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Max Bell

Max Bell

"I can't do that self-promotion malarkey. Mine sounds phony to me. But here are some clues. I did write for Nick Logan's NME, and for the Evening Standard, GQ, Arena, Uncut, Vox and the Independent On Sunday etc., but that's so old hat. I have written some stuff for Classic Rock, which is a fine magazine. I did a Doors piece last year which was well received, a kind of detective story on the last days of Jim Morrison. There are others. But my trumpet isn't working.

"Frank Sinatra liked me. He wrote me a letter; or rather he recited one to his stenographer. He invited me to Palm Springs. I saw the Beatles play live when I was 10, and I spoke to John and Paul outside Dick James' office in Gray's Inn the same year. I queued up to get Cilla Black's autograph at the London Palladium in 1965 and she was a complete bitch. When push comes to shove my favourite album is Countdown To Ecstasy. But then it might be Carl and the Passions. Or After the Goldrush. Or Stills' first album. It could be Secret Treaties, though. Or The Trials Of Van Occupanther.

"There aren't any answers. Rock journalism is – short version – hanging out with cool people and catching a contact high. Then you write about it and the pay is laughable. I went for a limo ride with Dennis Wilson to the Lincoln Festival. But I wasn't a music journalist then so that doesn't count. I've swum in a pool with Jerry Garcia. And I can't swim. I sat on the Sphinx with Captain Trips and David Freiberg dosed me with Owsley's finest via teat pipette and eye dropper. I was sitting next to Ken Kesey. I got my own back when I hung out with Julia, the Quicksilver Girl, and the Byrds Girl. Nice girl. I also hung out with Sable Starr and the Turtles and Helen Wheels. I took a lot of drugs with Arthur Lee and John Phillips in the Hollywood Hills. I loved Arthur a great deal. See what I did there.

"Elton John burned one of my articles on stage. That was a highpoint. At university I had a few interesting visitors, like Mike Wilhelm and Cyril Jordan and Sandy Pearlman. All I'd done was compare him to Mrs. Mills. Sparks wanted me to be their rhythm guitarist. Who am I?"

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10,000 Maniacs, Popol Vuh: Popol Vuh: Nosferatu

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1979

POPOL VUH'S extended title for this soundtrack to Werner Herzog's remake of Nosferatu is 'On The Way To A Little Way'. That says a lot ...

Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

TOYS IN THE Attic, is Aerosmith's third record. No one here knows that much about Aerosmith, except that they're a straight-ahead Eastern seaboard band with ...

Aerosmith: Live! Bootleg

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE INEVITABLE live double from Aerosmith rolls inexorably into the American "Christmas like a fat Thanksgiving turkey". ...

Aerosmith: Rocks

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

AEROSMITH HAVE GOT the whole situation psyched. ...

The Amboy Dukes - Journeys and Migrations

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

THIS MOST RECENT collection of The American Amboy Dukes, taken from the first three albums, is strictly one for masochistic archivists. Amusement value only. If ...

Annie Lennox: Beaten By The Curve Ball: Annie Lennox: Diva (RCA)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1992

SOMETIMES you come home and they've moved the furniture. ...

Armageddon: Armageddon

Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1975

THE NAME GIVES it away, really. ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Collision Course (Capital)

Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1978

STRANGE TO relate but not everything that emerges in the new release racks this week will bear the mark of androids in overalls. And disco ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Asleep At the Wheel: The Wheel (Capitol)

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1977

I'D BEEN beginning to think there wasn't that much happening on the live front until I saw Asleep At The Wheel at Hammersmith last week. ...

The Associates' Billy Mackenzie: Wild Man

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, August 1984

AS LEAD SINGER with The Associates, Billy Mackenzie has long been at the forefront of great new British vocalists. ...

Franco Battiato: Clic

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

READING THE CREDITS and titles to Franco Battiato's Clic you'd be forgiven for thinking that here was just the latest example of technoflash absurdia masquerading ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, November 1997

The Beach Boys: tampering with the impact of time ...

The Beach Boys: CBS Convention: Beach Boys Party

Report by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

BEACH BOYS PARTY FOR CHOSEN 1,600 ...

The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones (Reprise)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

WHAT THE little deuce coupe is goin' on round here? ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and Friends

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

IN THE GRAND old tradition of milking every last drop from The Beach Boys' catalogue comes this double coupling of the '67-'68 albums Wild Honey ...

The Beach Boys: The Brothers

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

A long-running family saga continues: California fnurgs dump on U.K. public... ...

The Beach Boys, The Eagles: The Beach Boys and The Eagles at Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

"HI, WE'RE THE Eagles from Los Angeles." Well that was a fact as predictable as the set those five gentleman dished up, a kind of ...

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan, Walter Becker: Steely Dan: Desperate For Dan

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, January 1991

No, there won't be a Steely Dan reunion. But the good news for those still checked in at the Hotel California is that songwriting partners ...

David Bedford

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

"THE THING ABOUT concept albums is that they're never done successfully except mine of course," So speaks modest avant garde composer David Bedford, Virgin luminary ...

Big Star: Big Star Burns Real Slow

Overview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

For almost ten years now, Alex Chilton has resolutely resisted successive attempts by the rock press to deify him. ...

Big Star: The Big Star Story, Take 4

Retrospective by Max Bell, NME, July 1978

THE BIG STAR story seems to have taken up a considerable part of my writing life. This is the fourth time in three years that ...

Elvin Bishop: Hometown Boy Makes Good

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

YES INDEED I do believe we've got ourselves a good one here. Elvin Bishop has resisted the slightly formulaic limpness of Struttin' My Stuff ...

