britpop's very own Princess of Wales is back. The former Catatonia singer escaped to a new home in Nashville at the start of ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Henry's Dream (Mute)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1992

HAVING LONG sneered and sped past the 'Buffoon Goth' pigeonhole reserved for him when he first arrived on these shores, the Nick Cave who thrives ...

The Clash: Queens University, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1978

THE LAST time The Clash tried to play The Ulster Hall a combination of big business insurance moguls and local bureaucratic bullshit caused the gig ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Joe Strummer is Dead; Long Live the Clash!

Obituary by Gavin Martin, CounterPunch, December 2002

THE CHRISTMAS CARD from Joe Strummer and family arrived by email on Sunday night, a seasonal greeting accompanied by Joe's colourful illustration of a fantasy ...

George Clinton: You Shouldn't Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1984

WHATEVER faults there may be in George Clinton's music, a limited horizon is not one of them. ...

Leonard Cohen: Hello! I Must Be Cohen

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1993

THE SPLENDID LUNCHTIME repast lies before us, Leonard Cohen is gobsmacked by plenitude, overcome by abundance. ...

The Commodores: Commodores: Foil Wrapped Turkeys

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1983

The Commodores: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Ry Cooder: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1982

RY COODER spent the '70s with his shoulder to the grindstone and his heart in the right place delivering a series of albums which spanned ...

The Corrs (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2004

Corrs Sharon and Jim on family, songwriting, the death of their mother, religion, and Mick Hucknall's wine!

File format: mp3; total file size: 29.5mb, total interview length: 32' 11" sound quality: ***

Elvis Costello: Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello at the Royal Festival Hall

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1998

The stage is in darkness and from somewhere in the wings Elvis sings the opening verse of 'Baby It's You'. It is one of the ...

Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Noel Coward, Paul McCartney, Suede: Twentieth Century Blues: The Songs Of Noel Coward

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 1998

PAN-GENERATIONAL tribute to The Other Noel, benefiting International AIDS-prevention projects ...

The Cramps: A Date With Elvis

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1986

THE CRAMPS' rampant gurning and soft-focus sleaze has been shaped into an institution of sorts. Transcending and fusing tribal instincts – goth's dumb brooding and ...

Culture Club: The Culture Vultures Gather

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1983

THE YOUNG girl walks hesitantly through the foyer of the Dominion Theatre; amidst all the colour and excitement she strikes an uncertain, rather nervous figure. ...

Jeffrey Daniel, Shalamar: Jeffrey Daniels: Popping Off The Rails

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1984

Is Jeffrey Daniels on the right track? Gavin Martin has his doubts when he finds out that the king of the body poppers has been ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2006

The King Kink on getting shot in New Orleans, his relationship with brother Dave, his childhood and upbringing, and on songwriting and lyrics, plus so much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.4mb, total interview length: 58' 21" sound quality: ****

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

Joe Elliott tells tales of the road, talks about his heroes (and one or two villains), and looks back at Rick Allen's accident and Steve Clark's alcoholism and death.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 63.5mb, total interview length: 1h 9' 25" sound quality: ****

Depeche Mode:

Review and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, April 2009

How the trio escaped their demons to make a great album ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Dexy's Midnight Runners: Anarchic In The UK

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2000

Gavin Martin celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dexys Midnight Runners' ground-breaking Searching For The Young Soul Rebels ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Kevin Rowland: A Folk Hero Of The '80s

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1982

THE RAIN POURS down and the traffic piles up along London's Notting Hill Gate as Kevin Rowland and myself make our way through the grey ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland: Lost Boys and Fallen Angels: Kevin Rowland

Profile by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

With Dexy's Midnight Runners, he got to Number One twice, but his self-esteem was minus zero ...

Dire Straits: Whitla Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1979

IN THE foyer they flog T-shirts, programmes and all the paraphernalia of a rock band's promotional department bar embossed wellingtons and inflatable underwear. Rumours that ...

Dirty Pretty Things: Barat's Home: Dirty Pretty Things

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, July 2006

THE LAST TIME I met Carl Barât he was, by his own admission, in the middle of a deep depression. Carl's relationship with Pete Doherty ...

Doves: Kingdom of Doves

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, June 2009

DOVES ARE THE great survivors of Manchester Rock. Jimi Goodwin and brothers Jez and Andy Williams were schoolpals in Wilmslow and, since joining together as ...

Dr. Dre, The Lady of Rage, Snoop Doggy Dogg: Paw Coarse Men Of The Apocalypse: Doctor Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1994

A HOT South London night. The air is a heady mix of sweat, liquor, perfume… and bomb-ass skunk. Inside the Academy, a veritable ceremony is ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Voodoo Lounge

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

MAC REBENNACK, IS SLUMPED ON A chaise longue in an elegant London hotel suite, the ubiquitous walking cane by his side, a straw Homburg tilted ...

