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Musician was a monthly magazine that covered news and information about popular musicand was published between 1976 and 1999. It became known for its extended and thorough articles about the stars of rock music.

339 articles

Ian Hunter Resurrected

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, October 1980

The '70s were dawning, and the golden age of rock 'n' roll was about to give way to terminally mellow singer/songwriters or lowest-common-denominator heavy metal ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Voodoo Lives On

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, October 1980

HENDRIX SAW himself as a symbolic figure who contained in his bloodstream elements of all races. The goal of his performances was both racial and ...

Paul Simon: One Trick Pony

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, November 1980

"YES, THE BOY'S got a voice/But his words don't connect to his eyes," sings Paul Simon, and I couldn't describe the problem with One Trick ...

Talking Heads: Dr Pepper Music Festival, Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park NY

Live Review by Fred Schruers, Musician, November 1980

THE TALKING Heads' avowed inspiration, when they began as a trio in 1976, was boredom with the contemporary art scene. The homemade music they began ...

Clifton Chenier: Verbum Dei High School, Watts, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Musician, January 1981

VERBUM DEI High School is better known for turning out basketball players like the Chicago Bulls' David Greenwood than staging musical events, but zydeco king ...

Elton John: Concert in Central Park, September 1980

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, January 1981

SOME PERFORMERS just don't know when to quit — and thank goodness for that. We followed tennis star Jimmy McEnroe into Central Park's Sheep Meadow ...

Talking Heads: Remain In Light (Warner Bros.)

Review by Van Gosse, Musician, January 1981

I DON'T KNOW about you, but I've been holding my breath through all of 1980, waiting for something to happen. So far there's been a ...

The Motels

Profile by Laura Fissinger, Musician, January 1981

"ONE OF MY big dreams is to write music that communicates moods so concisely that each song would be like a movie — you could ...

Bruce Springsteen

Interview by Dave Marsh, Musician, February 1981

A YEAR AGO, taking a respite from recording to play two nights of the M.U.S.E. anti-nuke concerts, Bruce Springsteen pared his normal three hour show ...

Donna Summer: The Wanderer

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1981

THE WANDERER is disco diva Donna's Inferno, a trip that will take us through her cold hell, up against fiendish temptation and out the other ...

Jim Carroll: The Transformation of Jim Carroll

Profile and Interview by Laura Fissinger, Musician, February 1981

IS JIM CARROLL, streetwise poet, athletic Catholic Boy, being pushed into the vacant position of rock'n'roll martyr? ...

Gary Numan, XTC: XTC and Gary Numan: The New English Art Rock

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1981

BOTH XTC and Gary Numan express a sense of the new English isolation. Americans seem to like the car-crazy Numan, while the pure British pop ...

Gang of Four, Sector 27: Gang of Four: Gang of Four (Warner Bros. EP); Tom Robinson: Sector 27 (IRS)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, April 1981

THE LAST twitches of the dying Left or the first angular thrusts of the New Right? It's your Move. The Gang of Four's solemn Marxist ...

The Beach Boys' Schizophrenia

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, April 1981

ON JULY 4, 1980, the Beach Boys sat at the base of the Washington Monument and played to a vast sea of half a million ...

The Clash: Sandinista!

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, April 1981

The slapstick guerilla politics have never sounded more outlandishly unfashionable. Gone are the triple-front-line punk harmonics & amphetamine raw power. Ditto for the crunching metallic ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty: Where Has John Fogerty Gone?

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, April 1981

As apocalyptic anxiety at nameless dread descend on the body politic, how relevant the work of Creedence Clearwater now seems. ...

Joan Jett

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, June 1981

TONIGHT, the smoky Rock Lounge is filled with sassy fifteen-year-old teeny-boppers in leather jackets, jeans and black Converse sneakers, looking tough, chewing gum and hanging ...

Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis: The Million Dollar Quartet

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, June 1981

WE USUALLY think of Elvis Presley simply stepping into Sun Studios in Memphis, in answer to Sam Phillips' call, and walking out a few days ...

Santana: Carlos Santana

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1981

Unable to slake his thirst for new music, Santana swings from jazzy solo outings to rock-based group projects. ...

Dave Edmunds, Rockpile: Dave Edmunds: New Wave, 1955

Profile and Interview by Dave Schulps, Musician, July 1981

"MUSICALLY, WE didn't find a niche for ourselves. It amounted to a couple of songs from a Nick Lowe album, a couple of songs from ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty

Interview by Dave Marsh, Musician, July 1981

WHEN TOM PETTY burst into his manager's Sunset Blvd offices early this April he was exuberant. No wonder. He'd just finished mixing his fourth and ...

U2: Uncle Sam's, Minneapolis MN

Live Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, July 1981

PRAISE FOR Ireland's U2 first spread through the U.K. press like head colds in autumn. Now with the American release of their debut LP, Boy, ...

Fred Frith, Robert Fripp: Fred Frith: Speechless (Ralph Records); Robert Fripp: Let The Power Fall (Editions E.G.)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1981

WHEN IS A guitarist not a guitarist? What distinguishes pop music from avant-garde or classical? Why is most cerebral music purely instrumental? Can you dance ...

Grateful Dead: Reckoning (Arista)

Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, August 1981

GOOD NEWS... you don't have to be a diehard Deadhead to enjoy the latest live LP issued from the Dead's headquarters in mellow Marin County ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: Bozo Dionysus A Decade Later

Essay by Lester Bangs, Musician, August 1981

WE SEEM TO BE in the midst of a full-scale Doors Revival. It had been picking up steam for a while, but when Jerry Hopkins' ...

Joe Ely: Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Fred Schruers, Musician, August 1981

SINCE HIS recent notices have offered us a new-and-improved Joe Ely, I have to begin by swearing on a stack of ticket stubs: I've been ...

Spandau Ballet

Profile by Dave Schulps, Musician, August 1981

IT'S CALLED the "new romanticism," and it is to England '81 what Two-Tone ska was to England '80; that is, the year's musical craze. ...

Beaver Brown, The Bill Blue Band, Iron City Houserockers: The Heart Of Blue-Collar Rock

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, August 1981

The voices of the American working class, a gritty chorus or struggle, boredom, and uneasy weekend refuge, are heard in the music of the Iron ...

David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls: Beyond The Valley Of The New York Dolls

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, October 1981

THE FIRST TIME I ever laid eyes on the New York Dolls was New Year's Eve, 1972, at the old Mercer Arts Center, and, quite ...

Boston, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Jefferson Starship, Journey, Rainbow, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Toto: Hard Pop, Suburban Rock

Report by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

Band like REO, Styx and Journey have taken the details of the rock sound and made the medium the whole message, capitalizing on the rock ...

8-Eyed Spy, James Chance: James Chance & the Contortions: Live In New York (ROIR cassette); 8-Eyed Spy: Live (ROIR cassette)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, October 1981

LISTEN TO the cacaphonous cutting edge of no wave punk-jazz in the privacy of your very own SONY walk-man. Be-bop down the street snapping yer ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, October 1981

Urban time warps and geomusical quantum leaps later, Kid Creole and his pal Sugar-Coated are washed up on a sandy Island with only their wits ...

The Neville Brothers: Fiyo on the Bayou (A&M)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, October 1981

WHAT THE hell is a music that thinks of itself in a perpetual present tense going to do with a rapidly accumulating history? Performers like ...

Van Halen: Fair Warning (Warner Brothers)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

THE GENERALLY accepted notion of guitar heroics holds that heavy metal is a lead guitarist's forum. Practice and history, however, suggest another conclusion. Despite the preponderance of ...

NRBQ: Girard's, Baltimore MD

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, November 1981

AL ANDERSON, NRBQ's rotund bear of a lead guitarist, gave his meanest squint and chewed up the title line to his rollicking, vintage-sounding rockabilly tune: ...

Smokey Robinson: Painters Mill Star Theater, Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1981

IT'S HARD TO imagine that a Smokey Robinson concert could hold much in the way of surprises. Celebrating his 25th year in the business, Robinson ...

The Beat, The Specials: The English Beat: Wha'ppen? (Sire); The Specials: 'Ghost Town' (EP)

Review by John Swenson, Musician, November 1981

TWO TONE is not merely the introduction of a black sensibility in British pop for the first time, it's a true melding of the interracial ...

The Go-Go's: Beauty and the Beat (IRS)

Review by Toby Goldstein, Musician, November 1981

IT HASN'T been easy to be a fan of groups like the Raspberries during the past few years. What those minions of white-suited quartets and ...

The Ramones, Squeeze: Radio Relief: Squeeze And The Ramones

Profile and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, 1 November 1981

Squeeze and the Ramones keep alive an intercontinental rivalry of rhythm for real-life people. But the Beatles and the Beach Boys?...Well, maybe not. ...

