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Paul Rambali

Paul Rambali

A key feature writer for NME in the punk era and for THE FACE and ARENA (of which he was editor) in the ’80s. Now based in Paris, where he continues to work in the media. He is the author of French Blues, Barefoot Runner and It’s All True: In the Cities and Jungles of Brazil.

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801: Phil Manzanera / 801: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1977

THERE IS something to be said for the notion that Phil Manzanera's music, as such, doesn't exist. Listening to it is like watching a chameleon ...

999, The Saints: The Saints, 999: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1977

THERE IS A TEMPTATION to regard The Saints as comic. This stems from a number of idiosyncratic things about them, not least of which is ...

Devo, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Pere Ubu, Tin Huey, The Waitresses: The American Midwest: Akron and Cleveland

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1978

Exploring alternative hives of industry in Akron, City of Rubber, and Cleveland, City of Steel. ...

Alternative TV: Life after punk?

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1977

Alternative TV: The Roxy, London FROM A MOVEMENT to a fashion. Johnny Rotten said in a recent interview that "the whole idea of our band ...

The B-52s: The B-52s (Island)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1979

ANYONE WITH even half an ear cocked to the dialogue that surrounds the music must have heard by now that they're living in some sort ...

The B-52s: Hot Pants Cold Sweat And A Brand New Beehive Hair Do

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1979

"Y'AHL WANT gumbo?" Kate Pierson peers around the kitchen door, tea-cloth slung across a sunburnt shoulder. Her deep southern accent tells us ahl that her ...

The Band: The Last Waltz: Time Gentlemen Please

Film/DVD/TV Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1978

The Last Waltz (United Artists)Directed by Martin ScorseseStarring The Band, Bob Dylan etc. etc. ...

Chuck Berry: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

THERE'S NO BETTER indication of the pervasive and thorough influence of Chuck Berry than the fact that he could go almost anywhere and the chances ...

Blondie: Eat To The Beat (Chrysalis)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1979

BLONDES have more fun. They also sometimes sell more records. This puts our subject in a rather invidious position. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Spectres

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

SINCE 1971 this band has been one of the few HM perpetrators worth listening to. Since 1974's Secret Treaties it has been only one. If ...

Boomtown Rats: The Fine Art Of Surfacing (Ensign)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1979

The Rat Who Would Walk On Water ...

David Bowie: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1978

IT WOULD make a great parlour game were some enterprising company to formalize rules. A game this writer has been known to play over the ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: The Lust Train Stops Here

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1978

LOVE… Ain't that something to be proud of? Isn't it a bitch? Don't the waves crash, the trumpets roar and the planet split? Doesn't the ...

John Cale: Fan Fare for the Uncommon Man

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1977

AARON COPELAND DIDN'T know what he was letting the world in for when he sent John Cale a letter authorising the young Welshman's scholarship at ...

John Cale: Sabotage/Live (Spy Import)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1980

THE COVER of this, his first album in almost five years, shows John Cale wearing the only sensible accessories for the true cold war ...

John Cale: Rock's Honourable Psychotic

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1981

Welsh-American wizard John Cale and Stratham scribe Paul Rambali look over their shoulders at each other and talk history and paranoia. ...

Captain Beefheart: Tales Of Transmutation From The Mojave Magic Man

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1980

"GOD-DAMN THAT BEAT!" Don Van Vliet slams out a foursquare tattoo on the dashboard of his blue Volvo estate. "That mama heartbeat. That bom...bom...bom! Why ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1979

BRIEFLY, THIS is the fifth time in four years that Cheap Trick have vented their prodigious energies. Dream Police was made before Live At The Budokan made Cheap Trick ...

Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1978

Heaven On The Cheap ...

Chic: Nile Rodgers: Brother, Can You Spare a Riff?

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, September 1984

THE CHIC SOUND – unique, polished, assertive – was the Motown of the '70s, synonymous with the rising aspirations of black America. It was to ...

The Chi-Lites: Theatre Royal, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

THE HOUSE LIGHTS dimmed and the musicians took their places. There was a buzz of activity on the darkened stage for a minute or so ...

The Clash: Clash Credibility Rule!

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1981

YES, IT'S TIME ONCE AGAIN TO REACH INSIDE THE NME CLOSET, BLOW THE DUST OFF THE OLD CLASH RULER, AND SEE HOW THE LADS ARE ...

The Clash: Cult Figure Cuts Clash To Suit American Dream Machine

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

SANDY PEARLMAN IS A BRISK and lively talker. He can probably offer an animated dissertation of any number of irregular topics, ranging from advancements in ...

