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Phil Sutcliffe

Mike Stand is a pseudonym for Phil Sutcliffe
Phil Sutcliffe

Phil Sutcliffe has been writing mostly about music since he went freelance in 1974 after serving an old-fashioned journalistic apprenticeship on the Newcaste Evening Chronicle. Youth illuminated by Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan fandom, later years through to now by interviewing Paul Kossoff, Gentle Giant, the Angelic Upstarts, Joan Armatrading, AC/DC, The Police, Kate Bush, Nik Kershaw, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Marc Cohn, Paul McCartney, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Depeche Mode, Norah Jones, Peter Green, Nick Cave and so on as below for Sounds, Smash Hits, The Face, The Northern Echo, Q, Blender, the Los Angeles Times and, still best of all, Mojo. Never did meet a musician without a tale to tell and the means to do it. So far, so good.

List of articles in the library by artist

10cc: Big Boys Don't Cry

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

TENSE SI SI: That's just to prove I speaka da lingo but it's also true about my interview with 10cc. ...

10cc: Herr Creme Gives You Bounce

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

10cc: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

10cc: New 10cc: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

10CC WERE excellent. This is news? No, though in my experience they have never been the apostles of mechanical perfection sneered at by some critics. ...

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

AC/DC ARE A 4-letter word band. If you don't like, them and some misadventure elbows you into their firing line the foulest oaths would be ...

AC/DC: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

ANGUS YOUNG has got himself some new front teeth. An elegant row of even ivories that wouldn't look out of place in the mouth of ...

AC/DC: Sex, Snot, Sweat and School Kids

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

AC/DC: The Mayfair, Newcastle ...

AC/DC: The Dirtiest Story Ever Told

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

An everyday story of rape, pillage, runny noses, drunken orgies, broken wind, assaults on and by police, sweat-soaked Luncheon Vouchers, and the 279-pound lady who ...

AC/DC: More Songs about Humping and Booze

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

'You get nothin for nothin'/Who can you trust?/We got what you want/You got the lust/You want blood – you got it . ...

Aerosmith, Kula Shaker: Aerosmith and Kula Shaker On The Road

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 1997

The raddled and the fresh-faced. The stellar and the starry-eyed. The seen-it-all and the wannabes. Perhaps, harsh to say, the past and the future. It ...

Daevid Allen: N'Existe Pas! (Charly)***½/ Banana Moon (Charly)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1979

YOUR PLANET Gong correspondent reporting again, and with better news than of late, Both of these albums have much to commend them to Daevid Allen ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers: Dream

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1989

THE STORY OF The Allman Brothers Band has been one of the great epics of rock 'n' roll, replete with all the Homeric ingredients of ...

Marc Almond: The Innocent Exhibitionist

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1992

His search for inner fulfillment took him to places that respectable folk would sooner not know about. Now Marc Almond has decided where he truly ...

Angelic Upstarts: Bolingbroke Hall, South Shields

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1978

I WAS starting to think the whole thing had gone down the toilet. All the energy and the anger. Suddenly smart suits and cash register ...

Angelic Upstarts: What's Going On 'Ere, Then?

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1978

"WHO KILLED Liddle?" On stage a tall young man wearing a police hat, white shirt, trousers and jackboots is down on his hands and knees. ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 2000

THE POOR BOY looked at Paul McCartney. "I saw him through a crack in the door, going up the stairs chatting with my mum," says ...

Joan Armatrading: I Second that Emotion: Joan Armatrading

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

LOVER JOAN? Old pal Joan? Sister Joan? Who are you, intimate and mysterious lady? Why do your songs flow in my bloodstream? I got you ...

Joan Armatrading On The Spot

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1980

IN THE STRANGE WAY it has at certain phases of your life, time is running backwards for Joan Armatrading. She's growing younger. To prove it ...

Joan Armatrading: Hearts And Flowers

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1990

NOW HERE'S A surprise. The words go, "Touch me baby/I don't wanna get up after we've made love/Don't wanna leave your bed" and the singer ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)*****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

THE RECORD deck grunts and clicks, the turntable sidles to a halt and polysyllabic analysis should be flowing from the critic's pen but I'd just ...

Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I (A&M)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

JUST TO put new readers of my ongoing review of Joan Armatrading's work in the picture I should mention that I rather like this lady. ...

Joan Armatrading: Show Some Emotion

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1977

AAAAAH, JOAN, Shall I compare thee to a summer rose? Not just now, but how about 'The Summertime Blues'? At least Eddie Cochran is something ...

Joan Armatrading: To The Limit

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

I'M UNDER strict instructions to make this Joan Armatrading review a little less like a love letter than its predecessors. Well it's hard you know ...

Joan Armatrading: Perrier Water and Privacy: Joan Armatrading

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1978

"LOOOK this way pet, wooood you dear," said the photographer in a voice fusing Andy Stewart and Larry Grayson. "Please pet". Fussing, fussing. ...

Joan Armatrading: Sean Mayes: Joan Armatrading

Book Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1990

WEATHERED AS HE was by turbulent years on the road with The Equals and Vinegar Joe, when it came to Joan Armatrading producer Pete Gage ...

Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Graham Parker, Joan Armatrading: Blackbushe Festival - Nice To See Ya, Bob

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1978

...OR RATHER, IT would have been, but at least we heard him and that made the hassles worthwhile, reports our survivor of the million dollar ...

Average White Band: Aftershock

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1989

FROM CALEDONIA to California, the Average White Band pick up the pieces and bounce off the ceiling. ...

Average White Band, Kokomo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

THIS WAS one double bill I just had to see. I mean rock is so find these days and there are good concerts every week ...

Kevin Ayers: Kevin Can Wait

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1992

He's tooled around for 20 years like a leisurely gentleman-hippie. Isn't it time Kevin Ayers got back on the case? ...

Back Street Crawler: Second Street (Atlantic) 38 mins ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

THIS IS the last recording Paul Kossoff ever made which means that commenting on it is rather like reviewing a gravestone. You just don't. But ...

Back Street Crawler: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

IF YOU want a nice, peaceful night's rock 'n' roll don't go anywhere near a Back Street Crawler gig. It's more like an on the ...

Back Street Crawler: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

IT WAS a fairly complete emotional experience watching Back Street Crawler at the City Hall. You wondered where performance ended and real life began. Was ...

Back Street Crawler: Back Street Fighters: Back Street Crawler

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

IF YOUR tastes run to nasty, sweat-and-gore boxing as well as nasty-hot rock, the ringside seat for you in the next couple of months should ...

Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff: Back from the Dead: Paul Kossoff

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1975

Despite that painful appearance on the OGWT, Paul Kossoff is Alive and as Well as anyone could be after being at death' s door ...

Bad Company: The Original Bad Co. CD Anthology

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1999

After a period of bad blood and bad music Bad Company's founding foursome reconvene around a two-CD retrospective. ...

Bad Company: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

I WALKED into a pub before the gig and... go on, guess what was playing on the jukebox, 'Alright Now'. Eh? You don't get the ...

Baker Bruce Moore: BBM: Grumpy Old Men

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1994

Call it the half-fat Cream reunion at your peril, mention old boy Eric if you dare, but BBM does share some of the legendary stroppiness ...

Cream, Ginger Baker, Graham Bond: Ginger Baker: New Skins For The Old Ceremony

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

PHIL SUTCLIFFE takes a walk down memory lane with GINGER BAKER, drummer, sportsman and fellow piles sufferer. ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army:Hearts On Fire

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

THEY FINALLY got there, the Baker-Gurvitz Army, an unlikely gang of ornery hombres, always looked as though it would be goddam exciting if they sorted ...

Bauhaus: University of Surrey, Guildford

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

TAKE RISKS and you win some and you lose more than you would if you didn't. Bauhaus declared their intentions with the title of their ...

The Beastie Boys: The Beasties and their Boroughs

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, May 2004

"HEY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE!" says Mike Diamond in high, pinched New York tones as Beastie Boys' mini-bus swings past the ugly royal pile. "Hence all the ...

The Beatles: Ian MacDonald: Revolution In the Head - The Beatles' Records And The Sixties (1994, revised 1995, Pimlico)

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 2001

IAN MACDONALD, now 52, was enraptured by The Beatles as a teenager, then generally disappointed by pop music from 1980 onwards. His attempt "to bring ...

The Beatles: I Was A Beatlemaniac

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 2013

I DIDN'T GET Elvis because I didn't get sex. Well, that was 1956 and I was eight. But The Beatles… ...

The Beautiful South: The Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1997

PLAINLY NOT RUGGED T-SHIRT-IN-A-SNOW-storm northerners, The Beautiful South's vocal frontline take to the stage for their second night at the RAH in a winter collection ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe: City Hall, Newcastke

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

WHEN IT'S your seventh try at an intro it gets down to saying it's your seventh try at an intro. You see. Bill Nelson coined ...

Jeff Beck: Return Of The Lone Axe Hero

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

Jeff Beck: The Roundhouse, London ...

Gene Vincent, Jeff Beck: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Jeff Beck on Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (Capitol, 1957)

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 2001

"I FIRST HEARD IT sitting in an armchair in our living room. 1957. I was 12. My sister Annetta, who's four years older, had bought ...

Blondie

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, Heat, 1999

Picture this: Debbie Harry, at 25, all cheek bones, blonde hair and cool – and spending her days with a pinnie and a Hoover cleaning ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: Blood Sweat and Tears: More Than Ever (CBS) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

BST WERE one of the key bands of the late 60s who began to give rock a respectable musicianly image and yet I've always had ...

Blur: Blur (Food)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 1997

Fifth album in six years; as ever a Stephen Street production. Change of ’direction’ hears Blur muss up their sound and back-pedal into the future. ...

Bon Jovi

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe talks to Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Cornology

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1992

AH YES, THE BONZOS. Laugh? Uh. Well, did we? When an expensive CD three-pack of all their albums (plus bits) demands that the critical cobwebs ...

The Boo Radleys: Didn't Feel A Thing

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1996

"IF YOU'RE doing music you're supposed to pretend you're something you're not, you're supposed to sound as though you come from a different planet. You're ...

David Bowie: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

EVERYBODY I spoke to was complaining. A front row of seats had been sold then removed to fit the stage extension in. The roadies thought ...

Bow Wow Wow: Funky Chicken

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1980

A meal on wheels... and it's finger-lickin' good, sez PHIL SUTCLIFFE ...

Brand X: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

DESPITE ALL your Weather Reports, Coreas, Dukes and such, Brand X remain the sum total of British jazz-rock to reach what might reasonably be termed ...

Herman Brood: Herman Brood And His Wild Romance (Ariola) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

THE ONLY thing against Herman Brood is his nationality. The world may simply not believe that a Dutchman can sing filthy English-language rock like this ...

Herman Brood, Nina Hagen: Herman Brood: The Further Adventures of Herman and Nina

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

'It's a magic, fantastic, plastic fireball/makes you strong for life/makes you stumble and fall/they're gonna call you names you never heard before/they got you comin' ...

