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Peter Silverton

A prolific feature writer for SOUNDS in the ’70s and ’80s and more recently for MOJO, THE GUARDIAN et al, Silverton is the author of books such as ESSENTIAL ELVIS.

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The 101'ers, The Clash: The Clash: Greatness from Garageland

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, February 1978

UNANNOUNCED, TO SAY the least, a kid in boots, suspenders and short-cropped hair clambers through the photographers' pit and up onto the stage of London's ...

Advertising: Jingles

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

FEELING RUTHLESS, you could divide the entire spectrum of pop and rock'n'roll into two. ...

Advertising, Blondie: Blondie, Advertising: St. George's Hall, Blackburn

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

SWEET LITTLE Debbie Harry sure has come on in the world. Only 32 and already she's got a single in the charts and the wish ...

Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Tin Huey, The Waitresses: Rock in Akron: The Music Of Greater Akron

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

Is this the avant-garde or the sound of cash registers? Pete Silverton has a pretty good idea ...

Honey Bane

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, May 1981

SHE CHOSE the name... "Because there is a very sweet side to me – Honey – and there's a really horrible side to me – ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go Feet)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1980

A JOURNALIST of this periodical on being asked if he fancied interviewing the Beat remarked that, although he'd nothing against the idea in principle, he'd ...

Black Sabbath: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ...

Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves: The Chord Is Mightier Than The Pen

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

HEAR THE CLASH OF LEWIS LEATHERS AS PETE SILVERTON MEETS BLAST FURNACE ...

The Bodysnatchers: Invasion of The Bodysnatchers

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1979

UNDER NORMAL circumstances, the only people paying attention at a band's fifth gig should be a few friends and the cousin who's been roped in ...

Boomtown Rats: Club 51, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

WATCH OUT. Here come the Boomtown Rats. Over the Irish Sea, into a reputedly hefty recording contract with Ensign and on to the tiny stage ...

Boomtown Rats: The Pluck of the Irish

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

They may have left him stranded in Canterbury, but the Boomtown Rats are plenty good fun says Pete Silverton – now there’s critical objectivity for ...

Boomtown Rats: This Feature Is Guaranteed Free From Bob Geldof

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

...THAT'S THE PETE SILVERTON PLEDGE ...

The Boys: The Boys

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

The Boys ain't no joke ...

The Boys: Boys In Bondage

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

IF I'D KNOWN what I was letting myself in for when I went to see John Cale at the Roundhouse this Easter, I think I'd ...

Burning Spear: Live

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

IN WRITING his plays, Bertolt Brecht operated according to a Roamin Rolland maxim: "Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will". Burning Spear's music works ...

Kate Bush

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

AN HOUR or so in the company of Kate Bush is rather like being trapped for the duration as an unwitting participant in a very ...

The Buzzcocks: Inside The Hit Factory

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

"It's really amazing. I can just sit there and go dee-da-dee-da-dee, da-dee-da-dee, put some words to it, teach the other three how to play it, ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Sex Pistols: Pistols, Clash etc.: What Did You Do On The Punk Tour, Daddy?

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

The Sex Pistols/The Clash/The Heartbreakers /The Buzzcocks: Electric Circus, Manchester ...

Can: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

DOWN THE stairs and into the hall... and into a time warp. With the powerful aroma of smouldering illicit substances and the subdued, attentive audience, ...

The Cars: (I Love The Sound Of) Fading Brakes

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

The Cars: Lyceum, London ...

The Clash Turn Pro (Sort Of)

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

TUESDAY LUNCHTIME: Cleveland Airport. With a couple of hours to kill before my one-stop-only flight to Minneapolis and the first date on the Clash’s second ...

The Clash: The Clash (CBS)*****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1977

If You Don't Like The Clash, You Don't Like Rock 'N 'Roll ...

The Clash: The 'Serious In-Depth Interview' You've Been Waiting For!

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

"AAAWOOOEEEUUUOOO, PETE...'ear you bin to the States...how wazzit?" ...

The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: Sid Vicious crashed my 21st

Essay by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, 1991

At this distance, all I can remember for certain is the gangle of his legs and the pinch of his cheeks. ‘This is John,’ said ...

Eddie Cochran: 20th Anniversary Album (Liberty)**

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1980

PHIL SPECTOR, for one, is of the opinion that Colonel Parker used to hypnotise Elvis into singing rhinoceros shit like 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'Girls ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Till You Drop (Warner Bros.)*****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1979

THERE'S PROBABLY a whole bunch of enormous ironies knocking around this world but right now I can't think of a bigger or more slap-happy one ...