The Clash, Ian Dury, Matumbi: Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Clash and Matumbi: A Concert for the People of Kampuchea

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1980

It could only be cold comfort to them, but this isn’t the first time rock ‘n’ roll has played a distant part in the lives ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy: Developments in the Popcorn Industry

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1978

...a.k.a. A Visit To The funk Factory a.k.a. A Meeting With A Black Man In Daft Glasses a.k.a. PAUL RAMBALI talks to superfunkster BOOTSY COLLINS ...

Ry Cooder: Home and Ry

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1982

Ry Cooder is tall, like a Texan, and dry, very dry, like a Margarita; tall in both physical height and musical standing, dry in both ...

Ry Cooder: Ry And Related Stuff

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

"Me and my wife, Went all over town, And everywhere we went, The people turned us down, Lord, in a bourgeois town, In a bourgeois ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Get Happy!! (F-Beat)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1980

ON AN otherwise typical day late last October, Elvis Costello strolled through the door of London’s Rock On record shop in Camden Town, the oldies ...

Elvis Costello And The Attractions: with Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1979

WELCOME TO to the working week, seven nights of Elvis Costello at London's Dominion Theatre, virtually opposite the location of the Elvis musical.Will the real ...

Elvis Costello: The Face Interview: Elvis Costello

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, August 1983

ALMOST seven years ago now, the son of dance band singer Ross McManus invented somebody called Elvis Costello. It was possible to do that in ...

The Cramps Guide to Teenage Monster Movies

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1981

Movies nowadays are all high technology and no brains, no imagination. What do you call it when you do something real good and you didn't ...

The Cramps: Psychobilly and Other Musical Diseases

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1978

I SEARCHED HIGH and I searched low. I scuffled around garbage cans, looked under cars and peered in doorways. ...

Cristina: Uptown Girl

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1984

How can one so rich, talented and beautiful be so weary of life? ...

Rick Danko: Rick Danko (Arista)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1977

IT'S ODD that the least prodigious songwriters in The Band should be the quickest to deliver solo goods. First Levon Helm and now, hot on ...

August Darnell, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Fresh Fruit in Downtown Manhattan

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1981

A CHECKER CAB pulls up at the corner of MacDougal and 7th; out of it steps Mr. Michael Zilkha. The cab is ...

Devo: Hi! We're DEVO and We've come to get your toilet ready for the 1980's

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1978

THE TRUTH ABOUT DE-EVOLUTION AND OTHER PLANETARY MODES. ...

The Dictators: Dictators Debunk New York Chic

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1977

SO WHY IS DICK Manitoba nicknamed Handsome? ...

Dire Straits: Hope & Anchor, Islington

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1977

NOT AN obvious little band, this. ...

George Duke: From Me To You

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1977

AFTER MORE than six years and eight albums with Frank Zappa (which must be something of a record), after five solo albums for the small ...

Dave Edmunds: Trax On Wax

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1978

EVERYBODY'S FAVOURITE cult – and an even bigger cult than Nick Lowe, his erstwhile companion in the reversible Rockpile – is the little Welsh rock'n'roller, ...

Bryan Ferry: The Prisoner

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1978

The 1978 edition BRYAN FERRY ‘These Four Wall of my Prison I Have Come to Love.'Byron said that. ...

Aretha Franklin: Sweet Passion

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1977

WHAT to do with Aretha Franklin? The question must echo around Atlantic's New York offices whenever it's time for her to make another record. ...

Gang of Four: Entertainment! (EMI)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1979

ENVELOPED AS we seem to be by such backward times, Gang Of Four could hardly have picked a more awkward moment to foist their collectivist ...

Generation X: Generation X

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1978

ON PAPER Generation X have their credentials for being The Now Sensation all present and correct. They've had them for a long time too. ...

Lowell George: Thanks I'll Eat It Here (Warner Brothers)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1979

THE REAL name of this album is 'Thank You! I'll Eat It Here!' which was the original name of Little Feat's Sailin' Shoes and applied, ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Shakedown Street

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1978

Sorry to interrupt your reverie, Jerome. But then, this far along, not much could. ...

Herbie Hancock: V.S.O.P.

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

WHEN THIS was recorded in June 1976 as part of the Newport jazz festival, it came from an evening grandly titled a 'retrospective of the ...

Richard Hell, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

THERE IS something about the Music Machine in Camden Town that severely dulls one's capacity for enjoyment of an evening of live rock. ...

