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Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie Simmons writes for MOJO magazine and is a regular contributor to The Guardian. Since she first started writing about rock music in 1977, her features and reviews have appeared in countless publications and books worldwide, including Sounds, Creem, Q, Rolling Stone, The Independent, Kerrang! and The Sunday Times. Her book on Serge Gainsbourg, A Fistful Of Gitanes, was widely acclaimed and translated. Like her study of Serge Gainsbourg, A Fistful Of Gitanes, Sylvie's 2012 biography of Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man, was widely acclaimed.

 

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10cc, R.E.M.: Conference Call: Mike Mills talks to 10cc!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1995

ON THE receiving end of the PR’s pointy red fingernail: Sylvie Simmons... ...

AC/DC Celebrate Their Quarter Century

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 2000

They've got all the essential ingredients: sweat, noise, booze – and choking on vomit. As AC/DC celebrate their quarter century, Sylvie Simmons toasts a band ...

AC/DC: Bonfire

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1998

AC/DC's box- set tribute to late vocalist Bon Scott comes in packs of four or five CDs (remastered Back In Black optional). Includes rare and/or ...

AC/DC: Death Pooches Lick The Cosmic Milk Bone

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, May 1982

THEY ALL LOOK like they'd benefit from a Jerry Lewis telethon. Seventeen thousand diseased and uncontrollable bodies. ...

AC/DC: Rock's oldest juvenile delinquents greet the 21st century

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 2000

AC/DC: Stiff Upper Lip (EMI Liberty) ...

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2000

Alt country wastrel goes it alone in the Apple. ...

Ryan Adams: I've been jumping off bridges

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, November 2003

The one good thing about projectile vomiting is that at least your T-shirt stays clean. Ryan Adams's frat-house top is a spotless scarlet, its brightness ...

Ryan Adams: Demolition

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

BETWEEN HIS spare solo debut Heartbreaker and last year's swaggering Gold – the one where he sounded like he'd swallowed a jukebox of Stones, Who ...

Aerosmith

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

ENCAPSULATED VERSION: five-piece group from as near to Boston as matters bust their balls and abuse their bodies digging their way out of the grime ...

Aerosmith: Santa Monica Civic, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

AEROSMITH ARE in Los Angeles doing a series of small hall back-to-the-people gigs. ...

Aerosmith, Bob Welch, Dave Mason, Foreigner, Heart, Santana, Ted Nugent: The California Jam Festival

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

THERE WEREN'T even traffic jams. ...

Aerosmith, Joe Perry: Joe Perry: I've Done It All

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1980

'I've been through millions of dollars I've wrecked expensive cars. I've done it all!' ...

The Alarm

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, July 1984

JOHN WAYNE didn't do too much for anyone, but he left a fine legacy of shirts – and they look even better on the Alarm. ...

Alcatrazz — The Concept!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1984

LOS ANGELES — Alcatrazz. A fine name for a heavy band. Visions of toughness, Clint Eastwood, bars, Clint Eastwood, implacability, Clint Eastwood. Better than Graham Crackers anyway, ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

THE CROWD is going apeshit. A five-figure bunch of America's Finest with cowboy hats and beer bellies are whooping it up like it's New Year's ...

American Spring, The Surf Punks: The Surf Punks; American Spring: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1980

AMERICAN SPRING – Brian Wilson's wife Marilyn and various in-laws – came out from under a pebble after five years of seclusion, threatening to become ...

Tori Amos: From The Choirgirl Hotel

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 1998

IT'S NOT at all what I expected. I'd spoken to Tori just before the album was completed, and the few finished tracks I'd heard were ...

Angel: Angels With Tarty Faces?

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

ANGEL: 'The boys come because the girls come...our audience is anywhere from 8 to c-cup.' ...

Fiona Apple

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1996

Turning tears on her pillow into pearls ...

Asia : Continental Drift?

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, April 1986

IT IS NO COINCIDENCE that supergroup rhymes with gloop. Supergroups are what Rolling Stone puts on the pages it can't flog to Camels and condom ...

The Beach Boys: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

POTTED PALM trees, fishing nets, dry ice aka sea mist, the Captain (sans Tenille) and a backing band in a boat. Degenerate drummer in Brian-sized ...

The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean: The Beach Boys: Four Girls For Every Boy

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

IMPORTANT DATES in the history of surfing music: ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2002

Brian Wilson and 10-piece band perform, from start to finish, the album that topped MOJO's 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time poll, plus career-encompassing opening ...

The Beat, Talking Heads: Talking Heads and The Beat at the Greek Theater Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1980

THIS WAS no mere toe-tapper. We're talking worn shoe-leather tonight, holes in the soles and corns on the toes, sore feet in a venue more ...

Beat, The (U.S.): The Beat (US): Beating For Pleasure

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

THE KNACK without the goofball, Tom Petty without the peroxide and angst, the Beatles without the suffix. ...

The Beatles: Apple Corps

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Request, 1996

"It was a good scene even when it was shitty, wasn’t it?"– Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, 1970. ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe: The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

GOING TO The Shrine in sleazy downtown LA is a bit like going to the pictures, a sort of giant Odeon with lumpy seats and ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1977

SANTA MONICA Civic is not the best place to see a rock concert in Los Angeles. It's got about as much rock atmosphere as the ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Live in LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 1976

SANTA MONICA CIVIC is not the best place to see a rock concert in Los Angeles. It's got about as much rock atmosphere as the ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Ol’ Bill: Be-Bop Deluxe’s Bill Nelson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Record Mirror, February 1978

"THE AMERICAN interviewers have been saying, 'Hey, are you going to wear the suits again this time?' and I say, 'We've worn them the last ...

Björk: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1994

LAST TIME I SAW BJÖRK ON STAGE SHE WAS WITH THE Sugarcubes and I didn’t really see her at all: either Einar the Irritating or ...

The Black Crowes: Black Crowes: By Your Side

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1999

THIS ALBUM rocks. And rolls. And nigh on rollicks. Where their last album loped, this one struts. The record it's most like is their 1990 ...

The Black Crowes: Black Crowes: The Garage, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Request, 1996

CHRIS ROBINSON could captain the Deep South Olympics grinning team. Where we see a squat, black-ceilinged closet on the Holloway Road, Chris evidently sees some ...

