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Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

The producer of BBC 2's lauded LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND, Cooper (right with the great Mavis Staples) was for many years a prominent feature writer for SOUNDS, Q, MOJO and other publications.

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10,000 Maniacs: A Lioness's Share of Woe

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1989

Natalie Merchant is fighting the world's battles in her songs. Mark Cooper finds out why. ...

10,000 Maniacs: Mood Music

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1988

IN 10,000 MANIACS' native America, hotel operators hang up when friends ask for the band by name and nervous radio programmers assume that Elektra are ...

10,000 Maniacs, R.E.M.: REM and 10,000 Maniacs: Rulers Of The Campus

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, September 1987

College rock is alive and gigging in the US. MARK COOPER hears why from Michael Stipe of REM and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs ...

Paula Abdul

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1991

THE FAMOUS DANCER'S legs are hidden by the kind of white trouser suit favoured by the molls of Italian mobsters, but the tiny figure with ...

A Certain Ratio: Sextet (Factory Fact 55)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

A CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI ...

Alice In Chains: Dearly Beloved

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1993

ALMOST TWO years ago to the very day, Seattle's Alice In Chains supported Megadeth here in Berlin's Neu Welt club on a first, rather pointless ...

Tori Amos: Under The Pink (Atlantic)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1994

THESE HAVE not been good years for distinctive new voices who have to swiftly follow their groundbreaking debuts with that crucial sophomore outing. ...

Tasmin Archer: Stop The World, I Want To Get Off

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, December 1992

Your very first record has just gone to Number 1. Tonight you're on Top Of The Pops for the third time in a month. The ...

Au Pairs: Vote Vote Vote

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1981

MARK COOPER joins the AU PAIRS' campaign trail ...

Aztec Camera: Stray

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1990

LIKE THE PRETENDERS, Aztec Camera have long since become a solo act in all but name with Roddy Frame matching Chrissie Hynde's refusal to churn ...

Anita Baker: Compositions

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1990

WITH THE EXCEPTION of Luther Vandross, most of the current crop of soul men restrict themselves to the limited sphere of their bedroom mirrors and ...

Afrika Bambaataa: Bambaataa Of The Bronx

Interview by Mark Cooper, Number One, March 1984

The Grandmaster of hip hop lectures Mark Cooper on the meaning of the Funk ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: Don't Knock The Rock – Rap It

Report by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, June 1987

Mark Cooper on how Def Jam crossed over punk with rap, white with black, and stayed cool with both sides ...

The Beat: Wha'ppen? (Go Feet) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1981

IN WHICH the Beat define their sound over a whole album, realise their strengths (most notably the individuality of each performer) and, in general, settle ...

Blondie: More Males Per Oxide

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1979

EVER HEARD the one about New Yorkers in Los Angeles? Well there's more than one, as Woody Allen knows, and Blondie have a few on ...

Blondie: Starwood, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1978

They still don't know who Blondie is in LA ...

Boogie Down Productions, The Jungle Brothers, KRS-One, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Tone Loc, Young MC: U.S. Rap: Listen Up!

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1990

RAIN IS STREAMING down in sheets on the Long Island suburb of Hempstead but, inside Public Enemy's headquarters, the group's leader Chuck D is just ...

Garth Brooks: Meet Nashville's New Breed Of Generously Stetsoned Crooner

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1992

BANDY-LEGGED and pigeon-toed, Garth Brooks has finally taken off his stetson and is staggering around the stage of Atlanta's Omni like a man who's just ...

Bobby Brown: Bobby Bites The Bullet

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, June 1989

Mark Cooper meets the young American soul star everybody's gunning for ...

Dennis Brown: Dennis the Menace

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

DENNIS BROWN talks high finance with MARK COOPER ...

Tim Buckley: Live At The Troubadour 1969

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1994

HE WAS, ABOVE all, a beautiful boy. Sure, the album sleeves show those impossible good looks steadily thickening into manhood and by 1974's Look At ...

The Byrds: Box-Set

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1991

PRIOR TO THIS exhaustive four-CD box set with its careful remixing, 17 previously unissued recordings, four new songs by three of the original band and ...

David Byrne: Rei Momo

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1989

DESPITE DAVID Byrne's beaver-like activities over the last few years, his persona and his work have gradually been losing much of their old allure. Perhaps ...

David Byrne: Music, Maestro!