Dr. John: A Shot of Rhythm 'n' Snooze

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1984

BACK IN New Orleans in the '50s, when he was one of the few white people involved in one of the last great watersheds in ...

Dr. John: The Forum, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 1997

Dr John: organic groover ...

Bob Dylan: The Point Depot, Dublin

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, November 2000

YOU CAN trust in Bob, the magnificent minstrel and incredible icon, the prime preserver and arch plunderer of 20th century Americana, to pull a surprise ...

Sheila E

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1986

WHEN THE wheels of celebrity are set in motion the limousine windows are tainted; bystanders can see in but the star is blinded to life ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: Ecstasy At The Dawn Of Creation!

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1982

Earth Wind And Fire: Wembley Arena, London ...

The Fall: LA2, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1999

BACK AT GROUND Zero, having sacked/been deserted by the foot soldiers of his old Rythm Revue, riffmeister General M Smith returns to the London stage. ...

The Fall: Totally Wired — The Rough Trade Anthology/The Rough Trade Singles Box (Sanctuary) ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2002

Northern white crap that talks back meets west London liberals: early-Eighties Fall on Rough Trade ...

The Fall: Revolting Soul

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1986

Welcome back Mr Contrary Bastard. Who else but the demonic MARK E SMITH would complete a mass anti-everything grumble with "Give me the Queen anyday"! ...

Finn Brothers: The Finn Brothers: Fellowship of the Finns

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, August 2004

THE FINN BROTHERS are back for a short visit to London, the city where their fitful professional career began in earnest, 27 years ago. At ...

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

On the release of At War With The Mystics, Mr. Coyne waxes philosophical about rock'n'roll, life, drink, drugs, death and the entire meaning of it all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.1mb, total interview length: 49' 18" sound quality: *****

Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Mick Fleetwood on getting it on with Stevie Nicks, his place in the band and cocaine; Stevie Nicks on her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, dud boob jobs, songwriting and cocaine.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 38" sound quality: ****

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks: Stevie Nicks: Confessions Of A Rock Chick

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, November 2003

CURLED UP on the sofa at Fleetwood Mac's Los Angeles rehearsal studios, Stevie Nicks looks every inch the ageing rock chick survivor. At her feet ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Don't Walk Away Ever!

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1982

MY FIRST TASTE of Motown music was many summers ago as I mulled away my school holidays in a sort of passive ignorance, more interested ...

The Four Tops: One More Mountain (Casablanca)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1982

WHEN MARVIN Gaye recorded What's Going On in the early '70s it was part of an important transition for the Motown label, its mixture of ...

Franz Ferdinand: Access All Areas

Report by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, June 2005

DURING THE RECORDING sessions for Franz Ferdinand's new album, the band have not just been making music. Between work on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to ...

Friendly Fires: Burning Ambition: Friendly Fires

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, January 2009

LAST YEAR, Friendly Fires' self-titled debut album marked them out as one of the most exciting and danceable new bands in the country. They'd certainly ...

Fun Boy Three: Fun Boy Three

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1982

THERE NEEDS to be good reason for breaking up an outfit like The Specials, their heyday happened so fast, ended so soon and was tied ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Mimosa

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

NEW YORK wiseguys get on the laidback lounge-core tip. ...

Peter Gabriel: Four (Charisma)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1982

DEEP IN the heart of England something stirs..."Smash the radio/No outside voices here / Smash the watch / Cannot tear the day to shreds / ...

The Gap Band: Star Spangled & Starry-Eyed

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1983

Gavin Martin meets The Gap Band, three of America's fortunate sons who just want to party and make people happy. ...

Mary Gauthier

Profile and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2002

FROM ALCOHOLIC to restaurateur to emotive songsmith ...

Marvin Gaye: Mr Midnight In The City Of Angels

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1982

DON'T WALK along Sunset Boulevard, otherwise you'll end up as part of the freakshow on the sidewalk rather than a spectator at The Last Great ...

J. Geils Band

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1982

DAZED AND sweltering in the blazing afternoon sun thousands of young Dutch people make their way around the edge of the huge Feyenoord Stadium. ...

Eddy Grant: Killer On The Rampage

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1982

HE'S A very admirable figure, is Eddy Grant; he's got the whole business sussed, sewn up, he really has. Each year he releases a few ...

Grateful Dead: Kesey Rides Again

Report by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, August 1999

THE MAGIC BUS pulls up at the Peace Monument late on Friday afternoon, bringing a blaze of colour and a blast of noise to the ...

Gwen Guthrie: Inflated Rent

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1986

"BIG? I WASN'T prepared for just how big Gwen Guthrie is. Unkempt too...hair straggly, dressed in just a white wraparound bathrobe, she's been bustled straight ...

The Handsome Family: Handsome Family: In The Air

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Vaulting desire, supernatural transformation ...

