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Paul Morley

A living legend of pop scribery, Morley made his name on the NME of the late '70s and early '80s before becoming a broadcasting staple and the author of Nothing and Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City. Some of his most splendid interviews were collected in Ask, now sadly out of print.

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10cc: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

"YOU CAN touch the magic tonight," claimed guitarist Eric Stewart. ...

999: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1978

999 ARE A heavy-pop quartet signed favourably to United Artists. They are, in effect, on the verge of some kind of breakthrough. A likeable bunch ...

ABC

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1982

MARTIN FRY, a shy but conspicuous grammar school boy from Bramall, Stockport, shuffles into the bookshop where I sell second hand records. He buys the ...

ABC, Essential Bop, Restricted Code: Bristol Bop! Glasgow Pop! It's As Easy As ABC!

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1980

LEMON SUCKING refers to the practice of sucking in the cheeks to affect the 'rock'n'roll' wasted look. Chewing, or neck bending, refers, I would suppose, ...

AC/DC, Nils Lofgren, The Stranglers, The Who: Who, Stranglers: Laser Laser On The Wall Who Are Complacent After All

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, August 1979

THE MIDDLE OF the evening and it's getting quite dim. The Who are playing a new song; at least, I take it to be a ...

A Certain Ratio: Failed CSE Rock!

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

WE LEAVE the grubby Hulme human hutch where some members of A Certain Ratio live. The view from this particular section of hutches is not ...

The Adverts: Cast Of Thousands

Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1979

THE ADVERTS, with unforeseen stamina, have substantially matured since their early days. No longer can technical inadequacy or limited vocabulary be criticisms – just the ...

Altered Images: The Altered State Of Pop Art

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1982

Altered Images: Hammersmith Palais, London ...

Alternative TV: The Image Has Cracked

Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1978

MARK PERRY has been a confused person and, through that, confusing. ...

Alternative TV: The World At Once…Dateline: Stonehenge

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

I FOUND myself re-reading Colin Wilsons' prodigal slice of philosophical mythmaking The Outsider the other week. During the time I spent submerging myself gleefully into ...

Angelic Upstarts: Teenage Warning (Warner Brothers)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, August 1979

NEWCASTLE'S Upstarts are already, for obvious and not so obvious reasons, being prepared by the vulture voyeurs as the successors to Sham. I'm not sure ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: True Confessions: Brando, De Niro and Bruce Lee. Lennon-McCartney And Yours Truly

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, January 1982

DO YOU believe in Adam Ant? ...

Adam & The Ants, Throbbing Gristle: Throbbing Gristle: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Industrial); Adam & The Ants: Dirk Wears White Socks (Do It)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1979

ADAM AND The Ants and Throbbing Gristle are shadowy extremes, lurking in dark corners, lethargically scratching through their overscrubbed private parts, grinning sweetly at anyone ...

Arcade Fire: Keep the Faith: The Arcade Fire

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, Observer Music Monthly, March 2007

Love, death, religion, war: Arcade Fire explore such epic themes in so thrilling a fashion that critics, fans and their rock star peers find themselves ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: ZTT: Who Bridges the Gap Between the Record Executive and The Genius? Me

Essay by Paul Morley, NME, February 1984

PAUL MORLEY, the man who took FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD to Number One, takes a long day's journey into night where he wonders whether he ...

The Associates: The Affectionate Punch

Review by Paul Morley, NME, August 1980

RUMOURS have been dripping down from Scotland about a diverse horde of determined post Skids/S. Minds/Scars groups all ready to shift our attention. Positive Noise, ...

The Associates: Boys Keep Scoring

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

THERE'S SOMETHING a little odd about Billy Mackenzie. When he was younger, he says, his friends used to think that he was crazy. Mental. ...

The Associates, Billy Mackenzie: Disassociate!: The Associates

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1982

THE WHIPPETS have pissed on the carpet of Chris Parry's Office. Billy Mackenzie grins, a little wickedly; there's a nice little stain that should be ...

Au Pairs

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1980

"THE TROUBLE with conversations like this," declares Pete, nodding sagely, knitting his eyebrows, as he refers to the complex peculiarities of a pop group who ...

Beck: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, July 1997

HOWDY. America is always new. The world is always new. Go ask Beck. If you can catch him! ...