The Police

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, December 1981

Between the pleasant song hooks and facile photogenia of the Police there lies a sophistication and urgency that has justly brought Andy Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland to the ...

Doobie Brothers Break Up

Report by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, 1982

THE DOOBIE Brothers are one of the last great AM radio bands, one of the last rock groups to concentrate primarily on hit singles. Now ...

David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club: David Byrne: The Catherine Wheel; Jerry Harrison: The Red And The Black; Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club

Review by Van Gosse, Musician, February 1982

Talking Heads Alone ...

Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Innovation Or Exploitation?

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1982

Malcolm McLaren, the shaker and baker of British punk, turned the Sex Pistols into an epochal event, turned Adam Ant around and now plays Svengali ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young/Crazy Horse: Re•ac•tor (Reprise)

Review by Fred Schruers, Musician, February 1982

WE'RE TALKING dirty guitars in excelsis here; under the headphones, this record sounds like an automatic weapons fire-fight in a sawmill — or better yet, ...

New Order: The Cinema, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, February 1982

ON MAY 18, 1980 Ian Curtis, lead singer for a relatively obscure English rock band called Joy Division, hanged himself. This immediately made Joy Division, ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington Collins Band: The Rossington Collins Band

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, February 1982

Southern Rock Survival Among the Alligators ...

U2: October (Island)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1982

LIKE ALL good Irishmen, I enjoy nothing better than a good talker. At the same time, I share the instinctive Irish mistrust of anyone for ...

Van Morrison: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, February 1982

IF THIS was the National Enquirer, the headline on this piece, printed in tacky 48-point bold type, would read: VAN MORRISON FINDS GOD! POP STAR ...

Dr. John: Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack (Clean Cuts)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1982

AS THE TITLE implies, this is Dr. John being himself, stretching out on the piano and doing what comes naturally. At the same time, there's ...

Joan Jett's Bad Reputation

Interview by Toby Goldstein, Musician, March 1982

Joan Jett, explosive rock 'n' roll contact hitter, leads her hordes of Joan clones into a fight to be themselves. ...

Laurie Anderson: Market Street Cinema, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, March 1982

LAURIE ANDERSON looked like some kind of punk mystic as she stood on the stage of the Market Street Cinema in San Francisco. Her brown ...

Prince: Warner Theater, Washington DC

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, April 1982

DRY ICE smoke drifted across the darkened stage of Washington's Warner Theater, as an unreleased tape played of Prince singing the double orgasm lyrics of ...

The Blasters

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, April 1982

WITH THEIR hair greased back into pompadours, their shirtsleeves rolled up and cigarettes dangling from their lower lips, Phil Alvin and his younger brother Dave ...

Eric Clapton: Farther Up The Road

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, May 1982

FEW MUSICIANS have been more misunderstood, more overburdened with great expectations and more erroneously worshipped than Eric Clapton. ...

Chic: Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

APPEARANCES CAN be deceiving. As the rest of Chic pumped out the urgent, staccato vamp to 'Stage Fright', Nile Rodgers, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and ...

Dave Edmunds: D.E.7th (Columbia)

Review by Fred Schruers, Musician, June 1982

THE CHORDS in the title of D.E.7th are, of course, a conspicuous pun on the fact that this is Edmunds' seventh solo record. The question ...

Dr. John: Dr John: On Becoming Mac Rebennack

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

The legend of Dr. John and his gumbo ragtime voodoo funk medicine, as told by the man who invented him, lived him and let him ...

The Human League, Japan: Human League: Dare (A&M); Japan: Japan (Virgin/Epic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

CONTRARY TO popular belief, all synthesizer bands are not unlistenable. True, many do sound rather like the result of an infinite number of silicon chips ...

Human Switchboard

Profile by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, June 1982

WITH A WHOLE February afternoon to spend at home, the mailman's latest batch of new wave releases went on the turntable. They told a distressing ...

The dBs: The Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, June 1982

THE CONVENTIONAL wisdom on these Carolina-bred, N.Y.-honed popsters says they're expert in the studio, puzzlingly erratic in concert. On two Albion import albums, Stand For ...

Joe Cocker's Island Renaissance

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, July 1982

THE NOONDAY sun has come and gone over the town of Nassau, the Bahamas, and Joe Cocker's afternoon boating party, which left port as proper ...

Laurie Anderson: Big Science (Warner Bros.)

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, July 1982

THIS IS THE avant-garde art music album for folks who generally hate the stuff. Anderson captures the rarely realized potential of modern art music and ...

The Motels

Profile and Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1982

BENEATH THE ENDLESS SUMMER CINEMATIC SCENES OF JEALOUSY & TRAGEDY OF SWEETNESS & DREAD ...

Willie Nelson: Always On My Mind (Columbia)

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, July 1982

JUST WHEN you thought you couldn't bear one more version of Paul Simon's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', Willie Nelson comes by and makes the song ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Imperial Bedroom

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1982

THIS IS ELVIS Costello's best yet. I know you've heard that before, and probably about a couple of his albums, but I can't help it ...

Girlschool: Coast to Coast, Baltimore MD

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1982

FROM A DISTANCE, Girlschool looks pretty much like any other heavy rock group — long hair, Marshall stacks, denim and leathers. But it doesn't take ...

The Clash: Combat Rock (Epic)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1982

IF YOU THOUGHT Sandinistal's epic sprawl would be edited down to a solid, filler-free album this time, guess again. Combat Rock reflects that triple-record set's ...

Richard Hell: Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Toby Goldstein, Musician, November 1982

DURING NEW York City's early punk era. Richard Hell & the Voidoids were extremists bobbing on a sea of originals. Hell's agonized vocals whined his ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: The New Deal Origins of Rock 'n' Roll

Essay by Dave Marsh, Musician, December 1982

EACH YEAR, on August 16, the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Memphis State University hosts a memorial service and seminar in his honor. ...

Luther Vandross

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, December 1982

LUTHER VANDROSS curled up in the stuffed arm chair with his Wizard-of-Oz red ruby shoes tucked under his massive bulk. When he described Dionne Warwick's ...

Darlene Love: Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Mitchell Cohen, Musician, January 1983

WHATEVER INCONGRUITY exists in the idea of a mature woman getting onstage and protesting that she's not too young to get married, or defiantly proclaiming ...

Donald Fagen Revisits an Era of Innocence

Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, January 1983

"LACK OF IRONY," says Donald Fagen with a wry grin, "is not exactly my specialty." It's an odd apology – more like a boast – ...

George Harrison: Gone Troppo

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, January 1983

THE "MYSTICAL" BEATLE had his first hit in a long time last year with that cloying, simplistic eulogy, ‘All Those Years Ago’. On his latest ...

Jonathan Richman: Wax Museum, Washington DC

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, January 1983

IT'S EASY TO laugh at Jonathan Richman's wavering, off-key singing as he drifts off into naive, spoken monologues. When he visited Washington's Wax Museum this ...

Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, January 1983

ONCE UPON a time, Prince was assessed thus: a (modestly) gifted dance floor sexmeister; a (very) occasional visitor to profundity and innovation; and (mostly) a ...

Supertramp: Famous Last Words

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, January 1983

THESE ART-ROCKERS ward off chaos with an armor of meticulously conceived pop songs that cloaks its creators' identifies even as it showcases their talents. ...

Culture Club: Kissing To Be Clever (Epic/Virgin)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983

JUST WHEN you thought the last thing you needed was another washed-out attempt at dance music, along comes Culture Club to smash all your preconceptions ...

Joe Jackson: Who Needs Rock'N'Roll?

Profile and Interview by David Gans, Musician, February 1983

JOE JACKSON works, from the very start of his two and a half hour show. He sings with every inch and every ounce of his ...

Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (CBS)

Review by Carol Cooper, Musician, February 1983

UPON RELOCATING to England in 1981, Marvin Gaye complained to London's New Musical Express that his last Tamla release, In Our Lifetime, was flawed because ...

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, February 1983

IT SEEMS only a matter of time now before Michael Jackson becomes a candy bar or a video game. His music, after all, that remarkably ...

The Beat: The English Beat: Special Beat Service (IRS)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983

UNLIKE WH'APPEN, Special Beat Service successfully manages the transition from 2-tone to full color, giving the English Beat a sound that is at once more ...

The Beat: The English Beat: 2-Tone Survivors Make a Joyful Noise

Interview by Bill Holdship, Musician, February 1983

"THE CIRCUMSTANCES that brought the Beat together make us tenuous, in a way," observes singer/guitarist Dave Wakeling. "With any one set of musicians, sooner or ...

Yoko Ono: It's Alright (Polydor/PolyGram)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1983

THERE ARE still many Beatles fans who accuse Yoko Ono of cannibalizing John Lennon's soul. Undoubtedly, Yoko's new solo effort will add fuel to their ...