The Handsome Family: In The Air

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

SERENE MEDITATION on life-amid-death and fourth album from Chicago-based alt. country duo ...

The Handsome Family: Live at The Barbican, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2002

RENNIE SPARKS looks like a deep sea diver plucked out of water as she accompanies her husband on the miraculous 'Weightless Again'. There's a tube ...

The Handsome Family: Live in the UK

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

BEFORE A note's been sung or a chord struck, Rennie Sparks has invited the audience back to her shoebox-sized dressing room for shrimp cocktails. As ...

The Handsome Family: Tales Of Extra Ordinary Madness

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Welcome to the dark, disturbing world of Brett and Rennie Sparks, otherwise known as THE HANDSOME FAMILY. ...

The Human League: Phil Oakey

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, November 2003

IT IS 22 YEARS since the number one single 'Don't You Want Me' turned The Human League from underground Sheffield electro boffins into champions of ...

Imagination: The Glam Gladiators Fight Back

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1983

AT THE BOTTOM end of London's Marylebone Road, going towards the station, you pass numerous beauty salons, the type of establishment that's emerged in many ...

Joe Jackson: An Ordinary Joe

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1983

Joe Jackson: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1982

ALMOST FOUR years ago Michael Jackson (ably assisted and abetted by producer Quincy Jones) unleashed the scorching fury of Off The Wall. It was the ...

Wyclef Jean (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2002

From the Fugees to Tom Jones, Haiti's very own Wyclef Jean talks hip hop, crack vs. music, martial arts and Cab Calloway

File format: mp3 File size: 26.4mb Interview length: 28' 50" Sound quality: ****

Waylon Jennings: Honky Tonk Heroes

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 1998

FOR WAYLON Jennings – born into a dirt poor cotton-picking West Texas family – the wanderlust began as far back as he could remember. ...

Joan Jett: Whomping The Suckers With A Superball

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1982

"IT'S SO HARD to even think of being famous, of having that responsibility. It's really weird, I mean – me!! – a rockstar! Hey, are ...

Kelis: Ice Queen Kelis Blows Her Cool

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, January 2004

KELIS IS BACK WITH A SAUCY ALBUM AND A BAD ATTITUDE ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Calypso Facto

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2002

OFF THE COAST OF ME***FRESH FRUIT IN FOREIGN PLACES*****TROPICAL GANGSTERS***DOPPELGANGER**(All Universal) ...

The Killers: Brandon Flowers is Blooming

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, February 2009

IT IS FIVE HOURS before showtime and the Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers, kicking back in his South Carolina hotel room, is in relaxed, confident and ...

B.B. King: King B Stings: B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1984

A GIANT of a man and a giant of the post-war blues boom, B.B. King is the figure most prominently placed to express the essential ...

Katie Kissoon: Soul Survivor

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1983

OUTSIDE IN the wide tree lined avenue the birds are singing and the sun is shining. Inside, Katie Kissoon – relaxed and ra ...

Seth Lakeman on James Blunt, Raving and Marriage

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, July 2008

Seth Lakeman talks about his foot-stomping fourth solo album ...

Lambchop: What Another Man Spills

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 1998

FOURTH ALBUM from mutant soul-country oddities. ...

Cyndi Lauper: The Bop Don't Stop

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1986

THE BIG BOPPER was a huge slobbering lech, bursting out of his suit drooling ungodly lust. Squeezed into a phone booth he called Chantilly Lace, ...

John Lennon's Primal Scream

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut Legends, 2005

IN 1966 JOHN Lennon had approached Godhead status for a generation when he sounded the call to "relax turn off your mind and float down ...

Jackie Leven, Andy White and Michael Weston King: Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, September 2000

THE THREE performers sit together on stage, taking the lead in strict rotation; it isn't long before their individual strengths and weaknesses become apparent. ...

Jackie Leven: Live at Borders Bookshop, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, December 2001

THE BIG denim-clad man sat in front of a generous generation-spanning audience looks at home surrounded by shelves full of books. This is to be ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Goodness Gracious

Interview by Gavin Martin, Spin, June 1989

If Elvis was rock's first celebrity, Jerry Lee Lewis, born in hellfire, was its first S.O.B. On the eve of Great Balls of Fire, a ...

Shane MacGowan: Exclusive: Pogues' Shane Tells How He Made It To 50

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, December 2007

Smoking, drinking and partying keep me alive ...

Madness (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2002

Chas Smash, joined by Suggs and Mike Barson, looks back at Madness then and now, Our House the Musical, reunions (theirs and others'), Buddhism, domesticity, and not doing Live Aid!

File format: mp3 File size: 42mb Interview length: 45' 50"; Sound quality: ****

Madonna: Madonna****; Like A Virgin***; True Blue**** (Maverick/Warner)

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 2001

THE MAKING of a modern icon – her first three LPs remastered with extra remixes. ...