The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 1996

The band's fourth album, recorded over a two-month period in a house in Atlanta. Jack Puig co-produces once again. ...

The Black Crowes: The Garage, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1997

CHRIS ROBINSON HAS perfected the skinny, rollin'-eyed, raggedy Jesus look you don't see outside of by-pass protests and early '70s festival documentaries. ...

Black Sabbath: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, February 1998

BLACK SABBATH. Industrial hell turned up to 11, baptised in blood and leather, and leather is cows and cows are sacred, and Heavy Metal doesn't ...

The Blasters: Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

2-CD set featuring The Blasters (1980), Non Fiction ('83), Hard Line ('85) a covers EP and seven unreleased extras. ...

The Blasters: 'Beyond Revivalism' Revival

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, May 1982

We got Louisiana boogie and the Delta bluesWe got country swing and rockabilly tooWe got jazz country western and Chicago bluesIt's the greatest music that ...

Blind Melon: RIP: An Interview with Shannon Hoon

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Request, 1996

SHANNON HOON, Blind Melon vocalist, died on a tour bus on October 21st in a hotel parking lot in New Orleans. To complete the rock ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Country Club, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1982

FIRST TIME I've seen Blue Oyster Cult in ages. Actually seen them. Last time HM's Santas-little-helpers played in the neighbourhood was one of those monstrous ...

Blue Oyster Cult, UFO: Blue Oyster Cult/UFO: Live In Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

THEY DON'T have a Trades Descriptions Act in the States. If they did, then the Cult might be in trouble. Their ads (and, what's more, ...

Bon Jovi

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Request, 1996

Bon Jovi release a retrospective Best Of album this Autumn. Jon Bon Jovi looks back at the band's past and their ten years of music. ...

Boston: San Francisco

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1978

I SHOULD have been prepared for it, being in San Francisco and all that, but I hardly expected that a Boston concert would find me ...

David Bowie, Morrissey: David Bowie/Morrissey: London, Wembley Arena

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1995

THE THIRD OF four nights of two thinnish white pop Dukes with great barbers and a well-honed sense of alienation. Seventies icon Bowie and 80s ...

Bush

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1996

"HELLO", says Gavin Rossdale, slumped against the sofa on the trailer floor after a day of interviews. "We’re Bush — calculating, conniving, formulaic opportunists. Who ...

J.J. Cale: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1994

WHISPERING BOB Harris introduces him as "very simply a legend", this grizzled geezer who's spent the intermission on stage with his back to the audience ...

J.J. Cale: Q&A on Guitar Man

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, Spring 1996

MOJO: Does making albums get harder or easier with time? ...

The Carter Family: Into The Valley

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2002

FIRST KILL YOUR HOG. SKIN IT, singe off the hairs and leave the hide to soften. Tug it over a round frame, whittle out a ...

Johnny Cash: Outta My Way

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 2003

Thirty-five years ago, ex-felon Johnny Cash was invited to perform in two of America's toughest prisons – one of which he was no stranger to ...

Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around (American Recordings)

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 2002

WEIGHTED DOWN by the difficult circumstances behind its recording – illness, hospitalisations, two bouts of pneumonia this past year alone, speculation that the increasingly fragile ...

Circle Jerks: Love The One You're With...

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1982

THERE'S PEOPLE diving off the sides. A somersault – look! a bellyflop! – a couple of thrilling jack-knives. The one wearing the bathing cap – ...

Eric Clapton: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1978

IN A GESTURE distinctly un God-like, Eric Clapton spurned the arena-sized venues of his last few tours to favour 6,000 Los Angelenos in a two-night ...

The Clash In America

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1979

"SO YOU think we lost the battle — then go home and weep about it. Sometimes you’ve got to wake up in the morning and ...

Clarence Clemons

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1995

YOU'D THINK he’d be pissed off, but the title of his new album — Peacemaker — should have given me a clue. The man still ...

Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons: Soul On Ice: Clarence Clemons

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1995

HE'S HUGE, AS A LEGEND SHOULD BE. Solid as a monument. A big man, built like the American football player that be was before a ...

Leonard Cohen: More Best Of (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1997

A CATCH-UP collection of the best of the past couple of decades for those who fell in love with, or to, early Len and may ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1977

THE YELLOW posters outside the Los Angeles Whisky and the yellow pins handed to the punters make him out a Buddy Holly figure who murders ...

Counting Crows — Adam Duritz interviewed

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1995

BACKSTAGE AT the Shepherd's Bush Empire, Adam Duritz is opening a gift from a fan. Coasters. Normal ones, the sort you'd buy your dad for ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Crazy Horse: Ralph, Billy, Poncho... and Neil

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 1997

THERE'S A SCENE in Year Of The Horse, looks like one of those scenic theme park rides, where Neil Young and crewperson are sitting talking ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1978

COMES A time when even Neil Young has to do something different with his live shows than the acoustic set followed by hard-rock-with-band bit. ...

Sheryl Crow: As Sheryl Crow Flies

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1995

EIGHT YEARS BACK, a young music teacher from Kennett, a tiny Bible Belt town ("Twin Peaks. Three stop lights, one police station, one high school.") ...

Sheryl Crow

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), 1994

"YOU'D BE amazed at how similar Kennett is to Twin Peaks. We have three stop lights, one police station, one high school, everyone knows everyone, ...

Sheryl Crow: Abbey Road Studios, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1998

IT'S ALL very odd. A big, tall, whitewashed room with padded walls: at one end sits Sheryl Crow with longtime guitar player Tim Smith – ...

Culture Club: Boy Georgie

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, April 1985

IT'S A TOUGH life in today's pop world. In these dark days of decreasing sales, with tight-fisted conservative little brats putting their pocket money into ...

The Cure

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1996

THEY'RE LIVING in a house, a very big house, in the country. "Actually", says Robert Smith, showing me around the candlelit ground floor, smoky log ...

The Cure: An interview with Robert Smith

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1997

THE ROAD to Christmas is choked with compilation albums. Greatest Hits and Best Ofs, collections of the safe-and-familiar-plus-bonus-new-track clog up the record shops at this ...