Levon Helm: Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars (ABC)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

LEVON HELM was the kid who went north in the late 50s with a rockabilly singer called Ronnie Hawkins, whose talents were dime-a dozen in ...

Al Jarreau: Look To The Rainbow — Live

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1977

OF THE twelve songs here, four are from his first two albums, two are throwaway versions of show-tunes and the remaining six are new material. ...

Grace Jones

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1981

Born in Spanishtown, Jamaica, the daughter of an eminent clergyman, Grace Jones moved to Syracuse in upstate New York at the age of 12. A ...

Joy Division: Take No Prisoners, Leave No Clues

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

LET ME DRAW BACK the curtains on a probably wet and no doubt freezing night last winter. A mid-week night of no special significance, save ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Coconut Kid as Cruise Caruso: Kid Creole

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1981

KID CREOLE And The Coconuts release their second long player, title Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places, in a couple of weeks' time. A 12-song 'concept ...

Greg Kihn: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1977

BY WAY of introduction, says Greg Kihn, short, smiling, bopping, "We're from Berkeley; that means we don't give a shit about nothing". ...

Greg Kihn, The Rubinoos: Greg Kihn: Again; The Rubinoos: The Rubinoos (Beserkley)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1977

JOHNNY RAMONE recently pointed out that, if they had come out now instead of the mid-60’s, 'You Really Got Me' and 'Doo Wah Diddy' wouldn’t ...

Kiss: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1980

AWWWRIGHT LONDON!! ARE YA STARTING TO SWEAT?! ...

The Last Poets, Merger: The Last Poets/Merger: Acklam Hall, Notting Hill, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

CHANCES OF seeing The Last Poets I would have thought were only marginally better than those of seeing The Beatles. ...

Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

IF IT'S DEAD, IT'S SIX FEAT UNDER ...

Nils Lofgren: Nils (A&M)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1979

COME ON, let's talk about girls. Let's talk about Lofgren, the bruised heart. ...

Lene Lovich: A HIt Ms That Refuses To Fit

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1979

LENE LOVICH, five foot nothing of old lace, obscure ancestry and pigtails, is what in old showbiz parlance they call a trouper. She can take ...

Hirth Martinez: Big Bright Street

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

APART FROM its notoriety for encouraging idle hedonism, California also seems to breed an unusually high percentage of oddballs. ...

Delbert McClinton: Love Rustler

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

IN THE grand tradition of Elvis and Tony Joe White this is white, southern r'n'b. ...

Malcolm McLaren

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1983

IN ANY MODERN dictionary of infamy, the name of Malcolm McLaren would merit a lengthy entry. He has been a purveyor of fetish-wear, an agent ...

Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

EXCESS AND incongruity seem to be the key factors at work here. An abundance of diverse stylistic elements piledriven and packed high into what must ...

The Mekons: The Group Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1979

THE MEKONS step down from the space ship of idealism and come face to face with Rock Reality. Can they and the cult of British ...

Bette Midler

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1981

SATURDAY NIGHT ended at seven o'clock on Sunday morning with one last bottle of Veuve Cliquot and Sunday began at four in the afternoon with ...

The Mo-dettes: Fast, Loud, Pretty

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

MET THEM ON A Monday, the Coca Cola spilt over the tape machine, and my MRX2 Oxide 45 mins each side @ 1 7/8 i.p.s. ...

Van Morrison: Into The Music (Mercury)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

CAN THIS BE coincidence? Three of rock's most vaunted troubadors choose the very same week to unveil their newest fare, their last of the spiritually ...

Randy Newman: Standing Up For The Small Man

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1979

THERE ARE hotels and there are hotels. And then there are hotels like Claridge's, an elegant art deco reminder of the pre-war age of luxury ...

New Order

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1983

SOMEWHERE ON the southern outskirts of Manchester there is a graveyard. Next to the graveyard is a rehearsal room where the four members of New ...

Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

"Anybody wants to get mellow better turn around and get the fuck outa here." ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1977

WHY AMERICA is anxious to develop the Proton Beam Weapon, when they already have Megadecibel in the shape of Ted Nugent, is a question perhaps ...

Laura Nyro: Nested

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1978

THERE IS a particular type of songstress who feels the need, once a year, to commit her emotional diaries to vinyl. The purpose and merits ...

Laura Nyro: Season Of Lights (Live)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1977

THERE'S something about Laura Nyro that inspires devotion in her followers. ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark: In The Future All Groups Will Be Built Like This

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1979

LIVERPOOL'S Lime Street station opens onto a typically drab cityscape. ...