Elkie Brooks: Two Days Away

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

THERE'S NOT much doubt that Elkie Brooks is going to be around for ever and ever. Elkie's a singer, simply as that. But there's still ...

Bill Bruford: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Rock Star

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

"I FEEL sometimes as though they're about to stick my head on a spike and display it outside the Tower Of London for people to ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford: Have Drum Will Travel

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

IT WAS IN the unlikely setting of the Una Billings School of Dancing's basement that the partnership which will be titillating the timpani of drum ...

Eric Burdon: The Eric Burdon Band: The Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

IF MEL BUSH, who is presenting Santana at Wembley Pool this weekend, had been present for the opening ten minutes of his support act's tour ...

Bush: Breaking America

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe checks out the history of British bands making it, and failing to make it, in the USA, and looks at the example of ...

Kate Bush: Iron Maiden: Kate Bush

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1989

Although signed at the tender age of 18, Kate Bush stoutly refused to be "the record company's daughter". She's quietly become her own manager, producer, ...

Kate Bush: Season Of The Witch

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2003

It's almost 25 years since 'Wuthering Heights' made Kate Bush into a star, and a decade since she quietly slipped from view. Phil Sutcliffe traces ...

Kate Bush: Passion Always Wins

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

WHAT THEY say about Kate Bush is that she’s a lisping innocent, a born-with-a-silver-spoon, a too-good-to-be-true, a safe and uncontroversial, soppy, record industry banker. ...

David Byrne, Talking Heads: David Byrne

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

For years the frontman of Talking Heads, David Byrne has emerged as a solo artist now – but his newest album shares the same off-beat ...

David Byrne, Talking Heads: Severed Heads: Talking Heads and David Byrne

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1992

"LOOKING AT old videos of Talking Heads," says David Byrne, "it's like three normal kids backing up this maniac — three people who have their ...

Camel: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

A CAMEL Caravan from Canterbury (two down, three across). You couldn't fit the solution into The Times crossword though. It took an hour-and-a-half to play ...

Mariah Carey

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1994

SHE HAD never played a gig in her life before and now she was about to make her debut in front of 15,000 people at ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: Carter USM: 1992 – The Love Album

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1992

"I WAS born under a wandering star/In the second council house of Virgo/Forcibly removed from the belly of my ma/And raised on milk and Pernod". ...

Johnny Cash's Concept Albums

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, October 2004

THEY WERE "CONCEPTS" all right, but that didn't make them the product of cool, analytical thinking. Back in the early '60s, Johnny Cash was wrestling ...

Catatonia: Catatonic in Soho

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 2001

CERYS MATTHEWS slung a guitar round her neck and strummed a few chords. Then something caught her eye. She stopped and stared. Her jaw dropped. ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Boatman's Call

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1997

"I DON'T believe in an interventionist God/But I know, darling, that you do" ('Into My Arms'). Those are the first lines of the album; Cave's ...

Michael Chapman: Michael Chapman Lived Here 1968-72 (CUBE)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1977

ON THE REAR of the sleeve is a faded brown and sepia pic of Michael Chapman sat on a bed alone, nothing but a guitar ...

Michael Chapman: The Man Who Hated Mornings

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1977

MICHAEL CHAPMAN is a ruminative sort of talent. ...

Michael Chapman: Wine, One Woman And The Loony Yokel: A Tale of a Yorkshireman, Michael Chapman

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

MICHAEL CHAPMAN was revelling in the afterglow of Decca’s success with John Miles. The company had got really interested in promoting his new album, flown ...

Clancy's Tidal Wave Is Coming

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THE FOLLOWING should be read with a Scouse accent: "I suppose Clancy are treading water and yet looking at the horizon waiting for the great ...

Eric Clapton

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2005

IT OUGHT TO BE disconcerting that the toilet door is faulty and swings open of it's own accord catching MOJO in flagrante about to take ...

Eric Clapton: Pilgrim

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 1998

WHITE GUYS from the '60s R&B generation don't get the same latitude as black "originals" to spend their last 20 or 30 years nestling back ...

Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1978

THE OLD Testament followed by the New (also written some while ago you will recall). For once there was hardly a vacant seat by half ...

John Cooper Clarke: The Bard Of Beasley Street At The Seat Of Learning

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

THE OXFORD University Union porter peered at us fish-eyed. "Are you members?" he said. "Er, no - we're with the poet." ...

The Clash: Rude Boy

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

LONDON CALLING? It hardly covers the situation. Every is-or-was punk fan in the country must be quietly slavering to see the Clash film and apprehensive ...

The Clash: Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

PERSPECTIVE. THE Clash are heroes (but not mine). ...

Climax Blues Band: The Climax Blues Band: Live in Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

THE CLIMAX Blues Band are fab. Not a profound remark, I know, but it needs saying because their fate in this country has nearly always ...

Joe Cocker: Live In LA (Cube) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1976

THIS ALBUM opens with the unctuous voice of the compere saying "Thank you for your patience ladies and gentlemen" which has a certain irony as ...

Joe Cocker: Stingray (A&M) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

IT SPEAKS VOLUMES that whatever the ups and downs of Joe Cocker's personal life when he gets back in the studio or out on the ...

Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen: "Hello, Cleveland!"

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo! Music, June 2009

COMMUNICATION WITH a large audience is a tricky business. ...

Marc Cohn: This Man Is About To Expose Himself…

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1992

"Here's a tune that I wrote in the back seat of a cab going to meet my girlfriend," says Marc Cohn, doodling a few piano ...

Coldplay, Craig David, David Gray: Letter From London: Garage and The New Soft Rock

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, December 2000

"TO ME, ALL MELODIES were pure embarrassment," said Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently as he struggled to explain the making of Kid A. It hardly seems ...

Coldplay, So Solid Crew, Starsailor: Letter from London, January 2002

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, January 2002

WHILE, SINCE The Beatles, we British music fans have often affected insouciant confidence in the superiority of our taste over the rest of the world's ...

Natalie Cole: Natalie (Capitol) 35 mins ***

Essay by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

IF YOU get right down to it I suppose pop/rock is composed of a set of quite different musical idioms within which almost everyone sounds ...

Phil Collins: Both Sides

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1993

BASICALLY, UNCOOL, £12-million-a-year, Tory-endorsing Phil Collins is good on Love, not much cop on Life. So although, for reasons unknown, the totally solo Both Sides ...

Shawn Colvin

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1994

"I ENVY edgy babes like Sheryl, Tori, Polly Jean," says Shawn Colvin, though she seems like a nice girl. "I haven't been embraced by the ...

Coolio

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Coolio stands centre-stage holding a rubber johnny aloft. "How many o’you been fuckin’?" he hollers. "Huh?" Two thousand of what one can only describe as ...

The Police, Stewart Copeland: Stewart Copeland

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

YOU'D THINK Stewart Copeland might have taken a break after the Police reunion tour — 158 gigs, 921,000 paying customers, $297 million gross. ...

Elvis Costello

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1995

How the devil are you? I'm having a ball. ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe McDonald: Shed A Tear In Your Beer For The Fish Cheer

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

COUNTRY JOE said: "I'd like to make some money, buy a Cadillac, make pop music as in popular, radio rock 'n' roll." ...

David Coverdale, Jimmy Page: Jimmy Page and David Coverdale: Who’d Have Thought…?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1993

... thought, that is, that the devil devotee doyen of decibel dementia (that's Jimmy Page) and the python-powered potentate of poodle rock, David Coverdale, could, ...

Beverley Craven

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1991

ON MAY 7, Beverley Craven did a show in Enschede, Holland, then she caught a plane back to England to record Top Of The Pops ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills And Nash: CSN

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

THE TRUTH is you could put the sum of my knowledge of CSN severally and separately on your thumbnail and still have room for a ...

Sheryl Crow: Thar She Blows!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1995

She worked with Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Don Henley. Now she's feted by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Stones. And in time-honoured fashion, ...

Sheryl Crow: The Daily Planet

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, October 1998

Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions She built her own studio in New York and the world dropped in. ...

Alanis Morissette, Joan Osborne, Sheryl Crow: Silent Partners: Writers, Producers, Players

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe looks at the men who helped midwife albums by Sheryl Crow, Joan Osborne and Alanis Morissette ...

Crowded House: Crowded House OBE

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1993

WHAT A QUEER old month it's been for past and present members of Crowded House. In June they visited the UK to sequence their album ...

Crowded House: Don't Dream It's Over

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1992

Last year, Crowded House played Britain and hardly anyone noticed. This time they've had to book Wembley Arena. Maybe the turnaround came just in time ...

The Cure: Seventeen Seconds (Fiction) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

REALLY HANDY for you isn't it, reviewing an album a month after release when it's already up to 20 in the charts? Sorry. Don't blame ...

The Cure: Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

THIS GIG with The Cure supposedly supporting the Banshees had a somewhat surprising outcome which you'll have read about last week in this journal but ...

Curved Air: Airborne

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

CURVED AIR have never made a bad album and they aren't about to start now, though that isn't to say they're predictable. ...

Curved Air:The Best Of Curved Air*****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

NOW IT can't be dynamic good style to start with parentheses can it (but when I put those five stars there I obviously mean if ...

Curved Air: Groping for Air: Sonja Kristina

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

SONJA KRISTINA stepped out of the dressing room after the gig at Dunstable in her lace stage dress that doesn’t look as though it’s really ...

The Darkness: Permission To Like The Darkness

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, April 2004

YOU GUYS WONDER about us Brits sometimes, don't you? We're so proper and reserved, so tea and scones, so cricket, so ... just so. Then, ...

Craig David

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, February 2001

OUTSIDE THE REAR door at the BBC Radio Theatre in central London there's an air of restless tension. A gaggle of girls giggles. A pack ...

Chris De Burgh: At The End Of A Perfect Day

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1977

YOU'D EXPECT sensitive singer-songwriters to be well-served by the quiet decorum of the studio where every nuance can be polished to perfection. But it doesn't ...

Delta 5: The Delta Of Venus: Delta 5

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

"DEL-TA-5! DEL-TA-5!" is good to chant. It feels as good as "Up-Starts! Up-starts!" or "A-C-D-C! A-C-D-C!" What might surprise you is that Delta 5 — ...

Depeche Mode

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2009

JUST 29 YEARS into Depeche Mode's evolution from hoppity-boppity three-minute wonders of Futurism to global phenomenon of electronic rock and here's sempiternal hit songwriter Martin ...

Depeche Mode: They Just Couldn't Get Enough

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1997

"I heard it on the radio: Dave had overdosed, nearly died, then been arrested for drugs offences. That was when I thought Depeche Mode were ...

