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Jack Barron

Jack Barron

Between 1982 until 1996, Jack Barron wrote for Sounds, Zig Zag, NME, the Guardian and Volume. In 1998 he wrote features and reviews for Melody Maker.

Other than writing pieces for music magazines, Jack has worked as a TV Director and editor making various television documentaries and children's programmes which have been broadcast on Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and Discovery.

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Art of Noise: Noise Annoys

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

HOT TOWN, it's summer in the city. Basing Street, West London to be exact, the pleasure dome of ZTT records. The Art Of Noise have ...

Aswad: Rebel Souls (Island)****

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1984

GETTING A sense of perspective on Aswad is difficult at the best of times, and it's even worse with the release of this elpee because ...

Bad Brains: Brain Drain

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1987

Ten years down the road and thousands of gigs on, BAD BRAINS are still chasing the goal of a mass audience. JACK BARRON measures their ...

The Beastie Boys: Burden of the Beasties

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Guardian, The, May 1987

WHEN THE Beastie Boys step on stage in Brixton tonight at the start of their British tour everyone – the media, authorities, and fans alike ...

The Beastie Boys: Keep Taking The Tabloids

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, James Brown, Sounds, May 1987

Must they keep flinging this filth at our pop kids? No, not the brilliant BEASTIE BOYS but the British national press attempting to stir up ...

Big Country, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Steel Pulse, U2: U2/Simple Minds/Eurythmics/Steel Pulse/Perfect Crime/Big Country: Phoenix Park, Dublin

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1983

DATELINE DUBLIN: 3.30am Monday. There will no doubt be some measured reports of U2's home-coming gig. But I really hate measured reports. ...

Black Uhuru: International Anthem

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

SO...WHAT is life? A location and time? Hardly. We could be almost anywhere, but... ...

The Blasters: Blaster Charge

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1985

All aboard The Blasters' American Express, en route to the heartland of rock 'n' roll '85 style. "That'll do nicely," exclaims an impressed Jack Barron ...

Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One: KRS-1: We Are 1

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, July 1989

Metaphysics... conspiracy theories...the harmony of the Universe...and YOU thought KRS-1 was just a hot rapper! JACK BARRON gets philosophical with the boss of Boogie Down. ...

Billy Bragg, Ian Dury, Echo & The Bunnymen, Green On Red, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Poison Girls, The Style Council: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Dury et al: Glastonbury CND Festival, Pilton, Somerset

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1985

"JESUS WEPT," from St Mark's Gospel is, I'm assured, the shortest verse in The Bible. That his Divinity did so over this event when 40,000 people decamped ...

Bros: "Bros Not Dross" Shock: Bros: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, July 1988

WHAT IS IT about Bros? ...

Dennis Brown: Hornsey Town Hall, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1982

THE PARANOID inside can't help wonder if there is some kind of conspiracy going on... ...

Cameo: Word Up! (Phonogram/Club Records)***2/3

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

WORDS UPSIDEDOWN: Because you're not the only one whose heart has been broken and Blackmon's approach will serve to remind you of this – and ...

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: The Needle And The Damage Done

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, NME, August 1988

NICK CAVE – the voice of desperation; singer, writer, actor, junkie! JACK BARRON, branded by the Bad Seed a "filthy little prick", gets to grips ...

Neneh Cherry: Ma Cherry Amour

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, June 1989

NENEH CHERRY is a different style of woman, a popstar determined to be real, not plastic, positive and above all herself. With her single 'Manchild' ...

Chic: Believer (Atlantic Records) *½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

ANYONE FOR aural necrophilia? Like all dead boring musical activities, there is little mutual satisfaction to be gained here. ...

Ciccone Youth: Youth Programming (Bastards)

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, September 1988

THE LAST THING I remember before unconsciousness descended like a gun-butt to the head was Thurston Moore's evil grin and his instruction, "Relax, nothing bad ...

George Clinton: Electric Spankatizer Yeah

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1986

SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER OR THE GAP BETWEEN GREEN POINTY EARS? ...

Julian Cope: Tear For Fears

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1984

HIS BOTTOM lip trembles as he bites his fingernails. Beneath the familiar lazy flop of a frizzy blond fringe, his eyes are filmed with liquid. ...

Elvis Costello: The Royalty Theatre, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1986

CROCODILE SMILES ...

Crime & The City Solution: Crime and Punishment

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1985

"I KNOW THE worst joke I've heard all week," begins Harry Howard, cheerfully. Crime's bass player is about to provide me with a solution to ...

Julee Cruise: Cruise's Peak

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, December 1990

"Sometimes a wind blows/And the mysteries of love come clear" – 'Mysteries Of Love', Julee Cruise ...

Smiley Culture & Bobby Boom: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

THE INTERPRETER of reggae mirth who says he MCs not for treasure but for pleasure inverted frowns to dental crowns, sore feet to blue beat, ...

Depeche Mode: The Dire Straits Of The Synth Generation?