The Black Crowes: Nod's As Good As A Wink To A Black Crowe

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1991

Currently America's hottest new Faces, The Black Crowes have made a huge name for themselves with just one ass-kickin' LP, mucho slagging off of "the ...

Black Sabbath: Volume 4

Review by Max Bell, Let It Rock, December 1972

DESPITE BLACK SABBATH'S protestations that they have spent both a great deal of time and money on their latest album (earthshatteringly entitled Volume 4) the ...

The Blow Monkeys: What's Up Doc?

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, July 1986

Max Bell questions Dr Robert on, er... just about everything! ...

Blue Oyster Cult

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1976

Nectar of strychnine! Seminal psychedelic trip-wire rock'n'roll! Geometric chaos! Neo-nuclear Pearl Harbour precision! Flash-pod explosion! Blood-on-snow controlled fury! Boot-heeling dangerous! ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

FIRST OF ALL let me tell you about the art work that John Berg has concocted for the Blue Oyster Cult's most extreme venture to ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

NOW THAT Blue Oyster Cult have a patented studio style of their own, neatly quashing any lingering doubts that they had softened up in the ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Night Of The Locusts

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1980

THE GOLDEN AGE of hotrod and dragster racing is over but the USA is still littered with its mythology. One such relic is Lebanon Valley ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult: That's Right, Another Bunch Of Neo-Fascist Heavies

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

"We're pain, we're steel, we're a plot of knives...we're obsessed with the technology of matter...our symbol is a swastika substitute..." ...

Blue Oyster Cult: The Cult Occult And The Disco Nightmare

Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1978

ALLEN LANIER sits down for a pleasant chat about bikers, Burt Bacharach and band ideology. ...

David Bowie: The Man Who Fell Into Sinatra's Suit

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

IT'S HALF PAST five on Sunday afternoon and I still don't know how to start this thing. Only David Bowie could return like the Prodigal, ...

Tim Buckley: Greeetings From L.A.

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

WAY BACK in the dim and distant, old Tim had to sing for his supper, along with the likes of Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne, ...

Tim Buckley: Greetings From LA

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

WAY BACK IN the dim and distant, old Tim had to sing for his supper, along with the likes of Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne, ...

Kate Bush: What Kate Bush Did Next

Interview by Max Bell, Sunday Express, Fall 1985

INQUIRIES ABOUT why Kate Bush has been off the recording scene for three years–an age, in pop–met with a chilly and defensive response from her ...

Bernard Butler, Suede: Bernard Butler: Gentleman And Player

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, July 1994

When his father died last year, Bernard Butler used his guitar to assuage his grief. Now Britain's most important guitar hero since Johnny Marr has ...

David Byrne: Blind Fury

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1992

If you should bump into David Byrne on his forthcoming world tour, for God's sake don't mention the word "renaissance". Talking Heads are no more, ...

David Byrne, Talking Heads: David Byrne: First Degree Byrne

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1983

FOR SOMEONE WITH such an aversion to limelight, fame and wild applause, David Byrne certainly puts himself about a bit. Ever since he formed Talking ...

J.J. Cale: Troubadour

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1976

THERE ARE only a few things you need to know about J.J. Cale. ...

John Cale: Slow Dazzle

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

THE FIRST TRACK on John Cale's Slow Dazzle is so excellent that I played it eight times before I could bring myself to continue. ...

John Cale: Cale and Eno Horror Story…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

CO-STARRING ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL CHOIR ...

Larry Carlton: Larry Carlton

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1978

LARRY CARLTON, super side-man should need no introduction. The weeping, fluid style that Carlton rings from his 335 has become a definitive sound on albums ...

The Cars: The Cars

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1978

I'M NOT at all sure about this band. Their roots place them in the Boston, Massachusetts region which, not being New York or LA, guarantees ...

The Cars: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE CARS took the stage to a backing tape of revving engines, the principal mode of presentation for this Boston-based five piece. The house was ...

Felix Cavaliere: Destiny

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

BACK IN 1965 there was this group called the Young Rascals who, along with Vanilla Fudge and the Lovin' Spoonful, formed the big "New York ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Return to Madchester

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1994

After a few indiscretions, Manchester's adopted sons The Charlatans are keeping their motor running with the help of Ambient hippy Steve Hillage... ...

Cheap Trick

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

Meet Tricky Ricky and the Denim Deliverers. Ricky Neilson and CHEAP TRICK, to be more precise, who're currently wowing the Heavy Metal Hordes and MAX ...

Chrissie Hynde: "Guys in bands are pussies"

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1994

Should Kurt Cobain have unplugged his fax or Evan Dando blabbed about crack? Should Brian Jones have smoked in public? Chrissie Hynde has the answers ...

John Cipollina, Man, Quicksilver Messenger Service: John Cipollina

Interview by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

JOHN CIPOLLINA, he's the real thing. Smallish, wiry, hair tied back, nicotine stains up to his elbow and the confident loquaciousness of a man who ...

Clover: Love On The Wire

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1978

TRY AS I might I never could nestle up to Clover's last album (their English debut). There were several ingredients missing, elements that jarred on ...

Cocteau Twins: Botanic Rites

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1993

Three years after their split from spiritual home 4AD Records, the Cocteau Twins return with a new album, Four Calendar Cafe, looking to eclipse the ...

Julian Cope: A Rune With A View

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1992

Powerful things, ley lines. They can make Julian Cope commune with rocks, and cause his old boss Bill Drummond to break the silence he's kept ...

Larry Coryell: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

YOU COULD tell it was Jazz night at Dingwalls. ...