Derek & The Dominos: Derek and the Dominos: The Story of Layla

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2011

NOTE: This is a slightly modified version of the original MOJO piece. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Kevin Rowland & Dexy’s Midnight Runners: This Is My Confession

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1993

Meet Kevin Rowland, famously difficult leader of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, where the protestant work ethic collided with catholic guilt and violins combined with brass to ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, Geno Washington: The Dexedrine Gang: Dexy's Midnight Runners

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

BY THE TIME I'd reached the counter, I'd forgotten it. "What was it again?" I called over to the Dexy's tables. They said "Five teas ...

Neil Diamond: September Morn (CBS)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

THAT SLIGHT tremor in his voice tells you that Neil Diamond is emotional and vulnerable. Those bass notes tell you he's manly and he can ...

Dido: No Angel? An Audience with Pop's New Queen

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 2001

"HELLO, LOVE, IT'S ME," chirps Dido into her mobile phone. Q tries not to listen. Q listens. "Did you record The Sopranos? Great." Then some ...

Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler: Mark Knopfler

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 1996

"I’m always conscious of... how hard life is for a lot of people," says Mark Knopfler. The eight-bar rest midsentence is characteristic. Likewise, the right ...

Dolly Parton: Mother's Pride: Various: Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton ****

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 2004

A dozen brilliant women with a stirring reminder that the beloved boob flaunter and wacky wig wearer is a truly great songwriter. ...

Doobie Brothers: Livin' On The Fault Line

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1977

WHATEVER HAPPENED to the Doobie Brothers? I've often wondered. And this new album is no help. None of them play on it and the sleeve ...

Ian Dury and the Blockheads: Laughter (Stiff)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

I'M IN the mood for superlative hyperbole (oh – and love). I may have caught some flak from the Arts Page faction when in a ...

Ian Dury: The Bus Driver's Prayer & Other Stories (Demon Fiend)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1993

"I TOOK a sudden notion/To go down to the ocean", Ian Dury imparts in 'Poo-Poo In The Prawn'. ...

Ian Dury: lan Dury: Hello Tosh, Got A New Career Strategy?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1991

"ME AND The Blockheads were gigging in Spain a few weeks ago, partly to see if we really did want to get together again. ...

Bob Dylan: The Comeback Kid

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 2006

Following Chronicles, the Martin Scorsese documentary and his satellite radio show Bob Dylan's stock in 2006 couldn't be higher. But it's been a long time ...

Bob Dylan: Drop-kicked by Jesus: Bob Dylan's Conversion

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1997

In which the eternal sceptic did a Damascus and managed an unlikely artistic rebirth. Phil Sutcliffe takes confession... ...

The Eagles: History Of The Eagles: The Story Of An American Band ****

Film/DVD/TV Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2013

How did these guys ever write 'Peaceful Easy Feeling'? Candid, rarely self-serving rock doc reveals The Eagles, heart, soul, warts and all, says Phil Sutcliffe ...

Electronic: Electronic

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1991

THEY PROBABLY STARTED DIPPING the gold discs the moment it was announced that New Order's singer Bernard Sumner and the modern world's most in-demand freelance ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: Cecile B de Mrs Mills

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1992

They've called them "Progressive dinosaurs", "excessive musos", "self-gratifying bores". They've always called themselves ELP. "Probably one of the most misunderstood bands in the world," they ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: The Unsung Roadie

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Consider this as a picture at an exhibition. A 10,000-seat arena on the afternoon before an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert; on stage an orderly ...

The Enid: Enid: Why Are These Men Facing The Wrong Way?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

IT'S WELL over a year now since I last annexed a piece of this publication to warn you that the Enid, oddball neo-classical romancers, were ...

Erasure: Chorus

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1991

MORE THAN A SCORE of Top 30 hits under four different names over 10 years and it seems obvious that Chorus will only keep them ...

Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: Just Think...

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1988

...about the group she formed with the acid-drenched folk-strumming minstrel who proposed to her in a vegetarian restaurant. And the calamitous demise. And the legal ...

Eurythmics

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1999

First they were lovers. Then they created one of the great pop groups of the ’80s. Then they didn’t exchange a word for four years... ...

Eurythmics: Greatest Hits

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1991

WHEN IT COMES to a "Dadodadodadodado" there's never been one to match the start of Eurythmics' only British Number 1, 'There Must Be An Angel ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1980

"I'M REALLY good at this kind of thing." said Kim Wilson. "Broken hearts or broken legs, they're all the same to me." He jabbed a ...

Faith No More: Regrets, They Have A Few

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1995

"I'M A FUCKED-up individual," says Roddy Bottum, Faith No More's keyboard player, reviewing recent difficult times. He grins, sort of. ...

The Fall: Mark E. Smith on Lyrics

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

Few people alive today can remember a time when there wasn't Mark E. Smith, fronting his band The Fall and snarling harsh, cryptic couplets at ...

Field Music

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2010

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE and everybody inside has their winter coats on too, even though 60 of us are crammed together in Sunderland's most bijou ...

Field Music: Work in Progress: Field Music

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2011

THE BREWIS BROTHERS have worked away all year on (the provisionally-titled) FM4 and they're done bar tricky bits like naming the songs, which they fret ...

Fiona Apple: Hard Core Pawn

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 2000

Therapised and raped by the age 12, famous and alienated by the music industry at 19, Fiona Apple is feeling better, thank you. She's got ...

Fleetwood Mac: Take it to the Limit

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2003

"GOD KNOWS all our lives are unimaginable without each other," mutters Mick Fleetwood, glancing speculatively from one old friend to another. It's a line you ...

Fleetwood Mac: War & Peace

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1987

"I WANT TO look eighteen or younger, right?" says Christine McVie, aged 42. "I know – an impossible task!" ...

Focus

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

If you look like this … when you really feel like this…then your name is Thijs Van Leer and you’re trying hard to make the ...

Gary Wright, Peter Frampton, Yes: Yes: The Biggest Gig In The Entire History Of The World

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

Bicentennialand and rock's favourite vegetarians take Phil Sutcliffe by storm. ...

Aretha Franklin: At the Victoria Apollo

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1980

PREJUDICES ON THE TABLE: I think Aretha Franklin has the most stirring, moving voice I've every heard, but I'm much less sure about the use ...

Free

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 1998

"WE WERE POOR, BUT WE WERE happy," Paul Rodgers wryly intones. He is the son of a Middlesbrough docker, his mother a housewife who tended ...

Free

Sleevenotes by Phil Sutcliffe, Universal Records, July 1999

"We were hell-bent on what we did. I didn’t care if I lived or died but for the band." – Paul Rodgers ...

Kinky Friedman: God Bless John Wayne (Faber and Faber)

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Kinky Friedman is full of himself. He always was in his ’70s singing days with provocateur country & western outfit The Texas Jewboys. And now ...

Peter Gabriel: Mr. Clean: Peter Gabriel

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

PETER GABRIEL was a little flustered. He is both a well-mannered and considerate man. He doesn't like to keep you waiting and possibly give the ...

Peter Gabriel: Newcastle Welcomes Peter Gabriel

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

In the car park round the corner from Newcastle City Hall a bootleg baker was trafficking in bread buns from the back of an unmarked ...

Peter Gabriel: Organised Chaos: Peter Gabriel

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1989

Peter Gabriel: patron of the arts, tireless campaigner for human rights, influential champion of world music and, now, proud proprietor of a studio complex and ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1, 2, 3 & 4; Plays Live; Birdy; So; Passion; Snaking The Tree; Us

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2002

FINE BODY of life's work remastered and reissued in "contemporised" Japanese-style mini vinyl die-cut gatefold sleeves. ...

Bob Geldof: The Vegetarians Of Love

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1990

WHAT A SUPERB surprise – Geldof in brilliant comeback shock! ...

Genesis: We Can't Dance

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1991

CALLING IT WE CAN'T DANCE may be a chucklesome admission that, in the five years since Invisible Touch, Genesis have candidly let the rave scene ...

Genesis: Help!

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2007

Stung by the exit of Peter Gabriel, slandered by punk and riven with insecurities, Genesis survived '70s prog to become the biggest band of the ...

Gentle Giant

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

Well, we've had the wheel, sliced bread, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and now Big Phil Sutcliffe's copped the newie...Yep, it's Gentle Giant's eighth ...

Gentle Giant: Giant For A Day

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

THIS GENTLE Giant album could present you with some difficulty and even expense. The problem is that you'll have to set your record player up ...

Gentle Giant: Live — Playing The Fool (Chrysalis)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1977

YES, FOR the first time on record you too can hear Gentle Giant play a bum note! In fact not one but several, together with ...

Gentle Giant: The Missing Piece

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1977

GENTLE GIANT crave recognition in their homeland with a longing which at times borders on the pathetic. For all their success in the States and ...

Ian Gillan Band: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

WHEN YOU'VE seen one old Deep Purple singer you haven't seen them all. It happened that a month ago I reviewed David Coverdale putting his ...

David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Pink Floyd, Robert Wyatt: David Gilmour: And This Is Me...

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2006

STRINGS SHIMMER, a bowed double-bass growls, a saxophone sighs. Heads bowed before the sound desk, David Gilmour and his two engineers listen. Again and again ...

Girlschool: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's … Girlschool

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1979

I MET GIRLSCHOOL in a pub called the Leather Bottle, which was appropriate because leather is what they wear and bottle is what they've got ...

Godley & Creme: "We've got just the video for you, Sir!"

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1988

You have entered the celebrated emporium of Godley & Creme — Makers of Bespoke Promotional Footage For The Rich And Famous. Money, no object. Egos, ...

Gong: Live Etc.

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1977

THIS IS a double album of many distinctions. For instance, I've never known a record feature the line 'have a cup of tea' so often. ...

Graham Coxon: The Great Escape...

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 2002

Mental breakdowns and now the boot from his beloved Blur, 2002 has been a traumatic year for wayward guitarist Graham Coxon. Phil Sutcliffe discovers a ...

Larry Graham: Graham Central Station: Mirror

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

IT’S NOT every pop lyric writer who can slot in R.I. advice like "Then you should open it up to Matthew 24" and "Look in ...

Guns N' Roses: Didn't You Used To Be Axl Rose?

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 2001

When the reclusive Guns 'N Roses star re-emerged last year, even old band mates didn't recognise him. After a decade of hiring and firing, an ...

Woody Guthrie

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

THE SMALL, GRIZZLED man in the check shirt indicated he'd like a cigarette. The small, curly-haired, young man sitting opposite handed him a Raleigh. The ...

Woody Guthrie: House of Earth ***

Book Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2013

America's greatest folkie turns out to be such a wonderfully weird "novelist" he needs inverted commas, says Phil Sutcliffe ...

Happy Mondays: It’ll End In Tears…

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1993

IT WAS KENTUCKY Fried Chicken that did for the Happy Mondays, according to eye-witness accounts. The band were all foregathered at EMI's London HQ with ...

Emmylou Harris: Ghosts and Angels

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2000

The spectres of a war hero father and a doomed country troubador haunt her music. Emmylou Harris tells Phil Sutcliffe why she still hasn't found ...