Elvis Costello: Costello Group Therapy

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

"KNOCK KNOCK.""Who's there?""Elvis.""Elvis who?""Forgotten already, huh?" ...

Elvis Costello: The Elvis Enigma

Profile by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

WHEN I HEARD the first Elvis Costello single, 'Less Than Zero', I figured it was Stiff's mainstay of the time, Nick Lowe, having a bit ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: The Wayne County Interview

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1979

WAYNE COUNTY was already in the car. I was ushered into the front seat, leaving Wayne staring down the back of my neck. That was ...

Julie Covington: Julie Covington

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

AND SO this is Christmas. ...

Kevin Coyne: Beautiful Extremes 1974-1977

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

KEVIN COYNE is, make no mistake, a major artist. His 'product' might not 'ship' a million 'units' but in every other way he's the superior ...

Kevin Coyne: Bursting Bubbles (Virgin)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1980

WHATEVER ELSE it might be, Kevin Coyne's universe is not a comfortable one. ...

Kevin Coyne: Black & White

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, January 1978

'If I played my cards right, I'd be a gift to the media – chat shows, the lot' ...

The Cramps: Get Cramped!!

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

NAPA HOSPITAL, Californian mental institution, the half-way ward. Lux Interior is reminiscing. ...

The Damned: Music For Pleasure

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1977

CATCHING SIGHT of the title in a news column, I wondered. 'Music For Pleasure'? Have the dervish-like Damned decided to junk all this credibility rubbish, ...

The Damned: Final Spotlight On The Damned

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

"OOOOOOOOO CAPTAIN," says Helen from Headingley, "you're so cool these days. That jacket" – indicating his sombre black tuxedo affair and matching multi-colour polka-dotted tie ...

The Damned: Voyage Of The Damned

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

A rainy Friday afternoon in Stiff publicist Glen Coulson’s office. Glen ruffles his hair, takes a swig from a can of warm Heineken and expounds ...

The Damned: Top Drummers Get Itchy Feet Dept.: Why I Quit The Damned by Rat Scabies

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S COMMON knowledge that all drummers are certifiable nutters but I must admit that when somebody whispered in my ear the other Sunday that the ...

The Damned, The Specials, UK Subs: The Damned/UK Subs/The Specials: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

WITH ENOUGH police grouped manacingly outside in coaches, in squad cars and standing around to supervise a couple of Manchester United away fixtures, I suppose ...

Dead Fingers Talk: Hull Is For Heroes

Profile by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

"Have you met Harry yet? He's the new man in the office. There 'something not quite right about Harry. I 'think he's qu-e-e-r… "And I leaned ...

Depeche Mode: Play For Tomorrow

Interview by Peter Silverton, New Sounds New Styles, August 1981

SCENE ONE. Interior. Depeche Mode are rehearsing in a deconsecrated church on the south side of London's dockland. It's a part of the capital that's ...

Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, August 1978

'Monkey men allIn business suitTeachers and criticsAll dance the pootAre we not men?We are Devo!Are we not men?D-E-V-OWe must repeatOK let's go!' ...

Fats Domino: Live in London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

FATS DOMINO is and always has been the most unlikely looking bona fide Fifties rock and roller you can imagine. Where Elvis, Eddie and Gene ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Private Practice

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

The Worthington White Shield of Rock ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Private Practice

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

MY, THESE boys really have moved up in the world. Once upon a time, it was the local quack and 'You Shouldn't Call The Doctor ...

Ian Dury

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

THE FIRST time I met Ian Dury – nearly two years ago in Dingwalls when I was little more than just another wide-eyed and a ...

Bob Dylan's back in Britain. Again. Just like he was last year. And the year before that

Profile by Peter Silverton, Daily Express, 1996

John Lennon once said he felt that he'd been born half-American. These days, it seems, Bob Dylan has become a semi-Brit. ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods, Radio Stars: On The Road With Hot Rods And Radio Stars

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

THE LAST, incongruous Beatles' track spirals its way to the end of its grooves. The house lights dip way, way down, instilling in you that ...

Mick Farren: London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

"HELLO, MY name's Mick Farren...I wanna drink!" ...

The Flamin' Groovies: "We're No Museum Piece"

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, January 1978

SOME BOXERS, if you believe what you see on the toob, just won't quit. Knocked down more times than they've slapped in their gum shield, ...

