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XTC: Andy Partridge, Pop's Dan Archer

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 11 October 1986

An everyday story of pop music folk. Nine years on and XTC are still waiting to break it big in the USA. Their noise used ...

Foghat: Scrabble Named Group

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, 10 May 1973

2013 NOTE: A big Savoy Brown fan back in the day, much as I loved the group's transformation which produced Street Corner Talking I was ...

Tom Robinson Band: TRB Two

Review by Paul Morley, NME, 10 March 1979

THIS IS the diligently prepared and acutely-self conscious follow-up to that shaky first collection which naturally ended everyone's excited and premature self-congratulation over a singularly ...

Cheap Trick: Light of the Trick

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 1997

 The return of the pioneering power-pop band. ...

Utopia: Todd Rundgren's Utopia

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, 12 October 1974

OF THE presumably few people who ignored the charges of self-indulgence and pretentiousness generally levelled at Rundgren's last effort (the double-album Todd) and, despite everything, ...

Luther Vandross: Luther Are Good For The Soul

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

2008 introduction: "Luther are three girls and two guys whose debut single for Cotillion is attracting a lot of attention. They are not headliners yet, ...

Jackson 5, The: I Want You Black: How Jacko's debut still has the power to thrill

Memoir by Simon Warner, Rock's Backpages, 1 July 2009

OVER A LIFE-TIME, there are a number of those stop-you-in-your-tracks musical moments that seem to tattoo your soul. And, in a sense, those ear-turning songs ...

Sparks: Talkin' About My Generator

Interview by Bob Stanley, Times, The, 11 June 2004

SPARKS PUT the fear of God into preteens with their debut Top of the Pops appearance. As pretty boy Russell Mael flashed his baby blues ...

Utopia: The CREEM Synthesizer Lesson

Guide by Robert Duncan, Creem, October 1975

NOW, BEFORE we begin with today's lesson, I would like to relate a few facts about the synthesizer's history and the men who so valiantly ...

Meat Loaf: The Ladies' Man

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 25 August 2014

OFTEN, MUSICIANS doing multiple phone interviews from a hotel room or publicist's office will try to open the door with journalists by throwing out some ...

Future Sound of London: London Calling

Interview by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 8 July 1994

Two years ago Future Sound Of London changed the course of dance music. Now they are changing the way rock bands tour... ...

The Band: Stage Fright

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

THE BAND had good reason to call their third album Stage Fright. On the eve of their live debut at Bill Graham’s Winterland theater in ...

Sparks: What A Difference The Days Made: Sparks Look Back

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2003

FOR OVER 30 YEARS, Sparks have always been a glorious musical anachronism. To think that their genesis is on the American West Coast at the ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

Review by Richard Cook, NME, 3 November 1984

IT IS, of course, brilliant. And nothing more so than the last glittering shards, the final breaths taken in this pleasure dome. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: We're an American Band

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, History of Rock, The, 1983

If there was any group that polarised rock opinion, it was the blunt, effective power trio, Grand Funk railroad. Bypassing the ruling elite of 'progressive' ...

Jimi Hendrix: Black Secret Technology

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix wasn't just the original firestarter, all flash and dazzle. He was a scientist of sound. ...

New York Dolls: The Legendary Mercer Concerts

Live Review by Alan Betrock, Phonograph Record, October 1973

THE HEADLINER was Satan the Eternal-Fire-Eater, and the place was the Mercer Arts Center. The room was the Kitchen —approximately 13' x 60' in size. ...

Hawkwind's Space Ritual and Kosmik Muzak

Review by Gary Sperrazza!, Strait, 15 November 1973

AS YOU ALL KNOW, the prime force, the "essence" if you'll permit, of good rock has always been Energy. Rock Energy is created through two ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: A retrospective

Retrospective by Miles, History of Rock, The, 1983

ALTHOUGH THEY WERE one of the most influential bands of the early Seventies, the New York Dolls remain one of the least known. The ...

New York Dolls: Too Much, Too Soon

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, April 1974

"WE DON'T PLAY too good, but we dance as bad as we want," Archie Bell once said by way of introduction to his fabulous Drells ...

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