Parliament: Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

Clinton's Clones Hit Ass & Funny Bone ...

Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1978

WRECKLESS UBU: Waiting For The End ...

Pere Ubu: Unique Ideas Lead To Prison

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1978

WE'S home, Huck!" The large, bulky frame squashed into the seat next to me delivers his quote from Mark Twain's fables of a more naive ...

Pere Ubu: Weird City Robomen

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

THEY SAY ENVIRONMENT determines character, and when it comes to American music, they're probably right. ...

The Police: The Table, The Police: Music Machine, Camden, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1977

A BAND THAT calls itself The Table must, at the very least, lack sound commercial principles — and will hopefully have something novel to offer. ...

The Pop Group

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1978

PARDON ME if I've misunderstood, but amongst all those pretty speeches and petty let-downs didn't somebody once ask for 'new music night and day'? And ...

The Pop Group: Y

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1979

THE POP GROUP. An enigmatic name. Not so much ironic as is often claimed, more plain cheeky. ...

Red Krayola: Red Crayola: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1978

AN EARLY psychedelic legend came to roost unexpectedly last weekend in the none-too-appropriate environs of the Hope and Anchor. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Anthology

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1977

IF MARTHA and the Vandellas had never made another record 'Dancing In The Street' would still have assured them of a hallowed place in pop ...

The Residents: Residents Leave Home

Report and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1978

Those of you who follow the regular propaganda turns of those San Mateo obscurantists, The Residents, will have noticed of late certain odd developments in ...

The Residents, Snakefinger: Snakefinger: Meet the Latest New Wave Cult Figure

Profile by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1978

YOU’VE SEEN the ads. You've been enticed, or not by the quirky graphics. Perhaps you've even bought the record, itself as quirky and improbable as ...

The Rezillos

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

They came out of the mists of Hibernia... They were wild, weird, and whacky...They were the first Rock-A-Hula Beat Combo to hit Scotland since 1961...They ...

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: Rock 'n' roll with The Modern Lovers (Beserkley)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1977

A FRIEND of mine who has seen The Modern Lovers reckons they're the best band he's seen in about ten years, since The Who in ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Happy The Way He Is

Profile by Paul Rambali, Trouser Press, February 1978

SOME PEOPLE are worried that the next few years in Britain will see the rise of extreme right wing sentiments turning the country into an ...

Rush: The Rush Phenomenon

Report by Paul Morley, Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 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: Moonflower

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1977

YOU HAVE to hand it to him. Carlos Santana may only know a handful of licks, but at least they're attractive — like the moment ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Bridges

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

DID THEY really get what they wanted? They being black Americans. Gil Scott-Heron doesn't think so. He thinks that what they got came only on ...

The Selecter: They Still Bear The Skas

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1979

BLACK SHOES, bright socks, black shades, white shirt, black trilby, irridescent trousers a tad too short and chest-hugger jackets...Stepping down from the inter-city train to ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

NINTEEN seventy-seven happened pretty fast. ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Back On The Right Track/Sly & the Family Stone: Ten Years Too Soon

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1979

FILED SIDE by side, those titles read like the bookends of a wasted decade. In their predictably loud, plain language they seem to say that ...

Patti Smith: Breaking The Shackles Of Original Sin

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1978

The White Niggah, Biblical Obsession, and The Mutant Army witnessed at Cardiff – where discussions encompass the sexiness of Prince Charles and the pressures of ...

Patti Smith: Easter

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1978

I'M AN AMERICAN ARTIST , I HAVE NO GUILT, I TRUST MY GUITAR ...

The Soft Boys/The Brakes: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1978

Why it's safer to lack discipline than imagination ...

Spandau Ballet: Talking Threads: Spandau Ballet

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1980

Five young men from Islington make a short story shorter about the ballet-hoo surrounding the group most likely to – Spandau Ballet. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1978

So where you been, Bruce? ...

Squeeze: The Albany, Deptford

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1977

THE ALBANY is one of those places – and there aren't many – that can get packed to the rafters, sweaty and messy, and still ...

The Stray Cats: Tattoo Vous?

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1981

LES STRAY CHATS RENDEZVOUS WITH LES HELLS ANGELS. PAUL RAMBALI PUTS ON A TRANSFER TATTOO FOR A ROCKABILLY EXCURSION TO PARIS. ...

Suicide Is Not The Answer

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1978

Form a band instead and drive others to it. PAUL RAMBALI Checks Out The Odd Couple From The Big Apple ...