The Flamin' Groovies: The Flamin Groovies: Flamin' Groovies Now

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

LIKE SO many other people, the first time I caught an eyeful of the Groovies in the flesh was when they were supported by The ...

Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards (Virgin) **½

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

SOME TIME ago, American journalist and alliterator Tom Wolfe wrote an essay, 'The Painted Word', on the world of post-war American painting. ...

Generation X: Central London College of Art and Design

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

WITH SIOUXSIE and the Banshees not playing because "they couldn't get it together" and the remaining support act, Eater, being a band that I wouldn't ...

Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

ROCK ON Indeed.I've finally figured out, after all this time, why, despite the fact that lots of people whose opinions I respect hate them, I ...

Girlschool

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, April 1981

Pete Silverton takes a short course in Metalwork. ...

The Gladiators: Proverbial Reggae

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

LEAFING THROUGH an ancient copy of the once-revered American fanzine Shakin' Street last night I finally chanced on the solution to the difficulties – "it's ...

Robert Gordon: Down And Out In Paris The Robert Gordon Way

Review and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1979

Robert Gordon: Palais des Sports, Paris ...

Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon with Link Wray: A Modern Elvis And The Missing Link

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

LINK WRAY finishes off his instrumental street opera, 'Rumble', with an amphetamine-psychosis, note-tumbling-after-note run worthy of any guitar army hero, clambers up from his bent-knee, ...

Al Green: Cream Of Al Green

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

The way I heard it, at the panty-creaming peak of his career, Al Green was so drunk on the cortical rush of his fame and ...

The Kinks: Ray Davies

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sunday Telegraph, November 1997

When the news reached him, Ray Davies was sitting on the floor. ...

Elvis Presley, Leiber and Stoller: Elvis, homoeroticism and 'Jailhouse Rock'

Essay by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, August 1997

'Oh yes,' said Stanley, a builder - though not a man known ever to have displayed his bum cleavage beyond the privacy of his own ...

Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus (Warner Brothers)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 1978

WHOEVER started the vogue for double live albums (the Band?) has a lot to answer for. Whether pretty good (Bob Seger, J. Geils) or embarrassingly ...

Nick Lowe: Jesus Of Cool

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

YOU KNOW how it is. You hear one word and you're tantalised into eavesdropping on the rest. Bars at receptions are a good place for ...

Nick Lowe: This Is Your Life

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

Pete Silverton assembles a few views of Basher — man, myth and magic ...

Madness: 7-Up

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, October 1981

FRIDAY afternoon. The Smash Hits works outing pay a visit to the movies. They munch popcorn, they suck their sweet orange drinks and watch a ...

Madness: When The Screaming Had To Start

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

"'ERE, SUGGSY...'Ere, Suggs." ...

Magazine

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

I THINK it was the Jesuits of whom it was said they always answer a question with a question. Or maybe it was the Jews. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: T'ings Could Be Worse

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

"Talking to no-one is strange, Talking to someone is stranger." – Kevin Coyne ...

Frankie Miller: Be Good To Yourself

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

THREE YEARS back, Miami soul-singer Betty Wright had a minor hit with 'Shoo-rah! Shoo-rah!'. On his Radio London show, Honky-Tonk, Charlie Gillett has a "who ...

Van Morrison: Belfast to Belfast

Retrospective by Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, July 1979

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO imagine someone further removed than Van Morrison from looking like a pop star or even a rock'n'roll artiste. It's not even like, ...

Motorhead: Motörhead: Pulling Out of the Pits

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

"GET OUT of the f––––– way. We’ve got a concert to do." ...

Nazareth: Coliseum Rock

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

ROCK AND ROLL at this level can be a damn luxurious business, I reflected in the air-conditioned comfort of the Nazareth limo sashaying and bumping ...

New Barbarians: Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, August 1979

ROCK AND ROLL having as it does sod all to do with music and a whole lot to do with sex and drugs (even to ...

Hazel O'Connor: What Katy Did Next

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, April 1981

"I get letters saying, 'Did you change your name to Hazel O'Connor for stage work? Is your name really Kate?' They won't even let you ...

Graham Parker and the Rumour: Squeezing Out Sparks

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1979

One current school of thought – represented at our editorial meetings by the capitalist Ruislip reader faction – has it that Graham Parker has well ...