Big In Japan: From Little Idiots Big Idiots Do Grow

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, February 1978

"BIG IN JAPAN...BIG IN JAPAN...BIG IN JAPAN..." ...

Blondie And The Beast

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

DEBBIE HARRY: a few more brisk calculations in the dry equation, and she will be a star. A household name. An object. An illusion. Well ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Son Of Magical Pouting Panache

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1977

Yep, Here we go again. But this time it promises to be different. BOLAN MARC TWO makes his come-back on tour with The Damned, and ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: The NME Consumers' Guide To Marc Bolan, part 2: The Rise And Fall Of Bolanmania

Retrospective by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

BOLAN WENT electric and it was deemed, astoundingly, that he'd 'sold out'. For wanting to reach young people with vibrant pop music at a time ...

Marc Bolan, Tyrannosaurus Rex: The NME Consumers' Guide To Marc Bolan, part 1

Retrospective by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

INDEPENDENT TELEVISION are currently repeating five shows from the three year old Marc series. Marc Bolan was star in and presenter of a pop show ...

Boomtown Rats: Today: Top Of The Pops, Tomorrow: The World

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

The Day After: Top Of The Pops Again ...

Buggles: Trevor Horn: Vast Cities Of Sound

Profile by Paul Morley, Daily Telegraph, November 2004

Trevor Horn, one of pop music's great ministers of sound, celebrates 25 years of recording wizardry this week. And it all started with The Buggles, ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Band on the Wall, Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1976

MANCHESTER MADMEN ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Hey Mac Are You Some Kind Of Limey Pop Star?

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1979

SAT RANDOMLY around a small table are four young men each with dark hair. When they grin, their faces show they see things differently. ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Teen Rebel Scores £250 From Dad

Profile by Paul Morley, NME, February 1977

This feature bears the New Wave Seal of Quality ...

The Buzzcocks: Rock Against Racism's Carnival Of The North: Chaos & Concern

Report by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

THE ANTI-NAZI LEAGUE and Rock Against Racism were formed specifically as a reaction against racism. ...

The Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Joy Division, Penetration: Buzzcocks, Penetration, John Cooper Clarke, Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1977

THERE IS undoubtedly a great deal of refining and cleaning to be done on Buzzcocks' material before the album they can so definitely record comes ...

The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Howard Devoto: Manchester: They Mean It Maaanchester

Overview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1977

MANCHESTER as a Rock and Roll town just didn't use to exist. It fed dutifully off London, and there were frequent visits from groups to ...

The Buzzcocks, Eater: Holdsworth Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1976

YOU CAN count on Manchester to be 48 months behind apparent national trends. Like, reggae is largely frowned upon: crunching hard rock bands employing predictable ...

Cabaret Voltaire: The Heart and Soul of Cabaret Voltaire

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1980

CATCH A TRAIN into the dark depths of the North again. Flee the wonderland. A million miles away from London town, the conditioning centre where ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nico, The Pop Group: The Pop Group/Nico/Linton Kwesi Johnson/Cabaret Voltaire: An Appraisal Of 'Next Year's Thing'

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

The Pop Group/Nico/Linton Kwesi Johnson/Cabaret Voltaire: Electric Ballroom, London ...

Camel: A Live Record

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1978

Why (Not) A Camel? ...

Captain Beefheart: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

OUR FRIEND makes its long overdue appearance, a record of fragments that has a bewildered Beefheart crawling out of the messes of '74/'75 and trying ...

John Cooper Clarke, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Merger, The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd: Public Image Ltd., The Pop Group, Merger, Linton Kwesi Johnson , John Cooper Clarke: Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

RACE TODAY magazine/organisation, acknowledging the central importance of Manchester in the struggle of black people, launched their northern campaign with a fund raising "Creation For ...

The Clash: Clash Take The Fifth

Report by Paul Morley, NME, September 1979

WHEN THE CLASH is in Chicago, there's enough people there to suggest America is waking up, even if the band still fall the wrong side ...

The Clash: Clash USA '79

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1979

Details: The Scene ...

The Clash: The Fastest Gang In The West

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1979

DETAILS: THE FIFTH MEMBER Micky Gallagher turned up in Boston. Four or five dates into the Clash itinerary and The Blockheads' jumpy Irish keyboardist slips ...