Madonna: Dominatrix Of The Trade

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1992

In Part Two of our sexclusive interview, GAVIN MARTIN reveals how an increasingly in-control MADONNA plans to conquer the '90s with her multi-media conglomerate Maverick, ...

Madonna: Mother of Reinvention

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Vox, April 1998

With a new image and a new album MADONNA comes to 1998 in bullish form. Here, we assess the Material Girl's metamorphosis from disco diva ...

Madonna: Non-Stop Erotica Cabaret

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1992

Few papers get to interview MADONNA. Hardly anyone gets to see her home. Now — exclusively, natch — the NME charm their way into the ...

Massive Attack: Protection (Circa)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, October 1994

Direct Hit ...

Cerys Matthews (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2003

Living in Nashville, singing for Clinton, walking dogs, pregnancy, and new album Cockerhoop; in fact pretty much anything other than Catatonia. Gavin Martin probes a recalcitrant Cerys Matthews.

File format: mp3; file size: 27.1mb; Interview length: 29' 35"; sound quality: ****

Paul McCartney: Normally, He's A Pacifist

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, November 2001

SIR PAUL had been up in the city to promote his Driving Rain album and 'Freedom' single, a song which has prompted some to suggest ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Man Who Ran Into Ideas

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1982

"I'M AN artist, I am. I always was and I always will be." ...

Meat Loaf (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, Winter 2006

Mr. Loaf talks about his tricky relationship with Jim Steinman, collapsing onstage, acting vs. singing, his weight and... collecting teddy bears!

File format: mp3; file size: 30.9mb, interview length: 33' 42" sound quality: ****

The Mekons: New York: On The Road '86-'87

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2001

LEEDS PUNKS' Cold War-era Country Invasion Of The States in all its ragged glory ...

Steve Miller Band: The Joker's later work revisited

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

BY THE time of his 1976 UK chart breakthrough, Fly like An Eagle, Steve Miller's many attributes had been established on the impressive series of ...

Moby (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2005

On sexuality, celibacy, girlfriends, therapy, fundamentalism, politics, his then-current Hotel album and a whole lot more: Moby reveals all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 51.9mb, total interview length: 56' 34" sound quality: ****

Christy Moore: Ireland In An Acid Bath

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1986

The magic of old Ireland meets burning political insight in the music of CHRISTY MOORE, former Planxty/Moving Heart mainstay turned extraordinary solo man. GAVIN MARTIN ...

Alanis Morissette (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2004

On relationships, lesbianism and androgyny, predatory older men, sex, fear of and desire for fame, anxiety attacks, therapy and medication, the whole nine yards.

File format: mp3; total file size: 32.8mb, total interview length: 35' 49" sound quality: ***

Van Morrison: The Philosopher's Stone

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 1998

AS HE'S an artist soaked in mystique, renowned for a hard-headed approach to both his work and the business around it, expectations for this, Van ...

Van Morrison: AWESOME!!!

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1982

Van Morrison: The Dominion, London ...

Muse

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 2013

Widespread delirium will ensue when Muse touch down at Glastonbury tomorrow ...

Musical Youth: Youth Of Today (MCA)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1982

AND SO in the wake of a government that's introduced the repressive British nationality bill, caused Britian to become involved in her first war since ...

Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 1998

THE GREAT FEAR of seeing a hero in their twilight years is that their powers will have deserted them and they'll be unable to reach, ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: 2Pac & Outlawz: Still I Rise; Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2000

NO REST for the wicked – more posthumous releases from the slain linchpins of East and West Coast gangsta rap. ...

Palace Music, Will Oldham: Will Oldham: Guarapero / Lost Blues 2

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2000

WHERE OTHERS seek the high ground to illuminate themselves and their work, Will Oldham has persistently covered his tracks and found refuge in the shadows, ...

Outkast: OutKast: Live in London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2001

THE LAUREL And Hardy of phuture rap ...

Outkast's André Benjamin (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2001

The flamboyant Mr Benjamin on Stankonia, the influence of Brit dance music, meeting Big Boi, early influences and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.8mb, interview length: 34' 43" sound quality: * (phoner)

Robert Palmer: Pride

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1983

WHEN HE gets up in the morning his muscles ache and his emotions are strange, far off, unrecognisable things, but the fine jets of water ...

Papa M: Whatever, Mortal (Domino)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2002

PRE-EMINENT US underground guitarist makes gothic country breakthrough. ...

Graham Parker

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2001

FROM CAMBERLEY petrol pump attendant to punk-soul supremo: GP's golden era repackaged and remastered. ...

Graham Parker and The Rumour: Live in Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1979

GRAHAM PARKER hasn't changed much – the small guy with the high forehead sporting an Oxfam jacket, T-shirt, drainpipes and tinted specs – but his ...