PJ Harvey: Sun, Sea, Sand And Sex!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1993

And very nice too, thanks, apart from the sex, which in the warped world of PJ Harvey is an anguished, violent, even blood-spattered activity. Set ...

The George Hatcher Band

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

THE TIME: just before the gig at Birmingham University. In that husky South Carolina accent George Hatcher was telling me about the band: "It will ...

The George Hatcher Band: Dry Run (United Artists) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

YOU PICK up on a band at one of their early gigs, rave review them, interview them and hustle space for them in the paper. ...

Sophie B. Hawkins

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1995

How the devil are you? ...

Hawkwind: Robert Calvert : How To Pick Up Girls In Paris

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1976

The Calvert MethodRobert Calvert, former Hawkwind person, playwright, raconteur, bon viveur, joyeux noel, has just returned from an enjoyable and instructive visit to Paris at ...

Jeff Healey Band: Hell To Pay

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1990

FOR ALL THAT he's blind, white, Canadian and holds his guitar on his lap as if it were a zither, a year ago Jeff Healey ...

Jimi Hendrix: Calling Long Distance and The Ultimate Experience

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1992

THERE ARE RECKONED to have been only six Hendrix albums authorised by the artist himself, but he has been so ruthlessly repackaged, reassembled, re-issued and ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced?/ Axis: Bold As Love/ Electric Ladyland

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1993

THESE DIGITAL remasters are diamonds in the tottering junkpile of Hendrix re-releases and cutting-room floor detritus. Augmented by both sides of the first three singles ...

Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses: Kristin Hersh

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1998

At 6, Kristin Hersh was a hippy commune kid whose babysitter was on acid. At 22 she had a brain tumor and thought evil spirits ...

John Hiatt, Little Village: Hello Goodbye: John Hiatt and Little Village

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2010

WE CONVENED at Ry [Cooder]'s house in Santa Monica. Set up some amps in a ground-floor room which opened out on to his garden. ...

Steve Hillage: Hippie Axeman In Jodrell Bank Raid

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

The new Steve Hillage: The Man Who Gets Things Done. ...

Steve Hillage: Motivation Radio

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

When a guy sings to you "we've all been born together in this special place and time to raise the world," where does your humble ...

Steve Hillage: Steve Haulage and the Trucking Company

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1977

"Steve Miller didja say? Aw, Steve Pillage. No? Village?..." OK, we surrender. These Yanks will never get it right. So this is the story of ...

Steve Hillage: Stevie's Wonders

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

"I WON'T PLAY if they don't play," said Steve Hillage and a French girl dressed as a clown and holding a saxophone looked pleased, tour ...

Steve Hillage: The Axeman Of Love

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

Steve Hillage: City Hall, Newcastle ...

Billie Holiday: 'Strange Fruit' At 70

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2009

SEVENTY YEARS AGO this month Billie Holiday released 'Strange Fruit'; man's inhumanity to man made manifest in precisely three minutes, 12 scalding lines, inspired by ...

Jools Holland’s Rhythm And Blues Orchestra: Exeter University, October 8, 1998

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1998

At 3pm Jools Holland skis down the clouds above Exeter airport in the co-pilot’s seat of a chartered four-seater. Thumb aloft he leers over his ...

Hot Chocolate: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1978

IT WAS the funniest ending to a concert I've ever seen. Hot Chocolate said their goodbyes, walked off and, I imagine, stood in the wings ...

Ian Hunter: Mecca Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

IAN HUNTER was back. ...

Inspiral Carpets: Wish you were here

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1990

It’s a sun-kissed "no-lose situation" for Inspiral Carpets. Surfing on the stupendous sales of their shock-the-vicar T-shirt selection, and equipped with a user-friendly record deal ...

Iron Maiden: Pas de moshing, s’il vous plait!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1991

"MES AMIS, il faut que nous arretons un moment," says the longhaired singer in leather jacket, skintight sports trews and a French accent truly Churchillian ...

Janet Jackson: Ripply: Janet Jackson: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1995

JANET JACKSON slinksout of the shadows and straddles a chair, legs wide apart. ...

Joe Jackson: Stepping Out: The Very Best Of Joe Jackson

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1990

MAYBE JOE JACKSON has never stood still long enough for a lot of people to get to like him. Although The Very Best Of – ...

Jade Warrior: Way Of The Sun

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

NOT YER average roots of mystic religion jazz-fusion ...

Jade Warrior:Kites

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1977

THIS IS the solid professional way to introduce this review...Jade Warrior, that is Tony Duhig and Jon Field, are one of the finest unrecognised British ...

Mick Jagger: Mick'n'Bianca

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

The Wedding Of The Decade’s glamourous shambles began back-stage after The Rolling Stones’ Paris Olympia show on September 23, 1970. When Mick Jagger met 25-year-old ...

The Jam: THIS Is The Modern World

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1977

The Jam: The Mayfair, Newcastle ...

The Jam: The Making of The Jam: The Men Behind The Scenes

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1980

THE JAM: it's a family affair. A family of blood and/or loyalty, stick-together adhesion and sense of common purpose you might expect to come ...

The Jam, Paul Weller: Paul Weller: The MOJO Interview

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2004

KEITH ALTHAM PR’d The Jam in the late '70s. In his book of post-retirement open letters to former clients, No More Mr Nice Guy, he ...

James: Seven

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1992

A YEAR AGO, with Gulf War self-censorship at fever pitch, the Phonogram board would have needed sedation after the opening lines from 'Mother': "These wars ...

James: Valiant James Back From the Brink

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1997

James: The Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia ...

Jamie T: Panic Prevention (Virgin) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2007

Further Cockney hip hop explorations in the spirit of Dury, Madness, Squeeze. ...

Jesus Jones: Perverse (Food)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1993

PERVERSE COULD be the sound of tomorrow today, if it wasn't so full of yesterdays. Not surprising when the sleeve of Jesus Jones's debut, Liquidizer, ...

Jethro Tull: Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

ON A quick perusal of the field I reckon Ian Anderson is the most articulate rocker I've ever encountered. In fact hearing him talk is ...

Jethro Tull: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1977

YOU KNOW how supergroups are supposed to open the show with the '1812 Overture' complete with real facsimile nineteenth-century Muscovite cannon and a battallion of ...

Elton John: The One

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1992

Elton John returns with one great song, a few deft touches and some stodge. ...

Elton John: You've got to laugh…

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1988

There aren't many options when you're alleged to have cancer, be involved in scandalous sexual malpractices and your hotel room has been bugged by the ...

Elton John: The Real Elton John Stands Up - ‘Hoorah!’

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1976

ELTON JOHN is 29. So am I. We both wear glasses and they make his eyes look pink and mine look piggily smaller than they ...

Norah Jones: The Fall

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

THE FALL IS A PRETTY comprehensive break-up album. Norah Jones has broken up with Lee Alexander, for eight years her boyfriend and double-bassist and, on ...

Norah Jones: Shhhh

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Blender, August 2002

Norah Jones wants you to listen to her gentle supper-club pop. And why not? The 23-year-old daughter of Ravi Shankar is the biggest leftfield star ...

Joy Division: Deborah Curtis: Touching From A Distance: Ian Curtis And Joy Division (Faber & Faber)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1995

AS THE JOURNALIST and pop historian Jon Savage Suggests in his foreword, for one narrowly defined sub-generation, Ian Curtis's suicide was a first personal encounter ...

Judas Priest: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1977

KING RIFF rools okay? The two coachloads from Dundee said "Yeaah". The Cop crowd joined saying "okay". But the nice thing about being seen to ...

Nik Kershaw: Fame! Riches! Fast Cars! Lots Of Free Meals And Fizzy Drinks!

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Smash Hits, September 1984

ABOUT A YEAR ago it was Nik and Sheri Kershaw's wedding day. Registry office, parents and friends, reception at their small house in Essex, cut ...

Killing Joke: That Primitive Feeling: Killing Joke

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

I MET KILLING Joke in one of the hellhole dressing-rooms at the Music Machine. I introduced myself to various people who weren't in the band ...

B.B. King: B B King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

THE QUALITY of B. B. King is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle dew from heaven...and I only wish Bill Shakespeare (what a fine ...

The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

FOR OLD codgers like me it’s very difficult to pin down reactions to albums by old codgers like the Kinks. These we have loved. ...

Kokomo: Grown Some Funk Of Our Own

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THE SUBDUED shufflings of a hotel chambermaid were gradually coaxing Alan Spenner, Kokomo's friendly grizzly bear of a bass payer, out of sweet slumber. ...

Kokomo: Killing Me Funkily

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

YOU REMEMBER how Barbarella nearly died on the Excessive Pleasure Machine? Well, Kokomo almost finished me off the same way the other night. Their whole ...

Paul Kossoff R.I.P.

Obituary by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

WHAT CAN you do but grieve. Just grieve. Too close to the edge, always. Pain, so much pain, so much of the time it seemed. ...

Alison Krauss: Forget About It

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1999

The German immigrant’s daughter from Illinois, who somehow became a bluegrass child prodigy, moves on from purism to pure beauty. ...

Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1991

LAST YEAR'S HANDS-DOWN winner in the specialist category of best debut album by a dreadlocked Russo-Jewish Bahamian-American, Lenny Kravitz has since gone global, being taken ...

Kula Shaker: Peasants Pigs & Astronauts (Columbia) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1999

FOR A WHILE in 1996 it looked as though Kula Shaker were being watched over by the pantheon of gods and other bods portrayed on ...

k.d. lang: k.d. lang: Ingenue

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1992

SAME VANCOUVER studio, same production/writing team of lang, Greg Penny and Ben Mink, even the same pesky lower-case initials, but Absolute Torch And Twang was ...

Last Exit (UK), Sting: Making It: Last Exit

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1977

Any band with fire in its belly sooner or later has to gamble on that make-or-break trip to London. This is an account of how ...

Led Zeppelin: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

WELL. I quite like them. ...

Led Zeppelin: Getting it Together at Bron-yr-Aur: The Story of Led Zeppelin III

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2000

Who’s moving into Bron-yr-Aur? Why, it’s that Led Zeppelin, come to shake off their blues roots and get talked. Phil Sutcliffe on the Welsh sojourn ...

Annie Lennox: No worries? That’s worrying...

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

Leaving Eurythmics has given her freedom. Becoming a mother has brought her happiness. So what’s Annie Lennox’s problem now? It’s writing songs, she tells Phil ...

Level 42, Squeeze: Level 42; Squeeze: Crystal Palace, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1991

THE MICRO-economic indicators at Crystal Palace Bowl are contradictory: the touts are offering tickets at "less than box office price" but with the opening act ...

Linda Lewis: Newcastle Polytechnic

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

FROM KID Barton's interview with Ms Lewis last week it would seem that her current tour is the latest defiant gesture in a running debate ...

Lene Lovich: One In A Million

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

YOU NEED a publicist? Look no further than Dean Klevatt, a young man who makes Phineas T Barnum himself look like a shrinking violet. ...