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, February 1990

Although embarrassed at being hailed a "cultural ambassador", David Byrne has temporarily put Talking Heads on hold to step out with his 14-piece Latin big ...

J.J. Cale: Busy Doing Nothing

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1989

J.J.CALE LEANS back from his lunch and reaches for the tab, waving aside the objections of his guests with unusual tenacity. "Might as well do ...

John Cale: The Forum, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, December 1993

THIS SUMMER'S VELVET UNDERGROUND reunion inevitably recast John Cale in the role of Lou Reed's foil. After all, while the Velvets clearly depend on the ...

John Cale, Lou Reed: John Cale and Lou Reed: Songs For Drella

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1990

ANDY WARHOL'S NAME was all over the famous banana sleeve of The Velvet Underground's debut album. ...

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, November 1993

A RIOT OF SEQUINS and studded belts, of thick foundation and fringed pastel jackets, of monstrous boots and massive hair, Nashville's old – and new ...

Martin Carthy: A Passage to England

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, December 1988

Martin Carthy believes in the power of performance, not purity. Mark Cooper meets the folkie who refuses to play safe. ...

Johnny Cash: American Recordings

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, September 1994

SOMETIME IN THE LATE '80S, Columbia Records unceremoniously dropped Johnny Cash. No matter that Cash had been one of Sun's Million Dollar Quaret, alongside ...

Johnny Cash: Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, June 1991

HITCHING UP HIS blue jeans to give his hands something to do, country music's Greatest Living Legend smothers a cough before the familiar voice offers ...

Chaka Demus and Pliers: The Rolls Royce of Ragga

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1994

"ANY QUESTIONS then?" ...

Tracy Chapman: Matters Of The Heart

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, June 1992

THE COMBINATION OF 'Fast Car' and the Mandela show transformed Tracy Chapman from an odd throwback to the era of folk protest into the voice ...

Neneh Cherry: Mother Superior

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, December 1989

OUTSIDE NENEH CHERRY'S modest terraced house in West London's Kensal Green, four bursting rubbish sacks jostle for attention by the front door. Round the back, ...

The Clash: Combat Rock (CBS) ***

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

Gonna write a Clashic ...

The Clash: Sending for the Cavalry

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Sounds, 1979

The Clash: Live At The Roxy, Los Angeles A CLASH TREAT for their fans this, a five dollar ticket and a smaller setting than bands ...

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1988

LEONARD COHEN HAS spent 53 years perfecting the art of being Leonard Cohen, poet of romantic despair. A self-declared "ladies' man" in his songs, Cohen's ...

Ry Cooder: Back Slider

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1988

Ry Cooder is on the road again. He talks to Mark Cooper ...

Ry Cooder: The Hardline

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1988

FIVE YEARS AGO Ry Cooder packed out the Hammersmith Odeon for eight consecutive nights, the culmination of a triumphant European tour. ...

Elvis Costello - Spike

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1989

ELVIS COSTELLO'S LAST two albums were released back in 1986. Despite their excellence, the combination of King Of America and Blood & Chocolate suggested that ...

Elvis Costello: Blood and Chocolate

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, October 1986

ELVIS COSTELLO'S CAREER now consists of a spiral of sidesteps and multiplying identities, all designed to accommodate the extraordinary fecundity of his writing. ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe and The Fish: Electric Music for the Mind and Body; I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die; Together (Vanguard reissues)

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, February 1996

COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH are doomed to be best remembered for that old crowd-pleaser they churned out at Woodstock in August, 1969. No matter ...

Robert Cray: Wedded Bliss Blues

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, September 1990

Mark Cooper asks, can contented men sing the blues? I do, says Robert Cray ...

Rhoda Dakar: Being Boiled – Rhoda Dakar

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

2-Tone's follow up to 'Ghost Town' is equally timely and a good deal more controversial. The single is 'The Boiler' and its subject is rape. ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1987

HERALDED AS THE NEW crown prince of soul, Terence Trent D'Arby already has Britain at his feet courtesy of 'If You Let Me Stay', his ...

Bo Diddley: Godfather Back On The Beat

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, May 1996

If guitar rhythms could be copyrighted, Bo Diddley would be a millionaire. As it is Mark Cooper finds him warily hitting the comeback trail again ...

Nick Drake: Way To Blue

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, June 1994

WHEN NICK DRAKE'S Five Leaves Left first came out in 1968, albums with gatefold sleeves by moody songwriters accompanied by orchestras were almost two a ...