Maceo Parker: Hot Cross Fun

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1987

Years of sweating his butt off for The G.F.O.S. James Brown have told on Mr Maceo. And now that his own MACEO AND THE MACKS ...

Dolly Parton (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

Movies, fasting, fame and faith, plastic surgery, marriage, 9/11 and on being a gay icon: Dolly says more in twenty minutes than most do in two hours.

File format: mp3; file size: 22.1mb; Interview length: 24' 08"; sound quality: ****

Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, May 2007

THE PET SHOP Boys have been one of the most successful pop duos ever produced in this country. Twenty-one years into their career Chris Lowe ...

Pink (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

Madam Attitude talks about politics, strippers, gender and sexuality, dogs, marriage, tattoos and more.

File format: mp3; total file size: 27.3mb, total interview length: 29' 51" sound quality: ****

Placebo (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2006

Brian Molko and pals talk about the making of their new album Meds, about songwriting, taking drugs and lots more

File format: mp3; total file size: 30.2mb, total interview length: 32' 57" sound quality: ****

Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2003

On life after Zep: travel, the accolades of fame, Abba, Graham Greene, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and remembering John Bonham

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.5mb, total interview length: 49' 43" sound quality: ****

Prince & The New Power Generation: Diamonds And Pearls (Paisley Park/Warner Brothers)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1991

THERE WAS a time when Prince seemed to be the vital force acting on pop music's zeitgeist. A wily provocateur, the greatest singles artist of ...

Prince: Come (WEA)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, September 1994

THIS IS THE last ever album to be released by 'Prince' before he metamorphoses, full time, into a 'Symbol', and it reeks of salacious sex, ...

Prince: Purple Rain

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1984

THE PROBLEM with major league soul is not a lack of 'good' music. What has been lost is the ability, possibly the desire, to make ...

Prince: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

Guest star-filled major label return for the man who may yet be regal again. ...

Prince: The Flesh And The Soul

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1986

Prince And The Revolution: Wembley Arena, London ...

Public Image Ltd: Company Lore and Public Disorder: The PiL Memorandum

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1981

WHILE ENGLAND GOES down the plughole, the firm of Lydon, Levene and Lee set up to prove that enterprise is not dead. They press boldly ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Album

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1986

THE WEST Coast News Dateline 2030 AD: ...

Pulp: Neuroses Grow On You: Pulp: This Is Hardcore (Island) ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, May 1998

Gathering storm clouds, gruesome sex and self-flagellation: dim the lights for Pulp's very own horror movie ...

Lou Reed: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

BACK IN the Seventies – revelling in junkie debauchery – Lou Reed shows were a notoriously ghoulish spectacle, He was the wayward poet of sleaze, ...

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2003

Gavin Martin quizzes the R.E.M. front-man on movies, religion, his gayness, Bill Berry's departure and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.4mb, total interview length: 50' 45" sound quality: ****

Diana Ross, Donna Summer: Donna Summer: She Works Hard For The Money/Diana Ross: Ross

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1983

DONNA SUMMER has adopted a succession of irresistible role models – the sex Goddess of Moroder's sensual motorik disco, the modern day Cinderella of 'Once ...

Josh Rouse, Kurt Wagner: Josh Rouse & Kurt Wagner: Dog Day Afternoons

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

Highly-acclaimed American songwriters JOSH ROUSE & KURT WAGNER have collaborated on a new, brillian mini-LP, named after a dog one of them never had. ...

Run DMC: The Best of Run DMC

Review by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, April 2003

Run DMC inspired a generation to turn hip-hop into a multi-billion dollar industry, says GAVIN MARTIN ...

Doug Sahm: It's The Sahm Old Song

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1985

DOUG SAHM, Tex Mex rocker from San Antonio to Stockholm, is still fighting fit at 40. GAVIN MARTIN hears the secrets of his rock'n'roll survival. ...

Scritti Politti: Psyched Out

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1985

THE TWO singers, a tall fresh-faced Welshman and a soft spoken bleary-eyed Mancunian, felt trapped. ...

The Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK

Retrospective and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

THE EARLY SEVENTIES have been a golden age for the homegrown British pop single. The pan-stick and yob fraternity, which includes T-Rex, Sweet, Slade, Mott ...

Shack: Heads Down: Shack

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2006

MARCH 2006, and in Liverpool feral rat-faced folk with the lean and hungry look seem to be everywhere. Junkies - on the street or selling ...

Shakira (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

The Latino Lioness on her Oral Fixation album, writing in English, politics and poverty, and the benefits of belly dancing.

file format: mp3; file size: 22mb; Interview length: 24' 13"; sound quality: ****

Shakira Wants to Fight Poverty and Offer Escapism

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, December 2009

SHAKIRA'S THE 50 million-selling pocket-sized Colombian superstar whose high-profile charity work, runaway international success and eye-boggling performances comprise a perfect combination of brain power and ...