Gary Numan, The Lurkers: Beggars Banquet: Laughing All The Way To The Banquet

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

FROM SECOND-HAND RECORD SHOP TO NUMBER ONE SINGLE AND ALBUM. THE STORY OF BEGGARS BANQUET ...

Kirsty MacColl: 20-Track Record

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1989

Kirsty MacColl is much in demand as the single-handed supplier of "Beach Boys" backing vocals to the discerning megastar. Now, with a bold and characterful ...

Madness, The Selecter, The Specials: The End of 2-Tone: Madness/The Specials/The Selecter

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1986

Farewell, Madness – the last of the 2-Tone tribe. Phil Sutcliffe follows the fate of the three groups that pioneered the ska revival. ...

Madonna: Erotica

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1992

WEIRD. ALMOST EVERY blushful purchaser will have recently caught the artist in flagrante, bollock, so to speak, naked. ...

Madonna: The Early Days

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 2003

"SHE'LL BE BIGGER than Olivia Newton John!" That's what incandescent young A&R man Michael Rosenblatt told his boss, Sire Records founder-owner Seymour Stein back in ...

Manic Street Preachers: Northgate Arena, Chester

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

"It’s quite corny," James Dean Bradfield allows, reflecting on Manic Street Preachers' September tour of the towns that rock forgot. "I just remember where we ...

Mark-Almond: To The Heart (ABC)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2004

DECEMBER 3, 1976. A mellow, starry Friday night at 56 Hope Road, Bob Marley's Kingston home. Children playing in the yard – three of them ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Shooting of Bob Marley

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2004

DECEMBER 3, 1976. A mellow, starry Friday night at 56 Hope Road, Bob Marley's Kingston home. Children playing in the yard - three of them ...

M/A/R/R/S: Sound Wars: M/A/R/R/S Vs. Stock, Aitken, Waterman

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1987

At what point does sampling cross the fine line between flattery and theft? The battle between Stock Aitken Waterman and M/A/R/R/S may be the first ...

John Martyn: And

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1996

HE MAY be 30 years "in the business", 25 albums down the line, and possessed of all the fans his idiosyncratic body of work is ...

Dave Matthews Band: The Pyramid, Memphis, August 11, 1998

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

BIG IN AMERICA. Small everywhere else. Knows how to deal with tear gas. "I’m here to serve woman, to knock out that moose and drag ...

Mayhem: Black Metal: Bloody Hell!

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1994

Of course, it's all a right old laugh, Death Metal, isn't it? But in the long Scandinavian nights, some people have failed to see the ...

Paul McCartney: McCartney II (Parlophone)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

MUCH AS I bless and honour the name of Paul McCartney, I haven't wholly enjoyed an album he's been involved with since McCartney and Ram ...

Paul McCartney: The Support Group

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1990

They are a bona fide rock'n'roll family unit, in the magnanimous — if somewhat fanciful — view of their proprietor. And his band back him ...

Don McLean: Prime Time

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1978

COULD IT be that protest singers are about to make a comeback? It makes sense – after the glitter and the head-banging punk came out ...

Don McLean: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

ALTHOUGH HE has become generally underrated because 'American Pie' and 'Vincent' in their different ways were songs impossible to top, to me Don McLean has ...

George Michael Vs Sony: This Time It's Personal

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1993

DOWN AT THE High Court, as Q went to press, the case of George Michael versus Sony was prodigiously well-paid business as usual for the ...

George Michael: Older

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1996

PACKAGING HAS RARELY had more to say about the content of an album. Older's booklet interleaves lyrics with full-page shots of George Michael frowning, hanging ...

George Michael: D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1993

George Michael vs. Sony: "We do not speak the same language." ...

Midnight Oil: Blue Sky Mining

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1990

AS IF UNTOUCHED by the international success of their last album, Diesel And Dust ('87), and its attendant smash single 'Beds Are Burning', Blue Sky ...

Mike & The Mechanics: Word Of Mouth

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1991

MIKE RUTHERFORD NEED never have established contact with Planet Earth as most of us know it. ...

Joni Mitchell: Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1988

She's danced to the beat of her own drum all the way from Laurel Canyon to uptown Los Angeles. Joni Mitchell talks about her life, ...

Patrick Moraz: Moraz Pazazz

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

IT WAS A MONDAY like that. My train back to the big city was late so I was late for my interview with Patrick Moraz ...

Alanis Morissette

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 1996

There's nothing more mild-mannered than a mild-mannered Canadian. But rub one up the wrong way and the consequences can be dramatic. And profitable. Just ask ...

Van Morrison: Hymns To The Silence

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1991

QUINTESSENTIALLY quare maybe, but Van Morrison is certainly a worker. His third new album within 27 months weighs in at 95 minutes. For Van addicts ...

Morrissey: Morrisey: Southpaw Grammar (RCA)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1995

Wherein Morrissey discovers the missing link between The Byrds' jingle-jangle and Young/Cobain grunge. In contrast to Vauxhall And I, often gentle of mood and sentiment, ...

Mott The Hoople: Mojo Presents ... Mott The Hoople

Sleevenotes by Phil Sutcliffe, Mojo CD, 2003

THE BALLAD OF MOTT The Hoople is a tale of thigh-high platform boots and enormous moodswings, big shades and black leather and plans so ill ...

The Movies (UK): The Movies: Double A

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1977

BEND A CASUAL ear to The Movies and you might almost think they were easy listening, gentle on your mind, treacle on your brain. A ...

Ms Dynamite, The Streets: Letter from London: The Streets and Ms Dynamite

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, March 2003

WHEN THE BEATLES flew over from England in the '60s, it seemed the whole of young America gathered at the airport to scream a welcome. ...

Marta Sebestyen, Muzsikas: Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas: No Sleep 'til Ballachulish!

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1990

Their flight cases crammed with goatskin bagpipes and three-stringed contras, Hungarian minstrels Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas are midway through a whistle-stop international tour. And as ...

National Health Warning: Touring Can Make You Broke

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1976

AFTER National Health's soundcheck singer Amanda Parsons accosted keyboardist Dave Stewart thusly: "Have you got any money? It cost us £16 in petrol to get ...

National Health: Carrying The Flag Close To The Edge

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

"THERE'S NO way of encapsulating higher ideas except by some kind of artistic experience," stated Mont Campbell, ex-Egg, current National Health, with fervent sobriety. ...

National Health: Newcastle University

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

WATCHING rock and roll these last few weeks I just feel better and better. The long standing groan about the dearth of new bands and ...

Willie Nelson Hits Springfield

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, unpublished, 2001

IT’S LONG PAST midnight at the Springfield, Illinois, State Fairground. Heavy rain slants down, dousing the day’s tangled aromas of corn dog, funnel cake and ...

Randy Newman: Short Takes

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

AFTER THE show there was a photo session in a back-room of the theatre. Randy walked in and, since there was no other reason for ...

New Model Army: Join The Professionals: New Model Army

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1989

There are few more devoted disciples than the followers of New Model Army. For many it's a full-time job — hitchhiking to every concert, home ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: King Of Pain

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1993

On the eve of the release of In Utero, the hungrily-anticipated successor to their planet-rogering Nevermind, Q meets Nirvana and delves into Kurt Cobain's curious ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: The Heartbreak Kid

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1994

KURT COBAIN was a great success. He wrote, he sang, he played lead guitar for the new band of the '90s. He made millions of ...

Norah Jones: Symphony Hall, Atlanta ****

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 2002

Languid jazz and songs about lap dancers? Must be an audience with
America's engaging new sophisto-diva.       ...

The Notting Hillbillies: For a Few Dollars Less

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1990

Knackered by the stadium circuit and in urgent need of spiritual rejuvenation, Mark Knopfler played a pub gig back in ’86 with two fellow fingerpicking ...

Ted Nugent: Divorce, Ted Nugent Style

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1979

TED NUGENT (Hammersmith Odeon, second house): "There can come a time when you baby turns to you and says 'I'm splittin'' and you're so sad ...

Gary Numan: Do Sheep Dream Of Electric Androids? The Gary Numan Enigma

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

DATA: Gary Numan found his stage name in the Yellow Pages. The original Numan is a vendor of domestic appliances. In German ...

Gary Numan: The Mad Max Factor

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1988

Despised by the press, cold-shouldered by radio, physically attacked by members of the public — life's never been a bowl of cherries for Old Chalk ...

Oasis: “Of course, me and Liam had a row about it...”

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1997

Seventy-two minutes. Twelve tracks. No co-credits. Noel Gallagher talks Phil Sutcliffe through Oasis's third magnum opus, Be Here Now. ...

Oasis: “Piece of piss!”: The Oasis Diaries

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1997

The drugs, the in-fighting, the secret weddings and, in the midst of it all, just the small matter of the most anticipated album of the ...

Oasis: In The Studio With Oasis

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1997

An interview with Oasis producer Owen Morris ...

Oasis

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1996

"You wouldn’t believe the number of people who come to our front door," says Noel Gallagher with a grin full of rue and a wary ...

Oasis: Familiar To Millions (Big Brother)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2000

Wembley Stadium, July 21, complete concert, two CDs, unvarnished, rather magnificent. Oasis’s "topsy-turvy-fuckin’-weird year" closes defiantly. ...

Oasis, The Verve: Oasis/The Verve: London, Earl's Court

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 1997

AS PAUL Du Noyer wrote recently, somewhere along the road to epoch-making Oasis "took it as their job to cheer the country up". To which ...

Ocean Colour Scene: Marchin' Already

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, October 1997

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE stir mighty passions in the breasts of some — Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher being the conspicuous celeb celebrants — and leave ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinéad O’Connor Hits Back at Tabloid Critics

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Yet another awful week in the tabloids for Sinéad O’Connor began on April 12 with The Sun’s "Sinéad’s Shambles" headline on its coverage of the ...

Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1994

SINEAD O'CONNOR is back in Dublin, her home town, and she's in a milk stout frame of mind, blacks and whites all mixed up. Indeed, ...

Will Oldham

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2009

WILL OLDHAM could never make it as an Old Testament prophet. Despite the beard, the hair and the intensity, the atheism would always let him ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Who Was That Masked Man?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

SOMETHING GARDENS the place was called. Gardens? At a conservative estimate not so much as a blade of grass had dared to peep above ground ...

Beth Orton

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

"I spent last weekend in this delirium of writing," bubbles Beth Orton, delight unleashing her accent’s full eccentricity – Cockney caw, Norfolk moo and middle-class ...

Joan Osborne

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

At the Variety Theatre in Five Points, Atlanta’s erstwhile hippy district, Joan Osborne is three songs in, sweating, big as a stallion up there on ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Osbournes Conquers Britain

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, June 2002

PICTURE THIS. It's next Monday night at Buckingham Palace, the grand finale of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee concert. Stars of the British rock'n'roll firmament crowd ...