The Cure's Robert Smith

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Revolution, September 1989

LAST TIME I saw Robert Smith of the Cure, he was lying on a bed of spider webs and being swallowed by and giant gummy ...

The Cure: There Is No Easy Cure

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1986

"LOVE CURES A NIGHTMARE. A vivid recurring nightmare turned Cure leader Robert Smith into a nervous wreck. Now, as the group rockets through the charts, ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Terence Trent D’Arby Vibrates

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), 1995

SITTING ON a four-poster bed framed by blood-red curtains, Terence Trent D’Arby sucks on a huge bottle of Evian water and talks. And talks and ...

Deep Purple Returns!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1985

DEEP PURPLE. Two words that mean so much to so many. It's been 13 years since DP – the DP, Gillan, Glover, Paice, Lord and ...

Deep Purple: Fireball

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

Second album by Deep Purple’s mark II line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice, rereleased on its 25th anniversary. ...

Deep Purple: Deep Throats

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1984

"WE ALL CAME IN at different times. Paicey and I walked in – we'd booked a conference room in Greenwich, Connecticut overlooking the harbour, and ...

Rick Derringer: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

RICK DERRINGER, walking away with both the Alvin Lee Memorial Award and the Suzi Quatro lookalike rosette, played a set at The Roxy that shook ...

Detective: Watching The Detective

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1978

LOS ANGELES is a city full of Englishmen and Anglophiles. British bands don't play here any more, they live here. Londoners hanging out at the ...

Willy DeVille: It's De Ville Thing

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1977

IT STARTED IN '71. Willy deVille, a black-Irish New Yorker, came to London in search of a band. None appeared. After a few frustrating months ...

Devo: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1980

I'M HERE to testify they've done it! Gone back, right along the de-evolutionary scale, down to the Bill and Ben stage. What an achievement! Five ...

The Dickies: More Than Just Another Crazy Band From L.A.

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

Dickies n. pl. 1: Fake undershirts originating in U.S. high schools in the mid 60s, when "creeps" who wanted to look like the Beatles without ...

The Dictators: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1978

FOR A START, L.A. is about as distant from the Bronx as Tunbridge Wells, and not just geographically, here they are very serious about punk/rock/whatever, ...

Ani DiFranco

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1998

THE BARRICADES on the pavement outside Claridges are draped with small girls in big Dr Martins who are gazing at a door. The door is ...

Dire Straits No More

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1996

DIRE STRAITS is dead. Or as good as. The grave may open once in a while for the odd charity appearance, but as to another ...

Dire Straits: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

IF THERE really is the third British Invasion the Californians keep talking about, platinum-sellers Dire Straits, welcomed to L.A. by bunting across the Sunset Strip ...

Donovan: Sutras

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

Donovan’s comeback album, produced by bearded eccentric Rick Rubin, owner of American Records and the man behind The Beastie Boys, Slayer and Johnny Cash’s acclaimed ...

Donovan: I Ask The Questions: Donovan

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mail On Sunday, 1996

THE CURLY hair’s still there, the elfin face, incense wafts about the room, but there is something amiss. That’s it: Donovan is wearing a suit. ...

The Doors: 10 Questions for The Doors’ Ray Manzarek

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1997

EVER SINCE Jim Morrison’s death there have been many Elvis-style, alive-and-well-and- pumping-gas ‘sightings’. Has it ever crossed your mind they may be right? ...

Johnny Dowd: He’s About a Remover

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

"I’M REAL GOOD AT LOADING equipment. It’s funny ‘cos that’s always one thing that musicians gripe about, but it’s almost a relief for me after ...

Duran Duran: World Domination By 1984

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1982

THEIR AMBITION – Simon's least, and in all probability the rest of them – is to one day become Bryan Ferry. They didn't say that ...

Bob Dylan: London Arena

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

THE PA IN THIS grim, dispiriting venue – outright winner of the industrial-estate self-storage-unit-impersonating-lkea-during-the-sales lookalike contest – has started, somewhat disconcertingly, to blare out 'Fanfare ...

Bob Dylan: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1978

THE 18,000 people who presumably didn't pitch tent early enough to make Dylan's sold-out summer date in L. A. but packed into the Forum this ...

Bob Dylan: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

THE CAMERAS panned over a line of deck chairs and sleeping bags sprouting people grinning and flashing peace signs and the man in the ticket ...

The Del McCoury Band, Steve Earle: How Blue Was My Grass? Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 1999

DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT from 1997’s El Corazon, this excellent album is, in essence, a tribute to the late ‘Father of Bluegrass’ Bill Monroe, performed with Monroe’s ...

Eels: Beautiful Freak

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1997

THE SOUND IS delicate and strange: the same weirdo innocence as the saucer-eyed little girl on the sleeve — and the melodies mostly downbeat. But ...

Mark Eitzel, R.E.M.: Mark Eitzel with Peter Buck: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1997

AN OLD CHAPEL in Islington, North London, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s old ‘hood. The stage is set up around the pulpit; the audience sits in ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

I KNOW those were pretty strange-looking cigarettes the people from Jet Records were handing out on the coach down from LA to Anaheim stadium, but ...

Marianne Faithfull With Special Guests: Only Connect Festival, Barbican, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 2002

SHE SLINKS on wearing a black suit with impossibly tight trousers and smoking a cigarette. Four young men play 'Sex With Strangers' dry, cobwebby beat, ...

Fastway, Motorhead: Fastway: Unholy Spawn Of The Dual Metallicus

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, December 1983

NOTHING (except the last Journey single) lasts forever. Six-and-a-half years they were together. 6 and 1/2. Plenty of time to emerge as ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: 10 Questions for Bryan Ferry

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

Geordie space-crooner considers glam, going to the pictures with Eno, playing tennis against Tony Blair and life before rock. ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, October 1995

You’ve just celebrated your 50th birthday. Traumatic? ...

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks: Fleetwood Mac: Stevie Nicks, Macramé Goddess

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, 1982

TO STEAL from Groucho Marx (after all we're talking nicks), the trouble with doing interviews is having to sit down next to someone you don't ...