Ravi Shankar: Within And Without Him: Gavin Martin pays Tribute to Ravi Shankar

Obituary by Gavin Martin, unpublished, December 2012

An edited version of this piece appeared in the Daily Mirror on 13 December 2012 ...

Pete Shelley: Homosapien (Genetic)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1982

SO LET'S consider the evolution of Pete Shelley from would be schoolboy glam pop poet, to starstruck love besotted voyager at the helm of the ...

Paul Simon: Across The Tracks: The Rhythm of the Saints

Interview by Gavin Martin, Vox, December 1990

'Obvious Child' "I THOUGHT IF anything was going to be a single it would be that. I thought that as soon as we recorded the drums, ...

Nina Simone: Diary Of A Princess Noir

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1984

GAVIN MARTIN DELVES IN BETWEEN THE SHEETS WITH NINA SIMONE – A SOULFUL PUSSYCAT WHO PRETENDS SHE'S AN ANGRY TIGRESS ...

Patti Smith: Gung Ho (Arista)

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2000

The eighth album from garage rock's warrior queen tackles Vietnam, slavery, the American Civil War, corporate control and dreams of future freedom ...

Patti Smith: Patti noises off

Interview by Gavin Martin, Vox, January 1998

PATTI SMITH, the cultural dynamo who claims to have "several decades left in me yet" is never one to court convention. With no plans to ...

Snow Patrol: Run For Cover: Snow Patrol

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, July 2006

HE IS KNOWN as indie rock’s Mister Nice Guy. But despite selling two million albums, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody remains a charisma-free zone. ...

The Sonics: Here Are The Sonics

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1986

MUDDY WATERS, he said, "I'm smokin' TNT, I'm drinkin' dynamite/I hope some schoolboy will start a fight." Maybe Washington's The Sonics were the answer to ...

Sonic Youth: They Tried With Their Boots On: Sonic Youth

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1991

TEN-YEAR VETERANS of American clubland, Sonic Youth were on the brink of going overground. We were meeting them at a crosspoint in their career. They ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny: Under The Rotting Boardwalk

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1986

Away from the air conditioned ivory towers of LA and NY, America's recession has thrown together pop and populous. Latest formal link is Jersey's Artists ...

Spandau Ballet: True (Chrysalis)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1983

I CAN'T see Spandau Ballet when I play this LP. I can't see their forced smiles, their indelible pretty boy we-are-and-can-be-a-part-of-the-pop-parade smiles, their Top Of ...

The Special AKA: 26,732 Hours In The Studio with Jerry Dammers

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1984

JERRY DAMMERS didn't have much sleep last night. Well into the small hours of the morning he'd been labouring over a hot Hammond organ in ...

Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel (2009)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2009

Trout farming, raising miniature horses, a theory about Stonehenge and his complicated relationship with David St. Hubbins: the Tap man tells all.

File format: mp3; File size: 21.6meg, interview length: 23' 35" sound quality: * (phoner)

Bruce Springsteen: Live In New York City (Columbia 2CD)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2001

SCINTILLATING DOCUMENT of The Boss reunited with His Gang last year at Madison Square Garden. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Live/1975-85

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1986

GAVIN MARTIN rummages through his pre-Christmas stocking and uncovers the heavyweight Broooce, a five-album set of Springsteen live, including mucho unreleased material. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel Of Love; Human Touch; Lucky Town; The Ghost Of Tom Joad,

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2000

DISILLUSIONED GROOM, LA-based newlywed and folk conscience of a nation – Springsteen after superstardom subsides ...

Bruce Springsteen: Hey Joad, Don't Make It Sad... (Oh, Go On Then)

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1996

HE'LL BE REMEMBERED as the most unbounded performer in rock'n'roll history. His records took you inside a world of naked honesty and passionate conviction and ...

Candi Staton (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2006

Starting with her collaboration with The Source on the dancefloor classic 'You Got The Love', this fascinating interview takes us back to racist Alabama, gospel, her marriage to Clarence Carter and her time at Rick Hall's Fame, and takes in the years of abuse and drink, and her return to the church.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.7mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 40" sound quality: ****

Steely Dan (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2003

Messrs. Fagen and Becker talk about their Everything Must Go album, William Burroughs, their time away from each other, songwriting, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 41mb; Interview length: 44 52"; sound quality: ****

Steely Dan: A Droll Double Act

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, June 2003

IT IS LATE AFTERNOON before Walter Becker and Don Fagen greet their first interviewer of the day. The two men, who first fronted a band ...

Stiff Little Fingers: The Harp Bar, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1978

THE HARP Bar is packed for the return of Ulster's most popular and notorious modern rock band, Stiff Little Fingers. ...

Sting: Bring On The Night

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1986

RENEWED ENTHUSIASM may have been the spur for Sting's world tour and mating with pedigree jazzers last year, but the release of this live double ...