Devo: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, March 1983

CONTRARY TO the prevailing opinion, when these five Akron androids pose the rhetorical question, "Are we not men?," they don't mean, "We are not men," ...

George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1983

THERE ARE times when I think George Clinton puts out uneven albums just to piss the rest of the world off. I mean, there are ...

ABC, Culture Club, The Thompson Twins, Yazoo: New Romantics: Sweat & Ice

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, March 1983

THE NEW BRITISH DANCE ROMANTICS: ABC, THOMPSON TWINS, YAZ, CULTURE CLUB ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Psychedelic Furs: The Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1983

RICHARD BUTLER stalks to his microphone, a vision in beige. While the other six Psychedelic Furs take their places decked out in the standard postpunk ...

The Roches: Three Sides to Every Situation

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, March 1983

AT TIMES, the three Roche sisters seem blissfully oblivious to how the rest of the world operates. Take their clothes. Backstage at Washington's Wax Museum, ...

Al Green: Sanctity & Sexuality on a Higher Plane

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, April 1983

LISTENING TO Al Green's three gospel albums for Myrrh Records is a disorienting experience. The songs are traditional hymns that have been sung in black ...

Albert Lee

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, May 1983

IT HAPPENS all the time. Some well-meaning rock fan comes up to guitarist Albert Lee and starts telling him he's a great player. "And man, ...

Holly & The Italians: Warner Theatre, Washington DC

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, May 1983

UNDER NORMAL circumstances, Holly Beth Vincent would be the perfect punk debutante. Between the seedy elegance of her second-hand black evening dress and the rakish ...

Los Lobos

Profile by Don Snowden, Musician, May 1983

THE SET PASSES the midway point without incident when a commotion suddenly breaks out in the packed, sweat-drenched crowd on the dance floor. Rival gangs ...

U2: Small Victories in a Rock and Roll Struggle of Sound and Emotion

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, May 1983

STUMPY, PRINCELY Bono Vox drives along Dublin Bay, left arm grasping the wheel of his humble sedan while he uses the right – temporarily game ...

Divinyls: The Divinyls: Painters Mill Star Theater, Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1983

CHRISTINA AMPHLETT looks like Lily Tomlin's Edith Ann doing Patti Smith. She's standing at the microphone at Baltimore's Painters Mill Star Theater, wearing an amazingly ...

Wall Of Voodoo: Wall of Voodoo: Oddballs Amok in the Melting Pot

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1983

MARTY ROBBINS has just ridden back into El Paso to see his beloved Felina, and is met instead by a vengeful posse. The lights go ...

The dBs, Pylon, R.E.M., Chris Stamey: Mitch Easter's Drive-In Studios

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1983

Producing the Post-Punk Pantheon ...

R.E.M.: Subverting Small Town Boredom

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1983

ALMOST EVERYBODY else at the Athens, Georgia, Holiday Inn was there for some convention being held at the University of Georgia — seminars in bovine ...

Simple Minds: Ontario Theater, Washington D.C.

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1983

A THIN SLIVER OF STYLE ...

Culture Club: Hey Fella, You Wanna Step Outside And Say That?

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, October 1983

BOY GEORGE and Culture Club aren't what they seem. ...

Fela Kuti: Fela: Return of the Afrobeat Rebel

Profile by Randall Grass, Musician, October 1983

KANO, NIGERIA, 1974: Sitting in the midst of a spacious, immaculate patio surrounded by manicured shrubbery and the graceful curved stone-and-glass walls of a post-modern restaurant, ...

Judy Mowatt: I-Three with a Message

Profile and Interview by Carol Cooper, Musician, October 1983

WHEN PETER Tosh briefly joined Judy Mowatt on stage towards the end of her New York debut at First City, it felt for a moment ...

NRBQ: Organic Eclecticism in Orbit

Profile and Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, October 1983

SEEING NRBQ play in a club for the first time is a little like sauntering into an amusement park with all-new rides — you're happy ...

Minor Threat: Hardcore Happiness

Profile and Interview by RJ Smith, Musician, November 1983

THE MUSIC of Minor Threat has great humor, an ultra-physical beat, and the pace of a ride in the front seat of a roller coaster. ...

The B-52s, Will Powers, Tom Tom Club: Steven Stanley: "Youth Sound"

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, November 1983

Common Sense at Compass Point. ...

Was (Not Was): Born To Laugh At Tornadoes (Ze/Geffen)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1983

FOR AN ALBUM that boasts such a pointedly diverse array of vocalists — would you believe Mitch Ryder, Mel Tormé, Doug Feiger and Ozzy Osbourne, ...

Rick James' Perfection

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, 1 November 1983

THE FOUR women stood in the semi-dark recording studio. "Okay, let's go," said the producer. ...

Grand Mixer D.ST, Herbie Hancock, Material: Herbie Hancock: Comeback Scratch

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, December 1983

"I DIDN'T JUMP on anybody's bandwagon with this record," insists Herbie Hancock, who has climbed aboard more than a few in a career which has ...

The dBs: Seasoned Native Sons Follow Their Own Muse: The dB's

Interview by Ira Robbins, Musician, 1984

"THERE'S NOTHING WRONG with honest American music," says Peter Holsapple, guitarist, keyboard player and main songwriter of the dB's. He goes on to cite Elvis ...

Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Melle Mel, Mutabaruka: Grandmaster & Melle Mel: 'White Lines (Don't Do It)' (Sugar Hill 12-inch); Mutabaruka: 'Ode To Johnny Drughead' (Alligator 12-inch)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1984

ALTHOUGH IT'S doubtful Nancy Reagan listens to either rap or reggae records (or anything more soulful than Ray Anthony, for that matter), she ought to ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: The Life And Times Of A Guitar Prophet

Interview by John Tobler, Musician, January 1984

JIMMY PAGE was born in Heston, West London, on January 9, 1944, and moved with his family to nearby Feltham during his infancy. He spent ...

Paul McCartney: Pipes Of Peace (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1984

JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to like Paul McCartney again, along comes an album that makes Ram look like Abbey Road. It isn't ...

T-Bone Burnett, Warren Zevon: T-Bone Burnett: Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Fred Schruers, Musician, February 1984

America as Fallen Starlet ...

Was (Not Was): Was Not Was: All Over The Road With Two Motor City Outcasts In A Studio Tornado

Interview by David Gans, Musician, February 1984

"WHEN BLACK people hear our music," proclaims Don Fagenson, "they know we're white. Even our funkiest stuff. I think it happens to be a plus. ...

Carlos Alomar, David Bowie: Who The Hell Is Carlos Alomar?

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1984

The Guitar Power Behind Bowie's Thin White Throne ...

The dBs, Chris Stamey: Chris Stamey: The Wonderful Wacky World of an ex-dB

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, April 1984

SOME ROCKERS start earlier than others. North Carolina native Chris Stamey, for example, was a mere nine years old when he got his first tape ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool & the Gang: Twenty Years of Funk Foundation and Pop Permutation

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, April 1984

ROBERT "KOOL" Bell's father was a boxing man. He worked his trade on the upper west side, part of a neighborhood now long gone, Lincoln ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: New Orleans' Revenge

Profile and Interview by Randall Grass, Musician, April 1984

PROPELLED BY a polyrhythmic shuffle from drums, the hot, festive chorus of horns danced into muggy night air through the open doors of Tipitina's down ...

Jenny Burton, The Cold Crush Brothers: Various Artists: Wild Style — Original Soundtrack (Animal); Jenny Burton: In Black And White (Atlantic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1984

AS HIP-HOP, the rapping and scratching music of the break dancers, bounces out of the urban subculture and into the mainstream, it's reasonable enough to ...

China Crisis, Wang Chung, Wire Train: Wire Train: ...In A Chamber; Wang Chung: Points On A Curve; China Crisis: Working With Fire And Steel

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1984

IT WASN'T too long ago that new wave partisans like myself (and most likely you, too) were sneering at mainstream rock for being predictable, un-threatening ...

Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross: Marcus Miller Gets Around

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, May 1984

THE FUNKY THROUGH-LINE BEHIND LUTHER VANDROSS & ARETHA; THE JAZZY AGITATOR BEHIND MILES, GROVER & SANBORN ...

The Go-Go's: Talk Show (IRS)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Musician, May 1984

CAR 'N' BAR dance bands area pop staple with a frequently short shelf life. One or two albums into some of these careers, then it's ...

The Smiths, The The: The The: Soul Mining (Epic); The Smiths: The Smiths (Warner Bros.)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, May 1984

"FIFTEEN MINUTES with you/I wouldn't say no," sings the Smiths' Morrissey, echoing Warhol's famous dictum. Well, there you go again, as President Reagan is wont ...