The Pop Group: We Know There’s Something Wrong Somewhere: The Pop Group

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1979

This and other astute observations on life, art and the consumer society in THE POP GROUP interview. ...

The Pretenders: Pretenders

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, August 1981

"I must be the most boring person in the world..." sighs Chrissie Hynde. "What on earth is she on abut?" wonders Pete Silverton. ...

Prince Buster: Fabulous Greatest Hits (Melodisc) ****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

1966 BEING 1966, a couple of light and bitters in the Sussex (a good two years underage) was the strongest refreshment to hand. Weed was ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image (Virgin)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

AND THE BOY looked at Johnny. And he shouted: "Look, ma, the Emperor's got no clothes." ...

Radio Stars: Songs for Swinging Lovers (Chiswick)

Review by Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, April 1978

DESPITE STIFF’S CLAIMS, Chiswick Records has been the most adventurous of the new British storefront labels. While Stiff has relied for the most part on ...

The Ramones: Goodbye Tommy, Hello Marky

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

DRUMMER wanted for name NY punk band. Must have own leather jacket and torn Levis. Ability to mumble 'gabba gabba' an advantage. No interlektewals. Apply ...

Lou Reed at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

ANOTHER YEAR, another Lou Reed in a different toilet. ...

Lou Reed In Cloning Sensation!

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

PETE SILVERTON goes to Philadelphia to borrow a book from Lou Reed (That's not what it said on his expenses — Ed.) ...

The Residents: Not Available

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

EVEN BEFORE slotting the stylus into the grooves, you're aware that this is one of the most bizarre albums ever to make it a: far ...

The Rezillos: Mission Accomplished…But The Beat Goes On (Sire)***

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

HEY, EVER known what it's like feeling like you're E.J. Thribb? Try reveiwing this album. Phil Sutcliffe got it just right in his 3 plus ...

The Rich Kids: Ghosts of Princes in Towers

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, August 1978

What do you do with what you've got? ...

The Rich Kids: Back With A Bullet

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

COMING DOWN from the Harrow Road by bus, Steve New's getting the rise taken out of him by a bunch of kids because he's wearing ...

Tom Robinson Band: Up Against The Wall: Life with the Tom Robinson Band

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

"The British police are the best in the world.I don't believe one of these stories I've heard..." ...

The Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1980

"IMAGE IS so important to rock stars. Mick Jagger is the rock star with the longest running image. He's the one all the young white ...

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

WHICHEVER WAY you look at it, this is an important album of the first order. Important primarily because it's the first album (excluding Love You ...

Linda Ronstadt: Mad Love (Asylum) *

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

ROBERTSON DIDN'T want to do it. He'd reviewed the last eighty-five Linda Ronstadt albums or some such totally dubious excuse he made up on the ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: The Thoughts (?) Of Chairman Harvey

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1977

"WOULD YOU like to be a rock'n'roll star?" ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Big Hits And Close Shaves

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

COMPILATIONS ARE generally the occasion for an in-depth reassessment of an artist's career. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Zal

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

THIS IS a singer? You call...this a singer. A monstrous looking creature in an Imperial Startrooper helmet, white paper one-piece jump suit and red, blue ...

Sham 69: Tell Us The Truth

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1978

"ELLO MUSH...this one's all about getting' yer 'ead kicked in." ...

Sham 69: Sham 1969/1977

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

"I'M NOT stupid. I know, however successful I get to be right now, that in two, three, maybe four if I'm lucky, years' time, I'll ...

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra's 'My Way'

Essay by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, May 1998

As songs go, 'My Way' doesn't so much wear its heart on its sleeve as rip it from its chest, throw it down and shout: ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Scream

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1978

NO MATTER what anyone may say or think, the success of 'Hong Kong Garden' was neither predicted nor predictable. Despite its obvious instantness (primarily, of ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Banshees: Join Hands

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1979

WHADDA YA MEAN, is it extreme? Can you honestly imagine the Banshees doing anything —whether it be throwing shapes for a camera, getting dressed for ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Most Elitist Band In The World

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

'A gig is often an exaggeration of what we feel every day and therefore it can probably seem a bit ridiculous at times maybe. It ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1977

WAITING FOR the newly reformed Small Faces to take the stage of Sheffield's City Hall, I was probably more nervous than they were (which is ...

The Small Faces Story

Retrospective by Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, October 1977

IT'S 1968, ALRIGHT. Me and a mate are lounging around in his garden. His parents are out for the day. School's out for the summer. ...