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1987

THE SUN RISES just after five in the morning. As a freshly finished glitter-mix booms, "Everyone's looking for a reason to live/If you're looking for ...

Derek B, EPMD, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Stetsasonic: Run DMC, Public Enemy et al: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, October 1988

LONDON BRIDGE is falling down, Big Ben has struck one minute to midnight and had his hand's burned. And all is not well in this ...

Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms (Vertigo)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, May 1985

ON TWO consecutive nights last week, I sat in a park in Tel Aviv and sometimes winced as I watched Dire Straits play. What amazed ...

Chaka Khan, D Mob: D Mob: Mixing With The Mob

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, June 1989

From DJ to A&R man, to the mixmaster behind D MOB's summer of '88 hit 'We Call It Acieed', DANNY D has moved on to ...

Eek-A-Mouse: A Mouse's Tale

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1982

CONTRAST: "Biddy-biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy men. Bong bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-gong, biddy geng, biddah-men ahwooy biddy-men. Ehyaaah!" (Rough translation of intro ...

EPMD, Stetsasonic: Stetsasonic, EPMD: International 2, Manchester

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, October 1988

SONIC BOOM BOYS ...

The Fall: I Don't Know What's In There

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1983

"AS A kid I used to be obsessed that like I was reincarnated from the trenches of the First World War. I used to think ...

The Farm: Ibiza '90!

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, July 1990

IBIZA THE ACTION ...

Furniture: The Wrong People

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1986

IF SUCCESS in the pop game is partly dependent on timing, then Furniture must be one of the unluckiest groups I've come across. After years ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1987

"THIS SONG is my favourite," screams part-man-mostly-dog guitarist Slash, Guns N'Roses' mascot pimple. "It's for all you thrashers out there and it's dedicated to BLOW-jobs ...

Happy Mondays: Homage to Catatonia

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, NME, March 1990

It's just another manic HAPPY MONDAYS, as the Manc scuzz bags-made-good wreak havoc in a nab-it-all frenzy through Europe on their way back to a ...

Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays: What The World Is Still Waiting For?

Retrospective and Interview by Jack Barron, Melody Maker, March 1999

It was the scene that produced some of the best bands the world had ever seen. Now, with the Happy Mondays reforming end The Stone ...

Iron Maiden: Apollo Theatre, Oxford

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

ON THE opening night of the British leg of their world tour to promote an album called Somewhere In Time, Iron Maiden play like pirates, ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Psycho Candy (Blanco Y Negro BYN7 pre-release tape)*****

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1985

CHRIST! THE crucifixion of preconceptions on the Calvary of pop. ...

Gladys Knight: All Our Love (MCA)

Review by Jack Barron, NME, February 1988

SINCE WINNING the Ted Mack Amateur Hour TV show at the age of eight and picking up $2000 for her rendition of Nat 'King' Cole's ...

Loop: Paradise Postponed

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, December 1987

With A R Kane and Dinosaur Jr, Croydon noiseniks LOOP are busy reviving indie white rock fortunes. JACK BARRON asks how long before these bands ...

Mantronix: 'Tronik Boom!

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1987

More than merely another hip hop outfit, Manhattan's MANTRONIX are breaking new ground with their brand of hardcore confusion. JACK BARRON meets CURTIS "MANTRONIK" KAHLEEL ...

Hugh Masekela

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

"THIS IS really embarrassing, we've come thousands of miles and now this happens," sighed Hugh Masekela looking at the vast blue tent-balloon Espace Balard venue ...

My Bloody Valentine: Dream Demons

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, December 1988

THE JOURNALIST, immobilized by a massive student demonstration in Central London, is late. A couple of miles up the road in a Kentish Town bar ...

New Model Army: Between the Wars

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, April 1985

Are New Model Army really as ugly as they say? Jack Barron flutters his eyes and confesses. ...

New Model Army: Re-Make Re*Model

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

"IT'S STRANGE, pop music, isn't it? You've got men dressing up as women and women dressing up as men. Don't you think there's something sinister ...

New Order: Oxford

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, April 1986

THE IMPERFECT kiss. Tonight I should have stayed at home and played with my pleasure zone. ...

Newtown Neurotics

Profile and Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

"LAYDEEZ AND gentlemen, will you please take your seats for Dick Whittington now, the show starts in five minutes," wheezes a voice from the Tannoy ...

Play Dead: Dead Certs

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1984

"WE'RE ABOUT as gothic as goldfishes," pin-points bassist Pete, pulling on his can of Special Brew, deep within the bowels of Blackwing Studios. ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: Canoe Dig It?

Report by Jack Barron, NME, October 1990

All Hands on Dick as Dave 'Chippolata' Harper of RCA goes canoeing with Pop Will Eat Itself done up in rubber in downtown Staines, home ...

Pop Will Eat Itself: Would You Let Your Sister Date One Of These Guys?