Bob Dylan: Elizabeth Thomson & David Gutman (eds): The Dylan Companion

Book Review by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1990

DESPITE THE CRITICAL and commercial success of Oh Mercy and the recent Hammersmith shows, the reverence with which Bob Dylan was regarded in the '60s ...

The Eagles: Oakland Coliseum

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

THE EAGLES on home turf in California, even if it does rain more here in the north. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline, Scotland

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

COME FEEL THE NOISE! ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The KLF, The Teardrop Explodes: A Life In The Day Of Bill Drummond

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1982

Bill Drummond, manager of The Bunnymen and The Teardrops, talks to Mark Cooper ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths: The Smiths and Echo & The Bunnymen: The Smith and the Bunnyman

Interview by Mark Cooper, Number One, April 1984

No.1 brings together two of rock's most charismatic singers... and two of its biggest egos as well!" ...

Eurythmics: We Too Are One

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, October 1989

Eurythmics: the kind of sadness that can't shed tears ...

Fairport Convention: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1995

TWO FAIRPORTS STILL STICK IN my mind from the late '60s, early '70s. The first was London's answer to Jefferson Airplane, furiously eclectic and frequently ...

Fleetwood Mac: All Meat With The Big Macs

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1988

As Fleetwood Mac start a major tour Mark Cooper talks to Christine McVie about the band that refused to die ...

Dick Gaughan: Handful Of Earth

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1990

FIRST RELEASED BACK in 1981, Handful Of Earth survived the '80s so well that it was voted Album Of The Decade in Folk Roots magazine's ...

Girlschool: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

THE SPECTACLE is always the same – blinding flashes and smokebombs, loud guitar and pounding drums. The band dedicate the songs to the crowd, the ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Dead But Unburied Dreams of the Sixties

Profile by Mark Cooper, Independent on Sunday, October 1990

After 18 years of making magic music, the Grateful Dead – who return to Britain this week – still remain true to their legendary spontaneity. ...

Haircut 100: The Young Ones, Darling We're The Young Ones

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1982

Young is beautiful, say HAIRCUT 100. MARK COOPER gets nostalgic with the band every mother wants her daughter to love. ...

Emmylou Harris: Pieces Of The Sky

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1994

WHEN GRAM PARSONS 'DISCOVERED' Emmylou Harris in late 1971, she was working as a folkie in Washington DC, and singing the occasional country tune like ...

PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1995

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT PJ HARVEY IN A dress that doesn't quite gel and that's the something that she's chafed and worried at in her bruising, ...

Heaven 17: You Ware It Well

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1982

THESE THREE men belong to neither pavement nor penthouse. Instead they've grown comfortable by the fireside. Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Glenn ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Concerts

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, December 1989

THE RECENT spate of activity that has surrounded Jimi Hendrix – The South Bank Show, Charles Shaar Murray's musical biography Crosstown Traffic and now the ...

John Lee Hooker: Mannish Boy

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1992

MONDAY IS TRADITIONALLY a slow night in the music calendar, especially the first Monday in January in clubs like the Sweetwater, a small but chic ...

The Human League: A Life In The Day Of Martin Rushent

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

MARTIN RUSHENT, producer of the Human League and Altered Images, talks to MARK COOPER. ...

The Human League: A Soap Opera

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1981

An everyday story of human life starring the HUMAN LEAGUE. Script MARK COOPER ...

The Human League: Beautiful Dreamers

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, August 1981

Start with pop with a capital P, add a touch of glamour, stir with a generous helping of amateur enthusiasm and you've got the new ...

Bob Mould, Husker Du: Bob Mould: Out of the Warehouse

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, July 1989

DESPITE THE flood of veterans currently patching up ancient quarrels for one last sack of ancient dollars, divorce rather than reconciliation remains the common fate ...

Ice Cube: Corporate Raider

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1993

Yikes! Ice Cube is America's most controversial (dead heat with Ice-T) and successful rapper, recently blasting good ole Garth Brooks off the top of the ...

Gregory Isaacs: Clean Up Man

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1981

MARK COOPER talks to the 'cool ruler', Gregory Isaacs ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: Off The Cuff

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1981

Stevie Wonder's rival? The black Bambi or just James Bond's scuba diving companion? Mark Cooper looks at the mystery behind Michael Jackson's shades… and finds ...

