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Be-Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson (1978)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages audio, 6 February 1978

From his school band the Cosmonauts through to latest Be Bop Deluxe album Drastic Plastic, Nelson tells the whole story: teen bands; conversion to Pentecostal Christianity; forming the band, signing to EMI and recording debut Axe Victim; changing the band's line-up, and record producers... not forgetting his perpetual self-doubt.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.9mb, interview length: 50' 53" sound quality: *****

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Be Bop Deluxe: Axe Victim

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

IT'S GREAT to be right in there on the first still-to-be-perfected artistic utterance of A Truly Great Group To Be. That old warm self-congratulatory glow ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: 1974 was Last Year’s Thing

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 August 1974 what about the Sound of ‘75, man? Could it even be BE-BOP DELUXE, already? (We knock ‘em down and then we build ‘em up ...

Letter from Britain: Something Might Happen

Report by Ian MacDonald, Creem, November 1974

SITUATION UNCHANGED. Still hanging on in here, waiting for something to happen. (Wait — was that a heart-grazing lobe-grinder of a new single from Mick, ...

Be-Bop Deluxe at Aylesbury

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 August 1975

THE FIRST THING that hits you when you see Be-Bop Deluxe in their current incarnation (or, for that matter, listen to said incarnation's Futurama album ...

Be-bop Deluxe: Futurama

Review by Ira Robbins, Circus Raves, December 1975

FIVE YEARS AGO in the bleak Northeast England town of Wakefield a guitar player named Bill Nelson sat around rapping with some friends who owned ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Sunburst Deluxe

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 31 January 1976

BILL NELSON, IF popular opinion is to be believed, is destined to become something of a superstar in the coming year. And the new Be-Bop ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Arty Smarty Or Just The Guitar Hero Next Door?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

THE SAME sign as Hendrix: Sagittarius. Into Hank Marvin, Duane Eddy, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and BB King. And Jimi Hendrix. ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 9 October 1976

AT £2.50 a ticket I was expecting to hear the words, particularly from a group whose lyrics are so important, but the thousand or so ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Nelson's Column

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 9 October 1976

"HELLO, I'm the man with two noses....." ...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 22 January 1977

LONDON'S BURLINGTON Arcade runs up the side of the Royal Academy. It has high gates at either end and boasts some of the most expensive ...

Be Bop Deluxe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Tim Lott, Sounds, 2 April 1977

Be Bop 'N Boredom ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Santa Monica Civic

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 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: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 8 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 The Air Age/Steve Harley: Face To Face/Ian Hunter: Overnight Angels

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, November 1977

Every British band knows it: only American success buys the Bentleys. Be Bop Deluxe, Steve Harley and Ian Hunter have all had their stateside ups ...

Be Bop Deluxe: City Hall, Newcastke

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 18 February 1978

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

Be-Bop Deluxe and John Cooper Clarke: Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 25 February 1978

The Dangers Of Being Likeably Listenable ...

Ol’ Bill: Be-Bop Deluxe’s Bill Nelson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Record Mirror, 25 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 ...

Be Bop Deluxe: Drastic Plastic (Harvest)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, April 1978

For a while there, Be Bop was one of the great post-glitter hopes from Britain. The first trio of albums displayed Bill Nelson as a ...

Be Bop Deluxe: The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 6 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 ...

Hung up on these silver strings: Be-Bop Deluxe in 1975

Book Excerpt by Nick Coleman, 'Yes Is The Answer' (Rare Bird Books) , 30 May 2013

BE-BOP DELUXE came in through the out-door. And, this being England, they brought some weather in with them. ...

Be Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe At The BBC 1974-1978

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2013

IN ADDITION TO releasing five studio albums in as many years, Bill Nelson's modernist/ futurist art-rock ensemble found space in their diaries to regularly visit ...

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