The Crusaders: Crusaders: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

THE HELL WITH it, let's be dogmatic and lay down a truth that was already manifest before their historic visit. When it comes to pumping ...

The Crusaders: It's A Street Life In The Crusaders

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1979

IT'S THE MID-1950s in Houston, Texas, east of Galveston Bay and west of the River Colorado, and some of the local folks are having themselves ...

Culture Club: A Boy For Europe

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, November 1983

THE BEST thing about the Culture Club is that anybody can join. Membership isn't exclusive. Jon, Roy, George and Mikey have managed to come up ...

Culture Club: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Max Bell, Times, The, December 1984

OF ALL THE SUPERGROUPS currently vying for public attention Culture Club and their lead singer Boy George seem the most vulnerable. The title of their ...

Del Amitri: Hangin' With The Del Boys

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, May 1992

Fashion? Del Amitri – the most polite boot-wearing, outsize sideboard-toting popsters in the Northern Hemisphere – couldn't give a Flying Scotsman ...

Depeche Mode: Private Lives: The Depeche Mode Story, Pt. 2 – Martin Gore, The Decadent Boy

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, May 1985

In the second part of our exclusive Depeche Mode series Martin Gore talks about his steady progression from milkmaid to bank clerk to popstar in ...

Rick Derringer: This Man Is Aiming To Kill

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1976

Excuse the pun – it's Rick Derringer, of course, knockin' 'em down with hardnose rock'n'roll. ...

The Dictators - The Dictators Go Girl Crazy

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

PSSST. WANNA BUY a dirty record? ...

The Dictators: The Handsomest Man In Rock And Roll

Interview by Max Bell, NME, October 1976

You may have been ready for Patti 'n' the Pistols 'n' the Ramones, but are you as ready as MAX BELL for The DICTATORS and... ...

Diga Rhythm Band: Diga

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1976

AFTER MY initial listening to this album I was going to take the easy way out, fob off with a few jokes about the Raga ...

Dire Straits: On Every Street (Vertigo)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, November 1991

AND ON EVERY CD player...they wish. ...

The Doors Consumers' Guide, Part 1

Discography by Max Bell, NME, October 1975

"There are things that are known and things that are unknown; in between are the doors." ...

The Doors Consumers' Guide, Part 2

Guide by Max Bell, NME, October 1975

"This is the strangest life I've ever known" ...

The Doors: Strange Days

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

WAS THIS ALBUM WEIRD? You bet yer snakeskin mitts it was. ...

The Doors: Box Set

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, December 1997

History of the LA group ...

The Doors: The Morrison Legacy

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

JIM MORRISON'S body may lie a-moulderin' in his grave but his soul goes marching on. ...

Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey: The Meat And The Motion

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

Allen Toussaint: Motion (Warner Brothers Import)Lee Dorsey: Night People (ABC) ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: A Case Of The Shakes

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1980

YOU HAVE to admit that Dr Feelgood know their own measure – no kowtowing to trend from this lot. Would you believe this record was ...

Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 (Columbia)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, May 1991

Sign Of The Times ...

Earth Wind and Fire, Santana: Santana and Earth Wind and Fire at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

ONE OF THE ironic features of Columbia's prestigious double billing, Earth Wind And Fire/Santana is that in America right now the kudos for star spot ...

Echo & The Bunnymen

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, August 1984

PARTHENON DRIVE, Norris Green, is one of Liverpool's quieter backwaters. The road, with its leafy gardens and council houses, is not scarred by graffiti or ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Tasty, Urban Tension Classics…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

MAX BELL says, "Kids, you gonna drive me to drinkin'. If you can't get next to HOT ROD thinkin'" ...

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: MaSQUERaDE!

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, October 1983

THE EURYTHMICS used to rehearse in a room above a picture framers in Camden Town. Now, with money in the bank and record sales approaching ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: The Faces Dossier: An Everday Saga Of Mick&Rod&Keef&Ron&Mac

Report by Max Bell, NME, December 1975

MARCH, 1973. ...

Bryan Ferry

Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

BRYAN FERRY is worried. To be more exact, he's apprehensive. Well, wouldn't you be with the eyes of the rock world watching your every move ...

Bryan Ferry: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

THE ALBERT HALL is teeming, brim-full with the beautiful awaiting the first solo airing of his master's voice in the Capital. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flamin’ Groovies: It Ain't Much Fun Bein' In The Import Bins' Blues

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

SOMETIMES DEJA VU gets to choke you up. After ten years of trying to prove themselves the Flamin' Groovies must be wondering just what the ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Acid Hurt My Brain

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1975

WHEN, TOWARDS the tail-end of 1969, the Flamin' Groovies' first Epic single 'Rockin' Pneumonia' crashed the American Hot 100 at No. 27 (with a bullet), ...

The Flamin' Groovies, The Ramones, The Stranglers: Flamin' Groovies/The Ramones/The Stranglers: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

MAYBE IT WAS no accident that the hottest, steamiest, dirtiest night of the year was reserved for July 4. It's not every day that we ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sincity — The Very Best Of The Flying Burrito Brothers (Universal)****

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, September 2002

ALTHOUGH THEY fit neatly into the silver-stitched seams on the patchwork quilt that became the country-rock heritage centre, The Flying Burrito Brothers were neither as ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Chain Reaction

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, August 1984

Frankie Goes To Hollywood are what's been happening while we've been away. They've been at Ho. 1 with 'Two Tribes' and at No.2 with 'Relax'. ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax, It's Only A Rock Group: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Times, The, February 1985

CARL GUSTAV JUNG, in one of his lighter moments, once wrote: "Liverpool is the pool of life". A year after Jung's death his words were ...

