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Kris Needs

Kris Needs

After running the Mott The Hoople fan club in the early 70s, Kris started contributing to Zigzag, horrifying the old guard with his coverage of the nascent punk scene. Founder-editor Pete Frame ran his interviews with groups like the Sex Pistols, Clash, Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, Ramones and Flamin' Groovies before, acknowledging the new movement, asking Kris to take over as Editor in June 1977.

For the next five years, Kris led Zigzag to punk's front line but also placed himself with everyone from Siouxsie and the Banshees and Blondie to Motorhead, Keith Richards, Chic and Kate Bush. He interviewed a new band called U2 in return for what turned out to be the last UK interview with Bob Marley. There was also an enduring relationship with John Lydon, recently recalled in the Stories Of Johnny compendium.

Throughout this period, Kris contributed to Sounds and NME while acting as New York Rocker's UK correspondent. He also fronted a band called the Vice Creems, who boasted half of The Clash for one single. After Zigzag became the victim of shady publishers, Kris helped run the Bat Cave club and became UK correspondent for Creem, moving to New York in '86 and becoming their man in Manhattan.

Arriving back in the UK in 1990, Kris dived into the club scene for the rest of the decade, writing for NME, Mixmag, Echoes, DJ and Muzik. He made records as Secret Knowledge and Delta Lady, produced around 100 remixes and DJed around the world with Primal Scream and Prodigy. After forming a disco group with Irvine Welsh, running Creation's dance arm Eruption then ending up resident DJ and pole-dancer at Ibiza's notorious Manumission club, Kris chose writing over an early grave and wrote his autobiography Needs Must [currently being revamped], then formed the ongoing Bunnymad69 with his missus Michelle.

Since 2002, Kris has written books: The Scream: The Music, Myths & Misbehaviour Of Primal Scream; Keith Richards: Before They Make Me Run; Joe Strummer & The Legend Of The Clash and Trash! The Complete New York Dolls with Dick Porter. He also contributes to MOJO, Clash, Record Collector, DMC Update and Trakmarx punk webzine, the spiritual son of Zigzag.

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ABBA: Abba: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

JUST FOR THAT night "ABBA – World Tour 1979" nestled next to Motorhead and the Heartbreakers on my pet leather's lapel. Talk about extremes ...

ABBA: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

JUST FOR that night "ABBA – World Tour 1979" nestled next to Motorhead and the Heartbreakers on my pet leather's lapel. Talk about extremes – ...

Marc Almond: Ol' Goo Eyes Is Back

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1984

LURCHING ALONG a dark street, hellhound on my trail, underpants on my head...A new life around the corner. ...

Juan Atkins (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1992

Mr Atkins talks Detroit Techno vs. Chicago House, the Motor City recording and label scene, being hugely influenced by Kraftwerk and 'Planet Rock', and looks to the future.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.9mb, interview length: 49' 03" sound quality: **

Juan Atkins: On Juan

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, New Musical Express, November 1992

LIKE HIS protégé Derrick May, 'Magic' Juan Atkins – the man commonly referred to as the 'Godfather Of Techno' – has recently returned to the ...

Albert Ayler

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

'I must play music that is beyond this world' – Albert Ayler ...

The Clash, Lester Bangs: The Clash: Clash City Rockers On Tour

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1977

DERBY KING'S HALL. The thickset geezer with the appearance of a frustrated rugby player – too short to make the scrum but just as tough ...

The Beastie Boys (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1992

The boys talk about their new album Check Your Head, their love of hardcore and metal, living in Los Angeles and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 26.3mb, interview length: 28' 43" sound quality: **

Blondie

Retrospective by Kris Needs, MOJO, February 2008

SEPTEMBER 15, 1978, BIRMINGHAM. Blondie are on form tonight and they know it. Although the previous day's Manchester gig saw screaming adulation and post-gig mobbing, ...

Blondie: All Aboard For Funtime!

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1977

FUN! IT'S A word which keeps coming back when you try and describe Blondie – live or on record. ...

Blondie: Parallel Line Fever!

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1978

BLONDIEEEE!!!! IT'S just yards between the stage door and the coach but feels much more as the waiting hordes grab, shout and thrust bits of ...