The Fleshtones: Hexrated

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 1983

ACCORDING TO my copy of the Weekly World News, the end of the world is due precisely on the 30th October. That's just around the ...

Foreigner

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1982

"IT'S THE QUIET ones", as dear departed Ian McDonald once said, "that you shouldn't underestimate". Listening back to my tape after an hour at L'Ermitage ...

Foreigner: Feels Like The Fifth Time

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1985

THERE ARE TIMES when you truly appreciate Foreigner. For instance, like when Madonna's 'Like A Virgin' comes on the air. A navel she may have, ...

Foreigner: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1978

FOREIGNER ARE pretty much a thinking man's Bay City Rollers. ...

Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent: Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Foreigner/Ted Nugent: Rock And Roll All Nite

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1977

AN AFTERNOON of heavy rock at the Los Angeles sports stadium. Score: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Win. Foreigner – Place. Nugent – Show. ...

Peter Frampton

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1998

20 YEARS ago in San Francisco, a young man from the South London suburbs made one of the biggest-selling rock ‘n’ roll records of all ...

Peter Gabriel: Gods And Monkeys

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

Gabriel's long-awaited follow-up to '92's US. Musicians include Peter Green, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Daniel Lanois and Nusrat Fatch All Khan. ...

Serge Gainsbourg: A Rake's Progress

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 2001

IF YOU WALK into the Montparnasse cemetery, the first thing you see is the enormous stone double bed where Charles Pigeon – the inventor of ...

Garbage: The Last Word: Shirley Manson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, December 1995

LAST MAN YOU FANTASISED ABOUT? ...

J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, July 1982

TUCSON’S GOT McDonalds’s and bars and Sears and Taco Belles, but there any resemblance to life as we know it stops. It’s hot as a ...

The Godz: The Smell Of Burning Leather…

Profile by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

"WE'RE A rock and roll band!" spits the ugly rock junkie Eric Moore at the handful of people ogling the stage. "That heavy metal shit's ...

The Go-Go's: Ready Steady Go-Go's

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

GO-GO'S: 1. Bouncing entertainment; choreographed Happy Pill; females showing a hell of a lot for little reward. 2. Hollywood pink-punk band; all of the above ...

Andrew Gold: Roxy, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

SPEND TOO much time in the sun and you will soon dry up. Let this be a warning to all who make the sound of ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1982

FLASH – AAAAH! Saviour of the Universe. Saviour of my sanity, anyway. "The Message" shines out from amongst the New Musik murk they play out ...

Gary Moore, Peter Green: Gary Moore on Peter Green

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1995

"TONIGHT IS a bit different", says Gary Moore from the stage to a packed London theatre. "We’re celebrating the music of a very special man." ...

Green Day: Brixton Academy, London

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, RAW, 1995

Billie Joe: "People suddenly see you as this voice of a generation. And you’re kinda going, Huh? All I was doing was pulling my pants ...

Guns N' Roses: Colt Heroes

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, June 1987

"KNOW WHAT I want to do? Really want to do? Go over to Japan and pollute it. I'm not talking about drugs, I'm talking about ...

Guns N' Roses: Tears Before Bedtime?

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Q, July 1991

Axl fired the band. The band fired Axl. Then they made up – and fired the drummer instead. Slash checked into rehab — than checked ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N’ Roses: Together Again?

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1996

GUNS N’Roses is back from the dead. Five years after the release of their last new material — the epic Use Your Illusion I and ...

Guns N' Roses: Neurotic Outsiders: Duff and Matt talk records

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, September 1996

The first record you ever bought Matt: 1966, A Hard Day’s Night. I saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show — I was ...

Guns N' Roses: Slash Speaks

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Music Life, November 1991

THE PLUSH CONRAD HOTEL at Chelsea Harbour has for some reason (maybe it's the copious amount of Moet & Chandon champagne in the minibar!) become ...

Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses: Guns N’ Roses: Duff McKagan talks

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1993

"SO, WHEN WE got back from the Appetite tour, I bought this big house, bought all this furniture, I was by myself, I was divorced, ...

Guns N' Roses, Slash: In Bed With... Slash

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, July 1995

WHEN WERE you first aware of the birds and the bees? ...

Guns N' Roses, Slash: Q&A with Slash

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1996

YOU HAVE a house in the Hollywood Hills, you have a wife, you have housepets, you're the most unpunk I've ever seen you. A fine ...

PJ Harvey Does It Her Way

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Harp, September 2004

JORDAN IS a model. To be more precise, Jordan is a 'glamour' model. A blonde with monolithic, man-made breasts that make as regular an appearance ...

Heart To Heart

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1982

SEATTLE'S SPACE Needle is the architectural equivalent of the male nipple. Just sticks up there, totally redundant except as an amusing thing to play with ...

Heart: Affairs of the Heart

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1980

THE CLOSE QUARTERS in Nashville Tennessee claims to be America's only rock and roll hotel. Bar's open day and night, drugs no problem, you can ...

Heart: Speaking Pelican? Like Hell They Can!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, September 1987

ON THE SOFA from the right: Ann Wilson, Denny Carmassi, Howard Leese. All in black. Easy on the eyes on a filthy British day. Don't ...

The Incredible String Band, Mike Heron, Robin Williamson: Robin Williamson and Mike Heron: London, Bloomsbury Theatre

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

Set List: Everything’s Fine Right Now/ Lonely Exile/ Tom & Alexei/ Scotland Yet/ Red Hair/ October Song-Maya/ Favourite Sins/ Killing The Dragon/ Fathers/ Love Letter ...

The High Llamas: High Llamas: Sean O'Hagan on Cold And Bouncy

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1998

Sylvie Simmons talks to Sean O'Hagan ...

The Human League: Give Human League A Chance

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1987

THEY LIVE IN Sheffield. Because they like it there. Because it's ordinary but sort of esoteric at the same time, straightforward but not stupid, arty ...

Iron Maiden Tattoo America

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1983

A DREAM. I'm lounging on the balcony of a Beverly Hills hotel staring out over the pool when there's a knock on the door. In ...

Chris Isaak interviewed

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Country Music International, 1995

His cult movie roles and haunting balladry made him a star of stage and screen. But the epitome of American Cool still doesn’t know to ...