Womack and Womack: Womack & Womack: Soul Dispatches & Gospel Truths From The Funky Front Of Love Wars

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, May 1984

CECIL AND Linda Womack are sitting on a couch in their home near Philadelphia while Micah, their youngest, plays with a pull-toy on the floor. ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Not the Jones: Morrissey

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, June 1984

AMERICA MAY HAVE been charmed by Boy George, but it's more difficult to imagine it embracing the Smiths and their poetic singer/writer Morrissey, the U.K.'s ...

George Duke

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Musician, 25 June 1984

"THERE WERE times last year when I would walk in here and say, 'Look at this,'" muses George Duke, surveying the now calm control room ...

The Dream Syndicate: Dream Syndicate: Medicine Show (A&M)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, July 1984

WHAT'S THE best way to judge a band like the Dream Syndicate? On one hand, they're a lean, hard-charging attack force, with plenty of swell ...

Elvis Costello: Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1984

"I'M GOING TO do something you've never seen me do before," Elvis Costello told the audience at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall as he unstrapped his ...

Jermaine Jackson: Jermaine Jackson (Arista)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1984

IF MICHAEL Jackson's public persona makes him out as a bit of a dreamer, there's always enough fire in his work to add an edge ...

Santana: Paul Reed Smith's High-Class Hybrid

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1984

Bridging the Age-old Gap Between Strat and Paul ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Goodbye Cruel World (Columbia)

Review by Fred Schruers, Musician, August 1984

BEFORE YOU sink into Elvis Costello's latest, brilliant slough of despond, make sure you keep your copy of the lyrics (printed on the album sleeve). ...

Run DMC: Run-DMC: Fresh Rap Realism

Profile by Richard Grabel, Musician, August 1984

RAP CONTINUES to have plenty to say, and with good reason. The unemployment, underemployment and general hardship that afflict ghetto kids aren't ending under the ...

Dennis Brown, Sly & Robbie, Yellowman: Sly & Robbie: Night of the Living Dread

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, August 1984

The Riddim Twins Celebrate Ten Years ...

Tina Turner: The Soulful Queen of Rock'n'roll Struts Back Into the Spotlight

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1984

PRIVATE DANCER is Tina Turner's new album; 'I Might Have Been Queen' the first song; and it's hard to decide which title, album's or single's, ...

Herbie Hancock: Sound-System (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1984

DON'T MAKE the mistake of turning up your nose at this because it's "another goddamn rock record." Don't even fall for the line that Sound-System ...

The Beach Boys, Culture Club: Steve Levine's Cross-Cultural New Age

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, November 1984

It's a Clean Machine, Very Clean: The Digital Powerhouse Behind Queen George's Platinum Throne ...

U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Island)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1984

Turning Point: U2 mixes textural growth with thematic ambiguity in a view of Mythical America. ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono's Sweet Vindication

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1984

ONCE YOKO Ono was the most unjustly maligned figure in I popular music; now that some measure of public sympathy has swung to her side, ...

Al Jarreau: Has The Adult Contemporary Songwriter Eclipsed The Jazz Singer?

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1985

FOUR JARREAU brothers grew up in Milwaukee. They all sang. Three still live there. "My older brother had a fine tenor voice," Al recalls. "The ...

Culture Club: Waking Up With The House On Fire (Epic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1985

NOBODY HAS ever accused Culture Club of having too much depth. For them, frivolity is its own reward, and there's more than enough meaning in ...

Fela Kuti: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: Live In Amsterdam (Capitol); Perambulator (Lagos international)

Review by Randall Grass, Musician, January 1985

NIGERIA'S FELA Anikulapo-Kuti was the presumed messiah to break African pop internationally, just as Bob Marley had broken reggae. He sings in comprehensible pidgin English. ...

Hall & Oates: Big Bam Boom (RCA)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, January 1985

Maestros of Yuppie Soul, Hall & Oates keep their sleek street machine in high gear. ...

Stevie Wonder: Selections From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: The Woman In Red (Motown)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1985

THE NEW Stevie Wonder album has this problem: It thinks it's a soundtrack. It doesn't get violent about it, true. In fact, except for the ...

Ry Cooder: Cooder at the Movies

Interview by Don Snowden, Musician, 28 February 1985

"A MOVIE SCORE is probably the last refuge of abstract music," remarks Ry Cooder in the spartan foyer of a Hollywood sound studio. "You can't ...

David Byrne's Knee Plays

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1985

MORE CURIOUS CONNECTIONS: NEW ORLEANS BRASS MEETS SPOKEN WORD ...

David Byrne's Knee Plays

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1985

MORE CURIOUS CONNECTIONS: NEW ORLEANS BRASS MEETS SPOKEN WORD ...

Santana: Cooling Into The Norm

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Musician, June 1985

A BRISK BREEZE cools the crisp San Francisco afternoon but the glaring lights and cumulative body heat of 50-odd crew members, band friends and label ...

Joan Armatrading: Surprising Secrets: Forget Folk, Forget Feminism, Forget All The Myths About Joan Armatrading

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, June 1985

"SINCE I'M A songwriter," Joan Armatrading explains, "I'd like to think I can write lots of different things. I suppose that can confuse people." ...

Philip Bailey, Phil Collins: The Second Coming of Phil Collins

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1985

A SEASONED PLAYER ENJOYS CHARTBUSTING NEW LIFE AS A SOLO STAR ...

Eurythmics: Be Yourself Tonight (RCA — CD)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, July 1985

PERHAPS THE title is meant to be ironic, for Annie "Zelig" Lennox is one pop chameleon who adapts to her surroundings. ...

Marvin Gaye: Dream Of A Lifetime (Columbia)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1985

JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to go back into the bedroom, here comes Dream Of A Lifetime, an appropriately kinky coda to the ...

New Order: Low-Life (Qwest)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1985

AS JOY DIVISION, they ignited a trend of anguished confession that turned punk's Angry Young Men in Leather to post-punk's Sad Young Men in Analysis. ...

Billy Idol: Steve Stevens: The Idolmaker

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1985

Billy Idol's Six-Strinq Sidekick Fortifies the Image with Proto-Punk Musical Muscle. ...

Dave Alvin, Henry Rollins, Dave Van Ronk, X: Various Artists: Radio Tokyo Tapes, Vol. 3 (PVC); Dave Van Ronk: Going Back To Brooklyn (Reckless)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1985

NOW THAT Bob Dylan is establishing himself as a born-again rocker, why shouldn't the new wave stage a folk revival? But listening to Radio Tokyo ...

Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who? (Arista)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1985

ARETHA FRANKLIN has never made a bad record. When her records lacked the fire that ignited her greatest singles, that voice has been enough to ...

Womack and Womack, Bobby Womack: Bobby Womack: Someday We'll All Be Free (Beverly Glen); Womack & Womack: Radio M.U.S.C. Man (Elektra)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1985

GREAT SINGING is its own reward, and that's particularly true of the Womacks, Bobby, Cecil and Linda. Their voices carry not only the experience of ...

John Cage, Brian Eno: John Cage & Brian Eno: A Meeting of Sound Minds

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, September 1985

BRIAN ENO is waiting in the calm, green courtyard between his apartment and studio, just a short distance from London's trend-setting King's Road. Under the ...

Midnight Oil: The Only Band That Really Matters

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1985

THERE'S A TV commercial running on television stations in Sydney that explains a lot about modern-day Australia. The ad is for McDonald's, and seeks to ...

The Style Council: Internationalists (Geffen)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, September 1985

LEADING THE Jam, Paul Weller was usually eloquent about the ineloquence of youth. Now he's an adult, and he's learned all about monetarism (it's bad) ...

Walter Becker, China Crisis, Steely Dan: Walter Becker: Dr. Wu Goes Hawaiian

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1985

STEELY DAN'S MYSTERY MAN REAPPEARS ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Two Guys And A Tape Deck Become A

Interview by Ira Robbins, Musician, October 1985

Only one of the following two statements is true. Which? A) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark is a synthesizer duo, a pair of chilly intellectual ...

Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Page, Paul Young: Pino Palladino Doesn't Fret

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, October 1985

Paul Young's Bassist Shines Through The Screaming Hordes ...

Joni Mitchell: Dog Eat Dog (Geffen)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, November 1985

Joni looks at dogs from both sides now: coyotes to curs to sheepskin wolves ...

Billy Idol, The Psychedelic Furs, Donna Summer: Reel American: Keith Forsey's Disco Snarl

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, November 1985

From Donna Summer to Billy Idol, from Psy-Furs to Simple Minds, the union of style and raunch. ...

Captain Beefheart, Harry Nilsson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, Tiny Tim: Reel American: Richard Perry

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, November 1985

Doctor of Applied Song Medicine, Studio Psychology, R&B Analysis and Chart Metallurgy... ...