Blondie: Plastic Love: A Day with Blondie

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, February 1978

SO SUDDENLY it's in to have fun. The very same self-styled prophets who fell over their spanking new bondage strides last year to tell the ...

Blondie: The Art Of Class: Behind The Blondie Invasion!

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, February 1980

THREE O'CLOCK on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have just got up and the hotel breakfast is being wheeled in. ...

Blondie, Cherry Vanilla, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, Television, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: NY Punk

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1977

Well, we got through to the second issue despite opposition from the hippies. Anyway, here we are...and it's about time we went Over The Top ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Blondie: Making Tracks And The Art Of Parties

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1982

THE B2 ART GALLERY is oddly situated in derelict Thameside structures off Wapping's hysterically termed High Street. But no rundown jungle on the other side ...

David Bowie: Heroes

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1977

BOWIE RECKONS he's discarded the last of his image facades/personality disguises, but as his appearance gets straighter the music gets weirder. ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, February 1977

WELL, THIS IS probably the strangest thing Bowie has ever recorded. First listen was a real shock...and I've come to expect surprises from this bloke. ...

Dennis Brown

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1978

HE'S BEEN ON the stage for twelve years, eight of those rarely out of the Jamaican charts. He's a major reggae ambassador to Canada, the ...

Burning Spear: Dry and Heavy

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

DRY AND Heavy indeed. The title says it all. This album is pure magic from start to finish and, in my opinion, his best yet, ...

Kate Bush

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1985

"Since time immemorial the great sea has fascinated mankind, even as he is plucked like a lifeless doll from its creaking shores..." (in BBC2 documentary ...

Kate Bush (1980)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1980

Ms Bush talks about her recent (and only) tour – the practice, pleasures and fears of performing live; about her new (third) album Never For Ever; the 'paedophilia' allegations surrounding the song 'The Infant Kiss'; and ruminates on the pressures of success.

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

Kate Bush: Dream Time in the Bush

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1982

Kris Needs rises with the dawn (Wot?) to talk with the elfin Kate Bush about her new album The Dreaming ...

Kate Bush: Fire In The Bush

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1980

WHAT'S KATE BUSH doing in ZigZag? It's a fair chance that's the thought flitting through your noggin as you espy our rather tasteful cover. ...

The Buzzcocks

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1978

LOVE BITES can be: The vice-like heart-grasp of new love: Embarrassing marks on the neck; Romance with a sting in the tail; THE NEW BUZZCOCKS ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Generation X, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Slits: Punk: Rogues Gallery

Overview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986

TO PUT EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVE, AS TO WHERE THE ORIGINALS FROM '76 HAVE GONE; BE IT A WAYSIDE DITCH OR A MAJOR RECORD COMPANY WATER ...

Can: Unlimited Edition

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1976

THIS IS ONE for hardened Can-atics, being basically a collection of snippets which haven't made it onto past Can albums. ...

Captain Beefheart: Low Yo-Yo Stuff

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, February 2009

"It's always irritated me that people labelled him weird. It was a kind of super-reality."– John Peel ...

Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Nightmare

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, February 2009

The shocking story behind the making of Beefheart's greatest album ...

Nick Cave (1988)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

The Head Seed talks about his writing (the collection King Ink and new novel And The Ass Saw The Angel); his work on the movie Ghosts… of the Civil Dead and his latest album Tender Prey.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.4mb, interview length: 48' 27" sound quality: ***

Chic: The Real Chic

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1981

TEAR A STRIP off the sucker. Suddenly everybody's selfconsciously diving for the dancefloor. Most groups have got their 'funky number', even if they're not funky. ...

The Clash: Spotlight On The Clash — London Calling

Memoir by Kris Needs, Clash, December 2009

IT DOESN'T seem 30 years since that night at Wessex Studios when The Clash were putting the finishing touches on London Calling. We'd been sitting ...

The Clash: Konkrete Klockwork

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1977

AT THE MOMENT there isn't a group in the New Wave that comes within spitting distance of The Clash, live or on record. Within a ...