Fumble, Rock Bottom: King's Road Theatre, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

ON SUNDAY, at the ratty end of Chelsea, the King's Road Theatre opened its doors for a double bill of rock'n'roll; pretty disastrous it was ...

Jerry Garcia Band: Cats Under The Stars

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1978

UNCLE JEROME'S fourth foray into the solo light gets some of that old Dead sound back to base. Just in time I guess. ...

J. Geils Band: J Geils Band: Blow Your Face Out (Atlantic)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

FOR A BAND who've been as ludicrously misrepresented by their critics as the incomparable J. Geils Brew, Blow Your Face Out must be the best ...

J. Geils Band: Return Of The Hard-Drivin' Man

Interview by Max Bell, NME, May 1979

"I'm a creature of the night. I don't wake up till it gets dark. D'ja wanna drink?" PETER WOLF of the J. GEILS BAND is ...

Genesis: We Can't Dance (Virgin)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

GENESIS'S 17TH album arrives some five years after Invisible Touch. As befits these sedate Home Counties chaps, We Can't Dance is the product of modest ...

Genesis: Gabriel's Cosmic Juice

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

"I believe in getting art out of the galleries and onto the streets. Status Quo are so cultural, so Wagner..." ...

Gary Glitter: Ballroom Dancing With The Big G

Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

GARY GLITTER is sensibly ensconced in a very old fashioned smart hotel where the only thing liable to disturb his peace-of mind is a nutty ...

Grateful Dead: Terrapin Station (Arista)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1977

Dead Still Riding The Rods of the Celestial Train ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Steal Your Face

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

SURPRISE, SURPRISE. THE new Dead album is coming in for the most monumental panning. Seems that for the past four years (at least) they've been ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead's First Annual Pyramid Prank

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1978

"There were no sets. Sometimes we'd get up and play for ten minutes and all freak out and split. We'd just do it however it ...

Guru Josh: The Guru Ain't Joshin'!

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, June 1990

And he ain't mincing his words either! Max Bell lends a conspiratorial ear as the Guru lets rip at Adamski, slags off Technotronic, supports the ...

Hall & Oates: War Babies

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1974

DARYL HALL and John Oates are acquiring something of a cult following in this country. ...

Steve Harley at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

INSIDE THE HALL you could tell it would be one of those nights. Row upon row of bowler-hatted disciples clutched onto their Harley scarves in ...

Bryn Haworth: Let The Days Go By

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

SO UNASSUMING IS Bryn Haworth's Let The Days Go By that I was initially tempted to dismiss it as just another singer/songwriter effort, but having ...

Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who: Monterey International Pop Festival

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

Four-CD box set of the 1967 Summer Of Love festival ...

The High Llamas: Apricots (Plastic Records)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, March 1992

SEAN O'HAGAN, formerly of the admirable Microdisney but now pursuing a solo path with the latter's rhythm section in tow, is a man with much ...

The Inmates: City Rhythms and Jailhouse Blues

Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

BILL HURLEY, lead singer with The Inmates, was definitely built for the job. Bill Hurley clocks in six foot solid from the ground, a hard ...

Iron Butterfly - Scorching Beauty

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

SEEMS LIKE 1968 all over again, doesn't it? ...

Mick Jagger: Wandering Spirit (Atlantic)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, March 1993

REMEMBER THAT SCENE in Performance, where James Fox's Chas tells Mick Jagger's Turner: "You'll look funny when you're 40"? Well, the rock'n'roller's fear of that ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Jesus Wept

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1985

ACCORDING TO MR Geoff Travis, chief of staff at the born again, doubly hip Rough Trade records (purveyors of high class pop to the gentry), ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream: Creation Records: Creative Accounting

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, April 1994

Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain, Boo Radleys... Creation has nurtured a family of provocative rock rebels. Alan McGee looks back on the first ten ...

Billy Joel - Piano Man

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

THE GRAPEVINE WHISPERS Billy Joel is going to be a superstar. ...

Robert A. Johnson: Got Mah Ego Workin'

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1978

When the Buffalo of Immodesty stomps the tender talent-plant 'neath its cloven heel, the result, as Confucius noted, is "rampant megabullshit, and I don't mean ...

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (Factory)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1979

JUST WHEN the year's vitality was threatening to be expunged by a non-stop parade of rehashed fashions, 'ordinary geezers' with French Riviera yachts and the ...

Judas Priest: Unleashed In The East (CBS)

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1979

WHAT IS this thing called Judas Priest? A heavy metal band? Who says? If this is really Judas Priest live they'd be hard pushed to ...

Mickey Jupp: The Lost Legends of Southend Rock

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

Down where the fag-end of London slopes into the sea, there lies the forgotten land of Southend, home of the whelk stall and source of ...

Mickey Jupp: Micky Jupp: Juppanese

Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

MICKEY JUPP has always been nearly famous, and even then it's been by default. ...

Jona Lewie, Lene Lovich, Mickey Jupp, Rachel Sweet, Wreckless Eric: Stiff Records: Be A Killer Or Be A Real Stiff…

Report by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

W. C. FIELDS would have hated the "Be Stiff" tour. A sixteen year child star who toured with Mickey Rooney? A performing punk dwarf called ...

Kansas - Kansas

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

KANSAS ARE THE latest group to hoist the Dixie flag, though thankfully they don't seem anxious to broadcast the fact that "the South is gonna ...

Karen Dalton: Who Loves You The Best Now?