Sheila E.: Romance 1600 (I.R.S.)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1985

ARTISTS USUALLY sound more distinctive and less derivative over time. Sheila E. seems to be moving in the opposite direction. The Glamorous Life, her solo ...

Big Audio Dynamite, The Clash: The Clash: Cut The Crap (Epic); Big Audio Dynamite: This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, January 1986

OUT OF THE ASHES: JOE STRUMMER ROCKS, MICK JONES SWINGS ...

The Rolling Stones: Ian Stewart: Like A Rolling Stone

Obituary by Mark Rowland, Musician, March 1986

IAN STEWART helped found the Rolling Stones, and he remained an integral member of that group until December 12, 1985, the day he died of ...

Chic, Led Zeppelin, The Power Station: Tony Thompson: It Ain't The Meat, It's The Emotion

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1986

The Power, the Glory, and the Groove: Our Man from Chic Hits Hard and Hits Big, from Zep to Power Station to Madonna ...

Robert Palmer, The Power Station: Robert Palmer's Power Outage

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, April 1986

The Power Station and Palmer's Latest LP Are Both "Heavy Metal Funk". Which Came First? ...

Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1986

TIPPING HIS Stetson to Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard, Yoakam recharges the honky-tonk tradition like a savior sent down from hillbilly heaven. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., ...

Jackson Browne: Lives In The Balance (Asylum)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1986

JACKSON BROWNE is mad as hell. He's also a gentleman, which removes the sting from his expressions of outrage on Lives In The Balance. Although ...

Wally Badarou, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Jones, Level 42: Wally Badarou's All-World Keyboards

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, May 1986

The Synthesizer Star of Compass Point on Getting and Keeping International Feel ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1986

FROM RIB JOINTS TO MOVIES, THE T-BIRDS MAKE IT TOUGH ENOUGH ...

Van Halen: 5150 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, June 1986

POST-LOBOTOMY VAN HALEN GO ON WITH HALF A MIND ...

Peter Gabriel: From Brideshead to Sunken Heads

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, July 1986

PETER AND I were at school together – at Charterhouse, an expensive private school in Surrey, of the variety the British perversely insist on calling ...

Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Earth, Wind & Fire: Philip Bailey: Rocky Mountain Soul from a Bible Belter

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1986

"Flute and harp add sweetness to a song; better than either, a sweet voice." (Ecclesiasticus 40:21) ...

The Cars, Elliott Easton: Elliot Easton, Closet Traditionalist

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1986

THE CARS' GUITAR SPARKPLUG ON BEING APPROPRIATE ...

Cherrelle, The Human League, Janet Jackson, Alexander O'Neal, The SOS Band, The Time: Jimmy "Jam" Harris & Terry Lewis

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1986

FROM 'TENDER LOVE' TO 'NASTY', THEY'RE ALWAYS IN CONTROL ...

U2's Leading Edge

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, September 1986

"I DON'T REALLY see myself as a guitar player," says U2's Edge. "I'm more of a songwriter or composer. In looking for a new way ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Mardi Gras In Montreux (Rounder)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1986

IF DECADES of drab Dixieland combos have left you thinking that the New Orleans notion of collective improvisation is mere fabrication, prepare to be converted. ...

Tina Turner: Mega Woman Conquers the World

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, October 1986

QUEEN TINA DOES NOT WANT ANY MORE POP, FUNK, REGGAE OR SOUL. QUEEN TINA WANTS TO ROCK 'N' ROLL ...

Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Jon Hassell, Daniel Lanois, Robbie Robertson, U2: Daniel Lanois: The Producer as Conscience

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, December 1986

"THERE'S A lot of pollution out there," says Daniel Lanois, drinking tea in the gazebo of his Santa Monica hotel one September morning, before continuing ...

Tony Bennett: "The Best Singer In The Business" — Frank Sinatra

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1986

TONY BENNETT has recorded eighty-nine albums in a career spanning more than three decades, all on Columbia records. But his latest effort, The Art Of ...

Billy Idol: Whiplash Smile (Chrysalis)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, January 1987

BILLY BABY! What happened? Just when he seemed destined for a multi-platinum rut, with that frozen sneer and perpetually raised fist, the punk-turned superstar has ...

Lee Ritenour: Session Monster, Guitar Fusioneer, Pop Bandleader...? Will The Real Captain Fingers Please Stand Up.

Interview by Steven Rosen, Musician, January 1987

"THE GUITAR is a very difficult instrument to get a great sound on. There's no doubt about it — it takes a lot of years." ...

U2: Luminous Times

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, May 1987

U2 Wrestle With Their Moment Of Glory ...

Charles Brown: Still Deep in the Blues

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Musician, July 1987

"PEOPLE WHO come to see me play say, 'Are you Charles Brown or are you his son? After all these years, you should be walking ...

LL Cool J: L.L. Cool J: Bigger And Deffer (Def Jam)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1987

THE INEVITABLE challenge of a great debut: what to do for an encore. For James Todd Smith — a.k.a. Cool James, a.k.a. L.L. Cool J ...

Alexander O'Neal, Wendy And Lisa: Alexander O'Neal: Hearsay (Tabu); Wendy and Lisa: Wendy And Lisa (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1987

TIME WAS when any R&B act of consequence bore the imprimatur of Prince or one of his aliases. These days, the big buzz is from ...

John Hammond

Memoir by Dave Marsh, Musician, October 1987

REMEMBERING THE CONSCIENCE OF AMERICAN MUSIC ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Crazy Horse: Who Is Neil Young's Band, Anyway?

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Musician, November 1987

DOES CRAZY Horse have day jobs or something? These guys have played on the Neil Young records most people swear by. From 1969's Everybody Knows ...

Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson, Green On Red, The Replacements: Jim Dickinson and the New Low-Fi

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, November 1987

Wherein a dangerous redneck weirdo becomes studio godfather to post-punk's finest. ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1987

YOU CAN'T call Terence Trent D'Arby shy. On his audacious, uneven debut, this extroverted youngster co-produces, writes most of the tunes and sings 'em in ...

George Michael: Artist or Airhead?

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, January 1988

IS IT TIME TO TAKE WHAM!'S ARCHITECT SERIOUSLY? ...

Ry Cooder: Get Rhythm (Warner Bros.)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, January 1988

SO RY COODER gives us his first non-soundtrack album in five years, and it's great, rock-solid, a worthy companion to John Hiatt's Bring the Family, ...

Steve Winwood: The Lord-Alge Brothers — The First Family of Engineering

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, March 1988

The three stooges of the studio get the last laugh. ...

Lyle Lovett: Pontiac (MCA)

Review by Holly Gleason, Musician, April 1988

LYLE LOVETT represents a new voice in Nashville: the quirky country songwriter who believes that even cowboys get the blues. Consequently, this Texan's viewpoint can ...

David Sylvian: The Loner Emerges

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, May 1988

JAPAN'S RECLUSIVE LEADER FINDS TECHNO-POP MATURITY IN A SOLO AFTERLIFE ...

Jesse Johnson: Every Shade of Love (A&M)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, July 1988

YOU'D BE excused for mistaking one-Time guitarist Jesse Johnson for his former Twin Cities running mate, Prince. ...

k.d. lang: Shadowland: The Owen Bradley Sessions (Sire)

Review by Holly Gleason, Musician, July 1988

LISTENING TO Shadowland, k.d. lang's second album, you can't help thinking you've fallen into a time warp, back to when Patsy Cline ruled the radio. ...

Leonard Cohen's Nervous Breakthrough

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

"I THINK IF I HAD ONE OF THOSE GOOD VOICES, I WOULD HAVE DONE IT COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY," Leonard Cohen ruminates. "I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SUNG ...

Prince: Lovesexy (Warner Bros./Paisley Park); The Black Album (unreleased)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

Taking It Back to the Streets ...

Living Colour, The Scorpions: Scorpions: Savage Amusement (Mercury); Living Colour: Vivid (Epic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1988

ADMIT IT — most of you would no sooner listen to metal than volunteer for root canal work. Metal is nasty, noisy, brutish, the kind ...

Boogie Down Productions, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, KRS-One: Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary (Jive/RCA); DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (Jive/RCA)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1988

RECENTLY THE paper brought news that two men have been arrested for the murder of DJ Scott LaRock last year, giving By All Means Necessary ...

The Smithereens Get Non-Technical

Interview by Dave Schulps, Musician, August 1988

LEARNING TO DO MORE WITH LESS, INCLUDING — GASP — REAL INSTRUMENTS AND REAL SONGS ...