The Clash: Six Days On The Road And 16 Tons Of Fun…

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1980

THE QUEST GOES ON, HIT THE DECK! ...

The Clash, Doll By Doll, John Otway, Merger, Siouxsie & The Banshees: ZigZag: The Party (The Pain)

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1979

IT WAS OUR party... the day ZigZag came OUT. An erratic monthly "fanzine" (not owned by IPC or any other gardening clubs) celebrated ten years ...

The Clash, The Slits: The Clash/The Slits: Village Bowl, Bournemouth

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1978

IT'S 5.30 in the morning and for some reason I'm stuck on a ledge halfway down a several hundred foot cliff overhanging Bournemouth beach... And ...

George Clinton: Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

Interview by Kris Needs, Dance Music Report, October 1989

AT LAST it seems like George Clinton is getting some just recognition after about a quarter century of being funk's most colourful and innovative character. ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix, The Who: Woodstock: Back To The Garden

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, September 2009

40 years on, Woodstock's epochal celebration of music, peace and unleashed hedonism is being marked with an unprecedented deluge of audio and visual releases. KRIS ...

The Creatures: Love At First Bite

Interview by Kris Needs, Flexipop!, May 1983

Deep in the bamboo forests of Hawaii it was mosquito against THE CREATURES while SIOUXSIE and BUDGIE cooked up a vinyl feast. KRIS NEEDS took ...

Defunkt: Too Fierce For Radioland

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1982

Joe Bowie, singer-songwriter-trombonist-leader talked to Kris Needs and Killing Joke bassist Youth. ...

Destroy All Monsters

Profile by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

DESTROY ALL Monsters hail from the Detroit area and have provided a good home for two of the Motor City's baddest boys – ex-MC5 bassist ...

Destroy All Monsters: Fighting The DAM-Buster

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

DESTROY All Monsters were the first American group to be brought over to the UK by a British small label. ...

The Dictators

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1977

GROSS. LOUD. Fun. Funny. Fast. Flash. All words which can he applied to the Dictators, the New York City bad boys who toured here last ...

Died Pretty

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, New York Review Of Records, June 1990

'WE SET out to write spirited music that will move people,' says Ronald Pino, lead singer and lyricist of Died Pretty, Australia's most original export ...

DJ Pierre

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, February 1993

DJ PIERRE IS in fighting mood these days and, having seen the scope for his legendary house music trailblazing die in Chicago and narrow in ...

Doll By Doll

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

"The main thing I've got to emphasise at this time is we're just not going away"– Jackie Leven ...

Doll By Doll

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1978

I pushed a penny in the toilet door then I quickly stepped inside to some graffiti and a greyhound paper and the gentle thought of ...

Doll By Doll: Night Of The Psychotic Woodsmen

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1979

"This band is unquestionably involved in a death trip, and when you're involved in a death trip it ends in one thing alone and that's ...

The Doors

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Clash, May 2007

IN EARLY 1967, John Peel started playing tracks from the debut album by a new Californian group called The Doors. With no knowledge of the ...

Bob Dylan: Izzy Young: The Man Who Made Bob Dylan

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, December 2010

NOVEMBER 4, 1962: Bob Dylan is invoking the time-honoured image of the out-of-town rambler lost on New York's convoluted subway system as he nervously attempts ...

Joe Ely

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1980

SITTING on a curb with a fuming Joe Ely... ...

Brian Eno: An Interview With Brian Eno

Interview by Kris Needs, Danny Baker, ZigZag, January 1978

YOU COULD SAY Brian Eno was pissed off on the day the dynamic Zigzag interviewing team were supposed to be interviewing him. Quite the opposite ...

John Fahey: The Legend Of John Fahey & Blind Joe Death

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, October 2007

John Fahey was the maverick genius of the acoustic guitar, but that's only part of it. As another classic reissue appears, Kris Needs tries to ...

Marianne Faithfull: The Ballad of Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

MARIANNE FAITHFULL was the Face of the '60s Fragile, damaged little bird with the voice of an angel, broken on a spike and filled with ...

The Flamin' Groovies

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1976

A STUNNING album and a pair of London gigs last month heralded the return of the fabulous Flamin' Groovies, San Francisco legends still crusading for ...