The Clash, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols, The Clash, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1976

THREE DANCE bands playing the Electric Circus for the second time in ten days. They're back because the Circus is one of the very few ...

Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Todd Rundgren: Ghosts Of Progressive Rock Past: Led Zeppelin et al at Knebworth

Report by Paul Morley, NME, August 1979

EVENTS LIKE KNEBWORTH, the promoter Freddy Bannister had wanly predicted in Saturday's Guardian, cannot continue for much longer. The reasons for the inevitable decline and ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Things Your Mother Never Told You (Safari)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

THRASHING SUSPICIONS against all considered expectations, this is a mobile and intimidating masterpiece. ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Music Machine, Camden Town, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

OCTOBER SEES the inevitable recognition of two of the greatest rock'n'roll performers of all time — Bette Midler and Wayne County who, even before Wayne ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, August 1977

UPSTAIRS IN THE tiny Electric Circus dressing room Wayne County fussily fumbles and fidgets; he's got to look just right. He's wearing a crisp fawn ...

Kevin Coyne: Music Of A Different Coyne

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, February 1979

And my message to the people Is don't tie me to the steeple Don't put me with the stocks and in your market square. ...

The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys (Fiction)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

AAAH! MORE alert and anguished young men chalking up more sanctioned and sanctimonious marks. Do not applaud them. ...

Devo: Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1978

SUDDENLY.....Devo! ...

Devo: In the Terminal Zone

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1979

IT'S OUT of the blue and into the black. A place is left somewhere behind where the front pages of the daily newspapers comment hysterically ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Calm And Confusion

Interview by Paul Morley, Ian Penman, NME, December 1978

WERE YOU a wimp at school?I wouldn't say I was a wimp. I think I did get bullied. ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Shot By Both Sides

Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, November 2000

AND THEN, in 1976, when Howard Devoto was 24, he wrote and recorded four fast songs with the group Buzzcocks, and they became the EP ...

The Doctors of Madness: The Doctors Of Madness: Live in Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1976

THE DOCTORS of Madness have shot disjointed from dissident Velvet Underground empty emotions and heavy-eyed exasperation, the Bowie of Diamond Dogs admission that conventional revolution ...

Ian Dury And The Blockheads: Ludwigshafen, Dusseldorf, Germany

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

IMAGINE THE tattiest curtain material, maybe the type your gran's got covering an old sofa; a couple of awful patterns flung together to make a ...

Ian Dury: The Ian Dury Interview

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

"Beetroot juice and prune juice help the regular of the bowels...""If somebody's looking at me with rapture all over their face I want to throw ...

Bob Dylan: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Sunday Telegraph, June 2005

A NIMBLE, SECRETIVE Bob Dylan stares deep into the nowhere he's come from under the brim of a showman's black bolero. He seems to be ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

WOW!!! SHEER excellence!!! You weren't there? You are square!!! (you thought it was the other way round? You still living to those snobby chic guidelines? ...

Brian Eno: Eno: The Man Who

Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, August 2001

After he left Roxy Music in 1973, Brian Eno became a key figure in the development of electronic music – in the nineties, NME ...

David Essex: Manchester Palace, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1976

CLEAN ROCK from the super slick, sadly lackadaisical David Essex Band at the plush Manchester Palace is a harmless way to waste a few hollow ...

Fabulous Poodles: UMIST, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1976

PURE, UNDISGUISED entertainment from a crackerjack fun quartet of sly, sleazy, 'appy crups who played like the Beatles never happened — a major reason why ...

The Fall: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

I AM A commentator in a Consumers' Guide. This week I guide you towards entertainers The Fall, as I always have done. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Rafters, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1978

ABOUT BEFORE 12.15...I don't want to talk about it. ...

Flying Lizards: Penseur in Patchy Light: David Cunningham…

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

is either a 3-time loser looking for a way out, OR......An entrepreneurial polymath looking for a way in. ...

Gang of Four, The Jam: The Jam, Gang of Four: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, January 1979

DOZING AT the back of the lower layer of the multi-tiered Music Machine I couldn't help wondering what it is to be charming, chillingly nostalgic ...

