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Sandy Robertson

Sandy Robertson

Sandy Robertson is the great great great grandson of Victorian astronomer James Scott and grew up in Renfrew, Scotland, "cradle of the Stuarts". Surely the only person there to buy Fun House by The Stooges on the day of release in 1970, he did a special on the Velvet Underground on local radio and had wanted to be a rock hack since childhood.

Hooking up with the other local wild boy Alex Fergusson in a bedroom band called The Nobodies (later included on a Pete Frame rock family tree) they finally decided to split for London.

Fergusson became a respected guitarist with Alternative TV and later in Psychic TV, while Sandy's Patti Smith-inspired arty fanzine got him a gig at rock weekly Sounds. He spent a decade there trumpeting his passion for a wide range of music, especially LA weirdness. First in the UK to discover and interview REM, Meat Loaf and Madonna, he covered big names such as Brian Wilson, Mick Jagger, Kim Fowley, Warren Zevon, Frank Zappa, Tom Petty and Lou Reed. He was an early harbinger of the Judee Sill revival, sadly failing in his attempt to help her in the last years of her life, and managed to score a trip to Germany for an extremely rare interview with the reclusive Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh.

After Sounds, where he'd risen to the post of features editor, he was a talent scout for Southern Music, associate editor/film critic at Penthouse (where he spent a lot of time eating sandwiches with naked girls), and his writing appeared everywhere from NME to Record Mirror to Sexadelic to The Lancet to Starlog to Mojo, Fenris Wolf etc, etc.

Published books are Sleeping Stars ('75), Names Of Angels ('76), Phenomenology Of Excess ('81), Bryan Adams ('86), Aleister Crowley Scrapbook ('88 - still in print!), Classic 1,000 Videos ('99), Top 1,000 Videos ('00), and he wrote on filmmakers such as Donald Cammell and Guillermo Del Toro for the Wallflower Contemporary Film Directors Guides. He has appeared on radio and TV, including a documentary on Aleister Crowley.

He and colleague Edwin Pouncey (aka artist Savage Pencil) have given sold-out talks in London's premier occult bookshops Atlantis and Treadwells, on Montague Summers (on whose unmarked grave they arranged a stone) and the occult in rock.

His latest projects are a bibliography of fictional appearances of the occultist Aleister Crowley, and finally starting work on his eternally-promised autobiography, now titled Live Fast, Die Old, which will give more entertainment to those who enjoyed the thinly-disguised portrait of Robertson in Mick Wall's drug-hell confessional Paranoid.

Sandy Robertson loves cats and forgotten writers, and gets up every morning at the dawn of crack to take his favourite thespian Sir Michael Gambon's devilish black pug Billy for a sh...walk.

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2 Timers

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1978

New York's newest are 'like The Heartbreakers on brown rice', said someone. SANDY ROBERTSON agrees, and then some. ...

ABC: The Return of Big Fry

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1982

More Tales From The Bean Factory from the hottest young fart at play. ...

Alternative TV: A Different Kettle of ATV

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

WHEN I FIRST mooted that I'd be interested in scribbling out a feature on Alternative TV, the thinking man's all-purpose unpunkgroup, the band's hustler and ...

The Barracudas: Hanging Ten in West London

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

SERIOUSLY, WOULD you expect even one of the skinheads who inhabit the feral slums of Ladbroke Grove to have the slightest notion of the origins ...

The Beach Boys: The Life of Brian

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

'Strange Gods arrive in fast enemy poses' – Jim Morrison ...

Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves, Christopher Milk, Mick Farren, Nick Kent, Patti Smith, The Pretenders: The Pen Is Mightier As A Chord

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1979

...sometimes. The rock critic as musician. By Sandy Robertson ...

Blondie: Parallel Lines

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

I JUST decided there is no such thing as Art Rock; all there is is different levels of commerciality. ...

Blondie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

Y'WANNA HEAR a plangent melody? Forget it, Blondie are a rock 'n' roll band who have (at last) gotten to the point where they can ...

