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Lloyd Bradley

Lloyd Bradley

One of the major British writers on black music from funk to reggae, Bradley began contributing to NME in the ’80s and then wrote for Q, MOJO and countless other publications. His recent BASS CULTURE, a history of reggae, was widely hailed as one of the best music books of 2000.

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808 State: Genius Plastic

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, April 1991

EASTERN BLOC RECORDS in Manchester's rapidly-becoming-fashionable Oldham Street is, at first glance, no different to any other specialist dance music emporium. ...

Big Audio Dynamite: No 10 Upping St.

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, December 1986

IN THE HILLS above Rio, until his recapture, lived Jose Carlos dos Reis Encina, a violent criminal and provider of food and medicine to the ...

Bobby Brown: Casual But Smart

Report by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1989

AT 11 O'CLOCK on Friday June 30, shoppers in Oxford Street's HMV Records noticed a growing number of predominantly female teenagers filing into the store. ...

James Brown: Twilight Of The Godfather

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, January 1982

APART FROM several Arsenal players, James Brown was my first hero. ...

Charles & Eddie, En Vogue: Harmony Singing: You Have A Lovely Singing Voice

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1993

Three years ago it had all but disappeared beneath the deluge of hard rap and technological beats. Now, from the choreographed trouser arousal of En ...

Jimmy Cliff: Dread Inna Dean Street

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 1995

"I HAVEN'T KILLED ANYBODY...YET." Jimmy Cliff is joking. We think. Although at 8.45am in the Groucho Club in Soho's Dean Street it's difficult to he ...

George Clinton: The Brother From Another Planet

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, September 1996

From the ancient civilization of Doo Wop he came, stopping off via Cosmic Soul and the Acid Rock asteroid to found the P-Funk Galaxy, his ...

George Clinton: The Return Of Doctor Funkenstein

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, January 1983

TWO YEARS AGO George Clinton was freeing the galactic ass at the head of an unparalleled funk troupe – Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone, ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, December 1982

A GEORGE Clinton solo album? Not a bit of it. Right down to Pedro Bell's quirkily barbed sleeve artwork, this is a Funkadelic record. The ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: George Clinton: Motor Booty

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 2003

In 1963 George Clinton took a first step toward funk overlordship. He shut his East Coast barbershop and flew to Motown. Lloyd Bradley finds out ...

Harry Connick Jr.

Profile by Lloyd Bradley, Q, August 1991

AS THE BAND'S FINAL CHORD dies away, the young man who's been singing tender words of love looks up and flashes his audience a dazzling ...

Miles Davis: Miles, The Autobiography

Book Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, February 1990

THE PERFECT BIOGRAPHY, operating on three levels: an insight into Davis's often abrasive personality; an on-the-spot commentary on the evolution of jazz as a music ...

Dizzee Rascal, So Solid Crew, Wiley: London Calling

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 2004

Dizzee Rascal is the first artist to score two five-star MOJO reviews with successive albums. Yet Britain's freshest music star is only the most visible ...

Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah: "This is What London Is": The Growth of Grime

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

"WHEN I INITIALLY started producing, I started grabbing reggae influences, hip-hop influences, mixing it with my own London flava, then you got the MCs on ...

The Eagles, Glenn Frey: Glenn Frey: Life After The Eagles

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Independent, The, July 1992

GLENN FREY's just-released Strange Weather has all the guitar interplay, sheer whimsy and wry lyrical content you'd expect from the man who helped to write ...

Gloria Estefan: Into The Light

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, March 1991

GLORIA ESTEFAN'S FIRST new album since a coach crash last March left her with, among other things, a broken back. ...

Gloria Estefan: Treasure Island Ahoy!

Profile and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1989

BASKING IN FLORIDA'S almost blood temperature waters, with the ice cream-coloured Miami Beach architecture in the background, the 50-acre, man-made haven of Star Island is ...

Fairground Attraction: Diversion!

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, June 1989

THE FIGURE WAVING wildly from inside the bar of The American Hotel, Amsterdam, is Mark E. Nevin, guitarist and songwriter in Fairground Attraction. As the ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Final Chapter?

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, April 1988

ON WEDNESDAY 10 February, the usual knot of press photographers and television camera crews on permanent point duty outside the Law Courts in The Strand ...