Chris Isaak: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Country Music International, 1996

"FEELS GOOD to be back home in London", Chris Isaak shouts, and half the packed Shepherds Bush Empire erupts into a scream. The female half. ...

Joe Jackson: Further Thoughts On The Foolishness Of Polka Dot Ties

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

"I THINK people realised it's about time they had some decent music over here", says the man behind the desk at the top of the ...

Michael Jackson: No Angel, But No Osmond Either

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1983

DOWNTOWN BETWEEN the Pacific American Fish Co. and the Hotel St. Agnes Hospitality Kitchen there's an alley. Cars block each end, no escape. And silhouetted ...

Mick Jagger: Noble Savage, Primitive Cool & All

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, February 1988

HE WALKS INTO the room radiating presence in an offhand sort of way, and people cower. He just looks so disconcertingly...well, Jaggeresque. ...

The Jam: Civic Theater, Santa Monica

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

HERE IN peanut butter land they call jam jelly and it's transparent, slick and insubstantial, easily assimilated sweetness. Maybe that's why The Jam are having ...

Jan & Dean: Jan and Dean: Starwood Club, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1978

THEY'VE RENAMED LA's Starwood club the Surfwood for the night. ...

David Sylvian, Japan: David Sylvian

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 1999

He was the sensitive soul who fronted south London’s dodgiest glam-rockers, the World’s Most Lovely Man who chose tortured sainthood, pop’s preening popinjay who reinvented ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

CHUCK E.’S IN the audience. Got up just in time for the show. No doubt Chuck E.’s also in love. He’s definitely in business. The ...

Tom Jones: The Super Furry Animal

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

Welsh before it was fashionable, prefers a straight glass to a line, no stranger to ladies’ lingerie, possessed of legendary staying power... He is Tom ...

Judas Priest: Leathered, Studded Dudes Or…

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, September 1986

COWS ARE VERY useful except in India. There are varying degrees of cow-use – milk, cheese, burgers, cheeseburgers – but none so useful as the ...

Judas Priest: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

THIRD NIGHT at the Starwood and they're still packing them in. Limbs flailing through the dry ice that fills the stand-up section in imaginary guitar ...

Judas Priest, No Dice: Judas Priest/No Dice: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

JUDAS PRIEST had a captive audience, No Dice made a mark, and Gary Valentine just about escaped alive. Proving that heavy metal lives, good old-fashioned ...

King Crimson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1995

"KING CRIMSON," says Adrian Belew, "does a brand of music that no-one else does, a sound that no-one else makes." Robert Fripp calls it "the ...

Kiss: KISS — the Tribute Album

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1996

KISS MY ASS, they're thinking of calling the KISS tribute album . "If people think I'm smug about any of this stuff", says Gene Simmons, ...

Kiss: KISS: Back catalogue reissues

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1998

Kiss/ Hotter Than Hell// Dressed To Kill/ Alive!/ Destroyer/ Rock And Roll Over/ Love Gun/ Alive II/ Double Platinum/ Dynasty/ Unmasked/ Music From The Elder/ ...

Kiss: Creature Feature

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1982

BACK IN the days before Asteroids took over, Kiss was the pagan religion for America's pimpled adolescents. ...

Kiss: Los Angeles Forum, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1977

'LOS ANGELES Police Department reminds you the use of fire works is illegal,' warned the notice outside the Los Angeles Forum. With all the bravado ...

Kula Shaker and the New Psychedelia

Report by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1996

BRITPOP’s ‘60s revivalism has brought in its wake all manner of cosmic hoo-hah. Hallucinogens have taken over from cigarettes-and-alcohol as the switched-on Englishman’s millenium-blues-buster of ...

Kula Shaker: The Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

JUST WHEN we’d accepted that Camden Town was the new Jerusalem and Noel and Liam God’s chosen, just when we declared we were glad to ...

Lambchop: Off The Wall

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 2002

A year ago, Kurt Wagner was laying floors. Now his country-soul collective Lambchop have become Nashville's strangest success story ...

Cyndi Lauper: Doing That Primitive Thing

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, April 1987

SHE WOULD HAVE been born in the back of a New York taxi if they hadn't crossed her mother's legs and stuffed her back in ...

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin: Page & Plant

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1998

THE VERY IDEA of MTV as deus ex machina is enough to send shudders down the hardiest spine. But MTV it was who approached Robert ...

Arthur Lee: 10 Questions for Arthur Lee

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 2002

On your recent US warm-up date you asked, "What did the monkey say after the pitbull bit off his tail?" ...

Lemmy, Motorhead: In Bed With Lemmy

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1996

When were you first aware of the birds and the bees? ...

Julian Lennon: Julian's Treatment

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, August 1986

THERE'S SEVERAL people I wouldn't want to be, and one of them's Julian Lennon. ...

Little Axe: Sugar Hill to Stoke Newington

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1996

THE MAN the critics are calling the missing link between Jimi Hendrix and King Tubby is sitting in a grim pub in an untrendy part ...

Nils Lofgren: The Second Coming of Nils Lofgren

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1979

IT'S A COMMON complaint among watchers of American late-night television. Everything is going along as normal, all the right cliches are being spoken, when you ...

Madness: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

Prince Buster cracks LA at last ...

Mahogany Rush: Why Does This Man Look Like This On The Verge Of 1980?

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1979

SYLYIE SIMMONS MEETS FRANK MARINO OF MAHOGANY RUSH AND MANAGES TO TALK ABOUT THINGS OTHER THAN HIS SHIRT, BOOTS AND THE PIMPLE ON HIS FACE ...

Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1998

FOLLOW-UP TO 1996's chart-topping Everything Must Go. Named after a line in a speech by miner's son and NHS founder Aneurin Bevan. ...

Roger McGuinn: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 1997

A BLACK EXECUTIVE chair sits in the middle of an empty stage in a in a puddle of swirling, blobby, cod-psychedelic lights. It’s as if ...

Maria McKee

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 1996

IN THE catering trailer, the tables are jammed with people so disparate it’s hard to believe they belong to the same species. The ones wearing ...