Blood & Roses: Ring A Roses

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

A PERSISTING feeling about this lot, an initial notion akin to hurt and confused indifference that just won't say goodbye, is my proof that I'm ...

The Blue Nile: Acquamarines

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1984

NILS LOFGREN, John Cage, Tim Buckley, Peter Skellern. Peter Skellern?! Is this a leg-pull or what? Nobody could sound like John Cale and Peter Skellern, ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Extraterrestrial Live

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

ANGLE OF VIEW, that's the ticket, the key to the mystery of this one! BOC, y'see, have made two previous excursions into the highly dubious ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

IT COULD be just my fevered imagination running away with me, but right now it seems that Sandy Pearlman (wily old fox and Cult behind-the-scenes ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1978

FLAMING PYROTECHNICS, lasers, smoke...plus great rock'n'roll; Blue Oyster Cult is the group you always dreamt about. Even though there were sound problems and the visual ...

Blue Oyster Cult, The Clash: Blue Oyster Cult and Sandy Pearlman

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1978

ERIC BLOOM is adamant about the current position and status of the band he sings and plays for, the am-aaa-zing Blue Oyster Cult; they are ...

Boomtown Rats: Do You Sincerely Want To Be Rich?

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1977

WHEN SOUNDZ Mother Superior Viv Goldman asked me to do this article I was less than delighted. Reasons being:1 – I've never been hot to ...

David Bowie: Lodger (RCA)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1979

ANOTHER THESIS would be the straw that broke the camel's back. Now there's a line that could easily have been snipped from one of David ...

The Boys Can Do It

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

...take it from Sue and Sandra ...

Kate Bush: The Perfumed Garden Of Good And Evil

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1979

DID YOU EVER visit some distant relative for tea and cakes, and as a postscript have to sit through the "party piece" of their little ...

Kim Carnes: Here's Looking At You

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1982

SANDY ROBERTSON'S voyeuristic tendencies encouraged by KIM CARNES ...

Cheap Trick, Fundamental Ache And The Concept Of Divine Effort

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1979

SINCE THE onset of 'serious' rock criticism in the late Sixties there seems, for the most part, to have been a parting of the ways ...

Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

THE TRICK experience, but hardly cheap at £8.50 a shot. Even so, it's worth it, as is evidenced by the fact that Flyover in Hammersmith ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

IT'S NO mere coincidence that Dave Edmunds openly admires Rick Nielsen, has dinner with him and appears onstage alongside Cheap Trick at the drop of ...

Cheap Trick: In Color

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

ANYTHING BUT a cheap trick, in fact. You may wonder why you keep seeing this bunch mentioned in esoteric magazines like Who Put The Bomp ...

Alex Chilton: Getting The Cramps Between The Box Tops And Big Stardom

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1977

ANY SELF-RESPECTING cultural elitist should know who Alex Chilton is, as should all hopeless old bozos still lingering on from the 60s. To recap for ...

Alex Chilton: Like Flies On Sherbert (Aura) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

ABSOLUTELY ONE of a kind, because, while archivists insist they wish that Jimbo was still here or that Syd would make another album, Alex Chilton ...

Leonard Cohen: Death OF A Ladies Man

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

'LEONARD COHEN meets Phil Spector' sounds more like a line from a Lester Bangs article than something you would ever expect to actually become manifest ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: The Electric Chairs

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1978

AAAHHHHH...WAYNE! Rock 'n' roll is a bitch sometimes, ain't it? I bet it wasn't easy growing up down south when you were...different. It was a ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: A Transexual In Transit

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1978

KCHUNK. NOTHING. Kchunk. Cherry Vanilla, bare tits with orange peel between her legs. Kchunk. Transomething Jackie Curtis in 1969, glittered eyes. Kchunk. Patti Smith, youthful ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: County Counsel

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

WHEN WAYNE COUNTY left his native state of Georgia, "because it was icky, and I got shot at", he meant to take a trip down ...

Cherie Currie: Cherie Currie

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

NATURALLY ENOUGH, I have to mention the The Runaways in this review. When Cherie left, a lot of people thought they'd sink without trace, but ...