Retrospective by Max Bell, Sunday Telegraph, May 1999

Karen Dalton was a chronic recluse who died in obscurity. But now she's being hailed as one of the most original folk singers of the ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

IF ONLY B.B.King had let his fingers, and not his likeable but oversized ego, do the talking then I would have enjoyed his return to ...

Kiss: Destroyer

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

IF EVER A GROUP have made it huge in America by carefully manipulated saturation in terms of records, concerts and promotion then Kiss are that ...

Kiss: Rock And Roll Over (Casablanca Import)

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

The Red Carpet, but no Heat Treatment ...

Kiss: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

THE LADY on the door was most persuasive. "Would you take a Kiss mask? Please...go on have a couple, we're trying to get rid of ...

MC5, Wayne Kramer: Wayne Kramer: Broke, Busted, Disgusted, Agents Can't Be Trusted

Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

Former MC5 guitarist WAYNE KRAMER live from Lexington Penitentiary, talks to MAX BELL about times past and time passing ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Today Central Poly – Tomorrow The World?

Report by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

"I'VE ONLY GOT the five shirts, so I just take 'em off and leave them to dry. It's no good washing them too much, they ...

Daniel Lanois, U2: Daniel Lanois and U2: Five Men and Achtung Baby

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

The new U2 album — released on November 18 — is "rougher and harder-hitting than anything we've done before" …Producer Daniel Lanois talks to Max ...

Arthur Lee - Interview

Interview by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

TEN YEARS AGO Love made their first album for Elektra, and it's available for next to nothing as a cut-out now. Times change but Arthur ...

The Lemonheads: I Get The Feeling I'm Being Bullshitted

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, August 1994

IT'S A SHAME about Evan. Maybe we have a case of wrong time, wrong place, but dark moods are written all over his scowling, handsome, ...

Little Feat: Time Loves A Hero (Warners)

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1977

MIGHT AS WELL jump in at the deep end and ask you to indulge in some consumer advice research. ...

Little Feat, The Outlaws: Little Feat/The Outlaws: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1976

THE OUTLAWS ARE really pretty much your standard ranch stash. Three lead guitars primed to shit-kicking yee-ha, mighty purty 'n' all but lame beneath the ...

Love: Reel to Real

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

A LOT OF people are going to be highly disappointed with this album, Lee's first with the new but not improved Love. Not that he ...

Love: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

COVENT GARDEN HAD its second major rock venue re-opened last Thursday for a series of regular concerts by bands not big enough to warrant an ...

Madness by Madness

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, February 1984

IT'S FIVE years and 18 hit singles since Madness first ran riot on Top of the Pops and straight into the nation's hearts. ...

Madness: 21 Today

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, November 1985

It's just over six years since those young nutty boys hit the Top 20 with 'The Prince'. Now Madness have just notched up their 21st ...

Madness: Suggs on Women, Romance, Sexism and Growing Up

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, 1986

CAN MEN be feminists? ...

Taj Mahal: Playing The Cosmic Blues

Retrospective and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BACK IN THE '60S when he was fronting the Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, they used to call Taj Mahal a cosmic intellectual blues player. ...

Taj Mahal: Recycling the Blues

Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1979

"I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/And let the ...

Phil Manzanera: Head hunting in darkest Acton

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

YOU'VE GOT TO be quick to catch a Manzanera. No sooner has it left America than it's off to sunny Hawaii to sojourn, returning home ...

Johnny Mathis - The Heart of a Woman

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

JOHNNY BRISTOL'S RISING reputation as an ace producer hasn't, as far as I can see, resulted in any really solid product to back up the ...

MC5 Alive

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, February 1992

THE recent reissue of MC5's incendiary live album Kick Out The Jams, with the contentious "motherfuckers" rap reinstated in place of the toned down "brothers ...

Milk 'n' Cookies: Mlk'n'Cookies: Sweetness & Light With Milk & Cookies

Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

IF I TOLD you that the latest band to ride the grapevine from New York to London, Milk'n'Cookies, are three guys from the affluent suburban ...

Sagittarius, The Millennium: Sagittarius: Present Tense; The Millennium: Begin

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

TO GET THE full scope of these groundbreaking recordings, released within weeks of each other in the summer of '68, it's vital to know that ...

Moby Grape: Great Grape

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

COINCIDING with their decision to reform comes this compilation of Moby Grape, not a greatest of hits but a personal faves number allotted to Bill ...

Essra Mohawk: Essra Mohawk

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

AHA! ESSRA Mohawk, formerly plain ol' Sandy Hurvitz. You may remember her as the original Uncle Meat in F. Zappa's late sixties circus until she ...

Randy Newman: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1979

RANDY NEWMAN was wandering around backstage at the Dominion gazing disconsolately down. "Why doesn't anyone like my ELO song?" he kept asking no one in ...

Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1976

ONCE UPON A TIME the idea of liking Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes was considered remarkably unhip. Poor old Ted and his boys were ...

Oasis: I Am Disturbance

Interview by Max Bell, GQ, February 1998

And so's my brother... but not for long. After four years of tours, scraps, hits and hedonism, Liam and Noel Gallagher are settling down, buying ...

Ocean Colour Scene: New Midland Talent: Ocean Colour Scene

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, February 1991

THE SAGA SO FAR: Manchester is out, Liverpool is in (again), Bristolians are as sore as ever and good London bands don't exist. Where this ...

Mike Oldfield and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Tubular Bells

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

AS IT ALREADY appears that every other person in Great Britain possesses a copy of this much-venerated work, I doubt if it's necessary to explain ...