Meat Loaf: I Ask The Questions: Meat Loaf

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mail On Sunday, 1996

A DUSTY abandoned cinema in London. There are cobwebs and chandeliers. There is a large man on a balcony in a tuxedo and American tan ...

Meat Loaf: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1978

Ingredients:Meat Loaf (around 250lbs) from Dallas, Texas; lead singer with Ted Nugent on platinum album Free For All; monster-singer Eddie with half a brain in ...

Metallica: I Confronted Metallica On Their Own Terms!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1986

METALLICA. YOU KNOW the story. Those that don't are doomed to have me repeat it. ...

Midlake: 'I Wish I'd Heard Black Sabbath in High School'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, January 2010

Texas rockers Midlake grew up playing jazz, but fell headlong into a love affair with vintage rock. Here they talk about their latest fixations, and ...

Steve Miller: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1977

THERE WAS a time when Steve Miller used to burn up the stage; there was a time when Steve Miller's giant ego dominated the show; ...

The Moody Blues Are Older Than You

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, December 1986

"SOMETIMES WE'RE a little misunderstood and people think that maybe we have a lot of answers which we don't have. Really," Justin Hayward leans forward ...

The Motels: Take The El Out Of MOTELS And It's Motes

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, February 1983

IN A SMOKE-FILLED cell up in Capitol Towers, that awesome Hollywood edifice modeled on an Ajax can, Martha Davis and Marty Jourard sit blinking under ...

The Motels: Hell In A Handbag

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

STUCK IN a jam on the Hollywood Freeway, staring for five miles at a yellow Smiley bumper sticker telling me to have a nice day, ...

Mötley Crüe: Motley Crüe Calling

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, February 1984

THE PERFECT WORLD...Little waterfalls tinkle cheerfully down the hillside and rabbits and chipmunks scamper playfully in the long grass of the sun-dappled meadow; bluebirds tweet ...

Mötley Crüe: Crüesin' and Blüesin'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1982

"FIRST YOU got to cut it real jaggedy. And you need this stuff." ...

Mötley Crüe: Motley Update: Mayhem!

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1996

MOTLEY CRUE go in the studio in November straight from their US club tour to start work on their new album, tentatively titled Personality Number ...

Motorhead Gives Good Show!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1982

SURE AIN'T NO Howard Johnsons. There's a woman in the lobby looks like a Kentucky Fried Chicken leg let loose in Freddie Mercury's wardrobe; all ...

Alison Moyet: Yaz, Alf & Other Three-Letter Words

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, September 1985

"BIG POP STAR." Alison Moyet stares into her tonic water; the ice obliges by cracking with emphasis. "It seems to have become quite an obsession ...

Willie Nelson: 10 Questions for Willie Nelson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1998

Does writing and making records get harder or easier with time? ...

Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

HE STEPS out onstage to a standing ovation and his grizzled, beautifully-ruined face breaks into that huge grin. For a moment the spindly bloke looks ...

Ted Nugent: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

ISN'T IT nice to know that in this ever-changing world there is always something you can rely on to stay the same? Apart from a ...

Sinead O'Connor: Universal Mother

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1994

AN ALBUM ABOUT MOTHERS – MOTHER as God, mother as Ireland, mother as sex, mother as violence, giver of life, saver of life, withholder of ...

Ozzy Osbourne Drops The Bomb

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1986

SOME PEOPLE collect plastic airline coffee stirrers. Ozzy Osbourne collects scandals. Or rather scandal – unlike the South East London garbage service – collects Ozzy, ...

Ozzy Osbourne: LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1982

ACT ONE Scene One: Outside, on the coldest night of the year, the wind is howling. But a noise more unearthly still emanates from the ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Death of Randy Rhoads

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2003

"RANDY WAS my best friend," says Ozzy Osbourne. "He was also the greatest musician I have ever known. Back when we had no dough, we ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Ten questions for Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2000

Mr John Osbourne on running the marathon, talking to horses, and "drinking the occasional beer". ...

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: Walking Into Clarksdale

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mat Snow, MOJO, May 1998

WHEN, IN 1994, MTV approached Robert Plant – otherwise engaged making records with unknown youngbloods, and saying rude things about Jimmy Page for working with ...

Holly Palmer

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

"WHEN I WAS VERY SMALL," says Holly Palmer, "my dad used to say, 'Holly, you're buzzing'. There'd be these funny noises coming from my mouth. ...

Penetration: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

I'D SEEN the name around several times, but I'd never seen the band until tonight. Strange how your luck can change. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Long After Maturity

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, April 1983

STAR TRECK. Scene One: Writer meets Star. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

LIGHTERS COME on round the arena, a couple of firecrackers go off, then on strides Petty with his rockstar lope, leans into the microphone with ...

Pink Floyd: Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

WELL IT figures, doesn't it? ...

Pink Floyd: The Story of The Wall

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1999

ON JUNE 16 THIS YEAR Rick Wright finally did what every therapist advises: confronted his Nemesis. "I think I'm the only one who's actually seen ...

Poison: Cat Scratch Fever

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, RAW, March 1989

They say 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'. Or at least POISON do in the title of their current hit single. And certainly the Los Angeles ...

The Police: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

THERE'S SOMETHING schizophrenic about this group. An English band with an American drummer, a Californian who knows how to bash out rock and roll – ...

Iggy Pop: Avenue B (Virgin)

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1999

Named after the NY street where Iggy and the ex Mrs Pop lived. Ten songs and three spoken word pieces recorded in a former East ...

Iggy Pop: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1999

HE WALKS through the cones of striped, sick-white lights, shirt off, a graceful, sinewy man with an impossible six-pack and road-map veins. He sits down ...

Prefab Sprouting All Over

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, February 1986

PADDY MCALOON likes words like a dog likes lampposts, darting from one to the next, meandering back again, cocking his conversational leg to spray another ...

The Pretenders: Jacob Street Studios, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 1995

MIDWAY THROUGH, Chrissie Hynde turns to her audience of mainly invited guests and smiles. "This is easy, isn’t it? This is obviously the way to ...

Prince: The Best of the Patchy Years

Guide by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1997

IN MANY WAYS the ultimate ‘80s self-made man, Prince spent the decade inventing and reinventing himself. The scope of the man’s ambition was mindboggling; the ...