Cherie and Marie Currie, The Runaways: Cherie and Marie Currie: Messin' With The Boys (Capitol) **½

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

"THEY" SAY that Capitol have got themselves in the position of having to blow a bunch of bucks on promoting this turkey if they want ...

Dead Kennedys, Millions Of Dead Cops, Serious Drinking: Millions Of Dead Flops: Dead Kennedys/Serious Drinking/Millions Of Dead Cops: Central London Polytechnic

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

IT'S AMUSING TO SEE just how much Oi/punk inevitably rides the rails of the trad rock curve on its way to hell and bucks. This ...

Dyan Diamond

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

HUSTLE MINUS hype, really. Still, it could only happen in Hollywood, that's for sure. Where else but in dream-machine country could a 16-year-old girl with ...

Ian Dury: It's Fairly Whassname…

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1978

"WHICH WOULD you rather see; Kenny Rogers or Randy Edelman?" ...

Brian Eno, Talking Heads: Eno: The Life of Brian in the Bush of Ghosts

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1981

BRIAN ENO, currently working on two new albums, is many things to a lot of men. ...

The Fall: Hex Education

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

COINCIDENCE AND surprise save the world from going flat! Like, the same issue of Artforum which boasts that superb Laurie Anderson flexidisc also has an ...

Mick Farren: Vampires Stole My Lunch Money

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

MICK FARREN, in case you didn't know it, is a rock journalist and author who very occasionally makes records. Remember The Deviants' amphetamine hippy-boogie, or ...

Wild Man Fischer: Wildman Larry Fischer: Neurotic? Paranoid? Depressed?

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

THE FIRST time I met Larry Fischer was early one Sunday morning in the shadow of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, at the fabled ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mirage

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1982

FORMULA, BEATS-per-minute, ahhh. Fleetwood Mac really do have a lot of honour for folks with such a pile of cash. Coming after this line-up's eponymous ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mac Attack

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

Sandy Robertson finds out what's eating Christine McVie of FLEETWOOD MAC ...

Fleetwood Mac: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1980

CROWDS, HOWEVER passive, make me unhappy. As Eli Wallach said on TV (The Magnificent Seven) last Sunday afternoon, "If God didn't want them to be ...

John Fogerty: Centerfield (Warner Bros.) *****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1985

IN TERMS of influence, rather than current hitmaking potential, John Fogerty can't be overestimated. Forget that Bonnie Tyler did 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain', ...

Kim Fowley: International Heroes

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1977

I REALISE it's getting to be an obsession, but what can I do? Even Viv Goldman, between bouts of trying to convince me to do ...

Helen Reddy, Kim Fowley: Sandy Robertson's Hollywood Confidential

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

"On my first visit to Los Angeles I was conventionally prepared for almost anything except for what it really looked like – a quite beautiful ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: Kim Fowley: The Dorian Gray of Rock'n'Roll

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1977

TAKE A JOURNEY INTO ROCK N ROLL WITH KIM FOWLEY AND MEET...Venus & The Razorbiades, The Runaways, Juice, Teenage Prostitutes, Steven T., Zippers, Weirdos, Germs, ...

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (Charisma)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

SHORTLY BEFORE the release of the Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, the entire band was replaced by superior alien intelligences, physical duplicates ...

Rory Gallagher: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

RITUAL IS wonderful for those taking an active part in it, but almost totally meaningless to a dispassionate observer. So that's why I got more ...

J. Geils Band: J Geils Band: Freeze Frame (EMI America)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1982

THESE GUYS have moved over the last decade from being celebrated white R&B critical fave raves on Atlantic (hardworking moderate successes), to a recent megachart ...

Gillan: Magic (Virgin) **

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

THE INTENTION of the artwork on the cover of the latest Gillan opus seems to be an evocation of something merging images of David Nixon, ...

Robyn Hitchcock: Groovy Decay (Albion)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1982

WITH THIS new label and second album Robyn Hitchcock looks to be attempting a runner from the substitute Syd Barrett image previously imposed on him ...