Gillan, Tygers of Pan Tang: Gillan: Glory Road; Tygers Of Pan Tang: Wild Cat

Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

IN OTHER music papers, Heavy Metal has been irresponsibly ghettoised. Melody Maker, Sounds, Record Mirror all have their HM specialists who drily serve a facile, ...

Gorillaz: Manchester International Festival, Opera House, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, Sunday Telegraph, November 2005

Paul Morley watches Damon Albarn's cartoon band come alive ...

Grateful Dead: What A Long Predictable Trip It's Become

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1981

This Week The Grateful Dead trucked back into Britain. In America they're more successful than ever – and even Jerry Garcia can't work out why. ...

Gruppo Sportivo: Back to 78

Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

DIPPING LUSTFULLY and deep into your public pocket, the simulated and soiled Gruppo Sportivo transparently dart from nursery rhyme tinsel to uncivilised sexual slang with ...

Charlie Haden: Paul Morley On Music: Charlie Haden

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, April 2011

Amazon has made critics of us all. But how does that bode for the professional critic? ...

Luke Haines: The Oliver Twist Manifesto

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, September 2001

Solo debut from sometime Auteur, Black Box Recorder and Baader Meinhof pop terrorist. ...

Haircut 100: Sunshine Superboy

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1982

I ASK NICHOLAS Heyward, the singer with Haircut 100, if he thinks that he is a lucky boy. He allows me a look so cheeky, ...

The Human League: Dare (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1981

SURPRISE! ...the love of human MOR-als ...

The Human League: Phil Oakey's Five Minute Plan

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, January 1983

WHEN PHIL Oakey was a hospital porter, people used to be dying all around him, and he somehow became immune. It didn't upset him more ...

The Human League, The League Unlimited Orchestra: The League Unlimited Orchestra: Love And Dance (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1982

LOVE'S THEME, YOUR MAGIC SPELL IS EVERYWHERE ...

Iron Maiden: The Metal Masquerade

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1982

THE UNSMILING but unthreatening Iron Maiden are being photographed in the bright white tiled shower room of a compact sports stadium in Offenbach, near Frankfurt ...

The Jam: The Revolution Will Start When Paul Weller Has Supped His Pint

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1979

"I WOULDN'T say I'm a very articulate person, but I seem to be able to articulate when I write lyrics..." ...

Japan: Tin Drum (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1981

Once upon a record there was a wonderful land where nothing nasty happened and sad beautiful boys lived... ...

Jilted John

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

MANCHESTER, 1977: the picture of a period stutters erratically to a docile completion. The picture is inconclusive, blotchy, but considering circumstances the best possible. ...

Grace Jones: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1981

GRACE: UNFAVOURED ...

Josef K: Entomology

Sleevenotes by Paul Morley, Domino Records, July 2006

...and then there was Josef K, a four piece group who formed for a number of reasons.  These are some of the reasons: ...

Joy Division: Band On The Wall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

THOSE FAMILIAR with this young quartet. mainly through their excitable appearance on the "Short Circuit" pretty package, and to a lesser extent with their self ...

Joy Division: University Of London, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1980

I DIDN'T KNOW which way to turn. In every corner of the second floor of the anonymous university building there seemed to be some group ...

Killing Joke: The Killing Of Brother Paul

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1980

IF I HAD heard how Jaz had let Youth know that I'd arrived, I wouldn't have bothered with the interview. Photographer Ray Stevenson told me ...

Nils Lofgren: Rock 'n' Roll's Great Lost Hero

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1979

ONE: FINGERNAILSNILS LOFGREN is a small man with a lovely face. One chocolate brown eye is smaller, almost lazier, than the other; this gives his ...

Lone Star, Mott The Hoople: Mott, Lone Star: Salford University, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1976

…and here's what they fought to save you for: MOTT ...

Nick Lowe, Rockpile: Nick Lowe: Whatever Gets You Through The Daze

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

I'VE LOST track of time, but Lew Lewis and Reformer are on stage at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion blowing base boogie that the Hemel Hempstead audience ...

The Lurkers: Strange Daze In Sheffield (Or Maybe Halifax)

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

SOMEONE MUST have been spreading lies about me, for without doing anything wrong I was told to write a feature about The Lurkers. The Man ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: This Is What You Get

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, February 1986

THIS IS the beginning of an interview with the John Lydon who has drunk seven cans of Red Stripe lager, after breakfasting on oysters. ...