The Flamin' Groovies: "We're Just Trying To Bring A Little Innocence Back To Rock'n'roll"

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1976

KRIS NEEDS corners Cyril Jordan, founder and leader of the Flamin' Groovies, in room 315 of the Agnew Hotel, and produces his tape recorder. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Jumpin' in the Night

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1979

HOT FROM their sizzling UK tour last June, the Groovies bombed into Eden Studios and laid down 16 tracks in a few days of midnight ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Shake Some Action (Phonogram — released very soon)

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1976

I STILL CAN'T believe this album! In fact, I would go as far as to say it will be one of the most important and ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Groovy Times On The Road!

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1978

UP AND DOWN the country over the last few weeks wide-eyed audiences have been driven past boundaries of passion they never knew could exist in ...

Ellen Foley

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1980

'UNTER'S BEEN on stage about three-quarters of an hour now. Behind the shades he's revelling in the ecstatic open-armed adulation raining down on the boards ...

Robert Fripp

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

A YEAR after Exposure and Robert Fripp is following through on his 80s drive with the combined Frippotronics-Discotronics and a bunch of new theories on ...

Robert Fripp

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1979

TO ME, ROBERT Fripp has always meant the nastiest riffs you could wish to cower from. I mean NASTY. Malevolent, grating sounds which fair oozed ...

The Fugs: Fug Life

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, July 2008

EARLY 1965: The Charlatans were about to galvanise California's acid rock revolution at the Red Dog Saloon, Jimi Hendrix was still playing R&B standards on ...

Generation X: We're Not Into The Mindless Drone

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1977

GENERATION X are half way through their soundcheck, and there's a "what shall we play next?" lull in the proceedings. ...

Generation X: X Cert For A Teenage Opera

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

GENERATION X ARE pissed. Legless. Tony James is sprawled in a dressing room armchair, cradling his bass with a glazed-silly grin spread across the face ...

The Grid: Boom At The Top

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1991

MUSICAL BARRIERS are currently falling faster than Russian statues. Exciting crossovers are making it often redundant to use terms like house, hip-hop and soul while ...

The Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce: Trigger Happy: Jeffrey Lee Pierce Goes Solo

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1985

AND SO the Gun Club was finally laid to rest. That majestic, thrashing animal with its tail in the blues, foot in the garage and ...

Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers: Larry Heard: House Music's Most Mysterious Pioneer

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, February 1992

LARRY HEARD has always been the most low profile of the original house music pioneers. Although his name has graced some of the deepest, most ...

Jimi Hendrix: Brother From Another Planet

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, October 2010

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1970: It's all over the evening news that Jimi Hendrix has died at the age of 27. "JIMI HENDRIX DEATH RIDDLE" bellow ...

Ian Hunter: The Outsider

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1979

FOR THIS naughty mammal, one of the definite chest-expanding events of recent weeks was the storming resurgence of Ian Hunter, with his first album for ...

Billy Idol: Billy Then, Idol Now

Profile by Kris Needs, Creem, March 1987

"I HOPE IF I get it right, it'll be a great record. If I get it wrong, it'll be in the trash-bin. I wouldn't be ...

Iggy Pop, James Chance, Lydia Lunch: Lydia Lunch: Queen of Siam; The Contortions: Buy the Contortions (Both Ze); Iggy Pop: Soldier (Arista)

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1980

AMERICA TODAY: the old and the new. Play these in a row... ...

Joan Jett: Return Of The Jett Girl

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, February 1980

HELLO, hello, she's back again! Joan Jett, the Runaway with the solid gold rock 'n' roll heart has returned, bouncing to a Gary Glitter soundtrack ...

Joan Jett, The Runaways: Joan Jett: Joan Alone

Interview by Kris Needs, New York Rocker, June 1980

Ex-Runaway leaves a London Launching pad ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Hour Of The Electric Rebel

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

Muzik of blood Black reared Pain rooted Heart geared('Bass Culture' by Linton Kwesi Johnson) ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, July 2008

JUNE 1982: The tall, dapper figure in the silver-grey zoot suit, two-tone shoes and white Panama hat stares at a TV screen in one of ...