The Only Ones: I Have Seen The Future Of…etc. pt 52

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

"FLARED TROUSERS...FLARED TROUSERS...", the audience at the Marquee taunt brightly. On stage The Only Ones are sticking together the kind of set that makes most ...

The Only Ones: Peter Perrett Picked A Peck Of Pickled Peppers

Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1978

LAST MONTH, Peter Perrett won himself a Concorde ticket to Brazil. The loot for the trip came not from playing rhythm guitar but poker. ...

The Only Ones: Something Slithery This Way Comes

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

THE DRESSING room at Hurrah's is buzzing with electricity – reason being that inside this converted New York discotheque it's damn near as cold as ...

The Only Ones: The Bristol Community Free Festival, Ashton Court, Bristol

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1978

ANOTHER BOY, ANOTHER BLOODY GUITAR HERO ...

The Outlaws - The Outlaws

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1975

CLIVE DAVIS COULD sell Chesty Morgan a subscription to Mark Eden. Consider previous adventures of his with Copperhead and the Rowan Brothers, two acts who ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Don't Look Down

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1978

Second Cut is the Lowest ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It'll Shine When It Shines

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

THINGS ARE STIRRING in Jefferson City, Missouri. It'll Shine When It Shines is The Ozark Mountain Daredevils' second album and mighty fine it is too. ...

Pavlov's Dog: At The Sound Of The Bell

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

Condition your reflexes the Pavlov way! ...

Pavlov's Dog: Pampered Menial

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

UNLESS PAVLOV'S DOG prove to be a figment of Sandy Pearlman's crazed imagination, then their debut album must make them great white hopes for the ...

Pavlov's Dog: Walking The Dog

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1975

WANT TO HEAR a shaggy dog story? O.K. Once upon a time there was a completely unknown band who were so exciting that ABC Records ...

Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time (Chrysalis)

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1979

PERE UBU is the type of band that enjoys banging its head against a concrete art-form – it makes an interesting sound and a crazy ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedoes (Backstreet)

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1979

IT'S BEEN a good two years since Tom's last sortie into the vinyl jungle, but even then You're Gonna Get It! was released to widespread critical apathy. ...

Phish: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Max Bell, MOJO, April 1997

BECAUSE OF THEIR FOLLOWING, THE FACT that they laugh in the face of set-lists and encourage bootlegging, these Burlington blues boys are often compared to ...

Iggy Pop: Lust For Life (RCA)

Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

GOG AND MAGOG?! No, Dog And Maindog. A Pure Pop Person Pleads Sanity. MAX BELL Was At The Hearings. ...

The Pop Group: Idealists in Distress

Interview by Max Bell, NME, June 1979

They are young. They are talented. They are committed. They are now without a record company. 'So what seems to be the problem, boys?' asks ...

Prefab Sprout: Faith, Hope & Glory?

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, March 1984

"IF ALL THIS HADN'T worked out I was resigned to being a librarian. That's what I wanted to do." Thus speaks Paddy McAloon, brains in ...

Prince: Around The World In A Day

Review by Max Bell, Times, The, June 1985

PRINCE, THE CURRENT court jester of American hippy soul, once wrote a song called 'Ronnie, Talk To Russia', a good message number that indicated this ...

Brian Protheroe: Pinball

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

IF YOU LIKED the instant, stylised commercialism of 'Pinball', with its dilettante finger poppin'; then the album of that name might be just up your ...

Public Enemy, U2: Public Enemy and U2: The Chuck and Bono Show

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1992

When U2's tour brought Public Enemy to the Deep South, where segregation is still an issue, Chuck D did his best to pour napalm on ...

Pulp: Cocker The North

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, May 1995

Jarvis Cocker, the only kid in his Sheffield classroom who wore lederhosen, didn't have a girlfriend till he was 19. Now he's a pin-up and ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Solid Silver

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1976

YOU MAY REMEMBER Quicksilver Messenger Service as one of the most enigmatic West Coast bands from the acid-soaked sixties, and not just because they never ...

Bonnie Raitt

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

AT FIRST SIGHT, Bonnie Raitt isn't the world's most startling human being. In fact, she seems pretty damn ordinary. Quiet; medium height; plain; unkempt red ...

The Ramones: 'Waitin' for World War III' Blues

Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

JOEY RAMONE is wandering around the empty Roundhouse, looking vacant and clutching a brand new camera under his arm like a teddy bear substitute. A ...

The Raspberries - Starting Over

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

I DON'T KNOW why but it always seems odd when American groups try to sound English, although the reverse is quite acceptable. ...

The Real Kids, Scruffs, Shoes: Real Kids: The Real Kids/Shoes: Black Vinyl Shoes/The Scruffs: Wanna Meet The Scruffs?

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

THERE IS nothing especially new about this power pop hullaballoo, y'know. As a sub-genre it has existed in a succession of shapes and guises for ...

Lou Reed at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

THERE'S AN ILLUMINATED sign outside the Hammersmith Odeon that says: "It's all too much. Lou Reed in Concert." Wry humour or someone taking a subtle ...

Lou Reed: Reed 'Em And Weep

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1992

At the age of 48, Lou Reed is better disposed to write sedate six-string symphonies about mortality than feedback musings on the subject of scoring ...

R.E.M.: Out Of Time (WEA)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1991

THEY MUST have scratched their heads at Burbank when R.E.M. delivered Out Of Time. Far from capitalising on the success of Green, where America's most ...

Ronnie Spector: Be My Baby?

Interview by Max Bell, Uncut, May 2006

When Phil Spector didn't have her under lock and key, she was being seduced by Lennon and getting wild with Bowie, Ronnie Spector, the ultimate ...

