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Public Image Ltd.: Flowers of Romance (Virgin, import LP)

Review by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 30 April 1981

FLOWERS OF Romance reminds me of this old Sid Caesar joke. He introduces a jazz musician as being "...on radar, to let us know if ...

Wall Of Voodoo

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 30 April 1981

DURING THEIR second set at the Rat, L.A. band Wall of Voodoo broke into a medley of soundtrack themes from classic spaghetti westerns, even including ...

The Clash, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, The Mo-dettes: The Clash: The Foul-Up

Report and Interview by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 25 June 1981

THE LIGHTS dimmed. Dramatic Spanish bolero music from Clint Eastwood's For a Few Dollars More came on over the speakers, and the spotlights roamed from ...

David Johansen: Paradise, Boston MA

Live Review by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 3 September 1981

DAVID JOHANSEN danced out into the audience at the Paradise dressed in a sparkle headband and a denim jacket with a likeness of Marilyn Monroe ...

Joe Ely, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Joe Ely: The Garden, Boston MA

Live Review by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 3 September 1981

THERE IS always a part in a Tom Petty song when he knows he's got you, when he zeroes in and touches you. Like the ...

The Fabulous Billygoons, The Specials: The Specials enjoy themselves

Report and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 1 October 1981

YOU COULD'VE taken a seat in the Bradford Hotel lobby and gotten a pretty good show for free. Besides all manner of impatient fans milling ...

Devo: The Devo Dilemma

Report and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 10 December 1981

HOW DO YOU TELL THE WORLD IT REALLY ONLY DESERVES POTATOES WHEN SOMEONE'S GOT IT CONVINCED IT SHOULD EXPECT STUFFING? ...

Pete Shelley: Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 21 January 1982

PETE SHELLEY last appeared in these pages just over a year ago, during the Buzzcocks' final tour. They recorded three singles which were to lead ...

The Raybeats Go On

Interview by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 21 January 1982

IT REMINDS you of a movie. Doris Day goes, by accident of course, probably after a fight with Rock Hudson, to a party. In the ...

The Bush Tetras: Bush Tetras: Beatin' Around The Bush

Report and Interview by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 18 March 1982

PRIMITIVES ...

The Human League Wants You

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 20 May 1982

ONCE UPON a time in Sheffield, England, there were four men who called themselves the Human League. They made expressive synthesizer music with intriguing lyrics ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots and the Maytals

Interview by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 20 May 1982

HE SEEMS overwhelmingly tired, huddled in the corner of the dressing room smoking a chillum. He is dressed like a champ: satin boxing shorts and ...

ABC: 'The Look of Love (Parts One, Two, Three & Four)' (Neutron, 12" EP)

Review by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 7 July 1982

I HOLD IN my hand a record by a group with three letters: ABC led by FRY, Martin that is. His previous excursions into vinyl, ...

The Clash: Highways To Hell: Clash Clampdown U.S.A.

Report by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 7 July 1982

IT'S SUMMER and the Clash are back, not on Broadway but on the radio. 'Rock the Casbah' is blaring out of car windows not just ...

The Undertones: → Undertones

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 20 October 1982

WE CAN now exhale in relief — the Undertones are back and they've hardly changed. They've gotten some lines in their formerly cherubic faces since ...

The Bangles: Big Bangle Theory

Profile by Byron Coley, Boston Rock, 15 December 1982

WHEN ALL'S been said and done, the Recycler has got to be one of the coolest rags in the entire LA press sump. Now, every ...

Culture Club: Kissing To Be Clever (Virgin, LP)

Review by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 26 January 1983

THIS IS disco music with some reggae and soul thrown in. My God, I can close my eyes and see the flashing ultra violet lights, ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Rambler in the Rye

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 30 March 1983

AT LAST, a foot in the door! Dexys Midnight Runners: the name is finally getting around because of their brilliant, buoyant single 'Come On Eileen', ...

Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Man Parrish: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Man Parrish: Club New York, Nine Lansdowne Street, Boston MA

Live Review by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 5 July 1983

Club New York Takes It On The Hip-Hop ...

Nona Hendryx: None Have A Voice Like Nona

Profile by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 5 July 1983

"SEXY." WBZ-TV's Joyce Kulhawik purses her lips together and pouts: "Provocative. Hot." Nona Hendryx shifts uncomfortably in her seat as the Live on Four camera ...

Simple Minds Dream A New Gold Dream

Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 5 July 1983

JIM KERR'S eyes light up. "I saw (the German film) Fitzcarraldo three weeks after our album was complete, and there was a subtitle in it ...

Keith Levene, Public Image Ltd: Keith Levene: The Bitterest PiL

Interview by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 11 October 1983

THE URGENT guitar playing that cuts through the rumble of 'The Public Image Theme' isn't just the sound of a guitar going through an amp. ...

Jonzun Crew, New Edition, Maurice Starr: Michael Jonzun: Pack Jammin' from Roxbury to the Top Ten

Interview by Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 14 November 1983

AT THE END of the street on the top of a hill in Roxbury is a two-story, weather-beaten wooden house. The first floor windows are ...

Wire Train: Plato Would Have Hated Them

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Boston Rock, 21 February 1984

A LONG, LONG time ago — even before Chuck Berry was born — a guy named Plato announced to everyone within earshot that if he ...

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