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: Not The Led Zep Reunion

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1994

That Page And Plant Unledded film, plugged. ...

Graham Parker And The Rumour: The Up Escalator

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

THIS IS one of the best albums I've ever heard. It's so good that professional priorities went out the window and before I sat down ...

Graham Parker: Nosey Parker

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

"There he goes looking like a cross between Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen," jested Martin Belmont, Rumour guitarist. 'He' was GRAHAM PARKER on his way ...

Graham Parker: You Can't Be Too Strong

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

THE HOSPITALITY room backstage at Newcastle City Hall welcomed me like a cold echo. A table load of cellophane-covered salads and the muffled sound of ...

Penetration: Coming Up For Air (Virgin) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

UP! THAT'S what Penetration are. Such stimulation. A Japanese masseuse on speciality-of-the-house rates could hardly have tickled more of a tingle into every nerve-end from ...

Penetration: Abcess Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

EVERYONE was smiling, feeling rosie the way you do, when a wedding service draws to a close. Pauline, singer with Penetration, and her long-time sweetheart ...

Penetration: Anarchy In County Durham

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

MICK JONES of the Clash, leading philosophers of the New Wave, has said that he couldn't play but for the vacuum-pack pressures of the tower ...

Penetration: Going Underground

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

SO YOU'RE learning to write music, Pauline – how's it done then? ...

Penetration: Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1977

"TURN OFF the music – we want to play," R the bassist yelled at the DJ and, before you had time to chuckle at the ...

Penetration, Punishment Of Luxury: Penetration/Punishment Of Luxury/Neon: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1979

THIS WAS A night to crush Cleveland, bugger Bloomington and give the arse to Akron. North British talent ruled, and it was OK. Well, no, ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Songs And Music From The Motion Picture She's The One

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1996

TOM PETTY WAS BORN to be a classic runner. The only question with each new release is whether he's out for a canter or the ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Songs and Music from the Motion Picture ‘She’s the One’

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1996

Asked to provide one song for a film soundtrack, Tom Petty rather overshot the brief and wound up laying down an album’s worth. ...

Pink Floyd: Life After Roger: Pink Floyd

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 2004

UNTIL AUTUMN 1986, Pink Floyd was the invisible band. Their fame and fortune huge, their individual members anonymous. The arrangement always looked a perfect fit ...

Pink Floyd: Nicholas Schaffner: Saucerful Of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey

Book Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1991

"THE SITUATION WAS GOING from mad to worse," writes Nicholas Schaffner as Syd Barrett goes AWOL inside his head yet again. ...

Pink Floyd

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 1995

At first it was barely a string of fairy lights. Then it was something called an Azimuth Converter. And then a giant screen, a Spitfire, ...

Pink Floyd: The Division Bell (EMI)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1994

WHAT PINK Floyd are telling the world in official communiques – and presumably telling themselves – is that their first new album since 1987's A ...

Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1987

I WRITE AS a person of definably bog-standard taste when it comes to the Floyd; each in their season, I liked 'See Emily Play', Dark ...

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, March 1998

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, aged 25 on March 23, is one of the great monuments of rock history – as overwhelming aesthetically ...

Pink Floyd: Roger Waters: "...a rage for simple vengeance"

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1987

After all those nights of psychedelic love and peace at the UFO and the Middle Earth in '67, Pink Floyd have ended up — like ...

The Plasmatics: Beat To The Meat: The Plasmatics

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1980

"You loved the Huns. You raved over the Vandals. You marveled at the Goths. You will SHIT when you see the Plasmatics." ...

Poco: Rose of Cimarron (ABC)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

NOW I'VE been told by no less a figure than our editor that this is a mighty fine album and I know it means kneecap ...

Joe Strummer, The Pogues: The Pogues: Determined

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1991

THE WILTERN THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, October 10, 1991 ...

Poison Girls: Old People Can Be Rebels Too: Poison Girls

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1979

LOOK AT Poison Girls on stage and you see a straight line of straight faces, clothes all red and black in front of a red ...

Poison Girls: Total Exposure (xntrix)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1982

POISON GIRLS' music doesn't tell you anything new. Barely evolved from the ugly end of punk it grinds or charges along with an oppressive grimness ...

The Police

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2008

SOUNDCHECK. Not long now; the comeback gig's only three hours away. But they don't look nervous. Even when their faces appear in enormous close-up on ...

The Police: Outlandos D'Amour

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

IT WILL probably come as a surprise to most people who saw them during their early months last year, but The Police have finally come ...

The Police: Crisis of Identity

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

SOMETHING CAUGHT the corner of my vision, I spun round and there was Superman bounding straight towards the window and alighting on the sill with ...

The Police: We Could Have Said: 'This Sting Is Bigger Than Both Of Us.' Or Even: 'Band Of Copeland Glory,'

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

...but instead you'll be relieved there are no Police puns in this headline ...

Iggy Pop: I Can't Stand to be Alone

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

TO OPEN A DOOR and find Iggy Pop behind it is like opening a well shaken-up can of lager unawares. ...

Iggy Pop, The Psychedelic Furs: Iggy Pop/Psychedelic Furs: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1980

THREE BANDS shaped up as good value but that wasn't all. There was an unannounced surprise star guest – all the way from Vegas let's ...

Prefab Sprout: Protest Songs

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1989

LET'S GET this straight at the outset; this isn't the new Prefab Sprout album and they aren't protest songs. Confused? Listen to Paddy McAloon and ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: The First Sun Sessions

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 2004

IT WAS A QUIET WEEK in Memphis. Monday, January 4, 1954. Everyone easing into the new year. Nobody paid any attention when, around lunchtime, a ...

The Pretenders: 'The Night I Played Top Of The Pops With No Underwear!'

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

I CAN TELL you I was worried about this Pretenders thing. I thought they'd be too much for me – well, not so much 'they' ...

Prince

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 2007

PRINCE JUST stood the music industry on its ear again. You can tell because they're saying he's gone barmy, just like they did when he ...

Prince Papers The House

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo! Music, July 2007

THAT PRINCE CHAP, he does like to lob a spanner in the music-industry works. It's record shop chains he's upset this time. They're calling him ...

Prince: The Artist Formerly Known As Successful

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1998

He wriggled away From Warners and the quality control went West. He swopped Prince for Victor for Slave for O(+>) and the fans just couldn't ...

Prince: The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1992

"I DIDN'T really notice Prince till he walked through the schoolyard one day wearing just an open trench coat and a pair of underpants," says ...

Prince: The Artist: Emancipated Slave

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

"I have dreams of angels holding notes indefinitely in perfect pitch and you don’t want it to stop because if it does you’re dead!" The ...

Pulp: Here's Looking At You, Kids

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1996

PULP LANDED in Sweden last night, but they're still coming down from Japan. Circumnavigational jet lag vies with cultural bouleversement for command of the mental ...

Punishment Of Luxury: Punishment of Luxury: Can Success Save These Men From a Season at Butlins?

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

PHIL SUTCLIFFE hopes so. Punishment of Luxury hope so even more ...

Paul Young, Q Tips: Q Tips: Soul Survivors

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

Q-TIPS, THE masterly new soul band now warming the airwaves with Joe Tex's 'SYSLJFM', were found on the wreckage of success - and you do ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

‘BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY’ as a single is astonishingly close to a true expression of the character of Queen in any setting. ...

Queen: Happy and Glorious?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1991

Mostly victorious, the reign of Queen has seen two decades of pomp and bombast, outsized gestures and theatrical flamboyance. But, as Phil Sutcliffe discovers, even ...

Queen: A Night At The Opera (EMI) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1975

AS IMPLIED BY THEIR 'Bohemian' extravaganza Queen have really gone for it, the meisterwerk, the magnum opus even. ...

Racing Cars at Newcastle Polytechnic

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

A MUSICIAN was telling me the other day that he loved to start a set with an instrumental to prove how good his band was ...

Racing Cars: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

UNFORTUNATELY I'VE always missed Lowell George and Paul Barrere live so I can't tell you with real authenticity that Graham Williams and 'Alice' Enniss of ...

Radiohead: an interview with Thom Yorke

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

This is odd. Bound for America, gnawing a touch anxiously on the prospect of an interview with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke – and here he is, ...

Radiohead: Thom Yorke Talks

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 2003

THE SCENE SHOULD you need it: quiet, sunny May Tuesday morning in Oxford. 10am and all quiet because the students are in bed or at ...

Bonnie Raitt: Last Night A Record Changed My Life - Bonnie Raitt on Blues At Newport - Recorded Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1964

Memoir by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2003

Tracks and artists: Mississippi John Hurt: Candy Man/Coffee Blues/Stagolee. Brownie McGhee: Long Gone/Key To The Highway. Rev. Gary Davis: Samson And Delilah/I Won't Be Back ...

The Ramones: "We’re Just Very Mean, Very Angry People. We’re the Real Thing." The Ramones get to Phil Sutcliffe

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

I walked through Carlisle in a mild drizzle musing on some crafted phrases about the castle, the airy market-town streets, the cool shower of country ...

Genya Ravan: …And I Mean It! (20th Century Fox import) ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

DON'T EVEN let it cross your mind that I'm influenced by Ms Ravan being the only artist who's given me a great big kiss at ...

Eddi Reader: Mirmama

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1992

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION SPLIT after one platinum album, The First Of A Million Kisses; 'Perfect', the sound of summer '88, was soundaliked and killed by an ...

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1992

MILLIONS HAVE BEEN waiting on the new R.E.M. album, and almost none of them is barmy. ...

The Rezillos: Can’t Stand The (Other) Rezillos

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1979

A Family At War. A live album from a dead band. Or, as our contribution to Einstein’s centenary, PHIL SUTCLIFFE proves that 3+2=0, ...

Smokey Robinson

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

THERE ARE worse jobs than being Smokey Robinson. He's 52, with 2,000 songs down the pike, and still writing as easily as falling out of ...

Jess Roden: The Player Not The Game

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

NOW I ALWAYS thought good music was good music but this album is a puzzler. You see I like it at midnight and at half ...

The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood: Ronnie Wood

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2007

TO BE A Rolling Stone is a singular occupation. Last autumn, the phone rang at Ronnie Wood's Manhattan lodgings. Hello, it's Hillary Clinton. She said, ...

Rumer

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 2012

"TEA ANYONE?" says Rumer from the doorway of her beach hut. "Plenty of sandwiches left." Dazed by the mad March sun, her audience of biz ...

The Runaways: Newcastle City Hall

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1977

JOAN JETT is gorgeous. Vicki Blue is delectable. Lita Ford is the American Pie smile backed by the American Dream ass. And Sandy West is ...

The Ruts: Tears On The Notepad

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

EVEN FOR THE wacky, fun-loving RUTS there comes a time for serious reckoning, a time to pour it all out, a time for... ...