Roxy Music: Manifesto (Polydor)

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

EXACTLY SEVEN years ago — March 1972 — something stirred in the basement at Command Studios. ...

Todd Rundgren - Another Live

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1976

POOR OLD TODD'S taken a lot of stick of late, not least in this paper, for adhering to his mystical mind games in the face ...

Todd Rundgren: Back To The Bars

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE ONE obstacle between Todd Rundgren and a successful live album comes at the stage when he has to rely on other musicians. ...

Todd Rundgren: Hermit of Mink Hollow (Bearsville)

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

AND JUST when we all thought that Todd Rundgren had finally disappeared into the darkest recesses of his cosmological inner sanctum he comes back at ...

Todd Rundgren: Man, Myth Or Rabbit?

Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

THE BOY FROM Upper Darby is pressed into the corner of a Blake's Hotel settee. He looks so much like a very glum rabbit that ...

Tom Rush - Ladies Love Outlaws

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

IN THE PAST Tom Rush has been hailed as a great interpreter, someone who can lift a number by nuance and feeling. His latest album ...

Sade: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, Times, The, August 1984

SADE IS CURRENTLY the hottest new voice in town. Her Diamond Life album has been highly praised and her jazz diva's image, allied to a ...

Sailor - No sex please we're Russo-Nordic

Profile by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

TWO HAIRDRESSERS, a parachutist and a tortured poet; a band called Sailor, dressed in nautical gear, including a Ruskie prince and a member of the ...

Joe Sample: Rainbow Seeker (ABC Import)

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

SEARCH AND DEPLOY ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: I Can Almost Materialize... If I Think Real Hard…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

...be still for I bring peace, love, and a new Santana line-up. ...

Santana: Inner Secrets

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1978

HOLY KRISHNA! His beneficence returns to the fold of lesser mortals for the annual Santana lesson, that quest whose purpose is boundless, ineffable. Wondrous Santana, ...

Santana: Lotus

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1975

OVER ONE HUNDRED Santana fans coughed up the full twenty pounds for this triple live album when it first appeared on import. ...

Santana: Latin Limbo Dancing Over Hot Coals

Retrospective by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

OF ALL the really big American bands perhaps Santana remain the most enigmatic, the least publicised – yet, ironically, enduring the test of time and ...

Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1976

THIS BOY certainly eats up producers. ...

Boz Scaggs: Bar-Room Brawls Are Out Man — I've Gotten Sophisticated

Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1976

Yes, this is one for the, err, cognoscenti. It's BOZ SCAGGS man – but coming on strong like Bryan Ferry's wardrobe. Admirer MAX BELL talks ...

Boz Scaggs: Central Park, New York

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1976

STROLLING THROUGH New York's Central Park on a hot and sultry Friday afternoon was pretty much like reliving a David Peel song. The paths and ...

Boz Scaggs: Portrait of The Image as a Reality

Interview by Max Bell, NME, January 1978

The elusive BOZ SCAGGS picks up the phone in deepest America and suavely refutes all allegations of artifice. 'My image is no pose man – ...

Tom Scott: Tom Scott In LA

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

NAT HENTOFF really should know better. Having, in the past, written liner-notes for the very best (Davis, Trane) he now finds himself eulogising the "scope ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Shooting from the Hip: Gil Scott-Heron

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1983

With verse and music slung from his belt, GILSCOTT-HERON is making his stand against the Cowboy. Some people accuse him of being right on. But ...

Bob Seger - Beautiful Loser

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

THE LATEST IN a long line of good albums from the largely ignored Bob Seger sees him returning to Muscle Shoals, scene of the Back ...

Sheryl Crow: Natural Born Thriller

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, January 1995

Sheryl Crow's songs provided the soundtrack for a killer road trip in Kalifornia, but she's got mixed feelings about Hollywood's continuing shoot-to-be-hip violence. Happiness isn't ...

The Shirts: Shirts Appeal – Loosen Your Choler

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE SHIRTS from Brooklyn reckon they've been mistreated. Right from the moment their name went on CBGB's lavatory wall. They are angry. But not beaten ...

The Smiths: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, Times, The, February 1984

DESPITE THEIR PROSAIC NAME, the Smiths are very much the band of the moment. Six months ago this Mancunian four-piece were breaking out of the ...

Sparks

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

CONTRARY to popular belief, Santa Claus – alias Saint Nicholas – is alive and well and living in Amsterdam. ...

Sparks

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1974

THINGS COULDN'T really have got off to a worse start for Sparks. First their coach broke down in Barnsley – of all places – which ...

Spirit: America: The Titanic Might Be Sinking, But There Are Plenty Of Lifeboats Left

Essay by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

BACK IN this very spot, Mick Farren pulled out his critical cudgels and delivered a sorely needed attack on the current state of rock'n'roll. ...

Spirit: Randy California

Obituary by Max Bell, MOJO, March 1997

RANDY CALIFORNIA, THE GUITARIST AND songwriter of West Coast group Spirit, drowned after swimming off the Hawaiian island of Molokai on January 2. ...

Spirit: Farther Along

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

How Kapt. Kopter kept coming back California, a bona fide genius guitar hero. Who says so? Max Bell says so. ...

Spirit: Future Games — A Magical Kahauna Dream (Mercury Import)

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1977

THE RETURN of Tab, Hunk and Dr. Sardonicus — more outrageously smooth than ever before. A new Spirit album is not only becoming a frequent ...

Spirit: If You Value Your Life, On No Account Read This Headline

Interview by Max Bell, NME, October 1976

...because if you do you'll have to read the feature which is about RANDY CALIFORNIA of SPIRIT. He's a very far-out person. He says so. ...