Rachel Sweet

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1978

THAT AKRON ALBUM took its listeners by surprise. Simultaneously old, new and current, it was fashioned – like any good adventure playground – from whatever ...

Talking Heads: Free Your Ass And Your Head Will Follow

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1980

Doctor Byrne discovers Africa and funk but makes the natives restless ...

Talking Heads: Taking Heads: Fear Of Music (Sire)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

TOM WOLFE ONCE wrote a book called The Painted Word, a thin volume of accomplished iconoclasm. In it he traces the rise and rise of ...

Talking Heads: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1978

MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT ...

Talking Heads: The Heads Case

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

An investigation of the theory behind TALKING HEAD music. ...

The Tubes: Remote Control (A&M)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, March 1979

YOU DIDN'T know Todd Rundgren had a new album out, did you? He has. ...

The Tubes: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

THE TUBES recorded their two debut London gigs for a live album. This was indicative of either supreme confidence or supreme folly – ...

Dwight Twilley: The Dwight Twilley Band: Just Another Bunch Of Hairdressers' Dummies Out Of Hicksville, USA

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

(AND YES, THEY DO WANT TO BE TEEN IDOLS...) ...

Tyla Gang: Sean Tyla: Beserkley Badass Braggadoccio

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

ISN'T THIS A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS? ...

Ultravox Brave Evil Rumours

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1977

THE THING about Ultravox is that they're ultra-confident — and cynical observers haven't failed to point out that confidence comes easy when it's backed by ...

Utopia: Adventures In Utopia (Bearsville)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1980

The no longer implacable but apparently un-stoppable Todd Rundgren releases his first blow to the forward aspirations of the new decade, a concept album. But ...

The Vibrators: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1977

THE TWO-FINGER salute put in a surprise appearance at The Vibrators' gig on Sunday. Whether the dozen pairs of arms frantically waving V signs were ...

Tom Waits: Blue Valentine

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1978

Waits and measures ...

Tom Waits: Sound Circus, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

APTLY ENOUGH, since he lives in hotels for ten months of every year, Tom Waits was born in the back of a taxi. His description ...

Weather Report: Boing

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1977

DOWNSTAIRS AT Newcastle's City Hall, Josef Zawinul has just made a very astute point. "All the originators are always great," he repeats, looking inquisitively close ...

Weather Report: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1977

JOE ZAWINUL's mob are the one band I would never expect to let me down – and although Weather Report didn't quite do that, they ...

Wire: Reluctant Rock Stars: A Nation In Crisis

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1979

PAUL RAMBALI looks at the young people the Social Services have failed. The kids who must face the ever-present threat of Fame, the horror of ...

X-Ray Spex: Plastic table cloths in the UK '77

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1977

X-Ray Spex: Man In The Moon, Chelsea ...

XTC: Black Sea

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1980

XTC'S FOURTH outing, called, for no apparent reason, Black Sea, greets the reviewer like nothing so much as a bowl of Frosties on a wet ...

Neil Young: Comes A Time

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, October 1978

NELLIE YOUNG COMES A CROPPER ...

Frank Zappa: Live In New York

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1978

Not Funny But Frankly ...

Frank Zappa: Stern Words in Knightsbridge

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

…when cynical ol’ Uncle Frank knocks punk, record companies and U.S. presidents, and reveals the CIA plot to spike San Francisco… ...

Tapper Zukie: Man Ah Warrior

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

FAITH, HOPE AND HIP ...

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Richard Branson

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1984

NOTES SCRAWLED habitually on the back of Richard Branson’s hand attest to a hectic day. He had been invited to lunch by the financial editor ...

Independents Day Revisited

Report by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1978

Last September, in our extraordinarily collectable NME Collectors Issue, we looked at the seemingly unstoppable explosion of independent record labels. Times change, though. Rebels become ...

Remembering Rock Dreams: Guy Peellaert and Nik Cohn

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Rambali, MOJO, March 1995

DO YOU STILL have a copy of Rock Dreams? If you were a rock fan in the early ‘70s, when it was first published, ...

Singles in 1978: The Ones That Got Away

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1978

1978 was a classic year for singles. But most of the best were released on small labels with little chance of airplay, erratic distribution, and ...

The Bush Fire That Ate Bogville, Arizona

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1978

Oh-no-not-another-fanzine-survey (goes West) ...

Why is This Man Hip But a Complete Failure?: Michael Zilkha and ZE Records

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1981

Paul Rambali meets Mr. ZE, Michael Zilkha and learns how the music on his label has made him fashionable but broke. ...

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