Madness: Complete Madness

Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1982

(LOVELY!) ALTHOUGH people are snobby about just about everything except disease, I can think of no one who is snobby about the great and not ...

Magazine: This Man Is Not A Minor Writer!

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1977

For a start he's dispensed with words! ...

Marillion: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Water

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1984

Along comes megajaws FISH, big fry with heavy rockers Marillion in search off "a clash off the titans"...in other words, a confrontation with NME. Shy, ...

Morrissey: Wilde Child

Interview by Paul Morley, Blitz, 1988

THE FIRST QUESTION, when we finally met, was supremely simple and obvious. As I very gracefully asked it, I felt a great deal of joy. ...

Morrissey: Wilde Child

Interview by Paul Morley, Blitz, April 1988

Paul Morley interviews Morrissey, whose first solo album, Viva Hate, is released this month. ...

Wazmo Nariz

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

How to almost drown your way to a name and fame ...

Olivia Newton John: Olivia Newton-John: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S last night of an eight-week trundle through Japan, Australia and Europe was pretty poor. ...

Ted Nugent: The Nugent Interview

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

IT'S APPROACHING midnight, and in an empty, echoey dressing room, so bright it seems to have no ceiling, deep in the lifeless body of an ...

Gary Numan: Looking Through Gary Newman's Eyes

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

THE LIST went something like: 2.00pm – Jackie, 2.30pm – My Guy, 3.15pm – Patches, 4.00pm – Record Mirror, 4.45pm – Smash Hits, 5.30pm – ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Men Of Mystery And Imagination

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1980

ANDY McCLUSKEY and I are the last two of the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark party left in the Edinburgh hotel bar. ...

Orange Juice: The Sneer That Says Wish You Were Here

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1980

THERE'S SOMEONE knocking on my door. A loud rap. I'm woken up with a start. I open the door. ...

Oregon: Out Of The Woods

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

IT'S GOOD to hear that Oregon's music remains pure and fresh despite the possible clumsy patronage of a large label. Using a number of combinations ...

Graham Parker And The Rumour: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHILE NO ONE was looking, Graham Parker has nimbly and single-mindedly stepped through his inner tangles and finally balanced purpose with expression and also brought ...

Annette Peacock: X-Dreams

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

WITH HER first album for six years, Annette Peacock softens the fabric. Glancing curiously and greedily at the rhythms and advantages at the tip of ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

THIS YEAR A LINE formed. At one end Penetration, and from there through Joy Division, The Mekons, The Slits, The Fall, The Passage, The Pop ...

Pet Shop Boys: Savoy Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, September 1997

Neil Tennant: vaudevillian existentialist? ...

Iggy Pop: New Values (Arista)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHAT WE have here is James Osterberg in control. What we have here is the cunning Osterberg using the sensual Iggy, isolating personal standards and ...

Positive Noise: Noise Poise

Interview by Paul Morley, Face, The, June 1981

POSITIVE Noise play at Cabaret Futura, and I think that they're the best group who've yet played there. What a range, I think, what reserves. ...

The Prefects, The Subway Sect: The Prefects, Subway Sect: A Tale Of Two Bands

Profile by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

TWO GROUPS, both of whom have to some extent followed their instincts. Prefects have always been aware of the area they were aiming for; Subway ...

The Pretenders: Only A Hobo Only A Star

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, January 1980

THE PRETENDERS are number one, top of the pops. But where there's 'Brass' there's sadness and Chrissie Hynde regrets some of the changes and new ...

The Prodigy: The Fat Of The Land

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, August 1997

CHRIST ALMIGHTY. It moves vertically through salted pressures with a head that can see sideways. It is red in tooth and claw. It swoons and ...

Radiohead: OK Computer

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, July 1997

HELLO. It seems that I am meant to give Radiohead's new album – their "other" album, their brainwashed nerve-scathed translunar completely assumed third masterpiece where ...

The Ramones, The Rezillos: Market Hall, Carlisle

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1977

THE WORD used all day was surreal. ...

Lou Reed: I Love It When You Talk Dirty

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHY DOES SUCH A MAN LIVE? ...

Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

A MAJOR new work by Steve Reich, a 42-year-old composer and performer from New York. Music For 18 Musicians was conceived in May 1974 and ...

The Rezillos: Can't Stand The Rezillos

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

FINALLY, AFTER telling wrangles, we have Can't Stand The Rezillos, 13 quick cuts lustily shot through with cheap culture combinations. Tanners, annuals, Stan Lee, beatpunk ...

Tom Robinson Band: TRB Two

Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

THIS IS the diligently prepared and acutely-self conscious follow-up to that shaky first collection which naturally ended everyone's excited and premature self-congratulation over a singularly ...

Todd Rundgren: Utopia in Woodstock: Todd Rundgren

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1982

IF I AM THE LAST writer about pop music of any standing, Alfred G. Aronowitz was the first. He was matchmaking, twitching and joking from ...

Rush: The Rush Archives

Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1978

Power, Pomp, Purity, Pretention, Popularity... The RUSH Problem ...

Rush: The Rush Phenomenon

Report by Paul Morley, Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

This band has fans. Lots of them. They sold out the Free Trade Hall and surprised even the promoter. PAUL MORLEY asks why, PAUL RAMBALI ...

Santana: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

A THREE-NIGHT sell out for sluggish pop group Santana is apparently natural and predictable but seems entirely ludicrous. They function, they churn, they exist – ...

Sham 69: That's Life

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

JIMMY PURSEY'S Ulysses – a day in the life of 'a working class kid'. A shrug of the shoulders. ...

Sham 69: Don't Follow Leaders

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1977

JIMMY PURSEY bursts upon you. He is a natural. A natural natural. Distortion in the media can colour reputations wrongly, especially the reputation of fulsome ...

Sigue Sigue Sputnik: Starry-Eyed & Laughing

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1986

YOU FIND yourself reading about them...It's been a long day, and it isn't over yet. The two juiciest members of Sigue Sigue Sputnik – pronounced ...

Simple Minds: Empires and Dance

Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

I'M DANCING as fast as I can! Empires And Dance, an LP of terror-songs, vigilance and vanity, starts with 'I Travel', one of the great ...

Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1982

ONETHIS RECORD is something of a glow. Whatever your preference you will find it memorable and instructive. Find its qualities and fix your place. Be ...

Simple Minds: Celebration (Arista)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1982

DEAR JIM, ...

Simply Red: Punk in Manchester: Oh, How We Laughed

Essay by Paul Morley, NME, February 1986

BE OFF with you! Little Red, it is said, is not happy at the hollow allegations that suggest he has 'sold out' by leaping from ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

"Have a competition in the NME. In less than a hundred words, what do they get out of Siouxsie and the Banshees?" (Siouxsie Sioux) ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A World Domination By 1984 Special

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, January 1978

This is Siouxsie and the Banshees/They are patient/They will win/In the end. ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Slits: The Slits: Cut (Island); Siouxsie & The Banshees: Join Hands (Polydor)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1979

AS THE Slits sing-song: don't take it seriously. ...

The Skids: A Loser's Quest For Survival

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1979

"I'm going to lose. It's like admitting defeat before I start. But I'm going to do as much as possible in that period before I ...

The Slits: Cutting Edge

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Morley, Uncut, February 2001

I AM A LITTLE nervous as I approach Viv Albertine's house. She was a Slit. For anybody of a certain age who has a penis ...

Patti Smith: A Woman's Place…

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1978

ARTHUR RIMBAUD, the late 19th Century French poet who dreamt of 'recreating life through his words' and whose work helped inspire poetic Symbolism, Dadaism and ...

Patti Smith: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1979

WEDNESDAY WAS an unusual day. ...

Southern Death Cult: The Last Tribe

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1982

Post punk comes the last tribe, SOUTHERN DEATH CULT, a Bradford group who attack the centralisation of media and political power in London. PAUL MORLEY ...

Sparklehorse: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Sunday Telegraph, June 2007

STOP ME if you've heard this one before. It's a story about Sparklehorse, the one mind band who play a short, bitter-sweet set at the ...

Spirit: Spirit Live

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

Goodbye To Rock And All That (For Another Year At Least) ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Springsteen Syndrome

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1979

Musicians United For Safe Energy: Madison Square Garden, NYC ...