Public Image Ltd.: PiL in Hollywood

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1980

HUDDLED ROUND the side with a crowd of disco dancers waiting for their fifteen minutes of fame, watching a fake Doobie Brothers run through their ...

Quarterflash: One Quarter Flash, Three Parts Foolish

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1982

IN THE UNITED STATES, statistics show, a girl is walking out on her no-good man every 15 minutes. Statistics also show that 15 minutes later ...

Queen: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1978

IT'S BEEN five years or so since Queen last played in New Orleans and the fans, having heard the glowing reports of last year's US ...

Radiohead

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1995

"THE LAST couple of years", says Thom Yorke, "have been pretty mind-altering." Thom, 26, is so thin and sharp-edged you’d cut yourself if you touched ...

Radiohead: T In The Park, Strathclyde

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 1996

WHOEVER PUT "great" and "outdoors" in the same sentence was not a rock fan. Rock needs four walls and a roof. In the case of ...

Rainbow, REO Speedwagon: REO Speedwagon/Rainbow: Los Angeles, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

REO Rattled By Rampant Rainbow ...

The Ramones, The Runaways: The Ramones/The Runaways: Santa Monica Civic, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1978

RAMONES: singing about sun and surf while their home town suffered blizzards. 'Obladi-oblada' for the blank generation ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: American Spice

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Independent, The, June 2004

Anthony Kiedis's house, an expanse of glass and whiteness, is right on top of the Hollywood Hills. Walk down the steps into the vast, white, ...

R.E.M.: R. E. M.: Up

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1998

R.E.M., MORE than just about any band you can name, were whacked mightily with the Great Rock Dilemma stick: how does an intelligent, introspective, underground ...

Tom Robinson Band: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1979

"EDUCATION", CLAIMS the motto six feet above the head of Tom Robinson for his second time in LA, "is learning to use the tools which ...

Tom Robinson Band: The Starwood, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

CONSIDERING THE relative lack of any amount of hype, the Starwood was respectably full, if respectable' is a word you could use to describe the ...

The Roches: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

THE ROCHES. Pronounced as in bugs. Maggie and Terre and Suzzy, three sisters somewhere in their 20s. ...

The Rods: Pack Men

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

WIMP ROCK. Every time you turn on the radio out here, there it is, hitting your ears with all the strength and power of a ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Shattered

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

FEBRUARY 1977. KEITH RICHARDS, SLEEPING like a baby, is being carried around his hotel room in the arms of a Canadian Mountie. There are other ...

Rush: The Moustache That Conquered The World

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1980

SOMEWHERE in America in that black hole known as the Midwest, little bands are slogging their balls off to become big bands, and big bands ...

Leon Russell: Signature Songs

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 2002

UNPLUGGED IS one of Leon Russell's "least favourite terms in modern music". But unplugged, more or less, is what this is – recorded at the ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: I Ask The Questions: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mail On Sunday, 1996

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE. Supersquaw, or what? Writes her first song as a papoose, gets a degree in philopsophy, tosses in a PhD in Fine Arts just ...

The Scorpions: Scorpions: Stinging Scorchers Or Virgin Killers?

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, August 1984

IF, AS JAH ROTH says, there's a little bit of Van Halen in everyone on a Saturday night, there's likely a whole lot of Scorpions ...

Screaming Blue Messiahs: A Box Of Screaming Blue Messiahs

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, April 1988

THERE'S A WHITE Madonna and a black Prince, a metal Priest and a buffy Saint Marie and three Screaming Blue Messiahs: Bill Carter, Chris Thompson ...

The Sex Pistols: Return of The Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, Summer 1996

The jury’s out. It’s either the ultimate joke, the perfect punch-line — plump, forty, pimple-free Johnny Rotten with a tan only sensible living and serious ...

The Sex Pistols: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, Summer 1996

"WELL?" Johnny Rotten asked the 30,000-strong crowd dotting the park — not a sell-out, despite weeks of hype and a festival-sized bill, though more than ...

Smog: Bill Callahan

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 1999

THERE'S NOTHING BILL Callahan likes better than watching a Polaroid develop, "struck in this transition state, always surprising me". Some might say he needs to ...

The Specials: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1980

WE GOT to hear the second – the best – half of the show twice. The first time sardined in the long line outside the ...

Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood: The Spencer Davis Group: Eight Gigs A Week — The Steve Winwood Years

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 1996

BACK IN THE EARLY '60s, in their Golden Eagle residency days, The Spencer Davis Group played the whole gamut of American R&B from John Lee ...

The Sports: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

LITTLE RIVER Band, Livvy Newton-John, Sherbet. Is it really any wonder people think that Australian rock is something kangaroos jump over (or in the case ...

Bruce Springsteen: Los Angeles Sports Arena, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, NME, November 1980

IT'S EASY to see why the girls go so much on him. You got the excitable adolescent of 'Rosalita', 'Crush On You' – hey hey ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 2002

"BLOOD", "FIRE", "dust", "dark", "empty" – the same words keep recurring. Lights shutting out, black hole in the sun, buildings burning, that lonely desperation that ...

Billy Squier: The Man Who Hides In His Apartment

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1982

DALLAS, TEXAS: How to pull a rock star. Go to the front of the stage, reach up for a leg and grab. ...

Steely Dan

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1977

IT'S NOT every day that Steely Dan bare their souls to the public. But amid the palm trees and coke bottles at the Bel Air ...

Rod Stewart: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

YOU DON'T have to be hungry to make good rock and roll, but it helps. Sitting through a Rod Stewart show is like watching a ...

Sting: I Ask The Questions by Sylvie Simmons: Sting

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mail On Sunday, 1996

STING – pop star, actor, philisopher , father, Rover car salesman and generally all-round bit of a god – is trying to steal my job. ...

Sting Has No Answers

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1988

HELL, AT LEAST he's trying. Plenty have called him pretentious – quoting Shakespeare to drunks, diddling Jung, sporting philosophers and musicians like designer accessories – ...

Sting: Mercury Falling (A&M)

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 1996

Sting cannot be escaped. He's on TV (a commercial for Rover cars) in a film (The Grotesque), on two movie soundtracks (Leaving Las Vegas and ...