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1986

Brash, wild and loudmouthed, POP WILL EAT ITSELF may be the rock noise of 1986 but are they ideologically sound? JACK BARRON looks behind their ...

The Pretenders: Get Close (WEA)***

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

JUST LIKE nectar poured over old scars, one of rock's most distinctive vocalists, Chrissie Hynde, comes out of hibernation with a miasma of sentimentality, cynicism ...

Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: I Cry Alone

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, October 1987

DAY-GLO PINK mini-dreads erupt from his scalp like antennae made of candyfloss. Iceberg blue eyes stare from cigarette ash skin. A smirk. A belch of ...

Queen: A Kind Of Magic (EMI) **½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1986

TO DISMISS this out of hand would be as thoughtless as giving a cigarette to a man dying of cancer. There must be something to ...

The Redskins: Acne In The UK

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1986

Kicking and screaming into '86 against injustices to the oppressed and themselves come THE REDSKINS. JACK BARRON explores the left side of their collective brain ...

Run DMC: Hit And Run

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1986

As the RUN DMC tidal wave breaks over the British coastline and the country reels to its knees, it's maybe time to ponder the principles ...

Saxon: A Dog Day Afternoon

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1985

SATAN IN a shitlake, I'm here on serious medical business and I've left the pliers on the anvil at home after cuffing the slave-girls. ...

Schoolly D: University Of Essex, Colchester

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, May 1987

ANOTHER SATURDAY night. The Cookie Crew have already pushed sensuality into the cause of women MCs, Three Wise Men have re-freshed us with the politics ...

Paul Simon: Graceland (Warner Brothers)***

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1986

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE ...

The Skatalites: Return Of The Big Guns (Island White Label)****.5

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM. Ka-boom. This is where it all began and has now returned to, more or less. ...

Michael (Mikey) Smith: Michael Smith: Mi Cyaan Believe It (Island)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1982

Keep on believing ...

Spacemen 3: Spacemen E

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, July 1989

THE TRAIN TO Rugby rattles down the track. On my lap lies an inch-thick collection of press on Spacemen 3. One quote in particular leaps ...

The Special AKA: Jerry Can

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

JERRY DAMMERS cut himself with a razor this morning. A short tear of paper covers the wound just below his equally brief right sideburn. ...

The Stone Roses: Stone Roses: Stone Roses (Silvertone)

Review by Jack Barron, NME, April 1989

THIS IS Rain Parade at ease after the storm. This is Dream Syndicate going through a recurring nightmare. This is an aural Big Mac laced ...

Swans: Blubber, Blood & Bucks

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1987

No other group creates such extreme reactions as SWANS. For some, they are a bunch of American charlatans making the worst noise in the world; ...

Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

AM I the only person who thinks Tina Turner looks, um, more sensual when she's fully clothed rather than parading acres of well preserved flesh? ...

Tuxedomoon: Bad Moon Rising

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, May 1985

"HEY! LOOK at this weird architecture," enthuses Peter Principle, surveying the sight he's just stumbled across by opening the curtain in my hotel bedroom. I ...

U2: 'In Ireland People Are Scared of Success...'

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, October 1988

THE FULFILLMENT of any U2 project will always set tongues a-wagging in Dublin. Aside from being one of the country's major industries, the quartet are ...

UB40: Fortified Wine

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1983

I WAS STILL trying to figure out what UB40 had done with all the money they'd earned – there just had to be an interesting ...

James Blood Ulmer: Pied Bull, Islington, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, April 1988

DRUNK ON BLOOD ...

Andrew Weatherall: Rimini: Let's Take a Trip!

Report by Jack Barron, i-D, September 1991

Damned by the Pope as the "most debauched area in Italy", Rimini is fast becoming a Euro-clubber's hedonist mecca. And when hundreds of Brits touched ...

The Wedding Present: Town And Country Club, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, October 1988

DAVID GEDGE, six foot plus of gangly manhood in a vile paisley shirt, steps through the balloon infested stage and grabs the microphone with a ...

Wire: Victims of Time

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1987

Or timeless as ever? Only time will tell, say WIRE, back with An Ideal Copy and not a hint of retrogression anywhere. Seconds clocked by ...

List of genre pieces

Ecstasy: Easy Does It

Report by Jack Barron, NME, September 1989

This week NME devotes its Dance/Club page to a cool and unsensational look at the drug Ecstasy. Report by JACK BARRON ...

Rick Rubin: The Devil's Disciple

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, April 1988

Beelzebub or Midas? Def Jam supremo RICK RUBIN walks the fine line between brilliance and stupidity. JACK BARRON joins him on the tightrope and enters ...

Sound Of Silence: The Rise Of The Compact Disc

Report by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1986

You don't have to be a classical fanatic or yuppie stadium rock lover to appreciate compact disc – the quiet revolution has hit the indie ...

Trevor Miller: Tripping Yarns

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, December 1989

I FIRST meet novelist Trevor Miller at 5am outside a London rave called Method Air after a night of dancing so manic and intense it ...

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