Sailor: Down The Docks: Sailor

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

"PEOPLE IN LOVE," sings Georg Kajanus and the other Sailors sing 'Aa-aaah' as who wouldn't at such nice, cosy thought? ...

Sailor: The Big Squeeze

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1975

'IN THE street, boy! That's where the action is. Where the wheelers and the dealers and the hustlers and the crooks get the suckers.' ...

Salt 'N' Pepa

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

Salt is a member of New York rap act Salt 'N' Pepa, makers of hits such as 'Push It' and 'Let's Talk About Sex'. Of ...

Saxon: Big Teasers From Barnsley: Saxon

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

HERE'S A challenge to sort the men from the boys. From new "grassroots English heavy metal band" Saxon to the latest American skullcrushers to go ...

Pete Seeger: The Voice Of America

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2009

WHEN PETE SEEGER, the man Bruce Springsteen calls "the father of American folk music", walks on stage at Madison Square Garden on May 3 for ...

Ron Sexsmith: Other Songs (Interscope)

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Mat Snow, MOJO, July 1997

Follow-up to 1995's self-titled debut, again produced by Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. ...

Shane MacGowan, Sinead O'Connor: The Terrible State Of Shane MacGowan

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 2000

Skint, on drugs, walking a tightrope life, a young man dead in his flat: things could hardly have looked worse for Shane MacGowan. Then, astonishingly, ...

Michelle Shocked: Captain Swing

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1989

Short Sharp Shocked may have established a reputation as a serious radical, but it's her sheer exuberance that makes you pay attention. ...

Paul Simon: The Rhythm Of The Saints

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1990

IN THE CHARTS The Rhythm Of The Saints has already proved itself an apt follow-up to Graceland with 'The Obvious Child' a sizable hit single ...

Simple Minds

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1991

"I ENJOY staying here," says Jim Kerr, the broth of his Glasgow accent as thick as ever. His upturned palms take in not only ...

Simply Red: 24 Carrot Soul

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1995

Still red — politically, tonsorially and Simply — the alleged panther-like Mick Hucknall is teetering on the brink of another globe-goosing success with the follow-up ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Humourless? Us?" - Siouxsie & the Banshees

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

"...Thy Kingdom come / They will be done / In Earth as it is in Heaven / Amen... Knock, knocking on Heaven’s door / Let ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: In Aberdeen...No-one Can Hear You Scream

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

THE GEEZER standing next to me in the urinal said "Hey, have you heard the rumour? Two of the Banshees have run off. They're not ...

Smashing Pumpkins

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

As soon as Smashing Pumpkins released Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness in October 1995, their shaven-skulled mainman Billy Corgan buttheaded his way round the ...

Chris Spedding: Durham University, Durham

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

TALK ABOUT a game of two halves. This was the one where Liverpool and Man Utd battle out a midfield stalemate until the interval then ...

Spiritualized: Jason Pierce: The Urban Spaceman Falls To Earth

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 2001

COSMIC OR WHAT? Jason Pierce has conducted Q to a yellowed Hoxton hostelry called the Macbeth. By the door it sports a tiled mural illustrating ...

Split Enz: Mental Notes (Chrysalis) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1976

ME MAM says they're not as good as 10cc and "that group who did the operetta?" "Queen?" "Yes and that one about Ground Control to ...

Split Enz: True Colours (A&M) ***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

THE NAME might just ring a bell. Split Enz, the most unlikely musical product of the Antipodes (taking it that Duffo has nothing to do ...

Split Enz: True Colours (A&M) ***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1980

THE NAME might just ring a bell. Split Enz, the most unlikely musical product of the Antipodes (taking it that Duffo has nothing to do ...

Split Enz: The Enz justify the means

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1976

Noel Crombie (he’s the one with the cute coiffure) reveals the horrors of shopping in Sainsbury’s…and much more ...

Split Enz: Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

OK, IT'S only two months since I last covered Split Enz at this very same Middlesbrough Town Hall. Deja revu? No way. In December they ...

Split Enz: The Rats Are Crawling Up My Back - And Other Seasonal Thoughts Courtesy Of SPLIT ENZ

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

DIZRYTHMIA. "We got the album title from a pamphlet in a plane. It happened to mention the medical name for jet-lag circadia disrhythmia. It means ...

Bruce Springsteen: "My cousin saw Bruce down Fifth Avenue!"

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1986

"HI gang, this is Martha in Marietta, Georgia. I gotta lotta Springsteen bootlegs and I wanna trade... Hi, Howie in Boston again. My cousin in ...

Bruce Springsteen: “I Wanna Tell You A Story...”

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1995

Bruce Springsteen, Rock Orator, on Life, Love, Art and everything ...

Bruce Springsteen: The River

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1980

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN once said simply this: "I want it all." I've taken it out of context but, judging by the recent Dave Marsh biography, it ...

Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2012

THE WESTERN WORLD'S in economic grief and the poor get the dirty end of the stick. Er, Bruce? ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 1995

SPRINGSTEEN'S GOT HIS BOTTLE back. After the diverse dissatisfactions of Human Touch, Lucky Town, the point-defeating In Concert: MTV Plugged, and the unnecessary Greatest Hits, ...

Bruce Springsteen: Busman's Holiday: Bruce Springsteen 1987-1990

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1990

When not touring the world's stadiums, was Bruce Springstreen to be found morosely grouting his bathroom tiles and ruefully reflecting upon his broken marriage? Indeed ...

Bruce Springsteen: It's a Vet's Life: Bruce Springsteen and Born in the USA

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 1999

It was Springsteen's most epic moment – and his most misunderstood. Phil Sutcliffe uncovers the double life of Born In The USA. ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Greatest Band In The World?

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 1999

"With Bruce, you wind up treating those four hours on stage as if someone said, You’ve got four hours left on Earth. What are you ...

Squeeze: Play

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1991

OF COURSE, WHEN IT COMES to pop lyrics, any old bollocks will do, given the tune and given the feel. "All right now", "She loves ...

Stackridge: Mr. Mick (Rocket, white label) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

Presenting Mutter Slater ...

Stackridge: Presenting Mutter Slater

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

Well this is really a feature on Stackridge but even they admit that Mutter's became their front man. Still they're all getting behind a new ...

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, May 1999

By the summer of 1975 Cat Stevens had it all. In the previous four years he had scored six American Top 10 albums in a ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Breakout in Newport: Stiff Little Fingers

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

All the action of life at the top as Phrantic Phil Sutcliffe, our man with his finger on the pop pulse, goes "on the road" ...

Sting

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Between a midnight skyful of stars and the sparkling carpet of Seattle’s city lights a small jetplane winks and twinkles. Within, knee to knee in ...

Sting : Where The Hell Have You Been?

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1991

"I HAD A FUNNY experience a couple of months ago when I took my eldest son. Joe, to see England versus Hungary," says Sting – ...

Sting: The Rake's Progress: Sting: Brand New Day (A&M) ****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1999

Still looking after himself — in and out of the studio ...

The Stone Roses: Stone Free

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1991

After nine months of strenuous legal wrangling, The Stone Roses have extricated themselves from an "oppressive", "one-sided and unfair" contract. Report by Phil Sutcliffe. ...

The Strokes, The White Stripes: Of Strokes and Stripes: An American Invasion

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, July 2002

LAST SUMMER THERE was a sign outside British music’s front door. It read "SITUATION VACANT", and then, in smaller print, "Wanted: the Next Big Thing". ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver in Newcastle

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

IT CAME to me in a vision about half way through the long set the Suther Quivs have put together for their first headline tour ...

Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

SUCH A CIVILISED BAND. You may think this is no way to run a review but I'm going to quote all the words to one ...

Talking Heads: Newcastle Poly, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1978

TALKING HEADS are one of those bands who are so good you have to be careful to avoid falling into telling the world they are ...

Bram Tchaikovsky, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep/Bram Tchaikovsky: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1979

HEEP AND Tchaikovsky? All I expected to want to write was a letter to the civic authorities asking them to put Andrex instead of Bronco ...

Tears For Fears: The Sequel!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1989

Three years. Four producers. Nine studios. A million pounds. One album. When Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal began recording the successor to their nine million-selling ...

Television: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 1978

I mean, it can’t be that difficult to come up with 800 words on any gig. A beginning, a middle and an end with a ...

Texas

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Sharleen Spiteri is foaming in retrospect. "I don’t like lies, I don’t like bullshit," she affirms, her fist impressing the point on the arm of ...

Tanita Tikaram: The Sweet Keeper

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1990

TANITA TIKARAM IS blessed. She has a voice which, on the evidence so far, is incapable of sounding unattractive; strong, low and husky, hinting at ...

Pete Townshend, Noel Gallagher and friends at the Sound Republic

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 1998

WHEN WORLDS kaleid... It’s the second "launch" night at Sound Republic, all chrome and cocktails and biz/media chatterati who won’t shut their yap no matter ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: on The Who and Lifehouse

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1999

The Who on the road in America again, just 18 years after their farewell tour? "It’s a long story and not a particularly nice one," ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: The Who: Lifehouse

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 2004

TRICKY CUSTOMER, Lifehouse. Pete Townshend spent the best part of a year from autumn, 1970, trying to explain it... ...

Traveling Wilburys: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1990

SO SPIKE, MUDDY, Boo and Clayton are back – in the sense that, although that's not at all what the Wilburys were called last time, ...

Robin Trower: Long Misty Days (Chrysalis)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1976

THERE'S AN Edgar Allen Poe story in which a small boat is caught up in a maelstrom, a King Kong among whirlpools, spins around its ...

Robin Trower: A Tower Of Power

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

Robin Trower: Empire Pool, Wembley ...

Moe Tucker: One Woman Named Moe

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1992

FORMER Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker’s life seems to have involved two passionate commitments: to music and motherhood. Her reminiscences, though, often come round to ...

Tygers of Pan Tang: Tygers, Tygers, Burning Bright

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1981

The TOPT are even better with new singer JOHN DEVERIL, claims PHIL SUTCLIFFE ...

U2: Bono’s Dosh: U2 and Money

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Payday, March 2002

"WE'RE NOT GOING to let people rip us off, we want the money!" That's what Bono said in 1979 when Dublin's teenaged hopefuls U2 were ...

U2: Boys To Men

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1998

It is the '80s, and the decade is full of one Irish band and their guitarist's exotic millinary. So, follow Edge through the first ever ...

UB40: Smiling Faces, Angry Words: The UB40 Paradox

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1980

THE UB40 TEAM met in a caff, the Wimpy opposite their office in central Brimingham. In fact Ali, Robin and Brian had arrived ...

Uriah Heep: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

Heep hordes go crazy, critic stays unmoved ...

The Verve: My Copyright Hell

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, 1999

Tangled webs, anyone? Rock’n’roll’s got them by the skein, especially when it comes to money. But the case of The Verve, Allen Klein and Andrew ...

The Verve Split

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

The Verve are gone and rumour says it was Richard Ashcroft being a prima donna, it was Nick McCabe being a wimp, it was their ...