Eric B & Rakim, Masters of Ceremony, Salt-N-Pepa, Stetsasonic: New albums from Stetsasonic, Masters Of Ceremony, Eric B. & Rakim and Salt 'N' Pepa

Review by Randall Grass, Musician, October 1988

Stetsasonic: In Full Gear (Tommy Boy); Masters Of Ceremony: Dynamite (4th & Broadway); Eric B. & Rakim: Follow the Leader (UNI); Salt 'N' Pepa: <i>A ...

Randy Newman: Pop's Mark Twain Continues to Mix the Oil With the Vinegar

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, November 1988

EVERY FIVE years or so, Randy Newman gets a little famous. Back in 1972, he recorded 'Sail Away', a song that grew so much in ...

Sam Phillips: The Heretic Finds Some Happiness

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1988

SAM PHILLIPS is sitting in a New York office, looking remarkably unwilted in the sultry August heat and listening to me complain about having been ...

Guns N' Roses: If Guns N' Roses are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have Guns N' Roses

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1988

"IF I'D GONE on through school," Axl Rose says, "I'd probably be a lawyer. Then I could take half the people who screw with me ...

Betty Carter, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits, Hal Willner: Hal Willner: "He's The Kind Of Guy Who Knows When Something Sounds Absurd, It's Beautiful"

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1989

HAL WILLNER, UNRIVALED KING OF THE "TRIBUTE" ALBUM, TURNS TO DISNEY ...

Robert Fripp Revisited

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, February 1989

A Plectral Purist Answers the Dumb Questions ...

Jeff Healey Band: Jeff Healey: Have Guitar, Will Sit

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, March 1989

JEFF HEALEY is the most unorthodox guitarist since Stanley Jordan. He plays seated, most of the time, with his guitar flat on his lap. As ...

New Order: Technique (Qwest)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1989

TECHNIQUE IS not something most listeners associate with New Order. Sure, the band has made significant strides over the years, developing a sound far more ...

Joe Satriani, Mick Jagger: The Devil And Joe Satriani

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, April 1989

A Guitar Hero Strikes a Different Kind of Bargain ...

Enya: Clannad's Little Sister Sails Away

Interview by Michael Azerrad, Musician, May 1989

ENYA IS sitting in Geffen Records' New York offices, looking a bit perplexed. "People in the British press were referring to me as...'beat.' Something about ...

Henry Threadgill: Rag, Bush and All (Novus)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, May 1989

HENRY THREADGILL, who with Air explored the trio format more thoroughly than most jazz musicians, has been shifting his focus toward composition and large ensemble ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Voodoo (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1989

HAVING BACKED Elvis Costello (Spike) and inspired David Byrne (The Knee Plays), the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans may be poised to capture ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1989

HIDE THE silverware. Put the vinyl slipcovers back on the furniture. Turn Mom's picture to the wall. Those eager-to-offend Beastie Boys are back at the ...

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt: Life Lessons: Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1989

Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt find hope in a hard world. ...

Kool Moe Dee: Knowledge Is King (RCA/Jive)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, September 1989

HE MAKES hit records. The girls won't leave him alone. The man considers his spiritual healing powers comparable to those of Christ. And yet, rapmaster ...

Prince, Mavis Staples: Prince: Batman (Warner Bros.); Mavis Staples: Time Waits for No One (Paisley Park)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1989

Batty Prince, Torn Between Good and Evil ...

World Saxophone Quartet: Rhythm 'n Blues (Elektra/Musician)

Review by Kirk Silsbee, Musician, September 1989

JUST AS WSQ triumphantly addressed the music of Ellington/Strayhorn on its own terms a couple of years ago, so they now tip their mouthpieces to ...

Richard Thompson Rings Some Changes

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1990

The acoustic eclectic appreciates purists, but wouldn't want to be one ...

Last Exit: Johnny D's Uptown Lounge, Sommerville MA

Live Review by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, April 1990

Love at First Sight ...

Rush: Screwing Up Pop — On Purpose

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1990

RUSH MAY BE the only band on earth to have made "fear of boredom" a primary musical motivation. Needless to say, they don't put it ...

John Cale, Lou Reed: Lou Reed and John Cale: Songs for Drella (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, May 1990

Forty-five Minutes of Fame — Reed and Cale Build Warhol a Velvet Coffin ...

That Petrol Emotion: Chemicrazy (Virgin)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1990

MAYBE OLD-fashioned guitar bands will follow dinosaurs and vinyl into extinction one of these days. In the meantime, give thanks for That Petrol Emotion, who've ...

Cowboy Junkies, Kris Kristofferson: Kris Kristofferson Meets The Cowboy Junkies: Country Music On The Morning After

Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, June 1990

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON occupies an unusual place among American songwriters. His songs have been covered by such legends as his inspiration Bob Dylan ('They Killed Him'), ...

Soul II Soul: Jazzie B Keeps On Movin'

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1990

JAZZIE B SAT near one corner of the crowded North Hollywood sound studio, watching the musicians casually file into the room and take their places ...

Phil Collins, Genesis: Front Man: Phil Collins

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1990

IN A REVIEW of Phil Collins' latest album, ...But Seriously, J.D. Considine wrote that Phil was more fun when he was frivolous. That's where Phil ...

Howard Hewett: Howard Hewett (Brian)

Review by Amy Linden, Musician, July 1990

HOWARD HEWETT was the lead singer in the dance/pop trio Shalamar, whose femme fatale, Jody Watley, has since become the much bigger star. It would ...

Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam/Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, July 1990

Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution — Public Enemy Gets Tough ...

Billy Idol: Front Man: Billy Idol

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1990

I KNOW you're still in rehab [note: Idol's left leg was severely injured in a motorcycle accident several months ago]. But with Charmed Life flying ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory (Reprise)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, October 1990

The Force of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Triumphant ...

Steve Earle Does It the Hard Way

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, October 1990

DRIVING WEST out of Nashville on a summer afternoon the hills look green and lazy, a deceptively pastoral view. "This is a poor county," Steve ...

J.J. Cale: 6 Weeks On, 46 Off: J.J. Cale's Got it Made

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Musician, November 1990

"ALL MY records are kind of in a demo state," says the elusive J.J. Cale, typically self-effacing, in the L.A. office of BMG Records one ...

MC5: After the Revolution: the Legacy of the MC5

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Marsh, Musician, November 1990

SOMEWHERE THERE exists an alternate universe in which the MC5 became the biggest band in history — bigger than the Beatles (their ambition), bigger than ...

ZZ Top: Front Man: Billy Gibbons

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, November 1990

DID YOU ever play with Stevie Ray? Of course. [ZZ Top's] Frank and Dusty grew up with him in Dallas, and just this morning we ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant: Johnny Van Zant: It's A Family Affair

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, November 1990

Johnny Van Zant grabs the spotlight with a walk down Brickyard Road ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Lost and Found and Lost Again: Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954-1990

Retrospective by Tony Scherman, Musician, November 1990

"STEVIE WAS on it. Playin' great, kickin' butt," says Robert Cray, and when Double Trouble was done, everybody — the Vaughan brothers, Cray, Buddy Guy ...

Marc Ribot: Master of the Sideways Guitar

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, November 1990

The odd man in is proud of his mistakes ...

Mazzy Star: Hermit Meets Introvert

Profile and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, November 1990

WHEN SONGWRITER/guitarist David Roback met Hope Sandoval, he recalls that "she was one of those people who hang around in the shadowed corners of a ...

Billy Joel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Loup Garou, Paul Simon: Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Loup Garou: Indian Field Ranch, Montauk LI

Live Review by Gene Santoro, Musician, November 1990

Still Ethnic After All These Years ...

The Replacements: All Shook Down (Reprise/Sire)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, November 1990

THE REPLACEMENTS' first two major-label albums after establishing themselves as an indie/cult/critics success — Tim ('85) and Pleased to Meet Me ('87) — contained no ...

Victoria Williams: Swing the Statue! (Rough Trade)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1990

ECCENTRIC AND proud, Victoria Williams could be a cross between Tom Waits and Natalie Merchant. Or maybe Jonathan Richman and Kate Bush. Anyway, Swing the ...

Traveling Wilburys: Bert and Ernie Fill in for Lefty: Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 3

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, December 1990

THEY SAY YOUR PERSPECTIVE changes when you’ve got a kid, and since little Mikey hit the one year mark at our house, I’ve been listening ...

Little Richard Comes Home

Report and Interview by Robert Gordon, Musician, December 1990

WHO Little Richard WHERE Macon, Georgia WHEN September 23, 1990 ...

Guns N' Roses: Slash: Appetite for Reconstruction

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1990

Access to Excess with Guns N' Roses' Slash ...

Carl Stalling: The Carl Stalling Project: Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, December 1990

MOST PEOPLE have probably never heard of the late Carl W. Stalling, but they've undoubtedly heard his music. As the chief composer for cartoons at ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young: Ragged But Right

Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, February 1991

RIGHT THIS minute out here on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the future of gutbucket rock stands in some question. ...