Joe Jackson: Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1979

HURRAH'S IS, for the moment, the in-crowd club in New York's rock circle, having taken over the limelight from CBGB and Max's. Those who seem ...

Mick Jagger

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1977

The Stones always meant a lot to a lot of people, but are your own motivations for carrying on and doing it the same as ...

The Jam: Brighton Centre, Brighton

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1982

I WASN'T exactly willing to be converted but I was willing to be entertained. ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Jason and the Scorchers: Meanwhile, Back at the Raunch

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1984

ON MY TRAVELS through the murk of our crapulous rock underworld (good start, eh?), several unconnected geezers have name-dropped Jason and The Nashville Scorchers to ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Bawl and Chain

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1985

THRASH! IS that the sound of the music business frantically searching in the debris of past trends for something new? Or is it The Jesus ...

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

"GET THE GUYS in the picture," drawls Joan Jett, "I mean, this isn't Kim Wilde you know!" ...

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Boardwalk)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1982

FORGIVE ME for dragging the old reprobate's moniker into such lively proceedings, but Kim Fowley has at last been vindicated in his endless trumpeting of ...

Joan Jett: Heart Attack

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1982

KENNY LAGUNA and Joan Jett are a real double-act for the funnybone. It's no empty coincidence that their names fit together: JETT-LAG. Like Little and ...

David Johansen, New York Dolls: Funky (But Chic) — David Johansen at Point Blank

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

RIGHT BETWEEN the eyes, pilgrim. Yeah, he does look like Lee Marvin. In walks the supposed progenitor of all this punko nonsense, ex-New York Doll ...

David Johansen, New York Dolls: Funky (But Chic): David Johansen At Point Blank

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

RIGHT BETWEEN the eyes, pilgrim. Yeah, he does look like Lee Marvin. In walks the supposed progenitor of all this punko nonsense, ex-New York Doll ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Wotabunch!

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1978

'ORRIBLE SLEEVE! Revolting stuffed animals and tacky cardboard cut-out Kilburos abound. I fear Stiff are disassociating themselves from Wotabunch!, which is understandable when you consider ...

The Kinks: One For The Road (Arista)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1980

THE KINKS' dilemma is one I'll take in preference to the one that concerns the Who, if only because leader Ray Davies isn't given to ...

The Knack: …But The Little Girls Understand

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1980

IT'D ALMOST be a relief to be able to say that this second Knack album is a stinker and a sure-fire failure, because then I ...

The Knack: How You'll Be Getting It

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1979

I LEANED over and whispered in the ear of the blank-looking blonde girl seated next to me: "I'm a stranger in this town, so maybe ...

Roy Loney: Out After Dark

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1979

CHRIS WILSON, lead singer of the Flamin' Groovies, was once described as "looking a bit of a prick in orange satin", but he got off ...

Love: Forever Changes (Elektra)

Retrospective by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1984

NO SOONER are the words out of my typewriter than the contradictions set in, like cement. The Doors and VU have been bastardised and overexposed, ...

Nick Lowe: Labour Of Lust (Radar)***.5

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1979

PEOPLE USED to slate Frank Zappa by dragging out some old rock critic's smart jibe that however Francis would parody 'Louie, Louie' till he was ...

Martha and The Muffins: Greetings From Echo Beach

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1980

THE TECHNIQUE is worn but fairly efficient. A pop music group assembles, shapes up, plays gigs, acquires some sort of following, signs with a record ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

GARAGE BANDS. Despite all their virtues, and even though groups like Yes and Uriah Heep are pretty convincing arguments against technology and heavy metal respectively, ...

Meat Loaf: Rock 'N' Roll In Gothic Panavision

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

Meat Loaf are… "the best visionary, over-the-top hard rock band since Blue Oyster Cult," gasps Sandy Robertson ...

Meat Loaf: Meatloaf: Meat The Wife

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT MEAT LOAF AND UNDERSTANDING? QUIPS SANDY ROBERTSON ...