Sniff 'n' the Tears: Fickle Heart

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

DON'T BE misled by the collective title. Sniff 'N' The Tears is no more a real band than Tommy Dunbar's imaginary Psychotic Pineapple. Everything here ...

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

LET'S START with the obvious. It's impossible to approach this album without taking into heavy account the fortunes and misfortunes of this Crown Prince of ...

Steel Pulse: No Jah-Babble In-A Birmingham

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

REGGAE IS HIP. Punks said it was OK way back and how the parasitic shower of hustlers and sycophants who comprise the music biz are ...

Rod Stewart: Blondes Have More Fun

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1978

OR BLOATED egos with lots of money get to see more of the world. ...

Stiff Little Fingers

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1978

IF MY FIRST sight of Jake Burns had been while keeping myself occupied on a bus by speculating on the lives of the other passengers, ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1978

Let's give the Fingers a big hand ...

The Stranglers Do The Pose

Comment by Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, October 1977

EXTREME REACTIONS to the Stranglers are not unusual. Take the case of a mate (well, acquaintance) of mine, Dick O'Dell, tour/road manager for Alex Harvey. ...

Sweet: The Sweet: Sweet's Golden Greats

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1977

EVERY GENERATION of rock writing throws up its own paper tiger. ...

Television: Adventure

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

NEW YORK, New York. New albums falling down like rain. La Belle Smith's rock 'n' roll army third wave invasion. Uncle Lou's first street (ha, ...

Thin Lizzy: Joints

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

"HI, THIS is the Nightbird, Alison Steel, brought to you by the Army Reserve. And tonight my guests in the studio are Scott Gorham and ...

Tyla Gang: Yachtless At The Nottingham Boat Club

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

Yacht'less 1. (yot-less) a., having no yacht/s; being in a no-yacht situation; a severe lack of the funds and/or wherewithal with which to purchase same; ...

Ultravox! New Music From A Doll's House

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1977

CONTRARY to what Stranglers' bassist, Jean Jacques Brunel, is reputed to think, Ultravox! are not "a bunch of session musicians put together by Island records." ...

Ultravox!: Ha! Ha! Ha!

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, October 1977

FLICKING IDLY through a rack and coming across an album entitled ha! ha! ha!, you'd expect, if not a comic masterpiece, at least a couple ...

Velvet Underground: 1969 Velvet Underground Live (Mercury)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1979

BUT LOU REED, Lou’s got real problems. Ever since he started out he’s been trying to wheedle Jehovah into making him Keith Richard (‘Rock And ...

Sid Vicious's mum

Obituary by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, 1996

No one knows exactly when Ann Beverley died. Even the South Derbyshire coroner wasn’t detained by that particular detail. ...

Village People: Young Men! The Village People

Retrospective and Interview by Peter Silverton, MOJO, March 1998

"YOUNG MAN!" IT BUTTONHOLES YOU. And then it requires that your body shapes the letters which form the acronym for the Young Men’s Christian Association. ...

Tom Waits: A conversation with Tom Waits

Interview by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, 1992

To converse with Tom Waits is to be lied to, consistently, determinedly, entertainingly. ‘I’ll tell you all my secrets but I’ll lie about my past,’ ...

Tom Waits: The Lie In Waits

Interview by Peter Silverton, Vox, October 1992

TOM WAITS is in Paris wrestling with the truth. As usual the truth is losing, but that's what happens when you're promoting your first album ...

Tom Waits: The Sultan Of Sleaze

Interview by Peter Silverton, You, 1985

Well I got a bad liver and a broken heart,yea I drunk me a river since you tore me apart,and I don't have a drinking ...

Tom Waits: Waits Happening

Interview by Peter Silverton, Beat, March 1986

TOM WAITS CHOSE to meet in the heart of his own territory, in a cheap restaurant just down the road from what he said was ...

Wreckless Eric Cleans Up His Act

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1979

PETE SILVERTON JOINS HIM ON THE WAGON ...

Neil Young: Live Rust (Reprise)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 1979

THE WORD is, of course, survivor. Just Neil left on the Reprise label and Neil being the only remnant of the sixties still hanging in ...

List of genre pieces

Geils: Monkey Island

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, September 1977

Bungle in the jungle ...

Various Artists: Pebbles Vols. 1-4

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1979

[To be read in a C&A Paisley shirt and matching tie, black lace-up school shoes and a pair of 16" cuff flared trousers re-cut from ...

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