Danny Gatton: Picking Danny Gatton's Brain

Interview by Gene Santoro, Musician, February 1991

Some of the tricks that make the world's greatest unknown guitarist great ...

Elvis Costello, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia and Elvis Costello: Strange Bedfellows

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, March 1991

AS EVERYONE knows, Grateful Dead fans come in all sorts and sizes — including one Elvis Costello. And so, when Musician got the idea of ...

James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Funkadelic: Bootsy Collins Effects the Funk

Interview by Gene Santoro, Musician, May 1991

Scouting bass hyperspace, speaking without words ...

Chris Isaak by Heart

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, May 1991

Thrift-shop rock hits the top ...

Fishbone Swims Upstream To Spawn Its Punk-Funk Hybrid

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, May 1991

IT'S ONLY a rehearsal in a warehouse in a desolate section of downtown L.A. ...

Nikki D, Yo Yo: Yo-Yo and Nikki D: Bum Rush the Locker Room

Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Musician, May 1991

Yo-Yo and Nikki D turn the turntables on sexist homies ...

Tony Williams Reinvents Himself

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, June 1991

Can't stop worrying, can't stop growing. The world's best drummer turns to composing. ...

Bonnie Raitt's Ace of Hearts

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1991

THE 'NICK OF Time' baby has arrived. "Everyone thought I was singing that song about me," Bonnie Raitt is saying. "But it was happening to ...

De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1991

De La Soul's Serious Fun ...

Roxette's Got the Hook

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1991

Guilty pleasures are the best kind ...

Aaron Neville: Warm Your Heart (A&M)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, August 1991

WITH HIS brothers and on his own, Aaron Neville has been involved with some truly fine records. But it's also true that he recently reached ...

EMF: Naughty Neophytes of Noise

Interview by Mat Snow, Musician, August 1991

The thin line between accessibility and credibility ...

Ice-T: The Code of Many Colors

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1991

ON THE cover of Ice-T's new record, O.G. Original Gangster are two photos. In the first he's wearing a tuxedo, standing against a backdrop of ...

3rd Bass, Heavy D. & the Boyz: 3rd Bass: Derelicts of Dialect (Def Jam/Columbia); Heavy D. & the Boyz: Peaceful Journey (Uptown/MCA)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, September 1991

WHETHER YOU loathe him or merely despise him, Vanilla Ice has cast the entire rap scene in a new light. Now the likes of Heavy ...

Tony Bennett: Forty Years — The Artistry of Tony Bennett (Columbia/legacy)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1991

THERE'S NO ONE so cold as a cold Italian, the saying goes. And as this lovingly crafted, four-CD boxed set demonstrates, there's none so warm ...

Widespread Panic: Widespread Panic (Capricorn)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1991

ITS SWELL that R.E.M. and the B-52's represent the enlightened New South. But don't you miss the backwards Old South, where hairy wild men who ...

Willis Alan Ramsey: A Perfect Ending to a 20-year Vacation

Profile and Interview by Tom Graves, Musician, March 1992

AT THE END of Willis Alan Ramsey's only album, a self-titled 1972 Shelter release, the song 'Northeast Texas Woman' fades to studio chatter, and the ...

Dennis Chambers' Pillow Talk

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, May 1992

The bedroom secrets of a drummer's hands ...

Tori Amos Finds Herself

Report and Interview by Paul Zollo, Musician, May 1992

"IT ALL COMES from the centre," she says, pointing to her navel. Tori Amos is explaining where her songs are conceived. "It's like a constant ...

Genesis: Three For The Road

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1992

VISITING REHEARSALS FOR A STADIUM TOUR ...

Lush, Ride: Lush: Spooky (4AD/Reprise); Ride: Going Blank Again (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, June 1992

VISIONARY ART or nouvelle junk food? Perfect masters of evocative soundscapes, Britain's Lush and Ride can create a mood quicker than you can dim the ...

Miles Davis, Easy Mo Bee: Miles Davis with Easy Mo Bee: Doo-Bop (Warner Bros.)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1992

THE RAP ON MILES ...

Bob Dylan: Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1992

THE UNITED States may be too vast a place for any one person to hold the title of greatest living songwriter. So let's be fair ...

Bill Nelson, Robert Wyatt: Robert Wyatt & Bill Nelson: Tough Guys Don't Dance

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, August 1992

Bill Nelson meets Robert Wyatt. For 20 years they've bucked the system and made music at the edge of rock. Two vets discuss the never-ending ...

Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience (A&M)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, October 1992

SO NEW MISERABLE Experience was recorded at Memphis' Ardent Studios, where Big Star made their three minuscule-selling albums 20 years ago — and, as the ...

Hal Willner: Alone in the Dark

Interview by Gene Santoro, Musician, October 1992

SIXTY YEARS ago the Marx Brothers shot Animal Crackers in Astoria, at Paramount's East Coast studios. Last spring, Master Sound Studio, part of that now-refurbished ...

10,000 Maniacs, Robyn Hitchcock, The Sugarcubes, XTC: Paul Fox: College Rock Wizard

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, October 1992

PRODUCER PAUL Fox came up as a keyboard player in the skinny-tie era. "When I first moved to L.A., there was a big banner on ...

Brand New Heavies: The Brand New Heavies: Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl/Atlantic)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1992

ENGLAND'S BRAND New Heavies may be an ordinary soul-funk combo, but that hasn't stopped enterprising A&R types from gettin' busy. For their debut album, somebody ...

Brand New Heavies, Gang Starr: The Brand New Heavies: Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl/Atlantic)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1992

ENGLAND'S BRAND New Heavies may be an ordinary soul-funk combo, but that hasn't stopped enterprising A&R types from gettin' busy. For their debut album, somebody ...

Tom Waits: Bone Machine (Island)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, October 1992

VULTURES AT THE DINER ...

Ice-T: Crap Killer

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1993

LET'S BEGIN with Ice-T'S Top Seven reasons for pulling 'Cop Killer' off the shelves: ...

Mariah Carey's Very Good Year

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, January 1993

"I DIDN'T KNOW what to expect," says Mariah Carey, recalling the taping of her Unplugged special for MTV last March. "I wasn't originally planning on ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Michael Franti: Hero of Hiphoprisy

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1993

"ONE THING I try to do when I perform a song is go back to where I was in my mind when I wrote it," ...

The Black Crowes' Attitude

Profile and Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, January 1993

THE CORRECT ROCK 'N' ROLL ANSWER to society's "What are you rebelling against?" has always been Brando's "Whaddya got?" In this regard, Black Crowes frontman ...

Tom Waits' Wild Year

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1993

NOT LONG ago, Tom Waits and his family uprooted from Los Angeles, his home for many years, and moved up the coast to the quieter, ...

Blues Traveler: Paramount Theatre, NYC

Live Review by Mike Mettler, Musician, February 1993

FOR BLUES TRAVELER, 1992 was a year to forget. An eager, improv-hungry, neo-retro band that long ago dubbed their endless cross-country trekking "On Tour Forever," ...

Da Lench Mob, Ice Cube: Ice Cube: The Predator (Priority); Da Lench Mob: Guerillas In The Mist (Eastwest)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, February 1993

IN THE WAKE of the Rodney King verdict and the Los Angeles riots, Ice Cube can take grim satisfaction in seeing his harrowing rhymes validated ...

James, Soup Dragons: The Soup Dragons and James Tour America Together

Report and Interview by Paul Zollo, Musician, February 1993

"OUR GREATEST ambition is to play on the NASA Space Station," says Sean Dickson, songwriter and singer of the Soup Dragons. "We want to be ...

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: Front Woman

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, March 1993

CONGRATULATIONS ON your Grammy nominations. Are you making any bets on how you'll do? ...

Aimee Mann: Sweet Revenge

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, April 1993

"WE'VE HAD a joke going recently," Aimee Mann says, "that the new album has three themes: despair, defeat and revenge." ...

Paul McCartney: Docklands Arena, London

Live Review by Jon Young, Musician, April 1993

"THE WEEKEND starts here," beamed a well-preserved Paul McCartney, surveying the friendly crowd at London's Docklands Arena one dank Friday night in February. Say what ...

R.E.M., Neil Young: The Men on the Harvest Moon: Young-Buck!

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, April 1993

OUTSIDE THE sky was dark and the rain was falling hard. But the pre-concert scene congealing toward the rear of Universal Studios stage 12 was ...

Dinosaur Jr: J Mascis' Big Step

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, June 1993

WHEN DINOSAUR JR comes to your town, get ready for a unique event: the Dance of the 17 Footswitches. ...

Dwight Yoakam: This Time (Reprise)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, June 1993

DWIGHT YOAKAM made his mark as a new traditionalist country singer — vocally a natural, with the stoic throb and nasal soulfulness to give life ...