Mink DeVille: The Venue, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1980

"FROM THE streets of New York City..." went the opening announcement, and Willy DeVille's new crew kicked off their late-starting second show of the evening ...

Mink DeVille: Willy DeVille: Tough But Tender

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1977

SANDY ROBERTSON meets Willy DeVille and they discuss intellect versus emotion, James Cagney, Kim Fowley, The Belfast Gypsies, Tom Courtenay, James Dean, toughness, sensitivity, street ...

Joni Mitchell: Mingus

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1979

IF INTENTION automatically equalled success then this would be one hell of an album. As it is, it's beautifully recorded, self-consciously precious, a maddeningly white ...

Johnny Moped

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"DID YA hear that bit on the news about Charlie Chaplin's body. The IRA claim they took it and now they want ransom for it." ...

Jim Morrison: An American Prayer

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

A BOOK could be written (and has been), about James Douglas Morrison, sometime sex symbol, filmmaker, poet, drunk and rock 'n' roll star, so I ...

The Motels: Careful (Capitol) ***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1980

IF YOU'RE a Motels fan don't get mad at me, just take it as an indication of the way interest has rapidly curved away from ...

Motorhead, The Plasmatics: Motorhead & The Plasmatics: Tammy Can You Hear Me?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

A DREAM or a nightmare, in retrospect it still sounds like the kind of project so daft that both parties involved would, by virtue of ...

Nico: Do Or Die (Roir)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

GIVEN THE Warhol crowd's former wailing buddy's penchant for affixing (ahem!) her name to contracts wherever she finds them without regard to previous moves, 'tis ...

Nico: Drama Of Exile (Aura)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1981

TANGLED UP in myth, perspective gets shot all to hell. Even the official biographical sheet accompanying this album repeats the old chestnut that John Cale ...

Willie Nile: What Would You Do If You Got Rich?

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1980

NEW YORK. The Bowery is a Hell's Angel being shot in the ass by an off-duty cop he's just tried to strangle. The Bowery is ...

Orange Juice: The Venue, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1982

SOMETHING IS happening with Orange Juice. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm certain I don't like it. ...

Graham Parker: Another Grey Area (RCA)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1982

WHILE IT'S oft been said that The Rumour couldn't do without Graham Parker, here's a slab of evidence that the reverse is also true. Another ...

Iggy Pop: Zombie Birdhouse (Animal Records/Chrysalis) ***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

IGGY POP is a man of honour. Not for him the Lou Reed path of self-mockery; the one time he tried it for money's sake ...

Popol Vuh: Nosferatu (Egg)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1979

SHROUDED IN mystique since their inception in the early 70's, Popol Vuh are arguably the least known exponents of Teutonic 'rock' music in this country. ...

The Pretenders: Pretending To Be Different

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1981

I'VE LONGED to say it in print: The Pretenders are, for me, the virtual embodiment of the ideal popular music group. ...

Psychic TV: The Sound of 32 Human Thighbone Trumpets from Tibet

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1982

IT WAS only last December when I concluded the debut PTV feature by suggesting that those involved might just be crazy/inspired enough to freeze-frame all ...

Queen: Hot Space (EMI)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

Heat strokes ...

The Ramones: Rock'n'Roll High School (Sire Import) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1979

THE ERA of the compilation is upon us, and this soundtrack album of smarties and arties is another rapid fire job, featuring the next best ...

Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public (Arista)***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

THIS BUGGER don't give up, and, like poseurs of antiquity, rumours of his death have been greatly exaggerated. ...

Lou Reed: Blue Reedo A La Talk

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1982

LOU REED has a song on his new album about the day President Kennedy was shot. His manager looks like the kind of guy who ...

Midge Ure, The Rich Kids, Slik: Midge Ure: Confessions Of A Pop Performer

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

SLIK: TEEN IDOL MARK ONE ...

The Romantics: Detroit's Answer To The Ramones

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1980

SANDY ROBERTSON distills the essence of THE ROMANTICS and avoids dodgy boilers ...