John Lydon, Leftfield: John Lydon and Leftfield

Interview by Kris Needs, New Musical Express, November 1993

IT'S ONE NIGHT in June '92, long past midnight at the Brixton Academy. The Orb have finished washing the cerebral nether regions of the full-on ...

Lil’ Louis: Lil' Louis: French Kissing In New York

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1992

LAST JANUARY, during a particularly action-packed week in New York City, I was invited to experience one of the infamous Wild Pitch parties by D.J. ...

Madonna: Mad On A Dance Floor

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Flexipop!, May 1983

THESE DAYS I wake up more and more feeling death's breath around the corner as I near the winter of my years. It's so hard ...

Massive Attack Prepare To Storm The US!

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Rockpool, August 1991

The following feature appeared in New York industry magazine-tipsheet Rockpool on the eve of Massive Attack's introduction to the US market, their Blue Lines debut, ...

Derrick May (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1992

Detroit pioneer May discusses the state of Techno, and pays fulsome, eloquent tribute to the recently-deceased House legend Ron Hardy.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.5mb, interview length: 20' 09" sound quality: ***

Derrick May: What Is Techno?

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1990

FOR SOME reason, I'd half expected renowned Detroit techno demon Derrick May to be the quiet, retiring sort. ...

MC5: Rob Tyner: The Secret Life Of The MC5

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1977

ROB TYNER, NOW fronting a new MC5 after about four years away from the stage, was recently in this country to check out what's going ...

Mink DeVille

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1977

THERE'S OVER 1,000 people from kids to hall staff grinning, swaying, dancing and screaming with delight at the stage on which Mink DeVille are playing ...

Jonathan Richman, The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers/Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers; Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1976

THERE'S SOMETHING LIKE five years between the recording of these two albums, so it comes as little surprise that they're almost totally different in style ...

The Mo-dettes

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

"WE DON'T WANT to be a cult," says Kate, the guitarist.It's Mo-dettes. Not Modettes. ...

Motorhead

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

Sunrise, wrong side of another day,Sky high, and six thousand miles awayDon't know, how long I been awakeWound up, in an amazin 'state Can't get ...

Motorhead: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

JUST GONE 7.30 and the punter queue is already half in. About a thousand punks, bikers, 'Awkwind 'Eadbangers and 48 hour fun-makers have turned up ...

Motorhead: The Year Of The Gory Boys

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1980

IT'S STILL ONE of the greatest pleasures known to man: dig out the Motorhead albums, crank every knob, climb every wall and blister blissfully in ...

Mott The Hoople: Teenage Riot!

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, May 2009

This is the complete, unedited version of the feature from Mojo, May 2009 ...

John Otway: The Intimate Secrets of John Otway

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1978

Well go all the way to CornwallTell me baby what do you see?I see a long trip back home 'cos Polydor won't payI say, "Cor ...

Robert Owens: Bob's Full House

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, May 1992

"IT'S PAIN!" For a second Robert Owens assumes the tortured persona which electrifies his performances. The lower lip quivers, the huge eyes cloud and he ...

Iggy Pop: Lust for Life

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

WHILE countless young groups do weak imitations of the Ig of five years ago Jimmy Osterburg himself moves on at a rate of revitalised progress ...

Iggy Pop: The Idiot

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1977

IT'S TWO O'CLOCK in the morning and I'm playing The Idiot for the fifth time running. Can't stop, it's so compelling...but very VERY strange. ...

Primal Scream: Screamadelica (Creation)

Review by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1991

IT'S SAD when people's preconceptions and filo-friendly phobias dictate that a review has to start by defending its very presence but there will be readers ...

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (1991)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Primal Scream's front-man and major fanboy talks about making Screamadelica; his major influences; and music, music music.

File format: mp3; file size: 58.1mb, interview length: 1h 03' 28" sound quality: **

The Psychedelic Furs: Psychedelic Furs: The Flowers Of Evil Are In Full Bloom...

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1979

"We're in love with beautiful chaos, we're love with flowers..." ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Psychedelic Furs: The Furs Cut Is The Deepest

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1980

"I HATE supporting other bands it sucks." Butler Rep, singer with The Psychedelic Furs, is reflecting on the last few days, which have seen one ...