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Love Rock And Roll (Epic)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1982

JOAN JETT is 23 years old. She's been in rock and roll for the last 10 years. It shows. ...

Elton John: Various Artists: Two Rooms

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1991

HITHERTO, TRIBUTE ALBUMS have tended to be the preserve of the American college circuit with R.E.M. seemingly ubiquitous as today's aspiring eccentrics queue up to ...

George Jones, Tammy Wynette: Stand By Your Ex: George Jones and Tammy Wynette

Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, October 1995

Wait till I get you home...to Splitsville, Tennessee, where George Jones and Tommy Wynette have resided since the classic song D.I.V.O.R.C.E. came true following perhaps ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Keeping Her Cool

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, October 1989

Shot to stardom 10 years ago, Rickie Lee Jones has fought her way back – no less cool but much more confident. Mark Cooper reports ...

Janis Joplin: Janis (Columbia/Legacy)

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, March 1994

DYLAN FELL OFF his motorcycle, The Beatles broke up and Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin paid the full price of ‘60s rock stardom ...

Joy Division: Permanent

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1995

WHEN JOY DIVISION'S UNKNOWN PLEASURES was released in June, 1979, it sounded like it came from another planet. Of course, it's easy now to historicise ...

Judas Priest: The Empire Strikes Back

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, July 1980

MARK COOPER encounters JUDAS PRIEST under a pile of volcanic ash of the third kind ...

Carole King: Stepping Out Of The Shadows

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, July 1989

Carole King is coming out from behind her piano because she wants to rock. Mark Cooper reports ...

Kraftwerk: The Model Life

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1982

"I'm not nuts," says RALF HÜTTER of mighty Germanic megastars KRAFTWERK. "Blimey," gasps MARK COOPER (PHD Engineering and Knitting) in disbelief. Well, is he or ...

John Lennon

Obituary by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1980

WHEN WE were growing up, my brother and I, he loved John Lennon especially. Our parents used to give us a Beatles album every Christmas. ...

Love: Comes In Colours (Raven)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1993

Long before psychedelic rock meant meandering guitar solos drifting peacefully towards nirvana or oblivion, there was Love. ...

Lyle Lovett: Erm…

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1992

Confusion and uncertainty are Lyle Lovett's middle names. Is he country? Or is he blues, or gospel, or swing? What the hell, he decides, "They're ...

Lyle Lovett: The Singer Who Argues With God

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, March 1992

Lyle Lovett's latest album gives a contemporary twist to the Old Testament, says Mark Cooper ...

Kirsty MacColl: Kirsty In Control

Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, June 1991

Mark Cooper watches as Kirsty MacColl reluctantly prepares to meet the world ...

Madness: A Touch Of Madness

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1979

DOWN AT Acquarius Records an assistant keeps rushing out to put out more copies of 'One Step Beyond'. He's kept pretty busy. They're being bought ...

Madness: The Business

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, January 1994

I FIRST SAW MADNESS EARLY IN 1980 IN A SAN Francisco club. It was the city's mecca of punk but the locals didn't know quite ...

Madonna: I'm Breathless

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, June 1990

THE VIDEO FOR Madonna's recent Number 1 has her "voguing" her way through a series of classic Hollywood images. As Madonna metamorphoses into blonde after ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Songs For Freedom

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1992

WHEN LITTLE RICHARD stood up at his piano and hollered 'Tutti Frutti', he sounded like a man who'd just broken out of prison. ...

John Martyn: And

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1996

ONE OF THE GREAT maverick stylists of British music, John Martyn has been out on a limb in recent years, marooned first by some increasingly ...

John Martyn: Same Again?

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1990

Sober, wiser, more than a little weather-beaten, John Martyn hassurvived 20 turbulent booze-fuelled years pursuing a romantic image ofthe lone folk troubadour. But the "rebel ...

John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad: John Martyn

Book Excerpt by Mark Cooper, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin), 1994

HE'S A JAZZ MAN, he's a folkie and he's been a drinker. Singer songwriter John Martyn has been most things, apart from commercially acceptable. Now ...

Mazzy Star: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, January 1994

IN THE PRIVACY OF ONE'S OWN HOME, CALIFORNIA'S MAZZY Star can sound like an American bar band performing at half-speed at the bottom of a ...

Paul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1989

Spiked by Costello, Paul McCartney is back in the pink ...

Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell II

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, November 1993

ACCORDING TO MOST rock histories the late '70s were defined by punk rock and the Sex Pistols. Commercially speaking, however, the awful truth is that ...

Natalie Merchant: Tigerlily

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

SHE'S BARELY IN HER THIRTIES, SHE became the voice and face of 10,000 Maniacs as a 17-year-old and yet there's always been something olde-worlde and ...

Method Man, RZA: RZA: RZA As Bobby Digital In Stereo (Gee St/V2) ****; Method Man Tical 2000: Judgement Day (Def Jam) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1999

Yo! Apocalypse: It's a mad, bad, Wu-Tang world ...

Van Morrison: Days Like This (Polydor)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1995

Although Van Morrison has enjoyed unprecedented commercial success since signing to Polydor in 1989, in creative terms it has been an uncertain period for him. ...

The Neville Brothers: Brother's Keeper

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1990

AFTER SPENDING A decade producing four albums for as many labels, the four Nevilles finally got the bit between their teeth with the Daniel Lanois-produced ...

The Neville Brothers: At Last The Legend Lives

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, October 1989

The Neville Brothers, long held in awe by fellow musicians, are finally selling records. Mark Cooper on the London-bound band. ...

Randy Newman

Comment by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1994

Randy Newman does not suffer fools gladly but surely he is currently pushing a point a little too far. ...

Randy Newman: The Star And Snipes

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1987

Mark Cooper talks to Randy Newman, standard bearer against the smug and prejudiced ...

Gary Numan: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

Frozen Robots ...

N.W.A.: NWA: Welcome to L.A.

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Sunday Correspondent Magazine, October 1989

"Takin' a life or two/That's what the hell I do." The rap band NWA – Niggers with Attitude – compares Los Angeles street life to ...

Sinead O'Connor: Forgive…And Forget

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1990

She arrived in '87, all Doc Marten's and radical chic, disparaging those who'd helped her, declaring support for the IRA. Now there's a new Sinead ...

Alexander O'Neal: All True Man

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1991

ALEXANDER O'NEAL ONCE once remarked that he was successful because he helped "bring back masculinity to the black industry". ...

Orange Juice: The Best Of

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1992

THE GUINNESS BOOK Of British Hit Singles offers no less than nine entries for Orange Juice, beginning in November 1981, with their cover of Al ...

Roy Orbison: The Big O 1936-1988

Obituary by Mark Cooper, Observer, The, December 1988

Chubby and shaded, Roy Orbison made a generation weep in pleasurable misery, says MARK COOPER ...

The Oyster Band: Out Of Their Shells

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, January 1987

Mark Cooper on The Oyster Band's place in the "roots" dance revival ...

Gram Parsons: Ben Fong-Torres: Hickory Wind: The Life And Times Of Gram Parsons

Book Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1991

HE VIRTUALLY INVENTED country rock with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers and was a major influence on the Stones of Sticky Fingers. He ...

Pat Benatar: Old Waldorf, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, February 1980

PAT BENATAR is on her way — American style. She is exactly the kind of performer who points to the huge difference between English and ...

Neil Young, Pearl Jam: Neil Young: Oh But I Was So Much Older Then...

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1995

...he's younger than that now. Neil Young's new album, Mirror Ball, is a scintillating trans-guitar-generational collaboration with hip young gunslingers Pearl Jam, and has given ...

Pet Shop Boys: Behaviour

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1990

DURING LAST YEAR'S concerts, Pet Shop Boys reserved a moment amidst the costumes and the dancing for an intimate spell at the piano with Neil ...

Pigbag: Brand New Beanbag

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, July 1982

Mark Cooper throws a few questions at the brand new Pigbag ...

Pink Floyd: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1981

PINK FLOYD'S The Wall is the ultimate rock concert, more a funeral than a celebration. ...

Pink Floyd, Roger Waters: Roger Waters: Out of Troubled Waters

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, November 1987

Roger Waters now finds himself in competition with his one-time colleagues in Pink Floyd – he doesn't like it but there are compensations. Mark Cooper ...

The Pixies: Pixies: Trompe Le Monde

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, October 1991

BOSTON'S PIXIES have already ascended close to stadium status judging from their recent triumph at Crystal Palace. Yet their mounting success betrays no loss of ...

The Pogues: Peace & Love

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1989

BY RIGHTS, The Pogues should surely be dead by now, overcome by the drink or the enthusiasm of their fans. Yet somehow they've survived the ...