Linda Ronstadt: Living In The U.S.A.

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1978

HI AGAIN. It's only me and this is only another Linda Ronstadt review. The words 'rock and roll' are used in the ads for this ...

Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1977

THESE DAYS Linda Ronstadt works to a production line formula: You get a nice sleeve (this one is by Kosh, who did a similar job ...

Rox: Big Teezers

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

"KIDS LOSE interest fast," mused the boy as the tots in the playground drifted back to their balls and rollerskates, having assimilated and dispensed with ...

Roxy Music: Avalon (Polydor)***1/2

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

ROXY MUSIC must surely represent the greatest 'might have been' episode in the murky catalogue of rock's squandered riches. ...

The Runaways: Runaways: A Primer For The New Runaways

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1977

THE NEW line up of the Runaways is: Joan Jett/Lita Ford/Sandy West/Vicky Blue. Cherie Currie (vocals) and Jackie Fox (bass) are no longer with the ...

The Runaways

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

THE HOUR OF MY VINDICATION is at hand. I'm sitting in the lobby of a London hotel waiting for the Runaways to descend from their ...

The Runaways: And Now The Runaways

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1978

HOW DOES it feel to be on your own? ...

The Runaways: The Best Of (Mercury) *1/2

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1982

RARELY HAS a 'Best Of' collection been so totally at odds with its title. ...

The Runaways: Waitin' For The Night (Mercury)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

NOW THIS is a difficult one. Five stars, yes, but not entirely for the reasons I expected. Kim Fowley has kissed off his associations with ...

The Runaways: Live In Japan *****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1977

BEFORE YOU take that pinch of salt to go with this album's five star rating, a couple of points: this album was NOT produced by ...

Todd Rundgren: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1978

WHATEVER THE reasons might be, Todd Rundgren is back. That is, Todd Rundgren the pop singer/guitar singer as opposed to the Utopian pyramid-freak. ...

Carole Bayer Sager: Carole Bayer Sager (Warner Bros.)***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1977

CAROLE BAYER SAGER gets me going, then she lets me down. Since history repeats itself I should've seen it coming, though. ...

The Sex Pistols: The Very Best Of

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

THE PERFECT contradiction: The Japs offer such fine pressings, this album'll cost you about £9 if you want it…and I'm reviewing it as usual on ...

Sham 69: Son Of Sham

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

SO THERE I was with photographer Harry Murlowski, dozing and half-listening to his interminable, politically-orienated conversation with a couple of hard-core Sham 69 followers in ...

The Shirts: Shirts: Lackeys, Schemers, Pants, Sleeves, Cufflinks And Shirts

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"WE WERE always obscure in a way. The way things went, we developed our own world, sort of. We have our own language, words that ...

The Shirts: Street Light Shine (Capitol) ***½

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

THE SHIRTS are the problem children of the New York rock scene, but they don't let it show; desperation wouldn't suit them at all. ...

Judee Sill: Heart Food

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1978

"AN EXORCISM of low-riding smack-shooting ghosts" was how Rolling Stone described Judee Sill's life, in issue 106/April '72 it was. Interestingly enough, that same issue ...

Patti Smith: Easter (Arista)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1978

At last – the rock 'n' roll resurrection is upon us ...

Patti Smith: Behind The Wall Of Sleep

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1978

"Their quarters were filled with counterfeit sleep" – Stephen King, The Shining ...

Patti Smith: Walking Down The Kings Road With Lenny Kaye...

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

...Can be a disagreeable experience. Sandy Robertson gives the Patti Smith Group the elbow. ...

The Spectres: Ghosts Of Sex Pistols In New Groups

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

SINCE THE powers behind The Sex Pistols admitted it was all a wind-up anyway, the components of the group have had little success at coming ...

Bruce Springsteen: Born in The USA (CBS)*****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1984

IT TOOK me a long time to get to feel comfortable with Bruce Springsteen's music and then, an album or so after I'd overcome the ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Last American Hero

Essay by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1980

MUST BE some new kind of drug or somethin', 'cos even a 16-year-old don't do a graveyard shift of four hours and then dance on ...