The Stranglers

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1980

THIRD OF FOUR nights at the Whisky and the audience is still dribbling during the opening act. The Humans are on IRS and could just ...

Styx: Can Styx Save America?

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, September 1981

"Young Americans listen when I say/There's people putting us down/I know they say we've gone lazy/To tell you the truth we've seen better days/Don't need ...

Matthew Sweet on Mars

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), 1997

MATTHEW SWEET is proud to be Pop. It wasn’t always that way. "It used to be that I was afraid of Pop", says Sweet, earnestly. ...

David Sylvian: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 1996

ACOUSTIC GUITAR, DHOTI, sensible shoes. Who'd have thought it, back in the techno tailor's dummy days of lipstick, peroxide and synthesizers? ...

Talking Heads/Heaters: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1978

HEATERS: A band for people who like little boys. A punkoid Our Kid, with mop-tops, waistcoats, ties and short-sleeved shirts. A cute little bassist, a ...

The Thompson Twins: Double Trouble

Report by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1984

I'VE BEEN figuring out ways to break this to you; best to just take a deep breath and hope they print it. There was absolutely, ...

The Tubes: The Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

THE PANTAGES Theatre; plush and Rainbow-esque. Recently the home of Hello Dolly, good clean family entertainment. The Tubes are here for a week. ...

The Tubes: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

A TUBES show without the props is a bit like the Royal Family without Princess Margaret: a lot of money for something expendably traditional without ...

Van Halen

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

Dateline Hollywood: SYLVIE SIMMONS demurely averts her gaze from the tight satin loonpants and sez: Gimme the track-by-track lowdown on the new album. At least, ...

Van Halen: Platform Boots Still Make It

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

COLUMBUS, Ohio. Van Halen, just called back for an encore, are basking in the unexpected adulation. The support band takes a bow. "Thank you Cleveland", ...

Van Halen: The Philosophy Of Diving Down

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, September 1982

HANG 'EM HIGH HUMP 'EM LOW ...

Townes Van Zandt: Wanderin' Star

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 2003

What do you do when you're really down? Listen to Townes Van Zandt Sylvie Simmons charts the artistic triumphs and personal disasters of sadness's most ...

Tom Waits Speaks

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2004

"HE COMES IN for coffee sometimes. Reads some poetry. They told me he was a musician. Tom Wait. Never heard of Tom Wait." Little Amsterdam's ...

Tom Waits: Alice; Blood Money

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, May 2002

NOT A DOUBLE but two individual albums, released at the same time. Your choice. There's Alice, skewed and drowsy, with wonky percussion and soft, smudged, ...

The Who: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), November 1995

ROCK MUSIC – we’d never have believed it if they’d told us back then – has grown up. What was once dicks and fists has ...

The Who: Sweat, Bollocks & Guts

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

IN ORDER that you wouldn’t get lost in the huge Universal Studios complex, accidentally find yourself on a glam-tram and off on a tourist-view of ...

Lucinda Williams: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 2001

A HOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. PEOPLE IN CUT-OFFS AND STETSONS sprawl along the banks of the Cumberland River, sucking beers, fanning themselves with stiff paper fans ...

Victoria Williams: Water to Drink

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 2000

The helium-voiced singer's desert-recorded album, featuring Van Dyke Parks, Mark Olson, John Convertino (Giant Sand), DJ Bonebrake (X), Greg Leisz (k.d.lang), Danny Frankel (Marianne Faithfull) ...

Steve Winwood: The Steve Winwood Chronicles

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, July 1988

HE SEEMS QUITE MONK-LIKE – steady stare, fish-pale complexion and a faraway look that, if I'd brought a compass, I could guarantee went in the ...

World Party

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), 1997

"I’M COMPLETELY undisciplined", Karl Wallinger gives a dopey grin in answer to the inevitable question: why has it taken four years to follow up the ...

X....Communication

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1981

FIRST THINGS FIRST. When X get to England (sometime in September hopefully) see them. They're good. ...

X: Beyond the Valley of the Doors

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1980

HOLLYWOOD PUNK. Sounds about as real and desirable as cocktail-lounge muzak. If there's anything genuine or worthwhile in there it certainly isn't easy to find. ...

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Phoenix Festival, Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 1996

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER field. Phoenix smells of tent-rubber and scorching skin, the crowd red and sweating like vacuum-packed beetroot. They’ve survived the eight-hour, 12-mail tailbacks. ...

Neil Young: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

DANGEROUS PLACE, Brixton. Neil Young figured he should alert the 4,300 fans who packed out his first night at the Academy that if he played ...

Neil Young: Instant Feedback

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 1997

Neil Young plus electricity plus us, the ticket-holders. It's been a volatile but vital combination for over three decades. On the eve of the great ...

Paul Young: U.K. Soul Man

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1985

AT THE END of the day nothing in pop music matters much anyway except the lead singer of the Shangri-Las. But there's a space where ...

Warren Zevon

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1987

WARREN ZEVON has perfected the art of squirming without perceptible movement. Crumpled on a couch in a windowless record company boxroom, the man with the ...

ZZ Top: All The Things You Ever Wanted To Know About ZZ Top

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1986

Do you sleep with your beards over or under the bedclothes?Billy Gibbons: Well, there's only one way to find that out.... ...

ZZ Top

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1995

Incredible but true facts about ZZ Top. 1. Jimi Hendrix gave Billy Gibbons a guitar. 2. Dusty Hill wrote 'Tush' in ten minutes during a ...

ZZ Top: Long Beach Arena, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1980

ALMOST THREE years ago ZZ Top became ZZ Stop, pensioned off the steers and circus animals Texas-style that went with their live performances and went ...

List of genre pieces

Johnny Cash: Love/God/Murder

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 2000

Three themed, career-spanning compilations, selected and introduced by the Man In Black. Extra linernotes by June Carter (Love), U2's Bono (God) and Quentin Tarantino (Murder). ...

Metal: What The Censor Saw

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mega Metal Kerrang!, 1987

Would you regard this issue off Mega Metal Kerrang! as 'subversive', 'pornographic' or 'objectionable'? No, of course you wouldn't – 'harmless fun' is a term ...

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