Vintage Trouble

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2011

"THEY shake until they break bones, whack their bodies around," hollers slick-suit, sweat-soaked soul-rock frontman Ty Taylor, talking up the effect Vintage Trouble have on ...

Loudon Wainwright III: The MOJO Interview

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2011

"LOOK WHAT can happen!" grins Loudon Wainwright III, examining then-and-now portraits on the lid of his career-spanning box set, 40 Odd Years. In 1970 he's ...

Rufus Wainwright

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2010

"WE DON'T shy away from the fire, us McGarrigle-Wainwrights," Rufus Wainwright laughs. "We're made of stern stuff." ...

Rufus Wainwright: The MOJO Interview

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2012

WHAT WAS ON Rufus Wainwright's mind while making his new album, the sparkly, pop-ish, Mark Ronson-produced Out Of The Game? Only this. ...

Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble: No Earthly Connection (A&M)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

HERE WE are again and I'm not at all sure that reviewing an album twice is a good idea even if first time round was ...

Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies (A&M)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

A MAN of honour is old Rick. Some three years ago when he was preparing No Earthly Connection he said he would like to do ...

Rick Wakeman: Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

FOR RICK Wakeman, Criminal Record is obviously the outcome of some in-depth self-criticism. ...

Rick Wakeman: No Earthly Connection

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

ELTON JOHN put the honky Chateau de Herouville on the map but Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble put it on the label of ...

Roger Waters: The Wall In Berlin

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1990

They said it couldn’t be done. The most extravagant reconstruction of The Wall, featuring the most unlikely and impressive cast, the most immodestly proportioned props ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson: What The Hell Is This ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

THIS IS a real mutha for ya, from the first seconds of the title track which go for your vitals with a rivet gun of ...

Weather Report: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1978

IF YOU spent an evening in the company of some guys and the only word they uttered was 'Goodbye' you might well think they were ...

Wet Wet Wet: Going For Broke

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1988

They signed a record deal and – two years, four producers and £600,000 later – released an LP. Wet Wet Wet had to sell a ...

Alan White: Ramshackled (Atlantic) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THIRD IN the series and I'll lay odds there's not going to be another Yes solo that sounds less like the parent band. ...

Whitesnake: Viper Trails

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

WHEN WHITESNAKE first hit the road six months ago (with Brian Johnston on keyboards) the generally buoyant Coverdale let out one cry of pain to ...

Toyah Wilcox: Toyah Willcox: The Blue Meaning (Safari)***1/2

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1980

IN TERMS of energy input and output Toyah Willcox probably gives and takes more before breakfast on a slow morning than you or I in ...

Robbie Williams: Bored With The USA

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1999

America loves him but he just wants his life back. ...

Steve Winwood, Stomu Yamashta: Yamashta, Winwood, Shrieve: Go (Island)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

THE THEORY of it could be a blueprint for the grossmost excess of pretentious rock – a fusion of cultures through music yet, Japanese, German, ...

Stevie Wonder: It's Good To Be The King

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1995

It's been a few years — oh alright then, decades — since "Little" Stevie Wonder was seriously big. But beyond the heavyweight collaborations, the myriad ...

Stevie Wonder: Hotter Than July

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 1980

IF THIS ALBUM had been issued between Fulfillingness First Finale and Songs In The Key Of Life I think I'd still have given it four ...

Roy Wood The Wacky Wizzard

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1976

ROY WOOD IS: the wild man of Brummio who terrifies your parents whenever he's let loose on the antiseptic air-time of Top Of The Pops ...

Roy Wood: Super Active Wizzo

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

GRUNTINESS, that's what it comes down to. ...

World Party: Bang! (Ensign Chen)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1993

Bang! is Karl Wallinger's Victor Meldrew album. Sequestered in a garret for two years since Goodbye Jumbo, he shuffles blinking into the daylight to enquire, ...

Wreckless Eric: Big Smash!

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1980

IT'S HARD to know what to make of little Eric. I'm glad he's there but I'm not sure why. I keep getting this tantalising feeling ...

XTC: Drums And Wires (Virgin)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

I'M WELL qualified to write about XTC. I don't understand them at all. I prove that publicly last autumn when a couple of days in ...

Stomu Yamashta: The Story of 'Go'

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

WITHIN a couple of minutes of meeting Stomu Yamashta I was so engrossed in discussing with him my fears that Muhammad Ali will get his ...

Yes: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe: Mission Improbable

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1989

They’ve survived countless changes of fashion, years of critical contempt, musical and personal differences de luxe. For legal reasons they can’t even call themselves Yes. ...

Yes: Going For The One

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

GO ON, GUESS how the first Yes album for three years begins. I tell you, you haven't got a hope. ...

Yes: Tormato

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1978

I UNDERSTAND it has remained OK to like Genesis (which I don't) but it's not OK to like Yes (which I do though no longer ...

Yes: Credibility Regained (Or: Rich Superstars Make Good Album sensation!)

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1977

GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING: this feature does not contain any references to "punk’ or ‘new wave" ...

Neil Young: Harvest Revisited

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2011

A GOLDEN RICH GUITAR PHRASE pulses out warmth and beauty and Neil Young keens "I want to live/I want to give/I've been a miner for ...

Neil Young: A Family Album: Neil Young's Risky New Project Traces A Fictional Clan's Story In Song

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, July 2003

LONDON -- Sitting on a stool amid a half-circle of racked guitars, two pianos and a pipe organ, lit by candles and an overhead spotlight ...

Neil Young: Greendale's Grandpa: Neil Young

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 2003

A WHITE PICKET FENCE, a neat clapboard house, smoke drifting from the chimney. Grandpa Green's rocking on the front porch, reading the paper. He says, ...

Neil Young: Prairie Wind (Reprise) ***

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2005

FACT SHEET• Back to Nashville and without Crazy Horse.• Recorded either side of his recent health scare. • First album of a long-term contract renewal ...

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 2011

SIGNIFICANTLY OR NOT, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's best known product/gift to the world, Transcendental Meditation, was trademarked — and "TM" is a TM too, along with ...

“...Two Bottles of 1963 Dom Perignon, Six Crack Whores”

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Hobomedia, 1999

Phill Sucliffe on the Rock Band Rider ...

“Bastards. Liars. Pimps. Theives. Scumsuckers. Perverts...”

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1997

...And that's some of the nicer things they say about rock'n'roll managers. they may have swapped their baseball bats for law degrees, but as Phil ...

Top Of The Pops: Down The Pan?

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1991

Top Of The Pops has been the BBC's flagship music show for 27 years. But it's facing problems: stale format, falling teenage population, and public ...

Acid House: The Selling Of Smiley Culture

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1989

Like punk before it, acid house was a cult fanned by the media into a mass market industry. Major labels latched on to the music, ...

Bands and Money

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Nobody goes into rock’n’roll for the money. No, really. Ask any band. But the trouble is if a lot of people like them they get ...

Canned Music: Pop’s Cola Wars

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1989

Madonna has signed a $7.5 million deal with Pepsi which allows them the "world exclusive" on her single. They call it "synergy". Others call it ...

EMI: Saturday Night Beneath The Corporate Umbrella

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

MUSIC, FILMS TV, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, MEDICINE, WEAPONS...HOW A GIANT RECORD COMPANY NOW EXTENDS INTO EVERY AREA OF LIFE – AND DEATH. ...

Factory Records: Hacienda that?

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1993

THE LATEST Manchester T-shirt says "Hacienda that". But is it? After the great indie label's collapse under debts of more than £2 million in late ...

Faulty Towers: Miles Copeland’s New Wave

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

MILES COPELAND is prone to saying things like "cracking America and the world is a big job and we're going to have to work really ...

Fear Eats The Soul

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1995

It also dines on doubt, nibbles the nerve endings and makes a hell of a mess of your trousers. Stage fright, that least welcome of ...

Glad To Be Gay: Out in Rock

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

IN THIS ISSUE of Q, Michael Stipe, whose public utterances have crept closer to coming out of late, finally does the deed in a cool ...

Going Soon: Rockumentaries

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1989

Even the most commercial artists can't be guaranteed to sell cinema tickets. But then history has rarely smiled upon the safe self-edited rock documentary. ...

Miming: Here's One We Prepared Earlier…

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1990

IT WAS THE Prince's Trust Concert of 1985 and Wembley Arena swayed gently to Dire Straits' lushly bestringed lament for star-crossed lovers, 'Romeo And Juliet'. ...

Now That's What I Call Censorship!!

Essay by Phil Sutcliffe, Big Issue, The, November 1998

WHAT DO THE SEX PISTOLS, ABBA AND FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD HAVE IN COMMON? THEY’VE ALL BEEN BANNED IN BRITAIN, THAT’S WHAT. PHIL SUTCLIFFE FINDS ...

Rehab'n'Roll

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2002

"I WAS TRYING to prove I could do it and come out alive." That was Eric Clapton's account of his immersion in heroin from 1970-74. ...

Remixing: Works in Progress

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1988

Remixed albums are big business. Call in a remix engineer and squeeze more sales out of the same songs. Ideal for injecting added danceability. Useful ...

Rock'n'religion

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

There’s a knock at the front door. You open it. A slight young man standing there says, "Today I’m here to talk to you about ...

Rock'n'Roll Drives You Mad

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1998

Stress, nervous exhaustion, clinical depression: a litany of mental maladies lie in wait for the endlessly-gigging, maniacally-drugging, heart-on-sleeve purveyor of rock'n'roll. Phil "Prozac" Sutcliffe dons ...

Rough Trade Records: Life After Debt?

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1991

On May 31, Rough Trade was pronounced dead. Thus ended a 15-year indie dynasty run by "brown ricers" — with a £40 million turnover. But ...

Singles Incentives, Rank Outsiders

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1990

SO, FAREWELL – to the Fine Young Cannibals single in a tin, to the Eurythmics in a wooden casket, and to Eric Clapton in a ...

The NME Today

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, June 2004

"IT'S OUR job to serve the lives of music fans," enthuses Conor McNicholas, editor of the NME, last survivor of the UK's once thriving weekly ...

They're the New Beatles!

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1997

Or the New Dylans. Or the New Stones. Maybe they were the New Johnny Hates Jazz. Whatever, whether plugging a gap left by the originals ...

Ticket Touting: On Every Street

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1992

"IT'S A QUESTION of water in the desert," say Harry the ticket tout. "If someone's got the water and you need it, you'll pay him ...

Various Artists: Palatine

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1992

WHETHER A FOUR-RECORD COMPILATION covering Factory's history is timely self-celebration or urgent self-preservation against the recession, the label's deserved reputation as innovator and provocateur prepares ...

Vince Power: Power, Corruption and Lies?

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1993

Once, he ran a junk shop; now Vince Power's a powerful music impresario. But last month's acquisition of London's Town & Country Club has led ...

Whose Song Is It Anyway?

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe tells of the winners and losers in music publishing ...

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