Status Quo: Odeon Theatre, Birmingham

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1977

DEEP IN the heart of boogieland, as it were. Opening were the v. proficient, v. boring Nutz. I seem to recall hearing stuff from their ...

Stephen Stills: Thoroughfare Gap

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1978

IN THE end all will be disco, or so it would seem, so the best you can hope for is that your chosen hero exercises ...

The Stooges: No Fun (Elektra)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1980

POINTLESS, PERHAPS so late as to be irrelevant, maybe. An opportunity missed, certainly. No Fun is all these things, I guess, but it does provide ...

Suicide: Suicide As A Way Of Life

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, July 1980

"I THINK," breathes the camp dwarf in the sweatshirt and stubble, "that people should only write songs about economics and sex, because that's all everybody's ...

The Surf Punks: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water

Profile and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

"Girls under 15 are not ready for me...over 18 they're looking to move in with a guy." ...

Rachel Sweet: Fool Around

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1978

AKRON'S BRIGHTEST star smiles knowingly and proves that everyone else has it all wrong, because nope, you don't have to exhibit an air of disdain ...

Talking Heads: Remain In Light

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, October 1980

WELL ALRIGHT, I may never be going back to my old school, but I remember a saying they had out in the yard that's one ...

Tanya Tucker: Yet Another Excuse To Print A Picture Of A Young Girl With A Guitar

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1979

WILL THE ICE remain unbroken? Shucks, these phone interviews are a pain (both for the artist and the journalist). I mean, it's not easy encapsulating ...

Bram Tchaikovsky: The Russians Are Coming (Radar)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

SOMETIMES YOU open your mouth, but not a word emerges. Sometimes there's very little to talk about anyway. ...

Throbbing Gristle: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

THROBBING GRISTLE are so away from the new wave scene (sort of) and so totally reviled by the standard music fans (at least, by those ...

Toto: A Growth Industry For Modern People

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1979

A TOTO/SANDY ROBERTSON MULTI PLATINUM FINANCIAL READOUT ...

Pat Travers: Rock Lobster

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

THIS ONE can talk. He'll talk abut anything you care to mention or that wanders into his apres-gig mind, be it his bisexual pedigree dog, ...

Velvet Underground: Everything You've Ever Heard About… (VU Records)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

THE LEGEND rolls on and on, the more it grows the more it encourages. In the context of the semi-legal this was the one we'd ...

Velvet Underground: VU (Polydor)***.5

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1985

CONFUSION REIGNS. The deliberately-leaked rumours of the last few months maintained that Polydor had uncovered 'The Great Lost Velvet Underground Album', a disc that never ...

Tom Verlaine: Tom Verlaine (Elektra Import) ***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

IMAGINATIVE TITLE, eh? Nah, but hand it to him for resilience, you really thought you'd seen the last of teevee after the hostile critics were ...

Violent Femmes: Femme-Inism

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1986

It seems that the Violent Femmes, American outer-limits oddballs of note, are getting heavily into fish and wah-wah pedals. Sandy Robertson went along to find ...

Bob Welch

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

BOB WELCH is a hit. After stints in Fleetwood Mac and H. Metal outfit Paris he is enjoying chart action/success with his French Kiss album ...

Wild Horses: The First Album

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

Four horsemen of the apocalypse ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Digs Sabs Shock!

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, January 1978

Sandy: Can I ask you firstly about one of my own obsessions, Kim Fowley, (Oh No! – Ed) Who was on the Freak Out album, ...

Warren Zevon: Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (Asylum) and Wanted Dead Or Alive (Pickwick)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, March 1980

IF YOU'VE been scanning this paper long enough you'll know that Warren Zevon's last album, Excitable Boy, got a snazzola review in same. That was ...

Warren Zevon: The Envoy

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1982

ASYLUM RECORDS really should get rid of Warren Zevon; he's so good he shows up just how dire everybody else on the label really is. ...

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