The Pretenders: Talk Of The USA

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1980

LAST YEAR'S "next big thing" rarely succeeds in becoming "This year's model" with the ease with which the Pretenders have performed the feat in Britain. ...

The Proclaimers: Hit The Highway (Chrysalis)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1994

DEF LEPPARD, Tears For Fears, even The Stone Roses have their excuses. After all, success breeds its own insecurities and what's a year or two ...

Public Enemy: Muse Sick N Hour Mess Age

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, 1994

BY RIGHTS, THEY should be out of here. Hip hop may be black folks’ news channel, as Chuck D likes to point out, but today’s ...

Public Enemy: Muse Sick N Hour Mess Age (Def Jam)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1994

BY RIGHTS, they should be out of here. Hip hop may be black folks' news channel as Chuck D likes to point out but today's ...

Public Image Ltd.: Lydon The Exorcist

Report by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

John Lydon's back in America, as cynical as ever. He wants to forget the memories, do away with the past and rock 'n'roll. MARK COOPER ...

Public Image Ltd: Market Cultural Center, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1980

PUBLIC IMAGE in a cultural centre — sounds arty enough to make you wonder if they've gone over the top. ...

Bonnie Raitt: The Bonnie Raitt Collection

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1990

THE RELEASE OF this 20-track retrospective of her nine Warners albums must be sweet revenge for Bonnie Raitt. ...

Shabba Ranks: As Raw As Ever

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1991

AS THE REIGNING king of Dancehall, Rexton Gordon aka Shabba Ranks is a major Jamaican sex symbol, ambitious enough to crush his rivals at Sunsplash ...

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus: Disarmament (Trojan)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

DISARMAMENT IS a surprise – perhaps the first reggae album to openly confront the threat of nuclear warfare with the power of Jah Love while ...

Chris Rea: Road To Hell

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1989

NEW LIGHT Through Old Windows, last year's re-recorded look through his back pages, finally established Chris Rea as a frontrunner in his own country. ...

Lou Reed

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, February 1992

THESE DAYS, PREPARING for a Lou Reed interview is like joining the Civil Service. First, the specially run-off CD of the new album, Magic And ...

R.E.M.: Out Of Time

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1991

DESPITE MICHAEL STIPE'S production activities with the likes of the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies and the recent emergence of Tourfilm, from 1989's Green tour, R.E.M. have ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 1

Memoir by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE VERY nature of being a schoolboy that necessitates getting caught. In the summer of 1969, I was boarding in the lower ...

Henry Rollins: Don't Get Even, Get Mad

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1992

He wants to kill policemen. He is obsessed by his father. He dosen't have a girlfriend and his best friend is dead. "Either I write ...

Sade: Habitual: Sade: The Best Of (Epic) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1994

When will Britain wake up to Sade? ...

Scritti Politti: Suspicious Minds

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1981

Making their way from the margins to the mainstream SCRITTI POLITTI have discovered the beauties of pop. But what took them so long? "Professor" MARK ...

Seal: It's a Bitch

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1994

WHEN SEAL first appeared on billboards all around Britain in 1991, he cut a vast, almost monumental figure. Hands on hips like a fashion model, ...

The Sex Pistols: Winterland, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1978

London's pride take over USA – The Pistols' last gig? ...

Paul Simon: Concert In the Park

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1992

TEN YEARS after Simon And Garfunkel crowned their short-lived reunion with a concert in Central Park, Paul Simon returned solo to claim the patch as ...

Soft Cell: Non Stop Erotic Dancing (Some Bizarre) **

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

I'M NOT dancing, I'm sulking. Here we have a copy of Soft Cell's dance-mix album, a supposed treat, and I'm rooted to the floor. Church ...

The Specials: Stanford University, California

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

THE SPECIALS' mini-tour of California has, predictably enough, been full of incident. Three sold-out nights at the Whisky in LA, the club all decorated in ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Man, The Myth, The Magic

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1980

MILWAUKEE IS up by the Great Lakes in the industrial badlands. Concrete freeways, steel chimneys, cloudy skies and breweries. The kind of place "where Mister ...

Squeeze: South Side Story

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1987

SOMETHING HAPPENED halfway through the recording of Babylon And On, Squeeze's seventh studio album. They ran out of money. ...