Public Image Ltd. (1981)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

John Lydon, Keith Levene and (a barely audible) Jeanette Lee on: the Flowers of Romance album; what was wrong with Wobble; Satin tour jackets; the Futurists & Steve Strange; problems with Virgin Records and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.2mb, interview length: 45' 01" sound quality: **

Public Image Ltd.: Public Image Ltd. (Virgin)

Review by Kris Needs, New York Rocker, February 1979

THE EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED debut offering by Public Image Ltd. landed like a depth charge in the mire of self-congratulatory entrenchment that unfortunately bogs down much of ...

Public Image Ltd.: Full Metal Jacket – Metal Box

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Fact, January 2004

With the curtain closed on the Sex Pistols pantomime, in 1978 a still-searing John Lydon teamed up with Jah Wobble and Keith Levene to form ...

Public Image Ltd.: The Metal Box

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

FRIDAY EVENING in Chelsea and I'm looking for a house, panning the street on the odd numbers side. Nearly there and a door opens. Down ...

Philip Rambow: The Rebel Kind

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1980

"Some search this world for fameBut fightin' 'gators is my gameFrom the scars upon my handYou know I'm an alligator man..." ...

The Ramones

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1978

COULDN'T you just see it coming? Ever since the Ramones made a follow-up album to their magic formula debut they've been under some fire for ...

The Ramones: Rocket to Russia

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1977

WHO DOESN'T LIKE the Ramones? Nobody, that's who – unless they're dead or M. Black of Norwich or something. I've had this LP for three ...

The Ramones: An Aylesbury Affair

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1977

IT'S BEEN about a year since The Ramones made their first hit-and-run visit to England for a pair of storming gigs in London. ...

The Ramones: Ramonin' In The Moonlight

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1980

AH, THE RAMONES. It's always one of my favourite times when those four are carving up our land with strategic bursts of concentrated sonic Ramonia. ...

The Ramones: Ramones (Sire Import)

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1976

PHEW, WHAT A scorcher! From the opening call to action of 'Blitzkrieg Bop' to the last strung-out powerchord of 'Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World', ...

Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Clash, April 2010

IN 1975, LOU Reed was the most dangerously fascinating figure in rock 'n' roll. With his old associates Bowie and Iggy having turned respectively into ...

Jonathan Richman

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1977

I KNOW IT'S BEEN a hectic year full of surprises but if anything 1977 will go down as the year Jonathan Richman (a) Got in ...

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1978

AH, THE NEW Stones album. For me the most feverishly-anticipated event between the first album in 1963 and Black and Blue two years ago was ...

The Runaways: The Runaways

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1976

OOWHEE!! This platter boasts one of the most fetching sleeves I've had the pleasure to mas...ogle at. On the front the glitteringly attired Cherie casts ...

Run DMC (1986)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1986

Rock and rap, hip hop live and hip hop movies, and the struggle to get hip hop into the mainstream – the Queens Kings of Rap'n'Roll speak.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.9mb, interview length: 34' 51" sound quality: **

Arthur Russell

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, May 2010

"I'VE GOT so much to do. All the music in the world," wrote Arthur Russell to a San Francisco friend after arriving in New York ...

The Saints: I'm Stranded

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1977

HEY! THIS IS a nice surprise! Almost out of nowhere comes this rip-snorter of an album when all we'd had from The Saints before was ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Silver Jubilation

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1977

A Jubilee special from the ever-patriotic Zigzag team in the form of an almost-exclusive interview with those lovable crop-tops from Shepherd's Bush, the Sex Pistols. ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1977

THE TITLE SAYS it all really. Ignore the press hysteria, dopey articles in Rolling Stone and cross-country panic/fear/loathing over "those foul-mouthed Sex Pistols". This album ...