Kenny G: No Accounting For Taste

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, May 1993

AS PART of last year's campaign, Bill Clinton appeared on MTV's Rock The Vote, taking questions from a studio full of young electors. ...

Eddy Grant: Eddy Come Back: Eddy Grant and the Equals

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

AS THE 1970S progressed, the keys to the buoyant Afro- funk recording industry were two of black London's biggest music-business movers-and-shakers, Eddy Grant and Aki ...

Isaac Hayes on Isaac Hayes

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, July 1995

'Laura We're On Our Last Go Round'Single 1962 (Youngstown) ...

Whitney Houston: Whitney

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1987

WHITNEY HOUSTON had a lot to live up to from the moment 'Saving All My Love For You' and its shiny video went public. Its ...

Janet Jackson: Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1989

IT'S ALMOST FOUR years since Janet Jackson's last album – Control The Remixes hardly counts – and nearly 12 months since she began recording this ...

Michael Jackson: Normal Rules Do Not Apply

Report by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1992

Weird as ever but somehow less intriguing than before, the planet Michael Jackson still spins in its own orbit. His tour arrives in Britain this ...

Rick James: Blowing Out Tinsel Town

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, April 1982

Not So Long Ago:THERE WAS a time when nearly everybody in the world owned a Motown record. Motown was like a baby's security blanket, warm, ...

Janet Kay: Lover Boys and Girls: Lovers Rock in the UK

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

GIVEN THE TIDAL wave of superb dance records that flowed out of Jamaica in the 1960s, and the growth of UK sound systems, the island's ...

King Tubby: "This is a journey into sound"

Retrospective by Lloyd Bradley, James Maycock, MOJO, April 1999

Sonic visionary, dancehall supremo and obsessive money-launderer, he played the sliders like Jimi played a Fender. Lloyd Bradley and James Maycock chronicle the crowning glories ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool And The Gang at the Apollo Theatre, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 1982

WHEN THE American Funk Band Of The Month comes to town it doesn't really matter who they are as long as they're on the Robbie ...

LL Cool J: Rap – A Storm In A Teacup

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, January 1988

WITH WORLDWIDE sales of his second album, Bigger And Deffer, approaching the three million mark (50,000 in Britain) three times more than the last David ...

Madonna: Like A Prayer

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, May 1989

TRUE BLUE was not going to be bettered and the three years since haven't been Madonna's easiest, so Like A Prayer follows the only logical ...

Mantronix: The Incredible Sound Machine

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, April 1991

FIVE YEARS AGO, hip hop duo Mantronix were among the best there was: techno-boff Mantronik's search for that perfect beat involved the unlikeliest noises fed ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1990

Confrontational classics from Bob Marley ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Live!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, June 2001

ALONG WITH the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club and Prince at the Lyceum, these shows played in London by Bob Marley And The Wailers ...

Curtis Mayfield: People Get Ready!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, March 1996

THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE SEEN THE BOX-setting of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Marley and a fair few other giants of black ...

George Michael, Wham!: Bare: George Michael, His Own Story by George Michael And Tony Parsons

Book Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, November 1990

The Life Of George: from self-conscious childhood, to soul boy suburbia, to immense wealth, incredible fame and alarming desirability – all between hard covers. ...

Mighty Diamonds, The Twinkle Brothers: The Mighty Diamonds/The Twinkle Brothers: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S A RARE THING THESE DAYS THAT Ralston Grant, the guitar-playing half of The Twinkle Brothers, leaves Jamaica, and for the last decade or so ...

The Mission: It's For You-Hoo!

Profile and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, February 1990

IN A CRAMPED loft-conversion on the outskirts of Leeds, something of a party atmosphere prevails. Ring pulls are being pulled, Silk Cuts smoulder in ashtrays, ...

Omar: Life Is Sweet

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, 1991

"At least people know what I look like now." ...

Prefab Sprout: Jordan: The Comeback

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1990

ALMOST THREE YEARS on from Langley Park To Memphis, Prefab Sprout are once again produced by Thomas Dolby, and on first impression there's no obvious ...

Prince: Music From The Graffiti Bridge

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1990

THE GRAFFITI BRIDGE of the title being Prince's scheduled-for-August-but-yet-to-be-finished feature film. ...