Squeeze: Fun City Sweet Hearts

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1979

I'M JUST about to make the name change official; my new name is to be Paul Pop. You're the first to hear about it. ...

Status Quo: If You Can't Stand The Heat

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

WHAT IS beyond Status Quo, I often wonder? What is beyond tracks with titles such as 'I'm Givin' Up Worryin'', 'Gonna Teach You To Love ...

Steel Pulse: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

THE RAINBOW Theatre seemed a poor venue for Steel Pulse's Big London Gig, but reconsidering during this performance, it was probably second choice only to ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material (Rough Trade)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1979

I WAS HARDLY expecting it but...even more so than Never Mind The Bollocks – which turned out to be comedy – much more so than ...

The Stranglers: Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1977

These young chaps have an album out soon. It would be strange if they didn't ...

The Subway Sect: Bernard Rhodes Great Unknowns Payola Special

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1978

SUBWAY SECT have been together in some form or another since the semi-legendary 100 Club punk festival in September 1976. The line-up on that date ...

The Subway Sect: War Poet of The Modern World

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

Old conceptions justifiedTradition stays in tuneYou make guitars talk informationThat tells you what to doThe lines that hit meAgain and againAfraid to take a strollOff ...

Supertramp: Even In The Quietest Moments (A&M)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1977

SUPERBLAND ...

Tangerine Dream's Grey Days

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1978

EDGAR FROESE reflects on days of hope and dissipation, and wonders why the photographer's hiding behind a pillar. ...

The Teardrop Explodes: Kilimanjaro

Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1980

OF COURSE putting four singles on an LP is cheating, even if two are re-done. And the cover's pretty bad as well. But if you're ...

Pete Townshend: Empty Glass (Atco)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1980

WHAT IS the trouble with these song and dance men who have had their day but won't admit it? They get above themselves, as Parsons ...

Pete Townshend: The Unimportance Of Being Townshend

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1983

BEFORE I begin my latest erratic arrangement I must state my position, of which I'm certain. I have never thought that if Peter Townshend cut ...

Tina Turner: Past The Point Of No Returner

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1982

Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

U2

Interview by Paul Morley, Observer Music Monthly, December 2005

1: IN A VAST penthouse suite on top of a hotel that could be anywhere in the world overlooking a city that seems to shimmer ...

U2/Soul Boys: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, 1980

TWO NEWCOMERS playing in NW6 either side of the Xmas go slow. Plenty of gaps in the gathering for the U2 show, but of the ...

U2: Boy

Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1980

I LOVE U2. I worry about U2. Hearing their debut single 'Out Of Control' and seeing them play in Ireland, I fell for their undismayed ...

Ultravox: Forever And Ever Ultravox

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

WHEN GARY NUMAN was talking to the press every day of the week, unsurely basking in the cold sunshine of a sudden fame, a lot ...

The Undertones: The Undertones (Sire)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

"So you think you're so clever/you're never in doubt". ...

The Undertones: The Reluctant Debutantes

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

"When the group first started I suppose it's like a phase, y'know, ye want to be a fireman or ye want to be a policeman. ...

Velvet Underground: 1969 Velvet Underground Live (Mercury)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

THE VELVETS, specifically Lou Reed – maybe even this 'invisible' live double – say more about rock'n'roll, its implications and complications, than anyone else. ...

The White Stripes: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

Paul Morley watches The White Stripes at the Hammersmith Apollo and is blown away by their impeccably skewed greatness ...

Toyah Wilcox: The Girl Who Would Be King

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1980

When Toyah Willcox talks, it's like a time-bomb ticking over...and Toyah's time gets closer every second. So what does make Toyah tick? Paul Morley sounds ...

XTC: Drums And Wires (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, August 1979

Something Like The Best ...

XTC: Last Exit To Catalonia

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1980

XTC ARE BITING their nails backstage of an open air gig at a soccer ground in the Madrid suburbs – the equivalent of an English ...

Yes: Tormato

Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

YES, YES, YES — BUT SO WHAT? ...

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The BRIT Awards

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, February 2011

THE VOTING ACADEMY for this year's Brit awards is made up of 1,000 specially invited members from across the UK music industry: music critics, music ...

The X Factor

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, October 2009

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I decided that I would not watch this particular series of The X Factor, because I thought, I'll get ...

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