Sting: Help The Caged!

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1991

Who is rock chameleon Sting today? High priest of Jungian jazz rock? Rain Forest warrior? Posing Thespian? Geordie homecomer? Bruce Springsteen's mate? On one matey? ...

The Stone Roses: Second Coming (Geffen)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, February 1995

TIMING CAN count for a lot in the fickle world of pop. When they released their eponymous first album in 1989, just in time to ...

The Stray Cats: Rant 'n Rave (Arista)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1983

THAT BRIAN Setzer and his Stray Cats set out to become the perfectly sculpted and exquisitely meaningless rockstar icons of their dreams could never be ...

The Streets (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2002

Mike Skinner talks about finding his voice, making Original Pirate Material, writing, politics, getting high and about life itself.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.2mb; Interview length: 48' 13"; sound quality: ****

The Streets: UK Rap: The word on The Streets

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, March 2002

WHEN MIKE SKINNER, aka The Streets, the 22-year-old lyrical king of British rap, discovers I live within the sound of Bow Bells, he's immediately curious. ...

Joe Strummer (1999)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1999

From Tony Bennett to Tony Adams: Gavin Martin chats with the Mighty Strummer amidst liggers and drunken Finns about The Clash, The Mescaleros, Greil Marcus and why he hates Suede and the Manic Street Preachers.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 106.3mb, total interview length: 1h 56' 08" sound quality: **

Joe Strummer: Good Ol' Joe

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1986

THIS WAS the big one, the final shoot-out, his last chance but... ...

Sugababes (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2002

The First Ladies of the British pop charts talk about fame, boys, UK Garage, the Angels With Dirty Faces album and each other.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 09' 46" sound quality: ****

Super Furry Animals: Rings Around Cardiff: Super Furry Animals

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 2003

TEN YEARS INTO their magnificent career, Cardiff’s Super Furry Animals are indisputably Britain’s indie-rock kings. ...

Supergrass (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2005

Combes brothers Gaz and Rob ruminate on their then-current album Road to Rouen, their fraternal relationships, the stresses within the band, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 48.6mb, total interview length: 53' 03" sound quality: ****

Howard Tate (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2004

The great lost voice of soul recounts his career, from childhood gospel in Philadelphia, through his '60s hits with Jerry Ragavoy, his leaving music behind and the dark years, right up to his recent rediscovery and revival.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 54' 36" sound quality: ****

Howard Tate: Fate?

Profile and Interview by Gavin Martin, Record Collector, June 2004

HOWARD TATE is sitting opposite me sipping black coffee in the bar of a West End Hotel and I can hardly believe it. Until recently ...

Tears For Fears: Tears for Fears: The Hurting (Mercury)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1983

THE STORY so far...Roland and Curt are two everyday morose ex Joy Division fans. Sullen, sad and ashen faced they do not feel a part ...

Pete Townshend: The Lifehouse Chronicles

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

Legendary follow up to Tommy — abandoned by The Who in 1971 — finally unveiled in a six-CD box set featuring a radio play, original ...

Travis Reign Again

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, October 2003

TRAVIS HAVE BEEN REBORN AFTER SELF DOUBT AND A SERIOUS INJURY TO DRUMMER NEIL PRIMROSE. BY GAVIN MARTIN ...

The Triffids: The Day Of The Triffids

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1989

WINDING ITS WAY down the Swan River to the Indian Ocean, Perth is the sort of paradise most of us only get to dream of. ...

U2: War

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1983

"If people come along expecting the world from U2 then they're gonna get it. I'm not afraid we won't be able to give it to ...

U2: Call Us Unforgettable

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1984

EARLIER THIS year one of rock's newest messiahs U2's Bono appeared onstage alongside one of its oldest, Bob Dylan at an outdoor Dublin festival in ...

U2: Kings of the Celtic Fringe

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1981

BONO VOX, a.k.a. Paul Houston, the frontman and driving force behind U2 is huddled in the back of a small van, wrapped in a fur ...

U2: Rockin' in the Not So Free World (Part 1)

Report by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1989

Yen will I see you again?!!...In the first of an exclusive two part report on the band that more than any other has found a ...

U2: Rockin' in the Not So Free World (Part 2)

Report by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1989

BONO'S OSAKA Plaza hotel room is littered with the ephemera of a rock 'n' roll traveler. There are Japanese picture books for his baby daughter ...

The Undertones: Crash Course in Corruption with The Undertones

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1978

Their record's bubbling under......so why aren't they bubbling over? ...

The Undertones: Queen's University, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1978

ON A NIGHT when one of the world's top bands, Ireland's favourite sons Thin Lizzy, were packing them in at the Ulster Hall, it was ...

Tom Waits (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2002

On Charley Patton and James Brown, encounters with William Burroughs and Keith Richards, and being a 'rectal thermometer' for Frank Zappa...