Squeeze: Play

Review by Max Bell, Vox, September 1991

TEN YEARS AGO Squeeze released East Side Story, an album of obvious class and as English as the 'Go To Work On An Egg' slogan. ...

Starz: Starz

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

PREDICTABLE BOYS from the Rock Steady stable with Jack Douglas production. ...

Steely Dan

Retrospective by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

While the poor people sleep-in with the shade on the light While the poor people sleepin' all the stars come out at night – 'Show ...

Steely Dan: The Royal Scam

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

DEFINITION: SCAM – THE scenario for a confidence trick. The lowdown on same. The stage preparatory to the heist or sting. ...

Suede: Who Loves A Lad In Suede?

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, May 1993

Suede were touted 'the best new band in Britain' before they even left the blocks, now, as they release their debut album, VOX delves behind ...

Supergrass: In It For The Money (Parlophone)

Review and Interview by Max Bell, MOJO, May 1997

IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT SUPERGRASS will ever scale the wails of hype built around those British bands whose media inflated self-importance exceeds their artistic merit. ...

Sweet: The Sweet: No Longer Unfashionable

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

ROCK SNOBBERY. THAT'S what it is. A prevailing attitude that anything commercially successful in terms of the charts must therefore be top-twenty hype, not suitable ...

Talking Heads: Remain In Light

Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1980

THE DESIRE to (re)discover the African continent has been burning deep in the bowels of curious imagination ever since the New York Herald packed Mr ...

Talking Heads: Les Talking Heads a la Carte

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1979

THE SCENE: Paris, France, July 10. Bastille Day looms, Talking Heads and their 'guests' The B52s have just completed a mini-European jaunt minus Great Britain. ...

Tangerine Dream: Is This The End Of Rock As We Know It?

Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1974

EVER HEARD of a group who would rather not be visible to their audience and let the music work on its own? Seems peculiar even ...

Texas: Good News From Texas

Interview by Max Bell, GQ, August 1997

SHARLEEN SPITERI was free-climbing in the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye a year ago, when she made two uncharacteristic blunders. Firstly, she fell ...

Tanita Tikaram: All Grown Up with Nowhere to Go?

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1991

TANITA TIKARAM DOESN'T think she is famous and can't bear to call herself a celebrity. ...

Tin Machine: Tin Machine 2

Review by Max Bell, Vox, October 1991

FIRST THINGS first. Tin Machine now sound like an expensive hobby, though that may be what they are, since Bowie took his chums to Sydney ...

Toto: Toto (CBS)

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

WILL THESE people never learn? In the time-honoured Hollywood tradition of foisting ambitious super-sessioners upon that large portion of the American public bereft of a ...

Tower of Power: Tower Of Power: Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

THIS IS essentially transitional meat from Oakland, Soul City's finest. ...

Moe Tucker, Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground: No Moe Reunions

Report and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, February 1992

MAUREEN TUCKER, drummer and mother of five, has scotched rumours concerning any further Velvet Underground reunions. ...

U2: Achtung Baby

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BONO VOX once mentioned in passing that if and when he ever published a volume of his poetry, the title of said tome would be ...

Suzanne Vega: Oh Suzanna!

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, July 1986

Max Bell meets Suzanne Vega. Pretty cosmic. ...

Tom Verlaine: Tom Foolery: Tom Verlaine

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, July 1984

CAN IT REALLY be ten years now since we first heard about Television and the infamous New York scene of 1974? Those days, laughingly referred ...

Tom Verlaine: Tom Verlaine (Elektra)

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1979

Mr Verlaine Unwraps ...

Loudon Wainwright III - Unrequited

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

THE WORST THING that ever happened to Loudon Wainwright III was being branded The New Dylan, kiss of death to any self-respecting artist who hopes ...

Loudon Wainwright III - at Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

YOU MIGHT HAVE noticed that Loudon Wainwright III has been in Great Britain recently, completing the second lap of his tour; you might have noticed ...

Tom Waits: The Early Years Volume I (Edsel)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, September 1991

LONG BEFORE he became the rather self-conscious Harry Dean Stanton type he is today, Tom Waits used to intone straight-to-the-heart-of-the matter barroom blues, most of ...

Weezer: The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, April 1995

Weezer may have written a million-selling debut album full of sparkling punk-pop songs, but it means nothing to super-nerdy frontman Rivers Cuomo. He's 23; time ...

Howard Werth And The Moonbeams: Howard Werth

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

"SEE, THE 'THE' is actually a joke, an abbreviation of the first word. It's not really 'King Brilliant' it's '...King Brilliant' that we ever got ...

Howard Werth And The Moonbeams: King Brilliant

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

AUDIENCE WERE ALWAYS a band which threatened massive stardom. That they never made the final breakthrough wasn't for want of trying. They made four excellent ...

Brian Wilson, Wondermints: Wondermints: Bali

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, October 2000

UK RELEASE at last for second LP from Brian Wilson's "backing band." ...

Jesse Winchester: Learn To Love It

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

THIS IS BOTH Jesse Winchester's third album and his third good album. ...

Neil Young: Live Rust (Reprise)

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1979

"My, my, hey hey, rock and roll is here to stay/Hey hey, my my, rock and roll can never die." ...

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The Pointer Sisters: Pointers To The Future

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, January 1979

NOSTALGIA, so the old song hath it, ain't what it used ta be. ...

R. D. Laing: Vinyl Head Shrinker Tells Of Life Before Death…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

R. D. LAING – psychologist, psychiatrist, author, lecturer, institutional therapist and now rock star? ...

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