Sham 69: I Quit

Report by Kris Needs, New Musical Express, February 1979

ON WEDNESDAY, January 31, Sham 69 played their last ever gig. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1978

AND YOU ALL thought, or have been led to believe, that Siouxsie and the Banshees were nothing but grim-faced, black-clad warriors of doom and disorder, ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986

LAST MONTH WE CAUGHT SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES FIGHTING INJURY AND BOUNCERS IN NOTTINGHAM AND SET THE SCENE FOR THIS INTERVIEW, WHICH HAD TO BE ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Haul Of Mirrors

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

SIOUXIE AND THE BANSHEES MAY CALL THEIR NEW LP KALEIDOSCOPE, REFLECTING THEIR NEW, MULTI-FACETTED STRENGTH. HERE THEY TALK ABOUT THE NEW SONGS AND PLANS... ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Night Of The Long Knives

Report by Kris Needs, New Musical Express, September 1979

IT'S IRONIC that Siouxsie and the Banshees' latest album bears the title Join Hands when half the group just ran away two dates into their ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1978

"I CAN'T WAIT to get into Polydor and run wild 'round the secretaries and throw all their typewriting paper and get their ribbons twisted. They ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Scream

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1978

FIRST DAY I got it I stunned a full room with this magnificent record...and you should have seen me three hours and four more plays ...

The Slits

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1977

THERE ARE FEW groups I'd rather go and see at the moment than The Slits. They've only been going a few months in their present ...

The Slits

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1979

THE SLITS AND me in an Interview Situation, eh? Well, hardly. We just chat away (it was better when the cassette was off but I ...

The Slits: Holland Park School, London

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1978

I BURBLED MY feelings about The Slits for four pages in ZZ75 last July, and happily that resulted in crazed Radio One producer and Zigzag ...

Patti Smith: 20 Minutes With Lenny Kaye…

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

THE PATTI SMITH Group had a day off in London. The night before they'd played to a generally enthusiastic reaction but universal slagging at Wembley ...

Patti Smith: Lenny Kaye: New York Nuggets

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1977

IN ISSUE 68 [of ZigZag], Patti Smith talked about a number of things during an account of the first half of her visit to this ...

The Stranglers

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1976

AMONG THE hordes of bands currently playing London's pub and club circuit, the Stranglers are leading contenders to break out and hit unsuspecting mass audiences ...

The Stranglers: IV Rattus Norvegicus

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1977

HERE COME the Stranglers with forty minutes of brain-rapingly original spewings like you ain't gonna hear anywhere else. ...

Suicide

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, November 2007

JULY 26, 1978: The Clash are on the third out of four nights at Camden's Music Machine during their chaotically-successful On Parole tour. Suicide, here ...

Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1980

JERRY HARRISON plays keyboards and guitar for Talking Heads. Usually it's David Byrne, ostrich-like singer-songwriter-guitarist, who gets seized on by writers after hot poop on ...

Throbbing Gristle

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1978

THROBBING GRISTLE: Drop that name in any conversation and watch the reaction. Giggling or nervous laughter, disgust or horror, blankness or a polite "Who?" Yeah, ...

Johnny Thunders

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1978

WHEN JOHNNY came swaggering home last month (well, second home), you could safely bet there was no other place I'd be that night than right ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: The Heartbreakers: LAMF

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1977

THE HEARBREAKERS are one of my fave live bands. For sheer ecstatic raunch you can't beat 'em. This album has been a long time coming. ...

Dwight Twilley: The Dwight Twilley Band

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1977

EVEN ACROSS thousands of miles of trans-Atlantic telephone cable and several time zones Dwight Twilley exudes excited confidence. He's sure the time has come for ...

U2: The Unforgettable Band: A U2 Overview

Overview by Kris Needs, Creem, August 1987

MAY 1, 1980, AND I'm sitting on a plane bound for Dublin. Next to me, the Island Records publicity man is telling me about the ...

Andrew Weatherall, Jah Wobble: Inner Vision: Andrew Weatherall & Jah Wobble

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, February 1992

An out-mind experience with the extra-dimensional Andrew Weatherall and Jah Wobble, the man for whom the expression "raving mad" was invented... ...

Wire

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1978

WHEN WIRE came out of the Punk No-man's-land with their strikingly different debut album Pink Flag they seemed one of the hottest hopes for lifting ...

List of genre pieces

TISWAS: Behind The Cage

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT!! ...

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