File format: mp3; file size: 61.8mb, interview length: 1h 07' 29" sound quality: ****

Tom Waits: Bourbon, Bullets And Blues

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 1998

Gavin Martin heads downtown on the trail of Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones ...

Tom Waits: Everything Goes To Hell

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2002

ON A SUNNY Californian morning, Tom Waits pulls his family-size Suburban Chevrolet into the car park of Santa Rosa's Flamingo Hotel and begins to unpack ...

Tom Waits: Hard Rain

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1985

"I told you I was sick" ...

Tom Waits: The Rex, Paris

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

WAITS JUNKIES are everywhere — filling the bars, and brasseries around the venue, queuing up around the block in the rain-drenched Parisian streets. ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker: The Shotgun Sherriff Rides Again

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1983

A Motown soul veteran for all seasons, Junior Walker has taken his sax appeal from small American clubs in the '50s to the heart of ...

The Waterboys' Mike Scott

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 1998

MIKE SCOTT, singer/songwriter and former leader of The Waterboys, gushes over his formative influences, from Gaelic roots to gospel, from Van Morrison to Dylan ...

Roger Waters: The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking (Harvest)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1984

THERE IS a latent longing in many an English mega-rock star to become an intellectual seer, to splash garish helpings of philosophy and instructive comments ...

Paul Weller: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, February 2002

HE COMES on jaunty, with a skip in his step, looking cool, refreshed, dapper, an upbeat northern soul soundtrack still ringing round the hall. He ...

The White Stripes: Rock & Roll Animal: The White Stripes: Elephant (XL) *****

Review and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2003

Fourth album proves crowning glory of Detroit duo's meteoric career to date ...

Jim White (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2001

On learning guitar with a broken leg; drugs and religion; poverty and outsiderdom; art vs. commerce; the dangers of cab driving: Jim White tells all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 66.5mb, total interview length: 1h 12' 38" sound quality: ****

Whitesnake: Just A Load of Old Cobras

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1984

DAVID COVERDALE, the professional peacock of puerile penile dementia rock has landed. ...

The Who: Go Figure…

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 2001

THE WHO BY NUMBERS IS PETE TOWNSHEND'S MASTERPIECE. ...

The Who: Reissues

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2001

Soundtracks from three Who-derived Seventies films — something old, something borrowed and something horrible ...

The Who: The Colosseum, Watford

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2002

'Tonight's show has The Who attacking and understanding their legacy more pointedly than at any time in the past 20 years' ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, May 2003

Southern Rebel returns to London Stage with the confidence her songs deserve ...

Bobby Womack: Something Special (Liberty/EMI)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1984

ONE OF soul music's great iconclasts, recently repopularised and rediscovered with his two Poet sets, Bobby Womack's marvellous legacy from the late '60s and early ...

Womack and Womack: Love Wars (WEA)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, February 1984

"ABSENCE MAKES the heart grow fonder", sing Cecil (brother of Bobby) and Linda (daughter of Sam Cooke) at the start of their epic 'Love Wars' ...

Womack and Womack: Love Warriors

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1984

IT SHOULD really be no surprise that Cecil and Linda Womack's Love Wars LP is the most compulsive and acclaimed soul outing since the Marvin ...

Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, April 1986

IF IT'S careening kick-start country, a whisky wise distillation of old forms you need, come round here. Boisterous fiddle, the pound and pounce of six-string ...

Dwight Yoakam: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, September 1986

AN IMPARTIAL lady friend had been clean bowled over the previous night at Dingwalls. This tall, lean Kentucky hunk may be coot-like beneath his hat ...

Neil Young: Sleeps With Angels

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, August 1994

PETE TOWNSHEND got it right when he said, "Neil Young? Neil's the leader – the rest of us just follow him." Young may have started ...

Neil Young: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1989

OUTSIDE IT'S thronged, tickets £60 a throw, there's a buzz in the air you seldom find at gigs these days. Inside there's two Crazy Horse ...

Neil Young: Rustic Never Sleeps

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1992

"GEE, IT'S LIKE being in a waiting room, the doctor will see you now." Neil Young has just taken a three-minute break between the arrival ...

Neil Young: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2001

THE LIGHTS go down, and they amble onstage, gradually gathering together in a scrum, or pow wow. ...

Frank Zappa Goes Straight

Report by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1983

"OH GAWD! Can anyone tell me the way to London Wail?"The fat flustered city gent looks like he's been stuck in the middle of the ...

List of genre pieces

Van Morrison: Van The Man: 1979-88

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, May 1998

Van arm-chair heaven ...

The Brits: D-Day – The Music Died

Report by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, February 2004

IT WAS the British music industry's D-Day, with The Darkness, Dido, Duran Duran and even Daniel "personality bypass" Bedingfield sweeping the board. ...

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