Prince Buster: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, December 2000

WHERE DO skinhead women go during the week? You see the blokes: driving white vans, doing unmentionable things to your u-bend or even practicing as ...

Public Enemy: Fear Of A Black Planet

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, May 1990

PUBLIC ENEMY ARE one of the last, relevantly active crews from the second wave of hip hop that included Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Mantronix and ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 2

Memoir by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, July 1995

MENTION THE STONES IN THE PARK to me or a dozen or so other guys from Stationers' School in Hornsey and, chances are, we'd start ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Homeland Is Where The Hatred Is

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, March 1982

JUST ONE CHANGE of buses, and the sound stages of Century City, Ca., where platinum-plated cowboys bite the props department dust, are replaced by the ...

Nina Simone: Here Comes Trouble

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, November 1991

"BE PUNCTUAL," they implored. "Be punctual, and everything should be all right." Ask about Nina Simone at her publisher's offices and you'll soon be appraised ...

The Skatalites

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, August 2002

ASK JAMAICA'S PRIME MINISTER ABOUT THE SKATALITES and he'll come over all misty-eyed. Never mind that, at the moment, PJ Patterson is running a country ...

The Specials: More Specials (2-Tone)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1989

GIVEN THE QUANTITY of ska compilations on the market at the moment, it's a good time to revive the ska revival of 10 years ago. ...

Tears For Fears: The Seeds Of Love

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1989

FOUR YEARS and the best part of £1 million are ominous amounts of time and money to spend following up a huge-selling album. In this ...

Teena Marie: T's Ready!

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Blues & Soul, August 1980

ON THE west side of Los Angeles lies Venice, situated between LA proper and the ocean. Most of it is beach. ...

The Time: What Time Is It? (WEA)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, October 1982

TIME IT WAS AND WHAT A TIME IT WAS ...

Peter Tosh, The Wailers: Peter Tosh: 'Volatile'

Obituary by Lloyd Bradley, Q, November 1987

Bitter, violent, a few bricks short of the load, Peter Tosh was a hard man to love. Lloyd Bradley investigates the gangland connections that resulted ...

UB40: Labour Of Love II

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, January 1990

THE SECOND VOLUME of classic reggae songs – the first album, released in 1983, spawned the group's first Number 1 single ('Red Red Wine'), topped ...

UB40: Tomorrow People

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1993

After 35 hit singles and 13 big-selling Lps, UB40's secret is out – they're a load of idle layabouts! Their new album is making the ...

War: Delivering the Ghetto: War

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 1995

GIVEN THE CHOICE that exists in the Golden Earring department, it's scandalous that we've been forced to wait this long to hear War on CD. ...

Wet Wet Wet: Holding Back The River

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, December 1989

PLEASANT AS it was, Wet Wet Wet's first album, Popped In Souled Out, was always too slick to be really interesting. ...

Stevie Wonder: Original Musiquarium I

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 1982

FOUR MONTHS late, four sides long, only four tracks new but fortunately containing enough sterling old stuff to make it a realistic proposition (economicswise) comes ...

Stevie Wonder: Radio City Music Hall, New York

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, March 1995

WHEN STEVIE WONDER EASES INTO 'YOU AND I', ACCOMPANIED only by his acoustic grand piano, the whole auditorium goes quiet. Not just silent, like nobody's ...

Stevie Wonder: Characters

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, January 1988

THE SINGLE, 'SKELETONS', made a couple of bold statements: its earthy, chunky bass synth lines proved Stevie Wonder to have recaptured the simple approach to ...

ZZ Top: Ten Questions For ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, August 1996

Antenna and the new album Rhythmeen: returns to form for ZZ Top? ...

ZZ Top: Rhythmeen

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

JUST WHEN THE TOP WERE sounding like they'd run out of juice a mere 26 years into their career, they pull out a plum. Could ...

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Just a Thought…Whatever Happened To New Age Music?

Comment by Lloyd Bradley, Q, August 1992

Dreamy celestial soundscapes. Tinkly cosmic meditations Worryingly little public interest...Is the music of the future becoming a thing of the past? ...

Love Compilations: The Fast Food Of Love

Overview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, March 1992

Passion to go. Ambience-U-Like. Take-away smooch. Marketing men have discovered the public's appetite for romantic compilation albums. "Everyone loves love," they tell Lloyd Bradley. "We've ...

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