Guru: Jazzmatazz Volume One (Chrysalis)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, June 1993

"IT WAS INDEED a privilege and a blessing to have worked on this project with such amazing people." Eastwood at the Oscars? Clapton on Grammy ...

Janet Jackson: Janet (Virgin)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1993

IF PEOPLE get the governments they deserve, as the saying goes, they probably get the pop stars they deserve as well. It's a humbling angle ...

Paul Westerberg: 14 Songs (Sire/Warner Bros.)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, June 1993

STRIPPED-DOWN WESTERBERG ...

Joni Mitchell at Troubadours of Folk Festival: Drake Stadium, UCLA

Live Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1993

FOR HER FIRST public performance in several years, Joni Mitchell found a way to affirm her spiritual ties to the folk music community whence she ...

Daniel Lanois: The Book of Daniel

Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, September 1993

Dan Lanois The Musician Eclipses Lanois The Producer ...

Nirvana: Territorial Pissings: The Battles Behind Nirvana's New Album

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Musician, October 1993

KURT COBAIN has found that being a professional rock musician is not quite what he imagined when he was banging out his raunchy punk rock ...

George Clinton: Hey Man, Smell My Finger (Paisley Park)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, November 1993

BEING THE mad Messiah of Funk and all, George Clinton could easily coast on his rep. Instead he's come up with the best album of ...

Kate Bush: The Red Shoes (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1993

IF YOU'VE pegged Kate Bush as a dreamy cosmic spirit, don't miss the climax of The Red Shoes, where the stunning 'You're the One' renews ...

Tony! Toni! Toné!: Tony! Toni! Tone!: Hitting the Wonder button with Soul's Hottest Retro Pioneers

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, November 1993

"WE GOT one little trick we use when we're making records," says Tim Christian Riley. Tim and his cousins Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins comprise the ...

Hole: Live Through This (Geffen)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, 1994

"JUST YOU try to hold me down/Come on, try to shut me up," snarls Courtney Love near the end of Live Through This, hurling a ...

Alvin Lee, Blodwyn Pig, Robin Trower: Is There Life After Rock Guitar Godhead?

Overview by Roy Trakin, Musician, 1994

ALVIN LEE HAD reached the pinnacle of rock guitardom. Of course, by the time Woodstock was over, his "I'm Going Home... by helicopter" histrionics would ...

Dr. Dre, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Dr. Dre On How To Make An Album Doggystyle

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1994

DR. DRE ISN'T a good advertisement for music school. "With all these players out here, why should I waste this much time learning how to ...

Beck: Mellow Gold (DGC)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, April 1994

ANYONE WHO thinks these aren't weird times in the music biz should consider the case of 23-year-old Beck, who is, according to Billboard, "at the ...

Arrested Development: Speech: "Sampling is like picking up a spirit."

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, June 1994

SECOND ALBUMS are traditionally harder to make than first ones. Was that true for Arrested Development with Zingalamaduni? ...

John Fogerty, Randy Newman, Prince: Lenny Waronker: All In The Family

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1994

Warner Brothers President Lenny Waronker is not your Average Corporate Cheese ...

Sheryl Crow: The Education of Sheryl Crow

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Musician, September 1994

The long strange trip of an overnight success ...

Liz Phair: Whip-Smart

Review by Deborah Frost, Musician, October 1994

IF EXILE IN GUYVILLE was Liz Phair's response to Exile on Main Street, Whip-Smart may well be her answer to Smell the Glove. As if ...

Neil Young: Sleeps With Angels

Review by Bill Holdship, Musician, October 1994

IT'S A LITTLE LIKE San Francisco weather: If you don't care for Neil Young's musical style at any given moment, wait a while and it'll ...

Pearl Jam's Ticket Wars

Report by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1995

IN 1994 PEARL Jam showed they weren't just the biggest band in America, they were the most revolutionary. Now that's a combination we haven't seen ...

Bryan Ferry: Mamouna (Virgin)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Musician, March 1995

LISTENING TO this predominantly gloomy album, it's easy to forget that, at his best – in 'Over You', say, or 'More Than This', Bryan Ferry ...

Sleeping With The Enemy: When Musicians Become Record Executives

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, March 1995

YOU WOULD think Gary Lemel is one of the luckiest guys around. As President of Music for Warner Bros, films, he gets to pal around ...

Throwing Muses: University (Sire/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, March 1995

KRISTIN HERSH may envy the commercial inroads made by Belly and the Breeders, but she'd never let it show. Having helped pave the way for ...

Vanessa Williams: The Sweetest Days (Wing/Mercury)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, March 1995

VANESSA WILLIAMS' career has been marked by a series of noteworthy precedents — as the first black woman to be named Miss America, as the ...

Des'ree: Hitting the Unexpected Note

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Musician, May 1995

AT A TIME WHEN British pop is struggling to make inroads into the American charts, the stateside success of a South London girl named Des'ree ...

Björk: Post (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1995

Björk Uncörked ...

Merle Haggard: Frontman: Merle Haggard

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1995

YOU'VE BEEN the subject of two recent tribute records, Mama's Hungry Eyes and Tulare Dust. What was your reaction to hearing them? ...

The Last Poets, Bill Laswell: The Last Poets: Bill Laswell on how to Produce A Holy Terror

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1995

USUALLY, THE relationship between words and music on a recording puts the music first and the words second. But when Bill Laswell began work on ...

The Third Invasion: Britpop Strikes!

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, Musician, July 1996

"Oasis must die. Do not buy Oasis records. They will come to rape and pillage our women and invade America."(Courtney Love on the Net, early ...

Elvis Costello: All This Useless Beauty (Warner Bros.)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, 1 July 1996

IT'S EASY to get lost within the sheer bulk of Elvis Costello's work – particularly since most of it, from 1977's My Aim Is ...

Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Me'Shell Ndegéocello: Peace Beyond Passion (Maverick/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1996

FUNK OUGHT to be its own reward, but Me'Shell Ndegéocello isn't buying that right now. Perhaps embarrassed by the commercial success of John Mellencamp's rollicking ...

Metallica: Load (Elektra)

Review by Mac Randall, Musician, August 1996

Monsters of Pop ...

Harlan Howard: How I Wrote All Those Songs by Harlan Howard

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, November 1996

"I HIT NASHVILLE with the greatest bunch of guys — Roger Miller, Bill Anderson, Willie Nelson. We were hanging together every night at Tootsies, playing ...

Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, December 1996

IN THE LINER notes to her inspired study of relationship hell, Amy Rigby describes a mod housewife as "a woman being dragged kicking and screaming ...

Pavement: Brighten the Corners (Matador)

Review by Mac Randall, Musician, April 1997

INDIE CRED. It's tough to acquire, but it's even harder to hang onto. Take the case of Pavement, a band boasting a distinctive guitar-based sound ...

The Death of Live Music

Essay by Mark Dery, Musician, August 1997

Will concert and club dates survive in the Internet age? ...

Radiohead: Radiohead Get The Details

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, September 1997

On tour in Spain with five musicians for whom the little things mean a lot ...

The Rolling Stones Chase The Voodoo Down

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Musician, October 1997

"MY WHOLE behavior with the Rolling Stones is governed by my first encounter with Keith," recalls Don Was. "He sent me a fax before we ...

Steve Earle: El Corazon (E-Squared/Warner Bros.)

Review and Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1997

Slice of Life ...

Bernie Taupin, Elton John: Bernie Taupin

Interview by Paul Zollo, Musician, January 1998

AS ELTON John's lyricist for three decades, Bernie Taupin is one of the most famous British songwriters of all time. ...

Pat Metheny Keeps the Story Going

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, February 1998

A Master of Improv Stresses the Importance of Narrative ...

Pearl Jam: Art and Economy

Interview by Dave Marsh, Musician, April 1998

ROCK BANDS ARE like families on the Tolstoyan model. The happy ones are exactly the same (perhaps because they're nonexistent?) while the unhappy ones are ...

Lisa Germano: Slide (4AD)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1998

Slide Show ...

Marc Ribot: Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans) (Atlantic)

Review by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, October 1998

THE LAST time I saw Marc Ribot he was screaming into a microphone as his amplifier bled feedback, veins popping from his neck like battleship ...

Mark Lanegan: Scraps at Midnight (Sub Pop)

Review by Mac Randall, Musician, October 1998

THINK BROWN. Brown clouds of dust hanging on the horizon. Big brown rocks catching the last rays at sunset. Warm brown whiskey in a hip ...

Janis Ian, Stan Ridgway: Songwriting: Sex and Memory

Interview by Paul Zollo, Musician, April 1999

Janis Ian and Stan Ridgway discuss the changing role of gender in modern lyrics. ...

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