Stereo MCs: If Bob Marley Came To Nottingham

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, December 1993

"ARE YOU there, Milwaukee?" enquires a ghostly but undoubtedly English voice. It is around seven o'clock in the evening at the Marcus Amphitheatre in Milwaukee ...

Stiff Little Fingers

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1981

'We've got to get out and we've got to fight back' is still the message from SLF and their commitment hasn't evaporated since the heady ...

Strawberry Switchblade: Every Witch Way But Loose

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1983

ROSE AND JILL of Strawberry Switchblade may look like Macbeth's weird witches but sisters they aren't. "We actually think we dress quite differently," complains Jill, ...

The Stray Cats: On The Tiles With The Stray Cats

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1980

Your storyteller: MARK COOPER (MA, DFC, VD and Private Bar) ...

Supergrass: Mojo Rising: Supergrass

Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, July 1995

Now trespassing in the charts, three princes of rascal rock… ...

Talking Heads: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

Joining the stadium set ...

Talk Talk: Spirit Of Eden (EMI)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, October 1988

TALK TALK'S fourth LP is the kind of record which encourages marketing men to commit suicide. ...

The Teardrop Explodes: Club Zoo, Liverpool

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1981

Escape from Tinseltown ...

The Teardrop Explodes: We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, September 1981

Christ, Warhol, Arthur Lee (who?), Scott Walker, JULIAN COPE. Are these the immortals of the next century and beyond? Julian Cope hopes so, after all ...

Danny Thompson: Romance From A Bit Of A Raver

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Sunday Correspondent, October 1989

Breaking the rules comes easily to double-bass player Danny Thompson, says Mark Cooper ...

Richard Thompson: The Unsung Thompson

Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, May 1991

Mark Cooper meets the folk hero who is now sharply observing home from abroad. ...

Tindersticks: The Tindersticks' Second Album

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, May 1995

THERE'S A WONDERFULLY hushed, still quality about Tindersticks that pulls you closer to the speakers. Casually overheard, much of this album sounds like little more ...

U2: Re-issues

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1992

WHEN U2'S RECENT NUMBER 1 single 'The Fly' first came on the radio, it sounded like a confused mess, an irritating jangle of throbbing guitars ...

U2: A Perspective

Essay by Mark Cooper, Q, 1991

WHEN U2's recent Number 1 single 'The Fly' first came on the radio, it sounded like a confused mess, an irritating jangle of throbbing guitars ...

Luther Vandross

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Time Out, February 1989

LUTHER VANDROSS' popularity has firmly established him as the King of Soul. His songs of love and loneliness have sold millions, and now his only ...

Luther Vandross: Battle Of The Bulge

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1991

ON THE HOSPITALITY TABLE OF Luther Vandross's suite at Hollywood's Four Seasons Hotel, four untouched plates of king prawns lie waiting next to a half-demolished ...

Luther Vandross: The Soul Survivor

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, March 1989

Mark Cooper on the awesome presence that is Luther Vandross ...

Visage: The Young Pretender

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1980

STEVE STRANGE, chief of the new clan of the beautiful people has made a record. MARK COOPER talks to him about the concept ...

The Vulgar Boatmen

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1995

LONGEVITY, STABILITY, COMMITMENT – this is what has enabled the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead to become the biggest draws in ...

Gillian Welch: As Real And As Raw As It Gets

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Independent, The, June 1997

Mark Cooper samples Gillian Welch's alternative bluegrass ...

Paul Weller: Heavy Soul (Island) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1997

Paul Weller: very much lord of his "manor". ...

Chris Whitley: Living With The Law

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1991

ON THE COVER OF THIS, his debut, Chris Whitley's long hair and cowboy boots are shrouded in shadows, while his open shirt reveals a crucifix ...

Neil Young: Harvest Moon

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, December 1992

TRUST THAT CONTRARY old buzzard Neil Young to come up with something as cunning and contrary as this "sequel" to 1972's Harvest, his biggest-selling record ...

Neil Young: You Sort It Out!

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1989

The drugged and the destitute, the needy and the greedy, unrest between East and West...Don't ask Neil Young where it's all leading. "I'm just a ...

Warren Zevon: Rugged Individualism

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1987

The return of Warren Zevon (with a little help from Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, George Clinton, REM...) ...

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Rough Trade Records: Rough At The Top

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, February 1987

In the record industry big doesn’t always mean best, and the independent Rough Trade have beaten the big boys in fostering new talent and ideas. ...

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